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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46708)2/10/2019 1:28:00 AM
From: elmatador
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DARPA explores new computer architectures to fix security between systems

A completely new government-developed computer architecture could ultimately lead to widespread, commercial-oriented data-security fixes as information moves between systems.

Solutions are needed to replace the archaic air-gapping of computers used to isolate and protect sensitive defense information, the U.S. Government has decided.

Air-gapping is the common practice of physically isolating data-storing computers from other systems, computers and networks so they theoretically can’t be compromised because there is nothing connecting the machines.

However, many say air-gapping is no longer practical, as the cloud and internet take a hold of massive swaths of data and communications.

“Keeping a system completely disconnected from all means of information transfer is an unrealistic security tactic,” says Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on its website, announcing an initiative to develop completely new hardware and software that will allow defense communications to take place securely among myriad existing systems, networks and security protocols.

The Guaranteed Architecture for Physical Security (GAPS) program it is introducing will be split into three formal areas: hardware, software, and validation against Department of Defense (DoD) systems. A fourth realm is also promised, and that’s the commercialization of the elements:

“Commercializing the resulting technologies is also an objective,” the publicly funded DARPA federal agency says. The GAPS program should “create safer commercial systems that could be used for preserving proprietary information and protecting consumer privacy.”

The GAPS program should “create safer commercial systems that could be used for preserving proprietary information and protecting consumer privacy.”Commercializing something like a defense security architecture — the objective being to secure data as it moves between disparate systems — could ultimately help commerce in a similar way to how the government has assisted the internet by allowing a military-owned, watered-down GPS to be used by all. Getting funding also becomes easier.

[ Prepare to become a Certified Information Security Systems Professional with this comprehensive online course from PluralSight. Now offering a 10-day free trial! ]“Modern computing systems must be able to communicate with other systems,” DARPA says of its plans. That includes “those with different security requirements.” It’s saying cloud systems and the internet are here, aren't going away, and need to be dealt with, in other words.

The problem with air-gappingAir-gapping does work. The problem with it, though, is it’s not only hard to implement and enforce (workers have gotten used to networks and cloud), but it’s expensive. Installing breaks between systems not only affects working collaborations, but it’s hard to setup due to overall complexity. And it’s equally difficult to administer: You can’t just send patches across the network — there isn’t one.

“Interfaces to such air-gapped systems are typically added in after the fact and are exceedingly complex, placing undue burden on systems operators as they implement or manage them,” DARPA explains.

A better solution, then, in today's environment is to accept that users need or want to share data and to figure out how to keep the important bits more private, particularly as the data crosses networks and systems, with all having varying levels of, and types of, security implementations and ownership.

The GAPS thrust will be in isolating the sensitive “high-risk” transactions and providing what the group calls “physically provable guarantees” or assurances. A new cross-network architecture, tracking, and data security will be developed that creates “protections that can be physically enforced at system runtime.”

How they intend to do that is still to be decided. Radical forms of VPNs — an encrypted pipe through the internet would be today’s attempted solution. Whichever method they choose will be part of a $1.5 billion, five-year investment in government and defense electronics systems. And enterprise and the consumer may benefit.

“As cloud systems proliferate, most people still have some information that they want to physically track, not just entrust to the ether,” says Walter Weiss, DARPA program manager, in the release.

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From: elmatador2/12/2019 1:53:54 AM
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The US is stepping up pressure on Europe to ditch Huawei

By Sherisse Pham, CNN Business

Updated 0448 GMT (1248 HKT) February 12, 2019

Hong Kong (CNN Business)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned European countries on Monday that using technology from Huawei could hurt their relationship with the United States.

Speaking in Hungary, the first stop in a five-nation European tour, Pompeo said the United States has an obligation to alert other governments to the risks of building networks with equipment from the Chinese telecommunications giant.
"What's imperative is that we share with them the things we know about the risks that Huawei's presence in their networks presents," he said. "Actual risks to their own people, to the loss of privacy protections for their own people, the risk that China will use this data in a way that is not in the best interest of Hungary."

If countries use Huawei equipment, "it makes it more difficult for us to partner alongside them," Pompeo said.
The US government has long been suspicious that Beijing could use Huawei equipment for spying but hasn't provided public evidence to support those concerns. Washington is now pressuring countries around the world to keep Huawei out of the next generation of wireless networks, known as 5G.

There is particular concern about the security of 5G because it will be used to carry vast amounts of data that can connect robots, autonomous vehicles and other potentially sensitive devices.
Huawei, which is also one of the world's top smartphone makers, has repeatedly denied that its products pose a national security risk. It also maintains that it is a privately owned company with no ties to the Chinese government.
Uncertainty over Huawei across Europe
Huawei is largely shut out of the US market, but the company does significant business in Europe where it has some 40% of the telecommunications equipment market.
Washington is trying to loosen that grip.

Global mobile carrier Vodafone ( VOD) said late last month that it was suspending the deployment of Huawei equipment in core networks in Europe, given the political uncertainty surrounding the Chinese firm.

In the United Kingdom, Huawei is spending $2 billion on efforts to address government agencies' security concerns. Telecommunications operator BT ( BT) said it would not buy Huawei equipment for the core of its 5G network but would continue to use it for other parts, such as mobile base stations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week that "there are big discussions about Huawei" in Germany as the country develops 5G networks. "We need to talk to China to ensure that companies do not simply give up all data that is used to the Chinese state," she said, adding that "safeguards" were needed to protect data.
What will Canada do?
Two close US allies outside Europe have already distanced themselves from Huawei. Australia and New Zealand restricted the company last year from providing equipment for 5G networks.

Huawei has pushed back against what it calls "irresponsible decisions" by some countries that it says were based on "ideological and geopolitical considerations" rather than legitimate concerns about technology.
Canada is considering similar measures to restrict Huawei even as it walks a geopolitical tightrope between Washington and Beijing. Canadian police detained Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in December on behalf of US authorities. Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.

Her arrest has severely strained relations between China and Canada.
The US Justice Department is seeking Meng's extradition, accusing her and Huawei of bank fraud and violating US sanctions on Iran. Meng and Huawei have denied the charges.

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From: Elroy Jetson2/14/2019 3:32:35 PM
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Watching NOK and ERIC for signs of life.

ERIC has almost doubled since November, but it's clear many investors got into these stocks way too early.

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (46701)2/16/2019 1:34:00 AM
From: elmatador
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Lesson for Emerging Markets. Never do a New York on the big techie coming to town!

They New Yorkers worried about impact on housing, real or imagined and depicted Amazon as a bogeyman.

Worse! They wanted unions! Do you believe that? Unions in plain 21st century?

New Yorkers are crying with the belly full. Emerging markets only cry with the belly empty. Foreign Direct Investment. Jobs and all indirect benefits that comes with a major settling in town. Embrace the big techie coming to town!

How New Yorkers beat Amazon in the HQ2 fight

Long Island City turned out to be too hot for Amazon’s HQ2

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To: elmatador who wrote (46712)2/16/2019 1:26:12 PM
From: Elroy Jetson
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Google has quietly expanded their presence in New York and a lot of cities. Next will be Toronto. And Google has received the same local subsidies Amazon finally obtained.

But Google has done it without Amazon's loudly promoted "contest" - - which is one of Jeff Bezos's worst decisions ever.

Do you think it would be easier placing cellular anntennae or fiber cable by announcing a big public contest to determine the best sites? You're expending time and money to involve millions of people who wouldn't normally be part of the processs and would not have noticed or cared what you were doing.

In addition to making the process harder, he pissed off twenty or so cities he probably had no intention of considering in the first place.

I almost sold my Amazon stock when I heard about the "contest".

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To: Elroy Jetson who wrote (46713)2/16/2019 1:32:36 PM
From: elmatador
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Good point !
Google fiber failed because they went to cities doing to much fanfarre.

Now Amazon got in the radar screen the Millenials...

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To: elmatador who wrote (46714)2/16/2019 1:39:52 PM
From: Elroy Jetson
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I'm sure Google execs learned from that.

I don't know about Millenials, but if you try hard enough, you will always be able to find people to become opposed to anything you want to do. You just need to beat the bushes and spend enough time and money to irritate them and get them involved in your business.

A contest is supposed to be a million dollar prize for the community which signs up the most new Amazon Prime memberships, or the best essay telling people how Amazon has improved your life.

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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46708)2/16/2019 1:47:51 PM
From: elmatador
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The Myth of the Fallout from Huawei Ban

Just count how many vendors disappeared without Fallout.

Lucent. Siemens, Nortel, Motorola, Alcatel

The bigger the number before the G, the less the vendors are required.

Cisco is taking on Huawei globally and winning its share of deals, CEO Chuck Robbins says

Samsung wants 20% market share for network gear by 2020

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To: elmatador who wrote (46716)2/16/2019 3:58:02 PM
From: Elroy Jetson
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The last thing we want to do is move our chip making to the Chinese thieving-rat mainland so they steal more of our heavily protected IP.

Trump's idea, actually China's idea, that we could sell soooo many more advanced IC chips to China if we relocated our heavily automated plants there - is a non-starter for anyone with intelligence, and that fortunately includes the management of our chip-making companies. If these bozos think that's going to fly we are truly as far from a trade deal with China as everyone close to the talks say.

We are concerned China’s reported offer to dramatically increase purchases of U.S. semiconductors would rearrange U.S. supply chains and artificially force them deeper into China,” said John Neuffer, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Perhaps our greatest concern is this can act a distraction from addressing the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute: China’s problematic trade practices related to intellectual property, forced tech transfer, and state subsidies.

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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46674)2/16/2019 7:59:51 PM
From: Frank A. Coluccio
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Petere, a view of this phenomenal set of projections from Lightwave's Stephen Hardy:
The 2018 Cisco VNI for the mathematically challenged
November 27, 2018, Stephen Hardy [Ed. Director & Assoc. Publisher]

Cisco has released its 2018 Visual Networking Index (VNI). As usual, this year’s VNI reports stupefyingly large numbers related to the internet that tech company marketing departments everywhere will quote for the next 12 months.

The VNI is the only reason anyone without a math or science degree has ever encountered the prefixes exa- and zetta-. Most of us without the prerequisite schooling have no idea what these prefixes mean exactly. But we’re aware that they signify really big numbers. For the record, “exa-“ denotes 1018, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. “Zetta-“ is 1021, so you can just add three more zeroes to the exa- number. A zettabyte is bigger than an exabyte. But both are really too big to think about for many without the aid of some sort of mind-altering substance.



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