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Can We Expect More Data Breach Lawsuits in the Future?

March 22, 2017 - By 
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A company is never 100% protected from cybercriminals, hackers and nation-state actors, even with proper security measures.

With technology advancing, so is security, but also, so is cyber crime. Are data breach lawsuits going to be a new precedent?

What is it?

A data breach is an incident that involves the unauthorized or illegal viewing, access or retrieval of data by an individual, application or service. It is a type of security breach specifically designed to steal and/or publish data to an unsecured or illegal location.

In recent news…

To the well known Target Store, one of the largest data breaches in history occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013, just as the busy holiday shopping season was underway.

Information from as many as 40 million credit and debit cards was stolen.

Investigators believe the thieves captured the information by installing software on payment terminals customers used to swipe their payment cards at checkout.

Nearly all of Target’s 1,797 stores in the United States were affected.

At least 15 lawsuits were filed by the end of 2013, seeking millions of dollars in damages. The harm was so widespread that the Department of Justice began its own investigation into the breach.

Many of the major data breaches that have occurred within the past few years have faced class-action lawsuits and then settled, never facing time in court.

This is likely because the company that was breached has no defense, like in the case of Target, and settling allows the company to move forward quickly and maybe escape the media spotlight.

Future precedent?

According to various reports, incidences of data breaches and their corresponding litigation are rising by 25 to 30 percent every year.

High-profile lawsuits involving companies such as Target, eBay, and Home Depot have drawn attention to the issue. One Rhode Island attorney says the lawsuits will keep coming this year as plaintiffs lawyers try out new theories of liability.

The precedent set in the Circuit Court could mean more data breach lawsuits will be filed in the future, regardless of whether or not the customer or employee data has been exploited, leading to even higher data breach costs for enterprises.

Who can help

Data breach lawyers have extensive experience in protecting against data breach liability, formulating responses to data breaches, and protecting and advising companies that have been a victim of a data breach. Data breach attorneys can help you with:

  • Data breach liability analysis;
  • Data breach response plans;
  • Compliance with state data breach law;
  • Compliance with international data breach law;
  • Data breach notifications; and
  • Data breach litigation

So…

It doesn’t look good.

Whether hackers are looking for credit card numbers in poorly guarded point-of-sale systems or searching for personally identifiable information in the next vulnerable technology, the influx of data breaches continues and the lawsuits show no signs of slowing down.

To avoid being a victim of data breaching, I’ll leave you with a list of ways to stay safe:

  1. Institute end-user awareness policy
  2. Craft an encryption policy
  3. Install intrusion detection and prevention
  4. STOP drive-by downloads
  5. Perform regular vulnerability assessments
  6. Employ inside prevention monitoring
  7. Back it up!

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How to Make an App for Your Small Business

March 1, 2017 - By 
Mobile Apps

The average business owner doesn’t need to read another article about how to market online.

Their social media is more than on point, their website is mobile responsive, and they’ve got their PPC campaign running like a well-oiled machine.

Most businesses have clearly conquered the internet, but have they mastered the newest platform for customer engagement and outreach?

Apps are beyond popular, and their use is only going to grow.

How to create your dream app

It’s very clear that apps are the marketing tools of the future.

A lot of small business owners may already know that they need an app, but they aren’t sure where to start.

Luckily for them, they don’t need to be designers or developers to have a great app for their business. BrainyApps and similar sites have made app creations simple. All they need is an idea and clear path for bringing their app to life.

Think about your end goal

If people are short on app ideas, they just need to think about their end goals and what their ideal app would do once it’s made.

It’s important to think beyond wanting an app that will make you money. This is a “big picture” kind of thing.

Would the app make it easier for people to learn about the company?

Do they need an app that makes checking out a breeze for customers? Would it make the process much more streamlined and less complicated?

Do they just want an app that’s entertaining enough to get a lot of downloads so their company can get a different kind of exposure?

Thinking about what businesses ultimately want their app to do is important.

Even professional app designers can run into problems when they set out to make an app without thinking about its main objective. Have an objective in mind, then go from there.

See the app as a problem solver

Sometimes businesses don’t need a big brainstorming session to discover the kind of app they want. In fact, existing customers have probably already identified the key features the app should have.

Have customers expressed an interest in being able to see more of what the company sells? Make an app that beautifully displays your full inventory.

Have customers complained about having a problem after typical business hours? Create an app that can answer their questions and act like a personal concierge when employees can’t help them.

Do customers want an easier way to buy and have items shipped? Make an app that has a robust checkout system that can have the process done with a few taps.

Get ready to market it

After months of work, the dream app is fully designed and ready to be used. Now the time has come to properly promote it!

Too many companies make the mistake of financing an app and then doing nothing to promote it.

Simply having a “download” our app button somewhere on a website site isn’t enough. App launches should be promoted on social media to make sure that followers know about the release.

It’s also important to write some amazing copy for the app store description with SEO keywords so that new people can easily find your app.

The end?

The app creation process doesn’t end once it’s released. You should be paying close attention to user feedback so you can make needed updates as time goes on.

And of course, there’s always the possibility of making a brand new app as your needs evolve.

As you can see, the app creation process can be simplified when you have the right mindset. Keep your ideas flowing, don’t be afraid to try something new, and always reach out to app experts that can help you along the way.


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Get the Most out of IEC 61850 Source Code

January 31, 2017 - By 
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It doesn’t help much if you have access to a great tool but aren’t sure how to use it. 61850 source code is a super effective coding language when it comes to allowing automated systems to communicate with one another in electrical power substations.

It allows you to easily configure these complex electrical systems and make sure all of the components are working in harmony.

If you want to increase the efficiency of your substation’s automated systems and make your whole system run more smoothly, 61850 source code can help. Our toolkit has everything you need to get started.

What is the 61850 Source Code Used For?

When used correctly, 61850 source code is a concise, valuable coding language for configuring Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). Intelligent Electronic Devices are microprocessor-based devices that are able to receive commands from a transmitter.

They control electronic equipment such as circuit breakers and transformers. The can also be used to control Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), metering devices, protocol translators and gateways, and protection, control, and switchgear.

Plus, 61850 source code can also be used to configure human machine interfaces.

61850 source code allows you to configure how these devices work within an automated system.

Through this source code, transmitters can send instructions to the IEDs, controlling their reactions.

Mapping Protocols With 61850 Source Code

The 61850 source code language can also be mapped to a number of protocols. Protocols are the rules and procedures that allow electronic devices to configure data and “speak” to each other.

Using these protocols, you can configure all the devices within your electrical system.

The current protocols that 61859 source code uses are;

  • MMS (Manufacturing Message Specification)
  • GOOSE (Generic Object Oriented Substation Event)
  • SMV (Sampled Measured Values)

It can also be used alongside ANSI-C, C++, or .NET Components, increasing the flexibility of the language and the number of possible applications.

61850 Source Code’s Features

What makes 61850 source code so useful? Its many features set it apart as the best choice for managing electrical substations.

Multiple Device Connections

An IEC 61850 OPC Server allows connection with multiple devices simultaneously. This means you can truly manage your whole grid without needing to over-complicate your code. You can organize your system efficiently, without a great deal of overlap.

Data Modelling

Every component in your electrical substation system can be split into logical nodes and modeled.

Data Reporting

Using a server with 61850 source code also means you have great opportunities for data reporting.

Reporting schemes can be set up for reporting data in case of certain trigger events. You can customize these reporting schemes to suit your unique system.

Fast Event Transfer

61850 allows for the rapid transfer of events. This high-speed communication between your devices will ensure your system runs smoothly.

Data Storage

This source code is also useful for storing data about your system. The data that is generated and collected by the devices in your system can be stored and used later.

Conclusions

Now you know why 61850 source code is invaluable for running automated systems in electrical substations and beyond.

Use a toolkit to get started coding today!


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Up Next in Software Development Services: The Age of AI

January 16, 2017 - By 
Software Development Services

Siri. Google. Cortana. This is what the masses call artificial intelligence today.

Other programs exist, of course. Machine learning is a huge thing right now. With things like Blippar, Watson,

With things like Blippar, Watson, Google’s Cloud Machine Learning. These are all iterations of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence mostly does tasks related to the internet and information right now. We can ask for information and the computer learns our preferences. It can perform basic tasks. It can play games against us. It can remind us of things. It can recognize images. We can

It can perform basic tasks. It can play games against us. It can remind us of things. It can recognize images.

We can outsource a lot of things to the computer now. Soon, even driving.

But what if we could outsource even the coding of computers to computers themselves? What if software development services went from code monkeys in their offices to servers in Dubai?

Issac Asimov in his robot series predicted that robots would replace humans in many aspects of society. He also predicted that humans wouldn’t be so keen on this transition at first. But what happens when humans are no longer the robot’s creator?

But what happens when humans are no longer the robot’s creator?

1. Humans Will Never Leave Software Development Services

The going theory isn’t that humans will be completely replaced anytime soon in the world of computers. In fact, it seems like we might form an unlikely partnership with computers in the near future.

You see, computers still rely on humans for learning. And even in the near future, like dogs and other domestic animals, computers will still need to be trained to think and create.

We no longer will have to write instructions that a machine follows step by agonizing step. They will connect the dots, so to speak, and create the steps once they’ve learned the basics of the dance.

This, in essence, is already happening. Machine learning, as we mentioned above, does a lot of the internet for us. And, recently, it’s doing some weird things that you probably haven’t thought of yet. Things like diagnosing diseases and disorders just by scanning your face. (No, for real,

And, recently, it’s doing some weird things that you probably haven’t thought of yet. Things like diagnosing diseases and disorders just by scanning your face. (No, for real, check it out, AI can look at your face and figure out what disorders you probably have.)

Instead of coding a computer to recognize a cat or a picture, just show it lots of cat pictures. It now incorporates what it sees with what you’ve told it. That’s how machine learning works.

Just like the human brain, machine learning uses networks all over the globe to process information and learn. And just like the human brain, it needs someone feeding it information to actually learn. Basically, we become the computer’s teacher.

Basically, we become the computer’s teacher.

2. Will Traditional Coding Disappear Completely?

Software development services won’t get rid of coding altogether. Although machine learning is a completely different way of building software and A.I., it will still require a coding scaffolding around which to build the programs.

Just like in Asimov’s robot series, there is fear that humans will no longer be needed for coding.

Today tech jobs that include programming are the top jobs in the world. If you know how to code, you can land a job. It may not be this way ten years from now. When we are training computers to develop software the way we want instead of directly creating software, we won’t need the nerd in his basement.

It may not be this way ten years from now. When we are training computers to develop software the way we want instead of directly creating software, we won’t need the nerd in his basement.

New jobs will probably arise. Who knows, we may even have computer psychologists diagnosing neural network disorders.

3. What New Jobs Will Arise?

To train a computer you need rarified skill. You need a high-level grasp of mathematics and an intuition for pedagogy. It’s not like memorizing how to write code or even as simple as learning a language.

Right now, only a few hundred people know how to train a deep learning computer neural network. Right now those people know how the machine works. But as things become more complicated, the number of people who understand how the software is made will probably shrink to zero.

But as things become more complicated, the number of people who understand how the software is made will probably shrink to zero.

So, we will no longer need people who understand how A.I. works, but we will need people who know how to teach A.I.

A new field will bud and grow. That is the field of A.I. education. We will have to teach A.I. how to build software development services. And, eventually, computers will take over that job. But that is a long way off.

We will have to teach A.I. how to build software development services. And, eventually, computers will take over that job. But that is a long way off.

4. What About Meaning?

Here’s the reason why computers completely replacing humans in software development services is a long way off: Computers can’t provide meaning. Not yet anyway.

Creativity, the real spirit of creativity, what really drives software development, is beyond a machine. It can assemble facts and ideas and mimic human behavior. But it can’t create in the sense that humans can create.

It can’t learn things like empathy or beauty or humor. Not yet. Even aesthetics are currently beyond its grasp.

So, the overall aesthetic design, the emotional appeal behind software development is only a human job. And it will remain a human job for quite some time.

Really, the future of A.I., especially in software development services, is going to be a sort of symbiosis. Machines think differently than us. And that’s ok. Because we have the power to create with soul, and they have the power to compute beyond what we can.

And that’s ok. Because we have the power to create with soul, and they have the power to compute beyond what we can.

A human can’t crunch large amounts of data, but a computer can’t make that data beautiful and meaningful to the human brain.

Right now we aren’t even focusing on the philosophical side of A.I. in software development. We are focusing on automation. Anything that’s boring or repetitive, we’re giving it to computers.

We are focusing on automation. Anything that’s boring or repetitive, we’re giving it to computers.

When we will cross over to giving computers jobs that involve emotions and abstract ideas is a complete unknown.

Whatever artificial intelligence means for software development services in the future, it’s not something we need to fear. It’s something that will aid us in doing things and building software we never thought of before.

Really, ironically, imagination is the limit. What will our grandchildren be doing in the world of software development services? Nobody can predict with certainty.

What have you heard about A.I. and how it’s growing. Let us know.