Blog posts by Alexei Balaganski

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Ransomware During the Pandemic Crisis

It is really astonishing how quickly the word “pandemic” has evolved from a subject of obscure computer games to the center of everyone’s daily conversations… However, when discussing the latest news about the coronavirus outbreak, one should not forget another pandemic that’s been causing massive damages to businesses, governments, and individuals around the world for several years already. Since its initial emergence in Eastern Europe about a decade ago, it has quickly evolved into one of the largest global cyberthreats, crippling hospitals and entire...

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The DON’Ts of IT in the Times of Crisis

Truly we are living in interesting times (incidentally, this expression, commonly known as “the Chinese curse”, has nothing to do with China ). Just a couple of weeks ago the world was watching China fighting the coronavirus outbreak as something that surely can never happen in other countries. Today Europe and the United States are facing the same crisis and we’re quickly coming to the realization that neither memes nor thoughts and prayers are going to help: many countries have already introduced substantial quarantine measures to limit social interactions...

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Will 2020 Be the Year of Oracle Cloud?

Recently I had an opportunity to attend the Next Generation Cloud Summit, an event organized by Oracle in Seattle, WA for industry analysts to learn about the latest developments in Oracle Cloud strategy. This was the first Oracle’s analyst summit in Seattle and coincidentally my first time in the Cloud city as well… Apparently, that’s a legitimate nickname for Seattle for a few years already, since all notable cloud service providers are located there, with Google and Oracle joining AWS and Microsoft at their historical home grounds by opening their cloud offices in the...

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The Next Best Thing After "Secure by Design"

There is an old saying that goes like this: “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”. Nothing personal against anyone in particular, but it seems to me that it perfectly represents the current state of cybersecurity across almost any industry. Although the cybersecurity tools are arguably becoming better and more sophisticated, and, for example, cloud service providers are constantly rolling out new security and compliance features in their platforms, the number of data breaches and hacks continues to grow. But why? Well, the most obvious answer is...

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Security vs Convenience: In the Cloud, it’s Still Your Choice and Your Responsibility

Social logins are extremely popular. Instead of going through a process of creating a new account on another website, you just click on the “Continue with Facebook” or “Sign in with Google” button and you’re in. The website in question can automatically pull the needed information like your name or photo from either service to complete your new profile. It can even ask for additional permissions like seeing your friend list or posting new content on your behalf. When implemented correctly, following all the security and compliance checks, this enables...

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Increase Accuracy in Demand Forecasting with Artificial Intelligence

Demand forecasting is one of the most crucial factors that determine the success of every business, online or offline, retail or wholesale. Being able to predict future customer behavior is essential for optimal purchase planning, supply chain management, reducing potential risks and improving profit margins. In some form, demand prediction has existed since the dawn of civilization, just as long as commerce itself. Yet, even nowadays, when businesses have much more historical data available for analysis and a broad range of statistical methods to crunch it, demand forecasting is still...

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There Is No “One Stop Shop” for API Management and Security Yet

From what used to be a purely technical concept created to make developers’ lives easier, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have evolved into one of the foundations of modern digital business. Today, APIs can be found everywhere – at homes and in mobile devices, in corporate networks and in the cloud, even in industrial environments, to say nothing about the Internet of Things. When dealing with APIs, security should not be an afterthought In a world where digital information is one of the “crown jewels” of many modern businesses (and even the primary...

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Can Your Antivirus Be Too Intelligent Sometimes?

Current and future applications of artificial intelligence (or should we rather stick to a more appropriate term “Machine Learning”?) in cybersecurity have been one of the hottest discussion topics in recent years. Some experts, especially those employed by anti-malware vendors, see ML-powered malware detection as the ultimate solution to replace all previous-generation security tools. Others are more cautious, seeing great potential in such products, but warning about the inherent challenges of current ML algorithms. One particularly egregious example of “AI security...

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Do You Need a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer?

Well, if you ask me, the short answer is – why not? After all, companies around the world have a long history of employing people with weird titles ranging from “Chief Happiness Officer” to “Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence”. A more reasonable response, however, would need to take one important thing into consideration – what a CAIO’s job in your organization would be? There is no doubt that “Artificial Intelligence” has already become an integral part of our daily lives, both at home and at work. In just a few years, machine...

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Meet the Next-Generation Oracle

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 has just wrapped yesterday, and if there is a single word that can describe my impressions of it, that would be “different”. Immediately noticeable was the absence of the traditional Oracle Red spilling into the streets around the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and the reason behind it is the new corporate design system called Redwood. You can already see its colors and patterns applied to the company’s website, but more importantly, it defines new UI controls for Oracle applications and cloud services. Design, however, is by far not the...


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