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Today IBM Corp. officially announced its z13s mainframe with speedy encryption, cyber analytics, and other security innovations which are baked into the new machine. Call it a cyberframe and watch the CIOs come running.

Big Blue spent 5 years and one billion dollars developing the z13 mainframe which was introduced last year for large customers. IBM IBM +1.24% describes it as the most sophisticated computer system ever built. Now they’ve added an ‘s’ to the end, for security.

The z13 can process 2.5 billion transactions a day, or the equivalent of 100 Cyber Mondays every day, based on results from IBM internal lab measurements. The z13s has advanced cryptography features built into the hardware that allow it to encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as previous generations, protecting information without compromising performance.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevemorgan/2016/02/16/ibms-new-cyberframe-is-the-worlds-most-secure-server/

Mainframes aren’t dead yet. IBM is launching a new version of its z13 mainframe for mid-sized enterprises today that introduces a number of new security features. With up to 4 TB of RAM, the z13s also supports 8x as much memory as IBM’s previous single-frame mainframes.

IBM also says the z13s offers faster processing speeds than some of its previous mainframes in this price range, but the focus of the z13s is clearly on security.

One feature that makes today’s mainframes different from standard servers is that they include numerous specialized processors for features like memory control, I/O, and cryptography.

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http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/15/ibm-launches-new-mainframe-with-focus-on-security-and-hybrid-cloud/

The Zika virus is turning out to be a bigger and more unwelcome surprise than expected. Those responsible for pandemic planning and emergency management know how fast critical situations can develop. However, ZIKV, as the Zika virus is also known, is rapidly increasing in severity in at least two dimensions at the same time: the number of people infected and the level of danger of those infections. Initially, there were only a handful of known cases and initial descriptions of “mild illness”, with symptoms such as headaches, rashes, fever, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Estimates have now risen to the possibility of millions infected and severe health risks including malformations in newborn babies and deaths of adult patients.

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/zika-and-the-multi-dimensional-development-of-a-pandemic/

The Business Continuity Institute's position statement on organizational resilience

In recent years, there has been a significant amount of attention given to the concept of organizational resilience across the business continuity industry. Much of the debate has focused on the principles and practice of organizational resilience, and how this relates to the established business continuity management discipline.

The aim of this position statement, which has been produced and ratified by the Board of the Business Continuity Institute, is to add clarity regarding the position of business continuity in the context of organizational resilience. It also provides the BCI’s perspective on how the development of resilience concepts may impact on the practice of business continuity.

The BCI believes that this position statement will contribute to our stated purpose to "promote a more resilient world”. We also hope that it helps to move forward the future development of organizational resilience concepts, beyond definitional debates, towards a collaborative understanding between participants across many management disciplines.

Tim Janes Hon. FBCI, BCI Board Member

Organizational Resilience - BCI Position Statement - February 2016

Key Points:

  • Business continuity is not the same as organizational resilience.
  • The effective enhancement of organizational resilience will require a collaborative effort between many management disciplines.
  • No single management discipline or member association can credibly claim ‘ownership’ of organizational resilience, and organizational resilience cannot be described as a subset of another management discipline or standard.
  • Business continuity principles and practices are an essential contribution for an organization seeking to develop and enhance effective resilience capabilities.
  • The wide range of activities required to develop and enhance organizational resilience capabilities provide an opportunity for business continuity practitioners to broaden their skills and knowledge, building on the foundation of their business continuity experience and credentials.
  • The BCI, working with related partners and industry groups where appropriate, will develop relevant knowledge resources and training to support members who wish to advance their organizational resilience knowledge and skills.

Organizational Resilience

In recent years, the concept of organizational resilience has attracted a significant amount of attention across the business continuity industry. Debate has focused on the principles and practice of organizational resilience, and how it relates to the established business continuity discipline. On occasion, the term 'organizational resilience' has been taken to mean the same as 'business continuity'.

This paper does not intend to add further to the debate in terms of the formal definition of organizational resilience. Rather the aim is to clarify the position of business continuity in the context of organizational resilience and how it impacts on business continuity practitioners. While there is still much debate on the definition of organization resilience, for the sake of simplicity, this paper takes the definition contained in the draft ISO 22316.

Organizational Resilience is the:
"adaptive capacity of an organization in a complex and changing environment"
ISO /WD 22316. Societal Security – Guidelines for organizational resilience

It is clear from this statement that organizational resilience is characterised as a broad concept. It is also widely accepted that organizational resilience draws on the experience and efforts of a large number of interrelated management disciplines. Business continuity is just one of the management disciplines that contribute to an organization’s resilience capabilities. The list of contributory disciplines is extensive; just a few examples include emergency management, crisis management, ICT service continuity, occupational health and safety, environment protection, physical security, supply chain management, information security management and various forms of risk management (e.g. credit, market, enterprise).

For this reason, no one management discipline or member association can credibly claim ‘ownership’ of organizational resilience concepts and principles. Furthermore, organizational resilience cannot be properly described as a subset of another management discipline or standard.

Clearly, business continuity and organizational resilience are not the same thing. However, it is apparent that business continuity provides principles and practices that are an essential contributor for any organization seeking to develop and enhance its resilience capabilities.

For example, business continuity practices explain how organizations can identify their priority activities and the risks of disruption to those activities. Established business continuity standards help organizations to understand what is required to ensure priority activities can continue in the face of disruption, and to rehearse the capability to respond to disruption through practical exercises.

Therefore, business continuity practitioners possess many, but not all, of the knowledge and skills that are necessary to help organizations to develop and enhance resilience capabilities.

As noted previously, a wide range of business activities and management disciplines contribute towards enhanced organizational resilience. It is unlikely that a single person in any organization will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to implement and deliver all resilience objectives. The development and enhancement of organizational resilience capabilities will require a collaborative effort between participants across many management disciplines.

This presents an opportunity for BCI members. Business continuity practitioners who wish to become resilience professionals can build on their proven competencies, broaden their knowledge and develop new skills in areas that contribute further to an organization’s resilience activities.

It is the BCI’s stated purpose to "promote a more resilient world”. The BCI recognises that this objective is supported when business continuity practitioners have access to a broad range of resilience-focused information and training. The BCI will support its members who seek to develop their organizational resilience knowledge and skills by providing access to relevant resources. This may be either directly through the BCI, training partners or working in collaboration with related industry associates and professional members groups.

If you have any questions regarding the BCI's statement on organizational resilience, please email the BCI's Head of Learning and Development - deborah.higgins@thebci.org" rel="nofollow">Deborah Higgins MBCI.

A major financial institution is likely to be hit by significant cyber criminal activity in 2016, according to the latest ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report.

Analysis of more than 15 billion transactions in the past 12 months by the ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network revealed a 40% increase in cyber criminal activity targeting the financial sector.

A record 21 million fraud attacks and 45 million bot attacks were detected in the last three months of 2015 alone.

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http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500272926/Financial-institutions-on-high-alert-for-major-cyber-attack

Delivers actionable insight through organization and search at massive scale

AUSTIN, Texas – Caringo today announced Swarm 8, continuing to deliver on the company’s promise to change the economics of storage. Offered as a complete software appliance, Swarm provides a storage platform for data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Users no longer need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis. Consolidate all files on Swarm, find the data you are looking for quickly, and reduce total cost of ownership by continuously evolving hardware and optimizing use of resources. 

“Organizations that want to extract actionable insight from their data, but are struggling with finding the time, resources or expertise, should take a look at Swarm 8,” said Marc Staimer from Dragon Slayer Consulting. “What they deliver goes beyond storage, offering a platform for companies to discover new information without needing to spin up and invest in multiple complex data analytics projects.”

Swarm 8 installs on any mix of standard hardware, runs in RAM, and unlike file-system based storage, maximizes disk efficiency with an industry leading 95% of drive capacity for content. Swarm 8 radically simplifies an organization’s ability to apply the value of data in an actionable way, providing insight at scale. One of Caringo’s latest customers, iQMedia, who specializes in media analytics across television, online, social, and first-party data sources, is already reaping the benefits of Swarm 8.

“iQMedia's technology breaks through the traditional limitations of other media platforms, providing not only real time data and access but also actionable insights to our customers,” said Lakshmi Venkataswamy, founder and CTO of iQMedia. “The way Swarm 8 automatically moves files from filers and the ability to consolidate, access and dynamically organize files at massive scale optimizes our storage operations and frees up resources to focus on continuing to deliver value to our customers instead of managing the storage infrastructure.”

Swarm is the only object storage solution to offer adaptive power conservation technology, compliance features like WORM and Legal Hold, and the ability to seamlessly shift between protection methods—all automatically enforced by policies.  With Swarm 8, Caringo once again raises the bar in providing unique customer benefits including:

•	Dynamic insight and organization at massive scale. Gain robust insight and view relationships between objects through ad hoc search and query of object attributes or custom metadata. Results can be viewed via the new Swarm Portal or Caringo’s comprehensive API, or exported to JSON or XML. All searches are dynamic and can be saved as Collections for reuse.
•	Rapid file use case development. Object versioning and object renaming dramatically reduce the development effort of integration with file system-based applications and interfaces.
•	All-inclusive, no-surprises pricing. Swarm 8 comes standard with ALL functionality enabled. This includes unique Swarm features like Darkive™ adaptive power conservation, all compliance features, HDFS, all multi-tenancy features (for public/private/hybrid cloud), NoSQL-like search and more. 
•	Flexible deployment to meet any operational business requirements. Swarm 8 is available as software you run in your own data center(s), as a service in any of the Microsoft Azure globally distributed data centers or as a fully managed service within BT or Telefonica’s globally distributed data centers. 

Additionally, Swarm offers unrivaled integration into leading enterprise applications like Veritas Enterprise Vault, Commvault Simpana and compute and orchestration platforms like OpenStack, Spark and Hadoop. Search results can be seamlessly accessed via Kibana for visual analysis and discovery.
“Companies in every industry are experiencing a significant gap between the current capabilities of network attached storage and the volume of files, velocity of capacity growth and variability in access patterns,” said Jonathan Ring, Founder and CEO of Caringo. “It’s not just about cost any more, it’s about managing and organizing data at scale. To compete, companies are adding more systems and increasing complexity. Swarm 8 simplifies the storage, access and now analytics IT stack by offering a platform that has been market-hardened over the last decade. Swarm 8 is easier to scale, more compliant, more efficient and now more insightful than any other object storage solution on the market.”

Swarm 8 is available immediately. For additional information or to schedule a demo please visit www.caringo.com or email info@caringo.com. 

Follow Caringo LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/caringo-inc- Twitter https://twitter.com/CaringoStorage https://twitter.com/CaringoStorage About Caringo Caringo was founded in 2005 to change the economics of storage by designing software from the ground up to solve the issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo’s flagship product, Swarm, eliminates the need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis—radically reducing total cost of ownership. Today, Caringo software is the foundation for simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, British Telecom, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide. Visit www.caringo.com to learn more.
New Demographic and Behavioral Insights Allow Brand Managers to Bolster App Strategies and Media Investments with Unique Competitive Edge

SAN FRANCISCO – Today App Annie, the most trusted mobile app data and insights platform, announced that it has released an exclusive offering of unique mobile app demographic and behavioral metrics. App Annie Intelligence now enables brand managers and their agencies to make informed, data-driven decisions to guide their company's app and mobile media buying strategy. The new demographic and behavioral insights round out a suite of metrics available for App Annie customers, including active users, penetration, frequency, duration and data usage.

"Given how advanced and global mobile has become, it is often surprising how little app developers, investors and brand managers know about the users they seek. It's a blind spot," said Mark Ungerer, general manager of enterprise products at App Annie. "How do different demographic segments engage with my brand and my competitors? What are users doing outside of my app? Today's launch provides these answers and more, bringing a complete understanding of the customer to mobile."

On the heels of its Forecast report, App Annie has set the stage for brands and agencies worldwide to gain valuable insight into today's mobile-first customers. App Annie Intelligence is already used by Coca-Cola, Nestle, Dentsu, CVS, Target, Google and many other world-class brands to gain unparalleled insight into the app economy.

About App Annie
App Annie delivers the most trusted app data and insights for your business to succeed in the app economy globally. Over 500,000 registered members managing 1 million apps rely on App Annie to better understand the app market, their business and the opportunities around them. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with 425+ employees across 15 global offices. App Annie has received $157 million in financing, including from investors such as e.Ventures, Greenspring Partners, Greycroft Partners, IDG Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Learn more at www.appannie.com.

New Japanese trading house Gyxis, created earlier this year when four established energy companies integrated their LPG operations, is being powered by the cloud-based AspectCTRM trade and risk management solution, it can be revealed today.

 

Starting from a clean sheet with no legacy systems in place, AspectCTRM has enabled Gyxis to ramp up to benchmark position keeping, risk management and profit and loss analysis with minimum delay. From day one the Aspect solution has supported Gyxis staff as they trade propane and butane on the Asian and American markets - from purchase right through to sale along with exposure reporting and swaps for hedging purposes.

The decision to adopt Aspect was made by Gyxis following remote trials of the solution.

 

“We particularly liked the fact that Aspect has some great functionality as standard, especially the OLAP tool for position management – it is easy and intuitive to use,” said a representative of Gyxis.

 

“We were fortunate to have been granted a test run during the sales process, which was efficient and this led to a fast and headache-free deployment.”

 

Japan is continuing to be a highly significant market for AspectCTRM with trading houses including Mitsubishi willing to share with peers how Aspect’s ultra-fast deployment and feature-rich support for ETRM and CTRM trade and risk management tasks enable them to be agile and successful in highly competitive markets.

 

About Aspect

Aspect is a leading global provider of multi-commodity trade, risk and operations management applications delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. With almost 500 customers in 90 countries, it’s one of the fastest growing providers with rapid deployment, affordable subscriptions, and immediate ROI for all size companies. Solutions include AspectCTRM®, a full-featured commodity trading and risk management enterprise suite for front, middle and back office. It’s available in three editions: Lite, Standard and Enterprise, expanding in functionality according to the needs and budgets of clients. Aspect is the only ETRM/CTRM solutions provider with market data and analytics tools delivered with its trade and risk functions on the same platform. This provides users with a seamless packaged solution beginning with pre-trade pricing analysis and market assessments via AspectDSC. Aspect’s solutions are available on desktop, tablets and mobile devices and through its new Aspect Partner Program (APP).

Highly Flexible Platform and Licensing Model Delivers Self-Service Analytics for Everyone

 

NEW YORK, NY – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and data integration solutions, today announced that its industry-leading self-service BI and analytics platform, WebFOCUS, is now available in three editions to deliver reporting and analytics capabilities to a wide range of users and environments.

 

Three editions of the product offer governed self-service tools and apps to empower an organisation’s entire universe of stakeholders – including management, operational staff, partners, customers, and citizens – with better analytics for better decision-making.

 

Business User Edition

Designed for up to 100 business users and analysts who can autonomously access, consume, create, produce, and share analytical content. It includes the WebFOCUS InfoAssist+ tool that supports self-service analytics, dashboard assembly, content automation, and data discovery. InfoAssist+ gives business and non-technical users the ability to generate new and impactful value out of their data – without the need to involve BI developers for their analytical needs.

 

Application Edition

Designed for the authoring and deployment of highly customized self-service analytical applications – InfoApps™ – to a wide range of non-technical users. The Application Edition includes the full-function WebFOCUS server with all of its infrastructure, security, and administration capability. It also includes App Studio, a sophisticated authoring environment for building rich, secure InfoApps that can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, on mobile devices, or as software- as-a-service (SaaS) applications.

 

Enterprise Edition

Designed for organisations that want to deploy embedded, complex, and/or strategic analytical applications to thousands or even millions of users, often customer-facing and outside of the corporate firewall. WebFOCUS is uniquely suited to scale the deployment of InfoApps to large user populations, such as patients, students, and consumers who may not even realize they are benefiting from a BI platform. The licensing model for Enterprise Edition changes from seat pricing to server (core) pricing, providing superior economics for significant user populations.

 

“Self-service BI and analytics tools for business users must be adaptable and specialized to suit the needs of a particular type of user and their business need,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders.

“From the experienced data analyst to the non-technical business user, our three editions of WebFOCUS are designed to provide powerful business intelligence through apps and tools catered to deliver information according to every user’s preferences. No other vendor can offer such a superb user experience backed by a flexible, scalable and secure enterprise platform.”

 

About Information Builders

Information Builders helps organisations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organisations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

Solution enables users to search and analyse unstructured file data with effortless file sync and data archiving to public cloud object storage

A new software service to make large volumes of complex unstructured file data more visible and accessible to users, IT managers and CIOs has been launched by Kazoup.

 

Kazoup integrates policy-based file sync and data archiving to major public cloud-based object storage providers including AWS, Azure, Google and CenturyLink. It delivers clear data governance, enabling users to distinguish the data that adds value to the business, and that which does not. Combined with intelligent migration to the cloud, it is the fastest and most affordable method to simply integrate with public cloud and extract value from unstructured data.

 

Johan Holder, co-founder and CEO, stated: “Of the businesses we work with, only a handful can say with any certainty how much data they have. Much of it remains invisible. It’s rare for an organisation today to have a clear grasp on just how much data they are carrying, much less where that data is, how often it is accessed and its ultimate value to the business. Even if they do have an accurate idea of where the data resides, there’s a notable lack of available tools powerful enough to do anything about it.”

 

Radek Dymacz, co-founder and CTO, added: “Everyone is struggling with unstructured data growth, but the available solutions are too time-intensive and costly, so file analytics is regarded as a luxury. We believe data analytics should be free to help IT professionals combat this storage growth.

 

“The beauty of Kazoup lies in its simplicity. What would usually take you weeks of work or expensive consulting, can be achieved within 15 minutes of installing the software. It’s going to be an invaluable tool for IT managers and CIOs who need to demonstrate they have a plan to grow intelligently, instead of just throwing more storage at the problem.”

 

The solution also supports automated, encrypted and vendor-agnostic archiving to cloud-based object storage. This in turn delivers simple and fast searches directly from AWS S3, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage and CenturyLink. It makes archive storage a strategic asset by truly integrating it with existing storage environments.

 

Holder concludes: “Unstructured data is just information that exists outside of database systems – mostly file data - and until today it has been relatively easy to ignore. But file sizes are increasing as a result of rich media content like photos, audio and HD video. Equally, storage governance is not where it needs to be, so businesses are holding on to useless data far beyond its end of life. This means that most organisations are simply throwing storage at the problem, instead of addressing the cause of growth.

 

“With users demanding that information and documents are instantly available to them, data duplication and storage growth have risen inexorably. The challenge for businesses is to find tools that can distinguish between data that is valuable and data that is not. With Kazoup you can set automated retention policies to move inactive, historic data, which is still required for compliance reasons, to the cloud and then delete it out once your specified time-period has passed.

 

“Kazoup makes managing and archiving data easier and more accessible, ensuring businesses can reset the clock on the storage time bomb and grow intelligently in future.”

 

About Kazoup:

Kazoup puts you back in charge of your unstructured data. Using a combination of file analytics, easy cloud archiving and powerful, content-level search, Kazoup enables users, IT managers and CIOs to halt growth, increase intelligence. For more information, please see www.kazoup.com