German firewall specialist gateprotect reveals new Next Generation Firewall with specialized protection for SCADA controllers in the energy sector at CeBIT 2015
HAMBURG – gateprotect, a Rohde & Schwarz company, and Germany's leading provider of advanced network firewalls, announced unique new protections for SCADA networks used in the energy generation sector.
gateprotect Network Protector 5.2 is the only Next Generation Firewall in the world that supports special features for the specialized SCADA protocols used in the energy sector, such as IEC 60870-5-104. Network Protector 5.2 also includes a new Forensic Traffic Capture function and outbound file type control, providing system managers with a completely new level of protection for energy infrastructure control networks.
“gateprotect’s new Network Protector Next Generation Firewall allows energy infrastructure providers to implement complete control over both application type and individual command types passed by applications towards SCADA controllers,“ said John May, gateprotect CEO. “This unique functionality enormously increases the security of SCADA-based energy control systems, and also adheres to expected new Critical Infrastructure Protection regulations currently being drafted in major energy markets such as Germany.”
In addition to detailed whitelist control of application and command types, gateprotect's Network Protector 5.2 Next Generation Firewall now also offers Forensic Traffic Capture. Forensic Traffic Capture allows network administrators to capture specific network traffic like IEC 60870-5-104. These records support the detailed analysis of network traffic and thereby the manual and specific adaptation and improvement of the set of rules for the protection against attacks.
The new Network Protector 5.2 firewall also delivers new outbound protections, ensuring that sensitive documents or data cannot leak to the outside-world. Specific document types, such as PDFs containing secure internal information for example, can be blocked before they leave the internal firewall perimeter created by the gateprotect Next Generation solution.
“We see the new Network Protector firewall offering a strong last line of defense for existing control networks. Network Protector 5.2 is a best-of-breed Next Generation Firewall, designed and assembled in Germany with one of the world’s fastest single pass deep packet inspection engines,” said gateprotect CTO Christoph Becker. “This means there is no throughput or performance penalty in adding a last line of defense. It is really an ideal solution for SCADA energy control networks with application-specific traffic.”
Legacy SCADA energy control networks are under increasing attack, with hundreds of new attacks being detected every day. Tests at several energy companies have shown that generic firewalls leave the SCADA protocols used in energy supply largely unprotected. But with gateprotect Network Protector acting as a last line of defense, located inside the existing generic firewall perimeter, system managers can now intercept any remaining SCADA-specific threats before they can cause disruption or damage to critical infrastructure assets.
At CeBIT 2015, gateprotect will foreground critical infrastructure protection as a trade fair topic, together with the value added distributor sysob. 16 - 20th March, the security experts inform about security concepts to protect SCADA systems at the heise Security Plaza, hall 6, booth B16 and in lectures. A short explanatory movie is already showing the unique features and operation of the new Network Protector 5.2.
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gateprotect GmbH has been a leading, globally acting manufacturer of IT security solutions in the area of network security for over ten years. The solutions, which are developed in Germany, comprise firewalls with all state-of-the-art UTM functionalities for small and medium-sized companies, Managed Security Systems for larger enterprises as well as VPN client systems for the interconnection of branch offices and home offices. All gateprotect UTM firewalls are equipped with innovative security features and the patented eGUI® technology. Thanks to the unique visual display of the network, even complex security systems are extremely easy to operate.
For larger companies, gateprotect GmbH offers the gateprotect NP series, a next generation firewall that stands for highest information security even in critical infrastructures thanks to the innovative technology of full positive validation, combined with application whitelisting in a single-pass engine.
The gateprotect solutions comply with the highest international standards. The major part of the solutions have been certified in accordance with “Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL 4+)” by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and have been honored with several international awards. Since 2010 gateprotect has furthermore been listed in the renowned “Gartner Magic Quadrant” for UTM firewall appliances.
gateprotect is a company of the Rohde & Schwarz Group. The electronics group Rohde & Schwarz is a leading solution provider in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radiomonitoring and radiolocation as well as secure communications.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.5 provides the ability to instantly recover Microsoft Active Directory objects and containers directly from compressed and deduplicated VMware VM backups.
CAMPBELL, Calif. — NAKIVO Inc., the fastest-growing virtualization and cloud backup software company for VMware environments, has released NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.5 today. The new version provides the ability to instantly recover Microsoft Active Directory objects and containers (such as entire domains or user groups) directly from compressed and deduplicated VMware VM backups, without recovering an entire VM first. More details and free trial download are available at www.nakivo.com/en/VMware-Backup-Free-Trial.htm.
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The object recovery process is simple and straightforward: after specifying a VM backup and a recovery point, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically locates the Active Directory database in the VM backup and - within a few seconds - displays the contents of the database right in the product’s Web UI. From this point, the product provides the ability to browse and search the database, view object attributes, and recover Active Directory objects and containers.
"We are excited to release the new v5.5, which further improves object recovery capabilities of NAKIVO Backup & Replication,” said Bruce Talley, CEO and co-founder of NAKIVO. “The instant object recovery for Microsoft Active Directory feature enables VMware administrators to recover data faster while also reducing downtime.”
Named one of the top 10 coolest storage startups of 2014 by CRN, NAKIVO is delivering a new way to protect VMware environments more reliably, efficiently, and cost effectively. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is VMware-certified, purely agentless, and can be deployed on both Linux and Windows. Featuring a simple and intuitive Web UI, the product can back up and replicate VMware VMs onsite, offsite, and to private/public clouds. NAKIVO Backup & Replication supports live applications and databases, instantly recovers VMs, files, and application objects directly from compressed and de-duplicated VM backups, speeds up data transfer with network acceleration, and reduces data size with global deduplication and compression.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO is a privately-held software company that has been profitable since founding in 2012. With more than 5,000 customers - including many Fortune 1,000 companies - and over 700 channel partners across 72 countries worldwide, NAKIVO develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for clouds and VMware virtualized environments. NAKIVO provides a fast, reliable, and affordable VM backup and replication solution for enabling SMBs and enterprises to protect and recover VM data onsite, offsite, and to the cloud. NAKIVO has also enabled over 50 hosting, managed, and cloud services providers to create and offer VM Backup-as-a-Service, Replication-as-a-Service, and DR-as-a-Service to their customers. NAKIVO was the first virtualization backup specialist to offer SMBs cloud backup to public clouds such as Amazon and multi-tenancy to cloud service providers and enterprise customers. For more information, please visit www.nakivo.com.
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Interoute becomes Check Point's first Partner platform to deliver its market-leading virtual security gateways in the cloud
LONDON – Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud service platform, has today announced the availability of the Check Point Security Gateway Virtual Edition (VE) on the Interoute CloudStore. Applications available on the Interoute CloudStore have been tested and approved to run on Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC), the global networked cloud infrastructure with locations across Europe, North America and Asia.
Check Point VE gateways protect dynamic virtualized environments and external networks, such as private and public clouds, from internal and external threats by securing virtual machines and applications with extensive security using the full range of Check Point's award-winning Software Blade Architecture. With Check Point VE gateways available on the growing Interoute CloudStore appliance marketplace, organisations can leverage Check Point's multi-layer security protection on demand in an easy and flexible way.
Interoute VDC can be scaled much faster than traditional physical platforms and has the flexibility to be provisioned as either a private, public or hybrid cloud. This complements the advanced capabilities of Check Point VE gateways and gives companies the ability to provision and control computing and storage infrastructure on demand, using Pay-as-You-Go or committed payment models. Interoute VDC customers and partners can also select the specific zone they want their data to be hosted and stored in, which can help companies needing to comply with stringent data protection regulations.
Eran Orzel, Head of Check Point Business Centre and Global MSP program said, "Organisations from SMBs to large enterprises are moving to managed security services to handle growth in the rate and complexity of attacks and to make their IT budgets go further. Together with Interoute, we can now provide an advanced security infrastructure with a flexible cloud-based business model, designed to meet the needs of our joint customers. We see this as a great partnership to provide organisations with an easy and flexible way to deploy security services from the cloud."
William Morrish, Cloud Sales and Marketing Director, Interoute, commented, "We are very excited to offer Check Point's Security Gateway VE on our global cloud platform. We're continuing to grow our portfolio of applications on the Interoute CloudStore, complementing the global Interoute Virtual Data Centre platform with the best available applications for building flexible and scalable cloud architectures."
FARNBOROUGH – ADAM Continuity, business and data continuity solution provider, joins Datum Datacentres' growing list of clients seeking high security high availability co-location. Recent significant growth in ADAM's range of fully managed IT and Cloud solutions called for an additional cloud-connected data centre to fully support their new services.
ADAM Continuity specialise in providing recovery solutions to ensure Business Continuity. Offering a range of IT Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Replication and Backup solutions, including consultancy, Ship To Site, Mobile Recovery and Office Recovery Suites, ADAM employ their extensive knowledge and experience to protect their clients' business.
Since its inception in 1994, ADAM has built a renowned reputation, across all industries, of unwavering reliance, flexibility and dependability delivering rapid, reliable and repeatable Business Recovery to an ever-increasing client base. Recent significant growth in their range of fully managed IT and Cloud solutions called for an additional cloud-connected data centre to fully support their new services.
Nigel Hoggart, Business Development at ADAM explains: "Increasing demand for our Cloud Backup & Recovery, Replication for Recovery and NetApp Replication solutions, all of which move the responsibility for recovery from the client to us as service provider, has led to our development of a range of fully managed IT Services. In order to best support these new solutions, we required an additional data centre that would deliver a secure environment and a highly resilient infrastructure."
"During negotiations with Datum, we were not only impressed by the facility, we also recognised that we had found a partner who would work with us as we build on these solutions. Datum's FRN offers us enhanced security and resilience in both communications and power in an environmentally efficient facility in a great location."
"Datum not only delivers what our clients' businesses demand but also provides us with the capacity and stability to support our future growth."
Ronan McCurtin, Managing Director of ADAM Continuity adds: "ADAM chooses its partners with care which is why the growth we are experiencing in Fully Managed IT Services is based on our established relationships with class leading solution providers such as NetApp, Seagate, Veeam and Capital Continuity. Good partnerships are based on the strength of the working relationship that is established."
"Some of the key reasons that ADAM Continuity chose to contract with Datum was that we found Datum to be flexible, supportive and easy to deal with. Such attributes are not that easy to find but are key to a successful, long term partnership."
Datum's leading edge facility located on the government-grade secure Cody Technology Park offers ADAM and their clients the additional peace of mind of an SLA based on 100% uptime.
Being carrier and cloud neutral the facility provides choice and flexibility of connectivity, while the Datum Cloud Hub ecosystem enables co-located organisations to directly connect to providers and cloud platforms for hybrid IT.
Matt McCluney, Account Director at Datum, concludes: "Datum is delighted to be working with ADAM to support their business now and into the future. Their approach in delivering an excellent client experience combined with proven expertise mirrors our focus on client business outcomes and we are proud to have them as a client."
About ADAM Continuity
ADAM Continuity is a leading provider of business and data continuity solutions to organisations in the UK and Europe. The company has been providing services since 1994 and works with a range of clients in both the public and private sectors. Part of Centerprise International a £60m group of companies ADAM Continuity has seen its market share increase steadily over the last few years.
For more information on ADAM, visit: www.adam.co.uk/about.html
New Level of Network Visibility Offered Through the Cloud
DALLAS – Masergy Communications Inc., a global leader in managed networking and cloud services, today announced the general availability of advanced threat management capabilities for its managed cloud firewall service Intelligent Internet Management (IIM). The new sensor technology is fully integrated with Masergy’s Unified Enterprise Security (UES) managed security service and provides customers with added protection against advanced cybersecurity threats.
The innovative, software-based sensor technology is directly embedded within the company’s Software Defined Network (SDN) Platform and works seamlessly with its cloud firewall service.
Most packet monitoring technologies work inside of corporate firewalls, but Masergy’s cloud firewall sensor technology is uniquely able to inspect network traffic on Masergy’s global cloud network at the point of entry and exit.
Masergy’s UES system architecture uses patented machine learning and big data analytics to identify advanced threats throughout customers’ networks, both on premise and in the cloud.
“The cloud-based sensor comes in response to our customers’ request for simplified but in-depth network security features,” said Tim Naramore, CTO, Masergy. “The result is a fully managed security solution, delivered through the cloud for cost-effective threat protection.”
Masergy owns and operates the largest independent global cloud networking platform for enterprises. Our managed solutions help businesses compete in the global marketplace with real-time analytics, unified communications as a service, security as a service and software defined network control. Masergy's patented technology, customizable solutions and unmatched customer experience are why a growing number of global enterprises rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations. For more information about Masergy visit www.masergy.com or follow us on Twitter@Masergy, Blog, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Collaborative Service Management Application Will Improve Flexibility And Performance While Reducing Operating Costs
LONDON – Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), which serves over 174,000 people across north Buckinghamshire, has deployed Hornbill Service Manager, an innovative collaborative service management application, to support the council’s move to modernise ITSM operations and use new working practices to simplify and optimise IT service delivery. The 100% Cloud based service provides full service management capabilities that allow AVDC to significantly reduce infrastructure and maintenance costs to support its staff. Deploying in the Cloud, meant that the service was up and running and AVDC staff were benefitting from Service Manager’s capabilities within days.
“Our switch to Hornbill Service Manager gives us the ability to modernise our IT service Management operations and adopt a fresh approach that blends the most effective principles from traditional best-practice, with innovative collaborative technologies,” said Adam Haylock, IT Service Delivery Manager at Aylesbury Vale District Council. “With Hornbill Service Manager we can enhance the capabilities of our previous, on-premise Hornbill solution, while improving flexibility and reducing the costs and complexity of on-site infrastructure, management and software upgrades. Removing the need for servers, SQL licenses and backup costs has already made the project cost-neutral and we will see further savings in staff time as the project continues.”
In April 2012, AVDC began plans to move from multiple offices in the district to a single location on the outskirts of Aylesbury town centre. At the same time, it planned a complete refresh of its IT strategy and environment; moving to a more flexible, lower-cost cloud-based infrastructure allowing workers to access services from any location. The council was one of the first in the country to move to Amazon Web Services, and is dedicated to only procuring cloud-based IT services, such as Microsoft Office 365.
AVDC had used Hornbill’s Supportworks on-premise ITSM solution since 2008. When it decided to change to a cloud-based ITSM tool as part of its IT refresh, the tendering process identified Hornbill Service Manager as the best possible replacement, offering the perfect combination of innovative capabilities and industry best practice. Innovations like progressive capture help us secure the right data on customer issues during call creation, and its business process capabilities ensure correct procedures are followed The Service Desk team can now work collaboratively and secure expert help and assistance within the organisation to provide faster resolution to issues. The entire migration from Supportworks to Hornbill Service Manager was implemented by AVDC Project Manager Kirsten Shaw, in just 30 days. Hornbill provides their “Switch-On” service free of charge which includes configuring SSO, Importing user, customer and asset data, creating some business process and reports and dashboards, all delivered quickly and effortlessly. Being able to deliver on this demonstrates the ease of implementation as well as the simplicity of deployment of the solution.
“If there was a better product we would have considered it, but Hornbill Service Manager was already the complete package,” continued Adam Haylock. “It has already offered clear benefits in ease of use, functionality and cost, with more to come. We are hoping to make greater use of the collaborative features of the underlying Hornbill platform and open up use to end-user customers as well as the service team.”
Hornbill is a technology innovator in business applications and collaboration technology. It develops and markets the Hornbill Platform and Business Applications that help organisations of any size provide applications and productivity tools to their workers. Hornbill’s unique ‘human Touch’ approach to IT service management has benefitted customers at thousands of commercial and government sites worldwide.
Hornbill was founded in 1995, and has a head office in London. It also supports the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) as a corporate member in its campaign to save the hornbill species in its native habitat.
For more information please visit www.hornbill.com
Free Monitoring of Amazon EC2 Instances At Your Finger Tips
- Monitors and manages EC2 instances (zone-wise)
- Monitors performance metrics and alarms graphically
- Monitors EBS volume details
- Download EC2 Manager http://bit.ly/1ENVwim.
LONDON — ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today launched EC2 Manager. Available immediately, the free Android app allows IT admins in SMBs and large enterprises to monitor the health and performance of EC2 instances remotely. EC2 Manager is available for download at http://bit.ly/1ENVwim.
The mobile app enables admins to perform the EC2 management tasks on the go. They can also monitor the performance of EC2 cloud instances on Amazon and receive alerts on the health of EC2 resources.
The EC2 Manager dashboard displays the monitored instances by region, enabling the admin to drill down to an instance quickly. The EC2 instance dashboard provides a snapshot of its status and health. Information on CPU utilisation, network I/O, and disk read/write performance helps admins easily assess the EC2 instance performance from the comfort of their workstations. Admins can also view the details of EBS volumes including its capacity and state.
"Proactive management is key to ensuring good health and performance of any resource on a network,” said Vidya Vasu, head of the ManageEngine community and free tools. “When it comes to managing EC2 instances, admins will find instant access to alarms quite handy. Threshold-based alarms usually give admins time to turn things around. Being equipped with a mobile utility cuts down the turn around time because the admin is able to act on the fault immediately"
ManageEngine also has a free desktop tool for EC2 management that monitors unlimited EC2 instances and can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1A9avPW. The mobile app provides the additional advantage of allowing admins to manage the remote instances even when they are on the move.
About ManageEngine Free Tools
ManageEngine tools monitor the health, availability and performance of the physical and virtual devices, services, system resources, and cloud instances for free. The ManageEngine suite comprises more than 50 free IT management tools that admins rely on for day-to-day system and network management. A complement to the free editions of ManageEngine applications, the company’s free tools suite is a collection of light-weight, C-based network management tools that startups and other financially constrained organisations can rely on to manage their IT. For more information, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/free-tools.html.
ManageEngine delivers the real-time IT management tools that empower an IT team to meet an organisation's need for real-time services and support. Worldwide, many established and emerging enterprises - including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 - rely on ManageEngine products to ensure the optimal performance of their critical IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, desktops and more. ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corporation with offices worldwide, including the United States, India, Japan and China. For more information, please visit http://buzz.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog at http://blogs.manageengine.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.
CHICAGO – You may be ready to enjoy more daylight hours after we “Spring ahead” an hour on March 8, but are you ready for the threat of flooding that warmer months can bring?
“With the change of seasons comes the risk of snow melt, heavy rains, and rising waters—we’re all at some level of flood risk,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Region V administrator. “It is important we prepare now for the impact floods could have on our homes, our businesses and in our communities.”
Take action with these simple steps to protect what matters before a flood threatens your community:
• Ensure you’re insured. Consider purchasing flood insurance to protect your home against the damage floodwaters can cause. Homeowners’ insurance policies do not typically cover flood losses, and most policies take 30-days to become effective. Visit FloodSmart.gov for more information.
• Keep important papers in a safe place. Make copies of critical documents (mortgage papers, deed, passport, bank information, etc.). Keep copies in your home and store originals in a secure place outside the home, such as a bank safe deposit box.
• Elevate mechanicals off the floor of your basement—such as the water heater, washer, dryer and furnace—to avoid potential water damage.
• Caulk exterior openings where electrical wires and cables enter your home to keep water from getting inside.
• Shovel! As temperatures warm, snow melt is a real concern. Shovel snow away from your home and clean your gutters to keep your home free from potential water damage.
• Build and maintain an emergency supply kit. Include drinking water, a first-aid kit, canned food, a radio, flashlight and blankets. Visit www.Ready.gov for a disaster supply checklist for flood safety tips and information. Don’t forget to store additional supply kits in your car and at the office too.
• Plan for your pet needs. Ensure you have pet food, bottled water, medications, cat litter/pan, newspaper, a secure pet carrier and leash included in your emergency supply kit.
• Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan and practice flood evacuation routes from home, work and school that are on higher ground. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
To learn more about preparing for floods, how to purchase a flood insurance policy and the benefits of protecting your home or property investment against flooding visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419. For even more readiness information follow FEMA Region V at twitter.com/femaregion5 and facebook.com/fema. Individuals can always find valuable preparedness information at www.Ready.gov or download the free FEMA app, available for Android, Apple or Blackberry devices.
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.
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My reading and research includes white papers from the Big Four accounting firms. I note for the record that Deloitte, a firm that has consistently produced excellent white papers on risk, has upped its game past white papers with a weekday Risk & Compliance Journal for executives in the Wall Street Journal, a convenient daily reminder of what’s at stake for publically listed firms. But it’s Deloitte’s 2014 Global Survey on Reputation Risk that I’d like to discuss here, and then make note of several other useful and available white papers.
It’s always been difficult to quantify reputation, whether individual or corporate. We claim to know when a firm’s reputation has been compromised, and often the market punishes that firm directly. Yet there are other cases where direct actions taken to save a reputation -- notably investigations, which may lead to the removal of the CEO or other executives – seem autocratic and insufficient. We express our own judgments by comment and retweet, often becoming part of a groundswell of distrust and dissatisfaction on social media that has a longer term impact on the firm in question. Social media in that sense is more innovative than traditional data analytics. [It is hard to know whether social media commented more upon the corporate reputation of NBC or the individual reputation of anchor Brian Williams, but that particular groundswell led to the six month suspension without pay of Williams, who is said to make $10 million a year. So far at least, NBC Evening News is holding its own in the ratings, but the company is making significant changes in its management staff; and it is not clear that Williams will ever return to the news desk.]
Project managers—especially in the tech sector—know all too well how many factors can cause a project to miss its deadline or go over budget. Keeping a project within its projected scope is one of the most difficult challenges for project managers.
Issues such as project omissions, slow or no user involvement, customer over-expectation and lengthy application development times can often not be avoided. One thing that can usually be reined in is the scope of the project, which includes the objective, timeline, goals, resources, tasks, team and budget.
By properly defining these requirements, a project has a better chance of staying within these guidelines. Of course, often the collection of data to define these requirements can be a huge challenge within itself.
The book “Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects,” provides instruction on developing and defining project requirements to keep projects on track and within scope. It deals with practical tools and simple techniques for project managers to use in the daily struggle to avoid scope creep.