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Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Marsh launches new cyber risk facility

Insurance broker Marsh has launched a new global excess cyber risk facility, Cyber ECHO, which provides insurance coverage for organisations globally.

Following a series of high-profile cyber losses, underwriters have become more selective, according to Marsh, and in some cases are reducing the amount of capital they are willing to deploy on certain risks – especially those involving health care and payment card data.

This is particularly acute in the excess cyber market, where rates have more than doubled in the US over the last 12 months, said the firm.

“Cyber ECHO brings greater stability to the excess market with up to $50 million in ‘follow form’ coverage for clients of any industry sector and risk profile around the world,” said Marsh.

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http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/marsh-launches-cyber-risk-facility-7716

What if you were able to give everyone in your organization the flexibility and freedom to securely work anywhere in the world and on any device? What types of productivity gains would your company see as a result? What efficiencies or cost savings might your IT department receive from moving desktops to your datacenter and managing these virtual workstations through one single pane of glass?

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Our Cisco UCS team is excited to present the new Maxwell generation NVIDIA Tesla M6 GPU for the Cisco UCS B200M4 Blade and the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU for Cisco 2U Rack Rack Servers. Cisco and NVIDIA have joined forces to deliver this new graphics solution.  Combining security, reliability and manageability from Cisco UCS and adding NVIDIA’s GRID technology, we’re able to deliver performance and speed needed to run high-end applications on virtual desktops. What’s better is that you have two form factor options to fit your organization’s’ data center footprint.

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http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/from-desktop-to-data-center-changing-the-game-with-graphics

OXFORD, Miss. – Home and business owners looking for information on how to rebuild safer and stronger following the destructive December storms will find help this weekend at Lowe’s in Batesville.

Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at Lowe’s on Highway 6 East in Batesville this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The specialists will answer questions and offer advice on ways to repair or rebuild homes so they are more storm resistant. Free printed materials with additional information will also be available.

The FEMA specialists can also offer advice on dealing with contractors, in particular on how to avoid being scammed. The specialists will provide handouts on selecting and working with contractors.

Anyone interested is welcome whether or not they are receiving financial disaster assistance from FEMA.

For the latest information on Mississippi disaster recovery operations, visit msema.org and fema.gov/disaster/4248.

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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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Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Data Center Power Outage Brings Down GitHub

GitHub, the most popular online repository for open source code and hosting services, went down for two hours Thursday due to a power outage in its primary data center.

“A brief power disruption at our primary data center caused a cascading failure that impacted several services critical to GitHub.com’s operation,” Sam Lambert, GitHub’s director of systems, wrote in a status update on the company’s blog Friday morning. “While we worked to recover service, GitHub.com was unavailable for two hours and six minutes.”

Utility power outages do not bring down data centers in most cases, since these facilities are designed with UPS units, backup generators, and transfer systems that fail over to the generators automatically. When they do happen, power-related data center outages are caused by failure of those backup systems.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/01/29/data-center-power-outage-brings-down-github/

Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

A New and Divergent SAN Market

New data has just come out on the Storage Area Network (SAN) market, and while the news is good, it nonetheless points to a sector in turmoil as the enterprise tries to figure out how to shift its storage footprint for the cloud and mobile era.

Technavio Research put the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for SAN solutions at a healthy 22 percent for the remainder of the decade, the result of strong demand for improved storage utilization, greater flexibility and the need to ramp up performance for highly dynamic workloads. It is important to note that the SAN of today is very different from just a few years ago, when disk-based solutions dominated the market. These days, flash-based systems are gaining in popularity both in the enterprise and in the cloud, as are completely new iterations such as server-side SANs and fully virtualized platforms.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/a-new-and-divergent-san-market.html

(TNS) - Georgia will almost certainly see cases of the Zika virus, health officials said Thursday. And experts warned the state may have a higher risk of the illness spreading due to its mild weather and busy airport.

Georgia currently has no documented case of the mosquito-transmitted virus, which presents little danger to most people but has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. Concern over the virus has been escalating as the cases, spreading rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean, have made their way to the U.S.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently testing specimens from several Georgia residents with travel history to the affected areas.

Currently, there are some 31 confirmed cases in 11 states around the country.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Zika-virus-likely-to-hit-Georgia-health-officials-say.html

(TNS) - On Wednesday, a year after the fire that turned their lives upside down, Fernando Bueno and Araceli Espinoza of Thalia’s Jewelry returned from an overnight trip to Los Angeles. Instead of gold bracelets and glittery earrings, their normal stock in trade, the jewelers’ truck was filled with stuffed bears they hope to sell on Valentine’s Day.

On Jan. 28, 2015, an inferno at 22nd and Mission streets destroyed the three-story building that housed Thalia’s Jewelry. One person was killed, more than 50 residents were left homeless and 33 businesses were shuttered. The fire also scattered a bustling commercial hub, leaving business owners like Bueno and Espinoza scrambling for ways to keep their businesses afloat.

Almost half of the enterprises have reopened in new locations; others have found themselves priced out of the neighborhood. City representatives say, too, that the fire has changed the way it plans to respond to disasters in the future.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/A-year-after-huge-Mission-fire-small-businesses-fight-to-recover.html

(TNS) - The man in the eye of controversy in Allentown contends he made the right decision to force roughly 40 homeless people into a driving snowstorm, but he's anxious to devise a plan that can prevent him from doing it again.

Jack Felch Jr., executive director of the Lehigh Conference of Churches, said he plans to meet with city officials and homeless advocates to map out a plan to make sure the homeless aren't forced into dangerous weather such as the 30 mph winds and single-digit wind chills of last weekend.

But he's adamant that the answer is not letting people hunker down at the warming station on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where the homeless are allowed to take shelter from the cold from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Advocates-and-Allentown-officials-devising-plan-to-keep-homeless-sheltered-in-next-storm.html

Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Attention MSPs: SMBs Need Your Help

We all know you must first recognize that a problem exists before you can solve it. This principle is particularly relevant when it comes to meeting the challenges of cybersecurity. We’re happy to note that the results of Webroot’s 2015 SMB Threat Report reflect growing concern by small and midsize businesses about potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities in their security strategies.

This candid self-awareness represents a marked change for many SMBs, who in the past downplayed security threats simply because they thought that “it won’t happen to me.” These SMBs believed they were too small for hackers to target, or that they had little of value to tempt cybercriminals. But, in today’s world, the automation, commoditization and low upfront costs of becoming a professional cybercriminal are such that it requires only minimal skill to set up a cybercrime business and start trawling the Internet for victims.

Not surprisingly, under-protected and under-funded SMBs make for attractive targets to these criminals. The good news is that many SMBs are waking up to the very real threats they now face, and to the fact that they are ill-equipped to handle those threats with their in-house IT resources.

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http://mspmentor.net/blog/attention-msps-smbs-need-your-help

The patent-pending Scandit Case replaces dedicated barcode scanners at a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when used in conjunction with Scandit’s mobile software solutions

 

LONDON – Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today revealed the Scandit Case. An ergonomically designed iPhone 6/6s case that works with smartphones and all of Scandit’s mobile scanning solutions, the Scandit Case provides protection during everyday activities and a scanning experience similar to that of a dedicated barcode scanner but with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The Scandit Case is currently available for pre-order.

 

While Scandit’s patented barcode scanning software is engineered to provide enterprise-grade scanning on smartphones even in challenging environments – compensating for glare, motion, extreme angles, for example – the Scandit Case combines high-performance scanning with ultimate ease of use and the ergonomics necessary to support scan-intensive data capture applications across the entire supply chain.

 

By leveraging the built-in LED and camera on the iPhone for illumination, aiming and image capture, the Case provides a scanning experience comparable to a dedicated scanner, without introducing additional electrical components. The end result is a multipurpose device that is ergonomic, built for everyday protection and available at a fraction of the cost and weight of a dedicated scanner.

 

The Scandit Case is part of Scandit’s evolving product line, including mobile software and cloud services designed to mobilise mission-critical enterprise workflows across the entire supply chain including Order Entry, Proof of Delivery, Inventory Management and more.

Through the introduction of the Case, Scandit is the first company to offer a fully integrated, enterprise-grade mobile data capture solution that combines the versatility of software-based scanning, a powerful cloud-based mobility platform (including capabilities such as geolocation, analytics and app lifecycle management) and the ease-of-use and robustness of dedicated devices.

 

“Advancements in mobile technology have made it possible to use smartphones in situations where they haven’t traditionally been used,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit. “The Scandit Case combines the versatility of software-based mobile scanning with the ergonomics and robustness of a traditional scanner. When combined with our cloud-based mobile app solutions optimised to support mission-critical business processes with smartphones, the Case creates new business opportunities and delivers improved operational efficiencies for the enterprise at a lower TCO.”

 

About Scandit

Scandit delivers high-performance mobile data capture solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With over 20,000 licensees in more than 100 countries, Scandit processes more than 200 million scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Home Depot, NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue and Verizon. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to enterprise customers worldwide. For more information visit www.scandit.com.