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More than half of major malware attack’s victims are industrial targets

“Petya intended effects examined”

Kaspersky Labs has released a new report with some grand insights in the Petya malware attack. First appearing as a widespread ransomware attack, it became clear later into the ordeal that the spread was more intended for destruction rather than financial gain. Kaspersky reported specifically that financial sectors were the most affected, as well as manufacturing or oil mechanisms.

Hacking Factory Robot Arms for Sabotage, Fun & Profit

“Could open a new world of ‘Subtle Blackmail'”

Black Hat talk will discuss how cybercriminals could manipulate robotic arms and create defects in vital products. Security researchers have been accumulating cache’s of big discoveries about IIoT vulnerabilities, and Black Hat is planning on continuing their release to raise awareness of critical flaws in infrastructure, power grids, and gas pipeline controls.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, deadlines and facts

“EU legislation lowdown” 

GDPR is a regulation that requires businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states, and non-compliance could cost companies dearly. This article details what every company that does business in Europe needs to know about GDPR.

Online fraud costs public billions but is still not a police priority, says watchdog

“Policing institutions not enforcing rules effectively”

The National Audit Office has claimed that various policing and regulatory agencies were insufficiently addressing the issue of online fraud. The NAO says that for most police forces the incidents are: “not yet a priority” and the problem had been overlooked by government, law enforcement and industry.

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Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 AEG Live, the production company that puts on the Coachella music festival,  is working with app developer Aloompa to create an iOS app and Android app for the upcoming festival. Aloompa hopes that when Coachella-goers have opened the app and their Bluetooth is turned on, the company’s beacon technology can track their location down to a foot. AEG claims it is trying to leverage this data in a way that’s “not creepy,” nor invasive. Instead, the festival organizers can use this location data as a gut check, or can compare which artists app users favorited, starred, or scheduled, and which artists’ sets were actually attended. The data is also used by promoters to inform their decisions about booking artists that better resonate with a specific audience. It is suggested that AEG is employing this new technique after the success that Bonaroo had when compiling their 2015 lineup.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  According to a TechRadar report from forrester, many businesses are looking to make changes to their companies by implementing streaming analytics and self-service into the way they do business.  This is largely in part to the boom recently seen with enterprises incorporating more data adoption into their everyday businesses. Forrester defines stream analytics software as a technology that “can filter, aggregate, enrich, and analyze data from multiple sources.  For the report, Forrester looked at about 20 different technology categories that include big data. In addition, they spoke with multiple vendors and experts in the field, and found that five specific technology categories ranked the highest in terms of customer interest.  Those categories are data integration, data services and APIs, in-memory computing, data preparation and discovery, advanced analytics, and monitoring and administration.

HOW THE COACHELLA APP USES YOUR DATA IN A ‘NOT CREEPY’ WAY – Mac World

Big Data’s Priorities: Streaming Analytics, Self-Service – InformationWeek

IoT/ IIoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The Internet of Things is changing everything, or it soon will, and few companies exemplify this trend more than industrial titan General Electric, which announced in January that it will pull up stakes from its long-established corporate headquarters in Connecticut and move to Boston for its concentration of elite research universities and tech firms. Additionally, the company plans to undergo a revolution driven by digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things. With new IIoT technologies, GE expects to grow its software and analytics enterprise from $6B in 2015 to a top 10 software company by 2020. However, others like Mark Bernardo, leader of Professional Services, Americas at GE Digital Services, believes this growth will take more than adopting new technology practices. Bernardo believes the company needs to become more agile (leaving behind or adjusting its traditional Six Sigma methodology for business process improvement), embrace change management, and encourage the CIO position to become a leadership in this effort of change.

How GE will bring the Industrial IoT to life – CIO

Cognitive Computing

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 There were several articles about the University of Aberdeen Department of Computer Science being given access to one of IBM Watson. Aberdeen becomes one of only four UK Institutions to have access to the Watson Engagement Advisor solution and its experts. It will initially be used by students undertaking the Department of Computing Science’s Semantic Web Engineering module, and will eventually be offered more widely across a range of relevant programs.

Students get access to IBM Watson with University of Aberdeen Cognitive Computing Deal – Tech Week UK

University of Aberdeen students to get access to IBM Watson – CBR

Cloudification

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Most IT organizations today are under pressure to increase their “cloudification” and speed up every data-driven aspect of their business, but the challenges of integrating disparate data, applications, and APIs are causing a slowdown that threatens to ground some companies. Darren Cunningham, VP of marketing at SnapLogic, outlines the steps an organization should consider when planning its upgrade to a modern cloud and big data integration technology. Some tips include finding a forward-thinking consulting partner with a great track record and satisfied clients to help you assess where you are, where you want to go, and how quickly you can get there, ensure the iPaaS solution you choose is resilient enough to handle updates and variations, and to get rid of technologies that keep you chained to them with heavily-involved or expensive upgrades.

Headed for the Cloud? Watch Out: Legacy Data Integration Can Bring You Down – Inside Big Data

Network Function Virtualization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 At the Open Networking Summit this week, vendors big and small are talking about the success and direction of the open networking movement, including SDN, NFV, and whitebox hardware. The new era of networking is defined by several key trends: disaggregation, a move to software virtualization, and open source. Guru Parulkar, Chair of ONS and the Executive Director at the Open Networking Research Center (ONRC) sees a need to also build and support fully integrated open source solutions that enable the disaggregated network experience. He emphasizes that those solutions need proven scalability, performance, and ease of use to prevent closed solutions from dominating the industry.

ONS and the challenge of Open Networking – Enterprise Networking Planet

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 With the Star Wars craze of the last year, TechCrunch has taken a completely different approach to fan theories surrounding the series, wondering, “How much data do they need to manage in the Death Star?” It is estimated that 1.7 million military personnel (stormtroopers and their commanders, trash compactor operators, etc.) and 400,000 droids were on board the Death Star. This is close to the population of Philadelphia — if you don’t count the droids. The amount of data created each year by all the people here on earth is growing exponentially, and is expected to double each year. In 2012 alone, 2.8 zettabytes of data were collected. By 2020, that number isexpected to have increased to 40 zetabytes. That’s 5,200 GB of data for every person on earth. Using that estimate, TechCrunch figures that the 1.7 million personnel on the Death Star would generate 8.84 exabytes of data per year. If you prefer to express data in factors of 1024 bytes, the number is 8.63 exabytes (or “exbibytes”). Of course, that’s assuming residents of the Death Star generate as much data as a human living in the year 2020, but it’s likely the galaxy far, far away may be far more advanced than that.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Forbes reported on Forrester’s TechRadar methodology, which evaluates the potential success of 10 Big Data techniques, which, the research firm believes, are projected to have “significant success.” In addition, each technology is placed in a specific maturity phase—from creation to decline—based on the level of development of its technology ecosystem. The first 8 technologies above are considered to be in the Growth stage and the last 2 in the Survival stage. Forrester also estimates the time it will take the technology to get to the next stage and predictive analytics is the only one with a “>10 years” designation, expected to “deliver high business value in late Growth through Equilibrium phase for a long time.” Technologies #2 to #8 above are all expected to reach the next phase in 3 to 5 years and the last 2 technologies are expected to move from the Survival to the Growth phase in 1-3 years.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  UK and EU policy-makers have urged governments to raise their data capture and analytics game to the level demanded by the digital economy. Charlie Bean, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England, announced the findings of his report into the state of UK economic statistics, under the auspices of the Cabinet Office and the Treasury, on March 11. Meanwhile, the European Parliament debated and passed a resolution on March 10 that urged the European Commission to boost a “data-driven economy” in the European Union. Bean’s report – Independent review of UK economic statistics – commissioned in 2015 by the chancellor George Osborne and the minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock, found that British government statistics need to be recast to capture the economic data characteristics of a digital economy.

Big Data and the Death Star – TechCrunch

Top 10 Hot Big Data Technologies – Forbes

UK government and EU Parliament step up big data analytics policy push – ComputerWeekly

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Market Research Store has released a new market research report “Global Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) Market Size, Share, Trends, Demand, Analysis, Research, Report, Segmentation and Forecast, 2013 – 2020” to add to its collection of research reports. The report comprises of data storage in the cloud and its analysis through Hadoop without the need to install any infrastructure in the premises. HaaS market has witnessed a tremendous growth in 2013 and has doubled from the market size in 2012. However, it is expected to witness a tremendous growth in the next 7 years, expanding its horizon into the end user industries of conventional Hadoop.

Learn details of the global hadoop-as-a-service (haas) market 2016 analysis and growth to 2020—WhaTech

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Forbes examines how the use of key performance indicators, in conjunction with the real-time IoT data, creates opportunities for companies to provide new or improved services that are transforming their industries. A few examples include opportunities in risk reduction, especially when trading commodities like energy precious metals, livestock, and in the mining and oil industries, new pricing models such as tiered services from basic to premium, which is beneficial to both consumers and providers, and flexible pricing.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 ZDNet examines the new trend of services arising aimed at helping hardware developers connect with experts and suppliers, including HWTRek, which bills itself as a one stop shop for IoT hardware innovators working to manage their product development, connect with manufacturing and supply chain industry experts, and bring their connected device projects to market. The IoT market is expected to reach $1.7 trillion in 2020, up from $655.8 billion in 2014 according to IDC. Meanwhile, the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry, including electronics original design services (ODM), should expect revenues of $505 billion in 2019. The source of innovation is shifting to small and medium-sized businesses in these industries due to the obstacles of collaboration in the traditional supply chain model.

How IoT Changes Pricing Models – Forbes

Collaboration Tools for IoT devs – ZDNet

IIoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Amid the peak of SXSW, Austin, TX has been pinned as a “laboratory for [IIoT 5G] innovation.” RCR Wireless has partnered with leading technologists and industrial Internet of Things and 5G leaders to create a 10-episode, immersive documentary series on the “technologies, vertical markets, policies and investments driving what Goldman Sachs and others have termed the next mega trend, a 4th Industrial Revolution that will make the steam-driven transformation of 1800s look like a blip on the economic radar screen.” In the series, Austin is highlighted for its long history of tech innocation and its established ecosystem required for IIoT 5G innovation, as evidenced by AT&T’s recent selection of the city for its 5G trials and Spectrum Lab, in addition to the University of Texas-Austin and its world-renowned Wireless Networking and Communications group as well as Google’s ongoing deployment of its Google Fiber service and tests of its self-driving vehicles.

Austin, Texas: Where IIoT 5G technology sparks fly – RCR Wireless

Cognitive Computing

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 According to a new study by IBM and Forbes Insights, cognitive computing will help companies that have experienced the effects of a natural disaster to get back up and running much faster than they were previously able to. IBM provides three ways that cognitive computing can help keep businesses afloat in the event of a natural disaster: predicting/avoiding damages from disasters, analyzing best practices of other  companies previously affected by damage, and integrating the cognitive agent into technical support to help businesses get systems back online when there are technical issues.

How Cognitive Computing can get businesses up and running faster after disasters – Forbes

Self Service and Enterprise

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Datawatch Corporation announced today that it has teamed with IBM to deliver better and faster data access and self-service data preparation to IBM Watson Analytics and IBM Cognos Analytics users. As part of this agreement, IBM will resell Datawatch Monarch, Datawatch’s market-leading self-service data preparation solution, which enables business analysts to rapidly access, manipulate and blend data from the widest variety of sources.

Datawatch Brings Powerful Self-Service Data Preparation Capabilities to IBM Watson Analytics and IBM Cognos Analytics Users—EconoTimes

Software Defined Networks

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 With the growing certainty that cybersecurity vulnerabilities will increase over the next couple of years,  Alternative Global Networks (AGNs) is creating a new, more secure internet that will dramatically improve cyber resilience, and at the same time, reduce expenditures on cybersecurity. AGN benefits can include all that software-defined networking (SDN) aim to introduce, such as cost reduction, software-defined packet forwarding, central management, but on a global scale. One of the most important benefits will be simplified virtual management. Virtualization in networking will be similar to that of virtualization in computing, as it will completely revolutionize the paradigm of the existing coupling between hardware and software. This will also simplify implementing security tools.

Building a Brand New Internet – TechCrunch

Network Function Virtualization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Ericsson and NEC both came out as vendor partners for NTT DoCoMo’s network functions virtualization plans, including the telecom giant’s recently announced multi-vendor NFV platform. Ericsson said its platform is based on the Open Platform for NFV network architecture and was used for NTT’s commercial service launch. “To maximize benefit of NFV, DoCoMo expects to virtualize many other key components of its mobile network, aiming to eventually establish a fully virtualized network,” explained Seizo Onoe, EVP and CTO at NTT. “I’m convinced that our multi-vendor NFV is the first step toward our goal.”

Ericsson and NEC tout their support for NTT DoCoMo’s multivendor NFV deployment – RCR Wireless

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Data scientists are in high demand, and at the same time they are in short supply. This is due to data science being a relatively new field, and universities are only just starting their own programs to train up a new generation of big data experts. Because of this high demand, good data scientists command high salaries, and bringing a full time data scientist on at a small business with a low budget simply isn’t a choice. However, there has been a shift to using freelance data scientist. Instead of hiring full time data science professionals to oversee all big data projects within an organization, the company instead hires on a per project basis. This is especially important for smaller businesses, since the time between big data projects at that level can often be lengthy. Passing over the full time option means a business wouldn’t have to worry about paying a big data expert when they have nothing for them to do. This added flexibility also leads to choosing data experts based off of their individual talents. For example, if a big data project requires hiring a data scientist with expertise in sales, the small business can do so. Their fees aren’t based off of a salary but rather on the milestones reached in the project.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  According to VentureBeat, Attivio raised $31 million to help companies make sense of big data.  The Massachusetts-based startup promises to “accelerate data discovery,” which they announced today when they closed the $31 million deal. The investment will help the company meet investors’ expectation of turning profitable “later this year.” Oak Investment Partners invested in Attivio and had this to say, “Our increased investment underscores our belief that Attivio has game-changing capabilities for enterprises that have yet to unlock the full value of Big Data.” This is a big year for Attivio, who also highlighted such recent business victories as landing lab equipment maker Thermo Fisher Scientific as a client and partnering with medical informatics shop PerkinElmer.

The Benefits of Hiring Freelance Big Data Experts – Smart Data Collective

Attivio Raises $31 Million to Help Companies Make Sense of Big Data – VentureBeat

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15The global Hadoop market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 53% over the next four years. Several factors such as data explosion in enterprises and demand for cost-effective solutions to meet big data analytics needs contribute to the growth of this market. However, the market is witnessing a lack of trained and talented technical experts. Companies are unaware of the technologies concerned and skills required for managing big data. As per the forecast, this market will witness a gradual shift towards Software as a Service (SaaS)-based Hadoop solutions as it helps enterprises save cost and gain a better user experience.

Global Hadoop Market 2015 – Industry Analysis, Shares, Size, Research, and Forecast to 2019 – Digital Journal

 

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 IoT is progressively gaining momentum throughout the Middle East and Africa (MEA). This is helping the Middle East due to the continuous drop in oil prices, which is causing governments and businesses to cut their spending budgets. Despite these new restrictions, MEA governments and businesses are looking to diversify their investments into long-term smart technology initiatives that will help enhance their competitive advantage and improve their levels of customer satisfaction. This objective has meant that IoT spending has been largely resilient to the growing budget cuts currently sweeping across other areas of the economy.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Consequently, a number of countries in the MEA region are being challenged to meet growing demands for power in order to facilitate the expansion of various business sectors. At the same time, the advocacy surrounding sustainable and clean energy today is spurring growth in smart utilities investments. As a result, the country is seeing an increase in the deployment of so-called Smart Grids (both for electricity and gas) due to the energy management improvements that they provide. Such investments will see IoT spending related to utilities in MEA increase 14 percent year over year in 2016 to total $647.94 million.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 According to “The Future is Connected” report from SITA – the leading global IT provider to the air transport industry – 83 percent of air travel passengers have smartphones, which allows the unifying technology to provide a connected end-to-end experience. “Half of airlines expect to have IoT initiatives up and running over the next three years. Meanwhile, airports are building the infrastructure to support IoT. Together, this will deliver improved operations and will lead to a change in the passengers’ experience,” said Nigel Pickford, director Market Insight, SITA. Smartphones are reshaping travel behavior and with growth rates of around 80 percent or more at the check-in and boarding pass stages, it is clear that air travelers are keen to use this unifying technology.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 According to The Economist, sensor-filled “beans,” developed by Andrew Holland, an electronics engineer from Swaffham Bulbeck, could provide an answer to many a farmer’s prayers. Mixed into the contents of the beans are sensors that help report continuously on the temperature and humidity (both of which encourage rotting if they are too high) and on carbon-dioxide levels, which reflect the amount of insect breath exhaled, and thus the level of infestation. If the beans do well at monitoring grain, Holland hopes their other applications will make them an important part of the much-discussed IoT. Ultimately, some believe these beans will help link many things (such as food crops) not currently connected electronically.

‘Internet of Things’ to Transform Air Travel Experience Globally: Report – Zee News India

Cool Beans – The Economist

IIoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Bosch is working together with partners to combine the technical standards of Germany’s “Industrie 4.0” platform and of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) for the first time. This is concerning many people, because if all the energy-intensive machinery in Bosch’s Homburg plant runs at the same time, it can potentially lead to very high electricity consumption at peak times. As a result,the increase in electricity pushes up the cost of manufacturing the hydraulic valves. By using software to manage production and electricity consumption as effectively as possible, energy demand can be optimized and peak loads reduced by up to ten percent. The partners combine their expertise to optimize energy consumption at the plant. Bosch continuously collects data from all the machinery in the plant, generating a stream of information about the electricity consumed in the process of manufacturing the hydraulic valves for agricultural machinery.

Bosch combines “Industrie 4.0” platform and Industrial Internet Consortium standards for the first time – Automotive World

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15UK-based, B2B ecommerce software company, On Demand Solutions,  has now launched an ecommerce software solution for B2C retailers. The new solution focuses especially on small and medium-sized companies, and has omni-channel functionality. Additional features allow smaller ecommerce players a responsive online storefront, and ability to control multiple webstores through one CMS, enabling clients to sell their products through multiple marketplaces. Features of these webstores include social media links, intergration with MailChimp, product reviews, vouchers, best-selling items and integration with Google Adwords, Amazon and Ebay. It also integrates with ERP back office software including SAP Enterprise, SAP Business One, Sage 200, Sage 1000 and Astute.

ODSNet launches B2C ecommerce software solution – Ecommerce News UK

Software Defined Networks

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Yesterday, Microsoft announced it is giving away free software it designed for its own internal use called Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). SONiC is software used to run software defined networking,  which threatens to overturn Cisco’s stranglehold on the network switch industry. SDN takes features that an expensive switch offers and puts them into software, making networks easier to program, update and change. Microsoft is giving SONiC software away as part of its work with the Open Compute Project (OCP), an organization founded by Facebook to build open source hardware for data centers the same way that the people behind the Linux operating system do with free, open source software. The two big companies that are not working with SONiC are VMware and Cisco – which could mean trouble for them in the future.

Microsoft just joined Facebook and fired a huge shot at Cisco – Business Insider