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Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Handling de-resilient leadership

n his previous article Paul Kudray challenged readers to attempt to find out if their organization's leaders are resilient or de-resilient. In this article he addresses what to do if your organization and leaders aren’t as resilient as they would like to think they are! 

Since posing the challenging question about de-resilience in my previous article, we’ve sadly witnessed more tragic atrocities against society. Whatever the reasons are behind any acts of terrorism, and however they may change us, life carries on. To do anything less than continue, would be giving in; and that’s not in our DNA! 

It goes without saying that we feel sickened and saddened by what happened in Paris – and is still happening for many in areas such as Beirut and Syria. Words sound hollow, but we have every sympathy for those affected by disaster. It is one of our strongest motivators for continuing to build more resilient capabilities and societies for the future.

With greater resilience in mind - did you ask them? Did you have the audacity to face the challenge and ask your boss ‘the’ question?



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Global supply chain risks remain high

Global supply chain risk remained ‘stubbornly high’ in the Q3 2015 Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet, as interconnected geopolitical developments threaten to redraw the supply chain map. 

The cross-border presence of ISIS throughout the Middle East, the subsequent re-introduction of border controls within Europe's Schengen zone and the easing of US sanctions on Iran and Cuba are starting to shift the global flow of products and services into new, unknown territory.

Dun & Bradstreet analysed 132 countries against a number of criteria, including level of exports, to assess issues and challenges along the supply chain to produce a global risk score. Global supply chain risk stands at 79.1 in Q3 2015, only slightly down from the record high of 82.4 two years ago and considerably higher than the pre-financial crisis level of just 40.4 in Q4 2003. In Q3 the reliability of global supply chains has been undermined by the rise of radical Islam, a more assertive Russia, unstable commodity prices and the prolonged fallout from the 2008 economic crisis. At the same time, the growth of longer and more complex supply chains allow regional disruptions to cripple supply chains hundreds of miles away.



Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

NI Health Trust Denies Data Loss Claims

A health trust in Northern Ireland has denied claims from a whistleblower that it suffered a data loss that put patients at risk.

It was stated by a source that at least two weeks of sensitive information had been lost following a system failure at the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital data centre, Derry Now reports.

According to the whistleblower, the trust has no back-ups and, as a result, information including appointments and referrals were lost.

However, the organisation has refuted these claims, explaining that the information affected by the problem was not lost, as it had already been processed or re-entered from manual records.

“The Trust has carried out an extensive data verification process where all parties who had been making referrals have been requested to verify that their data has been processed, this includes any external organisations such as GP practices,” it stated.

However, the claims illustrate the problems that can be caused if organisations are not prepared for data loss, and emphasise the importance of having solutions on hand to recover such information.

From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/ni-health-trust-denies-data-loss-claims101.aspx

New Accessory With World's Fifth Largest Watch Maker to Deliver Smartwatch That Is Responsive, Not Intrusive

PALO ALTO, Calif. – HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) announced today the expansion of its Engineered by HP program, collaborating with the world's fifth largest watchmaker -- Titan -- to infuse technology seamlessly into the way consumers live, providing them with smart accessories that are productive and responsive, but not intrusive.

"Engineered by HP is reinventing the experience consumers have with everyday accessories by making existing objects smarter through innovative materials, design and technology, to keep people connected to the way they live today," said Sridhar Solur, General Manager, Wearables and Smart Platforms at HP Inc. 

"As a brand we are known for our design, manufacturing capabilities, innovation and quality. Moreover, our endeavor has been to always provide our consumers with something new. Our entry into the smartwatch market is another step in this direction," said S. Ravi Kant, CEO Watches and Accessories Division, Titan Company Limited. "Engineered by HP and Titan make a formidable duo with each lending the other a new dimension, resulting in smart timepieces designed with today's discerning consumer in mind."

Titan is a joint venture between the Tata Group and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation. The company is the world's fifth largest wristwatch manufacturer with over 15 million pieces sold annually in 32 countries around the world. 

HP developed the hardware modules, software and user interface, and is providing HP cloud services, for all of the brand smartwatches under the Engineered by HP program. HP also designed the app that allows users to configure and connect the watches to the cloud. Compatible with both Android (4.4+) and iOS (8+) devices, HP smart accessories will complement the styling of the world's top brands and offer a versatile range of design and functionality. Titan will be providing the design and manufacturing capability of the watch, which is reflective of the brand's rich heritage. 

Users no longer have to decide between tradition and technology. They can still wear a watch on their wrist infused with smart technology for a new era of access and connectivity. 

Building upon successful fashion and design relationships with Movado and Michael Bastian, Engineered by HP provides brands custom-crafted innovation, enabling them to create styles that offer a new era of access and connectivity for their customers.

HP will continue to expand its Engineered by HP platform to help brands integrate technology into beautifully designed pieces, and is currently working with additional designers and fashion brands that will be announced over the coming months. 

For more information about Engineered by HP, visit engineeredby.hp.com

About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP Inc. ("HP") and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of HP for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing HP's businesses; the competitive pressures faced by HP's businesses; risks associated with executing HP's strategy and plans for future operations and investments; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the need to manage third-party suppliers and the distribution of HP's products and services effectively; the protection of HP's intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; risks associated with HP's international operations; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers, clients and partners; the hiring and retention of key employees; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the execution, timing and results of restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost and the anticipated benefits of implementing those plans; the execution, timing and results of the restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost (including any possible disruption of HP's business) and the anticipated benefits of implementing the separation transaction and restructuring plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2015, and HP's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including HP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2015. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements. 

© 2015 HP Inc. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – GAWK Inc. (OTC PINK: GAWK) exhibited its dependability and redundancy during a planned power outage at its WebRunners data center at the Spectrum Center, in Irvine, CA November 15 & 16. Scott Kettle, CEO of GAWK, said, "Our high technological standards were tested recently and we passed with great success, showing how the Company's investment in infrastructure strength and service make us invaluable to our clients."

Henry Clarke, CEO of WebRunners, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of GAWK, stated, "We faced a difficult environment by a planned outage quite a bit longer than our normal testing and maintenance programs. The Irvine Company and Edison upgraded their power infrastructure due to continuing expansion of commercial space. Their planned time was 10pm - 6am. The building was completely cut off from utility power. Our systems were challenged, but all reacted as designed and anticipated with an immediate automated fail over to our redundant battery backup systems the entire power load was then shifted to the standby generator. We also placed small UPS units with 4 hours of capacity to insure key in-building clients were not affected by the outage. No customers were affected by the outage."

Kettle continued, "GAWK is ready for any emergency, natural or man-made, by being on a separate power grid. The WebRunners data center operates on our own power infrastructure inside of the building systems. We are completely isolated. Our entire data center can continue to operate for approximately 3 days without the need for additional fuel."

GAWK is building toward a national chain of data centers, with international expansion. The Company has a presence in 21 countries, and 31 major cities, (16 cities in the U.S.) The Company posted the best quarter since its inception recently, reporting that revenue was up 952%, and recently announced that the Company has signed a letter of intent to acquire all of the assets of Connexum, LLC, which will, on execution, bring GAWK's annual revenue to approximately $6 million.

About GAWK, Inc.

Gawk, Inc. offers a suite of cloud communications, cloud connectivity, cloud computing, and managed cloud-based applications solutions to small, medium, and large businesses; and offers domestic and international voice services to communications carriers worldwide. It offers a suite of advanced data center and cloud-based services, including fault tolerant, high availability cloud servers, which comprise platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and a content delivery network; managed network services that converge voice and data applications, structured cabling, wireless, and security services, as well as include Internet access via Ethernet or fiber at speeds ranging from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps; and data center solutions, including cloud services, colocation services, and business continuity services, such as storage and security. www.gawkinc.com

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this release that are not strictly historical facts are "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements are based on GAWK's current assumptions, beliefs and expectations, and involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause GAWK's actual results to be materially different from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some can be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "plan," "possibility," "offer," "if," "negotiate," "when," "believe," "will," "estimate," "continue," and similar expressions. Risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: ongoing and future intellectual property enforcement actions; the ability to successfully litigate or settle claims of patent infringement; GAWK's ability to obtain necessary financing, generate sufficient cash flow, and maintain appropriate indebtedness; and the increasing development of market competition in the area of telecommunications. These factors and others are described in more detail in GAWK's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks discussed in the "Risk Factors" section in GAWK's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Copies of these reports can be found on GAWK's website (http://gawkinc.com) under the heading "Investor Relations." GAWK is providing this information as of the date of this release and, except as required by law, does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

FusionStorm Becomes the Latest Certified Rack Partner to Provide Turnkey Mirantis Unlocked Appliances to Customers With Non-Stop Support

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, today announced FusionStorm as the latest Certified Rack Partner to offer Mirantis Unlocked Appliances. These turnkey, rack-based appliances ship with Mirantis OpenStack pre-configured to run in production environments and are easy to install, deploy and operate at scale.

FusionStorm customers will be able to buy the Mirantis Unlocked Appliance for Cloud Native Applications, a pre-validated turnkey environment designed for developing and deploying cloud native applications and container-based environments at scale, and pre-integrated, delivered and supported by FusionStorm.

"Enterprises around the world are evaluating OpenStack, but for some, the barrier to entry is too high. They need a turnkey solution that will be up and running in days, and reliable support for Day 2 operations," said Mirantis Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing, Jim Sangster. "Mirantis' select ecosystem of Certified Rack Partners will expand OpenStack's global footprint. We certified FusionStorm as our second rack partner because of their proven track record in delivering and supporting data center solutions to customers around the world."

FusionStorm brings industry-leading data center, networking, communications and collaboration solutions to customers around the world, backed by comprehensive design, engineering, integration, implementation, logistics, and 24x7 support and cloud services. In 2015, FusionStorm was named to the CRN Service Provider 500 and Tech Elite 250, and honored as Dell's "Do-More Partner of the Year" and EMC's "VPSEX Partner of the Year."

As part of the agreement, FusionStorm has joined the Mirantis Unlocked Partner program. Mirantis will join FusionStorm's InfiniStack Solutions, a portfolio of IT solution stacks that combines industry-standard hardware and software-defined networking technologies.

"OpenStack is a great platform for customers looking for an open standard-based infrastructure that is highly scalable and non-proprietary. By working with Mirantis, a pure play OpenStack provider, FusionStorm can offer a full solution to our clients," said FusionStorm Vice President, Pre-Sales and Professional Services, Core Technologies, Jim Glueck. 

To learn more about Mirantis Unlocked Appliances, visit https://www.mirantis.com/appliances.

About FusionStorm
FusionStorm is an award-winning IT solution provider with national U.S. coverage and global distribution capabilities. The company has a proven track record of success providing best-of-breed technology solutions to enterprises of all sizes, including some of the world's largest brands. To learn more about FusionStorm's world-class IT consulting, services and support, visit www.fusionstorm.com or call 800-228-8324 to speak with a representative directly.

About Mirantis
Mirantis is the pure play OpenStack company, delivering all the software, services, training, and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than on any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Mirantis is among the top three companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, and has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds in the world, at companies such as Cisco, Comcast, Ericsson, NASA, Samsung and Symantec. Mirantis is venture-backed by August Capital, Ericsson, Goldman Sachs, Insight Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Sielgler & Guff and WestSummit Capital, with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.

Move Consolidates Standards Efforts for IoT


PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) announced it would be acquiring substantially all of the assets of the UPnP Forum. In exchange, OIC will offer membership to UPnP Forum members. The agreement will streamline and consolidate efforts around both organizations’ technologies and infrastructure, leading to increased alignment on standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT). Specific membership transfers will be announced after the transaction closes at the end of 2015. 


Gartner predicts that there will be 21 billion IoT-connected devices in use by 2020; by that time, there must be an accepted common standard in place to ensure these devices are able to communicate and operate in the capacity they were designed for. This asset transfer with UPnP Forum is the OIC’s latest step in ensuring interoperability. 


"UPnP Forum pioneered the networking software protocols fundamental to today's Smart Home," said Mike Richmond, executive director, Open Interconnect Consortium. “The Open Interconnect Consortium is looking forward to working with our many new members to streamline specification development for the next generation of IoT-connected devices.” 


“We’re thrilled to join the Open Interconnect Consortium and have the opportunity to leverage their industry-leading technology in UPnP’s already massive suite of market-ready devices,” said Scott Lofgren, president of UPnP Forum. "UPnP devices play a unique role in the Smart Home that will dramatically enhance OIC's effort."


OIC will form a new UPnP Work Group to maintain the UPnP specifications, and certification tools within the overall OIC organization. OIC will offer legacy UPnP certification for a fee to companies who choose not to join OIC.


“Fragmentation amongst Internet of Things protocols and standard bodies has been one of the hurdles for wider industry adoption. Developers need to work together to ensure compatibility among protocols. VDC believes that OIC’s acquisition of the UPnP Forum’s assets is a positive step in building out the necessary infrastructure to deliver the promise of IoT,” said Christopher Rommel, VDC Research. 


For more information on the Open Interconnect Consortium, including its cloud-native architecture and industry-leading IP policies, please visit: http://openinterconnect.org/


About UPnP Forum

UPnP Forum is a global alliance of more than 1,000 industry-leading organizations working to enable device-to-device interoperability and facilitate easier and better networking in the home and beyond. The Forum promotes the adoption of uniform technical device interconnectivity standards and certifies devices conforming to these standards. UPnP Forum is an impartial group enabling member companies to participate and develop extensions to the UPnP Device Architecture, which defines how to use the Internet Protocol (IP) to communicate between devices, and Device Control Protocols (DCPs), which are services between devices. Members of UPnP Forum include market leaders in computing, printing and networking, consumer electronics, home appliances, automation, control and security, and mobile products.

About Open Interconnect Consortium

The Open Interconnect Consortium, a Delaware non-profit corporation, is being founded by leading technology companies with the goal of defining the connectivity requirements and ensuring interoperability of the billions of devices that will make up the emerging Internet of Things (IoT).

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LONDON, UK — Context Information Security has joined the “Bit9 + Carbon Black Connect” Alliance Program as an incident response (IR) partner. Bit9® + Carbon Black® is the market leader in Next-Generation Endpoint Security (NGES).


As a “Connect” IR partner, Context uses Carbon Black in investigating and remediating cyber incidents and breaches for its customers. Context deploys Carbon Black across endpoints within their clients’ environments to hunt for and investigate evidence of compromise, revealing the entire “kill chain” of the attack. Using Carbon Black, their responders can quickly identify malware, attacker tools and their access, to develop an intelligent and informed response. This enhanced visibility enables Context to rapidly contain attacks and accelerate remediation efforts.


“Carbon Black is an essential tool within our armoury. It is a key component in our investigations with its ability to interrogate the end point and to aid in our assessment of the forensic evidence left by the whole range of cyber threat actor groups during security breaches,” said Peter Barbour, Principal Investigative Consultant, Context. “Carbon Black in a cornerstone in our protection of our client base who rely on us to safeguard their reputation and prevent their customers from harm.”


“Combining the remarkable skills of the Context Incident Response Team with the cutting-edge capabilities of Bit9 + Carbon Black has truly created a force to be reckoned with,” said Tom Barsi, vice president of business development for Bit9 + Carbon Black. “Context now has the ability to offer its customers the industry’s most comprehensive solution to protect endpoint devices, where the valuable data that their attackers are targeting resides.”


About the “Bit9 + Carbon Black Connect” Alliance Partner Program

The “Bit9 + Carbon Black Connect” Alliance Partner Program integrates the leading endpoint and server security solution from Bit9 + Carbon Black with solutions from top companies in four categories:

  • Incident response
  • Managed security services
  • Threat intelligence
  • Network security, analytics and SIEM

This enables enterprises to create a unified defence against cyber threats. Enterprises that deploy the Bit9 Security Platform and/or Carbon Black with certified alliance partners’ offerings experience a fully integrated strengthening of their security posture, a decrease in their total cost of ownership, achievement of faster deployment times, and gain increased value from their integrated solutions.


About Context IS

Context is an independently managed cyber security consultancy, founded in 1998. Our broad service portfolio covers the areas of security penetration testing and assurance, incident response and investigations, and technical security research.

We specialise in providing network security monitoring and incident response services, with offerings across the full spectrum of consultancy - from training and familiarisation through to rapid incident response and long-term dedicated monitoring. These services have been designed and honed through extensive experience to give organisations the support and capability they need to effectively and efficiently detect, respond to and protect against the most sophisticated cyber threats.

In recognition of our capability and reputation in this area Context were among the first companies to be accredited under the joint CESG and CPNI run Cyber Incident Response Scheme and we are one of only five companies currently accredited under this scheme.

Assured cloud services provider announces enhanced and updated services for customers


LONDON – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company today announced that its full range of assured cloud services will be available on the latest iteration of the G-Cloud Framework – G-Cloud 7. 


Skyscape is committed to supporting public sector digital transformation and recognises how important service performance and customer support are to its customers who deliver critical services to citizens. As a result, the company is announcing various new service enhancements will be available for its customers on G7. 


“As a firm supporter of G-Cloud, we welcome the latest iteration and are pleased to confirm that our full range of accredited services will be available via G-Cloud 7,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “We are introducing a number of enhancements to our services in order to support our public sector customers in delivering cost-effective and secure transactional services to citizens. We have developed these in line with our customers’ feedback, which demonstrates our continued and exclusive commitment to the UK public sector.”


Skyscape has made a significant investment in developing its catalogue of cloud services. For instance, its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Hadoop in the Cloud now offers the choice of either Cloudera or Hortonworks distributions, along with additional flexibility options to cater for varying big data workloads. Skyscape is the UK’s first certified Cloudera Hadoop Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider for the public sector. 


Skyscape is launching a new cloud credits capability, to meet the customer requirement to know how much they’ll be invoiced and when. Organisations may purchase cloud credits up front and redeem them against Skyscape’s services over a maximum two year period, benefiting public sector organisations who need to effectively commit their CAPEX or budget spend in advance. Monthly usage will be deducted from the balance until all credits have been used. 


Skyscape will now also offer a new Premier Support service option to provide a more personalised support experience for customers with large or complex solutions. Customers subscribing to this option will be assigned a designated Technical Account Manager who will work pro-actively with customers to optimise their solution as well as help with problem solving. Customers will also receive onsite bespoke training (including advice on DevOps), tailored workshops, performance analysis and solution suggestions, and quarterly reporting and reviews.


“As cloud computing continues to be widely adopted by the public sector for more complex projects, we have responded to customer requirements to provide technical support for these more complicated solutions, particularly to customers who may not have in-house cloud expertise readily available.” continued Hansford. 


As with previous G-Cloud iterations, Skyscape has made further improvements to its SLAs, increasing the SLA for its Compute-as-a-Service Test & Development and Essential service options to 99.95 percent and increased the SLA for its Hadoop PaaS service to 99.90 percent. Furthermore, Skyscape is also extending its collaboration with Neustar to ensure its industry-leading security assurance standards are both maintained and extended with the availability of additional services. 


Skyscape has always offered a pay-by-the-hour usage model across its catalogue of assured cloud services and for G-Cloud 7 is also reducing some prices of its Compute-as-a-Service and Hadoop in the Cloud offerings. 


About Skyscape Cloud Services

Skyscape’s assured cloud solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the UK public sector, delivering UK sovereign services that are easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave, with genuine pay-by-the-hour consumption models. As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and through its large number of channel partners that embed Skyscape’s cloud platform in their solutions.

Skyscape’s full range of services are suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE) and connected to government networks including the Public Services Network (PSN), the N3 health network and others. Its services are delivered with leading technologies from the Skyscape Cloud Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Data Centres. 

Skyscape has been named a “Cool Vendor” by analyst firm, Gartner. To learn more about Skyscape, visit www.skyscapecloud.com or follow on twitter @skyscapecloud

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