(TNS) -- At the heart of the newest building on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus is an operations center focused on making the largest and most complex machine ever created more secure and more reliable.
“The Systems Engineering Building is a really generic name for a really cool place,” said Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, the nation’s deputy energy secretary, at the building’s dedication Wednesday.
“I wish it sounded sexier so people could appreciate what amazing things are going to happen inside of it.”
The complex and piecemeal grid system that delivers electricity across the nation is largely a 20th century structure, she said, and it won’t meet many of the demands or the opportunities of the 21st century.
Flood insurance can save Texas homeowners and renters thousands of dollars in repairs. It also can provide peace of mind considering that flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in the United States.
Flood Insurance in Texas:
- Flooding comes from a variety of sources in Texas, such as rainstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
- Last year, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out more than
$58.5 million in claims for Texans. So far this year, the agency has paid out more than quadruple that amount – exceeding $277.6 million, as of Aug. 19.
- Nearly 600,000 Texas households had flood insurance as of May 31, according to the NFIP. While that number may seem large, it is a small percentage of the 8.9 million total Texas households.
Costs Add up Quickly:
- Just three inches of floodwater in a home will require replacing drywall, baseboards, carpet, furniture and other necessary repairs that can cost $22,500 in a 2,000-square foot house.
- The deeper the floodwater, the higher the repair costs – 12 inches of water in a 2,000-square foot house can cost $50,000 or more.
- Understanding the value of flood insurance is important, yet many people remain uninsured, in part due to common misconceptions.
- Many policyholders believe their insurance covers all hazards and flood insurance isn’t needed. However, standard homeowner policies do not cover flooding.
- A federal disaster declaration is not necessary to make a claim on an NFIP flood insurance policy.
- Homes located outside flood-prone areas need flood insurance, too. Nationally, 25 percent of the total structures that flood each year belong to policyholders whose properties are not in high-risk areas.
Obtaining Flood Insurance:
- There is normally a 30-day waiting period when purchasing a new policy. Flood insurance is sold through private insurance companies and agents and is backed by the federal government.
- Flood insurance is available to homeowners, business owners and renters in communities that participate in the NFIP and enforce their local flood plain management ordinances. To determine if a community participates in NFIP, go online to www.floodsmart.gov
- Homeowners in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) must buy flood insurance if they have a mortgage from a federally regulated lender.
- An interactive guide to determine flood risk is available online at www.floodsmart.gov. This site also provides additional information on the NFIP and a list of insurance agents in a homeowner’s area who sell NFIP flood coverage.
Costs and Coverage:
- Flood insurance premiums average about $700 per year for homeowners.
- Homeowners can insure their homes for up to $250,000 and contents for up to $100,000.
- A number of factors determine rates for renters. Renters can cover their belongings in amounts up to $100,000.
- Nonresidential property owners can insure a building and its contents for up to $500,000 each.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
BILOXI, Miss.--In the last 10 years, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has obligated more than $159 million from Hurricane Katrina recovery to build community safe rooms throughout Mississippi to protect people during storms. HMGP provides grants to state, local and tribal governments to implement long-term mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and property from a disaster.
Safe rooms can be built as multipurpose shelters to protect communities from tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. These community safe rooms are built to FEMA 361 specifications, which include hardening of walls and roofs to withstand 200 mph winds.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials have made the construction of safe rooms a priority since Katrina. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control found that safe rooms are the best option to reduce the number of deaths during tornadoes.
“We always tell folks to get out of mobile homes and manufactured homes, and to consider going to a more substantial structure to wait out the storm,” said Robert Latham, executive director of MEMA. “By providing a secure place for them to go, we make our communities safer. Citizens need to incorporate safe room locations into their plans, or know where a substantial structure is located.”
“In so many cases, the death toll would be much higher were it not for safe rooms for people to take shelter in,” said Acting Director of FEMA’s Mississippi Recovery Office, Loraine Hill.
To date, 42 public safe rooms have been added to schools; 34 have been built as stand-alone structures for general use, and 9 constructed for first responders. Populations served by these safe rooms include approximately 44,000 students and staff; 28,000 citizens in the general population, and 3,500 first responders.
During the threat of an outbreak of tornadoes in the state earlier this year, 70 residents sought shelter; in a community safe room in Rankin County, built to FEMA 361 standards.
Another $205 million in HMGP funding was made available to Mississippi for mitigation projects, such as elevating buildings, flood control, sirens, generators and grants to individuals to retrofit areas of their home or build stand-alone safe room units.
For more information on building a public safe room to FEMA 361 specifications, go to http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3140.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
(TNS) - On a recent Friday night, while many were kicking off the weekend with an evening on the town, Jenyne Wells waited for the phone to ring.
As a 911 call-taker at SunComm, Yakima County’s emergency dispatch center, she was waiting for anyone needing help.
It would not be long.
“A young girl is being forced into a van,” a woman caller said, speaking through an interpreter. The abductors are fighting and are known to carry guns, the woman said.
Wells calmly but authoritatively asks the woman to describe the vehicle and assures her police are on the way. All the while, she’s typing bursts of information that are transmitted to computer screens in the responding police car, as well as police dispatchers who are sitting on the other end of the center.
(TNS) - Tropical Storm Danny strengthened early Thursday to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.
Sustained winds increased to about 75 mph as Danny headed north, northwest at 12 mph, about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands, forecasters said. They expect Danny to continue strengthening at least for the next two days.
The compact storm has hurricane force winds extending only 10 miles from its center, with tropical storm winds reaching about 60 miles.
Hurricane Danny arrives just as the season swings into peak months. On average, the first hurricane of the season forms on Aug. 10.
Today, many organizations are under continuous attack from nation-states or professional cyber criminals. One of the main focuses for IT security teams is stopping intruders from gaining access to assets on the corporate network. However, this strain on IT teams means that when it comes to malicious insiders, a worrying number of organizations almost entirely drop their guard.
An insider attack is one of the biggest threats faced by organizations since these types of hacks can be very difficult for IT teams to identify. This is because an insider – whether he’s an employee or a contractor – is already entrusted with authorized access to at least some systems and applications on a corporate network. It can be very hard for those in IT to decipher whether he’s just performing his regular job tasks, or carrying out something sinister.
Insiders have been responsible for some interesting breaches or hostage scenarios in recent history, whether intentional or not. Consider Terry Childs in San Francisco who held the city hostage for two weeks while sitting in a jail cell or Edward Snowden, formerly of the NSA.
So, which is a bigger threat - an external hacker or a disgruntled employee?
Leading Banking and Financial Institution Switches to StorTrends for Ease of Management, Data Protection and Asset Optimization
How Closely is Your Organization's BCM Program Aligned to ISO 22301?
Wondering how your BCM program aligns to ISO 22301?
Looking for a way to measure your current capabilities and identify gaps?
Not ready for formal 3rd party certification but ready to self-declare conformity?
New Course! BCM 1000: ISO 22301 Assessor
Learn how to align your BCM program to the requirements of ISO 22301. Gain an understanding of the key practices of a business continuity management system for organizations of all sizes and the essential elements of the following standards: ISO 22301, ISO 22313, ISO 19011, ISO 17022.
Using the ISO 22301 Maturity Model as a tool for measuring alignment to ISO 22301, attendees receive an electronic copy of the self-assessment tool as part of the workshop fee. The workshop also includes a review of the ISO 22301 self-declaration of conformity process. The ISO 22301 Maturity Model sells for $995.00 and is included in the workshop fee. The workshop reviews the following topics:
Part 1: Requirements for a Business Continuity Management System, the Role of the Auditor and the Audit Process
Part 2: Developing Strategies to Mitigate Risk and Continue Operations
Part 3: BCM Program Implementation
Part 4: Developing a BCM Culture
Part 5: Program Maintenance and Improvement
September 26-27, 2015: San Diego, CA (Before DRJ Conference)
Measure Alignment to ISO 22301 and Identify Gaps: ISO 22301 Maturity Model
ICOR has developed the ISO 22301 Maturity Model that organizations can use to self-assess the capability and maturity of their Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) using the International Standard ISO 22301 as a reference. The ISO 22301 Maturity Model excel tool was created using the Virtual Business Continuity Maturity Model as a reference. Cost: $995.00 Purchase
Determination of an ICOR verified Self-Declaration of Conformity
The ICOR Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) to ISO 22301 is available to organizations of all sizes globally. It is a process where an organization declares formally that its Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) meets the requirements of ISO 22301: Societal Security - Business Continuity Management Systems - Requirements.
Determination of meeting the requirements is based on a combination of the following scores and criteria:
- Completion and submission of ISO 22301 Maturity Model with a minimum overall score of 2.5 with no single competency area scoring less than 2.0. 3.0 is a perfect score.
- Successful completion of Biographical Data and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
- Successful completion of BCMS Information and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
- Submission of Required Documents or "Proofs" and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
Upon successful completion of the online application (including completion of the ISO 22301 Maturity Model) your application will be evaluated by an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor with credentials earned from ICOR, BSI, or PECB. Estimated time for evaluation is less than 30 days.
If your application is verified, your organization's self-declaration of conformity will be listed on the ICOR SDoC webpage. In addition, your organization will receive a certificate verifying your self-declaration and may use the ISO 22301 SDoC "mark" as evidence of the ICOR verification. Verification is valid for 3 years.
Email all questions to ISO22301@theicor.org.
ISO 22301 Maturity Model only: $995.00 USD
ISO 22301 Application: $2,495.00 USD (Includes Maturity Model)
New Pro Edition Is Released to Give Developers, Designers and Power Users More Tools and Resources to Be Productive on a Mac
SINGAPORE – Parallels® a global leader in cross-platform solutions and creator of industry-leading software for running Windows® applications on a Mac®, today launched Parallels Desktop® 11 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop). The release includes a new version of the software for developers, designers and power users, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition. It also includes Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition, previously known as the Enterprise Edition.
The new editions of Parallels Desktop for Mac benefit from speed improvements of up to 50 percent, Travel Mode which extends battery life up to 25 percent while on the go, support for Windows 10 along with OS X® El Capitan readiness and a host of other features for both Windows and Mac users.
"Developers, designers and power users are one of the biggest audiences among our millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers," said Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. "We've created Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition specifically for them and will continue to quickly innovate to help them stay more productive in their day-to-day work. Seamless experience has been the hallmark of Parallels Desktop since its inception. Today we further our commitment to innovation with Parallels Desktop 11 -- from Windows 10 and El Capitan integration to making Microsoft's Cortana® available on Mac. We've made it easier than ever for our customers to run Windows on a Mac."
Parallels Desktop 11 empowers Mac users to run Windows 10 and leverage the advantages of Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant, Cortana, when using both Windows and OS X. This is the first time that Parallels Desktop has ever made a Windows feature available for OS X applications. Parallels Desktop 11 also provides experimental support for OS X El Capitan prior to its launch, and will fully support the platform shortly after its release to give users a seamless experience with the latest OSes.
"As Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan enter the market, it is essential for businesses, developers and consumers that need to be productive to use virtualization software to easily run both operating systems, so they can work effectively, regardless of their platform," said Laura DiDio, Strategy Analytics director of research and consulting. "All three Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac editions provide the best tools to address respective customer audiences and deployment scenarios that seamlessly enable people to use the applications they need, regardless of platform."
New Parallels Desktop 11 ease-of-use benefits include improved performance and battery life with the use of Travel Mode, which can easily be activated to optimize performance. When users are on the go and not connected to power, Parallels Desktop Travel Mode will automatically extend battery life by up to 25 percent by temporarily shutting off resources that drain power.
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac offers tremendous speed performance improvements over the previous version for an even faster work experience, including1:
- Windows launch and shutdown is up to 50 percent faster
- File operations inside of Windows are improved by up to 20 percent
- Virtual machine suspend is up to 20 percent faster
- Travel Mode can increase battery life up to 25 percent
- Improved network performance
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition (www.parallels.com/desktop) is a new version of the software specifically designed for developers, designers and power users, giving them the powerful tools they need for maximum productivity. The Pro Edition supports integration with popular developer tools including Docker, Visual Studio (plug-in), Chef and Jenkins, Vagrant, Guest OS debugging and network simulation. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition empowers users to run preview Windows machines and use nested virtualization for both Windows and Linux guests, making it the perfect tool for developers, power users and testers who need a variety of virtual machine environments, including simulation of more complex deployments.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
Previously known as Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition (www.parallels.com/business) includes all Pro Edition features, offering IT admins the most efficient means to enable their employees with Macs to run Windows applications.
The Business Edition builds upon Parallels Desktop's award-winning solution by adding administrative features that enable IT departments to control and manage end user virtual machines as well as manage and administer licenses via the new Parallels License Management Portal. This exclusive feature provides IT administrators with vital information, such as license expirations, usage statistics, and real-time visibility into licensing activities, to easily manage all of their deployed licenses. Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition also supports business cloud services including Box, Dropbox for Business and OneDrive® Business.
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop)
- Always on Cortana enables customers to use Microsoft's virtual assistant with Mac applications, even when Windows 10 is not the forefront application
- Travel Mode extends the battery life by up to 25 percent by temporarily shutting off select resources that drain power
- Quick Look for Windows extends this cool Mac convenience to Windows documents and files
- New Force Touch gesture support enables a quick preview of files with Quick Look or the ability to look up the definition of an unknown word
- Improved Mac Window Controls include a new Coherence mode button
- Most recently used files list now can be viewed on the Mac regardless of where those files are stored: on the Mac, in a virtual machine, in the cloud or on a file server
- New easy printing with all Mac printer options support saves time with an intuitive solution for OS X users
- "New Item" support for creation of new files in Windows apps including Microsoft Outlook®, Excel® and Word
- Now users can easily cancel time-consuming virtual machine actions
- Mac location services are now available to Windows applications
- Automatic synchronization of the volume setting of a virtual machine with that of the Mac
- Enhanced file associations with smart notification messaging helps change file association in OS X
- Improvements in the setup and use of a virtual machine to directly access a Boot Camp® Windows partition -- without rebooting
- One-time opportunity to upgrade to Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition from Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for $49.99 per year
- Improved Japanese keyboard -- specific to the Japanese language edition only
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition (www.parallels.com/desktop)
All of the features of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, as well as the following new and key features:
- Integration with key developer tools, such as Docker, Visual Studio (plug-in), Chef and Jenkins
- Support for Vagrant and other developer tools
- Additional user profiles for developers, power users and testers for optimal configuration for their particular scenarios
- Advanced networking tools and configuration for virtual networks to test complex networking scenarios, including the ability to simulate some network instabilities
- Cloud storage access through Box.net, Dropbox for Business and OneDrive Business, for sharing from Windows to Mac
- Headless mode for running virtual machines in the background without user interface
- Ability to create linked clones to conserve disk space and optimize installations
- Enhanced memory (64 GB RAM) and processing power (16 vCPU) for improved performance
- Nested virtualization for Linux guests
- Modern.IE test environments in the Parallels New Virtual Machine Wizard provide access to free trials of browsers for testing
- 24/7 phone and email support
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition (www.parallels.com/business)
All of the features of the Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition, as well as the following key additions:
- Centralized administration and management capabilities to keep IT in control of virtual machines
- Web-based Parallels License Management Portal with a single activation key to eliminate manual management of individual license keys
- Business-level support, including prioritized 24/7 phone and email support options
- USB devices policy enforcement for additional security
Availability and Pricing
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is available now to both current and new Parallels Desktop for Mac users at www.parallels.com/desktop worldwide, and at local retailers including Challenger, EpiCentre, Harvey Norman, iStudio, NuBox and other Apple resellers in Singapore.
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition is available online at www.parallels.com/desktop and at the Apple online store.
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition is available through commercial resellers.
The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is S$108.00. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac customers are S$68.00, with an introductory offer to upgrade to a Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition subscription for S$68.00 per year available from www.parallels.com/desktop.
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Pro Edition and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition are available to new customers for S$134.00 per year. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition includes a complimentary Parallels Access (www.parallels.com/access) subscription to remotely access their Mac from any device.
1 Based on Parallels internal testing
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APPENDIX -- Suggested Retail Pricing (SRP) for Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac across Asia
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Delphix Partners With Gleanster Research on 2015 Annual State of DevOps Report; Survey Illustrates That DevOps Continues to Gain Momentum but Lacks Consistent Definition and Metrics Among Its IT Leaders and Practitioners; Data Security Emerges as a Significant Risk in DevOps Initiatives
MENLO PARK, Calif. – Delphix, the market leader in Data as a Service, today announced the 2015 State of DevOps report, a new annual report designed to help understand and define the role of DevOps, its evolving best practices, and current and planned DevOps investments.
In partnership with Delphix, Gleanster Research surveyed more than 2,000 DevOps leaders and practitioners across North America and Europe to assess current industry perceptions of DevOps and what is expected for its future. The report indicates that DevOps continues to gain momentum, but data issues -- including data security -- are major challenges, while the definition of DevOps lacks consistency and success metrics among its leaders and practitioners within IT organizations.
The report finds DevOps continues to gain traction in the industry, with 87 percent of DevOps leaders and 73 percent of practitioners reporting that they have groups dedicated to DevOps initiatives, and nearly half of all respondents (44 percent) reporting DevOps budgets of $1 million or more. However, the research also highlights that while a majority of all respondents believe DevOps is strongly or somewhat defined (75 percent), these definitions vary widely, with DevOps being described as:
- Developers and system administrators collaborating to ease the transition between development and production (84 percent)
- Using infrastructure automation to facilitate self-service provisioning of infrastructure by development teams (69 percent)
- Evolving operations to meet the demands of agile software development teams (60 percent)
- Developers taking full responsibility for all operations tasks (42 percent)
- Increasing frequency of deployments to uncover defects earlier in the development lifecycle (35 percent)
Meanwhile, the research indicates that data plays a major role in DevOps and is an area of risk to be closely examined:
- Forty-six percent of DevOps leaders report data issues as the biggest challenge to enabling their organizations to use DevOps in testing environments
- A majority of all respondents indicate that developers and quality assurance personnel have access to production data, yet this access is not audited (leaders 72 percent, practitioners 59 percent)
- More than two-thirds of all respondents (71 percent) report that masked data is refreshed from production only once a week or less
Other key findings in the report include:
- The top three reasons for starting DevOps initiatives among all respondents are to deliver software faster (66 percent), identify bugs earlier (44 percent), and deliver software more frequently (43 percent)
- Eighty percent of all respondents indicated they were under strong pressure to deliver higher-quality quality software in a variety of ways:
- Delivering software to production with fewer defects (leaders 70 percent, practitioners 59 percent)
- Identifying defects earlier in the software development lifecycle (leaders 68 percent, practitioners 62 percent)
- Delivering software faster (leaders 65 percent, practitioners 57 percent)
- Delivering software with fewer resources (leaders 32 percent, practitioners 55 percent)
- Forty-eight percent of DevOps leaders reported that DevOps initiatives resulted in more defects being identified earlier in the software development cycle, suggesting that when defects are identified earlier in the development lifecycle, teams spend less time recoding and more time delivering value
- DevOps leaders more frequently report that development teams drive DevOps within organizations, while practitioners more frequently state that DevOps is driven by operations teams, with approximately one-third of each group stating it is a shared model:
- Operations (leaders 17 percent, practitioners 25 percent)
- Development (leaders 50 percent, practitioners 39 percent)
- Shared (leaders 34 percent, practitioners 35 percent)
Download the full report at http://pages.delphix.com/Analyst-Reports_State-of-Devops---Gleanster.html.
About the 2015 Annual State of DevOps
The 2015 Annual State of DevOps report is designed to help understand and define the role of DevOps, its evolving best practices, and current and planned DevOps investments. More than 2,000 respondents who are active in DevOps, software development, quality assurance or product support participated in the survey, working at organizations of at least 100 employees located in North America, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Participants included DevOps leaders who are directly involved in what they consider to be a strongly defined and successful series of DevOps initiatives, and DevOps practitioners who are directly involved in an ongoing DevOps initiative and are searching for a strongly defined vision of DevOps success. Respondent titles include CIO, IT director, IT manager, software engineer, system administrator and database administrator.
Delphix is the market leader in Data as a Service, which helps enterprises accelerate application projects by 50 percent, including cloud migrations, custom development, and ERP rollouts. Delphix provides its DaaS Platform as on-premises or cloud software that automatically delivers the right data to the right team at the right time, instead of relying on complex processes and multiple IT teams to manually move unsecured data across systems. More than 25 percent of the Global 100 use Delphix to deliver data 99 percent faster across development, testing, and reporting environments, driving dramatic increases in productivity while improving data security. Delphix is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with offices around the world.
Delphix is a trademark of Delphix Corp. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names may be trademarks of their respective organizations. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between Delphix and any other organization.
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