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?
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.
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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.
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