cybersecurity

Fear Factor: AI for Cybersecurity?

We asked federal IT managers how they felt about using AI technology to boost their agencies’ cybersecurity. And while the Federal AI IQ Test results revealed that the vast majority agreed that cybersecurity presents the biggest opportunity for AI in the federal government, only 20% of them are “very comfortable” implementing it today. So what […]

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Is blockchain secure?

For public- and private-sector blockchain initiatives, blockchain technology must contend with technological, governance and regulatory challenges. For all its business transformational values, immutability, distributed transactions, cryptography, provenance, etc., pertinent issues around governance, advocacy, SmartContracts development, and securing blockchain applications at the edges still must be resolved for blockchain to garner mainstream adoption. Part I of […]

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month calls attention to the widening new collar skills gap

We live in an era in which cyberattacks are increasing in speed and scale, and their effects are growing in severity, range and cost. The fear, uncertainty and real-life implications of these breaches are felt at the individual level – and, like all things of scale, there are macro-level impacts as well. It is estimated […]

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What’s the matter with digital strategy?

It’s becoming popular in the public sector to dismiss strategic IT planning, claiming that all the associated effort is a waste of time.  This is the “digital” era (so the argument goes) and citizen expectations, technology capabilities and external influences move too quickly for strategy to be valuable. There’s a logic to that.  But I […]

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Outthinking CyberThreats with Cognitive Technology

CyberSecurity has emerged as a top priority to all organizations – both in the public and private sector.  It is estimated that there are over 200,000 daily cyberattacks, corresponding to a 40% annual increase in the number of detected security incidents. The rapid increase in the number of globally connected devices is not expected to […]

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Hack my Blockchain? Don’t bother!

Blockchain is a much hyped, emerging technology that promises to make business networks more efficient, reducing transaction times and reducing the risk of error / fraud. As a founding member of the Linux Foundation Hyperledger project, IBM are serious about open source development of a blockchain fabric for usage within closed, permissioned business networks.  We […]

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Achieving Holistic Cybersecurity

  To be effective, Security needs to be proactive — using cyber analytics and cognitive-based systems to ultimately achieve mission-oriented security intelligence by John Lainhart & Christopher Ballister No longer can security programs rely on “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” — adversaries could already be inside systems, stealing data or probing to get […]

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Lessons in Cyber Resilience

I recently had the pleasure of co-chairing a workshop on Cyber Resilience at AFCEA’s International Conference. So what is Cyber Resilience?  Cyber attacks continue with regularity and increasing sophistication.   Regardless of how much is spent on defensive measures, an organization must figure that a breach will occur.  It’s no longer a matter of “if” but […]

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Cognitive Computing: Transforming Security in Cyberspace

As the world’s technology continues to rapidly advance over time, it’s clear that the reliance upon cyberspace will increase as well.  This has given rise to progressively complex cyber threats across the information processing realm – becoming increasingly more serious and frequent to every industry (40% increase in reported data breaches and incidents)  – and […]

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Cyber Security is more than just software on the network

There were two interesting speakers at the Atlantic Council Cyber Risk Seminar, one commercial (Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and CEO of Crowdstrike) and one government Tom Corcoran, senior policy adviser to the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. An interesting point they made is that organizations should assume that their firewalls are penetrated […]

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Smarter Security for Systems of Engagement

In early September 2014 I had the pleasure of presenting to the US EUCOM Cyber Endeavour in Graffenwoehr, Germany. This is a very short version of what I said! Four key areas of technology underpin our Smarter Planet vision – Cloud, Big Data / Analytics, Social Business & Mobile.  All are relevant to, and increasingly used by the military […]

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Hey, Medicare Fraud Strike Force – Rock On!

Health care fraud costs governments hundreds of billions of dollars each year.  Being a nut about effective government keeps me thinking about waste, fraud, and abuse.   Fortunately, things are looking up. Click here to Retweet In mid-May, the US Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 90 people with defrauding Medicare of $260M. Some charged were physicians […]

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