Key Moments From The U.S. Spy Chief's Annual 'Litany Of Doom'

Persistent Solution | February 09, 2016

Summarizing his annual assessment of the threats facing the United States, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "unpredictable instability has become the new normal." That's a trend that will continue, he said. Clapper's testimony Tuesday covered a wide array of threats, from cybersecurity to drugs to the Islamic State to space. At one point during the hearing, Clapper referred to this year's report as a "litany of doom."

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Safe-T Group Launches its Consumer Privacy Solution for Microsoft Windows

Safe-T Group Ltd. | July 11, 2022

Safe-T Group Ltd., a global provider of cyber-security and privacy solutions for consumers and enterprises, today announced its entrance into the home computer market with the release of its first consumer privacy solution designed for Windows personal computers (“PCs”). Building upon the success and best-of-breed technology of its iOS privacy solution currently helping protect thousands of mobile devices, Safe-T is expanding its offerings into the global Windows PC market. Today, with approximately 50% of worldwide data traffic originating from desktop/laptop devices1 and with over 40% of global consumers having already become victims of online identity theft2, the need for ensuring privacy when browsing from home is more critical than ever. “Today, our privacy and personal data is increasingly at risk which is why it is important for us to provide our users with comprehensive protection for their desktop computers as well as their mobile iOS devices. We are proud to announce the release of our consumer privacy solution for Windows desktops, a strategic development that enables us to address a large global opportunity by expanding our offerings into the consumer home market,” said Shachar Daniel, Chief Executive Officer of Safe-T. “We intend to leverage the strong traction we are generating with our iOS mobile products as we further expand our portfolio into untapped market segments including other mobile and desktop platforms over the next few months.” Utilizing advanced encryption technologies, the desktop privacy solution prevents a user’s personal data from being accessed or monitored by Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”), advertisers and third parties. By blocking the ability to track or monitor a user’s online activity and history, their personal information is protected when browsing from home or when using public Wi-Fi or other unsecured internet access points. With the consumer privacy for PCs, users can protect themselves from online attacks including identity and credit card theft. About Safe-T Group Ltd. Safe-T Group Ltd. (Nasdaq, TASE: SFET) is a global provider of cyber-security and privacy solutions to consumers and enterprises. The Company operates in three distinct segments, tailoring solutions according to specific needs. The segments include, enterprise cyber-security solutions, enterprise privacy solutions, and consumer cyber-security and privacy solutions. Our cyber-security and privacy solutions for consumers provide a wide security blanket against ransomware, viruses, phishing, and other online threats, as well as a powerful, secured and encrypted connection, masking their online activity and keeping them safe from hackers. The solutions are designed for both advanced and basic users, ensuring full protection for all personal and digital information. Our cyber-security solutions for enterprises, designed for cloud, on-premises and hybrid networks, mitigates attacks on enterprises’ business-critical services and sensitive data, while ensuring uninterrupted business continuity. Organizational data access, storage and exchange use cases, from outside the organization or within, are secured according to the “validate first, access later” philosophy of Safe-T’s zero trust. Our ZoneZero® solutions are available by our reseller, TerraZone Ltd., a global information security provider, as a solution or cloud service. Our privacy solutions for enterprises are based on our advanced and secured proxy network, the world’s fastest, enabling our customers to collect data anonymously at any scale from any public sources over the web using a unique hybrid network. Our network is the only one of its kind that is comprised of millions of residential exit points based on our proprietary reflection technology and hundreds of servers located at our ISP partners around the world. The infrastructure is optimally designed to guarantee the privacy, quality, stability, and the speed of the service.

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SkyHive Launches New Product, SkyHive Platform, Enabling Companies and Communities to Tackle Skills Gap

SkyHive | August 30, 2022

SkyHive®, the first company to map and sequence the global labor market in real-time for workforce intelligence, strategy, and architecture, as well as the rapid reskilling of workers and communities around the world, today announced the launch of SkyHive Platform, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) skills-first solution for private and public sector organizations. Using SkyHive’s real-time Labor Market Intelligence and artificial intelligence to analyze global labor markets at the skill level, SkyHive Platform employers gain outside-in intelligence as well as immediate insights on their talent, such as emerging and skill gaps which can be leveraged to future-proof their workforces, retain talent, and understand evolving labor market needs. SkyHive Platform enriches existing Human Capital Management (HCM) systems using scalable Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to integrate with core HR systems such as Workday, Microsoft, and SAP SuccessFactors, as well as custom applications. In doing so, SkyHive Platform enables companies and communities to derive maximum value from their HCM investments while improving performance and cost efficiency across talent procurement, retention, and workforce training. Companies and governments seeking insights into the state of their workforce’s business critical skills, skills gaps, attrition, sourcing, benchmarks, future talent needs, and recommendations for reskilling can harness SkyHive to power applications with or without the SkyHive Enterprise software application. “Skills are the talent ‘currency’ of the modern age, so it’s natural that leaders are eager to get comprehensive, comparative, and real-time visibility into skills profiles of their workforce. “We’ve built SkyHive Platform and opened our APIs in response to customer requests around the world who want to customize applications and modernize their existing HCM platforms with the most in-depth workforce and labor market intelligence available.” Sean Hinton, Founder and CEO of SkyHive Recognized by Forbes and the World Economic Forum for its positive impact on labor economies, SkyHive processes more than 20 TB of raw data every day, including anonymized worker profiles and job descriptions from over 160 countries. Its findings have reduced enterprise clients’ time-to-hire by 30% and time to source by 90%, while also increasing workforce learning and development efficiency by 70% and gender diversity by 10%. SkyHive data is fully encrypted, and its systems are compliant with GDPR, SOC2 Type II, ISO 27001, Ethical AI and other regulatory frameworks. According to July 2022 research by Gartner®, “Skills are a foundational element for managing the workforce within any industry. Improved and automated skills detection and assessment allow for significantly greater organizational agility. In times of uncertainty, or when competition is fierce, organizations with better skills data can adapt more quickly and be more dynamic in acquiring and deploying talent. ”Gartner Disclaimers: Gartner®, Hype Cycle™ for Human Capital Management Technology, 2022, John Kostoulas, Emi Chiba, July 14, 2022. GARTNER and HYPE CYCLE are a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s Research & Advisory organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About SkyHive SkyHive is a Certified B Corporation and software provider of global workforce intelligence technology, optimizing labor market efficiencies in real-time for companies, communities, and national economies. Leading enterprises use SkyHive’s cloud-based applications and platforms to power the future of work at its most granular level: skills. SkyHive’s Quantum Labor Analysis™ has been recognized by the World Economic Forum and Forbes for leading efforts in ethical AI and its positive impact on labor economies worldwide.

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Henderson Engineers and Torch.AI Test New AI for Building Systems Design

Torch.AI | September 06, 2022

Torch.AI, pioneers of Data Infrastructure AI™, is testing a new artificial intelligence application with Henderson Engineers, a national building systems design firm, to unlock the creative and problem solving potential of the firm's more than 1,000 employees. Henderson, one of the world's most prominent and successful building systems design and engineering firms, works on projects across the business, community, health, retail, and venue sectors, including many high-profile projects, such as SoFi Stadium, host site for the 2022 Super Bowl. The construction & engineering industry is known for sophisticated projects spanning huge supplier networks, strict building design standards, detailed job planning efforts, and tight margins. The industry relies on highly complex information contained in equally complex unstructured data: drawings, images, PDFs, handwriting, raw text. Earlier this year, Henderson began testing new artificial intelligence from Torch.AI that could learn to read complex construction and engineering documents and diagrams. Past construction & engineering data sets were used to quickly train the AI with more than 340 million parameters and growing, which in turn creates new opportunities for automation and data sharing. The Torch.AI system has already read roughly 100,000 engineering drawings with remarkable accuracy. In one example, in less than one second the AI is able to identify, extract, and compare diagrams from 40+ page project files with an average accuracy of 98.9%. Torch.AI's software helps unlock human potential by removing impediments to creativity and problem solving, namely mundane tasks created by the explosion of enterprise data and ever-increasing gaps in technology. The software begins by instantly figuring out what the data is and how it can be useful, then applies advanced machine learning to automate the steps necessary to deliver new insights and support decisions; all without human intervention. "When Kevin Lewis, Henderson's CEO, and I got together to first discuss the partnership, I could tell they were already thinking way ahead of everyone else. "As an engineering firm they are meticulous, thoughtful, strategic. We quickly saw the potential impact these new AI systems could have for their amazingly talented teams and are excited to continue growing our relationship." Brian Weaver, Chairman and CEO of Torch.AI About Torch.AI Torch.AI, the Data Infrastructure AI™ Pioneers, are headquartered in Kansas City with offices in Washington, DC. The company developed the use of AI to process data in-flight, radically evolving analytic and operational capabilities in any IT environment. Torch.AI's products and people are currently actively supporting operations in industries including financial services & insurance, construction and engineering, healthcare, and the US Department of Defense, US Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies. About Henderson Engineers Henderson Engineers provides a wide array of building system design engineering services across a variety of building types, specializing in five market sectors: Business, Community, Health, Retail, and Venue. Their sister company, Henderson Building Solutions, is a turnkey construction management and commissioning services firm that provides a seamless bridge between design, construction, and ongoing maintenance. Together as Henderson Companies, they provide single source solutions for any project.

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tekVizion Uses Amazon Web Services to Bring Conversational AI to Contact Centers

tekvizion | September 21, 2022

tekVizion is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to make it easy for enterprises to add conversational artificial intelligence (AI), such as bots and interactive voice response systems (IVRs), to their existing contact center platforms. With the solution, IT administrators can quickly improve caller experience and reduce agent handle times without the cost and disruption of upgrading their entire contact center. The tekVizion 360 solution leverages two primary AWS services: Amazon Lex and the Amazon Chime SDK. Amazon Lex is an AWS service with advanced natural language models to design, build, test, and deploy conversational interfaces in applications. The Amazon Chime SDK lets builders easily add real-time voice, video, and messaging into their applications. The Amazon Chime SDK is pre-integrated with Amazon Lex and common enterprise voice infrastructure, so you can easily add conversational experiences to contact centers that support the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for voice communication. “Working together with the AWS team, tekVizion built a solution to reduce the burden on call center agents and administrators with conversational AI. Amazon Lex will assist customers with minor requests and improve the entire user experience.” Chakra Devalla, CEO of tekVizion Combining tekVizion’s call center expertise and AWS’s capabilities in automation and AI enables contact centers to focus on critical issues, improved end user experience, faster resolution time, and easing burdens on internal teams. In addition, tekVizion continuously tests the contact center platform and Amazon Lex integration with powerful testing tools combined with their industry-leading interoperability lab for contact center and testing experts. “Today’s customers want instant, personalized, and effective resolutions for their problems,” said Sid Rao, General Manager of Amazon Chime SDK at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “What makes tekVizion’s solution innovative is their ability to use the Amazon Chime SDK to capture the intelligent results from Amazon Lex and integrate these results with third-party on-premises and cloud contact center platforms and agent desktops. By harnessing Amazon Lex’s speech-to-text and natural language understanding features, tekVizion customers can deploy conversational interactive voice response systems that improve call containment, customer engagement, and customer satisfaction scores.” About tekVizion PVS, Inc tekVizion is an independent, global testing lab that provides hundreds of multi-vendor end to end solution validation, certification and integration testing to service providers, vendors, and enterprises. tekVizion’s testing helps accelerate the time to value, improve product quality and future proof investments in business communications.

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This white paper is written for SAP customers evaluating their infrastructure choices, discussing database technology evolution and options available. It is not easy to put forth a black-and-white choice as the SAP workloads straddle both real-time analytics and extreme transaction processing, and infrastructure choices can now be vast, given technology advancements around in-memory and faster processing speeds.

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