It’s that time of year again when I make my bold (“somewhat safe” depending on your point of view) predictions about IT security for the upcoming year – 2013.The French journalist, novelist and social commentator, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, is the author of the witty expression, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” which, as is almost always the case, sounds much more melodic than the English, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” In reviewing my prior years’ prognostications, that phrase immediately popped into my head. How not to be repetitious when we face many of the same challenges?I am not sure I can because:1. The hackers will likely get even more sophisticated.Evidence of criminals collaborating with rogue nation states, exchanging methodologies, buying and selling information, and even subcontracting their respective capabilities expands their collective reach and enhances their mutual learning curves.2. Our attack surfaces will continue to expand and any remaining semblance of a perimeter will continue to wither away.Both will surely happen.My EMC colleague, Chuck Hollis, in his set of themes for 2013 says that next year organizations will come to terms with the pervasiveness of mobility and start to catch up on the offering of services to their users. Bingo. Wider attack surfaces. In addition, and somewhat needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway – the slow but steady march to cloud-oriented services will once again expand attack surfaces at the expense of the perimeter.This all leads me to my next moments of déjà vu which include:3. These changes will occur whether security teams are ready or not.In too many cases, not. There is a critical skills shortage of security professionals and many organizations can’t keep up.4. And, national governments will continue to diddle or, should I say, fiddle (while Rome burns), failing to legislate on rules of evidence, information sharing and the reforming of privacy laws.Lack of privacy reform is particularly troublesome based on today’s realities because many organizations have literally been put in the position of violating one set of privacy laws if they take the necessary steps to protect information (which they are legally obligated to do based on another set of privacy laws). Confused? So am I, but how would you like to be confused – and liable?I abhor the phrase “Cyber Pearl Harbor” because I think it is a poor metaphor to describe the state I believe we are in. However, I genuinely believe we are only a whisker away from some form of lesser catastrophic event that could do damage to the world economy or critical infrastructure.5. It is highly likely that a rogue nation state, hacktivists or even terrorists will move beyond intrusion and espionage to attempt meaningful disruption and, eventually, even destruction of critical infrastructure.If all of this sounds depressing, well, it is. This isn’t fear mongering. It is a plausible extrapolation from the facts. But we can change the trajectory. There is already a tectonic shift underway from a perimeter to an intelligence-based security model.In an age where breaches are probable, if not inevitable, organizations are realizing that static, siloed, perimeter defenses are ineffective against the evolving threat landscape. Only an intelligence-based model that is risk-oriented and situationally-aware can be resilient enough to minimize or eliminate the effects of attacks.So, now comes the good news:6. Responsible people in organizations from all verticals, industries and governments will move to that newer intelligence-based security model and pressure governments to act on our collective behalf.7. I also predict a significant uptake in investment for cloud-oriented security services to mitigate the effects of that serious shortage in cyber security skills.8. Big Data analytics will be used to enable an intelligence-based security model.Big Data will transform security enabling true defense in depth against a highly advanced threat environment.One final note. If we want to avoid going over the “security” cliff and really want change we can believe in, we must act more collaboratively and decisively than ever before. The stakes are getting too high for us to wait another year.This post originally appeared on Forbes.com on December 7, 2012.
Verticals like automotive, life sciences and media and entertainment have been experiencing data growth for years. This growth is now expanding across multiple organizations because of the need to drive next-generation workloads like data analytics and artificial intelligence, as well as cloud native applications. There is also the need to run these workloads on premises or in the cloud. These are all adding to the struggles of data growth.This is where Dell EMC Isilon excels. As the undisputed leader in the unstructured data market, we continue to simplify unstructured storage and empower our new and existing customers by consistently addressing their needs through innovation. We are excited to deliver on the investments we are making with scale, management, flexibility, performance, and getting the most out of the technology.At Dell Technologies World we announced a new version of the Dell EMC Isilon OneFS operating system that is continuing to provide the answers to organization’s struggles with data deluge and the impact it has on IT. Isilon OneFS 8.2 enables organizations to grow their Isilon cluster up to 252 nodes, increase performance up to 75% and allows you to continue to manage this under a single namespace. It is simplicity at scale.Isilon scale-out NAS solutions powered by OneFS 8.2 are an ideal choice for next-generation workloads that require enormous capacity and performance because we reduce the complexity. We enable you to consolidate your data without compromising the business and allow you to focus on the performance that is needed for the workload or the applications. All of this while managing petabytes of data as if you were managing terabytes of data. This is why we are the industry leader in the unstructured data market.We do this through our single namespace. A file system that grows simply and easily without additional resources. What do I mean by that? Think of a single file system with let’s say, 120 TB of capacity. This may be suitable for your workloads now, but in 6 months, the amount of data increases and you need more space. In minutes, you can simply add another node and you have more space and performance in a single file system. No need for configuration changes. You need more space in 6 more months, the process doesn’t change. The file system grows, and the applications are not impacted. Now continue this up to 58 PB. That is what Isilon OneFS 8.2 brings to the table.Why is this important to you? When it comes down to it, the business should be focusing on the data, the applications, and the workloads. It should not be focusing on additional configurations, lack of performance, or limiting your scaling capabilities. You should not change how IT works, just because the data is growing. Isilon grows with your workloads and no additional configuration or resources are needed.With Isilon OneFS 8.2, now supporting up to 252 nodes in a single Isilon cluster – 75% more than the previous limit of 144 nodes, Isilon customers can gain massive scalability in capacity and performance reaching 58 PB capacity per cluster and 945 GB/s aggregate throughput per cluster.We made a few additional changes around security. We added multi-factor authentication for increased security of the clusters and tighter access control for SSH. We added SyncIQ encryption for protecting data in flight during inter-cluster replication and now data transfers between OneFS clusters are secure. We also implemented HDFS Transport Data Encryption so when you are deploying Hadoop as a platform, you can ensure your data is encrypted at rest and in motion.And you cannot forget our multi-cloud enhancements. Isilon customers already lower their storage costs by transparently and seamlessly tiering infrequently accessed cold or frozen files to a variety of public and private cloud services. Isilon OneFS 8.2 with CloudPools software, now delivers even more flexibility with support for a range of additional cloud providers (to our previous Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure support) including Alibaba Aliyun and Amazon cloud for Federal Commercial Cloud Services (C2S). OneFS 8.2 and CloudPools also help organizations simplify cloud storage and data management with seamless integration with Isilon SnapshotIQ, SmartQuotas and SmartLock software.But we didn’t stop there, we also introduced Isilon H5600. It is an ideal choice for next-generation workloads that require enormous capacity and performance. With a highly dense and efficient hybrid storage design that combines four Isilon nodes in a single 4U deep chassis, the Isilon H5600 provides massive capacity and throughput performance. It stores up to 800 TB with 80 SATA drives in a single 4U chassis, scales to over 50 PB in a single cluster and delivers up to 8 GB/s throughput per chassis. You can use 40% fewer nodes and rack units to get the same capacity target. Normally when you increase capacity density, you lose performance to achieve the same overall capacity target, but not with Isilon H5600. For example, in media and entertainment, you can now support one 4k uncompressed media stream per node.Isilon OneFS 8.2 and the Isilon H5600 enable organizations to support demanding workloads with massive capacity and performance along with a highly efficient, dense data storage solution to help organizations shrink their data center footprint and lower costs. Even more important, these new Isilon products help our customers advance their Digital Future and manage massive amounts of data, while accelerating the ability of business to unlock the value of their data capital.To find out more about how Dell EMC Isilon can help you with your digital future, visit us at www.dellemc.com/isilon.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? TAKE THESE STEPSIf you’re ready to do more at a personal level, the Global Footprint Network provides 11 steps you can take to move the date.At the organizational level, engage with your technology and sustainability teams to see how you can move the date and meet sustainability goals. Look at how you can transform your workplace to reduce commuting via long-term work-from-home policies and practices. See how you could use machine learning to create a digital twin instead of physical prototyping for your next big project.Thinking about your own place in global systems can be a little overwhelming. Yet, the equation is remarkably simple: investing in one’s own success is about supporting humanity’s prosperity in the long-term, just like choosing a healthy lifestyle optimizes one’s chances of leading a longer and happier life. There are a lot of things you can do as an individual or as a business to help move the date of Earth Overshoot Day. You can start by finding your own Overshoot Day and exploring some of the fantastic initiatives to move the date shared on the crowd-sourced map developed by Global Footprint Network. Then help raise awareness of Earth Overshoot Day and the concept of one-planet prosperity using social media via the #MoveTheDate hashtag, or in a classroom. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:24Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:24 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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But what are the boundaries that keep humanity safe on our finite planet?This Saturday, August 22, marks Earth Overshoot Day – the day when the Ecological Footprint — humanity’s demands on natural resources and services — exceeds what the planet can regenerate in that year (“biocapacity”), according to calculations by Global Footprint Network. From now through December 31, we increase the ecological debt which humanity started accumulating in the early 1970s when the world fell in ecological overshoot. One way this debt manifests is through the accumulation of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than natural ecosystems can absorb. This is where ecological boundaries come in.Overshoot leads to depleting the natural capital and threatening the planet’s ability to support our lifestyle. At the rate we are consuming, we demand as much from nature as if we lived on 1.6 Earths. The Footprint Calculator developed by Global Footprint Network determines the date of your personal Overshoot Day and will tell you how many planets humanity would need if everyone lived like you do. Mine was July 14. Not good.HOW IT WORKSWhen we deplete natural reserves, we eventually start pushing up against tipping points that threaten whole systems with collapse like a game of Jenga. And these systems are quite complex – so much so that small disruptions can have disproportionately large effects. You do not have to catch the very last big-eye tuna for their populations to collapse, just as you don’t have to catch every last fish to have the ocean system collapse. The tipping point is that boundary we want to avoid.Since the 1970s, we have operated in “overshoot mode,” with the annual date of Earth Overshoot Day usually coming earlier each year. Every year, we use up more of the reserves we have. And the more we deplete those reserves, the more we push up against tipping points.This year features an unexpected shift in the trend – which is important. Earth Overshoot Day 2020 is more than three weeks later than last year, a direct consequence of the coronavirus-induced lockdowns around the world which slowed down resource consumption. While moving the date back is a good thing, it is a product of the pandemic – a global crisis that was imposed upon us. Going forward, we can choose to move the date of Earth Overshoot Day through careful design, so that all people — and wildlife — thrive within the ecological budget of Earth.GREEN ITTechnology has an important role to play in moving the date. To begin with, efforts to create “greener IT” need to continue. This includes looking at both what we use to make our products and how hardware uses energy. Dell is working to accelerate the circular economy and we have an aggressive goal to take back one product for every product sold by 2030, along with shifting to at least 50% recycled- or renewable-content in our products and 100% in our packaging.Climate impacts are also a big part of the overshoot equation. By driving greater energy efficiency we also help our customers on their path to reducing emissions. To that end, we’ve reduced the energy intensity of our whole product portfolio since 2011 by 69.9%. Recognizing the multiple benefits that habitat restoration and protection of vulnerable forests provide, Dell also offers the Plant a Tree program. Customers can choose during their purchase to donate to plant trees and protect forests via The Conservation Fund. In addition to the climate benefits, these efforts restore habitats and improve the health of the ecosystem.IT FOR GREENMeanwhile, virtualization, AI/ML and other technologies help our customers better manage resources throughout operations, including reduced travel, optimizing building controls, managing the electricity grid better to bring more renewable energy sources online and much more. Because they contribute to lowering the consumption of ecological resources while improving well-being, all of these initiatives are essential to our customers’ long-term success. For example, AeroFarms, a leader in vertical farming, is transforming agricultural production through IoT and data analytics. They are able to produce 390x more greens without the sun and without soil while using 95% less water and no pesticides in their operations than a conventional farm.Efforts like this can play an important role in driving one-planet prosperity and moving the date of Earth Overshoot Day back in the year Global Footprint Network and Schneider Electric even did a study that showed that retrofitting existing buildings worldwide with existing energy-efficiency technologies could shift the date back 21 days.
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan’s autocratic leader has established a national holiday to honor the local dog breed. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov ordered the holiday praising the Alabai, the Central Asian shepherd dog, to be celebrated on the last Sunday of April when the ex-Soviet nation also marks the day of the local horse breed, according to Tuesday’s report in the daily Neutral Turkmenistan. The Central Asian nation of 6 million prides itself in horses and dogs, honoring its centuries-old herding traditions. Berdymukhamedov has ruled the gas-rich desert country since 2006 through an all-encompassing personality cult that styles him as Turkmenistan’s “arkadaq,’ or protector.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ruled that information about George Floyd’s prior arrests can’t be used at the trials of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in his death. However, Judge Peter Cahill also ruled in a decision made public Tuesday that the jury can hear about two prior cases involving Derek Chauvin, the former officer accused of kneeling on handcuffed Floyd’s neck despite Floyd’s pleas for air. In one case, Chauvin knelt on the neck of a woman who was prone on the ground. In the other, Chauvin saw two other officers place a man in a side recovery position. The judge says he will explain his reasoning at a later date.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group says its fighters have shot down an Israeli drone over a southern village near the border with Israel. The Israeli military did not confirm Hezbollah’s claim but said a drone has crashed on Lebanese territory. It says there’s no risk of breach of information. Monday’s downing comes after months of rising tensions amid Israeli airstrikes on Iran-backed fighters in neighboring Syria. Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV claims the drone was shot down after it entered Lebanon’s air space. It says the drone crashed in the village of Blida, near the border with Israel, and that Hezbollah fighters now have the unmanned aircraft.
NEW YORK (AP) — Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award winner in history, has died. He was 91. Plummer enjoyed varied roles ranging from the film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” to the voice of the villain in 2009′s “Up” and as a canny lawyer in Broadway’s “Inherit the Wind.” But it was opposite Julie Andrews as von Trapp that made him a star. He was given Canada’s highest civilian honor when he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968.
The Biden administration says it will soon begin collecting data from thousands of U.S. schools to find out how they have been affected by the pandemic. Led by the Education Department, the effort will collect monthly data from 7,000 schools on a range of topics related to COVID-19. It’s the first federal effort to gather data on the pandemic’s impact on education. President Joe Biden called for the data in a Jan. 21 executive order on school reopening. The Trump administration declined to collect data on the subject. The data will provide a national look at schools’ operating status, including how many are offering remote learning.
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency has arrested two men on suspicion of links to an international child pornography ring. Saturday’s early-morning raid followed a tip from Italy through Interpol. Pakistani authorities say it’s the first time Interpol has given the country information about the presence of a criminal operation involving child pornography there. A top FIA official in the eastern Punjab province says incriminating material was retrieved from a computer allegedly belonging to one of the men. It showed he was in contact with an international gang and was posting child pornography videos on the dark web. Two other suspects remain at large.