It is well known that humans are the weakest link in the information security chain, but specifically, who are them? Well, you may guess, “they” are everyone. I have been in both sides, as a user and as a system admin; and in both sceneries humans tend to make mistakes. It’s human nature.
Anatomy, the study of tissues, organs and systems in the body, is an essential component in the curricula of many health professions. Due to curricular design, complexity of the learning material, and time devoted to teaching, anatomy learning could be compromised. Anatomy instructors and educational institutions must look for ways to complement anatomy teaching in order to better prepare students for what they will find at both, the graduate level and the work environment. In this review, we compared multiple approaches for anatomy teaching, and blended learning appears to give better results for contents comprehension, retention, and academic development.
Convergence Of Cloud Computing, Internet Of Things, And Machine Learning: The Future Of Decision Support Systems
The objective of this research was to develop a framework for understanding the Convergence of Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, and Internet of Things as the future of Decision Support Systems. To develop this framework, the researchers analyzed and synthesized 35 research articles from 2006 to 2017. The results indicated that when the data is massive, it is necessary to use computational algorithms and complex analytical techniques. The Internet of Things, in combination with the large accumulation of data and data mining, improves the learning of automatic intelligence for business. This is due to the fact that the technology has the intelligence to infer and provide solutions based on past experiences and past events.
In the last decade of the proliferation of the World Wide Web, there has been a shift from normal human combat warfare to electronic warfare, where a person with a computer can do more damage to the infrastructure of a country than thousands of soldiers. The amount of data, intelligence, and damage generated by such warfare is astronomical. This type of warfare requires artificial intelligence and Expert Systems to go to the forefront of the battlefield in order to analyze data and trends to identify potential attacks and provide countermeasures to such attack. AI has put in a new perspective how Decision Support Systems (DSS) improve defense. DSS implemented today are in place to stop and deter in the shortest possible amount of time a cyberattack, and assist cyber defenders in finding the correct response.
WannaCry or Wanna Decrytor ransomware is an informatic virus that attacks Windows operating system based computers primarily (including servers) by taking advantage of system vulnerabilities exploited by Eternalblue, a tool believed to be developed by the USA National Security Agency. What is the unique effect once infected by the virus? Well, you will notice it fast. The system will show you a Popup window letting you know that your computer is infected, all your files are encrypted, and for you to recover it all, they require a ransom payment using bitcoins. Unless you make the payment, all your files will stay encrypted. The worst thing about this virus is that, if you do not pay in a certain period, the ransom payment will keep rising.
But, wait! The intention of this article is not to create panic. Even though you should panic if your computer got infected and you didn't backed up your files recently (last day or night before the infection).
Today more than ever, we are living in the interconnected and social era. Generation X and the famous Millennials, are so connected to the Internet, and spend so much time sharing almost everything about themselves, that they don’t imagine their life could go any other way. This is without online presence, in their social communities and networks, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
As of these days and since a long time ago, many businesses and enterprise know and take for granted that if they wish to be successful or competitive in their respective markets and industries, they should start using information technologies to achieve it. Nothing is farther from reality than this belief. It is a fact that any business or enterprise not using current technologies for its operational processes plans and marketing strategies will find it very difficult to achieve its goals and objectives of conducting business on a highly competitive and technological world as is todays; so a significant share of its yearly budget should be assigned to this item.
When it’s time to buy a new smartphone, the majority of consumers do their research by googling through the Internet and reading experts' and tech gurus' recommendations, forums and blogs to make smarter buying decisions. This is not bad, but does it guarantee that you will receive the best advice without any marketing influence from those gigantic smartphones vendors and manufacturers? Maybe yes, maybe not.
Technology changes and evolves so fast that we feel we will never be with the hype or the trend. Big tech companies are always improving their software and hardware by adding new features, functionalities and capabilities. These new features, capabilities and functionalities sometimes may be nice to have, sometimes they are really necessary or critical for the entire company business operations and continuity. For example: bugs and security fixes, stability and performance improvements. Others are just pure marketing strategies to induce you to buy their products. They need to generate money and more revenue.
Have you heard about the Zombie generation? It is real and it is here! Have you noticed the number of people texting, browsing, navigating, and talking with their smartphones while walking, shopping, waiting in office lines, malls, streets, or theaters, and even driving? I bet that you can see a lot of them around, like an epidemic. They are everywhere. Some are surfing the web, interacting with their social platforms; while others are sending text messages or talking. Many other are only reading the news or seeing YouTube videos. The thing is that they are not just interacting with their smartphones, the thing is that they are so immersed and occupied that they don’t interact with other people around them. They can even ignore each others like there is no one there. It looks that they are acting like robots, or even worst, like I would call them, acting like Zombies.
Dr. Gilberto Crespo is an information security researcher & technology expert.