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GCN MARCH 2014 • GCN.COM 11 International mapping software supplier Esri announced a new open data policy, allowing its government customers to release data stored on its ArcGIS plat- form to the public. With the company's cloud server open to the public, federal, state and lo- cal agencies have the option of allowing the public to view the geospatial data they use to make decisions. The Environmental Protection Agency will be the rst Esri user to take advan- tage of the new feature. Harvey Simon, the agency's geographic information of cer emphasized how important open data is to the EPA at Esri's recent Fed- eral GIS Conference. "Publishing data is part of EPA's core," Simon said. "EPA open data pro- vides citizens with data without chang- ing the agency's work ow," he added. The EPA launched its GeoPlatform in May 2012 to serve as the agency's infrastructure for coordinating geospa- tial activities, applications and data across the agency, according to Esri. The agency has now combined the GeoPlatform with ArcGIS open data to make it more available, accessible and discoverable for the public in a timely manner. Esri demonstrated the new feature at the conference, in which it simulated a toxic substance released into a popula- tion's drinking water. The open data on ArcGIS would let the public inspect and lter information in certain tables on the maps. For example, a user could lter the map to locate populations dependent on streams as their sole source for drinking water. This particular lter would highlight vulnerable populations. The software will be available through a number of platforms in addition to ArcGIS Web maps. It can also be ac- cessed through mobile phone libraries and applications, desktop extensions and big data analytics tools, according to a blog post by Esri's chief technology of cer Andrew Turner. Turner announced at the conference that ArcGIS open data will be available in the spring of 2014. • EPA opens ArcGIS data to the public BY MIKE CIPRIANO The mobile security company Zimpe- rium has released an Intrusion Preven- tion System app for Android devices that uses arti cial intelligence to recog- nize and block malicious behavior on the mobile devices. "We train our arti cial intelligence engine to learn what attack techniques look like," said Zimperium CEO Zuk Avraham. "Because we don't detect the exact attack, but the nature of the at- tack, we can detect zero-day threats." The app, named zIPS, is available as a download with a volume-based pric- ing plan starting at $19 per device per month. Also available is zCONSOLE, a cloud-based uni ed threat manage- ment console that monitors zIPS de- vices on the enterprise network, turning each device into a mobile sensor that can help provide a picture of malicious activity on the network. The ability to centrally monitor network activity detected by mobile devices turns bring your own device from an enterprise threat to an advan- tage, according to Avraham. "The more devices you have, the more protected you are," he said. zIPS uses machine learning and comes "trained" to spot network or device behavior commonly associated with malicious activity. It is intended to detect network attacks, host attacks and client-side attacks. It monitors activity in the mobile browser and other apps and is capable of detecting mali- cious activity from malware running outside its own sandbox. When malicious behavior is identi ed the device is isolated before an exploit can take place. Policy to respond and protect the device is loaded and ex- ecuted on the endpoint. When novel attack techniques are identi ed, Zimperium exposes the AI engine to the new behavior in its lab and the updated version is pushed to devices. "We don't program it, it is generating its own program," Avraham said. zIPS currently supports Android 2.2 and above and should be installed from Google Play. The company plans to release a beta version for iOS in the near future. • Intrusion detection app 'trained' to spot malicious behavior BY WILLIAM JACKSON "EPA open data provides citizens with data without changing the agency's workflow." --- HARVEY SIMON, GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION OFFICER, EPA