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The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report® recognizes safest driving cities with precipitation as a factor , offers tips to stay safe this holiday season during powerful El Nino

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – As Americans get ready to embark on holiday road trips to visit friends and family, scientists are warning that one of the strongest El Niños on record could bring unusually wet conditions to roads in much of the country.i And while this added precipitation might result in mayhem in some places, the 2015 Allstate America's Best Drivers Report® reveals certain cities are safer than others when factoring rainy or snowy conditions into collision frequency.

View the 200 safest driving cities in rain and snow according to the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report®.

Allstate America's Best Drivers Report recognizes the top 10 safest driving cities in rain and snow.

"Whether it's packing up the family to drive to a friend's house in another state, or traveling a few miles to open gifts at the in-laws, it's important to stay extra vigilant on the roads this holiday season," said Jim Ledder, vice president of auto claims, Allstate. "Auto collisions are already on the rise across the country, and combining that with an especially powerful El Niño makes Allstate's ongoing efforts to keep drivers, their families and communities safe more important than ever."

Recently, the National Safety Council estimated the U.S. is on track for its deadliest driving year since 2007.ii In the first six months of 2015, NSC reported traffic deaths were up 14 percent from a year ago, and serious injuries were 30 percent higher over the same period. While there are many factors that impact highway safety, an improving economy and lower gas prices have led to an increase in the number of miles being driven. The Federal Highway Administration's latest Traffic Volume Trend Report says cumulative travel for 2015 is up by 3.5 percent.iii The September report is based on hourly traffic count data reported by the states, using data collected at approximately 4,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide.

Kansas City, Kan., earned this year's top spot, after also taking home the distinction for overall Safest Driving City when the report was released in September. Factoring in precipitation, Cape Coral, Fla., and Brownsville, Tex., came in second and third, respectively.

The top 10 safest cities, when factoring in collision frequency and precipitation:

City Rank with Precipitation Factor

City

NOAA Average Precipitation

(inches/year)

Average Years Between Collisions

Accident Likelihood

(Compared to national average of every 10 years)

1

Kansas City, Kan.

39.1

13.3

24.8 percent less likely

2

Cape Coral, Fla.

55.9

12.7

21 percent less likely

3

Brownsville, Texas

27.4

13.3

24.6 percent likely

4

Boise, Idaho

11.73

13.1

23.5 percent less likely

5

Madison, Wis.

37.3

12.2

18.2 percent less likely

6

Huntsville, Ala.

54.3

11.7

14.7 percent less likely

7

Fort Collins, Colo.

15

12.7

21.1 percent less likely

8

Port Saint Lucie, Fla.

63.7

11.3

11.8 percent less likely

9

Cary, N.C.

47.4

11.6

13.8 percent less likely

10

Montgomery, Ala.

52.8

11.4

12.4 percent less likely

Allstate America's Best Drivers Report® is based on Allstate claims data and ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which have the safest drivers. The report underscores Allstate's commitment to keeping roadways safer for customers and other drivers. The data uncovers how these cities rank when precipitation is a factor. These rankings are based on the expected driver performance given each city's average annual precipitation as measured by NOAA.iv

Allstate releases the updated rankings annually – factoring in weather such as rain and snow – in an effort to raise awareness about the need to take extra caution when the roads are wet. As part of the Best Drivers Report, The Allstate Blog offers tips to keep you and your car safe this winter:

  • Get your vehicle ready for extreme weather. Prepare yourself for dangerous situations. Ensure your headlights and brake lights fully work, along with other things critical for low-visibility situations such as tires, heaters, defrosters, brakes, windshield wipers and fluid levels.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car. Just like making sure your car is ready for the weather, you want to know there are items to protect you if you have a problem. Pack a kit with gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a brush, water, jumper cables, a flashlight and something for traction, such as sand or kitty litter.
  • Respect the weather. Take extra care if you encounter ice, snow, fog, rain or other dangerous weather conditions. Increasing following distance, traveling at slower speeds and accounting for the extra time winter weather requires drivers to stop are all good ways to avoid collisions.
  • Keep your full attention on the road. Distracted driving has shown to be as dangerous as driving after drinking four beers. Make sure you're 100 percent focused on the road, especially with slick streets and potentially dangerous conditions.
  • Stay calm in a skid. If your vehicle begins to slide or skid, don't panic. Look down the road in the direction you want to go and gently steer in that direction. Don't slam on the brakes, as that will upset the vehicle's balance and make it harder to gain control. Instead, just release the accelerator until traction returns.

The Allstate America's Best Drivers Report®
For the past 11 years, Allstate actuaries have conducted an in-depth analysis of company claims data to determine the likelihood drivers in America's 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Reported property damage claims were analyzed over a two-year period (from January 2012 to December 2013).

A weighted average of the two-year numbers determines the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as any collision resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate's auto policies represent nearly 10 percent of all U.S. auto policies, making this report a realistic snapshot of what's happening on America's roadways.

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

i Strong El Niño sets the stage for 2015-2016 winter weather, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2015/101515-noaa-strong-el-nino-sets-the-stage-for-2015-2016-winter-weather.html
ii National Safety Council, http://www.nsc.org/Measure/Pages/safety-management-research-statistical-services.aspx  
iii Traffic Volume Trends (US DOT – Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information): https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/15septvt/15septvt.pdf
ivThe Allstate America's Best Drivers Report® tabulates property damage collision frequency of Allstate insured drivers from 2012-2013.The report analyzes the 200 largest cities from the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places over 50,000, measured for 2013 as of July 1, 2014. In prior years, neighboring cities that shared zip codes also shared rankings. This only impacted a minimal number of cities; however, in 2014 and 2015, the report used geolocation to increase accuracy and there are no longer shared rankings. U.S. Census Bureau data was used to obtain the population density factor. For the precipitation factor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data was utilized. Allstate Drivewise® data is based on Allstate customers voluntarily enrolled in the telematics program from 2010-2014. A number of cities from the full 200 Best Drivers rankings are excluded in the Drivewise data due to the limited measurable data available, or because Drivewise was not available (California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas). The Allstate Best Drivers Report is produced solely to boost the country's discussion about safe driving and to increase awareness of the importance of being safe and attentive behind the wheel. The report is not used to determine auto insurance rates.

Allstate provides tips for driving in snowy or rainy conditions: www.Allstate.com/BestDriversReport
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DENVER, Colo. – Faction, an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provider offering hybrid, private, and public cloud solutions, announces it has raised $6 million in funding this month. Faction's most recent round of funding comes from current investment partners Meritage Funds and Sweetwater Capital, as well as debt financing from Ares Capital Corporation. The $6 million in debt and equity capital will be used to fund the company's explosive customer demand. In 2015 Faction experienced 46% year over year growth and expects similar results in the year ahead.

"This was an exciting year for Faction," says Luke Norris, Chief Executive Officer for Faction. "To better convey our identity and our cause -- cloud the way you want it -- we changed our company name to Faction and expanded our cloud portfolio, all the while delivering the superior engineering expertise that drives value for our customers. Being Faction means our customers are in the driver's seat. They have full control and deep access into their platforms, as well as highly flexible cloud solutions for their hybrid IT environments. Embracing our cause definitely paid off as shown with our strong growth in 2015. This new round of funding will enable Faction to continue on its rapid growth trajectory, serve a wider customer base and introduce additional, innovative products to the market."

Faction had a productive year in 2015, securing several strategic partnerships and launching an expanded, simple-to-use product portfolio. Faction launched its flexible Cloud Bloc methodology for enterprises, which removes the "one size fits all" nature of purchasing cloud solutions. In June, Faction announced its cloud Marketplace that connects existing customers and partners to various cloud service providers and approved vendors. The company also established its Faction Advanced Solutions Team (FAST) who specializes in complicated cloud requirements, allowing customers to utilize experts in the field to establish customized cloud solutions.

"As a service provider's cloud, Faction supports a rapidly growing number of enterprises in need of Faction's unique offering in the cloud marketplace," says David Solomon, Managing Director of Meritage Funds. "The Faction team recognizes the changing needs of its cloud-oriented customers and has responded with much needed product innovation facilitating the company's substantial growth and expanding customer base. Meritage Funds is thrilled with Faction's continued success and we look forward to seeing what 2016 brings."

With cloud locations in eight geographies throughout the US and UK, Faction Cloud is purpose-built for enterprise scale workloads. Faction offers a fully customizable cloud platform, built by service providers, for service providers. The company provides its users with deep access, broad customization capabilities and patented layer 2 private pathways to the Faction cloud.

For more information, please visit http://www.factioninc.com.

About Faction
Faction is an enterprise-class IaaS cloud provider offering private, public, & hybrid cloud solutions. Faction supplies cloud the way service providers, partners and customers want it with extreme performance, deep control, and broad customization capabilities. No compromises. No exceptions. Faction is 100% service provider-centric and provides the resources, tools and expertise that result in value for the end-user. With cloud nodes across the United States and in Europe (Seattle, Santa Clara, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, and the United Kingdom), Faction offers both Cisco UCS and Open Compute platforms, is a Platinum-level NetApp Service Provider, and is VMware Hybrid Cloud® and Iaas® Powered. Join the Faction Fold. Learn more at www.factioninc.com or (855) 532-4734. Follow us on Twitter (@FactionInc) and LinkedIn.

Savvius WiFi Adapter for OmniPeek (802.11ac) Makes It Easier and More Cost-Effective Than Ever to Troubleshoot Advanced Wireless Networks

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Savvius™, Inc., a leader in packet-level network analytics and post-breach security forensics, today announced the industry's first USB WiFi adapter capable of capturing and analyzing two streams of 802.11ac network traffic. Savvius WiFi Adapter for OmniPeek (802.11ac) is available now with support for all international 802.11a/b/g/n/ac deployments.

Until now, network professionals have not had an affordable, portable solution for high-quality packet-based WLAN analysis solutions tailored for use with 802.11ac networks. Building on the success of Savvius's WiFi adapter for 802.11a/b/g/n, which is still available for three-stream 802.11n applications, the new 802.11ac adapter connects to any laptop's external USB port and is certified for use with the industry-leading packet-based WLAN analysis solutions from Savvius, OmniPeek Professional, OmniPeek Enterprise, and Capture Engine for OmniPeek.

"The WLAN market has waited a long time for an affordable product that can effectively analyze network packet data at 802.11ac speeds," said Mandana Javaheri, chief technology officer at Savvius, Inc. "The simple and powerful features of this capture adapter allow businesses to bring enterprise-class WLAN monitoring and troubleshooting to any location, addressing an immediate need in the industry."

Key features of the Savvius WiFi Adapter for OmniPeek (802.11ac) include:

  • Up to two-stream 802.11ac support.
  • Dual band: 2.4GHz (b/g/n) and 5GHz (a/n/ac) operation
  • Self-contained: no requirement for an external power supply or antenna
  • Multiple adapters may be used simultaneously for multi-channel analysis
  • Supports all international 802.11 channels (a/b/g/n/ac).
  • Cost-effective solution available at $149 USD.

The Savvius WiFi Adapter for OmniPeek (802.11ac) is available now on Amazon.com and from Savvius authorized resellers.

About Savvius, Inc.
Savvius, Inc. brings 25 years as a leader in network performance and security forensics solutions to customers in more than 60 countries worldwide. Savvius's Omnipliance®, OmniPeek®, and Savvius VigilTM products enable network and security professionals to identify, understand, and respond to network performance issues and resolve security breaches quickly and comprehensively. Savvius customers include Apple, Boeing, Cisco, Fidelity, Microsoft, and over half of the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit www.savvius.com.

Regulated Industries Nearly Triple Cloud Adoption Rate Since 2014

CAMPBELL, Calif. – Bitglass, the Total Data Protection company, today announced the results of its second annual Cloud Adoption Report. The global report was compiled through an automated, cloud-based analysis of real-world traffic data from 113,000 organizations and more than 20 industry verticals, including finance, healthcare, education and government. Overall, cloud application adoption across all industries increased more than 71 percent in 2015. Among the most notable findings: cloud adoption in regulated industries experienced stronger-than-anticipated growth, up from 15 percent in 2014 to 39 percent in 2015.

The report reveals which industries have made the most progress in migrating from on-premises to public cloud applications and highlights which of these industries are following security best practices.

"Industries like education and communications are leading the move to cloud, but the surprise is that large corporations, even in heavily regulated industries, are gaining confidence in using cloud apps," says Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass. "The emergence of third-party security services from cloud access security brokers is helping to fill cloud security gaps and to make public cloud a reality for all industries."

Key findings:

  • Regulated and Unregulated Industries See Rapid Growth in Adoption
    While cloud adoption has doubled year-over-year in unregulated industries, it has nearly tripled in regulated industries like financial services and healthcare -- a massive change from 2014. Cloud adoption in regulated industries has jumped from 15 percent in 2014 to 39 percent and adoption in unregulated industries has jumped from 26 percent last year to 50 percent this year.
  • Education Setting the Pace for Cloud Adoption, but Security Still a Concern
    While education is moving to the cloud faster than any other vertical, with an overall adoption rate of 83 percent, the industry has not shown a strong preference for one cloud app over another, with 42 percent on Google apps and 41 percent on Office 365. Furthermore, only 6.8 percent of the institutions with Google Apps and 13 percent of institutions with Office 365 use single sign-on, the most basic cloud security function.
  • BYOD and Mobile Intertwined with Healthcare Industry's Need for Cloud Applications
    Healthcare has grown to 37 percent cloud adoption, up from only eight percent in 2014, but remains a laggard due in part to HIPAA compliance concerns. Finding security solutions continues to be a challenge for the healthcare industry due to privacy concerns and limited applicability of Mobile Device Management solutions, where doctors have multiple hospital affiliations but only one device.
  • Large Government Organizations Moving to Cloud More Rapidly than Smaller Counterparts
    47 percent of U.S. government organizations, including state and local governments and contractors have adopted cloud apps. A surprisingly high proportion of government organizations with over 1000 employees, fifty-three percent, have adopted cloud apps. Twenty-seven percent of government organizations sampled use Office 365 and 19 percent use Google Apps.
  • Other Leaders and Laggards in the Cloud Adoption Continuum
    Media and entertainment (55.5 percent), communications (61 percent) and technology sectors (51 percent) all showed high adoption rates, while the financial sector (37.5 percent) made up significant ground year-over-year. While finance made great strides, the industry will likely continue to lag behind others due to high compliance and security requirements.

To access the Bitglass Global Cloud Adoption Report, visit: http://pages.bitglass.com/BitglassReport_CloudOdyssey.html

About Bitglass
Bitglass (bitglass.com) is a Cloud Access Security Broker that delivers innovative technologies that transcend the network perimeter to deliver total data protection for the enterprise -- in the cloud, at access, on mobile devices, on the network and anywhere on the Internet. The company was recently named a 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor in Audit & Compliance. Bitglass was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Bitglass is based in Silicon Valley.

 

Seventy-One Percent of IT Professionals Expect Their Organizations to Be More Secure in 2016

AUSTIN, Texas – Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced the results of a new survey that explores IT professionals' perceptions of the biggest IT security threats and the steps they're taking to prevent security incidents and breaches within their organizations. The study "Battling the Big Hack" found that while 80 percent of organizations experienced a security incident in 2015, 71 percent of IT professionals expect their organizations to be more secure in 2016.

"The results show that IT professionals feel responsible for the security of their organization's data, and in a world where technology is getting more complex and organizationally distributed, their jobs aren't getting any easier," said Sanjay Castelino, VP of Marketing at Spiceworks. "In reaction to these challenges, they're being more proactive about preventing security incidents and breaches by learning about new threats, regularly educating employees about risks, and investing in more advanced security solutions." 

IT professionals brace for external security threats in 2016

The widespread nature of security threats is forcing IT professionals to evaluate their exposure to common and not-so-common issues they may face in 2016. IT professionals were asked to detail the most common security incidents their organizations experienced in 2015 and compare them to the security challenges they expect in 2016.

  • Malware attacks were reported by 51 percent of IT professionals in 2015 followed by phishing and spyware incidents at 38 and 34 percent respectively. This aligns closely to the percent of organizations that are concerned about these incidents in 2016. However, 53 percent said they're concerned about ransomware in 2016, but only 20 percent of organizations experienced a ransomware incident in 2015.
  • Thirty-nine and 37 percent of IT professionals also expressed concern about data theft and password breaches respectively, but only five percent of organizations experienced an incident of data theft in 2015 and only 12 percent experienced a password breach.
  • IT professionals were also asked to disclose their concerns regarding individual hackers or groups. Forty-nine percent said they're concerned about independent hackers, 36 percent cited rogue employees, and 25 percent said organized crime groups. Only 12 percent said they're concerned about cyber-terrorist groups and state-sponsored hackers, and 10 percent indicated concern for hacktivist groups.

Internal threats represent a significant IT security challenge

The fear of IT security incidents goes well beyond external threats. In fact, 80 percent of surveyed IT professionals indicated that end users represent the biggest challenge when it comes to IT security due to a limited understanding of security issues and resistance to security solutions and policies. Additionally, 48 percent of IT professionals believe "shadow IT," the deployment of technology by employees without approval from the IT department, is a risk to their organization.

IT professionals are also concerned about devices that have access to company data but provide less control to protect end users from breaches, such as mobile devices. When asked which network-connected end points are at risk of a security breach in 2016, 81 percent of IT professionals indicated laptops and 73 percent indicated desktops, but smartphones and tablets weren't far behind at 70 and 62 percent respectively. Nearly 50 percent of IT professionals are also concerned about network-connected IoT devices.

In order to protect end users from breaches on various devices in the workplace, 73 percent of IT professionals are enforcing end-user security policies and 72 percent are regularly educating their employees through lessons on topics such as "how to avoid malware" and "how to spot phishing scams." IT professionals are also focused on their own education and ensuring they're up-to-speed on the latest security issues. In fact, 66 percent are taking the time to learn about new threats and 60 percent are regularly evaluating new security solutions. 

Advanced security solutions used to combat threats

Spiceworks' 2016 State of IT report found that security represents IT professionals' most important IT initiative in 2016. As a result, IT pros are preparing to combat internal and external security threats by investing in advanced security solutions in addition to more common IT security tools such as content filtering, firewalls, VPNs, and anti-virus solutions.

When asked how they plan to invest in more advanced solutions in the "Battling the Big Hack" report, 36 percent of IT professionals expect to increase their investment in intrusion detection, 24 percent expect to increase investment in penetration testing, and 22 percent expect to increase investment in advanced threat protection.

"The number one source of a network breach or virus infection are end users that lack an understanding of potential security risks," said CJ Wood, IT director at Decorating Den Interiors. "We have to remember they aren't the IT professionals. It's our job to protect them with comprehensive security tools and make sure they're educated on cyber threats, phishing, spam, and other security issues."

Methodology
The survey was conducted in October 2015 and included 197 respondents from North America and EMEA. Respondents are among the millions of IT professionals in Spiceworks and represent a variety of company sizes including small-to-medium-sized businesses as well as enterprises. Respondents come from a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, education, government, and finance. For more information and a complete list of survey results, visit http://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/it-security/report/.

About Spiceworks Voice of IT
Spiceworks' Voice of IT shares statistics, trends, and opinions collected from millions of IT professionals on the global technology issues that are important to them.

About Spiceworks
Spiceworks is the professional network millions of IT professionals use to connect with one another and thousands of technology brands. The company simplifies how IT professionals discover, buy and manage an estimated $600 billion in technology products and services each year. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Spiceworks is backed by Adams Street Partners, Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Goldman Sachs, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital. For more information visit http://www.spiceworks.com.

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Company Doubles the Number of Contract Customers in 2015 as More Enterprises Adopt Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Practices

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sauce Labs, Inc., provider of the world's largest cloud-based platform for automated testing of web and mobile applications, today announced that its customers have executed more than 400 million tests on its automated testing platform, a four-fold increase in just over 18 months.

"We're in the business of helping our customers accelerate their software development cycles by removing the bottleneck caused by traditional, manual testing," said Charles Ramsey, CEO of Sauce Labs. "Our customers are running more than a million tests per day on our cloud infrastructure to increase their velocity and solidify their competitive edge."

As more and more software development teams shift to Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) methodologies, and with the emergence of the DevOps movement, companies recognize that the only way to optimize these processes is through automated testing. The announcement that the company has surpassed 400 million tests run on its platform underscores the value the market sees in using Sauce Labs -- value that the company's product, sales and leadership teams have worked hard to advance in this past year. 

Other Sauce 2015 milestones and accomplishments include:

Sauce Labs provides a high-performance, cloud-based automated testing platform that is optimized for CI and CD workflows. When tests are automated and run in parallel on virtual machines, testing time is significantly reduced and IT teams no longer need to devote time to managing testing infrastructure. When paired with a CI system, multiple development teams can instantly provision additional testing resources to test web, hybrid and native applications, continuously and affordably. Sauce Labs currently supports more than 700 browser, operating system and device platform combinations.

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About Sauce Labs
Sauce Labs provides the world's largest cloud-based platform for the automated testing of web and mobile applications. Its award-winning service eliminates the time and expense of maintaining an in-house testing infrastructure, freeing development teams of any size to innovate and release better software, faster.

Sauce Labs is a privately held company funded by Toba Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Triage Ventures and the Contrarian Group. For more information, please visit http://saucelabs.com.

TrapX Expands Its North American MSSP Presence With Deception Technology That Enhances Threat Intelligence and Expands Detection Capabilities

SAN MATEO, Calif. – TrapX Security™, a global leader in advanced cybersecurity defense, today announced that SecureData, the leading end-to-end cybersecurity managed service provider specializing in threat intelligence, has entered into a partnership to utilize the TrapX DeceptionGrid™ as part of its expanding portfolio of managed services offerings. The union enhances SecureData's visibility and overall threat detection capabilities, while also bolstering TrapX's position in the North American MSSP space by providing SecureData's customers with the industry's leading deception-based technology.

DeceptionGrid automates the deployment of a network of camouflaged malware traps that are intermingled with real information technology resources. If malware touches DeceptionGrid just once, it sets off a high-confidence alert. Real-time automation isolates the malware and delivers a broad assessment directly to an organization's security operations team.

SecureData security services provide rich, contextualized information and analysis to customers designed to inform them about the key threats they are exposed to, or ones they should watch in the future. When leveraged in tandem with TrapX's deception technology, the combined service provides SecureData customers with an even greater level of next generation threat visibility, allowing them to detect lateral movement and insider based threats. DeceptionGrid technology also further boosts SecureData services by adding a layer of intelligence that is unparalleled in the marketplace.

"The key issues that customers face are understanding if they are at risk of compromise, how to identify when something bad is happening and what to do when it does," said Richard Enderby, Head of Product Management at SecureData Europe. "Offering a managed security service using TrapX Technology allows us to enhance the actionable intelligence we deliver concerning advanced malware and malicious activity within a customer's environment."

"It's no longer a question of 'if' organizations will be targeted by malicious actors, but a matter of 'when,' and traditional perimeter and other security solutions are ill-equipped to deal with today's increasingly stealthy and sophisticated attacks," said Carl Wright, general manager of TrapX Security. "To combat these new threats, both enterprise organizations and MSSPs need to adopt a multi-layered, next-generation security approach that incorporates deception technology in order to provide actionable insights and greatly reduce time to breach detection. We are pleased to be providing SecureData customers with additional intelligence and visibility aimed at bolstering their customers' detection capabilities and alerting them to attacks that often fly under the radar."

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About TrapX
TrapX Security is a leader in the delivery of advanced threat cybersecurity defense. Our deception-based solutions rapidly detect, analyze and defend against new zero day and APT attacks in real-time. DeceptionGrid provides automated, highly accurate insight into malware and malicious activity unseen by other types of cyber defense. We enable a pro-active security posture, fundamentally changing the economics of cyber defense by shifting the cost to the attacker. The TrapX Security customer base includes global 2000 commercial and government customers around the world in sectors including defense, healthcare, finance, energy, consumer products and other key industries. Learn more at www.trapx.com.

About SecureData
SecureData is a leading provider of managed cybersecurity services. Using our unique Greater Intelligence (GI) platform, bespoke monitoring tools and expert security analysts, we provide customers with rich, contextualised threat information that enables them to adopt an offensive security strategy and respond rapidly to their most urgent and relevant threats. www.secdata.com

New Supercapacitor Meets Highest Environmental and Product Safety Standards

TROY, NY – Paper Battery Company, developer of an innovative supercapacitor-based energy storage and battery enhancement technology, today announced the completion of UL certification for its PowerResponder® product line. PowerResponder is a line of new hybrid supercapacitors with technology enhancements that aim to replace traditional lithium ion batteries in select applications. PowerResponder has also been certified as RoHS compliant, giving it added environmental and safety benefits. The product line will be available in a range of sizes from 90F to 9000F with initial products available to OEM customers by the end of the year. 

"PowerResponder technical innovations, along with high reliability and safety features validated by an independent certified laboratory, make it ideal for consumer and industrial products. Its fast recharge capability enables devices to charge in minutes to be used for hours," said Shreefal Mehta, president and CEO of Paper Battery Company. "By rapidly recharging -- or energy-snacking™ as we like to call it -- customers can now carry just the amount of energy needed for their tasks, with high availability of their device due to the turbo-charging in seconds not hours. The long cycle life of PowerResponder makes it possible to integrate the cell as part of the product, with a life as long as, or longer than, the product it powers."

The PowerResponder hybrid supercapacitor product line from Paper Battery Company leverages advances in technology and form factor to provide a new power source for today's devices, components and accessories. Compared to a typical lithium ion battery, PowerResponder provides 10X higher peak pulse power capacity, 100X greater cycle life, higher reliability in high temperature applications, lower energy density, holds charge with a similar low leakage current and is much safer with no risk of flammability or explosion with runaway heating.

With these advantages, PowerResponder is not subject to the same air cargo concerns and shipping restrictions as lithium ion batteries and can replace lithium ion batteries where safety is a huge concern or where fast charge is valuable for high availability and reliability. The operating voltage range matches that of lithium ion batteries, making it an easy fit to existing electronics with minimal modifications. Compared with existing traditional symmetric supercapacitors (EDLCs), the PowerResponder has an industry-leading 5-7X higher energy density and much higher cell voltage, replacing EDLCs with a cheaper and more compact solution in high energy, high-reliability applications.

The initial target markets for PowerResponder are high-reliability backup power applications, and in consumer and industrial products, replacing existing supercapacitors with cost and volume efficiency, and replacing lithium batteries with added safety benefits. 

The PowerResponder product line is in production now and will be available to OEM customers in the fourth quarter of 2015 in sizes of 90F to 9000F. 

The distinguishing characteristics of PowerResponder include:

  • Industry-leading high energy density
  • Safer than lithium ion batteries with no risk of explosion or internal thermal runaway
  • Drop in replacement for lithium batteries without significant change in electronics
  • Can be fully charged in a minute at full power
  • High reliability under high temperature operation

Paper Battery Company has also released new demonstration videos and application notes on its website showcasing the fast charge functionality. Further product details are available directly through the company's application engineering and sales contacts, Gene Armstrong and Michael Leiber, at sales@paperbatteryco.com.

About Paper Battery Company

The Paper Battery Company has two supercapacitor-based product lines with game-changing ultrathin form factors and industry-leading performance. Its high-energy supercapacitor product line, PowerResponder, can replace batteries or enable companies to use smaller batteries without compromising energy or peak performance. PowerWrapper® is an interstitially placed ultrathin power plane with stable voltage and clean pulse power at all points wherever pulse power is needed.

Supercapacitors can replace batteries or enable companies to use smaller batteries without compromising energy or peak performance. Paper Battery Company's patented form factor solution allows for revolutionary size changes in wearables, accessories, and mobile electronics. The company's products provide scalable voltage, energy and power in a single, ultrathin package. The long life, environmentally friendly device works with existing lithium batteries, reducing waste, and fits in or around existing components.

The company's innovative business model and technology have garnered multiple awards, including the 2015 CES Innovation Award for embedded technology and multiple competitive awards from the NY State Energy and Research Development Authority. For more information go to http://www.paperbatteryco.com

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The Combination of Solace Messaging Technology and DataTorrent RTS Provides Complete Real-Time Analytics Solution

OTTAWA, ON – Solace Systems, a leading provider of data movement technology, today announced a strategic alliance with DataTorrent, a leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world's first open-source, enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop.

With the introduction of Hadoop 2.0, an increasing number of companies are looking to move from batch-based to real-time analytics, and investing in new technologies that support the collection, filtration and analysis of real-time information.

Solace's world-class messaging hardware and software enables streaming of very large volumes of information from diverse sources into DataTorrent RTS, giving companies the power to take action in real time and drive greater business value from their data. Solace and DataTorrent both offer elastic capacity to keep up with rising data volumes, and DataTorrent is one of the few applications that can scale to capture as much data as Solace can deliver. Solace can act as a "shock absorber" to eliminate the potentially harmful impact of sudden and unexpected bursts of information, effectively guaranteeing that data is never lost and is always delivered in the same sequence it was sent.

"Competitive pressures in the evolving big data market are driving demand for real-time streaming and data ingestion tools that can seamlessly integrate valuable insights into business operations," said Charu Madan, director of business development, DataTorrent. "The ability to make data-driven business decisions is adding to a company's competitive edge and changing how organizations approach their data strategies."

Solace and DataTorrent have already helped joint customers deploy and integrate their technologies, and as part of this strategic partnership have initiated cooperative engineering efforts to deliver a seamless joint solution.

"DataTorrent's innovative technology gives companies the power to analyze information when it's most valuable, immediately as it's being collected," said Denis King, senior VP, global field operations and strategic alliances, Solace Systems. "Our technology supplies that information at big data scale by aggregating it from a multitude of sources, filtering it and delivering it with high availability, fault tolerance and built-in disaster recovery."

About Solace Systems
Solace provides technology that improves the speed and efficiency with which information flows between applications, connected devices, datacenters and people. High-speed, reliable information sharing is a critical part of modern IT initiatives from accelerating legacy business processes to enabling big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things. Solace unifies many kinds of data movement so companies can cost-effectively move all of the information associated with better serving customers and making smarter decisions. To learn more visit http://solacesystems.com.

About DataTorrent
DataTorrent is the leader in real-time big data analytics. DataTorrent RTS is the industry's only solution to have a high performing, fault tolerant unified architecture for both data in motion and data at rest. DataTorrent RTS is proven in production environments to reduce time to market, development costs and operational expenditures for Fortune 100 and leading Internet companies. Based in Santa Clara, California, DataTorrent is backed by leading investors including August Capital, GE Ventures, Singtel Innov8, Morado Ventures, and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang. For more information, visit http://www.datatorrent.com.

Attivo Certifies as an Intel Security Innovation Alliance Technology Partner

FREMONT, Calif. – Attivo Networks®, an innovator in deception technology for cyber security defense, today announced that its deception-based Attivo BOTsink® solution is now available as an integrated solution with McAfee® Network Security Platform (NSP). The BOTsink solution will add insight into McAfee Network Security Platform providing additional and detailed forensic information on attacker methods and malicious domains. It also provides Snort signatures based on Botnet methods and behavior that can be used to block infected systems from exfiltrating valuable company data or other malicious activities. Attivo also announced that it has joined the Intel® Security Innovation Alliance™ partner program. Under the Innovation Alliance program, Attivo and Intel Security will work together to drive continuous improvement and integrations to simplify an organization's ability to quickly detect, block, quarantine, and remediate against cyber threats.

The Attivo deception platform provides an additional line of cyber defense by detecting inside-the-network threats. Once an attacker is engaged, the events are fed into the Attivo multidimensional correlation engine to generate an attack sequence. As part of this process, the Attivo BOTsink will let the attack continue and talk to the Command and Control (C&C) server through its sinkhole so the attack sequence can be played out and an attacker's methods understood. As the forensic data is collected, the information can be added to McAfee Network Security Platform so that the infection can be isolated and corrective actions taken. This process can be applied to gain an additional understanding of zero-day attacks, HTTPs, and the increasingly challenging issue of phishing.

Phishing has become a favorite method to exploit unsuspecting employees. Social networking had made it easy for attackers to send targeted mail to victims with high rates of engagement success. A benefit of the Intel Security and Attivo integration is the ability to redirect employee C&C communications to the BOTsink solution where access of URL's in a phishing email or malware downloads can be simulated in a controlled sandbox environment. This will enable organizations to determine if the email is malicious and to gain a better understanding of the phisher's intent.

"The Attivo technology brings complementary functionality to McAfee Network Security Platform by providing access to forensic evidence helpful in isolating and responding to a cyber-attack," said D.J. Long, Head of the Intel Security Innovation Alliance. "With the Attivo BOTsink deception platform, our joint customers have access to additional forensic data and reporting that can help them determine an attacker's objectives more quickly and to respond to the attack as needed."

"Integrating with the McAfee Network Security Platforms was a logical extension to the Attivo BOTsink solution, "said Venu Vissamsetty, Vice President of Security Research at Attivo Networks. "The BOTsink multi-correlation engine is designed to analyze and create detailed forensics on cyber attacks. Driven by interest from joint customers, Attivo and Intel Security completed the integration enabling the BOTsink technology and McAfee NSP platform to work seamlessly together to better understand the attackers' intent, provide forensics, send substantiated alerts, and respond to current attacks."

Resources:

Attivo Networks BOTsink and McAfee NSP Integration Solution Brief

About Attivo Networks
Attivo Networks® is the leader in dynamic deception technology, which in real-time detects intrusions inside the network, data center, and cloud before the data is breached. Leveraging high-interaction deception techniques, the Attivo BOTsink® Solution lures BOTs and APTs to reveal themselves, without generating false positives. Designed for efficiency, there are no dependencies on signatures, database lookup or heavy computation to detect and defend against cyber threats. Attivo solutions capture full forensics and provide the threat intelligence to shut down current and protect against future attacks. www.attivonetworks.com

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