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SALEM, Ore. — When Target’s systems were breached in 2015, it was rumored that the cyber side of the house had the information it needed, but didn’t know it was looking at an attack that compromised its clientele's credit card information.

In just the last decade, threat vectors have evolved from the standard “known” perils of the cyber realm to the evolving attacks that change from discovery to detention within systems — and the ever-changing threats are not just a problem for the private sector.

During the Oregon Digital Government Summit held May 24, Bob Pelletier with Palo Alto Networks discussed the issues facing IT teams everywhere and how they could better defend their networks from bad actors.



In speaking with enterprise CIOs and IT managers, I hear a lot of the same stories about successful technology deployments and complicated mistakes. As companies scale, they tend to take separate paths to similar ends, eventually running into the same obstacles and undertakings.

One of the most interesting, but not infrequent, stories I’ve heard comes from enterprises that recently built primary or secondary data centers – without considering that in the modern cloud era, there are no circumstances under which a company should build a data center.

A company telling this story likely bought land and constructed its new data center in a remote part of the country, where real estate and utilities were cheap. It entered a contracted agreement with a single network carrier that served the area. Then, as the organization grew and the company sought to work with new service providers, the team was surprised to learn that its site’s so-called valuable location prevented the data center from accessing certain services, ultimately putting a cap on the company’s growth.



In our mobile world, our mobile devices play a pretty large role in our lives, right? We go to sleep with our phones by our beds, most of us even use its alarm to wake us up in the morning. And during the day, it’s always within reach.

That means you should be able to use your most valuable emergency preparedness tools—like your emergency notification system—right from your phone.

Why do you need an emergency notification mobile app?

Smart technology and mobile devices allow you to keep your people safe, informed, and connected from anywhere. You should have access to your emergency notification system whether you’re at your desk or on the go, from whichever device is within reach—whether it’s your personal iPhone, your Android that’s just for work, your PC, or your tablet. The right ENS vendor makes your smart phone even smarter when you have the most reliable enterprise monitoring and notification software available in one easy-to-use app.



Netwrix calculator evaluates security, compliance and operational efficiency due to automation of auditing and monitoring processes

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today announced the launch of a new ROI calculator that will help companies estimate the long-term value of automated auditing and monitoring processes. The Netwrix ROI Report explains how companies can quantify their potential time and cost savings after implementing Netwrix Auditor and drive on an average enterprise ROI of 858%.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs.

The calculations are done on the example of an enterprise that has 5,000 employees and 10 IT professionals in staff, while number of critical Active Directory changes equals 60 per month, time spent on monthly audit reports equals 10 hours per month and average monthly salary for an IT administrator is $5,000. The final Netwrix ROI Report shows that an average annual cost to manually find and investigate user behavior and anomalies and prepare reports using ill-configured native auditing tools, which require manual search for each event ID, comes up to $697,959. After replacing native auditing tools with Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory, the IT department may save $625,102 during the first year, achieving 858% one-year ROI and saving 2,238 labor hours annually. The calculations are based on best practices and feedback from Netwrix customers.

Every company can benefit from automated auditing and find out its ROI by entering five specific indexes such as number of Active Directory users, number of IT administrators, number of critical Active Directory changes per month, time spent preparing monthly audit report and average monthly cost for an IT administrator in the organization. These factors are used to present an estimate on first-year net savings, first-year ROI and annual time savings.

"Netwrix Auditor has been a great addition to my bank for security audit reporting and tracking Active Directory changes,” said Bill Bailey, IT Manager and Vice President of Farmers Bank. ”It makes the job of our IT team easier every day by saving time required to prepare various reports, especially during compliance audits, when it saves about 20-30 hours of work. I was really impressed by the demo before we purchased the software. And I have to say Netwrix Auditor fully met our expectations! I am very satisfied with the set of functions it offers and highly recommend it to others. "

Since the vast majority of IT organizations are understaffed and under budgeted, manual processes add more stress since they decrease the efficiency of IT workflows. From security point of view, this may cause an inability in the timely detection of a security risk before it results in a data breach,” said Alex Vovk, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “To enhance the security posture of growing IT infrastructures, companies should focus on process automation. This allows companies to relocate their resources in the optimal way and become proactive in the detection of suspicious user activity and the prevention of data breaches.”

For more information about Netwrix ROI Calculator and to get the full ROI report, please visit: https://start.netwrix.com/optimize_audit_costs_with_netwrix_auditor.html

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.netwrix.com

SAN ANTONIO – Although it's become apparent that cloud is here to stay, businesses, and particularly enterprises, still have many unanswered questions when it comes to the cloud.

Rackspace helps its customers navigate tough questions by offering access to its deep pool of experts. In that vein, and in an effort to tackle some of the larger questions that remain about the cloud, Rackspace invited Microsoft and a moderator from Forrester Research to take part in its inaugural edition of "Solving for the Cloud," an ongoing video series in which Rackspace experts sit down with industry experts to share their thoughts on all things cloud computing.

Forrester Research Principal Analyst Bill Martorelli moderates these discussions, joined by General Manager and Chief Strategist for Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise Division, James Staten, and Chief Technologist for Microsoft Technology at Rackspace, Jeff DeVerter.

The first installment highlights some of the motivations for moving to cloud and top considerations for organizations as they look to move their business to the cloud or transform their existing IT environment.

To watch the videos, visit http://go.rackspace.com/microsoft-SolvingForTheCloud.html.

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