Artificial Intelligence is on the Move – so Keep Up! | #TpromoCom #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #Society | There’s considerable talk of putting AI’s in charge of high-profile, critical infrastructure. But is it wise to do so? Should the United States government have a say as to whether U.S. companies can retire their human workforce in order to utilize a non-human AI counterpart? Where’s that fine line between cost cutting and national security? Security eNews covers the AI issue from front to back.
Iranians targeted by smartphone surveillance operation: report | #TpromoCom #Smartphone #Spy #Iran | Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point on Friday said a surveillance operation had targeted the smartphones of several hundred Iranian citizens via malware implanted in their handsets, indicating Tehran was responsible.
“This is the first time to our knowledge that a technical analysistechnique has highlighted the fact a government has led a cyberespionage campaign on smartphones,” the firm’s vice-president for Europe, Thierry Karsenti, told AFP.
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Martin Gren on OEM and cyber security | #TpromoCom #OEM #CyberSecurity #CCTV | In this Detektor TV Magazine video clip, Axis co-founder Martin Gren says he believes OEM will come to an end because of cyber security issues. He also gives his view on Axis’ biggest challenge, video surveillance and smart cities, and more.
“If you are a big integrator and you OEM a camera and put your name on it, then you probably have put some extensive work on skinning, to make sure the camera appears to be yours, and then when there is a cyber security upgrade, you need to renegotiate with the original manufacturer and have it to do the skinning once you have discovered a bug”, he says.
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Editor’s Note:There are those on the political Left who would have us all believe that the world is now a kinder, more gentler place than it was in the 1930s and 1940s, but the truth of the matter is, it’s actually a more dangerous place simply because of the convenience of technology. We must continue to be ever vigilant and watchful with regards to hacking as well as the deliberate placement of backdoors in software, as was recently discovered with regards to certain makes of cameras manufactured by certain Asian companies. –Al Colombo
This Quiz May Reveal Your Mass Notification System Isn’t Up to Code | #TpromoCom #EMS #Emergency #Weather #Alert | When it comes to mission-critical systems such as mass notification emergency communication (MNEC), there is no room for error. To a certain degree, codes are in place to…
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Sonoma County to overhaul emergency management program following wildfires | #TpromoCom #Emergency #FirstResponder #WildFires | The emergency services division — broadly denounced for its failure to issue widespread alerts as the Tubbs fire raced toward Santa Rosa — will be reorganized into an independent department with its own leader. The change will boost training, communication with elected officials and response before and during disasters, said Interim Emergency Manager Chris Godley, who described it as “one of the most ambitious reorganizations” of such a department in the state in at least two decades.
“It’s a subtle bureaucratic shift, a slight adjustment in polices, but it’s a significant move relative to what we see in other organizations,” Godley said. “I believe that, combined with the board’s action in June to better resource the program with staff and funding, you’ve got a good chance at making this a premier emergency management program, if not in Northern California, in the entire state as well.”
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Ban of Dahua and Hikvision is Now US Gov Law | #TpromoCom #Government #Congress #Camera | The US President has signed the 2019 NDAA into law, banning the use of Dahua and Hikvision (and their OEMs) for the US government, for US government-funded contracts and possibly for ‘critical infrastructure’ and ‘national security’ usage.
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Al’s View:There are those who claim that this is purely political in nature, that all IP-based cameras have backdoors in the software, that Cisco, Axis, and more have experienced the same kinds of bugs in the rug. They also claim that making adjustments at the network level will solve the problem. The only thing missing here is the fact that those who have bugs in the rugs as a natural consequence of creating a new software have these problems by accident and the Chinese-owned camera manufacturers named in the legal briefs have introduced them by intent. How will this impact the security industry? We’ll see. –Al Colombo
US tariffs on Chinese goods cause serious impact on security industry | #TpromoCom #China #Tariffs #Government | Carlsbad, Ca (USA) — Following the news that the US Government will impose a 25% tariff on certain categories of products imported from the People’s Republic of China, Mike O’Neal, President of Nortech Security & Control, has written and published a letter addressed to the company’s clients explaining that the cost impact of these new tariffs will need to be mitigated and passed down through the supply chain. To read the rest of this interesting news article, click here.
Editor’s Note:Listen, the solution to this problem is simple, but it lies with China, not United States trade policies. All China has to do is to reduce their trade tariffs so they are fair and in line with what ours once were. If they can do that, I assume that this President would consider reducing them to their previous levels. Instead of blaming the current sitting President of the USA, perhaps we need to support his efforts to force China to play fair. –Al Colombo