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Friday, 19 August 2016 00:00

What It Means To Be A Data Scientist

Good data scientists have been called "unicorns" because it is so rare to find professionals who possess all the required skill sets. When a company seeks to hire a data scientist, it's typically seeking someone with skills in advanced programming and statistical analysis, along with expertise in a particular industry segment, such as healthcare, finance, or marketing.

The proliferation of data, and the potential for organizations to turn data into something valuable that didn't exist before -- think Uber and Netflix -- has increased demand for such professionals.

Linda Burtch, an executive recruiter who has specialized in quantitative professionals for 30 years, told InformationWeek the demand for data scientists is at the highest level she has ever seen.

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http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/what-it-means-to-be-a-data-scientist/d/d-id/1326620

Friday, 19 August 2016 00:00

South Bend Floodwaters Pose Health Risks

(TNS) - Local health officials warn residents to be wary of floodwaters — in their basement, in the street and even in the rivers — for possible contamination with bacteria and water-borne illnesses.

This is especially true for people with sensitive immune systems and the elderly.

Case in point: Diane DeCleene, who couldn’t afford to get sick — again — from floodwaters. There must have been something in the black, silty wastewater that backed up into her basement during a storm in June that had triggered vomiting and diarrhea. Even her dog got sick. Maybe they mucked around in it too much.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/South-Bend-floodwaters-pose-health-risks.html

(TNS) - The deadly flood that has swamped south Louisiana this week will likely mean more mosquitoes this summer as the floodwaters start to recede.

State health leaders say that also could mean an increase in West Nile cases and even potentially a bigger threat of Zika virus.

"We're going to have standing water all over south Louisiana," Gov. John Bel Edwards said this week, warning about the additional pitfalls that lie ahead as the flood-affected areas transition to recovery mode. "We're going to have more than our share of mosquitoes."

The historic flooding, which is the result of what experts are calling a one-in-1,000-year rain, has prompted federal disaster declarations in 20 parishes. Edwards has said he expects that declaration will grow to cover even more as the flood waters shift southward and local officials tally up the damage their areas have sustained.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/West-Nile-Zika-concerns-heightened-as-floodwaters-create-mosquito-breeding-grounds.html

Friday, 19 August 2016 00:00

Cyber Security's New World Order

Researchers this week revealed the discovery of computer malware so sophisticated that it managed to hide undetected within enterprise and government computers for five years.

Named after an omnipotent Lord of the Rings character, Project Sauron is an unusually well crafted piece of software. Once installed, it lives entirely in computer memory, leaving no predictable trail of server domain names or IP addresses. It can even infect “air gapped” computers not granted access to the network. Then it simply lies dormant, a sleeper cell of sorts, awaiting further instruction.

Sauron has been siphoning information from some of the world’s most fortified networks in Russia, China, Belgium, Iran and Sweden since 2011. And that makes researchers very nervous they can’t keep any digital data safe from determined actors.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmarkman/2016/08/18/cyber-securitys-new-world-order/#6f6b16ee6d4c

Although workplace health and safety is already a focus at many organizations, there is always plenty of room for improvement. Consider the number of workplace injuries that occur every year: In 2014, there were nearly 3 million nonfatal injuries and an additional 4,679 fatal injuries in workplaces, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These numbers are staggering. However, they do not necessarily mean that workplace injuries are inevitable. In fact, there are several important steps that your own organization can take to mitigate its workplace health and safety risks:

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https://www.rockdovesolutions.com/blog/4-tips-to-mitigate-workplace-health-and-safety-risks