February 2018

Redgate adds fast, repeatable data masking to its database provisioning solution

Cambridge UK, Wednesday, 28 February, 2018 – In another move to ease the burden of remaining compliant with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Redgate has enhanced its SQL Provision solution to make the masking of data even easier.

SQL Provision allows users to create copies of SQL Server databases using just MB of storage and mask any sensitive data. The virtual cloning technology of SQL Clone is used to create the copies, while Data Masker replaces sensitive data with realistic, anonymized data that preserves semantic integrity. The sanitized copies can then be used by development teams and testers to speed up development, accurately test code, and fix issues faster.

Panasonic introduces a fully rugged tablet with FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera to capture and process images on the move

BRACKNELL, UK. 27th FEBRUARY 2018 - Panasonic today announced at Mobile World Congress the fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Thermal Imaging Tablet designed to capture and process images on the move. The handy 7-inch tablet equipped with a FLIR Lepton micro thermal camera, is a Windows-based device that allows field workers to take and process accurate thermal images on the spot and link these images to other line of business applications and add metadata content such as QR codes. 

UK Emergency Services at risk of major cyber-attack, overall infrastructure resilient Real Wire Tue, 02/27/2018 - 19:28

London, UK. [27 February 2018] The UK’s emergency services are at risk of a major cyber-attack. This is the finding of a new landscape analysis, issued this morning by leading threat intelligence provider, Anomali.

The UK Threat Landscape report, which explores the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure against threats and possible vulnerabilities, points to a number of weak spots in the UK which could attract an attack. One of the most notable, in addition to the emergency services, is the Defence Equipment and Supply Organisation which presents a prime target for actors seeking to disrupt defence procurement.

Flamingo identifies 10 key signals of cultural disruption in latest report

Leading brand strategy and insight agency Flamingo has produced a short report naming 10 brands, movements, concepts and trends that have driven current dominant cultural narratives over the past year and that have the potential to signify further uncertainty and disruption in the year to come. Themes highlighted were women’s bodies and power, ethnic inclusivity and diversity, the rise of “brandlessness”, the role of the media in breaking and reforming shared values; the rise of collective living arrangements; challenger banking; identity politics; and new mechanisms of selling via the increase of single product brands; all amid extraordinary levels of political, logistical and cultural uncertainty.

Mobile Video Index: Facebook Video is Poised to Overtake YouTube

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – February 26 2018 – Openwave Mobility, the market leader in mobile video traffic management solutions today released the latest findings from its Mobile Video Index (MVI). This is the second edition of the MVI, a regular analysis of traffic data aggregated from live deployments in over 30 mobile operators. The study found that while YouTube remains the most popular for mobile video, Facebook is rapidly closing the gap in some markets – and has even overtaken YouTube in others.

Latest version of Preservica simplifies digital preservation and delivers enhanced API capabilities

Boston, MA 22 February 2018 | Digital preservation specialist, Preservica, today announced the latest version (v5.9) of its cloud-hosted and on premise Digital Preservation and Access solution.

Preservica v5.9 builds on success in enabling libraries, museums, archives and businesses to build dynamic, living archives that create sustainable value. New simplified operations and reduced clicks-per-action, combined with advanced ingest, characterization and migration capabilities, ensure Preservica can be used more easily or for more sophisticated tasks.

Divided we fall

Social media is the perfect platform for turning important discussions into shallow memes. A place where we all live in echo chambers, the cliquiest of all cliques.

In November 2017 Sean Parker, co-founder of Facebook, admitted:

...we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while. It's a social-validation feedback loop...exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology

Ovum Report Recognizes IGEL for Enhancing Thin Client Security and Software-Based Thin Clients

READING, UK. February 22, 2018 – IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, has been featured in an Ovum report for its focus on enhancing thin client security and growing software-based thin client adoption. The report, IGEL’s Security Enhancements for Thin Clients, discusses how the software-based segment of the thin client market is expanding as security is enhanced and the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) market takes off.

My 2018 Digital Projects

Two years ago, I made an attempt to distance myself from CMS Report. The ability to shutdown ten years of work proved more difficult than I thought so I eventually compromised by rebranding the site to socPub. Since then, I've been working on a number of additional side projects. I'm still trying to throw new ideas against the wall and see which ones stick. 

For those curious, these are the personal projects I'm working on for 2018:

Merrill Corporation secures Axios North America Project of the Year with DevOps Initiatives

Washington D.C., USA – February 20, 2018: Axios Systems, one of the world’s leading providers of “fit-for-purpose” IT Service Management (ITSM) and IT Operations Management (ITOM) solutions, is delighted to present its Project of the Year award to Merrill Corporation, an Information Technology and Services Organization.

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, Merrill Corporation employs thousands of personnel in 34 global locations. With over 50 years of experience, Merrill aims to successfully help organizations secure sharing of sensitive content, distribute critical financial and regulatory disclosures and create customized and compliant communications.