UK firms hit by attacks every 50 seconds

The business ISP analyzed traffic for its customers during the period and found them to be on the receiving end of 146,491 attempted attacks each, on average. That’s 179% higher than the same period in 2018, when firms faced down 52,596 attacks on average.

IoT devices and file sharing services were most frequently targeted, hit by 17,737 and 10,192 attacks respectively during the quarter.

This chimes somewhat with a FireEye report from last month which revealed a dramatic increase in attacks exploiting file-sharing services to deliver malware via email. From hardly being used in any attacks in Q4 2018, OneDrive was seen in over 60% by Q1, it claimed.

Read entire post UK firms hit by attacks every 50 seconds | Phil Muncaster | InfoSecurity

New International Standard for measuring the performance of cities going “smart”

How can cities adapt and prepare to ensure they provide adequate resources and a sustainable future? They can’t improve what they can’t measure. The latest in the ISO series of standards for smart cities aims to help.

How ISO 37122, Sustainable cities and communities – Indicators for smart cities, gives cities a set of indicators for measuring their performance across a number of areas

The ISO 37100 range of International Standards helps communities adopt strategies to become more sustainable and resilient. The newest in the series and just published, ISO 37122, Sustainable cities and communities – Indicators for smart cities, gives cities a set of indicators for measuring their performance across a number of areas, allowing them to draw comparative lessons from other cities around the world and find innovative solutions to the challenges they face.

The standard will complement ISO 37120, Sustainable cities and communities – Indicators for city services and quality of life, which outlines key measurements for evaluating a city’s service delivery and quality of life. Together, they form a set of standardized indicators that provide a uniform approach to what is measured, and how that measurement is to be undertaken, that can be compared across city and country.

Read entire post New International Standard for measuring the performance of cities going “smart” | Clare naden |

New ISO standard puts humans at the centre of business

From the advent of the Internet to what is now known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the latest cutting-edge technologies – among them robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things – are fundamentally changing how we live, work and relate to each other.

ISO 27501:2019, The human-centred organization – Guidance for managers, can help organizations to meet these challenges.

The issue for business in this new era is not so much about the bottom line, or even just corporate social responsibility, it is also about taking a human-centred approach to the future of work and finding the right tools to ensure that organizations are successful and sustainable.

The likes of AI are presenting a great opportunity to help everyone – leaders, policy makers and people from all income groups and countries – to lead more enriching and rewarding lives, but they are also posing challenges for how to harness these technologies to create an inclusive, human-centred future.

Read entire post New ISO standard puts humans at the centre of business | Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis |

PewDiePie Supporters Hack Printers Again, But This Time With a Serious Intention

Another day, another story of how people are doing everything in their power to help a Swedish gamer stay on top of his game. So what if it comes at a cost of hacking printers?

Printers around the world appear to have been hijacked again with a message to subscribe to a popular YouTube vlogger, and improve their cybersecurity.

Those behind the attack are thought to be the same ones that managed to get a message in support of social media star PewDiePie printed out on 50,000 machines last month.

It’s claimed the latest attack has forced print-outs on double that number: with users around the world in the UK, US, Argentina, Spain, Australia and elsewhere taking to social media to post pictures. This time there appears to be a bigger message to users: protect your printers.

Read entire article PewDiePie Hackers Hijack Printers Again | Phil Muncaster | InfoSecurity

Calgary, Alberta unveils 4 new smart city initiatives

Calgary’s investment in these smart city initiatives is in keeping with similar work across Canada in cities and towns of varying sizes. These investments run the gamut from high-profile efforts like that of Google-backed Sidewalk Labs in Toronto to the likes of Kingston, Ontario, which partnered with communications company Bell on energy management, installing kiosks, charging stations and other initiatives.

The Canadian government has looked to encourage jurisdictions of all sizes to innovate with its Smart Cities Challenge, with former Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi saying earlier this year that diversity is its greatest strength.

The city will use sensors to expand its noise pollution monitoring to keep track of gun noiseXie said with 32 business units in city government, these initial pilot projects will be a good way to help explore how IoT solutions can apply elsewhere. He said it will be a “mutual learning process” for those business units and the city’s information technology (IT) department, which initially had a knowledge gap when it came to deploying and maintaining sensors, but has learned a lot about how the technology works. “That’s our plan: Apply these technologies to the use case and try to bring our IoT into a sustainable model that we can live with and have for the next few years,” Xie said.

Read entire article Calgary, Alberta unveils 4 new smart city initiatives | Chris Teale | Smart City Dive

Reference framework for the Internet of Things

The number of connected devices worldwide is growing exponentially and this ‘Internet of Things’ affects every area of our lives from electricity to agriculture. A recently published International Standard will help ensure these systems are seamless, safer and far more resilient.

From autonomous vehicles to precision agriculture, smart manufacturing, e-health and smart cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already everywhere – and growing. It involves integrating “things” within IT systems, thus enabling electronic devices to interact with the physical world.

See also The Internet Of Things is becoming the Internet Of ThreatsThe applications are endless, but as the phenomenon explodes, so too does the need for trust, security and a base from which the technology can be developed further, with robust measures and systems in place.

ISO/IEC 30141, Internet of Things (IoT) – Reference architecture, provides an internationally standardized IoT Reference Architecture using a common vocabulary, reusable designs and industry best practice.

> Read entire article Reference framework for the Internet of Things |

The Internet Of Things is becoming the Internet Of Threats

The automobile manufacturers who showed off their newest models at the New York Auto Show are representative of the opportunities and challenges before all internet of things (IoT) hardware manufacturers.

Automakers are implementing an incredible range of smart connected technologies to create an amazing user experience, but they also need to focus on user security. That mindset should be the guiding principle for all IoT device manufacturers, no matter their size or business/consumer application.

“Products can be secure only if they are designed with security in mind.”A recent McKinsey & Company report on cybersecurity and connected cars states, “Products can be secure only if they are designed with security in mind.” As cars become more complex, they require more electronic control units and lines of code. Connectivity enables self-driving or driver-assist capabilities and improved safety features.

But connectivity also increases the risk, as these complex safety and navigation systems are more vulnerable to hacking.

> Read entire article The Internet Of Things is becoming the Internet Of Threats Dan Timpson | Forbes

From high-tech gadgets to the smart enterprise

Technological change is taking place at a dizzying rate, transforming our lives in all manner of ways that are not always obvious. How can we ensure efficient management of these automated systems so disruption is positive and does not become a bewildering maelstrom beyond our control?

We have all read stories of robots taking over our jobs – from Flippy, the hamburger-flipping robot (aka an “AI-driven kitchen assistant”) at a restaurant in California, to Pepper, a humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, that can recognize human emotions and has been employed in stores around the world. But smart manufacturing is actually much more pervasive and already making a huge difference to all our lives, more quietly and, as in Flippy’s case, more efficiently.

As more and more of us gain access to the Internet, smart manufacturing will become an indispensable element in our daily routinesAs more and more of us gain access to the Internet, smart manufacturing will become an indispensable element in our daily routines. A survey from the Pew Research Center indicates that there has been a noticeable rise recently in the percentage of people in emerging and developing countries who use the Internet.

It goes on to say that while people in advanced economies still use the Internet more and own more high-tech gadgets, the rest of the emerging world is catching up – fast.

> Read entire article From high-tech gadgets to the smart enterprise | Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis |

World Standards Day 2018 puts the spotlight on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

We are living in a digital age where the traditional boundaries between the physical and virtual spheres are becoming increasingly blurred. This has given rise to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is characterized by disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and the Internet of Things. On World Standards Day, we highlight the crucial role of International Standards.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution affects almost every industry in every country as innovative cyber-physical systems evolve. The convergence of technologies holds immense opportunities, but also presents an array of ethical, economic and scientific challenges. The rapid pace of change has no historical precedent and society cannot help but question the issues related to long-term sustainability.

International Standards can help shape our future. Not only do standards support the development of tailor-made solutions for all industries, they are also the tools to spread best practices, knowledge and innovation globally. International Standards have always had a pivotal role in enabling the smooth adoption of technologies.

> Read entire article World Standards Day 2018 puts the spotlight on the Fourth Industrial Revolution |

Why Smart Cities are a golden opportunity for entrepreneurs

What makes a smart city “smart”? It’s a question that many entrepreneurs, enterprise executives and civic leaders are asking themselves today, but the answer can take many forms.

As an entrepreneur, I often think about “smart cities” in the context of disruption by entrepreneurs re-shaping the way cities function. With grassroots IoT incubators popping up here in the U.S. to first generation smart hubs like Singapore across the globe, smart cities offer entrepreneurs opportunities to meet needs that didn’t exist pre-2014.

Related: Solving the Smart City Puzzle

How are entrepreneurs actually fueling the creation of smart cities today? Let’s take a look at three important components of smart cities and the people powering them.

> Read entire article Why Smart Cities are a golden opportunity for entrepreneurs | John Wechsler | Chron

Solving the Smart City Puzzle

Governments and private entities throughout the Middle East Africa region are increasingly enthusiastic about collaborating to use the data they gather. Authorities understand that they will have greater control over their infrastructure — and the use of their infrastructure — if they can aggregate the right data to create actionable information.

However, many disparate platforms on the market provide siloed solutions, tailored to specific use cases or particular industry applications, where a true smart-city solution would have the ability to gather and use data from a multitude of sources and would not be restricted by traditional industry verticals, or siloes, enabling new use cases and efficiencies by sharing data from a variety of sources.

The definition of a smart city remains indistinct. As a result, there are countless examples where the smart-city vision has been broken down into discrete components. In Amsterdam, the components are known as ‘’themes.’’ In Barcelona, they’re referred to as ‘’axes.’’ In Singapore, they’re also known as ‘’initiatives’’ and, in Dubai, as ‘’pillars.”

> Read entire article Solving the Smart City Puzzle | Andrew Bevan | ME Construction News

Commonwealth Bank completes blockchain-based global trade pilot

Commonwealth Bank demonstrated a new blockchain platform underpinned by distributed ledger technology, smart contracts and the internet of things (IoT) to facilitate the trade experiment, tracking the shipment from packer to end delivery in parallel to existing processes.

Chris Scougall, Managing Director of Industrials and Logistics in Client Coverage, CBA said: “Our blockchain-enabled global trade platform experiment brought to life the idea of a modern global supply chain that is agile, efficient and transparent. We believe that blockchain can help our partners reduce the burden of administration on their businesses and enable them to deliver best-in-class services to their customers.

As part of the experiment, CBA partnered with global agriculture player Olam Orchards Australia Pty Ltd, Pacific National for rail haulage, port landlord Port of Melbourne, stevedore Patrick Terminals and shipping carrier OOCL Limited.

> Read entire article Commonwealth Bank completes blockchain-based global trade pilot | James Henderson | Supply Chain Digital