NuData Security and Varonis make some powerful pitches to rub up on user names and passwords with NuData Security director Lisa Baergen admitting ruefully to sounding “like a broken record; but here we are again, news of yet another hack attack hits the wire. It’s only been a couple of weeks since TeamViewer user accounts were hijacked, and now GoToMYPC hit by a very sophisticated password attack. No matter how long it takes to come out, the bottom line is that organisations have to stop thinking “what IF” and accepting it should be seen as “ WHEN” we get hit…
With the EU referendum on the brink, many things apart from engineering and scientific research are overlooked. innovation within the UK cyber security industry also now hangs somewhat in the balance. Regardless of whether you are in or out, the cyber security skills gap is real. And the UK with London in particular - is at a great advantage by being able to attract talent from all over the world.
The Industry 4.0 revolution blurs that line between physical and virtual worlds, forcing manufacturers to accelerate digital modernisation. With the sector facing the possibility of a third recession in the space of a decade, the future of manufacturing holds both serious threats as well as significant opportunities.
Professor Caroline Dean of the John Innes Centre receives the accolade of an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The Norfolk plant scientist has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire both for her work in understanding genetic regulation and LAO for her commitment to advancing careers for women working in science.
The leading event in the Scottish tech calendar will be bigger than ever this year as it returns with a ramped up strand for developers. ScotSoft 2016 is coming to the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 6 October. Hosted by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS, Scotsoft will bring together more than 1,000 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh . This year, its Developers Conference will run for a full day thanks to its 2015 popularity
IBM has launched its first cloud-based development environment for near real-time, high performance analytics. Giving data scientists the ability to access and ingest data in order to deliver insight-driven models to developers, it is available on IBM Cloud Bluemix platform, where this 'Data Science Experience' provides 250 curated data sets, open source tools and a collaborative workspace helping data scientists uncover and share insights with developers, making it easier and quicker to develop intelligent applications.
Once upon a time it was Personnel. Then it became Human Resources. Later it emerged as Human Capital Management. Well, now the new Bob on the resources block is Hibob (er Hi, Bob!) that has raised $7.5m and covers everything, from gender, kids, leaders, kindness, male, female, hobbies and sports. It's the ubiquitous everything and more, advanced worker+ management software.
Exam officials have admitted mistakes were made in a national computing science exam sat by thousands of pupils, as calls mount for a review. A spokesman for the SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority) said: “The National 5 computing science exam paper met our published course and assessment specifications." But admitted "The paper did contain a small number of typographical errors."
Infosecurity Europe running from today at Olympia, London is likely to generate a flood of security problems and solutions. One such, NSFOCUS Cloud is designed to withstand the most extreme conditions and initial Cloud DDoS Protection Solution and provides robust
on-demand DDoS attack mitigation services.
Anagram Systems has launched Encore Connect, a software application that enables field-based sales staff to access and update customer, prospect and product information via internet enabled smartphones and tablets. Connect has been designed to shorten the sales-cycle by reducing manual administration, freeing up users to focus on generating business.
An highly auspicious election has Professor Vicki Hanson, selected as President of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery) the world’s largest computing society, which now also now sets a precedent with its all female Executive Committee! Not only does Professor Hanson provide an outstanding role model for girls to adopt STEM subjects and technology, among many roles, she is also Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee
Ubiquiti Networks has warned its customers about a worm targeting the company’s products by exploiting a critical vulnerability that was believed patched nearly a year ago. According to the wireless networking product manufacturer, the malware is designed to target routers, access points and other devices, running outdated versions of the airOS firmware, including airMAX M (airRouter), AirMAX AC, airOS 802.11G, ToughSwitch, airGateway and airFiber.
SoftBank Robotics Corp and SoftBank Corp announce its humanoid robot ‘Pepper' will support Google's Android, and the pre-sales of models for developers will begin from July 2016. Ahead of the pre-sales launch, starting today, SoftBank Robotics offer a beta version of “Pepper SDK for Android Studio,” a software development kit enabling the development of RoboApps on the Android platform.
People use laptops and smartphones to save and organise life – protected only by a password or a PIN. These are often not secure, and can be forgotten as so many are required and users do not choose or store them well. But biometric identifiers, fingerprints, voice or iris scans, allow users to be easily and securely identified. Going one better, computer scientists from University of Saarland and University of Stuttgart introduce a new “SkullConduct” biometric identifier for users of the eyewear computer Google Glass. Their system uses the skull to provide a digital access code and this method could also secure smartphones.
How far do you think most SMB businesses will go to beat their competition online asks Shai Aharony founder of Reboot Online. He finds the answer disturbing. When asked if they would like to hire a service that would sabotage a competitor’s website and guarantee its removal from Google search results (ie) Negative SEO 47% accepted the offer and asked for payment details. Some 31% accepted, pending more information. That’s 78% of businesses interested or outright accept the offer of dishing negative SEO on a competitor in a practice
both Illegal and underhand.
Tony Martin, Professor of Animal Conservation at Dundee University is named "Conservationist of the Year" in recognition of exceptional leadership with the world’s largest rodent eradication operation. Co-author of a new study, Professor Tim Guilford Department of Zoology at Oxford explains, “If fishing lines are set at night, Europe's most endangered seabird, the Balearic shearwater, (fewer than 3,200 breeding pairs, decline roughly 14% a year) doesn't run the risk of being entangled by nets - that have the seabird "on the road to extinction." Now animal and bird data can be successfully assessed using a newly developed Google "Images App Morphic" to describe geographical variation in visible traits of organisms.
A student team of some 10 girls and boys from West Linton Primary School in the Scottish Borders has won the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology’s) FLL (FIRST LEGO League) UK and Ireland final and gone on to win an Innovation Award for their project at the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, USA.
Edinburgh University is offering £31,656 - £37,768 a year for a Research Associate in Programming Languages on the project “Skye: A programming language bridging theory and practice for scientific data curation”. The successful candidate will have expertise in foundations and functional programming.
A new model makes landslides and slope failures easier to predict. One for the Rest & be Thankful perhaps? The threat of slope instability will be easier to predict in future. Scientists working on an Austrian Science Fund project have succeeded in developing a new numerical model for this purpose that enables the calculation of important physical factors relating to slope stability for the first time. Due to the complexity of the factors involved, this has not been possible until now.
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