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Majority of North American subscribers, and 1 in 5 of all subscribers globally, now protected by AdaptiveMobile


DUBLIN — AdaptiveMobile (www.adaptivemobile.com) has expanded to protect one fifth of the world’s mobile subscribers and is now Ireland’s 2nd largest telecoms software company. Global expansion in both its customer base and employees has seen AdaptiveMobile grow to now protect over 1.3 billion subscribers across more than 75 mobile operators worldwide.


This growth has been driven by AdaptiveMobile’s continued leading edge work in identifying, mitigating and protecting against the latest mobile security threats. The first to discover recent Android malware threats including Selfmite and Gazon, AdaptiveMobile launched its SS7 Protection Product and Grey Route Controls Service earlier this year – providing communication service providers with state of the art protection to secure their networks and protect and grow new revenue streams. Just last month, AdaptiveMobile blocked Apple’s iPhone message crash for millions of subscribers, protecting them from a new form of SMS messaging attack that immediately crashes your iPhone, iPad or iPod upon opening the message.


The depth of expertise within AdaptiveMobile continues to be recognised by the industry; the Company has recently been identified by Gartner as a ‘Cool Vendor’ in their “Cool Vendors in Communications Service Provider, Security, 2015” Report. At this year’s RSA Conference, AdaptiveMobile’s researchers revealed how they have been tracking and blocking criminal activity around messaging bank fraud alerts and shared unique intelligence on previously unseen mobile attacks impacting financial institutions within the United States. During Mobile World Congress 2015, AdaptiveMobile challenged the mobile industry to address vulnerabilities in the SS7 protocol reinforcing the need for industry measures to secure the trust and privacy of subscribers.


“Trust is intrinsically linked to the value and power of a brand, and for mobile operators the trust of subscribers in their ability to both protect their privacy and security is critical,” said Brian Collins, CEO, AdaptiveMobile. “From Asia to Africa, from LATAM to India, operators are stepping up the challenge of mobile security and accepting the role they have to play in delivering a safe and secure experience for their customers. AdaptiveMobile continues to see strong growth and, after signing a landmark deal this year in the US, we are now the dominant protector of the majority of North American mobile subscribers.”


Founded and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, AdaptiveMobile is present in nine of the top ten mobile operator groups globally (excluding China) and has doubled its customer base in the last 24 months. The first half of 2015 has seen significant growth in its global footprint, including expansion into 16 new markets in Africa, taking its presence on the continent up to 22 countries, and the USA, Canada, Asia, Latin America and Central America. The Company has also experienced a 33 percent employee growth worldwide including growth in the Dublin ‘Silicon Docks’ HQ. This increase in headcount, coupled with strong revenue growth, has seen AdaptiveMobile tip the scales to become Ireland’s second largest telecoms software company.


The first half of 2015 also saw AdaptiveMobile shortlisted in the Best Security/Anti-Fraud Product or Solution category at the Global Mobile Awards for its globally-deployed Network Protection Platform. This built on awards won in 2014, including the ‘Network Management Excellence’ award at the Telecoms.com Awards and being named as a ‘Pioneer in Global Mobile Threat Detection’ by analyst firm Frost and Sullivan.


About AdaptiveMobile:

AdaptiveMobile is the world leader in mobile security protecting over one billion subscribers worldwide and the only mobile security company offering products designed to protect all services on both fixed and mobile networks through in-network and cloud solutions. With deep expertise and a unique focus on network-to-handset security, AdaptiveMobile’s award winning security solutions provide its customers with advanced threat detection and actionable intelligence, combined with the most comprehensive mobile security products available on the market today. AdaptiveMobile’s sophisticated, revenue-generating security-as-a-service portfolio empowers consumers and enterprises alike to take greater control of their own security.

AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2004 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in the North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Now available with limited-time pricing, package brings together InfinityQS’ cloud-based enterprise quality hub, ProFicient on Demand, with training and ongoing services to ensure a successful deployment


InfinityQS International, Inc., the global authority on real-time quality and Manufacturing Intelligence, announces the launch of ProFicient Now!, a program that blends InfinityQS’ cloud-based enterprise quality hub, ProFicient on Demand, with training and ongoing services to ensure a successful deployment. Available with limited-time pricing, ProFicient Now! aims to give manufacturers the knowledge, tools and continued guidance needed to realise the benefits of a cloud-based quality management program and quickly gain a competitive advantage.


“In today’s fast-paced market, manufacturers are looking for ways to better align their quality systems with overall manufacturing excellence goals,” said Doug Fair, Chief Operating Officer, InfinityQS. “By combining the power of the cloud with ongoing expert guidance from our engineering team, ProFicient Now! helps both new and existing clients track towards their goals and achieve a competitive edge through their quality initiatives.”


With ProFicient Now!, manufacturers receive expert engineering guidance that leads them through their deployment. Included in the ProFicient Now! package is:

  • Training: Administrators obtain comprehensive skills for building and maintaining the system.
  • Solution Design: The client works closely with InfinityQS to examine the current environment and establish goals for the deployment.
  • Onsite Services: An InfinityQS engineer creates the initial system configurations.
  • Quarterly Consultations: InfinityQS experts guide clients in data analysis and help uncover opportunities for improvement and cost reduction.
  • Executive Review: The InfinityQS engineer leads a review with the client senior management team to review successes, quality enhancements and opportunities for improvement that were uncovered during the use of ProFicient Now!

InfinityQS ProFicient is a proven enterprise quality hub powered by a robust, centralised Statistical Process Control (SPC) software engine. ProFicient enables global manufacturers to proactively monitor, analyse and report on Manufacturing Intelligence to improve quality, decrease costs and make smarter business decisions. With a cloud-based deployment option, ProFicient streamlines global data collection and analysis with a unified data archive.


For more information about ProFicient Now, including its limited-time pricing, visit here: http://www.infinityqs.com/ProFicient-Now-EMEA


About InfinityQS International, Inc.

InfinityQS International, Inc.® is the global authority on Manufacturing Intelligence and enterprise quality. The company’s Manufacturing Intelligence platform, ProFicient, delivers real-time visibility from the shop floor, across the enterprise and into the supply chain, allowing top manufacturers to take control of quality. Powered by a centralized Statistical Process Control (SPC) analytical engine, ProFicient manufacturing quality software leverages Manufacturing Intelligence to help global manufacturers improve product quality, decrease costs, maintain compliance and make smarter, data-driven business decisions. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., with offices in Seattle, London, Koblenz, Beijing and Shanghai, InfinityQS was founded in 1989 and now services more than 40,000 active licenses with over 2,500 of the world’s top manufacturers including Kraft Foods, Ball Corporation, Boston Scientific, Graham Packaging and Medtronic. For more information, visit www.infinityqs.com.

BQ deploys its call centre and telephony solution on Interoute Virtual Data Centre to improve international customer and employee communications


MADRIDInteroute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform has announced that BQ, a leading European technology company, has chosen Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC), to host its new customer and employee unified communications solution.


BQ has deployed a new telephony and call centre solution on Interoute VDC, leveraging the throughput, flexibility and scalability provided by this cloud platform. The BQ solution supports its 1,000 employees across different international offices, using Interoute VDC to provide the global reach they need.


The solution is complemented with telephony services and worldwide DDIs from Interoute with great cost savings thanks to the economies of scale provided by Interoute’s global infrastructure.


Since it was founded in Spain, BQ has grown its business inside and outside the country thanks to its latest generation technology devices catalogue and highly competitive prices, as well as its full commitment to its users through a comprehensive support service.


Mario Fernández, IT Manager at BQ, has said: "One of the main BQ objectives is to give the best user support. So, we chose Interoute to provide and guarantee the performance of our telephony service. The VoIP solution provided by Interoute meets all our needs: hosted private cloud, high availability and the ability to quickly scale and expand when needed.”


Interoute Virtual Data Centre is Interoute's scalable, fully automated Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution. Interoute VDC provides on-demand computing, storage and applications integrated into the heart of its customers’ IT infrastructure. This networked cloud replaces the need to buy, manage and maintain physical IT infrastructure and is built into Interoute's fibre connected physical Data Centres world-wide. It's simple to provision, scalable, compliant and cost effective.


Diego Matas, General Manager at Interoute Iberia, has added: “We are proud that a Spanish company such as BQ, committed to education and pioneering innovation in exciting fields like robotics and 3D printing, has chosen our cloud platform for its networked communications. Interoute’s networked cloud will enable BQ to continue to build upon its excellent reputation for high quality service. We look forward to working with this innovative company to support its future ICT needs.”


About BQ

BQ is a leading European technology Company. Its aim is to help people understand the technology, encourage them to use it to create and inspire. To do this, it is committed to education in technology, DIY philosophy and Open Source. BQ applies this philosophy to their products (smartphones, robotics or 3D printers, etc.) and its software solutions, working to make the technology a tool to improve the world and life of its members.



About Interoute

Interoute Communications Limited is the owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, which encompasses over 67,000 km of lit fibre, 12 data centres, 14 Virtual Data Centres and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises, as well as every major European telecommunications incumbent and the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments and universities. These organizations find Interoute the ideal partner for computing, connectivity and communications and developing new services. Its Unified ICT strategy has proved attractive to enterprises looking for a scalable, secure and unconstrained platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com

On Wednesday, powerful storms will again target the Midwest and Plains with damaging winds, large hail and the possibility of tornadoes. Further west, a massive heat wave is expected to hit the Northwest this weekend. It’s important that residents take time now to learn how to stay safe during these extreme conditions.

The Red Cross is still helping people affected by recent storms and ongoing flooding. More than 175 people spent Tuesday night in Red Cross shelters in Alabama, Illinois, Texas and Tennessee.
Severe Storms and Flooding
Thousands of Red Cross workers have been helping people in the Midwest since early May when the flooding began. With this new threat of additional severe weather, the Red Cross is still on the job, preparing to provide more help if needed.
Illinois: A series of storms caused flooding and tornado activity that affected several counties and displaced residents on Tuesday. The Red Cross opened three shelters in Northern Illinois to support people displaced by severe weather yesterday. Since Tuesday, more than 30 people have stayed overnight at the Red Cross shelter location in Coal City and a handful stayed at the Red Cross shelter located in Sublette. The Red Cross has additional shelter locations on standby if needed.

The Red Cross will continue to help those impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes that occurred June 22 throughout Northwest Illinois. Volunteers were ready to help before the storms hit and are now actively on the ground providing hope and comfort to residents in need. “Right now we want to make sure people get into safe shelter and their immediate needs like food, infant supplies and medications are met," said Ken Cozzi, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Southwest Suburbs.

Michigan: Severe weather caused possible tornado activity that affected hundreds of residents in Portland on Monday. The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, casework, support services as well as bulk distribution to affected residents. In a separate event, a storm with tornado activity impacted several residents in Manchester on Tuesday. The Red Cross deployed disaster workers who provided, shelter, food and support services.
South Dakota: Severe storm activity, with wind gusts up to 100 mph, left thousands of residents without power in several portions of the state on Monday. The Red Cross deployed disaster workers who provided shelter, food, comfort and clean up kits and casework. Additional disaster workers and shelters are on standby to assist, as well.

Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana: Since early May, the Red Cross has provided the following services in Texas and Oklahoma: served more than 365,000 meals and snacks; distributed nearly 187,000 relief supplies; and provided more than 3,600 shelter stays. Red Cross workers are also providing health services such as replacing lost eyeglasses and medications, and providing emotional support to those affected. Trained Red Cross workers are meeting one-on-one with people to help them plan their recovery. Over the past two weeks, the Red Cross has provided similar services after flooding in Louisiana, serving more than 3,300 meals and snacks and distributed nearly 700 relief items. 

Wildfires in Alaska and California
Wildfires in Alaska are still burning, damaging thousands of acres and numerous homes. Red Cross workers are helping, making sure people have a safe place to stay. Red Cross workers have shelters open and providing food and water to those affected. The Red Cross is also providing health services and emotional comfort and working with state and local officials to determine if additional help is needed.
Wildfires also continue to burn in California and surrounding states, destroying hundreds of acres and forcing people to evacuate. Red Cross shelters are on standby and ready to assist evacuees with information, food, water, hygiene items and comfort.

Responding to Home Fires and Other Disasters
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, many of which are less visible in the news media. From multi-family fires, to supporting search and rescue responders, severe weather and more, the Red Cross is there to provide hope and help for families in the aftermath of a disaster. In addition to large-scale relief efforts taking place, below is a list of other disasters Red Cross workers have responded to in the last 24 hours.

Connecticut – Severe Weather: A series of severe storms impacted Norwich and caused a variety of power outages and brought down trees and power lines on Tuesday. Hundreds of residents were affected. The American Red Cross opened a shelter for the affected families.

New Jersey – Tornado & Hazardous Material Incident: Three homes were damaged and about 1,000 homes in the Gloucester and Camden County areas were left without power due to a tornado on Tuesday. The Red Cross deployed disaster workers to assist in relief efforts.  Separately, a hazmat incident occurred in Paulsboro and the Gloucester office of emergency management is trying to determine if it was related to severe weather and what the impact was. A Red Cross representative is on site to assist with the operation.

Pennsylvania – Severe Weather, Flooding & Multi-Family Fire: A storm brought strong winds that knocked down trees in Warren County on Tuesday. The Red Cross provided food and beverages for 80 people affected by the storms. Storms also affected Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia Counties and caused a power outage for thousands of residents. In communication with local emergency management authorities, the Red Cross opened a shelter for displaced residents. Separately, flooding affected 15 families in New Castle on Wednesday. The Red Cross sent disaster workers to the scene to assess the situation and provide assistance as needed. In another event, a fire affected 12 apartments and displaced residents in Bristol Borough on Tuesday. The Red Cross assisted the affected residents, such as helping to locate immediate lodging and health services, for people in four apartments units as well as four other people.

Tennessee – Hazardous Materials & Storms: A tanker truck overturned on the highway in Dickson and spilled gasoline which resulted in a two block perimeter evacuation on Tuesday. The Red Cross opened a shelter for the evacuees, which was later placed on standby. In a separate incident on Tuesday, a storm removed the roof of a motel which affected 20 rooms in Murfreesboro. Red Cross disaster workers opened a shelter for the displaced residents.

Virginia – Explosion: A lab exploded in a room at an extended stay hotel and prompted an evacuation of the affected area in Chesterfield County on Tuesday. The Red Cross is prepared to offer assistance if it is requested.

Disaster Preparedness
To ensure you have lifesaving information at your fingertips, download the Red Cross Emergency App for real-time access to weather alerts, preparedness information, safety tips and shelter locations.

The Emergency App provides expert advice on what to do during floods, tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters. The app also provides lifesaving information on emergency first aid for various situations such as what to do for heart attacks, heat-related emergencies and includes water safety tips. Pre-loaded content ensures that guidance from Red Cross experts is available anytime, anywhere – even without mobile connectivity. The Emergency App is available for free in app stores for smart phones and tablets and can also be found by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

Hot Weather Safety
When the temperatures rise, drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Drinks with caffeine or alcohol can increase dehydration. Eat smaller meals and eat more often. Other tips include:

  • Slow down, stay inside and avoid heavy exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Never leave kids or pets in hot vehicles.
  • If you work outside, take a lot of breaks.
  • Check on loved ones and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, who are alone, or who may be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently. Make sure they have enough water.

If you are in the path of a severe thunderstorm, here are some steps you should take:

  • When you hear thunder go indoors immediately.
  • Take shelter inside. Unplug appliances, avoid using the phone and electrical appliances.
  • If you are driving, pull off the road and park. Keep the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
  • Turn off the air conditioner. The storm could damage the unit.
  • If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.


Red Cross workers are on the ground helping those in Garretson, SD

6/23/2015. Red Cross workers are on the ground helping those in Garretson, SD and other communities impacted by severe weather.

For ongoing updates on our response in the wake of the tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, please visit the Red Cross website.

Fewer than a third of UK companies are confident they could remedy major security issues in their computer systems within an hour of discovery.

This is according to a new survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Tenable Network Security, in which 200 UK and 200 German organisations were polled on their ability to respond to security alerts like the ShellShock and Heartbleed vulnerabilities.

Just 29 percent of British businesses said they would have the problem patched within an hour, compared to 48 percent of those in Germany.

Moreover, it took them an average of 40 hours to detect new software installed on their systems, while the figure was only 17 hours on the mainland.

Gavin Millard, technical director of Tenable Network Security, described this as “a long time to have a chink in your defences”.

“This is significant because with bugs and malware, time really is of the essence … the bad guys are working just as quickly to exploit them as the good guys are working to fix them,” he explained.

As such, the longer it takes organisations to respond to security alerts, the more likely they are to experience data loss or theft.

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From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/survey-shows-uk-companies-slow-to-respond-to-security-alerts101.aspx

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Shape Your Risk Culture

Today, institutions have become sophisticated in establishing an enterprise risk management infrastructure that includes risk management departments, appetite, framework, policies, limits, models, governance, key risk indicators, reporting and processes. Organizations are set up to manage risks of different kinds: strategic, business, market, credit, counterparty, earnings, capital, liquidity, concentration, legal, operational, model, reputational, funding, and even emerging risks. Effective risk management is not just about the infrastructure, it is also about the people. A major shortcoming that many institutions can improve on is putting boundaries on what is an acceptable “risk culture.” It has been a cause of many disastrous financial failures, including the, LIBOR rate manipulation, collapse of Bear Stearns, and Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. It is a risk management critical success and “random” risk aversion factor. It has become a buzz term and is on the radar of many institutions including hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, corporations, and regulators. For example, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is a new regulatory body created on April 2013 as one of the successors to the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority. It has the power to regulate conduct related to the marketing of financial products and investigate organizations and individuals.

What is risk culture? See Figure 1. Ultimately it is behavior that is influenced by ethics, values, and beliefs of people in an organization that collectively supports the risk management of an organization. It is then easy to understand how well it supports risk management, which should be driven by five risk culture conditioning elements: leadership, risk knowledge, risk understanding, risk transparency, and reward system.



An unusual combination of big and small tech companies are working on ways to accelerate the development of cloud computing technologies.

On Tuesday, an organization called Docker announced that its commercial software, used to create and maintain other software applications easily for millions of computers and mobile phones, would become generally available.

The commercial product follows an initial open source release of Docker, and it includes among other things a way that companies can securely store and share their software. In an unusually broad partnership, the product would be available not just from Docker, but from Amazon’s cloud computing business, AWS; IBM; and Microsoft.



Continuous monitoring on its own is great for the detection and remediation of security events that may lead to breaches. But when it comes to allowing us to measure and compare the effectiveness of our security programs, there are many ways that simply monitoring falls short. Most significantly, it does not allow us to answer the question of whether not we are more or less secure than we were yesterday, last week or last year.

This is a question that we all have grappled with in the security community, and more recently, in the board room. No matter how many new tools you install, settings you adjust, or events you remediate, there are few ways to objectively determine your security posture and that of your vendors and third parties. How do you know if the changes and decisions you have made have positively impacted your security posture if there is no way to measure your effectiveness over time?



As drought grips California, floods overpower Texas and Eastern cities grapple with crumbling sewers that pump contaminated runoff into waterways, state and local governments are revisiting how they get, use and manage water. 

One method is to harness the rain. Some governments are doing this through massive systems that treat and pump stormwater back to residents, while others are looking to the installation of rain collection systems for homes and businesses. A few cities are introducing green infrastructure designed to put water back into the ground rather than letting it flow down the street.

Sally Brown, an associate professor at the University of Washington, said the last time governments spent significant amounts of money on water issues was after the Clean Water Act in the 1970s, when they had to change how they treated water and wastewater. Today, environmental factors coupled with water availability are forcing state and local officials to create new policies and invest financially to ensure future access to water.



Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Another Cloud Boom Coming Our Way?

As a managed service provider (MSP), you must know that cloud adoption is in full-swing, right? Well, what if we were to tell you that another cloud computing boom is still to come? Whether you believe it or not, research suggests that a slew of new opportunities could be on the way for MSPs in the world of cloud data storage and cloud-based file sharing

When a new technology is unleashed on the world, it often makes itself known in waves. First, there is in the initial announcement and discussion of the technology. Upon release, there are the early adopters that look to take hold of it. Then, perhaps after some feedback and revisions, most technologies that are destined for longevity will see a great boom in acceptance and adoption.