How infosec can really shine

There’s so much fear, uncertainty and doubt in the information security world today that many people have become pessimistic about the possibility of keeping all of the bad stuff that’s out there out of our systems and networks, or at least detecting it in time to eradicate it before any great harm is done. I’m not one of them. I believe that with the right mix of attitude and aptitude, building a secure enterprise is within anyone’s grasp. Will the security be perfect? Of course not. But I think it will be capable of meeting the challenges faced in today’s threat environment.

Not that I want to sound cocky. In fact, I always find it a good idea to refer to one of my favorite quotes: “There ain’t a horse that can’t be rode, and there ain’t a man that can’t be throwed.” Nonetheless, I am confident that truly effective information security programs can exist. In fact, I’ve seen some of them. Not a lot of them, it’s true, but their very existence suggests that more organizations can join them. I’ve reviewed hundreds of information security organizations over the years. The vast majority were mediocre at best, but every once in a while, one comes along that restores my faith in the art of the possible. I encountered one recently, in fact. Let me tell you about it and certain attributes that make it stand out.

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IDG Contributor Network: Graava embeds A.I. in the cloud to take the perfect video

Startup Graava has officially launched with a sure-to-please product when it ships in February 2016: a video camera that uses built-in sensors and artificial intelligence to edit hours of video into five minutes or so of actual action.

The specs are interesting and fun — the gadget is smaller than a box of Tic Tacs, for starters — but the intriguing element is its use of artificial intelligence and the cloud.

First, A.I. has been built into the camera, Graava’s founder, Bruno Gregory, tells me. The camera’s five sensors — an image sensor, microphone, accelerometer, GPS and third-party heart rate monitoring capabilities — are all used to capture data that will feed into the A.I., he says.

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5 great iPad productivity features in iOS 9 – and how to use them

Apple’s iOS 9 is still in beta but final release is closing in – there are five great features to look forward to if you happen to be an iPad user.

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iOS 9 lets you look at two apps at once using Slide Over. The second app appears beside your current app within a sidebar to the right of your screen. This feaure should help you when researching or writing an email while working on something else. You activate Slide Over by placing your finger toward the centre right of your display, tap and hold and swipe to the left. Available apps will then appear in the sidebar and you can tap the one you wish to use. To change the second app just just tap the original app to end the session and then activate Slide Over again to choose a new app.

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