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How slavery still shadows health care

March 1, 2021 | jipzttuh | No Comments

first_img Probing how colleges benefited from slavery Related Understanding Harvard’s ties to slavery To Titus, Venus, Bilhah, and Juba In a discussion prior to a major conference, Faust amplifies the expanding effort to document a painful part of the University’s past Slavery in America traces its beginnings to August of 1619, when starving pirates sold about 20 kidnapped Africans to English colonists in Jamestown, Va., in exchange for food. On Monday afternoon an expert panel argued that centuries later, the legacy of slavery still shadows the American health-care system.The event, “400 Years of Inequality,” was sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and held at the Kresge Building. Chan School Dean Michelle A. Williams set the tone in her opening remarks with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”Williams provided sobering statistics: The U.S. is one of only 13 countries in the world where more women die in childbirth today than they did 25 years ago, and African American women are three to four times more likely to die than whites. A black woman with an advanced degree, she said, is likelier to lose her baby than a white woman with an eighth-grade education. Worse, certain stereotypes with roots in slavery have endured to the present — notably the idea that black people do not feel pain in the same way whites do, a notion once used to justify whipping and other abuse.“This has wormed its way into scientific theory and a study published in 2016 — yes, 2016 — said that a majority of medical students still believe it.” This makes being black a risk factor in itself, she said.“The inequalities of the health system were built in from the beginning,” said former Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, now chair of the Department of the History of Science. Due to harsh living conditions and various privations, she said that slaves fell victim to a range of diseases and an infant mortality rate double that of the white population, yet much of this was written out of history. In fact, she noted, George Rosen’s seminal “A History of Public Health” (1958) says nothing about race or slavery. “The history of the field you are studying makes no mention of this.”,Also overlooked, she said, is the fact that the health of African Americans barely improved after emancipation, owing to the hurdles former slaves faced procuring adequate food, shelter, and clothing. This led to a disproportionate number of African Americans dying during the early 20th-century smallpox epidemic, fostering arguments in some circles that slavery was better for black welfare. Even in 1981, she said, a North Carolina study found a higher black mortality rate because of lack of access to health services. “The negroes died because they were inferior,” Hammonds said, “And they were inferior because they died.”The event was part of a nationwide attempt by schools of public health and other community organizations and institutions to use the anniversary of American slavery as an opportunity for a soul-searching. It recalls Harvard’s own campaign in the past dozen years to come to terms with its connections to slavery through research and teaching by Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History, and others, and the efforts of Drew Faust, now Harvard president emeritus and the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor, to foster initiatives such as a major nationwide conference in 2017 on universities and slavery, and unveiling a plaque honoring early enslaved workers.At Monday’s gathering, City College of New York journalism Professor Linda Villarosa, a recent contributor to The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project on the history of slavery, recalled an earlier story she wrote for Essence magazine. It focused on an African American woman in New Orleans who lost her first child because doctors ignored warning signs of an impending miscarriage. Treatment was nearly as bad when she was pregnant with her second child, who was delivered by a doctor she’d never met — a common occurrence for black women, Villarosa found. What shocked her, she said, were the letters she received in response to her piece, many of which condemned the woman for having a second child and invoking myths about the inferior health of black Americans. “The level of denial about these issues was surprising and difficult.”A mother herself, Villarosa also found disturbing signs in her own dealings with the system. She noted that in many hospitals, the spirometer (used to measure lung capacity) is given a “racial correction” because of the perception that African Americans have inferior lungs — an infuriating falsehood that she traced back to something Thomas Jefferson wrote. She suspected that such an adjustment was made on her when she was pregnant, which was ironic, since she’d been raised at higher altitudes in the Colorado mountains and so probably had stronger-than-average lungs. Worse, when she developed a complication during her pregnancy, her doctor asked whether she’d used crack cocaine, despite her status as the health editor of a national magazine.Villarosa did propose one solution: providing racial training for OB-GYNs. “It’s about taking our valuable training and marrying it with something else — with respect and caring, kindness and love.”center_img Scholar hopes project will inspire similar efforts: ‘There were thousands of people like Jane Clark’ Radcliffe conference draws historians, scholars to shed light on troubling past while pondering future Second life for slave narrative Faust unveils plaque honoring the contributions to Harvard of four slaves in the 1700slast_img read more

first_imgHarvard College’s Advising Programs Office awarded 12 advisers from across the University with the prestigious Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising. The Star Prizes were established by James A. Star ’83 to recognize and reward individuals who contribute to the College through their exemplary intellectual and personal guidance of undergraduate students.Prizes are awarded each year to 12 advisers, three each in the categories of first-year, sophomore, concentration, and faculty advisers.A record number of nominations for the award were submitted from the undergraduate student body earlier this year. Selection committees composed of College staff, previous Star Prize recipients, and peer advising fellows (PAFs), chose this year’s recipients.First-year AdvisingAbhishek Raman: First-year proctor, Mower Hall; project manager, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; head teaching fellow, Harvard College Program in General EducationKatherine Veach: Assistant director, Harvard College Program in General EducationLu Wang: Preceptor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologySophomore AdvisingNina Bryce: M.Div. ’19, Harvard Divinity School; director of wellness and self-discovery initiatives, First Year Experience Program, dean of Students Office, Harvard College; wellness consultant, Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, HUHS; teaching fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education; resident tutor, Mather House, Harvard CollegeSenan Ebrahim: Ph.D., tutor at Quincy House, M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical SchoolKatherine Pukinskis : Preceptor, Music DepartmentConcentration AdvisingAmie Holmes: Assistant director of undergraduate studies and lecturer on stem cell and regenerative biologyJames Williamson Mickens: Gordon McKay Professor of Computer ScienceLinsey C. Moyer: Assistant director of undergraduate studies in biomedical engineeringFaculty AdvisingIeva Jusionyte: Assistant professor of anthropology and social studiesBrian Liau: Assistant professor of chemistry and chemical niologyDurba Mitra: Assistant professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute“Now more than ever, we are grateful to all of our advisers for their dedication to our students,” said Sindhumathi Revuluri, associate dean of undergraduate education. “These awardees exemplify the many facets of our advising network and the multiple sources of support and mentorship available to our students.”Please visit the 2020 nominees and recipients of the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising for more information.last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Health experts should focus on messages to build public trust around a COVID-19 vaccine and tamp down the hype around the innovative and sophisticated technologies that are being leveraged to rapidly develop such a vaccine, according to a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article co-authored by Barry Bloom, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The Sept. 8  article suggested that more emphasis should be put on the fact that recently released guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing and approving a vaccine are scientifically sound and that the agency will not make any compromises when it comes to evaluating the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. The article also suggested that more efforts should be made to highlight to the public that the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have plans for a robust long-term vaccine safety and monitoring system.“There is already a flood of misinformation on social media and from anti-vaccine activists about new vaccines that could be licensed for Covid-19,” the authors wrote. “If recent surveys suggesting that about half of Americans would accept a Covid-19 vaccine are accurate, it will take substantial resources and active, bipartisan political support to achieve the uptake levels needed to reach herd immunity thresholds.”last_img read more

first_imgIt was a movement that went viral with a hashtag, but for Tarana Burke, the work that galvanized millions of survivors and allies was the result of a life dedicated to interrupting sexual violence and systemic inequalities. #MeToo has brought waves of survivor stories to the forefront of our social consciousness, but the struggles disproportionately facing women of color are even more severe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.Burke is using her platform to create empowerment through empathy, with a focus on creating a journey for healing for all survivors. As a Bronx native, she worked in her neighborhood to address issues of racial discrimination, housing inequality, and economic injustice. After graduating from college, she moved to Selma, Alabama, and served as a director for the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, an organization that supports young people to be community leaders. Through that work, she encountered dozens of Black girls who shared stories of  sexual violence and abuse — stories with which she personally identified.  In 2007, she created JustBe, Inc., an organization committed to the empowerment and wellness of Black girls.  In 2017,  #MeToo went viral and Burke emerged as a global  leader in the evolving conversation around sexual violence.During the annual Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Alumni weekend, Burke will be honored with the Robert Coles “Call of Service” award, recognizing her commitment to survivor-centered, survivor-led solutions.  In 2007, PBHA established an annual lecture and award that brings a significant figure in public service to draw attention to important social issues and inspire future generations to serve.  This award honors Robert Coles, a renowned child psychologist and civil rights activist who taught at Harvard for more than 50 years.  “I find myself looking forward to the Coles Lecture & Award every year because it fills me with so much hope and awe to be in the same room as such esteemed and instrumental changemakers,” said PBHA President Meherina Khan ’21. “Tarana Burke is someone who constantly inspires me to think critically as to how I can use the privilege that I have to be in service of others and continue to look out for the most vulnerable among us.”PBHA’s Alumni Weekend is a call to action centered around racial equality and social justice work. The weekend offers alumni a way to connect with student leaders, staff, and one another.PBHA’s Alumni Weekend will begin with the Robert Coles “Call of Service” lecture on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. and continues on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 14.  For registration information, visit http://pbha.org/stories/coles2020/.last_img read more

Davos & The Coming of the Second Machine Age

February 27, 2021 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_imgToday in Davos, EMC hosted a conversation with New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman and MIT’s Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, who have a new book out called, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. If the first machine age was about the automation of manual labor and horsepower, the second machine age is about the automation of knowledge work, thanks to the proliferation of real time, predictive data analytics, machine learning and the Internet of Things – an estimated 200 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, all of them generating unimaginable quantities of data.Read Bill’s full blog post from Davos on the Huffington Postlast_img

first_imgWith all due respect to the traditional Financial Services (FS) industry, if someone told me five or ten years ago that in 2017, financial services would be associated with words like “innovative” and “disruptive,” I probably would have laughed.Organizations like banks and investment management firms have traditionally never been considered particularly fast-moving, and when there are trillions of dollars at stake, the general consensus is that’s just fine.But the FS establishment today is undergoing a massive transformation that is truly unparalleled, even by Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial standards.When it comes to money, there is absolutely a mobile app for thatThe acceptance level by consumers of alternate banking and financial services providers (“fintech”) is at an all-time high. The level of trust is higher in those organizations that offer tools and services grounded in ease of use, convenience and innovation.Many people are willing, for example to do their taxes online for free. They’re willing to send and receive payments on a mobile app they’ve never used before. This level of disruption makes Uber’s take on the taxis look like child’s play. Ease of use is the primary driver and that’s very, very telling about both the changes that have taken place, as well as what we can expect in the future.Smartphones and mobile apps have replaced traditional credit or debit cards for many consumers. By comparison, if we look back at the retail system, it was just three years ago you couldn’t make a purchase without a physical credit or debit card. Now its business-as-usual to pay for everything from your morning Starbucks, to a bag of dog food on Amazon, all online or through your phone.And it’s not just major retailers that are benefiting from the rise of applications in the retail, finance and payment spaces. Smaller businesses and individuals that use point of sale technologies such as Square can accept and process payments through their smartphones with a card reader or a QR code.Next, look at the process of transferring money from your bank, whether to an individual or a business.The ability to transfer funds on an interstate level in the U.S. has been around for a while given that the funds (all in U.S. dollars) travel within the traditional banking system. Today apps like Venmo and PayPal enable people to transfer funds directly from their bank accounts or credit cards to people via their smartphone.Moving money on an inter-continental basis has been a greater challenge. For decades, consumers have had to go through Western Union to send money internationally, but as the world becomes increasingly more flat, moving money across continents – in different currencies – has the potential to be the next big disruptive push in the way that consumers manage and move their money.The trade off: Ease of use versus institutional loyaltyMillennials are leading the charge in adopting many of these new banking and payment technologies. Having grown up with the internet, many millennials are less concerned about sharing their data with a new financial organization, or experimenting with new applications. How millennials perceive value differs largely from the way that Generation X or the boomers do, for example. For millennials, it’s less about loyalty to an established institution and more about the quality of service and ease of use a company can offer.As a result, this is opening the massive FS market to a new generation of entrants. The barrier to entry in the financial space has never been lower. Many of the startups in banking and financial services focus on ease of use, speed of change, mass customization – in short, the tenets that originated in the internet world.Many of these new players have absolutely no experience in the financial space – and despite what you might assume, many consumers aren’t scared off by that. In fact, it’s often the exact opposite. People are used to doing business online. The reality today is that having a brick-and-mortar presence isn’t a barrier to entry, in many cases it can be considered a hindrance. Online bank CapitalOne is a good example of a financial organization that is thriving, while many traditional retail banks with their physical neighborhood branches are struggling.Certainly consumers need to be skeptical before transferring funds to an alternative financial institution or mobile app, but I think there is an awareness that many of these startups are investing heavily in cyber defense and encryption because they get it: their business is gone if they get breached.Consumers are used to the models that come with internet-based services and technologies. Services like the credit reporting company Credit Karma have perfected the “freemium” model for financial services that offers users services for free, but then monetizes those services in another manner. To access your account, you might need to sit through an ad, for example.  And consumers are used to this – it’s the same understanding that retailers use with affinity cards. Safeway, as one case, provides its club members with a discount on products, in exchange for information about their purchase histories.Will everyone move their checking and savings accounts into online banks? Perhaps not overnight, but with many banks charging fees for customers to speak with human tellers at their branches, the appeal of going online suddenly seems much more appealing. Even with insurance, there are startups that offer low-cost policies entirely online simply by having users enter in some numbers. It’s an entirely agent-free process, just a few clicks and you’re suddenly saving up to 30 percent on car insurance!Disruption comes from within: Recruiting the best minds from techTraditional banks are going to be going the way of the Dodo bird if they don’t innovate and embrace modernization. Banks and other financial institutions need to figure out that if they’re not easy to use, they’re probably in for it.If you look at the banks that are thriving, it is the ones that have adopted and adapted to the digital transformation, the ones that have hired people with data analytics skills and who are using data analytics skills in the space to offer services that are better suited to what their end customers actually want. CapitalOne, for example, has as many presenters at Hadoop conference as traditional tech companies!At the end of the day, it’s all about the Benjamins. People are incentivized by money – it doesn’t drive every decision, but it’s often the most primary thing. When you’re talking about money being managed by a computer, or depositing a check simply by photographing it, that’s not something I would have anticipated 10 years ago.Looking ahead, what I think we’ll see as consumers is an arms race to win our business, both by the emerging disrupters and the long-term established institutions. Five years ago the arms race within financial services was fueled by hiring quality talent out of Silicon Valley with a migration of well-known executives to both big financial houses & startups.What are the other benchmarks for disruption – will it be machine learning and artificial intelligence? Continuing to raise the bar on talent and innovation? Shifting and evolving the business models? A model that can beat a human trader on investing money – that’s one potential outcome. It will be interesting to see if more institutions pick it up. People are starting to take notice.last_img read more

But Who Will Do the Work Then?

February 27, 2021 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgArtificial intelligence is transforming knowledge work“Machines that can change society, and have been much dreamed of, are now here in the shape of networked computers and robots, fed by data whose figures far exceed the human imagination, and increasingly autonomous artificial intelligence.” — Richard David Precht, in ‘Jäger, Hirten, Kritiker: Eine Utopie für die digitale Gesellschaft’ [Hunter, Shepherd, Critic: A Utopia for the Digital Society]Artificial intelligence (AI) has little to do with human intelligence, even if it may seem that way. You could sum it up by saying that it merely resembles human intelligence. After all, even the most complex processes can be reproduced on machines using AI – not just in production halls, but increasingly in offices too.This is what differentiates AI from conventional automation and rationalization. It isn’t just limited to rule-based workflows and basic tasks anymore, but now comprises of increasingly complex activities. Anyone who has been following the news from the world of AI for the last two to three years will have learned about some amazing new technologies. In the meantime, AI is now able to take on tasks, partially or even wholly, that we were fairly certain could only be done by people until now.A change in activities of this magnitude also spells a change to entire professions, especially those in the field of knowledge work. Here are a few examples of professions that might be affected in the future:Doctors: Automated medical technology is already capable of replacing doctors in some subtasks. For example, there are AI-supported diagnostic methods that utilize medical imaging and analysis to detect tumor cells. The AI used can detect tumors far better than doctors.Lawyers: AI-supported analytic tools are able to analyze contracts and independently redraft new ones. These kinds of ‘machine lawyers’ are trained using legal documents, case studies and proposals, and are, of course, able to make evaluations faster than any human lawyer ever could. I recently read about a piece of software that can analyze a large quantity of documents in the space of a few seconds. The same task would take legal professionals 360,000 hours.[1]Journalists: Content providers have been experimenting with automatically generated texts for quite a while now. Of course, an AI system won’t win a Pulitzer Prize any time soon, but that’s not really the objective here. The idea is to create simple bulk texts, such as stock exchange summaries or sports news, and maybe even basic technical descriptions.The list of professions that AI has on its radar is indefinite. For example, we could talk for hours about employees at insurance companies and banks whose tasks have already been taken over by intelligent systems in part, or drivers whose jobs could be taken by autonomous cars, or call centers that might be replaced by bots, or robots who cook and offer nursing care, etc. The list goes on and on. Maybe one day, preachers, artists, and politicians will be the only professionals who remain unaffected by AI – but I wouldn’t even be sure about that.Of course, doctors, lawyers, and journalists won’t be made redundant by AI. Knowledge workers will always be needed. A doctor’s work doesn’t just revolve around analyzing images, a lawyer doesn’t merely draft contracts all day, and not all journalists write about the world of finance. We will always need doctors, but whether we’ll need as many lab physicians by 2030 remains to be seen. Doctors, lawyers, and journalists in 2030 will carry out their tasks in a different way to those in 2018.For other tasks and professions, however, this may mean that qualifications become ‘devalued.’ Expertise and experience that has been considered gospel up to now will no longer be fit for purpose in these new partially or fully AI-supported processes and job profiles. But a devaluation of qualifications doesn’t mean that people won’t be needed anymore. They will just have to do different things to what they do now, and that in turn means they will need new or different qualifications. The fact that we will need a new approach to education and training is indisputable. But that’s not all – We have to be aware that these newly qualified employees will not necessarily be the same people as those who have carried out this work until now.This kind of revolution will not be possible without friction on the labor market or within society as a whole. And apart from dealing with new technology, we will have to find intelligent answers to this question. This is where we’ll have to rely on our natural resources; I’m afraid that AI won’t be able to help us here.[1]        heise.de, 20 December 2017; https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Kuenstliche-Intelligenz-verdraengt-menschliche-Arbeit-in-juristischen-Berufen-3919054.html [in German]last_img read more

How Customer Feedback Spawned a Global Business

February 27, 2021 | mrhtxubs | No Comments

first_imgA lot of companies claim to listen and act on customer feedback but how many can actually back that up? Fact check! Did you know that a division of our company – now over a $4 billion business in its own right – was set up 21 years ago in direct response to customer demand? Seriously – it’s true.OEM started with Industrial AutomationBack then, when we visited Emerson Automation Solutions, located close to our global headquarters in Texas, they told us that they wanted to keep their existing hardware platform for an extended period. They also asked if we could help them add customization features so that they could provide a standard yet tailored system solution for their industrial customers in vertical industries.A complementary but separate business divisionWhat we doWhat does this boil down to? In a nutshell, we take care of all aspects of bringing a product to market from solution design through to inventory management, customized manufacturing and field support. We offer expertise in IoT design and deployment plus in-depth knowledge of more than 40 vertical industries, for example, industrial automation, healthcare, telco, security and defence.Specifically, we help customers select the right compute power for their solution, modify the appropriate Dell EMC system to optimally run their IP, certify it to industry standards or regulatory requirements and build it. We work closely with key partners like Intel and can deliver pretty much anything the customer wants, including adding specially designed brackets and switches, labelling, integrating third-party cards, creating custom bios as well as managing branding and validation.Beyond system customisation and certification, we also offer ruggedised systems for punishing environments, long lifecycle products with managed product transitions plus specialist expertise through a range of partners – channel, application and IoT. Customers enjoy access to a team of dedicated engineers and project managers, a global supply chain, shipping and logistics expertise, award-winning support and importantly, tier 1 tried and tested architecture.Fast forward to today and we are now proud to serve over 3,500 customers worldwide. Our solutions can be found in factories, mines, oil-rigs, laboratories, sports stadiums, hospitals and supermarkets around the globe. You name it – we are there! In fact, thanks to our customers and partners – we achieved the hard-won status of #1 OEM Provider worldwide.[i]Industrial Automation is personalFor me, the moral of the story is that it always pays to listen to feedback and act on good ideas. We certainly owe that first customer a debt of gratitude for planting the seed of a multi-billion dollar business. As you can guess, for me, the industrial automation market is special – after all, it was the trigger for the business that I now head up in Europe. It’s where it all began.Alive, well and kickingToday, industrial automation continues to be one of our biggest revenue drivers globally. While the industry certainly has had to contend with ups and downs over the last few decades, the good news is that contrary to many reports, it’s alive, well and kicking.Spirit of innovationIn my view, that’s largely down to the great spirit of innovation and continuous improvement in the industrial automation industry. Instead of resisting technology, those guys have always embraced new ways of doing things faster, smarter and better. Today’s factories now have the IT tools to collect, analyse and act on data in real time to optimise operations, lower costs, increase throughput and gain a competitive edge.From the Edge to the Core to the CloudFor the last twenty years, our customised PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations have been integrated into central automation and control rooms (now called the “Core”) to collect data .In contrast, the factory floor (now known as the “Edge”) was traditionally characterised by proprietary hardware and software solutions.Standardisation, cyber security and IoT servicesThat’s all changing now. With the Industrial IoT, data needs to be collected, analysed and integrated with different “data consumers”, close to the action on the factory floor, either on the premises or in the Cloud. As a result, we are seeing a big move towards standard hardware devices at the Edge (Embedded PCs and Gateways) and software interoperability in the field.One-stop shopThe good news is that we can provide everything from the Edge to Core to Cloud, depending on the amount of data being processed and your analytics requirements. And of course, in terms of cybersecurity and services, we offer a one-stop-shop with customers also enjoying access to the broad Dell Technologies portfolio, including RSA and VMware Pulse IoT Center.Powering control roomsA picture paints a thousand words so let me give you a few examples of how we help our industrial automation customers solve problems. Our customised solutions power the control rooms at some of the biggest energy plants around the world. Their focus is on reducing downtime and improving profitability by remotely monitoring critical equipment (think of a power station, mine, refinery or an off-shore oil rig) with sensors, edge gateways and sophisticated cloud-hosted analytics tools.Detecting quality in car manufacturingIn other industries, such as automobile manufacturing, factories are using our technology to conduct real-time testing and quality control during the assembly process in order to make adjustments and prevent potential problems before they occur.For example, one customer uses our products to power 3D metrology industrial machines that use robots with rotating cameras to precisely measure production parts down to micron level. In fact, we even have experience in connecting Dell EMC systems to non-IT equipment, such as trucks, trains and planes and are actively involved in delivering a customer solution for car testing and certification.Predictive maintenanceBy using the Internet of Things and our Gateways, other customers are tracking the condition of manufacturing equipment, second by second and accurately predicting when customer maintenance should take place to increase uptime and save money.Looking aheadThe industrial automation market continues to play a huge role in the global economy and leads the way in the adoption of new technologies. In fact, I believe that it’s driving huge innovation worldwide. Where industrial automation leads, others eventually follow. Emerging trends include augmented reality, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and programmable automation controllers (PACs).Transformation not happening fast enoughThe key question is, what is the current state of play? We recently commissioned Vanson Bourne to survey 3,800 business leaders from around the world to gauge their predictions and preparedness for the future. The research shows businesses are split by divergent views of the future.82 percent of business leaders expect their workforce and machines will work as integrated teams within five years.Leaders are divided on what this future means for them, with 50 percent saying automated systems will free-up their time, while the other half disagrees.Organisations are united in the need to transform and how; but they are not moving fast enough.It’s the futureI know a lot of people are afraid of automation and worry about impacts to employment. I understand that fear but believe that we need to keep using technology to reinvent processes and strengthen the industry’s ability to hire workers with the right, high-tech, high-touch skills needed in this digital age.Just as there was a move from farm work to factory work back in the early 20thcentury, almost every sector will need new kinds of workers. The truth is that the industry will continue to need talented people who can manage new operations, programme the robotics and adapt and maintain new equipment.Dell EMC OEM is proud to contribute to the transformation of this important industry. And customers, don’t stop telling us what you need – we’re listening! Please join the conversation. I’d love to hear your comments and questions.Join us on November 1st for a global webinar on Industry4.0 : find out how industrial customers can drive business value today. This link will turn into an On Demand offering after the 11/1 live date, so please check it out: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/15389/337248?utm_source=SocialMedia&utm_medium=KbellLearn more about our work in industrial automation here: dellemc.com/oem/industrialKeep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @dellemcoem and @dermotatdell.Join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here .[i] [i] OEM Global Share based on 2016 Dollar Volume Shipments, VDC Researchlast_img read more

first_imgYou need two to Tango. Apparently, so does a secure IT infrastructure.A thriving enterprise needs a modern datacenter to successfully meet its business objectives. A key pre-requisite for a modern datacenter is a robust infrastructure security. And, for a robust security to be effective, it needs to be intelligently automated.The infrastructure security dilemmaAt its core, every enterprise is a data business. And data is vulnerable to malicious actors. An average data breach is costing organizations between $3M – $5M1. The impact of these breaches is not just financial but also a loss of trust. Both internally and externally.Enterprises have not had a lack of security tools. Multiple surveys have consistently shown enterprises have an average of 75 security tools. However, these tools struggle to work with each other or across the datacenter. This situation only gets worse. There is a looming shortage of security professionals with an estimated shortage of 3.5M skilled professionals by 20213.Enterprises are at a dire crossroads. Critical IT infrastructure faces security risk. The current tools are inadequate. And there are not enough security professionals in the industry.How are enterprises to conduct business in a safe, frictionless manner while protecting its business and customers?Two to TangoSuccessful enterprises have adopted two guiding principles to address this dilemma –Integrate security deep into the infrastructure To effectively integrate security into the infrastructure, one should start with the infrastructure components. One of the key  building blocks is  the server. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recommends system designers to adopt the Cyber Security Framework4. This way security can be built into each and every subsystem. This enables systems to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from malicious activities when they occur.Automate as much of this robust security as possibleIntelligent automation increases the efficiency and consistency of actions. Combining intelligent automation to the Cyber Security Framework makes for a robust IT infrastructure.Dell EMC has adopted these two guiding principles for all their PowerEdge server designs. Based on the Cyber Security Framework, Dell EMC has developed a Cyber Resilient Architecture to protect servers against cybersecurity attacks. Every PowerEdge server is made safer with a Cyber Resilient Architecture and supported by impressive security and automation features. Let’s examine a few of these innovative features.Securely protect from malicious activityEvery server undergoes routine BIOS and firmware updates. However, these routine maintenance activities present a vulnerability that malicious actors could take advantage of. To mitigate this, every PowerEdge server comes designed with an immutable silicon-based Root-of-Trust mechanism. This mechanism cryptographically verifies the authenticity of every firmware and BIOS update. A verification failure results in a rejection of the request and user notification.A similar automatic verification is conducted when the server is booted up as well. Key routine tasks are quietly but effectively verified. There are several automated security features including Chassis Intrusion Alert, Signed Firmware Updates, and Supply Chain Assurance that are deliberately designed to protect the server infrastructure.Diligently detect malicious activityIt is critical to determine if and when your servers are compromised. This requires visibility into the configuration, the health status of the server sub-systems. Any changes to BIOS, firmware and Option ROMs within the boot process should be detected immediately. To help automate this, PowerEdge servers employs iDRAC.The iDRAC is a dedicated systems hardware, to comprehensively monitor the server and take remedial action depending on the event. For example, one of the interesting and automated security checks the iDRAC provides is Drift Detection. System Administrators can define their server configuration baseline based on their security and performance needs. iDRAC has the ability to detect deviance from the baseline. It also helps repair the drift with simple workflows to stage the changes.System Administrators can proactively take action to keep their server infrastructure secure with multiple alerts and logs from iDRAC.Rapidly recover from malicious activityIn the event of a security breach, it is critical for enterprises to limit the damage and rapidly get back to normalcy. PowerEdge servers have a few features to support swift restoration to a known good state. The BIOS and OS recovery feature uses a special, protected area that stores the pristine images. This helps servers rapidly recover from corrupted OS or BIOS images. Additionally, the iDRAC stores a backup BIOS image that ensures “automated” and on-demand Cyber Resilient BIOS recovery. System administrators can easily restore the servers back to its original state immediately following an adverse event.If the server system needs to be retired or replaced, PowerEdge servers use System Erase to safely, securely and ecologically-friendly manner to erase sensitive data and settings. A brief overview of PowerEdge Security and AutomationAs the above examples highlight, robust security needs to be intelligently automated. And intelligent automation needs to have integrated security.IT takes two to Tango.PowerEdge servers come with a wide variety of such robust security and automated features including HW + interfaces (like TPM, SED drives) that the OS then uses to build an OS-level security infrastructure. IT Leaders have been referring to this popular guide to server security to calibrate their systems to best practices of keeping their critical infrastructure safe and secure. Does your critical infrastructure meet these considerations?Why not reach out to your Dell EMC rep for more information on how we can help you with your IT Infrastructure security.Sources:Report from Cyber Security Insiders – https://www.cybersecurity-insiders.com/portfolio/2017-ransomware-reportReport from IDG Communications – https://www.idg.com/tools-for-marketers/2018-security-priorities-study/Report from Cybersecurity Ventures – https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/NIST Cyber Security Framework – https://csrc.nist.gov/csrc/media/publications/sp/800-193/draft/documents/sp800-193-draft.pdflast_img read more

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