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Builds on Archive360's Mission to Deliver Industry's Broadest Solution Set to Support Customer Freedom in Choosing the Best Long-term Data Archive to Support Regulations Compliance, Legal eDiscovery and Other Key Business and IT Requirements - At Lowest Cost Possible

NEW YORK Archive360, the world's leading provider of data migration and management solutions, today announced the Archive2Anywhere™ Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver. The new connector makes Archive2Anywhere the first and only solution that enables the direct migration of legacy email archives to the cloud-based Barracuda Message Archiver.  The announcement underscores Archive360's commitment to provide customers with the broadest choices and flexibility when choosing a solution to meet their regulations compliance, legal eDiscovery and other long-term data storage and management requirements, at the lowest cost possible. 
"Legacy email archives are putting today's organizations at compliance risk, while their management and maintenance costs continue to skyrocket," said Bill Tolson, Vice President of Marketing, Archive360. "With the new Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver, we are maintaining our goal to enable our customers to move their legacy data onto the platform that best fits their business, IT and budgetary requirements.  For customers that wish to move to the Barracuda cloud, we're making the move to this cost-effective cloud-based solution easy and fast. This means companies have a reliable path to decommission their legacy email archive so that they can realize a rapid return on the benefits of a modern cloud-enabled archive."
The Archive2Anywhere™ Connector for Barracuda Message Archivercan run over 40 parallel mailbox extractions and performs at a rate of over 2.5 TBs per day, based on an average message size of 200 KB. Archive2Anywhere also delivers the following benefits: 
  • It's simple to deploy and configure with no plugins required
  • It extracts all messages and attachments including all metadata
  • It processes messages directly into Barracuda Message Archiver with 99.99% accuracy
  • It preserves complete, original message fidelity for eDiscovery and regulatory requests
  • It maintains a detailed item-level audit trail for compliance and reporting
The Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver is available now.  It is licensed per TB, with pricing starting at $7,500. For more information, please visit: http://www.archive360.com/archive2anywhere-email-archive-migration-software/.
About Archive360
Archive360 is the world's leading provider of data migration and management solutions for the Microsoft cloud.  Since 2012, Archive360 has securely migrated tens of petabytes into the Microsoft Cloud with record-breaking speed, verifiable data fidelity and legally defensible chain of custody. Archive360's Archive2Azure solution is the industry's first compliance and unstructured data storage and management solution based on the Microsoft Azure platform. Archive360 is a global organization that delivers its solutions both directly and through a worldwide network of partners. Archive360 is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and the Archive2Azure solution is Microsoft Azure Certified. To learn more, please visit: www.archive360.com.

Cisco Umbrella provides visibility and protection against threats wherever users work

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Today Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) launched the industry's first secure internet gateway (SIG) in the cloud, Cisco® Umbrella, to address the new enterprise security challenges of today's mobile, cloud-era.

The way people work is changing. An increasingly mobile workforce conducts business via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. The unprecedented growth of SaaS apps looks set to continue with Gartner predicting that SaaS usage will increase 70 percent by 2018. Because of this, more branch offices are connecting directly to the internet, bypassing protections offered by the corporate network. This new way of working, while great for productivity and flexibility, means that a large population of users aren't protected by traditional network and web security controls offered on the corporate network. It also leaves organizations without visibility into threats targeting a significant portion of their enterprise.

Organizations are struggling to protect themselves in this new working paradigm. Most rely heavily on virtual private network (VPN) usage. But according to IDG, 82 percent of mobile workers admit that they don't always use the VPN. Others depend on on-premise secure web gateway solutions and an array of associated agents, creating complexity and latency. Today's challenges call for a new approach to security. Cisco believes that cloud protection is the new first line of defense for organizations, providing visibility and control right at the edge of the internet.

Cisco is driving this shift to cloud protection by pioneering a new product category, secure internet gateway (SIG), a new technology to secure this new working paradigm. A secure internet gateway (SIG) provides safe access to the internet anywhere users go, even when they are off the VPN. A SIG acts as a secure onramp to the internet and provides the first line of visibility and defense regardless of where users are located or to what they're trying to connect.

Cisco Umbrella, a secure internet gateway, is a cloud-delivered security platform that provides this first line of defense to protect employees both on and off the corporate network. Umbrella stops current and emergent threats over all ports and protocols for the most comprehensive coverage. It blocks access to malicious domains, URLs, IPs, and files before a connection is ever established or a file downloaded. With most threats targeting the endpoint, it's critical to cover all ports and protocols to provide a safety net that covers 100 percent of traffic. Umbrella's powerful, effective security does not require the typical operational complexity. By performing everything in the cloud, there is no hardware to install, and no software to manually update. Organizations can provide protection for all devices in minutes and leverage their existing Cisco investments -- including AnyConnect® client, Integrated Services Router 4K Series, and wireless LAN controllers -- to easily point Internet traffic to Umbrella whether on or off the corporate network.
Cisco Umbrella delivers:

  • Visibility and protection everywhere: Umbrella provides the visibility needed to protect Internet access across all devices on a network, all office locations, and roaming users. By combining Umbrella with Cisco Cloudlock's Cloud Access Security Broker technology, Cisco can now enable organizations to identify which SaaS apps are being used and enforce policies to block risky or inappropriate apps.
  • Intelligence to stop attacks before they launch: Umbrella resolves over 100 billion internet requests every day and correlates this live data with over 11 billion historical events. This is analyzed to identify patterns, detect anomalies, and create models to automatically uncover attacker infrastructure being staged for the next threat.
  • Broadest coverage for malicious destinations and files: Umbrella leverages powerful tools from across Cisco Security to obtain the most complete view to identify and stop threats earlier. This includes
    • Machine learning models to uncover known and emergent threats, blocking connections to malicious destinations at the DNS and IP layers.
    • Cisco Talos threat intelligence to block malicious URLs at the HTTP/S layer.
    • Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) to detect malicious files and block them in the cloud
  • An open platform for easy integration: Umbrella can integrate with existing systems, including security appliances, intelligence platforms or feeds, and custom, in-house tools which enables users to extend protection for devices and locations beyond the perimeter.
  • Discovery and control for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps: Umbrella, together with Cloudlock, enables organizations to discover and control sensitive data in SaaS apps on and off-network.
  • Reliable and fast connectivity for a great user experience: Customers don't experience broken or slow connections when they use Umbrella. Umbrella uses Anycast routing -- every data center announces the same IP address so that requests are transparently sent to the fastest available with automated failover to maintain 100 percent uptime. This is security that won't slow down users.

"The vast majority of our people -- in order to be effective for our clients -- do not work in our offices. They either work from home, a Starbucks, a client site, a hotel or an airport, and anywhere our consultants work, we need to protect them. Traditional solutions like firewalls or web proxies don't help us to protect our endpoints when they are not actually in the office," said Joseph Paradi, senior director ITS, Avanade. "We need to protect our users from malware they could receive in any number of locations. The bad actors are increasing in intensity and number. Partnering with Cisco Security allows us to defend against them."

Supporting Quotes

"Keeping our clients' data secure is absolutely critical to Spencer Stuart. With cutting edge analytics, the addition of file inspection with top tier advanced malware engines and a constant stream of innovation, we're excited to see the security delivered by Cisco Umbrella. The Umbrella dashboard provides a one stop shop for investigating threats and helps me to demonstrate that value to firm management." - Matthew Gibson, Network Security Engineer, Spencer Stuart

"Mobility has changed the enterprise network. The cloud has changed applications -- their development and delivery -- and how we think about, access and store data. Traditional security tools that require employees to work from an office, log in to the corporate network, and use corporate-managed devices or corporate-owned applications are no longer sufficient. Our secure internet gateway, Cisco Umbrella, can protect today's enterprise and beyond as mobility increases and new cloud services are adopted. It provides the most comprehensive visibility and enforcement for internet traffic, and together with Cloudlock, Cisco's Cloud Access Security Broker, it enables discovery and control for SaaS apps, both on and off the corporate network." - David Ulevitch, Vice President, General Manager, Security Business Group, Cisco Systems

Supporting Resources
Blog: Introducing Cisco Umbrella, the industry's first Secure Internet Gateway in the cloud
White Paper: The Rise of the Secure Internet Gateway
Customer Story: Avanade
Learn more about Cisco Umbrella
Learn more about Cisco Cloudlock
Learn more about Cisco AMP
Learn more about Cisco Cloud Security
Follow Cisco on Twitter @Cisco Security
Like Cisco Security on Facebook

About Cisco
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Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Systems and Cisco IOS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information.

CAMPBELL, Calif. – Silicon Valley startup Tachyum Inc. launched today, announcing its mission to conquer the performance plateau in nanometer-class chips and the systems they power.

Based on new proprietary computational mechanisms, created specifically to unlock the performance of nanometer-size devices, Tachyum will deliver solutions with unprecedented speed, power, and cost to solve the most complex problems in the cloud, big data, deep learning, mobile devices, autonomous systems, and large-scale computing. The impact of Tachyum products will be felt across a broad spectrum of applications and markets.

Tachyum was cofounded by Dr. Radoslav “Rado” Danilak, who has spent more than 25 years designing state-of-the-art processing systems and delivering technically inspired, economically significant products to market. Holding more than 100 patents, Rado pioneered enterprise and consumer MLC flash adoption, with a Flash Memory Controller that increased Flash endurance (limited by device physics) by 10X.

Dr. Danilak was founder and CEO of Skyera, a supplier of ultra-dense solid-state storage systems, acquired by WD in 2014. At Wave Computing, he architected the 10GHz Processing Element of their deep learning DPU. He was cofounder and CTO of SandForce, acquired by LSI in 2011 for $377 million; a chipset and GPU architect at nVidia; a CPU architect at Nishan Systems and Toshiba; and chief architect of 64b x86 CPU at Gizmo Tech. 

“We have entered a post-Moore’s Law era where performance hit a plateau, cost reduction slowed dramatically, and process node shrinks and CPU release cycles are getting longer,” said Danilak, Tachyum CEO. “An innovative new approach, from first principles is the only realistic chance we have of achieving performance improvements to rival those that powered the tech industry of past decades, and the opportunity is a hundred times greater than any venture I’ve been involved in.” 

Tachyum is also cofounded by Ken Wagner, with more than 25 years of relevant experience: Ken was a cofounder of machine learning company Wave Computing, chip synthesis tools company Silicon Analytics, and Theseus Logic, a clock-less logic company that invented patented Null Convention Logic (NCL). 

As vice president of software engineering, cofounder Igor Shevlyakov brings more than 20 years of compiler experience to Tachyum as a core competency. At Skyera he led the performance aspects of the flash-translation layer, and led compiler and system tools development at MicroUnity, which designed BroadMX CPU and licensed its innovations in SIMD processing to microprocessor industry leaders. Before that, Igor was part of WindRiver's GCC compiler and GNU toolchain team, working on code generation for several processor architectures. As one of the founders of Excelsior's JET, Igor spearheaded the development of the AOT Java compiler.

Cofounder and chief hardware architect Rod Mullendore brings a unique set of critical hardware skills to Tachyum, along with his 30 years’ experience designing extremely complex storage and networking chips and systems. Rod architected and implemented ASIC and FPGA-based flash controllers at Skyera. He was chief architect for the flash controller chips at SandForce, and he was a member of the founding team of Nishan Systems, which developed Storage over IP adapted for the IETF iFCP RFC4172.

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About Tachyum
Named for the Greek “tachy,” meaning speed, combined with “-um,” indicating an element, Tachyum emerged from stealth mode in 2017 dedicated to engineering disruptive intelligent information processing products. Tachyum’s founders have a track record of solving problems caused by device physics to deliver transformational products to market. The Campbell, Calif.-based company received seed funding in 2016. For more information visit: http://tachyum.com.  
The Business Continuity Institute

2017 may be well underway, but I wanted to take the time to reflect on the past, and look ahead to predict the way in which our business continuity profession will continue to mature over the coming year and beyond. In many ways, this 'top five' list is aspirational – that being my hopes for our profession as we solve some entrenched challenges and work to add more value to the organizations we serve.

1. 'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication'

It was Leonardo di Vinci who delivered this impressive quote.

I’ve seen a tremendous amount of energy around the idea that our approach as business continuity professionals needs to resonate better in our organizations, doing so in a manner that is easier to digest. In other words, pulling back on jargon, stale methodology, and unnecessary complexity. The goal should be to use approaches that are easier to connect to and participate in (from the perspective of the audience that we’re working to protect).

Some 'simplicity' opportunities include:

  • Business impact analysis processes that get to realistic business continuity requirements without endless analysis;
  • Actionable, 'skinny' plans that describe how to recover and clarify how to operate differently until a return to normal; and
  • Training and awareness activities that focus on how to respond to a disruption rather than how to participate in business continuity methodology.

We are going to become much more aware of how our organizations use our tools, processes, and outcomes, and we will become more open-minded and look for ways to make working with us easier and more effective.

2. Meaningful coordination across disciplines

Organizational resilience. Enterprise risk management. Governance, risk, and compliance. These umbrella efforts all involve a broad range of disciplines to enable the organization to manage risk and achieve its objectives. Involving ourselves in these efforts necessitates the needs to coordinate, share information, and prioritize where to spend limited resources.

But, what does this coordination look like – and with whom? Some of the most innovative companies are exploring this question and achieving success, which often involves a shared understanding of:

  • The most important products and services (today and into the future)
  • Organizational strategy and priorities (again, today and into the future)
  • Risk appetite (tolerance)
  • The organizational structure and resources necessary to deliver products and services
  • The best way to engage senior leadership in prioritizing and decision-making

Putting aside the topic of where business continuity does or should report to, different disciplines that can and should work together to solve organizational risk issues include physical security, information security, product/marketing, credit risk, legal/regulatory compliance, public relations/communications, information technology, operational risk, and business continuity.

As business continuity professionals, do we need information and engagement such as this? Absolutely! Would it be beneficial to work with others to develop such an understanding and an engagement model, sharing resources and knowledge? No doubt!

I see less of a focus on the disciplines that contribute to managing risk, and more of a focus on the realization of efficient, prioritized outcomes.

3. A focus on outcomes rather than methodology

The business impact analysis, risk assessment, plans, and exercises are all a means to an end. The actual end that we need to be laser-focused on achieving is helping our organizations become more resilient and prepared for a disruption.

“What would I do if…?”

“How would I do X if I lost Y?”

“Is it possible to meet Customer Z’s expectations when…?”

Having answers to these common questions that worry our senior leadership teams is the key to adding value. Whether a for-profit private sector company or a governmental entity, your organization provides something of value to a customer or citizen.

Protect the processes and resources that deliver value and do so in the most efficient manner possible.

I predict that a growing percentage of business continuity professionals will learn to focus more on outcomes than methodology and terminology.

4. Flexibly - include rather than exclude

That’s not what business continuity is, so no, we don’t do that.” I think we’re all guilty at times of saying something like this. Perhaps we should approach all requests for help with an open mind and determine how we can contribute to a solution. Even if the organization’s issue isn’t traditional business continuity – or maybe it’s not even close – why not reflect on what we can contribute? Is it a detailed understanding of the processes, activities, and resources and can our value be volunteering that information as part of a team to solve the issue?

I don’t see the need for business continuity profession going away, but I do believe we will see more flexible, nimble professionals that will be less focused on drawing boundaries around their responsibilities and more focused on solving organizational barriers to achieving objectives. This solutioning will take place by working with other disciplines to share knowledge and manage risk appropriately.

5. Affecting culture (versus focusing on plan documentation)

Building on number 3 above, here’s another quote that really tells a lot about an organization’s business continuity maturity:

Before we make this decision and go down this path, have we thought about the business continuity implications of this approach? Are we more or less at risk if we do this?

Imagine an organization that no longer focuses on bolting on business continuity solutions to high risk strategy but instead proactively takes into account disruption-related risk when making choices. That’s a mature organization and one that I predict will become more and more common in the years ahead.

Before concluding, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer a challenge to all business continuity professionals – mainly because, if successful, it will be an enabler of success. Get to know your customers and how the business intends to make them happy. Get to know your sales teams and the promises they’ve made to your customers. Get to know your leadership teams and what they think will make the organization successful today, tomorrow, next quarter, next year, and beyond. This knowledge will help you not only speak the language of your key stakeholders, but it will also offer you the focus needed to apply your limited time to what’s most important.

Brian Zawada FBCI is Director of Consulting Services at Avalution Consulting and President of the US Chapter of the BCI.

Michael Berkowitz is the president of 100 Resilient Cities, the Rockefeller Foundation program that facilitates the adoption and incorporation of resilience in cities to shocks, such as earthquakes, fires and floods, and stresses like poverty and other social issues. The 100 cities chosen include 23 in the U.S. and represent 48 countries across six continents.

Berkowitz was previously the global head of Operational Risk Management for Deutsche Bank, and from 1998 to 2005 was deputy commissioner for the New York City Office of Emergency Management.