Category Archives : Artificial Intelligence

25

Jul

Security Center’s adaptive application controls are generally available

Azure Security Center provides several threat prevention mechanisms to help you reduce surface areas susceptible to attack. One of those mechanisms is adaptive application controls. Today we are excited to announce the general availability of this capability, which helps you audit and block unwanted applications.

Adaptive application controls help you define the set of applications that are allowed to run on configured groups of virtual machines (VM). Enabling adaptive application controls for your VMs. Azure Security Center will allow you to do a few things. First, it recommends applications (EXEs, MSIs, and Scripts) for whitelisting, automatically clustering similar VMs to ease manageability and reduce exposure to unnecessary applications. It also applies the appropriate rules in an automated fashion, monitors any violations of those rules, and enables you to manage and edit previously applied application whitelisting policies.

By default, Security Center enables application control in Audit mode. After validating that the whitelist has not had any adverse effects on your workload, you can change the protection mode to Enforce mode through the Security Center management UI.

You can also change the application control policy for each configured group of VMs through the same Security Center management UI, edit and

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23

Jul

IoT: the catalyst for better risk management in insurance

Thought leader Matteo Carbone has titled his book All the Insurance Players Will Be Insurtech. He means that insurance companies that embrace digital transformation and technologies will lead the industry. Those technologies include the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Big Data. Carbone believes that the use of new technologies gives insurers “superpowers” to assess risk more accurately, manage risk continually, and mitigate risk in real-time.

The process of getting superpowers is the process of converting IoT data into actionable insights, and using those insights to reduce risk through prevention and mitigation of claim events. As the powers grow, so do the benefits to insurance customers and providers. Insurers can also increase the pace of  customer interaction. It is the growth in the number of interactions produces more data points, and the same data is used to prevent or mitigate risk, while driving the sale of additional services outside the traditional insurance value chain. Remote monitoring and emergency alert services also provide peace-of-mind to the customer. These are only the start of additional services. Insurance companies are now selling a matrix of other services layered on top of the base policy. The income of

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23

Jul

IoT: the catalyst for better risk management in insurance

Thought leader Matteo Carbone has titled his book All the Insurance Players Will Be Insurtech. He means that insurance companies that embrace digital transformation and technologies will lead the industry. Those technologies include the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Big Data. Carbone believes that the use of new technologies gives insurers “superpowers” to assess risk more accurately, manage risk continually, and mitigate risk in real-time.

The process of getting superpowers is the process of converting IoT data into actionable insights, and using those insights to reduce risk through prevention and mitigation of claim events. As the powers grow, so do the benefits to insurance customers and providers. Insurers can also increase the pace of  customer interaction. It is the growth in the number of interactions produces more data points, and the same data is used to prevent or mitigate risk, while driving the sale of additional services outside the traditional insurance value chain. Remote monitoring and emergency alert services also provide peace-of-mind to the customer. These are only the start of additional services. Insurance companies are now selling a matrix of other services layered on top of the base policy. The income of

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17

Jul

Blockchain as a tool for anti-fraud

Healthcare costs are skyrocketing. In 2016, healthcare costs in the US are estimated at nearly 18 percent of the GDP! Healthcare is becoming less affordable worldwide, and a serious chasm is widening between those that can afford healthcare and those that cannot. There are many factors driving the high cost of healthcare, one of them is fraud. In healthcare, there are several types of fraud including prescription fraud, medical identity fraud, financial fraud, and occupational fraud. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimates conservatively that health care fraud costs the US about $68 billion annually, which is about three percent of the US total $2.26 trillion in overall healthcare spending. There are two root vulnerabilities in healthcare organizations: insufficient protection of data integrity, and a lack of transparency.

Insufficient protection of data integrity enables fraudulent modification of records

Cybersecurity involves safeguarding the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data. Often cybersecurity is mistakenly equated with protecting just the confidentiality of data to prevent unauthorized access. However, equally important is protecting the availability of data. That is, you must secure timely and reliable access to data, as well as the integrity of the data. You must ensure records are accurate, complete,

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17

Jul

Blockchain as a tool for anti-fraud

Healthcare costs are skyrocketing. In 2016, healthcare costs in the US are estimated at nearly 18 percent of the GDP! Healthcare is becoming less affordable worldwide, and a serious chasm is widening between those that can afford healthcare and those that cannot. There are many factors driving the high cost of healthcare, one of them is fraud. In healthcare, there are several types of fraud including prescription fraud, medical identity fraud, financial fraud, and occupational fraud. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimates conservatively that health care fraud costs the US about $68 billion annually, which is about three percent of the US total $2.26 trillion in overall healthcare spending. There are two root vulnerabilities in healthcare organizations: insufficient protection of data integrity, and a lack of transparency.

Insufficient protection of data integrity enables fraudulent modification of records

Cybersecurity involves safeguarding the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data. Often cybersecurity is mistakenly equated with protecting just the confidentiality of data to prevent unauthorized access. However, equally important is protecting the availability of data. That is, you must secure timely and reliable access to data, as well as the integrity of the data. You must ensure records are accurate, complete,

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13

Jul

Enabling partner success at Microsoft Inspire 2018

Next week in Last Vegas, we will be meeting with thousands of partners from all over the world at Microsoft Inspire. The event is a forum to reinforce our commitment to making partner business opportunities the centerpiece of our investments. We continue to extend our cloud marketplace, Azure Marketplace and AppSource, capabilities to make it the best place for partners of any type to be discovered, evaluated, and ultimately have their offerings purchased and deployed by our customer base. The event also gives us the opportunity to showcase the investments we’re making to enable these same capabilities within our channel ecosystem both now and in the future. 

Empowering partner-to-partner joint selling

Next year, for the first time in Microsoft’s history, we will be putting partner solutions, applications as well as consulting and managed service offers, in our product catalog alongside our Microsoft products and services. This means our direct salesforce and partner ecosystem will be able to sell first and third-party solutions individually or combined.

For partners with applications and solutions listed in one of our marketplaces, this will enable joint selling opportunities connecting them with thousands of Cloud Solution Providers around the world. In turn, Cloud Solution Providers will

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12

Jul

New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by the intelligent cloud and AI. As these technologies become increasingly central to business strategy and transformation, Microsoft is committed to delivering cutting-edge innovations, programs and expertise that help our customers navigate these technological and business shifts.

At its core, Microsoft is a platform company. That’s why we’re constantly expanding our global reach and adding new innovation to Azure – so all of our customers, everywhere, can succeed. We rely on our vast partner network to help us deliver end-to-end value to organizations of all sizes, all around the world.

I always come back to Microsoft’s mission when preparing for our signature events, and with Microsoft Inspire starting in a few days, I am reminded how powerful it is to work at a company that is rooted in others’ successes. We’ve made it our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It’s a bold ambition and one I take seriously. Together with our partners, we’re working to ensure our customers are successful in the midst of rapid technological innovation.

Today, we’re introducing new offers and technologies that will help organizations navigate their

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02

Jul

Spoken Language Identification in Video Indexer

We are excited to share that Video Indexer has a new capability, Spoken Language Identification (LID)!

A common ask from our customers has been to enable indexing of videos or batches of videos, without manually providing their language. This is especially important for batch uploads. To support this, we have introduced automatic spoken language identification to Video Indexer. The identified language is used to invoke the appropriate speech-to-text model.

LID is based on state of the art Deep Learning applied on the audio. LID currently supports eight languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian. It works with high accuracy for high-to-mid quality recordings. We are working on adding more languages to the list, so stay tuned.

Let’s learn more about LID in Video Indexer.

Using LID in Video Indexer

To use the LID capability, you have two options. If you use the portal, you can now select Auto detect in the language selection combo box when uploading a video.

If you use the API to upload a video, use auto as the language parameter value.

Attribute sourceLanguage in the video index JSON under root/videos/insights is assigned the detected language, and attribute sourceLanguageConfidence:

Note to

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28

Jun

Reasons why retail and consumer goods brands should address Artificial Intelligence today

The digital experience (DX) era is here, and AI is one of the primary technologies to fuel productivity and innovation in the retail and consumer goods industry. Brands that take a wait and see approach may find themselves quickly outpaced by their competitors. And by competitors, I mean not just born-in-the-cloud e-commerce players, but forward-thinking omnichannel retailers who focus on winning customers and evolving retail at scale.

Within the spectrum of digital transformation, AI is not a new technology. It is moving from its research roots to entering the mass market. This is made possible by the growth of cloud computing, availability of big data, and years of improved algorithms developed by researchers. At its core, AI gives computers decision-making capabilities to solve problems in a more natural and responsive way, as compared to the practice of pre-programmed computer routines of today. AI will be an imperative for optimization, automation, scale and most importantly, (gulp) survival.

Cloud computing and big data are accelerating AI technology

According to Accenture, unlimited access to computing power and the growth in big data are creating the right environment for AI. Analyzing data requires massive compute and storage; the cloud provides an efficient way to

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28

Jun

How tech is moving the insurance industry to be more customer-focused

Insurers need to become the home page for their customers. A home page is a source of meaningful, targeted and useful content that the customer seeks out. Technology can now deliver innovative solutions directly to insurance customers. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are delivering targeted content continually from multiple sources, including data generated from IoT devices owned by customers, in real time. Focusing on the customer will make the relationship more valuable to the consumer, and will increase the number of interactions with the insurance company. Technology is making that happen from the point of first interaction. For example, when a potential customer interacts with a company’s website, or with an app powered by bots. Then the company uses AI to make sure the products are correctly matched and priced for the customer. As the needs of the customer changes, the enterprise delivers continuing, direct support.

A survey by InsuranceNexus in June 2018, titled Insurance Customer Engagement Europe, 400 senior insurance executives were surveyed, 91 percent agreed that the insurance industry must become more customer-centric. With that, Bain reports that insurance companies can boost revenues, improve margins and most importantly, sustain the loyalty of their very demanding customers.

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