Brazilian Institutions and Teams Fight Cyberattacks

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo February 26, 2020 In 2019, federal, municipal, and state agencies all over Brazil recorded 23,717 notifications and 12,365 incidents in their networks and systems.The threats included website invasion, fraud, and interference in network and system availability. The Brazilian Government Response Team for Computer Security Incidents, a governmental organization tasked to gather, analyze, and respond to notifications and activities related to computer security breaches, collected the data.Faced with these numbers, military and civilian organizations seek to promote solutions to counter cyberattacks. The Ministry of Defense organizes yearly Cyber Guardian exercises. The objective of the 2020 event, scheduled for June 30-July 2, is to increase cyberspace protection in infrastructures of different sectors, including energy, finance, transportation, and nuclear.The Brazilian team selected for the Cybersecurity Challenge is a group of friends who work in different areas, but have common interests and experiences in information security and technology. (Photo: Tássya Queiroz/Personal Archive)U.N. approvalThe Brazilian initiative aligns with international concerns such as those of the United Nations (U.N.). For instance, the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Centre organizes an event that seeks to enhance countries’ capabilities to prevent cyberattacks from terrorist groups.What would happen if hackers infiltrated the control system of a power plant boiler and interfered with the temperature to cause an explosion? The question inspired a Brazilian team whose cybersecurity project was selected by the U.N. to be presented at the 2019 Cybersecurity Challenge: Countering Digital Terrorism, in Vienna, Austria.“Strategic structures such as a nuclear power plants are very focused on physical space security, but there is room for improvement in digital security solutions,” said Tássya Macedo Queiroz, a chemical engineer and member of the team of four Brazilians who participated in the U.N. challenge.Countering cyberattacks against critical infrastructures is one of the four main areas of the U.N. event. The organization seeks to incentivize the creation of solutions to counter the online promotion of terrorist content, online terrorist communications, and digital terrorist funding. People who submit proposals to the Cybersecurity Challenge must be between 18 and 38 years old, as proposals must promote youth engagement. According to the U.N., terrorist use of new technologies is more focused on younger individuals than any other demographic group.ImprovementThe idea that the Brazilians presented in Vienna consisted of a program to train and update members of nuclear research centers on cybersecurity. “Our goal is to bring awareness about its relevance, showing, for instance, how to react to a system invasion, who to report it to, how to protect the digital structures, etc.,” said Queiroz.Carlos Marcos Torres, another member of the Brazilian team, said that the group returned from Austria determined to propose the U.N. approved program to institutions of the Angra I and Angra II nuclear plant complex, in Rio de Janeiro, which produce about 3 percent of the energy that the country consumes.last_img read more

Owner occupiers helping QLD ride out market turbulence

first_imgThe development at 63-69 Dickenson Street, Carina, is four to six weeks away from completion.He said it was “a challenging and tougher market at the moment than prior to August 2016” with market demand expected to remain the same the next 12 to 24 months.“As construction finance is becoming harder to obtain from Australia’s big banks we can foresee many developers looking to use second tier lenders for finance or form syndicates to finance projects. Michael and Chris Papa of Scotmore who are among those who have helped seen a surge in owner occupiers underpinning property development.OWNER occupiers have reclaimed their title as the mainstay of the Queensland residential construction market, fuelling demand for hundreds of builders across the suburbs. Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed Queensland had the highest growth rate in approvals for private sector houses (1.6 per cent) though apartment approval growth was in negative territory (-11.5 per cent). The number of houses approved for construction in Queensland in April (2269) was the highest trend result achieved in a decade for the Sunshine State, while non-house approvals were at 1523, a farcry from its 2015 monthly peak of 2409 achieved two years ago.Chris and Michael Papa of Scotmore were among builders riding the multi-unit trend, producing almost 70 individual apartments and townhouses in the past four years. Scotmore’s latest development at 63-69 Dickenson Street, Carina, is 75 per cent sold, with each buyer an owner-occupier.“Owner occupiers have been our largest increasing buyer demographic in the past few years,” Chris Papa told The Courier-Mail. “In previous years approximately 80 per cent of our buyers were owner occupiers and 20 per cent were investors but in recent years the buyer ratio has increased to approximately 98 per cent of owner occupiers and 2 per cent are investors.” Beach shack sells for record $11.2m Huge drop in Brisbane land prices Where to buy for under $500,000 Every buyer so far in their current 29 apartment project at 63-69 Dickenson St Carina — which was 75 per cent sold — was an owner-occupier, he said, with the remaining 25 per cent expected to also go the same way.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“Obtaining finance for the construction of a project in recent years has been one of the biggest changes for all developers,” he said, with all lending institutions requiring pre-sales from developers before approval was granted. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29 The brothers focus on high quality finishes which are especially important to the owner-occupier market.“The success of the developer to acquire finance will determine whether construction will begin but it will be interest percentage charged by the financier and the management of the project which will determine the viability and profitability of the development.”Managing that level of risk and exposure in the volatile conditions was important, he said.Scotmore’s latest project at 63—69 Dickenson St Carina was now four to six weeks away from completion, he said, with a mix of two and three bedrooms apartments with single and double lock up garages still available priced from $535,000. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK last_img read more

Video: Warriors take the first step of the rest of their basketball lives at team’s media day

first_imgThe last time we saw the Golden State Warriors as a group, Klay Thompson was clutching his left knee. Kevin Durant had already left the building, bound for Brooklyn. Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston didn’t need bifocals to see the writing on the wall. And a bunch of upstarts from Canada — Canada! — were hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.Monday, at the team’s media day, the reimagined Warriors took their first steps of a new age. New players, new building, new resolve. … Related Articleslast_img read more

Inspections: Crucial Links in the Weatherization Chain

first_imgWe’ve been making noise for a while now about how slowly stimulus-funded weatherization has gotten underway in parts of the country where confusion and caution have delayed its implementation.The sluggish starts may be frustrating, but they also are predictable given the increased scale of the Weatherization Assistance Program and the thousands of moving parts in its bureaucratic machinery. What’s more, the measure of WAP’s success or failure probably won’t be pegged to the efficiency of its rollout. Final results – the number of jobs the expanded program creates and the quality of the weatherization – will matter much more.This week, a New York Times update on the Department of Energy’s response to weatherization-work audits in Illinois – detailed in a December 3 Department of Energy report – brought the work-quality issue, and the procedures meant to ensure high-quality work, into focus.Spread too thinWith the DOE’s approval and $242 million in stimulus funds, the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program aims to weatherize about 29,300 homes of people with low incomes. WAP rules require that each state, through local agencies that administer the program for their communities, inspect 5% of weatherized homes. As the Times story notes, state officials in Illinois said they had inspected 5% of the homes where work was done, but not 5% of the homes weatherized by each of the 35 local agencies handling weatherization work. Work by seven agencies hadn’t been inspected at all, while work by three others hadn’t been inspected in enough volume to meet the 5% minimum.A state hiring freeze delayed a plan to hire more people to help administer the inspection program. In addition, federal inspectors had not made required site visits, prompting the DOE’s inspector general to step in and send a team out to examine work in five homes.From the DOE report: “We identified significant internal control deficiencies in the management of the Weatherization Program in Illinois which require immediate attention. Specifically, our audit testing revealed significant problems with onsite monitoring and inspection of the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (Illinois). We noted that the Department had not fulfilled its requirement to perform monitoring visits at the State level. In addition, Illinois officials had not complied with the Department’s requirements for inspecting weatherization work conducted by local agencies.“Finally, we found that a weatherization inspection for one of the local agencies failed to detect substandard installation of energy saving materials. This case involved a furnace gas leak that could have resulted in serious injury to the occupants and material damage to the structure. This is an interim report and our audit work remains in progress.”Getting a grip sooner rather than laterThe report also points out that Illinois is just now developing an automated system for aggregating inspection data and tracking the performance of contractors.The inspection lapses are troubling not only because safety problems went undetected but because the DOE inspection – which quickly resulted in a DOE “management alert,” underscoring the seriousness of the situation to the agencies involved – hints at systemic problems in the state’s program that touch on everything from worker training to contractor competence to staffing levels.A potential positive in all of this is that the problems became apparent in the early going rather than in, say, late 2010, when Illinois will have moved much farther down the path to completing work in 29,300 homes, which will require about 1,465 inspections. Most important of all, though, is that the alarms set off by the DOE are heard loud and clear not only by officials in Illinois but by every agency in the nation doing WAP work.last_img read more

Cinematography Tutorial: Dramatic Camera Slider Moves

first_imgIn this video production tutorial we’ll share a few must-know tips for creating engaging shots using a camera slider!Awesome Cinematography is a series where we talk about creating cinematography that will take your production value to the next level. In this episode, we talk about creating unique camera moves using a slider. A slider is a great way to add production value to any shoot.The two techniques that we will talk about were used in a short that I recently released.  You can view it here.The first shot we will talk about is a dutch angle dolly. Adding a dutch angle to your dolly creates a very dramatic perspective change for the viewers. The second shot we will demonstrate is an angled dolly.For all you gear-heads here’s a list of equipment used in the video:Manfrotto 501 tripod (discontinued)Additional Manfrotto headCinevate Atlas 10 sliderCanon 5D mk3 – 24-105mmLowel light standsAs you can see a slider or camera dolly, coupled with these techniques, will add drama and help convey emotion in your story.What other cool camera moves can you accomplish with these techniques? Do you have any tips or tricks to create Awesome Cinematography? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

5 Awesome Stop Motion Lego Videos

first_imgWe’re blown away by these stop motion Lego videos!With the recent success of The Lego Movie we thought it would be cool to take a look at the process of making stop-motion Lego videos. Lego animation, like claymation, takes a lot of time and patience. Just like making a regular movie, you will need to do a good amount of pre-production before you start. The following are 5 great examples of what can be achieved with good planning and a whole lot of patience.1. Battle of the BrickA Lego recreation of the Zanzibar map of the Halo franchise follows the epic battle between red and blue. Video from GameTrailers.com.2. Lego ThrillerThis video uses Legos as pixels, rather than stop motion characters, to create an awesome effect. Video from Berlin, Germany’s Talking Animals Animation Studio.3. Adventure Time Title in LEGOWith it’s stunning detail and complexity this amazing video is a Lego recreation of the cartoon series Adventure Time. Video by Screen Novelties.4. Lego Cl!ck Integrating both human and non-human elements together, this stop-motion video shows what happens when ideas just “click”. Video by visual effects studio a52.5. Lego ArcadeA Lego recreation of classic arcade games. Video by Michael Hickox.Do It Yourself!Feel inspired to make your own stop-motion Lego movie now? If so, the following video will demonstrate you how you can make your own Lego stop-motion video. All you need is a camera, Legos (or Megablocks if you can’t afford Legos) and a lot of patience. Video by Ffrangconator’s Animation.If you feel like making a Lego video but don’t have access to Legos you could always animate one using a 3D modeling software like the Lego Movie. C4DZone’s BrickGen can take your 3D models and make them “Lego-fied” in Cinema 4D. BrickGen is currently avaliable for about $12. The following video shows how it works.Have you ever made a Lego stop-motion video? Do you know of any other awesome Lego centered films? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Fisheries Minister Gives Commitment to Sector Stakeholders

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to creating an enabling environment which fosters growth and sustainability within the fisheries sector.Speaking at a Sustainable Fisheries Forum, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, St. Ann, on Thursday, April 19, Mr. Shaw said this will be achieved by creating an environment where there is a balance for all stakeholders involved in both marine and aquaculture fisheries.“As we seek to work together to develop the fisheries industry, it is important that through the use of application of the best available scientific information, we monitor, assess and evaluate the industry,” he outlined.He said several important steps have been taken to ensure the sustainability of the industry, such as the expansion of fish sanctuaries; the adoption of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture policy; the establishment of a fisheries management and development fund; and improvement in the surveillance of Jamaica’s waters.The Minister also pointed out that the new Fisheries Bill will be implemented in short order.“This Bill will modernise the management of the fisheries sector, bringing it in line with international management and conservation measures… that [will] ultimately [become] a part of the solution and the framework for the management of resources in all its facets,” he said.Mr. Shaw said the industry continues to face challenges with the management and use of fisheries resources, the development of the aquaculture subsector, non-compliance of primary stakeholders, climate change, disaster risk management, institutional strengthening and resource mobilisation.In this regard, he encouraged the stakeholders to accept the realities of the environment and to strike a compromise by beginning to change the cultural practices towards dealing with the different challenges.“We have to demonstrate the vision to look beyond tomorrow…simple things like taking your fish pots and making them larger, agreeing to the fish pots having larger holes, so that the small fish can escape and go on to grow and to thrive, and protecting the reef,” he said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to creating an enabling environment which fosters growth and sustainability within the fisheries sector. Story Highlights Speaking at a Sustainable Fisheries Forum, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, St. Ann, on Thursday, April 19, Mr. Shaw said this will be achieved by creating an environment where there is a balance for all stakeholders involved in both marine and aquaculture fisheries. “As we seek to work together to develop the fisheries industry, it is important that through the use of application of the best available scientific information, we monitor, assess and evaluate the industry,” he outlined.last_img read more

President of Chile Keen on Negotiating Free-trade agreement with CARICOM

first_img Jamaica is already benefiting from Chile’s assistance in building capacity in the areas of trade policy and trade promotion. This is being facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for technical cooperation between the Export Promotion Bureau (ProChile) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), which was signed last year. “On behalf of my colleague Heads of Government, I would like to assure you that these programmes are of great importance to CARICOM and make a significant contribution to the community’s efforts to boost its human-resource capacity and expertise in these critical areas,” he said. President of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, has expressed interest in entering into negotiations on a free trade-agreement with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Story Highlights President of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, has expressed interest in entering into negotiations on a free trade-agreement with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).Mr. Piñera said the Chilean Government, which already has free-trade agreements with more than 70 countries in the world, has been looking forward to starting this process “for a long period of time”.He was addressing the third plenary session at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Friday (July 6), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.The Chilean President said his country has a history of being a very open economy and is of the strong belief that free trade is the best way to achieve development.Jamaica is already benefiting from Chile’s assistance in building capacity in the areas of trade policy and trade promotion. This is being facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for technical cooperation between the Export Promotion Bureau (ProChile) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), which was signed last year.Mr. Piñera explained that under the agreement, both countries will organise an annual plan that will include training programmes and also aims to increase bilateral trade.ProChile assists small and medium-sized enterprises in their trade expansion efforts by leveraging the opportunities afforded by recent trade agreements, fostering public-private partnerships, and helping to position Chile in the international marketplace.The President also pledged to continue to strengthen his country’s scientific and technical cooperation with CARICOM as well as provide better assistance in mitigating the impact of natural disasters.In his remarks, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, thanked the President for his country’s continued cooperation on a wide range of areas, including technical assistance in the form of training courses in natural resources, agriculture, health and nutrition, international negotiations with diplomatic training and foreign language training for high-school teachers in trilateral cooperation with the Government of Mexico.“On behalf of my colleague Heads of Government, I would like to assure you that these programmes are of great importance to CARICOM and make a significant contribution to the community’s efforts to boost its human-resource capacity and expertise in these critical areas,” he said.Mr. Holness said CARICOM also appreciates the technical assistance provided through the various training programmes that have been offered in the areas of disaster management, and look forward to continued collaboration in this critical area.The Prime Minister said the Community greatly appreciates Chile’s understanding of the challenges facing small island developing states (SIDS), and thanked the country for registering its readiness “to stand by this vulnerable category of countries”.Mr. Piñera was specially invited to attend the meeting of CARICOM Heads which began on July 4 and ends today.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction.last_img read more

July 17 2017Cosanti CoPresident Jeff Stein AIA wa

first_imgJuly 17, 2017Cosanti CoPresident Jeff Stein AIA was in Melbourne, Australia this past week, representing Arcosanti at the World EcoCity Summit 2017.This was the 12th in the series of the world renowned EcoCity Summits, started in 1990 in Berkeley, California, by Arcosanti alumnus Richard Register.The Summits, occurring every two years, have now taken place on all 6 inhabited continents. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the organization that Register created, EcoCity Builders, that governs the meetings.(photos and text by Jeff Stein)This year some 600 delegates from around the world, private citizens, planners, NGO representatives, and local and regional government officials (though only a few of them from the US) came together to address the way we humans build our home: our cities, towns and villages.Former Vice President Al Gore began the conference with a new slideshow and talk about climate change. And as usual, the work of Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti, the ideal of a car-free, 3-dimensional town… these things were at the center of many of the discussions throughout the week.EcoCity Builders describes the Summit this way: “It focuses on key actions that cities and citizens can take to rebuild our human habitat in balance with living systems. We are concerned to slow down and even reverse global heating, biodiversity collapse, loss of wilderness, habitat, agricultural lands and open space, and social and environmental injustices.”Melbourne, Australia, of course, has been voted the World’s Most Livable City for 6 years in a row. But even there, at a conference celebrating the myriad projects humans are undertaking world-wide to bring about a new way of living in cities on the planet, we realize the tremendous work that awaits us all. The fact that we do realize this is partly due to Arcosanti’s presence in the world, a reminder of what could be, based on what takes place here every day.last_img read more