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(TNS) — Chances for a quiet hurricane season just went down, federal forecasters reported Thursday.

“Forecasters now expect a 70-percent chance of 12 to 17 named storms, of which five to eight are expected to become hurricanes — including two to four major hurricanes,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a season update.

It may be the most active season since 2012, the agency says. “NOAA now calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season.” Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

The federal report “shows the environment is conducive for more storms and there is a slight elevation of risk,” said Marty Senterfitt, an emergency-management veteran now heading Monroe County Emergency Management.



Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

Make Way for the Edge Data Center

Cloud computing is leading to a massive centralization of IT resources. If current trends progress, the vast majority of data infrastructure will be housed in giant regional cloud facilities, with only highly converged systems remaining in corporate settings around the world.

This will undoubtedly be more efficient and less costly, but it presents a problem: Centralized resources are not great for time-sensitive applications, since the data center is now some miles away from the user. This is why future data architectures will rely on massive centralization and legions of automated mini data centers on the edge.

These facilities will be crucial for both the content-streaming services that populate the web and emerging Big Data/IoT workloads that need to gather data and produce analytical results in a moment’s notice in order to capitalize on fast-moving market opportunities. As IHS Markit analyst Lucas Beran noted in a recent series of blogs on Data Center Journal, the typical edge facility will process loads drawing between 10 and 100 kW and will provide services like data aggregation and content-caching to reduce latency and network congestion across wide-area infrastructure. At the same time, organizations can use these facilities to provide targeted, regional services to give a more local feel to national and even international product offerings.



Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

How to Mitigate Fourth-Party Security Risks

While security threats resulting from exposure to third-party partners are serious, security pros face an even tougher challenge from fourth-party security risks.

What do we mean by fourth-party risks? Think of fourth parties as the "vendors of your vendors." Everyone from Amazonian giants to small businesses uses subcontractors.

According to a recent BitSight report of over 35,000 companies, one in four technology companies link to Amazon Web Services (AWS). One disruption on that service could impact multiple vendors.

"Service providers can experience an outage and they can also experience cyberattacks," said Stephen Boyer, CTO and co-founder of BitSight. "When they do, it brings down many organizations and can also severely impact an organization's vendors."



Machine learning-based analytics software instantaneously identified wasted VM resources, solved application performance issues, and predicted future capacity requirements


SAN MATEO, Calif. SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), the industry’s leading provider of software products that help IT optimize and protect business critical applications, today announced Jordan’s Furniture, a leading Massachusetts-based furniture retailer with locations throughout New England, deployed SIOS iQ in its VMware vSphere environment and was immediately provided with sophisticated, machine learning derived analysis of the infrastructure recommending precise operational changes resulting in significant cost savings and improved application performance. Jordan’s Furniture IT team uses SIOS iQ to help quickly and easily find and fix issues arising in their daily operations that had been previously been too difficult to resolve using conventional monitoring tools.

Jordan’s Furniture is known for its innovation with each store offering a unique experience including IMAX 3D Theaters, Liquid Fireworks, and Motion Odyssey Movie (MOM) rides. Their IT department continuously improves its infrastructure to keep its business operations running efficiently and cost-effectively. “Just knowing that our systems are operational is not enough,” said Ethan Peterson, network engineer, Jordan’s Furniture. “To ensure we can deliver excellent service to our customers, we need to ensure our IT operations are fast, reliable, and optimized for efficiency.”

The company’s VMware vSphere infrastructure runs a wide range of applications, including domain controllers, SQL Server databases, Exchange/Outlook, Web servers, and telecommunications applications.

The Jordan’s Furniture IT department needed an IT analytics solution that would provide a view across their infrastructure and enable them to find and resolve issues and inefficiencies quickly and easily. “We wanted an easy-to-implement, cost-efficient solution that would allow us to be proactive – resolving issues before they become serious,” said Peterson. “We wanted one place to look to check the state of our operations, identify wasted VM resources, get solutions to performance issues, and predict our capacity utilization for accurate budgeting.”

They had previously used threshold-based monitoring and analytics tools but found that they inundated IT with alert storms and required complex dashboards without providing recommendations for resolving issues. These tools only monitor individual infrastructure “silos” – network, application, or storage – leaving IT to gather data from a variety of sources and manually determine the causes of problems and best steps to resolve them. While VMware vCenter Operations Management (vROps) would have provided a more comprehensive view of their environment, it was too complex for an organization their size. 

The Power of Machine Learning

Jordan’s Furniture implemented SIOS iQ machine learning analytics tool simply by downloading and installing the software into the VMware environment. “We had SIOS iQ up and running in 15 minutes with minimal configuration and no impact to our operations,” said Peterson. Patented machine learning technology in SIOS iQ immediately "learned" the behaviour patterns of interrelated objects in their environments and began analyzing normal versus anomalous behaviour patterns. It automatically provided key insights and actionable recommendations for improvements.

“We immediately saw which areas had potential problems and how to solve them. Now it’s the first place we look to see how our VMware operations are running,” said Peterson. When Jordan’s Furniture encountered a hard-to-diagnose issue related to latencies on a critical datastore, SIOS iQ was the first place they checked.

With one click, the Jordan’s Furniture IT team was able to understand the issue and take action to maintain their target application service levels. SIOS iQ instantaneously provided a real-time analysis of the infrastructure that indicated six VMs were driving data store contention and made recommendations to reconfigure the environment to eliminate the latencies.

SIOS iQ delivered significant value in helping Jordan’s save money and avoid unnecessary hardware purchases.  Jordan’s was considering purchase of either host-based caching, all-flash arrays, or hybrid storage to help with addressing application performance issues.  However, SIOS iQ instantly determined the root cause of the performance issue and offered configuration changes resulting in higher performance gains without the need to purchase additional hardware. With SIOS iQ, Jordan's Furniture was able to improve performance without wasting time and money.

SIOS iQ also helped Jordan’s Furniture optimize storage resources by identifying and eliminating unnecessary waste. “It’s a good, quick way to make sure our operations are efficient and that we right-size our VMs for optimal performance,” said Peterson.

“SIOS iQ is designed to be the first stop for answers to VMware infrastructure questions,” said Jerry Melnick, president and CEO, SIOS Technology.  “As an advanced machine learning–based analytics solution, it is highly automated and eliminates the manual configuration and rules definition required by conventional monitoring and analytics tools. Jordan’s is architecting a VM infrastructure that will help ensure the highest levels of service and responsiveness to customers while reducing IT costs.  We are proud to have been selected a technology provider to a company of such distinction.”

About SIOS Technology Corp.
SIOS Technology Corp. makes software products that provide the insights and guidance IT managers need to manage and protect business critical applications in large, complex data centers. SIOS iQ is a machine learning analytics software that helps IT managers optimize performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization in virtualized environments. SIOS SAN and SANLess software is an essential part of any cluster solution that provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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FREMONT, Calif. – Attivo Networks®, the award-winning leader in deception for cyber security threat detection, today announced that it has teamed up with Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security, to provide an integrated solution for advanced continuous threat management and response.

The integrated solution combines the Attivo ThreatMatrix™ Deception and Response Platform with Carbon Black Response for early detection of in-network threats, automated response actions based on deception server engagement, and the ability to query Cb Response for additional forensic artifacts on other infected systems. The integrated solution provides organizations an advanced level of visibility and improves overall threat management operations by simplifying information sharing and automating incident response actions.

Full attack techniques, tactics, and processes (TTP) and identification of infected endpoint information is automatically shared with Cb Response so that infected endpoints can automatically be isolated from the network without causing additional infection or harm. As part of the commitment by Attivo Networks and Carbon Black to provide continuous threat management and visibility, the solution is designed to not only isolate and block attacks, but also enable Carbon Black to upload binaries to the ThreatMatrix deception platform for additional attack analysis, correlation, and reporting.

The ThreatMatix Platform will also be enabled to query Carbon Black servers for forensic artifacts including registry key modifications, SHA1 and MD5 hashes, which will strengthen overall attack prevention by looking for other infected systems within the network.

Attivo Networks has been repeatedly recognized for its industry leading ThreatMatrix Deception and Response Platform, which was recently enhanced. The platform takes an innovative approach to real-time in-network threat detection, attack analysis, and automation of incident response actions. The solution is designed to provide early detection of cyberattacks from all threat vectors including zero-day, stolen credential, ransomware and phishing attacks that are renowned for bypassing traditional prevention systems. The ThreatMatrix platform supports a wide variety of prevention system and SIEM integrations for information sharing, automation of manual attack correlation, and accelerating the quarantine and blocking of attackers.

Cb Response is the market-leading incident response and threat hunting solution. Only Cb Response continuously records and centralizes all endpoint activity, giving Incident Responders, SOC analysts, and MSSPs the complete, real-time information they need to understand exactly how attackers are targeting their organization so they can identify root cause, hunt anomalous behavior, and isolate threats. With Cb Response, you can streamline alert validation, accelerate investigations, reduce dwell time, eliminate unnecessary reimaging, and limit IT involvement in the security lifecycle process.

"The Attivo Networks ThreatMatrix deception platform combined with Carbon Black creates a powerful solution for organizations wanting to simplify threat management operations," said Attivo Networks CEO, Tushar Kothari. "The integration was driven by interest from our mutual customers. The architectural synergies of the two companies' platforms allows for a seamless integration of the solution."

"As customer demand for better detection of advanced threats increases, the need to quickly and easily tie that information back to the source of an infection, the endpoint, is critical," said Tom Barsi, senior vice present of business development at Carbon Black. "Together, Attivo and Carbon Black are solving this problem for joint customers by tying the Attivo leading, early threat detection with Cb Response's unrivaled visibility and incident response capabilities."

Networks and Carbon Black Solution Brief

About Attivo Networks

Attivo Networks® is an award-winning leader in deception technology for real-time detection, analysis, and acceleration of incident response to cyber-attacks. The Attivo Threat Matrix™ Deception and Response Platform provides early detection of advanced, stolen credential, ransomware, and phishing attacks that are inside user networks, data centers, clouds, IoT and ICS-SCADA environments. By deceiving attackers into revealing themselves, comprehensive attack analysis is efficiently gathered, actionable alerts raised, and response actions automated with prevention system integrations. As part of the continuous threat management platform, ThreatPath™ provides vulnerability assessment of attack paths for proactive incident prevention. For more information, visit www.attivonetworks.com

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About Carbon Black

Carbon Black has designed the most complete next-gen endpoint-security platform, enabling organizations to stop the most attacks, see every threat, close security gaps, and evolve their defenses. The Cb Endpoint Security Platform helps organizations of all sizes replace legacy antivirus technology, lock down systems, and arm incident response teams with advanced tools to proactively hunt down threats. Today, Carbon Black has approximately 2,000 worldwide customers, including 25 of the Fortune 100 and more than 600 employees. Carbon Black was voted Best Endpoint Protection by security professionals in the SANS Institute's Best of 2015 Awards.