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Data, AI, and Cloud-Computing Scholarships From Udacity

Global learning platform Udacity on Saturday announced that applications were open for 15,000 scholarships in Data, AI, and Cloud-Computing

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The scholarships are aimed at both beginners (basic computer skills are recommended) and experienced programmers. Pixabay

Global learning platform Udacity on Saturday announced that applications were open for 15,000 scholarships in Data, AI, and Cloud-Computing funded by German multinational corporation Bertelsmann.

This scholarship programme is part of a three-year commitment between Bertelsmann and Udacity to offer 50,000 scholarships globally across these emerging technologies.

“The world is becoming increasingly digital and as a result, every job in every industry is becoming a technology job. And while the industry demand for technical skills and proficiency is high, the supply is low,” said Lalit Singh, COO, Udacity.

Applicants are expected to send their applications by November 6, 2019.

 

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Udacity will select the scholarship recipients in November 2019 and the winners will begin the Challenge course in the same month. Wikimedia Commons

Applicants must focus on these three subjects while applying for the scholarship: Cloud — applications for online-based IT infrastructure; Data — applications for the analysis and interpretation of large volumes of data; Artificial Intelligence — applications related to machine learning and intelligent algorithms.

These scholarships are the first stage of a two-phase global initiative by both the organisations.

Those selected will first participate in a three-and-a-half-month Scholarship Challenge out of which the top 5,000 performing Challenge phase students in each subject area will be awarded a full scholarship for a Udacity Nanodegree programme: Cloud DevOps Engineer, Data Analyst or Deep Learning.

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“We are particularly looking at opportunities in the fields of Cloud, Data, and Artificial Intelligence and consider it our responsibility to empower as many people as possible to be successful in the digital world, and to support policymakers in this,” said Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann.

Bertelsmann and Udacity will select the scholarship recipients in November 2019 and the winners will begin the Challenge course in the same month.

Depending on the individual’s pre-existing knowledge, participants can expect to spend between three and five hours a week for the course.

The scholarships are aimed at both beginners (basic computer skills are recommended) and experienced programmers. (IANS)

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37% Computers that Collect Biometric Data Face Hacking Attempts: Report

1 in 3 biometric data computers face hacking attempts

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One in three computers that collect biometric data have faced many hacking attempts. Pixabay

One in three computers (37 per cent) engaged in collecting biometric data globally faced hacking attempts in the third quarter of this year, a new report said on Friday.

The devices — servers and workstations — use to collect, process and store biometric data (such as fingerprints, hand geometry, face, voice and iris templates).

Overall, a significant number of conventional malware samples were blocked, including modern remote-access Trojans (5.4 per cent), malware used in phishing attacks (5.1 per cent), ransomware (1.9 per cent), and Trojan bankers (1.5 per cent), said the team from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky ICS CERT.

“The existing situation with biometric data security is critical and needs to be brought to the attention of industry and government regulators, the community of information security experts, and the general public,” said Kirill Kruglov, senior security expert, Kaspersky ICS CERT.

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The existing situation with biometric data security is critical. Pixabay

An analysis of threat sources showed that Internet is the main source of threats for biometric data processing systems — threats with this source were blocked on 14.4 per cent of all biometric data processing systems.

This category includes threats blocked on malicious and phishing websites, along with web-based email services.

“Though we believe our customers are cautious, we need to emphasize that infection caused by the malware we detected and prevented could have negatively affected the integrity and confidentiality of biometric processing systems,” Kruglov added.

Threats blocked in email clients were ranked third (6.1 per cent — in most cases these were typical phishing emails (fake messages on the delivery of goods and services, the payment of invoices, etc.) containing links to malicious websites or attached office documents with malware.

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Like many other technologies that have lately been rapidly evolving, biometric authentication systems have proved to have significant generic drawbacks.

“The key shortcomings of biometric authentication technologies are usually cause by information security issues,” said the report. (IANS)