Symplio a firm that focuses on the merge of social networks and the Internet of Things points out the comic book to “Inspire the Internet of Things” (PDF) from Mirko Presser, a member of Alexandra Institute. The comic book explains the concept of IoT, challenges, problems and benefits, and encourage people to think of new
Do you remember Oldsmobile? The BusinessInsider documented what I have sensed for a while. Windows is playing less of a role at Microsoft (MSFT). When was the last time something came out of the Windows camp that fired us up? BI notes that for a long time, Microsoft was a company whose success or failure
Techno prognostication firm IDC says (I think they are right on this one) that worldwide sales of tablets will surpass desktop PCs and laptops by the end of 2014. This will result in a boomlet in the second-hand tablet market and a recent article on Infosecurity says that in response, firms will need to start data
The BusinesInsider notes that analysts at investment bank Citi (C) have issued a new research report, that takes a look at 10 disrupting technologies, According to the BusinessInsider these technologies will change the way we do business. The firm which took $300 billion dollar taxpayer-funded bail-out looked into practically every sector you can think of:
Symplio a firm that focuses on the merge of social networks and the Internet of Things points out the comic book to “Inspire the Internet of Things” (PDF) from Mirko Presser, a member of Alexandra Institute. The comic book explains the concept of IoT, challenges, problems and benefits, and encourage people to think of new scenarios for this technology the author considers essential to involve the general public and businesses with the issue of development the Internet of Things.
Mr. Presser says, the IOT comic book is aimed at everyone. The idea is that anyone can read the stories presented in the book and form an opinion, in addition to using it as a basis for deeper discussions or simply as inspiration to think about the Internet of Things.
The comic book has an introduction by Gerald Santucci and 15 scenarios where technology can be applied to Internet of Things, more than 25 concept of IoT and four interviews with experts in this field.
Here you can download an electronic version of the comic book about Internet of Things.
- What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? (c24.co.uk)
Do you remember Oldsmobile? The BusinessInsider documented what I have sensed for a while. Windows is playing less of a role at Microsoft (MSFT). When was the last time something came out of the Windows camp that fired us up? BI notes that for a long time, Microsoft was a company whose success or failure was built around Windows. While Windows is still the heart and soul of Microsoft, it’s becoming a smaller part of its earnings.
This chart from BI shows Windows operating income as percentage of its overall operating income versus its overall operating income. The total operating income is slowing growing, while Windows percentage of the total is slowly decreasing.
I have covered the angst over MSFT’s profitability for a while here and here. There are those that think Redmond is a long-term play as a leader in the cloud market, I don’t see it. Calling MSFT a good play in the cloud is like asking General Motors to make money on building roads and not cars. MSFT’s latest products (Vista, Win8) as memorable as the Olds Calias or the Achieva.
Techno prognostication firm IDC says (I think they are right on this one) that worldwide sales of tablets will surpass desktop PCs and laptops by the end of 2014. This will result in a boomlet in the second-hand tablet market and a recent article on Infosecurity says that in response, firms will need to start data wipe their old tablets just as thoroughly as old hard disks to protect their data.
The company is responsible for any company data held on the mobile device; no matter the flavor of BYOD practiced so it is the company that must take responsibility for removing data from the device prior to disposal. The Infosecurity article says that ensuring that mobile device solid state memory is completely clean is technically difficult.
The article highlights BlackBelt, which has just enhanced its data wiping product to include Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) Android tablets explained the difficulty to the author. “Solid state memory uses a technique called wear leveling to maximize the life expectancy of the memory chips.” BlackBelt’s business development manager Ken Garner told Infosecurity, “It works by spreading the binary information (0s and 1s) randomly across all of the memory cells in the chip. This means that unlike on spinning disk memory, the location of the data on the user interface bears no relation to where it is stored on the drive, making traditional forms of deletion ineffective.”
BlackBelt says end users can’t data wipe their phones, “it isn’t possible for an individual to perform a full removal of personal data from any smart phone or tablet using a device’s in-built factory reset or by re-flashing the operating system.” the vendor explains to Help Desk Security that wear leveling will, “over-rule instructions to permanently overwrite old data.”
Because of ‘wear leveling’, neither remote wipes nor factory resets are guaranteed to remove all of the data from solid-state memory. The blog points out that a low-cost product called Wondershare, can recover data from solid-state memory. Mr. Garner claims the software, “recovers just about everything after either a factory reset or a local (phone operating system) delete.”
All of this demands that when a tablet is retired, it is incumbent on the company to ensure that all data held on the device is adequately deleted. One problem, says Garner, is that, “Many data wiping solutions, more often than not, have been ‘re-purposed’ from data wiping solutions aimed at traditional hard disk drives;” and that simply doesn’t work on solid state memory.
DataWipe, uses a three-stage process: firstly writing 0s in every memory cell, secondly writing 1s in every cell, and thirdly writing random 0s and 1s across every memory cell. The result, he claims, is guaranteed data erasure that can also provide audit, compliance and reporting data in an industry standard XML format that is easily exchanged with all of the major DLP, SIEM, policy management and mobile device management solutions solving both the technical difficulties around tablet recycling.
Wiping data from a PC or a first generation Apple iPad that is being retired is important because of the enormous amount of data they can store. This makes the proper destruction of that data on the device essential before it leaves organization. Unfortunately, IT asset disposition firm Retire-IT sees that many firms simply swap the devices with new ones or merely format the drives without securely wiping the data. The Columbus, OH based firm says this leaves organizations vulnerable. Kyle Marks, CEO of Retire-IT told Help Net Security that:
99% of problems happen before a disposal vendor touches equipment. No vendor can destroy data if they don't receive an asset, which is why we strongly encourage clients to destroy data before any move. Better safe than sorry. Of course, disposal vendors should destroy data (again) regardless
Retire-IT looked at tracking data from 1072 corporate disposal projects encompassing 233 different companies and reported some shocking figures:
- 4 out of 5 projects (81.5%) had at least one missing asset.
- 1 out of 8 (11.6%) had a negative variance. The devil is in the details, but nobody looks very closely.
- Only 79% of the serial numbers were matched with subjective matching.
- Without subjective matching, only 58% of serial numbers were matched.
Help Net Security offers some suggestions to help sanitize IT equipment:
Starting with Windows Vista (and Windows 2008 Server), the Microsoft OS overwrites the contents of each sector when you do a Slow Format on your media. They recoomend Microsoft’s SDelete for wiping files on Windows.
For Apple OS X there’s the Disk Utility.
On Linux use the “wipe”, “srm” or “shred” commands to securely sanitize files on most distributions.
Printers and copiers – Consult the manual to find out how to clear the memory or use third-party software to wipe the hard drive. Which I covered here
The BusinesInsider notes that analysts at investment bank Citi (C) have issued a new research report, that takes a look at 10 disrupting technologies, According to the BusinessInsider these technologies will change the way we do business. The firm which took $300 billion dollar taxpayer-funded bail-out looked into practically every sector you can think of: energy, entertainment, IT, manufacturing, and transportation among them.
One of the information technologies that Citi called a disrupter is Software Defined Networks (SDN). SDN’s simplify IT networks by separating the Control Plane (the intelligence) from the Data Plane (the packet forwarding engine). “Instead of having intelligence distributed across the network in separate boxes, SDN centralizes the Control plane in an overriding software layer which disseminates instructions to each router or switch.”
Citi claims that SDN is too cheap to resist. They cite data from IDC that says Software Defined Networking is expected to grow from just under $360 million in 2013 to $3.7 billion in 2016. Revenues are likely to be split between startups, traditional network vendors like Cisco (CSCO), and big IT vendors like IBM (IBM), HP (HPQ), and Dell.
The progonistators at Citi also identified SaaS another disruptive opportunity. The article explains that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is Internet-based software delivery. Basically customers can use software that they’d otherwise have to buy via downloads or at a store. Examples include Google (GOOG) Apps, Microsoft (MSFT) 365 and Amazon (AMZN) web services.
In 2012, the SaaS market grew 26% to become an $18 billion market according to market research firm IDC. According to Citi’s survey, SaaS has already captured 8% of their software wallets so far and firms expect to increase spending to 70% of their budget over time — a 9-fold increase.
The Citi progonistators are so smart, they are at least a year behind the Bach Seat. I have covered cloud since 2011. I think we all know that cloud computing and software defined networking are information technology disrupters. Thanks guys.
- IDC: Cloud, mobility exposing limitations of existing networks (computerworld.co.nz)