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An increased amount of research is being done on Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms, which are growing the rate of machine learning faster than ever before. With AI becoming more popular, it is possible that it might be able to give IT professionals the help it needs to compensate for understaffing. We can also hope that it can help with the rapid influx of cybercrime. Compared to other types of crime, cybercrime has changed and grown significantly over time, especially considering it’s relatively new. So can AI help?

Infosecurity Magazine references Simon Crosby, Co-founder and CTO at Bromium, who says that “ML [Machine Learning] makes it easier to respond to cybersecurity risks. New generations of malware and cyber-attacks can be difficult to detect with conventional cybersecurity protocols.”1

These machines will be able to use data from previous attacks to respond to newer and similar risks. This use of AI will decrease the need of cybersecurity professionals on staff, but it will not decrease the need for cybersecurity.

Joerg Sieber, Director of Product Marketing Performance at Palo Alto Networks, says in BizTech, “Staff members may also have an inherent ‘distrust in technology.’… The feeling that automated technology will overlook threats or overblock the employees in our organizations is another very powerful, yet emotional argument against automation.”2

So while there is still going to be skepticism surrounding AI, “automation can cut duplicative processes, bring cohesiveness and consistency to cybersecurity responses, compensate for fatigue among IT security staff members and harmonize cybersecurity data.”2 Our hope is that AI and human cooperation may finally be able to team up and find a way to slow down the $445 billion cybercrime industry.

 

By: Matthew McCaffrey

1https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/next-gen-infosec/ai-future-cybersecurity/
2https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/07/pros-and-cons-automated-cybersecurity

Sulzer Squad

 

Navneet Purba, Junior IT Project Manager

Meet our Junior IT Project Manager, Navneet Purba. She started working with us in October 2017. In just five months, she has grown as a leader and says her biggest accomplishment as Sulzer so far is managing more large-scale projects on her own. Each day, she always tries to learn as much as she can about how to become a successful project manager. Navneet also plans on pursuing her MBA in order to work in upper management, where she can one day lead her own team of project managers! Her hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She played varsity tennis all four year of high school and aspired to continue playing in college, but after a knee injury, Navneet had to stop playing. Today, with her positive attitude and love for the sport, she gives tennis lessons in her free time!

Security Newsletter

It’s a new year and time for new resolutions! Whether you have a cliché, traditional resolution like deciding to cut out caffeine or something totally original like trying a new food each month, think of one that can not only improve your own life, but also the lives of everyone around you. We encourage you to come up with a work resolution in addition to your personal one!

One suggestion we have is to become informed and proactive about preventing ransomware attacks. Imagine this: You are working for what feels like months on a project. You are almost 90% done when you try to log on to your computer and you see a ransomware message. It’s one that commands you to pay $10,000 to get back onto your computer. Uh-oh! You did not back up your project! Now you are stuck, without all your hard work, and the deadline is approaching. Unfortunately, the situation occurred because one of your co-workers opened a malicious email. This is called “phishing” and it happens every day to people all over the world. This year, try to make your work-related resolution to get informed and help prevent your companies from being impacted by these types of attacks.

These three steps are common ways to prevent a ransomware attack, even if you don’t have much technical knowledge:
  1. Back up. In a perfect world, employees would back up their data once a day, but since this is not feasible in a lot of workspaces, try to back up your data once a week, or even once a month. Any backups are better than no backups.
  2. Avoid clicking on suspicious emails and links. Phishing attacks are one of the most common because it is easy to do, and they prey on the unaware user.
  3. Infected with malware already? Disconnect. This will prevent the malware from spreading. Also disconnect the WiFi and Bluetooth, as these can also spread malware.

 

By Matthew McCaffrey

Meet the Interns!

Say hello to Janina, Rafael, and Martin!

They are our latest round of interns at Sulzer, US! We have one intern in project management and two in application development. They are all full-time interns who come from abroad. (Each of them hails from Germany!)

 

JANINA SELUGA

Janina Seluga is our Project Management Intern from Munich, Germany. She began her six-month stint with Sulzer US in August 2017. Janina is a student and had a requirement to complete an internship for her university. Since she was already working for Sulzer GmbH in Germany for the past four years, she learned about the possibility of completing the requirement with Sulzer in the US! Not only did she have a knowledge base of the company, but Janina was also interested is seeing other countries, so she applied! As our Project Management Intern, she is proud of her work and the fact that she is given responsibility for small projects. This is not an internship where you need to be getting coffee or working on a superior’s project! She manages her own projects and is gaining great experience since the scope of her projects are all different. The best advice she’s received while being here is, “Problems are no problem. Think of them as challenges!” Outside of work, Janina likes to run, play tennis, read, cook and travel!

 

 

RAFAEL MUSELMANN

Rafael Muselmann is one of our Application Development Interns. He is from Gaimersheim, Germany. Since September 2017, he has been with Sulzer US working on various projects such as BA Online, a web application used to display a car’s manual, as well as the ChargeForward project alongside another intern, Martin. Like Janina, he is also a student completing his six-month internship requirement. His favorite parts about being at Sulzer US are the friendly colleagues and meeting up with each other outside of work for a game of soccer! When he’s not working, he likes to windsurf and play piano. He’s also a fellow blogger! He writes posts regularly about his time in the US and shares them with his family and friends back in Germany. It’s a great way to keep in touch and share his experiences!

 

Janina and Rafael took weekend trips to places like Atlantic City, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia!!

 

 

MARTIN LANGBECKER

Martin Langbecker, our other Application Development Intern, is also here for a six-month internship. He resides in Hamburg, Germany and studies Computer Science in Ilmenau, Germany. He decided to apply for an internship in the US the moment he saw the opportunity! He previously lived in the states and knew he wanted to continue his studies abroad, so he’s back! Since September, Martin has been with Sulzer US working on interesting and relevant e-mobility projects, specifically, ChargeForward. The best advice he’s received so far is, “Transparency, honesty, and communication are keys to a successful project.” Outside of work, Martin likes to go bouldering, reads, and plays guitar. He takes his passion for music even further by organizing living room concerts! He put together more than 20 concerts when he lived in Germany!

 

Interning in another country is quite the experience and these three have been making the most of it! And while they are only here for a couple more months, we have all enjoyed working with and getting to know our wonderful interns.

We look forward to continuing to provide a learning experience for interns like Janina, Rafael, and Martin, and we value the hard work that they contribute on a daily basis!

 

 

 

It’s 2018!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season!
After unplugging for a bit, we are ready to share what we believe will be an exciting year for Sulzer US, LLC. Look out for new topics about our products and services, security tips, and company outings! Stay tuned to be introduced to our amazing Sulzer Squad newcomers, too!

Security Newsletter

The holiday season is packed with wonderful activities: Ice skating, snowboarding, gift shopping (although not always wonderful), and spending time with family and friends; just to name a few. And as the good times advance, so does technology, and using it to perform these activities has become more and more common. (Think buying your lift tickets online ahead of time and taking selfies as you traverse the mountain.)

One of the more common gift selections during the holiday season is electronics. Electronics are fantastic at making every day tasks much more efficient and make life easier. Roomba vacuums are a prime example of this. Who wouldn’t want to come home to a clean floor after being away for a weekend without lifting a finger?

However, technology has its down sides, too. The issue with security this holiday season may not be the user like it has been in years past. An issue may be the developer’s fault. Companies sometimes discover security flaws after they release their product and the buyer is unaware. Also, if a product is on the shelf in a warehouse for a few months before being purchased, it may have missed a critical update!

Companies will often release product updates in order to increase security. Have you ever gotten an update request on your computer, or your phone asked you to upgrade (but you click “Remind Me Later” because you just don’t got time for that!)? More times than not, security upgrades are embedded within these updates. Apple is a company that is rather famous for doing this after releases. So, to protect your information this holiday season: Update! Update! Update! If you get a gift that suggests you update the software, you should do it. The more you update, the more likely you are to be secure and to enjoy your experience with your new device!

 

By: Matthew McCaffrey

Week of 11/27/2017

 

TECH TRENDS:

There’s an Implosion of Early-Stage VC Funding, and No One’s Talking About It
TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/30/theres-an-implosion-of-early-stage-vc-funding-and-no-ones-talking-about-it/
“This is now a three-year trend, so cannot be “blamed” on macro or short-term factors. More worryingly, it comes at a time of unprecedented stock market valuations worldwide.”

 

 

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Takes Down Chairman’s Net Neutrality Doom and Gloom
TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/30/fcc-commissioner-clyburn-takes-down-chairmans-net-neutrality-doom-and-gloom/
“In a brief but to-the-point document posted to the FCC website, she lists a number of the Chairman’s apocalyptic predictions for how the new rules would allow price regulation, let the FCC tell ISPs what their service offerings should be and of course eventually be struck down by the courts.”

 

AUTOMOTIVE TRENDS:

The Boring Company Proposes 125-150mph “Loop” for Chicago Express Train Request
Ars Technica
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/11/chicago-seeks-a-high-speed-ohare-link-boring-company-to-propose-125mph-loop/
“Wednesday’s RFQ specified that any service that the city would consider should offer travel times of 20 minutes or less between the two hubs, with departures every 15 minutes. Any ‘premium’ fares would have to cost less than any ride-hailing service.”

 

Warner Bros And Intel Partner To Bring The Horror Show Of ‘Entertainment’ Inside Your Autonomous Car
Jalopnik
https://jalopnik.com/warner-bros-and-intel-partner-to-bring-the-horror-show-1820893441
“Those being transported the cars no longer will have to drive or pay attention to the road, so they may want to watch movies or TV. The windows of the car could become screens for augmented reality, or the car itself could be a mobile billboard.”

 

CLIENT NEWS:

Volkswagen Is Going to Start Making Electric Cars in the U.S.
Fortune
http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/volkswagen-vw-manufacturing-electric-cars-united-states/
“Chattanooga is our first choice’ for making EVs destined for the North American market.”

 

The Futuristic BMW i8 Looks Even Better as a Convertible
The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/transportation/2017/11/30/16720920/bmw-i8-roadster-coupe-photos-la-auto-show-2017
“BMW says the gains in the new version are coming from even better output from the electric motor, combined with higher battery capacity, which should also improve the all-electric range by about 10 miles to 33 overall.”

 

 

 

INTERESTING FINDS:

Kano Computer Kit Complete Review
Digital Trends
https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/kano-computer-kit-complete-review/
“All programs listed here rely on code-based blocks that are pieced together like a puzzle, although there are examples like Make Light that require kids to type in lines of code to understand how each line works.”

 

 

Security Newsletter

November is when many Americans are excited about an extra hour of sleep due to daylight savings, and look forward to the holidays and all the shopping! We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which from a shopping standpoint is great, but we need to be cautious from a cybersecurity standpoint. Many shoppers don’t realize how dangerous these holidays can be. They draw the attention of cyber criminals, so if you plan to partake in today’s Cyber Monday shopping, please be aware of your cybersecurity as you shop on your computer and on your phone.

You think, “What could spoil your Thanksgiving vacation?” Hackers. Cyber criminals are licking their lips at breaching companies during this ravenous shopping spree and are excited to see what they can gain from users. The user is always the weakest link in the world of cybersecurity.

In addition to shoppers, employers can also be effected. The Thanksgiving break is a time for employees to get out of the office and enjoy family, food, and football. They also often neglect their emails. But the employees who are checking their email and other business-related tasks can be hurting their employer if they’re not careful.

So, what are some ways to keep you and your company safe while shopping and checking emails?

The first way is to make sure all your devices have passcodes. If you are walking around without a passcode on an iPhoneX in 2017, you may be in for a rude awakening. You could forget your phone on a table at a coffee shop, and by the time you come back your phone is swiped and wiped, or even worse, confidential documents in your shared drive are now available to whoever was bold enough to take your phone.

The second way is to be aware of “shoulder surfing.” Have you ever taken a peak at a stranger’s phone while sitting on the subway or waiting in line for coffee and saw something you probably shouldn’t have? If so, then you are a Social Engineer. This is the easiest and most effective method cyber criminals use to obtain confidential data. Be aware of what you are using your phone for, as well as who you are around while entering your passcodes and credit card information.

The final security awareness tip is to steer clear of “Free WiFi,” especially with a device that holds your company’s information. “Free WiFi” is like seeing “Free Candy.” Is a free candy bar great? Sure, but is it safe? That should be a question that is asked in cyber space, too. Though free WiFi sounds great, is it worth a potential breach? Put the device down until you get home, and enjoy some face time with friends and family instead!

 

By Matthew McCaffrey

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hoping you have a Happy Thanksgiving
and have all the pie you can eat!
#iovereight

From our Sulzer family to yours!

Week of 11/13/2017

 

 

TECH TRENDS:

Microsoft joins the MariaDB Foundation and launches Azure Database for MariaDB
TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/15/microsoft-joins-the-mariadb-foundation-and-launches-azure-database-for-mariadb/
“MariaDB is essentially a drop-in replacement for MySQL that isn’t linked to Oracle, which — thanks to its acquisition of Sun, which acquired MySQL — is currently the corporate home of the open-source database.”

Google shares developer preview of TensorFlow Lite
TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/14/google-releases-developer-preview-of-tensorflow-lite/
“The software library is aimed at creating a more lightweight machine learning solution for smartphone and embedded devices.”

 

AUTOMOTIVE TRENDS:

The Tesla Semi does 500 miles, and it’s ready to (silently) conquer the freeway
Digital Trends
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/tesla-semi/

“Put simply, the Semi blows diesel trucks out of the water.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLIENT NEWS:

2017 BMW M240i review: One of the best cars you can buy today
Auto Week
http://autoweek.com/article/car-reviews/2017-bmw-m240i-review-only-bmw-company-needs

“Power comes from the now turbocharged I6 and with 335 hp, it whips this car around with a vengeance.”

 

 

 

 

How Mercedes Is Preparing For The 4th Industrial Revolution: Big Data, Machine Learning And Drones
Forbes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/11/14/how-mercedes-is-preparing-for-the-4th-industrial-revolution-big-data-machine-learning-and-drones/#2dc3d7546d22

“Not only are they designing new vehicles, but their services, influence in the transportation industry and factories are transforming to embrace the new opportunities and demands of their customers.”

 

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING FINDS:

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot can now do unbelievably good backflips
Quartz
https://qz.com/1131930/softbanks-boston-dynamics-has-an-atlas-robot-that-can-now-do-unbelievably-good-backflips/

“In the past, we’ve seen this robot walk around, pick up boxes, open doors, and get tripped with hockey sticks. Now it’s learnt a new trick: backflipping.”

 

 

 

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