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As part of an effort to make it simpler to identify illicit activities such as fraud, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) unfurled today a hosted service that combines archiving, compliance, software and machine learning to automatically detect patterns and anomalies in structured and unstructured data.

Robert Patrick, director of product management for Big Data Advanced Analytics at HPE, says HPE Investigative Analytics, launched at the LegalTech 2016 conference, is specifically designed to reduce the number of false positives that other approaches to compliance typically generate. In fact, Patrick notes that the rate at which those false positives are generated by legacy approaches to compliance is one of the primary reasons such offerings have not thus far been widely deployed. While the risks associated with violating compliance regulations may be high, Patrick says most organizations can’t afford the paralysis associated with tracking down every alert generated about a potential infraction.

In contrast, Patrick says HPE Investigative Analytics first combs through historical data to determine what processes and conversations represent normal business as usual. It then only flags behavior that is anomalous to patterns that have been well-defined. Patrick says the end result is an approach to mitigating risks that is much more in tune with how the business actually functions.



NEW YORK – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced the availability of HPE Investigative Analytics, a new hosted software solution that enables financial institutions and other highly regulated organizations to identify and analyze risk events and to take action to prevent them.

Financial services organizations are under more regulatory pressure than ever before.  According to a new 2015 Morgan Stanley report, global financial institutions have paid $260 billion in fines since 2009.  Regulators are now on high alert and new compliance guidelines and directives are being imposed on organizations every day. Failure to meet these regulations can result in significant material damage to the firm, in the form of multibillion-dollar fines and potential criminal prosecution.

However, meeting compliance requirements and stopping fraud is no small task for today’s global organizations. Financial institutions process billions of transactions and communications daily, producing massive volumes of information that lives in silos throughout the company. Legacy analytics software is incapable of understanding and recognizing irregularities in data that is scattered across multiple data types.



Whether you turn on your television or read your iPad, smartphone or other mobile device, the cacophony of news around us has become more confusing and unsettling.  The never-ending wars in the Middle East, cybersecurity, global market rallies and capitulation, natural disaster, corporate layoffs… you get the picture!

If you are like me, you want nothing more than a return to a quieter time when things were better!  But the truth is, the past is seldom as we remember it or something we can return to.  We filter out the bad and remember the good.  Our ability to move forward in the face of uncertainty depends on our brain’s ability to discount the negative and remain optimistic for the future.

Welcome to the new world of Asymmetric Risks!



DataNow Supports Windows 10, Delivers In-Location Sync, and Enables Shared Group Folders as Drive Letters


READING, UK –AppSense, the global leader of secure user environment management (UEM) solutions, today announced the latest release of DataNow, a simple and secure file sync and migration solution. The latest release of DataNow extends support for Windows 10, features In-Location Sync and enables the use of Shared Group Folders as drive letters.


Access to existing data is one of the biggest hurdles enterprises face when migrating to Windows 10. DataNow is the only file sync solution that delivers a completely native and seamless end user experience across any Windows environment leveraging any management or storage infrastructure. DataNow enables “just in time” granular sync from file and folder default locations, saving on storage, bandwidth and administration costs. Users don’t need to copy, move, monitor or redirect files to sync them. Files simply sync in the background, wherever they are located, without any user action.


“Our employees’ workstyles vary from mobile to physical desktop, and DataNow ensures that all our data is consistently synced, no matter what the work scenario or device,” said AppSense US customer Omesh Pertob, Virtualisation Architect, City of Round Rock, Texas. “We look forward to offering them the same convenience when we migrate them to Windows 10 this year—and we won’t have to worry about losing any data when moving them over.”


DataNow’s Shared Group Folders feature reinforces use of corporate drives and eliminates data sprawl and file search issues typical in many companies. To users, files on shared drives appear to reside on their local drive, even when mobile.


“DataNow removes the risk from Windows 10 migration. When our customers migrate users to Windows 10, AppSense enables them to sync all files and settings data from a user’s laptop or desktop and make them instantly available on that user’s new Windows 10 device—without disrupting the user,” said Bassam Khan, Vice President of Product Marketing at AppSense.


DataNow’s unique approach to secure data access and migration works with existing shares and servers to enable enterprises to deliver:

  •          Effortless Migration of User Files to Windows 10 and for Hardware Refresh – Files and folders follow the user and can be selectively synced, with instant access.
  •          Easy Access – Business users can access and work on files from anywhere at any time.
  •          Secure Access - DataNow secures data with 256-bit AES encryption as it is transferred between client devices and the DataNow appliance. Any files that users download to mobile devices are also encrypted on the device and can be wiped on-demand automatically or by an administrator based on contextual factors.
  •          Easy Configuration – IT can simply adopt DataNow and enable clients in minutes without changes to existing storage infrastructure or user profiles.
  •          Automatic Sync – Files and folders are continually synced in the background, so users do not need to copy, move, monitor, or redirect files.
  •          Simple File Management – IT can administer file access for business users via a virtual appliance.
  •          Native Folder Mapping – Now supported in Windows 10, native folder mapping allows users to continue to work with files in familiar locations like My Documents.
  •          Assured Regulatory Compliance – IT can control the sync of files and folders for compliant data retention.

DataNow 3.6 with In-Location Sync, map points enabled as network drives and Windows 10 support is available now. For more information or to request a demo, please visit http://www.appsense.com/products/datanow/


About AppSense

AppSense is the leading provider of UEM solutions for the secure endpoint. AppSense user virtualization technology allows IT to secure and simplify workspace control at scale across physical, virtual and cloud-delivered desktops. AppSense solutions have been deployed by over 3,600 enterprises worldwide to 9 million endpoints. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA with offices around the world. For more information please visit www.appsense.com.

While a majority of IT professionals believe the secure sharing and transferring of files is very important, more than half are using unsecure cloud-file sharing services


LONDON – Given the increase in threats and vulnerabilities introduced to the market on a daily basis, the process of moving company data securely is critical to the role of IT teams. Today, Ipswitch announced the findings of their new survey that evaluated the current file transfer solutions and policies in place for 555 IT professionals across the globe. The survey found that while IT teams believe secure file transfers are very important to their organisations, they lack the necessary tools to do so.


Key findings included - infographics:

  • While 76 percent of IT professionals said that being able to securely transfer and share files internally and externally is very important, 61 percent said that unsecure cloud-file sharing services like Dropbox are being used within their organisations.
  • 32 percent of IT professionals said that they do not have a file transfer policy in place, but 25 percent plan to integrate one. A quarter (25 percent) of IT professionals said that their organisations have file transfer technology policies in place but indicated that enforcement is inconsistent.
  • 21 percent of IT professionals said they may have experienced a data breach or suffered data loss but are not sure. More than a third (38 percent) of IT professionals said their processes to identify and mitigate file transfer risk are not efficient.
  • Less than half (46 percent) of IT professional respondents said that they have a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution in place.

“The survey findings point to an obvious disconnect between IT and organisation leadership when it comes to file transfer security,” said Michael Hack, Senior Vice President of European Operations at Ipswitch. “IT teams need to voice this as a priority for 2016 to ensure the company has granular access control, automated policy governance, and protection of data in transit and at rest. By implementing a MFT solution and enforcing strict policies, IT teams can make sure sensitive company data is safe and secure, without hassle.”



Ipswitch will be exploring the topic of file transfer security more in-depth during the following three webinars:

Survey Methodology

Ipswitch polled 555 IT team members who work in companies across the globe with greater than 500 employees. We surveyed IT pros globally, partnering with Vanson Bourne in Europe, between October-November 2015 to learn about their File Transfer habits and goals.


About Ipswitch

Ipswitch helps solve complex IT problems with simple solutions. The company’s software has been installed on more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries to monitor networks, applications and servers, and securely transfer files between systems, business partners and customers. Ipswitch was founded in 1991 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit www.ipswitch.com.

Ipswitch is a registered trademark of Ipswitch, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Latest release also provides initial support for Microsoft Power BI


READING, UK – Planview® is launching Troux version 9.5 to address the increasingly complex use cases of enterprise architects driven by the need to manage larger-scale initiatives as well as extend portfolio analysis to include strategy, business capabilities and projects. A significant investment in product scalability has yielded an advanced user experience, with the ability to handle larger datasets and visualisation capabilities that accelerate digital business transformations in progressively challenging technology and business environments.


“With the newest release, Planview continues to invest in the Troux product line and our solution for enterprise architects,” said Patrick Tickle, chief product officer for Planview. “The scalability and architectural enhancements in Troux 9.5 allow customers to solve business challenges in a more efficient way. Troux Insight users will see a 20X improvement in rendering core visualisations. In addition, the integration of Troux with Planview Enterprise brings together the portfolios supporting both enterprise architects and PMOs.”


This release includes additional customer-driven advancements that augment user experience, functionality and performance. Enhancements to the Troux REST API result in quicker read access for customers building custom integrations or user interfaces. Expanded support for Google Chrome in the Troux Navigate product now extends beyond end-user access to administrative capabilities, improving overall management of the solution.


Troux 9.5 introduces initial support for Microsoft Power BI®-based data visualisation with the release of the Troux content pack. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) customers can view a modern dashboard for application portfolio management (APM), technology portfolio management (TPM) and business capabilities data. The content pack makes it easy for customers to browse and discover reports and datasets on a robust mobile platform.


“Microsoft Power BI allows users to add and merge data sources from across their enterprises for all Planview products, including Troux, Planview Enterprise and Projectplace,” said Louise K. Allen, senior vice president of product management for Planview. “This first release of the Troux content pack provides a new way to visualise enterprise architecture and enable better decisions that accelerate customers’ business transformation initiatives.”


This release includes the integration of Troux with Planview Enterprise to help enterprise architects and PMOs connect strategic planning and execution for a range of initiatives spanning programs through business transformation. With Troux 9.5, customers will have in-product access to help and best practices in the recently released Planview Customer Success Centre.


Additional technical upgrades in Troux 9.5 are:

  • Windows 10 support for Troux Insight, Navigate and Architect
  • Alignment of product logos and documentation to a common Planview look and feel
  • Continued support of Flash visualisations

The new version of Troux will be available in February.


About Planview

Planview enables organisations to get the most out of their resources and achieve their goals. We are the global leader in solutions that optimise resources and work, spanning strategic planning, portfolio and resource management, project collaboration, and enterprise architecture. From small teams to large enterprises, companies in every industry use Planview’s products: Planview Enterprise, Projectplace, and Troux. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, our 600 employees worldwide serve more than 1,000 enterprise customers and one million users. For more information, visit http://www.planview.com.

HIGH WYCOMBE, UK – Star Micronics announces the launch of the TSP143III WLAN, the latest addition to its renowned TSP100 futurePRNT™ Series, to provide simple yet effective wireless communication for retail and hospitality. Star’s established TSP100 Series is used by retailers and restaurateurs globally from major department stores and fast food restaurants to pop up shops and cafés.


This latest addition to the TSP100 Series offers a range of features including a print speed of 250mm/second, a guillotine auto cutter (MCBF 2 million cuts) as well as thin paper capability providing benefits for the environment and reduced operating costs for the retailer. The cost-effective solution includes the convenience of an internal power supply along with a vertical mount kit in the box.


Offering compatibility with all major operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS and Windows as well as easy pairing given the provision of a simple WPS connection, this printer offers high functionality and simple wireless setup. Retailers can also take advantage of the futurePRNT software tools available with the entire TSP100 series and, in particular, the setup tool that provides simple web based configuration from any operating system and native setup utilities for iOS and Android.


The TSP143III WLAN also features Star’s new digital receipting service AllReceipts™ that offers retailers a free of charge, fast route to providing the customer with a digital copy of a print receipt as well as access to analytics, an in-store customer survey and device management tools. With zero development required, AllReceipts is enabled within the Star TSP100 printer driver and works independently of a retailer’s POS software. Triggered by a traditional printed receipt, a digital copy of the receipt is sent to the AllReceipts App on the customer’s mobile with no email address required. Receipts can only be claimed once and are then deleted, while saved receipts can be viewed by date or by retailer.


Digital receipting eliminates the issues typically associated with email receipting including the time taken to record email addresses and the potential problem that these could be taken down incorrectly. The immediate advantage perceived by the customer is the choice to remain anonymous and yet still receive a digital image of the receipt and coupon when offered.


Enhancing the AllReceipts service, the Engage NOW feature allows the retailer to provide links to promotions, discounts, coupons, etc on the Engage NOW landing page. Customers using the AllReceipts App can simply tap on the retailer’s logo from the list of receipts on their smartphone and be directed to a URL that the retailer specifies. Engage NOW is secure and easily customizable, providing a highly personal customer connection.


Receipt Flip is the latest addition to this service providing the first two-sided colour digital receipt option. This feature enables retailers to take advantage of the back side of digital receipts, as they can on printed receipts, to display terms and conditions, store policies, promotions, marketing material, etc.


Annette Tarlton, Marketing Director, Star Micronics EMEA, states: “Star is continually enhancing its portfolio to provide retail and hospitality with feature-rich, cost-effective POS and mPOS solutions. The new TSP143III WLAN enhances Star’s successful TSP100 futurePRNT™ series with a solution that offers effective wireless communication for traditional POS as well as today’s evolving mPOS environment.”


Background Information on Star Micronics

Founded in 1947, Star Micronics is one of the world's largest printer manufacturers and has facilities for worldwide production, marketing and support. Employing over 1900 staff and achieving turnover in excess of £250 million, Star Micronics has developed a POS printer portfolio that spans thermal and dot matrix printers and mechanisms, designed for barcode, ticketing, receipts and labelling. Star's proven technology is also being utilised to develop reader/writer systems for visual/smart and magnetic stripe cards and to install print mechanisms in multimedia kiosk environments. The Star Micronics' range is available internationally via a distribution channel comprising distributors and dealers.

LDeX Group adds Cogent Communications to its list of connectivity providers at LDeX2

LONDON –LDeX Group has today announced that Cogent Communications is to become the latest connectivity provider to launch a point of presence (PoP) at its second carrier neutral datacentre facility, LDeX2, in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester.


As one of the world’s largest Internet Service Providers, Cogent delivers high quality Internet access, Ethernet transport, and colocation services to Enterprise and NetCentric customers. Cogent complements LDeX’s existing list of tier 1 carriers and ISPs which already have PoPs in LDeX2 offering customers access to connectivity providers over diverse fibre paths.


Commenting on the news, Rob Garbutt, LDeX Group CEO, said: “This point of presence will enable LDeX2 as a 3MVA datacentre facility to be connected to over 2125 on-net locations giving clients in the region a sizable scope for network reach while at the same time further increasing Cogent’s datacentre footprint in the United Kingdom. Attracting ISPs such as Cogent to the new site aligns with our strategic plans to be the best connected datacentre operator in the UK”.

He added: “This further enhances our relationship with Cogent which already provides top tier connectivity services to customers at LDeX1, our London based colocation facility.”


About LDeX Group

LDeX Group is an independent national datacentre and colocation operator providing best in class colocation, network connectivity and satellite services to an array of customers across the globe.

The company owns, operates and manages its facilities, providing Manchester and London colocation, Backup-as-a-Service and network services to a range of industry sectors to protect the availability of data, applications, ecommerce and online presence.

For further information, please visit the website: www.ldexgroup.co.uk

PragmaRisk (http://www.pragmarisk.fr/), a French risk management consultancy, uses Palisade’s risk and decision analysis software, the DecisionTools Suite to help identify the contingency funds potentially required to mitigate identified risk for construction projects.


Contingency recommendation and monitoring accounts for the many uncertainties when planning budgets in order to determine the amount of contingency fund that should be added to the original budget, or to check whether what has been allowed to date is enough. PragmaRisk performs integrated cost and schedule quantitative risk assessment (QRA) using @RISK (part of the DecisionTools Suite) throughout the life of a project, which can run over several years.

For most projects, PragmaRisk models the risks related to the budget and schedule overrunning, taking this integrated approach because cost and time are interdependent, and result in the most indirect costs.


Running a Cost and Schedule Integrated QRA using @RISK, PragmaRisk typically first identifies the probability of meeting the estimated budget if there is no contingency fund. This will depend on how the budget has been calculated, with factors such as estimator practices, company culture and the aggressiveness of assumptions influencing the figure.


The amount of contingency selected for the project will depend on its risk profile, but also on the contractor’s ’risk appetite’. Using a Monte Carlo approach does not predict what will actually happen, but it applies reasoning under conditions of risk and uncertainty so that these two key aspects to be distinguished.

The main uncertainties and risks affecting the budget of the project are then outlined. This allows mitigating action to be taken to reduce risks where possible. It also provides a complementary view to the usual ‘Top Risks’ identified by qualitative risk analysis. This increased coherence between qualitative and quantitative risk management provides a wider view of the project and related risks.


In some circumstances, for example if time or the resources available are limited, or for projects undertaken by small to medium sized companies, Monte Carlo risk analysis is usually not feasible because no dedicated resource or risk manager is available. In these instances, PragmaRisk uses Palisade’s StatTools (another component of the DecisionTools Suite) to analyse the historical data for portfolio projects and produce typical overruns / contingency consumption curves in line with a project’s specific risk profile.


Qualitative risk management uses a scoring mechanism to profile projects based on key risk drivers. These include the country where it is to be carried out and the context in which the client operates there, contractual and financial terms, complexity and technology challenges, the basis of the estimate / proposal preparation (for example, whether the contractor has had enough time to research constituent costs), the aggressiveness of cost and schedule assumptions, execution plan sourcing and subcontracting constraints.


The completed risk profile highlights areas on which to focus and the risks to be mitigated.


Bruno Berroyer, the founder of PragmaRisk, is an experienced risk manager. He has used other Monte Carlo software, but prefers @RISK. He explains: “Overall, Palisade’s DecisionTools is exactly that – a ‘toolbox’ that enables advanced risk analysis. Widely used around the world, Palisade’s software is well-maintained and supported, which means we can introduce risk analysis to our clients who have never undertaken QRA, or have had poor experiences in the past. Even for clients that use ERPs (enterprise resource planning software) rather than Excel, Palisade Custom Development can also deliver.”


About Palisade

Palisade Corporation (http://www.palisade.com/) is a software developer and solution provider that produces decision support tools for professionals in many industry sectors. The company was founded in 1984, and at present more than 400,000 people use Palisade’s software in fields that range from finance to oil and mineral exploration, real estate to heavy manufacturing and pharmaceuticals to aerospace. Its software is used by more than 90 percent of Fortune Global 500 companies. Sample clients include Royal Dutch Shell, Petrobras, Procter & Gamble, PEMEX, China Minmetals, Mitsubishi, Merck, Unilever, Allianz, Total, Raytheon and BHP Billiton, as well as top business schools around the world.

Planning is fundamental for our national preparedness. We use planning to engage the whole community in the development of executable strategic, operational, and tactical approaches to meet defined objectives. The National Planning System provides a unified approach and common terminology to plan for all-threats and hazards and across all mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. In addition, a shared understanding of the types and levels of planning will enable the whole community to think through potential crises, determine capability requirements and address the collective risk identified during the risk assessment process.

This document contains an overview of the National Planning System and includes:

  • The Planning Architecture, which describes the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of planning and planning integration; and
  • The Planning Process, which describes the steps necessary to develop a comprehensive plan, from forming a team to implementing the plan.

The current homeland security environment is complex and involves an increasing number and type of partners who must work together to meet preparedness objectives. The National Planning System enables a consistent approach to planning across multiple organizations, facilitating better collaboration, situational awareness, and unity of effort while remaining flexible and adaptable to changing conditions. The architecture and process contained in the National Planning System integrates elements of the entire National Preparedness System.

The whole community – individuals and families, including those with access and functional needs; businesses and nonprofits; schools; media; and all levels of government – is encouraged to participate in the planning process.

To learn more about the National Planning System, please visit http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness">http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness.