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Survey also reveals consumers more likely to hear about data breaches from the news or social media—not from companies holding their data

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Centrify, the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats, today released findings from its 2016 Consumer Trust research study that examined consumer attitudes toward hacking, including what information people most fear being hacked, how often consumers change their passwords and how aware they are when a hack does occur.

“Consumers can no longer afford to put their data at risk”

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The online study, commissioned by Centrify, found that people are most fearful of their credit cards or bank statements being hacked, with 78 percent of Americans and Germans ranking it a top concern. That number is even higher in the U.K., where 85 percent of residents rank credit card and bank data as their biggest hack concern.

The study, which surveyed 2,400 people across the U.S., U.K. and Germany, also found that consumers are very concerned about their financial investment information falling prey to hackers, with 58 percent in the U.S., 56 percent in the U.K. and 43 percent in Germany citing it as a top concern. This is followed by health and medical records, with 46 percent in the U.S., 45 percent in the U.K. and 48 percent in Germany saying they are most fearful of this information being hacked. By contrast, consumers are less worried about their family information falling into the hands of hackers, with just 44 percent in the U.S., 41 percent in the U.K. and 43 percent in Germany citing this as a top concern.

Hacks related to criminal history, web browsing history and dating profile information are least concerning for consumers, according to the survey. This is likely because a significant percentage of people do not find this information embarrassing.

The study also found that when personal information is hacked, consumers do not always hear directly from the targeted business or organization that holds their data. At least half of respondents in each country who were victims of a hack said they heard about the hack via the news. Younger adults are more likely to hear about such hacks from social media.

Additionally, the survey revealed that, despite the growing media spotlight on high profile hacks, most consumers have poor password habits and do not take adequate precaution to protect their personal information. Just one-quarter of Americans change their passwords at least once a month (more than in any other country). One-quarter of Americans and one-third of consumers in the U.K. and Germany change their passwords once a year, less or never.

This is striking given that consumers are increasingly vulnerable to attacks. Over half of Americas and two-thirds in the U.K. do most or all of their banking online, and about one-third do most or all of their shopping online, according to the study.

The good news is that many consumers are eager to improve their online habits. The study found that frequent password changes are more common among those who have had their personal info hacked in the past and those who tend to do more online shopping.

What’s more, survey respondents indicated they are willing to invest time in completing security tasks if it makes them safer. More than half of all Germans (52 percent) expressed a willingness to spend at least 10 minutes on security measures, followed by 46 percent in the U.S. and 30 percent in the U.K.

Half or more selected a fingerprint ID as one of the top two security measures they would be comfortable using. The alphanumeric password, the four-digit password and voice ID follow. The study revealed that people are much less comfortable with the graphic password, GPS locator and the ability to erase data remotely.

“Consumers can no longer afford to put their data at risk,” said Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify. “To protect themselves and their personal information, consumers need to follow a number of precautionary steps, such as monitoring accounts and frequently changing passwords. They should also look to transact with businesses that provide next-level security such as multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA adds a layer of security that protects against the leading cause of a data breach—namely, weak passwords.”

About Centrify

Centrify is the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats that target today’s hybrid IT environment of cloud, mobile and on-premises. The Centrify Identity Platform protects against the leading point of attack used in data breaches ― compromised credentials — by securing an enterprise’s internal and external users as well as its privileged accounts. Centrify delivers stronger security, continuous compliance and enhanced user productivity through single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, mobile and Mac management, privileged access security and session monitoring. Centrify is trusted by over 5000 customers, including more than half of the Fortune 50.

Centrify is a registered trademark and Centrify Server Suite, Centrify Privilege Service and Centrify Identity Service are trademarks of Centrify Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Hybrid Platform Empowers Fortune 500 Companies to Seamlessly Migrate, Protect and Scale Enterprise IT Across Public & Private Clouds

FREMONT, Calif. – RackWare, the leader in enabling comprehensive cloud management for the enterprise, today announced the close of a $10M Series B round of funding led by Signal Peak Ventures, with additional funding from Kickstart Seed Fund and Osage Venture Partners. RackWare will utilize the funding to enhance and accelerate product development and to expand sales, marketing, partnerships and customer support teams.

“Its flexibility, ease of use and fast implementation are the best in the industry, and its products have been vetted by a long list of brand-name customers. With unparalleled distribution channels, market access and superior technology, we’re excited to see where RackWare will go next.”

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Guided by CEO Sash Sunkara, a female executive with a proven track record in technology and business development, RackWare has emerged as a mainstay for enterprise IT teams seeking to manage their on-premise, private-cloud and public-cloud applications on one platform. Customers include Blue Cross Blue Shield of CA, Coca-Cola, IBM SoftLayer, HBO, Crayola and Zebra.

By focusing on Fortune 500 enterprise clients through OEM partnerships including CenturyLink and VMware, RackWare is actively being deployed in some of the world’s largest companies. The company’s most recent $10M round of funding follows $5.3M of prior funding raised and will be issued at a time the company is experiencing significant year-over-year top-line revenue growth and customer adoption.

“Our vision is to enable global enterprises to achieve true data center cloud adoption with use cases such as disaster recovery, backup, scaling and migration,” said RackWare Founder and CEO Sash Sunkara. “Bringing on Signal Peak Ventures and Ron Heinz provides RackWare with an experienced investor and operator to bolster our team. By investing in the right people and technology, RackWare is poised to significantly augment our already strong market momentum.”

“RackWare continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in IT automation and cloud intelligence,” said Signal Peak Ventures Managing Partner Ron Heinz. “Its flexibility, ease of use and fast implementation are the best in the industry, and its products have been vetted by a long list of brand-name customers. With unparalleled distribution channels, market access and superior technology, we’re excited to see where RackWare will go next.”

By enabling IT to manage all applications — regardless of location — in one basket, RackWare modernizes enterprise IT one data center at a time. IT teams can migrate physical workloads to the cloud, migrate between clouds, scale in and out automatically, and merge backup with disaster recovery, among other functionalities. This holistic menu of integrated offerings enables enterprises to speed their development cycles and sharpen their competitive edge.

“Enterprise cloud computing needs a holistic, hybrid solution, and by streamlining mission-critical cloud management operations, RackWare is earning a permanent space on the virtualized enterprise rack,” said Gavin Christensen, managing partner at Kickstart Seed Fund. “As RackWare continues to grow in terms of offerings and market share alike, we are looking forward to seeing how the marketplace itself will be transformed by RackWare’s innovative leadership.”

“RackWare continues to benefit from being an early mover in a massive space,” said Nate Lentz, managing partner at Osage Venture Partners. “Its leading position in the partnership ecosystem, best-of-breed technology, Fortune 500 clients and world-class team put it in a prime position to drive the entire cloud management market forward.”

About RackWare

RackWare enables comprehensive cloud computing management for the enterprise. Its solutions bring intelligence and automation to the cloud, to improve availability for enterprises, provide greater flexibility for enterprise IT users and reduce costs for enterprise IT providers. The RackWare approach enables users to dynamically scale physical, virtual and cloud resources across private and public environments as computing needs fluctuate. RackWare’s unique cloud management platform allows enterprises to use the public cloud as just another resource for their internal infrastructure — for disaster recovery, as well as scaling purposes. With its unique ability to be platform and cloud agnostic, RackWare’s flagship solution, the RackWare Management Module (RMM), allows workloads to be ported between any platform, virtual or physical, and any cloud. RackWare has moved thousands of workloads for hundreds of customers and has partnerships with large Service Providers and VARs. RackWare was founded in 2009 and is based in Fremont, Calif. For more information, visit rackwareinc.com.

About Signal Peak Ventures

Signal Peak is a venture capital and growth equity firm with over $600 million of capital under management. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the firm invests in Information Technology companies helping passionate entrepreneurs build enduring value. Visit us at SPV.com.

About Osage Venture Partners

Osage Venture Partners (OVP) invests in early stage, business-to-business (B2B) software companies from its offices just outside of Philadelphia, PA. With over $150M under management, OVP seeks to invest in determined and creative entrepreneurs and provide them with the assistance required to build high-growth businesses. For more information, visit osagepartners.com.

About Kickstart Seed Fund

Kickstart is a seed-stage venture capital focused on investing in the rising tech powerhouse of Utah and the West. We support the best entrepreneurs in our region with capital, connections and intelligence to launch hyper growth companies into the world. For more information, see kickstartfund.com.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Federal government has awarded Accenture Federal Services FedRAMP certification for the Accenture Federal Cloud ERP solution, determining that its enterprise resource planning solution is compliant with federal security requirements.

“We have a long, successful history of delivering effective ERP solutions to the federal market, and with this additional FedRAMP certification of our cloud security capabilities, we can provide our federal clients with even more modern and flexible solutions to help them achieve their missions”

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FedRAMP, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, is a governmentwide program that provides a standardized approach for assessing, authorizing and continuously monitoring the security of cloud products and services. The FedRAMP certification process helps the government significantly reduce the time and staff required to conduct agency security assessments — helping eliminate redundancy and potentially reducing associated security-assessment costs by 30-40 percent.

“We have a long, successful history of delivering effective ERP solutions to the federal market, and with this additional FedRAMP certification of our cloud security capabilities, we can provide our federal clients with even more modern and flexible solutions to help them achieve their missions,” said David Moskovitz, chief executive for Accenture Federal Services.

FedRAMP is the result of collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from the General Services Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Chief Information Officer Council and its working groups, and private industry.

Accenture has an extensive track record of successful, secure ERP implementations including working with the $7.5 billion National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement iTRAK, the foundation’s new financial system. Accenture migrated the NSF onto Accenture’s Federal Cloud ERP platform enabling iTRAK to facilitate real-time integration of NSF’s business systems with its eight grant management systems – which support about 11,000 new awards totaling $6.9 billion. As a result of the iTRAK program, NSF has improved data integrity, reliability, consistency and sharing; improved functional integration, accountability and internal controls; an improved ability to audit transactions; and improved financial performance and management reporting capabilities. Accenture continues to provide operations, maintenance and system enhancements for iTRAK.

Accenture Federal Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, a U.S. company, with offices in Arlington, Va. Accenture’s federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations.

About Accenture

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Accenture is a leader in helping organizations move to the cloud to take advantage of a new era of service delivery and flexibility, where applications, infrastructure and business processes are brought together and delivered As-a-Service. Accenture’s Cloud First agenda offers comprehensive, industry-focused cloud services including strategy, implementation, migration, security and managed services, and assets including the Accenture Cloud Platform that can drive broader transformational programs for clients. Accenture has worked on over 20,000 cloud computing projects for clients, including three-quarters of the Fortune Global 100, and has more than 21,000 professionals trained in cloud computing.

Avalution Consulting Ranked No. 2951 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 and No. 25 in the Cleveland, OH Metro area with Three-Year Sales Growth of 116%.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Avalution Consulting – the leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions – announced today that Inc. magazine has positioned Avalution on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses.

Avalution Consulting was ranked No. 2951 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 and No. 25 in the Cleveland, OH Metro Area with a three-year sales growth of 116%.

“We are honored to be named to the Inc. 5000,” stated Brian Zawada, Co-Founder and Director of Consulting at Avalution. “Our growth is a result of the trust our clients place in us, as well as our amazing team of professionals that delivers world-class consulting services and software solutions to leading businesses in the United States and internationally.”

This is the first year Avalution has applied for this honor. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at inc.com/inc5000.

"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held October 18-20, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.


About Avalution
Avalution Consulting is the leading provider of customized business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting services and software solutions. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Avalution partners with some of the world’s best run and most innovative organizations to protect their business operations.

Catalyst is a fully integrated, end-to-end continuity planning software that combines Avalution’s consulting methodology with a simple user interface, on-screen help guides, and customizable templates to make the entire business continuity and IT disaster recovery planning lifecycle easy and repeatable for any organization – regardless of size, industry, or geography.

866.533.0575 | avalution.com | bccatalyst.com | @Avalution | LinkedIn

One of the world’s largest SAP deployments in Azure uses SIOS as their HA foundation


SAN MATEO, Calif. SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), the industry’s leading provider of software products that help IT optimize and protect business critical applications, today announced that Zespri International, one of the largest SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure, relies on SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition to take advantage of the scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure environment for their SAP environment while delivering the stringent service levels required of their business-critical applications.


“SIOS DataKeeper provided the configuration flexibility and high availability protection we needed to deploy our business-critical SAP/Microsoft SQL Server operations in Microsoft Azure,” said Andrew Goodin, global manager information services, Zespri International. 


The world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, Zespri International, relies on a large SAP and SQL Server infrastructure to manage its operations in more than 53 countries.  Zespri began a strategic initiative to move their SAP operations to Microsoft Azure to leverage the flexibility and scalability of an Azure cloud environment. For this initiative to be successful, they needed to ensure that their business critical SAP and SQL Server applications would continue to meet the stringent levels of service and high availability their business demands.


They faced the challenge of delivering high availability and disaster protection for their critical applications in a cloud, where shared storage failover clustering is not available. “We needed a simple, cost-efficient solution that would protect critical SAP Central Services but would not add complexity to our move to Azure,” said Goodin.


The company’s IT consultant, Datacom recommended using SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition software to quickly and easily build SANless clusters in Azure. Zespri added SIOS DataKeeper to its Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clusters to enable them to work in a Microsoft Azure cloud environment. SIOS DataKeeper synchronizes local storage in cluster nodes located in different Microsoft Azure fault domains for disaster protection. The synchronized storage appears to WSFC as identical to a traditional SAN. Today, the Zespri infrastructure is one of the largest SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure worldwide comprising more than 32 nodes running on large Microsoft SQL Server databases.


By providing the HA foundation needed to support business critical operations, SIOS DataKeeper software played a critical role in enabling Zespri to move to Microsoft Azure. With SIOS DataKeeper, Zespri was able to take advantage of scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure environment for their SAP environment while delivering the stringent service levels required of their business-critical applications.

About SIOS Technology Corp.
SIOS Technology Corp. makes software products that provide the insights and guidance IT managers need to manage and protect business critical applications in large, complex data centers. SIOS iQ is a machine learning analytics software that helps IT managers optimize performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization in virtualized environments. SIOS SAN and SANLess software is an essential part of any cluster solution that provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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