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Shortage of Data Scientists in India: National Statistical panel chief

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Kolkata, May 30, 2017: Data scientists, combining expertise in statistics and software, are much sought after in India which is experiencing dearth in the number of such experts, National Statistical Commission Chairman R.B. Barman said here on Tuesday.

Barman said the emerging field of data science using conventional tools, machine learning and artificial intelligence is a “fertile area of research” for deeper insight on the market micro-structure, hidden in voluminous transactional data of customers.

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“The numbers are not known. Only price is an indicator. There is a shortage. Today if you want to employ, there are some companies in Bengaluru, I think they pay anything from Rs 20 lakh (per annum) and above.

“Every year these people want a hike of 20 per cent or more and they go on doing this and that means there is a gap in the supply and demand,” Barman told IANS here on the sidelines of the 70th convocation ceremony of International Statistical Education Centre (ISEC) at the Indian Statistical Institute.

Elaborating on the importance of data scientists, he said there are three challenging dimensions to it: statistics, handling the data very intelligently and understanding the business context.

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“According to one definition, a data scientist is one who knows more statistics than a statistician and knows more of software than a software expert. So if you look at this definition there is a huge demand.

“And they should ultimately understand the business. Our institutions are slowly coming up. So for example, in Mumbai where I live, all institutes are trying to change their courses from econometrics to data science. That is the buzzword,” he said. (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)