Google for Jobs Uses Machine Learning to Help People Search for Work

Today’s topics include plans for the Google for Jobs site that uses machine learning for job searches; Why WannaCry Ransomware is raising stakes for the Cyber-Security insurance industry; Skyport Systems extending secure server protection to hybrid Cloud Edge; and Smyte's new anti-spam and fraud/harassment prevention tools.

One of Google's core strengths over the years has been its ability to deliver various services on top of its basic search engine technology, including things like business listings and image search.

Now Google is planning to introduce a new job search site that will let people search for jobs across every category, wage and experience level, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. 

He described Google for Jobs as a machine-learning-based service built in consultation with partners such as LinkedIn,, Facebook, CareerBuilder and Glassdoor.

One of the key features of the new service will be its ability to help people search for jobs in areas such as retail and the hospitality sector that have been much harder to search for and classify on typical job sites.

The WannaCry ransomware worm has raised the level of awareness about ransomware among the general public and it has also  been a major event for the cyber-security insurance industry that aims to help indemnify organizations against financial losses.

The promise of cyber-security insurance is that in the event of a data breach, or ransomware event like WannaCry, organizations can make claims to help recover costs and remediate damage.

"The WannaCry worm is one of the most significant and virulent forms of malware ever seen and therefore the insurance industry is taking notice," Pascal Millaire, vice-president and general manager for cyber-insurance at Symantec, told eWEEK.

The cyber-security insurance industry is a growing market, with forecasts predicting up to $5 billion in insurance premiums by 2020.

Skyport Systems is extending its platform with a new Hybrid Cloud Edge offering, providing organizations with secure cloud application policy management capabilities.

Skyport Systems is a security vendor that first emerged from stealth three years ago in May 2015 and has raised $67 million in venture funding to date.

The core promise behind Skyport is secure hardware attestation, with the company's SkySecure server hardware platform. "We have added new functionality based on how customers are using our products," Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems, told eWEEK

Enterprise security technology provider Smyte is delving into data in ways that has always been difficult for computer systems, discerning truth and lies within images, video and messaging.

The San Francisco-based startup has upgraded its Software as a Service "trust and safety" platform with new tools for stopping the latest online spam, fraud and harassment scams.

Smyte's service, which CEO Pete Hunt said is used by companies that handle crowd-funding, classified ad services, social applications and peer-to-peer marketplaces, analyzes more than 5 billion online actions every month using a variety of techniques.

The updated Smyte service released earlier in may now uses deep-learning neural networks and a customizable rules engine to scan message and photo video-sharing apps for its customers to avoid spam, harassment and varying types of fraud, including account takeover.