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Linux Foundation Blockchain Group Debuts Hyperledger Fabric 1.0Linda Hardesty
SDX Central –July 21, 2017 - The Hyperledger open source group, which works on blockchain code, issued its first release.
The Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 release is the culmination of work by 159 engineers from 28 organizations that have contributed to the Hyperledger group hosted by the Linux Foundation.
Hyperledger Fabric is one of eight Hyperledger projects to be incubated. Hyperledger Fabric is a blockchain framework, intended as a foundation for developing distributed ledger technology for blockchain business applications....
The release of Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 comes after about a year of public collaboration, testing, and validation. The Hyperledger technical community has determined that it is now ready for production deployments.
The software offers a modular architecture allowing components, such as consensus and membership services, to be plug-and-play. It uses container technology to host smart contracts called â€œchaincodeâ€ that comprise the application logic of the system. The software is designed to meet key requirements for permission-based blockchains with transaction privacy.
The umbrella Hyperledger open source project is focused on business applications of blockchain technology, as opposed to cryptocurrency applications... Full StoryTech giants form a new alliance to take on patent trollsMike Wheatley
SiliconAngle –July 20, 2017 - Many of the technology industryâ€™s biggest companies today announced theyâ€™re joining forces in a bid to reform U.S. patent laws and tamp down so-called patent trolls.
The group includes Adobe Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Dell Technologies Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp., Oracle Corp. and Salesforce.com Inc.
The companies have just created a new lobbying group called the High Tech Innovators Alliance, which will use their combined resources to push for new laws and rules around patents that make it more difficult for patent trolls to sue them and others. Patent trolls are companies that exist solely to buy up patents and use them in order to file infringement lawsuits against others... Full StoryIEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Systems (AS) Drives, Together with IEEE Societies, New Standards Projects; Releases New Report on Prioritizing Human Well-BeingPress Release
IEEE.org –July 19, 2017 - IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the approval of three new standards projects inspired by work being done in The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (â€œThe IEEE Global Initiativeâ€). The new standards projects are the latest additions to the IEEE P7000â„¢ standards family and directly reflect the IEEE publication Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, a document that encourages technologists to prioritize ethical considerations in the creation of autonomous and intelligent technologies....EE P7004 defines specific methodologies to help users certify how they approach accessing, collecting, storing, utilizing, sharing, and destroying child and student data... Full StoryA DRM standard has been approved for the web, and security researchers are worriedJacob Kastrenakes
TheVerge.com –July 18, 2017 - The standards body for the web has approved a system for handling DRM-protected video after a long and controversial debate â€” one that security researchers and open web advocates vow to continue.
The new standard is called EME, or Encrypted Media Extensions, and it allows DRM systems to hook directly into your browser. That way, Netflix and other streaming video services can protect their shows and movies without making users install annoying, often insecure plugins like Flash or Silverlight. On that note, itâ€™s a win. But in other ways, EMEâ€™s approval has a lot of people concerned....[Cory] Doctorow calls out a few specific points that have come up in the five-year-long debate over whether this standard should be approved. One is that thereâ€™s no protection for security researchers â€” in the US, breaking DRM, even for otherwise legal purposes, can be a crime, and the fact that EME doesnâ€™t do anything about that keeps security researchers exposed to prosecution.... Full StoryLinux Foundation Continues Networking Project ExpansionSean Michael Kerner
EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet –July 17, 2017 - The days when the Linux Foundation was only focused on Linux as an operating system are now long in the past. In recent years, the Linux Foundation has expanded its Collaborative Projects effort to include a growing list of open-source networking efforts, the most recent one being the Open Security Controller Project.
The Linux Foundation already is the home to several Software Defined Networking (SDN) efforts including OpenDaylight which developer an open-source controller platform.
The goal of the new Open Security Controller (OSC) Project is to foster the development of technology that enables the automated deployment of virtualized network security functions, including firewall, intrusion prevention systems and application data controllers.
The Open Controller project also provides a centralized coordination capability for security policies across multiple cloud environments... Full Story22 Global Banks Will Test SWIFTâ€™s Cross-Border Payments BlockchainSamburaj Das
Cryptoinsnews.com –July 13, 2017 - SWIFT, the operator of the platform used by the global banking system, has added 22 new banks to its ongoing blockchain proof-of-concept (PoC), deemed by SWIFT as â€˜the new standard for cross-border payments.â€™... SWIFT chose the Hyperledger Fabric, a product of the open-source Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger initiative, for the core technology of the trial. The aim of the blockchain trial is to enable banks to reconcile with their international nostro accounts in real-time.
Nostro accounts are critical to the global banking system, enabling banks to deposit money in designated nostro accounts around the world. These accounts facilitate international money transfers with recipientsâ€™ destination accounts receiving deposits from geographically-nearby nostro accounts... Full StoryFighting Cyber Threats with an Open Data ModelRocky DeStefano
InfoSecurity Magazine.com –July 13, 2017 - ...Cyber-threats have always been a difficult problem for humans to handle, even when they are equipped with the right data and tools. However, the threats that plague organizations today have grown too big, too fast and too complex for existing solutions or methodology to control. Cybersecurity has become a machine-scale problem, and the threats of the future will require a machine-scale solution.
Organizations can no longer rely on static rules to alert to more advanced activity. Behavioral-based analytics, machine learning and more flexible analytic solutions are required to defend the enterprise. Engines that operate via old rules typically have limits on the types and amounts of data that can be evaluated meaningfully...
With complete enterprise visibility comes immense amounts of complex data to analyze. Traditional tools are simply not designed to handle the vastness of the information available nor the complexity of the analytics required. Machine learning has emerged as a viable tool in the security analyst arsenal, to process billions of records quickly and to indicate anomalous activities in a meaningful timeframe.
The majority of organizations still spend most of their time scrubbing their data to make it ready for machine learning analysis, but then donâ€™t possess enough domain expertise to understand what the data is telling them. In response, the open source community has created cybersecurity projects like Apache Spot that are revolutionizing the way we look at cybersecurity.
The idea is to create a common open data model that any application developer can take advantage of, to bring new capabilities to bear on cybersecurity problems. It enables big data analytics and machine learning for advanced threat detection... Full StoryNew Standard Promotes Interoperability by Linking IVD Devices to Lab Codes
360dx.com –July 12, 2017 - The elusive goal of interoperability of electronic healthcare information has gotten ever so closer to being realized with the release of a new standard meant to link structured, coded data directly from in vitro diagnostic devices to laboratory information systems and other health IT.
Last month, the IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium (IICC), a group tasked with standardizing data exchange between medical devices and information systems, published a specification called LIVD, for LOINC IVD. This specification maps IVD test results directly to Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), a code set for identifying lab procedures and results... Full Storyâ€˜Cybersecuringâ€™ the Internet of ThingsDonna Dodson
NIST.org –July 11, 2017 - I recently had the chance to talk with the legendary Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the internet. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the past, present and future of the internet, network security and what it would take to successfully, safely and reliably merge the digital and physical worlds, a concept known as the â€œInternet of Things,â€ or IoT...
The point is, the more devices that are connected to the internet, the more potential weak spots there are for hackers to exploit....
My work on cybersecurity at NIST has made clear that standards and best practices are critical to keeping computer systems secure and creating trust in these systems. Similarly, cybersecurity standards and best practices can provide industry with the tools they need to build a secure and interoperable IoT. Today, even though standards and best practices can be used to support IoT systems, manufacturers, service providers and system developers are still working toward developing consensus security standards. Unless they can reach a consensus, we could end up with a patchwork of protections in which some IoT systems are more secure than others, and many such systems will not be adequately protected against cyberattacks... Full StoryG20 Leaders Statement Includes Reference to Industry-Led International Standards
ANSI.org –July 11, 2017 - Following its meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8, the Group of Twenty (G20) released a declaration that includes a positive reference to industry-led international standards.
The G20 Leadersâ€™ Declaration: Shaping an interconnected world outlines several common goals and objectives for the worldâ€™s major economies.
On page 5 of the declaration, the section titled â€œHarnessing Digitalisationâ€ states that G20 economies will â€œencourage the development and use of market- and industry-led international standardsâ€¦ that are based on the principles of openness, transparency and consensus.â€... Full Story