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Thursday, 19 January 2017 17:27

Too Many Amber Alerts?

DRJ LogoThe emergency community in Michigan may have fewer Amber Alerts to respond to this year, as the state implements new measures intended to pare back use of the emergency child-abduction notification system.

Michigan recently redefined its criteria for Amber Alerts to fix definitions that law enforcement officials say were drawn too broadly. The new guidelines fall more closely in line with U.S. Department of Justice guidelines and more closely fit the system’s original intent.


“If we adhered strictly to the old criteria, we could have put out an Amber Alert every single day in Michigan,” said Detective Sgt. Sarah C. Krebs, who heads Amber Alerts for the Michigan Department of State Police Missing Persons Coordination Unit.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/safety/Too-Many-Amber-Alerts.html

DRJ LogoHyperscale cloud providers are sucking more and more customer workloads away from data center providers, while gobbling up more and more data center capacity to host those workloads, changing in a big way the dynamics in the global colocation data center market.

One big result is that growth in retail colocation is slowing, while growth in the wholesale data center market is accelerating, according to the latest report by Structure Research. The analysts project a growth rate of 14.3 percent for retail colocation from 2016 to 2017 and 17.9 percent for wholesale; retail colocation services currently have 75 percent market share, with wholesale responsible for the rest.

The global colocation market size reached $33.59 billion in 2016, including both retail and wholesale services, Structure estimates. The firm expects it to grow 15.2 percent this year.

Here’s how total colocation data center market revenue is split among regions (chart courtesy of Structure Research):

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2017/01/19/how-cloud-is-changing-the-colocation-data-center-market/

DRJ LogoNot long ago, European customers of the global public cloud vendors relied upon a single data centre ‘region’ for all their cloud computing needs. From Lisbon to Lviv, Kiruna to Kalamata, customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure sent everything to Ireland, and customers of the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) sent everything to Belgium. And, mostly, public cloud’s early adopters in Europe just got on with it.

For the majority of public cloud workloads, storing and processing data somewhere in the European Economic Area (EEA) really was — and is — good enough. Network latency was mostly low enough not to be a problem, and European regulations covered the main use cases well enough to appease all but the most cautious lawyers.

But connections can always be faster, and there are still use cases in regulated industries and government where keeping personal data inside specific geographic borders is either essential or encouraged. And, more and more often these days, customers just seem to feel happier when their data doesn’t leave the country. Mostly, no law requires it, and no regulation recommends it. But it’s still happening. We should all be pushing back against this odd trend towards data balkanisation, much harder than we are.

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http://blogs.forrester.com/paul_miller/17-01-18-public_cloud_providers_embark_on_a_european_building_spree

FEMA LogoDURHAM, N.C. –Edgecombe County area homeowners, renters and business owners whose properties were damaged by Hurricane Matthew flooding can find information and guidance on their next steps toward recovery at the Disaster Recovery Resource Fair in Tarboro.

The resource fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Edgecombe County Administrative Building, 201 St. Andrews Street, Tarboro, NC 27886.

Bilingual interpreters and American Sign Language interpreters will be on hand.

Do you have a particular recovery issue that puzzles you? Specialists in disaster recovery will be available for one-on-one discussions and to answer your questions. Topics include:

  • Housing resources

  • Sheltering at home

  • Flood insurance

  • Foreclosure prevention

  • Housing counseling

  • Title issues/successions
  • Legal services

  • Disaster tax relief

  • Various types of loans and more.

Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Provides Advice on Hurricane Recovery

Participants include: North Carolina Emergency Management, North Carolina Legal Aid, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross, FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program and others.

For more information or directions, call 336-851-8058.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4285 and readync.org. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion4 and North Carolina Emergency Management @NCEmergency.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist about questions you have regarding Hurricane Matthew; the service is free, confidential and available in any language. They can help direct you to resources. Call 5-1-1 or 877-511-4662 for the latest road conditions or check the ReadyNC mobile app, which also has real-time shelter and evacuation information. For updates on Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, go to ReadyNC.org or follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook. People or organizations that want to help ensure North Carolina recovers can visit NCdisasterrelief.org or text NCRecovers to 30306.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 17:21

Fraud Incidents Rise in 2016, Kroll Finds

DRJ LogoReports of fraud have risen in the past year. In fact, incidences of every type of fraud have reached double-digit levels, according to the Kroll Global Fraud & Risk Report 2016/2017. Overall, 82% of executives reported falling victim to at least one instance of fraud in the past year, up from 75% in 2015.

Theft of physical assets remained the most prevalent type of fraud in the last year, reported by 29% of respondents, up 7 percentage points from 22% of respondents in the last survey. Kroll reported that vendor, supplier, or procurement fraud (26%) and information theft, loss, or attack (24%) were the next two most common types of fraud cited, each up 9 percentage points year-over-year.

Kroll found that most threats come from within an organization, with current and ex-employees being the most frequently cited perpetrators of fraud, cyber, and security incidents over the past 12 months. External parties were also identified as active perpetrators.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/fraud-incidents-rise-in-2016-kroll-finds/