Responding to cybersecurity threats for much of the past 30 years, says former Navy CIO Rob Carey, invariably meant managing a combination of firewall, intrusion detection and identity management tools — and a growing array of data.
The problem, says Carey, now CEO of Cloudera Government Solutions, is that “the tools we use in cyber today…are not necessarily big data platforms that can deal with petabytes at a time, or even more, and still be effective.” That’s forcing CIOs and CISOs to look at that challenge from a different perspective, he says in a new episode of The Daily Scoop Podcast.
“Sometimes you need more money; sometimes you need to stare at the problem differently,” he says.
Carey suggests a smarter approach involves asking the question, “How can I take advantage of big data platforms to enable the cyber security toolset that I have to work better?”
Carey maintains that with AI and ML, it’s possible to look at security threats from a behavioral standpoint, rather than from a signature standpoint. AI and ML have started to demonstrate the ability to “automate some of the decision making so that now the people in the security operations center can focus their human eyes on more complex problems.”
“The larger the network surface area, the more data is coming in,” especially with the Presidential Executive Order on Cybersecurity requiring continuous monitoring, he says. That requires not only capturing more data but enriching it so it algorithms can process it faster. Carey goes on to explain how more advanced data platforms can help CIOs and CISOs identify cyberthreats faster and take more appropriate action to mitigate them.
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Rob Carey is president of Cloudera Government Solutions. Prior to leading the public sector divisions of several IT and security firms, Carey served as CIO of the Department of Navy and principal deputy CIO of the Department of Defense.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 12, 2022 — Cloudera, the hybrid data company, today announced new hybrid data capabilities that enable organizations to more efficiently move data, metadata, data workloads and data applications across clouds and on premises to optimize for performance, cost and security. Cloudera’s portable data services enable simple, low-risk data workload and data application movement for ultimate data lakehouse optionality.
The company’s new secure data replication simplifies and secures movement of data and metadata, the latest SDX enhancement in Cloudera’s unified data fabric. And Cloudera universal data distribution delivers the first data ingestion solution built for hybrid data. These new capabilities are key to getting control of hybrid data through a data-first strategy. When companies do right by their data, the entire business can access and analyze it without limitations.
“As data continues to grow exponentially, enterprises must identify the critical tools that enable rapid business transformation in an increasingly hybrid and multi-cloud environment,” said Daniel Newman, founding partner and principal analyst at Futurum Research. “Cloudera has a long proven track record for handling large and complex data volumes in even the most highly regulated and compliance intensive industries. With these updates, Cloudera is further advancing its position as a leader for data-first enterprises seeking to leverage AI/ML and hybrid architectures to drive their businesses forward.”
The volume of data businesses collect and store from on-premises, cloud and streaming locations continues to soar. Statista projects the total amount of data generated globally to hit more than 180 zettabytes by 2025. This is the challenge of hybrid data. Adding to the pressure that require organizations to derive insights from their data at an ever-faster pace are economic and market forces. Furthermore, industry experts agree that getting control of data at scale is the only way to drive continuous business transformation with ML and AI. Cloudera’s new data analytics and data management innovations for hybrid data are specifically designed to help organizations manage data at scale across data centers and public clouds, helping make ML and AI business transformation possible.
“Cost or performance is not a choice companies want to make, especially since – as enterprises move to a hybrid, multi-cloud world – these two things are tightly interlinked, ” said Sudhir Menon, Chief Product Officer at Cloudera. “Organizations that choose a data-first strategy can focus on how they deliver value, not just how they spend money. A huge piece of this is the ability to move data and workloads whenever and wherever throughout a modern data architecture to meet evolving business requirements. Cloudera has always provided consistent data security and governance across hybrid cloud, and with these updates will do so between all data services across all infrastructures.”
The new Cloudera data analytics and data management innovations for hybrid data include:
Cloudera believes data can make what is impossible today, possible tomorrow. Cloudera taught the world the value of data, creating an industry and ecosystem powered by the relentless innovation of the open source community. Cloudera empowers its customers, leaders in their industries, to transform complex data into clear and actionable insights. Through Cloudera’s hybrid data platform, organizations are able to build their data-driven future by getting data, no matter where it resides, into the hands of those that need it.
Yes, Amna, with storms like this, these types of catastrophic impacts, we always see power outages. And, in some parts, it does take days, because not — it's not always the generation side, but it's getting that transmission in that distribution side back connected to homes, so we can restore power.
We have staged a lot of resources, generators to come in and support primarily critical facilities, especially hospitals. We know that Florida has a really robust capability. And many of the hospitals, if not all of them, have a strong generator capability. But we want to make sure that we have redundant capacity to support any of those types of critical infrastructure needs as they may arise.
But we have also brought in the Army Corps of Engineers, and they have got personnel ready to go to do emergency power assessments, so we can prioritize where we need to restore power, as well as where we might need to use these types of generators to keep these critical facilities running.
Big-data company Cloudera Inc. has today announced new hybrid data capabilities designed to allow organizations to move data, metadata, data workloads and data applications efficiently across cloud and on-premises data services.
Leading the list are new portable data services that the company says will enable simple, low-risk data workload and application movement for data lakehouses, a hybrid of data warehouses and data lakes. A new secure data replication feature, part of an SDX enhancement of Cloudera’s unified data fabric, simplifies and secures the movement of data and metadata.
Next on the list, a new universal data distribution feature, is claimed to be the first “data ingestion solution built for hybrid data.” Cloudera says the new capabilities are crucial to controlling hybrid data through a data-first strategy by allowing a business to access and analyze data without limitations.
Portable data services in the release enable data analytics and applications to be moved quickly and efficiently between different infrastructures without costly redeveloping or rearchitecting the data applications. CDP Data Services – data engineering, data warehousing and machine learning — are built on a unified code base and offer identical functions on Amazon Web Services Inc., Microsoft Corp.’s Azure and on-premises private clouds.
Using data services that run identically across different clouds is said to make it easier for users, administrators and developers to turn data into value and insight. Users have the same data experience, irrespective of where the data is stored or applications run.
Secure data replication enables data and metadata to be copied or moved quickly and securely between different Cloudera deployments in data centers and public clouds. The replication manager, a new addition to Cloudera SDX, carries data security and governance policies with the data wherever it goes.
Universal data distribution enables companies to take control of their data flows, from origination through all points of consumption, both on-premises and in the cloud, simply and securely while being scalable and cost-effective, according to the company. Offered as part of Cloudera DataFlow, the service provides data distribution with over 450 connectors and processors across an ecosystem of hybrid cloud services including data lakes, lakehouses, cloud warehouses, on-premises and edge data sources.
“Cost or performance is not a choice companies want to make, especially since — as enterprises move to a hybrid, multi-cloud world — these two things are tightly interlinked,“ explained Sudhir Menon, chief product officer at Cloudera. “Organizations that choose a data-first strategy can focus on how they deliver value, not just how they spend money.”
Menon noted that the ability to move data and workloads whenever and wherever throughout a modern data architecture is needed to meet evolving business requirements. “Cloudera has always provided consistent data security and governance across the hybrid cloud and with these updates, will do so between all data services across all infrastructures,” Menon added.
Activision has released a trailer (opens in new tab) outlining the PC features of the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 (opens in new tab), releasing on October 28. This game is not to be confused with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which was released on November 12, 2009.
It all looks pretty good, if to be expected for a AAA PC release in 2022. In between snippets of gameplay, the trailer promises features like 4k graphics and ultrawide support. The first one, ok, sure, everyone and their mother is doing 4k (or at least 4k reconstructions), but ultrawide isn't always a given, so it's nice to have the assurance from Activision.
The second big highlight of the trailer is "Ricochet Anti-Cheat," which I guess at least doesn't have the reputation of Denuvo (opens in new tab), as far as bullet point features go. Ricochet's been in use on Warzone and Vanguard for the past year, and it seems to work well enough. A quick perusal of the Warzone subreddit shows some players sporadically complaining about its implementation, but almost exclusively for it letting suspected cheaters slip through the cracks—I didn't see any performance or privacy dings against it.
The trailer concludes by highlighting "Over 500+ customization options." Going over the subsequent shots of MW2's graphics menus, there are some impressive options like custom frame rate limits and targets, image reconstruction tech like FidelityFX, and separate FOV sliders for vehicle, third person, and first person modes. All pretty granular stuff, and I definitely appreciate a good graphics menu.
Modern Warfare 2 also has some generous minimum system specs (opens in new tab): just a GTX 960 and a ten-year-old i5-3570 and you're good to go. Of course, the money you might save there would get eaten up by the series' constantly ballooning storage demands: previous configurations of Warzone have gotten dangerously close to 200GB.
FedEx outlined plans to park planes, suspend some Sunday deliveries, and shut corporate offices after falling demand impacted its first-quarter profits and prompted the company to withdraw its forecast last week.
FedEx also said it plans to raise shipping rates by an average of 6.9% across most of its services starting in January to cope with the global slowdown. The average number of packages FedEx handled daily for the quarter fell 11% from a year ago. Fuel surcharges helped offset the lower package volume, however operating expenses weighed on profit margins.
The company reported that its earnings per share (EPS) fell 21% for the quarter. It blamed the rapidly deteriorating global economy. The company said it expects the steps it is taking will boost cost savings by between $2.2 billion and $2.7 billion in fiscal 2023.
FedEx (FDX) shares are down 3% in pre-market trading, and have lost 40% of their value so far this year.
A PROFESSIONAL bra fitter has revealed the reason you may be able to see your bra outline through your shirt.
Kimmay, who is from the US, took to TikTok and shared an informative video which she captioned: "Some reasons you’re seeing your bra outline through your shirt! This problem is SO common, but here are some solutions that can help."
In the clip, the bra guru begins: "Usually seeing the outline of your bra means it doesn't fit properly.
"Either it's gapping because the cup is a little bit too big or more likely, the band is too loose so it's riding up and then causing your cups to fall forward and for that shape to be seen.
It can also be too small, so if it's too tight and you're spilling out, you're going to see that bubble as well."
Kimmay goes on to say that another reason could be that it's just worn out.
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"If you have a moulded contour cup like this ans you've been folding one cup into another, then this one will actually start to roll a little bit," she says.
"It could also be losing its elasticity in the band…
"It might not also be the right style for your bust so if you have really soft tissue or tend to spill out no matter what, don't opt for something that's too much of a plunge."
She adds: "Instead get something that's full coverage like this, or have some coverage and some stretch or flexibility to it.
"If you're looking for a super smooth look underneath something, maybe opt for a smooth cup and don't go for lace or a seamed cup."
The post has since garnered a whopping 51,000 views and been flooded with comments from grateful women up and down the country.
"Great info!" enthused one.
A second commented: "Awesome post! Thank you!"
A third penned: "Mine is always showing under, like the wire under the cup and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong!"
Meanwhile, another added: "Oh my gosh the band thing makes so much sense!"
On Wednesday, staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a long-anticipated white paper titled, “Licensing and Regulating Fusion Energy Systems.” The paper lays out various options to commissioners for regulating fusion energy devices. Establishing a clear legal framework to accommodate the industry will be critical to enable the fledgling American nuclear fusion industry to thrive in the years ahead. The release of the white paper represents an important early step in this process.
In 2019, Congress passed the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, which directs the NRC to craft regulations establishing a framework for new license applications for advanced nuclear reactors. Complicating matters somewhat is that the law’s definition of an “advanced nuclear reactor” includes both fission and fusion technologies. Given the very different risk profiles associated with these two technologies, regulating them together under the same framework may not make sense.
The differences between fission and fusion are myriad: Nuclear fusion involves the fusing together of atomic nuclei, while fission involves splitting atoms. All commercial nuclear power plants operating across the globe today are fission ones, while fusion is not yet a commercially viable or proven technology. Unlike fission, fusion doesn’t require fissile materials, like plutonium or uranium-233 or -235, which can be used in the production of nuclear weapons. A meltdown scenario is also not possible at a fusion plant. If power is cut, the reaction simply stops, whereas at a fission plant, it can be self-sustaining, potentially leading to catastrophe.
Concerns raised about fusion energy tend to relate to containing the radioactivity that is emitted during operations. There may also be some radioactive materials produced at fusion plants, such as tritium. However, the NRC notes in its white paper that, “Radioactive releases and risk levels … are generally agreed to be lower for fusion devices than current generation fission-based power stations” and that, “the majority of the waste output from a fusion facility should consist of low-level radioactive waste.”
Within the fusion industry, a diversity of approaches exist. Reactors can rely on magnets or lasers, and can be large or small or utilize a variety of different design schemes. This may complicate matters from a regulatory standpoint. As there is no single tried and proven approach, a one-size-fits-all approach may not work for the industry.
The white paper presents two possible options from which fusion devices could be licensed. The first is to treat them as “utilization facilities,” the legal definition of which means that an equipment or device produces enough nuclear material to be a concern from the standpoint of national defense and security, or more generally a concern for public health and safety.
The NRC only names one item on the “pro” side of the ledger for this option, which is that the agency is already in the process of updating regulations for utilization facilities. Including fusion in this framework would therefore mean less work for the agency, but that’s hardly evidence it’s what’s best for the industry, or, for that matter, the country as it transitions to a cleaner energy system. The NRC staff also acknowledges that, “Potential hazards of current fusion energy systems appear lower than typical utilization facilities,” suggesting that relying solely on this framework may not make much sense for the industry.
A second, slightly less onerous, option would be to regulate fusion devices under “byproduct material facilities” standards. According to this framework, NRC could classify fusion devices as “particle accelerators,” which share some common features with fusion devices.
A third option would be some combination of the other two. This approach might end up more tailored to the industry, but it could also end up getting complicated. A danger is that it would favor some technologies or methods over others, regardless of their potential to be commercially or technologically viable.
What’s clear studying the white paper is that fusion doesn’t fit neatly within the current regulatory paradigm for nuclear devices, which was established decades ago with fission technology in mind. Currently, there is no clear legal path to bringing a commercial fusion plant online, and trying to fit the revolutionary technology into an older-style regulatory regime is already looking highly imperfect.
Technology expert Adam Thierer notes that some technologies are “born in captivity” in the sense that upon inception, they find themselves regulated under old regimes that were intended for different purposes. Other technologies, meanwhile, are “born free” of any regulation. Thus, a new regulatory framework has to be created to accommodate them.
Cryptocurrencies might be an example of a “free” technology today, while fusion energy is a classic example of a “captive” one. If some innovator were to stumble upon a major breakthrough in this area, it could take years for the regulatory regime to catch up. In the meantime, competitors would catch up too, and the first mover advantage—some of the motivation to innovate in the first place—is lost.
The NRC is making steady progress to reduce regulatory uncertainty affecting the fusion industry. While the agency has until the end of 2027 to issue its regulations, given the urgency of climate change, the faster progress happens the better. Even with a clear regulatory framework established, however, it will ultimately fall on the industry to prove its technology has a future.
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is gearing up to place the same type of stringent protections it places on credit card companies on the "Buy Now, Pay Later" (BNPL) industry, following the release of a latest study on the practice. Officials said their findings revealed an exploding industry that not only had few consumer guardrails and helped normalize debt, but had also begun data harvesting and monetization efforts with little oversight.
“Buy Now, Pay Later is a rapidly growing type of loan that serves as a close substitute for credit cards,” CFPB Director Rohit Chopra said last Thursday. “We will be working to ensure that borrowers have similar protections, regardless of whether they use a credit card or a Buy Now, Pay Later loan.”
With such a huge focus placed on online retail in latest years, some companies and lenders began pushing their BNPL products. Whether called "pay-in-four," "split pay," or BNPL, the concept is the same — these were interest-free point of sale installment loans that let consumers pay for purchases over time. In most instances, down payment is required with plans typically capped around $1,000. Any late or missing payments would result in an additional charge.
According to the CFPB report, BNPL grew so quickly in popularity that the top five lenders, Affirm, Afterpay, Klarna, PayPal and Zip, were responsible for 180 million loan originations totaling $24.2 billion in 2021. Those figures dwarfed data from 2019, which saw those same lenders originating 16.8 million loans valued at $2 billion in 2019.
While the lack of interest payments and staggered repayment plans may be attractive to most consumers, CFPB researchers found that BNPL loans were associated with some potentially harmful risks.
Even though BNPL providers fall under the purview of some state and federal oversight, the CFPB is using its power over credit providers and "has authority to supervise any non-depository covered persons, such as a Buy Now, Pay Later provider, in certain circumstances."
To that end, the CFPB said it will begin identifying areas that it can provide guidance and establish rules to ensure BNPL lenders "adhere to many of the baseline protections that Congress has already established for credit cards" and will be subject to regular inspections. When it comes to the risk of borrowers taking out too much in BNPL loans, the bureau will look into how lenders can begin following accurate credit reporting practices. As for the data harvesting issue, the CFPB will find and call out the data collection practices that lenders should avoid.