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Enterprise IoT calculator: TCO and ROI

Many businesses are making use of IoT devices these days–but does an IoT implementation make financial sense for your company? To help you decide, this handy tool will enable you to calculate the total cost of ownership and return on investment for IoT devices. Just plug in your company’s current expenses, implementation costs, and the projected savings involved with your IoT project to come up with a per-device and an annual TCO and ROI. The download includes an Excel spreadsheet,…

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WannaCry ransomware was the biggest challenge of the year, says cybersecurity centre

The WannaCry ransomware attack was the biggest test of the year for the UK’s new cybersecurity body. The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) annual review marks a year since it started work, although it was officially opened in February. In those 12 months, the NCSC says 1,131 cyber incidents have been reported to it. Of those, 590 were classed as significant cyber attacks, ranging from attacks on National Health Service hospitals and the Houses of Parliament, through to attacks on businesses. [1] [1]…

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Cloud security and IoT are the new peanut butter and jelly

The Internet of Things (IoT) adds another sticky layer to the question of cloud security. Most organizations think in terms of the devices themselves, rather than the services offered through the cloud, as potential vulnerability points. However, with all the data being gathered through IoT devices, organizations will find that utilizing cloud services may be the best way to alleviate strain on their in-house infrastructures. That opens up a whole new can of worms–and experts advise getting on top of…

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Putin Weighs in on Artificial Intelligence and Elon Musk Is Alarmed

Divining what the Russian President Vladimir Putin really thinks has implications not only for his country but for the future of the rest the world. Recently, Putin has been expressing some feelings about artificial intelligence that have both intrigued and puzzled observers. AI came up in Putin’s September 21st conversation with Arkady Vorozh, the head of the Russian tech giant Yandex, during a tour of the company’s headquarters. As Vorozh explained the potential of artificial intelligence, Putin seemed to show ambivalence…

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The changing relationship between the CIO and CISO

There are some parts of IT that have always been seen as someone else’s job. Communications — helping business colleagues understand what IT does and the value it delivers — is one, says Piergiorgio Grossi, CIO and digital transformation officer at Italian motorcycle-maker Ducati. Another, somewhat paradoxically, is information security. [1] [1] By Maxine-Laurie Marshall on CIO

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2017 is already the biggest year ever for data center investment in the U.S.

U.S. data centers have already seen more investment so far this year than in any previous year. Companies and funds have invested $18.2 billion — double the value of 2016 and on track to surpass the total for the three previous years combined — year to date, according to new data from real estate research firm CBRE. [1] [1] By Rani Molla on Recode

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IT budget research 2018: Funding and spending priorities

As the new calendar and fiscal year approaches, businesses begin preparing their annual budgets. With more companies implementing a digital transformation strategy, technology spending and the IT budget are an increasingly important component of the budget planning process. In July and August 2017, Tech Pro Research surveyed technology professionals about their company budgets for calendar and fiscal year 2018. We wanted to know how the 2018 budgets differ from the previous year, what that money will be spent on, and…

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Tech industry must secure against ‘unintended consequences’: Elop

The path to disruption is paved by unintended consequences, Telstra group executive of Technology, Innovation and Strategy Stephen Elop has said, with the tech industry needing to secure machine-learning and artificial intelligence (AI) applications against unconscious biases and breaches of security and trust. [1] [1] By Corinne Reichert on ZDNet

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Artificial Intelligence: an evolving landscape

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) landscape has gone from a postulated concept in the 1950s – an idea brought to life by Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell, Herbert A. Simon and John McCarthy – to a science fiction favourite to a burgeoning business reality. Alongside the spheres of virtual and augmented reality, the cloud and big data, AI has started to come into its literal own, creating solutions that are both wildly intelligent and stunningly stupid. While few AI creations are at…

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Business adoption of IoT is rising–and so is the likelihood of attacks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is moving full speed ahead, with no signs of slowing down. Earlier this year, Gartner reported that 8.4 billion “things” will be in use in 2017. That’s up 31% from 2016–and it will create 8.4 billion vulnerability points if companies don’t take action now. [1] [1] By Christine Parizo on TechPro

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