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Budget 2021: Inequality set to rise, say campaigners

2021-03-04 08:16:00| BBC News | Business | UK Edition

Campaign groups say half a million people will fall into poverty because of Rishi Sunak's benefit changes.

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Women retirees win 2.7bn for underpaid pensions

2021-03-04 07:08:50| BBC News | Business | UK Edition

About 200,000 pensions may get top-ups averaging 13,500 after nearly two decades of shortfalls.

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No growth expected for Latin America pay TV

2021-03-04 07:00:48| Digital TV News

According to Digital TV Research, poorly-performing economies have hit Latin American pay TV with the number of pay TV subscribers falling by 4 million in both 2019 and 2020. The number of pay TV subscribers peaked in 2017.

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Commission Issues Blueprint to Boost AI Prowess in US

2021-03-03 13:15:00| TechNewsWorld

A road map for continued U.S. leadership in artificial intelligence has been revealed in a 756-page report released by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Two years in the making, the report made a number of recommendations to make the United States a leader in the AI age, including an emphasis on the need for the U.S. to win the AI competition with China.

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AI App Puts New Life in Old Photos

2021-03-02 13:00:00| TechNewsWorld

Nostalgia website MyHeritage has launched a new service that allows you to create lifelike animations of faces in still photos. The AI-powered service called Deep Nostalgia, launched last week, is free to try and is remarkably accurate in depicting how a person would look if captured on video. Their eyes blink, their head moves and their mouth forms a smile.

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An Update on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

2021-03-01 13:00:00| TechNewsWorld

We are in the midst of what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is a time of disruption, massive change, opportunities, and significant risks. Fortunes will shift, companies will fail, and new companies will rise from the ashes. Let's look at where we are in this latest Industrial Revolution, and where we'll likely be when this wave ends in 10 to 40 years. We'll close with the product of the week, a new conferencing camera/speaker from Poly.

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Ethiopian govt may reconsider telecoms licence sale if offers too low

2021-03-04 09:39:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Ethiopia has a set amount that it expects to receive from the part-privatisation of the country's telecommunications industry, and could scrap the...

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Google rejects new tracking methods, says no plans to replace cookies

2021-03-04 09:04:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Google has confirmed its plans to end the use of tracking cookies in Chrome and said it will not replace this with any similar technology...

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What is cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) and why should you care?

2021-03-03 17:21:33| The Webmail Blog

What is cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) and why should you care? nellmarie.colman Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:21   If your organization works with the U.S. Department of Defense either as a prime contractor, subcontractor or supplier you need to prepare for major changes this year. Starting in 2021, some Department of Defense (DoD) contracts will require you to not only achieve a certain level of cybersecurity, but also have it certified by a third-party assessor. This certification program, known as Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), will help ensure that everyone on a contract can keep the projects data secure. This is a shift from how the DoD has handled cybersecurity requirements in the past, when an organization often simply needed to self-attest that they were practicing essential cybersecurity hygiene. But given that cybercrime is predicted to cost $6 trillion globally in 2021, and continues to rise, these measures are not unexpected. So, how should you prepare? Although the DoD is still ironing out the details, you can start getting ready now by learning about the new requirements, getting to know the various certification levels and knowing who to reach out to for expert guidance.   Who will need to be CMMC-certified? Its estimated that more than 300,000 organizations will require assessment and certification to one of the five CMMC levels. From small businesses providing HVAC maintenance to major defense contractors working on the newest military hardware, every member of the DoD supply chain will need to address CMMC. At the same time, that doesnt mean your entire organization needs to be compliant just the systems, processes and people involved in fulfilling the specific contract at the CMMC level in question. This is important, as the jump from Level 1 to Level 3 requires formal documentation and implementation of 113 additional security controls. However, the DoD estimates that most contracts will only require Level 1 certification.   What are the CMMC levels? The level of compliance needed will vary based on the scope of work. So if you take the examples above, a business providing HVAC maintenance might just need to reach CMMC Level 1, while the company working on military hardware is probably looking at CMMC Level 5 certification. Lets take a brief look at what each level entails. Level 1: Basic cyber hygiene Safeguarding Federal Contract Information (FCI) At this level, you will be implementing basic cybersecurity best practices that every business should follow and that most suppliers have been required to follow since 2016, in accordance with FAR 52.204-21. For example, you will need to control and manage who has access to devices and data, establish strong password protections, implement firewalls, stay on top of software updates/patches and use antivirus protection. This helps protect Federal Contract Information (FCI), which is likely to be found in nearly every government contract.   Level 2: Intermediate cyber hygieneTransitioning to protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) In Level 2, you will need to demonstrate that cybersecurity is not just practiced, but that you are effectively documenting, managing, reviewing and optimizing your practices. In doing so, youre preparing your organization to move ahead to Level 3.   Level 3: Good cyber hygieneProtecting CUI Level 3 demonstrates that you are able to protect anything the government categorizes as CUI (i.e., information that is sensitive and not for public consumption, but not officially classified). It shows that you havent just implemented and documented the required cybersecurity practices, but that youre actively managing them as well.   Level 4: Proactive cybersecurity Protecting CUI and reducing the risk of advanced persistent threats At this level, youre taking a more proactive approach to protecting the governments information. You will need to demonstrate that youre able to detect and respond to advanced persistent threats and adapt to their always-changing tactics, techniques and procedures.   Level 5: Advanced/progressive cybersecurityIncreasing protection of CUI and further reducing the risk of advanced persistent threats Level 5 requires that you take a more advanced posture of proactive scanning and mitigation of advanced persistent threats standardizing and optimizing your processes, across your organization. While Level 4 can be more reactionary, Level 5 is more proactive.   How can my business get CMMC certified? One of the keys to CMMC certification is the ability to break down and review your processes at every step, identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop remediation plans. If youve never done this before, reach out to an experienced Registered Provider Organization (RPO) who can help streamline your path to CMMC certification. The key is to reach out to an RPO early in the process, so you can avoid costly mistakes from the beginning and start with a strong foundation. As an authorized RPO, Rackspace Technology can help you achieve your certification faster, so you can remain competitive for DoD contracts moving forward. Were a leader in the government compliance enablement space, powering multiple FedRAMP and FISMA ATOs built on our managed service, and providing 24x7x365 hybrid-cloud management, operational support and security services as a packaged, on-demand, audited and pay-as-you-go service. Start your CMMC journey strong. Learn more about our CMMC certification services.   What is cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) and why should you care?Get to know about Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and how you can start getting ready now so you can remain competitive for Department of Defense contracts. Learn more about our CMMC certification services./compliance/cmmcGet started

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