BF-SIRT Newsletter 2018-01

Meltdown and Spectre, two security flaws said to be affecting almost all CPUs released since 1995, was announced this week, and will probably haunt us for years to come.

Exploit code used in the Mirai malware variant called Satori, which was used to attack hundreds of thousands of Huawei routers over the past several weeks, is now public. We might see more of this in near future botnets.

A researcher released details of a local privilege escalation attack against macOS that dates back to 2002, totally ignoring any responsible disclosure process.

Top 5 Security Links
Meltdown and Spectre – Bugs in modern computers leak passwords and sensitive data.
Mozilla Patches Critical Bug in Thunderbird
Attention, vSphere VDP backup admins: There is a little remote root hole you need to patch…
MacOS LPE Exploit Gives Attackers Root Access
Code Used in Zero Day Huawei Router Attack Made Public

Why data science skills are essential for all employees

Why data science skills are essential for all employees

In many companies, knowledge of data science is limited to a select group of people: the in-house data scientists. However, by sharing their knowledge with other departments – even on a basic level – these experts can empower other departments to future-proof many of their working processes. This exercise in preparing for the challenges that lie ahead is an essential component of any digitalization process. After all, digitalization is about more than just a one-off “transformation”; it’s about the sustained, ongoing individual digital development of companies.

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*um on tour: dates and events in September 2018

After a warm and quiet event summer, we are back on the road. In September there are five exciting events in our digital calendar.

After a warm and quiet event summer, we are back on the road. In September there are five exciting events in our digital calendar. Will you join us? Read more

*um on tour: dates and events in November 2017

*um on tour: dates and events in November 2017

Slowly but surely, we are nearing the end of the year. However, this month – before things go quiet for winter – we have six exciting dates in the diary to close the event season. We’d love to see you there.

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Cloud computing differences – Public, Private and Hybrid

Cloud computing differences – Public, Private and Hybrid

In our last blog post we gave the fundamental definition of the term “cloud computing” as the provision of IT services via a network. Since one cloud is not the same as the next, let’s now outline the structures and differences of the three common models: public, private and hybrid clouds. 

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What is cloud computing? – A definition

What is cloud computing? – A definition

In order to possess increasingly large storage capacities and high processing power, or to be able to use new software applications, more and more companies are turning to external infrastructures. According to the Cloud-Monitor 2015 study from Bitkom, the IT industry association, 44 percent of companies are already using cloud services and 24 percent are considering them for the future. This is enough reason to offer a quick guide on the terminology. 

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Listen up! *um is in a podcast about artificial intelligence

What was yesterday’s fiction is today’s science. Artificial intelligence is no longer just a topic for Hollywood, but now a substantial component of our work. That’s why in the podcast “CRE: Technik, Kultur, Gesellschaft” (German for technology, culture, society), host Tim Pritlove interviewed our data scientist Ulf Schöneberg about artificial intelligence and neuronal networks. The highly interesting discussion about technological developments and possible application scenarios is now available online – and it’s well worth a listen.

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451 Research invites to cloud expert meeting in London – *um takes part

The Business of Cloud, Data Centre and Hosting Summit this Thursday is dedicated to the future developments of modern cloud applications. Although it lasts only one day, the conference provides a comprehensive program of lectures, moderated panel discussions and think tanks.

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McKinsey study predicts an innovation boost and huge added value thanks to the Internet of Things

So much for just hype! The Internet of Things (IoT) holds enormous potential for the global economy, according to the hot-off-the-press study “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond the Hype” by the McKinsey Global Institute. The business consultancy analysts are forecasting a yearly added value of between 3.9 and 11.1 trillion US dollars in 2025. The study anticipates huge opportunities and a need for action, particularly for the traditional economy and medium-sized businesses.

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451 Research recommends *um as one of the most important German cloud providers

Earlier this year, 451 Research has awarded us as “innovative, unique, and a compelling alternative to international providers”. Now the experts have taken the additional step and call us an “innovative newcomer” among the few relevant, regional cloud providers in Germany.

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