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CyrusOne joins Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network with dedicated network connections to AWS through AWS Direct Connect

DALLAS – Global colocation solutions provider CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is pleased to announce the company has joined Amazon Web Services Partner Network (APN), offering connectivity to AWS Direct Connect across its full data center portfolio. By providing access to AWS Direct Connect, CyrusOne customers are able to link internal networks to an AWS Direct Connect location for greater efficiency, reliability, and productivity via private connections to the AWS Cloud.

"By offering AWS Direct Connect across all of our data center facilities, CyrusOne is yet again demonstrating its commitment to serving the increasingly diverse and expanding connectivity needs of our customers,” said Josh Snowhorn, Vice President and General Manager of Interconnection, CyrusOne. “We are excited to join the Amazon Web Services Partner Network, and look forward to the abundant opportunities that this relationship can bring to the future of CyrusOne’s growing portfolio of data center facilities globally.”

The AWS secure cloud services platform offers compute power, database storage, content delivery, and other functionality to help business scale and grow. AWS Direct Connect provides an alternative to using the Internet to access AWS cloud services by establishing private network connections. By offering connectivity to AWS Direct Connect, CyrusOne is enabling customers to access all AWS services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon DynamoDB, through fast, secure, and reliable connections.

Globally, CyrusOne operates more than 30 carrier-neutral data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia, CyrusOne provides customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific IT growth needs. CyrusOne facilities are engineered to include the power-density infrastructure required to deliver excellent availability, including an architecture with the highest available power redundancy (2N).

Renowned for exceptional service, building enduring customer relationships, and high customer satisfaction levels, CyrusOne serves nine of the Fortune 20 and more than 170 of the Fortune 1000 among its more than 940 customers.

For more information about CyrusOne, call 1-855-908-3662 or visit http://www.cyrusone.com. Connect with us on Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

About CyrusOne
CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) specializes in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for more than 940 customers, including nine of the Fortune 20 and more than 170 of the Fortune 1000 or equivalent-sized companies.

CyrusOne’s data center offerings provide the flexibility, reliability, and security that enterprise customers require, and are delivered through a tailored, customer-service-focused platform designed to foster long-term relationships. CyrusOne’s National IX platform provides robust connectivity options to drive revenue, reduce expenses, and improve service quality for enterprises, content, and telecommunications companies. CyrusOne is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its more than 30 data centers worldwide.

LENEXA, Kan. – EPA Region 7 and its contractors collected almost 3,000 tons of residential debris and hazardous materials during a nearly two-month-long mission to help residents of Missouri’s Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties recover from severe flooding caused by heavy rains in late December 2015.
 
Final figures show EPA crews picked up a total of 2,982 tons (5,964,000 pounds) of residential debris across the four St. Louis metro area counties. EPA was assigned the residential debris collection mission by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which coordinated the overall response to the flooding event.
 
EPA teams deployed to the St. Louis area in early January and continued on a schedule of curbside debris pickups in affected residential areas through February 15. EPA also operated a drop-off collection facility in Eureka, conducted aerial assessments to identify affected areas and locate flood debris, and deployed boats to collect various types of orphaned containers and debris from area lakes, streams and shorelines. A small team of EPA staff remained on duty through February 26 to assist community volunteers in a final effort to collect lingering debris, and close out the agency’s response operations.
 
Overall, EPA’s work resulted in the recycling, treatment or disposal of approximately 8,913 cubic yards of residential flood debris. Among the collections—besides common construction, demolition and vegetative debris—were 317 drums, 20,852 assorted small containers, 112 large containers, 179 propane tanks, 266 compressed gas tanks, 1,032 white goods (major appliances like refrigerators and stoves), 403 batteries, 177 small engines, and 6,037 electronic items.
 
EPA also handled the collection and disposal of 1,310 tons (2,620,000 pounds) of sandbags.
 
“EPA’s goals in this mission were to help St. Louis metro residents recover as quickly as possible while minimizing expenses to taxpayers and impacts on the environment,” EPA Regional Administrator Mark Hague said. “As a key part of the broader response led by FEMA, we are proud to have accomplished these goals.”
 
With experience acquired from its work following other major natural disasters—including the Joplin tornado in 2011 and severe flooding in Iowa in 2008—EPA Region 7 brought its “lean and green” approach to the St. Louis area response. That approach was demonstrated in how the agency handled the collection, transportation and disposal of each category of flood debris:
 
  • Construction and demolition debris from homes traveled no farther than two local landfills—in Maryland Heights, Mo.; and East St. Louis, Ill.—for proper disposal, minimizing transportation costs and saving time.
 
  • Large accumulations of vegetative debris—tree limbs and similar material—were kept out of landfills, and instead were ground into mulch for landscaping.
 
  • Refrigerant gases and hazardous components were safely captured and stripped from discarded refrigerators and freezers so that they and other discarded major appliances could be recycled for scrap metal through a firm in Valley Park—again minimizing time, transportation costs and environmental impacts.
 
  • Discarded electronics goods were sent to the American Military Veterans Assistance Corporation in St. Louis, which specializes in the recycling of such materials. This kept discarded televisions, computer equipment, lamps, small appliances, stereos and similar items out of landfills—and minimized EPA’s time and transportation costs—while also helping a local non-profit community agency that supports veterans.
 
  • Household hazardous wastes collected at curbsides—as well as orphan containers, which include drums, tanks, fluid totes, canisters and similar containers found floating in or washed up near waterways—were gathered at EPA’s staging area near Eureka, where crews sorted and grouped items by type, prior to shipping them off for safe, proper treatment and disposal as hazardous wastes at approved facilities.
 
 
 
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BlueJeans research reveals a video void with businesses missing out on employee engagement

 

LONDON, UK – Businesses are at risk of alienating their next generation of tech-savvy employees if they do not change their approach to new ‘live’ technologies, according to new global research launched today.

 

Although 85% of employees use video as part of their everyday lives today, only 28% say their employers are proactively encouraging them to use video at work to communicate. 72% feel that live video has the power to transform the way they communicate at work and 69% believe that increased use of video conversations would help employee retention at all levels within the organisation.

 

The research, conducted amongst 4,000 employees across the UK, Germany, France and the US, also found that only one in seven (14%) employers is good at providing communications tools at work which mirror those employees use at home. Almost two thirds (63%) assert that their employers could make better use of live video, pointing to culture, collaboration and training as examples. Furthermore, 63% say that younger employees now expect to use live video as a communications tool when they enter the workplace.

 

James Campanini VP & GM EMEA, BlueJeans Network commented “Millennials communicate in real-time and use video and photographs in all aspects of their lives – they are the ‘selfie-generation’ who are comfortable on screen and sharing experiences with their friends and colleagues. It’s clear from our research that some businesses are failing to recognise that the way their staff want to interact and collaborate is changing in line with this.”

 

The research from BlueJeans Network also found:

  • Talent magnet: 51% said they would prefer to work for a company that embraces live video as a way to communicate and 73% believe hiring of new staff could be transformed with video, changing relationships between employers and candidates as well as between bosses and employees at a cultural level (75%)
  • Lust for live: 72% of employees admit they have higher expectations of information being readily available than they did two years ago and 82% see live video playing a useful role within their organisation over the next two years whether in training, troubleshooting customer issues or product collaboration
  • Transforming meetings and inboxes: Seeing people rather than just hearing them is seen as a key benefit of video communication (60%). Furthermore, 68% see live video saving time spent in unproductive, long face-to-face meetings in the next five years whilst over half (54%) see it significantly reducing the volume of email traffic

“Western business culture is changing to become more informal and personal, driven by new technologies. If the last business communications revolution was about the written word and email, the next one is about video and seeing people. It’s not that hard for employees to imagine a working day where every meeting, phone call or email becomes a live video chat,” concluded Campanini. “As consumers we’ve adapted to running our lives in a real-time way using video as well as written words, now it’s the turn of businesses to embrace technology and cultures that let us do the same at work.”

 

The findings show that more employees in the UK are calling for more use of live video than their counterparts in Germany, France and the US. 59% of respondents in the UK agreed that they would prefer to work for a company that invested in high quality video collaboration.

 

This is higher than the US (53%), France (48%) and Germany (46%). A higher percentage of UK employees also agree that collaboration with colleagues will become much more enjoyable through live video (65%), younger employees are expecting live video as a communications tool (66%) and that live video will save time spent in face-to-face meetings (73%).

 

For more information on the power of live video, download the BlueJeans Love Live Video report here: https://bluejeans.com/lovelivevideo

 

About BlueJeans Network

At BlueJeans Network, we aim to bring great minds together to meet, share ideas and reach their audiences through the power of video collaboration. By making video communication easy, secure and scalable, our customers can make online conversations, meetings and events personal again. BlueJeans' cloud-based platform has taken video into the mainstream, giving thought leaders in business, education, entertainment, and media the power to interact face-to-face with anyone, anywhere. BlueJeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: www.bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansEMEA

 

Research Methodology

A total of 4,000 employees, aged 18–65+, took part in the survey. They were selected from a range of job roles and levels, representing several industry sectors. The companies they work for range from 100 to 1000+ employees, across the UK, Germany, France, and the USA.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00

FEMA News Desk Remains Open

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.Although the registration period for the late December and January storms and flooding in Missouri ended Monday, the FEMA News Desk remains open for Missouri media outlets.

If reporters have questions about FEMA assistance for the December and January flooding and storms in Missouri, please call:

FEMA News Desk
573-636-2611


Any questions from disaster survivors should be referred to the FEMA Helpline: 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA).

# # #

For breaking news about flood recovery, follow FEMA Region 7 on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion7 and turn on mobile notifications or visit the FEMA webpages dedicated to this disaster at www.fema.gov/disaster/4250.

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.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

SBS Broadcasting chooses Avere to deliver flexible access to new object storage infrastructure

 

Amsterdam, NetherlandsAvere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud has been chosen by Dutch commercial broadcasting company SBS Broadcasting BV (SBS) to enhance its storage infrastructure. With viewers demanding high quality broadcasting at lightning speeds, SBS required a reliable, scalable and performant approach to store large quantities of ever-changing content. The new storage solution also needed to handle the demands of SBS’ video editing and transcoding services for quality television programs on popular Dutch channels such as SBS 6, SBS 9, Net 5 and Veronica.

 

SBS had adopted a traditional NAS solution for its storage, but over time as both the cost of the system and the amount of content grew, it searched for an alternative that would provide the scalability they needed, but much more affordably. This prompted SBS to consider an object storage platform but it ran into concerns over performance as well as the file-based access requirements needed for some of its critical applications.

 

To overcome these issues, SBS chose a combined solution that uses an Avere FXT Edge filer providing a high performance and powerful interface allowing any application to access its new object storage platform. This integrated solution began as an operational trial using a half-petabyte of storage and, based on the success of this innovative approach, SBS now plans to expand the installation to include a large multi-purpose library of broadcast content, video editing and transcoding as well as meeting its backup and archive requirements.

 

Josbert van Rooijen, Manager of Broadcast and IT at SBS said, “We were looking for a storage solution to fit all different purposes and found Avere with object storage to be a killer combination. The beauty of this joint solution is that it ticks all the boxes for SBS – scalability, resilience, speed and cost-effectiveness. We look forward to extending the use of the solution to different kinds of all-important data across our environment.”

 

“With increasing demand on broadcasting companies to instantly deliver an array of content to vast audiences, broadcasters need the assurance that every application can gain access to content no matter how it is stored,” said Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems. “Avere is proud to be supporting SBS in creating a highly flexible storage architecture that is producing and delivering the Netherlands’ most popular content to its viewers.”

 

About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.

Croatian government-owned bank saved nearly 16 hours with Netwrix Auditor when compiling user permission reporting during bank reorganizations

IRVINE, Calif. — Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today announced that HBOR has chosen Netwrix Auditor to increase IT team productivity and reduce routine workload.

The Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) is a national development and export bank, and an export credit insurer. The mission of HBOR is to support sustainable economic growth by offering a wide range of finance and export credit insurance products as well as issuance of bonds and guarantees. HBOR cooperates with a wide range of organizations, including export credit agencies, international banks and supranational institutions, to meet the needs of Croatian entrepreneurs.

HBOR’s centralized file storage keeps hundreds of thousands of files and folders which are accessed by over 300 employees. Lack of visibility into changes made to every file and folder have been slowing down internal IT operations because the IT team had to spend enormous amounts of time retrieving audit data upon different requests or during investigations in the case of file losses. Having a long-standing experience of using Netwrix freeware tools, HBOR upgraded to Netwrix Auditor for File Server. This solution helped HBOR to:

  1. Reduce time-consuming tasks during the bank’s reorganization. As new departments were presented to the bank’s structure, the IT team needed to provide an extended report on changes made to user permissions. Netwrix Auditor allowed the IT team to spend 15 minutes on making up the reports to highlight all critical changes instead of an estimated 16 hours on gathering the data manually.

  1. Simplify reporting. The IT team is required to provide reports to C-level management, proving that user permissions across the entire file system comply with the internal business requirements and user requests. The IT team used to spend hours creating a report on user permissions and activity across the file system. Netwrix Auditor now allows them to run this report in only a matter of a couple of minutes.

  1. Enable continuous monitoring. Netwrix Auditor helps HBOR to bring visibility into critical data access and usage. The HBOR IT team is able to control changes to permissions to the file server accurately, and to be aware of who is accessing, creating, modifying or deleting files across its centralized file storage. Netwrix Auditor is used whenever there is a need to prove file integrity for security, debug or some other reasons. The data charts are published on a panel showing the daily statistics and audit data.

  1. Speed up Help Desk support. At HBOR, middle management often asks the Help Desk to double check that an employee has correct permissions and continuous access to necessary files and folders. Using the Interactive Search feature and picking the exact search criteria, IT pros are able to instantly find necessary audit trails and resolve the requests faster.

Ivan Kovač, Information Security Coordinator at HBOR commented, “After deploying Netwrix Auditor, we felt even more comfortable with our decision. Netwrix Auditor looks polished, it works super-fast, and is super-rich in its features. The recent upgrade has Interactive Search that simplifies our daily routine by instantly finding necessary audit data. Netwrix Auditor is so convenient and user-friendly that it didn’t take much time and resources to integrate it into our IT workflow.”

Alex Vovk, CEO and Co-Founder of Netwrixsaid, “The financial sector has a range of IT challenges related to maintaining security, business continuity and the smooth provision of financial services to clients. Ensuring complete visibility into what is happening across the IT infrastructure is a key practice that will help companies achieve their business goals and ensure outstanding customer service, as well as tighten cyber security and comply with industry standards.”

To read the complete case study of HBOR’s use of Netwrix Auditor, please visit:www.netwrix.com/go/hbor

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visitwww.netwrix.com

Spectromax Scotland will create in excess of 300 jobs in Scotland during next 3-6 months to facilitate public sector IT projects in Scotland

 

Spectromax Scotland, the IT project deployment and software development specialist, has today announced that it plans to create in excess of 300 new jobs in Scotland during the next 3-6 months. Spectromax Scotland currently has eight projects under consideration, with two major initiatives in advanced stages within its pipeline, for which it expects to resource using local IT talent in Scotland.

 

The company also plans to implement a new UK-wide training programme which will initially be launched in Edinburgh. The Spectromax Scotland training programme will be run by industry veterans and those working day-to-day in the IT industry, with the support of established System Integrators (SIs). It aims to train existing employees, new graduates and those with a more established career who wish to expand their skills. The training programme will fill gaps in technical knowledge, software development, software project based knowledge and it also aims to stimulate a new type of IT attitude. Spectromax Scotland believes that with the right IT attitude, where flexibility and collaboration are central, deployments are much smoother. The six month free training programme will then feed into further recruitment by the company.

 

“We’re thrilled to be on the cusp of launching a number of projects and believe that the Scottish workforce has huge potential which will be critical to their success,” said Bhuwan Kaushik, CEO of Spectromax Scotland. “We believe that the right team is essential to well deployed IT projects and that companies like us have a duty to find the right people for our customers. It’s an exciting time to be part of Spectromax Scotland and we’re looking for employees who take the flexible, customer-focused approach to IT that we do.”

 

“As part of our training programme, we’re looking to begin a new IT era,” said Bhuwan Kaushik, CEO of Spectromax Scotland. “Firstly, by stimulating talent, we’ll be generating IT talent on-shore. Secondly, we understand that IT isn’t a 9-5pm job. Instead of sticking to rigid working times, we concentrate more on the amount of hours our engineers are working, to ensure that whether your servers go down at 10am or 10pm, we can always provide support. The IT industry is calling out for this type of flexibility and, by delivering it, we can move away from the traditional view that IT is an inhibitor and, instead, we can become an enabler.”

 

“We believe that with the right approach, UK IT companies like ourselves can generate a more sophisticated IT workforce, close the UK skills gap, and create a more prosperous economy by keeping IT projects on-shore – something that will benefit both businesses and end-users across the UK.”

Details of how to apply to be part of the recruitment drive will be available on the website shortly.

Together Cisco and Jasper Plan to Deliver an Industry-Wide IoT Service Platform for Enterprises, Service Providers and an Ecosystem of Partners

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has completed its acquisition of Jasper, a privately held company based in Santa Clara, Calif. Jasper's industry-leading cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) service platform enables companies of all sizes to rapidly and cost-effectively launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale.

Our Vision Together
With the acquisition, Jasper forms the new IoT Cloud Business Unit within Cisco. Together, Cisco and Jasper will bring to market a comprehensive IoT service platform to enable service providers, enterprises and ecosystem partners to rapidly build IoT service businesses such as usage-based insurance for connected cars, predictive maintenance for industrial manufacturing, and asset tracking for commercial fleet management.

Cisco and Jasper will continue to deliver on Jasper's product roadmap and support Jasper's existing ecosystem partners. Cisco will also build upon Jasper's IoT service platform and add new services including advanced IoT security, support for additional connectivity options like enterprise Wi-Fi and low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), and analytics solutions.

Enterprise IoT Transformation
With the Jasper IoT service platform, Cisco can enable companies to automate the management of IoT services across connected devices. Now, enterprises will be able to transform their products into connected services, creating new business models and generating new sources of ongoing revenue.

Service Provider Acceleration
Today, service providers are vying for a slice of the forecasted $4.3 trillion IoT opportunity1 to increase their top-line growth. The breadth and depth of relationships that Cisco and Jasper have with service providers puts the combined company in a unique position to help service providers meet the ever-changing IoT needs of their customers.

Part of the charter of the new IoT Cloud Business Unit is to use Cisco and Jasper's combined talent and capabilities to address the toughest challenges facing the industry today. Together, Cisco and Jasper will make it easier for companies to enter the IoT market, accelerate growth, and enable service providers to help their enterprise customers transform to IoT businesses in the next decade.

"IoT is a key piece of enabling Digital Transformation for today's enterprises. Cisco already has the network equipment, cloud, analytics and security layers, and the addition of Jasper brings critical IoT service platform layer needed to provide enterprises with a complete digitization strategy," said Carrie MacGillvray, Vice President, Mobile and Internet of Things at IDC. "This acquisition provides value for both Cisco and Jasper's enterprise customers, their service provider partners and broader IoT ecosystem partners."

Ecosystem Interoperability
Cisco and Jasper will provide an industry-wide interoperability platform that ecosystem partners can build on, accelerating the creation and deployment of IoT services by enterprises. Some of the world's largest IT solution vendors -- including IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce and SAP -- already integrate with Jasper's IoT service platform. The Jasper platform enables enterprises to quickly integrate technologies from these ecosystem partners to accelerate IoT service deployment.

For more information, read the blog from Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of the Internet of Things and Applications Group at Cisco, and Jasper Founder and CEO, Jahangir Mohammed -- who is now GM of the newly-formed IoT Cloud Business Unit at Cisco: http://cs.co/9007Bg5gl

About Cisco
Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the expected completion of the acquisition and the time frame in which this will occur, the expected benefits to Cisco and its customers from completing the acquisition, and plans regarding Jasper personnel. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including, among other things, the potential impact on the business of Jasper due to the uncertainty about the acquisition, the retention of employees of Jasper and the ability of Cisco to successfully integrate Jasper and to achieve expected benefits, business and economic conditions and growth trends in the networking industry, customer markets and various geographic regions, global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment and other risk factors set forth in Cisco's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based on limited information currently available to Cisco, which is subject to change, and Cisco will not necessarily update the information.

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1 Machina Research, December 2015

60% of security professionals say spend on information security is not keeping pace with growing risk

 

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has announced the findings from its 2016 member survey. With over 2,500 members working in security across a wide range of industries and roles, including a significant proportion at Senior/Lead/CISO level, the results of the IISP provide an accurate snapshot of the state of the UK cyber security landscape from those working on the frontline.

 

The survey reveals that for over two thirds of members, information security budgets have increased, while a further 15% said that they had stayed the same. These are encouraging figures but they have to be examined alongside increasing risk and the survey also found that 60% of respondents felt that budgets were still not keeping pace with the rise in the level of threats. Only 7% reported they were rising faster than the level of threat.

 

“In times of financial pressure or instability as we have seen in recent years, security is often seen as a supporting function or an overhead,” said Piers Wilson, Director at IISP. “Security budgets are hard won because they are about protection against future issues, so are a good indication of the state of risk awareness in the wider business community. While it is good news that businesses are increasing investment, it is clear that spending on security is still not at a level that matches the changing threat landscape.”

 

The survey also found that when it comes to recruitment, there is still a skills shortage but the problem doesn’t just lie in the number of people. Respondents point to a shortfall in the level of skills and experience, making staff training, development and retention crucial to the future of the industry.

 

The question: “As an industry are we getting better or worse at defending systems from attack and protecting data?” generated encouraging responses, with only 10% thinking that protection is declining. With growing recognition that despite every control and safeguard, a determined attacker will always be able to find a chink in the armour, the survey looked at incident response. Again, this was a fairly positive picture with an impressive 49% reporting improvement.

 

Overall, the results of the IISP Member survey show that there are growing challenges from more types of attack, more sources of threats, greater reliance on increasingly complex IT systems, shortage of effective security staff and a regulatory environment that is both fluid and challenging. However, the heightened awareness of security risks and the impacts of a breach are driving an increase in investment, skills, experience, education and professionalism.

 

“While there is clearly much more to be done, the results of the IISP Member survey are encouraging,” concludes Piers Wilson.

 

A copy of the IISP white paper on the results of the survey is available at: http://IISP.informz.net/IISP/data/images/WhitePaperWebsite.pdf

 

About IISP

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by its members and dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security and the industry as a whole. The IISP does this through accrediting skills and competence, by sharing best practice and by providing a network of support and guidance on individual skill development. It speaks with an authoritative voice and its competency-based memberships are widely recognised in the information security industry.

Working closely with the Information Security community, the IISP has a growing membership of over 2,500 individual members across private and government sectors, thirty-nine Corporate Member Organisations and seventeen Academic Partners.

 

At the heart of the Institute is the IISP Skills Framework©2012 which is widely accepted as the de facto standard for measuring competency of Information Security Professionals. CESG has taken this framework to underpin a range of certification schemes including the Certified Professional Scheme (CCP), for which the IISP is the leading certifying body and to develop syllabuses for Masters Degrees. The skills framework is used extensively by our corporate members to benchmark and develop capability of their employees it has also been adopted by e-Skills UK to develop a National Occupational Standard for Information Security. The IISP also accredits training courses offered by commercial training providers against the Institute's Skills Framework. This enables attendees to build knowledge in areas of the skills framework where they might have gaps and to gain hands-on experience.

More information about the IISP and its work can be found at www.iisp.org.

Independent research compares wide area network speeds in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, New York and Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara

 

London – Interoute, owner-operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe's largest networks, has today announced that its Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) Cloud platform has tested highest for wide area network (WAN) performance in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Paris, New York and Santa Clara in Silicon Valley when compared to cloud services from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace.

 

Network performance is a key determinant of user experience for cloud-based software applications. Lower latency and higher throughput can support a more responsive and superior experience for users as well as lowering IT operating costs for the enterprise. Interoute VDC is a hyper-converged digital platform, with cloud computing capabilities built straight into Interoute’s vast next generation network. Performance is optimised and latency minimised as data is routed across this global backbone.

 

The full report, including the research methodology, is available here http://bit.ly/1VjVqaP. Key research findings are as follows:

  • Interoute had the highest overall performance in each of the six European endpoints (London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan and Paris), which is crucial for customers with high network demands who want to keep their servers within Europe.
  • Interoute had the highest overall performance for each of the two American endpoints (New York and Santa Clara).

Key research findings for London are as follows:

  • Interoute achieved 53% - 277% higher network performance between its London data center and the London user endpoint compared with connections on Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace, according to the overall Index Score.
  • Both Interoute and Rackspace operate data centers in London and had the lowest latencies of the four providers tested, which could be influenced by physical distance.

Matthew Finnie, CTO at Interoute, commented: “Successful enterprises are developing strategies to digitally transform their business and seeing the cloud as the key to this evolution. To ensure efficient business critical IT operations can co-exist with the migration, consolidation and agile work processes transformation, a reliable platform performance is vital. As this independent report shows, Interoute’s global networked cloud is a fast digital platform that can support the enterprise need for high speed cloud infrastructure performance locally and globally.”

 

Danny Gee, Senior Analyst, Cloud Spectator added: “Users expect to be able to transfer large amounts of data between their cloud infrastructure and various locations outside the network. It is important they know the actual performance and the consequent capabilities of their cloud provider. Businesses with users in close proximity to the cities we have tested in this report should consider Interoute’s large data center footprint and strong network performance when evaluating cloud service providers.”

 

As part of the independent research tests, Cloud Spectator set up endpoints in eight cities. To get a realistic measure of how a typical enterprise user would experience the different cloud services, Cloud Spectator tested overall network performance between virtual machines running in cloud provider data centres and endpoint virtual machines running in the data centre of an independent hosting provider in the location city. Performance aspects tested included network throughput, latency and transfer speed. The report revealed that in all the comparisons the Interoute service achieved better overall performance compared with the other providers. The data analysed in the report was collected between 1/14/2016 and 1/23/2016.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

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About Interoute

Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centres, 14 virtual data centres and 31 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com

 

About Cloud Spectator

Cloud Spectator is a cloud analyst agency focused on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) performance. The company actively monitors several of the largest IaaS providers in the world, comparing VM performance (i.e., CPU, RAM, disk, internal network, and workloads) and pricing to achieve transparency in the cloud market. The company helps cloud providers understand their market position and helps business make intelligent decisions in selecting cloud providers and lowering total cost of ownership. The firm was founded in early 2011 and is located in Boston, MA. contact@cloudspectator.com.