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Monday, 12 October 2015 00:00

California Wildfires: A Billion Dollar Loss

Wildfires in 2015 have already caused more damage and financial loss in the United States than in any other year since 2007.

Aon Benfield’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap report reveals that California wildfires during September destroyed more than 2,000 homes and resulted in estimated insured losses of at least $1.1 billion—the costliest since 2007.

The Valley Fire, northwest of San Francisco, and the Butte Fire, southeast of Sacramento, were the most destructive of the fires.

In its report, Aon notes that the Valley Fire left four people dead, destroyed 1,958 residential and commercial structures and damaged 93 others. It is the third-most damaging wildfire in state history.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=4190

For almost a decade, the cyber community has said it’s all about the data. The systems, the networks and the hardware devices are important, but if you can secure the data, you are protecting your organization’s most important asset, beyond people of course.

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller dove deeper into this issue and others during the panel discussion, “Cybersecurity vs. Data Security: Government’s Two-Pronged Challenge,” in recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Guests included Ann Barron-DiCamillo, director of the Homeland Security Department’s US-CERT; Bill Lay, the State Department’s deputy chief information officer for Information Assurance and chief information security officer; Dr. Ron Ross, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Eddie Garcia, chief security architect in the Office of the CTO at Cloudera.

Many organizations, agencies and the private sector spend much of their resources on cybersecurity. And with the recent data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management, Target, JP Morgan Chase and a host of other large organizations, are agencies and companies focusing on the wrong issues?

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http://federalnewsradio.com/cloudera/2015/10/cybersecurity-vs-data-security-governments-two-pronged-challenge-2/slide/1/

PETALUMA, Calif. – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), the world leader in gigabit fiber deployments, today announced that SandyNet, the city of Sandy, Oregon's municipal broadband utility, will utilize the 802.11ac Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) capabilities of the 844G GigaCenterto further enhance its subscribers' gigabit broadband experience. By sending Wi-Fi signals to multiple MU-MIMO capable devices operating at 5 GHz simultaneously instead of sequentially like traditional Wi-Fi technologies, MU-MIMO allows concurrent streaming from the cloud. SandyNet already delivers the fastest broadband speeds in its market, but MU-MIMO will further differentiate the broadband experience for their "power users" -- those subscribers who are heavy video streamers, online gamers, and have more broadband-ready devices in the home.

2016 is projected to be the tipping point for MU-MIMO, which uses advanced beamforming and MIMO technologies to maximize network efficiency for more devices and more data at the same time. As the next generation of smart phones equipped with high resolution cameras and 4K video capabilities begin to debut this holiday season, MU-MIMO will be integrated into these devices for higher transfer rates as well. Consumer demand for these technologies is expected to rapidly accelerate concurrently. In order to keep pace, the Wi-Fi Alliance is planning to begin certification of MU-MIMO devices in 2016.

"After offering gigabit services for more than a year in Sandy, we have been looking for the next service or application that will allow us to differentiate ourselves and help our subscribers leverage the power of our fiber network and Carrier Class Wi-Fi," said Joe Knapp, IT director for the city of Sandy. "We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of devices connecting to the Calix GigaCenters within a given subscriber home and expect that number to keep rising as new gadgets hit the market this holiday season. Now, with the capabilities of MU-MIMO, we can further differentiate our services by providing our subscribers with a holiday present that includes an even more extraordinary whole home broadband experience."

Through the integration of the Calix GigaCenter family with Compass Consumer Connect software, new features like MU-MIMO can be bulk distributed to all subscriber GigaCenters at the service provider's discretion. This cloud-based upgrade approach greatly enhances service provider service velocity and enhances the subscriber experience - all without a truck roll.

"The GigaCenter family was built to support MU-MIMO from the start, which lets our customers use the technology today without replacing any equipment," said Shane Eleniak, vice president of product line leadership at Calix. "With the software-as-a-service model of Compass software and the underlying GigaCenter architecture, we will continue to bring new functionalities to service providers at an accelerated rate. This steady introduction of new innovative features will keep our customers ahead of the competition and allow their subscribers to get the most from their gigabit broadband experience."

About Calix

Calix (NYSE: CALX) is a global leader in access innovation. Its Unified Access portfolio of broadband communications access software, systems, and services enables communications service providers worldwide to transform their networks and become the broadband provider of choice to their subscribers. For more information, visit the Calix website at www.calix.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting the Company's business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix's results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its reports on Form 10-Q for the second 2015 fiscal quarter and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year 2014, filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Bell Integrator, a global consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, today announced a partnership with EView Technology. EView is the industry leader in providing solutions that enable seamless integration of IBM Mainframe and iSeries (AS400) environments into the leading IT Enterprise solution platforms including Splunk, HP Software, and Microsoft. Through the partnership, Bell Integrator will expand their customer offerings to now include unique, powerful, and cost effective solutions for integrating a true end-to-end enterprise solution that includes the mission critical IBM mainframe and iSeries (AS/400) environments.

With the EView solutions, Bell Integrator will empower companies to obtain a true 360-degree visibility across the end-to-end IT environment. EView's seamless integration with today's leading IT Operations, Discovery, and BigData/Analytics platforms provides organizations with an efficient and cost effective way to harness the power of the Mainframe/zOS and iSeries (AS/400) environments, which are crucial parts of a comprehensive Enterprise IT strategy.

In particular, Bell Integrator has recently deployed EView/400i Discovery for HP UCMDB in one of the largest international financial organizations. This enables the client to view the iSeries (AS/400) configuration items and their inter-relationships with distributed resources. This tight integration of HP and EView solutions provides a comprehensive, accurate, and complete view of their iSeries (AS/400) infrastructure, and uses automation to reduce the risk of errors during discovery and UCMDB repository population. This integrated UCMDB has provided the customer a single point of access to multiple data sources. By using a Unified approach, the company is able to quickly access current information across teams and tools in a common service context. This has resulted in faster, better, business-aware decisions that improve business service quality and reduce costs.

"For large enterprises, mainframes and the IBM Mainframe and iSeries (AS/400) systems represent some of the richest and most important data available, as they host the most mission-critical applications," said Bill Allen, Director of Worldwide Partner Development. "By leveraging our EView Intelligent Agent technology to seamlessly integrate the vital IBM systems, we now have capabilities to provide our customers with business insights that previously were not possible. We are truly excited to have the opportunity in partnering with such a well-respected and talented company as Bell Integrator."

"EView products have a number of indisputable advantages that significantly simplify processing, systematization and use of enormous information flows, which is essential for financial organizations," said Alexey Karpunin, IT director of Bell Integrator. "We look forward to a long-term and fruitful cooperation with EView Technology to support our clients in their radical IT transformation."

About EView Technology

For over a decade, EView Technology has been a trusted "go-to" solutions provider when it comes to managing and integrating the IBM server environments into the leading IT Enterprise Management software platforms. With EView's trusted solutions, companies can gain a true 360-degree visibility across the end-to-end IT environment that includes the mission-critical IBM mainframe/zOS and iSeries (AS/400) environments. EView's seamless integration with today's leading IT Operations, Configuration Management (Discovery), and IT Operational Intelligence (BigData/Analytics) platforms provides organizations with an efficient and cost effective way to harness the power of the mainframe/zOS and iSeries (AS/400) environments. By bringing together enterprise operations under a common operations platform, EView solutions enable customers to lower costs, automate and simplify operations, and reduce risk. Hundreds of customers worldwide in over 35 countries rely on EView Technology as an integral part of their IT Operations, Configuration Management, and IT Operational Intelligence environments. The Company is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. For more information, visit http://www.eview-tech.com.

About Bell Integrator

Bell Integrator is a global consulting, technology services and IT outsourcing company delivering mission critical solutions that address most complex business and technology needs of large corporations in the finance, telecom, transportation and healthcare industries. Customers include carriers, such as VimpelCom (NYSE: VIP), MTS (NYSE: MBT), MegaFon (LSE: MFON) and Rostelecom (OTCQX: ROSYY), serving over 600m subscribers daily, top-tier global banks, including Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Societe Generale and others with average capitalization of over $10bn, large transportation and healthcare enterprises. For more information, visit www.bellintegrator.com.

New product designed for managing the world of IoT and M2M to be displayed for the first time at Broadband World Forum 2015

 

KRAKÓW, PolandAVSystem, a market leader in advanced CPE & device management for Telcos and ICT SPs, has today announced the launch of a new, comprehensive IoT platform – Coiote – for M2M device management, orchestration and monitoring.

 

Coiote is a solution that aims to fully realize the potential of already properly-functioning IoT models. With a wide range of adaptive tools for device management, monitoring, coordination and troubleshooting, Coiote presents a fully comprehensive approach to the issue of any IoT-related services.

 

Each of these functions are key to providing services which can be immediately delivered and easily maintained – characteristics that are increasingly important across all industries, not just technology and telecoms.

 

Key features of AVSystem’s Coiote include the native support of multiple M2M protocols such as the OMA LWM2M, MQTT, XMPP, TR-069 and OMA-DM. Together with an extended support of virtualisation, the support of these protocols enables integration with all of the industry’s standards, as well as simplified deployment and management of new M2M services. Easy coordination of collective device behaviour is also made possible thanks to dynamic grouping of devices with flexible migration rules.

 

Wojciech Czech, CTO at AVSystem said: “Coiote provides advanced monitoring capabilities which are necessary for very specific M2M use cases such as Smart Home, Smart Metering, Automotive, Healthcare, Digital Home, manufacturing, as well as more general functions like ATMs, and Smart Street Lights.

 

“Furthermore, an extensive business intelligence module provides the possibility of pro-active alerting and Big Data analysis, permitting instant detection of any problems in the IoT environment.”

 

If you would like to find out more, please contact our team at sales@avsystem.com or take a look at the product’s brochure. If you are attending Broadband World Forum 2015 between 20 and 22 October at ExCeL London, please visit us at stand C20.

 

About AVSystem

AVSystem is a market leader in advanced CPE & device management for Telcos and ICT SPs based on TR-069 family and other management protocols like http/s, SNMP, LWM2M, ssh, telnet, t/ftp, OMA-DM. High performance architecture supporting modems/routers (xDSL, Cable, WiMAX, 3G, LTE), STBs, xPON/FTTx/ETTx, VoIP terminals and Femtocells helps to improve operational processes & reduce costs through auto-configuration, mass operations, remote diagnostics & troubleshooting, advanced monitoring and QoE.

AVSystem’s portfolio includes Unified Device Management Platform (Next-Generation ACS), Coiote (IoT Platform for M2M Device Management, Orchestration and Monitoring), libCWMP (Embedded CWMP Library for Device Manufacturers), TEC (Specialized Middleware for OpenWRT-based Devices), QXperience (QoE Monitoring & Proactive Testing), SmasH (Smart Home & Android-based Secure Mobile Self-Management System), Smart Metering, Linkyfi (WiFi Access Management & Marketing Platform) and AVSystem AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting System). More on www.avsystem.com

ScreenCloud joins innovative business and consumer brands from across the globe to be part of .cloud’s Pioneer Programme

 

LONDON, U.K. – The team behind the new .cloud domain today announces the first wave of innovative businesses to sign up to its Pioneer Programme.

 

Over the coming weeks, more than 30 Pioneers will begin using .cloud domains, which will help reflect their business capabilities and position their brands in a unique way. Pioneers range from market leaders in the cloud computing industry, to innovative startups – spanning both consumer and business (B2B) sectors.

 

Through participation in the Pioneer Programme, organisations will be first to market with the. cloud domain, and have a head start of more than three months before .cloud is available for general registration early next year.

 

While the .cloud domain is an attractive proposition to businesses within the cloud services space, the concept of cloud also resonates with broader audiences than ever before, which is why .cloud domains will be available to anyone without restrictions. The Pioneer Programme was open to any business with a unique story to tell, regardless of industry or size. The team behind .cloud was particularly keen to make the Pioneer Programme accessible to early stage companies from all over the world. Inspired by how cloud computing has made so many new and useful applications possible, the team wanted to encourage and support innovation in startups and early stage companies.

 

Francesco Cetraro, head of Registry Operations at .cloud commented: “The objective of the .cloud Pioneer Programme is to showcase great stories of disruption and innovation in the cloud space and beyond. We are happy that so many interesting companies found the value in using a .cloud domain to tell their story and were eager to be Pioneers. Today, we are extremely thrilled to announce the first wave of. cloud Pioneers going live, with more following in the coming weeks. We look forward to supporting our new found Partners in their journey.”

 

One of the companies signed up to. cloud to date is ScreenCloud - a London-founded SaaS company, creating powerful, easy-to-use products to help businesses and retailers take control of their digital signage. ScreenCloud has built the new. cloud into its entire company branding, recognising the relevance of the domain over a standard .com alternative.

 

Haje Jan Kamps, CEO of ScreenCloud, said: “We are incredibly excited to be among the first people launching on the brand new. cloud TLD - our company is all about putting powerful digital signage solutions in the cloud; having that as part of our URL is too good an opportunity to pass up. ”

 

“To us, everything we do is part of a narrative. Obviously, a good and memorable domain is part of that story – we believe that .cloud heralds a new and bright future for the next generation of SaaS businesses, and we are pleased to be ahead of the curve.”

Over the next few weeks, more new .cloud sites will join the first Pioneers, including:

  • Canonical Ltd.: The UK company behind the world's most popular Linux distribution Ubuntu. Canonical has successfully built an Open Source software platform that runs everywhere from the smartphone, tablet and PC, to the server and cloud, free to use, share and develop around the world. For them, .cloud represents the best way to give a dedicated, easy-to-remember and accessible home to all their cloud-related products.
  • SpamExperts: A key player in SaaS email security services that offers a (hosted) cloud based solution for email filtering and archiving. For them .cloud created a new avenue to establish a cloud online identity and foster trust while strengthening the SpamExperts brand’s link to the cloud environment.

 

About the .cloud launch

The launch of .cloud is running in different phases. The official launch of .cloud starts on November 16th, 2015 with a Priority Registration Phase reserved for holders of registered Trademarks. This is being referred to as the “Sunrise” phase.

Once Sunrise is over, the “Landrush phase” will begin. This opens on January 25th and runs until Feburary 5th, 2016. During this period, brands, businesses and individuals can place their orders for registrations of any available domain.

Domains that receive more than one valid request during this phase will be allocated through an auction among all the applicants that requested it.

On February the 16th, 2016, .cloud will move out of the launch phase and registration will be open for General Availability. From this point on, if the .cloud domain you want is available, you can register it via a Registrar and start using it right away.

.cloud is an extension open to everybody, and there are no special eligibility requirements to register one.

For all details on registration, please visit our website, https://get.cloud

 

About .cloud

.cloud aims to be the domain name of choice for innovators in the cloud space and beyond. It will be available to anyone around the world without restrictions and launches on November 16th, 2015.

The .cloud Registry will be operated by Aruba PEC S.p.A, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Italian hosting giant, Aruba.it. Aruba, founded in 1994, is among the Top 10 hosting companies in the world, and manages over two million domain names, seven million email accounts and over four million customers.

For more information about .cloud please visit: https://get.cloud

For more information about the .cloud Pioneers, please visit: https://worldof.cloud (updated as they launch)

For more information about ScreenCloud please visit: https://screen.cloud/

With the release of DeltaXML Merge Version 4.1, the next iteration of DeltaXML’s market leading XML change management solution delivers a number of key changes, providing users with richer functionality and improved usability as a means to further enhance the reviewing and authoring processes.

 

The DeltaXML platform reduces processing time needed for authoring, collaborating and reviewing cycles around publishing XML content. Whereas the DeltaXML Core product is well known for its ability to compare two XML data or document files and represent the changes in a single delta file, DeltaXML Merge takes this a big step forward by removing the restriction of just two files and enabling changes from multiple files to be accurately and clearly represented. DeltaXML Merge has the ability not only to identify change in a variety of XML versions from the original, but also to allow manual or automatic acceptance or rejection of change.

First released in February 2015, DeltaXML Merge was designed to replace the previous DeltaXML Sync by providing users with the ability to operate at word granularity, order-less merge and keying support, differences in output representation and output formats and a completely new API.

 

Building on its original successes, DeltaXML Merge Version 4.1 improves functionality and usability in multiple ways:

  • Simplified representation of change within XML content, allowing users to better identify and understand the representation of change within XML content and enabling them to further reduce reviewing process time.
  • Support for DeltaXML’s integration into version control systems such as Mercurial and Git, providing users with the ability to record changes made to documentation and remove the risk of losing data by merging incorrect content.
  • Support for automated merging with version priority settings, allowing user specification of content importance on a version by version basis.

Phillip Barratt, Global Development Manager at DeltaXML explains that “removing the restrictions of comparing and merging two or more XML files represents an ideal use case for DeltaXML Merge users, as it improves the efficiencies of large groups of collaborators allowing them to more easily and quickly produce, review and finalise XML files.”

 

DeltaXML aims to provide its users with powerful XML change management, providing innovative ways to support its growing client base with managing their reviewing and authoring processes and DeltaXML Merge 4.1 is believed to be the next step in successfully achieving this.

 

For more information regarding DeltaXML, DeltaXML Merge 4.1 or any other products please visit:

DeltaXML – http://www.deltaxml.com/

DeltaXML Merge - http://www.deltaxml.com/products/merge/

DeltaXML Products – http://www.deltaxml.com/products/

Hardly a day goes by without IT professionals hearing about some new horror story on how digital espionage is wreaking havoc throughout the world. Whether it is the hacker threat that grounded Polish Airlines or the cyber security issues boiling between the US and China. IT security is becoming a top concern across company boardrooms and parliaments alike. So, where does all this lead managed service providers (MSPs) and their cloud-based file sharing services? Undoubtedly, all the fear mongering is going to present a challenge in securing more prospect signups. Yet, provided you play your cards right, this just might be the biggest opportunity yet!

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http://mspmentor.net/infocenter-cloud-based-file-sharing/100915/corporate-boardrooms-are-concerned-it-security

When it comes to securing businesses against data loss, key considerations may include reducing human error and preventing hacking intrusions into servers and databases. But one growing problem for firms both large and small may be the risk posed by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

This type of cybercrime involves criminals flooding a server with data requests in order to render it inaccessible to genuine users. It’s typically thought of as a way for hackers to knock a website offline or disrupt a company’s operations, but new research has found the collateral damage of these incidents could be far more wide-ranging.

As well as leading to long periods of downtime and high recovery costs, a study by Kaspersky revealed that more than a quarter of DDoS attacks (26 per cent) now also result in the loss of sensitive data.

The problem is particularly prevalent for less-sizeable firms, as 31 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) reported data loss in the aftermath of DDoS attacks, compared with 22 per cent of larger enterprises.

Evgeny Vigovsky, head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, commented: “Businesses have to re-evaluate their perception of a DDoS attack. The report clearly shows that the damage scope from such attacks goes far beyond the temporary downtime of a corporate website.”

However, a large number of companies are still overlooking the potential risks of these incidents, with a common sentiment being that a mitigation strategy will be too costly and difficult to implement.

SMBs in particular have limited resources to devote to the problem, and as DDoS is an umbrella term that covers several different attack technologies, methods to avert them can be hard to understand. As a result, only around half of SMBs think investing in prevention solutions is worth the effort.

However, with SMBs typically paying upwards of $50,000 (£32,600) in recovery bills, and almost one in ten attacks causing up to a week of downtime in addition to potential data loss issues, the consequences of not preparing can be severe.

Complex data recovery requires expertise. Speak to the data recovery industry pioneers at Kroll Ontrack for free advice to investigate options to recover from any data loss type, system or cause.

From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/data-loss-a-growing-side-effect-of-ddos-attacks,-study-says612.aspx

Continuity Central is pleased to announce that the winner of the Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition has been judged to be Ian Ross, FBCI.

Ian’s paper was entitled ‘A systematic approach to managing a crisis: the value that technology can bring to the crisis management environment’ and can be read here.

The other shortlisted papers can be read here.

Judging was carried out by a panel of FBCIs who considered three main criteria:

1)    Did the paper offer anything new to the business continuity body of knowledge?
2)    Did the paper offer practical and useful assistance to business continuity professionals?
3)    Would you consider the paper as ‘advanced level’ business continuity information?

Continuity Central has now launched its next Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition. The aim is to discover the best new business continuity articles and papers and a £500 or $800 prize will be presented to the winner.

Authors of any status, whether business continuity professionals, academics, students, or journalists, are invited to submit articles and papers written since 1st January 2015.

Entries must meet the following criteria:

  • They must have been written during 2015;
  • Copyright must be owned by the person submitting the entry and in submitting the article or paper the author gives permission for its publication;
  • Entries can be between 800 and 5,000 words long;
  • The subject matter of an entry can relate to any of the following topics: business continuity, disaster recovery, resiliency, crisis management, enterprise risk management, or technology continuity, resilience and availability.
  • Multiple entries from individual authors will be accepted.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • The closing date for entries is 31st January 2016.

To submit an entry or request further information email editor@continuitycentral.com  Entries should be emailed as an attachment in any Word processing format or as an unlocked PDF. PowerPoint will not be accepted.