Day: July 6, 2022

Technology Business

Owner of Technology Companies Arrested for Alleged $45

A Nevada man was arrested today in Los Angeles for an alleged investment fraud scheme that defrauded more than 10,000 victims of over $45 million. A federal grand jury in the District of Nebraska previously returned an indictment on June 14 charging the man, which was unsealed today in Omaha.

According to the indictment, Neil Chandran, 50, of Las Vegas, owned a group of technology companies that he used in a scheme to defraud investors by falsely promising extremely high returns on the premise that one or more of his companies, operated under the banner of “ViRSE,” was about to be acquired by a consortium of wealthy buyers. Chandran’s companies — which included Free Vi Lab, Studio Vi Inc., ViDelivery Inc., ViMarket Inc., and Skalex USA Inc., among others — developed virtual-world technologies, including their own cryptocurrency, for use in the companies’ own metaverse. The indictment alleges that Chandran caused other individuals to make various materially false and misleading representations to investors, including that (a) investors in Chandran’s companies would soon receive extremely high returns when one or more of those companies was purchased by a group of wealthy buyers, (b) investor funds would be used for normal expenses to keep the companies operating until they were purchased, and (c) prominent business figures, including two billionaires, were involved in the purchase. In fact, according to the indictment, there was no such buyer group that was about to purchase the companies for the claimed returns; a substantial portion of the funds were misappropriated for other business ventures and the personal benefit of Chandran and others, including the purchase of luxury cars and real estate; and there were no prominent billionaires involved in purchasing Chandran’s companies.

Chandran is charged with three counts of wire fraud and two counts of engaging in monetary

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Technology Business

The Solution To Climate Change Lies In Businesses Embracing

Henning Ohlsson, Director Sustainability Epson Europe

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. But in the last few years, it’s been at the center of some problematic discussions. From the anxiety that the pandemic brought about by meteoric social media use to alarm over 5G and ongoing fears around data protection and cookies—what started with time-saving intentions has become layered and complex as it becomes more integrated into our everyday lives.

But after some teething issues in what is really an incredibly short space of time, it’s increasingly looking likely that the technology revolution could be the solution to the biggest threat of our time: climate change.

Turning Point

The pandemic turned out to be an effective but temporary pause on the vast amounts of CO2 we’re pumping into the atmosphere. According to the scientific journal, Nature, “After rising steadily for decades, global carbon dioxide emissions fell by 6.4%, or 2.3 billion tonnes, in 2020.” Despite the positive impact, this was still below the 7.6% the United Nations Environment Committee predicts that we would need to make every year for the next decade to meet their targets.

Using Technology To Help Hit Targets

Not only the U.N., but many governments and businesses have been setting targets to tackle climate change. These are often reliant on new and undiscovered technology to help us to reach them. From carbon capture techniques to machines that will rid the oceans of plastic, what these ambitious targets have done is spurn a whole raft of startups geared toward turning the power of tech into clever solutions to the climate emergency. What was previously focused on individual consumer needs has been innovated into tools we can use as a global community to save ourselves from extinction.

Small Changes, Big Impact

It’s a heartening

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Software

The Apache Software Foundation Announces ApacheCon 2022

The Apache Software Foundation

Annual Convention will showcase four days of sessions featuring ASF project communities

Wilmington, DE, July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, announced today the initial schedule for ApacheCon North America 2022. ApacheCon is the annual convention of the Apache Software Foundation, showcasing content from many of the project communities at the ASF.

ApacheCon will be held at the Canal Street Sheraton in New Orleans, LA, from October 3-6, 2022.

ApacheCon this year will feature four days of sessions, with seven tracks each day. Tracks will focus on Search, Big Data, Internet of Things, Community, Geospatial, Cassandra, Financial Tech, and many other topics. For the full schedule, see https://apachecon.com/acna2022. Each evening will also feature Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, where communities will have an opportunity for freeform discussion and planning around our various projects.

Keynotes will feature Demetris Cheatham, Senior Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Strategy at GitHub, and William Hurley (Whurley), Technology Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Strangeworks.

Registration is now open, and until July 24, 2022, the registration fee for early-bird registrants is US$500! From July 25-September 25, the standard conference fee will be US$750. Registrations from September 25 to the end of the event will be US$850.

Register today at https://apachecon.com/acna2022. 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation is the world’s largest open source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing more than $22B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 820+ individual Members and 200 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in

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Construction Industry

The Global Construction Industry is Expected to Reach an

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Growth Opportunities in the Global Construction Industry” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The global construction industry is expected to reach an estimated $10.5 trillion by 2023, and it is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2018 to 2023. The major drivers for the growth of this market are increasing housing starts and rising infrastructure due to the increasing urbanization and the growing population.

Emerging trends which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the construction industry include increasing demand for green construction to reduce carbon footprint, bridge lock-up device systems to enhance the life of structures, building information systems for efficient building management, and the use of fiber-reinforced polymer composites for the rehabilitation of aging structures.

A total of 75 figures/charts and 54 tables are provided in this 168-page report to help in your business decisions. The study includes the construction industry size and forecast for the global construction industry through 2023 segmented by type and region, as follows:

Construction Industry by Type [Value ($ Billion) from 2012 to 2023]:

  • Residential
  • Non-Residential
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Office
  • Others
  • Infrastructure
  • Transport Infrastructure
  • Roads and Bridges
  • Power and Energy
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Others

Construction Industry by Region [Value ($ Billion) from 2012 to 2023]:

North America

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Italy

APAC

ROW

  • Brazil
  • United Arab Emirates

Some of the features of “Growth Opportunities in the Global Construction Industry 2018-2023: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis” include:

  • Market size estimates: Global construction industry size estimation in terms of value ($B) shipment.
  • Trend and forecast analysis: Market trend (2012-2017) and forecast (2018-2023) by segments and region.
  • Segmentation analysis: Global construction industry market size by various applications such as type in terms of value and volume shipment.
  • Regional
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Computer Forensics

Veterans gain cybersecurity skills with all-expenses-paid

For many veterans, leaving the military is anything but a retirement party.

Active-duty personnel follow a strict schedule predetermining what they do, who they talk to and even when they eat. When service members become veterans, however, that structure disappears. New careers must be built. Life can get hard. 

In 2018, veterans accounted for almost 14 percent of all suicide deaths among U.S. adults, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Further, veterans who are in their first year away from service are twice as much at risk of suicide than the veteran population as a whole.

Helping veterans transition into new, well-paying careers is FIU’s Veterans and First Responders Training Initiative. The online program provides a year’s worth of practical cybersecurity training at no cost to veterans and first responders. 

“I genuinely believe that through our programming at FIU, we’re saving lives,” says Randy Pestana, assistant director of research and strategic initiatives at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. 

Pestana knows what it’s like to find a new career after the military; he served in the Marines. The experience inspired him to organize the Veterans and First Responders Training Initiative, a program funded by a National Security Agency grant. Pestana is the initiative’s principal investigator.

The courses in the initiative are taught by faculty at the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), the Gordon Institute and industry experts from the Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC) at FIU. The initiative falls under [email protected], a preeminent emerging program.

More than 200 veterans are set to participate in the upcoming year.

“At the end of the day, we want to put them into jobs,” says Alexander Perez-Pons, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at

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Computer Forensics

Digital Forensics and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Locating Data Traces

Maintaining data quality in evidence is essential for IoT forensics (Gómez et al., 2021). Extracting data involves working around the challenges of following a digital “footprint” through the various data collection and storage stages. This can be complex depending on the quality of the data.

IoT forensics experts have developed various automated methods to simplify the investigation process and make it more effective, resulting in clean, parsed, and structured data that can be used for investigative purposes.

1. Data Traces on Devices

This usually begins with uncovering information within the device itself, such as a smartphone. Unfortunately, many devices only store data for a short time. While most data leaves “traces” behind, these could be fragile and easily corrupted.

2. Data Traces in Networks

Networks used to transfer data may also maintain traces for a specific time. Again, these data traces are fragile and may disappear quickly. Moreover, different networks and processes will use varied encryption methods, creating additional hurdles.

3. Data Traces in the Cloud

Any data transferred from IoT devices that is then stored in or moved within the cloud will leave digital traces behind. Cloud service vendors and ethical hackers can often aid in cyber forensics by preserving and recovering such relics. Of course, they do so only when the recipient has the legal authority to make such a request.

Getting Trained for IoT Forensics

The digital forensics market is expected to more than double within a 5-year period (Markets and Markets, 2018). Considering the rapidly rising number of IoT devices and associated cyber risks, the field of IoT forensics is likely to expand as well.

You can make sure you’re prepared for the future by getting trained with EC-Council as a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI). EC-Council’s certification programs prepare IT and cybersecurity

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Branding

DCEDC welcomes new staffer for countywide branding

The DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is pleased to announce Katelyn Lancaster as the DeKalb County Marketing Manager for the Opportunity Unbound Branding Program.

Lancaster brings extensive digital marketing experience, stellar analytical skills and solid marketing plan execution to DCEDC. In addition, Lancaster has established business and community relationships from past marketing positions in DeKalb County.

“The marketing manager is the cornerstone of Opportunity Unbound,” said DCEDC executive director Paul Borek.

Borek said promoting DeKalb County to attract professionals, makers, residents, students and visitors is crucial to recruiting talent to work at growing county businesses and contribute to county communities and institutions.

“We’re thrilled with Katelyn’s ability to elevate awareness of DeKalb County as the top location for business and community development in the Midwest,” Borek said.

Opportunity Unbound is the brand and marketing strategy which tells the story of DeKalb County as a growing, vibrant community where residents and businesses flourish, according to the DCEDC. Officials said the county’s location and workforce attracts international corporations and provides residents with opportunity to excel in one of several growing sectors. With affordable housing, excellent health care and exceptional education, DeKalb County is truly a place for you to live, work, and play.

“I am honored and grateful to be selected for this role. To work and serve the community that I love, is a tremendous blessing,” Lancaster said. “I am excited to share what the communities within DeKalb County have to offer. DeKalb County is a wonderful place to live, work and play – I am thrilled to tell the story.”

“We are so excited to have Katelyn joining our team and heading up the Opportunity Unbound branding and communication strategy,” said Cortney Strohacker, executive director of the DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Her experience and deep county roots

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