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Month: March 2019

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Congress re-introduces bill to enhance IoT cybersecurity

IoT – Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives unveiled legislation March 11 to set baseline cybersecurity standards for connected devices the federal government uses. 1. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would add security regulation recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the federal government to follow. 2. There…
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Getting started using Nastel’s MQSpeedtest for IBM MQ

Nastel has a free download available here called AutoPilot MQSpeedtest for IBM MQ. The purpose of the MQSpeedtest utility is to measure various times related to queue manager message flow. Much like traditional sonar technology, this is completed by sending a ping which is picked up by the target and echoed back. By measuring the time spent it can determine various characteristics of the message path. In IBM MQ terms, it sends messages to a listening application which replies with a response to those messages. MQSpeedtest captures various times along the message path as well as the round-trip times.

Improving Risk Evaluation Through Advanced Analytics

Advanced Analytics – The data we generate and copy annually doubles in size every two years, and IDC says it will reach 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020. That creates significant new opportunity for business. Indeed, as The Economist has noted, data has become more valuable than oil. In the case of data, there’s a lot…
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Apache Kafka: Creating Real-Time Distributed Microservices

Apache Kafka is proving its mettle in the burgeoning microservices space Research values the global microservices industry at $1.8 billion, and microservices deployments continue to rise across the board. With that sort of interest, there is now a great collection of frameworks, libraries and other packages designed to help construct elegant, reactive services.  One of…
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How to improve your Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

There are several ways to improve your Application Performance Monitoring (APM) We all know that when you add lanes to a highway, the improvement in journey time is short lived, as more vehicles start to use the new road, creating more traffic, there are then more chances for accidents and this results in slower journey…
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How IoT And Big Data Analytics Can Make Our Food Safer

Big Data and IoT – Access to food is a basic human right, vital for good health and reduction of the risk of diseases. Eating many different foods helps maintain a healthy and interesting diet which, giving the body a range of different nutrients. According to the health and wellness brand, Easy Will Power, if we…
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Uber Introduces Open Source, Real-Time Analytics Engine

The AresDB analytics engine leverages graphics processing units (GPUs) for growth at scale Uber is rolling out a new analytics engine. AresDB is an open source, real-time engine that leverages graphics processing units (GPUs) for growth at scale. It’s designed to help unify and simplify Uber’s real-time analytics database solutions. Key features of AresDB include: Column-based…
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Digital transformation in healthcare remains complex and challenging

Many organisations embarking on the journey of transformation in healthcare do so from the perspective of the technology and all too often focus on transferring current ways of working says Sam Shah, director of digital development at NHS England. The famous Henry Ford quote seems just as true today as it was at the time,…
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What happens when you move to the public cloud?

Cloud computing clearly offers some very attractive benefits for significant elements of an enterprises business. Many companies have made the move (generally in-part) to the public cloud; Moving major parts of their application stack to Amazon, Microsoft and others, reducing their in-house data centers, moving from a mainly capital expense to a mainly operation expense…
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Stop saying, 'We take your privacy and security seriously'

In my years covering cybersecurity, there’s one variation of the same lie that floats above the rest. “We take your privacy and security seriously.” You might have heard the phrase here and there. It’s a common trope used by companies in the wake of a data breach — either in a “mea culpa” email to their customers…
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