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SYDNEY – NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) today announced a wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, Inc., a leading electronic components and enterprise computing solutions provider. Under the agreement, Arrow will distribute NetComm Wireless' cellular M2M products to diverse markets spanning telecommunications, medical, transportation and industrial in North America.

The collaboration combines NetComm Wireless' innovative M2M products with Arrow's expansive market reach to deliver advanced remote management benefits to customers throughout North America. Designed for flexible use across all industry sectors, NetComm Wireless' open platform cellular M2M routers integrate a Software Development Kit (SDK) to enable custom M2M application development for any business function.

"This agreement with NetComm Wireless enhances our M2M portfolio and delivers unique advantages to diverse market segments. NetComm Wireless is globally renowned for its market-leading M2M innovations, and we are pleased to extend these benefits to customers throughout North America," said Joseph Zaloker, director of technical marketing for Arrow’s North American global components segment.

"We look forward to working with Arrow to further strengthen our distribution channel in North America, and add substantially to our global growth objectives. This collaboration provides the scope needed to meet surging demand for flexible M2M products designed to enable diverse applications in a highly fragmented environment," said David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director, NetComm Wireless.

A Fortune 150 company with a global network covering 58 countries, Arrow is an industry-leading supply channel partner that delivers technological solutions to diverse markets. 
 
Enquiries to: Yumi Bondy - NetComm Wireless
Phone: +61 2 9424 2542 or email: yumi.bondy@netcommwireless.com     

 
About NetComm Wireless Limited
NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For 32 years NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is a respected global provider of 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s diverse home, business and industrial broadband applications and designed to optimise the performance of global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, the Middle East and Japan. For more information about NetComm visit: www.netcommwireless.com.

CHICAGO – Today CNA Warranty announced a strategic alliance with Remi®, a leading equipment maintenance and asset management program service provider. CNA plans to expand their broad portfolio of insurance products and coverages to now offer a program to manage the risk of equipment maintenance and repair.   

The new program, CNA Equipment Maintenance Program (EMP) with client service powered by Remi, provides a unique alternative to traditional equipment maintenance agreements offered by original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The program consolidates all extended equipment maintenance agreements under one agreement, offering one renewal and billing date, consistent terms and conditions, and an online portal to manage maintenance histories. Clients are expected to save an average of 10-20% over purchasing individual agreements from the OEM. 

The program is ideal for organizations that purchase high-value equipment and incur significant expenses on maintenance to extend the life of this equipment. Eligible equipment types range from general office equipment to sophisticated laboratory and medical equipment typically only covered by extended OEM service agreements.

"We are very excited to expand our product offerings to include this new program," said Brian Loebach, Senior Vice President, Warranty, CNA. "Remi has been an established provider of equipment maintenance programs for over 15 years. Their reputation compliments our deep expertise in the warranty business, and we are confident this alliance will bring a best-in-class product to our customers."

Dan Schuster, CEO, Remi, said, "We recognize CNA is one of the largest warranty and service contract insurers in the U.S. Together, the strengths of our two companies will make this product a win for all our clients."

For more information on this new product offering, please contact Becky Alfieri at (913)832-6258 or rebecca.alfieri@cna.com

Remi has successfully delivered equipment maintenance programs since 1998 and currently manages 20 statewide programs. In 2014, Remi received the Inc. 5000 Award for the third year in a row for being one of the country's fastest growing privately-held companies. In 2014, Remi was presented with a Bronze Stevie® Award for Business of the Year for the second year in a row during the 12th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago, IL. "Remi" is a service mark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. www.theremigroup.com

Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country's eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company.  CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. The products and/or services described above are provided by CNA Warranty Services, Inc, and/or CNA Warranty Services of Florida, Inc. The information is intended to present a general overview for illustrative purposes only. It is not intended to constitute a binding contract. Please remember that only the equipment contract can provide the actual terms, coverages, amounts, conditions and exclusions for a contract holder. All products and services may not be available in all states and may be subject to change without notice. Use of the term "partnership" and/or "partner" should not be construed to represent a legally binding partnership. CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Copyright © 2014 CNA. All rights reserved. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. "CNA" is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "CNA" service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

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Consolidated view enables users to focus on alarms without losing sight of the bigger picture

LANSING, Mich. — IDV Solutions, LLC and Vanderbilt Industries today announced that the companies have formed a technical partnership and completed an integration of Vanderbilt’s SMS physical access control system (PACS) with IDV Solutions’ Visual Command Center® enterprise risk visualization (ERV) platform.

Using a combination of the two technologies, security operations teams can visualize alarms for events like doors propped open, windows forced, or unauthorized entry attempts. Visual Command Center provides context for alarms, showing the building location, nearby assets, and surrounding events; such as current and forecast weather, natural disasters, terrorist threats or the release of hazardous materials.

Visual Command Center provides security operations teams with a single enterprise platform for risk awareness and response which visualizes a company’s assets—such as buildings, employee locations, corporate events and supply routes—along with events that may threaten those assets on an interactive map and timeline. When Visual Command Center detects a potential threat near an asset or employee location, it automatically alerts operators, who can use powerful visualization, filtering, and query tools to assess the threat, and then proactively mitigate risk.

Vanderbilt Industries is a global leader in creating state-of-the-art security systems. The company innovates access control technology by designing, manufacturing and distributing systems that make environments safe, secure and easy to maintain. Vanderbilt’s products range from single-user systems so simple that they can be installed in one day to highly customized applications that fit the unique requirements of leading multi-national corporations.

“Connecting Visual Command Center to a Vanderbilt Industries PACS will give users real-time alerts and the tools needed to assess threats, without having to switch between applications during an emergency,” said Ian Clemens, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, IDV Solutions. “This provides security teams a consolidated view of everything that’s happening, supporting them as they take action to protect people and facilities.”

“With our many enterprise-level clients, integration to Visual Command Center is a critical component in managing the security ecosystem,” said Mitchell Kane, Vanderbilt President. “Partnering with IDV enables us to offer an additional level of functionality and ease of use that complex organizations seek.”

 

About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC helps organizations take command of risk by delivering Enterprise Risk Visualization capabilities through software and services that enable organizations to protect their assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance.  Its Visual Command Center software is an enterprise platform for risk awareness and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk.  By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government manage risk through visualization, IDV Solutions and its products have earned a reputation for innovation, speed, and the highest quality user experience.

 

About Vanderbilt Industries

Vanderbilt Industries is a global leader in creating state-of-the-art security systems. Vanderbilt’s innovative approach to access control technology from design, manufacturing, through to distribution makes environments safe, secure and easy to maintain. Vanderbilt’s products range from single-user systems so simple that they can be installed in one day to highly customized applications that fit the unique requirements of leading multi-national corporations. Our product line includes the bright blue® and SMS access control systems, as well as enterprise video solutions.  To learn more, please visit www.vanderbiltindustries.com and follow us on Twitter @VanderbiltInd. 

The 2014 BCI Global business continuity Awards will be presented on Nov. 5, 2014, at London’s Science Museum as part of BCI World.

The BCI has published the list of individuals and organizations that have been shortlisted for an award. These are:

Business Continuity Consultant of the Year

  • Paul Trebilcock MBCI, Director, JBT Global
  • Thomas Keegan MBCI, Middle East Enterprise Resilience Leader, PwC
  • Bill Crichton FBCI, Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Crichton Continuity Consulting Ltd
  • Harvey Betan MBCI, Principal, H betan Inc
  • Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI, Manager, Ventures Middle East
  • Peter Frielinghaus MBCI, Senior BCM Advisor, ContinuitySA
  • Mohammed Chughtai MBCI, Managing Director of Business Continuity, RecoveryWorks Consulting

Business Continuity Manager of the Year

  • Werner Verlinden FBCI, Vice President Business Continuity Management, Reed Elsevier
  • John Zeppos FBCI, Group Business Continuity Management Director, OTE Group of Companies
  • Nisar Ahmed Khan MBCI, Business Continuity Management Leader, Kuwait Finance House
  • Abdulrahman Alonaizan MBCI, Head of Business Continuity Management, Arab National Bank (ANB)
  • Sylvain Prefumo MBCI, Head of Business, State Bank of Mauritius Ltd
  • Dave Morgan MBCI, Senior Business Continuity Program Manager, Delta Dental

Public Sector Business Continuity Manager of the Year

  • Brian Gray MBCI, Chief – Business Continuity Management, United Nations
  • James McAlister MBCI, Business Continuity Manager, Merseyside Police
  • Ian Goldfinch MBCI, Manager, ICT Continuity Planning, SA Health
  • Dr Clifford Ferguson AMBCI, Government Pensions Administration Agency

Most Effective Recovery of the Year

  • Bank of New Zealand
  • EDP Distribucao
  • Telus Communications
  • Barclays Bank of Kenya 
  • Commercial International Bank (S.A.E) - Egypt
  • Mobily
  • Telekom Deutschland GmbH

BCM Newcomer of the Year

  • Luke Bird MBCI, Business Continuity Executive, Atos
  • Mohammad Farhan Khan AMBCI, Senior BCM Consultant, Protiviti Middle East
  • Leanne Metz AMBCI, Associate Director, Enterprise Program Management Office, Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Yasmine Elhamouly AMBCI, Business Continuity Manager, PwC
  • Mark Dossetor AMBCI, Manager Business Continuity, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI)

Business Continuity Team of the Year

  • Franklin Templeton Investments
  • NBAD
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Commercial International Bank (S.A.E) - Egypt 
  • Barclays Bank of Kenya
  • ATO Business Continuity Management Team

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Service)

  • Continuity Shop
  • EHDF
  • Plan B Disaster Recovery
  • Avalution Consulting
  • Phoenix Quickstart
  • Linus Information Security Solutions 
  • Hewlett-Packard Australia - Continuity Services 
  • Sungard Availability Services 

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Product)

  • ezBCM
  • Phoenix
  • Sungard Availability Services
  • ResilienceONE® BCM Software 
  • Linus Information Security Solutions

Business Continuity Innovation of the Year (Product/Service)

  • PAN Software Pty. Ltd.
  • Cobalt
  • Pinbellcom Limited
  • Linus Revive Business Continuity Management System
  • Deloitte 

Industry Personality of the Year

  • Peter Brouggy
  • Chittaranjan Kajwadkar MBCI
  • Frank Perlmutter FBCI
  • Braam Pretorius
  • Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI
  • Andy Tomkinson MBCI
  • John Zeppos FBCI

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Aon Global Risk Consulting, in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has released its Aon Risk Maturity Index Insight Report, October 2014.

This year’s report indicates six main findings:

1. Confirmation of past analysis on the inverse relationship between a higher Risk Maturity Rating and lower stock price volatility, and a direct relationship between a higher Risk Maturity Rating and superior operational financial performance.

2. Confirmation of past analysis on the relationship between a higher Risk Maturity Rating and the relative resilience of an organization’s stock price in the immediate aftermath of significant risk events.

3. Identification that the 2013/2014 bull equity market environment may have an equalizing effect on an organization’s stock price and create a false sense of security around to need to invest in a robust, holistic risk management approach.

4. Introduction of new findings that evidence a correlation between board risk oversight practices and risk maturity.

5. Groundbreaking new research showing a direct relationship between risk-based forecasting and planning and firm volatility and earnings predictability.

6. Introduction of cross-over analysis to Aon’s Global Risk Management Survey that indicates while organizations appear to identify similar opportunities and risks an organization’s level of planning, preparedness and response to these risks is distinctly different.

The report was developed as a means of driving marketplace insight on the relationship between an organization’s risk maturity and factors that drive organizational performance. This edition of the report confirmed findings from previous analyses, which found that more mature risk management practices directly correlate to stronger financial results and organizational and stock price resiliency in response to significant risk events.

http://www.aon.com/riskmaturityindex/

The Army National Guard's first cyber protection team received its new shoulder sleeve insignia during a ceremony conducted by US Army Cyber Command/Second Army.

Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general, US Army Cyber Command, cited the ceremony as a major milestone for Army cyberspace operations, Guard and Reserve forces and for the Army.

"It is another indication of the tremendous momentum that the Army is building to organize, train and equip its cyberspace operations forces," Cardon said. "Army Cyber Command is taking a Total Force approach to building and employing the Army's cyber force."

The new cyber protection team is the first of almost a dozen similar Army National Guard/active duty cyber protection teams, according to Cardon.

Cardon cited the experience that Army Guard soldiers bring with them from both the military and civilian sectors as being beneficial to the mission. "They bring a wide range of experience, not only from serving in the Army National Guard, but also from working in industry, state government or other government agencies," he said. The teams will be responsible for conducting defensive cyberspace operations, readiness inspections and vulnerability assessments as well as a variety of other cyber roles and missions.

www.army.mil/news/nationalguard

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from noted ethics and compliance expert, as well as steel guitar player, Chris Bauer.

Okay, you know that you need to have effective compliance training but do you really know what will actually make it effective? The reality is that far too many compliance training program fail on multiple counts. With compliance as critical as it is, that is unacceptable. Thankfully, there are a few areas which, if attended to well, can correct many of the most-frequently seen problems with the development and execution of these programs.

Here are five of the areas I see getting missed time after time in compliance training programs.

Do you actually have a solid, working definition of what compliance is? I see ethics, compliance, and accountability as being ‘cross-defined’ all the time. Do they inter-relate? Absolutely and it’s even a great idea to inter-relate them in your training. However, until you are clear about what you mean by all three of those terms, your training will leave employees confused and confusion is never good for compliance training…

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http://tfoxlaw.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/five-quick-and-easy-ways-to-sabotage-your-compliance-training/

Something was bound to happen eventually.  Isn’t that what disaster planning all about; prepare for the unplanned events that can throw things in chaos? After years of never experiencing any sort of terrorist actions, today that changed in Ottawa, Canada. Terrorists, which is what they attackers are being called at the moment, shot and killed a RCMP officer guarding the Canadian War Memorial and stormed the Parliament building, where Members of Parliament were actually on site. On Monday – Oct 20/14 – a radical ran down two Canadian soldiers in uniform; one later dying in hospital.

It pains me to know that a soldier guarding a memorial for fallen soldiers – in all wars – dies protecting that memorial.  Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

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http://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/canadian-disaster-and-emergency-planning-changes-forever-today-october-22-2014/

At the moment, there is no greater priority in enterprise IT than building out and leveraging the cloud. Organizations that make the transition successfully will reap the benefits of a more agile infrastructure and lower costs. Those that don’t will fall into obsolescence.

But the sheer number of options when it comes to cloud services and infrastructure is mind-boggling. Whether it is public, private or hybrid, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS or the numerous permutations within those groups, the roadmap to a successful cloud environment is far from clear.

Like any IT deployment, it all starts with the platform you choose. This is particularly crucial when it comes to the private cloud because it is the owned-and-operated rock upon which all other cloud services will be built. And it is why we’ve seen such a plethora of options lately, both from traditional IT vendors and the rising tide of cloud providers.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/new-platforms-bring-public-vs.-private-clouds-into-focus.html

October 23, 2014

Business Travel Risks

There are a number of reasons organizations need to be paying attention to their employees’ travel risks, including health scares, natural disasters and political unrest. Since unpredictable events like these are now a global reality, many businesses are taking a hard look at business travel risks and ways they can protect their employees abroad.

In fact, 80% of travelers believe their companies have a legal obligation to protect them abroad, according to On Call International LLC’s report, “Travel Risk Management.” This means employees may blame their organization if their health or safety is compromised during a business trip. Because so much is at stake for companies that send staff members across the globe, it is important for employers to understand business travel risks and implement a travel risk management strategy to protect their workforce—and their company.

The study notes that companies need to be prepared to respond quickly and effectively to any travel-related incident. Responses should also put the needs of the employee first. Companies need to anticipate the risks and prevent them from occurring–or at least limit their potential impact.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/business-travel-risks/