Robotic Process Automation technology has found a potential new home with the DOD's Joint AI Center (JAIC). Here's why. (From FedScoop | Written by Billy Mitchell) The Pentagon has never undergone a clean financial audit. In fact, prior to 2018, the Department of Defense had never completed a department wide audit — and in that first exercise, the military’s leadership was not surprised by the results. However, the head of the Pentagon’s new artificial intelligence capability believes AI could play a key role in helping the DOD shore up its accounting and make a clean audit more than just a pipe dream.
The first half of 2019 demonstrated that no environment is immune to malware attacks. We have witnessed threat actors developing new tool sets and techniques, targeting corporate assets stored on cloud infrastructure, individuals’ mobile devices, trusted
third-party suppliers’ application and even popular mail platforms.
Many times the threat of not securing IoT devices is not an attack on the device itself, but an attack on the company's larger infrastructure resulting in financial and productivity loss. Gartner claims there are will be over 7 billion connected “things” for business use by 2020. International organizations in particular must now ensure they build security into every new IoT system, or face compliance issues from GDPR and NIS Directive regulators. US firms are going to invest the most in IoT in the coming 12 months: $2.8m. There’s a sizable minority (42%) of organizations involving security teams early on in IoT projects, but conversely the largest number globally (72%) who claim they always define their security needs during projects. However, just 34% said the CISO is ultimately responsible for IoT security, among the lowest worldwide. The company board may discuss the incident recovery plan but have little oversight of the way the company is securing IoT devices in the first place.
Microsoft is updating Software Assurance Training Vouchers beginning in February 2020 to ensure Software Assurance stays relevant and useful to customers. With this change in direction, some Software Assurance benefits will be retired or changed to eliminate redundancies and better align Software Assurance benefits across Microsoft’s products and services portfolio. The changes made also simplify benefit redemptions and replace outdated implementation mechanisms. While each customer experience is unique, all customers can benefit from the ability to optimize their business performance through Software Assurance.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.