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Building a Wall in Cyber Space

In the modern world, technological warfare is becoming more and more common – both in military, private and commercial settings. Hackers wreak havoc on unprotected devices and as we continue to build technological advancements and integrations we correspondingly continue to increase our cyber security risk levels. The good news is that there is a software defined perimeter solutions to protect us.

Cloud, IoT and mobility will drive massive [Software Defined Perimeter] proliferation over the next few years.

A new approach has been developed to defend systems from cyber-attacks. Akin to putting up a wall in the physical world, the Software Defined Perimeter system, as launched by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, creates a protective layer around any commercial or organizational network.

A Virtual Wall for Cyber Security

The Software Defined Perimeter system works by isolating communications between applications and user’s electronic devices. The process of keeping critical applications and resources invisible until a user’s device is authenticated provides a great mechanism for the identification of network-based cyber-attacks before they can do any harm whatsoever.

In other words, there is a virtual wall constructed around an organisation’s applications and resources which are penetrable only by those with authorized devices.

More Secure Solutions

illustration of cyber defense using software defined perimeter solutions.

The senior principal analyst for ESG, Jon Oltsik, voices his opinion that “cloud, IoT and mobility will drive massive [Software Defined Perimeter] proliferation over the next few years.” He also mentions that the lead up to this development has been going on for quite some time, that this easily scalable, secure solution for business is a sort of next-level achievement in a line of thinking for the cyber security experts.

This helpful new feature in cyber security has already taken off with several companies (including Verizon Enterprise Solutions) offering it as a Software as a Service solution. The system can be deployed with relative ease by professionals and can protect the simplest through to the most complex networks.

Speaking on behalf of Bold Business, we are looking forward to this level of security becoming available to personal users on business worldwide.


Hacking Insomnia With Smart Goggles

Workaholics, insomniacs, athletes or just about anyone in need of good, restful sleep can soon snap on a pair of “smart goggles” and doze off. This bold new medical device uses light and sound pulse emissions to trigger sleep – even in the most difficult patients. It was created by the Sana Sleep company and is due for release in 2018.

[The Company] raised more than $450,000 and figures are expected to rise as the technology continues to be tested.

The smart goggles resemble a VR headset and make use of “audio-visual stimulation to trigger specific patterns in the brain. In much the same way that when you go into a nightclub, and hear fast music and see strobed lights, the VR headset produces an excited state in your brain. This device produces the patterns your brain needs in order to produce deep states of relaxation,” said, Sana Health founder and CEO Richard Hanbury, to Tech Crunch.

Additionally, this streamlined version of the VR headset is able to measure a person’s pulse and breathing; and also customize the lights and sound signals it emits based on individual preferences and biometrics. As a result, a person can fall asleep in as little as 10 minutes; better yet, many who have sleep issues can enjoy restful sleep through the night.

Smart Goggles: Rest for the Sleep Deprived

The smart goggles are being tested on athletes who need short bursts of rest or “power naps” while traveling, as well as patients suffering from chronic pain who are unable to sleep continuously because of their condition.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 adult Americans suffers from sleep deprivation. The study showed that people were sleeping far less than the required seven hours per day across all 50 States, including the District of Columbia. Health experts have stressed that getting enough sleep is vital to both physical and mental health.

man asleep with goggles

Sleep deprivation is closely associated with increased incidences of stroke, heart disease, mental distress, obesity, and diabetes.

“Sana is based on 24 years of sleep research and has gone through extensive subject trials. While bringing continuous improvement to the experience, the company will need to now spend some time understanding which distribution channels are best adapted for its offering,” officials said.

The founder himself used to suffer from chronic pain, sleep-related problems after surviving a vehicle crash in 1992.

Prospects are looking up for companies addressing sleep problems. The company, Sana Health, has received financial backing from various investors. It has raised more than $450,000 and figures are expected to rise as the technology continues to be tested.

Reports said there are 30 tech startups developing and testing sleep-related tech products. These include hardware companies, landed seed and venture rounds. Among the products are innovative mattresses, wearables, internet of things devices meant to improve sleep, and a wide range of wearables.

Bold Applications for Smart Googles

Aside from making people fall asleep faster and for a longer period of time, there are bolder and wider-reaching applications for this technology.

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, who with co-pilot Andre Borschberg, flew around the world for 500 days aboard a solar-powered plane, used the smart goggles to take deep, restful naps during their flight. All in all, the pilots got a total of three hours of sleep per day, and this was broken down into 20 minute periods.

The plane moved an average speed of 46 miles per hour and checked on the pilots’ vital signs every 20 minutes. It is an unusual application but demonstrates the possibilities that await with technological advance.