Thursday, December 7, 2017

Reality or utopia?

If we take into account the existing books and films, the smart city has always been considered a distant chimera. Although there are cases of dystopian cities, in which this "intelligence" of the city leads to a loss of liberties on the part of citizens, there are many other cases in which this intelligent city appears as an idealized reality, far from the current one, in which decentralized communication, the perfect administration of resources and the improvement of functionality is an unattainable fantasy. But, what if we are not that far from that utopia?

This progress in managing resources has already reached companies, and more are those that every day want to point to the trend of the implementation of an IoT strategy within their companies. When making this change, security is the main concern for companies, according to professionals in the IT sector. This data comes from a survey published this week by Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Wi-SUN Alliance, which interviewed 350 executives involved in the decision making of the IT department in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark who are already investing in less an IoT (Internet of Things) project. The purpose of the survey is to help understand the way in which this type of strategy is perceived in the market and help plan future operations. Wi-SUN is an international non-profit organization with the mission of promoting interoperable IoT communications based on open global standards in industrial IoT, with special concern for public services and smart cities.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Do we cooperate?

It's been 48 years since man put his foot on the moon, but for all those passionate about the galaxy and the space stations there is something that has not changed: the lack of collaboration between countries makes evolution slower than could be. Recently, a piece of news was published that will surprise many: Russia and the US will sign an agreement with the aim of building a space station on the Moon. This installation aims to be the port of departure for manned missions to Mars. Will cooperation have come to the space race?

In the cybersecurity landscape new approaches are emerging to deal with the diversification and complexity of the attacks. In an interview granted by Surendra Singh, Director of Forcepoint in India, at BW Businessworld we know his point of view on the security framework 'People Centric' or what is the same, the security framework focused on people. According to him: "People, processes and technology are the 3 main ingredients that shape the company, the factor of people has been left out of the list of main elements and this can compromise the organization." We are not clear about where the space race will end but what we do know is that in the framework of cybersecurity, cooperation begins to be necessary and the different actors within this plot are realizing this.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Denying evolution

In the US, a war is fought that is so old that it seldom goes out on the news. For more than a century there has been a struggle to erase science from the educational program. Mainly among the ultraconservatives of the southern states, everything that sounds or remembers Charles Darwin is heresy. Commonly they are called: enemies of evolution. As the evolutionary biologist Nick Matzke ironically puts it: "anti-evolutionism is still alive, kicking and ... evolving".

We do not know how the war between evolutionists and creationists will end, but what we know is evolving is the virtual currency. This week the cryptocurrencies have been the protagonists. Not everything has been good news but, of course, for anyone who is aware of the news of the sector, these days have had to notice the barrage of news about bitcoins, cryptocurrencies and mining. The virtual currency emerged in 2009, and its use has increased to the point where, at present, it is living its moment of glory.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A solid base

Anyone interested in architecture will know that for a structure to work, good foundations are essential. Studied for centuries, the construction of Venice is an unusual fact that shows that with a solid foundation you can build a city on the sea itself. The secret of the longevity of the wooden bases of Venice lies in the fact that they are submerged under water, out of reach of the microorganisms that cause the wear of the wood. In addition, the constant flow of salt water around and through the wood, petrifies it over time, turning it into a hardened structure, similar to stone.

As happens in architecture, companies also need a solid foundation on which to build their security strategy. And some of those responsible for laying the foundations are the developers. There are several measures that developers can take to accelerate the adoption of best security practices by their organizations, or that reveals a recent analysis conducted by the security provider Veracode. This study includes data from the scanning of 400,000 applications written in Java, Net, Android, iOS, PHP and several other programming languages and operating systems of organizations of all sizes.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The behavior as a shield

Since time immemorial, the human being has tried to understand himself and has asked many questions about human nature. Although it exists since antiquity, psychology as a science emerged in the nineteenth century, when a group of professionals adopted the scientific method to interpret human behavior.

There are many prisms from which one can face the constant problems and risks that attack the cybersecurity fronts. One of the currents that come stomping in the terrain of cybersecurity is based on the analysis of user behavior. Fromm all the voices that are currently struggling to carve out a niche in the sector, today it is worth noting the one of Jeff Paine who has offered an interview with SecurityBrief in which he talks about his point of view on cybersecurity to this day. Jeff Paine is the founder of ResponSight, an Australian-based cybersecurity firm that is focusing on fault detection and risk assessment.