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There are threats to your business and mission needs. Tracking them can give you insights that drive your decisions. This is the operating thesis behind ThreatBrief, our daily report on business risks (with a focus on cyber risks). Our analysts and experienced executives are collaborat...
With the public inundated with reports of an alarming number of computer hacks, the question in everyone’s mind is “what is next?” The aviation industry was the center of media attention when Chris Roberts, a controversial computer researcher, was detained by FBI agents after boasting ...
There have been a few announcements on Bright Computing the past few weeks; in this post I highlight two of the most important ones. During the Hadoop Summit last week, Bright Computing unveiled their latest version of Apache Hadoop cluster manager, Version 7.1. This version broadens a...
Every August, hoards of diehard football fans flood the internet in search of information that might provide them with an edge in their upcoming fantasy football drafts. The demand for fantasy sports has been driven by fans' desire to get more involved with the sport they love and fuel...
Editor's note: ICG was a sponsor of Cognitio's Synergy Forum and provided this information at our request.-bg Illumina Consulting Group (ICG) recently conducted an R&D Case Study using their streaming analytics platform, LUX, to process an Insider Threat dataset created by ExactDat...
Remember that "futuristic" movie from 1999 called "Smart House?" Think back to when you thought that this house would never be available in your lifetime. Only 16 years after that movie, we may be owning our very own "Smart House." We expect our phones, tablets, and sometimes even our ...
With this post we are initiating coverage of Verisign. Many in the technology community know Verisign for their domain name registration heritage and their operation of the .com, .net, .edu and .gov top level domains. Verisign has successfully operated the .com DNS infrastructure for a...
Cognitio Corp and Indian River Advisors LLC have just announced a strategic alliance. The text below is from the joint announcement: Cognitio Corp. enters into a strategic alliance with Indian River Advisors, LLC. We are pleased to announce that Cognitio has entered into a strategic al...
Have you ever wished that you could use your finger as a magical stylus to control the world around you? I know I have. Today, there is a tool that turns your finger into a "magical wand." You can write text messages, turn on/off lights, snap a photo, change the song you are listening ...
The dissemination of information plays a critical, even life or death, role in the defense, intelligence and law enforcement communities. Imagine a military unit or person in the field who needs to report back details of an impending attack, or a special forces operative in combat who ...
On Tuesday, May 26, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen announced that there had been “200,000 attempts to illegally access tax information from February to May this year.” With about 100,000 successful attempts, thousands of taxpayers anxiously awaiting news of whether thieves accessed the...
IBM just announced a major new push around Apache Spark. You know Spark, the free and open source complement to Apache Hadoop that gives enterprises better ability to field fast, unified applications that combine multiple workloads, including streaming over all your data. For years it ...
Thanks to Amazon.com we are able to provide our readers with a free copy of the Kindle version of our book on The Cyber Threat during a special three day promotion running 15, 16 and 17 June 2015. The book was written to provide actionable insights into the cyber threat specially aimed...
SINETInnovation Summit  connects Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the Beltway in order to facilitate and accelerate the business of Cybersecurity.  The full-day agenda promotes public-private collaboration through presentations and interactive panel discussions by the world’s most respe...
Our friends at FedScoop and Brocade have collaborated with leaders from across government and industry to build an incredibly compelling agenda for the 17 June Federal Forum. Speakers include the Federal Government's CIO, the CIOs from DHS, DoD, HHS, Commerce, Transportation, plus seni...
Craig Federighi, Apple's senior VP of software engineering, has just demoed the new in OS X and iOS 9 operating systems. Siri got a complete make-over and the search tool, Spotlight, has become a tool that you will actually use. Now you can use Spotlight to search within apps; you can ...
Distracted driving is on the rise, an now new technologies are emerging to combat this issue. Some of this new technology includes: a camera that detects where your car is in busy highway lanes, a wheel that will start to shake when your car is drifting lanes, and cruise control option...
The video embedded below and at this link provides lessons learned, use cases and architecture elements of use to enterprise architects. It focused on the power of SAS and Apache Hadoop, and features two of SAS's  most highly regarded thought leaders, Doug Liming and Erin Stevens. We w...
On Monday, 8 June 2015, Tony Scott, Chief Information Officer for President Obama, issued a memorandum that requires all federal websites and services to switch to HTTPS, a more secure method of connection than plain HTTP, by December 31, 2016.  This change means all traffic is treated...
Monday, Hortonworks unveiled a new version of of their Hortonworks Data Platform which will ease enterprise adoption by eliminating administration complexities, improving developer productivity, enhancing security and data governance and delivering proactive cluster monitoring. The Hor...
On 15 April 2015, Chris Dorobek hosted a GovLoop discussion between Karen Evans, former CIO of the federal government and currently national director of the US Cyber Challenge, Alan Paller, the highly respected founder and research director of the SANS Institute, and me (Bob Gourley), ...
Bob Gourley was interviewed by AP radio news for context on the recent OPM hack. Listen to the result here: Do you agree with the point about the value of this information to adversaries? Track these and other cyber threats by subscribing to our Daily Threat Brief, where we examine adv...
The list below is an update to our reference of "Cyber Security Wake-Up Calls."  What does it take to be on the list? Generally each of the events below was so significant policy makers were loudly proclaiming to all who would listen that they were a wake-up call. This means there are ...
Strata + Hadoop World, happening September 29 - October 1 is where cutting-edge science and new business fundamentals intersect. It’s a deep-immersion event where data scientists, analysts, and executives explore the latest in emerging techniques and technologies by dissecting case stu...
Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a modern information technology enterprise is a big job. Cyber security breaches are becoming common news. The role of security is becoming more and more important in the IT sector. To solve security issues and to provide a r...
Windows 10 will support the next version of the Fast Identification Online protocol. The FIDO  (Fast IDentity Online) alliance has developed “technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance on passwords to authenticate us...
Datameer has just launched a new capability of relevance to every enterprise CTO: Enhancements to enterprise governance. This helps address one of the biggest gaps in modern data management, the issue of ensuring that what the government wants done with data is getting done with data.....
Today, Tado launches their Smart AC Control, the first device that will make any remote-controlled air conditioner "smart". Tado’s device interfaces with over 85% of the world’s air conditioners, including both portable and window units. After being placed near the air conditioner, the...
Datameer has just announced their introduction of new data governance capabilities in a Hadoop environment. This is a push towards assisting organizations with data quality, security and compliance problems that result from the growth of analytics tools by business users. With Datameer...
Tony Frazier just published something at the Digital Globe blog that struck me as interesting from a technology perspective and especially virtuous from a mission support angle. DigitalGlobe is one of the community's most exiting and capable firms, providing space-based imagery and the...
A new wearable called Thync might be able to boost your energy or calm your nerves by sticking the device to your forehead. Thync’s device, which goes on sale today for $299, is the latest in a growing array of new wearables that promise to alter moods and mental states. Before Thync, ...
Really interesting post via BanyanOps New tech introduces changes in the way we have to fix and operate: Docker Hub is a central repository for Docker developers to pull and push container images. We performed a detailed study on Docker Hub images to understand how vulnerable they are ...
Tuesday, June 2 Microsoft and Wunderlist announced their joining of forces. I've been using and recommending Wunderlist to others for months and can see why Microsoft was so interested in them. Now we all have to hope Microsoft keeps Wunderlist focused on what matters most to us. Here ...
According to Greg Young of the Gartner Group, many organizations are taking the “adopt first, secure later” approach to the cloud. Currently, IT organizations are initially finding ways to meet emerging business requirements, and then realizing the necessity of identifying additional s...
New devices are coming to market every day, offering storage or computing power in a wearable format.  The latest trends are watches, like the Apple Watch, which lets you listen to music, talk to your friends, and read your mail, or the ReVault, which lets you carry up to 128 GB of dat...
The Register is reporting that badly configured software, installed incorrectly, is responsible for the crash of an Airbus A400M transport plane. Engine control software, installed wrong, was to blame. The A400M crashed just after takeoff on its first real production test flight, 9 May...
The 2015 Global Connected Aircraft Conference will be held 8-10 June 2015 in Chantilly Virginia. Of particular interest to those of you who fly (which is all of you isn't it?) will be a 10 June panel diving into cybersecurity. There are definite cyber threats to aircraft, including air...
Techonomy is on a mission. Founded by David Kirkpatrick and Simone Ross, Techonomy has a vision and an ethos that focuses them on making the world a better place, a happier, healthier, wealthier and more peaceful place. Those are pretty lofty goals, and I've never heard David or Simone...
The Commonwealth of Virginia announced research commercialization awards today, including many friends and readers of CTOvision, so we wanted to share this announcement.   Governor McAuliffe Announces Research Commercialization Awards ~ Investments target research and commercializ...
On April 30 2015 industry leaders and government practitioners gathered in Tysons Corner at Cognitio's Synergy Forum to discuss technology trends, innovation, and ways to enhance enterprise and mission outcomes. Technology and Emerging Concepts for Enhanced Cybersecurity, the forum’s f...