Infosys Announces Automated Data Science Platform to Support Public Health Agencies

– Developed in collaboration with AWS, Couchbase & Knowi, the platform from Infosys’ Cobalt portfolio will enable agencies to deliver AI-driven insights

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Infosys Public Services, a US-based subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, today unveiled the Infosys Health Insights Platform (IHIP) – an automated data science platform for public health agencies developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Couchbase, and Knowi. The new platform is part of the Infosys Cobalt’s growing portfolio of 14,000 cloud assets. Built on AWS, this new platform will help agencies scale their analytics capabilities and turn massive amounts of data into valuable insights and actionable recommendations.

IHIP enables public health agencies to aggregate, manage and analyze data in disparate formats and from multiple sources using advanced data science and artificial intelligence (AI). This includes unstructured data like sensor

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United Nations agencies call for increased investment in education

Oct. 5 (UPI) — Now is the time to reimagine education around the world to make it more equitable for everyone, several United Nations agencies and their partners said in a joint statement Monday celebrating World Teachers’ Day.

While the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated inequities, the statement said teachers have led the way in innovation and creativity to serve students despite the limitations.

“In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind,” said the statement from Audrey Azoulay of UNESCO, Guy Ryder of the International Labor Organization, Henrietta H. Fore of UNICEF and David Edwards of Education International.

The statement said teachers have “individually and collectively” worked to find solutions and create environments where students could learn safely during the pandemic.

“Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the

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NSW government sets public cloud as default standard for agencies

Adopting public cloud will now be the default for all government state agencies under a new principle that has been introduced by the New South Wales government under its new cloud strategy.

Under the new principle, Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said all agencies would embed a “public cloud by default” principle for all IT procurement decisions and have the “highest security, privacy, and contractual safeguards” when going to market for computing services.  

“It is a move that will accelerate innovation, modernise service delivery, and create better outcomes for the citizens of NSW,” Dominello said in a statement on Friday.

“A modern and reliable cloud strategy and cloud policy will enable government-wide adoption of public cloud services in a united and secure manner.”

According to the state government, the strategy has been designed to provide government agencies with a “common vision, direction, and approach for consuming cloud services”.

It

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U.S. intel agencies failing to counter threat from China, says House Intelligence Committee report

WASHINGTON — After two decades of prioritizing counterterrorism, U.S. intelligence agencies are failing to sufficiently understand and counter the national security threat posed by China, the House Intelligence Committee concludes in a new report issued Wednesday.

The report, based on hundreds of hours of interviews with intelligence officers and thousands of analytic assessments, finds that the intelligence community must change how it does business — not only to improve its insights into China, but also to better address “the growing importance of interlocking non-military transnational threats, such as global health, economic security, and climate change.”

The report recommends that spy agencies make better use of open source data, modernize hiring practices and re-orient spending priorities. Although the committee’s Democratic majority wrote the report, the full committee approved it Wednesday morning in a bipartisan voice vote.

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“The United States’ Intelligence Community has not sufficiently adapted

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Hackers Have Infiltrated Many of Washington State’s Agencies

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Hackers have launched a sprawling, multifaceted cyber-attack against the state of Washington, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The attack infested many of the state’s agencies with sophisticated malware, including one type known as Trickbot, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to talk to the media.

The attack has already lasted more than a week, but it has yet to significantly affect state operations even while exposing flaws in the state’s security apparatus, the people said.

The cyber-attack didn’t impact the state’s election systems. Nonetheless, coming nearly a month ahead of November’s presidential election, it highlights the potential vulnerability of state computer networks, which include election systems.

Tara Lee and Mike Faulk, both of whom are spokespersons for Governor Jay Inslee, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office tweeted Thursday that

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Facebook and Twitter remove Russia-linked accounts linked to multiple agencies

Facebook said Thursday that it had removed accounts from three disinformation campaigns, each with at least loose ties to the Kremlin.

None of the three had a large following or were focused primarily on targeting Americans. But they shared similar tactics, and each came from a distinct Russia-linked agency, indicating the country’s leadership is doubling down on building disinformation networks in the months before the U.S. election.

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have since suspended the accounts that tried to cultivate followings to point users back to their websites. In each case, the number of accounts and their followers are a fraction of the size of similar campaigns that went viral in the lead-up to the 2016 election, indicating they’re being caught earlier.

While each was still in their infancy and didn’t display a clear intent, one possibility is that they would eventually be used to disseminated hacked information, in the

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Space Force, DoD agencies, NRO try to get on the same page on future acquisitions

A “program integration council” run by the Space and Missile Systems Center will include representatives from DoD space-buying agencies and the National Reconnaissance Office.

WASHINGTON — The Space Force announced in June that one of its major field organizations will be an acquisition command that will unify the current mishmash of agencies that handle space programs.

The new organization, the Space Systems Command, has not yet been stood up. In the meantime, representatives from several space buying agencies will be meeting regularly in an informal “program integration council” led by the Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.

“We want to make sure that there’s alignment across programs,” Col. Dennis Bythewood, the Space and Missile Systems Center’s director of special programs, told SpaceNews in an interview.

The integration council is run by the Space and Missile Systems Center. It includes representatives from agencies that operate independently from the Space Force

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Feds issue emergency order for agencies to patch critical Windows flaw

Close-up photograph of computer networking components.

The US Department of Homeland Security is giving federal agencies until midnight on Tuesday to patch a critical Windows vulnerability that can make it easy for attackers to become all-powerful administrators with free rein to create accounts, infect an entire network with malware, and carry out similarly disastrous actions.

Zerologon, as researchers have dubbed the vulnerability, allows malicious hackers to instantly gain unauthorized control of the Active Directory. An Active Directory stores data relating to users and computers that are authorized to use email, file sharing, and other sensitive services inside large organizations. Zerologon is tracked as CVE-2020-1472. Microsoft published a patch last Tuesday.

An unacceptable risk

The flaw, which is present in all supported Windows server versions, carries a critical severity rating from Microsoft as well as a maximum of 10 under the Common Vulnerability Scoring System. Further raising that stakes was the release by multiple researchers of proof-of-concept

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