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January 8, 2018

Why “Have a Safe Trip” is Taking on Greater Meaning

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

Have a safe trip! Typically, when we wish someone well before they leave on a journey we are referring to their physical safety while in transit. But, increasingly, there’s another consideration – their online security.

Over the past year, compromises of payment card data from Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, network intrusions against third-party suppliers, and cyber espionage campaigns against visitors using hotel Wi-Fi networks have plagued the travel and hospitality industries. In the spirit of “forewarned is forearmed,” let’s take a closer look at some of the most notable examples of each of these types of [...]

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January 4, 2018

Where machines could replace humans

Written by Emanuela Lertora

Your smartphone and computer are likely to be using Siri, Cortana, or Google Now. These are personal AI assistants that interpret what you are saying and provide solutions. Other applications of AI that surround us are search engines, image recognition (e.g. Google Goggles), spam filters, online help bots, telephone bots, and online ad targeting.

At the high profile end of the spectrum there are also examples like Google’s Driverless Cars, and the recent Go competition between Korean Grandmaster Lee Sedol and Google’s AlphaGo (won by the bot).

Automated Journalism

AP (Associated Press) has been using automation to increase [...]

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January 4, 2018

Automation & Machine Learning for the Market Research Industry

Written by Emanuela Lertora

The benefits of automation is a short list, but it contains some very important items nonetheless. The most widely agreed element is ‘doing more, faster, with less’ (fewer people and/or less money).

Where is Automation Heading?

The crowd shared their short to medium-term aspirations for automation. Key opportunities were:

• Integrating a picture of the customer, with data coming from many sources, being stored in an accessible format, and interrogated with automated tools.

• Increasing the ability of skilled staff to conduct more research and spend more time on insight – they will spend less time on admin, repetition, and [...]

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December 22, 2017

How do organizations manage data, data storage and data bases?

Written by Rabih Soueidi, Managing Partner of Sapience Consultancy

When it comes to organizations, data is a critical asset that must be dealt with. Storing and managing data in time is becoming a necessity to make data-driven decisions. Most organizations have data governance plans which handle the overall management of data. Successful data governance strategies require careful planning, the right people and appropriate tools and technologies (TechTarget, 2017). These plans include procedures to store and replicate data in different layers for high availability. Also, plans for disaster recovery that may include tapes, cartridges, and large capacity USB drives with [...]

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December 22, 2017

Healthcare is a Major Target for Cybercriminals

By Brandon Bekker, Managing Director at Mimecast, Africa and the Middle East

The internet of things has transformed the healthcare sector, allowing practitioners to easily share information and deliver personalised treatments. Yet many experts in the security industry believe that of all the industries facing serious cyber threats, healthcare is possibly the most at risk. That’s because relatively speaking, healthcare organisations are still behind when it comes to security defences.

It’s also well-documented that external attackers have set their sights on protected health information (PHI). The value of medical records on the black market is at least 10X [...]

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December 22, 2017

Data and Data Visualization

Written by Rabih Soueidi, Managing Partner of Sapience Consultancy

Concepts of data visualization:

Data visualization brings data from computers to life. It provides a graphical representation by bringing shapes and colors to display quantified information, hence aiding humans in perceiving and understanding data to make informed business decisions. With data visualization, people can delve into a wealth of information, discover patterns and keep track of their business KPI’s; they can spot opportunities, detect abnormalities and generate insights.

Data can be viewed in various graphical displays depending on its type, for example, bars, pies, scatter, [...]

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December 18, 2017

It’s a Wonderful Time of the Year…for Hackers

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

The holiday season is in full swing and once again we can expect to see a surge in cyber attacks targeting retailers and consumers. Research from the National Retail Federation shows that spending during the winter holidays outstrips retail sales during all other holidays throughout the year – combined! From Black Friday to sales in January, this is the most wonderful time of the year for retailers, and this trend will likely continue. A survey by RetailMeNot shows that consumers are expected to spend an average of $743 holiday shopping between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, a 47 percent increase from 2016’s [...]

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December 9, 2017

Hear from the Speakers: Luq Niazi – Global Managing Director, Chemicals & Petroleum Industries, IBM

In the latest in our exclusive series of interviews with the 2017 Energy Digitalisation Summit Middle East speakers, Luq Niazi – Global Managing Director, Chemicals & Petroleum Industries, IBM shares his views on the digital transformation of the energy industry.

IBM is one of the largest technology and services companies in the world. We are focused on helping our clients progress their company strategies and business performance through the effective application of Digital Transformation capabilities and solutions including Enterprise as a Service, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain and High Performance / Quantum Computing, delivered with deep [...]

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