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Are E-Scooters Vulnerable to Hackers?



Article Written by Avery Phillips
 

You've most likely seen small clusters of electric scooters cropping up on your local sidewalks, seemingly overnight. These cheap and effective forms of transportation are especially popular in urban metropolitan areas where the "last mile problem" affects the ways people move through their day-to-day lives. However, these scooters come with their own problems. 

Much like any type of new technology, cybersecurity concerns seem to only be addressed once they're raised as an issue. This means that the storage and transfer of user data may not be as safe as users think it is when they open the app to rent a scooter. It follows that if major corporate entities like Amazon or Sony can be hacked and have their information leaked, then naturally it can't be that much more difficult to hack into the tiny brain of an electric scooter - especially since people have already figured out how to gut their wiring and batteries. 

While scooters can be great tools for getting around, it's important to treat them with the reservations and caution that every new piece of technology usually deserves. There are still many bugs and user problems to be worked out as the scooter industry progresses. Here are a few things to pay attention to when it comes to your security and scooters.

Even Without Kubernetes, Google Dominates Code Commits Across Cloud Native Computing Foundation Projects

Google dominates all code contributions made across projects of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), dwarfing all other contributors, according to analysis done via Stackalytics, an open source code analysis framework hosted by the OpenStack Foundation. Google is not only the largest contributor with 52.9% of all code commits, but it has seven times more contributions than the second largest contributor, Red Hat, with only 7.4%.

CNCF is an open source software foundation dedicated to making cloud native computing universal and sustainable. Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. Cloud native technologies enable software developers to build great products faster. CNCF projects include Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy and a number of others.

"Many would assume that Google's dominance over CNCF code contributions is because of its work in Kubernetes (which originated in Google), but Stackalytics data reveals that this is not the case," said Boris Renski, Co-Founder and CMO at Mirantis. "In fact, it is GRPC, a Google dominated distributed queuing project that is still in CNCF incubation, that has the most all-time commits from Google, with Kubernetes in second place."

Enterprise IT Focused on Moving More Workloads to Cloud in 2019

NetEnrich announces the results of its 2019 Cloud Adoption survey on public cloud adoption in the enterprise. The 2019 survey, which ran online in December 2018, was completed by 100 IT decision-makers in companies with 500 or more employees. A key takeaway from the survey was that cloud adoption is already very high and growth is likely to continue in 2019. And yet, IT pros remain concerned about a range of cloud issues, including security and privacy. 

According to NetEnrich's survey, large enterprises are eagerly adopting cloud infrastructure, applications and services. In fact, 85% of respondents reported either moderate or extensive production use of cloud infrastructure, while 80% said their companies had moved at least a quarter of all their applications and workloads to the public cloud. Meanwhile, 86% of respondents have re-architected some or all of their applications to use cloud-native services.

By making these moves, companies are benefiting from a faster time-to-market for new digital products and services, reduced costs and optimized use of IT infrastructure. However, the pace, scale and priorities associated with public cloud adoption differs from company to company. In conducting its survey, NetEnrich sought to clarify how far along companies are in their cloud adoption, and their goals and challenges. Following are some of the survey's key findings:

Oracle Expands Cloud Business with Next-Gen Data Center in Canada

Oracle today announced the opening of a Toronto data center to support in region customer demand for Oracle's public cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure offers the most flexibility in the public cloud, allowing companies to run traditional and cloud-native workloads on the same platform. With Oracle's modern cloud regions, only Oracle can deliver the industry's broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications, Oracle Autonomous Database, and new services in security, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, all running on its enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure. 

"Enterprises in the region still have limited ability to run mission-critical applications in the cloud and are struggling to attain the level of performance they have on-premises without a major overhaul," said Don Johnson, executive vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "With this new location Oracle is delivering on its promise to deliver even more customers with consistent high performance, low predictable pricing and the flexibility our cloud brings to the table."

While cloud adoption has increased, many organizations are still hesitant to make the transition to the cloud due to security concerns and a desire to protect existing investments. First generation public cloud offerings were not architected to accommodate traditional application architectures. Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure is built specifically to help organizations of any size run the most demanding workloads securely while delivering unmatched security, performance, and cost savings.

Kemp Simplifies Application Delivery Management and Cloud Migration Costs with Launch of Transparent Cost Calculator

Kemp announced the release of the Kemp total cost of ownership (TCO) calculator, which enables enterprises to gain visibility into the overarching costs associated with cloud migration and application delivery.

To calculate your costs, try the TCO calculator here: https://kemptechnologies.com/total-cost-ownership/calculator

Unlike traditional load balancer/ADC deployments, where the customer pays a license per appliance and must predict future throughput, Kemp's metered licensing and per-app ADC deployment model benefits customers by enabling them to provision any number of Kemp LoadMasters as needed with unlimited throughput. This reduces the total cost of ownership for load balancing, especially in multi-cloud environments.

Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Backup

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced AWS Backup, a fully-managed, centralized backup service that makes it faster and simpler for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises, helping customers more easily meet their business and regulatory backup compliance requirements. AWS Backup makes protecting storage volumes, databases, and file systems easier by giving customers a single service to configure and audit the AWS resources they backup, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor recent backups and restores in one place. To get started with AWS Backup visit: aws.amazon.com/backup.

As enterprises move more and more applications to the cloud, their data can become distributed across multiple services, including databases, block storage, object storage, and file systems. While these services in AWS provide backup capabilities, customers often create custom scripts to automate scheduling, enforce retention policies, and consolidate backup activity across several services in order to better meet their business and regulatory compliance requirements. AWS Backup removes the need for custom solutions or manual processes by providing a centralized place to manage backups across AWS. With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can create a policy that defines how frequently backups are created and how long they are stored. Customers can then assign these policies to their AWS resources, and AWS Backup automatically handles the rest by automatically scheduling backup actions for the assigned AWS resources, orchestrating across AWS services, and managing their retention period.

How Mobile App Development will Change in the Next Couple of Years

Written by Paul Matthews

There have been a number of rapid developments in technology in the last 10 years that have allowed us to create previously inconceivable things. Robot "humans", driverless cars and a ride into space on a passenger aircraft - to name a few. One of those developments has been our smartphones, something that has now become an extension of our everyday lives.

Given the rate at which smartphones have drastically adapted in such as short space of time, it's only natural to look ahead and consider just how big a part they will play in our future. See below a list of predictions from mobile app development companies that we're likely to see sooner than you think: 

Utilising Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality has already started to infiltrate our lives, particularly in terms of gaming - take Pokémon Go for example. However, there's more to come from virtual reality and our mobile devices. Increasingly, companies such as Samsung, Apple and Facebook are looking into ways to create a more immersive world for better user experience. One in which we don't even need to look away from our screens. This, combined with the fact that Virtual Reality is developing terribly fast with the support of applications and technologies such as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) is probably the biggest venture for what concerns the mobile development sphere. 

Higher App Security

Zenoss Recognized in Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools

Zenoss Inc., a leader in software-defined IT operations, today announced it was named a representative vendor in Gartner's Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools. According to the report, IT infrastructure monitoring tools capture the availability of IT infrastructure components that reside in a data center or are hosted in the cloud as infrastructure as a service.

A Gartner Market Guide defines an emerging market and explains what clients can expect it to do in the short term, outlining the attributes of representative vendor offerings and how those offerings are likely to evolve.

According to Gartner, "With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. I&O leaders must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools to gain visibility into their IT landscape."

Split to provide free access to feature flagging platform

Split, the leading product decisions platform for engineering and product teams, announced today that is offering free, unlimited access to its feature flag solution. By making its industry leading technology widely available in Split’s Feature Flag Edition at no cost to product and development teams, organizations of any size, maturity or budget can respond faster to changing market conditions and shift toward a continuous deployment model for greater business value.

“We have identified almost 40 open source feature flagging libraries in the market, but they lack comprehensive feature sets and are not well-maintained,” said Trevor Stuart, co-founder and president at Split. “We're excited to introduce the first managed feature flag service for free, allowing development teams to take advantage of our industry leading feature flagging technology, and focus on innovation, while eliminating the need to build solutions in-house.”

The Split Feature Flag Edition introduces the most comprehensive entry point to feature flagging in the industry. Companies can now have access to a free feature flagging solution, which offers product and engineering teams dramatic strategic benefits including faster time to market, quicker rate of error correction, more frequent experiments and maximized engineering productivity.
 

Insight Venture Partners Invests $500 Million In Veeam

Veeam Software today announced that Insight Venture Partners has invested $500 million with strong participation from strategic investor Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to accelerate the next phase of Veeam's growth as the No.1 provider of Data Management solutions for the public and private cloud. Veeam will leverage Insight Venture Partners' internal business strategy arm, Insight Onsite, and capital to accelerate its expansion through both organic growth and M&A activities.

Veeam is one of the largest privately held software companies in the world, with approximately $1 billion in sales and more than 325,000 customers, adding 50,000 new customers every year. Veeam has been growing organically over the last 12 years in a rapidly expanding cloud data management market that enterprises annually spend an estimated $30 billion to address. Testament to this growth, Veeam touches more production environment workloads than any other systems management company in the market.