Australia’s privacy and data protection laws are hard to explain and often poorly understood. The first challenge is to explain that the Australian Privacy Commissioner sits in the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and applies laws that the Australian parliament has misleadingly called ‘principles’.
The second challenge is describing how to read principles as laws and fit them together with other provisions in the Privacy Act that clearly are drafted as laws.
And then there’s the difficulty of trying to interpret these provisions when dealing with novel issues such as cross-border cloud deployment and access to personal information held in another jurisdiction (or jurisdictions unknown), geo-tracking of devices, data warehouses, virtualised servers, big data and customer data analytics.
With the increase in the use of online services for government transactions, datacentres are a key focus of the government’s green IT strategy and the Green ICT Delivery Unit (GDU), according to its report.
Over 80% of HMRC’s tax returns are submitted via the internet, suggesting the growing importance of public sector datacentres.
As a result, the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) is setting out best practice guidelines for public sector organisations to procure energy efficient datacentre and cloud hosting services. The guidance has been discussed with Intellect, the UK industry body and there have also been discussions with the European Commission (EC) via its EU-wide Green Public Procurement process.
The Greening Government: ICT Annual Report 2013 by Jennifer Rigby, chair of GDU and John Taylor, SRO for Green ICT and CIO at MoD also praised government CIOs and IT staff’s progress in implementing green IT strategies.
Lancope has released a survey indicating that many enterprises possess an unrealistic confidence surrounding the security of their networks.
According to the survey, more than 65 percent of IT/security professionals did not think, or were unsure whether, they had experienced any security incidents within the last 12-18 months.
According to Lancope’s director of security research, Tom Cross, this scenario is not likely. “Any system you connect to the Internet is going to be targeted by attackers very quickly thereafter,” he said. “I would assert that if you’re unsure whether or not your organization has had a security incident, the chances are very high that the answer is yes.”
The survey also revealed that 38 percent believe recent security incidents had no impact on their organization. According to Cross, “even the most basic malware infection has some financial cost to the organization, even if it’s just the cost to clean infected machines. Not to mention the additional serious consequences that can result from a breach, including data loss, customer distrust, regulatory fines and many others.”
On July 2, the government of India released the National Cyber Security Policy 2013. This policy extends to a spectrum of ICT users and providers, including home users, SMEs, large enterprises, government and non-government entities. The policy aims to serve as an umbrella framework for defining and guiding the actions related to the security of cyberspace. The policy has been much delayed but is now released amid reports of snooping by the US globally - and ever-increasing threats to India as a country.
The policy defines 14 diverse objectives that provide an overview of the government’s approach to the protection of cyberspace in the country. A few objectives that will have a positive impact on S&R professionals in India caught my attention:
Today’s “social age” has brought many changes to the corporate world and increased the competitive threats enterprises have to deal with on an ongoing basis. Traditionally, competition has been upfront and direct with open head-to-head strategies to win customers and market share. But as the world approaches a complete “digital state” the competitive tactics against corporations have never been more threatening or aggressive.
As disruptive, non-traditional business competitors emerge, many of these organizations are adopting tactics that would typically be “off limits” to traditional corporations, including partnering with activist groups to attack and disrupt the market leader to damage the reputation and erode the financial state of the organization.
Many enterprises are no longer simply looking to compete, but actually to protect their operations against the disruptive, aggressive forces these non-traditional competitors are partnering with. To combat these unconventional tactics, traditional corporations are turning to real-time advanced social intelligence to receive deep, multidimensional insight on the tactics and actions.
Ratings agency Fitch has warned that failure to renew the federally backed Terrorism Risk Insurance Program could have a significant impact on the availability and pricing of workers compensation and commercial property insurance coverage.
Insurer credit ratings and the commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) market would also be affected.
The report comes as at least 19 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa remain closed through the week after the State Department issued a global travel alert to U.S. citizens due to potential terrorist threats.
Fitch notes that workers compensation insurers could be particularly vulnerable to large losses if an extreme terrorist event takes place without the federal terrorism reinsurance program in place:
New DataKeeper enables reporting capabilities making high performance SANLess clusters more flexible
SAN MATEO, Calif. – SIOS Technology, a leading provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, today announces version 7.6 of the DataKeeper software suite to enhance SANLess Clustering for physical, virtual and cloud environments.
The new release features Target Snapshots, enabling administrators and business analysts to run critical applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server, and gain access to the information needed most without impacting the performance or availability of their systems. The new feature makes it possible to run reports, maintenance, and other workloads on the secondary (target) node in the cluster, easing strain on primary nodes and mitigating performance impact. As a result, users can experience better performance, faster queries and better utilization of resources in any environment.
Geoff Hiten, architect and MVP at Intellinet Corporation, expands on the value of the new DataKeeper Cluster Edition saying, “With the new Target Snapshots feature, DataKeeper Cluster Edition continues to deliver on performance while offering enterprise functionality without the enterprise price tag.
DataKeeper, a key component of SANLess clustering, provides high performance, block-level data replication without requiring shared storage. This significantly reduces administrative costs and increases efficiency for all environments through its Cluster and Cloud editions. DataKeeper Cluster Edition is fully optimized for high-performance Flash/SSD environments, designed to provide protection without sacrificing performance. DataKeeper Cloud Edition is the only product to enable native Microsoft SQL clustering in the Amazon Cloud.
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NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, a leading provider of hybrid storage arrays for virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that Charlotte, NC-based Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, one of the region’s premier law firms, has installed two Zebi hybrid arrays to meet its expanding capacity and virtualization needs. As Hedrick Gardner increasingly moved to a virtual infrastructure, it reached the capacity limits with its existing HP iSCSI SAN arrays, encompassing 4TB of capacity across two arrays in a RAID 10 configuration, requiring 50 percent capacity overhead for the RAID redundancy on expensive Tier 1 storage. HP storage offered no option to increase capacity via data compression or deduplication. With an eye toward further virtualizing Hedrick Gardner’s IT operations with virtualized desktops, Jeremy DeHart, Information Technology Manager, embarked on a project to evaluate solid state storage systems from Network Appliance as well as hybrid SAN arrays from Tintri, Nimble Storage and the Zebi arrays from Tegile Systems. The Tintri was quickly eliminated from consideration as it only supported the NFS protocol, didn’t provide any remote replication and was too expensive, while Nimble was pure iSCSI with no support for NFS or CIFS file storage protocols. NetApp met all of DeHart’s requirements for protocol support but the licensing complexity issues made it cost prohibitive. Ultimately, DeHart decided on the Zebi HA2100 array from Tegile, a total solution that includes compression, deduplication and remote replication as standard features along with the most comprehensive unified storage protocol support – including Fibre Channel SANs – of any hybrid storage array. “With Tegile, I saw it as sort of a Swiss Army knife for the technology,” said DeHart. “The technology portfolio that the Tegile devices have was paramount to our decision in this process. Tegile’s approach to the technology is ‘here’s the device and you can pretty much do anything you want.” Hedrick Gardner has installed two Zebi HA2100 arrays. The main Zebi array in Charlotte is replicated to an identical array for DR protection at the Raleigh office. DeHart said that the built-in replication was another factor that weighed heavily in the decision to go with Tegile. “That was a huge consideration in the purchase decision because Tegile was able to come in at the dollar mark we needed with a replication technology that was bundled into the price.” A soon as the Tegile storage was installed, it instantly proved to be the right choice, according to DeHart. “We immediately saw improved response times and we were able to consolidate all of our data on the Zebi appliance, instead of having to cross multiple appliances as we were doing in the previous environment,” he said. “The backup capabilities with the snapshotting has affected our entire backup strategy,” he said. “We have leveraged the CIFS protocol filesystem revisioning capabilities to provide a near realtime recovery process for the users. Despite the superior performance, comprehensive product offering and cost advantages, Hedrick Gardner still had a concern about trusting its production storage environment to relatively new hybrid technology before committing to purchase the Zebi arrays. DeHart’s boss at Hedrick Gardner got on the phone to speak directly with Tegile Chief Executive Officer Rohit Kshetrapal. That conversation about Kshetrapal’s vision for Tegile and the company’s fanatical commitment to customer support convinced Hedrick Gardner and sealed the deal for Tegile. About Tegile Systems Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays. Tegile’s patented MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
HERNDON, VA – COOP Systems, the developer of the most advanced Business Continuity Management (BCMS) software package in the world, has a special relationship with Project Discovery of Virginia. We have adopted this organization as COOP's primary community outreach. Vicki Alvord, our CFO, serves on the Board of Directors.
"Project Discovery makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the 2,500 Virginia students we serve annually. Most of our students are from low income families or the first in their families to go to college" said Vicki Alvord, CFO of COOP Systems. "COOP Systems is proud to be involved with such a great cause. We urge you to visit the Project Discovery website and donate generously. If you are a Virginia resident, your donation qualifies for a Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credit."
|ABOUT Project Discovery of Virginia Inc. - An Investment that Pays
Project Discovery is a state-wide, post-secondary education access program for economically disadvantaged potential first-generation college students designed to develop the skills, knowledge and desire to stay and thrive in school and ultimately make their college dreams a reality. By offering students encouragement, support, and resources at an early stage, Project Discovery gives students the forward momentum that translates into healthy, engaged and productive citizens who drive economies and enrich communities.
Today's students drive tomorrow's economy. When it comes to underperforming students from underserved populations, the earlier we are able to direct attention and resources, the better the chances those students have of succeeding. For children who are the first in their families to go to college, a college graduation is a crucial milestone for eliminating intergenerational poverty. Having a college education is instrumental in building the basis upon which more people can be considered two generations out of poverty.
Without Project Discovery, compared to students state-wide, about ten percent of Project Discovery students would drop out of high school. The estimated cost savings of raising Virginia's high-school graduation rate by even five percent is over $179 million per year.
High school drop-outs are eight times more likely to become incarcerated, each costing Virginia an average $25,498* per inmate, per year. If ten percent (220 students) didn't have Project Discovery and dropped out, it would cost Virginia over $500,000 per year in additional anticipated incarceration costs.
High school dropouts are more likely to rely on public assistance, including Medicaid and TANF payments. Average monthly TANF payment is $376**
High school drop-outs represent a loss in taxable income. The median income for someone without a high school diploma is $21,000. This is 28% percent lower than the median salary for those with a high school diploma or GED ($29,064) and 60% less than those with a bachelor's degree ($53,522).
Over ten years, a college graduate will pay an estimated $41,000 more in Virginia state taxes than someone without a high school diploma. If 276 Project Discovery graduates earn college degrees each year, Project Discovery earns Virginia an additional $1.13 million per year in taxation revenue.
* Virginia Dept of Corrections: State Responsible Offender Population Trends FY 2008-2012; March 2013
** Virginia Dept of Social Services - SFY 2012 Annual Statistical Report
Project Discovery of Virginia Inc.
Jeff North, Executive Director
1200 Electric Avenue
Salem, Virginia 24153
Project Discovery is registered as a 501 (c) 3 and happily accepts corporate matching contributions. Project Discovery contributions qualify for a Virginia Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit. Please consider making Project Discovery your community outreach project and donate generously so that we can continue to serve these very deserving Virginia students.
ABOUT COOP SYSTEMS - - Scalable, Flexible, Reliable, Proven
COOP Systems, headquartered in Herndon, VA, is a leading provider of myCOOP, the BCM solution used by a growing list of clients globally. With a proven reputation for reliability and ability to support clients' existing BCM practices, COOP Systems' clients believe myCOOP is simply the best BCM software in the world.