PRESS RELEASE Adept Technologies Announces New Office in Burlington Vermont

Adept Technologies to Open New Office in Burlington Vermont

New York, NY – 2018 will be another exciting year for the continual growth of Adept Technologies.
Answering the strong demands for its systems and services in North Eastern US States and Canada.

Burlington Vermont Office

“We visited many cities in four states looking for the right fit for our new northern office location. We kept going back to Burlington Vermont, the University of Vermont was a huge deciding factor, based our constant endeavor in finding talented technology professionals, and a healthy environment to grow.” Said Jeffery Moore, Director Human Resources Adept Technologies Inc.

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada–United States border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Canada’s second most populous municipality, Montreal. The city’s population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.

Adept Technologies, Inc. (Adept) is a New York City-based software development company that provides integrated enterprise solutions to corporations and municipalities across the United States. Adept is the leading provider of customizable shoreline permit management software (the Adept Enterprise System) to hydropower project developers, real estate divisions, and issuing agencies. Adept Enterprise enables efficient management of energy resources and provides easy access to centralized data with GIS mapping integration. Available in Web, Windows, and private-cloud-hosted versions, Adept Enterprise is the only application designed to ensure FERC license compliance.

More talent … Less technology

No one is safe from internet attacks, and A.I. defenses can’t help, Google security veteran says (https://www.cnbc.com)

Technology

A cybersecurity expert who has protected Google’s systems for 15 years said Monday no one is safe from internet attacks and software powered by artificial intelligence can’t help defend them.

Heather Adkins, director of information security and privacy and a founding member of Google’s security team, also advised consumers not to put sensitive personal information in their online communications.

“I delete all the love letters from my husband,” Adkins told several thousand people gathered for TechCrunch Disrupt 2017, a technology conference in San Francisco, after telling them “some stuff” like personal information shouldn’t be put in emails.

Network attacks “can happen to anyone … anywhere,” Adkins said during an onstage interview in which she urged startups to assume they would get hacked eventually and to prepare a response plan.

Google has said that more than 1 billion people use its Gmail program.

Adkins’ remarks came several days after the credit-monitoring firm Equifax revealed what may be the largest data breach to date.

Adkins explained that AI-powered security software is not particularly effective at stopping even 1970s-era attack methods, let alone more recent ones.

“The techniques haven’t changed. We’ve known about these kinds of attacks for a long time,” Adkins told the crowd, pointing to a 1972 research paper by James Anderson.

While AI is very good for launching cyberattacks, it’s not necessarily any better than non-AI systems for defense — because it produces too many false positives.

“AI is good at spotting anomalous behavior, but it will also spot 99 other things that people need to go in and check” out, only to discover it wasn’t an attack, says Adkins.

The problem in applying AI to security is that machine learning requires feedback “to learn what is good and bad … but we’re not sure what good and bad is,” especially when malicious programs mask their true nature, she said.

When asked what advice she would give to businesses to keep their networks safe, Adkins advised “more talent … less technology.”

“Pay some junior engineers and have them do nothing but patch,” she said.

…….Continue reading at https://www.cnbc.com

My Two Cents: I agree to disagree. The future reality is AI is here to stay and expand. Talented humans are needed to maintain, and help design the AI systems. The expansion of the Internet is alarming, and my thoughts right now are out on if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Back in the 1990s I thought it was a good thing when I lead the development of placing mechanical systems on the internet as a way of tracking and increasing productivity. I now believe this was wrong, based on the security risks that have exploded. AI is needed, we just do not have enough talented humans for the tasks at hand….

Big Data Needs Bigger Security

Big Data Needs Bigger Security (http://www.usnews.com)

Technology

The Equifax breech shows why data companies must be held accountable.
The age of big data is here, along with a growing list of big data breaches and the big mess created for millions of affected consumers. The only thing missing is big consequences for companies that are causing these big losses. Last week, Equifax lost highly confidential personal and financial data on as many as 143 million people. The worst part? You didn’t even give them permission to obtain this information. They can legally collect, store and share it regardless. Although banks have a self-serving track record of their own (Wells Fargo, anyone?) at least as a client, you have a direct relationship that permits you to use the law to hold them accountable……Continue reading at www.usnews.com

My Two Cents: After reading this I would have to agree. If corporations are going to store highly confidential personal and financial data and they lose this data based on hacking which means this data was exposed to the internet, then this company would be responsible. What bothers me about Equifax is the time it took to notify everyone, and I mean everyone’s personal information in the USA has been exposed. This is huge. Sadly security software systems do exist that would have secured this data, but these Big Companies appear to not care to invest in these systems.

Global Cyber Attack Imminent

A devastating global cyber attack is imminent (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

Technology

Experts have warned that a devastating global cyber attack is imminent.
The hack, called ‘ExplodingCan’, targets computers running on Microsoft Windows 2003, which means that it could be used to attack 375,000 computers worldwide.
This puts it in the same risk category as last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack which caused mayhem around the world, crippling vital servers such as those used by the NHS.
ShadowBrokers, the group behind the WannaCry hack, stole the ExplodingCan from the NSA, along with an arsenal of other cyber weapons.

The hack targets Microsoft Windows 2003 servers running the Internet Information Services version 6.0 (IIS 6.0) web server.
According to Manchester-based security company, Secarma, Exploding Can exploits a known flaw in the IIS 6.0 servers, triggering a buffer overflow.
This in turn can be used for remote access to the computer, and could allow hackers to plant ransomware in a similar fashion to the WannaCry worm.

Continue reading at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

My Two Cents:
Another reason supporting moving to the Adept Secure Platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 has been retired for many years, outdated software is just one little problem…

Reliable Grid Operations – NERC

Reliable Grid Operations – NERC (http://www.nerc.com)

Technology

Electricity is unique in that it can’t be conventionally stored for later use. It’s produced and consumed in real time.

Electricity must be produced and delivered at the same time consumers need it.

While most people take reliable electric service for granted, it is something the electrical industry makes a daily priority. Disruptions to electric service are more than an inconvenience, they are matters of health and safety. In addition, power disruptions can be costly to consumers and businesses.

The sustained dependability of electric service is a crucial component of modern life and a key to the economic vitality of the world.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards; annually assesses seasonal and long‐term reliability; monitors the bulk power system through system awareness; and educates, trains, and certifies industry personnel. NERC’s area of responsibility spans the continental United States, Canada, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. NERC is the electric reliability organization for North America, subject to oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada. NERC’s jurisdiction includes users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system, which serves more than 334 million people.

Cyber Security is enforced via the CIP – Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards.

Reliability Standard Violations in New England Result in $3 Million Penalty, March 30 – After completing its fact-finding, FERC’s Office of Enforcement concluded that Berkshire Power Company LLC (Berkshire) and Power Plant Management Services LLC (PPMS) violated the FPA, jurisdictional tariffs, various FERC regulations, and NERC Reliability Standards.

My Two Cents:
NERC can issue large fines if you get into their crosshairs. I understand why NERC exists today with regard to Cyber Security. My question would be will NERC help you after an event like what happened in the Ukraine last December, or would they issue you a $3 Million Penalty? Will they share information to others or fine them too? Will this type of enforcement help or make it worse?

We are at a point, where Cyber Security is going to change big time. The way it is being handled today is not the way it will be handled after a successful Cyber 911 attack takes the power grid down… Electricity must be produced and delivered at the same time consumers need it, cyber security will be a HUGE part of making sure it happens…