Incentivize Me: The Story of IoT & Malware

Wow-factor. It’s one of the best parts of new technology.

Childhood dreams and impossible ideas not only come to exist but are highly integrated into our daily lives. The Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon has the wow-factor that so many seek and try to harness in their ideas and products.
But those who are security-minded test the waters before they cannonball in. With rewards come risks, and not all risks are equal in the world of IoT and malware.

IoT Categories

The relative size or danger of a risk can be measured by the number of people it can affect or the damage it can do. First, the IoT must be differentiated between two categories:

  1. Commercial IoT includes devices regularly sold to individuals, such as computer mice, televisions, cameras, and drones weighing up to 8 lbs.
  2. Industrial IoT includes home automation technology, HVAC systems, and sensor systems used for locating and detecting radio frequencies.

From a ManuIoTfacturer’s Perspective

The likelihood that a company will secure an IoT device from the intrusion of a malicious actor, who might look through the device’s camera or use the microphone to listen to the device’s owners, depends on whether or not there is a dollar value associated with it.

Imagine you are a large, well-established technology vendor with millions of customers. One day a woman approaches you saying she […]

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: IoT, Mobile|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

3 Steps to Simplify and Optimize Your Storage Management

storageIncreasing business demands, server and storage limitations, tapped-out data centers … we’ve all seen it. As business grows, so does the need to determine how to support growing data and storage management needs.

Increasingly apparent to me is that traditional “high-end” storage solutions simply are no longer capable of supporting today’s increasing IT requirements. In fact, they often jeopardize productivity and scalability. Yet we see IT professionals continuing to answer storage challenges by purchasing additional drives and devices to support applicable systems, as if by default.

This seemingly acceptable method further complicates already complex IT infrastructures, resulting in a decrease in architecture performance and an increase in costs (particularly related to higher power and cooling bills). This unsustainable practice puts additional strain on applications and management staff.

Simplify your IT infrastructure to improve performance

At Sysorex, we are often asked, “How can I boost IT productivity and scalability?” While it’s easy enough to answer, “Simplify your IT infrastructure,” that doesn’t necessarily communicate a clear path IT management staff can follow to increase scalability, enhance data management productivity and reduce costs. Let’s break that down.

  1. Assess your needs
    The first step to any good strategy begins with identifying a list of your business requirements and future objectives. I always kick off a new customer engagement with an assessment; that way I can quickly […]

Sysorex Reports Financial Results For The Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2016

Conference Call To Be Held Today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sysorex (NASDAQ: SYRX), a developer of high performance analytics software and solutions, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights:

  • 2016 Q2 revenue of $13.3 million
  • 2016 Q2 gross margin of 26%
  • 2016 Q2 GAAP net loss of $0.17 per share
  • 2016 Q2 GAAP net loss of $4.2 million
  • 2016 Q2 Proforma Non-GAAP net loss1 of $0.11 per share
  • 2016 Q2 Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA1 loss of $2.2 million

“While we experienced a softening in our Storage and Computing Segment, which impacted our earnings for the quarter, we remain optimistic about future growth in this segment as we expand into the government vertical to offset the industry trending contraction in commercial verticals. We are encouraged by the expansion in our Mobile, IoT & Big Data Products and Professional Services segments and believe that our growth potential in both our AirPatrol and LightMiner offerings are significant. Our offerings are receiving substantial interest from a growing cadre of large, industry leading clients across Retail, Security and Government sectors and we anticipate announcing a number of additional significant customer developments in the coming quarters,” stated Mr. Nadir Ali, CEO of Sysorex. “We are also very pleased to have recently closed on a $5 million convertible-debt and preferred stock […]

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Leading Beverage Manufacturer Selects Sysorex for Next Generation Data Center Upgrade

PALO ALTO, Calif. – July 11, 2016 – Sysorex (NASDAQ: SYRX), a developer of high performance analytics software and solutions, today announced purchase orders for approximately $2.5 million from a leading California-based beverage manufacturer and distributor to design and deploy a next generation data center architecture. Under the terms of the project, Sysorex will develop a “virtualized,” or software-defined, data center (SDDC) that will help the client reduce costs and better respond to its growing data storage and information technology needs. Sysorex will also help the client migrate twenty years of business data from its legacy data center to the new one.

“Software-defined data centers are crucial to the long-term success of data-driven organizations,” said Nadir Ali, CEO of Sysorex. “The volume and velocity of business data are growing exponentially, so the flexibility and automation the SDDC provides are key to successfully managing that growth. We’re pleased that the client recognized Sysorex’s proven expertise in data management and analytics and selected us for this very important project,” he said.

Work on the project begins immediately.

About Sysorex
Sysorex develops the systems and solutions that power the data-driven enterprise. With an innovative approach to big data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), we blend virtual data from software and networks with the huge volume of physical data generated by mobile devices and Internet-connected things to open new worlds of […]

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Sensing a radical shift in the way Canadians shop

TorontoStar

Bob Koblovsky, of Sysorex, was promoting new technology to help retailers track movements and habits of shoppers during the Retail Council of Canada conference.

California tech company introduces its ‘passive’ sensors, which pick up on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular signals to help retailers track shoppers and shipments.

Francine Kopun, Business Reporter
Toronto Star, June 1, 2016

Imagine your trip through a shopping mall being tracked by sensors and that information – stripped of your personal data – being collected for mall owners or retailers.

“It’s understanding a consumer journey with a larger view of ‘How do I engage my customer?'” said Bob Koblovsky of Sysorex, the California public company marketing the service at the Retail Council of Canada’s annual conference, which began Tuesday.

The company is running a pilot project with a major mall owner in Canada and will soon pilot the program in a Canadian bank, said Kobvlovsky.

This is how it works: Passive sensors installed in the mall (or bank) pick up Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular signals from personal electronic devices carried by shoppers, with each device represented on a computer monitor by a separate moving icon.

The installed sensors poll the environment every six seconds, quickly enough to give retailers the ability to send out a coupon to a customer with a loyalty app as they near a store.

Five sensors about the […]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: In The News, Mobile|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Tempered Networks and the Security EcoSystem

TNThe best block is to not be there” – Mr. Miyagi

Designing, installing, and maintaining your company’s infrastructure can be one heck of a job. I’ve been doing network architecture for about 20 years now and the best explanation I’ve ever found to tell people what I do is still, “I make sure packets go from point A to point B, and back again”. Horribly simplified, but if I start going down the rabbit-hole about L1-L4 design ideas and trade-offs, they immediately look like they just stepped on a rake and knocked themselves silly. Seriously, if I ever want my kids to go to sleep right away, I just pick a random page out of “TCP/IP Illustrated” and start reading it to them. “Forget counting sheep, I’ve got a subnet mask for you to work on…” But one of the things that keeps me up at night is security. I’ve had plenty of clients who’ve back-burnered security and woke up the next day to an encrypted file system and demands for bitcoins. I’ve got others who are now starting to realize that everybody accessing their IP/sensitive docs internally maybe really isn’t a good thing and those emails from Mr. Nairbobi? Ya know, the ones that say you’re rich and can you please open this PDF as well […]

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Big Data|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sysorex Secures New Systems Development Engagement With Gemini Observatory

Company will develop and deploy new computer systems infrastructure for Hilo, Hawaii-based operator of twin giant telescopes

Photo Credit: National Science Foundation Photo Credit: National Science Foundation PALO ALTO, Calif. – Big data analytics and solutions provider Sysorex (NASDAQ: SYRX) today announced it has secured a new IT infrastructure development engagement with Hilo, Hawaii-based Gemini Observatory, which operates two of the largest and most advanced telescopes in the world. Under the terms of the engagement, Sysorex will develop and deploy a new advanced systems architecture that will provide high availability, security and compliance for the critical computer systems currently under development by Gemini.

“We are pleased that Gemini Observatory chose Sysorex to develop and deploy the next generation computer systems that will support some of the scientific community’s most exciting deep space research and discovery,” said Sysorex CEO Nadir Ali. “We believe it is a testament to the skills of everyone on our team that such a prestigious scientific organization would select us to design and implement this project,” he said.

The Gemini Observatory operates two 8.19-meter (26.9 ft) telescopes located in Hawaii and Chile. Together the Gemini twins offer almost complete coverage of the northern and southern skies and are among the most advanced optical/infrared telescopes available to astronomers. The Gemini telescopes are operated by a consortium consisting of […]

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Garbage in, Garbage out – The NFL and The Original Moneyball

“No one can ever replicate what the Cowboys did in the 1960s, they made it up right out of thin air.” – The Cowboys and the Indian

cowboysRecently, ESPN published a story and video about how a man made it in America. With a truly innovative idea, A. Salam Qureishi brought data analytics to sports, making the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys extremely successful.

A similar concept was showcased in the 2011 movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, but Salam employed it decades before in the 1960s to find otherwise unknown college football players with the highest probability of success in playing in the NFL. Assigning his own quantifiable values to individual characteristics of proven players, Salam started a new scouting system off of more than just hunches; Salam helped build America’s Favorite Team.

ESPN’s documentary features Salam, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Sysorex and former Sysorex CEO, various members of the Dallas Cowboys management team and Salam’s daughter, Lubna, who is also my wife.

Salam brought the power of big data and analytics to the Dallas Cowboys and, years later, to Sysorex. Today, Sysorex continues to utilize big data analytics to improve businesses and more around the world. With innovative and ground-breaking technologies such as AirPatrol (mobile location-based services) and LightMiner (light-speed analytics), Sysorex is working with the […]

Sysorex to Present at the LD Micro Invitational Conference

CEO Nadir Ali will discuss company’s business model and growth strategy in Los Angeles on Monday, June 1, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sysorex (NASDAQ: SYRX), a global technology leader specializing in big data analytics and location-based mobile solutions for the private and public sectors, today announced that Nadir Ali, CEO, will be presenting at the LD Micro Invitational Conference at the Luxe Sunset Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm Pacific time, Track 1.

Mr. Ali will provide an overview of the company’s business model and growth strategy and will be available for one-on-one meetings on June 1 and 2, 2015.

About Sysorex
Sysorex develops the systems and solutions that power the data-driven enterprise. With an innovative approach to big data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), we blend virtual data from software and networks with the huge volume of physical data generated by mobile devices and Internet-connected things to open new worlds of insight. Our unique solutions are helping organizations worldwide improve decision making, increase productivity, and fuel the discoveries of tomorrow. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, we have regional offices in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Visit www.sysorex.com, follow us @SysorexGlobal and Link up on LinkedIn.

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By | May 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sysorex to Present at the 2015 Marcum Microcap Conference May 28, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sysorex (NASDAQ: SYRX), a global technology leader specializing in big data analytics and location-based mobile solutions for the private and public sectors, today announced that Nadir Ali, CEO, will be presenting at the 2015 Marcum Microcap Conference on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11:30 am eastern time at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

Mr. Ali will provide an overview of the company’s business model and growth strategy and will be available for one-on-one meetings on May 27 and 28, 2015.

For more information or to register, please visit the conference website at http://www.marcumllp.com/microcap or download the free official conference app for the iPhone, iPad, or for Android mobile devices in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Market.

About Sysorex
Sysorex develops the systems and solutions that power the data-driven enterprise. With an innovative approach to big data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), we blend virtual data from software and networks with the huge volume of physical data generated by mobile devices and Internet-connected things to open new worlds of insight. Our unique solutions are helping organizations worldwide improve decision making, increase productivity, and fuel the discoveries of tomorrow. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, we have regional offices in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Visit www.sysorex.com, follow us @SysorexGlobal and […]

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