Anitian, a Portland, Oregon-based cloud security and compliance company, today announced that it has raised $11 million in series A financing from ForgePoint, bringing the company’s total venture capital raised to $11.8, according to Crunchbase. “We are ecstatic to partner with ForgePoint Capital,” said Anitian CEO Andrew Plato in a statement. “ForgePoint will help expand our offerings and capacity to serve the pent-up demand … across private and public organizations.” Anitian’s automated platform for Amazon Web Services deployments — Sherlock — is built with controls and configurations for a range of regulatory frameworks, including (but not limited to) PCI-DSS, ISO, HIPAA, ISO 27001, NYDFS, SOC 2, GDPR, and FedRAMP. It’s fully virtualized and automatically deploys in the cloud, and uses decoy systems, machine learning algorithms, and other techniques to continuously scan “trillions” of security, app, network, and … [Read more...] about Anitian raises $11 million to automate cloud security and compliance
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Over the last couple of years, Amazon appears to have been laying the foundations for a more significant healthcare push. Amazon is hardly the first tech titan to turn its attention to the health space: Google has DeepMind and Verily; the Apple Watch can now offer you an ECG, while IBM is pushing Watson and numerous strands of healthcare industry software. Even Facebook has in the past dipped its toe in the market with a data-sharing project.The reasons for Amazon's interest in the healthcare market are likely to be same ones that the sector appeals to its competitors. "Amazon likes to target two kinds of industry: the first is where they see an opportunity to reform, where it's not the most user friendly of industries, where there's a lack of trust... The second is where they see a lot of uneven profit margins being distributed, where a few companies are making a lot of money, they have high profit margins and customers are unhappy." In the case of healthcare, intermediaries like … [Read more...] about Amazon’s next big thing: Prime, but for healthcare?
Advances in high-throughput, next-generation technologies mean that pharmaceutical R&D now demands the management of vast quantities of data. This information is increasingly diverse and comes from multiple sources, spanning the entire drug discovery and development process. Connecting laboratory instruments and systems remains a challenge as organizations look to streamline data sharing at every stage. Digital technology is recognised as a strategic enabler of innovation and business capability across the drug development process. Increasingly, many companies are turning to the latest digital solutions, with modern informatics platforms delivering the improved integration, process efficiency and productivity that is necessary to drive scientific advancement. Here, we look at how the latest extensible lab informatics platforms are transforming pharmaceutical R&D, explore the challenges they are overcoming, and consider their current applications and future potential. New … [Read more...] about Creating a Connected Digital Ecosystem for Pharmaceutical R&D
On Wednesday, just days ahead of Google’s Cloud Next conference, Amazon hosted its annual Amazon Web Services cloud computing conference, AWS Summit, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. It didn’t hold back. SageMaker, the Seattle company’s full-stack machine learning platform, saw two major updates: SageMaker Streaming Algorithms and SageMaker Batch Transform. The former, which is available for neural network models created with Google’s TensorFlow, lets customers stream data from AWS’s Simple Storage Service (S3) directly into SageMaker GPU and CPU instances. The latter allows them to transfer large training datasets without having to break them up with an API call. In terms of hardware, Amazon added Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to its Snowball Edge system, an on-premises Intel Xeon-based platform for data processing and collection. And it enhanced the local storage, compute, data caching, and machine learning inference capabilities … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Matt Wood on the major takeaways from AWS Summit 2018
Amid concerns about its handling of user data, Facebook last month quietly put on hold a project to share data with hospitals, the company confirmed to ZDNet. As first reported by CNBC, Facebook planned to exchange anonymized data with health organizations, including Stanford Medical School and the American College of Cardiology, for the purpose of medical research.The project, a Facebook representative confirmed to ZDNet, would have focused on producing general insights that would help medical professionals take social connectedness into account as they develop treatment or intervention programs for their patients.The project was housed in Building 8, the Facebook research lab known for working on ambitious projects such as the development of a brain-speech interface.However, the project was paused in March, following the revelation that the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from millions of Facebook users. Facebook is adjusting its approach to user privacy in the … [Read more...] about Facebook pauses effort to exchange data with hospitals