May 17, 2020

New IDC report calls for a fresh approach to data security

International Data Corporation
Cybersecurity
data management
Cyber Security
Tom Wadlow
2 min
Data centre
The International Data Corporation (IDC) is calling on enterprise to reconsider how they approach data and data security.

Despite huge increases in the...

The International Data Corporation (IDC) is calling on enterprise to reconsider how they approach data and data security.

Despite huge increases in the amount invested on cyber defence by businesses in recent years, large-scale cyberattacks are still commonplace, causing devastation that has decimated the balance sheets of many organisations. IDC’s report attempts to look at why and how this can be solved. 

In partnership with ASX-listed technology firm Covata, IDC’s Is Data the New Endpoint? report proposes that organisations need to change how they think and view data itself as an endpoint, in order to improve how it can be secured.

It says: “Data is an asset that is increasing in value, created and stored in an ever-growing variety of devices. It is also increasing in volume, its value only realised by sharing – and only with those who are authorised to view it. And yet hackers are seemingly able to steal this data with ease from those that are unable to secure it sufficiently”.

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The report recommends organisations and their technology buyers: 

  • Consider how and where the data is created, captured, transmitted and stored, and where the vulnerabilities are greatest along this value chain;
  • Identify offerings that can secure that data at its earliest point of creation and throughout its life cycle, regardless of whether this is on- or off-premises;
  • Realise that not all data is of the same value, and that value may differ from an internal (your own) and external (the hacker’s) point of view, and then apply the relevant levels of protection;
  • Establish a process that can constantly evaluate this value based on impact to the business, impact of legislation and impact of new threats and vulnerabilities.

Co-author of the report, Simon Piff, Vice President, Security Practice for IDC Asia/Pacific, commented: “Strategies to protect data must evolve if we are going to successfully protect this valuable resource in the future. It’s clear from the almost constant barrage of headlines announcing the latest data breach that we are not able to secure this asset with the strategies we have used in the past.

“Perhaps by reconsidering our approach to how we think about data, we can create improved strategies to secure this increasingly valuable asset.”

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Jul 22, 2021

Airbiquity and Cyngn make any warehouse vehicle autonomous

autonomous vehicles
Warehouse
Technology
Catherine Gray
3 min
Airbiquity and Cyngn combine technology solutions to convert any materials handling vehicle into an autonomous vehicle, regardless of make and age

Connected services provider Airbiquity has partnered with autonomous vehicle technology specialists Cyngn to help material handling companies evolve vehicle fleets into autonomous systems.

This new partnership will support companies working in warehouses move and handle goods without needing a human to drive the machines. By introducing this technology, warehouses will have the ability to evolve their existing vehicles to become autonomous.

“Working with Cyngn, we have the opportunity to help guide the future of autonomous vehicles and make our technology accessible to more industries,” explained Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and CEO of Airbiquity.

Vehicle agnostic technology for flexibility

Cyngn’s flagship product, DriveMod, is an end-to-end autonomy solution that can be flexibly deployed on multiple vehicle types in various environments. DriveMod delivers intelligent analytics, artificial intelligence, advanced safety features and self-driving capabilities for industrial vehicles. 

The technology is vehicle agnostic which means DriveMod works across all kinds of industrial vehicles, regardless of age, vehicle type or manufacturer.

"On the heels of announcing our OTAmatic expansion into non-automotive industry vehicles, this partnership is further validation of the need for safe and secure industrial-grade over-the-air software update management technology to ensure that autonomous vehicles are running most efficiently," said Moinzadeh.

OTAmatic, an over-the-air (OTA) software and data management solution, developed by Airbiquity, securely orchestrates and automates connected vehicle software updates and data management from the cloud.

Securely evolving vehicles to become autonomous

By integrating Airbiquity’s OTAmatic and Cyngn’s DriveMod, organisations can invest in industrial AV technology that starts generating value today while being prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Typically, industrial AV solutions require companies to completely replace their existing fleet. This new partnership between Airbiquity and Cyngn shifts that paradigm through retrofitting.

Discussing the benefits of the new partnership, Lior Tal, CEO at Cyngn said: "Autonomous vehicle fleets generate vast amounts of data, which we leverage to derive greater insights and create opportunities for increased efficiency. By using Airbiquity's most advanced and industry-proven over-the-air update technology, companies gain access to these ever-expanding capabilities without disrupting their daily operations."

With both companies’ technology, organisations in the materials handling market will be able to securely evolve their vehicles into AV systems which can be refined over time – thus leading to increased autonomous fleet management efficiency and up-time.

Leveraging data to improve AVs 

DriveMod enables fleets of all shapes and sizes to drive autonomously. This can be achieved by a simple retrofit or by being embedded directly into original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicles at assembly.

Businesses within many industries, such as mining, automotive and construction, use OTAmatic to efficiently plan and execute OTA campaigns. This can be done with refined vehicle and device targeting, discrete policy and privacy controls, customisable user communications and solution deployment flexibility.

Over time and with more data, DriveMod will develop a deeper understanding of the domains in which it operates. Combining this with OTAmatic’s over-the-air software updates ensures autonomous vehicle fleets will continue to generate novel value and efficiency.

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