Link: The My Health Record story no politician should miss

“Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia would mean the end of a political career, perhaps rightly so. But with all the taboos still surrounding mental health, signs of less dramatic conditions could be used as political leverage. A prescription for an anti-psychotic medication, say, or even just a series of appointments with a psychiatrist known to specialise in these disorders. The timing of medical treatment can also reveal politically problematic patterns of activity. Prescriptions for erectile dysfunction pills would be perfectly reasonable for a male in his 60s or beyond, although they’d doubtless trigger embarrassing comments about flaccid policies. But what if the politician was married, the prescriptions were always in the weeks before overseas missions, and after the last such trip there was a series of weekly visits to a sexual health clinic? Infidelity can kill a career.”
Original source: The My Health Record story no politician should miss

Link: The My Health Record story no politician should miss

“Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia would mean the end of a political career, perhaps rightly so. But with all the taboos still surrounding mental health, signs of less dramatic conditions could be used as political leverage. A prescription for an anti-psychotic medication, say, or even just a series of appointments with a psychiatrist known to specialise in these disorders. The timing of medical treatment can also reveal politically problematic patterns of activity. Prescriptions for erectile dysfunction pills would be perfectly reasonable for a male in his 60s or beyond, although they’d doubtless trigger embarrassing comments about flaccid policies. But what if the politician was married, the prescriptions were always in the weeks before overseas missions, and after the last such trip there was a series of weekly visits to a sexual health clinic? Infidelity can kill a career.”
Original source: The My Health Record story no politician should miss

Link: Oracle plans to end Java serialization, but that’s not the end of the story

‘Oracle’s chief architect, Mark Reinhold, shared his thoughts about Java’s serialization mechanism which he called a “horrible mistake” and a virtually endless source of security vulnerabilities. This is evident in nearly half of the vulnerabilities that have been patched in the JDK in the last 2 years are related to serialization. Serialization security issues have also plagued almost every software vendor including Apache, Oracle, Pivotal, Cisco, McAfee, HP, Adobe, VMWare, Samsung, and others.’
Original source: Oracle plans to end Java serialization, but that’s not the end of the story

Link: AT&T to Acquire AlienVault | AlienVault

“The acquisition will combine AlienVault’s expertise in threat intelligence with AT&T’s cybersecurity solutions portfolio that includes threat detection and prevention as well as response technologies and services. After the acquisition closes, AT&T business customers will be able to access our unified security management platform that helps make organizations more effective at threat detection and response, by giving them access to a broad set of enterprise-grade security capabilities.”
Original source: AT&T to Acquire AlienVault | AlienVault

Link: Serverless Architectures: A Paradigm Shift in …

“One of the biggest security upsides to developing on serverless architectures is that organizations don’t have to deal with the daunting task of having to constantly apply security patches for the underlying operating system. These tasks are now in the domain of the serverless architecture provider.”

The rest – the application code – still needs to be secure. Of course.
Original source: Serverless Architectures: A Paradigm Shift in …

Link: Merrill Corporation alongside Leading Technology Companies, Launch New Category for M&A Professionals

“Merrill uses MongoDB technology to build horizontal applications on top of four key pillars: a secure repository, document collaboration, data and machine learning as well as analytics. Pivotal Cloud Foundry is used across all engineering stages – development, testing and production – with a focus on maximizing the microservices infrastructure that arranges the application into a suite of independently deployable, modular services. For security, identity and storage components Merrill DatasiteOne uses Microsoft Azure Key Vault, Azure Active Directory and Azure Storage.”
Original source: Merrill Corporation alongside Leading Technology Companies, Launch New Category for M&A Professionals

Link: “Do They Have AI?” or That Rant on AI in Security

‘It turns out that our AI analysts often use the phrase “AI” to mean “top techniques from the field of Artificial Intelligence” which today means “deep neural networks” (DNNs, shorthanded to “deep learning” by some), natural language processing, image recognition, etc (the latter probably use DNNs anyway).’
Original source: “Do They Have AI?” or That Rant on AI in Security

Link: Worldwide Spending on Security Solutions Forecast to Reach $91 Billion in 2018, According to a New IDC Spending Guide

“Worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services is forecast to reach $91.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 10.2% over the amount spent in 2017.” Also, a breakdown of spending per industry and type of security product.
Original source: Worldwide Spending on Security Solutions Forecast to Reach $91 Billion in 2018, According to a New IDC Spending Guide