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Jon Seals

SANTA CLARA, Calif. ­– ­NSFOCUS Inc., a global provider of
distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation solutions and services,
today announced its Anti-DDoS System and Web Application Firewall Solution
have achieved the VerAfied security mark from cloud-based application
security company, Veracode. The independent, third-party assessment provides
NSFOCUS customers with proof of the company¹s application security practices
and posture.

KEY FACTS:
 - As a premier leader in network security solutions, NSFOCUS strives to
make the security of its network solutions a top priority. In addition to
stringent internal testing and assessment, the company also regularly
cooperates with independent third-party assessors to conduct security audits
on its products.
- The VerAfied status offered by Veracode demonstrates that NSFOCUS is
actively identifying and remediating application vulnerabilities to provide
its customers with one of the highest levels of software assurance and
security verification.  This is a clear indicator to NSFOCUS¹s worldwide
customers that the company has met or exceeded industry standards for
security, reliability and compliance.

NSFOCUS PRODUCTS ACHIEVING VERAFIED STATUS:
 - Web Application Firewall (WAF) achieved the Veracode VL4 VerAfied
certification following a series of tests, confirming the product is secure
and appropriate for use by risk-sensitive businesses. This level of
certification meets the stringent security governance requirements of
banking and financial organizations, as well as service providers.
- Anti-DDoS System (ADS) achieved Veracode Level 4 Certification for the
third year in a row.  Through this certification process, NSFOCUS software
has been independently assessed for technical flaws against the OWASP Top 10
and SANS Top 25 using automated static binary and dynamic analysis and has
attained the industry-accepted level of security quality.

LONDON, UK – The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today introduced an additional category to reflect growing industry interest and engagement in the Internet of Things (IoT).

In addition to existing enterprise technology categories such as Cloud, Infosecurity and Big Data, the Tech Trailblazers Awards will now feature IoT as a dedicated category.

Jeremy Geelan (@jg21), veteran keynote speaker, industry commentator, Web executive, and Founder & Chair of the IoT Expo conference series, said, "Disruptors and incumbents of the infrastructure sector are equally energized by the increasing momentum of the Internet of Things. As the era of hyper-connectivity really begins to gather pace, the addition of an IoT category to the Tech Trailblazers Awards is perfectly timed."

Geelan will be one of the three judges of the new category, along with at least two other global IoT experts to be confirmed later this month.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards is an innovative international awards platform for startups which gives more than just recognition to the best ideas and innovation. Winners are awarded with prizes worth thousands of dollars from an estimated US $1 million prize fund to fuel the growth of their business. These include expert mentoring, exposure to investors, business development tools and more. The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, again projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, Gigaom, Innovation Warehouse, Mynewsdesk, RealWire, VMware, and many others.

Enterprise IT startups can enter the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups, a further chance to win an award, and be awarded Regional Trailblazer for their geographical region.

Rose Ross, founder and Chief Trailblazer of the awards, said, “IoT is an exciting sector and the brilliant startups in that sector deserve the recognition that the Tech Trailblazers Awards offers. We anticipate a great response to opening up this category and I am sure Jeremy and his fellow IoT judges will have a busy time once entries close on August 29th.”

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO’s from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year’s panel and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year’s Tech Trailblazers.

This year entrants can register and save entries so they can return to them to make changes before the final deadline. This means entrants can take advantage of the early bird savings without having completed the entry as long as they make the payment at that time and before the early bird deadline. The early bird savings of $50 per category entered is valid until July 31st.

NEW YORK – Send Word Now, the leading innovator of critical communication services, including emergency notification and incident management, announced today the implementation of its award-winning Alerting Service by Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT). Use of the Alerting Service will enable the Toronto-based organization to communicate faster and more effectively in urgent situations, helping to ensure employee safety and continuity of operations 24x7x365.

CREIT is a real estate investment trust focused on accumulating and aggressively managing a portfolio of high-quality real estate assets, and delivering the benefits of real estate ownership to its unitholders. The primary benefit sought by CREIT is a reliable and, over time, increasing monthly cash distribution. CREIT owns a diversified portfolio of retail, office and industrial properties, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol REF.UN.

"With continued growth and a high profile in the Canadian marketplace, we needed an advanced communications solution to support our business continuity plan," said Paul Wubbolts, CREIT's IS Director. "Send Word Now is a highly available service that automates our manual call trees and contains up-to-date contact records, allowing us to rapidly notify personnel and tenants in response to potential business disruptions."

Send Word Now, positioned as a 'Leader' in Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services, is the preferred notification service provider of more than 1,800 public and private sector organizations globally. Its Alerting Service, recently recognized by DRI International as the "Notification System of the Year," is capable of transmitting tens of thousands of voice and text messages in minutes, all while gathering the feedback needed for rapid and sound decision making, and ultimately, business resilience.

CREIT will use Send Word Now to alert designated tenant contacts and mobilize employees in situations ranging from inclement weather to unplanned facility service disruption. In addition to the Alerting Service, CREIT will utilize SWN Desktop Alerting to send urgent messages as customizable, on-screen 'pop-ups' directly to networked computers.

"CREIT is a very welcome addition to our long and growing list of clients, particularly throughout Canada," said Lorin Bristow, Senior Vice President, Marketing, for Send Word Now. "We consider CREIT an exemplary model for organizations considering the move from manual communication methods to emergency notification technology, and proudly share their commitment to employee safety and business resilience."

About Send Word Now
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Headquartered in New York City, Send Word Now is the leading provider of on-demand alerting for crisis communication. The company's easy-to-use, web-based emergency notification solutions and mobile applications are used by businesses, government agencies, universities and non-profit organizations to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication when it is needed the most. Other solutions within Send Word Now's expansive portfolio include desktop alerting, IVR, integrated incident management, and a revolutionary new recipient mobile app (currently available for iPhone® mobile devices) for urgent communication and collaboration.

Among its many accolades, Send Word Now was named a leader in Gartner's 2014 Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services. Its Alerting Service was recently awarded "Notification System of the Year" by DRI International, and the company received the 2013 Small Business Achievement Award from the Department of Homeland Security for its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

New Simultaneous File Transfer Capability in the Perforce Versioning Engine Improves Workflows for Both Developers and DevOps

Key Points:

  • Parallel Sync enables simultaneous transfer of multiple files within a P4D environment, maximising available CPU and network resources
  • The new capability can improve workspace sync time by nearly 50 percent in cross-continent transfers of large file sets
  • Faster, more performant source code management environment benefits both developers and DevOps

WOKINGHAM, UKPerforce Software today announced the addition of a new version management capability that increases productivity across the development pipeline. By boosting the P4 sync function of P4D, Parallel Sync allows users to transfer multiple files simultaneously and significantly reduce overall workspace sync times.

P4 sync is the primary command for transferring updated files between a versioning depot and the development workspace—the first step in any development pipeline. The new Parallel Sync capability better leverages CPU and network resources on modern development machines and enables the system to transfer multiple files simultaneously via the P4 sync command. This results in faster workspace creation for developers as well as automation tools, allowing teams to complete tasks faster.

Parallel Sync is especially beneficial for teams practicing Continuous Delivery in highly automated environments where Continuous Integration processes must obtain the latest code changes ahead of every test. Faster transfer of changes at each step of the Continuous Delivery pipeline speeds up the entire build-to-deploy process without any new investments.

As projects grow in size and span multiple locations, Parallel Sync also helps teams maintain streamlined workflows by speeding up file transfers and large workspace refreshes across the WAN. In a test involving a cross-continent transfer of large file sets, Parallel Sync cut sync times by nearly 50 percent.

“Our customers continue to automate their development pipelines in order to release better products faster,” said Murtaza Amiji, director of product management at Perforce. “Parallel Sync offers a tremendous advantage to companies with highly automated environments and hundreds of thousands of files. We’ve seen significant productivity and performance improvements in these environments.”

Parallel Sync and Perforce’s federated versioning architecture, also announced today, are available immediately in the latest release of P4D.

Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0 simplifies data protection for vSphere, XenServer and Hyper-V and boosts backup performance for half the TCO of competing products

burlington, Mass.Unitrends, the industry’s fastest-growing multi-environment data protection and disaster recovery company, today announced the availability of Unitrends Virtual Backup (UVB) 8.0, the only purpose-built virtual appliance providing hypervisor-level protection for VMware®, Microsoft® and Citrix®. Formerly known as PHD Virtual Backup, this Unitrends product release features performance and management enhancements that radically simplify virtual data protection, speed backup and recovery, and allow organizations to back up entire multi-hypervisor environments in just four mouse clicks. With UVB 8.0, backup and recovery can be performed up to 20 times faster, using 66 percent less storage space and 75 percent less virtual resources than competing systems—at the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership.

Click to Tweet: Lightning fast#backups& a killer UI for@VMware,#HyperV, &#XenServernew from@UnitrendsVirtual Backup (UVB) 8.0http://bit.ly/1psmhGd

Simple, Yet Sophisticated Virtual Data Protection

UVB 8.0 delivers more than 140 enhancements that provide unequaled ease-of-use and major boosts to backup, archiving and replication performance, including up to eight times faster offsite backups. Featuring patent-pending Hyper-V backup capabilities, UVB 8.0 performs backups 50 times faster than the free edition, and with unsurpassed reliability.

This new release also introduces a new, polished Web-based user interface (UI) as well as Unitrends’ Intelligent Optimization™, built-in intelligence based on industry best practices that automatically optimizes every step in the backup and recovery process, from expediting installation and daily backup management to full site recovery. UVB’s unified Web-based management capabilities and single dashboard enable organizations to assess entire onsite and offsite backup environments at-a-glance.

“The Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0 interface is vastly superior to anything else on the market we tested. It’s smooth and seamless and gives you instant visibility into the virtual machine protection status of your environment, but also lets you drill down for more detail,” said Darren Boeck, IT manager, Mcneilus Steel, Inc. “Creating ad hoc backups is a requirement in our environment and Unitrends Virtual Backup makes it simple. Backup performance is rock solid, and in our tests, Unitrends recovered virtual machines twice as fast as Veeam.”

Automated, Reliable Recovery in Seconds

Beyond equipping organizations with full-featured, high-performance backup, UVB 8.0 enables them to cost-effectively guarantee recovery within their service level agreements. The virtual appliance gives customers the ability to restore data to production 20 times faster than competing products with rollback recovery, while its instant recovery capabilities enable them to get up and running in only seconds.

Accordingly to Robert Murphy, senior systems engineer, Volusion: “Unitrends Virtual Backup is highly effective in protecting our expansive virtual environment and the new version 8.0 is even better. With thousands of customers on our e-commerce platform, availability and quick recovery are top priorities. Recovery is lightning fast with Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0. In fact, many times it’s easier and faster to recover rather than troubleshoot. I also love the Quick Start feature, which automatically optimizes deployment based on your environment type and size. This is a great product and great release.”

“Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0 helps small to mid-sized enterprises easily and affordably overcome the hurdles of protecting increasingly complex virtual environments,” said Joe Noonan, senior product manager, Unitrends. “This release is yet another key deliverable in our overall strategy to provide organizations with flexible, agile solutions that extend well beyond data backup to applications, systems and infrastructure. We are 100 percent focused on the real end-game for our customers—recovery and business continuity.”

 

Pricing and Availability

UVB 8.0 is available through direct sales as well as channel partners. Pricing starts as low as $625 for two sockets. The product is also offered as part of the Unitrends Certified Recovery Suite™,a bundled software package that gives enterprises the flexibility to select the perfect solutions set for their specific physical and virtual backup, archiving and disaster recovery needs at a single, all-inclusive price. For more information, please visit www.unitrends.com.

 

About Unitrends

Unitrends provides physical, virtual and cloud-based protection and recovery for every organization’s most valuable assets: its data and applications. Supported by a “crazy-committed” customer service model based on engagement, experience and excellence, the company consistently achieves a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and helps everyone play IT safe by delivering the best cost-to-value ratio in the data protection industry. Visit www.unitrends.com.

After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs.

The accidents, and the C.D.C.’s emphatic response to them, could have important consequences for the many laboratories that store high-risk agents and the few that, even more controversially, specialize in making them more dangerous for research purposes.

If the C.D.C. — which the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called “the reference laboratory to the world” — had multiple accidents that could, in theory, have killed both staff members and people outside, there will undoubtedly be calls for stricter controls on other university, military and private laboratories.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/12/science/cdc-closes-anthrax-and-flu-labs-after-accidents.html

I wouldn’t normally write about sports on this blog …or at all, really, but here’s an unexpected development: Today, famed statistician and data geek Nate Silver revealed that he and his company, FiveThirtyEight, ran a data analysis on whether LeBron James should stay with Miami or move to Cleveland.

It may seem like an unusual mix, but sports is actually Silver’s original stomping ground. He first made a name for himself by developing the Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, a system for forecasting Major League Baseball player performance.

As you might expect, the results are a bit controversial. After all, this is the man who gave us “No, really, your polls are wrong about Mitt Romney winning.”

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/nate-silver-on-the-smart-play-for-lebron-james-and-other-data-points.html

Things just keep getting curiouser and curiouser in the data center industry.

If it feels like enterprise IT has fallen down the rabbit hole in this age of virtualization and cloud, well, it looks like we’re just getting started. But not all the changes are taking place on the abstract, architectural level. The data center itself is undergoing substantial physical changes as organizations look for innovative ways to boost data productivity while lowering costs.

Examples abound of data centers being built in extreme climates where they can take advantage of naturally cold air or steady winds, but lately it seems that building designs themselves are starting to push an array of unusual envelopes. Take, for example, Foxconn’s latest “green-tunnel” data center, which is literally built inside a long tunnel within the Guiyang industrial park in China. The facility holds up to 12 containerized data centers each packing 504 servers. By leveraging conditions like wind speed and direction, as well as temperature, humidity and geology, the facility is expected to cut power consumption by a third.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/the-growing-diversity-of-data-center-design.html

It’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that someone would enter a school building and declare open season on kids. It’s even harder to determine a strategy for how to mitigate that. There’s a growing catalog of “solutions” to help with the problem.

There are a number of trainings available, including the Run, Hide, Fight video and ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training; there’s the mental health issue; the gun issue; there are myriad solutions — buzzers, cameras, locks, bulletproof desk tops — and we discuss some of these and their relative merits in Active Shooter Mirage (renamed Are Schools Focusing Too Much on the Active Shooter Scenario? for online publication).

It seems school districts are grasping at straws, trying to come up with a fix, including investing millions in some cases on security measures like cameras, which by themselves won’t stop a gunman bent on destruction.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Cops-on-Campus.html

The Business Continuity Institute is delighted to be named Most Respected Training Resource of 2014 at the prestigious Business Excellence Awards.

Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Business Excellence Awards celebrate the individuals and organizations whose commitment to excellence sees them exceeding clients’ expectations on a daily basis while setting the bar for others in their industry. They are given to only the most deserving businesses, departments and individuals who have consistently demonstrated outstanding innovation, performance and commitment to their business or clients over the past 12 months and who have received independent nominations from their clients or industry peers.

Deborah Higgins, Head of Learning and Development at the BCI, said: “To be named Most Respected Training Resource of 2014 is a wonderful recognition of the dedicated and coordinated effort from BCI staff, BCI volunteers and the network of BCI Training Partners and Instructors who have invested in developing and delivering a world class learning experience. Winning this Award will spur us all on to continue providing the highest levels of service and meet the challenges of accessing new and developing markets and promoting the profession of business continuity.”

Speaking about the awards, AI Global Media awards coordinator Siobhan Hanley said: “Our Business Excellence Awards are quickly becoming one of our most popular, with businesses all over the globe eager to showcase the amazing work they’ve been doing to achieve stellar results for their clients while really setting the standards for what can be achieved in their sector. We’re proud to be able to showcase some of the most innovative and committed organizations from across the business world and the winners can be rightly proud of the game-changing work they’ve been doing over the past 12 months.”

To find out exactly which businesses have gone above and beyond this year, achieving outstanding results for their clients while demonstrating unwavering commitment to providing the best possible service, visit the AI website where you can view the winner’s supplement.

Based in Caversham, United Kingdom, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to promote the art and science of business continuity worldwide and to assist organizations in preparing for and surviving minor and large-scale man-made and natural disasters.  The Institute enables members to obtain guidance and support from their fellow practitioners and offers professional training and certification programmes to disseminate and validate the highest standards of competence and ethics.  It has circa 8,000 members in more than 100 countries, who are active in an estimated 3,000 organizations in private, public and third sectors.

For more information go to: www.thebci.org