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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

Adding a Human Element to Cybersecurity

I read an article this morning that discussed how little most companies trust friendly hackers when they discover vulnerabilities. According to the San Francisco Chronicle article, while some larger tech companies are willing to listen to these outside sources, the majority are leery of them [registration required].

This might not be great news for information-sharing laws, but I do wonder if there is a role for friendly hackers in behavior analytics, which relies on human and attacker behaviors. A new report from Rapid 7 points out how important the role of behavior analytics is in today’s threat detection and prevention. As the report states:

Vulnerabilities and exploits grab headlines and the attention of the world’s security community . . . However, penetration testers and criminal intruders agree: Compromised credentials are what makes the job of hacking possible and profitable for intruders on a daily basis.



Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

Vendor Risk Management: The Full Definition

Vendor risk management (VRM) is the practice of evaluating business partners, associates, or third-party vendors both before a business relationship is established and during the duration of your business contract. This is an important concept and practice to put in place during the evaluation of your vendors and the procurement process.

A key feature of VRM is understanding your vendor’s cybersecurity program. This allows you to understand how well they’re going to be able to secure your data, both from a physical and cyber perspective. VRM helps ensure that your vendors have a contractual obligation for specific requirements and standards, therefore mitigating your organization’s risk.

There are a number of risks vendors can bring to your enterprise, including:



Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

BCM & DR: Mergers & Acquisitions (Part 2)

As noted in Part 1, if you’re going to be merging all areas of the two companies and the acquired will be engulfed or swallowed up by the acquiring company, then BCM/DR has a very large workload ahead of itself.  In some regards, it’ll be like starting over but you’ll know half the BCM need already.  If you work for the acquiring company you will have – or better have – your Business Impact Analysis (BIA) results, which would have been used to build the rest of your program; however, if you’re in need of the same information from the acquired company, you may not have that information available.  If you do – hurray! but if you don’t, well, now you’ve got to get that half of the acquisition on par with what you already have.

It’s not as easy as saying that you’d replace one system with another (e.g. one finance department changes to the other finance departments operations).  Your BIA needs to identify all the new applications, systems, people, processes and all the interdependencies – internal and external.  Then you have to compare the results of the two companies; identifying duplication and stand-alone items.  Not an easy thing because you may find that some processes can’t be merged easily with other processes due to system configuration, regulatory requirements (especially if the company you’re purchasing is a foreign business) and user application.



Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

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KEMP, Texas – With over 40 years as a leader in the industrial and commercial lighting industry, Larson Electronics announced the release of a mini LED light tower featuring four 400 watt LED lamp heads, a 3,000VA generator for operation, and an adjustable tower built on a wheeled frame for portability.

The WAL-ML-4X400LTL-LED-3G mini LED light tower from Larson Electronics is an ideal solution for operators who need a fully portable yet easy to operate light system capable of illuminating large areas. Equipped with a heavy duty adjustable tower, a 3000 KVA generator, and four 400 watt high output LED lamps, this mini tower provides operators with an easily deployed lighting system that can provide illumination for up to six hours on a single tank of gas. This portable lighting system is designed for standalone operation and high mobility while providing enough output to illuminate approximately three acres of area effectively. The tower is constructed of heavy gauge steel for durability, and a tough powder coat finish provides protection against rust and corrosion.

This mini LED light tower is comprised of four adjustable LED light heads mounted atop a telescoping mini tower, which is mounted on a wheeled cart base. Fifty-four Bridgelux high output LEDs producing 1,000 lumens each are arranged in rows and paired with high purity optics to produce a well-focused 25° wide spot beam that is ideal for providing far reaching concentrated illumination while still covering a substantial amount of area. This adjustable and collapsible tower can be extended to twelve feet, collapsed to seven feet, and includes four wheels that allow the operator to simply roll the entire assembly to a new location when fully deployed. A single hand crank winch allows operators to easily raise or lower the tower as needed, and a removable lamp mounting platform allows operators to remove the lights for storage and transporting.    

“This new mini light tower combines easy portability with a stand-alone power source to provide operators with a very dependable and easy to maneuver source of light for large areas,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectronics.com. “The wheeled base with a built-in swivel handle allows operators to move this tower from one side of a work space to another with ease.” 

Larson Electronics specializes in portable industrial lighting equipment, high mast light towers, explosion proof light fixtures, power distribution systems, LED lighting and more. To view their wide range of products, visit them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com or call 1-800-369-6671 for more information. Larson Electronics will be attending the 2016 OTC show in Houston, Texas from May 2nd to May 5th. Visit them at booth 6716 to inquire about their lighting solutions for many industrial applications.



LONDON – Methode Electronics' Data Solutions Group, a division of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI), announces London-based Critical Power Supplies Ltd. as its latest value added reseller (VAR) for Methode's AC6000 lithium-ion uninterruptable power supply (UPS).

The AC6000 is the only UPS designed to last with frequent use, delivering 6,000 watts of base power in a 2U form factor, state-of-health testing without battery degradation, and longer lasting battery life of up to seven years.

"We're always looking for the latest technology and solutions to offer to our data center customers, and the AC6000 impressed us with its efficiency, lithium-ion value add and compact design," said Jason Koffler, Critical Power Supplies Managing Director. "Through this new innovative technology, we will now be able to offer our customers a UPS that extends field life, is environmentally friendly and delivers a measurable return on investment."

Critical Power Supplies began selling the AC6000 last month through its website, www.criticalpowersupplies.co.uk, and their data center customers can expect to receive support through the new VAR as well as from Methode product experts. 

"Collaboration with organizations like Critical Power Supplies not only extends our reach to new prospects in the region, but it's also an opportunity to showcase a more efficient UPS to data center managers across the United Kingdom," said Tim Hazzard, president of Methode Electronics, Data Solutions Group. "We're pleased to add Critical Power Supplies as our latest AC6000 provider."

AES launched the AC6000 in 2014 and since has received UL certifications in recognition of the product's quality and integrity. Under company product testing, the AC6000 lithium-ion UPS withstood three times the cycles of the average battery before falling below 70 percent run time capacity at which UPS units are typically replaced.

"Our customers have been most impressed by the AC6000's innovative design and especially its quick, recharge time," Koffler added. "It's really an incredible value when you look at total cost of ownership and a two-year return on investment of the product."

For more information on the AC6000 and to view a product video, visit http://www.methode-datasolutions.co.uk/energy-power-management/ac6000/

About Methode Electronics' Data Solutions Group
Methode Electronics' Data Solutions Group supports the telecommunications, data communications and data center industries with versatile data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and physical layer solutions that deliver value from day one. We stand apart through innovation; our ability to provide quality, customized solutions; and a diverse portfolio of products. For additional company and product information, please visit www.methode-datasolutions.co.uk.

About Methode Electronics, Inc.
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions with manufacturing, design and testing facilities in China, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. We design, manufacture and market devices employing electrical, electronic, wireless, safety radio remote control, sensing and optical technologies to control and convey signals through sensors, interconnections and controls. Our business is managed on a segment basis, with those segments being Automotive, Interconnect, Power Products and Other. Our components are in the primary end markets of the automobile, computer, information processing and networking equipment, voice and data communication systems, consumer electronics, appliances, aerospace vehicles and industrial equipment industries. Further information can be found on Methode's website, www.methode.com.

…but users are relying on expensive customized web interfaces rather than using third party software or other shortcuts to deliver mainframe web access


At least 62% of IBM mainframe users polled in a new survey say their organization has web enabled some of their mainframe applications, with 63% of those saying a key driver was the increased productivity that web-based mainframe access delivers. Most (70%) have chosen to develop their own customized web interfaces for applications rather than using third party software or other faster, lower cost approaches.


The findings come from a survey by software and services company Macro 4, a division of UNICOM® Global. The research highlights the following benefits for web enabling mainframe applications:

  • ‘Increasing productivity by allowing users to access the mainframe while travelling, working from home or out of office hours’ (cited by 63% of the sample)
  • ‘Making it easier to allow customers and partners to access mainframe applications’ (50%)
  • ‘Increasing ease of use for staff who are unfamiliar with the mainframe’ (47%)
  • ‘Reducing the cost of training and educating staff who are unfamiliar with the mainframe’ (41%)
  • ‘Delivering cost savings by reducing dependency on terminal emulation software’ (27%)

Lynda Kershaw, marketing manager at Macro 4, said, “There are many good reasons for web enabling mainframe applications as our survey highlights. Users on the go expect mobile access to just about any application they work with and vital online customer services like banking and insurance often need access to the mainframe. Web access also offers a more user-friendly alternative to traditional ‘green screen’ command line interfaces.”


A surprising finding from the survey was that few mainframe users are turning to dedicated software or other shortcuts that can web enable their applications, or acknowledge that web enablement could cut terminal emulation costs.


“Creating a customized web interface for a mainframe application soaks up time and resources and creates extra pressure for companies already suffering from mainframe skills shortages,” explained Kershaw. “There are also risks associated with making changes to your core applications, so you need to think carefully before going down this route.”


One shortcut is to use session management software with a browser interface, such as Tubes from Macro 4, as an instant way of web enabling mainframe applications, without changing the underlying application or creating a new interface. The original 3270 user interface is automatically transformed into a browser interface that responds to mouse clicks and touch screens so that it can be used on a PC or mobile device.


There are additional options for customization such as merging several screens into one to make navigation faster and easier. Drop-downs and buttons can be added to replace commands, which reduces the need for user training, for example.

Commenting on the fact that less than a third (27%) of the survey sample quoted reduced terminal emulation costs as a benefit of web enabling applications, Kershaw said:


“Mainframe customers often have hundreds or even thousands of staff using terminal emulation software to access mainframe applications from PCs and laptops, amounting to significant license costs. So it was surprising that few of those we polled see web enabling mainframe applications as a way to slash those costs.”


Macro 4 ran the survey of 65 IBM mainframe users in November 2015 at the GSE UK Conference held by GUIDE SHARE EUROPE (GSE), the premier IBM User Group in Europe.


About Macro 4 www.macro4.com

Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global, develops software solutions to improve the performance of business-critical applications and processes. Macro 4’s solutions for information delivery, data management, fault analysis, mainframe modernization, session management and performance management are easy to use, fast to implement and deliver value quickly in even the most complex IT environments.


About UNICOM® Globalwww.unicomglobal.com

UNICOM Global consists of more than forty (40) corporate entities encompassing a wide range of businesses across all geographic regions. With its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, to offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, throughout EMEA in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and the UAE, and across Asia/Pacific with locations in India, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines. UNICOM Global offers deep in-house resources and flexible IT solutions to our partners worldwide. UNICOM Global focuses on acquiring and integrating mature and growing mid-cap NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange AIM and German publically-traded companies in technology, financing, IT, real estate, and business services. Please visit our websites for additional information about the services, products and solutions that UNICOM Global offers:


www.unicomglobal.com UNICOM Global - Assets, capital and investment management

www.unicomsi.com UNICOM Systems - IBM Mainframe software products

www.unicomgov.com UNICOM Government (formerly NASDAQ: GTSI) - Government IT solutions

www.unicomengineering.com UNICOM Engineering (formerly NASDAQ: NEI) Appliance platform

www.unicom.org UNICOM Science and Technology Parks

www.unicom-capital.com UNICOM Capital - Business and Financial Services

www.solidDB.com solidDB - In-memory relational database management system

www.usrobotics.com U.S. Robotics - Data communications products

www.memeo.com Memeo - Enterprise-grade Secure File Sharing for the Cloud

www.firetide.com Firetide - Wireless technology solutions for security and transportation

www.detec.com DETEC - Document composition products

www.softlanding.com SoftLanding Systems - IBM i software products

www.macro4.com Macro 4 (formerly LONDON: MAO) - Document Management products

www.illustro.com illustro - z/OS and z/VSE software products

www.iet-solutions.com iET Solutions - ITIL ITSM software products

www.eden.com Eden - Domino Notes and Open Systems products

www.cics.com CICS.com - Hardware, Software, Outsourcing and Professional Services

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

Management transition at Kx Systems Inc.

PALO ALTO, Calif. – First Derivatives plc subsidiary Kx Systems, a leader in high-performance database and time-series analytics, today announces some key management changes. The changes follow a recent board review of First Derivatives’ wider group leadership focussed on delivering strategic priorities, customer benefits and sales and marketing efficiencies.


Kx Systems CEO and co-founder, Janet Lustgarten, will become Chairwoman of Kx Systems Inc. and will be invited to join the Board of Directors of First Derivatives plc in 2016. First Derivatives plc CEO, Brian Conlon, will replace Janet Lustgarten as CEO of Kx Systems Inc.


Mark Sykes who joined Kx Systems earlier this year as Head of Global Market Strategy will become Chief Operating Officer. In addition to his current responsibilities, Mark will be in charge of Kx’s day-to-day operations and global client relationships. Mark will also join the Executive Management team at First Derivatives.


Commenting on these changes, Janet Lustgarten, co-founder and CEO at Kx Systems, said: "Since becoming part of the FD Group, I have been impressed by its growth potential not only within capital markets but also within other verticals such as Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and the Utilities sector. I am very proud of how Arthur Whitney and I bootstrapped this company. Over the past 22 years I transitioned from entrepreneur to CEO and now feel the time is right for Brian to lead Kx. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Brian and the FD board in helping to set the group’s strategy and driving the business forward.”


First Derivatives plc CEO, Brian Conlon, commented: "Under Janet’s leadership, Kx has become one of the most trusted brands in financial markets technology. Over 15 years, she has shown a deep commitment to the company, its clients and the wider Kx community. We are privileged to have Janet’s continuing contribution to the wider First Derivatives Group.”


Arthur Whitney, co-founder and Chairman, Kx Systems, and inventor of kdb+, commented: "Brian, Mark, Janet and I share an ambition to see Kx technology widely adopted as the natural solution to the growing number of fast data challenges which are emerging now across many industries. Brian and Mark’s energy and vision will be critical to see this goal achieved. I sincerely thank Janet for her considerable contribution to Kx’s success to date and welcome her continued stewardship as Chairwoman of Kx in overseeing many more exciting years ahead.”


Brian Conlon added: “I am honoured and excited to have the opportunity to lead Kx Systems Inc. and to take our unique technology into new markets beyond Financial Services, including IoT and Streaming Analytics.


About Kx

Kx is a leader in high-performance database and time-series analytics. Based in Palo Alto, California, the company was founded in 1993 and its kdb+ database platform incorporates a portable, expressive query and programming language, q, to analyze and store streaming events, manipulate in-memory and on-disk databases, and build distributed, low-latency applications. Originally targeting the capital markets, in recent years Kx Systems has expanded its presence in other vertical markets including Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Utilities in response to customer demand.

EveryWare uses the Internet of Things to save businesses money


Stratford-upon-Avon – A pioneering real-time analytics specialist – EveryWare – has today been launched, with the aim of saving businesses money in areas that they are yet to recognise.

EveryWare identifies the inefficiencies that are costing businesses money through the use of retrofit sensors and Internet of Things technology, allowing them to resolve issues instantly and remotely, before they escalate. It is born from the desire to provide a responsive, interoperable, easily integrated, tailored analytics solution to enterprises that cannot or do not wish to use one of the giant enterprise software systems.


“What differentiates us is that we are entirely vertically integrated. We manufacture the sensors, the software and the interface in house. No outsourcing, no middle man. You can find us all in one place,” said Nigel Maris, Managing Director of EveryWare and Founder and Managing Director of its sister company, Assembled Electronics Solutions (AES). “This makes us cost effective, scalable, nimble and responsive – something that the larger enterprise software providers struggle to be.”


The technology is tailored specifically to problems encountered in each individual business across a wide range of sectors – including manual handling, healthcare and green energy. The main focus is to simplify the process of obtaining appropriate data in the areas that are costing businesses money or potentially need to be controlled to avoid a crisis situation. This in turn gives companies the chance to react effectively on receiving real-time data.


“The process breaks down into three main stages: local sensing though sensors that can be fitted retrospectively, local control via a Smarthub and remote monitoring from anywhere in the world via any handheld device,” said Tom Screen, Technical Director of EveryWare. “The back-office Smarthub tracks data gathered by sensors in the workspace, which is then synced in real time to a cloud platform for storage. Management can connect directly to the Smarthub from a remote device by using a secure access code to receive a real-time overview of the workspace, broken down by function.”


EveryWare devices notify management if the sensors detect that pre-determined parameters have been exceeded, ensuring that they have complete control at all times.


EveryWare utilises the experience of its sister company AES’, in the manufacture of its sensors and Smarthubs, meaning that everything is designed, developed and produced in house. AES has produced electronics devices for applications across multiple sectors – such as automotive, medical, security and aerospace – since 2009.


For more information about EveryWare, please visit everyware.uk.com


Follow EveryWare on Twitter - @EveryWareUK



Assembled Electronics Solutions was established in 2009 with a focus on creating value for clients using innovation, design and technology to bring new products to market or to extend the life-cycle of existing products.

With its origins in the UK manufacture of printed circuit boards for more than forty years, AES has manufactured electronics devices for applications as diverse as automotive lighting, airborne and underwater systems, medical equipment and security devices.

Innovation and problem solving is at the heart of the business. The vibrant and creative culture within AES attracts corporate clients seeking a focused design and manufacturing partner that is able to grasp corporate requirements whilst remaining lean and responsive. The variety of projects stimulates innovation whilst exposing the design team to emerging technologies.

EveryWare utilises the electrical manufacture expertise of AES in the development of its sensors, which can be retrofitted to equipment to measure any parameter – from temperature to impact to energy usage – and reports back to a back-office Smarthub in real time. This data is then accessible to management through any computer or hand held device, allowing them to monitor data and make instant changes from anywhere in the world.

Outsourcing to Interoute’s secure network and colocation data centre reduces costs and saves time for Mister Minit in-house IT team


BRUSSELSThe Minit Group, a European leader in the field of fast repair services including shoes, watches and smartphones, has chosen to house the main part of its IT-infrastructure in Interoute’s state-of-the-art colocation data centre in a hybrid IT setup. Interoute, owner operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, connects all of the Minit Group branches with each other and the Interoute colocation facility in Ghent, Belgium, across its highly secure MPLS network.


Mister Minit has Belgian roots, is active in thirteen countries and employs more than 2,100 employees, working in 1,100 different stores. The corporate headquarters of the Minit Group in England, France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany and Belgium are interconnected to each other and with the colocation data centre in Ghent by Interoute’s MPLS network. All of these branches work with business critical applications, such as applications for processing orders and financial reports, which require a reliable connection to the central IT infrastructure.


The company used to rely on its own data centre in its Belgian headquarters. However, the use of a single datacentre offered too few options for creating disaster recovery connections. Minit Group therefore decided to start its transition to the cloud and opted for colocation from Interoute, which allows the company’s existing IT networks and infrastructure to connect directly to the global Interoute cloud services platform and draw on these resources as and when needed.


Philippe Barbry, ICT Director at the Minit Group, said, "By partnering with Interoute, our IT department can work more efficiently. The focus of our IT-administrations team shifts to supporting and further developing the business in our shops and online. We can now streamline applications on an international level, and successfully host them in Interoute’s data centre."


Jan Dezutter, Country Manager Belux at Interoute, said, "The reasons Mister Minit chose Interoute are in line with current wider enterprise trends, where business and IT are increasingly integrated. By supporting Mister Minit with connectivity, colocation and access to cloud services, we are helping the in-house IT team to focus on developing applications to directly support their business.”


About Mister Minit

Mister Minit, founded in 1957, has today become an international player that is active in 13 European countries. Mister Minit employs 2,100 people and has 1,100 stores in the Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and the growing Eastern European market. Services offered include shoe and watch repair, key duplication, personalisation services (engraving and printing) and smart phone repair services. In addition, Mister Minit offers a comprehensive range of products under its own brand name.


About Interoute

Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centres, 14 virtual data centres and 31 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced 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 Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com