After every major breach, there is a wave of information on security technologies which could have prevented it. Conferences have hundreds of companies exhibiting their cool technologies, differentiators and success stories. The research firms publish informative findings, guides, quadrants, waves etc. and most products and solutions are good if implemented and used well. So, in some ways, we have abundance of security controls and technologies.
We often talk about coming together to fight the bad actors. Industry groups of companies sharing experiences, Government and industry partnerships etc. are examples. These initiatives have been successful to the extent possible considering business and competitive pressures.
There is a need for collaboration between security vendors to help clients manage risk. Risk managers don’t create a single dimensional posture with dependence on one technology, that goes against the basic principles of risk management. So, naturally the collaboration between security technologies is important.
This collaboration, the “C” in Security, is manifesting itself in three models:
The Security Marketplaces: Large platform players have marketplaces (Splunkbase, IBM AppExchange, Cisco etc.) enabling other security products to publish their “apps”. The idea is clients of the platform's can simply download the apps for desired functionality.
The Security API’s: Companies have published API’s, enabling relevant integrations with other technologies. These API’s typically provide information & data which can be ingested for enhancements or actions.
The Security Apps: To enhance its functionality and value, companies are creating apps for the marketplaces & integrations to the API's. This provides an excellent platform for niche companies to join the ecosystem, the Digital business of security.
The good news is that these models are not just driven out of the “good to have” need of collaboration, but have the “must have” commercial model and are utilizing the Digital way.
Everything we know about health care can benefit from blockchain technology. Especially when it comes to medical records, sharing patient information, and making data more interoperable. Right now, there are a lot of intermediaries involved in sharing patient data as very few systems are compatible with one another. The blockchain will effectively create a new model for the exchange of health information. Electronic records are the way forward. However, they need to be made more efficient, secure, and no longer reliant on intermediaries.
Overcoming all of those challenges will not be easy, though. A blockchain-powered healthcare ecosystem would raise the bar as far as interoperability is concerned. Eliminating friction and reducing costs associated with using current systems will create a healthier ecosystem for all parties involved. Now is the time to capitalize on this technology and its momentum.
Additionally, using blockchain will help in generating valuable insights. Being able to see the proverbial bigger picture will benefit both patients and healthcare personnel alike. Moreover, it will help improve the value of care as well. All of this will require a universal blockchain system connecting health care facilities from all over the world. Using private blockchains which only require approved partners to examine and share data is not a viable strategy for the healthcare sector by any means.
“While digital technology has dramatically transformed the management of our financial information and transactions, most of us have not seen such gains when it comes to our health data. As the world watches the adoption of blockchain as a new model of decentralization and security for financial services, we believe the time has arrived when the health sector can finally offer the freedom to own our health data using a smart wallet to manage private and public keys with different levels of permission. This will enable patients to share data on an as needed basis with trusted providers.”
– Dr. Rhea Mehta
There are indeed economic, technical, and behavioral challenges that are faced by the current healthcare models. No one has built a large-scale blockchain ecosystem for the healthcare sector to date. That situation will come to change sooner rather than later, with companies like Bowhead Health working toward bringing blockchain technology to the medical sector as we speak. These unique opportunities need to be taken advantage of with properly developed proofs of concept.
The DEVOPS model may seem like just another one of those terms which management gets enamored with every few years but it is much more than that. The DEVOPS model will probably be the main way that development is done going into the future. We are sure that not only will it be the main way to develop software but that it will bleed out into other industries as well and become the main way of designing and developing new products and services. Here are a few reasons why.
DEVOPS enables user-centric products How many times have you been using software and gotten frustrated and asked “Who the hell made this software?”The answer is “a person who will never use the software”. Bad design almost always comes from developers and designers who don’t really know the use case of the software. DEVOPS involves users in the development phase of the software which allows it to be user-friendly at its core. This is why DEVOPS is so important – it allows the people who will end up utilizing the software make important contributions in its creation and design.
We cannot expect developers to know everything There is a huge problem in software design and development which DEVOPS solves. Development can only be done by developers. However developers are almost never the end users of the software they are creating. Imagine that you want a software to be made which helps architects design houses and buildings. Who will you hire to build the software? Developers, obviously. Yet at the same time you cannot expect developers to know about architecture as well.
This problem is replicated in pretty much every industry out there. You want software that helps the agriculture industry? Developers don’t know anything about agriculture and agriculture experts don’t know anything about software. The DEVOPS model solves this big problem by enabling the users and developers to work together. If there are any fundamental flaws in the way the software operates they can be eliminated at the design phase before the developers waste their time creating software that is of no use to anyone.
It increases success levels Due to the reasons discussed above, DEVOPS results in software that works better than ever before. There are many horror stories of companies that spent millions developing software and solutions that their employees could never use properly and they ended up taking a huge loss. DEVOPS ensures that horror stories like this won’t happen. Developers are free to focus on the features that will be the most helpful for users because the users are right there to tell them what they need. There is no guess-work involved and thus there is a much, much lower chance that things will end in failure. DEVOPS isn’t just a new way to work – it is the understanding that the mistakes which happened previously happened because of the information and communication gap between users and developers. The sooner we close this gap the better it will be for all of us.