Saturday, 28 March 2015

Ireland - Healthcare businesses in the crosshairs

Medical and healthcare data breaches on the rise - 27.5% increase, medical records fetch better coin on the black market than payment card data.

In light of the recent Premera and Anthem data breaches, a spotlight is now shining on healthcare businesses, regarding their ability to defend patients’ sensitive information. Security wonks have been warning for years that healthcare businesses are in a lot of trouble, security-wise. Criminals are targeting medical records because of their value, and as a result, medical breaches are the fastest growing type of breach. What can businesses do to get themselves out of the crosshairs?

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 783 medical breaches in 2014, compared with 614 breaches on the 2013 ITRC Breach List, a dramatic increase of 27.5 percent year over year. This has put healthcare industry breaches in first place for the largest number of breaches, for the last several years running, with over 40% of the total number of breaches. This is no surprise: medical records are worth moreon the black market than payment card data.

Medical records are likely to remain a tempting target as long as there is a sufficient return on criminals’ investment of time and effort. So what can healthcare businesses do to help reverse this trend? It is important for healthcare practitioners and businesses to take extra care of their patients’ data, as well as their health. By increasing security, they can decrease the return on investment for criminals, and they may pass such an organisation by.

Full article with tips for healthcare businesses is here

Friday, 27 March 2015

CODE_n15: And the winner is...relayr

-- Startup from Berlin leaves 450 international competitors behind

-- Business model that paves the way into IoT for app developers

-- Finalists presenting their business ideas at CeBIT until Friday

relayr of Berlin is the winner of this year's CODE_n Award. This was announced last night by CODE_n's jury at CeBIT in Hannover. The young company impressed the judges with its business model that paves the way into the Internet of Things for app developers. Their flagship product "WunderBar" looks like a bar of chocolate but is packed with cutting-edge sensor technology. The various sensors measure such things as temperature, humidity or movement and can be broken off like chunks of chocolate and attached to physical objects. This enables software developers -- without any knowledge of electrical engineering -- to design applications for smartphones which can access and analyse the measured data; such as an app that controls the temperature of the wine cellar or the humidity level of the domestic greenhouse. Hardware and software communicate via relayr's open sensor cloud platform and allow developers to make a fast and easy project start for wireless applications and prototypes -- turning smartphones into smart devices. The CODE_n Award carries a prize of EUR 30,000.

"With relayr, the jury has chosen a company that perfectly embodies the theme of CODE_n15, 'Into the Internet of Things'," says Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and initiator of CODE_n. "'Wunderbar' makes it very easy for programmers to grasp and apply the Internet of Things (IoT). And this is also important, for although everyone is talking about IoT -- especially at CeBIT -- the perceived hurdles for developers are still very high. relayr removes these hurdles. A lack of hardware knowledge is now no longer an excuse. The simplicity of the solution and the implications for IoT left the jury in no doubt."

Before the decision was made, the Top10 CODE_n finalists had the chance to present their business models once again to the jury and hundreds of fair visitors on Wednesday afternoon. Against the backdrop of hall 16's design by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram with the robot installation ROBOCHOP, the finalists once again gave their all and earned the enthusiastic applause of hundreds of industry experts. Over the past three days of the fair, all 50 finalists hardly had a moment to catch their breath: potential business partners, customers and investors, as well as thousands of fair visitors and the media lined up at the stands to question the young startups about their business models and strategies. At the half-way stage of CeBIT, Ulrich Dietz's conclusion so far is that "the concept of Deutsche Messe to focus on B2B visitors has had a very positive impact on CODE_n, as well as the finalists and partners. The atmosphere in hall 16 is absolutely fascinating. Aided by ROBOCHOP, there's a real spirit of optimism in the air."

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Next Web opens an Academy

The Next Web wants to help improve your personal and professional life, reason why they've launched a new platform: TNW Academy.

While other online education platforms focus on quantity, TNW partners with a select number of world-class instructors who have proven track records.

Each instructor has developed content that’s more cutting-edge than you'd find on most university courses, with subjects ranging from marketing to web development and personal career management.

To guard quality, TNW partners with Fedora, the course creation platform of choice for innovative brands and individuals.

Because the instructor owns and manages their content and communications, the student will be truly connected to the thought-leader teaching the course and won’t be spammed with mass marketing messages.

TNW offers a discount for all new students. Coupon code 'LAUNCH' for 20% off on all courses until Friday 3/27.

TNW Academy