The first robotic micro-sub capable of being used from a larger robotic boat has been on show in the Marine Autonomous and Technology Annual Showcase this November, held at the NOC (National Oceanography Centre).
World Health Organisation launches World Antibiotic Awareness Week this month. Antibiotics development has added 20 years average to our lives. But antibiotic resistance is threatening to make this ineffective, posing a significant future risk as common infections become untreatable. Despite growing awareness, there is little accessible information on how the resistance threat posed is evolving, and how it differs by country. A myriad of bacteria exist, each may acquire different resistance levels to antibiotics. As a result, it is extremely difficult for non-specialists to gain an accurate picture of the threat posed by antibiotic resistance.
"China has the world’s largest market for digital shopping, mobile payments, and Internet-enabled financial services. Close to 400 million people in China do most of their payments using their smartphones. China’s overall business in information technology is a market of well above USD $300 billion, and it is estimated that more than 700 million Chinese have access to Internet. "Professor George Haour of the top-ranked IMD business school, and recent author of the “Created in China”
If it computes, it’s liable to hijacking unless secured with cast-iron software. Makes you wonder about robots! Alien Vault notes that the Mirai botnet is a malware designed to take control of the BusyBox systems commonly used in IoT devices. BusyBox software is a lightweight executable, capable of running several Unix tools in a variety of POSIX environments that have limited resources. It is an ideal candidate for IoT devices, accordingly, it appears that the DDoS attacks of October 21 have been identified as sourced from XiongMai Technologies equipment.
Brexit (and Trump's election) have started a new era in UK and Europe, marked by new laws and regulations. One particular piece of legislation just enacted is the Investigatory Powers Bill - Prime Minister Theresa May's brain child - that establishes the most intrusive online surveillance anywhere in the West.
For the first time in history, online shopping has outweighed shopping in stores this year: consumers now making 51% of their shopping online, compared to 48% in 2015. When people start shopping for their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, kicking off Christmas shopping season, online hackers start their busy season, too. Nearly half (48%) of consumers who shopped online in the past year have experienced payment fraud - which is nearly 80 million people. Many online shops and their clients are still not aware of simple safety protocols as we are entering deeper into all-digital age.
The MOD (Ministry of Defence) aims to focus its investment in specialised centres in Scotland located at Lossiemouth, Faslane and Leuchars, while it is to close 56 other sites, eight in Scotland and three each in Wales and Northern Ireland over the next 15 years.
Smartfrog, a leading ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) start-up, today announced that it will create 35 new jobs at its Dublin Office. Smartfrog chose Ireland for its high tech ecosystem, ease of access to the English speaking markets, and availability of talent. Smartfrog mobile phone (below) is
currently recruiting across a range of positions including finance, sales, marketing and support roles
Keeping a watchful eye on journalists and jobs, Gaberlunzie has found what he believes must be the longest running job advert ever. It’s a Scottish post to boot!! Running for well over six months, it continues to offer the lure for broadcast journalists. Either they are hired and fired within the week, none having lived up to the rigorous demands, or very simply no-one that good is interested in working in Scotland!
Aquarium Software has sympathy for software vendors and technologists like SSP, who have fallen foul of platform outages for prolonged periods of time. They are not the first and are unlikely to be the last as the importance of software underpinning all business, burgeons.
We are going to see more technology outages in the future, so knee-jerk demands for formal regulation may not be the answer.
Five of Scotland’s leading cyber experts will come together to talk at a forthcoming event in Glasgow’s Google Garage on the heightened risk of security breaches to the digital technologies industry in an evening is hosted by Scottish digital technologies trade body ScotlandIS. This will feature discussion on the dangers of security breaches to companies of all sizes. The event will culminate in panel discussion and a Q & A session chaired by Keith McDevitt, head of the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience unit.
In one of the most thought provoking articles on robots, AI and war, today’s software is disclosed as having limits. Writing about Pentagon’s “Terminator conundrum” or robots that could kill on their own,. "New York Times" authors Matthew Rosenberg and the incomparable John Markof, report that the United State has put AI centre in its defence strategy, with weapons that can both identify targets and make decisions
While malware has been a thorn in the side of IT pros for years, some of the recent variants observed by the AlienVault Labs security research team, like Mirai, have turned our own Internet of Things (IoT) devices into weapons against us. Join for a live demo to learn about the most common types of malware, and how you can detect infections quickly with AlienVault.
Hunting for the gift for the person who has everything? How about a new, limited edition, made to order, GOLD drone. Those with the taste for opulence can now add a customised DJI Phantom 4 which comes adorned in a 24-carat gold-plating.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences reports that the world's first experimental quantum communication satellite is running well and that the official experiments will start in November, when all the in-orbit tests have been completed. The news came on the heels of the 2016 Cambridge Wireless Technology & Engineering Conference .
Given that the Qatar National Cyber Security Strategy stressed the importance of developing local cyber security talent, multinational business facilitator Naseba hosted a fun and engaging youth empowerment program named CyQ during the 2nd day of the 9th Cyber Defence Summit that concluded yesterday in Doha.
As Alien Vault holds its webcast on BFA’s (Brute Force Attacks) entitled "Keeping the Bots at Bay" with AlienVault USM, the UK company Context has strengthened its Cyber Advisory and Response teams. Time for all to check security strategies.
Key players in Scotland’s digital technologies industry gather in Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday 6 October) to ask and find out what it takes to build a global business and stay agile while scaling for growth. The issues will be debated as part of the Global Forum at this year’s ScotSoft conference. Two panels of experts will answer questions and share advice, encouragement and their personal war stories with the audience of CEOs and decision makers at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
If events are anything to go by, one of the hot topics at the NISC (National Information Security Conference) next month will be ransomware. SMEs (Small to medium sized) businesses are increasingly worried about the virulent growth of this zero-day threat and it is clear that they are firmly in the cyber criminals sights as they know that they present a softer target for advanced techniques, honed in attacks on large corporates and nation states. The criminals also know that if they price it right, most SMEs will simply pay up, rather than face the disruption along financial losses and embarrassment. The typical demand for an SME is around £350*, which may seem a relatively small price to pay.
CGI launched a lab dedicated to help its trade finance and supply chain clients harness the efficiencies of blockchain for new and existing products. The formal launch at the Sibos finance conference, in Geneva, is part of the company's rapidly increasing use of Ripple's distributed ledger solutions. But, the lab itself will soon explore benefits to trade finance more broadly, as the blockchain becomes strategy technology.
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