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The Dangers That Come with a Smart GridShawn Martin
Electronics360 –February 15, 2018 - The efficiency of smart grids must be weighed against the cost of security. The greatest pitfall of revolutionizing the energy grid with distributed energy sources, smart meters and renewable energy technologies is the risk associated with cybersecurity....A significant change to the energy grid is being driven by new technologies, evolving customer needs, environmental imperatives, regulatory drivers and an increasingly complex set of requirements. It is foreseen that the grid of the future will incorporate more interconnected distributed energy resources and it is pivotal that these systems are connected in a secure manner throughout the transition period as they form what is referred to as a smart grid...
The risk of service outages resulting from a breach of the smart grid can be minimized or even eliminated by establishing best practices and deploying protocols with a proven track history...The isolation of the smart grid from the internet is an increasingly difficult task. In a world of cloud computing, being up to date and compliant with applicable security standards is imperative. There is also a dire need to undergo periodic security assessments and monitoring as these standards are in their infancy and are subject to change when new flaws are surfaced. Full Story
Gaming Standards Association forms new blockchain committee
–February 14, 2018 - The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) and its GSA Europe division have opted to establish a new technical committee dedicated to blockchain.
The committee will collaboratively address blockchain technology and advise on areas where standards could potentially be developed.
Blockchain is becoming an increasingly popular technology in the industry, with more operators and regulatory authorities using it for data sharing and security purposes... Full Story
The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0: power, simplicity, security and interoperability from desktop to cloudItalo Vignoli
–February 9, 2018 - The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0, a major release and a dramatically improved free office suite, which celebrates the 7th anniversary of the availability of the very first version of LibreOffice. Today LibreOffice is more powerful, simple and secure, and offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.
LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. The new major release adds a large number of significant new features to the core engine and to individual modules (Writer, Calc and Impress/Draw), with the objective of providing users with the best in terms of personal productivity.
A video summarizing the top new features of LibreOffice 6.0 is available on YouTube... Full Story
802.11ax and The Legacy of Wi-Fi StandardsHoward Wen
–February 8, 2018 - A new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, which has been in development, is set to be finalized early next year...
So will your company want to scramble to be an early adopter of those new devices? The answer is a qualified \"maybe.\" The new standard is designed to connect lots of devices efficiently, which is great for companies embracing mobile devices... Full Story
ATSC 3.0 Can Begin in Early MarchJohn Eggerton
–February 6, 2018 - Broadcasters will soon get the green flag on their race to an interactive, geo-targeted, video-on-demand future.
The FCC's framework for rolling out a new ATSC 3.0 advanced television transmission standard will become effective the first week in March...The new standard, which was championed by broadcasters, emergency alert groups and the Consumer Technology Association, is expected to drive sales of 4K TVs whose higher-resolution pictures can be delivered by the new standard, and give broadcasters a competitive foothold in the interactive, targeted advertising, IP world...ATSC 3.0 will allow TV stations to do geo-targeted ads and emergency alerts, video on demand and other interactive services using a broadband return path for viewers with Internet access, and provide those high-high definition 4K pictures... Full Story
Linux 4.15: Good news and bad news about Meltdown and SpectreSteven J. Vaughan-Nichols
ZD Net –February 5, 2018 - Linus Torvalds, Linux's primary creator, had good and bad news about the chip security problems Meltdown and Spectre. The good news is the lead up to the Linux 4.15 was "quiet and small, and no last-minute panics, just small fixes for various issues". The bad news? "It's not like we're 'done' with Spectre/Meltdown...While Spectre/Meltdown has obviously been the big news this release cycle, it's worth noting that we obviously had all the *normal* updates going on too, and the work everywhere else didn't just magically stop, even if some developers have been distracted by CPU issues. In the *big* picture, 4.15 looks perfectly normal, with two thirds of the full 4.15 patch being about drivers ... not by CPU bug mitigation."
But, trying to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre problems still ate up a lot of time and the problems are still far from done. First and foremost, like all operating system developers, Linux is waiting on Intel's hardware designers to complete their firmware and microcode patches... Full Story
UFS 3.0 storage standard announced with focus on connected cars
–February 2, 2018 - The key specifications for the next version of Universal Flash Storage have been made public by JEDEC, the association for the development of solid-state technology standards. The new standard called as UFS 3.0 comes almost five years after the introduction of UFS 2.0 and it doubles the performance over older specification.
Similar to UFS 2.0 and UFS 2.1, the UFS 3.0 is also limited to two lanes, but each lane will now be capable of transferring 11.6Gbps compared to 5.8Gbps supported by outgoing standard and has a theoretical bandwidth of 2900Mbps. The new specification also improves the lifespan of NAND cells by providing up to 2.5V of electricity with support for upcoming NAND technologies.
While laptops and flagship smartphones already support UFS storage, the new specification aims to expand to other areas like automobiles... Full Story
Cloud computing: Now as vital as power, transport and fresh water?Steve Ranger
–February 1, 2018 - Cloud computing, search engines, and the services that underpin the internet are to be considered to be part of the UK\'s vital infrastructure, alongside clean water and power, under new rules aimed at boosting cybersecurity.
Under the European Union\'s Network and Information Systems (NIS) directive, businesses that provide essential services will have to make sure their security is good enough to protect their network and information systems from attack, as well as having to notify the relevant authorities of serious incidents.
The regulations apply to critical national infrastructure -- those basic services without which society will gradually grind to a halt...
The most eye-catching feature of the guidance published by the UK government is the threat of fines -- up to Â£17m -- for companies that suffer a breach and are shown to have failed to have put effective cybersecurity measures in place. But perhaps more interesting is the recognition that cloud computing and other digital services are now considered essentials too... Full Story
NIST Issues Blockchain Technology Draft Report, ANSI Encourages Stakeholders to Comment
–January 30, 2018 - The U.S. Commerce Department\'s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft report that details a high-level technical overview of blockchain technology, its architecture, and how it works as the foundation of modern cryptocurrencies. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages all relevant stakeholders to submit draft comments to NIST by the deadline on February 23.
The document, Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8202: Blockchain Technology Overview, provides an in-depth look at the technologies that compromise blockchain systems and breaks down how blockchains can best be utilized, and how blockchain technology can be an asset to a business and its products...
NIST requests feedback from the public and private sectors, national and international, for the final publication.
Read the draft document and submit comments to NIST by email: email@example.com... Full Story
Cannabis Industry Group Announces National Standards, Starts With Marijuana Product Packaging And LabelingJavier Hasse
–January 29, 2018 - One of the consequences of cannabis remaining federally illegal is the lack of unified standards for operating businesses. Every state, municipality and jurisdiction compels marijuana businesses to fulfill certain requirements and, on occasion, these requisites collide or are in direct conflict with each other.
Some jurisdictions allow for certain pesticides at grow operations, while others ban them. Some require every cannabis product to come in a childproof package, while others donâ€™t...No real, national standard exists for pot products.
Fortunately, the end of this era starts Wednesday, as the National Association of Cannabis Businesses, or NACB, the marijuana industry\'s self-regulatory organization, is releasing national standards, starting with the NACB Packaging and Labeling National Standard. The upcoming standards have been conceived to help the associationâ€™s members protect consumers while proving the industry\'s ethics and responsibility to regulators, financial institutions and the public.
For the next month, the NACB Standard will be available at www.NACB.com for the public to review and comment on the upcoming regulations. Once in effect, all NACB members will be obliged to abide by them... Full Story