Ed­i­tor’s Note

Distinguished Magazine - - CONTENT - Sushma Rao Deputy Ed­i­tor

WWarm greetings from Roche­ston!

In the July is­sue of Dis­tin­guished, we take a look at some in­ter­est­ing sto­ries from across the cy­berspace. When Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) is com­bined with Threat In­tel­li­gence (TI), it yields mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits. This is what is be­ing em­pha­sized by Steve Grob­man, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent and chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer (CTO) at McAfee and Dis­tin­guished has the in­side story. We dis­cuss cy­ber­at­tacks that have im­pacted in­dus­tries. A hacker named Gnos­tic­play­ers, who pre­vi­ously claimed to have sold mas­sive chunks of data in the dark web in three rounds, is back with a new set of data­bases breached from a to­tal of six web­sites. We see how alu­minum gi­ant of Nor­way, Norsk Hy­dra, re­vealed that it was forced to shut down be­cause of a dis­rup­tion caused due to a ran­somware at­tack.

In this month’s In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy sec­tions we dis­cuss the chal­lenges faced in hir­ing skilled pro­fes­sion­als, in an ever de­mand­ing in­dus­try. Face­book is all set to launch their cryp­tocur­rency called Face­book Coin. Does this new de­vel­op­ment sig­nify the big­gest boon to the un­sta­ble crypto com­mu­nity, or does it im­ply an im­pend­ing doom? We toss the coin.

The agri­cul­tural in­dus­try is ex­pected to in­crease to 60% by 2030, and there is no doubt that tech­nol­ogy has helped this in­dus­try grow in pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency. As the world’s pop­u­la­tion seems to be over­flow­ing from its seams, farm­ers and food pro­duc­ers need to look at dig­i­tal farm­ing with an all new per­spec­tive.

All this, and a lot more to look for­ward to as Dis­tin­guished moves for­ward dig­ging deeper into the cy­ber­se­cu­rity do­main. We hope the pack­age of ideas, ar­ti­cles and im­ages will en­gage your reading ap­petite, and leave you crav­ing for more.

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