LONDON, UK – Secure I.T. Environments Ltd, one of the UK’s leading designers and builders of modular data centres, has been successful in a competitive tender process to build a brand new data centre at Solihull Council.
The new data centre, measuring 390sqm in total, is an essential part of the Council’s IT infrastructure, housing servers and storage equipment that run software, process and store data for the organisation.
The project is due to start at the end of April and will enable the council to improve its energy efficiency and the quality of digital services provided to staff and the general public.
Solihull Council said, “The new data centre is key to ensuring business continuity for all services within the Council. It will help us to reduce energy consumption and provide a cost effective solution for the future.
“We received many excellent proposals in the tender process and are pleased to be awarding this project to Secure I.T. Environments.”
Chris Wellfair, projects director at Secure I.T. Environments added, “More and more council services are moving online, making the resilience and performance of data centres even more important. Eventually online will become the primary way citizens gain access to council services and we’re looking forward to getting started on this challenging project.”
About Secure I.T. Environments Ltd
Secure I.T. Environments Ltd is a UK company specialising in the design and build of energy efficient internal/external secure modular data centres and infrastructure. Secure IT Environments Ltd has established an enviable relationship with its clients based on trust, mutual respect, working as a team with the client and proven performance.
The company offers a “Total Solutions Package” to the private, healthcare, education and government sectors, as well as co-hosting companies in the UK and offshore, by way of design, implementation and installation management services for projects from small stand-alone computer rooms to large public sector contracts and co-hosting locations. All rooms are designed to meet the latest BS476/EN1047 standards, now regarded as the benchmark standard for new data centres being installed throughout the UK and Europe.
Secure I.T. Environments’ primary aim is to ensure that clients’ critical hardware is protected against all external threats in a Green Data centre. To this end the company has established long-standing partnerships with its manufacturers, who are at the forefront of R&D, to ensure the highest level of physical protection and energy efficiency is maintained.
Helps global energy companies to develop informed risk management plans
Alesco Risk Management Services (Alesco), http://www.alescorms.com/, uses Palisade’s risk analysis tool @RISK in its approach to optimising insurance spend and identifying alternative future strategies for the financing and transfer of key risks. This helps its clients in the global energy industry develop informed risk management tactics and delivers significant value to all aspects of the business.
Alesco uses @RISK from Palisade to design models that forecast future insurance losses. This enables alternative insurance structures to be tested to see how different balances of business unit retention (usually a simple deductible or excess on the policy that will be applied before any insurance claims is made), captive retention and, beyond that, commercial insurance, affect premium levels and capital requirements. The objective is to find the optimal structure that balances an acceptable premium cost with the client’s financial ability to retain risk, and its appetite to do so.
Having first worked with the client to undertake a detailed loss forecasting exercise, the next step is to determine how much risk a client should retain with its captive. Alesco fits statistical models to historical loss data, obtained from both the specific client and wider industry data (as above). @RISK is used for Monte Carlo simulation, with the output being graphs that show the projected long-run average retained loss cost for the client (captive) and the volatility around this average (the 95th percentile or worst year in 20 position, for example). Both the average level of future losses and the variation around this average can be estimated.
These results are applied through the captive’s financial statements to see the effect alternative reinsurance structures have on premium levels and capital requirements over the next three to five years.
This enables Alesco to advise the client on the optimal insurance and reinsurance programme structure taking into account the premium to pay, and potential cost savings, as well as the organisation’s risk appetite. Alternatively, a client might review its current reinsurance programme ahead of its renewal to evaluate whether it had sufficient capital to increase their retention levels, ultimately reducing their external premium spend.
“The introduction of regulation such as Solvency 2 and other ‘risk based’ capital approaches generally requires this type of risk modelling to validate and support capitalisation levels,” explains Derek Thrumble, Partner at Alesco. “Palisade’s @RISK makes it quick and simple to run Monte Carlo simulations directly in Excel, thereby avoiding the need to build complex models with thousands of rows of data and code. As a result we can undertake complex forecasting for our clients within a realistic time-frame to influence decisions that meets their corporate, financial and legal requirements and determines the insurance strategy that is the best fit for them at that time.”
More than 60% of assets sit outside the firewall in 35 top banks, according to the latest RiskIQ security report
SAN FRANCISCO – Security specialist RiskIQ says the growth in digital business is producing an increasing threat to banks across the world, as they seek new ways to connect with customers. Its latest research shows that a selection of 35 top banks have more than 260,000 assets exposed to external risk.
With the growth in social media, websites, and mobile apps, banks are increasingly turning to new ways of providing services. But with the largest banks owning an average of 7,500 public facing digital assets, the RiskIQ research found that 60% sat outside the company firewall.
Banks facing increased risk from hackers as their digital footprint grows. In addition, they are relying heavily on external third-party code to power tracking, analytics, serving company ads and supporting re-targeting. This third party code provides an additional attack vector that can be exploited by malicious actors.
RiskIQ also discovered 1,777 mobile applications, or an average of 51 per bank. Of these, only 5% of mobile applications were found in the official app stores (Googleplay, Apple, etc), whilst 95% were hosted on secondary, tertiary, affiliate or foreign app stores.
Elias Manousos, CEO of RiskIQ, said: “The two trends of externally hosted digital assets and the use of third party components highlights the changing security landscape that banks and other organisations are dealing with. As digital assets move outside of the corporate firewall, traditional security approaches become ineffective and the potential attack surface for the adversary grows. Today, effective defence begins with a full understanding of your digital footprint. At RiskIQ we help many of the world’s top banks identify and defend their digital presence.”
Summary of Findings
The results were gathered by the RiskIQ platform, which continuously monitors websites and mobile application stores using web scale virtual user technology to detect suspect applications, application tampering and brand impersonation. For this survey, RiskIQ inspected the web and mobile assets of 35 top banks, finding:
- 260,000 digital assets discovered, or on average, 7,500 assets per bank
- Over 60% of these assets were hosted externally
- 94% were incorporating code from one or more third-party analytics/tracking services
- 70% were running their own digital ads using third-party ad serving technology and dropping 3rd party beacons
RiskIQ enables organizations to maintain the integrity of their web and mobile properties by detecting and removing instances of malware, impersonation and defacement used to commit fraud and violate users’ privacy. The company’s SaaS platform performs continuous asset discovery, indexing and threat detection across the web, mobile app stores and social networks using software agents that emulate human behavior. RiskIQ is used by eight of the 10 largest financial institutions in the U.S. and five of the nine leading Internet companies in the world. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Battery Ventures and Summit Partners. For more, visit www.riskiq.com.
10ZiG offer Buyback Incentive to all Tera1 users looking to upgrade to Tera2
Leicester, UK – 10ZiG Technology today announced that its Board of Directors have approved a buyback program for existing Tera1 PCoIP Zero Client users when upgrading to 10ZiG Tera2 hardware. 10ZiG have opened this offer to their existing Tera1 customer base and ALL worldwide Tera1 users who purchased from ANY Teradici OEM vendor. This includes the Wyse P20, EVGA PD05, Samsung and any other Teradici OEM Manufacturer who offered you a device with the Tera1 chipset.
The Buyback Program offers all Tera1 users a great saving when upgrading to 10ZiG’s Tera2 hardware, it will also offer you access for up to 3 Years of FREE Advanced Exchange Warranty, up to 3 Years’ FREE access to 10ZiG’s VMware and Teradici trained world class support and the FREE PCoIP Management Console with every device upgraded.
The news comes off the back of Teradici’s announcement that the TERA1100 Portal Processor will no longer support future releases of VMware Horizon, with the last supported version being 6.0.1. The Tera1, first launched in 2007, has now reached its limit in terms of new features that can be added. Horizon RDSH, Client-side Cache and Text CODEC are just some of the features not supported on Tera1 and are therefore incapable of being certified against Horizon 6 and higher.
“It is great news that VMware and Teradici continue to make leaps forward to ensure End User Computing caters for all types of use cases. The Tera1 Chipset has been around for over 7 years and it still provides a greater user experience than most general purpose x86 or ARM processors found in traditional PC’s and Thin Clients. Whilst Tera1 end points will still connect to a Virtual Desktop in a VMware Horizon 6.0.1, future releases will no longer be supported by VMware, Teradici or 10ZiG. We think it’s testament to the ground breaking progress that Teradici have made to date. As a solely focused Thin and Zero Client vendor with Teradici and VMware trained Sales and Support teams, 10ZiG are perfectly positioned to offer existing Tera 1 users an upgrade path to our Tera2 Zero Client family and reap the benefits of future versions of VMware Horizon.”
To find out whether this affects your VMware environment, please see 10ZiG’s latest blog post HERE: http://www.pages03.net/10zig/terra1/.
10ZiG Technology offer the widest range of Tera2 PCoIP Zero Client devices on the market, including traditional standalone units supporting VESA Mounting, Dual screen, Quad screen and support for up to 6 USB ports. 10ZiG also offer their V1200-AIO All-in-One device with in-built 24” monitor, and their 21.5” V1200-AIOM215 Medical All-in-One unit with anti-microbial treated plastic (sealed to meet IP23 and ISO22196), supporting optional integrated touch screen.
For more information about 10ZiG’s Buyback Program, or to test any of the new Tera2 hardware, please contact the relevant office below.
10ZiG Technology Inc. (Company Headquarters, US)
10ZiG Technology Ltd (EU Headquarters, UK)
+44 (0) 116 214 8650
About 10ZiG Technology
Solely focused in the development of Thin and Zero Clients for the latest desktop solutions, 10ZiG Technology has longstanding partnerships with such industry leaders such as Citrix, VMware and Microsoft. All with the aim of providing the best performance possible by supporting the full feature sets of acceleration protocols such as PCoIP, RDP 8.1 and HDX 3D Pro. 10ZiG offer traditional dual screen Thin and Zero Clients, including the widest range of TERA2-based PCoIP devices on the market, and also cater for Quad Screen, All-in-One, and medical specific use cases. 10ZiG devices come with a variety of OS’s, including NOS (Zero), PEAKos (Linux), Windows Embedded 7 (WES7) and Windows Embedded 8 (WE8). They are all accompanied by the 100% FREE enterprise class 10ZiG Manager Utility, enabling centralised configuration, maintenance and control of all 10ZiG Software Zero, Linux and Windows devices. The 10ZiG product range is underpinned by the most personal Sales and Support service on the market, and 10ZiG are willing to put it to the test through their no-obligation, no-hassle, flexible 30 day demo offer. To learn more, or to arrange your demo, visit www.10zig.com or follow them on Twitter: @10ZiGEMEA
Channel Partners Can Now Sell Best-in-Class Backup, Disaster Protection Through ESET
ESET®, the global leader in proactive digital protection, announced today that StorageCraft®, a leading provider of data backup and disaster recovery solutions, has joined the ESET Technology Alliance. As a result of this relationship, ESET customers now have the option to add StorageCraft backup and disaster recovery to their layered security strategy through their existing ESET reseller.*
“Our partners and customers have been asking for backup and disaster recovery solutions,” said Gerald Choung, vice president of sales at ESET North America. “Adding StorageCraft to the ESET Technology Alliance makes perfect sense since they have an outstanding line of products and conduct their business exclusively through the reseller channel. With the Ponemon Institute* reporting that companies lose an average of $7,900 for every minute of downtime, StorageCraft’s ability to offer our customers 100 percent business continuity made them an easy choice.”
StorageCraft offers award-winning backup software and disaster recovery, data protection, and migration solutions for physical, virtual, and hybrid Windows and Linux IT environments. The company’s solutions enable users to maintain business continuity during times of disaster, computer outages, or other unforeseen events by reducing downtime, improving security and stability for systems and data, and lowering the total cost of ownership.
“As a seller of both ESET and StorageCraft exclusively, we are excited to see this partnership come together,” said Mitch Miller, owner and president of Dynamic Computer Solutions. “Security and recovery go hand in hand, and increasingly, our customers are looking for a comprehensive approach to security, and a one stop shop for their security needs. Whether it is on the data side or the hardware side, these two vendors truly offer best-in-class solutions.”
By offering StorageCraft through ESET, customers and channel partners will receive an enhanced ordering experience, and easy access to high caliber products that cover a multi-layered security solution. In addition, partners will receive competitive pricing on ESET products when purchasing ESET and StorageCraft together.
“In today’s 24/7 business environment, enterprises can’t afford to shut down for a day due to natural disasters or data loss, which is why it’s imperative that enterprises big and small have both a backup and recovery solution in place as part of their comprehensive security strategy,” said Mike Kunz, vice president of worldwide sales at StorageCraft. “Choosing ESET as our preferred security partner not only streamlines our joint customers’ experiences, but offers them access to the best security and backup and recovery solutions on the market with one touchpoint.”
Launched in 2013, the ESET Technology Alliance is an integration partnership that aims to better protect businesses by offering a range of complementary IT security solutions. All members of the ESET Technology Alliance are carefully vetted against a set of established criteria to extend “best-in-class” business protection across IT environments. Benefiting from a full integration with the ESET ordering and licensing system, the Technology Alliance enables ESET resellers to offer business customers a broader set of products and services.
A BrightTalk webcast will be held on April 22, 2015, with ESET and StorageCraft leadership providing an overview of modern business disasters and solutions. Register here.
*Source: Ponemon Institute, “2013 Cost of Data Center Outages,” December 2013
*Limited distribution for select resellers through April 21, 2015.
Since 1987, ESET® has been developing record award-winning security software that now helps over 100 million users to Enjoy Safer Technology. Its broad security product portfolio covers all popular platforms and provides businesses and consumers around the world with the perfect balance of performance and proactive protection. The company has a global sales network covering 180 countries, and regional offices in Bratislava, San Diego, Singapore and Buenos Aires. For more information visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
The StorageCraft family of companies, founded in 2003, provides best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions for servers, desktops and laptops. StorageCraft delivers software products that reduce downtime, improve security and stability for systems and data, and lower the total cost of ownership. For more information, visit www.storagecraft.com.
Catalyst, Avalution Consulting’s award winning business continuity software, now offers emergency notification surveys via Bullhorn and expanded customization capabilities throughout the tool. An extended free trial is available via bccatalyst.com/signup to further explore these features. Use referral code: Surveys.
CLEVELAND, OH – Avalution Consulting – the leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of two new features for the Catalyst business continuity software suite – Bullhorn emergency notification surveys and the ability to further customize Catalyst by adding new fields.
Bullhorn Emergency Notification – Surveys
Bullhorn emergency notification enables users to quickly and easily connect when it counts by sending emergency notifications to internal contacts via email, text message, or voice phone call – all from just one screen. The new survey feature empowers users to take polls and get answers to urgent questions, fast!
Conduct a survey via phone, text message, and/or email
Survey individual contacts, groups of contacts, or teams from recovery plans
Track survey responses, view summarized results, and take action
Bullhorn is built-in to Catalyst, so no third party contracts are required, and always includes unlimited messages and surveys during a declared incident, making costs predictable.
Customization – Add Your Own Fields
Catalyst enables users to customize the user experience, including customizing labels, modifying the help text provided in the on-screen guides, and reordering and hiding fields. With this release, users can now add fields throughout the tool.
Add a field to any section of the tool, at any time
Specify the field name, select the data entry type, and populate the help text – all on one screen
Save and automatically update all items in the selected category with the new field, regardless of when it was created
Utilize the Bulk Import/Export capability for all custom fields
Complete Business Continuity Planning Solution
Available in Basic, Pro, and Enterprise versions, Catalyst makes business continuity and IT disaster recovery planning easy and repeatable for every organization – regardless of size, industry, or geography. In addition to the new features above, Catalyst offers policy development, business impact analysis, risk assessment, recovery strategy definition, plan development, automatic program metrics, exercising, live incident management, emergency notification, and more.
30-Day Free Trial
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About Avalution Consulting
Avalution is the premier provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Avalution is an ISO 22301-certified firm and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.
Avalution also offers Catalyst, a web-based business continuity software solution. Available in Basic, Pro, or Enterprise versions, Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s consulting methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization. No long-term contracts are required, and a 30-day free trial is available via bccatalyst.com.
The strategic markets of Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh are home to over half of the 100 cities most exposed to natural hazards, highlighting the potential risks to foreign business, supply chains and economic output in Asia from extreme weather events and seismic disasters, according to new research from global risk analytics company, Verisk Maplecroft.
The 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) assesses the natural hazard exposure of over 1,300 cities, selected for their importance as significant economic and population centres in the coming decade. Of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and 8 in Bangladesh. The analysis considers the combined risk posed by tropical storms and cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, severe storms, extra-tropical cyclones, wildfires, storm surges, volcanoes and landslides.
According to Verisk Maplecroft, natural hazards constitute one of the most severe disrupters of business and supply chain continuity, and also threaten economic output and growth in some of the world’s key cities, especially for those located in the emerging markets. Although adverse weather dropped from 4th to 7th place in the Business Continuity Institute's latest Horizon Scan report, it is still considered to be a concern by over half (52%) of the business continuity professionals who responded to a survey. Meanwhile, earthquake/tsunami is considered a concern by nearly a quarter (22%).
“As typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the tsunami in Japan showed us, natural hazard events can have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on supply chains, business and economies,” states Dr Richard Hewston, Principal Environmental Analyst at Verisk Maplecroft. “Understanding how, where and why those risks manifest is an imperative in managing potential shocks.”
Natural hazard risk is compounded in the Philippines by poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover from natural hazards events. In addition to assessing exposure, the Natural Hazards Risk Atlas also evaluates a country’s ability to manage and mitigate the impacts of natural hazard events, through the Socio-economic Resilience Index. While Japan, which ranks 178th out 198 countries for resilience, is classified as ‘low risk,’ the Philippines (80th), is considered ‘high risk’, in part due to entrenched corruption and high levels of poverty.
“With foreign investment continuing to flow into countries highly exposed to natural hazards, those which are unable to demonstrate robust resilience may lose an element of their competitiveness,” adds Hewston. “Company decision-making over sourcing locations or market entry is increasingly influenced by issues such as strength of infrastructure and institutional robustness.”
Agile practitioners are often proud — and justifiably so — that when people are seriously adhering to the principles and practices, they keep the focus on value. They usually do a better job on average, I would argue from both first-hand experience and a fair amount of research, than the adherents of Waterfall methods. That’s not the same as saying that there’s room for improvement.
Value is a slippery concept. What’s valuable to you isn’t necessarily valuable to me. That statement extends to user stories, in which the “so that…” clause differs, depending on the persona identified in the “As a…” section that precedes it. We’re supposed to write stories that have some value for that persona, no matter how minimal it might be, but we often don’t show significant value until we’ve finished all the stories organized into an epic, theme, sprint, or release. (The attraction of creating an expense report, for example, is significantly less until you can update it when needed, too.) We prioritize the backlog from highest to lowest value stories for a variety of reasons, such as ensuring that if we run out of time before a planned release, we cut the lowest-value stories, which are coming conveniently last in the list. However, we know that life isn’t as simple as a single queue of neatly sequenced work items. Which is more valuable, the ability of a salesperson on the road to enter sales activity easily, or the report that tells the sales manager about the current state of the pipeline?
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new feature to its free app that will enable users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. This new feature allows users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.
“Emergency responders and disaster survivors are increasingly turning to mobile devices to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,” said Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator. “This new feature empowers individuals to assist and support family and friends before, during, and after a severe weather event.”
“Every minute counts when severe weather threatens and mobile apps are an essential way to immediately receive the life-saving warnings provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA administrator. “These alerts are another tool in our toolbox as we work to build a ‘Weather Ready Nation’ – a nation that’s ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events.”
According to a recent survey by Pew Research, 40 percent of Americans have used their smartphone to look up government services or information. Additionally, a majority of smartphone owners use their devices to keep up to date with breaking news, and to be informed about what is happening in their community.
The new weather alert feature adds to the app’s existing features to help Americans through emergencies. In addition to this upgrade, the app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The FEMA app also offers a “Disaster Reporter” feature, where users can upload and share photos of disaster damage.
Some other key features of the app include:
- Safety Tips: Tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
- Disaster Reporter: Users can upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts
- Maps of Disaster Resources: Users can locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers
- Apply for Assistance: The app provides easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance
- Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish-language content for smartphones that have Spanish set as their default language
The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. Users who already have the app downloaded on their device should download the latest update for the weather alerts feature to take effect. The new weather alerts feature in the FEMA app does not replace Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) function available on many new smartphones. WEAs have a special tone and vibration and are sent for emergencies such as extreme weather, AMBER alerts, or Presidential Alerts.
To learn more about the FEMA app, visit: The FEMA App: Helping Your Family Weather the Storm.
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.
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The global data load is about to surge as Big Data and the Internet of Things threaten to turn every device on the planet into an information source. While it is easy to see the promise that such an environment can offer, is the enterprise turning a blind eye to some of the consequences?
The obvious one is the sheer load that we are contemplating and whether it is possible to build the infrastructure to support it. By some estimates, the global load is due to rise from today’s output of about 4 zettabytes per year to more than 44 zettabytes by 2020. That’s not the total amount of data under management, mind you, but the amount the world will generate in a single year. Compare this to the average annual growth of the data center market, currently estimated at about 11 percent per year, and it is clear trouble is brewing down the line.
The most immediate implication of the surging data load is where to store it all. As Seagate Technology’s Mark Whitby noted to Tech Radar recently, even the most optimistic estimates of storage capacity generation over the next few years would leave us about six ZB short by 2020, which is twice the data output of 2013. New technologies are showing promise in high-density storage – resistive random access memory (RRAM) and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), to name a few – but it is questionable whether they will be ready for production environments in time for the data deluge.