Monday, 21 March 2016
A recent review of the free hacking tools easily available online (passwords crackers, wireless hacking tools including the beautifully named firesheep, packet sniffers, keystroke loggers etc etc) re-emphasise the need to take online security seriously and check online communication with great care.
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Deep Mind was founded in September 2010 so it has taken @6 years to defeat about 6,000 years of human development.
The network effect will allow machines to learn much faster than human biology will allow so the question is what happens next ?
From an optimistic point of view many issues that seem totally beyond our capability to solve can be sorted out (financial crisis, hunger etc etc) from a pessimistic point view we lose control and humans are seen as part of the problem.
Either way this will be pretty exciting and my money backs the humans to keep the upper hand.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
At the apex of the industry defence related contractors such as Babcock, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and Thales offer the perception of total security for critical applications. At the next level providers such as Dark Trace, esentire, Zscaler and iboss deliver solutions into financial services and other industries. Below this some excellent but smaller scale operators such as BitNinja, ripjar, GeoLang and SHAYYPE offer more specific solutions to specific problems.
None of the providers go as far as offering a silver bullet solution and none will accept liability if a cyber attack does penetrate defences.
In a few years when the hacker community has had a really good crack at these systems we will have a better idea which ones are robust and resilient and which are signed up members of the smoke and mirrors brigade but in fairness all looked to offer genuine value in one way or another.
The stand out trend was probably the emergence of viable ways to manage remote working from multiple devices in a fairly low risk way across the cloud. A notable absentee was any technical solution to spear phishing which given the resources available to some of the attendees points to the challenge of solving this. The closest to this is DarkTrace which manages internal network threats.
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Imagine a researcher not delivering what could be discovered on Google in 30 mins and hoping to be paid for it ? Trust has a part to play and perhaps Googling the symptoms of pancreatic cancer would not be enough to head direct to the operating theatre.............but give automated eye scan based diagnosis a few years and we might be there.
DeepMind the Google AI project will really accelerate the erosion of value in knowledge work and challenge the value of many previously well protected professions.