Starting Today: NDSS Highlights the Best in Internet Security Research

You’ve undoubtedly heard about all sorts of Internet security vulnerabilities and incidents causing harm around the world, but the flip side of all that doom and gloom is all the promising efforts underway to create a more secure, private, and trusted Internet. Starting today and going through Wednesday (18-21 February), the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium takes place to present groundbreaking research in the world of Internet security.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NDSS, and the Internet Society is proud to have been associated with it for over 20 years now. A key focus of the Internet Society has long been improving trust in the global open Internet. In order to promote this trust, we need new and innovative ideas and research on the security and privacy of our connected devices and the Internet that brings them together. NDSS is a top tier forum for highlighting this research.

NDSS 2018 is four full days featuring:

In addition to being excited by the potential of all the excellent security and privacy research to be presented at NDSS, the Internet Society is also pleased to support NDSS with continuing commitments to promoting open access to all information, encouraging cooperation and collaboration, and developing the next generation of leaders in the security space.

Quality academic research that is open and easily accessible to anyone is one of our best long-term investments in a truly open and trustable Internet. All of the information from NDSS including abstracts, papers, slides, videos, and posters will be available on the NDSS website. Papers and abstracts for the main programme are already on the NDSS website, and posters, slides, and videos from all the presentations will be posted shortly after NDSS. Individual workshops will have proceedings produced and put online in the weeks following NDSS.

NDSS brings together security researchers, standards developers, vendors, and the operational community into a cooperative and collaborative environment for the exchange of ideas. People are what ultimately hold the Internet together. The Internet’s development has been based on voluntary cooperation and collaboration, and these tenets remain essential factors for the Internet’s prosperity and potential. Because of this, the Internet Society has a long commitment to a Collaborative Security approach and views NDSS as an excellent example of this collaboration. We are especially pleased to see examples like the DNSPRIV and DISS workshops having active participation from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) community, resulting in close coordination between emerging research and resulting standards. Enhanced collaboration makes both communities stronger.

Finally, for those of us who have been working in this space for more than a few years, we recognize the importance of developing the next generation of leaders. We need the best and the brightest engaged in solving the challenging security and privacy issues facing the Internet. Academic research by its very nature is developing the next generation of thought leaders in this space. To further support the exposure of students, NDSS, with the help of NSF, Cisco, and the Internet Society, is proud to have awarded 20 grants for students to attend NDSS in person.

For all of the above reasons and more, the Internet Society is pleased to support NDSS. We look forward to the results of this year’s event! And we want to wish a happy 25th anniversary to all those in the NDSS community!

There is still time if you want to join us in person in San Diego (by registering onsite). Otherwise you can follow along via our social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn, or search/post using #NDSS18.

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KSKJ Life and Intellect SEEC to enhance collaboration and Digital Transformation

The Illinois-based fraternal organization is looking at exponentially boosting the productivity of its field force. Intellect SEEC, the insurance software division of Intellect Design Arena, has announced its partnership with KSKJ Life, a Slovene fraternal organization. As part of the partnership, Intellect SEEC will be deploying its AI- powered, cloud- native Fraternal Suite for KSKJ Life.

KSKJ Life was looking to give their independent agents powerful tools to increase their productivity and help their home-office staff communicate seamlessly with their members. This partnership with Intellect SEEC offers a complete digital transformation of their new business and post-issue servicing.

This platform supports seven powerful business apps, which are multi-device, multi-channel (supporting agent, back-office staff and members) and come out-of-the-box, all on a single codebase. This suite of integrated apps includes— CRM, Needs Analysis, Quote and Illustration, e-App, Profile Management, Customer Service and Product Launcher.

The Fraternal Suite integrates with the KSKJ’s existing core and external systems through APIs for real – time pre and post policy transactions. The Intellect SEEC platform provides the company the ability to meet their immediate need of productivity gains and digital empowerment, and their long term need for sustainable business growth.

“We cannot expect the field force of today, to work effectively with our members while dealing with a ton of paperwork. We need to unburden and empower them with the latest tools. Intellect SEEC was an easy choice for us because their suite allows KSKJ Life to bring forth the technology advancements we need to keep us competitive and enable business growth. We are giving our agents tools that not only help them sell, but also provide key insights for deeper engagement with our members,” said Tony Mravle Jr., CEO, KSKJ Life
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“We have been providing state-of-the-art technology at affordable prices for years. We are excited to bring our first fraternal client on the native-cloud platform and we hope to add more in the very near future. Our platform enables fraternal organizations to streamline end-to-end front-office capabilities by helping the agent, home-office personnel and members to collaborate in real time,” said Pranav Pasricha, CEO of Intellect SEEC.

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Robots versus procrastination

Business owners are always trying to increase productivity in the workplace. They can introduce exercise breaks, have standing meetings and organise team-building days. However, in the manufacturing sector, these initiatives are unlikely to have an impact.

Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how automation improves human productivity.

In the manufacturing sector, introducing automation to the assembly line is one way facilities managers can increase production.

Historically, humans have had a strained relationship with technology, fearing it will take their jobs. However,increased automation can do more than take over jobs, it also improves human productivity. This can be by completing the dangerous tasks that humans do or streamlining processes to make human work easier.

Augmented reality

Augmented reality (AR) helps upskill employees by providing necessary information at the touch of a button. For example, data on wearable technology can instruct an employee on how to repair a machine and inform other workers about the maintenance work.

AI and machine learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) can carry out many tasks in consumer applications, from playing chess to taking dinner orders. In industrial applications, AI assists manufacturers with decision making, in everything from maintenance to business strategy.

Some argue that AI will take away human involvement in projects. However, AI is there to support human decisions rather than make the decisions for them. AI will be able to show all of the possible decisions faster than a human to ensure that every possible route is considered.

Cloud computing

It is difficult to keep track of documents, calendars and everything else on computers, especially when there are multiple devices, other people’s computers and software updates to contend with.

Jonathan Wilkins

Cloud computing allows an entire workforce access to the same files. This means that multiple versions of documents don’t have to be created, so everyone knows what is going on and has the ability to collaborate on that work.

As more businesses open international offices, cloud computing allows international collaboration, as one person in Singapore and one in the UK can edit the same document from their own desks. Cloud computing also controls software updates to ensure all technology is up to date, giving human workers time to produce more innovative services and have a cost-effective way of having the latest technology.

With careful consideration, facilities managers can invest in automation to help human workers become more productive. Away days and office activities can be great for team building. However, the best method for drastically increasing productivity in manufacturing is to streamline processes using automation alongside humans.

The author of this blog is Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at EU Automation

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Xperiel closes $7M Series A round: Uses IoT & AR platform

Xperiel, an Internet of Things Augmented Reality (IoT/AR) company raised a $ 7M Series A round. Investors include Scott Cook, Co-Founder of Intuit, Cyan Banister of Founders Fund, WTI and the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings.

The startup promises to help businesses reach customers via mesh-up of IoT and VR. It provides a platform called Real World Web (RWW) using Xperiel’s patented technology. It is also introducing a programming language called ROX for its RWW platform. ROX is itself based on ‘Pebbling’, a technology that Experiel claims can help build complex, multi-app, real-world services without complex coding requirements. The main goal of using this technology is to quickly create interactive, immersive digital experiences for consumers.

The closest comparison Xperiel makes is with Photoshop, Maya, or SimCity and other graphical applications. It also introduces the concept of ‘Triggers’ which the startup explains as follows:

“The key to unlocking the powers of the RWW will be a form of augmented reality that we call ‘triggers’. Many companies have used triggers in the past which make use of different sensors of the phone in order to create different types of physical user interactions in the real world”.

Xperiel’s main application is in professional sports, entertainment, retail and the startup boasts having customers such as New York Jets, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pepsico. These brands use its platform to design immersive applications that work across any device or operating system.

“Xperiel’s advancement in linking next-generation technology with real-time data, an array of sensors and beacons in a device-agnostic platform represents the future of customer engagement and we’re thrilled to be a part of their growth beyond sports.” Sacramento Kings CTO Ryan Montoya

As IoT and VR go mainstream, startups have meshed up both technologies to create superior and more engaging experiences. Another AR/IoT startup called RealWear also closed $ 17M in new funding. The startup provides wearables incorporating VR capabilities that industrial workers can use. Tesla, Walmart, and Amazon are reported to be among RealWear’s customers.


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IoT news of the week for Feb. 16, 2018

Google is buying Xively for $ 50M: Google, which has apparently seen that it needs to step up its IoT cloud game, said it will purchase the Xively IoT platform from LogMeIn for $ 50 million. Xively is a fine IoT platform that always seemed like a strange addendum to LogMeIn. Before LogMeIn bought it, it was known as Pachube, and was the creation of Usman Haque, a forward thinking individual when it came to sensor data monitoring. Xively was a platform-as -a-service offering that managed much of the difficult cloud connections for devices. Combined with hardware kits, the idea was that a developer could get from idea to a working device quickly without having to understand how to connect things and manage them in the cloud. (Google)

Particle brings mesh networking to IoT devices: Most of my IoT projects these days are DIY, or do-it-yourself, efforts. So it’s exciting to see Particle (formerly known as Spark) bring new wireless technology to its small compute boards. Ranging in price from $ 9 to $ 29, the new third-gen Particle boards merge traditional connections—think LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth—with mesh technology so each of the sensor boards can transmit to each other, helping with overall connectivity and data transfer. In other words, not all of your IoT devices need their own internet connection, which can reduce device costs. With Particle’s mesh technology and Thread network support, a non-internet-connected sensor could still transmit its data over the web by using other Particle products on the mesh network, since each is a gateway. Check this video for the full story. (Particle)

Intel-powered drones win Olympic Gold: If you missed the 2018 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies, you missed quite a show. And yet the best performers weren’t even people, but the 1,218 drones with their amazingly choreographed light show, which dazzled. Wired explains how they did it using Intel’s Shooting Star drones. (Wired)

Wearable tech is also on tap for the Winter Olympics: Drones aren’t the only IoT-related things at this year’s Winter Games. Smart clothes and other wearable technology are part of the events, ranging from self-heating jackets with connected apps to speed skating suits that send real-time training data to coaches and skaters. Those sound a little more useful to me than the Halo headsets being used by the U.S. Ski Team: Halo sends energy pulses to a skier’s brain to “prime” their performance. I’ll stick with the warm jacket, thank you. (Gadgets and Wearables)

Another co-founder flies from the Nest: Google’s re-absorption of Nest from Alphabet won’t just impact development teams and supply chain management. The last remaining co-founder of Nest, Matt Rogers, is leaving the team as well. This week, Rogers told CNET that he’ll help the hardware team plan its 2019 roadmap and assist with the re-integration of Nest’s team into Google. After that, though, he’s walking out the door and essentially out of smart home hardware creation. Instead, Rogers plans to focus on Incite.org, a venture firm and labs group he co-founded with Swati Mylavarapu. It’s hard to believe that just six months ago Stacey interviewed Rogers to hear more about Nest’s security products. (CNET)

Faster, more power-efficient encryption at the edge: With recent stories about how much electricity Bitcoin mining gobbles up, it’s nice to see some focus on power efficiency. That’s what MIT has done with a new chip said to increase the speed of public-key encryption on devices by a factor of 500. While the speed is welcome—device encryption processes typically aren’t quick—even better is that the hardware approach reduces the encryption power requirements to just 1/400th of the energy of a software encryption approach. This is important for IoT devices at the edge of a network, which can run on small batteries and therefore need to conserve every milliwatt of power they can. Watch for more ASICs, or application-specific integrated circuits, as our IoT needs continue to expand beyond traditional software solutions. (MIT)

What are the impacts of driverless cars? Let me count the ways: This list of 73 implications of autonomous vehicles is a super read, because it’s one thing to talk about a driverless-car future from the perspective of the technology, but it’s another when you consider the numerous impacts caused by the technology. Think of reductions in traffic policing, for example, a possible decrease in demand for car ownership, or major disruption to the automobile insurance industry. I’m not typically a fan of list-like articles, but this one from Geoff Nesnow is worth an exception to the rule. (Medium)

LimeBike raises $ 70M for real estate companies to offer dockless bikes: When I visited Scottsdale, Arizona over the Christmas holiday, I couldn’t walk more than 100 feet without seeing what looked like a discarded neon green bicycle. Upon closer inspection, I found out these were LimeBikes: cycles used for inexpensive rides with the idea of leaving the bike at your destination. LimeBikes use a connected lock, integrated GPS, and mobile app for the ride. Now, the company has raised another $ 70 million (for a total of $ 132 million) to make it easier to find and store bikes at large, managed real estate properties through dedicated parking spaces. It’s a smart move because it provides centralized accessibility in places where there might be a large number of customers looking for quick and cheap mobility. (Forbes)

Misty wants a robot in every house: You’re likely familiar with Sphero, the company that makes a small, $ 100 robotic ball. You may not, however, know about Misty Robotics, which spun out of Sphero for a different market. Misty is targeted for a developer edition release this month at a cost of $ 1,500. The idea is that a more feature-packed and easily programmable robot could lead to less of a toy and more of a functional assistant based on what developers create with Misty. Using dual treads, Misty can roam around your home either autonomously or programmatically. And she has far more smarts than a Sphero, thanks to a pair of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips (found in most smartphones), a light sensor for mapping, digital camera, microphone, speakers, and USB ports. And a 4.3-inch touchscreen shows Misty’s “emotions” based on information or activities. Using either Blocky or Javascript along with Misty APIs, she looks relatively easy to program. Perhaps Misty is on tap for my next project! (Fast Company)

Another day, another botnet. Where’s the fix?: I doubt we’ll ever see the end of botnet attacks on devices, but we do need to see the end of infected devices that may never get patched. The Satori botnet infected 100,000 devices in just half a day back in December, and plenty of device makers did what they’re supposed to do and provided patches to address the issue. Dasan isn’t one of those device makers, though. More than 40,000 Dasan-built routers are still exploitable by Satori and the company reportedly still hasn’t responded to a December advisory explaining that its routers infected by Satori allow for unauthorized remote code execution. The public needs to continue putting pressure on device makers that don’t take quick action in case of security challenges. Keep voting with your dollars in the meantime. (Ars Technica)

HomePod’s smarts are in the speaker engineering, not in Siri: This is a bit of a personal plug since I reviewed Apple’s HomePod earlier this week. Most of the early reviews were based on the HomePod experience through a combination of Apple briefings and personal use. I found most of those to be less critical (and filled with far more positive superlatives) than reviewers who, like us, simply bought our own HomePod. Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t as blown away by the sound as early reviewers. And I find it difficult to give Siri a pass when she’s smarter on the iPad and iPhone than she is inside HomePod. (StaceyOnIoT)

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