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October 6, 2018
SkyDancer App is ready!
Human-Ai voice and text remote interaction from a mobile device. The power of Ai in the pocket, available from anywhere on the Internet.

November 8, 2018
SkyDancer now has the ability to, on its own, detect and learn from attack patterns, and prevent network attacks on a wide scale. A network of many hosts uses the power of Ai to, all at once, raise the shields when an attack pattern is identified.
Updated Nov 15, 2018

December 9, 2018
New server location
SkyDancer has moved to new server location. Many thanks to our excellent server hosting provider, OBE Network (especially Gustav and Tobias) for performing the move. It is always a pleasure to work with professionals like you, we did it in less than 90 minutes, and that is FAST!

Working with Artificial intelligence, a dev blog

by Per Callmin

Data inventory and alignment of data
To make an inventory of, and align company data, is something I can recommend more companies to do, especially mid- to large sized companies, as it have great benefits; it helps identifying and removing data redundancy, it helps to understand and make it possible to better describe the manual and semi-automatic processes better; processes which is currently in place to work with the data. When redundancy is removed and data is well-defined, the full- and semi automatic processes becomes simplified. Certain steps which is just all about transforming data, can be removed. In other words, it is a really great way to become more effective!

Admittedly, it's not the most fun or exciting job to do, at least not for people with creative minds. But when the gains are starting to appear, it becomes more and more rewarding.

Looking ahead, I think we will see those companies thrive and grow, which takes necessary steps to get a good grip on its data and its interfaces. And vice versa of course, not sorting this out will lead to ineffectivity and stagnation. A common "silver bullet" solution in companies which fail in automation becomes to hire more staff, to take care of the immediate emerging problems. But that is not a long-term fix because more staff cost more money; for many companies, it is not a solution which scales well over time.

Failing in transfering from manual work to work automation leads to growth- and scalability issues; it is a direct blocker which needs to be resolved.

However, the transfer need to occur in the right order and when the prerequisities are in place. Because building automation on loosely defined (or undefined) data structures, is like building a house on mud. It won't stay solid and it is impossible to expand upon. So the order of implementation is first to identify and structure the data, then to automate work and processes upon it.

As companies on a global scale are striving to implement automation to reap benefit in work effectiveness, having a good solid foundation data structure in place is becoming even more important than before. A good data structure is becoming a must-have requirement, in order to successfully automate processes and tools in a maintainable and expandable way.

Update 2017-12-16 by Per Callmin
SkyDancer has moved
SkyDancer has moved to new server colocation facility. Thanks to Henrik and OBE Network (Gustaf) for providing rack space, and facilitating a smooth move operation.

Update 2018-02-05 by Per Callmin
SkyDancer Co-Pilot progress
SkyDancer Co-Pilot, the world's first AiAD (Ai-Assisted Development) system is nearing completion.

Ai will play a large role in software development in a near future, participating more and more in various development processes, taking over automation of boring, complex and repetitive tasks such as configuation management and software maintenance (this will happen already in the next few years in many companies). Here at Ethertech, this took place in 2017.

Companies which haven't started investing in Ai solutions within the next 2-3 years, will find themselves outperformed by competitors who did.

Update 2018-03-27 by Per Callmin
Looking into the future...
Ai will in a couple of years be able to formulate the big questions, questions which Humans can't even begin to understand, due to the complexity, the scale of it.

And Ai will need to, once it has an answer to these questions, figure out a way to explain it to us, so that we can comprehend.

Humans will become the learners, Ai will become the teachers.

This is one of the reasons for why I chose to work with Ai research, this is an area where I can see that Ai will bring something invaluable to Humans. To look far and beyond the horizon of the limits of our collective understanding and bring the knowledge within our reach.

Update 2018-05-17 by Per Callmin
A short note tonight on development, in general. And a piece of invaluable advice.
My 18 year of professional development have taught me many things, but one thing stands out in particular.

If there is anything you as a developer, team or organisation find difficult, complex or cumbersome to work with; then this is the thing you need to adresss first and foremost. Or, it will become a blocker for you, one way or the other in the future. It will slow you down in times when you need speed. It will make things you simply have to do impossible for you. Simply because they are blocked by this.

I can say that my experience is, working according to this philosophy, has rendered EtherTech an Ai system (SkyDancer) which is almost free of complexity, technical debt and blockers. Solving those issues makes working with it like driving a Ferrari car on Autobahn; not addressing the tough issues would have made working with it like driving a Lada car on a cow trail, full of bumps and holes.

My suggestion to development companies out there, who are struggling with similar issues like this, who try to avoid addressing the tough issues for one short-sighted reason or the other: list your most difficult components, solutions, blockers; really get to know them, and solve those root issues. Doing this will make you run faster, do the right thing at the right time and let your competitors eat your dust.

Update 2018-09-12 by Per Callmin
Development update.
EtherTech is currently finalizing the complete autonomous SkyDancer Ai software and system tool management chain.

Getting all the components in the chain to work well together has taken some time, but now the components are just about ready for prime time. The goal is to have a system which autonomously work in all stages, and which can be managed by voice interface, e.g. by operators taking part in and providing instructions from a mobile phone. You are welcome to, later this winter, see a demonstration video of the functionality here on the website.

Update 2018-11-08 by Per Callmin
SkyDancer Ai NIPS/HIPS is up and running!
This fall has seen a massive increase in network hacker attacks, mostly from Eastern Europe, former Soviet republics, and a few Asian countries.
We will not mention names here, but it is no secret who the usual suspect countries are in this area.
Did I hear anyone say (cough) industrial espionage (cough)?
For this reason, we have put much focus into building a new highly advanced SkyDancer-controlled NIPS/HIPS solution in three layers. It is designed to detect, observe, learn by pattern, and block the attackers on a company-wide level, across all data centers and networks/hosts, at once.

The attack pattern is quite similar everywhere, first one service on one host on one network is attacked. Then the next service, then the next host, the next network, and so forth. It starts with port-scan. Then the attacks begin on various interfaces, one by one. Account and passwords in combinations are tested, and there are attacks on protocols and buffers.
With previous, non-Ai solution, hackers have previously been given many opportunities to test various combinations of attack methods and patterns, to find a weakness somewhere in the network.

But no longer, we dare to say!

From today, SkyDancer will detect the first attack on the first host, and immediately block the attacker on all possible channels, across all networks. Within seconds upon detection, the attacker is locked out from all EtherTech hosted systems.

SkyDancer NIPS/HIPS is vigilant 24/7, and acts relentlessly on first suspicion of a serious threat.

Update 2018-11-15 by Per Callmin
SkyDancer Ai NIPS/HIPS update: 1 week later...
SkyDancer NIPS/HIPS was a total success! It has blocked attacks across the network, and from last week when we had 10 attacks from different origins every day, the last two days there has been 0 new attempts.
In total the last week, ca 60 hacker origin IP's / network ranges have been blocked, most active "hacker-attack" hours have been between 2-7 in the night, GMT time.

-"How does it work?"
Most common question from email inbox this week has been -"how does it work, how do you do it?". The secret (or at least part of it) is in the pattern detection and the method in which attackers are blocked. Here is a brief explanation.

Say, for instance that first attacker from origin starts port scan. This is first mistake, SkyDancer is very sensitive to requests from same source hitting the network on many ports in a short time. Any port scan means certain failure for the attacker; the origin becomes flagged and first erroneous access from this origin means blocking of that IP across all networks and hosts. So my first advice: never do port scan on an Ai, it will just give yourself away directly. No person with good intentions do a port scan, right? SkyDancer knows this as first rule.

Say that the attacker instead of port scan perform a user/password dictionary attack on RDP on any host. SkyDancer detects it on less than 10 attempts and learns the pattern. SkyDancer blocks IP RDP access on all networks in seconds.
The same attacker from same origin then start for instance logical attacks on HTTP/HTTPS. SkyDancer detects it on less than 10 attempts and learns the pattern. SkyDancer blocks IP access on all ports and networks in seconds.
Some time later during the day, the same attacker come from new origin and start to attack RDP on any host. SkyDancer recognizes the pattern in less than 5 attempts and block RDP access on all networks for this origin.
Same attacker from same origin then start logical attacks on HTTP/HTTPS on any host. SkyDancer recognizes the pattern in less than 3 attempts and block access on all ports and networks for IP span to
And so on, after less and less attempts from similar ip origin means block of that port, then all ports on a wider and wider range of hosts. For every attack SkyDancer learns the pattern, and next time it blocks the attacker faster and more effective.
As a general rule, the more agressive an attacker is, the faster and more effective the attacker becomes blocked. And vice versa, the more "normal" a welcome user behaves, the smaller chance of becomming blocked, as the Ai learns and remembers the welcome users, and their behaviour patterns in contrast to attackers behaviour patterns.
After some time (it depends, but normal duration is 2-4 weeks), if the attacks have stopped, the IP origin block is released on the network in steps. If no more attack appears on the released origin, it stays open. If more attacks are detected, the origin gets blocked again for a longer duration, and so on.

This is a very brief description of a quite complex system and process, which is built to improve itself by learning, by observation and intervention over time, to ensure effective detection and protection.

If you are interested in more details about SkyDancer NIPS/HIPS, please let us know on the contact email below.

Update 2018-11-27 by Per Callmin
SkyDancer Ai NIPS/HIPS update: (almost) 3 weeks later...
SkyDancer has started to identify attackers already on third attempt, on its own, and in combination with a new high precision geolocation and device identification service, it has become a first class anti-hacker tool. Patterns in signatures and attack vectors are crossmatched with temporal and location patterns across the network, and gives the AI the ability to quickly determine if request comes from a friend or foe.
Even "slow-hacker" attempts (attempts which tries to disguise themselves by waiting long intervals in between retries, which actually most expensive NIPS/HIPS systems out there cannot detect!) are identified and blocked. The fine thing with Ai (some people call this the scary thing with Ai), is that it learns the opponents strategy, and uses it against the opponent, in combination with the ability to in a short time test almost an infinite number of combination variations to reach winning end game. It makes it a seriously tough adversary to beat!
These features turns SkyDancer Ai into a seriously effective network guard.

What do you think? Send me an email at info@ethertechnologies.com and let's have a conversation.

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