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#hacking | 5 Key Security Lessons From The Cloud Hopper Mega Hack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

In December 2019, the U.S. government issued indictments against two Chinese hackers who were allegedly involved in a multi-year effort to penetrate the systems of companies managing data and applications for customers via the computing cloud. The men, who remain at large, are thought to be part of a Chinese hacking collective known as APT10.

A recently published investigation by the Wall Street Journal revealed that the hacking campaign, dubbed “Cloud Hopper” by security researchers, impacted a wider set of cloud companies than was previously thought. The hackers used their access to these firms to target some of their customers in what has became one of the biggest corporate espionage efforts in history.

The latest news is unlikely to deter businesses from entrusting more of their data and applications to the computing cloud as they seek to drive down costs and boost efficiency. But the affair holds some important security lessons for CIOs and other senior tech executives overseeing cloud projects:

Nation-state hackers are now the biggest threat to cloud security

CIOs have long counted on the fact that managed service providers (MSPs), who hold data and manage applications for businesses via the cloud, can invest far more in cybersecurity defenses than most companies. By handing over management of data and applications to MSPs, customers receive a higher level of protection in return. Bruce Schneier, a well-known security expert, has described this arrangement as “feudal security”.

In reality, responsibility for cybersecurity is shared between cloud providers and their customers, but the fundamental belief has been that cloud businesses are far less likely to be targeted by hackers because of their ability to spend so heavily on defenses. This spending was enough to deter cyber criminals and other hackers, but the rise of nation-state hackers has created a new group with the means and patience to take on even the big-spending cloud companies.

The Cloud Hopper attackers, who had been at work for a number of years before they were discovered, reportedly targeted at least a dozen MSPs, including IBM and DXC Technology in the U.S., and CGI in Canada. If they found weaknesses in cloud companies’ defenses, they exploited them to hop across different customers’ networks, stealing intellectual property, security clearances and other data as they went.

Cloud companies can still get basic cyber hygiene wrong

Cloud companies are investing heavily in the latest and greatest security automation tools. But these are of little value if basic security practices aren’t effective. The attackers behind Cloud Hopper were able to get hold of security credentials by sending spoof emails to workers at cloud businesses. They then leveraged the access these “spear-phishing” attacks gave them to install malware that let them steal security credentials and conduct reconnaissance.

Once inside cloud companies’ systems, the hackers were able to find so-called “jump servers” that let them access different customers’ networks. They were certainly highly skilled, managing to make their activity appear like normal traffic, but better network segmentation and monitoring would almost certainly have helped limit the damage. The lesson here is for CIOs and their security teams to put even more focus on basic cyber hygiene as part of their due diligence efforts when sizing up cloud providers.

Shared infrastructure inevitably creates hidden risks

There is a hidden level of risk in cloud services that isn’t visible to customers using them. Even if a company has done robust due diligence on an MSP, there’s always a risk that hackers can breach another of its customers with relatively weak security and then use the access as a jumping off point to the cloud company. From there, they can then attack customers using its services in the same way that the Cloud Hopper hackers did. Preventing this from happening is hard, but one important step is to ensure that use of “jump servers” is subject to especially tight security.

The cloud must be treated as an extension of a company’s network

Shifting workloads and data to cloud providers can lull companies into a false sense of security. “You think you can set it and forget it, but you can’t,” says Ed Cabrera, chief cybersecurity officer of Trend Micro and a former chief information security officer of the U.S. Secret Service.

The same practices CIOs would apply to their companies’ on-premise systems should guide how they approach the cloud, too. These include things like ensuring strong encryption is used for intellectual property and other sensitive data residing in cloud services and ensuring that things such as digital keys for application programming interfaces are held securely. When companies set up cloud deals, they often think they can save money on security, but cutting too deep could leave them more vulnerable.

Getting information about suspected breaches can be a challenge

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trying to uncover the full extent of the Cloud Hopper campaign have found it hard to get a clear picture of this because MSPs have sometimes been reluctant to share information with their customers, according to the Wall Street Journal’s investigation.

Cloud companies such as IBM and DXC have repeatedly claimed they have worked closely with any client concerned about the attacks and that there have been no material adverse impacts on customers.

The Cloud Hopper campaign nevertheless raises important questions about whether more can be done to improve collaboration in future. The DHS is reportedly keen to add clauses to cloud contracts that would compel providers to participate fully in any future breach investigations. Companies may want to review their own contracts too. “Transparency will not emerge on its own,” says Matt Butkovic, technical director, cyber risk and resilience at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. “It’s going to require direct action by the consumers of cloud services.”

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#deepweb | CES 2020 Exhibitor Profiles: Gemalto to Jabra

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Company:

Gemalto, a Thales company

Booth:

Tech East – Westgate – IoT Pavilion – 2913

Web:

www.gemalto.com – www.thalesgroup.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Gemalto_NA

Gemalto, a Thales company, has been pioneering IoT solutions for 25 years. We provide essential building blocks for secure data exchange between devices and the cloud through cellular connectivity. OEMs rely on our portfolio of hardware, software & services: Future-proof Cinterion IoT Modules, Terminals, Modem Cards and eSIMs connect any IoT application and enable an evolution to next generation networks.

 

 

 

  Company:

Gift3r App

Booth:

52957

Web:

https://www.gift3rapp.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/gift3rapp

Gift3r App is a cloud-based application and digital marketing platform for electronic gift cards that brings people together while supporting local businesses. Gift3r App empowers users to send and receive gift cards to their favorite businesses in three clicks. For businesses, Gift3r App makes the multi-billion-dollar gift card industry accessible to companies with a less-costly and complicated digital gift giving platform. Expected to launch in 2020, Gift3r App was founded by award-winning restaurant business owner Anastasios Tirkas with the expertise of international leaders in the payment and banking industries. For more information, visit gift3rapp.com.

 

 

 

  Company:

GIGABYTE Technology

Booth:

20925

Web:

www.gigabyte.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/gigabyteserver?lang=en

GIGABYTE is an engineer, visionary, and leader in the world of tech that uses its hardware expertise, patented innovations, and industry leadership to create, inspire, and advance. Renowned for over 30 years of award-winning excellence, GIGABYTE is a cornerstone in the HPC community, providing businesses with server and data center expertise to accelerate their success. At the forefront of evolving technology, GIGABYTE is devoted to invent smart solutions that enable digitalization from edge to cloud, and allow customers to capture, analyze, and transform digital information into economic data that can benefit humanity and “Upgrade Your Life”.

 

 

 

  Company:

GlobaLogic Inc.

Booth:

11754

Web:

http://www.globallogic.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GlobalLogic

GlobalLogic is a leader in digital product engineering. We help our clients design and build innovative products, platforms, and digital experiences for the modern world. By integrating strategic design, complex engineering, and vertical industry expertise — we help our clients imagine what’s possible and accelerate their transition into tomorrow’s digital businesses. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, GlobalLogic operates design studios and engineering centers around the world, extending our deep expertise to customers in the communications, automotive, healthcare, technology, media and entertainment, manufacturing, and semiconductor industries.

 

 

 

  Company:

GOOD WAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

Booth:

LVCC South Hall 4 – 35750

Web:

www.goodway.com.tw

Good Way, world leading provider of PC peripherals and IOT products, will introduce latest products at CES 2020 in booth 35750, LVCC South Hall 4. We provide a better solution in the office for enhancing productivity and collaboration, including Dock for professional expert, Conference Dock, Ergonomics Dock and Mobility Dock.

 

  Wireless IOT solution of smart lighting in home, office and asset management applications with deployment of wireless technologies such as BLE5.0 and Mesh/Wi-Fi/Z-Wave. With in-house RD expertise and experience, we are capable to provide the vertical integration of hardware, firmware, APP and cloud management to fulfill the dynamic IOT service.

 

 

 

  Company:

GroPod

Booth:

Sands, Hall G – 51049

Web:

https://gropod.io/

An IoT hydroponic appliance with a seed pod subscription described as “Keurig for food”. Anyone can be a farmer with our hardware and cloud software.

 

 

 

  Company:

HAIER

Booth:

11421

Web:

https://www.haier-europe.com/fr_FR/web/fr

In the late 1990s, Haier Group entered “Internationalization Strategy Stage”, in an effort to tap into overseas markets.

 

  Unlike some Chinese enterprises pursuing short-term gains as international manufacturing factories in overseas markets, Haier, since the beginning of its international expansion, has formulated a “Brand Building” strategy with a commitment to offering the product quality, technical specification and after-sale service of the highest standards to overseas customers under its own brand. Statistics show that the export of Chinese household appliances occupies only 2.46% of the total overseas market share, 82% of which comes from Haier.

 

  Branding relies on successful market development strategy. While formulating differentiation tactics, Haier came up with the “three-step strategy” of “going out, going in and going up”. That is, first gain ground in the traditional major household appliance markets like Europe, USA and Japan by making into the niche markets, then with the advantageous positions obtained in these major markets, rapidly expand the market presence in the developing countries. Next, take to the main channels of local markets with localized products that meet mainstream local user needs, and ultimately become the market leader of high-end and innovative products. Currently, Haier has entered the top ten chain channels in Europe and USA with its markets across over 100 countries and regions. Every minute on average 125 overseas consumers are becoming Haier customers.

 

 

 

  Company:

Hampton Products

Booth:

Sands, Halls A-D – 43131

Web:

https://buyhampton.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/arraybyhampton

Hampton Products develops and manufactures the Array by Hampton® connected home family of products and BenjiLock by Hampton® locks and hardware. Hampton is a leading innovator of security hardware products and a trusted leader in security, dedicated to serving consumers with secure products and solutions that are easy to install and easy to use. The company has sold more than 1.5 billion door locks, padlocks, door hardware and security lights since 1990 under the Brink’s®, Hampton®, Mountain Security®, Wright Products®, ACE Hardware and other security brand names.

 

 

 

  Company:

Hancom Group

Booth:

25628

Web:

https://www.hancom.com/global/index.jsp

South Korea’s leading ICT company Hancom will present its visions for making the world better through pioneering future innovation for an ever-evolving tech industry.

 

  Hancom will share with the industry how it uniquely envisions Robotics, Smart City and AI Life Blockchain technology.

 

  Come visit us at the Show located at South Hall 2, AI & Robotics, Booth 25628 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

  Founded in 1989, today Hancom Group is a leader in creating innovative ecosystems that will lead the world through the convergence of technology.

 

 

 

  Company:

Hatch

Booth:

45224

Web:

www.hatch.co

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/hatchbaby

Hatch has helped over half a million families sleep better, and they’re just getting started. Hatch’s newest product helps you get your best sleep, bringing together what’s proven to work and making it simple. Hatch will be showcasing their newest sleep device — this time for adults — designed to simplify and personalize the way that you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up.

 

 

 

  Company:

HeardThat

Booth:

51304

Web:

www.heardthatapp.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/heardthatapp

More than 466 million people worldwide are affected by hearing loss. The first step in helping people is an in-ear hearing aid. However, the weakness of even the most sophisticated hearing aids is the challenge of separating speech from background noise. Hearing aids tend to amplify all sound, making it difficult to conversations in a noisy environment

 

  HeardThat harnesses the power of machine learning, to turn your smartphone into a futuristic hearing assistant, tuning out background noise to enable individuals with hearing loss to hear speech more clearly, allowing them to engage in conversations they would otherwise have trouble hearing.

 

 

 

  Company:

Hiber

Booth:

51726

Web:

https://hiber.global/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/HiberGlobal

Hiber, Dutch NewSpace, recently launched the world’s first global IoT satellite network for remote areas and developing countries, opening up a £100bn opportunity for growth in the wider IoT market. This is powered by Hiber’s two nano-satellites which are circling the earth 16 times a day. Hiber is helping its customers to reduce the effects of climate change, preserve bee colonies and stop illegal overfishing. A testament to this, Hiber has been selected to receive funding from the European Commission who are offering €278 million to 75 start-ups/SMEs ‘set to shape the future’.

 

 

 

  Company:

Hirose Electric

Booth:

44349

Ticker Symbol & Exchange:

6806:JP (TOKYO Stock Exchange)

Web:

www.hirose.com

Hirose Electric develops interconnect solutions that satisfy the industry’s most demanding challenges. Visit CES 2020 booth, #44349 to see Hirose’s user-friendly, space-saving designs for next-generation applications including automotive, consumer, data center, IoT, mobile, smart devices, and wearables. This includes Hirose’s FX26 Series and BM46 Series, which were selected as CES 2020 Innovation Award Honorees. With vibration and high heat resistance up to 140°C, the FX26 floating BtB connector was selected in the ‟Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation” category. Chosen in the ‟Mobile Devices and Accessories” category, the BM46 multi-RF board-to-board connector supports next generation high speed communications like WiGig and 5G.

 

 

 

  Company:

Hizero Technologies

Booth:

Sands, 42955

Web:

www.hizero.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Hizero_Inc

Founded in 2013, HIZERO Technologies CO., LTD specialises in innovative cleaning technology. Inspired by bionics, we created the world’s first dual-use and self-cleanable floor cleaner, HIZERO. It integrates the current dry cleaning tools (e.g. brooms and vacuum cleaners) and wet cleaning tools (e.g. damp paper towels and mops) into one. Established by a group of engineers and designers, we pursue a perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality.

 

  Originated from the nature, HIZERO will make your life easier and simpler. Floor care will never be any easier, it will no longer be considered a chore but a pleasure.

 

 

 

  Company:

Holst Centre

Booth:

Sands, Halls A-D – 40950 (Smart Home)

Web:

https://www.holstcentre.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/HolstCentre

Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics. Our fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in, for example, healthcare and lifestyle. At CES we focus on human centric wearables for smart health. Human centric wearables provide opportunities to address the challenges todays society faces with regards to the well-being of people that’s is being compromised. By integrating electronics in textiles we build on the intimacy of clothing and augment its expressive and communicative qualities. For more information visit www.holstcentre.com.

 

 

 

  Company:

HumanEyes Technologies

Booth:

Wynn Encore Hospitality Suites

Web:

https://www.humaneyes.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/vuzecamera?lang=en

HumanEyes Technologies is an innovative, R&D powerhouse, providing holistic 3D-Virtual Reality development and system solutions. The company, founded in digital graphics and imaging systems, has pioneered the natural evolution to immersive imaging through their high performance, yet reasonably affordable 3D-VR solutions. Since 2014 the innovative Vuze camera line, combined with its creative suite, provides end-to-end edit and sharing solutions for Enterprise, Professional, and Enthusiast segments. The company’s products and services leverage HET’s patented 3D and Virtual Reality technologies.

 

 

 

  Company:

Human Touch

Booth:

36017

Web:

www.humantouch.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/htfeelbetter

For more than 40 years, Human Touch has proudly served as the country’s leading provider and innovator of high-performance massage chairs, zero gravity recliners and other wellness solutions. Committed to creating the most immersive and personalized independent wellness experiences, Human Touch introduces patented massage systems that replicate the touch and techniques used by leading massage professionals. Each product is strategically engineered and designed to address the pains and stresses caused by today’s hectic lifestyle using the latest technologies and intelligent ergonomics. Products are available at fine furniture stores, back care specialty stores, and mass-market retailers across the U.S., through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries.

 

 

 

  Company:

HZO Inc.

Booth:

Westgate, Suite 4109

Web:

https://www.HZO.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/HZOinside

HZO is a global leader in delivering world-class protective nano coatings that safeguard electronics from the most demanding corrosive and liquid environments. The Company brings together people, process, capital equipment, and material science; leveraging an extensive patent portfolio to create unique solutions to meet specific customer requirements. Working with some of the largest companies across industries including consumer electronics, IoT, medical device and automotive, HZO delivers a better, more reliable, and more durable water-resistant and waterproof product that reduces costly returns, improves customer satisfaction and drives overall brand value. For additional information on HZO, visit www.hzo.com.

 

 

 

  Company:

Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH

Booth:

4627

Web:

https://www.ibeo-as.com/en

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/IbeoAutomotive

Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH has positioned itself as a global technology leader for LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors and the associated products and software tools. This technology is used in vehicle assistance systems and in the field of autonomous driving. Ibeo has made it its mission to reinvent mobility by transforming vehicles into cooperative partners, thus making road traffic even safer. Ibeo employs more than 400 people at its locations in Hamburg (Germany), Eindhoven (Netherlands), and Detroit (USA).

 

  Since 2016, automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has held a 40 per cent share in Ibeo through Zukunft Ventures GmbH. In 2018, Ibeo has celebrated its 20th anniversary.

 

 

 

  Company:

ICON.AI

Booth:

50530

Web:

www.icon.ai

ICON.AI named as CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree for [Venus, Smart Makeup Mirror with Alexa Built-in]. World’s Smartest Multi-Functional Smart Makeup Mirror, Venus is a Smart Makeup Mirror with 7″ Touchscreen LCD with Alexa built-in, 360 degree omni-directional Speakers, Bluetooth, Table Mood Lamp, LED Ring Lights for Makeup, Anti-Fingerprint/Tempered Mirror, Wi-fi, two microphones, Camera with Built-in shutter and Skin Diagnostic, AR Makeup, etc.

 

 

 

  Company:

idrive Inc.

Booth:

51114

Web:

www.idriveglobal.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/idriveglobal

DASHCAMs for Fleet Monitoring – Idrive provides the world’s most intelligent vehicle camera system with built-in artificial intelligence features including: Facial Recognition, Distracted & Drowsy Driving Detection, Safe Distance Warning, Seatbelt Detection and Accident Prediction. Idrive’s AI Cam is a dual vision HD camera that captures real-time video telematics and GPS tracking data for fleet and driver monitoring.

 

  Iris is idrive’s cloud-based vehicle fleet management platform that uses data collected from idrive’s powerful AI cam to manage a fleet’s productivity and efficiency. Iris auto-organizes and scores driver behavior, putting your fleet management data into easy to understand actionable intelligence.

 

 

 

  Company:

iGlass USA inc

Booth:

50712

Web:

www.iglassus.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/iGlassARTheater?lang=en

iGlass USA inc is a leading Silicon Valley display technology company providing innovative Big-Screen-Size, Small-Form-Factor, Light-Weight AR/XR glasses, with laser projector type of UltraSharp visual quality, at affordable consumer price. Its 300-inch Mobile AR screen and 300-inch Mobile TV-Glasses provides Mobile Big Screen for smart phones, gaming consoles, works as Monitor screen, LCD TV, Laser TV and Movie Theater screen replacement, provides theater experience at home or in college dorm, on airplane, train, bus, and car, and works as hardware platform for education and medical applications.

 

 

Business Model: B to B to C, NRE + License Fee.

 

 

 

  Company:

Immersion Corporation

Booth:

MP25579

Ticker Symbol & Exchange:

IMMR (Nasdaq)

Web:

www.immersion.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/HapticsDev

Haptics revolutionizes the human-machine interface in a digital world through the power of touch. Technology from Immersion makes interacting with touchscreens feel more natural, emotional, and familiar for a realistic and immersive experience. For example, a driver can sense the pushing of a button, turning a knob, or spinning a dial when touching the glass front of a dashboard. As the leading innovator of haptics, Immersion’s technology is in 3+ billion devices in mobile, automotive, gaming, and the IoT. Come visit us at CES in meeting room #MP25579.

 

 

 

  Company:

Immervision Inc.

Booth:

Westgate, suite 7121

Web:

www.immervision.com

Immervision enables intelligent vision to any device. We design wide-angle lenses with augmented resolution to see more and AI-ready image processing for smarter professional application, consumer devices, automotive, robotics, and medical. We believe that vision is key to understand and secure the environment and to entertain, so we adapt constantly our technology and license it to the state of the art eco-system of component manufacturers, OEMs and ODMs.

 

 

 

  Company:

Immoshoot

Booth:

Sands, Hall G – 50849

Web:

www.immoshoot.info

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/immoshoot

Immoshoot is the first global real estate web portal that interacts with advertising signage to integrate market information with community content. Whether you are a consumer who’s buying or renting, or a sales or rental agent managing a comprehensive portfolio, Immoshoot is the only tool that allows for the sorting, synthesizing and sharing of community-generated information. Winner of a 2020 CES Innovation Award, the real estate platform is the only real-time database that allows for geo-targeted organization, listing notes and active community content; producing industry searches both impeccably organized while allowing for the clearest picture of a particular community.

 

 

 

  Company:

Industrial Technology Research Institute

Booth:

25650

Web:

http://www.itri.org/eng

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/itri_taiwan

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. Over the years, ITRI has incubated over 280 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world. For more information, please visit: http://www.itri.org/eng.

 

 

 

  Company:

Innosparks Pte Ltd

Booth:

52502

Web:

www.airbitat.com

Ideal for cooling open spaces, Airbitat Compact Coolers are powerfully cool even in challenging environments from tropical to arid climates. Powered by Reevac™ Deep Cooling Technology, Airbitat is always 50% more effective in delivering deeper cooling than conventional evaporative coolers in every environment, and 80% more energy-efficient than air-conditioning. Airbitat cools deeply without waste heat generation and use of compressors or chemical refrigerants. Airbitat is an innovation of ST Engineering Innosparks, Singapore’s first engineering-based incubator and an Open Innovation Lab of ST Engineering, a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.

 

 

 

  Company:

IONIQ Skincare

Booth:

44374

Web:

www.ioniqskin.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/IONIQ_skincare

IONIQ is a smart skin care device that combines advanced German spraying technologies with the empathy for the skin to protect everyone better from skin cancer and premature aging. We started with the idea to develop a smart device that uses an ionic mechanism. This is how ION-IQ was born to IONIQ. Its worldwide innovative technology works through a magnetic like attraction to spray skin care products evenly onto the skin without the need to rub it in anymore. We have made it our mission to make it more fun, easy and convenient to care for the skin. #IQfeelgood

 

 

 

  Company:

IoThink Solutions

Booth:

51050

Web:

http://www.iothink-solutions.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/IoThinkOfficial

Do you have a connectivity project? IOTHINK SOLUTIONS is a software IoT/M2M company, based on different technologies we offer a suite of IoT tools to make you completely independent in your connectivity project. Founded in 2016 by two experienced entrepreneurs and specialists in the field of IT telecommunications and energy efficiency, we provide the necessary IoT tools to monitor, control and analyze your equipment remotely from your 100% customizable IoT/M2M platform. This all-in-one monitoring solution is designed to address such markets as Smart Building, Smart Industry, Smart City, Smart Retail, Smart Energy and Smart Agriculture. IOTHINK SOLUTIONS makes IoT Simple.

 

 

 

  Company:

iWater Tech LLC

Booth:

50935

Web:

www.iwater.tech

iWater Tech today launched its iWater Smart Shower System, a retro-fitable, modestly-priced shower device designed to connect, control and conserve water used in showers.

 

  The iWater Smart Shower goes to work seamlessly when you turn on the water. After reaching your desired temperature, it throttles back the water flow until you get in. It monitors your position and adjusts flow accordingly. When you’re under the shower head, you get full water flow. Step back and the flow is reduced.

 

  You save 15 – 25% water & energy without changing your behavior or compromising your experience.

 

 

 

  Company:

Jabra

Booth:

16714

Web:

https://www.jabra.com

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/we_are_jabra

Jabra is a leader in engineering communications and sound solutions – innovating to empower both consumers and businesses. Proudly part of the GN Group, we are committed to letting people hear more, do more, and be more than they ever thought possible. Through sound and video, we help transform lives. Jabra engineering excellence leads the way, building on 150 years of pioneering work. This allows us to create integrated headsets and communications tools that help professionals work more productively; wireless headphones and earbuds that let consumers better enjoy calls, music, and media; and pioneering video conferencing solutions, enabling seamless collaboration between distributed teams.

 

 

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#cybersecurity | hacker | Achieving an audacious goal by treating cybersecurity like a science

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

When humans
discovered and learned to ‘obey’ the laws of physics and chemistry, we began to
thrive in our world.  It enabled us to make
fire, build machines much stronger than ourselves, to cure diseases, to fly.

What will it
take for us to thrive in the world of cyberspace?  What are its laws – its set of primitives and
rules?  Just like our scientists learned
to honor the fundamental elements of matter & gravity in our physical world,
our cybersecurity scientists must honor the fundamental elements of our virtual
world – speed & connectivity.

However, organizations
often ignore these fundamentals, bolting on cybersecurity solutions that slow
you down or make it hard to communicate; they’re doing the equivalent of
“ignoring gravity”.  Just as you wouldn’t
want to be on a plane whose designer failed to accommodate the effects of
weight or friction, you wouldn’t want to be on a cybersecurity platform that
fails to accommodate the Internet’s fundamental forces.

To build a
cybersecurity foundation that will work now, and continue to work in a world
exponentially faster and more connected, we must start treating cybersecurity
more like a science.

When the internet
began, it was built upon principles of game-changing speed and a deep
understanding of the importance of connectivity.  Security and privacy were not needed for its first
small group of trusted users.  Consequently,
security and privacy have not kept up as the internet has matured. In fact, it’s
the cyber adversaries—not the defenders—who have shown to master speed and
connectivity to overcome security and privacy.

A useful
analogy here is found in the scientific study of the Big Bang.

The (Digital)
Big Bang

Billions of
years after the creation of the universe, physicists and chemists study the Cosmic
Big Bang’s fundamental elements and their interactions, in part to explain what
things are made of and how they behave; protons naturally stay separated
because they repel each other, but check out the massive amount of energy that
results from protons that get fused!

In the same
vein, we can take on the mindset in cybersecurity to look at the birth of the
digital universe and attempt to understand what is driving it forward.  Consider these facts:

  • It took just 50 years from the beginnings of the internet for the explosive forces of digital speed and connectivity to transform society from the Industrial Age to the Information Age.
  • 90 percent of all the data ever created was generated in the last two years.
  • The internet itself—a vast and hyperconnected data transmission system—now creates 2.5 quintillion bits of data per day. That’s a number with 18 zeros.

How do we make
sure that information is kept separate (ala protons) but that when it’s
authorized to be combined (fused), massive amounts of efficiency or
effectiveness is achieved?

Our
opportunity is to describe how the Digital Big Bang progressed over time,
understand its significance and do something smart and productive about it.

The Origins
of the Digital Big Bang

The internet has its roots in the desire to communicate
at unheard of speeds, and share computing and information resources.  This prototype internet served as a
communication platform for a tightly restricted group of specific users, what
the internet’s creators got right were speed and connectivity—the digital big
bang’s equivalent of matter and energy.  But they assumed there would be a shared sense
of trust.

The Problem
with Assumed Trust

It wasn’t until 1993 and the release of the
first web browser that internet access became mainstream.  At that point, both the internet and its
security—or lack of security—achieved greater significance.  The assumption of trust that was still deep
within the DNA of the internet became a huge problem the moment the public
could go online.  On an increasingly vast
and anonymous network, that trust soon transformed from guiding philosophy to
greatest weakness.

What came to be known as cyber-attacks soon
followed, and the field of cybersecurity has struggled to catch up and
compensate ever since.  For example, the
lack of foolproof authentication haunts us in everything that’s done in
cyberspace.

The
Scientific Method

So, with the fate of the digital universe at stake, it’s time to borrow a page from the Scientific Revolution, which enabled humans to admit that we don’t know everything, and opened the door for scientific curiosity and inquiry.  Using these principles, we can launch a Cybersecurity Scientific Revolution in taking the following steps:

  • Acknowledge what we got wrong (e.g., authentication).
  • Implement steadily stronger strategies to become masters of the cyber domain.
  • Replace outmoded assumptions and strategies with rigorous fundamental strategies that build up to advanced strategies.
  • Acknowledge the weaknesses (and strengths) that humans bring to the domain, and leverage computers to compensate & augment them.

As digital
connectivity – including cyber-physical interfaces (in the Internet of Things/IoT)
– machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) proliferate, it is more
important than ever to treat cybersecurity as a science and a business enabler.
 Not as a cost of doing business.  For example, on an airplane’s wing, friction
actually helps increase lift, helping
the airplane fly.  Cybersecurity should
be viewed the same way.

Treating
cybersecurity as a science will serve us well to keep in mind the connection
between fundamental scientific principles and cybersecurity best practices.  What are the foundational primitives and rules
that would have been beneficial to have at the beginning of the internet?  How can we create a better form of
cybersecurity based on the nature of fundamental forces and accurate
assumptions?

Embracing
cybersecurity as a science can be an incredibly powerful and effective way to
underpin innovation. It will enable us to focus on successfully leveraging the internet’s
forces of speed and connectivity.

Making
cybersecurity more scientific may seem like an audacious goal, but it is
achievable with the right vision and engineering.  By doing so, we can further extend the power
of speed and connectivity to thrive within the digital world.

A Winning
Combination

If we hope to
make cybersecurity more scientific, today’s solutions must be built to support
and leverage the fundamental forces of speed and connectivity, and leverage the
already-proven & emerging strategies.  As critical as these fundamentals are, though,
they can easily be overlooked or forgotten by a digital culture that looks
myopically to the near future, placing short-term gains ahead of long-term
stability and sustainability.  Cybersecurity
is a science—not an art.

At the same
time, we need to stop expecting our network operators to continuously run ahead
of ever-more sophisticated attacks.  You
can’t outrun the speed of light.  Today,
slow security is essentially no security.  Organizations can build their defenses with
connectivity and speed, and go audaciously within the digital big bang.

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#deepweb | Racism is already mainstream – soon it might be the norm

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Was it the whipping up of white working-class voters in Trump’s election campaign? Or the toxic debate around immigration during the Brexit referendum? Or was it as early as the birth of social media, when a platform was handed to racists? However it happened, public discourse around race in the last decade slowly morphed from polite political correctness and justified outrage at even a hint of racism in public to a slow accommodation with extremist views on the far-right – setting up 2020 to be the year that the veil lifts altogether, finally normalising racism in ways that we haven’t seen for decades.

Racism has long existed in politics and academia, and persists in structural discrimination and everyday bias. But the idea that the ideology driving racist actions and rhetoric should somehow be given space for discussion has only recently (re)gained currency. In recent years far-right intellectuals have subtly and skilfully changed the rules of engagement, arguing for “viewpoint diversity” in the disingenuous insistence that they have been unfairly silenced. They argue that racial differences are so profound that the mere presence of immigrants is damaging a country’s genetic stock and cultural fabric.

Primo Levi wrote that the thing about fascism is that “it wants everybody to be the same, and you are not”. And it is diversity and difference that those intellectuals are against. Their argument is one that was once popular in the early 20th century, at the height of the eugenics movement, when it became fashionable to believe that certain people are good for the health of the nation and should be allowed to live and stay, while others shouldn’t. Eugenics was, at the time, accepted scientific wisdom. Then it was the precursor to Nazi racial hygiene and the Holocaust.

Today, disturbingly, we are seeing a re-emergence of eugenics-style thinking on race. Steve Bannon, chief strategist to Donald Trump until 2017, has appeared on the European political scene to promote far-right populism. In March 2018 he told French nationalists: “Let them call you racist, let them call you xenophobes, let them call you nativists. Wear it like a badge of honour”. When in July 2019 President Trump’s supporters chanted “Send her back!”, referring to black Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar, it was clear that politics had changed. Some of us are welcome as citizens and some of us aren’t.

With the help of social media and the dark web, the new racists have found each other. The burgeoning social network known as Gab, forums such as 4chan and 8chan, and groups like Generation Identity have all enabled this. A report published by the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue, following the mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, found that tweets referring to “Great Replacement Theory” (the belief that white people are being ethnically superseded) almost tripled between 2014 and 2018. The racist far-right has already become one of the biggest terrorist threats within Europe and the US.

If you’re not scared yet, you soon will be. What is most worrying is how nationalists and populists who happily fan the flames of racism are being welcomed into power across the world. The racism swilling about on the dark web will no longer be languishing in the dark in 2020. It will be in parliaments, newspapers and lecture theatres in Europe, the US and across the world.

Angela Saini is author of Superior: The Return of Race Science

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