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The Business Continuity Institute - Dec 09, 2016 09:38 GMT

Confidence among security practitioners in their organization's ability to asses cyber risk is in decline as global cyber security confidence fell six points over 2016 to earn an overall score of 70%, a 'C-' on the report card. This is according to a new study by Tenable Network Security,

The 2017 Global Cyber Security Assurance Report Card indicates that the overall decline in confidence is the result of a 12-point drop in the 2017 Risk Assessment Index, which measured the ability of respondents to assess cyber risk across 11 key components of the enterprise information technology (IT) landscape.

For the second straight year, practitioners cited the 'overwhelming cyber threat environment' as the single biggest challenge facing IT security professionals today, followed closely by 'low security awareness among employees' and 'lack of network visibility (BYOD, shadow IT)'.

Today’s network is constantly changing - mobile devices, cloud, IoT, web apps, containers, virtual machines - and the data indicates that a lot of organizations lack the visibility they need to feel confident in their security posture,” said Cris Thomas, strategist, Tenable Network Security. “It’s pretty clear that newer technologies like DevOps and containers contributed to driving the overall score down, but the real story isn’t just one or two things that need improvement, it’s that everything needs improvement.

It is clear from this why cyber attacks and data breaches rank as the top two concerns for business continuity professionals, as identified in the Business Continuity Institute's latest Horizon Scan Report, which revealed that 85% and 80% of respondents to a global survey expressed concern about these two threats materialising. It is perhaps for that reason cyber security was chosen as the theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017.

2017 Overall Cyber Security Assurance Report Cards by Country

  • India: B (84%)
  • United States: C+ (78%)
  • Canada: C (75%)
  • France: C (74%)
  • Australia: C- (71%)
  • United Kingdom: D (66%)
  • Singapore: D (64%)
  • Germany: D- (62%)
  • Japan: F (48%)

2017 Overall Cyber Security Assurance Report Cards by Industry

  • Retail: C (76%)
  • Financial Services: C- (72%)
  • Manufacturing: C- (72%)
  • Telecom: C- (70%)
  • Health Care: D (65%)
  • Education: D (64%)
  • Government: D (63%)

CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures and snow are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of winter weather.

“Subfreezing temperatures and snowstorms can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions,” said Janet M. Odeshoo, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region V.  “It is important for everyone to monitor their local weather reports and have a plan now for how to stay safe in severe winter weather conditions.”

During snowstorms and extreme cold weather, you should take the following precautions:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold.
  • Dress in layers and keep dry.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
  • Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.
  • Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, shovel, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.

You can find more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures at http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

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. 

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Follow FEMA online at twitter.com/femaregion5, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

WASHINGTON, DC —The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the fiscal 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program).  The CCTA Program provides $35.94 million to state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks in collaboration with the whole community.

Selected state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions will receive fiscal 2016 CCTA Program funding specifically to build and sustain capabilities to enhance their preparedness for complex coordinated terrorist attacks, by achieving the following: identifying capability gaps, developing and/or updating plans, training to implement plans and procedures, and conducting exercises to validate capabilities.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis to applicants who present an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the NOFO.  FEMA encourages interested jurisdictions of various types, sizes, and capabilities to apply.

The application period will remain open until 11:59:59 p.m. EST February 10, 2017.  The fiscal 2016 CCTA Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is located online at: http://www.fema.gov/grants as well as on http://www.grants.gov Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 97.133.

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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.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Like the heavyweight classics Ali vs. Frazier and Tyson vs. Holyfield, a battle is raging between cloud storage and on-premise storage. Who will be left standing at the end? Which hand will the referee hold aloft in victory? Or will it forever be a disputed decision with fans demanding a rematch?

In this article, we'll look at eleven areas where public cloud storage offers an advantage.

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http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storage-services/cloud-storage-vs.-on-premise-11-reasons-to-choose-the-public-cloud-1.html

In a new report based on research from UK national weather service the Met Office, Lloyd’s has found that extreme weather events may be modeled independently. While extreme weather can be related to events within a region, these perils are not significant correlated with perils in other regions of the world.

The study’s key findings include:

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/lloyds-finds-extreme-weather-can-be-accurately-modeled-independently/

Cloud pioneer expands global infrastructure footprint with new AWS Canada (Central) Region in Montreal, Quebec, enabling customers to run applications and store data in Canada
With tens of thousands of active AWS Customers operating in Canada, those welcoming the new AWS Region include National Bank of Canada, Salesforce, Lululemon Athletica, Desire2Learn, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), British Columbia Hydro, TMX Group, the University of Alberta, Shaw Communications, and Kik Interactive
 

SEATTLE – (NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of the AWS Canada (Central) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally, with another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months. Tens of thousands of Canadian customers are using other AWS Regions and starting today, developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in Canada. Developers can sign-up and get started today at: http://aws.amazon.com.

“We are excited that AWS is bringing even more capabilities to market in Canada, just in time for our B2B platform build out of the Postmedia Innovation Outpost at Communitech (Waterloo, ON).”

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The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. AWS also provides two Amazon CloudFront edge locations in Toronto and Montreal for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to Canadian end users with low latency. These locations are part of AWS’s existing network of 68 edge sites across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

The new AWS Canada (Central) Region continues the company’s focus on delivering cloud technologies to customers in an environmentally friendly way. AWS data centers in Canada will draw from a regional electricity grid that is 99 percent powered by hydropower. More information on AWS sustainability efforts can be found at https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability.

“For many years, we’ve had an enthusiastic base of customers in Canada choosing the AWS Cloud because it has more functionality than other cloud platforms, an extensive APN Partner and customer ecosystem, as well as unmatched maturity, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “Our Canadian customers and APN Partners asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Canada, so they can run their mission-critical workloads and store sensitive data on AWS infrastructure located in Canada. A local AWS Region will serve as the foundation for new cloud initiatives in Canada that can transform business, customer experiences, and enhance the local economy.”

“The digital economy is now the economy itself. Virtually every sector of the economy is propelled by digital technologies, which are being enabled by cloud computing,” said Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development in Canada. “The rapidly growing demand for digital services is one reason for the significant investment that Amazon Web Services is making in Canada. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Amazon on the success of its cloud business and welcome the expansion of Amazon Web Services in this country.”

“Significant projects like the one being realized by Amazon Web Services represent the kind of large-scale investment that take Quebec a long way toward its goals in the digital world. Indeed, this initiative will stimulate the development of cloud computing in Quebec, a key area that can be an engine for our province's information technology and communication sector,” declared Dominique Anglade, Minister of the Economy, Science, and Innovation in Quebec, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy.

All AWS infrastructure regions around the world are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet rigorous compliance standards and provide high levels of security for all AWS customers. These include ISO 27001, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 and SOC 3 Security & Availability, PCI-DSS Level 1 and many more. With AWS, customers are in control of their data and choose the AWS Region(s) where they want their data stored. Data does not move between AWS Regions unless the customer chooses to do so, and AWS provides a variety of options – both from AWS and APN Partners – enabling customers to encrypt their data in motion or at rest if they desire. More information on how customers using AWS can meet their security, data privacy, and compliance requirements can be found at https://aws.amazon.com/security.

Customers and APN Partners Welcome the AWS Canada (Central) Region

For more than a decade, AWS has changed the way organizations acquire technology infrastructure. AWS customers are not required to make any up-front financial or long-term commitments, paying on demand for the IT resources they use rather than incurring large capital expenses. This enables them to scale quickly by adding or shedding resources at any time, accelerate their time to market with innovative applications, and free up limited engineering resources from the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running backend infrastructure—often while significantly improving operational performance, reliability, and security in the process. This has led to more than two million1 active customers using the AWS Cloud each month in over 190 countries around the world.

Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM company, will leverage AWS Cloud infrastructure for a new Canada-based instance for its core services, starting in mid-2017. “Partnering with AWS in Canada will enable us to continue to deliver trusted solutions to our customers in the region with high levels of reliability, performance, and security,” said Richard Eyram, Area Vice President, Salesforce Canada.

National Bank of Canada, one of Canada’s leading financial services organizations with over CAD$219 billion in assets, chose the AWS Cloud to help it collect and process a fast-growing volume of stock-market financial data. “The application we were using wasn’t effective. We were only able to answer 10 percent of the questions we wanted to answer. We also couldn’t process historical data, which we needed to do in order to get more context. The speed and performance of AWS is impressive and data manipulation processes that once took days are now done in one minute,” said Pascal Bergeron, Director of Algorithmic Trading for the bank’s Global Equity Derivatives Group. “We have been able to better serve our customers and have improved and optimized trading operations, therefore generating more revenue for National Bank of Canada.”

Porter Airlines is an award-winning regional airline headquartered in Toronto that provides flights to over 23 destinations in Canada and the United States. Porter needed the ability to respond instantly to fluctuating load demands on their public site with a scalable and low-cost solution. Porter needed the ability to store large datasets, transform them, and make them available to other applications and end users for analytics and actions. Porter looked to AWS and services like Amazon Redshift to provide the scalable highly available infrastructure required to meet these goals. “Amazon solved a lot of our problems around scale. Specifically, with our data, AWS answered the questions we used to have to figure out ourselves – like how do we scale our massive data store, how do we access it quickly, how do we keep it secure – and they gave us the solution needed,” said Dan Donovan, CIO for Porter Airlines. “So, we now have the time, freedom and confidence to concentrate on how to make our passengers’ experiences better. Using AWS is one of the main ways we do this, and now that AWS has opened a local region in Canada, we can move even more of our systems to the AWS Cloud and put more focus on enhancing passenger experience.”

Lululemon is a technical athletic apparel company that makes technical athletic clothes for yoga, running, working out, and most other sweaty pursuits. Based in Vancouver, they started out of a yoga studio and quickly became a global retailer and community hub for encouraging healthy lifestyles and habits. In order to rapidly build and deploy their digital marketing properties for the 2016 holiday season, Lululemon leveraged AWS CloudFormation, AWS Lambda, and AWS ElasticBeanstalk to streamline the management, deployment, and continuous delivery of their application. “Leveraging AWS allows us to spend more time focusing on what truly differentiates us in the market, rather than on maintaining custom infrastructure solutions,” said Sam Keen, Director of Product Architecture. “AWS Services are highly performant and easily choreographed, allowing us to measure deployments in minutes or even seconds. We see competing cloud providers cloning AWS services but we remain with AWS since they are far in the lead and continue to accelerate the release of new services and regions, now with an AWS Region in Canada, which only serves to continue to enhance the value of their offerings.”

D2L (formerly Desire2Learn), a learning technology leader, recently chose AWS as its strategic cloud infrastructure service provider. “By leveraging built-in AWS Cloud services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elasticsearch, and the suite of AWS analytics and security services, D2L is accelerating our innovation and global expansion in a cost-effective way to serve millions of learners,” said Nick Oddson, CTO of D2L. “Serving our customers from AWS locations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and now Canada, learners everywhere can have an exceptional learning experience on Brightspace, our award-winning LMS. With AWS’s reliability, security, and availability, D2L will continue to provide our high level of service and a global, end-to-end security approach, now on one trusted infrastructure,” said Oddson.

Sequence Bio is a data-driven biotechnology company in Newfoundland and Labrador. "Sequence Bio hopes to obtain approval to embark on a 100,000 person genome sequencing project in Newfoundland and Labrador that deals with sensitive genomic and health information - having a new AWS Region allows us to build and deploy our platform and keep data 100 percent in Canada," said Dan Brake, Director of Technology Development, Sequence Bio.

Postmedia is one of the largest news media companies in Canada with more than 200 brands across multiple print, online, and mobile platforms. “As one of the earliest adopters of cloud computing in Canada, we have utilized AWS for years – and it has delivered on the promise of a powerful, cost-effective, flexible and innovative cloud offering for us,” said Thomas Jankowski, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, Postmedia. “We are excited that AWS is bringing even more capabilities to market in Canada, just in time for our B2B platform build out of the Postmedia Innovation Outpost at Communitech (Waterloo, ON).”

Investing in Canada’s Cloud Future

The AWS Partner Network (APN) includes tens of thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators (SIs) around the world, with APN Partner participation in Canada growing significantly over the past 12 months. APN Partners build innovative solutions and services on the AWS Cloud and the APN helps by providing those partners with business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market (GTM) support. APN SIs such as Accenture, Deloitte, Scalar Decisions, TriNimbus, Slalom Consulting, iTMethods, and Softchoice are helping enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications on AWS, and provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services for customers' AWS environments. AWS ISVs in Canada including Salesforce.com, NuData Security, Acquia, Silanis, OpenText, Splunk, Adobe, and NthGen Software will be able to serve their Canadian customers from the AWS Canada (Central) Region. Customers can easily find, trial, deploy, and buy software solutions for the AWS Cloud on the AWS Marketplace.

AWS offers a full range of training and certification programs to help Canadian professionals who are interested in the latest cloud computing technologies, best practices, and architectures, advance their technical skills. Additionally, the AWS Educate program promotes cloud learning in the classroom and has been adopted by more than 500 institutions worldwide. The program helps to provide an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals. The AWS Activate program provides Canadian-based startups with the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS and scale their businesses. AWS has teamed with accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and startup-enabling organizations such as FounderFuel, Real Ventures, the Business Development Bank of Canada, iNovia Capital, OMERS Ventures, and others that provide a range of services including training, AWS credits, capital, in-person technical support, and other benefits.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 40 Availability Zones (AZs) across 15 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly -- including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies -- to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Hyper-Converged Software-Defined Storage Shatters StorageReview Performance Records
 

HOPKINTON, Mass. – Dell EMC:

“…[ScaleIO is] able to offer incredible bandwidth – supporting even the most demanding workloads.”

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News Summary:

  • Dell EMC ScaleIO has been awarded the first-ever Editor’s Choice award by StorageReview, a leading independent authority on enterprise and midmarket storage
  • The Editor’s Choice award is judiciously awarded to the “best-of-the-best” storage infrastructure products
  • Award was prompted based on ScaleIO’s outstanding results over several months of rigorous testing
  • In-depth hyper-converged and two-layer testing shows ScaleIO flexible architecture and high performance on all-flash storage configurations for a variety of workloads

Full Story:

Dell EMC today announced that ScaleIO—the company’s hyper-converged software-defined storage offering—has been awarded StorageReview’s first-ever Editor’s Choice award. Intended for the most leading-edge products, the Editor’s Choice award is a rare honor, and one that ScaleIO earned over several months of intensive testing in the StorageReview lab.

“We were blown away with the Dell EMC ScaleIO solution throughout the review process,” said Brian Beeler, editor-in-chief of StorageReview. “Dell EMC ScaleIO is far and away the most impressive storage solution that we've not only seen this year, but probably ever. The performance, flexibility and reliability of ScaleIO is nothing short of astounding. Over the course of several months, it also made us rethink the way we acknowledge such superior performance. At the conclusion of this phase of the review, we decided to launch a StorageReview Editor's Choice award that will be judiciously granted for only the best-of-the-best products we see.”

“ScaleIO comes down to two words: flexibility and performance,” said Josh Goldstein, VP of product management and marketing for ScaleIO. “The product is architected to be outstanding for block storage at web scale, combining the best of software-defined storage with hyper-convergence to create a lightning-fast solution with a multitude of configurations. We’re delivering simplicity and never-before-seen results while enabling customers to minimize costs—the brass ring for enterprise IT organizations today.”

Notable StorageReview results for ScaleIO:

  • On Sysbench OLTP testing with MySQL:
    • Scales beyond traditional storage arrays, with throughput and latency significantly better plus the ability to use near 100% of capacity
    • The performance was excellent, easily proving once again that ScaleIO is the leading software-defined solution on the market in terms of performance and flexibility.”
  • On SQL Server testing:
    • Provides superior resource efficiency while performing much faster than other hyper-converged platforms and slightly edging out FC-connected all-flash storage
    • For customers demanding the highest performing hyper-converged storage solution for SQL Server, ScaleIO just upped the bar again by being the most efficient HCI solution we've ever tested.”
  • On virtualized workload testing with VMmark:
    • Delivers record-smashing performance with sub-millisecond latency, with only 14% CPU utilization at max scale
    • “The most impressive feat though was how well ScaleIO in HCI did, demonstrating how little impact the storage overhead has on the platform.”
  • On HCI testing with HCIbench:
    • Triples the performance of other hyper-converged platforms, while testing with a significantly larger footprint
    • “…[ScaleIO is] able to offer incredible bandwidth – supporting even the most demanding workloads.”

Availability:

ScaleIO is available in three consumption choices – ScaleIO Software, ScaleIO Ready Node (Software + Dell PowerEdge Server) and VxRack System Flex (turnkey, fully-integrated rack-scale system).

ScaleIO is deployed at datacenter-scale by large enterprises and service providers including top banks, telcos, and healthcare companies. Click to see how Verizon uses ScaleIO to solve business challenges and achieve storage lifecycle savings.

Click to read more about ScaleIO, ScaleIO Ready Node and VxRack System Flex

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Dell EMC

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Inc., enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services its customers – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s broadest, most innovative infrastructure portfolio from edge to core to cloud.

Copyright © 2016 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell, EMC and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) risks associated with the proposed acquisition of EMC by Denali Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Dell, Inc., including, among others, assumptions related to the ability to close the acquisition, the expected closing date and its anticipated costs and benefits; (ii) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (iii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iv) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (viii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (ix) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xiii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiv) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xvi) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

SANTA CLARA, Calif – Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Transcriptic Inc. have agreed to partner their technologies to provide a solution for convenient, broad scale synthetic and discovery biology research.

“Agilent QuikChange site-directed mutagenesis kits have an unsurpassed reputation for being reliable and easy to use”

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Agilent continues its strong program of fostering innovation using the Agilent portfolio by collaborating with rising companies such as Transcriptic to develop novel synthetic biology solutions. Transcriptic’s automated discovery biology platform enables scalable life science research through a convenient and simple web interface. Biologists who use the platform can control their science and generate data remotely via the cloud.

Transcriptic will add multiple Agilent Genomics product lines for mutagenesis and cloning to the protocol library within the Transcriptic robotic cloud laboratory. The first in the series – QuikChange Lightning – will accelerate the generation of multiple mutants for large protein function projects. Providing cutting-edge Agilent bioreagents in a robotic laboratory setting will allow a global customer base to automate and optimize workflows for rapid and efficient research discoveries.

“We’re excited to combine our genome engineering tools with automated experimentation,” said Herman Verrelst, Agilent vice president and general manager of the company’s Genomics Solutions Division and Clinical Applications Division. “Transcriptic’s services are validated, scalable, and accessible from anywhere in the world, which will enhance the market for our industry-leading reagents.”

“Agilent QuikChange site-directed mutagenesis kits have an unsurpassed reputation for being reliable and easy to use,” said Yvonne Linney, chief operating officer at Transcriptic. “By bringing these products to Transcriptic, we will make it extremely easy for customers to scale up their research, using many mutants to produce very large datasets for exploring protein function.”

The companies recently presented the combined solution at the iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree to teams of budding synthetic biologists from around the world.

For more information, visit https://learn.transcriptic.com/quikchange-lightning

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, is the premier laboratory partner for a better world. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The company generated revenues of $4.20 billion in fiscal 2016 and employs about 12,500 people worldwide. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

Latest Release Extends Capabilities of Everbridge Platform to Improve Processes for Global Security, Business Continuity, IT and Emergency Preparedness
 

BURLINGTON, Mass. – Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVBG), a global software company that provides critical communications and enterprise safety applications to help keep people safe and businesses running, today unveiled the latest release of its enterprise platform and suite of applications. Everbridge’s Fall 2016 Release improves the way that communities and corporations of all sizes can assess threats, locate key people, automate processes and communicate effectively. The new release features enhancements to the core Everbridge platform for critical event management, as well as improved workflow automation, new integrations and mobile collaboration solution features.

Fall 2016 @everbridge platform update improves global security, business continuity, IT and emergency preparedness

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Advancing Global Security and Emergency Preparedness
The Everbridge Fall 2016 Product Release is designed to meet the evolving needs of security, risk and emergency management professionals that rely on Everbridge to reduce the time it takes to respond to critical events and help ensure operational resiliency. Built on the secure, reliable Everbridge platform, additional application improvements include:

  • Safety Connection:
    • International SOS Integration and Expected Locations: Keeping employees safe is more challenging than ever given an increasing mobile workforce. Travel itineraries from Everbridge partner International SOS are now available in the Safety Connection solution as a source of “expected” location data for travelling employees and executives. People can be located and notifications can be sent based upon these dynamic locations rather than just on static home or office addresses.
  • Mass Notification:
    • Audio Bulletin Board: Now organizations can post an audio message that employees and residents can retrieve at their convenience using an Everbridge-provided phone number. Organizations can also use Audio Bulletin Board to update individuals who are not in an existing contact database (e.g. visitors and contractors).

Empowering Resiliency and Incident Coordination for Business Continuity and IT Teams:
The new release is designed to improve incident response times and crisis management processes by offering new Smart Conference functionality, increased interoperability with IT Service Management (ITSM) and other systems, on-call schedule upgrades and additional enhancements, including:

  • IT Alerting:
    • Smart Conference: Quickly launch 1-click access to conference bridges to resolve IT incidents based on intelligent recognition of participants, without having to enter an access code. Teams can easily manage the conference participants, track who attended and for how long and generate reports via the new Live Conference Dashboard.
    • ServiceNow Connector for Schedules: Everbridge’s IT Alerting application now integrates with ServiceNow Scheduling to automatically escalate IT incidents and manage escalation procedures while seamlessly leveraging schedules stored in ServiceNow.
    • On-Call Scheduling: Business continuity, clinical care teams and IT users can now identify on-call schedules through a monthly view, while also having the ability to copy calendars, publish and un-publish schedules, share calendars to the Everbridge Member Portal and utilize new shift management options via APIs.
  • Secure Messaging:
    • HipaaBridge and SecureBridge: Both apps now offer enhanced video and audio quality to securely and reliably communicate with colleagues in low bandwidth situations, such as underground facilities, as well as video-to-audio failover and auto reconnect.

“Everbridge’s 2016 Fall Release continues our commitment to making our products easier to use, more integrated with other important systems and more flexible in how people can access information,” said Claudia Dent, SVP of Product Management, Everbridge. “These new features are all aimed at improving the ways that global security, IT and emergency management teams can locate people, mobilize resources and automate processes during critical events in which minutes matter.”

About Everbridge
Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), is a global software company that provides critical communications and enterprise safety applications that enable customers to automate and accelerate the process of keeping people safe and businesses running during critical events. During public safety threats such as active shooter situations, terrorist attacks or severe weather conditions, as well as critical business events such as IT outages or cyber incidents, over 3,000 global customers rely on the company’s SaaS-based platform to quickly and reliably construct and deliver contextual notifications to millions of people at one time. The company’s platform sent over 1 billion messages in 2015, and offers the ability to reach more than 200 countries and territories with secure delivery to over 100 different communication devices. The company’s critical communications and enterprise safety applications include Mass Notification, Incident Management, IT Alerting™, Safety Connection™, Community Engagement™, Secure Messaging and Internet of Things, and are easy-to-use and deploy, secure, highly scalable and reliable. Everbridge serves 8 of the 10 largest U.S. cities, 8 of the 10 largest U.S.-based investment banks, all four of the largest global accounting firms, 24 of the 25 busiest North American airports and 6 of the 10 largest global automakers. Everbridge is based in Boston and Los Angeles with additional offices in San Francisco, Beijing and London. For more information, visit www.everbridge.com, read the company blog, http://www.everbridge.com/blog, and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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MINNEAPOLIS – Strong emphasis on proportionality and scope of discovery dominated this year’s ediscovery judicial opinions (56 percent as compared to 35 percent in 2015) as courts reacted to the December 1, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). Yearly analysis of reported ediscovery opinions and notable ediscovery themes are highlighted in the 2016 Top Ediscovery Cases by Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of ediscovery products and services.

“The 2015 FRCP amendments placed significant emphasis on both relevance and proportionality, and judicial opinions in 2016 followed suit”

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In the past year, Kroll Ontrack experts summarized 57 significant state and federal judicial opinions from 2016 related to the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). Four major categories arose most commonly in these opinions:

  • 56 percent of opinions dealt with disputes involving production and the methods used, and arguments of proportionality and scope of discovery
  • 32 percent of opinions focused on preservation, spoliation and motions for sanctions
  • 8 percent of opinions addressed procedural issues, such as search and predictive coding protocols
  • 4 percent of opinions addressed cost considerations, such as cost shifting and taxation of costs

“The 2015 FRCP amendments placed significant emphasis on both relevance and proportionality, and judicial opinions in 2016 followed suit,” said Michele Lange, director of thought leadership, Kroll Ontrack. “The courts are quite clear that parties need to come together early on to collaboratively establish discovery scope and production format, use of search terms and predictive coding, and how best to right-size costs. And litigation professionals are taking it to heart. A recent informal poll of 125+ ediscovery professionals showed that over half claim the amendments have had a positive impact on litigation practices, while another 25 percent stated the rules changes could go even farther to help out.”

Kroll Ontrack has been researching and analyzing significant ediscovery case law for nearly 15 years. As ediscovery practices balance the breadth of data against the legal obligation to preserve, collect and review relevant ESI for cases, staying current on what judges are saying about ediscovery practices is critical.

Trends in 2016 Case Law

Proportionality finds responsibility on both sides of the table

In analyzing scope of discovery, proportionality and production format in light of the 2015 amendments to Rule 26(b)(1), 56 percent of ediscovery opinions this year addressed production issues. For example, in Carr v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins., the defendant filed a motion to compel, claiming that plaintiff did not “adequately respond” to its discovery demand. The courts granted the motion, demonstrating that the amendments have not changed the discovery burden: both the requesting and responding parties have a responsibility to explain why a discovery request should or should not be granted.

Courts hold significant influence around preservation, spoliation and sanctions

Comprising 32 percent of the ediscovery opinions this year, the amended Rule 37(e) pushed preservation practices to the forefront, with cases focusing on reasonable steps to preserve, intent to deprive another party of relevant ESI and the inherent power of the court to administer sanctions.In Orchestratehr v. Trombetta, the court declined to impose sanctions, because there was not enough evidence to show that the defendant acted in bad faith, showing that even if evidence of intentional spoliation is suspicious, stronger evidence of intent is needed under amended Rule 37(e). However, parties need to be aware that even though Rule 37(e) applies solely to ESI, it is not the only remedy available to the court. In Cat3 v. Black Lineage, the court granted sanctions, noting that it had inherent power to do so even if Rule 37(e) had not applied.

Predictive coding finds its place as a global discovery strategy

Search protocols and use of predictive coding or Technology Assisted Review (TAR) prominently stood out amongst the procedural issues opinions, which represented 8 percent of the ediscovery case law in 2016. While courts state that TAR is often the best and most efficient search tool, as in Hyles v. New York City, they stop short of forcing parties to leverage TAR or predictive coding, citing that the responsible party is best situated to decide how to search for and produce ESI responsive to a document request. On the global front, it is notable that in February 2016, Master Matthews issued the first British opinion, known as Pyrrho Investments Ltd. v. MWB Property Ltd., which approved the use of predictive coding in High Court proceedings, partly relying on Magistrate Judge Peck’s2012 opinion in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe. Barriers to adopting predictive coding during ediscovery are being broken down around the globe.

Ediscovery cost opinions highly influenced by new FRCP amendments

A smaller portion of 2016 judicial opinions (4 percent) addressed ediscovery costs. When the courts did cast an opinion on allocation for ediscovery costs, they noted a willingness to require parties to pay for their own discovery in certain instances. For example, in Elkharwily v. Franciscan Health Sys., the defendant objected that a discovery request was burdensome because it did not have an email archiving system, and therefore must search the backup tapes individually at great expense. The court agreed, but as the data was discoverable, it allowed the plaintiff to have access to the archived data, at the plaintiff’s expense.

For more information about the 2016 ediscovery case law research from Kroll Ontrack, visit: www.ediscovery.com/2016-top-ediscovery-cases/

About Kroll Ontrack LLC
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and solutions to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyze, review and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery, consulting and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.ediscovery.com or follow @KrollOntrack on Twitter.

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