Archive for February 13, 2017

#Fail: Apple Suspends Sales Of LG’s UltraFine 5K Monitor Over WiFi Interference Issues

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 13, 2017 by itnerd

After reports of the Apple recommended LG UltraFine 5K monitor having issues when placed near WiFi access points, and reports of a fix being inbound, we now have this ebarrasing situation for Apple. According to AppleInsider, sales of this monitor have been halted:

Separately, AppleInsider has confirmed the organized removal from sale of the Thunderbolt 3 display. Sources inside Apple not authorized to speak on behalf of the company indicated that retail locations are retaining demonstration displays, but not selling any stock on-hand that it may receive that may actually have the shielding fix, nor filling any pending orders until otherwise informed.

This is now an #EpicFail for Apple. They exited the monitor business and got LG to build a monitor for them which has promptly proven to be unusable in a use case that a lot of people, myself included, would use the monitor in. You have to wonder what conversations are going on at 1 Infinite Loop right now. After all, it is not as if users of the new MacBook Pro have many other options for a monitor that’s well suited for their shiny new notebook from Apple.


Canadian IT Departments Find It Hard to Keep the Cloud Safe: Intel Security

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 13, 2017 by itnerd

Intel Security today announced its second annual cloud security report, “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky.” The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications, and the evolving impact of Shadow IT of the more than 2,000 IT professionals from around the world surveyed.

Trust in the Cloud on the Rise 

The trust and perception of public cloud services continues to improve year over year. Most organizations view cloud services as, or more, secure than private clouds, and more likely to deliver lower costs of ownership and overall data visibility. Those who trust public clouds now outnumber those who distrust public clouds by more than 2-to-1. Improved trust and perception, as well as increased understanding of the risks by senior management, is encouraging more organizations to store sensitive data in the public cloud. Personal customer information is the most likely type of data to be stored in public clouds, kept there by 64 per cent of Canadian organizations surveyed.

Risks Also Rise: Shadow IT and the Cybersecurity Skill Shortage

The ongoing shortage of security skills is continuing to affect cloud deployments. Half of the Canadian organizations surveyed report the lack of cybersecurity skills has slowed adoption or usage of cloud services, possibly contributing to the increase in Shadow IT activities. Another 35 per cent report they are experiencing a scarcity but are continuing with their cloud activities regardless. Only 15 per cent of those surveyed state they do not have a skills shortage.

Due to the ease of procurement, almost 40 per cent of cloud services are now commissioned without the involvement of IT, and unfortunately, visibility of these Shadow IT services has dropped from about 50 per cent last year to just under 47 per cent this year. As a result, 60 per cent of Canadian IT professionals think this phenomenon is interfering with their ability to keep the cloud safe and secure. This is not surprising given the amount of sensitive data now being stored in the public cloud and more than half (52 per cent) of Canadian respondents reported they have definitively tracked malware from a cloud SaaS application.

Data Centre Progression

The number of organizations globally using private cloud only has dropped from 51 per cent to 24 per cent over the past year, while hybrid cloud use has increased from 19 per cent to 57 per cent. This move to a hybrid private/public cloud architecture requires the data centre to evolve to a highly virtualized, cloud-based infrastructure. On average, 52 per cent of an organization’s data centre servers are virtualized, 80 per cent are using containers and most expect to have the conversion to a fully software-defined data centre completed within two years.


  • Attackers will look for the easiest targets, regardless of whether they are public, private or hybrid. Integrated or unified security solutions that provide visibility across all of the organization’s services could be the best defense.
  • User credentials, especially for administrators, will be the most likely form of attack. Organizations need to ensure they are using authentication best practices, such as distinct passwords, multi-factor authentication and even biometrics where available.
  • Security technologies such as data loss prevention, encryption and cloud access security brokers (CASBs) remain underutilized. Integrating these tools with an existing security system increases visibility, enables discovery of shadow services, and provides options for automatic protection of sensitive data at rest and in motion throughout any type of environment.
  • Organizations need to evolve toward a risk management and mitigation approach to information security. They should consider adopting a Cloud First strategy to encourage adoption of cloud services to reduce costs and increase flexibility, and put security operations in a proactive position instead of a reactive one.

Survey Methodology

In fall 2016, Intel Security surveyed over 2,000 IT professionals across a broad set of industries, countries and organization sizes. Research participants were senior technical decision-makers from small, medium and large organizations located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

To download the full report, visit


Infographic: Quantum Computer, Encryption Wars, & The End Of Privacy

Posted in Commentary on February 13, 2017 by itnerd



Guest Post: Hospital software enhances patient care after discharge

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 13, 2017 by itnerd

By Caleb Radford

AN ONLINE personal care platform from Down Under is working with a US medical centre to tap into the North American market.

Personify Care is a med-tech startup from South Australia that helps patients stay connected with clinicians before and after their hospital release.

The web-based system helps hospital staff detect complications early by creating more efficient communication between patient and nurse, allowing them to intervene before a condition escalates.

Personify Care is one of 25 companies from around the world selected for the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Innovation Institutes accelerator program in Houston.

The program pairs the resources of the medical centre with the innovative horsepower of entrepreneurs working in the areas of digital health and medical devices.

Personify Care CTO Ivan Peevski said the program would not eliminate face-to-face interaction with doctors and nurses but it made communication more convenient.

“Right now they get paper forms with all the information and it’s long – people don’t always read through the whole thing or they can feel overwhelmed by it all,” he said.

“Personify Care sends all the forms to patients so they have it wherever they are and are able to ask follow up questions after they leave, which they might not have done without this.

“Where most programs mostly focus on pre-recovery, we are focusing more on the post recovery, so when you get out of hospital and you are not really sure what you should be doing, we follow up and catch any early indication that something might be wrong.”

Discharged patients receive regular text messages from their nurse over a six to eight week period with information about their recovery and assessments that monitor the risks associated with a complication.

All of the information and forms are accessible through any computer, tablet or smart mobile device.

The global patient engagement market is estimated to reach US$16.39 Billion by 2020 from USD 6.68 Billion in 2015, at a compound annual growth rate of almost 20 per cent according to Markets and Markets.

Peevski said expanding into the global market was always the company’s goal.

“The system is something we believe is applicable to any market worldwide and we hope it will help more people stay connected with their hospitals.”

The system underwent trials at St Andrews Hospital in South Australia’s capital Adelaide over a four-month period last year.

It was used to contact each patient 17 times (an eight-fold increase) and provided ongoing visibility of patient progress across seven weeks, without increasing nurse workload.

Patients received information and follow up via the Personify Care platform their computer, tablet or mobile device, which resulted in a 95.8 per cent response rate. It also resulted in early detection of additional patient risks in one-in-five cases.

St Andrew’s CEO Stephen Walker said the hospital was delighted to be rolling out the Personify Care service in collaboration with health insurance provider BUPA across all speciality areas.

“Our experience has been that by using the Personify Care platform we have been able to improve patients’ experience of care, identify potential risks early and more effectively target interventions if required,” he said.

The hospital has since announced a hospital-wide rollout of the program.

Personify Care plans to expand further into the US market off the back of its collaboration with TMC in Houston.