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Day: August 16, 2018

  • Microsoft and Amazon are integrating their digital assistants this week. A new preview is being offered to both Cortana and Alexa users in the US that will allow each digital assistant to summon each other and access additional apps and services. The integration was first announced last year and demonstrated earlier this year at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, and now Microsoft and Amazon are seeking feedback before it’s broadly rolled out to all devices. The integration is rather basic right now and requires users to summon each digital assistant through a rather clunky process. “Alexa, open Cortana” will launch Cortana on an Echo device, and “Hey Cortana, open Alexa,” will do the same on Windows 10 PCs and devices like the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker. Cortana and Alexa will both be enabled as a skill on each platform, allowing you to call up Cortana from an Echo device and get access to some of the Windows / Office specific features of the digital assistant. The Verge
  • Can your small business take a hit and recover from losing $256,000 on a moment’s notice? That is what a single cyber-attack could cost a small business according to cybersecurity experts . The past year saw a major spike in cybersecurity attacks with Ransomware infections attacking the Danish shipping company Maersk and the US pharmaceutical giant Merck. The Equifax data breach showed the unfathomable levels of destruction a data breach can cause with an approximated 143 million US citizens having their SSNs stolen plus other sensitive personal information. Now, many SMBs owners think their enterprises are too inconsequential to matter to hackers. They are wrong! Why? Because cyber criminals  like to pick on the little guy. In fact, this report by Ponemon Institute and Keeper Security revealed that over 50% of the small guys were breached during the past year. However, smart SMBs owners understand the current data-security trend and know their enterprise is at risk; this why they budget for data security. As an SMB owner, you need to do the same. Here’s why. Cybercriminals anticipate loopholes in small enterprises. Hackers are making bread because they expect SMB owners to be reluctant or lazy in matters regarding data protection. Unfortunately, they are often right. In fact, a Towergate Insurance infographic revealed that 82% of SMB owners do not feel they are subject to cybercrime. Business size does not matter to hackers Understand this; hackers are only interested in data. So if your small joint has quality data, you may as well paint a bull’s eye on your logo. Thus, if your establishment has lots client contact information, valuable intellectual property, health data, or credit card data, you should weigh your stance on data protection. You may inadvertently lead criminals to a larger businesses data A lot of cybercriminals are...