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Martin Lee, technical lead threat intelligence, CISCO, explains why smart buildings bring a new range of potential vulnerabilities that need management and mitigation.

CISCO defines the ‘Internet of Everything’ as “as bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before - turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries” but as well as bring opportunities is also changes the threat landscape.

The Internet of Everything is being created through continuing technical advances. Computers are getting smaller, more powerful in terms of functionality, yet drawing less electrical power. These features coupled with the ubiquity of WiFi, 3G, 4G and mesh networks means that small computing devices can be embedded within the most mundane devices that previously had operated autonomously — like a toaster or copy machine —and connect them to the Internet. These devices can then report on local conditions to a central server that can understand the wider environment, and then receive instructions on how to modify their operation to achieve maximum efficiency.



Asigra has released the results of new research into the impact of data growth on backup and recovery pricing and cost containment. The research, commissioned by Asigra and conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), includes findings from nearly 500 financial and IT decision makers/influencers. The research includes insights on data growth, software pricing preferences, and data recovery trends.

In the report, IT end-users were questioned about the financial pressure they are under to reduce IT expenditures amidst rising data growth costs. The research revealed that two out of three respondents felt at least some pressure to reduce IT spending and that pressure was found to increase with a corporation’s annual revenue. Those from large companies were more likely to say they felt strong pressure to reduce costs across several areas of IT. While the desire to reduce IT costs are high for many organizations, financial buyers of backup and recovery software and/or services expect to see a substantial increase in purchases in this area over the next five years due to data growth rates.



CSO — Growing awareness of cyber threats and reporting requirements by regulators are driving a newfound interest in insurance products covering data breaches and other computing risks.

Almost a third of companies (31 percent) already have cyber insurance policies, and more than half (57 percent) that don't have policies say they plan to buy one in the future, a recent study by the Ponemon Institute and Experian Data Breach Resolution found.

"It's an issue that's much more front and center with senior executives in companies now," Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute, said in an  interview.

"Data security may not be a top five issue with companies, but it's in the top 10," he added.



CIO — Between electronic health record (EHR) systems, imaging systems, electronic prescribing software, healthcare claims, public health reports and the burgeoning market of wellness apps and mobile health devices, the healthcare industry is full of data that's just waiting to be dissected.

This data analysis holds much promise for an industry desperately seeking ways to cut costs, improve efficiency and provide better care. There are victories to be had, to be sure, but getting data from disparate, often proprietary systems is an onerous process that, for some institutions, borders on impossible.



Our Mobile SDK for Windows Apps  has been out for a while now, and customers are already using it to mobilize Windows Apps delivered via XenApp/XenDesktop. You might have seen it, but not looked into it as you don’t have any development experience. Well you don’t need to be a developer to try out the Mobile SDK as we have some sample apps for that leverage it.

One of our sample apps is a simple XenApp administration console that provides basic view and control functionality for a XenApp farm. It allows you to view sessions and servers in your XenApp farm. The following screen shot shows the Servers page where you can see summary information for your XenApp servers.



In mid-July 2013, several of New York’s Wall Street firms participated in an exercise to test their resilience in the face of cyber-attacks. The initiative was coordinated by SIFMA, the Securities and Financial Markets Association, and included commercial financial companies, as well as the U.S. Treasury Department. Financial institutions in the US have been subjected recently to massive attacks centred on distributed denial of service (DDoS). DDoS attacks render systems inaccessible for normal use, either by generating floods of traffic to use up all the network bandwidth for the system, or by overloading the application itself. Given that such attacks are not specific to the financial arena, where else might such tests need to be done?



Writing about technology is, by nature, an exercise in predicting the future. And when it comes to enterprise technology, the question hanging over nearly everyone’s head is: “What will happen to my data center?”

To be sure, data is the lifeblood of the enterprise. But the infrastructure used to process and manipulate that data is in a constant state of flux. In today’s world, the biggest changes involve virtualization, software-defined systems and the cloud, all of which are steadily breaking down the close relationships that once existed between hardware, software and middleware platforms, while at the same time ushering in new levels of dynamism and diversity across data environments.



By Nicole Hawk

An estimated 75,000 wildfires occur in the United States each year, and each one has potential public health concerns including evacuating safely, dealing with smoke, or cleaning up spoiled food after a power outage.  In June 2013, Colorado faced multiple devastating wildfires, including the Royal Gorge FireExternal Web Site Icon in Cañon City, which required the evacuation of a state prison, and the Black Forest FireExternal Web Site Icon in Colorado Springs, which became the most destructive in Colorado history.  The 14,000-acre fire forced 38,000 people to evacuate and destroyed almost 500 homes.  Before, during, and after the wildfires, local, state, and federal public information officers (PIOs) worked together to quickly share emergency information via traditional media, social media, and websites such as InciwebExternal Web Site Icon

Smokey the Bear warns of extreme danger

As with most responses, CDC’s main role is getting information to people before an emergency to help them prepare and after an emergency during the recovery phase to help them protect their physical and emotional health.  As members of CDC’s Joint Information Center (JIC), Joanne Cox and I had the opportunity to travel to Colorado to observe these wildfire information activities.  Understanding how Colorado handled information needs helped us build relationships and find new ways to get CDC information to our partners during a wildfire response.  

We first reached out to the Colorado Department of Health and EnvironmentExternal Web Site Icon, which put us in touch with Dave Rose, an El Paso CountyExternal Web Site Icon PIO.  Dave welcomed us to the Black Forest Fire JIC in Colorado Springs.  We found the JIC, staffed by county and city PIOs and volunteers, buzzing with activity.   People worked around the clock answering phones, posting evacuation and damage updates to websites and social media, and coordinating public meetings and media interviews. 

wildfire PIO meeting

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B gathers for an afternoon command and general staff meeting.

Although this was Joanne’s first time observing a wildfire, she was in good hands.  Before working at CDC, I served as a wildland firefighter and PIO for the U.S. Forest Service.  As a result, Joanne and I were armed with plenty of fire T-shirts, which helped us blend into the crowd of firefighters. By the time our 3-day whirlwind trip was over, we had toured the Black Forest Fire JIC, a wildfire base camp, two incident command posts (ICPs), and the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination CenterExternal Web Site Icon, and made a lot of new friends in the wildland fire community.   Most importantly, we learned even more about the kinds of information people need and how they can best receive it before, during, and after a wildfire. 

We used CDC’s social media network and real-life connections to make the most of our time in Colorado.  Because CDC’s own @CDCEmergencyExternal Web Site Icon Twitter handle follows local, state, and federal emergency management agencies, we learned of a public meeting for the Royal Gorge Fire in Cañon City, Colorado.  Our virtual network may have gotten us to the public meeting, but once we arrived, we were fortunate to meet Susan Ford, a liaison officer for the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team BExternal Web Site Icon.  She invited us to spend June 14 with the team.  At the ICP, we attended a VIP visit from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper as well as meetings with command and general staff and agency cooperators, including the Fremont County Public Health AgencyExternal Web Site Icon

Another connection at the Royal Gorge Fire was one from my days in the Forest Service. I worked with Chris Barth, the lead PIO for the fire, on the 2011 Rockhouse fire in Texas.  He put us in contact with the lead PIO for the Black Forest Fire which was managed by the Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management TeamExternal Web Site Icon.   On June 15, we fortified ourselves with coffee and attended the 6:00 a.m. briefing at the Black Forest fire ICP, where we met the Incident Commander, Rick Harvey.  It was another action-packed day of observing live media interviews, a press conference, and lots of communication activities. 

Joanne Cox gets a tour of the Royal Gorge Fire incident command post from Susan Ford, a liaison officer on the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B.

Shane Greer, an incident commander for the Royal Gorge fire, helped snag us an invitation to visit the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Lakewood, CO.  The Geographic Area Coordination CenterExternal Web Site Icon works with the National Interagency Fire CenterExternal Web Site Icon to mobilize wildland fire resources across Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming and maintains a big-picture view of fire activity by analyzing information, maps, weather forecasts, GIS files, and data from fire modeling software.   While observing a morning coordination call, we got a taste of how information flows from the national to the regional to the local level. 

We learned a lot about how information was shared on Colorado’s wildfires and made many valuable connections to the wildland fire community. Now we are even better equipped to help the JIC share CDC wildfire information with PIOs, partners, the media, and most importantly, with local communities.


While IBM may be dominant when it comes to all things mainframe, EMC has been steadily expanding its share of the mainframe storage business.

EMC’s launch of new disk-based library systems for mainframe environments that are based on the company’s VMAX, VNX, or Data Domain storage platforms strengthens its role in the mainframe storage arena.

According Rob Emsley, senior director of product marketing for EMC Backup Recovery Systems division, the latest generation of EMC storage systems takes advantage of Intel processors to deliver backups at speeds that are four times faster than anything IBM currently offers. Speed is critical in mainframe environments, says Emsley, because of the sheer volume of data typically flowing through mainframe systems.



PEORIA, IL – Caterpillar Inc. announced today that the company was selected to provide equipment for emergency standby power generation to New York City’s historic Grand Central Terminal, operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The facility was outfitted with two 2,000 kW Cat® 3516 diesel generator sets and paralleling switchgear to add significantly more backup generating capacity. Installation was handled by Cat Dealer H.O. Penn, which is located in downstate New York and Connecticut. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) managed the design, procurement and installation of the two generators and switchgear for the MTA. The project was intended to provide an additional level of security to Grand Central Terminal in case of problems on the electric power grid that could affect the transportation hub’s electricity service. The new backup generators accept ultra low-sulfur fuel, in correlation with MTA’s air-permitting restrictions. Another NYPA provision was that the generators, switchgear and load bank were required to be completely factory tested to ensure all emergency power, load sharing and paralleling capabilities were fully functioning together prior to shipment, to avoid complications that could arise in an underground rail tunnel. All components were carefully transported to Grand Central Terminal on rail cars then reassembled on site. “The combination of the Cat generators and switchgear coupled to a customized maintenance package will provide the highest level of backup security in the industry,” said John Callahan, Power Systems Vice President at H.O. Penn. “We are proud to provide an additional level of safety for the public at such an iconic landmark in New York.” This power upgrade was part of an initiative that included the Metro-North Railroad Capital Budget, which received funding from a federal grant through the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The initiative supports the state’s critical infrastructure against blackouts, future extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy and other potential threats to public safety, with emergency preparedness a top focus of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration. Grand Central Terminal stands as one of America’s greatest transportation hubs and one of New York City’s most iconic buildings. Over the course of a colorful and tumultuous 100 year history, Grand Central has gone from being simply the start and end points of long distance rail travel, to being the iconic home of Metro-North Railroad and a destination for commuters, tourists, and residents that boasts restaurants, cocktail lounges, a gourmet market, and numerous specialty shops. For more information about Caterpillar power generation solutions, visit www.catelectricpowerinfo.com/pr or e-mail cat_power@cat.com. To interact with other power generation professionals in our online community, register at www.catelectricpowerinfo.com/connect. About Caterpillar For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2012 sales and revenues of $65.9 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at www.caterpillar.com.