Archive for January 23, 2018

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Platform Wins “The most efficient ship solution” Award

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 23, 2018 by itnerd

Schneider Electric has won “The most efficient ship solution” Award at International Green Shipping & Maritime Technology Summit held November 28-29, 2017 in Athens, Greece.

The award-winning solution is a full EcoStruxure offer – Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled digital architecture, organized around three core layers of technology: Connected Products, Edge Control, Analytics and Services, implemented in cruise ships and ferries.

The solution consists of:

  • Connected Products: Connected breaker solution
  • Edge Control: Power Monitoring Expert open software architecture integrated with a third-party SCADA energy management and automation system
  • Apps, Analytics and Services: EcoStruxure Asset Advisor services that deliver predictive analytics to address issues inside electrical distribution equipment to mitigate the risk of electrical failure and optimize maintenance.

With more than 90 years of experience in the marine industry and a strong presence in major shipbuilding countries, for the naval, merchant marine and offshore markets, Schneider Electric offers a complete portfolio of energy management solutions, from electrical distribution, machinery protection and control, to vessel automation systems and electrical secured power, including shore power connection. Schneider Electric recently completed the implementation of shore power connection for the Holland America Cruise Ship Veendam at the new Alexandra Cruise Terminal in Old Montreal. The solution is estimated to eliminate upwards of 2,800 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.

The International Green Shipping and Technology Summit hosted by Global Industrial Events Summit mainly covers shipping, shipbuilding, and green maritime technology topics to decrease pollution at sea and increase the efficiency of vessels as the EU2020 target. The Summit gathered 200 key marine experts and companies around the globe which have a big influence in the industry.

For more information on Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Platform and expert Marine solutions please visit the Marine and Shore Power web page.


Commvault Powers New HPE GreenLake Backup Solution

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 23, 2018 by itnerd

Commvault today announced that its Commvault Data Platform has been selected by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to power its new HPE GreenLake Backup solution. Available today and managed through HPE’s outcome-based flexible IT consumption service, Commvault Software, which is pre-integrated on HPE servers, storage and networking technology, will provide customers with enterprise-class data protection and reliability covering the entire lifecycle of a backup environment.

Through its support of HPE GreenLake Backup, Commvault is simplifying the backup experience for customers by providing the required hardware, software, and services to meet evolving data protection and compliance challenges, tightening resource requirements and ever-expanding data growth. HPE GreenLake Backup is an on-premises deployment but priced like a cloud offering.

Commvault is a leading provider of data management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform modern data environments. With solutions and services delivered directly and through a worldwide network of partners and service providers, Commvault solutions comprise one of the industry’s leading portfolios in data protection and recovery, cloud, virtualization, archive, file sync and share. Commvault has earned accolades from customers and third-party influencers for its technology vision, innovation and execution as an independent and trusted expert. Without the distraction of a hardware business or other business agenda, Commvault’s sole focus on data management has led to adoption by companies of all sizes, in all industries, and for solutions deployed on-premises, across mobile platforms, to and from the cloud, and provided as-a-service. Visit for more info. 



Bobsleigh 360: App Immerses Thrill Seekers In Fastest Sport On Ice

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 23, 2018 by itnerd

Winter sports fans who crave the speed and intensity of the bobsleigh can now experience the thrills from the pilot’s seat with the Bobsleigh 360 app for Android and iOS.

Users can experience the precision of the team’s climb into the sleigh, the struggle of the push-off, and mind-bending speeds approaching 90 mph as the bobsleigh races down an Olympic bobsleigh track, banking through 15 to 20 heart-stopping turns.

Bobsleigh 360 app features:

•    360-degree video of actual bobsleigh runs
•    User-controlled viewpoint during the run
•    Support for 2D and VR viewing
•    New runs and tracks added as they are available

Bobsleigh 360 is based on a first-of-its-kind VR training tool developed by Raydon Corporation, a military simulation training company, in Port Orange, Florida. Raydon created the training tool to improve the safety and performance of bobsleigh teams. Bobsleigh 360 gives coaches a 360-degree view of a pilot’s high-speed run, where every millisecond counts. It can be viewed on a tablet or on a VR headset for a fully immersive experience. The Latvian bobsleigh team, silver medal winners at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, has incorporated the tool into their training regimen in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Raydon has donated the training tool to Latvia and other countries.

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BREAKING: Bell Canada Pwned AGAIN…. Perhaps 100K Customers Affected.

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 23, 2018 by itnerd

Last year came news that Bell Canada was not only pwned by hackers, but they were the subject of an extortion attempt too. Well, it seems that they’ve been pwned again. They’ve sent a note out to affected customers which doesn’t say how many people were affected. But the word on the street is that the number is 100,000.


The data that was accessed were names and email addresses. Credit card info wasn’t accessed. The telco suggests that customers change their passwords, and monitor their financial records for suspicious activity. On top of that, the telco has “additional security, authentication and identification requirements have been implemented” on affected accounts. But that’s cold comfort to Bell customers who look at this, and the previous pwnage and wonder if Bell takes the security of customer data seriously.

Are You Deploying Meltdown And Spectre Patches? Intel Says Not So Fast…

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 23, 2018 by itnerd

If you were deploying patches for those CPU vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre, Intel via a blog post suggests that you should put the kibosh on that for the time being. Here’s what Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy said in the blog post in question:

As we start the week, I want to provide an update on the reboot issues we reported Jan. 11We have now identified the root cause for Broadwell and Haswell platforms, and made good progress in developing a solution to address it. Over the weekend, we began rolling out an early version of the updated solution to industry partners for testing, and we will make a final release available once that testing has been completed.


We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior. 

That’s pretty embarrassing to have a non-trivial problem of this scale, and to have a fix that is worse than the problem. You have to wonder what is going on at Intel these days. Is it amateur hour over there??

Consumers’ Overconfidence Helps Hackers Up The Ante: Norton

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 23, 2018 by itnerd

Canadians are confident they’re safe online, but hackers have proven otherwise, stealing $1.8 billion from 10 million Canadians in the past year according to the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, released today by Norton by Symantec.

Globally, cybercrime victims share a similar profile: they are everyday consumers who use multiple devices whether at home or on the go, but have a blind spot when it comes to cyber security basics. This group tends to use the same password across multiple accounts or share it with others. Equally concerning, 39 per cent of global cybercrime victims, despite their experience, gained trust in their ability to protect their data and personal information from future attacks and 33 per cent believed they had a low riskof becoming a cybercrime victim.


Canadians Slow to Embrace Cyber Security Safety Measures and Leave Their Virtual Door Unlocked

Canadians are adopting device protection technologies such as fingerprint ID, pattern matching and facial recognition, but appear to be doing so at a slower pace than American consumers. Thirty-three per cent of Canadian cybercrime victims used fingerprint ID (45 per cent in the U.S.), 13 per cent used a personal VPN (19 per cent in the U.S.), 9 per cent used pattern matching (21 per cent in the U.S.) and 6 per cent used facial recognition (16 per cent in the U.S.). However, consumers who adopted these technologies often still practice poor password hygiene and fell victim to cybercrime.

  • Consumers express confidence, but are more prone to attacks as they protect newer and more devices. Thirty-four per cent of Canadian cybercrime victims owned a smart device for streaming content, compared to 25 per cent of non-victims.
  • Despite experiencing a cybercrime within the past year, 52 per cent of cybercrime victims in Canada shared their passwords for at least one device or account with others. By comparison, only 31 per cent of non-cybercrime victims share their passwords with others. Cybercrime victims in Canada were also more likely to share their passwords for potentially sensitive online accounts such as banking (17 per cent cybercrime victims vs. 12 per cent non-cybercrime victims), social media (20 per cent cybercrime victims vs. 12 per cent non-cybercrime victims) and email accounts (22 per cent cybercrime victims vs. 14 per cent non-cybercrime victims).

Consumer Boundaries Skewed Between Cybercrime and “Real Life”

Eighty-four per cent of Canadian consumers believe cybercrime should be treated as a criminal act. However, when pressed, contradictions emerged. Eighteen per cent believe stealing information online was not as bad as stealing property in ‘real life.’ Additionally, when presented with examples of morally questionable online behavior, 38 per cent of Canadians believed the activities were sometimes acceptable. Those activities included reading someone’s emails without their consent (23 per cent), using a false photo or someone else’s photo to identify themselves online (18 per cent), and even accessing someone’s financial accounts without their permission (12 per cent).

The State of Consumers’ Trust

Despite this year’s cyberattacks, Canadians generally continue to trust the institutions that manage their data and personal information. However, they are not as trusting of some institutions and organizations.

  • Canadians gained or maintained trust in organizations such as banks and financial institutions (86 per cent), and identity theft protection service providers (79 per cent) despite the attacks that made headlines this year.
  • Alternatively, 38 per cent of Canadians lost trust in their government to manage their data and personal information within the past year. Thirty-five per cent lost trust in social media platforms.
  • Twenty-nine per cent of Canadian cybercrime victims trust in themselves to manage their data and personal information.

To learn more about the real impact of cybercrime and how consumers can protect their digital information, go here for more information.

About the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report

The Norton Cyber Security Insights Report is an online survey of 21,549 individuals ages 18+ across 20 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Reputation Leaders. The margin of error for the total sample is +/-.7%. The Canadian sample reflects input from 1,120 Canadian adults ages 18+. The margin of error is +/- 2.9% for the total Canada sample. Data was collected Oct. 5 – Oct. 24, 2017 by Reputation Leaders.

How Norton Defines Cybercrime

The definition of cybercrime continues to evolve, as avenues open up that allow cybercriminals to target consumers in new ways. Each year, Norton will evaluate current cybercrime trends and update the report’s methodology as needed to ensure the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report provides an accurate snapshot of the impact of cybercrime as it stands today. In the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, a cybercrime is defined as, but not limited to, a number of specific actions, including identity theft, credit card fraud or having your account password compromised. For the purposes of this report, a cybercrime victim is a survey respondent who confirmed one or more of these incidents took place.


Apple HomePod Ship Date Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 23, 2018 by itnerd

If you’ve been waiting for the Apple HomePod to ship, seeing as it was supposed to ship last year and got delayed, I have good news for you. Apple has announced that it will be released on Friday, February 9, with pre-orders beginning this Friday, January 26 via Apple’s online store in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. On top of that, Germany will get it at some point “this spring.” Whatever that means. No word on a Canadian launch which is very disappointing for Apple Fanboys here. Expect to pay $349 USD for one.