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Push for quantum tech must include cybersecurity, researchers warnCarten Cordell
Arthur Herman and Idalia Friedson of the Hudson Institute, warning about a possible Chinese lead in Quantum Computing standards –August 13, 2018 - Although recent legislation has underscored the need to coordinate the nation's pockets of quantum computing research, the government and private sector must do more to build cybersecurity into the U.S. strategy for the incipient technology, two researchers argue in a new report...Reports out of China on Tuesday said the nation was working to establish a commission in the next six months that will craft standards for the various applications of quantum technology - a move that Herman said could provide them with an edge in the developing marketplace...In the case of quantum technology, the chief concern is that its potentially immense computing power would render current forms of cryptography obsolete. In that scenario, no data would be safe. With that in mind, the U.S. has made some moves toward standards as well. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been analyzing potentially quantum-resistant algorithms since 2017 in an effort to craft new cryptographic standards, but
Herman and Friedson argue that the U.S. isn't doing enough... Full Story
Excellent WriterP. Koechlein
–August 10, 2018 - This is the second book I have read. Updegrove has researched his plan very well, has a tremendous range of information he includes in his books beautifully thinning them all together and keeping the reader enthralled and involved. I intend to read all his works and hope he continues writing more. I place him in elite company as one of the VERY best writers. FYI, I very rarely provide a review. Full Story
Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA) Publishes Industry Roadmap to Promote Interoperability and Reduce Health Care CostsPress Release
–August 8, 2018 - The Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA), the national association representing the practice management systems (PMS) industry, recently published an industry roadmap to promote interoperability and drive down health care costs. This document is a combination of its previous recommendations to both the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). HATAâ€™s recommendations intend to reduce unnecessary administrative costs of manual processes by increasing actionable messaging and compliant standard transactions, and reduce the cost of maintaining noncompliant transactions, the cost of electronic data interchange (EDI), and the need to go to multiple portals to place information within the PMS workflow... Full Story
SAE International to Publish New IAASS Standard for Commercial Space Travel and ExplorationPress Release
–August 7, 2018 - With commercial space exploration a reality, the need for safety certification is crucial.
To date, no such set of standards existed; but that has changed. SAE International announces it will publish a new standard developed by the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS)...The requirements outlined in the document are intended to protect the flight personnel (i.e., crew and flight participants), the vehicle and relevant launcher or carrier, and any other interfacing system from spaceflight hazards... Full Story
How Chinese Cybersecurity Standards Impact Doing Business In ChinaSamm Sacks
–August 6, 2018 - The Chinese government has issued close to 300 new national standards related to cybersecurity over the past several years. These standards cover products ranging from software to routers, switches, and firewalls.
These standards contribute to making China an increasingly difficult market for foreign firms to operate. This holds true not just for selling to government or state-owned enterprise (SOE) customers, but across the commercial market in China, spanning all sectors reliant on (ICT) infrastructure, from manufacturing to transportation... Full Story
IoT security comes of ageNick FitzGerald
Nick Fitzgerald, writing at Enterprise Innovation –August 1, 3018 - The Internet of Things (IoT) has long been a game of rush-to-market, with production speed trumping security. The rapid adoption of these low-security devices, however, puts consumers at risk of being victims of cyberattacks.
Securing millions of non-standard devices as disparate as home thermometers, smart TVs and cars is no trivial task...As more sectors move toward digitalization, security must be implemented carefully, rather than quickly, and as part of an in-depth "security-by-design" process, rather than the "we'll address security in version 2" attitude that has led to the current IoT security mess... Full Story
Why ambitious Industry 4.0 plans need a better open standard approach to succeedAdam Byrne
–july 31, 2018 - ... It is envisioned that ongoing digitalisation of industry will create a supply chain where products are developed, manufactured, and monitored in real-time through a single, integrated process. However, to achieve this, Industry 4.0 will require a revolution in industrial communications to create continuously â€˜liveâ€™ data sharing capabilities between machines. This will enable vital data from sensor measurements to control signals can be digitally omnipresent across a factory the second it is generated...Industry 4.0 will require us to apply the thinking behind the traditional â€˜IT help deskâ€™, to enable secure standards for sharing everything from audio and video to images and text among millions of industrial devices. This will require a genuinely low-latency, live connection that can make industrial control rooms digitally omnipresent across an entire supply chain, by enabling the two-way exchange of control signals and information.
However, there are currently no open standards for industrial remote communication to allow industrial machines to share live data or enable remote human intervention across all manufacturing equipment and components...The only way to achieve the [UK] governmentâ€™s vision is to create a secure, open platform for end-to-end data exchange across the entire industrial supply chain... Full Story
Infosec standards and regulations â€“ a primer sorting complianceKen Lynch
–july 30, 2018 - ...Infosec compliance does not have the stringent hierarchy belonging to other compliance fields. In some cases, Infosec standards and regulations serve as both peer suggestions and guidance. Even so, growing customer attention has twisted a significant portion of this subject into compliance being a key selling aspect for revenue. Nevertheless, organizing such InfoSec standards and regulations into a wider guide can assist in negotiating the ever-changing compliance space.
Focusing on organizations that have exuded determination, bravery and courage in the InfoSec standards and regulations world entails looking at entities that appear to be spearheading the charge of security in a bid to enhance cybersecurity in the world. They include:... Full Story
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter partner for ambitious new data projectRussell Brandom
–july 27, 2018 - Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter joined to announce a new standards initiative called the Data Transfer Project, designed as a new way to move data between platforms. In a blog post, Google described the project as letting users â€œtransfer data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it.â€
The current version of the system supports data transfer for photos, mail, contacts, calendars, and tasks, drawing from publicly available APIs from Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Remember the Milk, and SmugMug. Many of those transfers could already be accomplished through other means, but participants hope the project will grow into a more robust and flexible alternative to conventional APIs. In its own blog post, Microsoft called for more companies to sign onto the effort, adding that â€œportability and interoperability are central to cloud innovation and competition.â€..The existing code for the project is available open-source on GitHub, along with a white paper describing its scope. Much of the codebase consists of â€œadaptersâ€ that can translate proprietary APIs into an interoperable transfer, making Instagram data workable for Flickr and vice versa. Between those adapters, engineers have also built a system to encrypt the data in transit, issuing forward-secret keys for each transaction. Notably, that system is focused on one-time transfers rather than the continuous interoperability enabled by many APIs... Full Story
This new Bluetooth standard eliminates the need for surround sound systemsNick Pino
–july 25, 2018 - Thereâ€™s a new wireless standard in development that could substantially enhance Bluetooth. Itâ€™s called TAP TV (Tempow Audio Profile TV) and it would allow you to connect any Bluetooth speakers (Bose, Jambox, etc.) you have laying around to your TV to produce a true home theater experience without investing in a traditional surround sound system.
TAP TV would integrate with Bluetooth-enabled TVs and set-top boxes at the chipset or OS level, which means it wouldnâ€™t require any additional hardware, and itâ€™d be capable of transmitting 5.1 or 3.1 speaker surround sound to your Bluetooth speakers... Full Story