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This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds via @IEEE_Spectrum

This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds via @IEEE_Spectrum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

So why isn’t this system in widespread use? After all, much of it has been available since 2014. (Tehranipoor even described some in his 2017 article for IEEE Spectrum about the dangers of cloned chips.) “Sometimes a technology is ready, but it’s not used by companies because an attack hasn’t been seen to be real,” Tehranipoor says. This attack might be enough to change that perception, he says.  

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: as the article states, technology sometimes exists but most don'T feel this is an important issue - until it is too late or catastrophic event occurs. We can extrapolate this concern to pretty much everything regarding cybersecurity these days...

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Turing use #AI and #robotics to create collaborative, end-to-end security solutions for service providers and end users #segway

Turing use #AI and #robotics to create collaborative, end-to-end security solutions for service providers and end users #segway | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

We use A.I. and robotics to create collaborative, end-to-end security solutions for service providers and end users.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this device morphs a new transportation device - the segway - with AI and sensors to deliver a surveillance device that may provide a new type of remote operated, semi-autonomous surveillance system. I can see applications gated communities, very large facilities, etc. Plus the video is quite futuristic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhD9q7stHfY

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New service from Firefox called Monitor helps you find out if your account has been hacked #security #hacking #password

New service from Firefox called Monitor helps you find out if your account has been hacked #security #hacking #password | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Have your accounts been leaked or stolen in a data breach? Find out at Firefox Monitor. Search our database and sign up for alerts.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this new service will help you determine if your account has been hacked and watch for it. This is a new twist on a service I discussed before http://fmcs.digital/?s=pwned but that remains more valuable than ever today.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this new service will help you determine if your account has been hacked and watch for it. This is a new twist on a service I discussed before http://fmcs.digital/?s=pwned but that remains more valuable than ever today.

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Email Threat Report explains in simple terms how hackers impersonate friends and colleagues in emails with tremendous success rates #phishing #email #threat

Email Threat Report explains in simple terms how hackers impersonate friends and colleagues in emails with tremendous success rates #phishing #email #threat | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

As the point of entry for 91% of cyber attacks, email is every organization’s biggest vulnerability. From malware to malware-less attacks including impersonation attacks like CEO fraud, a single malicious email can cause significant brand damage and financial losses. Understanding these ever evolving attacks and identifying the tactics used, is key to staying one step ahead of cyber criminals.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this very good paper explains in simple terms how hackers impersonate friends and colleagues in emails with tremendous success rates. Be aware!

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How We All Can Fight Misinformation- @HBR creates a series called "reality wars" on a much needed topic that is hard to fight for: truth on the Internet

How We All Can Fight Misinformation- @HBR creates a series called "reality wars" on a much needed topic that is hard to fight for: truth on the Internet | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

False news spreads online faster, farther, and deeper than truth does — but it can be contained. Here’s how.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: trust on the Internet is difficult to get. Harvard Business Review raises concerns and provides possible solutions in this special series. Much needed, the solutions do not however appear very easy to implement. Tough times ahead for the truth...

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Looks like #SecurityKeys are a good way to protect your login/password: there were *no* successful #phishing against Google employees since using the devices in 2017 via @briankrebs

Looks like #SecurityKeys are a good way to protect your login/password: there were *no* successful #phishing against Google employees since using the devices in 2017 via @briankrebs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The most common forms of 2FA require the user to supplement a password with a one-time code sent to their mobile device via text message or an app. Indeed, prior to 2017 Google employees also relied on one-time codes generated by a mobile app — Google Authenticator.
In contrast, a Security Key implements a form of multi-factor authentication known as Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), which allows the user to complete the login process simply by inserting the USB device and pressing a button on the device. The key works without the need for any special software drivers.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: 2 factor authentication is great, especially when using a physical device like a secure key it seems. read the article for details on why this is so and how to use it.

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Podcast on digital disruption by #Accountants gives an idea of how much #AI #Blockchain #Automation #Cybersecurity will impact their industry - as I believe it will all professional services includ...

Podcast on digital disruption by #Accountants gives an idea of how much #AI #Blockchain #Automation #Cybersecurity will impact their industry - as I believe it will all professional services includ... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

You’re surrounded by disruption and rapid change. Maybe you’re looking for solutions. A way to seize opportunities. We all are. It’s a sprint to stay ahead of technology. Blockchain. Automation. AI. Cybersecurity. It will forever change the way accounting is done. And forever change those who do it. It’s time to reset, redefine and reskill. The way we learn. The way we work. And the way we move forward. Here, you’ll find what you need to not just survive, but adapt and thrive. And disrupt disruption.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: I've been blogging about digital disruption since Jan 2013, and doing it since the early days of Internet in 1995. It is refreshing to see it being picked up by non technology professionals. Maybe a sign of the times that this thing is starting to really impact people, businesses and whole industries...?

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You have data and here are your rights - Your data matters @ICO #UK #privacy

You have data and here are your rights - Your data matters @ICO #UK #privacy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

We live in a data-driven world. Almost every transaction and interaction you have with most organisations involves you sharing personal data, such as your name, address and birth date. You share data online too, every time you visit a website, search for or buy something, use social media or send an email.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: ICO is the data protection organization in the UK. It provides a guide to your rights regarding data and privacy. Very useful and well done.

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Plant Your Flag, Mark Your Territory so as to protect your #privacy and #onlineIdentity - if not others will do it — via @briankrebs

Plant Your Flag, Mark Your Territory so as to protect your #privacy and #onlineIdentity - if not others will do it — via @briankrebs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Many people, particularly older folks, proudly declare they avoid using the Web to manage various accounts tied to their personal and financial data — including everything from utilities and mobile phones to retirement benefits and online banking services. The reasoning behind this strategy is as simple as it is alluring: What’s not put online can’t be hacked. But increasingly, adherents to this mantra are finding out the hard way that if you don’t plant your flag online, fraudsters and identity thieves may do it for you.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: I've been writing about concerns regarding online identity and privacy for a long time with blog posts such as "pyramid of digital needs", "digital twin" and "10 urgents actions to protect your identity". This article from Brian Krebs reminds us all that online identity must be protected and that it requires active actions on our part.

http://fmcs.digital/blog/pyramid-of-digital-needs/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-moi-get-started-10-actions/ 

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When Your Employees Post Passwords Online in public Trello boards and other public SaaS solutions you may have serious data security issues via @brianKrebs #KrebsOnSecurity

When Your Employees Post Passwords Online in public Trello boards and other public SaaS solutions you may have serious data security issues via @brianKrebs #KrebsOnSecurity | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Last month’s story about organizations exposing passwords and other sensitive data via collaborative online spaces at Trello.com only scratched the surface of the problem. A deeper dive suggests a large number of government agencies, marketing firms, healthcare organizations and IT support companies are publishing credentials via public Trello boards that quickly get indexed by the major search engines.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this article is a reminder that the use of public software as a service tools may lead to exposure of critical and private corporate data. In the past, locking everything down behind corporate firewall and network meant this was not possible. At the same time, remote work and collaboration with partners around the globe was very difficult. CIOs would like to return to the good old days but users certainly do not want that. Proper governance must be enforced with these new tools and systems.

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Canada’s Digital ID Future - white paper by Canadian Bankers makes the case for creation of a national federated #digitalID system and regulation - I agree! #security #privacy 

Canada’s Digital ID Future - white paper by Canadian Bankers makes the case for creation of a national federated #digitalID system and regulation - I agree! #security #privacy  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In this brief, we highlight why Canada needs a digital identity system, how other countries have made progress in this area and the lessons we can learn from those experiences to build a system in Canada.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: digital identification is at the base of the digital pyramid of needs. This white papers details the requirements for a national digital identification system that includes proper government regulations. FINALLY!

For more on the digital pyramid of needs: http://fmcs.digital/blog/pyramid-of-digital-needs/ 

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Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker Internet Trends at Code 2018 #mustRead #weekendRead #video #AI #eCommerce

Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker Internet Trends at Code 2018 #mustRead #weekendRead #video #AI #eCommerce | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

"When you have rising monetization, rising growth and rising data collection, it drives a lot of regulatory scrutiny whether it’s related to data privacy, competition or safety in content."

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this is the annual presentation to level-set everyone on the Internet, mobile, ecommerce, cybersecurity, epayment, personalization, etc. She covers everything and shows that digital transformation is in full swing. Just WOW. Again.

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10 ways to keep your personal data safe online

10 ways to keep your personal data safe online | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, what happens to our personal data online is (rightly and sensibly) a bigger talking point than ever. The idea that giving our data away is a valid price for using free websites and online services is no longer taken as a given.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: a number of useful things to know and do...

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Twitter to All Users: Change Your Password Now! — Krebs on Security

Twitter to All Users: Change Your Password Now! — Krebs on Security | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Twitter just asked all 300+ million users to reset their passwords, citing the exposure of user passwords via a bug that stored passwords in plain text — without protecting them with any sort of encryption technology that would mask a Twitter user’s true password. The social media giant says it has fixed the bug and that so far its investigation hasn’t turned up any signs of a breach or that anyone misused the information. But if you have a Twitter account, please change your account password now.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: if you have a twitter account, change your password now. And at the same time review all the apps you have granted access to in twitter and revoke all the access except for those you absolutely need. Just in case...

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100 days before #cyberattacks are detected is too much as reported by M-Trends 2018 #Cyber Security Trends

100 days before #cyberattacks are detected is too much as reported by M-Trends 2018 #Cyber Security Trends | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The annual report was compiled by mandiant consultants at FireEye based on hundreds of incident response investigations in many industry sectors. It offers recommendations on how organizations can improve the way they prevent, detect, analyze and respond to cyber attacks.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this detailed report on cyber security trends shows an alarming statistic: it takes almost 100 days to detect an intrusion into computer systems. Why is that, given that data security and privacy are so important? Not enough resources? Lack of trained personnel? Hackers too good? Read to find out.

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Potent malware that hid for six years spread through routers #security #hacking

Potent malware that hid for six years spread through routers #security #hacking | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Nation-sponsored Slingshot is one of the most advanced attack platforms ever.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: malware and viruses are everywhere but it looks like this one was particularly well crafted. Goes to show that state of malware has become very advanced. Protection becomes essential.

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Canada Will Use Blockchain and Biometrics to Establish Digital Borders #Blockchain #Canada #Security

Canada Will Use Blockchain and Biometrics to Establish Digital Borders #Blockchain #Canada #Security | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The Canadian government is continuing their experiments with blockchain to see how the new technology can further help the country. The federal government announced that it will pioneer the testing of the Known Traveller Digital Identity system, a new concept that helps to improve the security and flow of travellers across borders. This new program uses biometrics, cryptography and distributed ledger technology to give travellers more control over how and when they share their information with authorities. This can lead to expedited clearance and build more trust and transparency between travellers and authorities as they look to improve risk detection.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: article that explains why and how the blockchain technology will be used to facilitate border crossing in Canada. Yé!

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Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Policy Paper on key considerations regarding AI, including a set of guiding principles and recommendations #AI #Machine Learning #DigitalGovernance

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Policy Paper on key considerations regarding AI, including a set of guiding principles and recommendations #AI #Machine Learning #DigitalGovernance | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In this paper, we seek to provide an introduction to AI to policymakers and other stakeholders in the wider Internet ecosystem.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: AI impact on our society will need to be regulated - the same way we have done for telecommunications, automobiles or nuclear armament. This paper presents some very interesting aspects to consider.

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Possible attacks on Bitcoin : Bitcoin

Possible attacks on Bitcoin : Bitcoin | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this analysis is interesting even though the source of the data is unclear. It serves as a reminder that bitcoin and other blockchain-related solutions need to be extremely safe and secure because the number of possible attacks is quite high..

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How China is using facial recognition as the sharp end of their big data drive for total surveillance via @WashingtonPost #video #surveillance #security #privacy #nowhere2hide

How China is using facial recognition as the sharp end of their big data drive for total surveillance via @WashingtonPost #video #surveillance #security #privacy #nowhere2hide | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Facial recognition is the new hot tech topic in China. Banks, airports, hotels and even public toilets are all trying to verify people’s identities by analyzing their faces. But the police and security state have been the most enthusiastic about embracing this new technology.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: this article and video from the Washington Post provide a great over view of what China is doing with face and object recognition as part of its massive 500M cameras (2020 estimates). Nowhere to hide...

Same topic, see the BBC report and video: 7 minutes to get arrested http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-42248056/in-your-face-china-s-all-seeing-state 

Or the very good Bloomberg article : https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-17/china-said-to-test-facial-recognition-fence-in-muslim-heavy-area 

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"Banks, airports, hotels and even public toilets are all trying to verify people’s identities by analyzing their faces." Another unnerving #bigdata trend to look out for in China.

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Face recognition deals another blow at privacy #CES2018 #AI #privacy #BigBrother

Face recognition deals another blow at privacy #CES2018 #AI #privacy #BigBrother | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

What was once possible only via offline cloud computing servers is now built into the cameras themselves. Thus one should expect future security cameras to include not only the video feed but also meta data about objects and people in the scene they are scanning.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: Artificial Intelligence is getting into devices everywhere. This is a review of the state of the art with AI-powered security cameras as seen at the CES consumer electronic show in Vegas recently.

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Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan crowds for wanted criminals #security #privacy #AI 

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan crowds for wanted criminals #security #privacy #AI  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
  • Railway police have begun using facial-recognition eyewear to catch criminals.
  • In tests the glasses identified faces within 100 milliseconds.
  • Seven people have been arrested for a range of previous crimes, and another 26 were banned from travel.
  • China has been ramping up its use of facial-recognition technology as it moves toward a nationwide database that can recognize any citizen within three seconds.
Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: face recognition using AI has been around for a few years. It used to require large computers in the cloud. Not anymore. This changes everything.

1) privacy: it will become more and more difficult to protect your privacy in the future. I have written about this before, specifically when the Google glasses came out 3 years ago. It is a concept that is interpreted differently in countries and cultures - such as China vs USA.

2) China: is investing heavily to win the AI war with the US. So we should expect every product - from glasses to door bells to cell phones to cars - to have face recognition built into the device in the very near future. At the CES2018 show, I saw a number of companies that offer face recognition chips ready to be embedded at low price into any consumer device. So it *will* happen. More on China in a later post...

3) protection: people will naturally want to protect themselves. We should start to see face masks that are designed to fool face recognition hardware as has been shown to be possible recently.

More reading:

- google glasses face recognition: http://fmcs.digital/blog/kodak-cameras-banned-in-the-1880s-over-loss-of/ 

- CES security cameras: http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/9ee3fba2-dd87-42c4-ae7c-b2478b752ec3%7C_0.html (in french)

- fooling face recognition: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ne43pz/ai-fooling-glasses-could-be-good-enough-to-trick-facial-recognition-at-airports 

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The State of Ransomware reports that majority of companies recover from data backups - and only 3% pay the hackers to get their data back

The State of Ransomware reports that majority of companies recover from data backups - and only 3% pay the hackers to get their data back | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Ransomware has become one of the most prevalent new cybersecurity threats faced by today’s enterprises. Now well beyond the incipient stage of opportunistic attacks, this automated form of blackmail has increased in prevalence and sophistication. The malware now targets organizations of all sizes as the bad guys look for ways to extort money and create trouble for businesses by taking their data hostage. Dark Reading’s 2017 Ransomware Survey queried IT practitioners about their recent experiences with ransomware and related malware over the past 12 months. Some of the findings include:

  • 35% of organizations detected ransomware on their systems in the past year.
  • 83% of affected organizations responded to infection by deleting the encrypted data and reimagining their systems using backup data.
  • Two in five organizations don’t have a ransomware response plan in place.
  • Only 27% of organizations believe current anti-malware technology is effective in preventing ransomware.
  • Half of IT practitioners believe it will be harder to prevent ransomware from infecting their systems two years from now.
Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: ransomware has made headlines in recent months but it appears that most organization manage to recover from backup data instead of paying the crooks. This report claims only 3% of organizations pay - but it still accounts for a whole lot of trouble, downtime and effort for those organization that find an alternate route. Better be prepared against those attacks!

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Getting to grips with military robotics: @TheEconomist explores the future of warfare where fewer humans are alongside more technology #AI #drones #robots

Getting to grips with military robotics: @TheEconomist explores the future of warfare where fewer humans are alongside more technology #AI #drones #robots | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Peter Singer, an expert on future warfare at the New America think-tank, is in no doubt. “What we have is a series of technologies that change the game. They’re not science fiction. They raise new questions. What’s possible?"

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: taking the human out of the equation seems to be the future of warfare, with countries quest for AI dominance the most probable cause to trigger WW3 in the coming years. 

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Protecting digital identity more important than ever: You must "claim" your digital properties: Facebook,  Linkedin, Social security, etc. to protect yourself from thieves & hackers via @BrianKrebs

Protecting digital identity more important than ever: You must "claim" your digital properties: Facebook,  Linkedin, Social security, etc. to protect yourself from thieves & hackers via @BrianKrebs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

KrebsOnSecurity has long warned readers to plant your own flag at the my Social Security online portal of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) — even if you are not yet drawing benefits from the agency — because identity thieves have been registering accounts in peoples’ names and siphoning retirement and/or disability funds.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: It is important to be present on the digital mediums out there, from Facebook to LinkedIn and many others. No need to post or share anything personal, JUST CLAIM YOUR DIGITAL PLACE! Otherwise someone else may - with dire consequences.

I have written some posts that may complete this one from Krebs:

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin/

http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-moi-get-started-10-actions/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/pyramid-of-digital-needs/ 

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