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Jon Seals

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago shook Newtown, Conn., and has had far-flung reverberations. Tech companies have continued the push for gun control, the Center for Health Care Services launched a crisis intervention app that provides resources for early intervention and treatment of mental illness, and an app launched in January 2014 aims to give law enforcement a 60-second head start on school shootings.

Some jurisdictions even installed mobile panic alarms in schools. Take Ohio, where the tragedy pushed state government to expand its wireless emergency communications by offering radios for schools to communicate directly with local law enforcement during a life-threatening situation.  

The idea of the school radios with emergency buttons -- like "fire alarms," but for police -- came up the day of the Sandy Hook tragedy at a meeting addressing the upgrade of Ohio's Multi-Agency Radio Communication System, or MARCS.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Ohio-Adds-Schools-First-Responder-Communication-System.html

Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

DDoS Attacks Cost Businesses $40,000 an Hour

One of the most common weapons in the cybercriminal’s arsenal is the DDoS attack. According to the network security experts at Digital Attack Map, “A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.”

While many have heard of these attacks or suffered from the outages they cause, most people do not understand the true business risks these incidents pose. To get a better picture of the threat, Internet security firm Incapsula surveyed 270 firms across the U.S. and Canada about their experiences with DDoS attacks. On average, they found, 49% of DDoS attacks last between 6 and 24 hours. “This means that, with an estimated cost of $40,000 per hour, the average DDoS cost can be assessed at about $500,000—with some running significantly higher,” the company reported. “Costs are not limited to the IT group; they also have a large impact on units such as security and risk management, customer service, and sales.”

Check out the infographic below for more of Incapsula’s findings on the actual costs of DDoS attacks:

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/ddos-attacks-cost-businesses-40000-an-hour/

As the U.S. begins to feel winter’s icy grasp, a number of cities are turning to GPS data and the Internet of Things to help keep the roads clear during snowstorms.

Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo, N.Y. (parts of which received 60 inches of snow on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather), are among the many municipalities using machine-to-machine communication and engagement tools to modernize snow removal and other inclement weather requests from citizens. From sensors attached to snow plows and interactive mapping technology, residents remain more informed on travel conditions, while public works departments are seeing an increase in efficiency.

Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services teamed up with the city’s public works department to speed the process of addressing service calls for salting and snow issues. The plowing and salting strategy hasn’t changed – plows still clear the main roads, followed by secondary and side streets. But with GPS sensors now attached to the city’s snowplow fleet, it has made the entire operation a lot more transparent.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Internet-of-Things-Helps-Cities-Snow-Removal.html

Resiliency, Redundancy, Lightning Fast Performance and an Unbeatable Price, Combined with Microsoft Hyper-V Integration, Makes StorTrends the Perfect Catch

 

NORCROSS, Ga. – StorTrends® today announced that National Fish & Seafood, one of the nation's leading suppliers of seafood to distributors, retailers and restaurants, has deployed a StorTrends high performance storage area network (SAN) to ensure the resiliency and protection of its data, and consequently its business. 

 

National Fish & Seafood's value to its customers and partners is directly related to its ability to not only provide the highest quality and freshest seafood, but in its consistent delivery of the highest levels of customer service.  In order to help ensure these goals, National Fish & Seafood utilizes an immense implementation of Infor Adage ERP software to support its team at its headquarters office in Gloucester, Massachusetts manage hundreds of transactions each day, and a highly sophisticated supply chain with hundreds of touch points, product SKUs, etc., as well as to support its buyers across the globe in managing thousands of supplier and partner records. 

 

Together, these systems and activity create a veritable sea of data, which can be as slippery as a freshly caught flounder to manage.  In order to help streamline management of its front office operations, National Fish & Seafood recently updated portions of its physical server infrastructure into a virtual environment.  In addition to easing management burden, the goal was to increase data protection and resiliency, as well as to reduce cost.  National Fish & Seafood then turned its attention to finding a data storage solution that would further support these goals.

 

Working with Prevare, a leading end-to-end IT solutions provider, National Fish & Seafood evaluated a number of potentially viable solutions.  In the end, StorTrends stood out and was chosen for its superior features and functionality, as well as its price.  The StorTrends storage arrays, which were deployed utilizing two single controller units in a high availability (HA) configuration (SAN), have delivered the required levels of resiliency, redundancy and failover protection, as well as automatic data tiering and Zoned Bit Recording for performance, an easy to manage interface via its ManageTrends™ GUI, and certified integration with Microsoft Hyper-V.

 

"When we sat down with Prevare to review options, it became clear that StorTrends was the right choice for our business," said Andrew Marenghi, IT Director, National Fish & Seafood.  "The StorTrends array had the specific capabilities we were looking for, the integration with Hyper-V and a price tag that was much less than we anticipated.  A true value."

 

"The StorTrends HA configuration has lived up to its promise - its failover capabilities have been tested and met the challenge perfectly - allowing National Fish & Seafood to recover virtually instantly and maintain service availability," said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends.  "And, because I/O performance remains lightning fast and creating new volumes via ManageTrends is easier than ever, National Fish & Seafood can efficiently and cost effectively manage its high volume workload environments, and consequently maintain its uncompromising levels of customer service."

 

"We are very happy with our StorTrends investment," concluded Marenghi.  "I'm completely satisfied with its performance and ease of management with the software GUI, as well as the fact that it works seamlessly with Hyper-V.  And, now the array is truly battle-tested.  Of course, we are also delighted with the cost reduction we have seen since implementing the StorTrends arrays."

 

To read more about National Fish & Seafood, and other StorTrends customers, please visit: http://www.stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/

Tweet this:  National Fish & Seafood deploys @StorTrends high performance SAN to manage and protect sea of datahttp://www.stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/

 

About StorTrends
StorTrends® from American Megatrends isPerformance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state & local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from All-Flash Storage, Hybrid Storage to Spinning Disk Solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ Customer Installations, 100+ Storage Patents and nearly 30 Years of IT Leadership from a company that millions or people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc.

UK colocation provider LDeX Group recognised for achieving 897 percent revenue growth over the last five years

 

LONDON LDeX Group has today announced that it has been named as the 31st fastest growing technology company in the United Kingdom at this year’s Deloitte Fast 50 awards, which took place yesterday evening at the Montcalm Hotel in London.

 

The prestigious accolade was awarded to the independent datacentre and network connectivity provider having achieved an exponential revenue growth of 897% over the last five years. The award highlights the growing success of LDeX as a national datacentre operator in the United Kingdom.

 

Now in its seventeenth year, the Deloitte Fast 50 awards ranks the country’s 50 fastest growing technology companies, based on revenue growth over the last five years, and includes both public and private companies of all sizes in the technology arena, such as Skyscanner and Just Eat Plc.

 

Rob Garbutt, CEO at LDeX Group commented: “We are very proud to be recognised as the 31st fastest growing company in the UK. As an expanding datacentre operator, our growth has come as a result of our acute focus on providing best in class customer service as well as the team’s commitment to operational excellence.”

 

He added: “We believe that this award showcases to the industry how customer service is paramount to successful commercial growth in an otherwise difficult and competitive trading environment.”

David Halstead, Partner leading the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, said: “The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 gives great profile to technology companies and is internationally recognised as being one of the most important business awards in the sector.”

 

“The 2014 Deloitte Fast 50 shows that tremendous growth rates are still possible, with software sectors showing particular strength, they have had the greatest amount of entries in the past five years. This year’s ranking highlights the importance of being innovative and finding a niche product or service, to beat the recession.”

 

The colocation provider will automatically be entered in the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA programme, which ranks the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

 

For further information, please contact marketing@ldexgroup.co.uk.

READING, UK – Following an incredibly successful twelve months of rapid development, growth and expansion, Fairsail is delighted to announce that it has been included in the Deloitte 2014 UK Technology Fast 50. The award recognizes Fairsail as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the UK.

 

The Deloitte UK Fast 50 is one of the UK's foremost technology awards, recognizing the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK. Covering all sectors of technology, from B2B and consumer tech companies, to services and gaming, this prestigious award is presented to companies by ranking based on revenue growth over the last five years.

 

Through its global cloud HRMS (HR management system), Fairsail has been hugely successful in helping fast growing mid-size organizations transform the way they acquire, engage, manage and develop their people. This is particularly the case for rapidly expanding multinationals whose growth is being hampered by their inability to manage the changing nature of work and the emergence of a new modern workforce. This, coupled with a global skills crisis, requires organizations to meet the challenges of finding new ways to engage their people, providing consistently great workforce experiences in order to be able to attract, motivate and retain the best talent.

 

“Fairsail is disrupting the cloud HR market with an innovative product that meets the needs of growing global mid-size organizations that know more about their customers than their workforces,” said Adam Hale, CEO at Fairsail. “To be recognized with an award that has been previously presented to companies and customers like Betfair and SDL, that have been equally as disruptive in their own markets, brings us a great sense of appreciation and pride.”

 

The award tops off a great year of innovation and numerous customer wins for Fairsail. When global tech company SDL wanted to integrate their formerly autonomous businesses in thirty-eight countries into a single operation, they chose Fairsail to take them there.

 

Another notable customer is Betfair, where Fairsail beat Workday to provide a global cloud HR system that manages Betfair’s 1,600 multinational workforce; paramount was the ability to implement rapidly, delivering their system within ninety days.

 

“Our treble digit growth in the last twelve months is evidence that Fairsail is meeting the needs of our target market,” commented Hale. “We are enabling our customers to manage their modern workforces, delivering immediate value, while enabling responsive and agile growth.”

 

Fairsail joins the Fast 50 at number 39, and 4th fastest growing firm in the South East. As winners in the UK Technology Fast 50, Fairsail receives automatic entry into the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA programme, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa over the last five years. Adam Hale adds, “Our product is all about helping companies to maximize their talent, allowing talent the freedom to express themselves in the roles they excel in. This recognition of our growth is perfect evidence of how talented talent can grow companies fast and firm.”

 

About Fairsail

Fairsail enables mid-size, multinational companies to manage modern workforces through its global cloud HRMS, transforming how organizations acquire, engage, manage and develop their people. Implemented quickly and simple to use, the system increases company productivity, reduces operational costs and provides better experiences across the entire workforce. Fairsail’s customer portfolio includes Laird, Roto Rooter, Antea Group, Cobalt International Energy, Solarwinds, Betfair, SDL, Monitise, and Cooper Gay.

Supply Chain Resilience Management Elearning Course 

ICOR and Resilinc, Corp have partnered to bring you the world's only elearning course that focuses on the mitigation of supply chain risk. With the recent world-wide disasters that have severely impacted supply chains globally, it is time to learn how to mitigate supply chain risk. 

Supply Chain Resilience Management course (SCRM 2000) is designed to ensure that all students have a complete understanding of the supply chain risk and resiliency practices and techniques used by leading companies today. Offered as a "live" eLearning course over a two-week timeframe, SCRM 2000 combines the benefits of "learning from home" and interaction with a "live" classroom environment using ICOR's interactive eLearning education system.

Supply chain resilience is the ability of a company to protect the continuity of supply and achieve sustained operational performance in the event of global multi-tier disruptions of any type at any frequency from ongoing to catastrophic. SCRM 2000 aligns to the guidance and requirements of ISO 28000, PD 25222, & ISO 31000. After completing this course, students will be able to apply supply chain resiliency techniques and best practices to their organization or to their consulting practice.    

The course is intended for individuals who are currently engaged in supply chain or procurement functions, business continuity and risk management, or who are in other functional areas but have an interest in gaining additional insights regarding proactively addressing future supply chain disruptions.
ANSI
Based on University Elearning Programs, Supply Chain Risk Mitigation is an interactive "live" elearning opportunity.  SCRM 2000 is the only ANSI Accredited Certificate Program in supply chain risk management.

How does it work?
This interactive elearning course runs over a two week timeframe - Monday, December 1-- Friday, December 12, 2014.  There is extended 5 days of time to complete the essay exam after December 12, 2014.  Access course materials at times convenient to you and complete the following activities each week:
  1. Virtual Instruction:  View and listen to Resilinc expert teach for approximately 1 hour each week.
  2. "Live" Discussions with Students World-Wide:  Participate in a virtual classroom discussion and answer 2-3 discussion questions each week.
  3. Learn from Experts: There is 30-60 pages of reading material assigned each week to supplement the instruction.  Learn from industry experts and the latest research.
  4. Provide Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Mitigation Strategies to the Leadership of your Organization:  As part of the course you will be required to write an essay exam to respond to an issue in supply chain risk mitigation by senior management.  The work completed in this course can be applied to the mitigation of supply chain risk and ensure supply chain resilience for your organization.

Course Outline 
  • A holistic review of supply chain management risk and resilience chain management: Introduction, standards, and definitions
  • Creating a supply chain resilience program - organizing for success
  • Measuring supply chain risk - measures, metrics, and hot spots
  • Proactively planning for supply chain resilience - plan before the crisis
  • How to react quickly to supply chain disruptions and organized crisis response - handling disruptions after the fact
  • Supply chain risk mitigation approaches - techniques for reducing potential risk and future impacts
  • Case studies in supply chain risk and resilience - apply the course concepts
Target Audience 
Intended for individuals who are presently engaged in supply chain or procurement
functions, business continuity, risk management or who are in other functional areas
but have an interest in gaining additional insights regarding proactively addressing
future supply chain disruptions.

Credentialing and Accreditation
ANSI
Successful completion of the Supply Chain Resilience Management Course requirements and passing the exam with an 80% or higher earns students an ANSI Accredited Certificate and the designation of Supply Chain Risk Associate (SCRA).
 

Registration Information  
Course Fee Information
Members of ICOR and ICOR Education Partners:  $805.50
Non-Members: $895.00

Class Dates: December 1-12, 2014 

Online Registration

Questions?  Contact Education@theicor.org or call toll free (North America) 1.866.765.8321 or +1.630.705/0910 (outside North America)
 

About Resilinc

Resilinc is the leading provider of supply chain resiliency solutions and delivers scalable enterprise solutions that enable supply chain professionals to gain visibility across multiple tiers of their complex, global supply chains. With a comprehensive offering that encompasses multi-tier supply chain mapping, single points of failure analytics, global disruption event monitoring and management, mitigation workflow, and part-level supply chain compliance programs such as conflict minerals.   

Resilinc Resilinc has become the leader in comprehensive supply chain resiliency solutions. Resilinc helps customers achieve supply chain resiliency through innovative and patent-pending technology, an extensive resiliency-driven supply network, and a proven comprehensive enterprise scale solution that delivers strong value to both clients and supplier partners. For more information, visit www.resilinc.com.

 

 

About the Instructor:   Bindiya Vakil 

Bindiya Vakil is CEO and founder of Resilinc and is a recognized thought leader in the area of supply chain risk management. She has been a practitioner in high-tech supply chain management with companies including Flextronics, Cisco and Broadcom.  

Ms. Vakil has a master's degree in supply chain management from MIT and her research focus has been on risk quantification and product resiliency.

NEW YORK – Send Word Now, the leading worldwide provider of emergency notification and critical communications services for business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), announced today its participation in the upcoming 24th annual Clean Gulf Conference, December 2-4, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

The company will occupy booth #155 on the exhibit floor, where more than 200 vendors and over 2,000 attendees – all key professionals and decision makers throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond – will converge to take part in a variety of conference sessions, and share the latest trends and best practices in oil spill response operations.

Visitors to Send Word Now's booth will see demonstrations of its award-winning Alerting Service, previously recognized by DRI International as "Notification System of the Year," along with optional and popular features, such as WeatherBlast®, Desktop Alerting and Self-Registration Portal.

Send Word Now's critically acclaimed SaaS-based Alerting Service features a 100% uptime guarantee Service Level Agreement (SLA) to fully support rapid, two-way and multimodal communications for a variety of emergency scenarios. Among the numerous benefits experienced by the company's global client base, which includes several high-profile oil refining and transportation companies, are faster team mobilizations; a true, common operating picture; greater personnel accountability; and improved incident command.

Send Word Now will also showcase its latest proprietary and fully integrated product offering, SWN Direct, during the San Antonio event. SWN Direct enables rapid, secure and encrypted interactions between an organization and its key stakeholders through a powerful mobile application for iPhone® and Android® devices.  

"Considered by many to be the biggest reunion in North America for oil spill response professionals, the Clean Gulf Conference presents an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our emergency communications portfolio and the many successes of our clients," said Lorin Bristow, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Send Word Now. "We are very excited to take part, and look forward to participating in the many educational and networking activities planned throughout the course of the three-day event."

About Send Word Now
http://www.sendwordnow.com/ | 212.379.4900 | 800.388.4796 | marketing@sendwordnow.com
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Headquartered in New York City, Send Word Now is the leading provider of on-demand alerting for crisis communication. The company's easy-to-use, web-based emergency notification solutions and mobile applications are used by businesses, government agencies, universities and non-profit organizations to ensure fast, effective, two-way communication when it is needed the most. Other solutions within Send Word Now's expansive portfolio include desktop alerting, IVR, integrated incident management, and SWN Direct, a revolutionary new recipient mobile app for urgent communication and collaboration.

Among its many accolades, Send Word Now was named a "Leader" in Gartner's 2014 Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services. Its Alerting Service was recently awarded "Notification System of the Year" by DRI International, and the company received the 2013 Small Business Achievement Award from the Department of Homeland Security for its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

SHELTON, Conn. – HealthPlanOne (HPO) today announced that it has once again been named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.  Climbing to a rank of #159, HealthPlanOne's revenue grew 679 percent over the evaluation period from 2009 to 2013.

HealthPlanOne Logo.

"We're honored to once again be recognized on this prestigious list of companies," said Bill Stapleton, HealthPlanOne's Chief Executive Officer." This achievement reflects the success our health plan clients experience when they partner with HPO. Our innovative solutions reduce the cost of acquiring new members while providing a superior customer experience."

"For 20 years, the Deloitte Fast 500 rankings have honored the innovation that is part of these companies' DNA," said Jim Atwell, national managing partner of the emerging growth company practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "We're glad to be serving these high-growth companies, and helping the technology sector recognize the great strides and transformation these companies are making in their respective areas."

About Deloitte's 2014 Technology Fast 500™
Technology Fast 500, conducted by Deloitte LLP, provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies – both public and private – in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2009 to 2013.

About HealthPlanOne, LLC
Founded in 2006, HealthPlanOne (HPO) is a best in class member acquisition company in the Medicare and individual health insurance markets.  Through its digital marketing, proprietary technology and call center operations, HPO assists health plans in the acquisition of incremental cost effective members. For more information please visit: http://www.healthplanone.com or www.medicaresolutions.com.

Membership Growth Speeds National Coverage


ST. LOUIS, Mo. –
Restoration Affiliates (RA), a national alliance of some of the largest and most established, independently owned restoration companies in America, continues to further its goal of providing national restoration coverage through a collaborative network of local firms.

Recent growth of Restoration Affiliates has increased coverage to more than 77 markets with over $300 million in disaster restoration contracts servicing natural and man-made disasters coast-to-coast. The network has grown to 33 local partners in less than one year.

“RA's rapid growth allows our members to better serve their larger clients and respond to catastrophic situations across multiple locations," said Damon Gersh, founding RA member and President and CEO of Maxons Restorations, Inc. in New York. "By establishing a trusted peer-to-peer service network, we can provide a single-source solution nationally for all fire, water, and storm related emergencies."

The alliance was founded to compete with national restoration firms by leveraging the power of local knowledge, local relationships, and local expertise. Companies within the network must adhere to strict association criteria to be considered for membership. Companies are independently owned, established market leaders with a track record of success and proven large loss capabilities. They all guarantee emergency response within 2 hours and provide regular, written updates on every project. Members are also strictly vetted, licensed, insured, and all fully warranty their workmanship.

“With the help of RA, all of our partners can guarantee the best service for their clients nationally," said Debbie Bogar, President of Restoration Affiliates, "and I’m happy to say that our members have increased capabilities, responsiveness, and success due to their involvement in our organization.”


About Restoration Affiliates:

Restoration Affiliates (RA) is a national network of independent, full-service disaster restoration companies serving 77 markets nationwide. RA provides single-source solutions for all fire, water, and storm related emergencies by leveraging a national network of resources, relationships, and technological capabilities. To inquire about membership or view member case studies, visit www.restorationaffiliates.com or email info@restorationaffiliates.com.