04 Mar 2017

Building a Resilient Global Enterprise Inspired by Biology

“Biology can provide some inspiration. Biological systems, which have evolved the property of resilience on multiple timescales, offer valuable lessons on how to manage under extreme uncertainty. In our work with mathematical ecologist and National Medal of Science recipient Simon Levin of Princeton University, we have observed that resilient biological

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10 Feb 2017

Cybersecurity venture funding fell in 2016

“Venture capital firms invested roughly $3.1 billion into a record 279 cybersecurity companies last year, according to research published by CB Insights on Thursday. That figure represents a $600 million drop from 2015 to 2016. From an industry standpoint, 2016 also saw a decrease in exits — otherwise known as

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19 Dec 2016

Trump private security force ‘playing with fire’

“President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president, according to people familiar with the plans. The arrangement represents a major break from tradition. All modern

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27 Oct 2016

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductors for about $47 billion including debt

“Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said on Thursday it agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O) for about $47 billion, including debt, as it seeks to expand the reach of its chips from phones to cars. The deal would make Qualcomm, which supplies chips to Android smartphone makers and Apple Inc (AAPL.O),

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18 Oct 2016

Google and Facebook Double Down on Internet Infrastructure With New Pacific Cable

“Google is doubling down on its submarine cable investments in the Pacific ocean, this time with Facebook’s backing. The two tech companies announced last week they are joining a consortium to build a new transpacific submarine cable system that will be ready in 2018.” Source: Google and Facebook Double Down on Internet

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17 Oct 2016

The World’s First Commercial Drone Delivery Service Has Launched in Rwanda

“The world’s first commercial drone delivery service is in Rwanda, and it’s delivering blood. The service is operated by Zipline, a US robotics and drone company. The drones drop blood parcels on parachutes outside remote health centers. Rwanda’s government pays Zipline for the deliveries, each of which costs about the

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15 Oct 2016

DC area cyber community is steadily attracting more interest from venture capitalists

“D.C. has always been dwarfed by rival technology hubs when it comes to investment dollars, a shortcoming that has caused the region to lose some of its fastest-growing companies. But in one corner of the digital ecosystem, that gap is closing quickly. Venture capitalists cut 28 cybersecurity deals with companies based in D.C., Maryland

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13 Oct 2016

Pentagon Urgently Pushing Anti-Drone Tech to ISIS Fight

“Peshmerga fighters operating against ISIS near Erbil, Iraq, shot down a small hobby drone, the kind you might buy off of Amazon. But when they investigated the downed device, it exploded, killing them and injuring two French paratroopers, based out of Orleans, according to Le Monde. With that unfortunate blast,

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11 Oct 2016

US Army’s Next Drone May Fit in a Soldier’s Pocket

“The U.S. Army may become the latest service to dabble in micro UAVs, with a plan to invite bids to supply a short-range micro drone as early as 2018, said Col. Courtney Cote, the Army’s project manager for unmanned aircraft systems. Other services are already exploring the possibilities afforded by smaller, lower-cost drones,

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08 Oct 2016

At Booz Allen, a Vast U.S. Spy Operation, Run for Private Profit

“Booz Allen, a consulting firm that earns billions of dollars by working for American intelligence agencies, has been called the world’s most profitable spy organization. News this week of Mr. Martin’s arrest in August could renew scrutiny of the firm’s operations and, more broadly, the lucrative contracting business that American

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