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Jon Seals

Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00

Why Bad Breaches Happen To Good Companies

Although it’s early into 2016, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have already been more than 200 data breaches this year, and that number is only going to rise.

Why do data breaches keep happening? Surely by now everyone knows how to prevent them. Except, it seems, that they don’t.

Every day at work, I watch more companies fall prey to security threats and think about what they could have done to protect themselves. Our research team at Malwarebytes is constantly discovering new attacks targeting companies and organizations around the world. Three consistent, preventable problems lead me to believe that businesses will continue to be victims of more of these attacks for the foreseeable future if they do not change the way they operate.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2016/04/27/why-bad-breaches-happen-to-good-companies/

Emergencies are, by definition, unexpected occurrences — but one Florida county has a new 911 system that aims to remove some of the guesswork by putting data in the hands of decision-makers who can make smarter choices about emergency response.

In Manatee County, Fla., an aging legacy 911 center kicked off conversations about how to improve emergency services, and late last year, officials launched the city's new, more efficient next-generation 911 call center. The upgrades give dispatchers modernized communication tools and will allow for multimedia communications, but perhaps most significant is that officials now have the necessary ammunition to make life-saving decisions: data analytics.

Public Safety Director Bob Smith said that hard data has allowed for more precision in staffing first responders on the streets and on the county’s barrier island, which is connected to the mainland by two bridges.

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http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Data-Gleaned-from-Next-Gen-911-System-Drives-Improved-Emergency-Response.html

The first fiscal quarter has finished with explosive revenue increase, success in enterprise sales and steady growth across the U.S. and worldwide

IRVINE, Calif. — Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today announced outstanding results for Q1 2016, which demonstrate 155% growth of enterprise sales and impressive 20x growth of MSP sales compared to Q1 2015. The key highlights also include considerable revenue increase in the U.S., France, Benelux, Asia and India, remarkable renewal rates, new partnerships and professional recognition from top industry experts.

Market Momentum

Although enterprises are generally more prepared for cyber threats than small businesses, the number of data breaches affecting large companies is still high,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “Culprits tend to take advantage of complicated IT infrastructures of large companies, that have a lot of active users continuously accessing critical systems and sensitive data. To ensure security and prevent data breaches enterprises need to establish rigorous control over security changes and data access, as well as gain complete visibility into user behavior across all levels of IT environment.”

  • The steady interest of large organizations toward IT auditing has resulted in 155% growth of enterprise sales compared to Q1 2015, while the revenue in the U.S. has increased by 40%. The sustainable development of the Netwrix MSP program resulted in remarkable 2021% growth of MSP sales quarter-over-quarter.

  • The channel-led Go-To-Market strategy powered the increase in channel sales by 101%. Netwrix also demonstrated outstanding regional growth, including France (5372%), Asia (410%), India (110%) and Benelux and Nordics (141%).

  • Netwrix renewals team has reported the best Q1 quarter in company’s history and growing customer loyalty, with 51% growth of renewal revenues year-over-year.

  • Netwrix has increased its customer base adding 250 new clients, including Fortune 1000 corporations. New customer names are Coca-Cola Beverages, Old Dominion Freight Line, Rent-A-Center, WSP Group, DeVry University, Grand port de Marseille, Tata Group, Société Générale, Andreessen Horowitz and others.

Strategic Alliances

Netwrix has always been focused on providing its customers with visibility and governance of their IT infrastructures,said John Ross, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Netwrix. “The Q1 growth rates are the result of both successful product development and the company’seffective partnering strategy. Interoperability of Netwrix Auditor with the most critical systems and platforms, as well as close collaboration with global partners allow Netwrix to strengthen security of its customers and tackle their greatest concerns, from mitigating cyber risks to passing compliance audits and increasing operational efficiency.

  • Netwrix extended its presence in the Asia-Pacific region by establishing a partnership with Runexy, a Japanese integrated systems solutions provider and distributor.

  • Netwrix announced its participation in the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Provider Program. This partnership allows the integration of Netwrix Auditor with the CenturyLink Cloudplatform and empowers its users with deep visibility into cloud infrastructure.

Netwrix Research Lab

Netwrix carried out two industry surveys that identified the most pressing challenges for IT professionals and discovered how IT auditing can help businesses.

  • The 2016 SIEM Survey revealed that 81% of IT pros are not completely satisfied with SIEM products, and 69% of IT pros are looking for solutions to cut SIEM costs.

  • The 2016 Netwrix Customer Survey showed that organizations use IT auditing mainly for mitigating security risks, facilitating compliance audits and generating reports. It also revealed that 96% of Netwrix Auditor customers are satisfied with the solution and would recommend it to other IT pros.

Industry Recognition

  • Netwrix Auditor was reviewed by SC Magazine and received high scores for ease of use, performance, documentation and support.

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, visitwww.netwrix.com

NetApp Accelerates Analysis of Player Data, Enables Team to Make Fast, Informed Offers on Draft Day

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – "In preparation for draft day, our team crunches a significant amount of data, from a player's medical history and average speed to body movement and reactions and how players perform in certain situations," said Russ Trainor, vice president of IT for the Denver Broncos. "NetApp FAS systems not only enable us to analyze all of this data in or near real-time, they actually power our entire infrastructure, business apps, fan engagement applications, coaching tools and decision making based on huge amounts of data collected."

One of the most successful and popular football teams in NFL history, the Denver Broncos have won several world championships and conference championships. Looking to accelerate business-critical applications, future-proof their infrastructure, and manage up to 30 percent annual data growth, the Broncos' IT staff turned to PEAK Resources, a NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP) partner, to install NetApp® storage systems. 

With NetApp systems in place, the Broncos have the infrastructure needed to power everything from data analysis on draft day to the stadium on game day, as well as support over 330 events throughout the year. In addition, the Broncos have been able to deploy mobile tablets to 140 players, coaches, managers and support staff. The team can now view footage within hours of a game, regardless of location. The Broncos have also been able to create even more elaborate fan-focused applications to engage fans anywhere at any time.

With NetApp, the Denver Broncos have been able to:

  • Make informed, real-time decisions and offers on draft day
  • Support new initiatives, including a mobile video application for fans
  • Reduce storage requirements by up to 25 percent using deduplication
  • Make extensive changes to the IT environment without disrupting critical day-to-day operations
  • Protect critical team and organizational assets for quick restoration in the event of a disaster

More information:

  • View the Denver Broncos video

About NetApp
Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. To learn more visit www.netapp.com.

NetApp and the NetApp logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such. A current list of NetApp trademarks is available on the web at www.netapp.com/us/legal/netapptmlist.aspx.

 

Announces Free Access to Oracle Social Cloud and Matching Gift Program for Disaster Response Efforts in the Region

TOKYO, JAPAN – On Saturday, April 16, a magnitude-7.3 earthquake jolted the city of Kumamoto, Japan, just hours after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake devastated the same area. In response, Oracle is offering free use of Oracle Social Cloud for companies and organizations using social media toward recovery and rebuilding efforts in areas affected by the Kumamoto Earthquakes.

Through Oracle Social Cloud, organizations can monitor social media posts related to the earthquakes; select and analyze those posts by volume, time, gender, and location; as well as view posts in full detail. In doing so, users can translate massive amounts of data into helpful information for people in Kumamoto, and provide relief workers with real-time updates to ensure effective and prioritized activities.

Oracle Japan will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 toward relief efforts in Kumamoto for employees in Japan. To make a significant impact and speed aid to those in need, all donations will be given to Peace Winds Japan, a non-governmental organization working in the disaster zone. 

For companies and organizations interested in receiving free 90-day access to Oracle Social Cloud to help support rebuilding efforts in Kumamoto, please contact: Oracle Direct TEL: 0120-155-096 or http://www.oracle.com/jp/direct/index.html.

About Oracle
Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), visit oracle.com.

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BOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Egenera, the leading provider of cloud services and cloud and data center infrastructure management software, today announced that it has updated its compliance resources for the company's Xterity line of wholesale managed cloud services to assist enterprises in meeting the compliance and auditing requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Enterprises have born the responsibility for meeting regulations for various vertical markets such as healthcare. With the increasing adoption of enterprise cloud offerings, regulatory compliance has now become a shared operational concept. With Xterity's new resources, Egenera now enables partners to more easily achieve HIPAA compliance. Additionally, with full 24x7 support from systems experts, Egenera can assist in the reporting related to HIPAA assessments or audits.

Personal health information security is a serious responsibility and audits mandated by HIPAA requirements will begin later in 2016 to ensure health information is protected. Covered entities will require their partners to prove they can meet their responsibilities and even require partners enter into HIPAA Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) to ensure continued compliance with rules and regulations. Egenera is ready for this important role to bring the benefits and economies of cloud operations to the healthcare industry.

"Keeping pace with regulatory requirements is a critical aspect of cloud services. Xterity helps enterprises take advantage of the benefits of the cloud with the assurance that critical certifications, security processes and compliance requirements are in place," said Dan Busby, vice president of product management, Egenera. "Egenera has completed updates to HIPAA regulated standards and procedures so we can offer services that will enable customers to not only achieve, but prove, HIPAA compliance."

Egenera's Xterity Cloud Services deliver a full range of dedicated, managed, private and hybrid cloud services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Backup as a Service (BaaS), exclusively through the channel. With Xterity, resellers can quickly enter the cloud services market with no up-front capital or ongoing maintenance costs. Unlike reselling public cloud services, Xterity delivers the margins resellers need to develop a profitable cloud services business.

More information on Egenera's Xterity Cloud Services:
http://www.egenera.com/xterity-wholesale-managed-cloud-services/

About Egenera
Egenera is a leading provider of cloud services and cloud and data center infrastructure management software. The company's white label cloud service, Xterity Cloud Services, is sold exclusively through the channel and offers revenue generating Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to partners including managed service providers (MSPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) seeking to deliver cloud services with no upfront costs and with higher margins than other competing solutions. Egenera is headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., and hosts cloud services in Tier 3 datacenters in Boston, Ashburn, VA, San Jose, Dublin, London and Tokyo.

 

Broadens Platform/Application Support and Adds to Automation

SANTA CLARA, Calif – Sureline Systems, a leader in cloud migration and Disaster Recovery to Cloud and Remote Site solutions, is pleased to announce its latest version 4.6 with added support for Oracle 12c through the RMAN interface and Nutanix Acropolis 4.6. In addition, automation features for including a Logical Volume Manager, automatic injection of Xen tools for AWS, and the ability to perform pre and/or post processing migration operations continue to make SUREedge the most secure, automated and reliable migration solution in the market.

In SUREedge 4.6 the user can decide whether to include or automatically remove a Logical Volume Manager during migration to Google (GCP), AWS, Azure, Nutanix and other environments. For Windows Server Migration to AWS, SUREedge now automatically injects Xen tools so the user does not need to manually install it on every server prior to migration. With the addition of pre and post processing operations such as pausing or installing Anti-Virus and monitoring software or License keys can be automated as part of the migration process. All of these reduce risk from error prone manual processes and get the migrated workloads up and running faster.

"We are pleased to bring in ease of use through additional automation and additional application and platform support to our users", says Kuldeep Nagarkar, VP of Engineering, Sureline Systems.

As enterprises execute their Cloud Strategy and consolidate and modernize their data centers, Sureline provides Cloud Migration, Cloud Disaster Recovery, Datacenter Consolidation & Application Mobility solutions. Our award-winning SUREedge® solution is an enterprise-class software (platform, solution) that reduces risk through secure data transmission, efficient data movement, and reliable movement of the entire application, its data and interdependencies. It is easy to deploy and manage through a single UI, with automated discovery, no agents to install, and is completely non-disruptive. All with the ability to move from any cloud, server, hypervisor or storage to any other.

With this new release now the Captured Docker Container can be Recovered to same or different Linux Server and Captured Docker Container can also be replicated and Recovered on Google Cloud Container in Kubernetes.

About Sureline Systems

Sureline Systems, is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices in Japan, India and Dubai. Sureline's award winning SUREedge® is a proven enterprise-class software platform for Cloud Migration, Cloud Disaster Recovery, Datacenter Consolidation and Application Mobility. Sureline Systems has currently announced partnerships with Google, Century Link, Nutanix, Tintri, and several large Channel Partners. SUREedge reduces risk through secure data transmission, efficient data movement, and reliable movement of the entire application, its data and interdependencies. It is easy to deploy and manage through a single UI, with automated discovery, no agents to install, and is completely non-disruptive. SUREedge is source and destination agnostic working from any physical server, any hypervisor, any cloud, and any storage including hyperconverged to any other. Customers worldwide trust SUREedge® to meet their workload migration, disaster recovery and business continuity and application mobility objectives.

For further information, please visit the Sureline website at www.surelinesystems.com. Red Herring Top 100; Red Herring Global 100, CIO Review Top 100

Twitter: @SurelineSystems
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sureline-systems

The Latest in a Series of Mobile Solutions, FiRE Asset Management Frees Facilities Management Professionals From the Shop via App-Based Tracking and Reporting in the Field

 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – (Marketwired - April 27, 2016) AssetWorks, a leader in integrated workplace management systems (IWMS), announced the release of FiRE Asset Management application last week at their annual user conference. Part of a broader Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), FiRE Asset Management integrates seamlessly with an extensive range of facilities management tools under the unified AssetWorks platform.

In an industry where incomplete or inaccurate asset profiles create work management challenges, FiRE Asset Management offers a comprehensive mobile solution. FiRE Asset Management equips users to enter information digitally from any location - preventing miscommunication and increasing accuracy.

Providing direct access to asset profiles, FiRE Asset Management frees facilities professionals from their shop and allows them to perform tasks in the field. The result is precise asset inventories, efficient staff, and accurate real-time data.

FiRE Asset Management's inspection functionality equips users to quickly and easily inspect locations or assets. Users can enter a rating, link photographs, and log remedial actions, or trigger a customer request from their iOS device, increasing report accuracy and eliminating lost service requests.

The FiRE suite from AssetWorks helps organizations reduce costs by promoting better oversight and utilization of facilities and real estate; eliminates management redundancies and proactively manages the workplace; ensures regulatory and fiscal compliance by providing auditable data and complete transparency to enterprise assets; and helps organizations realize their sustainability and business continuity goals.

ABOUT ASSETWORKS:

AssetWorks delivers industry-leading business solutions that help asset- and infrastructure-intensive organizations control capital and operating expenditures, reduce operational complexity, and manage regulatory and policy-driven risk. Leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of software and consulting solutions, we help organizations work more efficiently by improving access to shared asset data, promoting greater transparency across the organization, improving service delivery, maximizing asset availability and uptime and reducing total cost of ownership. Using the latest SaaS and mobile computing technologies, our asset management solutions and domain expertise help organizations eliminate waste, redundancy, and inefficiency. For more information, visit www.assetworks.com.

KEMP controls, monitors and diagnoses across all hosting platforms from data centre and private cloud to IaaS, PaaS and public cloud

 

KEMP Technologies has announced the release of KEMP360, designed to help customers simplify and streamline application delivery management across all hosting platforms from the data centre and private cloud to IaaS, PaaS, hybrid and public clouds, including Microsoft Azure, AWS and VMware. KEMP360 supports the optimisation of application delivery across the traditional enterprise, while also supporting organisations migrating to virtualised and cloud environments.

 

The new KEMP360 application delivery framework – comprising KEMP360 Central™ and KEMP360 Vision™ – offers a single point for application infrastructure control, monitoring and diagnosis, while also driving operational efficiencies through increased visibility and reduced management overheads. And by detecting issues before they impact performance, resolution times are cut and end user quality of experience is improved.

 

KEMP360 Central™ simplifies day-to-day application delivery across multiple load balancers and hosting platforms from different vendors, through centralised service management, log collection and administration, which reduces operational costs and improves application uptime. KEMP360 Vision™ is a proactive 24x7 monitoring and alert service that mitigates the impact of application delivery performance issues by providing real-time visibility of events and workload availability, along with rapid remediation and consolidated reporting across all application workloads. By using real-time visualisation of the application delivery environment to diagnose issues, IT organisations can quickly fix problems and automate routine administration tasks.

 

“With IT estates increasingly spread across internal data centres, CoLo sites and public cloud services, KEMP360 gives network and application administrators a single point of management, which reduces the administration workloads and greatly improves application availability through better visibility of key metrics related to capacity utilisation, uptime and performance,” said Jason Dover, director of product line management at KEMP Technologies. “KEMP360 also integrates with a software defined network (SDN) environment to identify congested paths between the load balancing devices and the application servers, leading to quicker issue diagnosis and resolution.”

 

KEMP360 Vision is also a powerful service tool for KEMP’s customer support teams. “By providing vital real-time visibility, KEMP360 allows customers to pre-empt problems and allow KEMP experts to help fix and improve application performance,” says Derek Kiely, director global support and services at KEMP.

For more information about KEMP360, please visit: http://kemptechnologies.com/kemp360/application-network-optimization-performance-management/

 

About KEMP Technologies

With over 26,000 worldwide deployments and offices in America, Europe, Asia and South America, KEMP Technologies is the industry leader in advanced Layer 2 – 7 Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) and application-centric load balancing. Recognised by Gartner as the only Visionary in the ADC Magic Quadrant, KEMP is changing the way modern enterprises and service providers are building cloud-enabled application delivery infrastructure. Over the past decade, KEMP has been a consistent leader in innovation with a number of industry firsts, including high performance ADC appliance virtualisation, application-centric SDN and NFV integration, innovative pricing and licensing models and true platform ubiquity that can scale to support enterprises of every size and workload requirement.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions recognized for its valuable data support to streamline how insurers underwrite  

ATLANTA, April 27, 2016 – LexisNexis® Risk Solutions has been recognized as an industry leader by Aite Group, an independent research and advisory firm.  The company was acknowledged for its innovative use of data in the category of "Addressing the mortality challenge in life insurance underwriting."

LexisNexis Risk Solutions (PRNewsFoto/LexisNexis Risk Solutions)

LexisNexis Risk Solutions was acknowledged for modernizing the life insurance industry through its ability to think outside the box and provide data to support the underwriting process. By leveraging its lifestyle, behavioral, and financial attribute data, LexisNexis adds value to the underwriting process to help support a nonintrusive and nonmedical way to streamline how insurers underwrite.

"As the life insurance industry shifts to new products and ways to distribute and underwrite them, out-of-the box thinking like LexisNexis' use of new data sources will help support this new industry era," said Samantha Chow, Senior Analyst, Aite Group.

The report, "Life Insurance Underwriting: Solutions for Today's Challenges," examines the vendor solutions that life insurance companies can tap into to address the underwriting process' five pain points: labor, speed, efficiency, pricing, and mortality. It identifies the vendors within each challenge category, compares their abilities and impact, and awards vendors for their strengths and methods. 

"We are proud to be recognized for our innovative use of data in life insurance underwriting," said Elliott Wallace, VP and GM, Life Insurance, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. "The life insurance industry often struggles with finding efficient, cost-effective and fast underwriting processes. We know that real-time data and advanced analytics can unlock tremendous opportunities for life insurance carriers and we strive to provide the tools to better manage risk in more efficient ways."

To access the full report, visit: http://aitegroup.com.  

About Aite Group
Aite Group is an independent research and advisory firm focused on business, technology, and regulatory issues and their impact on the financial services industry. With expertise in banking, payments, securities & investments, and insurance, Aite Group's analysts deliver comprehensive, actionable advice to key market participants in financial services. Headquartered in Boston with a presence in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London, and Milan, Aite Group works with its clients as a partner, advisor, and catalyst, challenging their basic assumptions and ensuring they remain at the forefront of industry trends.

About LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
LexisNexis Risk Solutions (www.lexisnexis.com/risk) is a leader in providing essential information that helps customers across all industries and government assess, predict and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides products and services that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. For more information:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/risk/insurance/life-insurance-solutions.aspx