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Volume 29, Issue 3

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Jon Seals

LONDON – Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today announced it is launching Neustar Professional Services to provide trusted network security services that deliver peace of mind to enterprises and organisations across the UK. The newly launched services include vulnerability and penetration testing, risk mitigation consulting, web performance analysis and optimization, as well as security product guidance.


Neustar Professional Services draws upon the company’s years of experience in the cyber security space, combining fully certified network security tools with a broad range of consulting services. For organisations who previously had to rely on online tests or local service providers, Neustar Professional Services provides the ability to conduct full network security evaluations without exposing their vulnerabilities to an untrustworthy source.


“From TalkTalk to Fiat Chrysler, 2015 showed us that no one is immune from a cyber-attack, and it’s certainly not just the multinationals and governments that need protection. Large or small, your network is only as safe as the people you let inside,” explained Rodney Joffe, head of IT security research for Neustar. “Neustar Professional Services enables organizations of any size to partner with a trusted, neutral information services provider with many years of experience in protecting website data from cyber-attacks.”

Neustar Professional Services’ comprehensive analysis tools include the following:


Vulnerability Assessment - A detailed report outlining potential vulnerabilities, such as security holes, patch levels, router configuration issues, and other potential problems, within networks and applications. The report also includes recommendations and strategies to close identified security gaps. This report is limited to port scanning and intelligence gathering only.


Penetration Testing - The penetration testing is a more in-depth test that determines how deep the vulnerabilities go and identifies if the vulnerabilities are viable, and what level of threat they expose. Identifying the vulnerability is the first prevention mechanism before recommendations can be made on how to plug the holes. This assessment can also be performed on wireless networks, data, and social engineering. Social engineering penetration testing covers aspects, such as mail phishing, email malware and employee manipulation.


Risk Mitigation Best Practices - Neustar offers consulting services on best practices to keep networks secure. After assessing for vulnerabilities, it proposes security processes, escalation paths for handling problems, methods of identifying and mitigating risks, security alerts, and ways to set up a secure infrastructure.


Web Performance Analysis and Optimization - Neustar offers full-service load testing, web performance analysis and optimization, scripting assistance, advanced alerting, and API development and integration. These help to protect businesses reputation by helping to ensure visitors to websites have a seamless, trouble-free customer experiences.


Product Guidance - Following a thorough assessment of the network including inbound traffic and business goals, Neustar provides guidance on security products from firewalls to DDoS mitigation.

For further information about Neustar Professional Services, please visit the Neustar website at: https://www.neustar.biz/professional-services/it-security


About Neustar, Inc.

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE:NSR) is the first real-time provider of cloud-based information services, enabling marketing and IT security professionals to promote and protect their businesses. With a commitment to privacy and neutrality, Neustar operates complex data registries and uses its expertise to deliver actionable, data-driven insights that help clients make high-value business decisions in real time, one customer interaction at a time. More information is available at www.Neustar.biz.

SYDNEY, Australia – SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, today announced Full Year 2015 results, with revenue of US$167.6 million.


Financial Highlights

  • SpeedCast achieved strong double-digit year-on-year growth across all underlying P&L metrics. Statutory revenue grew 42% to US$167.6 million period on period. Revenues in 2015 included the contributions from 4 strategic acquisitions completed as well as year on year organic growth.
  • Underlying EBITDA profitability was US$29.3 million, a 42% increase on prior year. EBITDA margin continued to improve through strong cost and operating synergies.
  • Underlying NPATA, excluding non-recurring costs was US$14.8 million for 2015, an increase of 33% for the year ended December 31, 2015.
  • Board has approved the payment of a fully franked dividend of AUD3.65 cents for share. This equates to approximately 40% of underlying NPATA for the 6 months ended December 31, 2015.

Operational Highlights

  • 2015 was an exceptional year in terms of M&A activity with the signing of 6 acquisitions all funded predominantly by debt and accretive immediately. Each acquisition has added important capabilities, infrastructure, customers and reputation that will contribute to a stronger competitive position and sustainable revenue growth over the next few years. SpeedCast has invested in new frontiers (Africa and South America) and has strengthened its position in two key growth industries for the Group (Maritime, Energy).
  • The Maritime business unit had a particular good year delivering 69% revenue growth year over year, driven by strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
  • Enterprise & Emerging Markets grew 22% year over year, and is starting 2016 with renewed growth potential in several key sub-vertical markets
  • In 2015, SpeedCast built the foundation of its Energy business, significantly enhancing its capabilities with the establishment of a Houston-based team and the acquisition of Hermes Datacomms, thus paving the way for additional market share gain in 2016. Revenue grew 251% in 2015 year over year.
  • During the year the Group continued to invest in key support functions important for successful integration (HR, IT, Finance) and in the building of the Energy team in Houston
  • Significant cost synergies have already been achieved as part of the integration process

“FY15 was an exciting year for SpeedCast. We delivered strong growth in our performance metrics, despite headwinds in some industries we are serving”, commented Pierre-Jean Beylier, Chief Executive Officer of SpeedCast. “Our growth strategy of combining organic growth and acquisitive growth continues to generate significant shareholder value. SpeedCast is well positioned to capture growth opportunities in its key markets and I am looking forward to another exciting year in 2016”, Mr. Beylier added.


About SpeedCast International Limited

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 33 sales and support offices and 31 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.


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In an article aimed at people new to business continuity, Jennifer Craig examines the basic content of a business continuity plan, describing seven components that should be incorporated in every plan:

1. Initial response

When something disrupts day-to-day operations, everyone should understand what – if anything – they should do immediately. By planning for that – and exercising it – no one will be running in circles muttering “What’ll we do? What’ll we do?”

Whoever notices the ‘event’ should know what to do (like calling emergency services, alerting Security, pulling the fire alarm, etc.). Protocols for alerting the proper decision-makers should be planned (along with contact information for those decisions-makers).

The initial response should also include a clear plan for who will be ‘in charge’. Whether that’s locally, regionally, or corporately, making it clear so that all participants will understand.



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Don’t Miss MissionMode at DRJ Spring World

This year’s Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World event is nearly here, don’t miss MissionMode at this year’s show.

DRJ Spring World | MissionMode

Event:      DRJ Spring World 2016
Location:  Orlando, FL
Date:        March 13-16, 2016

This year’s theme Innovation to Ensure Resiliency is perfect for the largest assembly of business continuity professionals in the industry. This is your opportunity to learn about the latest tools and best practices for BC/DR success.

Make the most out of your time at Spring World:

Do Some Pre-Reading

Download MissionMode’s latest whitepaper, “Incident Management Systems – A Business Continuity Program Game Changer” to see how more and more companies are improving BC/DR program maturity by adopting incident management systems.  These systems, including MissionMode’s Situation Center Suite, drive business continuity management efficiency and process standardization. Read our white paper on your trip to Orlando and stop by our booth for a demo.

Visit MissionMode Booth #507

Meet the MissionMode team and get a live demonstration of our Situation Center Suite. You won’t believe how easy the system is to use and how quickly it can help your business continuity teams better execute the plans you’ve developed.

Schedule time to meet with MissionMode Chief Operations Officer, Jason Zimmerman

For a serious discussion of how your organization can benefit from deployment of MissionMode Incident Management Solutions, schedule time with the experts. Jason has helped hundreds of MissionMode clients scope their needs and customize our Situation Center tools to address key pain points.

Have some fun in Orlando!

It’s winter, it’s Florida and it’s fun! Take a little time to enjoy some of Orlando’s top attractions:

  • Walt Disney World
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Universal Studios
  • Cirque du Soleil

Or just enjoy the area’s fine dining and warm winter temperatures.  Today’s temperature – 81 degrees!


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Build a Reliable Defense Against Cyber Attacks

How your organization would respond if under attack from a physical assault or fire is obvious. Someone would dial 911 and emergency services would arrive quickly to assist. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said if your organization is the target of a cyber attack. Your best offense in this scenario is to create a resilient defense against cyber attacks. Let’s take a look at the top priorities any organization should adopt to build a reliable defense against cyber threats.

Evaluate Your Skills, Fill Gaps
It’s crucial to evaluate your security team’s core capabilities when it comes to shielding the organization from cyber threats. When gaps in expertise are uncovered, develop training, schedule mock exercises and partner with other entities who make it their business to shield yours from cyber attacks.



Traditionally, the data center has evolved in response to technology innovation—mostly server-based—and the pace and direction has been somewhat predictable. Disruptive forces such as cloud computing, sustainability, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things are driving profound IT changes across all industries and creating opportunities and challenges in the process.

The data center, an enabler of disruption in many instances, is not immune. These forces are causing new archetypes to emerge that will change the data center landscape and improve productivity, drive down costs and increase agility. Four of these archetypes, in particular, will have a profound effect on the data center.



Cyber crime costs are projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019. As a result, HR chiefs – the head hiring honchos at big corporations and government agencies – are under pressure to provide employees with cybersecurity awareness training.

Fortune 500 companies aren’t the only employers who benefit from cyber-aware employees. According to Microsoft MSFT -3.38%20% of small to mid sized businesses have been cyber crime targets.


Cyber-trained employees are more valuable than cyber-dummies. 90% of all malware requires human interaction before it can infect its target (i.e. clicking on an email and opening a Word doc), according to Dell Secureworks. 76% less is spent (by companies) on security events when employees are trained, yet… 54% do not provide security training for new hires.



(TNS) - Before the walls shook, before the two-by-fours twisted and the roof began tearing off, Amanda Bose saw news about the tornado on television.

“Everybody in the bathroom — right now!” the 36-year-old mother told her 5-year-old and 15-year-old. There was almost no time to wonder, she says, whether the home would protect them — or collapse around them.

Similar scenes played out in homes across North Texas during the Dec. 26 storm, which destroyed 159 houses and did major damage to 311 in Rowlett alone. Damage from the storm will reach $1.2 billion, the Insurance Council of Texas estimates.



When an IT incident strikes, every minute spent offline could cost your company thousands. When Amazon.com experienced a 100 millisecond slowdown in webpage load times, it resulted in a 1% decrease in sales. This correlates to a loss of $660 million in online revenue! 

Communication with your IT support team is the key to getting your company back up and running, but what if your IT professionals work thousands of miles away from the problem? Make sure you’re optimizing your communication strategies so you can resolve IT incidents faster and avoid costly disruptions.

Justin Ong moderated this panel discussion that covered best practices to reduce an IT incident’s Mean Time To Know, the leading cause for why IT incidents aren’t resolved as quickly as they could be. The webinar’s expert panel consisted of IT professional Liz Tesch, and Everbridge’s own Vincent Geffray and Frank Basso.



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Good communication is core to the success of every business. The transferring of information from one source to another keeps everyone working toward the same goal, learning from the available institutional knowledge pool, and operating in sync around core business needs.

The process of sharing information has changed with the technology around us. It used to be enough to make a few calls (phone tree is a painful word from the past), or send an email, or print up a notice and hand it out to the team. Those processes worked because they represented the available communication channels at the time. Luckily, technology trends have led to improvements in the accessibility of both content and our audiences, giving rise to the powerful, multi-channel mass communications industry.