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Jon Seals

One of the problems with Dropbox and indeed all cloud storage is the way they have implemented how you view your cloud storage on your local drive. If you want to access your cloud file system in your local file management tool, you literally need to have it stored on your drive, which really defeats the idea of having cloud storage in the first place — especially on devices with smaller hard drives.

Alternatively, you could open Dropbox.com and navigate to your files in a separate interface, an approach just about everyone dislikes.

Dropbox wants to change that.

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http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/26/dropboxs-project-infinite-could-change-the-way-you-think-of-cloud-storage/

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

Guns on Campus

In the aftermath of high-profile shootings on college campuses, college administrators are considering whether to allow guns on campus. Administrators are divided, with some seeing guns as a way to keep students and faculty safe and others worried that more guns would only increase levels of violence on campus. Explore current law regarding guns on campus in America to get a more informed understanding of how state laws affect university policies regarding firearms.

Concealed Weapons on Campus

While all 50 states allow individuals to carry concealed weapons if they meet certain requirements, 19 states prohibit concealed weapons on college campuses. The following states do not allow concealed weapons on campus at all: California, New Mexico, Nevada, Nebraska, Wyoming, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.

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http://blog.sendwordnow.com/guns-on-campus

For Michael Skaff, chief operating officer and privacy officer at the Masons of California, the cloud is more than just an enabler of technology. It’s an enabler of IT innovation.

The 55,000-member Masons of California primarily leverages public cloud systems, but is also utilizing a hybrid cloud to meet certain business needs. The organization is also considering private cloud for a few uses, according to Skaff.

“As long as the solutions are well-designed, and the associated contracts and integrations carefully managed, cloud-based services offer an unprecedented opportunity for IT to shift its primary focus from building technology to delivering business value,” said Skaff.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/04/25/it-innovators-cloud-enables-masons-of-california-to-more-effectively-meet-member-needs/

Microsoft saw one of the biggest spikes in data center spend in company history in the last quarter.

It invested $2.3 billion in capital during the three-month period, which included a 65 percent increase in data center spend year over year, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said on the company’s fiscal third quarter earnings call on April 21. “As planned, we accelerated our data center and cloud services investments to meet growing global demand,” she said.

During the quarter, Microsoft saw a 66 percent year-over-year spike in capital spending, its second-largest since the third quarter of fiscal 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The largest was an 86 percent increase in the second quarter of 2014.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/04/25/microsoft-ramps-up-cloud-data-center-spend/

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

Cybercrime as Big Business

Cybercriminals are on a mission. They want to take advantage of point of sale (PoS) technology as much as possible before it totally switches over to chip technology. Even though the EMV card payment system came online late last year, many businesses and credit card issuers have been slow to migrate to the new PoS technology. FireEye recently identified one such group of cybercriminals, calling it FIN6, which is stealing credit card numbers from the old PoS terminals and selling them through underground channels. Bloomberg explained:

Malware such as GRABNEW, which captures login credentials, can come as an e-mail attachment, FireEye said. FIN6 either sends that malware or pays others for the credentials.

Once FIN6 gets into a company’s network, it uses software vulnerabilities to move around and locate card numbers. One FIN6-linked case resulted in 20 million cards, mostly from the U.S., in the online shop, selling for about $21 each, Milpitas, California-based FireEye said.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-security/cybercrime-as-big-business.html

The volume of data generated today is growing at an astonishing rate, and demand for data center space has reached an all-time high, consistently outpacing supply in the top markets. Many organizations are struggling to develop effective data center strategies, frequently facing the familiar question: build or lease?

A decade ago the answer was easy: build. At that time, colocation services were not an ideal solution. Fraught with concerns over technology deficiencies and adoption roadblocks, there was too much risk associated with colo to make it a viable part of the data center strategy for many companies. But times have changed and today colo solutions have overcome many of the real and perceived roadblocks. There are, however, still scenarios where it makes sense for a company to consider hosting its own data.

There are a number of strategic factors that can influence these decisions, which generally fall into four buckets: capital; application purpose and requirements; control; perception of security and risk. While many of the factors are analytical in nature (such as financial savings), there are also cultural preferences within companies that influence the strategy.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/04/25/build-or-lease-creating-the-best-data-center-strategy/

(TNS) - The tally of flooded homes in Harris County reached 6,700 on Sunday, surpassing the total from last year's Memorial Day flood.

An additional 300 homes were damaged in Waller County. The assessments are preliminary and numbers are expected to continue to rise.

In unincorporated Harris County alone, surveyors estimated $43 million in residential losses and $13 million in commercial losses by Sunday night, said Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the county's emergency management office. The estimates are required before the region can be designated a federal disaster area, allowing victims to apply for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

But residents don't have to wait for food, housing or clothing. Anyone who needs immediate help should call 211, Sanchez said. The same applies to Waller County.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/More-than-6700-homes-flooded-passing-Memorial-Day-event.html

(TNS) - Morgan County has been active in adding community shelters in the nearly five years since the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, but Decatur has added none.

Eight public shelters have been built in Morgan County and another is in the final stages of construction after one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history hit central and north Alabama.

Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long said the shelters are a significant safety net for residents.

“It’s good to have a shelter you can get 100 or more people in,” he said. “They’re a lot safer.”

The fifth anniversary of the outbreak that killed 234 Alabamians, including 14 in Lawrence County and four in Limestone County, is Wednesday. Morgan County had plenty of damage but no deaths.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Morgan-County-adds-public-shelters-after-2011-tornado-outbreak.html

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

Q&A: Nobles County Emergency Management

(TNS) - The following is part of a series of Q&As with Nobles County, Minn., departments to educate the public on the services provided. This one with Emergency Managment Director Joyce Jacobs

Q What are the primary responsibilities of the Emergency Management department?

A The Emergency Management Department is responsible for developing, coordinating, promoting and evaluating programs to ensure emergency preparedness in Nobles County. The Nobles County Emergency Management Director administers a county-wide emergency management program with the goal of preparing the county to respond to and recover from major disasters. Disasters can be natural (typically weather related) or man-made.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/QA-Nobles-County-Emergency-Management.html

Responding to the resilience challenge

Following the previous paper by the Business Continuity Institute's UK 20/20 Group on the resilience challenge for the business continuity profession, a new paper has been published outlining how individuals and organizations should rise to this challenge.

In ‘Responding to the resilience challenge’, it is shown how business continuity practitioners can use their unique understanding of value creation within an organization to influence governance and promote informed decision making. In these uncertain times, BC can push organizations to become more agile in dealing with emerging risks, while taking a clear role in crisis leadership when risks materialise into disruptions.

The paper explains how BC practitioners should use their background as a foundation for understanding other management disciplines, as resilience practice is expected to grow into a highly technical role that will require practitioners to bridge academic knowledge and professional experience. Practitioners will also be expected to address the gap between existing technical expertise among management disciplines to decision making at the top.

Bill Crichton FBCI, Chairman of the BCI 20/20 UK Group, commented: "For those business continuity practitioners who don't have a good understanding of resilience, they should consider whether they need to enhance their skills to provide the opportunity for them in the future to lead the resilience capability within their organization."

Download your free copy of 'Responding to the resilience challenge' by clicking here.