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dell adapts endpoint security suite for air gap environments

dell today announced a new version of its dell endpoint security suite enterprise offering that can be deployed in air gap environments.the promise of so-called air gap environments is improved security by virtue of being physically isolated and disconnected from the public internet. the problem with air gap environments, however, is that due to their isolation, they are unable to benefit from the many modern security technologies that require a connection to the cloud.the cloud is often used as a back end for malicious file processing and analytics, as well as system updates, according to dave konetski, dell fellow and vice president in the client solutions office of the cto. the dell endpoint security suite includes data encryption capabilities as well as advanced threat protection. the advanced threat protection functionality comes to dell via security vendor cylance and in the standard edition requires a cloud connection. however, dell, working with cylance, has developed a custom edition of the platform that can now work in air gap mode without needing an active connection to the public internet or the cloud.the way the system works is an agent on the endpoint makes a determination if something that is running is potentially malicious. konetski said the machine learning model that runs on the dell endpoint security suite enterprise technology is typically updated via the cloud, but with the new air gap edition, it is updated via a physical medium, like a usb drive.relat...





robin systems releases made-for-devops dev platform for aws

if you're looking for hot trends in the it sector, three immediately come to mind: any type of software that handles the "cx" or "ux" (consumer or user experence); anything on the backend using containers and microservices; and workloads that run in the amazon web services cloud.robin systems, which makes cloud infrastructure software based on an open source foundation, checks the boxes for the second and third items listed. the san jose, calif.-based company on july 13 launched two new versions of its container-based developer platform that runs in aws.the new, freely available community and developer versions of the robin cloud platform provide a container-based system for producing big-data workloads--such as those that run on apache hadoop, spark and nosql databases--effectively and with automation at several points.the 4-year-old company last year unveiled its rcp enterprise version, claiming that it has the ability to run big-time workloads while reducing the performance overhead associated with conventional virtualization. those two factors--high production volume alongside higher performance--don't happen concurrently very often. but robin's container-based deployment model comprises some of the secret sauce that fuels this performance advantage.further readingall about enabling devops proceduresrobin systems is all about enabling devops, which are software development processes that involve not only the code writers but also the engineers who deploy the softwa...





smartphone market competition will keep iphone 8 prices below $1,200

there’s no question that an apple iphone is an expensive device. the cheapest iphone 7 will set you back $649. a fully tricked-out iphone 7 plus costs $969, which is really expensive for any smartphone.but if mobile market blogger's prediction becomes reality, the iphone 8 prices will reach a record high when it's introduced this fall, nearly doubling the price of the current entry-level iphone.the speculative report indicates that the iphone 8 could sell for as much as $1,200 with prices going as high as $1,400 with premium options. such prices could best be described as insanely expensive for most smartphone buyers today.in one sense, it’s easy to see how such a price explosion might happen. apparently some components of the iphone 8 have been more difficult to produce than expected. for example, edge-to-edge oled screen production yield rates are lower than planned. the cost of as wireless charging and fingerprint scanner components are also higher than expected.further readingbut apparently there may be other reasons as well, such as an expected high level of demand. there, the thinking goes, the rules of supply and demand kick in, so naturally you’d price the iphone as high as possible because the supply of parts might be limited. besides, apple has always continued to sell its older models at a lower price, so people can still buy iphones, just not the latest ones.there will still be buyers for high-end iphone 8 models even if just a part of the rumored features...





nok nok labs gets infusion of vc for new-gen authentication

nok nok labs, which owns one of the easier-to-remember corporate names in silicon valley, has some welcome new venture capital at its disposal.the palo alto, calif.-based startup, known for its new-gen security authentication software, revealed july 11 that it has raised $8 million in a series d financing led by motorola solutions venture capital.all existing nnl investors also participated, including dds, inc., onset ventures, dcm ventures, lenovo group, korea information certificate authority (kica), and docomo innovations.the company, a founding member of the fido (fast identity online) alliance, said it will use this latest round of funding to accelerate the deployment of its authentication package across the private and public markets, including government, public safety and first-responder agencies.further readingnok nok labs allows organizations to support a wide range of authentication technologies from a single, unified platform. it competes in the same market as ping identity, okta, quest, rsa, symantec and others.nok nok labs, launched in 2013, has become a market leader in commercial deployments of fido certified solutions. the company delivers client and server software products that use the existing security capabilities on a user’s device, such as a built-in fingerprint sensor, camera or secure layers of silicon in order to provide user-friendly, strong authentication to any mobile or web application.nnl also said it will use the funds to expand its ch...





microsoft releases presentation translator add-in for powerpoint

microsoft wants to make it easier for multilingual audiences and the hearing impaired to follow along with powerpoint presentations.microsoft garage, the software giant's experimental app unit, released presentation translator this week, an office add-in for the windows version of powerpoint that provides real-time translation services. the software is powered by microsoft translator and the company's cognitive services slate, a collection of ai-enabled apis.during a presentation, the software turns spoken content into live subtitles featuring any one of the 60-plus supported text languages, similar to skype's real-time translation feature. ten spoken languages are supported, including arabic, chinese (mandarin), english, french, german, italian, japanese, portuguese, russian and spanish.after installing and configuring the add-in, it will generate a qr code or five-letter conversation code in the first slide, which audience members can use to follow a presentation in their own language and on their ios or android devices using the microsoft translator app.further readingup to 500 audience members can follow along and participate in multilingual q&a sessions. presentation translator can also be used to translate text that appears within powerpoint slides while preserving its original formatting, according to microsoft.a youtube video guide on getting started with presentation translator is available here.microsoft isn't the only tech titan that's using technology to addr...





microsoft adds windows server to insider early-access program

microsoft is giving windows server the insider treatment.last month, the software maker announced that windows server was moving to a semi-annual update schedule, similar to windows 10 and office. to test upcoming updates and gather feedback, microsoft makes early builds of its desktop operating system and productivity software to members of the windows insider and office insider programs, respectively.now, windows insider or windows insider for business users can be among the first to see what the next major update to windows server has in store, including a trimmer nano server installation option.windows server preview build 16237 contains the new, container-only version of the lightweight version of windows server. "to optimize for containers, several features were removed that were in the nano server base image in windows server 2016, these include wmi [windows management instrumentation], powershell, .net core, and the servicing stack, which has significantly reduced the image size," blogged dona sarkar, a software engineer at the microsoft windows and devices group and head of windows insider.further readingaccording to microsoft, ditching those components helped reduce the size of nano server images by more than half. another streamlined installation option, windows server core, had its size reduced by 20 percent in the latest build.windows server build 16237 also includes enhancements to container networking for improved kubernetes support and a feature that allows ...





sprint offering annual upgrade programs for all smartphones it sells

sprint is expanding its annual smartphone upgrade programs to now include any smartphone the company markets instead of just apple iphone and samsung galaxy handsets.the new sprint flex and sprint deals programs, which were unveiled july 14, allow customers to lease and use a smartphone for 12 months and then switch to another device. or they can keep their device for 18 months and then upgrade.customers can also choose to keep their device after 18 months by paying any remaining balance on the phone in one payment or they can extend their lease and pay the balance off in six additional payments.sprint already has established iphone forever and galaxy forever programs for annual upgrades for those handsets. but the latest annual upgrade offerings allow customers to also now choose from all the smartphones the company sells from samsung, lg, zte, htc, kyocera, blackberry and other phone makers.  further readingcustomers participating in the sprint flex program make a down payment which varies depending on the phone model, plus a $5 monthly fee or $60 per year in addition to the lease payment on the device, a sprint spokesperson told eweek. customers of the iphone forever and galaxy forever programs do not pay $5 monthly fees to participate in those programs.alternatively, customers can get their new phones under sprint's deals program, which is aimed at customers who seek to build a credit history, according to the company. under this program, customers can choose to apply f...





astech security guarantee grows to $5m for data breaches

in the consumer world, warranties are commonplace, but that's largely not the case in the cyber-security market today. a handful of cyber-security companies, however, have started to offer their customers warranties, astech being one of them. on july 13, the security consulting vendor announced it is increasing its cyber-security warranty from $1 million to $5 million if a customer is breached.while the expanded warranty is new, astech is not a new vendor, having been in business since 1997. "over the last 20 years we've seen a lot," greg reber, ceo of astech, told eweek. "in our business we work to find and fix vulnerabilities and then we train developers not to reintroduce vulnerabilities in new code."astech's paragon security program is a managed security program that helps organizations secure applications, according to reber. the $5 million guarantee applies specifically to the program. as to why reber decided to increase the warranty from $1 million to $5 million, it has to do with data breach costs. the 2017 ibm-sponsored ponemon cost of a data breach report estimated that the current average cost of a data breach is $3.7 million. "we have supreme confidence in our abilities," he said. "we have not had a customer breached in 20 years."related readingthe $5 million guarantee is not, however, applicable to any type of breach; it only applies to breaches that are the result of vulnerabilities in applications that the paragon program manages. a common path to...





security guarantee from astech grows to $5m for data breaches

in the consumer world, warranties are commonplace, but that's largely not the case in the cybersecurity market today. a handful of cybersecurity companies have now started to offer their customers warranties, among them is security consulting vendor astech. on july 13, astech announced an expansion of its cybersecurity warranty program, from $1 million up to $5 million if a customer is breach. while the expanded warranty is new, astech is not a new vendor and has been in business since 1997. "over the last 20 years we've seen a lot," greg reber, ceo of astech told eweek. "in our business we work to find and fix vulnerabilities and then we train developers not to reintroduce vulnerabilities in new code."reber explained that astech's paragon security program effort is a managed security program that helps organizations to secure applications. the $5 million guarantee applies specifically to the program and offers customers the promise of a payout if they are breached. as to why reber decided to increase the warranty from $1 million to $5 million, it has to do with data breach costs. the 2017 ibm sponsored ponemon cost of a data breach report estimated that the current average cost of a data breach is $3.7 million. "we have supreme confidence in our abilities, " reber said. "we have not had a customer breached in 20 years."further readingthe $5 million guarantee is not however applicable to any type of breach and only applies to breaches that are the result of vu...





how infor's 'coleman' compares to other ai brands

new york—the artificial intelligence metaphors were flying this week at inforum 2017, erp vendor infor's annual user conference."ai is the new steam engine, the new electricity, and it will transform everything," said infor president duncan angove. "ai is the new ui."infor's "coleman" artificial intelligence platform, unveiled here, was named in honor of pioneering mathematician katherine coleman johnson, whose work in nasa's early space program was depicted in the movie "hidden figures."coleman fits right in with today's other ai brands, including salesforce's einstein and ibm's watson. but there are similar platforms from business app providers like oracle and dozens of other services available from cloud providers amazon web services (aws), microsoft and google.related readingai is being talked up everywhere these days in enterprise computing, but at this point users are kicking the tires more than anything, trying to find some marginal value with ai. meanwhile, vendors are fighting for mind share around how artificial intelligence can ignite the next wave of digital transformation. to hazard another cliché: ai in business apps right now is a me-too feature. so how do the services really stack up?infor colemanthe coleman ai is the latest to be released, but it has been in the works for several years. infor has been a major partner of aws since 2014, and aws is where infor has been building out its cloudsuite platform of enterprise resource planning (erp) a...





amazon prime day sales, subscriber growth set records

today’s topics include amazon breaking record sales on prime day; microsoft retiring windows phone 8.1;  microsoft's seeing ai mobile app helping blind users see the world; and new data showing half of corporate web apps contain flaws that are at least a year old.amazon officials reported that sales during the company’s prime day that took place earlier this week grew 60 percent over the same event in 2016 while prime membership growth also set a record.analysts have estimated that about 70 percent of u.s. households have prime memberships. on prime day, more u.s. households became prime members than any other single day in amazon's history, and the company likely generated more than $1 billion in sales during the 30-hour period that started at 9 p.m. eastern time on july 10.the single most popular product sold on prime day was the amazon echo dot, the diminutive cousin to the amazon echo.related readingmicrosoft pulled the plug on its windows phone 8.1 mobile operating system this week, adding to the uncertainty surrounding the redmond, wash., technology giant's dwindling ecosystem of smartphone offerings.according to an online support document, on july 11 microsoft stopped supporting windows phone 8.1, as well as other aging products including virtual pc 2007, identity lifecycle manager 2007 and softgrid application virtualization 4.1 for desktops.showcased during the microsoft build 2014 developer conference, the mobile operating system introduced users to cortana,...





record amazon prime sales raises pressure on top retailer walmart

amazon officials jubilantly reported that prime day sales grew 60 percent sales growth over the same event in 2016 while prime membership growth also set a record.analysts have estimated that about 70 percent of u.s. households have prime memberships. but the number of u.s. prime households grew by more than any other single day in the company's history. this likely meant that the company generated more than $1 billion dollars in sales during the 30-hour period that started at 9 p.m. eastern time on july 10.the single most popular product sold on prime day was the amazon echo dot, the diminutive cousin to the amazon echo. the dot was being sold at its lowest price ever, which helped explain the heavy sales. meanwhile, the more expensive echo was being sold at half price, so it also sold well.amazon also reduced its entry price for its music unlimited service to 99 cents for four months, posing stronger competition for apple music. furthermore music unlimited subscribers can play music titles on any device that runs the app, not just apple devices.further readingbest buy got bad news when amazon announced that it would field a team of experts to help install smart home units, resulting in a stock tumble for best buy as investors feared this would mean less work for its geek squad.instead amazon’s stock price was the beneficiary of all this activity, rising on july 12 to over $1,000 per share.during prime day, amazon worked to change consumer attitudes on how retail sales we...





gemalto reports a gap between breach perception and reality

there is a measurable gap between organizations' perceptions of what keeps them secure and what is actually working to mitigate cyber-security risks, according to a new report from gemalto.the gemalto report surveyed 1,050 it decision-makers globally and found some surprising results. among the high-level findings is that 94 percent of it professionals reported that in their view perimeter security is effective at keeping unauthorized users out of their networks. yet despite that apparent confidence, 65 percent reported that they are not extremely confident that their data would be protected in the event of a perimeter breach."one of the things that continues to show up every year, and i would have expected it to change, is the investment and perception of perimeter security versus the reality of its effectiveness," jason hart, vice president and chief technology officer for data protection at gemalto, told eweek. "as security professionals, i find it interesting we can know something doesn't work but are willing to do it for the perceived security value."hart added that sometimes a perceived sense of security is the motivation for unwarranted investments in perimeter security. he noted that gemalto's report found that only 8 percent of organizations encrypt data, which actually is a more effective security mechanism because it reduces the value of data if it's stolen.related readinganother surprise in the report noted by hart is the amount of companies that do not b...





market report suggests apple to sell new oled iphones for $1,200

as apple prepares to launch its latest iphone models as expected september or so, a report recently surfaced that the company might start their pricing at $1,200, which is substantially higher than current iphone 7 prices.prices of some of the upcoming iphone models—which could be called iphone 8, but more likely will be labeled with extensions of the iphone 7 naming hierarchy—could even hit $1,399, apple watcher and developer john gruber wrote in a july 7 post on his daring fireball blog.the expected higher prices, he wrote, will help differentiate the newest iphones from existing models while also giving the company the opportunity to sell the handsets at its existing 35 percent margins and in huge quantities based on component supplies.gruber wrote that he thinks based on apple's history, the next models will start at $1,200 and rise to high-end models selling at as much as $1,400. the original iphone 7 prices started at $649 for a 32gb base iphone 7 and rose to $969 for a 256gb iphone 7 plus, he wrote.further readingapple has also been considering using advanced oled screens in some of its new iphone models and supplies of those screens could perhaps be hard to come by in the quantities needed by apple based on its quarterly sales averages of 70 to 80 million handsets. as a result the company could likely raise prices on oled models to differentiate them in its model lineup and to perhaps tamp down sales to meet screen supplies, wrote gruber.it appears that apple kno...





nine steps to future-proofing your business's content

1 of 11why future-proofing your content makes good business sense you may not realize it, but your business content is very valuable. content equates to assets that can drive key business objectives such as user and/or customer growth, brand awareness and even revenue—if formatted correctly.  in one way or another, you pay for the creation of your content. whether you outsource its creation to external vendors or you create it internally, you are spending time, money and resources to do it. so why not get a good roi? to do this, your content should be optimized so it's accessible, searchable and findable. this eweek slide show uses industry information from mark gross, president of data conversion laboratory (dcl), to explain how and why you should transform your content to a structured digital format. gross is an authority on xml implementation and document conversion. 2 of 11the importance of converting your content transforming content from print or other unstructured formats (pdf) to a structured digital format (xml) is an important first step to optimizing it for today's consumer habits and technology. the goal of doing this is simple: future-proofing your content. 3 of 11is your content ready for conversion? more than ever people are consuming content in different ways using various technologies. from smartphones and tablets to desktop computers and tv screens, the way in which content is being delivered, displayed and seen is evolving....





gemalto reports a gap between breach perception and reality

there is a measurable gap between organizations' perceptions of what keeps them secure and what is actually working to mitigate cybersecurity risks, according to a new report from gemalto.the gemalto report surveyed 1,050 it decision makers globally and found some surprising results. among the high-level findings is that 94 percent of it professionals reported that in their view perimeter security is effective at keeping unauthorized users out of their networks. yet despite that apparent confidence, 65 percent reported that they are not extremely confident that their data would be protected in the event of a perimeter breach."one of the things that continues to show up every year, and i would have expected it to change, is the investment and perception of perimeter security versus the reality of its effectiveness," jason hart, vice president and chief technology officer for data protection at gemalto, told eweek. "as security professionals, i find it interesting we can know something doesn't work but are willing to do it for the perceived  security value."hart added that sometimes a perceived sense of security is the motivation for unwarranted investments in perimeter security. he noted that gemalto's report found that only 8 percent of organizations encrypt data, which actually is a more effective security mechanism because it reduces the value of data if it's stolen.further readinganother surprise in the report noted by hart is the amount of companies that do not b...





hp, dell provide only bright spots in declining pc hardware market

1 of 12pc sales continue to decline despite shipment growth at hp and dell gartner's latest report of worldwide pc shipments shows that the steady decline in pc sales that started nearly three years ago continued in the 2017 second quarter. according to gartner, pc shipments declined 4.3 percent year over year. some of the industry’s most prominent companies, including apple and acer, saw their sales tumble. but it wasn’t all bad. some other pc titans, including hp and dell, saw their shipments grow year over year. and, much to the benefit of google, chromebooks continue to be popular among consumers and enterprise users. read on to learn more about the state of the pc market in the second quarter, based on data collected by research firm gartner: 2 of 12worldwide pc market continues to decline for the 11th straight quarter, worldwide pc shipments were down in the second quarter of 2017. total shipments for the period hit 61.1 million, a 4.3 percent decline compared to the same period in 2016. pc makers had to boost prices during the quarter due to higher component costs, prompting consumers to think twice about upgrading their computers. 3 of 12hp solidifies its position despite the market’s troubles, hp’s shipments were up 3.3 percent year over year during the second quarter. hp shipped 12.7 million pc units, earning an industry-leading 20.8 percent market share during the period. 4 of 12lenovo isn’t doing as well lenovo, w...





half of corporate web apps contain flaws that are at least a year old

the average web application has slightly fewer flaws, but more than half continue to remain vulnerable 365 days a year, according to data from web security firm whitehat security.





zerofox raises $40m in funding to advance social media security

the security startup continues to expand on its core mission of providing technology that helps users and organizations protect against social media security risks.





api toolmaker postman makes pro features free of charge

with the july 12 product release, all api developers can use the full range of postman tools with support at every stage of a workflow.