DevOps security model hits organizational snags

A DevOps security model calls for businesses to realign teams and establish new practices, but despite an abundance of tech tools and good intentions, it’s still much easier said than done.

Friction with organizational inertia isn’t a new story in DevOps. But, as urgency grows around IT security while businesses undertake digital transformation, developers and IT ops pros continue to encounter thorny challenges that hamper deeper collaboration between technical and business teams.

“DevOps has been focused on CI/CD and getting code to cloud, but there hasn’t been much focus on business collaboration with DevOps teams,” said Carmen DeArdo, an independent DevOps consultant and a senior value stream management strategist at Tasktop, a software lifecycle management company in Vancouver, B.C. “Most IT departments still don’t speak the language of business.”

Agile app development, DevOps app deployment and security vulnerabilities have accelerated to a degree that necessitates a change in the way in which most organizations prevent data breaches. Companies must realign their business and IT teams into product-focused groups and move away from project management that emphasizes getting code out the door, which can de-emphasize ensuring it functions safely long term.

Companies also must break down monolithic org charts into small, loosely coupled teams, reminiscent of modern microservices application architectures. This compartmentalization will make skyrocketing technical complexity manageable and reduce the severity of security breaches.

“You’ll never be completely sure you’re secure, so the best route is to create a cellular structure of build-and-run teams that don’t have access to the whole enterprise,” said Jeremy Pullen, CEO and principal consultant at Polodis Inc., a DevSecOps — that’s DevOps with a focus on integrated security — advisory firm in Tucker, Ga., that works with enterprise clients. “But most companies I talk to are nowhere close to shifting left on the product requirement side to build that kind of security in from the beginning.”

Shift left is a DevOps-friendly approach wherein organizations bring considerations such as software tests, security and operations into the development process.

Most enterprise IT departments still struggle to assemble multiple technical disciplines, such as application development and IT security, let alone to fold business experts into product-focused teams. In part, this is because the IT side of a company would need to initiate difficult conversations with business owners.

“It’s much easier to change the technical side to work more closely together than [it is] to tell a business unit, ‘Your organization isn’t efficient,'” said Richard Fong, senior software engineering manager at Mitchell International, an auto insurance software company in San Diego. “And it’s still not easy to work more closely between DevOps and security.”

However, with high-profile security breaches in the news on a regular basis, to say nothing of the competitive pressures traditional enterprises face from disruptive tech-focused startups, there’s a willingness to overcome cultural resistance. Unfortunately, that’s when the realities of business practices, such as binding contracts, set in.

Companies that outsource IT management tasks to service providers, for example, can find their attempts to restructure into cross-functional teams blocked by the fact it would change the scope of work in those contracts. It will take years before these business practices change.

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The keynote crowd at KubeCon 2018. Popular software frameworks are a two-edged sword for DevOps security.

IT pros try to solve DevOps security tools’ fragmented puzzle

Attackers won’t wait patiently while enterprises struggle to reorganize with a DevOps security model. Security breaches won’t stop, so the next best option for IT pros, in the absence of an organizational overhaul, is to ensure organizations can respond quickly to contain them.

Tools, particularly those focused on application container security, have begun to bake in artificial intelligence to reduce the noise of false alerts and quickly identify anomalies that could be the hallmark of a security breach. However, few IT security tools — especially from startup providers — offer a holistic view of the entire enterprise. The most innovative security tools primarily focus on containers, serverless functions or microservices architectures. Tried-and-true IT security monitoring tools, in many cases, have yet to catch up to new approaches to application deployment and infrastructure automation.

You’ll never be completely sure you’re secure, so the best route is to create a cellular structure of build-and-run teams that don’t have access to the whole enterprise.
Jeremy PullenCEO and principal consultant, Polodis Inc.

“We’re at a renaissance phase where we’re creating new orchestration systems, and it’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time before best practices and industry consolidation occurs,” said Steve Herrod, managing director of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in IT infrastructure startups, including in the security market. “Specialized tools give an already-overworked enterprise security team another set of data to manage.”

Enterprises hope that widespread use and standardization on infrastructure automation frameworks, such as Kubernetes container orchestration, will help create a more holistic view of security.

“Containers clean up some of the complexity of deploying applications across multiple platforms and targets and could bring standardization to the table for companies that have to account for all the different application delivery models,” said a senior architect at a large insurance company on the East Coast, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to represent his employer in the press. “But the security piece continues to be a big puzzle. We have security at different points in the toolchain, but the overall chain is potentially fragile.”

Meanwhile, widespread use of open source software frameworks such as Kubernetes is a double-edged sword. Security problems in those frameworks can be well-understood, but the impact of vulnerabilities exposes many companies and products that use the framework to security risks.

“The positive aspect of things like Kubernetes is the microservices approach, where you can push code out without changing the entire app, which offers an increased ability to respond to security issues,” Herrod said. “But there’s also higher risk when a common set of code has such broad reach.”

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At CES 2019, ASUS unveils new ZenBooks, StudioBook, 3 additions to the VivoBook family and gaming laptops | Windows Experience Blog

At CES 2019, ASUS unveiled two new ZenBooks, a StudioBook and three additions to the VivoBook family – as well as the latest from the Republic of Gamers and TUF lines.

ZenBook S13

The ZenBook S13 (UX392) is an ultrabook that combines powerful performance and portability in a small chassis. The 13.9-inch Full HD display is surrounded by ASUS’ most impressive NanoEdge display to date – an ultra-thin 4-sided bezel, providing the industry’s biggest screen-to-body ratio at 97 percent. The thinnest laptop at 12.9 mm with discrete graphics (provided by the NVIDIA GeForce MX150) and the latest quad-core processor, the Intel Core i7 Whiskey Lake CPU, the ZenBook S13 pushes the boundaries for what’s possible inside a 13-inch laptop. It can deftly tackle video encoding; or aggressive multitasking, like processing photos while switching between productivity apps, emails and web browsing. There’s ample space with 1 TB of PCIe x4 storage, and the 50Wh battery is enough to last a full day. While everything inside is packed in tightly, nothing about it feels cramped. The backlit keyboard spans almost the full width of the laptop. Underneath is a roomy trackpad with an integrated fingerprint sensor that makes for quick and convenient login via Windows Hello.

Squeezing more components into the same package as the first ZenBook S13 required a bit of ingenuity from ASUS’ engineering team, which also succeeded in meeting the military-grade MIL-STD-810G durability standard. To ensure no space was wasted, the metal chassis is CNC-milled from a block of aluminum, allowing the lid to be carved out, complete with the complex cuts surrounding the keyboard, without creating any unnecessary gaps.

ZenBook 14

The ZenBook 14 (UX431) balances value and performance to deliver a sleek, more-affordable ultrabook that doesn’t compromise on power. Lifting the lid reveals a 14-inch glass panel with a full HD 1920×1080 resolution. This premium design unit is packed full of the latest technology, including Intel 8th Generation Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics and the latest connectivity options. These days, 8 GB of system memory is a common luxury for mobile multi-tasking, but the UX431 is available with up to 16 GB of RAM to ensure seamless switching between tasks. On top of that, up to 1 TB of PCIe-attached solid-state storage gives you a powerful combination of low latency and high capacity. You’ll have a hard time filling such a spacious drive, and everything you install will launch lightning fast.

When you want to concentrate on the task at hand or just need a boost from some music while you work, you can do it with the ZenBook 14’s four speakers. In addition to the pair of upward firing speakers flanking the keyboard, there are two more speakers on the underside of the laptop, and any muffling from the desk is reduced thanks to the ErgoLift hinge. Powered by a Smart Amplifier, the Harmon Kardon-certified setup employs advanced signal processing to deliver wide frequency response, powerful bass, and especially crisp sound. When the ZenBook 14 becomes available, it’ll start at $749.

Both the ZenBook 14 and ZenBook S13 come in Utopia Blue.

ASUS StudioBook S

Consumers will also see the debut of the ASUS StudioBook S (W700), a new breed of workstation to support the demands of the modern content creator. Built based on feedback directly from industry professionals, StudioBook S packs a 17-inch display into a compact 15-inch body, and weighs in at just five pounds. With an Intel Xeon processor and NVIDIA Quadro P3200 graphics, it’s capable of handling a variety of complex workloads while balancing day-to-day tasks.

The bezels on either side measure just 5.3 mm, resulting in a truly expansive display that feels more like a desktop monitor. The panel itself covers 97 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, which is much wider than the sRGB color gamut used by typical PCs, so it’s capable of displaying a broader range of colors. It’s Pantone Validated to ensure the colors seen on the screen are accurate, too. Each panel is factory-calibrated to delta E < 2 before it ships out, which matches the spec for ASUS’ ProArt monitors and actually exceeds the Pantone requirement. Wide 178-degree viewing angles ensure colors stay vivid and bright, and the 180-degree hinge enables a wider range of positions for the display, which can be useful when showing work to clients and collaborating on projects with coworkers.

VivoBook 14

ASUS also introduced the world to the 14-inch VivoBook 14 (X412) and the 15.6-inch VivoBook 15 (X512).

All the new models feature frameless NanoEdge displays with at least an up to 88 percent screen-to-body ratio for immersive viewing. The slim bezel allows a large display to fit into a smaller chassis, effectively reducing the laptop footprint for a more compact and portable machine. These laptops are powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to NVIDIA GeForce MX130 discrete graphics, and include the ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard to replicate the feel of a desktop keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience.

The VivoBooks also support Intel Optane memory, which intelligently accelerates hard disk performance, speeds up multitasking and app-loading times, and reduces boot-up and resume times.

In addition, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connections provide speeds of up to 867Mbps — six times faster [1] than 802.11n — for seamless video-streaming, and smooth web-surfing. VivoBook also features Bluetooth 4.2.

VivoBook 14 and VivoBook 15 are available in different finishes to suit your style. Transparent Silver provides a sleek and sophisticated look, or go for Slate Grey for a more understated approach. Set the trend with the uniquely iridescent Peacock Blue: a unique option that changes color when you look at it from different angles. If you really want to stand out, there’s Coral Crush with its bright finish.

The new VivoBook 14 features the new NumberPad — a novel solution to the lack of a dedicated numeric keypad on small laptops. In normal use, NumberPad is a large glass-covered Windows Precision Touchpad with multi-gesture support. A tap of the NumberPad icon on the touchpad turns it into an LED-illuminated keypad with a familiar layout for easy data entry.

An optional fingerprint sensor built into the touchpad provides one-touch access with Windows Hello, so logging in has never been easier or more secure. There’s also a full-size backlit keyboard that’s perfect for working in dim environments.

But that’s not all – ASUS also revealed several gaming updates at CES.

ROG Mothership

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced the latest additions to the ROG arsenal of the world’s best gaming gear, including the all-new, ultra-versatile ROG Mothership (GZ700), a 17.3-inch Full HD detachable gaming laptop equipped with up to a factory-overclocked Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card; and the ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) below, the world’s slimmest gaming laptop with an up to 8th Gen Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design graphics.

ROG Zephyrus S

ROG has reimagined the form factor of gaming laptops with ROG Mothership, moving from a design that traditionally sits flat to one that stands tall to draw more air into its advanced cooling system. Its keyboard detaches and folds to fit different scenarios, giving you the freedom to find the perfect position. The innovative design also leaves enough room to put all the speakers right below the screen.

Other products on display at the ROG Media Showroom include a lineup of refreshed Windows 10 gaming laptops — Zephyrus S (GX531GX/GW/GV), SCAR II, Hero II, G703 and GX701 — that now come equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 20 series graphics cards [2]. The ROG Huracan G21CX has also been upgraded with a new CPU and GPU to improve its power and outperform the competition.

TUF Gaming FX705DY

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but you don’t need to drop thousands of dollars on a laptop to play your favorite titles. With the right mix of components, affordable gaming laptops – such as ASUS’ new TUF Gaming FX505DY and TUF Gaming FX705DY laptops – can add up to more than the sum of their parts.

AMD’s Ryzen processors have taken desktops by storm and TUF Gaming laptops lead the deployment of the newest version. Otherwise known as Picasso, this 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile APU is built with industry-leading 12nm technology. The Ryzen 5 3550H chip powering the FX505DY and FX705DY boasts four cores and eight threads that deliver capable performance for popular games and everyday work. Multithreaded performance is particularly strong, yet the processor fits into a 35W power envelope that doesn’t compromise battery life.

The TUF Gaming AMD Editions pair Picasso with up to 32GB of RAM, so they’re primed for productive multitasking and light content creation. A range of storage options makes it easy to tailor to your needs and budget, though every configuration mixes faster solid state storage with a higher-capacity hard drive to offer speed where you need it, alongside plenty of room for larger game libraries.

Slim bezels frame the NanoEdge screens to further enhance immersion and shrink the overall footprint, while reinforced bodies help the machines survive daily wear and tear. Intelligently specced and carefully built, these AMD Editions balance performance and affordability to provide a better experience in your favorite games.

Find out more about all these releases at ASUS and the introduction page for the new ROG product line.

 [1] 5.78 times increase for 867Mbps (2×2 802.11ac) versus 150Mbps (1×1 802.11n). Unless otherwise stated, Wi-Fi performance figures are based on theoretical performance. Actual performance may vary in real-world situations.

[2] Specific GPU varies among ROG laptop models. Please consult individual product page for more information.

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Microsoft Europe’s 10 biggest stories of 2018 – Microsoft News Centre Europe

This year has been incredibly busy for Microsoft in Europe. We’ve launched new products, worked with customers and partners to deliver cutting-edge technology solutions, and worked towards our mission of helping every person and organisation achieve more.

We’ve rounded up ten of the biggest stories from the past year below, with the option to click on through to each one to read them in full. Thanks for reading, and have a Happy New Year!

Volkswagen’s future of connected, shareable cars

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For German car manufacturer Volkswagen, the future of the car goes beyond a mere four-wheeled chauffer and errand-runner. Our cars will also integrate with our lives in ways never before thought possible. Earlier this year, the company revealed its plans for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – a platform which will create a seamless experience for drivers from the moment they enter, use, and leave their cars, ushering in a new era of truly connected vehicles.

Powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud and IoT Edge platform, the Automotive Cloud will allow drivers to effortlessly remain in control of their professional and personal lives. From entering the car to the same music they were just listening to in their living room, to managing their appointments and carrying out work meetings via Skype, the car will evolve into an invaluable physical, and digital, assistant.

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This time it’s personal: the financial industry is banking on AI to better serve customers

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The financial services industry is undergoing a massive transformation. Financial technology companies (fintechs) are challenging traditional enterprises, while players from other sectors such as retail and technology are entering their turf. In addition, customers are increasingly demanding predictive, proactive and proximate services. Today’s financial institutions need to ensure that every customer interaction – no matter the channel – goes off without a hitch and delivers value if they want to be industry leaders tomorrow.

Microsoft EMEA President Michel van der Bel had the pleasure of discussing the transformation of the financial services industry with Spiros Margaris, venture capitalist, senior advisor, and international AI, blockchain and fintech influencer. Click below for their full discussion and insights.

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The future of fashion and retail

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Today’s successful retailers challenge the fundamental assumptions of commerce, from the ways in which physical spaces can be used to create unique customer experiences, to featuring products and services that one cannot find elsewhere to resurrecting the art of selling. The digital transformation of the retail (and indeed, any other) industry is no longer about simply managing costs and increasing efficiency. Rather, it enables companies to react to brutally competitive market forces with new service models, business practices, supply chains and more. At the heart of this retail revolution lies data, alongside the tools required to analyze it to help businesses continuously evolve, improve, and grow – all while creating and maintaining customer loyalty, and remaining competitive.

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Medicine Man: How AI is bringing humanity back into healthcare

“When mistakes happen, patients die. I remember thinking to myself ‘What is going on here?’ We can do better. We should do better.”

When Simon Kos practiced critical care medicine in intensive care and anaesthesia early on in his career, digital technology was not well established. “I saw mistakes – avoidable mistakes – happen all around me,” he states. Now Chief Medical Officer at Microsoft, Kos is at the forefront of a medical revolution. His ambition is infectious, and his passion is fuelled by his first-hand experiences of the power that technological transformation, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can bring to our lives.

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Knowledge is the best defence

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If you were asked to pick the most vulnerable demographic to tech support scams, chances are your answer would lean towards the older generation. Traditionally, the elderly have less experience/knowledge of technology, and could therefore be more at risk of falling victim to these scams.

Microsoft’s survey results, however, show that Gen Z, millennials and males are the most vulnerable to tech support scams – a surprising revelation, given that the younger generation is, on the whole, more digitally savvy. This, however, appears to be the cause of their overconfidence and false sense of security – these groups are the most likely to lose money after continuing an interaction with scammers. These demographics, the results show, engage in riskier online behavior such as visiting torrent sites, have a greater familiarity with technology companies than older generations, and are potentially hurt by overconfidence in their device and web expertise.

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POLITICO Europe elects Microsoft technology to power its innovative new Elections Hub

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In collaboration with Microsoft, POLITICO Europe launched a new Elections hub to report on the upcoming 2019 European Parliamentary elections. One of the key features of the hub is a stunning interactive data visualization – built with Microsoft Power BI. The team at POLITICO Europe seeks to bring an unprecedented degree of education and insight to the European electorate as they navigate the complicated election process, which spans thousands of candidates and hundreds of parties across the EU’s 27 member nations. POLITICO Europe’s leaders worked with Microsoft to envision new ways of reporting likely outcomes of the election, and break down complex issues like coalition building, to show individual voters the impact of their vote, and draw new participants into the democratic process.

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The secret of productivity

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While there’s no doubt that moving data to the cloud, adopting Artificial Intelligence, and implementing remote working tools is helping businesses to scale and innovate like never before, the question on leaders’ minds is not if, but how, to digitally transform. Leaders must focus on how can technology empower their employees and drive growth.

To help businesses understand how to best empower their workforce, Microsoft spoke to more than 20,000 people working in medium and large companies, from a range of industries, in 21 different countries across Europe. Respondents were asked about the technology they use at work, and their attitudes towards their job and their job performance.

The findings clearly show that to compete in today’s cloud-first world, quality tools alone aren’t enough: for technology to be most effective, it needs to sit within a strong digital culture.

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Girls in STEM: the importance of role models

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Research from Microsoft reveals that the number of girls interested in STEM across Europe, on average, almost doubles when they have a role model to inspire them. The findings from a Europe-wide study of girls and young women shows that in general, there is a clear link between role models and an increased passion for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, with more interest in careers in these fields, and greater self-confidence.

Microsoft’s research stands alongside organisations such as UNESCO and Accenture in providing data and insights around the importance of role models in STEM, with the hope that educators, policy makers, NGOs and the private sector can all work together and invest towards bridging the digital skills gap of the future. With women only making up 30 percent of Europe’s ICT workforce and an expected shortage of up to 500,000 ICT workers by 2020, this is an issue we must all address today – and role models could help.

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Healthcare with heart

Medical science continues to progress, allowing doctors to push the boundaries and always achieve more. One such example is the implantation of heart valves via the groin – a procedure which has reached full swing in recent years due to it shorter recovery period and less invasive nature. Some questions, however, are still asked. Are costly procedures such as this as successful as scientific studies are? Do these innovative techniques have the effect of reducing mortality? Are the results as good in one hospital as in the other?

“Such information is crucial for all members of our multidisciplinary team of doctors, carers and paramedics – they allow us to further improve the quality of our care,” says Dr Karl Dujardin, a cardiologist at Delta General Hospital, Roeselare, in Belgium. Although these questions seem simple, it was almost impossible, until recently to answer them, he states. While both Dr Dujardin and his colleagues kept records of their procedures, for example, they lacked an overall vision of the effectiveness of the treatment – and this is where technology comes in.

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Transforming a thousand-year-old city into mixed reality

The island of Mont Saint Michel

In the 17th century, before the advent of drones, planes, or even balloons, the solution to creating accurate representations of areas was as time-consuming, as it was beautiful. Plan-relief maps (scale models of landscapes and buildings,) were hand-crafted in meticulous detail, recreating locations of interest in ways that no other means at the time could match.

Coveted by military leaders such as Napoleon and King Louis XIV, these plan-relief maps provided topographic details of landscapes, such as hills and harbours, in addition to showing off the layouts of cities and their fortifications. This is the story of the map of Mont-Saint-Michel—a rocky headland off the Normandy coast, with a stunning Benedictine abbey – and how it was recreated in Mixed Reality.

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CES 2019: HP’s latest PCs and displays provide new ways to connect, create and compete more securely | Windows Experience Blog

At CES 2019, HP’s latest products reveal powerful new ways for consumers to connect, create and compete.
The HP Spectre x360 15 will be the the world’s first 15-inch laptop with an AMOLED display, the latest addition to an already redesigned premium PC.
Initially unveiled late last year, the dramatically reinvented HP Spectre Folio – the world’s first leather convertible PC – is now available in Bordeaux Burgundy and with a 4K display option exclusively via HP.com for a starting price of $1,309.99.
Do more with less when you use the ultra-slim HP ENVY USB-C Hub, which includes pass-through charging to your notebook, two USB-A charging ports and an HDMI 2.0 port with 4K resolution support. It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $79.99.

HP also unveiled a new line of Pavilion displays that immerse users in whatever they are creating or watching. The HP Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot is the world’s first Quantum Dot on glass display, offering more than a billion viewable colors. It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $399. The HP Pavilion 27 FHD offers a variety of features such as built-in B&O audio and a pop-up privacy camera, and is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $329. The HP Pavilion 32 QHD is a dynamic display with immersive QHD resolution and stunning vantage points from almost any angle. It is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $379.99.
The OMEN X Emperium 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR is the world’s first big format gaming display with a soundbarl [1], taking the living room gaming experience to new and incredible places with a 144 Hz refresh rate. Another previously unannounced feature is the OMEN X Emperium Soundbar, the world’s first big format gaming display with soundbar [2]. You don’t need a separate subwoofer with this potent trio: LOFAR Low Frequency Array, VRT Vibration Reduction Technology and a three-way stereo crossover system. The OMEN X Emperium 65 with soundbar is expected to be available in February for a starting price of $4,999.
HP is also updating two of its best-selling OMEN PCs to take advantage of the newest technology available. The OMEN 15 Laptop debuted in May, with an option for the world’s first 240 Hz laptop display. Since then, the OMEN by HP team added NVIDIA’s latest mobile graphics cards and optional 802.11ax Wi-Fi. It is expected to be available in July.
Finally, the newest version of OMEN Obelisk Desktop goes into overdrive with the latest specs to handle the most rigorous games available. It’s now capable of:

up to 64 GB of HyperX Memory
up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti graphics
up to a 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K CPU
dual SSD w/ RAID0
liquid cooling

It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $2,249.99.
The way people work is changing. The workforce is working on the go, working from home and airports, and collaborating in more open environments within the office. Security is more important than ever to protect devices, identity and data.
HP unveiled a more secure vision for the workplace of the future with the introduction of its third generation of its HP Sure View integrated privacy screen [3]. New Elite products featuring HP Sure View Gen3 give you new ways of working while protecting sensitive information on the go, at desks and around the office.

The HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 is the world’s brightest business convertible [4] bringing x360 versatility mainstream for on-the-go workers. Look for it in March. The HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor (below) is the world’s first display with an integrated privacy screen that instantly creates confidentiality in open workspaces and is expected to be available in February. The HP EliteOne 800 AiO G4 is the world’s first AiO with an integrated privacy screen that also packs desktop discrete graphics performance into a space-saving, sleek design. It is expected to be available in June.

For more information, head over to HP’s CES press kit.
[1] Compared to all gaming displays measured diagonally with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR as of 1/7/2019.
[2] Based on sound bar built into the PC and big format display with 65-inch or larger viewing area as of 1/7/2019.
[3] HP Sure View Gen3 integrated privacy screen is an optional feature that must be configured at the factory. It is only available on non-touch models and is designed to function in landscape orientation.
[4] Based on 8th Generation Intel based business convertibles with Intel Core i U series processor, Windows Pro OS, vPro and a convertible non-detachable design with 1000 Nits as of 1/7/2019.
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CES 2019: HP’s latest PCs and displays provide new ways to connect, create and compete more securely | Windows Experience Blog

HP Spectre x360 15

At CES 2019, HP’s latest products reveal powerful new ways for consumers to connect, create and compete.

The HP Spectre x360 15 will be the the world’s first 15-inch laptop with an AMOLED display, the latest addition to an already redesigned premium PC.

Initially unveiled late last year, the dramatically reinvented HP Spectre Folio – the world’s first leather convertible PC – is now available in Bordeaux Burgundy and with a 4K display option exclusively via HP.com for a starting price of $1,309.99.

Do more with less when you use the ultra-slim HP ENVY USB-C Hub, which includes pass-through charging to your notebook, two USB-A charging ports and an HDMI 2.0 port with 4K resolution support. It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $79.99.

HP Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot

HP also unveiled a new line of Pavilion displays that immerse users in whatever they are creating or watching. The HP Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot is the world’s first Quantum Dot on glass display, offering more than a billion viewable colors. It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $399. The HP Pavilion 27 FHD offers a variety of features such as built-in B&O audio and a pop-up privacy camera, and is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $329. The HP Pavilion 32 QHD is a dynamic display with immersive QHD resolution and stunning vantage points from almost any angle. It is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $379.99.

The OMEN X Emperium 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR is the world’s first big format gaming display with a soundbarl [1], taking the living room gaming experience to new and incredible places with a 144 Hz refresh rate. Another previously unannounced feature is the OMEN X Emperium Soundbar, the world’s first big format gaming display with soundbar [2]. You don’t need a separate subwoofer with this potent trio: LOFAR Low Frequency Array, VRT Vibration Reduction Technology and a three-way stereo crossover system. The OMEN X Emperium 65 with soundbar is expected to be available in February for a starting price of $4,999.

HP is also updating two of its best-selling OMEN PCs to take advantage of the newest technology available. The OMEN 15 Laptop debuted in May, with an option for the world’s first 240 Hz laptop display. Since then, the OMEN by HP team added NVIDIA’s latest mobile graphics cards and optional 802.11ax Wi-Fi. It is expected to be available in July.

Finally, the newest version of OMEN Obelisk Desktop goes into overdrive with the latest specs to handle the most rigorous games available. It’s now capable of:

  • up to 64 GB of HyperX Memory
  • up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti graphics
  • up to a 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K CPU
  • dual SSD w/ RAID0
  • liquid cooling

It is expected to be available in March for a starting price of $2,249.99.

The way people work is changing. The workforce is working on the go, working from home and airports, and collaborating in more open environments within the office. Security is more important than ever to protect devices, identity and data.

HP unveiled a more secure vision for the workplace of the future with the introduction of its third generation of its HP Sure View integrated privacy screen [3]. New Elite products featuring HP Sure View Gen3 give you new ways of working while protecting sensitive information on the go, at desks and around the office.

HP EliteBook x360

The HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 is the world’s brightest business convertible [4] bringing x360 versatility mainstream for on-the-go workers. Look for it in March. The HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor (below) is the world’s first display with an integrated privacy screen that instantly creates confidentiality in open workspaces and is expected to be available in February. The HP EliteOne 800 AiO G4 is the world’s first AiO with an integrated privacy screen that also packs desktop discrete graphics performance into a space-saving, sleek design. It is expected to be available in June.

HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor

For more information, head over to HP’s CES press kit.

[1] Compared to all gaming displays measured diagonally with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR as of 1/7/2019.

[2] Based on sound bar built into the PC and big format display with 65-inch or larger viewing area as of 1/7/2019.

[3] HP Sure View Gen3 integrated privacy screen is an optional feature that must be configured at the factory. It is only available on non-touch models and is designed to function in landscape orientation.

[4] Based on 8th Generation Intel based business convertibles with Intel Core i U series processor, Windows Pro OS, vPro and a convertible non-detachable design with 1000 Nits as of 1/7/2019.

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CES 2019: Acer debuts new compact design with Swift 7, reinvents gaming notebooks with new Predator Tritons | Windows Experience Blog

At CES 2019, Acer introduces the thin and light Swift 7 (SF714-52T) with a new premium chassis. An honoree of a CES 2019 Innovation Award, its ultra-narrow bezels make it virtually borderless, giving the Swift 7 a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio. It’s feather-light too, so that traveling professionals who carry a notebook through the day will rejoice at its weight: just two pounds.
Designed for portability, it’s made with magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloys, which also keeps the keyboard sturdy and provides solid support while typing. These materials are two to four times stronger than standard aluminum alloys at the same thickness, yet are up to 20 to 35 percent lighter. Acer also applied a micro-arc oxidation finish to create a surface with an elegant, ceramic-like material.
Powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8500Y processor, it delivers top-notch performance for presentations and spreadsheets, and even when using creator tools. You can store a large amount of files and quickly get to them, with up to 512 GB of fast PCIe SSD storage. With up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, you can multitask smoothly. And with 10 hours [1] of battery life, customers can use their Swift 7 well into the evening.
You can accomplish more using the two USB Type-C ports supporting Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Generation 2. The Display Port 1.3 makes for fast data transfers at up to 10 Gbps and supports high-resolution external displays and speedy charging of external devices. Connectivity with the Acer Swift 7 is reliable and super-fast with WiFi5 featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology. Peripherals can also be connected via Bluetooth 5.0.
Jet-setting professionals will appreciate the Swift 7’s design, which includes a backlit, chiclet keyboard with well-spaced keys, 1.1 mm of travel distance and responsive feedback. The Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad is precise and responsive while scrolling and navigating. It also has an integrated click button, support for multi-touch gestures and a responsive physical click. Plus, the power button doubles as a fingerprint reader so customers can simultaneously turn on the device while securely logging in password-free through Windows Hello.
The new Swift 7 features a push-to-open camera for webchats and video recording that can be kept closed to prevent unintended camera usage and to protect privacy. When opened, it has a 55 degree angle of view and features high-dynamic-range (HDR) to deliver images in wider viewing angles to accommodate groups.
Acer is also delivering two new gaming notebooks, the Predator Triton 900, a premium performance notebook featuring a slim design and convertible display; and the Predator Triton 500, an all-metal gaming powerhouse measuring just 17.9 mm thin. Both gaming notebooks combine new, functional designs with powerful internals that rival some gaming desktops.
The Predator Triton 900 and 500 both earn their gaming cred with Acer’s advanced cooling system that includes 4th Generation AeroBlade 3D metal fans that increase airflow by 45 percent, and Coolboost technology that keeps the notebooks cool during extended gaming sessions and while playing demanding AAA titles.

The Predator Triton 900 is a 17-inch gaming notebook in an inventive form factor with innovative new design features. It has a CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge that flips, extends or reclines the display. Users can switch between four usage modes: display mode for sharing the screen with friends during gaming sessions, Ezel mode for playing games on the touch screen, notebook mode for traditional gaming scenarios, and stand mode — effectively turning the Triton 900 into a tablet for gaming or using creator tools. The Triton series’ trackpad is placed beside the keyboard, giving users natural hand placement for gaming using both. It’s also on the slim side at 0.94 inches.
Featuring the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and a 17-inch 4K IPS [2] display with NVIDIA G-SYNC, the Predator Triton 900 pulls no punches in delivering a best-in-class gaming experience. With up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVMe PCIe RAID 0 SSDs, and up to 32 GB DDR4 memory, you can power up the most demanding games and expect smooth, tear-free gameplay. It comes bundled with an Xbox wireless receiver so you can play your favorite PC games on Windows 10 with an Xbox controller. To round out the package, Waves Maxx technology, featuring Waves Nx motion tracking, delivers a hyper-realistic 3D audio experience with pin-point sound location and accuracy.

The Predator Triton 500 is a powerful 15.6-inch Full HD gaming notebook slimmed down to just 0.70 inches and weighing 4.6 pounds. It has a durable, all-metal chassis and narrow bezels measuring just 0.25 inches for an 81 percent body-to-screen ratio. The slimmed down Triton 500 can easily be slipped in a backpack or briefcase, but once taken out and powered on, it becomes a gaming powerhouse. And with up to 8 hours of battery life [3], users can play their favorite titles on the road or with friends away from home.
The Predator Triton 500 features up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs with Max-Q Design, up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, NVMe PCIe RAID 0 SSDs, and up to 32 GB DDR4 memory. Its GPU is overclockable and VR-Ready, letting gamers enjoy the latest cutting edge gaming and VR experiences. The 15.6-inch 300 nits IPS display brings games to life with 144 Hz refresh rates in overdrive at 3ms. NVIDIA G-SYNC technology [4] creates fluid images as they zip across the screen while gaming or watching movies.
Later this year, you’ll be able to control the Predator PC from a smartphone using the PredatorSense mobile app [5].
For more information, go to Acer’s CES site.
[1] Listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2014 productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark 2014 testing are available at www.bapco.com. Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, application, power management settings, operating conditions and features used. A battery’s maximum capacity decreases with time and use.
[2] All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products.
[3] 8 hours for models equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070/2060 GPUs.
[4] For models equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs with Max-Q Design.
[5] Android version estimated to be available in Q1 2019, and iOS version in Q2 2019.

Learning from 2018 cybersecurity incidents: Perform due diligence

With data breaches becoming a daily reality, it’s nearly impossible to know which breaches will remain influential or impactful throughout the course of a year. For this cybersecurity roundup, we chose to focus on analyzing Under Armour, Cambridge Analytica-Facebook, Uber and Marriott Hotels as the most powerful 2018 cybersecurity incidents.

Not all information security risks are data breaches, but all data breaches are a security risk. Consumer data breaches can reveal personal information, payment methods or security information about a company, its employees or its users. While breaches can be in security — such as malware or mainframe hacks — or the acquisition of data, the cost and impact of a breach continues to skyrocket.

Ponemon Institute’s 2018 Cost of a Data Breach study found that the average total cost of data breaches has skyrocketed 6.4% to $3.86 million. Data breaches impact a company’s bottom line by affecting consumer trust, but recent breaches have begun to factor in the cost of time between breach and disclosure — their due diligence and breach response plan.

Due diligence and disclosure

What are concrete ways that companies should ensure data security and reduce breach risk in 2019? Experts recommend due diligence, internal audits and a disclosure procedure, especially as laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act and GDPR begin to go into effect in 2019 and 2020.

One of the massive 2018 cybersecurity incidents was when Marriott/Starwood hotels suffered a massive breach of customer information — over 327 million records containing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, arrival and departure information — early this year and waited nearly two months to disclose. Upon disclosure, Marriott revealed that the breach had impacted users as early as 2014. Though disclosure was performed, Marriott’s monitoring process failed to use due diligence to constantly monitor the security framework.

Uber’s breach began in 2016, and disclosure, notification and security due diligence didn’t begin until 2018. Their previous breach called for an independent privacy officer, but their legal department tracked down hackers and paid them to deny a breach had occurred.

“It was less the breach and more the cover-up that angered everybody. The takeaway from that is that you have to be transparent with your customers if there is a breach,” said Paige Boshell, managing member at Privacy Counsel LLC.

Cybersecurity changes so rapidly that you really need to be working with somebody who’s got aggregate data on all the other threats across other companies.
Marty PuranikCEO, Atlantic.Net

But what happens when the company acquires another company and inherits a legacy system or outsources? In the event of a breach, who is responsible?

Pinning blame requires digging deep and assigning a cascading level of responsibility, said Vijay Pullur, ThumbSignIn CEO.

“It’s really difficult when there are really complex systems in operation. You can only pinpoint the final point where the loss occurred; for example, you can find the place of the information loss. But if you go back and dig deeper, many times it is not even something even in [a company, such as Marriott’s control], but rather a networked company,” Pullur said.

Security as sales

The Ponemon study also noted that a significant part of calculating the cost of a data breach is factoring in decreased brand reputation and loss of consumer trust; the impact of the breach extends to the loss of current and future customers.

After their recent breach disclosure, Under Armour stocks fell over 3% as users began to delete apps and shy away from the brand name, despite the fact that breach notice happened in just a few days. Experts say that during 2019 cybersecurity, minimal breaches and adequate data breach response plans will become a business differentiator.

“Customers will be far less tolerant in high-quality brands — buyers have the expectation that they’re going to have better security — like Apple saying, ‘We don’t sell your customer data; we have a security chip in our new laptops.’ They go out of their way to say we take your privacy very seriously,” said Marty Puranik, CEO at Atlantic.Net and cybersecurity expert.

If the previous year of data breaches and consumer reaction to them has taught companies anything, it’s that 2019 should be about finding a way to build security as a means of bolstering consumer confidence and brand name.

Looking toward 2019

Companies, conferences and programs dedicated to cybersecurity continued to increase in popularity in response to the many 2018 cybersecurity incidents. Experts encourage companies to continue taking an active role in their data security, especially with compliance regulations coming into effect.

“The idea of being a lone ranger trying to protect against all current threats is going to diminish over time,” Puranik said.

“The future is going to be firms of data security that look at threat posture and assessment that companies will be able to hire,” he added. “Cybersecurity changes so rapidly that you really need to be working with somebody who’s got aggregate data on all the other threats across other companies.”

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