Archive for January 25, 2021

Darktrace Version 5 Released

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 25, 2021 by itnerd

Darktrace, the world’s leading cyber AI company, today launched Version 5 of its autonomous, self-learning Darktrace Immune System for general availability, empowering organizations to embrace the advantages of the cloud, while protecting against novel cyber-threats.  

Powered by self-learning Cyber AI, the Darktrace Immune System works by learning the normal ‘pattern of life’ of an organization, and can interrupt in-progress attacks across today’s digital infrastructure, including the cloud, email, and home office environments.  

Version 5 of the Darktrace Immune System represents a fundamental upgrade for Darktrace customers, and includes: 

  • Autonomous Response for Software as a Service (SaaS) Tools  

Darktrace Antigena can take real-time action to stop in-progress attacks to cloud and SaaS tools, including Microsoft 365 and Zoom 

  • Human-triggered, Automated Threat Investigations 

Cyber AI Analyst delivers automated investigations across cloud, SaaS and ICS environments, and can be triggered by humans, or third-party security tools 

  • SaaS Threat Visualization  

New, intuitive visualization console for oversight of SaaS-based threats, seamlessly harmonized with other interface views 

  • 100% Protection of Dynamic Workforce  

New Client Sensorsextend Darktrace’s visibility and cyber protection to all remote workers, on clients on or off VPN 

  • Cloud-Native Delivery — Darktrace’s flexible delivery options include 100% cloud-hosted deployments, with AWS Marketplace 

Read more about the Darktrace Immune System Version 5 on the Darktrace blog. To hear from leading industry speakers and learn more about these new product innovations, register now for the Darktrace Cyber AI Forum. 

Guest Post: Atlas VPN Says Global VPN Downloads Surge To 277 Million In 2020, Arab Countries Lead

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 25, 2021 by itnerd

According to data based on the VPN Adoption Index by Atlas VPN, Virtual Private Network (VPN) downloads reached 277 million in 2020 worldwide.

A Virtual Private Network hides the user’s real IP address and encrypts his browsing traffic. In turn, these changes prevent nosy 3-rd parties such as hackers, ISP (Internet Service Provider), or even the government from tracking the user’s online activities.

Interestingly, the top 4 VPN adopters are Arab countries, which, to be exact, are: The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Here, on average, VPNs penetrate 44.75% of the market. In other words, 4 out of 10 citizens in these countries downloaded a Virtual Private Network application in 2020.

Data reveals the fact that the VPN adoption rate correlates with how strict the internet censorship and other online restrictions are in that country. Most of these countries ban any content that is against Islam values or criticizes the government. 

COVID-19 impact on VPN usage 

Strict internet restrictions are not the only driving force behind the high VPN adoption rate last year. 

From February 2020, people started staying at home due to the closure of offices, public venues and the cancellation of public gatherings caused by the pandemic. People began using the internet more often, with many of them choosing to watch TV shows and movies.

But certain streaming services, such as Netflix, BBC, and Amazon Prime, apply geo-restrictions for viewing the content. However, a VPN provides a way to bypass those blockages.

Moreover, in many companies, the majority of employees started working from home. In turn, to protect the company’s data from hackers, employers required their workers to use VPNs.

Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, shares her insights on how the VPN market shifted in 2020:

The year 2020 will be remembered as a year when VPNs became mainstream since millions of people shifted to remote work amidst the coronavirus pandemicAmong other things, to access a company’s network, most people have to use VPN to protect their as well as their employers’ data.” 

To read the full article that analyzes the top 10 VPN adopters as well as the reasoning behind it, head over to: https://atlasvpn.com/blog/global-vpn-downloads-surge-to-277-million-in-2020-arab-countries-lead

ServiceNow Helps Solve Challenges to Quickly Vaccinate People Against COVID-19

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 25, 2021 by itnerd

ServiceNow today announced new workflow solutions to help organizations get people vaccinated quickly. These solutions address vaccine management challenges at scale by removing logistical barriers to speed up the immunization process. The State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and NHS Scotland are among the more than 100 organizations currently working with ServiceNow on their vaccine management efforts.

Despite heroic scientific achievements in developing the COVID-19 vaccine, organizations are trapped in the “last mile” of vaccine management as they lack the processes and infrastructure needed to vaccinate people quickly. The characteristics of the vaccine – limited supply, precise storage conditions, and two-part injection requirements – make its urgent distribution a complex workflow problem.

ServiceNow’s Vaccine Administration Management solution supports President Biden’s goal to deliver 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, with immediate actions under way by the Biden-Harris administration to “convert vaccines into vaccinations.” For example, in addition to already helping the State of North Carolina, ServiceNow also is working with NHS Scotland, which has developed custom workflow solutions on the Now Platform to support their goal of vaccinating 5.5 million citizens within three months.

Introducing new vaccine management solutions

Disconnected, manual, legacy systems are among the biggest challenges to getting the world vaccinated. To address these problems, organizations are using ServiceNow’s Now Platform as their vaccine management command center. Available today, ServiceNow’s new Vaccine Administration Management solution gives organizations out-of-the box capabilities that allow people to access critical vaccine information, schedule appointments, and receive appointment notifications from vaccine providers.

Vaccine Administration Management is built on ServiceNow Customer Service Management (CSM) and delivers a modern, self-service experience across desktop and mobile devices. The solution connects patient communication with vaccine inventory systems so organizations can easily notify patients when more vaccines are available, schedule appointments, and send reminders.

The State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is relying on ServiceNow’s technology as the foundation for its “command center” for healthcare providers, clinicians administering the vaccine, and supporting NCDHHS staff to access the latest information related to state vaccine requirements and to get their vaccine-related questions answered.

Accelerating the last mile of vaccine management

As millions of people seek vaccinations, organizations are reliant on legacy systems and processes that are not optimized to support massive spikes in usage.  Meanwhile, organizations do not have established processes in place to offer self-service capabilities and proactively schedule appointments that follow the requirements for effectively administering the vaccine.

Using ServiceNow as their vaccine management command center, organizations can connect all of their data and make work flow across their siloed legacy systems, including scheduling, prioritization, and communication. ServiceNow’s digital workflows connect an organizations’ existing technology infrastructure and provide a dashboard to orchestrate the critical elements of the vaccine management process including:

  • Distributing vaccines: Track vaccine delivery, manage inventory, and monitor stock levels to support population prioritization.
  • Administering vaccines: Schedule vaccine administrators and support staff, track personal protective equipment (PPE), monitor no-shows, and capture feedback. People can communicate with their vaccine provider on the channel of their choice.
  • Monitoring vaccine outcomes: Monitor recipient safety, report adverse events, and support safe return to workplace efforts and ongoing public health monitoring.

Workflowing a healthier future

ServiceNow’s vaccine management solutions are a part of the company’s broader innovation effort to support customers and organizations as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. ServiceNow’s Emergency Response Apps help organizations navigate COVID-19 crisis management and have been downloaded by more than 1,800 customers worldwide. ServiceNow’s Safe Workplace suitehelps organizations gauge workforce and workplace readiness as they look to safely return employees to the workplace in the new normal. The Safe Workplace suite of apps continue to be innovated bi-monthly; to date, more than 900 organizations globally have downloaded the apps with close to 10,000 unique installations.

The company will introduce additional solutions to support organizations’ last mile vaccination efforts in the coming weeks.

Availability and more information

Vaccine Administration Management is available today on the ServiceNow Store for organizations to begin coordinating vaccination appointments. The company will introduce additional solutions to support organizations’ last mile vaccination efforts in the coming weeks.

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