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Financial Services Customers Realize Significant Value From StorageX Solution to Mobilize Unstructured Data for Business Agility While Dramatically Reducing Risk, Complexity and Cost

TEANECK, NJ – Data Dynamics, Inc., a leader in unstructured data management solutions, and TORI Global, a business and IT transformation consultancy serving the financial services industry worldwide, today announced a strategic partnership. Together, the two companies will deliver the solutions and services that enable financial institutions to simplify their storage infrastructure while achieving true data mobility and operational efficiencies that better support compliance and governance requirements.

Unstructured data is growing at 65 percent year over year and enterprises are investing in hybrid and cloud infrastructures to manage this growth and to maximize the value of their data assets. Migrating to these next-generation environments is currently a manual, resource intensive process that is complex, error prone, costly and adds risk. The Data Dynamics StorageX platform eliminates the risks associated with manual migrations by providing customers with an automated, policy-based approach to file storage management that minimizes user downtime, cutover windows, and other disruptions related to file storage migrations including rebalancing, mergers, consolidations, and tech refreshes.

"Together, Data Dynamics and TORI Global have the innovative technology and domain expertise to enable financial organizations to quickly migrate data to new storage paradigms while masking storage complexity and fueling performance," said Danny O'Connor, Executive Director, TORI Global. "StorageX delivers the most advanced data migration and management platform to reduce complexity and cost while minimizing the exposure of data breaches."

StorageX minimizes the risk of data leakage by giving IT administrators' compliance and audit controls that allow them to see all files in an active directory and quickly ascertain which users have permissions to access which files to minimize exposure. Security Identifiers (SIDs) mapping allows for the merging of security domains while keeping the permissions on the files simpler to manage and audit for compliance.

In addition, StorageX makes it easier for customers to migrate and manage their data with deep API integration to leading NetApp and EMC file storage platforms. It empowers enterprises to reduce operational inefficiencies and provides oversight and controls over multi-vendor storage silos with a single management interface. High levels of automation allow IT administrators to discover, analyze, optimize, migrate, manage, provision and report on large data assets in hybrid and cloud storage environments. 

"Financial services have complex and growing requirements for storage that demand a new era of storage solutions for increased scale and data portability," said Cuong Le, Vice President of Marketing, Data Dynamics. "Comprised of some of the most experienced CIOs, CTOs and technology visionaries in the financial industry, TORI Global is the ideal partner to leverage the power of StorageX for the storage transformation financial services organizations need with the automation and security controls they demand for regulatory compliance."

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About StorageX
StorageX enables the intelligent migration to and management of unstructured storage with its software defined data migration platform. It empowers enterprises to reduce operational inefficiencies and risk with a single policy-based storage management platform that provides oversight and controls over multi-vendor physical and cloud storage silos. High levels of automation allow IT administrators to intelligently discover, analyze, optimize, migrate, manage and report on large data assets for next-generation storage environments. StorageX improves business intelligence by maximizing end user insights from the storage infrastructure, enhancing business continuity and reducing storage complexities related to hybrid and private cloud storage infrastructure management.

About TORI Global
TORI Global Ltd is a specialist consultancy company that is differentiated by its base of experienced practitioners, the majority of whom have previously held senior management roles across key disciplines within the Financial Services. They provide technology solutions and advisory services across the financial services sector worldwide. The company works with their clients to Design and Execute Transformational Change which delivers sustainable and quantifiable benefits. For more information, visit: www.toriglobal.com.

About Data Dynamics
Data Dynamics is a leader in unstructured data management solutions to enable the agile discovery, analysis, optimization, migration and management of large data assets across the information lifecycle. StorageX eliminates multi-vendor storage silos providing enterprises with an software defined, policy-based, storage management platform to empower data mobility, usability and insight for business agility and operational efficiency. StorageX has been adopted by hundreds of enterprise customers, Fortune 500 companies, and large municipal governments to increase storage portability for the simplified adoption and management of hybrid, cloud and object-based storage infrastructures. For more information, please visit: www.datadynamicsinc.com.

Mission-Critical Routing Adds 700 GB to Five Global Data Scrubbing Centers for Network Data Flow

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Micron21 Datacentre Pty Ltd, one of the few vertically integrated data center-based service providers in Australia, has extended its reliance on Brocade® networking solutions to deliver new points of presence, services, and capacity to its growing global network. The continued addition of Brocade MLXe Core Routers in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and Singapore has provided Micron21 with the basis for network transformation. Today, the company has differentiated its offerings with a highly successful Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection as a Service offering. The offering is currently in operation at multiple high-profile Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Web hosting companies, as well as numerous enterprise networks and government departments.

With a network from Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) delivering at least 99.995 percent uptime, the company is also seeking to be the first in Australia to offer a Tier 4 data center facility.

Privately owned Micron21 owns the complete data center infrastructure stack, giving it full control over every aspect of its Australian data center operations, which it sells directly to corporate and government clients.

Its approach to service provisioning has always been focused on treating the network as a platform for innovation and this means that it can transform its service offerings to quickly and successfully meet the needs of its customers.

Its unique communication capacity supports the secure flow of data across the world to over 1500 directly connected global networks on a daily basis, making Micron21 network AS38880 the most connected peered network in Australia. With a highly fault-tolerant site infrastructure, Micron21 can now address large DDoS attacks. With five global data scrubbing centers, data is scrubbed at the network edge as close to the source as possible. This approach helps ensure that only clean traffic flows across the network.

"Having full control enables us to do things -- such as offering geographically redundant, fault-tolerant IP networking -- that others find a challenge. And we're now applying that end-to-end approach to the global stage," said James Braunegg, managing director of Micron21. "We have a direct example of how Brocade networking solutions perform with the challenge to resolve a critical DDoS attack on one of Australia's major ISPs and this is a great competitive edge for our business.

The Micron21 global IP/MPLS backbone network is built around Brocade MLXe Core Routers, the first of which were deployed at the service provider's Melbourne data centers more than five years ago. With the company experiencing 30 percent year-over-year growth, Micron21 has expanded its reliance on Brocade, now routing its entire network across Brocade infrastructure. Despite the recent addition of 700 Gbps of bandwidth across the global network -- 200 Gbps in Asia, Europe, and North America with another 100 Gbps in Australia -- Micron21 aims to expand the network exponentially if required, characterizing itself as faster and more agile than typical data center providers. In fact, the company's main goal is to have Brocade network solutions powering Australia's first tier 4 data center.

"Micron21 is an entrepreneurial success story that showcases the opportunities that can be realized with the right approach and network offerings. By taking the New IP networking approach, Micron21 utilizes Brocade solutions to enable the business needs of the next layer of end users," said Gary Denman, senior director for Australia and New Zealand, Brocade. "Innovation in this instance for DDoS attacks depends on Brocade product reliability and openness to deliver services via local cross connections, in some instances available on demand. Not only are these product offerings compelling, they are certainly more relevant to today's business environment."

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

© 2016 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Brocade, Brocade Assurance, the B-wing symbol, ClearLink, DCX, Fabric OS, HyperEdge, ICX, MLX, MyBrocade, OpenScript, VCS, VDX, Vplane, and Vyatta are registered trademarks, and Fabric Vision is a trademark of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned may be trademarks of others.

Removes Obstacles to Effective Protection, Without Requiring Major Infrastructure Investments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Infoblox Inc. (NYSE: BLOX), the network control company, today announced the acquisition of privately held IID, a leader in global cyberthreat intelligence. The acquisition of IID makes Infoblox the first enterprise-grade DDI vendor that combines contextual network data with federated threat intelligence and a dedicated threat research team, to provide context-aware security using infrastructure that customers already have in place. Infoblox paid $45 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments, to the former IID stockholders as consideration for the transaction.

Today, many organizations are mired in confusion when it comes to securing their networks and broader IT infrastructure. Threat intelligence services give warnings, but don't provide a path for translating that information into action. Monitoring systems warn of malicious activity within a network, but don't give clarity on where to find infected devices, user information, and other metadata. Most important, network and security administrators are drowning in data and alerts, with no easy way to prioritize effective and timely threat response.

Infoblox is the industry leader in managing DNS, DHCP, and IP addresses -- the category known as DDI. These services are uniquely at the center of every network, making it possible for Infoblox to spot suspicious activity, instantly block outbound communications to malicious destinations, and prevent exfiltration of intellectual property, customer information, and other sensitive data. The security solutions offered by Infoblox today are designed to complement and work with other security products, meeting the emerging customer demand for integrated heterogeneous security ecosystems.

With the addition of IID's ActiveTrust federated threat intelligence and big-data analytics platform to Infoblox security solutions, organizations can get true context-aware security -- harnessing real-world data from an organization's IT infrastructure to improve the accuracy and relevance of security decisions.

"Life in enterprise networking and security is changing too fast, and it's no longer enough to have set-and-forget perimeter protection," said Simran Sandhu, manager of network infrastructure at Adobe Systems. "Adobe is a customer of both Infoblox and IID, so we're excited about how this acquisition can create a single platform for greater integration between devices, firewalls, network insights, and threat intelligence in an open ecosystem."

The combined solution can greatly improve operational control, allowing network and security teams to easily prioritize threat response at scale, based on enterprise context and risk. Also, Infoblox can now go beyond helping protect on-premise devices to help protect company-managed devices that are off-premise.

"By bringing together the deep and very rich threat intelligence from IID with the context and the central control point that Infoblox has in the network through our DDI services, we can deliver a unique value proposition to our customers and the partners that resell our products," said Jesper Andersen, president and chief executive officer of Infoblox. "Infoblox and IID are also both committed to the emerging standards for automated sharing of threat intelligence information that will help extend our ecosystem."

Last year, Infoblox and IID partnered in creation of the Infoblox DNS Threat Index, a quarterly report tracking the growth of malicious domains created by cybercriminals.

"Many organizations today are seeking holistic, end-to-end integrated cybersecurity solutions, composed of the optimal technologies, people, and processes," said Dan Burns, chief executive officer of Optiv, the largest pure-play cybersecurity solutions provider in North America. "The IID acquisition gives Infoblox the opportunity to provide a differentiated offering that integrates threat information with infrastructure context, and position itself as a more valuable part of the security ecosystem. We look forward to working with Infoblox and IID to deliver effective solutions that meet our clients' needs."

IID (www.internetidentity.com), based in Tacoma, Washington, collects threat data from thousands of trusted sources including law-enforcement agencies, Internet infrastructure providers, and open-source providers. IID's threat research team verifies, enhances, and aggregates this data to create clear, high-quality machine-readable threat intelligence (MRTI) that is compatible with automation standards such as STIX and TAXII. This consolidated threat intelligence is distributed to more than 100 customers, among them dozens of Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies, including Microsoft and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 2014, IID was one of just five companies named in Gartner's "Cool Vendors in Security Intelligence" report.

"Enterprise security teams have a difficult time putting threat intelligence into operation," said Lars Harvey, chief executive officer of IID. "It's challenging to get machine-readable threat intelligence in formats that are usable, and even harder to directly integrate threat intelligence with devices on the network. The combination of IID with Infoblox puts all these pieces in one package, helping enable enterprises to go from threat discovery to enforcement and mitigation within seconds."

IID co-founders Lars Harvey and Rod Rasmussen will become members of the Infoblox management team. Infoblox also expects that most IID employees will join Infoblox, including the threat intelligence and engineering teams.

Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss IID Acquisition
Infoblox will host both a conference call and live audio webcast with slides to discuss the transaction today, February 8, at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST. To access the call, dial (800) 230-1085 (domestic) or (612) 288-0329 (international) at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A live webcast of the call will also be available on the corporate website at http://ir.infoblox.com. An archive of the webcast will be available on the company's website, and a taped replay of the conference call will be available for one week at 800-475-6701 (domestic) or 320-365-3844 (international), access code 385184.

About Infoblox
Infoblox (NYSE: BLOX) delivers critical network services that protect Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, automate cloud deployments, and increase the reliability of enterprise and service provider networks around the world. As the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI, Infoblox (www.infoblox.com) reduces the risk and complexity of networking.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements--Infoblox
All statements in this release that are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to the quotations attributable to Messrs. Andersen and Harvey, the expected benefits of and capabilities enabled by the transaction and the statements regarding IID personnel expected to join the Company, are forward looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to: whether we will successfully integrate IID and achieve the expected benefits of the acquisition; unexpected delays in the delivery of our solutions, particularly at the end of the quarter; changes in demand for network control solutions; the market acceptance of our products; the fluctuations in our gross margins; the concentration of our customer base; competitive developments including pricing pressures; our ability to manage operating expenses effectively; and the general economic, industry or political conditions in the United States or internationally. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors, please refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on our investor relations Web site (http://ir.infoblox.com/) and on the SEC's Web site (www.sec.gov). All information provided in this release is as of February 8, 2016, and stockholders of Infoblox are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made. Infoblox does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or new information after this February 8, 2016 press release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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CIO/CSO Partnership Survey Highlights Collaboration Between CIOs and CSOs on Security Strategy Discussions, Technology Purchases and Advising the Business

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – IDG Enterprise -- the leading enterprise technology media company, composed of CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World -- reveals the growing strategic partnership among today's top tech and security executives in the 2015 CIO/CSO Partnership Survey. As organizations defend against a growing number of security breaches and dedicate resources to comply with industry regulations, security continues to rise as a priority. CIOs and CSOs are joining forces and collaborating often to mitigate risk and to ensure the business can continue to advance during this time of digitization. (Click to Tweet)

Enterprise Oversight Leads to High Demand for Security Experts
The majority of CIOs (77%) strongly believe that having a CSO elevates the perception or focus on security for an organization; however, this does not always translate into organizations having a senior security leader. Only 50% of CIOs stated that their organization employs a CSO. Even though there is a disconnect, security conversations are still taking place. Sixty-five percent of CIOs said they meet with their CSO/CISO at least weekly, and 78% of CSOs/CISOs agreed. These conversations are in addition to formal strategy sessions to discuss security concerns and technology initiatives that CIOs (52%) and CSOs (65%) said occur at least monthly. The main issues discussed during these meetings include audit issues and findings, mitigating existing and emerging risks, compliance issues, and building security into new technology solutions.

"As businesses realize the benefits technologies can deliver, they are also coming to terms with the risks associated with those technologies. The CIO and CSO relationship is at the epicenter for helping organizations meet their full potential while mitigating risk," said Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO. "Strategic conversations between CIOs and CSOs are imperative to building a united security program that can be integrated into ongoing and new projects throughout the organization."

Security Risks in the Board Room and Beyond
Despite an increasingly collaborative relationship, the differing roles and priorities of CIOs and CSOs create room for security concern. Half (51%) of CSOs are not confident in IT's focus on security within technology decisions -- 27% believe IT will misconfigure existing technologies and 24% believe that IT will adopt new technologies that may expose the business to undue risks. On the flip side, CIOs shared that they believe CSOs would say the greatest problem with IT security is that security decisions are being made after business decisions. However, for CIOs this is not the reality. CIOs say they discuss security concerns throughout the purchase process of new solutions, with a focus on security at the beginning when they are determining technical requirements (81%) and evaluating products and services (80%).

CIOs and CSOs agree on the biggest security concerns when it comes to actions taken by their line of business (LOB) colleagues. Both worry that LOB will implement new technologies or services that will expose the business to undue risks, and that there are users who are uneducated in, or ignore, good security practices. One difference is that CSOs have more fear (24% vs. 15% CIOs) that LOB will conduct business with other entities that have poor security. On a preventative note, both top security and tech executives say they meet with line of business executives to discuss key issues such as audit issues and findings, mitigating existing and emerging risks, compliance issues, and third-party risks.

"Security impacts almost every aspect of a business, and its importance within technology continues to rise. Having business leaders like the CIO and CSO work together to protect potential vulnerabilities and educate LOB colleagues is crucial," said Adam Dennison, SVP/Publisher of CIO. "The fact that security considerations are ingrained in the technology purchase process from the beginning is a strong step toward ensuring organizational assets and reputation are protected against potential incidents."

Interested in learning more from this survey?
Get more in-depth findings with the CIO/CSO Partnership White Paper "Behind the Scenes of the CIO & CSO Relationship: Productive Partnership or Competitive Alliance."

About the CIO/CSO Partnership Survey
The CIO/CSO Partnership study uses quantitative research to examine the relationship between the CIO and CSO roles and gain insight into their competing and common interests, as well as involvement in emerging technologies and collaboration. Both the CIO and CSO versions of the survey were conducted online. The CIO survey results are based off of 178 responses, and the CSO survey results are based off of 101 responses.

About IDG Enterprise
IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together the leading editorial brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As the premier high-tech B2B media, data and services company, we leverage the strengths of our premium owned and operated brands, while simultaneously harnessing their collective reach and audience affinity. We provide market leadership and converged marketing solutions for our customers to engage IT and security decision-makers across our portfolio of award-winning websites, events, products and services.

Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com
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"One Call, Infinite Solutions" Is Right – This Southern California Based Technology and Services Provider Is Recognized Again as One of the Nation's Fastest Growing Companies for 2015

IRVINE, Calif. – Business Communications Solutions (BCS) is a technology-driven, single-source service provider that offers a broad range of solutions specializing in Cloud, Structured, Cabling, A/V, Security/Surveillance, Unified Communication, IT and Networking services and more. BCS has ranked for the second consecutive year in Inc. Magazine's Annual List of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies - 500|5000. This exclusive list spans across all industries and highlights exceptional growth in America's privately held companies. Today, BCS proudly boasts 50% three-year growth.

BCS's steady growth is much attributed to the company's commitment to remaining ahead of the curve when it pertains to innovation. Despite the rapid changes in the technological industry, BCS has always been fast to evolve and adopt the latest practices. Recognizing and acting on customer demand for new products and services is where the company excels. BCS has catapulted to the next level of managed services with Kumo, a cloud-based solution provider of various unified communication services. Kumo simplifies and unifies the way businesses operate, collaborate, and communicate with infinite solutions in the cloud.

BCS is honored to receive this prestigious award and be featured alongside household names like GoDaddy, FitBit and Planet Fitness. Despite, the evolution of their products and services over time -- the founding principles and their utmost dedication to providing quality customer service has remained steadfast. Sunny Rajab, CEO of the woman-owned business, affirmed, "At BCS, we pride ourselves in providing the best solutions to our clients allowing them to concentrate on business while we handle their technology needs. We have achieved this excellence thanks to our talented staff. We couldn't be happier to be named one of America's fastest growing companies again."

About Business Communications Solutions:

BCS was founded in 2001, as a telecommunications company with an emphasis on phone systems and low-voltage cabling work, but have now evolved into an innovative IT company offering the most current IT solutions that the industry has to offer! BCS is now an information technology company specializing in Cloud, Structured, Cabling, A/V, Security/Surveillance, Unified Communications, IT and Networking services and more. Their reach is national, but their headquarters are located in Irvine, California.

Securing key partnerships with industry leaders at various points along the information technology and networking supply chain allows BCS to provide customers one all-inclusive solution. After conducting a thorough assessment, they are able to customize a solution for today, while providing businesses the ability to scale their technology proportionate to growth. Whether the customer is upgrading their system, relocating or maybe opening their first office; BCS has a solution to fit their needs. For more information about BCS and their services, please visit www.bcsconsultants.com.

About  Inc.

Inc. was founded in 1979, and is based in New York City. The Inc. 500|5000, a comprehensive list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation (based on three-year revenue growth), was originally published by Inc. Magazine in 1982. This publication is geared toward providing a forum for owners and managers of privately held companies to obtain up-to-date economic trends, events, business resources and solutions-driven content for entrepreneurs.

ESG Lab Conducts In-Depth Product Review, Recommends Bitglass' Comprehensive Security Solution

CAMPBELL, Calif. – Bitglass, the total data protection company, is featured in a new ESG Lab Spotlight, which recommends that any organization using or planning to use a public cloud application take a close look at the Bitglass solution. ESG highlights the importance of solutions such as Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) that are built to solve the cloud and BYOD security challenges.

As part of the product review process, ESG Lab tested Bitglass features and capabilities, most notably the ability to secure access from any device and to secure data-at-rest both in the cloud and on end users' devices.

"In ESG Lab's opinion, Bitglass provides a comprehensive CASB solution for an impressively large list of applications," said Tony Palmer, ESG lab analyst. "Bitglass also protects mobile data at least as well as traditional mobile device management applications, without using on-device software or agents. If your organization is currently using or planning to use public cloud applications with or without BYOD and mobile access, ESG Lab recommends taking a close look at Bitglass."

ESG Lab calls the onboarding process for end-users "especially easy," as credentials automatically direct users through the proxy across any device on any network. Setting up policies for multiple cloud applications is said to be quick and easy and the list of supported applications "impressively large."

The review finds that Bitglass delivers on the promise of total data protection in the data center, in the cloud, on mobile devices and anywhere on the internet, without agents or certificates.

"Organizations understand that mobile is here to stay, but many are still struggling to secure data on unmanaged devices," said Nat Kausik, CEO, Bitglass. "CASBs are incredibly easy to deploy and, as ESG Lab's testing shows, are effective in securing data everywhere without agents, meeting the demand for cloud data security without sacrificing end-user privacy."

Download the full ESG Lab Spotlight here: http://pages.bitglass.com/ESG_Lab_Spotlight_Bitglass_CASB.html?utm_source=press_release&utm_medium=press&utm_campaign=ESG

About Bitglass
Bitglass (bitglass.com) is a Cloud Access Security Broker that delivers innovative technologies that transcend the network perimeter to deliver total data protection for the enterprise -- in the cloud, at access, on mobile devices, on the network and anywhere on the Internet. Bitglass was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Bitglass is based in Silicon Valley.

Integration Provides Customers With Horizontal Scalability, Reduced System Downtime and Enhanced Network Reliability

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Today's enterprise applications must meet an "always on" standard, and be scalable and reliable enough to meet a business' needs. In response, GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSB), a pioneer and worldwide leader in the secure and reliable exchange of business information, has joined F5 Networks' Technology Alliance Program (TAP) to offer an interoperable solution with Enhanced File Transfer™ (EFT™) with High Availability and F5 BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM®). In jointly deploying the companies' products, customers will have horizontal scalability, reduced system downtime and enhanced network reliability, when compared with other file transfer platforms.

EFT Enterprise with High Availability by Globalscape allows users to manage and control spikes in network traffic or data, so that there is no disruption of service or mission critical processes. EFT Enterprise with High Availability now integrates with the F5 BIG-IP LTM for an easy to implement and use solution that can be deployed across large and complex customer environments. Application traffic management is integral to delivering scalability, business continuity, and efficiency in a highly available hybrid cloud or on-premises infrastructure. Through the TAP partnership, Globalscape promotes interoperability with F5, and provides a framework for ongoing collaboration.

Key features and benefits found within the joint solution include:

  • Ability to access and transfer files despite peak network traffic periods;
  • Horizontal scalability to support larger workloads;
  • Smoother implementation of role-based, workload-sharing deployments;
  • Traffic management and distribution for increased efficiency; and,
  • Client connectivity, even when processing resource-intensive workflows.

Supporting Quotes:
Peter Merkulov, Vice President of Product Strategy and Technology Alliances at Globalscape
"Globalscape customers value our commitment to providing file transfer technology that's easy to manage, available when and where it's needed, and scalable to meet their growing needs. Aligning our technology with F5 means our customers can easily integrate their systems and better address high network traffic situations quickly and efficiently. Globalscape's participation in the F5 Technology Alliance Program is another step in our efforts to continuously innovate our solutions by ensuring they align with and are enhanced by industry-recognized technologies such as the ones offered by F5."

Ron Carovano, Manager, Business Development at F5 Networks
"F5's Technology Alliance Program provides compelling opportunities to collaborate with leading companies that offer strategic benefits to our customers and our business. Dynamic partnerships with organizations such as Globalscape extend the reach and value of application delivery environments, leading to a superior experience for users and optimized performance when deploying joint solutions."

For more information, please visit: https://www.globalscape.com/managed-file-transfer/f5  

About Globalscape
GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSB) is a pioneer in the reliable exchange of mission-critical business data and intellectual property. Globalscape's leading enterprise suite of solutions delivers military-proven security for achieving best-in-class control and visibility of data across multiple locations. Founded in 1996, Globalscape's software and services are trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, including global enterprises, governments, and small and medium enterprises. For more information, visit www.Globalscape.com or follow the blog and Twitter updates.

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F5, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, and LTM are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. The use of the words "partner," "partnership," or "joint" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between F5 Networks and any other company.

Great News for Pacific Businesses Impacted by a Disaster

 

FORT WORTH, Texas – Interstate Restoration LLC, a full service emergency restoration and reconstruction firm helping businesses recover after a disaster, announced today the acquisition of Hawaii DKI. Hawaii DKI is one of the more recognized emergency restoration service companies in Hawaii. 

“Investing in like-minded companies who excel at service and response helps support our goal of becoming the gold standard in the disaster restoration and recovery industry,” said Stacy Mazur, CEO, Interstate. “The acquisition will allow us to provide quicker response and more controlled project costs for our local clients by expanding our national presence in the Pacific region.”

According to NOAA’s National Weather Service, this year’s El Niño is already tied for the most powerful on record. As extreme weather continues to make an impact globally, including in the Pacific, preparedness planning is more important than ever. And, establishing a strategic partnership with a seasoned company capable of handling both restoration and reconstruction services with the expertise to also handle area-wide events, like Hurricane Iniki, will be critical. Interstate’s acquisition of Hawaii DKI will provide customers the available resources needed for any type of disaster across all fifty states.

“At Hawaii DKI, we have always strived to provide the best customer service in the restoration industry,” said Raymond Guild, President, Hawaii DKI. “Interstate shares our passion for supporting our local community and helping put peoples' lives back together after a disaster. Their financial strength also ensures we can continue providing outstanding service throughout the Islands for the long haul.”

 

About Interstate

Founded in 1998, Interstate Restoration LLC is an emergency restoration and general contractor specializing in repairing commercial property nationwide. We help businesses recover quickly from fire, flood, natural and man-made disasters. This means companies and people can focus on the important stuff like getting back to business and back to life.

 

About Hawaii DKI

Hawaii DKI provides disaster response, restoration, and reconstruction services in Hawaii to a broad range of clients, including the insurance industry, government, commercial businesses and residential properties. Hawaii DKI’s is one of the Islands’ most experienced emergency response teams. Their specialty is 24/7 emergency mitigation service in response to property damage.

Recently, I wrote about cloud security and research by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) that found that IT professionals are becoming more comfortable with cloud security, but that the one concern that still looms over cloud security – and all security, for that matter – is the lack of qualified security professionals on hand.

That this lack of security professionals remains a problem hints that the real threat to better cybersecurity is people, and this is especially true when it comes to cloud security.

A new survey from Alien Vault finds that not only will it take time to close the skills gap, companies are having a tough time retaining the security professionals on their staff. The research found:

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Physical security a growing threat to organizations

Physical security is seen as growing concern for business continuity professionals, according to the fifth annual Horizon Scan Report published by the Business Continuity Institute, in association with BSI. Among the ranks of potential threats that organizations face, acts of terrorism gained six places from 10th in 2015 to 4th this year, while security incidents moved from 6th place to 5th place.

55% of respondents to the global survey expressed concern about the possibility of both an act of terrorism or a security incident such as vandalism, theft or fraud disrupting their organization, compared to 42% and 48% respectively the previous year. Whether these concerns are justified is another matter, but the incidents in Paris are still fresh in the mind, not to mention the many other events from across the world that constantly fill our news channels.

While security incidents of a physical nature make up the 4th and 5th greatest threats, it is incidents belonging to the virtual world that once again make up the top three. For the second year running, cyber attack comes in at number one with 85% of respondents expressing concern (2015: 82%). The attack on BBC over the new year period is a reminder of the danger this kind of threat poses when it suffered what was reputed to be the largest DDoS attack in history at 600 GBps, enough to bring down its website and most of its online services for some considerable time.

Data breach has climbed from 3rd place in 2015 to 2nd place this year with 80% of respondents expressing concern about the prospect of this type of threat materialising (2015: 74%). Not only are data breaches damaging reputationally, they can be expensive in terms of any fines imposed as result.

Unplanned telecoms and IT outage may have dropped from 1st place in 2014 to 2nd place in 2015 and now 3rd place in 2016, but it is still a very real threat with 77% of respondents expressing concern (2015:81%). Offices, shops, factories and warehouses are all heavily reliant on IT infrastructures and when those infrastructures fail it can cause severe disruption.

This year’s global top ten threats to organizations are:

  1. Cyber-attack – static
  2. Data breach – up 1
  3. Unplanned IT and telecoms outages – down 1
  4. Acts of terrorism – up 6
  5. Security incidents – up 1
  6. Interruption to utility supply – down 2
  7. Supply chain disruption – down 2
  8. Adverse weather – up1
  9. Availability of talents/key skills – up 5
  10. Health and safety incident – up 1

David James-Brown FBCI, Chairman of the Business Continuity Institute, commented: “The need perceived by organizations to identify and build resilience to this range of threats reveals the importance of this survey for business continuity professionals, the Horizon Scan’s reputation and reliability make it one of the most popular reports in the industry on a global scale. It is indeed crucial for practitioners to advise organizations on what to prepare for and adjust their recovery plans accordingly.

"The industry landscape is rapidly changing, and so should our discipline in order to keep up with both traditional and modern challenges. At the top of the list this year we continue to see threats such as cyber-attack, data breach and unplanned IT outages. More traditional threats such as terrorism continue to be ’front-of-mind’ for organizations. Given the rise of new challenges and the fact that old ones remain, horizon scanning techniques are even more valuable in assisting organizations to be prepared to the best of their potential.

Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, commented: “2015 saw a number of high profile businesses across the world hit by cyber attacks, so it’s reassuring to see that so many are aware of the threat it poses. Our research finds it to be the top concern in six out of the eight regions surveyed.

However, we remain concerned to see that businesses are still not fully utilizing the information available to them to identify and remedy weaknesses in their organizational resilience.

The report concludes that horizon scanning impacts on overall resilience as it provides an objective basis for assessing near-term threats that lead to disruption. The Horizon Scan Report, as a global study aggregating practitioner input across industry sectors and regions, complements in-house analysis and provides useful input for strategic decisions.

Download your free copy of the Horizon Scan Report here. If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, join us for our webinar on the 25th February when we will be discussing some of the findings and answering any of your questions.