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Gaming Standards Association Creates Landmark TPI (Third-Party Interface) Standard, Streamlining iGaming Platform InterfacesPress Release
–March 9, 2018 - The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has created a new, landmark specification, the TPI (Third-Party Interface) Standard, streamlining Remote Gaming Servers to iGaming platform interfaces, and breaking down barriers to entry for more game content suppliers...
From a laypersonâ€™s perspective, GSAâ€™s TPI Standard greatly enables operators access to new content to retain current players and attract new players keeping them from defecting to other online casinos. TPI accomplishes this by providing greater operator access to content through faster integrations, eliminating barriers to entry for content providers, and reducing ongoing multiple proprietary API support costs.
Additionally, the specification fully supports online gaming operations that service multiple jurisdictions, allowing the activity associated with each jurisdiction to be easily isolated and reported... Full Story
World Economic Forum leads creation of fintech cybersecurity consortiumAnna Irrera
–March 8, 2018 - The World Economic Forum has led the creation of an industry consortium focused on improving the cybersecurity of financial technology companies, as collaboration between fintechs and financial institutions grows.
The consortium\'s founding members include Citigroup Inc, online lender Kabbage, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Zurich Insurance Group and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the companies said on Tuesday.
The group will create a framework to assess the security level of fintech companies and data aggregators, whose preparedness against hacks is seen as increasingly important to the stability of the wider financial industry, the companies said.
The financial services sector is among the most vulnerable to cyber crime because of the vast amount of money and valuable data that banks and investment firms process each day... Full Story
Latest NIST Draft Report a Call to Action for Federal Agencies and Private CompaniesSusan B. Cassidy, Priscilla Fasoro
–March 7, 2018 - ...[In February], the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (through the Interagency International Cybersecurity Standardization Working Group (IICS WG)) released a draft report to help both federal agencies and private companies plan and develop cybersecurity standards in their use and production of IoT components, products, systems and services. The draft report stresses the importance of coordination across the private and public sectors in developing standards to bolster the security and resilience of IoT, provides a snapshot of current international cybersecurity standards, and offers recommendations for gap-filling...So why should private companies care about this draft report?...Therefore, suppliers and contractors to government agencies will often be required to evaluate themselves against NIST standards in the absence of industry accepted alternatives.
Further, to the extent that NIST finalizes this report and establishes that there are approved cybersecurity standards that are characterized as mature, manufacturers and users of IoT devices may face an argument that following those standards is a standard of care to which they must adhere... Full Story
New Quantum Crypto Scheme Looks Ahead to \"Quantum Internet\"Mark Anderson
–March 6, 2018 - Chinese researchers have put forward a new quantum cryptography standard that could, if confirmed, substantially increase the speed of encrypted messages. The proposed new standard has been simulated on computers although not yet tested in the lab... Full Story
This is Iron ManYou know that science fiction is becoming reality when a standards committee forms around it. In this case, the future that has arrived involves exosuits. Not so much of the Iron Man variety, but as assistive and therapeutic technologies, military applications, and more.New Exoskeletons and Exosuits Standards Group Outlines First StepsPress Release
ASTM –March 5, 2018 - ...The need for technical standards has grown alongside the rising use of exoskeletons in manufacturing, military, health, and other applications.
One of the group\'s first new standards will support terminology that defines vocabulary, fosters a common understanding of key terms, and supports future technical standards (WK60882). Other subcommittees and task groups will focus on:
- design and manufacturing issues such as energy storage systems, passive versus active systems, and more;
- human factors and ergonomics issues including usability, safety, training, anthropometric variables, and more;
- task performance and environmental considerations broken down by application (consumer, public safety personnel, industrial, medical, and military)
- maintenance and disposal issues, including decontamination; and,
security and information technology, including data privacy.
The F48 committee formed last year as a result of the burgeoning industry\'s need to address safety, quality, performance, ergonomics, and other issues. The group\'s vision is to create standards that will apply to systems and components throughout the life cycle of exoskeletons and exosuits... Full Story
New Drone Standards Will Spark Economic Revolution in UK, Says BSI ChairmanSarah Whittaker
–March 5, 2018 - Businesses and industries across the United Kingdom are waking to a new era in which drones could change the way they live and work. At an event held in the House of Lords recently, the British Standards Institution have set in place a future for the UK that realise the potential of UAVs in the air, in the sea, on land and in space... Full Story
The Malicious Use of Artificial IntelligenceMultiple Authors
Multiple Sponsors –March 2, 2018 - Artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities are growing
at an unprecedented rate. These technologies have many widely
beneficial applications, ranging from machine translation to medical
image analysis. Countless more such applications are being
developed and can be expected over the long term. Less attention
has historically been paid to the ways in which artificial intelligence
can be used maliciously. This report surveys the landscape of
potential security threats from malicious uses of artificial intelligence
technologies, and proposes ways to better forecast, prevent, and
mitigate these threats... Full Story
Govt working on developing system to track, analyse data from dark webRishi Ranjan Kala
–March 1, 2018 - The government is working on a cyber security monitoring and interference model, which will help law enforcement agencies to track activities of cyber criminals and terrorists who use the dark web to communicate as well as to buy and sell various products and services. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) is working with CSIR on developing a darknet/network telescope-based cyber security monitoring and interference framework. This will help law enforcement agencies track cyber criminals who sell illegal products and services on such platforms and also track terrorism-related communications and activities, a senior government official said... Full Story
NACTO and the Open Transport Partnership Launch SharedStreets
–February 28, 2018 - The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Open Transport Partnership today announced the launch of SharedStreets, a first-of-its-kind transportation data standard and platform for public-private partnerships that allows cities to work with companies to manage streets, reduce traffic deaths, and prepare for the unprecedented technological advancement emerging in citiesâ€™ transportation networks.
Currently, street-level data standards used by private companies and public agencies are incompatible, limiting the utility of current and future data-sharing agreements. The SharedStreets data standard provides a new, global, non-proprietary system for describing streets that is designed to be compatible with any source of street data, public or private. As a â€˜connector,â€™ the data standard takes an innovative approach to streetsâ€”based around unique, simplified intersection-to-intersection characteristics, rather than relying on a full, complex base map. This method also protects intellectual propertyâ€”key data points, not the often complex, proprietary methods used to obtain them, are matched and exchanged... Full Story
New EU data protection rules a turning point for privacyFrances Zelazny
–February 27, 2018 - On Jan. 24, Facebook announced major privacy changes in advance of the European Unionâ€™s new Data Protection mandate, coming into effect later this year. Starting May 25, any company that is non-compliant can face fines equivalent to as much as 4 percent of their annual revenue, forcing a major review of corporate privacy policies across the board that will have an impact far beyond the borders of the European Union.
At the heart of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a desire to harmonize data protection policies across the continent, protect European citizens and enforce transparency in how personal data is used in an age of globalization and big data. GDPR has major implications both for marketers and those concerned with the storage and security of personal information. Users want to know who is collecting their personal information, and what it is being used for as they donâ€™t want to receive any unsolicited enquiries... Full Story