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Jon Seals

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:32

How to be a Liaison

We talk about it, write about it, have it on our EOC organization charts, but what does it really mean to be a liaison? What are the best ways to use these people and positions?

My first military assignment was as an infantry officer serving in a combat engineer battalion. As such I supported a mechanized infantry battalion when they were on field maneuvers at Fort Hood, Texas. In that era we spent half of our time in the field so I got lots of experience in being a liaison in another organization’s command post. Yes, the principles are all the same.

The primary goal is to have eyes and ears on what is going on. Disasters are fluid, and discerning the situation and its ramifications is not easy. By having a person in another organization’s EOC or other facility physically, you have the ability to measure what is happening and the pace of the activity. And you have to discern if you will be providing resources or receiving them.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/How-to-be-a-Liaison.html

In recent months, as California officials started to calculate the fire danger posed by the state’s prolonged and historic drought, they tucked an extra $23 million into the Cal Fire emergency wildfire budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, bringing its total to $209 million.

By July 6 – just days into the fiscal year – the agency already had spent $13.9 million battling two major blazes, and is now bracing for one of the longest and most difficult fire seasons in memory.

“That’s just the first week, and we still have 51 more weeks to go,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for Cal Fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “We’re not even to the peak of the fire season yet.”

Berlant and top fire officials have been warning for months that the state faces serious peril from wildland fires this year, as the drought – stretching into a third year – has sucked dry much of the state’s brush lands and forests more quickly than in years with more normal precipitation levels.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/California-Drought-Sparks-Early-Fire-Season.html

Emergency officials across southwest Ohio say they are confident in the region’s emergency preparedness and ability to respond in the event of a crisis.

Since May, five tornadoes have touched down in parts of Ohio — the nearest being an F3 tornado that landed May 15 in Greene County to the northeast of Butler County, said Brian Coniglio, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

It’s events like that — as well as mass-casualty incidents, flooding, intense cold and periods of high flu activity — that emergency responders and hospital staff are training for in order to coordinate a quick and efficient response, said Jennifer Mason, emergency medical services and disaster management coordinator at Fort Hamilton Hospital.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Disaster-Preparedness-Training-Coordination-Ohio.html

Nearly Half of Network Operations Staff Do Not Use Network Monitoring Tools, Limiting Visibility Into Network Events and Leading to Finger Pointing Among IT Groups

COSTA MESA, Calif. – Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, announced the results of a study of 547 European and US network and security operations (NetOps and SecOps) professionals, which found that 45% of IT staff monitor network and application performance manually, instead of implementing proven network monitoring tools. The study, which was conducted during the spring of 2014, also found that 77% of respondents have reported the root cause of a network or security event to their executive team that turned out to be incorrect. Overall, 73% of surveyed IT staff said they currently have unresolved network events.

Read the full executive summary report at: http://www.emulex.com/artifacts/fce1bd42-22cc-45fc-a326-89a372da04af/end_wp_all_visibilitysurvey_report.pdf

Download the infographic at: http://www.emulex.com/artifacts/6cd7e797-1f47-4429-8de9-24cf3b0a6c71/end_ad_all_visibilitysurvey_infographic.pdf

Other key findings from the survey:

Attribution Often Incorrect

  • 79% of the surveyed organisations have experienced network events that were attributed to the wrong IT group.
  • 87% of respondents said that, at least once, they had to report the root cause of a network or security issue to their management but found that they didn’t have the information required to be 100% accurate in their assessment.
  • More than one-third (39%) said this has happened at least a few times.
  • 83% of respondents said there has been an increase in the number of security events they have investigated in the past year.
  • 81% of SecOps respondents indicated that their organisation has experienced a network security breach.
  • 27% of breaches were discovered without the use of alerting tools, through manual searches and user reporting.
  • 84% of respondents said their organisation has implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative
  • 26% of European respondents said they have no plans to monitor the network for performance issues related to BYOD. When combined with the fact that 45% of organisations are manually monitoring the performance of their networks, the growing amount of mobile device-generated traffic is on pace to overwhelm enterprise networks.
  • 70% of NetOps respondents indicated that they have had a critical network event that took at least one full business day to diagnose.
  • More than half of US respondents (52%) said it costs their organisation more than half a million dollars in revenue per hour when they have a network outage or performance degradation.

Security Events on the Rise

Growing Mobility Demands

Downtime Hugely Impactful

Executive Commentary

“IT is facing new challenges related to the growing use of software-defined networking, virtualisation and higher performing networks, as well as increasingly more sophisticated attacks on company IT assets,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing, Emulex. “The clear message from this survey is that one of the best tools for SecOps and NetOps professionals to have at their disposal is 100% network visibility that is tied to their detection management systems. It’s the combination of proactive management and the ability to do forensic analysis that will give these IT professionals the right tools to maximise application delivery, protect their corporate assets and avoid the IT blame game.”

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About Emulex

Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Emulex’s products enable unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimisation and acceleration. The Company's I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex’s monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organisations with complete network performance management at speeds up to 100Gb Ethernet. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) please visit http://www.Emulex.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement

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The assumptions on which the cost savings, share repurchase and capital return goals and expectations are based necessarily involve judgments with respect to, among other things, economic, competitive and financial market conditions and the impact of the cost savings initiative on our customers, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Furthermore, our proposed changes to the membership of our board of directors may not have the desired effect in helping us achieve and implement our business and strategic goals. These factors also include the possibility that we may not realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Endace Limited on a timely basis or at all, and may be unable to integrate the technology, operations and personnel of Endace into our existing operations in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, intellectual property claims, with or without merit, could result in costly litigation, cause product shipment delays, require us to indemnify customers, or require us to enter into royalty or licensing agreements, which may or may not be available. Furthermore, we have in the past obtained, and may be required in the future to obtain, licenses of technology owned by other parties. We cannot be certain that the necessary licenses will be available or that they will be obtainable on commercially reasonable terms. If we were to fail to obtain such royalty or licensing agreements in a timely manner and on reasonable terms, our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. Lawsuits present inherent risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations. Such potential risks include continuing expenses of litigation, loss of patent rights, monetary damages, injunctions against the sale of products incorporating the technology in question, counterclaims, attorneys’ fees, incremental costs associated with product or component redesigns, liabilities to customers under reimbursement agreements or contractual indemnification provisions, and diversion of management’s attention from other business matters. In addition, the fact that the economy generally, and the network connectivity and visibility market segments specifically, have been in a state of uncertainty makes it difficult to determine if past experience is a good guide to the future and makes it impossible to determine if markets will grow or shrink in the short term. Continued weakness in domestic and worldwide macro-economic conditions, related disruptions in world credit and equity markets, and the resulting economic uncertainty for our customers, as well as the overall network connectivity and visibility markets, has and could continue to adversely affect our revenues and results of operations. As a result of these uncertainties, we are unable to predict our future results with any accuracy. Other factors affecting these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the following: faster than anticipated declines in the storage networking market, slower than expected growth of the converged networking market or the failure of our Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers to successfully incorporate our products into their systems; our dependence on a limited number of customers and the effects of the loss of, decrease in or delays of orders by any such customers, or the failure of such customers to make timely payments; the emergence of new or stronger competitors as a result of consolidation movements in the market; the timing and market acceptance of our products or our OEM customers’ new or enhanced products; costs associated with entry into new areas of the network connectivity and visibility markets; the variability in the level of our backlog and the variable and seasonal procurement patterns of our customers; any inadequacy of our intellectual property protection and the costs of actual or potential third-party claims of infringement and any related indemnity obligations or adverse judgments; the effect of any actual or potential unsolicited offers to acquire us; proxy contests or the activities of activist investors; impairment charges, including but not limited to goodwill and intangible assets; changes in tax rates or legislation; the effects of acquisitions; the effects of terrorist activities, natural disasters, and any resulting disruption in our supply chain or customer purchasing patterns or any other resulting economic or political instability; the highly competitive nature of the markets for our products as well as pricing pressures that may result from such competitive conditions; the effect of rapid migration of customers towards newer, lower cost product platforms; transitions from board or box level to application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for selected applications; a shift in unit product mix from higher-end to lower-end or mezzanine card products; a faster than anticipated decrease in the average unit selling prices or an increase in the manufactured cost of our products; delays in product development; our reliance on third-party suppliers and subcontractors for components and assembly; our ability to attract and retain key technical personnel; our ability to benefit from our research and development activities as well as government grants related thereto; our dependence on international sales and internationally produced products; changes in accounting standards; and any resulting regulatory changes on our business. These and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements and are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, under the caption “Risk Factors.”

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. ­– ­NSFOCUS Inc., a global provider of
distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation solutions and services,
today announced its Anti-DDoS System and Web Application Firewall Solution
have achieved the VerAfied security mark from cloud-based application
security company, Veracode. The independent, third-party assessment provides
NSFOCUS customers with proof of the company¹s application security practices
and posture.

KEY FACTS:
 - As a premier leader in network security solutions, NSFOCUS strives to
make the security of its network solutions a top priority. In addition to
stringent internal testing and assessment, the company also regularly
cooperates with independent third-party assessors to conduct security audits
on its products.
- The VerAfied status offered by Veracode demonstrates that NSFOCUS is
actively identifying and remediating application vulnerabilities to provide
its customers with one of the highest levels of software assurance and
security verification.  This is a clear indicator to NSFOCUS¹s worldwide
customers that the company has met or exceeded industry standards for
security, reliability and compliance.

NSFOCUS PRODUCTS ACHIEVING VERAFIED STATUS:
 - Web Application Firewall (WAF) achieved the Veracode VL4 VerAfied
certification following a series of tests, confirming the product is secure
and appropriate for use by risk-sensitive businesses. This level of
certification meets the stringent security governance requirements of
banking and financial organizations, as well as service providers.
- Anti-DDoS System (ADS) achieved Veracode Level 4 Certification for the
third year in a row.  Through this certification process, NSFOCUS software
has been independently assessed for technical flaws against the OWASP Top 10
and SANS Top 25 using automated static binary and dynamic analysis and has
attained the industry-accepted level of security quality.

LONDON, UK – The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today introduced an additional category to reflect growing industry interest and engagement in the Internet of Things (IoT).

In addition to existing enterprise technology categories such as Cloud, Infosecurity and Big Data, the Tech Trailblazers Awards will now feature IoT as a dedicated category.

Jeremy Geelan (@jg21), veteran keynote speaker, industry commentator, Web executive, and Founder & Chair of the IoT Expo conference series, said, "Disruptors and incumbents of the infrastructure sector are equally energized by the increasing momentum of the Internet of Things. As the era of hyper-connectivity really begins to gather pace, the addition of an IoT category to the Tech Trailblazers Awards is perfectly timed."

Geelan will be one of the three judges of the new category, along with at least two other global IoT experts to be confirmed later this month.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards is an innovative international awards platform for startups which gives more than just recognition to the best ideas and innovation. Winners are awarded with prizes worth thousands of dollars from an estimated US $1 million prize fund to fuel the growth of their business. These include expert mentoring, exposure to investors, business development tools and more. The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, again projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, Gigaom, Innovation Warehouse, Mynewsdesk, RealWire, VMware, and many others.

Enterprise IT startups can enter the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups, a further chance to win an award, and be awarded Regional Trailblazer for their geographical region.

Rose Ross, founder and Chief Trailblazer of the awards, said, “IoT is an exciting sector and the brilliant startups in that sector deserve the recognition that the Tech Trailblazers Awards offers. We anticipate a great response to opening up this category and I am sure Jeremy and his fellow IoT judges will have a busy time once entries close on August 29th.”

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO’s from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year’s panel and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year’s Tech Trailblazers.

This year entrants can register and save entries so they can return to them to make changes before the final deadline. This means entrants can take advantage of the early bird savings without having completed the entry as long as they make the payment at that time and before the early bird deadline. The early bird savings of $50 per category entered is valid until July 31st.

NEW YORK – Send Word Now, the leading innovator of critical communication services, including emergency notification and incident management, announced today the implementation of its award-winning Alerting Service by Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT). Use of the Alerting Service will enable the Toronto-based organization to communicate faster and more effectively in urgent situations, helping to ensure employee safety and continuity of operations 24x7x365.

CREIT is a real estate investment trust focused on accumulating and aggressively managing a portfolio of high-quality real estate assets, and delivering the benefits of real estate ownership to its unitholders. The primary benefit sought by CREIT is a reliable and, over time, increasing monthly cash distribution. CREIT owns a diversified portfolio of retail, office and industrial properties, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol REF.UN.

"With continued growth and a high profile in the Canadian marketplace, we needed an advanced communications solution to support our business continuity plan," said Paul Wubbolts, CREIT's IS Director. "Send Word Now is a highly available service that automates our manual call trees and contains up-to-date contact records, allowing us to rapidly notify personnel and tenants in response to potential business disruptions."

Send Word Now, positioned as a 'Leader' in Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services, is the preferred notification service provider of more than 1,800 public and private sector organizations globally. Its Alerting Service, recently recognized by DRI International as the "Notification System of the Year," is capable of transmitting tens of thousands of voice and text messages in minutes, all while gathering the feedback needed for rapid and sound decision making, and ultimately, business resilience.

CREIT will use Send Word Now to alert designated tenant contacts and mobilize employees in situations ranging from inclement weather to unplanned facility service disruption. In addition to the Alerting Service, CREIT will utilize SWN Desktop Alerting to send urgent messages as customizable, on-screen 'pop-ups' directly to networked computers.

"CREIT is a very welcome addition to our long and growing list of clients, particularly throughout Canada," said Lorin Bristow, Senior Vice President, Marketing, for Send Word Now. "We consider CREIT an exemplary model for organizations considering the move from manual communication methods to emergency notification technology, and proudly share their commitment to employee safety and business resilience."

About Send Word Now
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Headquartered in New York City, Send Word Now is the leading provider of on-demand alerting for crisis communication. The company's easy-to-use, web-based emergency notification solutions and mobile applications are used by businesses, government agencies, universities and non-profit organizations to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication when it is needed the most. Other solutions within Send Word Now's expansive portfolio include desktop alerting, IVR, integrated incident management, and a revolutionary new recipient mobile app (currently available for iPhone® mobile devices) for urgent communication and collaboration.

Among its many accolades, Send Word Now was named a leader in Gartner's 2014 Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services. Its Alerting Service was recently awarded "Notification System of the Year" by DRI International, and the company received the 2013 Small Business Achievement Award from the Department of Homeland Security for its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

New Simultaneous File Transfer Capability in the Perforce Versioning Engine Improves Workflows for Both Developers and DevOps

Key Points:

  • Parallel Sync enables simultaneous transfer of multiple files within a P4D environment, maximising available CPU and network resources
  • The new capability can improve workspace sync time by nearly 50 percent in cross-continent transfers of large file sets
  • Faster, more performant source code management environment benefits both developers and DevOps

WOKINGHAM, UKPerforce Software today announced the addition of a new version management capability that increases productivity across the development pipeline. By boosting the P4 sync function of P4D, Parallel Sync allows users to transfer multiple files simultaneously and significantly reduce overall workspace sync times.

P4 sync is the primary command for transferring updated files between a versioning depot and the development workspace—the first step in any development pipeline. The new Parallel Sync capability better leverages CPU and network resources on modern development machines and enables the system to transfer multiple files simultaneously via the P4 sync command. This results in faster workspace creation for developers as well as automation tools, allowing teams to complete tasks faster.

Parallel Sync is especially beneficial for teams practicing Continuous Delivery in highly automated environments where Continuous Integration processes must obtain the latest code changes ahead of every test. Faster transfer of changes at each step of the Continuous Delivery pipeline speeds up the entire build-to-deploy process without any new investments.

As projects grow in size and span multiple locations, Parallel Sync also helps teams maintain streamlined workflows by speeding up file transfers and large workspace refreshes across the WAN. In a test involving a cross-continent transfer of large file sets, Parallel Sync cut sync times by nearly 50 percent.

“Our customers continue to automate their development pipelines in order to release better products faster,” said Murtaza Amiji, director of product management at Perforce. “Parallel Sync offers a tremendous advantage to companies with highly automated environments and hundreds of thousands of files. We’ve seen significant productivity and performance improvements in these environments.”

Parallel Sync and Perforce’s federated versioning architecture, also announced today, are available immediately in the latest release of P4D.

After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs.

The accidents, and the C.D.C.’s emphatic response to them, could have important consequences for the many laboratories that store high-risk agents and the few that, even more controversially, specialize in making them more dangerous for research purposes.

If the C.D.C. — which the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called “the reference laboratory to the world” — had multiple accidents that could, in theory, have killed both staff members and people outside, there will undoubtedly be calls for stricter controls on other university, military and private laboratories.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/12/science/cdc-closes-anthrax-and-flu-labs-after-accidents.html

I wouldn’t normally write about sports on this blog …or at all, really, but here’s an unexpected development: Today, famed statistician and data geek Nate Silver revealed that he and his company, FiveThirtyEight, ran a data analysis on whether LeBron James should stay with Miami or move to Cleveland.

It may seem like an unusual mix, but sports is actually Silver’s original stomping ground. He first made a name for himself by developing the Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, a system for forecasting Major League Baseball player performance.

As you might expect, the results are a bit controversial. After all, this is the man who gave us “No, really, your polls are wrong about Mitt Romney winning.”

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/nate-silver-on-the-smart-play-for-lebron-james-and-other-data-points.html