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The Majesty of Air Travel - VR helmets and standing seats

                Margins in the airline industry are horrible. Truly awful. And that’s not hyperbole; it’s a sober reflection on the facts. Depending on whom you ask airlines’ profit is between 1.0 and 2.6 percent, and that in an industry which relies on owning hundreds of airplanes, costing between $80 million and $390 million depending on size. Th...

Deception and ClearSCADA vulnerability - Social Engineering and cross-site scripting

Name: Cross-site scripting vulnerability Target: ClearSCADA product from Schneider Electric Corporation Type: Use of deception, social engineering to glean sensitive user data and forced shutdown of parent server.  Region: Primarily US and Europe, small percentage os systems run in Asia.  Who: No known public exploits Independent security rese...

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Quintiq: Aggressive Move Charts Out Bold Vision

Overview: On July 24, 2014, Dassault Systèmes let the world know of its intent to acquire operations planning & optimization company Quintiq. The acquisition was finalized on September 8th. Based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, Quintiq has its US HQ in Philadelphia. Quintiq clocked in revenues of about $100 million for 2013. With a focus on manu...

The Home Depot gets itself hacked - The sorry state of cyber-security

                It seems that The Home Depot has fallen victim to the same kind of attack that had Target and eBay headlining the news earlier this year. While it is still too early to quantify the breach, estimates suggest that this event is more extensive than the 100 million-customer Target hack, which cost the company upwards of $400 million an...

Security as a Profit Center - Strategic moves by Key Companies to Drive Customer Acquisition in Industrial Markets (Part -I)

We recently did an analysis on North American Automation Security Trends and uncovered several strategic business drivers. The key highlights were: 1. Security goes beyond compliance. Drives profitability, sustainability and operational excellence of the enterprise. 2. The inevitability of cloud and IIoT requires technology innovation to create n...

Nuclear Power If it was a Nintendo game, it’d be called “Smash ‘em Smoosh ‘em”

                I am a nuclear power enthusiast. In fact, if I ever sell an app to Facebook, or find out I’m the long-lost heir apparent of the King of Saudi Arabia, I’m almost certainly going to start a company that makes all kinds of nuclear reactors. Despite the scientific challenges and PR problems associated with nuclear power, I do believe it...

‘Doing the right thing’ - An insight to modified California smart lighting standards.

Sustainable communities and smart infrastructure have been buzzwords for the last few years. As strong supporters of smart infrastructure, we expect to see market growth in smart building systems and technologies. Construction companies with a focus on sustainable building are working towards 60% of revenue from green projects by 2020. In the evolu...

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