Microsoft Cognitive Services Recognizes Faces Landmarks

Today’s topics include new Microsoft cognitive services capable of recognizing faces and landmarks, a Google white paper on the company's enterprise mobile security strategy; the start of preorders for the new 2-in-1 Samsung Galaxy Book 12; and Acalvio's ShadowPlex defensive security platform that's designed to divert cyber-attackers away from real network assets.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Face and Computer Vision APIs and Content Moderator that enables developers to add artificial-intelligence and machine-learning capabilities to their applications.

Microsoft Cognitive Services is an Azure-backed collection of over a dozen APIs and services that allow coders to bake image recognition, speech, translation and other advanced functionality into their own applications and services.

The Face API, for example, can detect and analyze people's faces and organize them in accordance to several attributes, including age and gender.

Google has released a white paper describing its approach to securing mobile device use for its 61,000 employees worldwide.

Google is sharing details about its mobile security strategy to provide guidance to other IT administrators on how to deploy mobile devices securely in modern environments, according to Google.

The mobility best practices document describes what Google calls a tiered-access mobile security model. “In contrast to traditional models, tiered access provides more granular control,” Google said in its whitepaper.

“The level of access given to a single user or a single device may change over time based on device measurements allowing security to set access policy that considers deviations from intended device state.”

Preorders have begun for Samsung's latest two-in-one enterprise portable computer.  The company started taking preorders for its Galaxy Book 12 on April 21.

The $1,429 notebook/tablet device will begin shipping on May 23 and will come with an included S Pen and a keyboard case.

The new Galaxy Book 12, which Samsung unveiled at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, in late February, is an enterprise-focused machine that runs on the Microsoft Windows 10 Pro operating system. The Galaxy Book 12 also includes Samsung's enterprise support and service.

Security firm Acalvio introduced its ShadowPlex defensive security platform on April 19 that's designed to divert cyber-attackers away from real network and data assets.

Acalvio emerged from stealth in July 2016 with the promise of a new type of security defensive technology it called "fluid deception."

The basic idea behind the ShadowPlex platform is to present a false front that tricks attackers into thinking they are actually exploiting real users and infrastructure, Ram Varadarajan, Acalvio CEO told eWEEK.

Since emerging from steal mode, Acalvio has been working on how to efficiently deliver its cyber-deception technology. Acalvio determined that the best way to deliver the deception technology is as a cloud service. It's an approach that Varadarajan refers to as "deception farms" that project the false network front from the cloud.