Security is Fundamental, But Are We Too Underestimating it?

Do we live in a more risky world than in the past? The answer is yes, according to 72% of top business managers worldwide interviewed by BDO for the Global Risk Landscape 2017 edition, the annual report of the company’s audit firm and business advisory firm investigating business risk factors international.

What is surprising is that there is no security issue out of the top three risk factors, out of concern about compliance with regulations (35%), increasing competition in the market (30%) and the economic crisis ( 29%). If questioned about the company’s uptime about the changes in global business, only 21 percent of European business leaders point to cyber risk as a factor that will surprise their businesses over the next 10 years.

The context outlined by the BDO report seems totally inadequate to the current global scenario, where we are attending world-c

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Do we live in a more risky world than in the past? The answer is yes, according to 72% of top business managers worldwide interviewed by BDO for the Global Risk Landscape 2017 edition, the annual report of the company’s audit firm and business advisory firm investigating business risk factors international.

What is surprising is that there is no security issue out of the top three risk factors, out of concern about compliance with regulations (35%), increasing competition in the market (30%) and the economic crisis ( 29%). If questioned about the company’s uptime about the changes in global business, only 21 percent of European business leaders point to cyber risk as a factor that will surprise their businesses over the next 10 years.

The context outlined by the BDO report seems totally inadequate to the current global scenario, where we are attending world-class cyberattacks such as WannaCry and Petya. If this is accompanied by Ponemon and IBM estimates, which account for $4 million in the average economic loss caused by a company by system violations in 2016, with an increase in ransomware attacks by 6,000% a year last, it is clear that the security issue is at least underestimated.

According to BDO, there are eight steps each company should take to be able to be resilient to cyber attacks. The first is to constantly update security information systems with the latest software versions available to avoid the so-called 0-day, publicly known security vulnerabilities.

The second step is to install monitoring systems that timely activate the alarm in case of violation. What’s important is to know what data are contained in their systems and how they are defended. The fourth step is to protect this data with appropriate access control systems. The fifth is the corporate culture: it is necessary to teach all employees how to recognize an ongoing hacker attack and how to take safe behaviors during daily work.

The next step is to look at the business supply chain and ensure that stakeholders and third parties are well prepared for cyber-risk by sharing good practice. Finally, we need to be able to discuss the cybernetic risk at the summit adequately, as we would address any other risk, economic or otherwise.

In the event of an attack, as always stated in the BDO report, the first thing to do is to realize that the attack is ongoing. Then, immediately shut off the parts of the attached system, to avoid contagion propagation. At the reputational and communicative level, it is also necessary for each company to prepare in advance an official standard statement that can promptly send the press and stakeholders.

Airline Wants to Conquer Millennial With VR Devices in Flight

If you have ever felt that the way we travel by plane is somewhat outdated, know that you are not alone. Apparently, Air France also finds the same and, therefore, is bringing a new arm of its company focused only on the millennials, called Joon. What does it offer otherwise? Well, what about streaming content and a USB charger, to watch what you want from your phone or tablet?

Ah? Is this common in most common flights offered by airlines? Calm down, because Joon does not just offer that. In its official announcement, the company says it also offers partnerships with services such as Airbnb and Waynabox – which means that you will be able to book places to stay near your flight tickets.

Another promise from Joon is the offering of a virtual reality glasses system called “AlloSky Virtual Reality Headset,” which promises to offer “various inno

If you have ever felt that the way we travel by plane is somewhat outdated, know that you are not alone. Apparently, Air France also finds the same and, therefore, is bringing a new arm of its company focused only on the millennials, called Joon. What does it offer otherwise? Well, what about streaming content and a USB charger, to watch what you want from your phone or tablet?

Ah? Is this common in most common flights offered by airlines? Calm down, because Joon does not just offer that. In its official announcement, the company says it also offers partnerships with services such as Airbnb and Waynabox – which means that you will be able to book places to stay near your flight tickets.

Another promise from Joon is the offering of a virtual reality glasses system called “AlloSky Virtual Reality Headset,” which promises to offer “various innovations such as a high-resolution screen and a dioptric correction to fit the eyes of the entire world” during long flights for business class customers.

Who would rather use these VR devices gadgets instead of enjoying all the comfort of business class? That’s a good question. But, as you can notice, everything for Joon is a matter of being a stylish and modern experience as the millennials want, is not it? This is a combination of organic snacks with flight attendants with clothes made out of recyclable fabric.

As you may have guessed, many of Joon’s proposals and promises remain to be explained, so we’ll have to wait and see what else the company has to offer us. And you: do you think streaming videos, USB chargers, and mysterious VR devices are what was missing from a real flight experience? Leave your opinions in our comments.

Top WordPress Visual Design Plugins For Your Site

Nowadays, it is almost impossible to highlight your company, services or even ideas without having a website. Automatically, our first reaction to everything is to get what we want in Google, be it a brand name, help with anything or someone who specializes in what you need.

Without a doubt, WordPress is the most famous service for creating web pages. It offers ready-made sites – all structural and design – for you to enter your content.

WordPress, which was originally a blogging system, has grown into a solution for publishing sites, courtesy of third-party developers. In addition to the thousands of easily interchangeable themes available for WordPress, your plugin library can turn it into anything from a dashboard engine to an e-commerce solution. Consequently, it is now considered a viable replacement for other content management and site a

Nowadays, it is almost impossible to highlight your company, services or even ideas without having a website. Automatically, our first reaction to everything is to get what we want in Google, be it a brand name, help with anything or someone who specializes in what you need.

Without a doubt, WordPress is the most famous service for creating web pages. It offers ready-made sites – all structural and design – for you to enter your content.

WordPress, which was originally a blogging system, has grown into a solution for publishing sites, courtesy of third-party developers. In addition to the thousands of easily interchangeable themes available for WordPress, your plugin library can turn it into anything from a dashboard engine to an e-commerce solution. Consequently, it is now considered a viable replacement for other content management and site architecture solutions, from Zen Cart to Drupal.

Visme, the company specializes in translating your ideas into the professional report, presentation, and infographics and used by over 750,000 marketers, communicators, executives, and educators from over 100 countries, compiled a custom best WordPress Plugins infographic to improve user experience and design of the WordPress website.

The infographics titled “Top WordPress Visual Design Plugins” provides you insights into the top WordPress Plugins including best image editing, web design, social, optimization, visual effects and much more.

Check out the infographic:

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More Than 7,000 IoT Malware Have Been Discovered in 2017 Alone

A greater number of devices connected to the Internet and each other also means a significant increase in the number of malware that reaches these devices. This is the conclusion of Kaspersky Lab’s five-month study of threats involving the Internet of Things (IoT).

Only from January to May 2017, researchers detected 7,242 samples of malware on those devices. The number is 74% more than the total number of samples detected in the period between 2013 and 2016.

According to the scientists, the attacks already existed a few years ago, but they even boomed in 2016 with the emergence of the Mirai botnet. And there is no lack of devices to be targeted: according to Gartner data, there are more than 6 billion devices connected to the Internet on the planet.

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Whether they are thermostats, sensors, refrigerators, garage doors, smart

A greater number of devices connected to the Internet and each other also means a significant increase in the number of malware that reaches these devices. This is the conclusion of Kaspersky Lab’s five-month study of threats involving the Internet of Things (IoT).

Only from January to May 2017, researchers detected 7,242 samples of malware on those devices. The number is 74% more than the total number of samples detected in the period between 2013 and 2016.

According to the scientists, the attacks already existed a few years ago, but they even boomed in 2016 with the emergence of the Mirai botnet. And there is no lack of devices to be targeted: according to Gartner data, there are more than 6 billion devices connected to the Internet on the planet.

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Whether they are thermostats, sensors, refrigerators, garage doors, smart wristbands or even toys, these products are especially vulnerable because the firmware of each product usually does not receive as many security updates. It has standard passwords and does not receive the user’s due attention. And, once controlled, they can not only receive commands remotely but also serve as the gateway to the invasion of other electronics in the house.

On the other hand, hackers find several advantages when attacking such devices because they have low power consumption, are portable, low cost, are available on the Internet and can be configured with open source tools available for free.

The number of connected device installations in the healthcare industry is increasing consistently. According to a report by Grand View, it is estimated that globally the healthcare industry will invest about $ 410 billion in IoT devices, services and software by 2022. Along with this trend, emerged from some procedures like Medjack, in which attackers seek to compromise equipment that connects to medical devices.

In August of this year, one of the leading manufacturers of pacemakers issued a call alert to upgrade firmware to about 465,000 patients after discovering a vulnerability that gives the attacker the ability to perform different attack vectors that would have a direct health impact of patients.

It’s a trend that is far from reversible and increasing every day. This leads us to the urgency of thinking about what security measures should be taken for this type of technology.

Levi’s Launches Connected Jacket by Google’s Jacquard Project

Last March, Levi’s ready-to-wear brand and Internet giant Google announced the future launch of a new textile product combining fashion and technology: a connected jacket based on the principles of the Jacquard project.

The research project of the ATAP laboratory of Google sees its first concrete and commercial application: the jacket connected Commuter Trucker of Levi’s will be available in the United States during the week in three stores of the sign.

A Levi’s Connected Jacket

Aesthetic side: no follies in sight. The connected jacket resembles any denim garment of the same type. The main variation is to be found on the side of the USB dongle connected to the front of the left sleeve. This accessory incorporates the majority of electronic components and can be easily removed to switch the Commuter Trucker jacket to the washing machine.

The connected jacket designed by

Last March, Levi’s ready-to-wear brand and Internet giant Google announced the future launch of a new textile product combining fashion and technology: a connected jacket based on the principles of the Jacquard project.

The research project of the ATAP laboratory of Google sees its first concrete and commercial application: the jacket connected Commuter Trucker of Levi’s will be available in the United States during the week in three stores of the sign.

A Levi’s Connected Jacket

Aesthetic side: no follies in sight. The connected jacket resembles any denim garment of the same type. The main variation is to be found on the side of the USB dongle connected to the front of the left sleeve. This accessory incorporates the majority of electronic components and can be easily removed to switch the Commuter Trucker jacket to the washing machine.

The connected jacket designed by Levi’s and Google, thanks to the Jacquard project, seems to be aimed primarily at cyclists, bikers, and users who have taken their hands and cannot access their mobile easily.

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The technology resulting from the Jacquard project makes it possible to carry out simple operations without having to consult the screen of its smartphone, which is connected to the jacket in Bluetooth, thanks to an application (iOS or Android).

Thanks to a few specific gestures to be made on the sleeve of its connected jacket, the user can thus control the reading of his music, accept a call or activate GPS guidance. The user can set the concordance between the gestures and their effects within the mobile app and also set its ‘fault’ parameters to accept calls / SMS only from a list of pre-established contacts.

Availability and Prices

If the vocation of this connected garment is praiseworthy – to simplify the daily actions of a user – its price to reserve it to the wealthy users: the jacket will be sold at the cost of 350 dollars in the United States.

Facebook Creates Special Post to Offer And Solicit Blood Donations

Facebook has numerous publishing options to demonstrate opinions and positions of its users, such as landmark events and organ donation. To encourage blood donation, the social network now allows its users to post on their timelines by declaring themselves donors and even soliciting donations from others.

The platform will provide a special publication type for those who are looking for donations, being able to request a specific blood type and also include where they should be made. The purpose here is very clear: to make life easier for those who need donations and to make this message common and widely disseminated.

You can register as a donor and provide detailed information such as your blood type. In addition, the information is posted privately within the social network, initially available only to the user. Then you can change the visibility so that other Facebook p

Facebook has numerous publishing options to demonstrate opinions and positions of its users, such as landmark events and organ donation. To encourage blood donation, the social network now allows its users to post on their timelines by declaring themselves donors and even soliciting donations from others.

The platform will provide a special publication type for those who are looking for donations, being able to request a specific blood type and also include where they should be made. The purpose here is very clear: to make life easier for those who need donations and to make this message common and widely disseminated.

You can register as a donor and provide detailed information such as your blood type. In addition, the information is posted privately within the social network, initially available only to the user. Then you can change the visibility so that other Facebook participants can check it out.

Although excellent, the initiative will only be available in India starting October 1st. The Facebook does not clarify whether the goal is to bring this type of publication to other locations, but it is quite likely to happen at some point.

In China, A Hyperloop Competitor Wants to Create 4000 km/h

China could still get a network of Hyperloop routes ahead of the rest of the world. Media reports show a concept that is to be used for short, medium and long distances – for passengers and freight and at speeds of more than 4000 kilometers per hour.

The Chinese Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, as reported by The Register, citing Chinese media, is planning to use magnetic levitation trains in vacuum tubes that are going to the whole country. On short distances between cities speeds of 1000, on medium distances between conurbations 2000 and on long distances and with cargo loads even 4000 kilometers per hour are to be reached.

The consortium behind the concept has, according to own data, more than 200 patents with which the plans are to be implemented. For the energy supply of the network, the tubes should also be covered with solar cells on the upper side – China’s ow

China could still get a network of Hyperloop routes ahead of the rest of the world. Media reports show a concept that is to be used for short, medium and long distances – for passengers and freight and at speeds of more than 4000 kilometers per hour.

The Chinese Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, as reported by The Register, citing Chinese media, is planning to use magnetic levitation trains in vacuum tubes that are going to the whole country. On short distances between cities speeds of 1000, on medium distances between conurbations 2000 and on long distances and with cargo loads even 4000 kilometers per hour are to be reached.

The consortium behind the concept has, according to own data, more than 200 patents with which the plans are to be implemented. For the energy supply of the network, the tubes should also be covered with solar cells on the upper side – China’s own Hyperloop could even be neutralized in combination with nuclear power plants.

The cost of such a stretching net would be immense. Many conventional railroad lines in China are, for this reason, only laid on a single track in the mountain regions and are therefore heavily utilized. Train rides from one to the other end of the country can take several days. Nevertheless, the construction of a Hyperloop could actually take place for political reasons: the Lhasa railway to Tibet has also cost the People’s Republic a lot.

Whether the technical requirements for such a project exist is doubtful. Recently, teams from all over the world had taken test drives with sledges at the Hyperloop competition in Nevada. The record was set by a team from Munich with a speed of 324 kilometers per hour, far from the 4000 kilometers per hour postulated in China.

In Shanghai, however, the Transrapid, developed in Germany, has been operating as a magnetic levitation train with proven technology for more than a decade.