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CHICAGO – CNA will kick-off the company's Polar Prep winter weather preparedness campaign with a free webinar scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 18 at 10 a.m. CST. The webinar will address ways businesses can protect themselves against potential property and general liability exposures that typically arise during the cold winter months.

"If last year's polar vortex taught us anything, it's that smart business owners can minimize weather-related risks even in the worst of circumstances," said Bill Boyd, senior vice president of Risk Control. "That is why we designed our Polar Prep campaign—to share lessons learned from last winter and provide simple tips that businesses can use to help prepare them against the harsh cold weather."

The webinar will discuss the major lessons learned from claims throughout the 2013-2014 winter months, as well as season and solutions designed to minimize the loss impact to a business. Additionally, CNA Risk Control will focus on five key tips for businesses throughout the upcoming winter:

  • TIP 1: Make sure you have adequate heat to withstand extended sub-freezing temperatures. Service your heating system early and if anyone reports cold temperatures in a portion of the building find out why and correct the problem. Maintain adequate temperatures when the office is closed for holidays or weekends.
  • TIP 2: Do your sprinkler maintenance early, before cold weather hits. If you have unheated areas and dry pipe systems, make sure low point drains are checked by a qualified contractor or maintenance staff. Do you have reliable heat in the dry pipe valve enclosures?
  • TIP 3: Know the location of your water shutoff valves - both for your domestic water supply and the sprinkler system - the difference between a nuisance cleanup and a major disruption often depends on how long the water runs.
  • TIP 4: Make sure your winter plan not only includes property prevention, but also liability and employee safety tactics, such as assigning and training employees on the snow removal, equipment and vehicles they will operate in advance of a winter event.
  • TIP 5: Know your risk transfer exposures for any vendors you hire during the winter for services, such as plowing and snow removal. Know the language in your contract for indemnification.

The webinar is CNA's first Polar Prep event in what will be a series of presentations, social media posts and field initiatives scheduled to take place throughout the 2015 winter season.

For more information, or to register for the webinar visit Winter Preparedness Webinar.

Additional information on emergency preparedness resources can also be found www.cna.com/actnow.

Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA (NYSE: CNA) is the country's eight largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company.  CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration.  For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. "CNA" is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "CNA" service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

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Expanded Services Will Help ISVs and Enterprises Cloud-Enable Traditional Software and Services On AWS, Accelerate Time-To-Market and Reduce Risk with the Right Cloud Technologies for Their Business

LAS VEGAS – Cloud Technology Partners™, a leading cloud services and software firm, today announced the creation of CTP Labs for Amazon Web Services (AWS). CTP Labs is dedicated to transforming legacy software products and systems into multitenant, auto-scaling cloud services. 

"Many of our clients are ISVs and enterprises that provide applications to their customers. They are investing in SaaS delivery models to better support their existing customer base and generate new revenue opportunities," said Chris Greendale, CEO and Founder, Cloud Technology Partners.

"Pegasystems provides software that helps organizations deliver superior customer experiences. We deliver the same enterprise software on-premise and in the cloud -- and in the cloud, we deliver our software on Amazon Web Services for our enterprise clients," said John Igoe, Vice President of Cloud Operations, Security and Technology, Pegasystems.  "Working with the team at Cloud Technology Partners helps us continually deliver some of the most sophisticated, dependable and secure cloud solutions available in the market."

CTP Labs is staffed with cloud business strategists, architects, development engineers, DevOps experts and security specialists with expertise in AWS products and services.  Moreover, CTP Labs offers extensive business consulting services, including market analysis, business modeling and product planning, to ensure new cloud services meet marketplace requirements and customer expectations.

"CTP Labs bring pre-packaged and proven approaches, methods, frameworks, and toolsets to the project, thus improving time-to-market while taking the guesswork, risk, and cost out of converting systems into cloud services," says David Linthicum, SVP, Cloud Technology Partners. "All technology needs are considered including multitenancy, auto-scaling, provisioning, use-based accounting, governance, management, API development and such features that normally are not part of initial cloud services deployments, but are a requirement in the market today."

CTP Labs modernizes traditional software to leverage the full AWS technology stack, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Kinesis and Amazon Redshift.

CTP Labs for AWS delivers the following:

  • A proven approach to defining, architecting, building, testing and deploying cloud-based services on AWS designed for both ISVs and enterprises
  • Experienced analysts, architects and developers with extensive business-critical delivery experience across brand name ISVs and enterprises
  • A best of breed technology suite, including Cloud Technology Partners' PaaSLane code assessment software for optimizing existing software for AWS 
  • Operational expertise, including proven hybrid IT architecture approaches to integrate AWS solutions with other data centers

"We are excited to have CTP Labs offer a service to help customers refactor, modernize and migrate their legacy workloads onto AWS," said Terry Wise, Director, Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc (AWS). "With this new offering, customers can accelerate the migration of their legacy workloads to AWS."

Pricing is on a per-project basis (AWS usage fees may apply), with engagements generally ranging from three to 12 months. Those interested in learning more should e-mail labs@cloudtp.com to schedule a consultation. More details on CTP Labs can be found here: cloudtp.com/labs

Cloud Technology Partners will showcase CTP Labs for AWS during this week's AWS re:Invent in Booth #509 (November 11 - 14; Las Vegas, Nevada).  To request a private meeting, please visit: http://www.cloudtp.com/aws-reinvent/.

About Cloud Technology Partners

Cloud Technology Partners provides services and software to accelerate enterprise cloud implementations. Services expertise includes architecting, building and managing cloud infrastructures, migrating applications and data to cloud environments and developing cloud-native applications. Cloud Technology Partners software solutions streamline cloud migration and development while improving the cloud readiness of enterprise applications. For more information, please visit: www.cloudtp.com.

Please also join the conversation at: https://twitter.com/cloudtp

Companies to Extend Amazon Web Services (AWS) Capabilities and Offerings

 

BOSTON, Mass. – Cloud Technology Partners™, a leading cloud services and software firm, today announced a new partnership with cloud services provider Cloudnexa, to deliver expanded Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings and capabilities.

The partnership provides both existing and new customers with an added array of application migration, development and managed services offerings designed to help enterprises successfully leverage AWS for their business and IT needs.

"Customers are looking for end-to-end solutions and by aligning with Cloudnexa, we can now offer our AWS customer base a full suite of offerings from cloud strategy and adoption to day-to-day operational support. This partnership extends our professional services and products business and ultimately provides our customers with more choices," said Chris Greendale, Founder and CEO, Cloud Technology Partners.

"Cloud engagements require specialized providers with core capabilities working collaboratively," said Joel Davne, CEO, Cloudnexa. "This partnership is a perfect marriage of Cloud Technology Partners professional services and software with our managed services capabilities. We complement each other well and can now offer an even broader set of best in class solutions for our customers."

Customer benefits of the partnership include:

  • Best of breed cloud professional services and managed services built for AWS
  • Combined capabilities of Cloud Technology Partners and Cloudnexa solutions, architects, consultants and operations teams with proven delivery experience for designing, managing and maintaining mission critical workloads
  • A proven platform in Cloudnexa vNOC cloud management platform  
  • Deep operational expertise working with a collective client base running on AWS

Cloud Technology Partners is both an Amazon Web Services Advanced Consulting Partner and an Advanced Technology Partner, providing services and software to assist enterprises moving to AWS.  For further information, please visit: http://www.cloudtp.com/aws

Cloudnexa is a Premier Consulting Partner and Authorized Reseller of AWS Services for both public and GovCloud. 

To request a private meeting, please visit: http://www.cloudtp.com/aws-reinvent/.

About Cloudnexa

Founded in 2012, Cloudnexa deploys and manages cloud infrastructure for clients who want to realize the full power of cloud computing.   With proven experience in deployment and management of scalable, secure cloud infrastructures across public and government clouds, Cloudnexa provides the necessary value added services customers need to realize the true cost savings and technical value proposition of the cloud.  As an AWS authorized reseller and APN Premier Consulting Partner, Cloudnexa has been leading the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) experience with our revolutionary Cloud Management tool (vNOC) and managed services solution on Amazon Web Services.   For more information visit www.cloudnexa.com.

About Cloud Technology Partners

Cloud Technology Partners provides services and software to accelerate enterprise cloud implementations. Services expertise includes architecting, building and managing cloud infrastructures, migrating applications and data to cloud environments and developing cloud-native applications. Cloud Technology Partners software solutions streamline cloud migration and development while improving the cloud readiness of enterprise applications. For more information, please visit: www.cloudtp.com.

Please also join the conversation at: https://twitter.com/cloudtp

Two successful consultancies join Crimson & Co and a new office is opened in Asia, doubling the existing global footprint

Global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co has extended its footprint in North America, Australia and Asia so that it can guarantee its clients the same quality of best-in-class supply chain consultancy wherever it is needed.

Crimson & Co has opened a new office in Singapore and has been joined in North America and India by The Progress Group, with offices in Atlanta and Mumbai, and in Australia and New Zealand by Supply Chain Cover, with an office in Melbourne. As a result it has doubled the size of its existing footprint, offering deeper and broader capabilities with in-market expertise from local consultants.

Crimson & Co works closely with its clients, using deep operational experience and broad-based business skills to challenge, guide and implement. It provides vast industry depth and breadth spanning supply chain strategy, supply chain planning, procurement, manufacturing and logistics.

Richard Powell, CEO of Crimson & Co, stated: “Our clients tell us that they need an independent consultancy with both global reach and a consistent level of service and approach, and this is what we offer.”

“We have a tight-knit team of highly talented consultants, all of whom come from operational backgrounds and understand the challenges facing our clients. We have a shared heritage with The Progress Group and Supply Chain Cover, which was very important to us as we selected the best expansion strategy in each region; we know that we share a common approach to consulting and a single belief that the only thing that matters is making a real difference for our clients,” he added.

Bruce Strahan, President of The Progress Group, stated: “Our organisations are very well matched in terms of our people, markets and cultures. By joining Crimson & Co, we will be able to offer our existing clients more services over a wider geographical scope, which means that we will be able to create even more value for them.”

Frans Verheij, Director of Supply Chain Cover, added: “The strength of this common approach is that we can continue to deliver first class supply chain consulting globally. Based on our shared cultural fit and core values, this is an amazing opportunity for us to broaden and deepen our offering to clients.

 

About Crimson & Co

Crimson & Co is a global supply chain consultancy that thinks differently. It stands shoulder to shoulder with clients as it develops outstanding supply chains, using deep operational experience and broad-based business skills to challenge, guide and implement. Its strength is its consulting team, which it nurtures with care, and it has an approach and culture that its clients believe is unique.

The company was founded in 2003 as a breakaway from one of the major consultancies and its scope spans supply chain strategy, planning, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and customer channels. It operates on all continents, with offices in London, Atlanta, Mumbai, Melbourne and Singapore, and typical clients are blue-chip organisations such as Sony, Diageo, Carlsberg, BAT, GSK, Tesco and Merck.

For more information, please see: www.crimsonandco.com

A detailed analysis by cybersecurity experts from the University of Maryland found that website administrators tasked with patching security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may not have done enough.

First disclosed in April 2014, Heartbleed presents a serious vulnerability to the popular OpenSSL (Secure Sockets Layer) software, allowing anyone on the Internet to read the memory of systems that are compromised by the malicious bug.

Assistant Research Scientist Dave Levin and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Tudor Dumitras were part of a team that analyzed the most popular websites in the United States - more than one million sites were examined - to better understand the extent to which systems administrators followed specific protocols to fix the problem.

Levin and Dumitras both have appointments in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, one of 16 centers and labs in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

Their team, which included researchers from Northeastern University and Stanford University, discovered that while approximately 93 percent of the websites analyzed had patched their software correctly within three weeks of Heartbleed being announced, only 13 percent followed up with other security measures needed to make the systems completely secure.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07434.html

Monday, 10 November 2014 15:53

Poles beginning to Melt?

Risk and Impact; Security and Business Continuity; Crisis and Emergency; Disaster Recovery and Natural Disaster Recovery.  Fascinating silos exist in the world of Resilience, which itself either exists fully or partially in the wider World depending on the organisation and its ‘mission’, strategies and contexts.  We had an interesting couple of days this week at the Business Continuity Institute’s World Expo; and met many people from many disciplines and backgrounds who either would like to apply for our MSc Organisational Resilience, or wanted to contribute as guest or associate lecturers.  That was great and we were hugely impressed by the vision that many demonstrated in wanting to break out of and challenge the stovepiping of functions and capabilities that are necessary for resilient organisations.

Then there are the others; who see the emphasis on one aspect at the expense in focus on another as something that should continue. The ISO 22301:2012 defines BC as a ‘holistic’ management process. However, despite the fact that there are those who understand that ‘holistic’ should refer not to the BC process itself but to its wider function within an organisational resilience context and that the contribution to the whole is what BC is about, there are many who do not. The emphasis on Risk (or threat, as some insist on calling it), Impact as distinct rather than complementary aspects of resilience is the hallmark of framework thinkers. It’s easy, comforting and simple to put functions and those responsible for them into functional and process silos; it also helps to sell products; but it doesn’t really advance the cause of overall resilience.

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http://buckssecurity.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/poles-beginning-to-melt/

Monday, 10 November 2014 15:52

Do You Want Data with That?

Data services as an up-selling tactic and add-on product will become a mainstream trend next year, according to Forrester Research.

It’s just one aspect of what the research firm calls the emerging “data economy.”

We’re already seeing the beginning of a data economy, Forrester contends in a recent Information Management column. The term “data economy” is self-describing: It’s a system that “provides for the exchange of digital information to create new insights and value,” the firm explains.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/do-you-want-data-with-that.html

In June 2012, the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest derecho, a severe and fast-moving thunderstorm, moved through Maryland and left more than 1 million households without power in hot, humid conditions for up to a week in some places.

Although some changes were quickly made in response, Hurricane Sandy came quick on the derecho’s heels and knocked out power again. These two events triggered Maryland to focus on its energy resilience, prompting new programs, including backup generator initiatives and requirements, and a move toward microgrids to make the state more resilient.

One of the state’s new energy resilience programs, which ended this summer, was a grant to gas stations to purchase backup generators so that fuels are available when power is down. The Fuel Up Maryland program offered grants up to $25,000 per gas station to offset 70 percent of the purchasing and pre-wire costs of backup power generation.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Maryland-Focuses-on-Energy-Resilience.html

(MCT) NEW YORK — The lines between online thefts and all-out cyberwarfare continue to blur as hackers become more effective at attacks that threaten to cause serious economic damage, computer security and legal experts said here Thursday.

“It's not a clear, bright red line,” Mitchell Silber, executive managing director of K2 Intelligence, a cybersecurity company based here, said at a daylong cyberwarfare conference. “It really is more murky, the difference between where a cybercriminal hack ends and where some type of state or state-sponsored event begins.”

The Department of Homeland Security last week issued a bulletin to cybersecurity insiders reporting that a destructive malware program known as “BlackEnergy” has been placed in key U.S. infrastructure systems that control everything from telecommunications and power transmission grids to water, oil and natural gas distribution systems and some nuclear plants.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Line-Dividing-Cybercrime-State-Sponsored-Attacks-Murky.html

(MCT) — With about 22 million people vulnerable to dangerous hurricane storm surges, forecasters have long struggled over how to issue warnings, especially in low-lying Florida, where waters can rise far inland.

Now they have an interactive map that tracks flooding not only by location, but storm strength.

Published Thursday, the map for the first time links the coast from Texas to Maine, said Brian Zachry, a National Hurricane Center storm surge specialist. Forecasters used thousands of hypothetical hurricanes and factored in local coastal topography along with levees, canals and other structures to determine flooding.

In Florida, they found that about 40 percent of the population could face flooding in a powerful storm.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Map-Track-Hurricane-Flooding.html