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Not only gives a better performance of system cleaning & optimizing but also blocks the annoying ads and secures the user's privacy

SAN FRANCISCO – IObit, the world's leading system utilities and security software provider, today announced the launch of its flagship program: Advanced SystemCare 10 which is an easy-to-use and all-in-one system optimization utility. With the larger database and integrated & newly added features, the brand new Advanced SystemCare offers a better and easier solution to clean up junk files and registry entries, optimize startup items and system resources, speed up PC boot time, responding and browsing, protect the computer from annoying ads and even secure the user's privacy.

To achieve a simpler method to boost the PC performance, Startup Accelerate integrated with Clean & Optimize module offering the one-click approach to optimize both the startup items and the system. The new Startup Optimization makes it easier to shorten PC boot time and speed up the computer. With the larger online database, Surfing Protection & Ads Removal secures online browsing against various threats especially fishing websites and pop-up ads bringing a fresh-new, secure and ads-free online surfing experience.

FaceID is a all-new feature of Advanced SystemCare 10 which is designed to protect the PC user's privacy. IObit adopted Facial Recognition Technology to analyze the user's facial features and automatically capture the intruders who are secretly accessing the user's PC and store the intruders' images. FaceID helps the users beware of the unauthorized access to their computer and protect their privacy.

"In order to empower the PC beginners to easily and effortlessly speed up and secure their old and slow computers, we dedicated to the simple and intuitive use of Advanced SystemCare 10," Said Antonio Zhang, Marketing Director at IObit. "But we also consider the power users and provide the advanced options and features allowing them to customize the settings to meet their needs at a higher level."

Here below are the additional highlights and features coming with Advanced SystemCare 10:

More Powerful Clean: With the larger database & newly added cleaning for installed driver packages, the computer can free up more disk space by cleaning more unused programs and system remnants.

Quick Task Manager: Improved Performance Monitor gives more accurate real-time data of CPU, GPU and mainboard temperature and more intuitive usage report of disks, RAM and CPU to help the user know better of the PC status and offers a 1-click solution to manage the system resources and troubleshoot system performance issues easily.

No Malicious Modification: Redesigned Homepage Protection shields homepage and search engine against malicious modification. It supports Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

No Privacy Leak: Enhanced Privacy Sweep added cleaning for more programs and Windows apps such as GOM 2.3, KMPLayer 4.1, Skype 7.25, MSN 7.5, Facebook 2.0, Firefox 48.0, Opera 38.0, Google Chrome 52.0, etc.

Windows 10 Reinforce: Improved MyWin10 allows the user to easily and quickly customize Cortana and supports the latest Windows 10 updates to fix Windows 10 common problems and optimize various settings.

Brand New Crafted UI: New intuitive and more user-friendly UI and decent support for large Font Size and high DPI displays & high resolution screens.

Advanced SystemCare 10 is now available on IObit.com and Download.com. It provides full support for Win 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista.

About Advanced SystemCare 10

Advanced SystemCare 10 is an easy-to-use yet all-in-one Windows PC optimization utility. It provides the best one-click approach to clean, optimize, speed up and protect the Windows PC. In the new version, it expanded the database of Privacy Sweep, Spyware Removal, Real-time Protector, Registry Fix, and Surfing Protection. Moreover, it rebuilt and improved over 10 useful tools and features such as Startup Optimization, Hardware Accelerate, Surfing Protection, Resource Manager, MyWin10, Large Files Finder, etc. In short, Advanced SystemCare 10 helps the user to explore the PC's full potential and make it run faster as a new one.

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac, and Android OS to greatly enhance their performance and protect them from security threats. IObit is a well-recognized industry leader with more than 100 awards, 200 million downloads and 10 million active users worldwide.


The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) has announced the establishment of the Financial Systemic Analysis & Resilience Center (FSARC.) The FSARC's mission is to ‘proactively identify, analyze, assess and coordinate activities to mitigate systemic risk to the US financial system from current and emerging cyber security threats through focused operations and enhanced collaboration between participating firms, industry partners, and the US Government’.

Earlier this year, the CEOs of eight banks – Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, State Street and Wells Fargo – came together to proactively identify ways to enhance the resilience of the critical infrastructure underpinning much of the US financial system. The result is the creation of the FSARC. The FSARC leverages the expertise of participating banks' information/cyber-security teams with that of its government partners, including the Department of Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FSARC is affiliated with FS-ISAC and complements the mission of FS-ISAC, which results in better intelligence for the entire financial sector.

"The challenges associated with cyber-attacks and the financial fraud stemming from such incidents are bigger than any one institution, and this is something the financial sector must face together. We are stronger and more resilient when we work collectively to understand the evolving tactics of cyber adversaries and to deepen the layers of defense against such attacks," said Bill Nelson, President and CEO, FS-ISAC. "Today marks another important step in making sure the financial industry is addressing these challenges head on."


Managed cloud provider Rackspace announced it has appointed two new executives to its international team. Reinhard Waldinger has been promoted to Managing Director, International, and Alex Fuerst, Regional Leader for DACH.

The appointments come as Rackspace, which recently went private in a $4.3 billion buyout, is opening a new office in Munich that will help support the growth of its German-speaking customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Waldinger has worked at Rackspace for more than 10 years. Previously, Waldinger was VP of Finance for Rackspace International. In his new role he will work with customers, partners and employees in its international operations.



Regardless of whether you work in the hosting industry, you would have likely encountered an outage Friday on a website that you may visit frequently, due to a DDoS attack targeting Dyn.

You can read the news story here.

A DDoS attack on an individual website can cause lots of issues in and of itself, but a DDoS attack on a DNS network has a much bigger impact. Friday’s DDoS attack impacted sites ranging from Twitter to AirBnb to The New York Times and, even to PagerDuty, a site that helps alert you of downtime.

In an emailed statement, Dave Larson, Corero COO, explained how DDoS attacks against DNS providers can be particularly damaging.



The enterprise cloud industry is starting to take on some semblance of order as both providers and consumers gain a clearer understanding of how it is to function within the broader data ecosystem.

To be sure, there are still many questions regarding deployment, configuration, services and a host of other factors when creating individual clouds, but in general the need to establish robust hybrid infrastructure that can accommodate legacy applications and emerging services for mobile, Big Data and IoT functions is coming into focus.

This clarity is also driving much of the deal-making on both the provider and infrastructure layers, not the least of which is Amazon’s recent tie-in with VMware. As Information Week’s Charles Babcock noted recently, the deal gives Amazon something it desperately needed to combat chief rival Microsoft: a means to easily port workloads from legacy infrastructure to its largely proprietary cloud architecture. VMware fills the bill nicely because it provides the virtual format to shift workloads without bothering with a lot of hardware configuration, and it has one of the largest installed bases of enterprise customers on the planet.



On Thursday, I wrote a blog post about the Mirai IoT malware infecting IoT devices, turning them into botnets that create DDoS attacks. I knew that this was going to become a serious problem but at that moment, it hadn’t become a mainstream issue.

That certainly changed quickly, didn’t it? On Friday, I was leaving my office when my phone chirped with a breaking news story – Homeland Security was investigating a major DDoS attack against Dyn. A quick check of Facebook told me all I needed to know: My friends were wondering why they couldn’t access so many of their favorite websites all of a sudden. Now everyone is asking questions about not only IoT security but DDoS attacks. It’s good that people are now aware; I wish we could be aware proactively rather than reactively.

But where does this proactive behavior begin? For this type of attack, it is a two-pronged issue. First, we have to do a better job addressing IoT security. A new survey from ESET found that 40 percent of us are not confident that our smart devices are secure enough, and as Tech Crunch added:



Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:00

FEMA: Long Term Recovery

PHILADELPHIA – Long term recovery begins and ends in local communities.  To support state and local officials, and help build back communities to be more resilient, FEMA developed the National Disaster Recovery Framework, also known as the NDRF, to help guide federal agencies in their support efforts. The NDRF empowers federal, state, local and other partners to work together to find solutions for some of the major challenges communities face after a disaster, such as housing needs, rebuilding the local economy, and preserving the communities’ heritage and traditions while making strides towards resilience against future disasters.

FEMA Region III has released a podcast on the NDRF to help explain how the program works and our goal in working with and supporting communities’ long term recovery. The podcast is a great way to learn more about the framework, roles, responsibilities and objectives.  It is available at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/audio/126251 and through the Multimedia Library Audio section. The podcast interviews FEMA Region III’s Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator (FDRC) Kevin Snyder and Community Planning and Capacity Building (CPCB) Coordinator Michelle Diamond on the NDRF, as well as how FEMA works with our partners to make long term recovery happen for communities.

Below are some excerpts from the podcast:

FDRC Kevin Snyder: “In Region III we have what we call our Recovery Support Function Leadership Group and that is a steady state group, we meet monthly and we talk about our issues, needs, and activities and through that network we can reach back to our regional infrastructure system partners and say hey – here is this issue that we didn’t identify early on but we are seeing right now. What are your ideas of how we can coordinate solutions to address that? And kind of take it from there.”

CPCB Coordinator Michelle Diamond: “…we do work with a number of federal partners, but in addition to the federal partners, we also work with the private sector, with universities, with professional associations, foundations, and nonprofits and all of these partners – they all have the goal of working with local governments and state governments to help address issues of local needs for planning and for capacity building.”

To listen to and download the podcast, please visit https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/audio/126251. For more information on the NDRF, please visit https://www.fema.gov/national-disaster-recovery-framework.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:00

What IoT Cyber Attacks Mean for Insurers

The massive global distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) against internet infrastructure provider Dyn DNS Co. that left over 1,000 major brand name sites including Twitter, Netflix, PayPal and Spotify, inaccessible Friday has implications for insurers too.

While the nature and source of the attack is under investigation, it appears to have been (in the words of Dyn chief strategy officer Kyle York) “a sophisticated, highly distributed attack involving tens of millions of Internet Protocol addresses.”

As Bryan Krebs’ KrebsOnSecurity blog first reported, the attack was launched with the help of hacked Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs) that were infected with software (in this case the Mirai botnet) that then flooded Dyn servers with junk traffic.



New Covered by GenTent™ OEM Program Enables Portable Generator Companies to Custom Brand Patented Portable Generator Safety Canopy

NOTTINGHAM, NH –  GenTent Safety Canopies today announced it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Champion Power Equipment. The agreement enables Champion Power Equipment to offer a branded, color-coordinated GenTent system, custom fit to their generator models.

Tweet this: @ChampionPowerEQ signs OEM agreement with @GenTentUSA safety canopies for #portablegenerators http://bit.ly/2eSbOEs

“Champion Power Equipment has the reputation for providing dependable and durable power products which are engineered to meet our customers’ specific needs,” said Scott Stefaniak, Champion’s Generator Product Manager. “Our collaboration with GenTent provides a new Champion product that encourages customers to always run their generator outside, avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning, and by keeping sensitive areas dry. They are a strong fit with our company’s philosophy and we look forward to offering the enhanced safety and operating features to our customers.”

GenTent’s new OEM program allows organizations to white label its safety canopy for portable and inverter generators. The company’s market-leading canopies keep generator operators safe by protecting the electrical panels, from any angle, while running in inclement weather --  including blizzard and hurricane force precipitation. Unlike typical generator doghouses or other full canvas enclosures, the GenTent system allows the generator to cool itself and ensure exhaust fumes are expelled to prevent buildup of poisonous gasses.

Champion Power Equipment is a thought leader and forward thinking company that takes safety and proper product usage seriously,” said Mark Carpenter, CEO and Founder of GenTent Safety Canopies. “As an early endorser of the GenTent product line, we are pleased that the generator tent product category is growing and to have Champion as our first Covered By GenTent® partner.

Champion Power Equipment's Storm Shield, its custom version of the GenTent 10k for portable generators, will be available throughout Champion's online and retail sales channels with anticipated availability in October, 2016.














About Champion Power Equipment

Since 2003 Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. From our original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson Tennessee, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Toronto Canada.
Today Champion’s product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. With over 2.5 million generators sold in North America, Champion is a market leader in the power equipment field.  For more information visit: http://www.championpowerequipment.com/.

About GenTent Safety Canopies

Established in 2011, GenTent® Safety Canopies are easy-to-install weatherproof covers that ensure safe operations of portable generators in virtually any wet weather conditions while keeping the generator portable.  The GenTent reduces CO poisoning or electrocution risks by enabling portable generators to safely operate outdoors away from structures during wet weather. Installation is a simple 3-step operation - Clamp it, Frame it and Cover it – to “Weatherproof Your Power”™.   

GenTent Safety Canopies spawned the creation of the generator tent product category. The company’s independently tested, patented, portable generator safety canopies are relied on during such notable storms as SuperStorm Sandy.  GenTent is considered the premier safety canopy for portable generators operated by the National Guard, homeowners, RV owners, tailgaters, campers, businesses and first responders.  For more information visit:http://www.gentent.com/.

New Research Indicates Best Practices Should Incorporate Blend of Microsoft and Non-Microsoft Solutions in Order to Comply with Legal and Regulatory Requirements; and Avoid Serious Penalties
NEW YORK – Archive360, the leading provider of email archive and data migration software, together with Osterman Research, a leading provider of research and insight for business organizations in the messaging and content management industry, today announced the release of a new report entitled, "Best Practices for eDiscovery and Regulatory Compliance in Office 365." 
Results of the white paper's foundational survey and accompanying research found that eDiscovery and regulatory compliance now rate among the highest essential IT and business priorities for any organization, regardless of size or industry.  Albeit, heavily regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare, life sciences, and energy face higher levels of compliance obligation and stiffer penalties.  Further, the Osterman paper reaffirmed that while Microsoft Office 365 remains one of the most prevalently deployed communication and collaboration platforms, its eDiscovery and compliance capabilities have both pros and cons.  Among the paper's key recommendations was the advice that a blend of Microsoft and non-Microsoft solutions is the best approach for assuring compliance with eDiscovery and regulatory requirements, thereby removing the threat of serious legal and financial penalties. 
"For Microsoft, Office 365 is first-and-foremost a day-to-day communication and collaboration cloud environment - a market in which it hotly competes against Google, Slack, Huddle and others.  And, while Office 365 delivers obvious eDiscovery and regulatory benefits, some shortcomings remain.  This is likely due to conflicting priorities and design goals, such as those between day-to-day interaction and long-term retention," said Michael Osterman, President, Osterman Research.  "If IT, legal, and compliance executives take nothing else away from this report, it should be that ensuring the ability to properly meet compliance and eDiscovery requirements takes in-depth understanding and a blend of purpose-built and production proven solutions."
"Best Practices for eDiscovery and Regulatory Compliance in Office 365" Key Takeaways include:
-        Microsoft Office 365 provides a successful and popular set of communications and collaboration capabilities, and its use will continue to grow at a rapid pace. Although Microsoft has been offering hosted/cloud-based offerings for more than 15 years, Office 365 is the most successful iteration of the company's cloud-based communications and collaboration offerings to date.
-        eDiscovery and compliance obligations are becoming more onerous and complex over time. However, these are essential capabilities that decision makers must consider in the context of their communications, collaboration, file sharing, storage and other strategies.
-        These complications are being driven by a number of factors, including the rapid proliferation of electronic information, the increasing number of data types that must be retained for legal and regulatory purposes, the increasing amount of data that employees manage independently of IT, and increased government oversight into corporate activities.
-        Increasing regulation, oversight and court actions create an ever more complex minefield of Discovery and regulatory requirements, a situation that will become only more difficult over time. A failure to adequately address these issues will increase corporate risk.
-        Microsoft has done a great job at building eDiscovery and compliance capabilities into Office 365 and should be commended for doing so. However, there are a number of limitations and deficiencies in Office 365 from an eDiscovery and compliance context that decision makers should consider as they evaluate their eDiscovery and regulatory obligations. Even more so in environments that operate both Microsoft and non-Microsoft solutions.
To download the Osterman Research paper in its entirety, please visit: http://bit.ly/2erYEhd
Tweet This: .@mosterman reaffirms #Microsoft #O365 prevalence; reveals pros and cons in #eDiscovery & #compliance capabilities http://bit.ly/2erYEhd
About Archive360
Archive360™is the market leader in email archive migration software, successfully migrating more than 12 petabytes of data for more than 500 organizations worldwide since 2012. The company's flagship product, Archive2Anywhere™, is the only solution in the market purpose-built to deliver consistently fast, trouble-free, predictable archive migrations, with verifiable data fidelity and defensible chain of custody reporting. Archive360's newly released Archive2Azure™ solution is the industry's first regulatory compliance and grey data storage solution based on the Microsoft Azure platform. Archive360 is a global organization and delivers its solutions through a network of specialist partners. Archive360 is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and the Archive2Azure solution is Microsoft Azure Certified. For further information, please visit:www.archive360.com.
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