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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

Rather than working to cure the IT security disease, too many companies are focused simply on treating the symptoms by adding layer after layer of security complexity. To get to the root of the malady, what they need to be focused on instead are data analytics, machine learning, and an understanding of individuals’ roles.

That was my key takeaway from a recent interview with Stan Black, chief security officer at Citrix Systems, who said that conclusion had been reinforced by the findings of a newly released IT security survey, commissioned by Citrix and conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Black addressed the layering phenomenon in the context of what he sees as the role of public cloud:

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/from-under-the-rug/citrix-cso-treating-it-security-symptoms-is-the-problem-not-the-solution.html

Months ahead of the 2017 presidential inauguration, security officials have been in high gear and pulling out all the stops to make the event a safe one. No other presidential inauguration has garnered so much debate, spurring officials to take this year’s inauguration to another level when it comes to security.

Among the precautions taken are what the Washington Post calls, “A virtual fortress of roadblocks, fences and armed police.” What does this entail?

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https://www.alertmedia.com/the-massive-effort-to-keep-people-safe-during-inauguration

Crowd safety is important to understand before heading out to a large public event.  This weekend there will be many events and marches.  Before you head out to any of them, know a bit about crowd safety before you go. First some basic concepts about crowds:

  • Reaching critical crowd density is a main characteristic of crowd disaster and is approached when the floor space per (standing) person is reduced to about 1.5 square feet or less.
  • At 5 sq. ft. per person, the maximum capacity of a corridor or walkway is attained, (i.e. exiting a stadium or theatre); at approximately 3 sq. ft. per person, involuntary contact and brushing against others occurs.
    • This is a behavioral threshold generally avoided by the public, except in crowded elevators and buses.
    • Below 2 sq. ft. per person, potentially dangerous crowd forces and psychological pressures may to develop.

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https://ems-solutionsinc.com/blog/crowd-safety-tips-large-crowds/

NEW YORK – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire the corporate advisory and aviation consulting businesses of Seabury Group, a New York-based professional services firm focused on the aviation industry. The combination of Seabury’s corporate advisory and consulting businesses, together with Accenture’s global capabilities, will help the world’s leading airlines accelerate the pace of digital transformation.

 

“Our combined business marks an important step for the aviation industry by bringing innovation enhancements to market with speed and agility. I am proud of what the team of professionals at Seabury have accomplished over the years in building and supporting the resiliency and growth of the global airline industry.”

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“Airlines are having to innovate to respond to changing customer expectations, digital disruption and revenue and cost pressures,” said Jonathan Keane, managing director of Accenture’s Aviation practice. “The aviation expertise that Seabury will bring to Accenture will complement our global capabilities, solutions and services.”

Seabury’s corporate advisory practice focuses on restructuring distressed aviation companies through strategic planning and cost reduction. Seabury’s consulting practice focuses on fleet, network, commercial, maintenance, airports, cargo and human capital improvements.

“Seabury aims to deliver significant value to the airline industry through a combination of industry expertise, analytical techniques, data and proven tools,” said John Luth, CEO at Seabury. “Our combined business marks an important step for the aviation industry by bringing innovation enhancements to market with speed and agility. I am proud of what the team of professionals at Seabury have accomplished over the years in building and supporting the resiliency and growth of the global airline industry.”

The business acquired from Seabury will become part of Accenture’s global aviation practice. Approximately 120 employees will be joining Accenture, including Luth.

Sander van ‘t Noordende, group chief executive of Accenture’s Products operating group said, “With digital transformation forcing the aviation industry to rethink its business and operating models, we expect continued strong demand for consulting services in this industry. This acquisition will enhance our ability to accelerate the pace of transformation our clients need and to deliver the industry-specific strategies that our clients are increasingly seeking to drive competitiveness and differentiation.”

Seabury, headquartered in New York with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, was founded in 1995.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “positioned,” “outlook” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. These include, without limitation, risks that: the company and Seabury Group will not be able to close the transaction in the time period anticipated, or at all, which is dependent on the parties’ ability to satisfy certain closing conditions; the transaction might not achieve the anticipated benefits for the company; the company’s results of operations could be adversely affected by volatile, negative or uncertain economic conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company’s clients’ businesses and levels of business activity; the company’s business depends on generating and maintaining ongoing, profitable client demand for the company’s services and solutions, including through the adaptation and expansion of its services and solutions in response to ongoing changes in technology and offerings, and a significant reduction in such demand or an inability to respond to the changing technological environment could materially affect the company’s results of operations; if the company is unable to keep its supply of skills and resources in balance with client demand around the world and attract and retain professionals with strong leadership skills, the company’s business, the utilization rate of the company’s professionals and the company’s results of operations may be materially adversely affected; the markets in which the company competes are highly competitive, and the company might not be able to compete effectively; the company could have liability or the company’s reputation could be damaged if the company fails to protect client and/or company data from security breaches or cyberattacks; the company’s profitability could materially suffer if the company is unable to obtain favorable pricing for its services and solutions, if the company is unable to remain competitive, if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful or if it experiences delivery inefficiencies; changes in the company’s level of taxes, as well as audits, investigations and tax proceedings, or changes in tax laws or in their interpretation or enforcement, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s effective tax rate, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition; the company’s results of operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the company’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company incurs legal liability; the company’s work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; the company might not be successful at identifying, acquiring, investing in or integrating businesses, entering into joint ventures or divesting businesses; the company’s Global Delivery Network is increasingly concentrated in India and the Philippines, which may expose it to operational risks; as a result of the company’s geographically diverse operations and its growth strategy to continue geographic expansion, the company is more susceptible to certain risks; adverse changes to the company’s relationships with key alliance partners or in the business of its key alliance partners could adversely affect the company’s results of operations; the company’s services or solutions could infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or the company might lose its ability to utilize the intellectual property of others; if the company is unable to protect its intellectual property rights from unauthorized use or infringement by third parties, its business could be adversely affected; the company’s ability to attract and retain business and employees may depend on its reputation in the marketplace; if the company is unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be unable to achieve its business objectives; any changes to the estimates and assumptions that the company makes in connection with the preparation of its consolidated financial statements could adversely affect its financial results; many of the company’s contracts include payments that link some of its fees to the attainment of performance or business targets and/or require the company to meet specific service levels, which could increase the variability of the company’s revenues and impact its margins; the company’s results of operations and share price could be adversely affected if it is unable to maintain effective internal controls; the company may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to its incorporation in Ireland; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in Accenture plc’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this news release speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture’s expectations.

Friday, 20 January 2017 15:54

KORE Awarded IoT Alliance of the Year

KORE Partnership with Apple to provide Connectivity to Tablet Solution wins award from IoT Breakthrough

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – KORE, the people powering the Internet-of-Things (IoT) innovations and opportunities, today announced that its partnership with Apple to provide connectivity to tablets using the KORE network has been named the “IoT Alliance of The Year” by IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization dedicated to helping Internet-of-Things products and companies stand out in the industry.

 

“The IoT Alliance of The Year category featured nominations from the top IoT vendors in the industry, and we congratulate KORE for its achievements in the industry and continue to look to KORE as the innovative the leader within the connectivity space.”

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With over 2,000 nominations this year, the IoT Breakthrough Awards is an international program dedicated to recognizing the best IoT products and companies in the industry. IoT Breakthrough Award nominations were judged by an independent panel of experts representing a cross section of the industry, including journalists, analysts and technology executives. Winning products and companies were selected based on a variety of criteria, including most creative and technologically advanced products and services, with the ultimate goal of recognizing “breakthrough” connected technologies and companies.

“KORE is dedicated to staying one step ahead, providing our customers with the most advanced technology available and integrating that technology seamlessly and efficiently into our customers’ lives,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE. “This award brings home our goal of being innovators through our various alliances. We look forward to further catapulting our industry into the future.”

“We are excited to recognize companies like KORE with a Breakthrough Award for their excellence in innovation,” said James Johnson managing director at IoT Breakthrough. “The IoT Alliance of The Year category featured nominations from the top IoT vendors in the industry, and we congratulate KORE for its achievements in the industry and continue to look to KORE as the innovative the leader within the connectivity space.”

The IoT Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in Internet–of-Things technologies, services, companies and products. Both business and consumer IoT products were open for nominations in a range of categories, including Connected Home and Home Automation, Connected Car and Vehicle Telematics, IoT Security, Wearables, Industrial IoT, M2M, Enterprise IoT and many more.

About KORE
KORE provides the people, expertise and technology to support the many visions of the IoT, from the Inspiration of Things to the Innovation of Things to the Internet of Things. Founded in 2003, KORE quickly rose to become the world’s largest managed network services provider specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. Today, KORE is a global leader in software service and platforms that power the IoT, with millions of active on-network units. KORE is the brand powering other leading brands, including some of the world’s largest enterprise customers. KORE’s singular customer-centric focus is to identify and develop solutions that help clients realize IoT innovations and accelerate time-to-market schedules. KORE has over 350 people who serve customers in 110 countries, empowering new business models and opportunities to monetize the IoT. KORE: the people powering IoT.

For more information, visit www.korewireless.com, read the KORE blog and connect with KORE on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo.

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