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FDA to pilot A.I., consider blockchain, to track and trace food

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today a “new era of smarter food safety” under which it will test artificial intelligence and machine learning to better assess foodborne illness risks from imports and explore blockchain for tracking all foods before they hit grocery store shelves. [1] [1] By Lucas Mearian on ComputerWorld

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Michael Dell: Technology must reflect our humanity and our values

Michael Dell, CEO of the group of companies under the banner of Dell Technologies, has shared his vision for a future built by technologists, to be consumed by “re-imagined” organisations in areas such as healthcare or government. The chief used his Dell Technologies World day one keynote to appeal to the contemplative side of those in the technology space, sharing his company’s culture of “technology optimism” and asking others to approach the future in a similar way. [1] [1] By Asha…

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Cybersecurity: This free tool lets you test your hacker defences

Organisations will be able to test their ability to deter hackers and cyberattacks with a free new tool designed to prepare them against online threats including malware, phishing and other malicious activities. The online tool for testing cyber fitness has been been designed by experts at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – the cyber arm of the UK’s GCHQ intelligence service – and is designed to boost resilience to cyberattacks based on real-life hacking scenarios. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer…

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Director’s View

With the elections firmly over, South Africa’s economy can get back on track and we can potentially look forward to an increase in foreign direct investment flows into our country. By the time that you read this ezine, our cabinet would have been announced as well.

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The future of cybersecurity: Your body as a hacker-proof network

What do insulin pumps, pacemakers, and MRI scanners have in common? If you said they’re all medical devices that can help to save your life, you’re right. If you guessed that they’re all medical devices that can be hacked, you’re sadly all too correct too. Increasing numbers of implantable medical devices are now gaining internet connectivity, giving doctors the ability to monitor patients health remotely, and even update the devices to tweak a treatment plan. [1] [1] By Jo Best on ZDNet

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Serverless computing growth softens, at least for now

After much excitement about serverless computing — seen as the next evolution of cloud — IT professionals have lately taken a more cautious line with the approach. In a recent survey, adoption and plans for adoption have even slipped somewhat over the past year. Nevertheless, those enterprises with serious serverless initiatives in place are doubling down on its usage. [1] [1] By Joe McKendrick on ZDNet

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Oracle security warning: Customers told to patch ASAP to swat 297 bugs

Oracle is urging customers to install its April critical patch update to protect themselves against attackers who are targeting firms that are slow to patch fixed exploits. The April critical patch update includes fixes for 297 security flaws affecting Oracle’s Database Server, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and Siebel CRM. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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Dell Technologies extends systems integrator agreement with Cisco

Dell Technologies on Monday announced a multi-year extension of its systems integrator agreement with Cisco, demonstrating Dell’s commitment to the converged infrastructure market. The companies will continue to collaborate on product development, as well as in areas like sales and marketing. [1] [1] By Stephanie Condon on ZDNet

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The role of IT in the cloud era

New innovations such as the cloud and increased security risks have changed the role of the IT department drastically over the last few years. Businesses have moved from primarily using traditional applications to web-based and cloud apps which in turn has added complexity and new problems for IT teams to deal with. [1] [1] On TechRadar

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On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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