By Reuven Harrison.
Balancing effective IT security against a business’s need for agility is an age-old issue. But today, getting that balance right is trickier than ever. Organizational networks are increasingly sprawling, complex and hard to secure, with ever more changes required at the server level to ensure businesses can securely run all the applications they need, as and when they need them. In such a highly complex environment – characterised by constant change – a reactive, manual approach to security is no longer adequate. Mistakes can (and do) creep in, exposing organizations to cyber-attacks, data breaches and industrial espionage.
Yet slowing down the change process in order to ensure security can be similarly risky, since this will stifle the very agility that is key to business survival and success. Unless network managers fundamentally rethink their manual approach and adopt fresh strategies supported by automated tools, they face a ticking time-bomb that could seriously damage not just their security, but their business credibility and competitiveness.
An interesting article in the latest NFPA Journal looks at the rise of social media and its effects on emergency response and communication management; and provides some useful general social media crisis communications advice.
#Are You Prepared? highlights several natural disasters in which social media played a key role in keeping both the affected public and emergency responders informed. It also explains how FEMA established a ‘Hurricane Sandy Rumor Control’ website to counter false and misleading information circulating on social media during that disaster.
The article stresses how important it is for emergency and crisis management professionals to understand how social media works: "If social media is able to push out emergency information to critical audiences, we have to be able to use all of these tools," says Jo Robertson, chair of the NFPA 1600 Social Media Task Group and director of crisis preparedness for the chemical company Arkema. "Social media use is a reality. We all have to get past the notion that this is something we can ignore."
Climate change is among the five most likely and most potentially impactful global risks, according to the just-released World Economic Forum (WEF) 2014 Global Risks Report.
The report assesses 31 risks that are global in nature and have the potential to cause significant negative impact across entire countries and industries if they take place.
An analysis of the five risks considered most likely and most impactful since 2007 shows that environmental risks, such as climate change, extreme weather events and water scarcity, have become more prominent since 2011.
Be honest – do you currently have a malicious software reporting policy? Just relying on the existence of anti-virus software and firewalls may be too optimistic nowadays. The potential damage to information assets and productivity, let alone identity or bank account theft, suggests that a malware reporting policy should be in place in any organisation. Even Google is asking users to contribute to tightening up security by reporting any nefarious activity from websites listed in its results pages. And as an additional source of concern, it seems malware infections are also being caused by some of the very entities that are supposed to be protecting us.
Hibernia’s High-Capacity Network Increases Infrastructure Capabilities
SUMMIT, N.J. – Hibernia Networks, a provider of global capacity services, announces today that Cogent Communications has chosen Hibernia Networks to expand its network reach throughout Northern Ireland. By leveraging Hibernia’s high-capacity, multi-count dark fiber, Cogent further strengthens its infrastructure in Ireland.
With almost 2,000 on-net service locations, Cogent is a world-class telecommunications provider serving 36 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. The network expansion will connect Cogent at Hibernia’s cable landing station in Dublin and across the Titanic Quarter in Northern Ireland. This capacity will further address the growing demand Cogent is seeing for high-speed communications services in the region.
“Hibernia’s flexible wholesale transport services are designed for metro, long-haul, subsea or terrestrial network builds and boost any carrier that wants secure, diverse network capacity,” states Eric Gutshall, Senior Vice President Global Sales for Hibernia Networks. “Hibernia built its Northern Ireland network to directly address the growing economy and opportunities throughout the country. It’s wonderful to see Cogent utilize this capacity to provide high-speed, big-bandwidth services that will further economic development throughout the region.”
“Not only is Hibernia recognized as the premier supplier of high-performance capacity in Ireland, but it is also a leader in diverse network capacity around the globe,” comments Ricardo Orcero, Director Global Fiber for Cogent. “We know that by partnering with Hibernia in any region, we will continue to receive the dedicated support and flexibility to expand when and where we need to be located.”
Hibernia was one of the first subsea carriers to connect North America to Northern Ireland as part of its Project Kelvin build in 2009. The cable connects Hibernia’s fiber-optic cable across Ireland to cities including Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Londonderry, Omagh, Portadown, Strabane, Letterkenny, Castleblayney, Dundalk, Drogheda and Monaghan.
Hibernia’s wholesale offering includes customizable and scalable services, such as:
- Dedicated Ethernet at all speeds, including 10G LanPhy
- Protected and unprotected Optical Level Services
- TDM or Electrical Services
- Dedicated Ethernet and SDH or Packet over SONET
For more information on Hibernia’s advanced wholesale services, visit www.hibernianetworks.com.
About Hibernia Networks:
Hibernia Networks owns and operates a global network connecting North America, Europe and Asia. Hibernia offers over 200 network Points of Presence (PoPs) on over 27,000 kilometers of fiber.
Hibernia Networks serves wholesale, financial and media customers with unparalleled support, flexibility and service. Hibernia’s wholesale services provide secure and diverse dedicated Ethernet, DTM and optical-level services, including GigE, 10G and LanPhy wavelengths and traditional SONET/SDH services. Hibernia’s financial services unite hundreds of global banks and financial exchanges with low-latency connectivity. Hibernia’s media services are dedicated to flawless delivery of video signals over fiber, supporting media companies across the globe with over 200 media connection points. Hibernia Networks is owned by Columbia Ventures Corporation and funds managed by Constellation Growth Capital.
For more information on Hibernia’s cutting-edge network and services, please visit www.hibernianetworks.com.
Aon Global Risk Consulting has conducted research to understand more about organizations’ attitudes to the top threats they face in today’s ‘hyper connected’ world.
With a focus on analytics, Aon wanted to further explore some of the results of its biennial Global Risk Management Survey (GRMS) published in 2013, so it subsequently asked captive directors (executive and non-executive) for their opinions on the rankings of the top 50 risks identified.
Stephen Cross, Chairman, Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics, said “We felt that the results from the GRMS 2013 had thrown up some anomalies. With our expertise in the captive space, we approached captive directors for their opinions on the rankings of various risks to give us a more holistic view. As a result, we believe there is a real debate to be had across the risk management industry on insurable versus uninsurable risk. Understanding risk has always been a fact of business life, but today, the magnitude, complexity and speed have increased exponentially. That is why business leaders are concerned with how they manage risk.”
A new ENISA report provides advice on how to implement incident reporting in cloud computing. ‘Incident Reporting for Cloud Computing’ looks at four different cloud computing scenarios and investigates how incident reporting schemes could be set up, involving cloud providers, cloud customers, operators of critical infrastructure and government authorities.
Using surveys and interviews with experts, ENISA identified a number of key issues:
- In most EU Member States, there is no national authority to assess the criticality of cloud services.
- Cloud services are often based on other cloud services. This increases complexity and complicates incident reporting.
- Cloud customers often do not put incident reporting obligations in their cloud service contracts.
The report contains several recommendations,including:
- Voluntary reporting schemes hardly exist and legislation might be needed for operators in critical sectors to report about security incidents.
- Government authorities should address incident reporting obligations in their procurement requirements.
- Critical sector operators should address incident reporting in their contracts.
- Incident reporting schemes can provide a ‘win-win’ for providers and customers, increasing transparency and, in this way, fostering trust.
- Providers should lead the way and set up efficient and effective, voluntary reporting schemes.
CIO — This year, the IT services industry saw customers doing more of their own IT services deals, testing the service integration model, and continuing to struggle with outsourcing transitions. CIO.com again asked outsourcing observers to tell us what they think is in the cards for the year ahead. And if they're right, 2013 could be the year customers--and a few robots--take greater control of the IT outsourcing space.
1. The Rise of the Machines
Say hello to the latest IT services professional: the robot. "2014 will see significant growth in the development and implementation of robot-like technologies that will automate many tasks currently performed by full-time employees in [outsourcing] deals," says Shawn C. Helms, partner in the outsourcing and technology transactions practices at K&L Gates. "Given the rise of robots replacing people in manufacturing and logistics, it is not a stretch to predict that robots will move up the intellectual value chain as artificial intelligence continues to develop."
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report, the chronic gap between the incomes of the richest and poorest citizens is the risk most likely to cause serious global damage in the next decade. Looking forward, the 700 experts queried emphasized that the next generation will only feel this disparity more acutely if current conditions continue. Those presently coming of age face “twin challenges” of reduced employment opportunity and rising education costs, prompting the World Economic Forum to consider the impact on political and social stability as well as economic development.
“Many young people today face an uphill battle,” explained David Cole, group chief risk officer of Swiss Re. “As a result of the financial crisis and globalization, the younger generation in the mature markets struggle with ever fewer job opportunities and the need to support an aging population. While in the emerging markets there are more jobs to be had, the workforce does not yet possess the broad based skill-sets necessary to satisfy demand. It’s vital we sit down with young people now and begin planning solutions aimed at creating fit-for-purpose educational systems, functional job-markets, efficient skills exchanges and the sustainable future we all depend on.”
CIO — The strained, dysfunctional relationship between CIOs and marketers can be overcome, in part by rallying around the customer. After all, we're in an age that requires IT and business people to put aside their differences in order to bring business technologies to bear that will win, serve and retain customers.
At least this is the key finding in a new report by Forrester Research. "The age of the customer places new demands on organizations, requiring changes to how they develop, market, sell and deliver products and service," the report says. "IT and business teams frequently inhibit successful digital experience execution by failing to work cooperatively."