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ANSI Issues Update for Standards Bodies Related to Huawei
–September 9, 2019 - In its ongoing effort to monitor issues related to Huawei for the benefit of the standards community, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has issued the following announcement:
As reported by ANSI on August 21, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerceâ€™s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) extended a waiver to U.S. companies for limited business with Huawei and removed paragraph (c)(4) "Engagement as necessary for development of 5G standards by a duly recognized standards body" from the 90 day Temporary General License that was effective May 20, 2019. In doing so, BIS determined that existing provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) â€œsuffice for purposes of addressing the application of the Entity List-based license requirements to activities in connection with standards development bodies, including 5G standards bodies.â€..The BIS Opinion notes that there are different types of standards bodies and their practices and procedures can vary. The Opinion notes, for example, that â€a variety of activities in the standards setting or development context are prohibited absent a license or other authorization from BIS if any of the listed Huawei entities (or another listed entity) is involvedâ€ and provides high level guidance on such prohibited activities. The Opinion confirms that information, including technology, that is made available to the public without restrictions upon its further dissemination would not be subject to the EAR if certain additional criteria are met.
As a precaution, since some activities are prohibited and some allowed subject to meeting additional criteria, affected organizations may want to consider seeking legal advice, based on their particular operating environment and needs, regarding whether their current processes comply. Full Story
8K Association announces performance specification for consumer TVsJulien Happich
–September 4, 2019 - 8K Association (8KA), a cross-industry group focused on facilitating the growth of the 8K ecosystem, has officially released key performance attributes for 8K televisions as defined in its 8KA technical program.
Performance criteria were created in concert with the associationâ€™s membership which include leading consumer electronics brands, panel manufacturers and other leadership companies within the 8K ecosystem with a strong pulse on current and future technology trends... Full Story
OpenADx Becomes Eclipse Working Group Focused on Interoperability in the Autonomous Driving Software StackPress Release
–September 2, 2019 - The Eclipse Foundation today announced the launch of the OpenADx Working Group, an automotive industry collaboration focused on creating better compatibility, interfaces, and broader interoperability for the autonomous driving software development stack. This working group establishes a much needed vendor-neutral home for industry-wide collaboration in order to speed innovation and productization. OpenADx will enable developers from OEMs, Tier-1 suppliers and tool providers to work together to create innovations that will benefit the entire industry. The working group launches with original members AVL, Bosch, Eteration, IBM, itemis, JC Information Management, Red Hat, and Siemens... Full Story
Data Security Efforts Get Help from the Confidential Computing ConsortiumTodd R. Weiss
–August 30, 2019 - Making business data more secure, even while it\'s in memory and in the midst of being processed, is the aim of The Linux Foundation\'s latest open source project - the Confidential Computing Consortium.
The new project will work to define and accelerate efforts to improve data security in an area where it hasnâ€™t gotten much attention before, according to the Foundation, which offered details about the Consortium at last weekâ€™s Open Source Summit North America in San Diego.
Data security efforts today typically deal with data at rest and in transit in cloud computing, but donâ€™t include specific security steps while it is in memory. By examining and working to solve this security issue, the Confidential Computing Consortium will take on the problem and seek new ways of closing this security gap, the group said. If successful, the Consortium will help to bring about a fully encrypted life cycle for sensitive data, which will dramatically improve data security for all users while reducing exposure for sensitive data and providing more control and transparency... Full Story
ANSI Expands Cannabis-Related Standards and Conformity Assessment Activities to Foster Health, Safety, and Quality
–August 19, 2019 - In support of its mission to further voluntary standards and conformity assessment activities as a means of enhancing public health, safety, welfare, and the environment, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and its subsidiary, the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), are pleased to announce their intent to strengthen, reinforce, and expand their respective accreditation activities in areas relating to cannabis and cannabis-related products.
In keeping with legal guidelines adopted by the ANSI Executive Committee of the Board of Directors on July 24, 2019, ANSI\'s activities will include accrediting qualifying standards developing organizations (SDOs) and approving SDOs\' cannabis-related standards that qualify as American National Standards (ANS). Such standards may address, for example, indoor air quality in marijuana grow operations or standards for the remediation of illicit drugs... Full Story
Google, Intel and Microsoft form a consortium for data protectionIzaan Zubair
–August 26, 2019 - Google, Intel, Microsoft and seven other companies have established the Confidential Computing Consortium to help define and accelerate open source technology that offers truly private data access, not only when they are stored or sent but also while they are being used.
The first contributions include a Microsoft framework that allows you to write code to execute in reliable execution environments, an Intel framework for hardware code protection and a Red Hat tool that allows you to extract secure environments in which you can create and run private applications without servers so that data is always encrypted in any context.
Linux Foundation will host the data protection consortium... Full Story
Linux Foundation Powers Up on IBM's OpenPOWERDan Meyer
–August 22, 2019 - The Linux Foundation is adopting the IBM-developed OpenPOWER Foundation in a move to further drive cross-vendor software support to boost hardware performance for data centers and hybrid cloud environments.
The adoption will see the project house IBM's open POWER microprocessor Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) and contributed Source Design Implementations to support data-driven hardware...[which] are targeted at intensive workloads like artificial intelligence (AI) and those hybrid cloud environments.
Those components are also part of IBM's Power Series chip architecture, which is not being donated to the Linux Foundation... Full Story
NIST Delays Action on Cyber-Related Standards Because of OMB Review
–August 21, 2019 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced on Aug. 16 that it will delay action on several cybersecurity-related standards.
The delay is due to a review cycle the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has implemented to ensure the standards safeguard government data.
The announcement listed the standard publications that the delay impacted, including defense cybersecurity contractor and Defense Department standards. NIST's Guide for Developing System Security Plans is affected, and the Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations - which has reached its final public draft - is currently in review at OIRA.
Other processing standards and special publications are also affected by the delay... Full Story
NIST Releases Plan for Federal Engagement to Develop Technical Standards and Tools in AI
–August 20, 2019 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a plan for prioritizing federal agency engagement in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) standards. U.S. Leadership in AI: A Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing Technical Standards and Related Tools was prepared in response to the Executive Order: Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence...NIST's plan acknowledges the importance of technical standards and their development,..It outlines four federal government engagement recommendations:
- Bolster AI standards-related knowledge, leadership, and coordination among Federal agencies to maximize effectiveness and efficiency
- Promote focused research to advance and accelerate broader exploration and understanding of how aspects of trustworthiness can be practically incorporated within standards
- Support and expand public-private partnerships to develop and use AI standards and related tools to advance reliable, robust, and trustworthy AI
- Strategically engage internationally to advance AI standards for U.S. economic and national security needs... Full Story
Global Cyber Alliance Launches Cybersecurity Development Platform for Internet of Things (IoT) DevicesPress Release
–August 18, 2019 - Global Cyber Alliance, working with its partners, today launched the Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE), a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity development platform for Internet of Things (IoT) products. AIDE enables small businesses, manufacturers, service providers and individuals to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and secure IoT devices against the growing volume of threats to this interconnected environment.
A complementary resource to the AIDE platform is the GCA ProxyPot, a custom IoT honeypot solution developed by GCA, which is capable of replicating one IoT device across multiple IP addresses and physical locations to identify global attack risks quickly, efficiently and accurately. Together, the AIDE and ProxyPot platforms allow for organisations and individuals to have greater visibility into the types and scale of threats facing the IoT devices deployed into various environments, including smart cities and other smart ecosystems... Full Story