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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

Willie Sutton, an infamous bank robber from the 1920s through the 1950s, denied ever saying that he robbed banks "because that's where the money is." Nonetheless, this apocryphal declaration of the obvious could equally well apply to hackers and data centers.

After providing computing infrastructure and the power to run it, data centers have to prioritize security. Without security, a data center is a data breach, and that's not an enduring enterprise.

Information technology professionals know this well. Anyone who has visited data center of any size can attest to the evident security measures. These are not places you can just walk into for a tour of the server racks.

But not all data centers handle their responsibilities to clients with equal diligence.

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http://www.informationweek.com/devops/project-management/it-asset-protection-how-one-colocation-provider-does-it/d/d-id/1326563

(TNS) - The federal government on Wednesday warned the nation's railroads, including Chicago's Metra, not to wait until the last minute to install a new high-tech safety system that can prevent crashes and save lives.

The Federal Railroad Administration also urged Congress to provide more funding to help commuter railroads implement the program, known as Positive Train Control. The technology uses GPS, radios, computers and antennas to slow or stop speeding trains, prevent collisions and override human errors.

"Positive Train Control should be installed as quickly as possible," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, in a statement provided by the FRA. "This is lifesaving technology available now, and railroads should continue to aggressively work to beat the deadlines Congress has put in place."
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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/-Metra-other-railroads-warned-Dont-delay-on-high-tech-safety-system.html

For the 2nd Time, Abacus Data Systems Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 880 Overall and No. 81 in IT Services With Special Recognition as the #18 Top San Diego company

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Abacus Data Systems, Inc. (Abacus), a global provider of compliance ready virtual Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offerings, which serve legal, financial, and healthcare organizations, announced today it has been named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for a second consecutive year. Abacus earned the #880 spot overall and ranked #81 in IT Services on Inc.'s 35th annual list, and received the honors of #18 on the ranking of Top San Diego companies.

"To be a part of the Inc. 5000 list is an honor, but to be recognized two years in a row is truly a landmark accomplishment for us," exclaimed Alessandra Lezama, CEO of Abacus Data Systems. "Abacus is innovating across new verticals and bringing private cloud solutions to market that solve pressing issues revolving around ethics, compliance, and regulatory changes in today's highly digitalized world."

Under Lezama's leadership, Abacus pioneered the legal industry's first private cloud service offering two years ago with 'Abacus Private Cloud', and has since furthered its mission to provide secure, virtual Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offerings to other compliance-sensitive industries. This year alone, Abacus has moved into new headquarters to accommodate rapid team expansion, welcomed growth into their integrated family with the addition of Amicus Attorney, and announced a third U.S. data center to house their Cloud customers.

"As industries continue to globalize, it is imperative that organizations have a technology partner that is on the leading edge of innovation and best practices," said Lezama. "Our growth is a clear indication of the importance of reliable cloud and IT services and support. We prioritize our efforts to ensure our customers can focus on their business, while we maintain enterprise-class technology systems to support their business goals. It is quite an honor to be among leading U.S. enterprises on such a prestigious list."

The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list's history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period.

"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great -- usually from scratch. That's one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails."

About Abacus Data Systems

Abacus Data Systems is a leading provider of business technology products and solutions, serving small enterprise companies worldwide. Abacus gives companies sustainable and predictable performance gains while decreasing operational costs related to managing complex IT infrastructure and data center operations on their own.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, and backed by private investment with Providence Equity, Abacus operates three fully redundant data center footprints in the United States specifically engineered to host and safeguard sensitive data, giving its clients robust security and compliance policies with zero capital investment and complete data ownership in a flexible and dynamic environment. The integrated Abacus family includes Abacus Private Cloud™, AbacusLaw™ and Amicus Attorney™, providing technology solutions to over 500,000 clients worldwide.

 

Businesses No Longer Have an Excuse for Not Implementing Continuous Data Protection

CHARLOTTE, NC – Peak 10 is removing the barriers to adoption for Disaster Recovery as a Service, making it accessible and affordable for businesses of all sizes. On the heels of its recent announcement expanding its Recovery Cloud (DRaaS) solution to include three tiers tailored to a variety of business requirements and budgets, Peak 10 is now offering a limited-time offer to help companies implement an effective disaster recovery (DR) solution. Business can sign up for DR protection now and pay in 2017 -- allowing them to receive four free months of continuous data protection services with a 24-month commitment.

"Rather than earmarking capital for business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, many businesses today still choose to operate without a contingency plan -- even though the business risks today are real and appear in the headlines daily," said Mike Fuhrman, CTO at Peak 10. "Protecting your company's mission-critical data and applications has never been more important. With that in mind, we've taken our most popular, DRaaS tier -- Recovery Cloud Essentials -- and created a special offer to make DR accessible and affordable for all businesses -- right now. At Peak 10, we strive to be a great business partner to the customers we serve, and this is just another way for us to do it."

Recovery Cloud Essentials is a great way to get started with DR, to achieve base-level compliance with business or industry regulatory standards, and to protect standard workloads. Recovery Cloud Essentials:

  • Is the most cost effective solution on the market
  • Is easy to implement, helping expedite the road to DR protection
  • Supports hybrid environments (on-premise, Peak 10, or third party hosted)
  • Requires no changes to existing architecture
  • Is HIPAA and PCI compliant
  • Includes 24/7/365 access to Peak 10's team of DR experts

To take advantage of this one-time offer, call Peak 10 at 866-473-2510 or visit www.peak10.com/contact-us and mention the DRaaS offer, which ends on September 30, 2016.

Learn about all three levels of Peak 10's cost-effective, flexible and secure DRaaS tuned to any organization's business environment by visiting http://www.peak10.com/products-services/cloud-services/recovery-cloud/.

For real-word examples of how Peak 10's recovery cloud is helping companies achieve continuous data protection, read the following case studies:

About Peak 10
Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are flexible and designed to scale and adapt to customers' changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus internal IT resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 undergoes annual examinations by third party auditors and helps companies meet the compliance requirements of various regulatory and industry standards such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ISO 27001 and ITAR. For more information, visit www.peak10.com or the Peak 10 Newsroom for the latest news.

 

70 Percent of Organizations' Purchasing Decisions Come Down to Pricing, While 85 Percent Lack Skills to Manage Cloud

BOSTON, Mass. – Despite organizations pursuing multi-cloud strategies to ensure business continuity, resilience and performance, research conducted by Turbonomic and Verizon found that cloud purchasing decisions are still almost entirely focused on pricing.

In a survey of 1,821 IT decision makers, the most important business drivers for adoption of multi-cloud included the:

  • need to ensure business continuity across multiple sites (77 percent of respondents)
  • need to increase resilience (74 percent)
  • need to reduce operational expenditure (70 percent)
  • and the need to reduce capital expenditure (69 percent)

However, when selecting multi-cloud vendors, economic considerations take over: 70 percent chose pricing as a primary consideration, while only 51 percent chose service level agreements or quality of service. Compliance, service and support, and data sovereignty were all reported by less than half of respondents. With all of these considerations major factors in ensuring business continuity, resilience and consistent performance, organizations' purchasing priorities do not support their business needs.

"Cost is, quite rightly, a significant business concern. Yet cloud success depends on much more than pricing," said Charles Crouchman, CTO Turbonomic. "For example, an inexpensive car may not be an economic choice if it guzzles fuel and needs constant servicing and repair. Similarly, multi-cloud success relies on factors such as quality of service, compliance and support to reduce costs -- far more than price alone."

"Moving to the cloud isn't a silver bullet that will automatically meet all of a business's needs," Crouchman continued. "Indeed, businesses likely will not completely abandon on-premises infrastructure for the public cloud, and will also likely have different vendors for those resources. Whether the ultimate goal is improved resiliency, or the best performance at the best cost, such a multi-cloud still needs to be managed properly to be successful. Without this, organizations will be entirely dependent on their cloud vendors to ensure they receive the service they need."

Respondents identified a significant number of management challenges with multi-cloud. Over 80 percent of organizations cited 12 different management challenges that they were facing. These included:

  • balancing performance and cost (90 percent of respondents)
  • delivering IT services on a budget (89 percent)
  • ensuring consistent application performance (86 percent)
  • and, adhering to Service Level Agreement and Quality of Service commitments (86 percent)

In fact, 85 percent of organizations see having the skills in-house to manage the cloud as a challenge in itself.

"Only solving one or two challenges is not enough: organizations need to ensure they can overcome all the obstacles they face," Crouchman argued. "However, without the right skills in place, solving these challenges will be a near-impossible task. The ideal multi-cloud environment should act as an autonomic system: regulating processes and resources in response to changes in the environment, with no manual intervention necessary to ensure that the system itself is always performing in the most effective and economic manner possible. The less enterprises have to do to manage their multi-cloud directly, the more they can focus on ensuring business drivers are satisfied."

When actually comparing offerings from different cloud vendors, organizations' biggest differentiators were security (67 percent of respondents) and performance (60 percent).

However, it's not clear that enterprises are confident they are choosing the correct vendors. 81 percent of respondents said that choosing which workloads to place in which clouds was challenging; while 84 and 85 percent respectively cited evaluating different cloud vendors to meet business and technical requirements. This is another area where a more autonomic approach, where the tradeoffs between cost, performance, quality of service and budget discipline could greatly help businesses.

The research also showed that many organizations do not see the public cloud completely replacing private data center infrastructure. 45 percent of respondents said that public cloud would never completely replace private data centers, while 34 percent said there would be no change until the next decade at the earliest.

Part III of the State of Multi-Cloud report series will be published later this fall.

To download the full report, click here.

About Turbonomic

Turbonomic's autonomic platform enables heterogeneous environments to self-manage to assure performance of any application in any cloud. Turbonomic's patented autonomic decision engine dynamically analyzes application demand and allocates shared resources to all applications in real time, to maintain environments in a healthy state.

Launched in 2010, Turbonomic is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the virtualization and cloud space. Turbonomic's autonomic platform is trusted by thousands of enterprises to accelerate their adoption of virtual, cloud, and container deployments for all mission critical applications.

To learn more, visit turbonomic.com.

 

DALLAS – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader of security software and solutions, today announced a partnership with Wind River to showcase and validate its network function virtualization (NFV) solution, Trend Micro Virtual Network Function Suite, on the Wind River Titanium Server, a commercial ready carrier-grade NFV infrastructure software platform.

“NFV changes the way we treat networks and brings new possibilities and challenges”

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“NFV changes the way we treat networks and brings new possibilities and challenges,” says Dr. Terence Liu, vice president of Network Threat Defense Technology Group at Trend Micro. “As NFV continues to be recognized as the next-generation network architecture, it is critical for the industry to create ecosystems that ensure the highest levels of reliability and interoperability. Wind River is an important player in the telecommunications market, and joining forces with Wind River will assist customers in reaching their NFV objectives.”

Trend Micro Virtual Network Function Suite is designed to offer flexible, reliable and high-performance virtual network security functions for service providers from premise, to edge, to the core network. The core of Virtual Network Function Suite is innovative deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, which provides various network security functions including intrusion prevention, URL filtering and application control. It has been widely adopted in a variety of network security products, from home routers to enterprise-facing next-generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems.

By validating and pre-integrating Virtual Network Function Suite with Titanium Server, Trend Micro can deliver optimized solutions for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) deploying infrastructure based on NFV. Service providers and TEMs can confidently select validated hardware and software products knowing that they can pre-validate with Titanium Server and ready for deployment in live networks.

Trend Micro has performed the testing and validation process as part of the Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem program dedicated to accelerating the deployment of solutions for NFV. Through the collaboration of industry-leading software and hardware companies, the Titanium Cloud ecosystem ensures the availability of interoperable standard products optimized for NFV deployment with Titanium Server to help accelerate time-to-market for service providers and TEMs.

“Service providers are looking for validated and market-ready, end-to-end NFV solutions. To address this need, collaboration across the ecosystem is essential,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions at Wind River. “With validation through our Titanium Cloud program, we are partnering with leaders like Trend Micro to create optimized, interoperable solutions for service providers and TEMs who are deploying NFV in their networks. Titanium Server provides a foundation for Carrier Grade NFV infrastructure, and by leveraging other pre-validated NFV elements, service providers can quickly achieve their goals such as reducing OPEX while accelerating the introduction of new high-value services."

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cyber security solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide layered security for data centers, cloud environments, networks, and endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With over 5,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world’s most advanced global threat intelligence, Trend Micro enables organizations to secure their journey to the cloud. For more information, visit www.trendmicro.com.

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