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SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Project Hosts, a leading provider of managed cloud services, today announced the ISMScloud.com service, a new online service that helps companies define, manage and document the process of securing their company's information system, protect their business and employees' privacy, and achieve their ISO 27001 certification. For additional information please visit: ISMScloud.com.

"The ISMScloud provides a best practices approach to manage the ISO certification process using standard ISO controls," said Erez Avidan-Antonir, COO of Project Hosts. "It follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle methodology through a centralized and intelligent, yet easy-to-use Information Security Management System (ISMS). But the real value of the ISMScloud.com service is that it gives companies a ready-made process and methodology so they can actually secure and protect their information systems."

The ISMScloud provides a single, efficient, organized and systemic environment that can reduce the number of staff to create the necessary business processes and documentation required to achieve certification. The ISMScloud is an ideal productivity tool for gaining your first time ISO certification as well as for re-certifying. 

The ISMScloud.com service can help your company:

With the ISMScloud information security management system, businesses no longer need to rely on ad-hoc tools like spreadsheets, documents and folders that are independently stored across multiple servers or on different users' personal computers. 

About Project Hosts: Project Hosts, Inc. is a leader provider of managed cloud services and application hosting for enterprises, U.S. federal and state government agencies and mid-sized businesses. With a business focus providing dedicated cloud solutions, advanced security and Person-2-Person™ support, customers rely on Project Hosts to deliver cloud solutions that meet their specific business needs, security standards, IT governance and integration requirements. www.projecthosts.com -- www.ismscloud.com -- ismscloud@projecthosts.com

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NEW YORK, NY – SmartMetric, Inc. (OTCQB: SMME) -- SmartMetric says the continued use of passwords and even ATM 4 digit numeric codes are so flawed as a security tool. It is particularly amazing that following the 100's of millions of individuals information being stolen from data breaches in 2015 that 30 and 40 year old security tools are still the main authorization and sign on tool in both the banking and online world, said today SmartMetric's President & CEO, Chaya Hendrick 

SmartMetric has created a safer and better user validation and identification technology using a persons individual and unique biometrics to validate and identify the payments card user or computer network user. The company has created a super miniature fully functional powerful fingerprint scanner that fits inside a payments card as well as identity and secure log on cards. Using an internal Cortex processor built in the card the SmartMetric biometric card scans, reads and matches a persons fingerprint in less than 0.25 seconds. The cards internal scanner is powered by a rechargeable battery developed by SmartMetric and also embedded inside the payments and identity card.

To view a video of the SmartMetric biometric chip card follow this link:

SmartMetric Biometric Payments Card -- https://youtu.be/zSX59uHoHqU

To view the company website: www.smartmetric.com

Safe Harbor Statement: Certain of the above statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.

StorageX Intelligent Storage Migration and Management Platform Recognized in Data Storage Management Category for Third Consecutive Year

TEANECK, NJ – Data Dynamics, Inc., a leader in storage management solutions for unstructured data, today announced that its StorageX 7.6 platform has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com Product of the Year Awards for the third consecutive year. The StorageX platform was chosen by a panel of users, analysts, consultants and Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com editors in the Data Storage Management category based on the solution's innovation, performance, ease of integration, ease of use, functionality and value.

The StorageX Platform from Data Dynamics enables the intelligent migration and management of unstructured data across multiple storage silos with a single software platform. It empowers enterprises to reduce operational inefficiencies and risk with a policy-based storage management platform that provides oversight and controls over multi-vendor storage silos. High levels of automation allow IT administrators to discover, analyze, optimize, migrate, manage and report on large data assets in next-generation storage environments. StorageX increases business agility by maximizing end user insights from storage, enhancing business continuity and reducing storage complexities related to hybrid and private cloud infrastructure.

"We are pleased to be recognized by Storage Magazine as a Product of the Year Award finalist for the last three years which speaks to the continued innovation, functionality and value we provide our customers," said Piyush Mehta, CEO of Data Dynamics. "We are evolving and changing the dynamics of how unstructured data is migrated and managed to meet the demands of today's hybrid and cloud storage infrastructures. Data Dynamics is helping enterprises proactively position themselves for their future storage requirements, so they can achieve the flexibility and data mobility they need to manage large data assets without heavy upfront investments and resource requirements."

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About the StorageX Platform

StorageX enables the intelligent migration to and management of unstructured storage with its software defined data migration platform. It empowers enterprises to reduce operational inefficiencies and risk with a single policy-based storage management platform that provides oversight and controls over multi-vendor physical and cloud storage silos. High levels of automation allow IT administrators to intelligently discover, analyze, optimize, migrate, manage and report on large data assets for next-generation storage environments. StorageX improves business intelligence by maximizing end user insights from the storage infrastructure, enhancing business continuity and reducing storage complexities related to hybrid and private cloud storage infrastructure management.

About Data Dynamics

Data Dynamics is a leader in storage management solutions for unstructured data to enable the agile discovery, analysis, optimization, migration and management of large data assets across the information lifecycle. Its award-winning software defined data migration platform StorageX eliminates multi-vendor storage silos providing enterprises with an intelligent, policy-based, cloud storage management platform to empower data portability, usability and insight for business agility and operational efficiency. StorageX has been adopted by hundreds of enterprise customers, Fortune 500 companies, and large municipal governments to increase storage portability for the simplified adoption of next-generation heterogeneous datacenter and cloud infrastructures. For more information, please visit: www.datadynamicsinc.com.

By Talkin’ Cloud

2016 could provide many growth opportunities for cloud services providers. Here’s why:

1. Total Cloud Infrastructure Spending Could Grow

International Data Corp predicted total spending on cloud IT infrastructure (server, storage and Ethernet switch, excluding double counting between server and storage) would grow by 24.1 percent to $32.6 billion in 2015. In addition, IDC noted it expected cloud IT infrastructure spending to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.1 percent through 2019.

2. Cloud Security Will Remain a Top Priority

Cloud application security provider Elastica recently found that the cost of exposed data in software-as-a-service (SaaS) may total up to $13.85 million per incident. However, CSPs can resolve security issues for businesses, ensuring these companies can protect their sensitive data that is stored in the cloud at all times.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/01/13/seven-reasons-to-feel-good-about-cloud-services-in-2016/

Data volumes have been on a dramatic upswing since the decade began and are about to rise even faster now that Big Data and the Internet of Things are ramping up. So it would seem that enterprises of all sizes should be scrambling to boost their storage capacity, and yet the market is largely flat.

What’s going on here? Is storage infrastructure becoming so efficient that organizations are really doing more with less? Or are workloads already porting to the cloud in such great amounts that commodity platforms are supplanting high-cost on-premises deployments?

There is probably a little bit of truth to both notions, but many other factors are affecting the storage industry right now. Chief among them is the plethora of storage media in the channel that makes it hard to gauge exactly what is happening with storage in general. Gartner, for instance, notes that solid state storage and traditional hard disk are on pace to cross each other in 2017; that is, Flash is growing by about 20 percent per year while HD is at 4 percent. By mid-2017 or so, Flash will start to exceed hard disk in terms of revenue. Meanwhile, shipments of sub-1TB capacity are at the lowest level since 2012, which is counterintuitive considering that, while speed is important in modern architectures, raw capacity should also be growing to accommodate increasing volumes.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/big-data-is-almost-here-so-why-is-storage-demand-lagging.html

Nitin Donde is CEO of Talena, Inc.

To succeed in today’s data-rich and data-centric world, companies are building new, high-value applications on top of NoSQL, Hadoop and other modern data platforms. According to IDC, the big data market will reach $48 billion by 2019. At the same time DevOps processes are rapidly penetrating the Global 2000, impacting the very companies that are adopting these new data platforms. These teams and their processes are now responsible for managing data infrastructures that are orders of magnitude larger than anything companies have dealt with previously. As a result, big data, DevOps and data management are rapidly intersecting, and the speed at which groups are expected to support this new world order and launch new applications raises a new set of challenges, considerations and questions, including:

  1. How do data management principles change in the world of Big Data?
  2. How can agility and security co-exist in modern data environments?

Let’s address each of these issues in more detail.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/01/13/colliding-complementary-worlds-devops-big-data-data-management/

(TNS) - Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday night activated the Michigan National Guard to assist with the ongoing crisis of the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water.

"As we work to ensure that all Flint residents have access to clean and safe drinking water, we are providing them with the direct assistance they need in order to stretch our resources further," Snyder said in a news release late Tuesday.

"The Michigan National Guard is trained and ready to assist the citizens of Flint."

Members of the National Guard are expected to staff fire stations and distribute bottles of water and water filters, freeing members of the American Red Cross to handle the door-to-door distribution of those items, Snyder Chief of Staff Jarrod Agen said. There were no immediate plans to use tanker trucks to distribute water, he said.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Snyder-activates-National-Guard-to-help-in-Flint.html

AUSTIN, Texas – Disasters such as floods and tornadoes commonly result in the loss of important documents. While it can seem like a daunting task, the good news for Texans is that many official papers and vital records are relatively easy to replace.

Survivors of October’s severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding, who have registered and applied for federal disaster assistance, should keep their personal information updated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) throughout the recovery process. Supplying copies of important documentation is a necessary part of registering with FEMA. Applicants should share any change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information with FEMA to keep that information up to date.

Check the list below to find out where to obtain official copies of your lost or damaged documents.

SNAP Card (Food Stamps):
Phone: 800-777-7328
Website: https://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/providers/LoneStar/EBT/EBThowto.html

Green Cards:
Phone: 800-375-5283
Website: http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/replace-green-card

Birth and death certificates:
Phone: 888-963-7111
Website: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/default.shtm

Texas Driver License:
Phone: 512-424-2600
Website: https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/replace.htm

Bank Checks, ATM/Debit Cards, or Safe Deposit Boxes:
Phone: 877-275-3342
Website: www.fdic.gov

Credit Cards: Contact the issuing institution:

Texans in the following counties may register for disaster assistance for damage or losses sustained during the period Oct. 22 to Oct. 31: Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson.

Survivors can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

For more information on Texas recovery, visit the disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4245, Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website, https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

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. 

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters 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 Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Visit www.fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation for publications and reference material on rebuilding and repairing safer and stronger.

Do businesses understand the cloud and its benefits? Recent data indicates confusion and doubt are prevalent among many cloud adoptees. 

A May 2015 survey of 300 IT managers completed by West IP Communications showed that many businesses are divided on the inherent benefits and risks associated with the cloud.

The survey results included:

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http://mspmentor.net/cloud-computing/3-common-cloud-misconceptions-and-how-clear-them-customers

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

BCI: Cyber incidents rank as major new threats

Cyber incidents rank as major new threats

The risk landscape for businesses is substantially changing in 2016 according to a new report by Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty. While businesses are less concerned about the impact of traditional industrial risks such as natural catastrophes or fires, they are increasingly worried about the impact of other disruptive events such as cyber incidents.

According to the Allianz Risk Barometer, business and supply chain interruption (BI) remains the top risk for businesses globally for the fourth year in succession. However, many companies are concerned that BI losses, which usually result from property damage, will increasingly be driven by cyber attacks, technical failure or geo-political instability as new 'non-physical damage' causes of disruption.

The corporate risk landscape is changing as many industrial sectors are undergoing a fundamental transformation,” explains AGCS CEO Chris Fischer Hirs. “New technologies, increasing digitalization and the ‘Internet of Things’ are changing customer behaviour, industrial operations and business models, bringing a wealth of opportunities, but also raising awareness of the need for an enterprise-wide response to new challenges. As insurers we need to work together with our corporate clients to help them to address these new realities in a comprehensive manner.

An area of increasing concern for businesses globally are cyber incidents which not only include cyber crime or data breaches, but technical IT failures as well. Loss of reputation (69%) is the main cause of economic loss as result of a cyber incident followed by business interruption (60%) and liability claims after a data breach (52%). These three cyber incidents are also the top three concerns for business continuity professionals according to the Business Continuity Institute's latest Horizon Scan Report.

The top ten risks according to the Allianz Risk Barometer are:

  • Business interruption (incl. supply chain disruption)
  • Market developments (volatility, intensified competition, market stagnation)
  • Cyber incidents (cyber crime, data breaches, IT failures)
  • Natural catastrophes (storm, flood, earthquake)
  • Changes in legislation and regulation (economic sanctions, protectionism)
  • Macroeconomic developments (austerity programs, commodity price increase, inflation/deflation)
  • Loss of reputation or brand value
  • Fire, explosion
  • Political risks (war, terrorism, upheaval)
  • Theft, fraud and corruption