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  • Would you like to know what Cisco is up to lately? Network World's Zeus Kerravala gives us a quick update, straight from Chuck Robbins. At Cisco Live earlier this month, CEO Chuck Robbins outlined Cisco's refocus on the network. That's after years of branching out into servers and general IT equipment. Now, the network is headed for new definitions and changes with clear intent.  ...

  • Sarah K. White, senior writer at CIO.com, has compiled a list of the seven most needed jobs in IT today, according to Robert Half Technology’s 2018 IT salary report. It's a quick reveal of the top seven needed positions, their descriptions and requirements, and the range of salaries for each.   Which positions are covered?  * Business Intelligence Analyst * Data Scientist * Database Developer * Help/Support Desk Technician * Network Administrator * Data Security Administrator * System Administrator So whether you're new to the job market, considering new IT skills, or looking to hire one of these specialists, this article should be well worth a look. ...

  • In regard to coins as an investment, here is an interesting question: What are some of the factors the SEC would consider in assessing whether a digital asset is offered as an investment contract, making it a security? In this Blockchain + The Law article, William Hinman, Director, Division of Corporate Finance, provides guidance on the applicability of U.S. Federal Securities Laws to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the sale of digital tokens. Director Hinman confirmed in detail that the SEC will continue to apply the “Howey Test” in determining whether the sale of “tokens” amount to the issuance of a security. If you have any question on your tax liability on an ICO investment, this article and the director's full presentation (linked) may provide some valuable answers. ...

  • In this post, Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, describes the employment opportunities discussed at the Sturtevant forum held at the Gateway Technical College’s Sturtevant campus. Participants discussed the importance of retaining Wisconsin's new college graduates in the state by offering a wide range of employment opportunities. They stressed the importance of learning the lessons from the success of the South Carolina BMW assembly plant as both Volvo and Foxconn move forward with their local expansion plans. The opportunities for lucrative growth sound very attractive. Tom Still concluded that the theme of the upbeat meeting could be described as, "Wisconsin First." ...

  • As many of our readers know by now, blockchain is an architecture that allows users to conduct transactions with each other and create an unchangeable, secure record of those transactions. As such, it has attracted an enormous amount of interest by technologists in finance, healthcare, supply chains, shipping, energy and even election voting. "The applications are endless," is a common refrain. Another is "blockchain technology will be the next TCP/IP of finance." In this new article, Computerworld senior writer, Lucas Mearian, gives us a three-page course on the current state of blockchain adoption across many industries and a look at the challenges they each face. Finally, he gives us a look at the possible future of blockchain deployments and their role in transforming business practices for efficiency, speed and security.  ...

  • Recently, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Oversight and Research and Technology subcommittees held a hearing titled, “Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management and Combat Counterfeit Goods.” Blockchain momentum is accelerating at even the highest levels among decision-makers. In the House or Representatives hearing, a director with the Department of Homeland Security summed up the sentiment on the future of blockchain technology saying, “The applications are almost limitless.” Representatives from the shipping and supply chain industries spoke up to agree. Click to get the short scoop or full transcript at Blockchainplusthelaw.com. ...

  • The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is looking at the possibility of using today's distributed ledger technology to bring speed, security and other efficiencies to monitoring swap transactions in what is called “Swaps Regulation 2.0.”  The current consideration envisions the CFTC as a supervisory node in a distributed ledger platform, poised to monitor swap transactions as they take place.  In this new Blockchain + The Law article by Cheryl Aaron, a regulator node is described as possibly being a considerable advantage to both regulators and regulated entities. It could enable participants to better comply with their reporting and recordkeeping requirements by accessing the data they need "to properly understand and regulate the market without any intermediaries, and potentially for a lower cost."  Aaron writes, "By relying on a blockchain-based reporting and recordkeeping system, swap market participants could potentially eliminate the middleman (swap data repositories) entirely."  ...

  • CoinDesk reports that "Four of the world's largest carmakers have joined tech providers and startups to form the biggest-ever consortium focused on applying blockchain tech in the automotive sector." The consortium that connects them is the recently launched Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI). MOBI's goal here is to enable payments and data-sharing between cars through common standards and APIs to open the way for a new digital mobility ecosystem. The initial work will form project teams focusing on areas such as vehicle identity and data tracking, ride sharing, mobility ecosystem commerce, and data markets for both autonomous and human driving. Read all about the initiative and get involved in this newest "Big Thing" to hit the economy. ...

  • According to the 2018 IT Career Outlook report from SpiceworksIT, as many as one-third of IT workers will look for a new job in 2018.  The reasons why they might look for a change differ between age groups, from millennials to Gen Xers and baby boomers. SpiceworksIT surveyed 2,163 IT workers from North America and Europe to bring you these answers, and they have provided some of the motivating factors that may help you retain your best people, including: 1. IT workers are satisfied, but feel underpaid 2. Millennials and Gen Xers want more skills 3. Work-life balance is important, especially for Gen Xers 4. They want IT to be a priority 5. Baby boomers are burnt out 6. Millennials want better benefits and perks ...

  • Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council writes: "The startling rise of social media in less than 15 years has changed how people live, work and play – largely for the better, but also in ways that have corrosive effects." He notes, that those changes "will remake how we get our food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, entertainment and more." In the meantime, "...it’s time for Big Tech to affirm that trust by making smart choices about how to better protect its users." Read Still's new column on the next page. ...

  • Anne Canfield, writing for Blockchainplusthelaw.com, gives us a brief description of why we need new cryptographic advances and a privacy protocol that delivers blockchain's advantages. She envisions a decentralized social network that uses nodes to sign a smart contract between new ‘friends’ where posts, statuses and pictures are stored and shared with via the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) network protocol. ...

  • Amazon Web Services has launched their new Blockchain Templates as a way to accelerate blockchain app development on Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric networks. They expect the offering to give AWS users an easy entry into a wide range of applications, including payments, logistics, contracts and even crowdfunding for starters. ...

  • Paul A. Jones, writing for Michael Best's Best Venture has some advice on whether to take your startup to Silicon Valley in search of venture capital. While on one hand, Silicon Valley might be the fastest way to determine whether your startup is "venture-worthy" by Valley standards, he sees many more appropriate venture opportunities elsewhere, depending on the type of startup you are launching. He writes: "Over the last couple of days, it gelled that some entrepreneurs might fail to raise capital in Silicon Valley – not because their startup is not worthy of investment, but because they are not ready to play on that particular stage. In which case, going to Silicon Valley may result in failing to get a startup financed not because it was a bad idea, but because venture capital’s Broadway was not where it should have started out."...

  • Read the Jennifer Georgino interview David Houlding, Director of Healthcare Privacy and Security at Intel Health and Life Sciences (HLS), about enterprise blockchain implementation, hosted by Blockchain Healthcare Review. As Houlding says, "There are amazing benefits blockchain technology can bring to the industry in terms of improving the quality of patient care and reducing the cost of healthcare." ...

  • In this article, Anne Canfield writes, "2017 may have been the year of the cryptocurrency, but 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the blockchain." She also predicts, "This technology will the next big leap forward in increasing productivity." The article describes new developments in Real Estate, Smart Contracts, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, and Shipping. ...

  • Today, the U.S House of Representatives passed a federal spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2018. The bill offers several benefits and a few setbacks for the healthcare industry's providers and payers. Containing significant changes to those proposed by president Trump, it must still be passed by the Senate and signed by the president. This summary article by senior editor Susan Morse for Healthcare Finance News gives us the healthcare highlights, including: Funding for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to begin the transition to Cerner for its EHR A funding increase of $10 billion for HHS Unchanged flatline funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology An increase for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality No increase for insurers on cost-sharing reduction payments  A nearly 9 percent increase to $37.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health   An increase to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget of $1.1 billion for a total budget of $8.3 billion Healthcare Finance News fills in the context and details with quotes from industry spokespeople.  Click ahead for the article >>...

  • More than 80 percent of all data breaches appear to take advantage of stolen or weak password credentials. In this CIOInsight.com article, Brett McDowell discusses the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommendations on “strong passwords” designed to make password creation more secure for everyone.  McDowell explains the three basic types, or levels, of application protection, the vulnerabilities of one-time passcodes (OTPs), and authentication methods the NIST recommends now in light of today's increasingly sophisticated cyberthreat horizon. ...

  • What do employers expect from college graduates they hire? Do they want an emphasis on STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math – or a liberal arts background that may be more adaptable? In this new article, the president of the Wisconsin Technology Council discusses some of the employment trade-offs, plans for curriculum changes at UW-Madison and LifeMapping, a soon-to-be incorporated company tied to the UW-Madison Department of Geography to help students explore their options. ...

  • The HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas has wound up. In the latest issue of Healthcare IT News, Mike Miliard gives us an overview of the hot topics of the week. Acknowledging that the post-EHR era has fully arrived, he writes, "There was the day-long Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event and the Blockchain Forum, HIMSS VentureConnect and Rockstars of Emerging Healthcare Technology. The Innovation Live showcase in Hall G was populated with leading-edge companies touting AI, augmented reality, biometrics, IoT and much more. And far from theoretical, many of those technologies are already on the minds of leading CIOs." Even if you were one of the "nearly 45,000" attendees, you couldn't have taken it all in. Here's a good wrap-up overview of the major ideas, innovations and initiatives that are shaping healthcare today. ...

  • Near the end of last year, the Commodity Futures Trade Commission (CFTC) proposed a seemingly esoteric new rule that would define the term “actual delivery” for retail commodity transactions in virtual currency. Learn more about the CFTC’s new “functional approach” to actual delivery of virtual currency and make your opinions known to the CFTC before they define the final rule. This new article presented by Blockchain + The Law considers the issues from a variety of perspectives, and you can comment to the CFTC before the closing date of March 20, 2018. ...

  • A glimpse into the near future: By applying the transformative advantages of IoT operations, “smart factories” will bring vast changes and benefits to the price of goods, job types and locations and end-to-end supply chain responsiveness. This insightful article by Monica Ricci, an Associate Researcher at MachNation is brought to you by IoT Business News. Here, Ricci, who is an IoT business model specialist, focuses on four categories of change targeted by IoT applications: * Delivering automation and digitization of information * Asset management and maintenance on the factory floor * Plant management * Increased customer satisfaction and competitive differentiation...

  • Wisconsin’s internet connections, from its most rural settings to under-served neighborhoods in its largest cities, may benefit from a diverse range of broadband technologies, soon to make their way to the Wisconsin Legislature. In a new article, Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, describes two examples of technologies getting attention in Wisconsin and elsewhere because of their potential for improved connections. ...

  • The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, which takes effect on May 25, 2018 - just two months away - imposes a strict set of requirements on how and why companies collect and use the personal data of EU individuals.  For example, this worldwide requirement enables individuals in the EU to limit and control how international businesses collect, process and use their personal information. It allows them to decide what information they share, and it provides individuals with the "right to be forgotten." If you currently have EU customer information and don't comply with the GDPR requirements, you could face fines of €20 million or 4 percent of your global annual revenue, whichever is higher. If you have EU clients or customers, chances are it will affect you. Read up on GDPR in Adweek this week. ...

  • Rumors have it that Amazon is planning a new service called "Shipping With Amazon," which will pick up packages from manufacturers and retailers and deliver them to consumers. The implication is that UPS and FedEx will face diminishing orders from Amazon while having to gear up to compete with them. Meanwhile, shares of both delivery companies are down. ...

  • The U.S. leads the world in Blockchain deployments, and IBM is encouraging the U.S. government to embrace the technology for a host of benefits at a lower cost. ...

  • Rumors have it that Amazon is planning a new service called "Shipping With Amazon," which will pick up packages from manufacturers and retailers and deliver them to consumers. The implication is that UPS and FedEx will face diminishing orders from Amazon while having to gear up to compete with them. Meanwhile, shares of both delivery companies are down. ...

  • Read up to learn "some of the most common IT gaffes include becoming trapped in a relationship with a vendor you can't shake loose, hiring or promoting the wrong people, and hiding problems from top management until it's too late to recover," at CIO.com. ...

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of computer and information technology jobs is growing faster than the average for any other occupation. CIO Today tells us what talent they expect to see in 2018. Most in demand: data science, programming, security, content, and social media marketing. ...

  • Andreessen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans explains how AI, mixed reality, cryptocurrencies, and autonomy will play out over the next 10 years to possibly create new categories of radical innovation that could produce giant new multi-hundred-billion-dollar winners. ...

  • Whether it's potatoes, corn, grapes or grain, farmers have to manually map hundreds of acres of land to harvest accurate information about their crops. But wait, that was before. This is now: Drone Mapping Is Revolutionizing Farming. ...

  • Whether it's potatoes, corn, grapes or grain, farmers have to manually map hundreds of acres of land to harvest accurate information about their crops. But wait, that was before. This is now: Drone Mapping Is Revolutionizing Farming. ...

  • The Industrial Internet of Things is poised to transform practically all aspects of business. The Internet of Things Institute recently researched and compiled a cross-industry hierarchy of the current top nine applications for IIoT. ...

  • Still under reconciliation, the Saturday night/Sunday morning tax vote could give tech companies who stash money overseas a significant break on their tax liability for that money. ...

  • Healthcare IT News reports that Apple's new patents, as well as Amazon's lab research, could make them major players in the digital healthcare industry. ...

  • The technology of telehealth is becoming a shining star among hospital administrators and staff. Digital healthcare tools that enable doctors to assess patient needs, and often provide assistance online, have gained an accelerated momentum in acceptance. [Editor's note: Just this morning, Kaiser Permanante called me with a fascinating update on their new online telehealth services.] ...

  • Last month, a bipartisan team in Congress, Dave Trott, D-Michigan and Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, proposed the Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act. If passed, it will require the Food and Drug Administration to create a working group of cybersecurity experts to recommend voluntary frameworks and guidelines for medical device security....

  • Just days ago, the American Express FX International Payments (FXIP) division and Ripple, an enterprise global blockchain solution company, announced a joint payment-transfer solution designed to reduce the time and cost of transfer payments to settle, providing a host of benefits for both business-to-business buyers and sellers....

  • Taking a bold move to improve healthcare patient outcomes, MintHealth announced the launch of a blockchain-powered personalized health record (PHR). The company will incent patients to actively use its new platform by rewarding healthy behaviors with cryptocurrency tokens that patients can use toward their healthcare costs....

  • During a recent Milwaukee Blockchain Conference at Marquette University, speakers discussed their ideas on the rapid adoption of the technology among a mixed financial and technical audience. ...

  • The energy marketplace has embraced renewable energy production as part of a balanced portfolio. As Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council writes: "Despite President Trump’s oft-repeated affinity for coal and a recent spike in U.S. production, energy experts don’t expect a long-term surge in coal production for power plants. There are two main reasons: More natural gas plants are coming on line and renewable sources, mainly wind, are filling the energy gap in many parts of the country."...

  • Cisco plans to bring ease of use to videoconferencing through voice-activated A.I. convenience with Cisco Spark Assistant. It will let users reserve meeting rooms, call meeting participants, start, join and leave sessions all through voice commands without touching keypads, touchscreens or conference phones. It sounds like the natural evolution of meetings and collaboration. ...

  • One of Wisconsin's key assets is quality healthcare, a commodity largely taken for granted inside Wisconsin and largely unknown to people and companies who may be thinking of moving or expanding here. ...

  • This Leverege.com blog post is an easy-to-understand review of how AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning work together to benefit each other, made possible by shrinking computer chips, improved sensors, more powerful batteries, wireless connectivity and the cloud. Ahhh, convergence at work. ...

  • This Leverege.com blog post is an easy-to-understand review of how AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning work together to benefit each other, made possible by shrinking computer chips, improved sensors, more powerful batteries, wireless connectivity and the cloud. Ahhh, convergence at work. ...

  • Cybersecurity is a quickly evolving field, with scads of startups across many categories, from secure communications, predictive intelligence and deception security to IIoT, cyber insurance and investors.  The folks at CBInsights have compiled a clever Periodic Table of companies and categories of service that can give you a quick orientation. The article includes direct links to the leading companies in most of the categories. It's the 10,000-foot view that is often missing in more narrowly focused articles.   ...

  • At a recent Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, Hal Wolf III, president and CEO of HIMSS, discussed the need to apply new advanced technologies to the practice of healthcare and emphasized that the real challenge is delivering continual IT-driven changes to the current healthcare culture. “Value the people in the process,” he said. “And remember that culture eats strategy for lunch.” ...

  • IBM Watson Health has signed an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the benefits of blockchain and artificial intelligence, or as one spokesman called it, "augmented intelligence," with the goal of improving healthcare delivery. ...

  • Lucas Mearian, a Senior Reporter for Computerworld, describes a recent CDW survey of 1,794 IT and non-IT employees to better understand the role of user buy-in regarding digital workspace and collaboration applications.  The study reveals the value of IT first looking at the mobile collaboration solutions end users are already using and familiar with before rolling out a new one they will often just ignore, preferring their own favorites. ...

  • Gartner has released an interesting research report, "Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and Beyond: Pace Yourself, for Sanity's Sake." It focuses on new technologies – from artificial intelligence to chat bots, Internet of Things, and blockchain – in addition to ways of engaging employees and customers. ...

  • Blockchain technology changes how parties exchange value, and it has practical, efficient, secure benefits for practically every type of industry. This short blog describes its basic benefits in easy-to-understand language....

  • Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced a plan to reduce drug costs for patients and improve health outcomes by offering prescribers lower-cost alternatives to expensive medications.  The article at EHR Intelligence also includes two additional updates:  * Allscripts integrates new API-enabled patient scheduling solution * Clinerion adds FHIR data model to its set of EHR format standards ...

  • Accenture recently surveyed aerospace and defense executives on emerging technologies they are considering or adopting. They tended to regard blockchain as one of the top emerging technologies that can support greater industry growth and efficiency on many levels. This series of info pieces from Accenture includes a cool interactive blockchain game to demonstrate its potential in commercial aviation. ...

  • Cerner, athenahealth and eClinicalWorks have announced that they will integrate new data types, such as social determinants, population health and precision medicine to make EHRs more “comprehensive.” Read what the company representatives have to say. ...

  • Trump's ACA executive order on Thursday is signed just weeks before the start of the fifth open enrollment season in the ACA marketplaces, on Nov. 1. ...

  • On Tuesday, Microsoft rolled out a Cumulative Update for Windows 10, preparing customers for the incoming Creators Update. It is reported to be causing blue screen errors for many users.  ...

  • Big data analytics is becoming a powerful platform for predictive modeling, using huge data sets that can show patterns and trends, even predicting future behavior that can help reduce waste and improve provider profitability. ...

  • Epic plans to move beyond Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Comprehensive Health Records (CHRs), which will offer doctors an extended range of patient data, including what people eat, how long they sleep, if they are obese or thin, and whether they are lonely -- all having a potentially large impact on health. ...

  • The U.S. Government blockchain trade mission was a week-long event in the United Arab Emirates, custom curated by the Chamber of Digital Commerce with support from the Department of Commerce and the Embassy of the UAE. The trade mission included a series of private meetings, briefings and engagements with government officials and UAE-based businesses to promote the growth of U.S. business and blockchain in the UAE.  ...

  • An upcoming Money20/20 event (October 22-25, 2017) is focused on the broad-reaching impacts of artificial intelligence and its application to financial services. ...

  • BABYGlimpse, a new app available on the Helix marketplace, explores over 20 different traits of a couple's unborn child, including ancestry, physical appearance and wellness-related traits....

  • The Open Web Application Security Project’s (OWASP) Internet of Things Top 10 Project is designed to inform users and security professionals about vulnerabilities in IoT architectures. Here are the top 10 security problems they see and how to prevent them....

  • Tom Still, writing for Inside Wisconsin, gives us a glimpse at how hospitals, medical professionals, insurers, entrepreneurs and others are actively developing better, more efficient ways to care for patients, in spite of Congress. ...

  • The Trump administration is showing a keen interest in blockchain as a technology with the potential to streamline U.S. government operations. ...

  • Governor Scott Walker has designated October as Wisconsin’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Each week this October, ReadyWisconsin will provide information to help keep everyone in Wisconsin safe from cybercrime. ...

  • This new series of Accenture Consulting articles describe how Artificial Intelligence is positioned to become the greatest cost, time and labor-saving technology to hit healthcare. ...

  • Today: Looking for more consistency in search results between Siri, iOS searches and Spotlight on Macs, Apple has replaced Bing with Google for most searches. ...

  • Here are the latest predictions on how fast cloud computing can eliminate the healthcare datacenter, provided by Healthcare IT News. ...

  • Equifax has been breached twice this year now. Jessica Davis at Healthcare IT News gives us insights into the Equifax response, making mis-steps we can all avoid if we are breached. ...

  • As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on a Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the possibility looms that Wisconsin could lose billions of dollars over time for the very reason the GOP hated Obamacare in the first place. That reason was the required expansion of Medicaid to more people and services, which Wisconsin rejected after the ACA was passed in 2010 based on calculations it would cost the state more than the federal aid was worth....

  • The overarching cybersecurity theme of summer 2017 is shaping up to be a widespread infosec talent shortage against the backdrop of fear that arose after the WannaCry ransomware threats happened. Adding to the chaos are predictions that more attacks are not only coming, but will be far worse when they hit. That scenario is opening doors for managed security services providers, managed detection and response firms and virtual CISOs contracting with hospitals to keep them safe....

  • There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Mr. Ben-Oni, the global chief information officer at IDT, was able to fend them off, but the attack left him distraught....

  • Would you like to know what your customers want before they do? Of course. Every business wants to be able to anticipate the needs of their customers. And that starts by understanding customers in a deep and meaningful way. Unfortunately, that is getting harder and harder in our digital world…...

  • “Brands Expand Into New Niches With Care, but Not Without Risk,” a recent NYT article, was full compelling brand extension stories. It also contained examples in which I found myself saying, “What were they thinking?” Here are some examples from the article of both ends of the spectrum....

  • The breakthrough financial success of the new Wonder Woman film contains an important lesson. For years, women super-heroes were outside the scope of movie producers’ considerations. Why? A 2004 film, Catwoman, also starring a female superhero, had failed to achieve its commercial aims. An assumption – female superheroes do not fill seats – became a belief that shaped future investment decisions....

  • Waze is expanding its carpool service to cover the entire state of California, after successful trials in San Francisco, Sacramento, Monterey, and across Israel. The app identifies suitable commuters that live in between the driver’s home and work locations. The rider pays their share of the gas money in exchange for the ride, which currently costs less than the price of an Uber or Lyft....

  • Andy Rubin wasn't ready to retire when he left Google in 2014. He certainly could have: After an illustrious career developing some of the most innovative products in tech, he had all the wealth and accolades anyone could want. As an engineer at the Apple spinoff General Magic, he built some of the world’s first internet-connected portable devices. As CEO at Danger, he created the Sidekick, a smartphone that defined the category before anyone had invented the term. ...

  • A new mobile payment device was recently introduced that can utilize a breathalyzer and fitness tracker-like band to help prevent people from spending too much money when they’re intoxicated. DrnkPay is a new app that is able to track and monitor how much individuals have drunk, and limit more purchases if they’ve had too much to drink, by connecting the device to a user’s credit and debit cards through the app....

  • More than 80 percent of CISOs reported that some detected data breaches are going unaddressed, and 70 percent said it is difficult to prioritize threats based on business criticality, according to a new survey of 300 chief information security officers from around the world conducted by ServiceNow, an IT vendor whose products and services include security....

  • British Airways (BA) said it would take steps to ensure there was no repeat of a computer system failure that stranded 75,000 passengers over a holiday weekend and turned into a public relations disaster....

  • The large scale WannaCry (WannaCrypt) ransomware attack that has crippled over 100,000 computer systems, primarily in health care, is a reminder of just how vulnerable the world's computing infrastructure really is. But what's most amazing about the attack is not its scale or the speed with which it spread, but how easily it could have been avoided....

  • Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief. Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led Ethereum’s initial release, published an essay entitled “What Does Ether At $100 Mean?” Since then it has doubled. Too many altcoins to name have skyrocketed in value along with the Big Two. ICOs are raking in money hand over fist over bicep. What the hell is going on?...

  • First the good news. If you get a signed term sheet with a reputable angel or venture investor, there is a very good chance you will get a deal done. Unless, of course, you don’t. Probably the most common element of every term sheet is the provision that states unequivocally that by signing the term sheet neither party is obligating itself to enter into an investment transaction, whether on the terms reflected in the term sheet or otherwise. Still, if the parties do reach agreement on a term sheet, there usually is a deal made, and usually on terms mostly consistent with the term sheet. That said, herewith a look at the most common reasons a “done term sheet” does not lead to a “done deal.”...

  • A mathematical savant, virtual reality experts, renowned nature nature film-maker, well known author, “remote viewer” and assorted new-age folks were part of Promega’s BioPharmaceutical Technology Center’s annual forum on consciousness, Awakening Through Our Senses, that took place May 18-19. It was a mixed bag of amazing science and technology, unmatched beauty, the preposterous, odd and forgettable. There was something for everyone across the intellectual spectrum....

  • Dinner is set but the phone rings, and when you pick up it isn't a friend, or someone you know, sometimes it's not even a person. It's a robocall. Robocalls for years have managed to catch people at the most inopportune moments, and the shift from landlines to mobile phones hasn't seemed to prevent all those fake tax collectors and mortgage vendors from calling in....

  • Technology often marches ahead of the ability of government regulators to keep up. A prime example is the internet, which surged ahead in its formative days in part because there was an absence of red tape to hold back its pioneers. Autonomous vehicles are another example. Researchers and industry are racing to develop, test and eventually market self-driving vehicles, from cars to trucks to small sidewalk delivery robots. The trick for government is how to monitor public safety without forcing unnecessary detours to innovation....

  • In 2003, Keith Rabois, a longtime Silicon Valley investor and executive, had an ambitious idea: He wanted to start a website that would instantly offer a fair price for your home. If you accepted the offer, the site would agree to buy your house immediately, closing the deal in a matter of days....

  • Tech companies and app developers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief after Monday's major Supreme Court ruling on a topic that's close to their hearts: patents. More specifically, patent lawsuits — a rising number of which analysts say are bogus and threaten to strangle new start-ups and inventions before they have a chance to succeed....

  • The internet of things is real, and it’s a real part of the cloud. A key challenge is how you can get data processed from so many devices. Cisco Systems predicts that cloud traffic is likely to rise nearly fourfold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year for which data is available) to 14.1ZB per year by 2020. As a result, we could have the cloud computing perfect storm from the growth of IoT. After all, IoT is about processing device-generated data that is meaningful, and cloud computing is about using data from centralized computing and storage. Growth rates of both can easily become unmanageable...

  • On the EHR world stage, InterSystems and Epic won more new hospital contracts in 2016 than any of their rivals, according to a new KLAS report: “Global EMR Market Share 2017.” The two companies broke ahead of both their multiregional and regional competitors. “In addition to cost, many other factors were important in providers’ decisions,” said KLAS, which added that many EHR vendors recorded strong years. InterSystems’ strong 2016 sales across Europe, Asia and the Middle East included new contracts with several multi-hospital organizations in the U.K. and China....

  • Lines of business want services fast; IT will need an investment budget that allows it to try to achieve desired solutions and sometimes fail. It used to be that every IT technology project needed to be a business -- to have a business justification. Now, every new business project "needs to be a technology," noted Mark Tonsetic, analyst with the CEB unit of Gartner....

  • There are some specific steps Wisconsin policymakers can – and should – take to improve its business startup rate, which once again anchored the bottom of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s annual index. The real reasons for Wisconsin’s quasi-permanent status as a Kauffman bottom-feeder, however, likely have more to do with who we are as a people versus what state or local government can do....

  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order on Thursday to create a steering committee, which will look into autonomous cars and connected vehicles. The committee will research and evaluate all aspects of autonomous cars and submit policy recommendations to the Governor’s office by the summer of 2018....

  • This isn’t my usual biotech beat, but compromising my computer can certainly affect the beat and I don’t like that. Over the last week, a nasty ransom-ware program infiltrated hundreds of thousands computer in 150 countries. It affected 20% of hospitals in the UK and much more. I don’t understand these misfits who do this; their effects can range from severe inconvenience to mass casualties. I know of a few professors who had their life’s academic work lost due to ransomware. And what about the patients in the UK hospitals whose telemetry suddenly stopped working while they were in intensive care?...

  • Blockchain technology has immense potential to streamline business transactions and processes, but the technology isn't devoid of limitations, according to Pramod Achanta, partner, financial services blockchain practice leader at IBM North America. Achanta spoke with SearchCIO at the recent Fusion CEO-CIO Symposium, produced by WTN Media. In this video, Achanta enumerates the myths, benefits and challenges associated with implementing blockchain technology. He also offers pointers on how to find the right use cases for the evolving technology and explains how blockchain can complement cybersecurity....

  • In healthcare, machine learning may yield fast, accurate insights. But humans are still better able to detect ridiculous anomalies and discover problems that machines have not yet learned to detect. Artificial intelligence applied to the right tasks can reveal insights that wouldn't otherwise be surfaced, and do it faster than manual human efforts. But there are still some tasks that humans perform better than machines. ...

  • Robert Gren was working from home on Friday when, all of a sudden, his laptop stopped working. What he initially thought was just a kink in his computer’s software was in fact part of a global ransomware attack that has affected more than 200,000 computers and caused untold havoc from China to Britain....

  • The free and open internet as we know it is at risk. Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to initiate a process to repeal the strong net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015. These rules protect the internet as an open, decentralized, and level playing field, free from content discrimination. They ensure that you—not your internet service provider (usually your cable or phone company)—control what you can access online....

  • Electronic health record system conversions are one of the largest undertakings an organization can undertake, and Epic go-lives are famous for sometimes going wrong. However, Kevin Johnson, MD, thinks that doesn’t have to be the case. “Every EHR install tests the entire structure of an organization, such as governance, accountability and communication skills,” said Johnson, who is vice president for health IT and chief informatics officer at Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center....

  • LinkedIn is bringing its Today's Job Matches feature to mobile job seekers in an upcoming update. LinkedIn is rolling out new tools aimed at helping job seekers find new work and recruiters hunt down better matches for open positions....

  • The global ransomware attack called “WannaCry,” which began last week and continues today, could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people (and companies) kept their computer software up to date. The attack’s spread demonstrates how hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries are running outdated software that leaves them vulnerable. The victims include Britain’s National Health Service, logistics giant FedEx, Spanish telecom powerhouse Telefonica and even the Russian Interior Ministry....

  • When the National Security Agency began using a new hacking tool called EternalBlue, those entrusted with deploying it marveled at both its uncommon power and the widespread havoc it could wreak if it ever got loose....

  • You've paid dearly to start and grow your business; the steep tuition of success that only an entrepreneur will ever understand. So, you would never do anything to sabotage your businesses, right? Well, not intentionally. But in my own personal experience and in working with hundreds of startups it's clear to me that there are at least seven critical areas where entrepreneurs make mistakes that may cost them their business or severely limit its value and chances for growth....

  • For 12.2 Million Americans, signing up for health insurance in 2017 was a leap of faith: that Obamacare would make it through the year, that the health exchanges wouldn’t collapse, that premiums wouldn’t put their families on the street. For the 54,000 New Yorkers who used those exchanges to join Oscar—a millennial-beckoning insurance startup cofounded by Jared Kushner’s younger brother, Joshua—the 2017 enrollment period wasn’t just uncertain. It was, well, kind of bleak....

  • There's a huge court case you need to hear about. It might not be on your radar yet because, frankly, some of it gets pretty technical. But the outcome is likely to have enormous repercussions for online privacy, net neutrality and the economy....

  • IBM's Watson first made headlines in 2011 when it was on the "Jeopardy" TV game show, and now it is boldly going to the final frontier, with the new Sony PlayStation virtual reality game "Star Trek: Bridge Crew." IBM and game developer Ubisoft on May 11 announced that Watson VR Speech Sandbox will enable players to communicate in the new virtual reality game via voice....

  • When I was young, there was no such thing as the World Wide Web or video streaming. If you wanted to watch something, you had to wait until it appeared on television. Sometimes you might think, “Hey, I think I’ll watch a show,” and flip the channels until you found something interesting. This is how I discovered The Mechanical Universe … And Beyond....

  • Local municipalities are increasingly turning to smart city technology to reduce public crime through efforts such as connected lighting, targeted surveillance and data assets. One of the more innovative smart solutions is ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection, acoustic surveillance technology that uses sensors to detect, locate and alert law enforcement agencies of illegal gunfire incidents in real time....

  • Mark Kearns, 38, a web designer and gamer from Chicago, stumbled upon a new video game called Star Citizen while online in late 2013. The game, which was in development, promised to revive the spaceflight simulation genre with a sprawling universe for players to explore....

  • While most IT security professionals are well aware of the nature of cyber threats, many lack the predictive insights to pre-emptively do anything about new threats. Addressing that issue usually means turning to vendors who have proven expertise in the infosec domain. ...

  • When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in April that it would let 23andMe market its Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk tests directly to consumers, it was seen as a victory for consumers to be more proactive in their healthcare and lifestyles. Indeed the tests would assess the patient’s likelihood of inheriting 10 different diseases, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. But there’s one major problem....

  • Germany has always been a place for industrial invention and innovation, reflected by the creation of the concept of “Industrie 4.0” by the German Government. Last week saw Europe’s leading technologists involved in the digitalization of industry bought together at Hannover Messe to showcase their answers to the key question faced by industrial enterprises everywhere: How can I best get my company into shape for the digital future?...

  • In December, hackers impersonating an executive at Interscope Records, the record label owned by Universal Music Group, managed to bypass all the latest in digital defenses with a simple email. In a carefully tailored message, the hackers urged an executive at September Management, a music management business, and another at Cherrytree Music Company, a management and record company, to send them Lady Gaga’s stem files — files used by music engineers and producers for remixing and remastering....

  • Medici Ventures, the blockchain technology arm of online retailer Overstock.com, has added bitcoin consumer financial service platform Ripio to its portfolio of strategic blockchain-focused investments through participation in Ripio’s Series A financing. In addition to Medici Ventures’ equity position, the blockchain-focused subsidiary of Overstock.com will take an observer’s seat in Ripio’s board of directors meetings....

  • For employers, hiring and retaining young employees has become more difficult than ever before. Today’s young IT workers are often looking for different things in a job than their older counterparts are. Both research and anecdotal evidence suggest that the millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 2000, behave and think quite differently than previous generations. In comparison with other Americans, people in their 20s and early 30s are more likely to be liberal democrats, less likely to own their own home, less likely to be married, more likely to have a lot of debt and more likely to enjoy digital activities like video games and social media....

  • The Xconomy San Diego Forum on the Human Impact of Innovation offered a window into how information technology and science, marching hand-in-hand, will shape healthcare. “IBM’s Watson is not the only breakthrough game in healthcare,” was the best summary of the afternoon. Today’s unpredictable markets demand that as you maximize performance from your current business model, you must in parallel be designing and developing new business models to disrupt the current cash generators. Otherwise, start-ups will turn your company into a dinosaur....

  • Big Wall Street companies are using a complicated technology called blockchain to further increase the already lightning-fast speed of international finance. But it’s not just the upper crust of high finance who can benefit from this new technology. Most simply, a blockchain is an inexpensive and transparent way to record transactions. People who don’t know each other – and therefore may not trust each other – can securely exchange money without fear of fraud or theft. Major aid agencies, nonprofits and startup companies are working to extend blockchain systems across the developing world to help poor people around the world get easier access to banks for loans or to protect their savings....

  • When the cybersecurity industry warns of digital threats to the “internet of things,” the targets that come to mind are ill-conceived, insecure consumer products like hackable lightbulbs and refrigerators. But one group of researchers has shown how hackers can perform far more serious physical sabotage: tweaking an industrial robotic arm to cost millions of dollars worth of product defects, and possibly to damage the machinery itself or its human operator....

  • Among our greatest enemies, as individuals, as organizations, and as a society are the false biases that justify an attitude of "us and them" --in a word, discrimination. Fortunately it's one of the areas where we've made the most progress over the past 100 years. Yet, there is one area where even the most tolerant among us feels it's totally justified to discriminate with utter abandon; millennials and Gen Z....

  • Have you ever seen your nieces or nephews or a high school friend after a ten year hiatus? You are amazed at how much they have changed. You wonder when did they grow up? It seemingly happened overnight and that is slightly disconcerting. Time and absence can play that trick on science too. In April 2008, I reported in these “pages” on the Stem cell frontier on display at Promega. In that conference, UW Scientist, Jamie Thomson, gave an update on his recent discovery on how to turn fully differentiated, mature cells into new stem cells that could, via biological magic, turn into any different mature tissue cell type. ...

  • But today, the utilities sector is under pressure to simultaneously reduce costs and improve operational performance. Utilities are a bit late in digital innovations than retail, banking or insurance. With energy getting on the digital bandwagon with online customer engagement, smart sensors and better use of analytics, utilities are now beginning to adopt it....

  • President Donald Trump has signed an executive order creating the American Technology Council, an organization tasked with modernizing the federal government’s IT systems and the digital services they offer U.S. citizens. This could be good news for the Department of Health and Human Services, a federal agency badly in need of an IT tune-up....

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, CIO Bruce Maas offers pointers on why CIOs and information technology leaders shouldn't shy away from scaling opportunities. CIOs and information technology leaders should embrace and initiate scaling projects to thrive in the evolving world of IT....

  • Did you feel a sudden loss of Internet freedom in February 2015? That's when the Federal Communications Commission imposed net neutrality rules that prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against websites and other online services. And that's when Americans lost their Internet freedom—according to the current FCC chairman, Ajit Pai....

  • What began as a straightforward software contract with Epic resulted this week in the U.S. Coast Guard starting its entire EHR acquisition process over some seven years after it began. EHR implementations are notorious budget-busters often fraught with missed deadlines and other unforeseen complications, but for an organization to abandon the project altogether and embark on a new beginning is uncommon....

  • Cybercriminals use sophisticated technology to rake in millions of dollars in scammed and stolen money across the globe, and cost their victims millions more to clean up the messes they leave behind. When police try to break up these online rings, they find a whole set of obstacles that are different from crimefighting in the physical world. Cybersecurity researchers Frank Cilluffo and Alec Nadeau, along with Europol Director Rob Wainwright, reviewed the multinational effort to take down a massive cybercrime network. What they learned is both surprising and immediately useful....

  • Net-A-Porter didn't know how much money it was leaving on the table when the Web site failed to keep up with traffic. New microservices captured it. Luxury fashion might seem to be an unlikely space to suffer from sudden onslaughts of high traffic, given the non-mass marketing approach that luxury by definition implies. If millions of consumers are involved, then how luxurious can it be...

  • The first mistake companies make while trying to protect their digital assets is to believe they can be secure. “Forget aspiring to full protection. Hacking is black magic engaged in by a ton of bad guys from Russia to Romania whose citizens do not necessarily view them as the bad guys,” Eric Cornelius shared at Fusion 2017....

  • The deputy director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Steve Gutkin, explains how building strategic public and private partnerships can help protect a country's critical infrastructure and offers pointers on nurturing such alliances....

  • Wearables are now a significant part of corporate wellness and remote patient monitoring programs. However, long-term investment from seniors remains a challenge, despite an increasing need for seniors to have better healthcare options. Garmin and Tactio Health Group, two major companies involved in telehealth and wearable technology, are combining forces to provide a telehealth solution specially designed to monitor the daily health and well-being of seniors....

  • A couple of weeks ago I met with the email management and security vendor Retarus. While I was unfamiliar with the company (and it had a reasonably standard portfolio, I thought at first glance), my interest was piqued because it was German, and the country is very particular about such questions as personal data, privacy and so on....

  • State of Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal and CISO Bill Nash offer pointers on how a strategic CIO-CISO partnership can help drive and prioritize cybersecurity. They enumerate the elements that help drive an optimal CIO-CISO partnership and offer pointers on how to evade tensions in their relationship. They stressed that communication between their roles is vital to prioritizing cybersecurity efforts....

  • Microsoft is launching IoT Central today, a new Internet of Things (IoT) service that gives enterprises a fully managed solution for setting up their IoT deployments without needing the in-house expertise necessary for deploying a cloud-based IoT solution from scratch. It’s basically IoT-as-a-Service. In addition, the company is bringing its Azure Stream Analytics to edge devices, making it easier to provision new IoT devices, and it’s launching a completely new analytics service for time series data....

  • When it comes to keeping confidential data locked down, it turns out that even employees trained in cybersecurity best practices still don't always know how to protect sensitive information, according to the Dell End-User Security Survey 2017 released today. While employees don't want their companies to fall victim to a security breach, they also prefer to avoid security policies that limit their workplace productivity and daily activities, the survey found....

  • The rapid advancement of mobility in the enterprise has often outpaced the development of mobile data security best practices, and this obstacle is made more complicated by the fact that mobile devices now include emerging technology such as the internet of things. The trend has left companies -- and their IT leaders -- scrambling to develop mitigating mobile security technology and processes necessary to protect data....

  • Chinese internet giant Baidu has said it will share much of the technology it has created for its self-driving cars. The firm predicted that the move would help drive the development of autonomous vehicles. Called Apollo, the project will make a range of software, hardware and data services available to others, especially carmakers....

  • Facebook on Wednesday pulled aside the curtain on a secretive unit headed by a former chief of the Pentagon's research arm, disclosing that the social media company is studying ways for people to communicate by thought and touch....

  • Researchers are training artificial intelligence to identify tuberculosis on chest X-rays, an initiative that could help screening and evaluation efforts in TB-prevalent areas lacking access to radiologists. The findings are part of a study published online in the journal Radiology. “An artificial intelligence solution that could interpret radiographs for the presence of TB in a cost-effective way could expand the reach of early identification and treatment in developing nations,” ...

  • Blockchain networks tend to support principles, like open access and permissionless use, that should be familiar to proponents of the early internet. To protect this vision from political pressure and regulatory interference, blockchain networks rely on a decentralized infrastructure that can’t be controlled by any one person or group. Unlike political regulation, blockchain governance is not emergent from the community. Rather, it is ex ante, encoded in the protocols and processes as an integral part of the original network architecture. To be a part of a community supporting a blockchain is to accept the rules of the network as they were originally established....

  • Every technology wave calls the role and value of IT into question. More than a dozen years ago it was cloud technology raising the question “Does IT Matter?” Today, digital transformation is calling the role of IT in to question. This requires the CIO and IT to write a new story about themselves and the value they bring to an organization. Before we can talk about the new story, it is important to think about past tales of IT....

  • Mark McDonald, a year-after-year favorite WTN Fusion speaker, created a compelling case for Information Technology’s next revolution at the recent Fusion 2017 conference. Mainframe computers, the first innovation, made Information Technology (IT) a specialty that enabled organizations to scale their operations. Client Servers, the next innovation, and the software they deployed allowed processes to be dramatically improved and automated – think ERP systems, on-line purchasing, and Human Resource systems. Next came mobile computing and the digital transformation of businesses that greatly enhanced customer experience. All of these stages were ones of mechanization, with hardware and software replacing previously manual activities....

  • Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the holy trinity of the Wisconsin economy and may always be so, given the state’s rich traditions in all three sectors. Technology increasingly drives each of those sectors, however, and is slowly building an impressive standing of its own in terms of the jobs and value it adds to the Wisconsin economy. A recent national report makes the case. The 2017 “Cyberstates” report from CompTIA, the nation’s largest leading tech association, showed Wisconsin cracking the 100,000-job barrier in 2016 for the first time. The report, which draws upon a mix of public and private data, counted 101,542 state tech workers last year compared with 97,633 in 2015....

  • Most of the world’s largest banks and financial institutions have already allocated billions of dollars to the development of Blockchain technology. The question remains, will Blockchain technology revolutionize the finance and legal industries in the same way the Internet changed the media industry, once and for all?...

  • It looks like we can add another one to the string of IPOs that at least look like they’ve been successful — with Yext, too, popping more than 20% once its shares made their debut this morning. Shares of Yext went as high as $14 or so after the company gave its final pricing at $11 last night — meaning it raised at least $115.5 million in its IPO. ...

  • Tech companies are pushing the Federal Communications Commission not to water down its rules on net neutrality, teeing up a confrontation between Silicon Valley and Washington as the nation's top telecom regulator mulls a plan to undo the Obama administration's regulations for Internet providers....

  • Two years ago, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek pulled off a demonstration that shook the auto industry, remotely hacking a Jeep Cherokee via its internet connection to paralyze it on a highway. Since then, the two security researchers have been quietly working for Uber, helping the startup secure its experimental self-driving cars against exactly the sort of attack they proved was possible on a traditional one. ...

  • The 420-bed El Camino Hospital in California has seen a dramatic turnaround with is hospital fall rates, and advanced predictive analytics is getting a lot of the credit. “We were having a lot of difficulty being able to get our falls under control and at the level we wanted them, to be in the top quartile in the nation. It seemed like a lot of the efforts we tried were not getting us to where we wanted to be,” said chief nursing officer Cheryl Reinking....

  • The industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a major part of the “fourth industrial revolution”, but only 26 percent of decision makers have a well articulated digital transformation strategy. That’s according to a 2017 Survey Report conducted at the Industry of Things World, which surveyed 1,124 decision makers. It found that most knew the importance of IIoT deployment, but were taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to the new technology....

  • Amazon is making the technology that makes its Echo line of devices so good at picking up your voice commands available to third-party device makers. That includes the microphone array that helps Echo pick up speech even in a fairly noisy room, as well as Amazon’s own proprietary software for recognizing wake words, reducing background noise and cancelling out echoes in large open rooms....

  • While most of tax scams have been aimed at individual taxpayers, there are some new scams aimed at businesses that will try to approach your employees. It was a fairly typical Wednesday afternoon, meaning that I was trying to decide what I’d write about for the second column of the week, when the phone rang. A recorded voice on the other end said that the calling organization could prevent criminal charges and collection activities because of my business’ tax problems. All I had to do was press 1....

  • MADISON – A few years ago, when Brian Kaas attended some of the nation’s leading conferences for venture capitalists, the audience was predominantly investors from stand-alone venture funds. Today, when the managing director of Madison-based CMFG Ventures takes part in such gatherings, the makeup includes many more “in-house” funds within larger corporations....

  • Yelp this morning announced it has paid $20 million in cash to acquire the Wi-Fi marketing company, Turnstyle Analytics, which offers a service that allows businesses to connect with their customers over a freely provided Wi-fi network. The move, Yelp explains, is aimed at expanding the types of business marketing services Yelp already offers beyond those that are focused on customer acquisition, to also include those that help businesses with customer retention and loyalty....

  • President Trump signed congressional legislation Monday night that repeals the Federal Communications Commission's privacy protections for Internet users, rolling back a landmark policy from the Obama era and enabling Internet providers to compete with Google and Facebook in the online ad market....

  • We live in a cyber-vulnerable world – a world governed by data. Data encapsulates almost every aspect of our personal and public life. It is heavily shared, distributed, stored and accessed, and it is constantly at risk. Recent mega-hacks, such as the ones on Target, Yahoo, and Ashley Madison, among others, demonstrate that leaking of personal information and misuse of our data are inevitable in a world that is becoming increasingly more connected and data-centric....

  • Whether you see Bitcoin as the key to a free, utopian form of economy, or as a regulation-free mystery of the digital age, it has, to this point, thrived outside of the standard rules that dictate how finance traditionally functions. Blockchain, the technology that has enabled Bitcoin to remain a maverick of the fintech industry, exists on fundamental security systems that make traditional regulators unnecessary. But blockchain, and by extension Bitcoin, may not live outside of the reach of financial regulators for much longer....

  • Some security professionals apparently find it tough to maintain safe password practices outside of work, with 53% percent acknowledging that they either haven't changed their social network passwords in more than a year - or at all, according to a report released today by security firm Thycotic....

  • Windows 10 adoption in the enterprise is on the rise, but most businesses are hanging on to Windows 7, according to a new Spiceworks study. Windows 10 is gaining traction among corporate buyers, but Microsoft's venerable Windows 7 is still the operating system to beat....

  • When the Georgetown University Law Center offered computer programming last year, it was an experiment, a single class for about 20 students. It was filled almost instantly, and the waitlist swelled to 130. This semester, the law school has five programming classes, and the waitlist still overflowed....

  • On March 26, President Trump tapped his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to head the newly created White House Office of American Innovation. The agency, which will run as its own department within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump, will collaborate to implement private-sector business models to spur federal innovation, White House officials said....

  • When President Trump took office in January, the White House web site rolled out a goal consistent with his campaign pledges on the economy. “To get the economy back on track, President Trump has outlined a bold plan to create 25 million new American jobs in the next decade and return to 4 percent annual economic growth,” reads a portion of the page on “Bringing Back Jobs and Growth.” There’s nothing wrong with ambitious goals: Elected officials often set them to challenge their colleagues, competitors and citizens alike....

  • If you keep hearing your tech-savvy colleagues and friends using the term “blockchain,” but still feel like you don’t quite understand what they’re referring to, you’re not the only one. Even top executives at large financial services firms are still getting a handle on the......

  • Blockchain is shaking-up entire industries as one of the most disruptive technologies of today. From banking and insurance to agriculture, energy, healthcare, and media, it is disrupting entire industries and is about to transform global supply chains, thanks to SAP Ariba. The company plans to leverage blockchain across its cloud-based applications and business network to upend the way goods and services are traded....

  • MADISON – With his proposed cuts in federal research and development spending, President Trump risks harming a priority he puts at the top of his own list – national security. The history of federal investment in R&D, especially since the end of World War II, reflects a bipartisan consensus that money spent on basic and applied research pays economic and security dividends over the long haul while helping the nation respond to short-term crisis....

  • The big banks and Silicon Valley are waging an escalating battle over your personal financial data, including the amount you spent on dinner last week and how much you are paying for your mortgage. Technology start-ups like Mint and Betterment have been building services that pull together your bank account and credit card records — after you supply the passwords....

  • Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to repeal a historic set of rules aimed at protecting consumers' online data from their own Internet providers, in a move that could make it easier for broadband companies to sell and share their customers' usage information for advertising purposes....

  • Madison CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology Bruce Maas is receiving Fusion CEO-CIO 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for 42 years serving higher education IT in Wisconsin and worldwide. The first-time Award will be conveyed by Mike Klein, CEO and Editorial Director of WTN Media, producer of the symposium. The award presentation takes place at the Fusion Symposium, March 23 at the Monona Terrace in Madison....

  • How much do you know about your medical identity? You know you’re generally in good health. You know your height and your weight. You know if you have any chronic conditions. But can you remember how many tetanus shots you’ve had? Do you know which percentile your height placed you in for each year of life? Could you tell your doctor the exact amount of time you’ve been taking a prescription medication to the day?...

  • Prominent healthcare executives are predicting a drastic shift from on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud. That includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and analytics....

  • Wikileaks’ CIA dump is the biggest secret cache released so far. It’s embarrassing to the CIA. It undermines our intelligence efforts. And it didn’t need to happen. The sad fact is that the world’s computers are not configured securely enough to match the confidentiality of the data they are protecting. As a society we allow our computers to languish in a state that almost invites attackers to access them—even at the CIA, apparently....

  • For Silicon Valley, the headline was sweet nectar: Google DeepMind, the world’s hottest artificial intelligence lab, embraces the blockchain, the endlessly fascinating idea at the heart of the bitcoin digital currency. But the buzzwords bely the reality. The lab’s re-imagining of the blockchain has very little to do with AI—or the blockchain, for that matter....

  • NIO, an electric vehicle startup backed by Chinese venture capitalists, unveiled its first self-driving car concept at SXSW this weekend. The NIO EVE is a “mobile living area” as much as a vehicle, and has been designed to accommodate long family journeys. The interior has reclining seats that can fold into beds and front seats that can rotate to face the back seats....

  • everal new iPad models have been spotted being tested in Cupertino and nearby locations, according to mobile marketing firm Fiksu — potentially confirming earlier rumors of a planned iPad refresh arriving this spring. ...

  • Many entrepreneurs, especially those who are Millennials or younger, focus on products or services designed for people like themselves. The list includes software applications of all descriptions, grab-and-go food and drink, wearables and “athleisure” products, to name a few. That makes market sense given there are 75 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 34, and they aren’t often shy about spending on consumer goods and services....

  • WikiLeaks this week published a trove of documents that appears to detail how the Central Intelligence Agency successfully hacked a wide variety of tech products, including iPhones, Android devices, Wi-Fi routers and Samsung televisions....

  • AWS operations explains that it was tougher to restart its S3 index system this time than the last time they tried to restart it. The Feb. 28 outage of Amazon's Simple Storage Service says one thing loudly and clearly: Amazon Web Services is growing so fast that it must rely on its automated systems to keep operating. Sometimes things need to go awry in only a minor way, and the sheer scale involved puts those systems at risk of disabling it....

  • When Zach Halmstad looks at the under-construction Confluence Arts Center, the software entrepreneur sees more than a performing arts building. He sees a big part of the future of downtown Eau Claire. “This is economic development through the arts,” said Halmstad, who launched Jamf Software in the early 2000s with a couple of friends and has since led its growth to 600 employees, 10,000 customers and eight offices worldwide. The story of Jamf and the renaissance of downtown Eau Claire has flowed together, much like the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in that western Wisconsin city of 64,000 people....

  • Cybersecurity incidents continue to grow in both volume and sophistication, with 64 percent more security incidents reported in 2015 than in 2014, according to a June 2016 report by the Ponemon Institute. The human instinct is to try to find those responsible. However, any attempt to access, damage, or impair another system that appears to be involved in an attack is mostly likely illegal and can result in civil and/or criminal liability. Since many intrusions and attacks are launched from compromised systems, there’s also the danger of damaging an innocent victim’s system....

  • Something strange happens when you look into a crystal ball. For some, it becomes easier to imagine roadblocks that don’t actually exist or that are not really insurmountable. Maybe it’s a way to create more hype by painting a dire picture or to build up a taller mountain to scale as a way to raise even more investment money. Who knows? It’s a problem I’ve seen many times in tech, where the naysayers get most of the attention....

  • Farming is getting smarter every day. From large commercial operations to local organic growers, technology is at the forefront of reducing cost, improving yield and guaranteeing optimal delivery to market. The key ingredient in smart agriculture is data....

  • The technology's implications for interoperability, privacy, claims processing and more are intriguing. But many challenges must be addressed before wider applications become possible....

  • “Everybody and their mother is out to create their own specialized voice-activated devices,” IBM fellow and CTO for its Watson project Rob High told me during an interview at MWC. IBM, of course, doesn’t offer a direct competitor to Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa, but the company hopes that developers will choose Watson, in all its various guises, to power their AI apps, smart chatbots and similar services....

  • Only 29% of US businesses have cyber insurance; Deloitte outlines steps for insurance companies to improve risk models, communication, and policy sales. Sales of cyber insurance policies are suffering from a lack of shared data about security incidents, too few standard definitions, and not enough focus on risk mitigation for insurers or customers, according to a report from Deloitte released this week....

  • Even as fanatic customers can be counted on to line up outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone, there are still millions of Americans who don’t use a smartphone at all. For that matter, there are still plenty of happy owners of tube televisions, rotary dial telephones, film cameras, fax machines, typewriters and cassette tape players....

  • Viewed from afar these days, it might be easy to conclude that life in Washington, D.C., has become a reality show gone awry. Cabinet-level nominees stepping down amid claims of wrongdoing; a president seemingly at war with the press and members of his own team; an intelligence community at odds with the source of its authority; and a bureaucratic “swamp” that refuses to be drained. Not to be overlooked, however, are the real issues facing Congress, the White House and the nation as the hard work of governing marches on....

  • Called the “largest interconnected machine,” the U.S. electricity grid is a complex digital and physical system crucial to life and commerce in this country. Today, it is made up of more than 7,000 power plants, 55,000 substations, 160,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and millions of miles of low-voltage distribution lines. This web of generators, substations and power lines is organized into three major interconnections, operated by 66 balancing authorities and 3,000 different utilities. That’s a lot of power, and many possible vulnerabilities....

  • Northern Trust is working with IBM and other key stakeholders, to launch the first commercial deployment of blockchain technology for the private equity market. While private equity returns can be attractive, the infrastructure supporting private equity hasn't changed much in recent years at a time when investors are looking for greater transparency, security and efficiency....

  • I recently returned from a vacation to find that Google’s algorithms had created a customized slide show of my trip. I hadn’t asked for one. But the company’s software robots apparently noticed I’d traveled somewhere and taken a flurry of photos, which likely indicated I’d been vacationing. Now, I actually enjoy some of Google’s simpler customization tools, like autocomplete. But this unbidden slide-show curation seemed too humanlike. The machine had anticipated desires I didn’t have yet. I actually yelped when I saw it....

  • BreezoMeter has collected pollution data and created a way to build real-time air pollution maps for big cities. The San Francisco company is launching an interactive map of air pollution based on data from real-time traffic information and other data sources, said Ziv Lautman, cofounder and chief marketing officer of BreezoMeter. You can use it to plot the safest path to work on your daily commute....

  • Lenovo Health has joined forces with Orbita, a connected home healthcare technology vendor, to unveil a virtual home care system at HIMSS17 based on two recently debuted products: Lenovo Smart Assistant and Orbita Voice. Lenovo's Smart Assistant, first previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is a voice-controlled speaker for the home that combines the Amazon Alexa voice platform with Lenovo styling and Harman Kardon speaker technology....

  • With Republicans now in power across the government, Congress has moved aggressively toward undoing Obama-era tech policies. Net neutrality, the rule that ensures equal access to all websites, and broadband privacy rules are the first targets. Lawmakers also hope to play a bigger role than......

  • There has been plenty of talk about the need for a chief analytics officer or chief data officer. But do you ever wonder what they do for a living? As analytics continues to spread out across an organization, someone needs to orchestrate it all. The "best" person for the job is likely a chief analytics officer (CAO) who understands the business, understands analytics, and can help align the two....

  • We all know that the technology industry has a gender problem. But how do you move the needle from awareness to action? Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, and Girls Who Code, a nonprofit tech group, have an idea: take the fight to the states. On Friday, both will host the first-ever Girls Who Code Governor's Summit at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The guest list includes Govs. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa....

  • A century or more ago, there were plenty of people in Wisconsin who cringed at the thought of all those horseless carriages, motorized bicycles and boats buzzing about. And yet, it was precisely that kind of innovation that built a signature part of Wisconsin’s modern economy – and which can be repeated today with an aggressive welcome to autonomous vehicles....

  • A small startup company, Echo Labs, is working to integrate a new level of health monitoring into wearable technology. Echo Labs provides health care organizations with analytics to allow for better care of their patients, decrease hospital admissions, and reduce spending. Its first generation wearable offers health information by creating continuous vital sign tracking....

  • A Verizon report highlights how big data complexity and a shortage of data science talent are hurdles for an IoT implementation, but we also have to remember the key best practice of having a business goal as part of any analytics initiative....

  • When a cyberattack occurs, ethical hackers are called in to be digital detectives. In a certain sense, they are like regular police detectives on TV. They have to search computer systems to find ways an intruder might have come in – a digital door or window left unlocked, perhaps. They look for evidence an attacker left of entry, like an electronic footprint in the dirt. And they try to determine what might have been copied or taken....

  • Intel, the world’s largest computer chip manufacturer, will invest $7 billion to finish a factory in Arizona, adding 3,000 jobs, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday after meeting with President Trump at the White House. The completion of the factory, which will complement two other Intel semiconductor plants in Chandler, Ariz., had been under consideration for several years....

  • Demisto, which helps automate Security Operations Centers (SOC), announced today that is has raised $20 million in new funding. The Cupertino, Calif.-based startup has developed DBot, a chatbot that automates a security analyst’s simple tasks and facilitates collaborations across different teams in real time for better management and response to attack...

  • Jawbone might pivot to the medical industry as it exits the consumer market, according to people close to the company. It has already sold all its assets for the Jambox speaker business, and has heavily reduced its customer support staff....

  • We live in a data-driven world. From social media to smart cities to the internet of things, we now generate huge volumes of information about nearly every detail of life. This has revolutionized everything from business to government to the pursuit of romance. We tend......

  • Wisconsin has a strong tradition of entrepreneurship. ­Think of the marquee companies that remain the state’s economic “calling cards” – Oshkosh Corp., S.C. Johnson, Johnson Controls, Manitowoc Co., Harley-Davidson, Briggs & Stratton, Johnsonville, Kohler, Kohl’s and Quad Graphics. These companies all have one thing in common: They were named after the Wisconsin community of their founding or the last names of their founders....