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(TNS) - Have an emergency, but cannot call 911? In Camden County, N.J., help can still be summoned - with a text message to 911.

Camden County officials demonstrated the system - the first of its kind statewide to go live - Thursday afternoon at the county police communications center in Lindenwold.

Here, in the radio room, dispatchers seated before monitors can communicate via texts to learn details of the emergency and send help, Freeholder Jonathan Young said.

Rob Blaker, the county's public safety director, said the capability to text 911 went live March 13, but was not publicized pending statewide implementation. Since then, the county system has received about 130 emergency texts.



New research conducted by Beaming shows that cyber security breaches cost UK companies £34.1 billion last year, with bills for managing malware and data theft incidents amounting to £7.5 billion and £6.2 billion respectively.

More than fifth (22 percent) of business leaders surveyed told Beaming’s researchers they were ‘highly concerned’ about the threat of computer viruses. While half (49 percent) of businesses have enhanced the cyber security defences that protect their technology and communications networks and almost three quarters (72 percent) have insurance to cover losses caused by malware, 44 percent of firms only have basic levels of protection in place for the risk.

18 percent of business leaders said they were highly concerned by data theft and had invested in extensive measures to combat hackers. Fear of hackers was greatest amongst large companies, of which a third (33 percent) expressed a high level of concern. 22 percent of all businesses now discuss cyber security regularly at board level.

One in eight (13 percent) leaders said their IT infrastructure had been damaged by viruses over the last 12 months, costing infected organizations £10,516 in time and money spent managing each incident. Employees were found to be responsible for infecting computing systems in more than a third of cases (39 percent).

Large and medium businesses were almost twice as likely to contract viruses as smaller companies. 21 percent of firms with over 250 employees and 19 percent of 100 – 249 people businesses suffered due to malware last year, compared to just 11 percent of sub-100 people businesses.

Seven percent of leaders admitted their organizations were hit by hackers in the last year, with the average cost of each attack estimated to be £16,264. The risk of data theft also increases with business size: 16 percent of large companies suffered successful attacks last year, compared to 12 percent of medium sized firms and four per cent of small businesses.


Beaming engaged research consultancy Opinium to survey more than 500 UK business leaders about crimes that have affected their organizations in the year to 31 March 2016, their current security concerns and approaches to maintaining resilience. Figures showing the overall impact of security breaches were obtained by considering Beaming’s findings alongside business population estimates from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.


Paul Kudray believes that there are five human qualities which are shared by many resilience professionals. In this article he describes these essential skills; see if you agree with his assessment...

You may already know about my love for the resilience profession; I’ve written about it before. For a large part, my love affair is founded on mutual interests and a personality / character / skills match: I quite literally was born to do this!

I use the word ‘resilience’ to encompass all of us who work in and across business continuity management, emergency and disaster management, crisis management and those who provide disaster relief. To me, it doesn’t matter which resilience discipline or section you work in, the strengths and skills needed remain fairly constant.

So what are the key skills and strengths required to be great at our profession? What are the human qualities that make us great at what we do?



For early- to mid-stage B2B software and SaaS companies, selling in to the enterprise is hard. Getting a lot of enterprise customers to pay for your solution on a repeated and long-term basis without seeing your sales growth stall out at $15-25 million ARR? That’s really hard.

Welcome to the challenging world of enterprise sales.

Companies like Salesforce, Workday, NetSuite and athenahealth found lasting B2B sales success and turned their companies into pillars of the enterprise SaaS ecosystem. But the majority of private enterprise companies still face this Mount Everest of a challenge. Many factors can slow a company’s B2B sales progress, including competitive challenges, timing issues and product deficiencies.



In intellectual property management, mistakes can be extremely costly, and are, unfortunately, easy for an IP manager to make. The stakes are high: these could cause your company to lose its intellectual property (IP) rights, or worse, may result in competitors obtaining those rights.

Here are the Top 10 IP management slip-ups that can increase these threats to your company:



(TNS) - This is part of a continuing series about Washington state’s lack of preparation for a major earthquake.

All that separates Long Beach Elementary from the Pacific Ocean is a half-mile expanse of flat, sandy ground dotted with restaurants, hotels and shops catering to tourists. When the next Cascadia megaquake strikes, the 250 students at the school will face a choice Washington officials would rather not think about.

They can try to outrun the inevitable tsunami and reach high ground two miles away. Or they can hunker down in a two-story building that wasn’t designed to withstand an unstoppable wall of water. “It’s a nightmare I hope I never have to face,” said Principal Todd Carper. “Our current plan is a ‘go upstairs and hope’ situation.”

When it comes to protecting Washington schoolchildren from earthquakes and tsunamis, hope often substitutes for dollars and steel, The Seattle Times has found.



Amazon Web Services' Matt Wood, the general manager of product strategy at AWS who has overseen the recent spate of IT-oriented services from the company, unveiled expanded database migration and replication services at the Amazon Summit 2016 in Santa Clara on July 13.

SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise -- formerly Sybase -- has been added to the list of on-premises systems that customers may migrate into the cloud or, as in some cases, migrate away from the cloud. That list already included the Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server proprietary systems.

In addition, migrations from Oracle data warehouses and Teradata warehouses into Amazon Red Shift are now supported by AWS Database Migration Service. Wood also announced that Amazon is adding data replication one-click type of service. It was previously part of the database migration service, but in that context, it was turned off once the task of duplicating a company's database to a target system in the cloud had been completed.



IRVINE, Calif. – Business Communications Solutions (BCS) has been a longstanding, staple in the unified communications, information technology and audio/visual space for the southern California market. For those that are not familiar with BCS, their tagline is "one call, infinite solutions" for a reason. They tout themselves as the singular source for all your business technology needs. BCS's robust product portfolio includes such services as cabling, voice, surveillance, A/V, IT networking, wireless and now automation to manage all your technology with the touch of a button (or tablet if you prefer). With the wide range of product offering and need to integrate, a reseller partnership with Crestron just made sense. It was the next step in the evolution of providing comprehensive services to their growing clientele.

About Crestron

Crestron's engineer and manufacturers are committed to providing the world's most advanced automation technology. They are known for bringing standard setting, performance and reliability focused products to the market; taking businesses of all industries to another level of technological efficiency. Their products can integrate climate control, lighting, cameras, Audio/Visual, and even the shades in any given room all while increasing energy efficiency on top of everything. Crestron has offices located all around the world for fast service to every major market. Crestron is also known for providing an array of fully customizable non-industry specific solutions to their customer base. Check out all the amazing features on the Crestron website.

About BCS

Business Communications Solutions, Inc. (BCS) is a technology-driven, single-source solution provider for all voice and IT networking needs. They cover every voice and data facet to run your business -- phone systems, internet and telephone services, cabling, networking, A/V, integration, security, wireless infrastructure, server room design and installation. Their unique blend of products and services allows them to get you the most value at a competitive price. They have everything ready to fit your needs, whether you're opening a new office, relocating, or upgrading your existing system. By reviewing your current situation, BCS can tailor a phone, data and now security package that offers your company all the features you are looking for, the financial freedom to control your investment, and the scalability to meet your future needs. For more information about BCS, please visit the company's website at www.bcsconsultants.com.


Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

BCI: The threat of climate change

The Business Continuity Institute - Jul 15, 2016 15:05 BST

Climate change is happening now, with 14 of the 15 hottest years on record occurring since 2000, and the impacts of it are already being felt in the UK. This is according to the Committee on Climate Change's Adaptation Sub-Committee which has published a new report to show that urgent action is required to address climate-related risks.

The ‘UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report’, which the Business Continuity Institute contributed to, sets out the most urgent risks and opportunities arising as a result of climate change. Changes to the UK climate are likely to include periods of too much or too little water, increasing average and extreme temperatures, and sea level rise. The report concludes that the most urgent risks for the UK resulting from these changes are:

  • Flooding and coastal change risks to communities, businesses and infrastructure.
  • Risks to health, wellbeing and productivity from high temperatures
  • Risk of shortages in the public water supply, and water for agriculture, energy generation and industry, with impacts on freshwater ecology.
  • Risks to natural capital, including terrestrial, coastal, marine and freshwater ecosystems, soils and biodiversity.
  • Risks to domestic and international food production and trade.
  • Risks of new and emerging pests and diseases, and invasive non-native species, affecting people, plants and animals.

Climate change was not considered an immediate threat in the BCI's latest Horizon Scan Report, but it is perhaps one to look out for in the future, at least according to a third of respondents to a global survey. We have already seen an increase in the disruption to businesses caused by flooding, and this could very well get worse in the future.

Lord Krebs, Chairman of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change, said: “The impacts of climate change are becoming ever clearer, both in the United Kingdom and around the world. We must take action now to prepare for the further, inevitable changes we can expect. Our independent assessment today, supported by the work of hundreds of scientists and other experts, identifies the most urgent climate change risks and opportunities which need to be addressed. Delaying or failing to take appropriate steps will increase the costs and risks for all UK nations arising from the changing climate.

Solutions based on New Cloud Architecture with Unified Management Console to Provide Industry’s Broadest Protection of Data for Businesses and Service Providers

BURLINGTON, Mass. – Acronis®, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, today announced new solutions that give businesses and IT Managers more control over company data and workloads than ever before – including where they can be backed up, stored, monitored, and recovered. Data is the lifeline of every business – without it businesses cannot survive in today’s digital world. Data must be protected. Acronis is helping businesses and IT Managers meet this modern day need with an expanded set of solutions – Acronis Backup 12, Acronis Backup Cloud, Acronis Monitor, Acronis Storage, Acronis Notary – that are based on the company’s new hybrid cloud architecture to support data protection and recovery in virtually any IT environment.

“Today, Acronis is launching a new era of data protection by moving from full image device protection to full image digital business protection,” said Serguei Beloussov, Co-founder and CEO at Acronis. “We’re combining the world’s fastest backup solution with the industry’s most flexible storage options and non-stop monitoring to provide complete data protection for today’s ‘always-on’ digital business.”

According to IDC, data continues to grow at a 40–50% compounded annual growth rate. At the same time, IDC notes that a company’s data may migrate from system to system, across storage platforms, and across on-premises and off-premises repositories all within the course of a normal business day. Traditional data protection methods are not well equipped to protect and recover this transient data, and IT consumers are looking for products that can more adequately do so.1

“Ensuring that the right type and quality of data is preserved and available when necessary has become even more challenging in today's digital world,” said Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC. “Today’s hybrid cloud IT environments and massive increase in cloud workloads are forcing IT Managers to rethink older methodologies to maintain greater control over their critical business data, while replacing current business processes with newer ones to ensure that crucial data assets are in fact preserved and available.”

New Hybrid Cloud Architecture Fuels New Generation of Data Protection Solutions

Acronis provides businesses with the ability to take back control of their data destiny by extending beyond backup solutions to provide complete data protection across hybrid cloud IT environments. Acronis enables businesses and IT Managers to store their data anywhere and monitor activity at all times to quickly identify and resolve performance issues.

Acronis solutions feature a unified web management console that makes it easier than ever for IT managers to converge cloud and on-premises data protection with the ability to monitor and manage all data and workloads.

Acronis solutions can be deployed in the cloud, on-premises and in hybrid configurations, protecting company data across the entire business – whether it resides in the cloud or with cloud applications, on-premises, across virtual and physical systems, in remote systems, and on mobile devices.

The new Acronis solutions and technologies include:

  • Acronis Backup 12 – World’s fastest backup protects the entire business, backing up data on-premises, in remote systems, in private and public clouds, and on mobile devices – available now.

  • Acronis Backup Cloud – Built to easily fit within service provider environments with a comprehensive, yet simple, complete, and cost-effective hybrid backup and recovery solution that solves their customers’ data protection problems. Available now, click here for more information.

  • Acronis Monitoring Service – Enables IT managers to monitor servers, networks, applications, and websites with ease to identify performance problems, and make smarter IT decisions. Available now, click here for more information.

  • Acronis Storage – Provides software-defined storage that supports any type and volume of data with reliable, resilient, self-healing features, enabling service providers to use cost-efficient, commodity hardware. Available in September, click here for more information.

  • Acronis Notary - Delivers ‘tamper-proof’ data storage that leverages Blockchain to ensure data authenticity, privacy and control. Acronis will apply Blockchain technology to its solutions, which provides a record of digital events distributed across different participants or entities, and opens up a broad range of new data protection use cases for businesses worldwide. With Blockchain, data and transactions can only be updated by rules of consensus between participants in the system, and when new data is entered, it can never be erased. Acronis solutions leveraging Blockchain technology are scheduled to be available in October. You can see an online demo here today.

Acronis customers can select subscription-based pricing or perpetual licenses to protect any infrastructure, including physical, virtual and cloud.

For service providers and cloud resellers, Acronis delivers a set of multi-tenant, multi-tiered solutions that provide automation of services and complete control of provisioning, billing, monitoring and management, enabling partners with highly scalable solutions that can support millions of end users.

All Acronis solutions, including Backup, Disaster Recovery, File Sync & Share, Storage and Monitoring, are powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine – a set of unique, deep, and powerful data protection technologies that capture, store, recover, control, and access any data from any location. Acronis has over 5,000 petabytes of data under protection from over 500,000 business customers relying on Acronis because they just need data protection that works.

For partners and service providers that want to learn more about Acronis solutions, click here for more information.

Additional Information on Acronis:

About Acronis:

Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud data protection through its backup, cloud storage, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud and mobile. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of over 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 145 countries. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products have been named best product of the year, and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors and cloud resellers. For additional information, please visit www.acronis.com.

1IDC Worldwide Data Protection and Recovery Software Forecast, 2015–2019, September 2015, IDC #258493

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