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(TNS) - A feared second round of severe weather did not appear in Middle Georgia early Sunday, but a watch remains for the afternoon.

Much of the area is under a severe weather watch from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, said Jimmy Williams, emergency management director for Houston County. He said most of the midstate is listed as having a moderate risk of severe weather during that period, including possible tornadoes, while the most southern part of the area has a high risk.

He said there was no weather damage in Houston early Sunday morning and emergency dispatchers in other area counties reported the same.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/As-Many-As-15-Dead-in-Georgia-Following-Severe-Weather.html

Data breaches and other information security threats are on the rise, and the cyber security skills gap is widening.

Many organizations, faced with limited in-house resources, are choosing to partner with managed security service providers (MSSPs) to handle all or specific areas of their information security needs.

Hiring an MSSP allows organizations to focus on their core competencies while benefitting from the expertise of skilled security experts who monitor the system around the clock, usually at a lower cost than hiring security analysts in-house.

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http://mspmentor.net/managed-security-services/common-mistakes-when-writing-rfps-managed-security-services

Monday, 23 January 2017 15:26

Looking for Employment? FEMA is Hiring

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee residents looking for temporary work following the wildfires in Sevier County have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the recovery process.

Workforce Tennessee, in conjunction with FEMA, is advertising open temporary positions in Sevier County.

Interested applicants can visit the Workforce Tennessee website at jobs4TN.gov. To find the available jobs, fill in the boxes under the section marked “Search for a Job,” being sure to enter your job title for “Keyword,” FEMA for “Employer Name” and Sevierville for “Location.” Leave the ZIP code box blank.

Positions being advertised are:

  • Human Resources Office Clerk
  • Travel Specialist
  • Logistics Specialist
  • Mitigation Office Clerk
  • Public Assistance Project Specialist
  • Photographer

More positions may be posted on the website as disaster recovery continues.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older. They must have a valid government identification card such as a driver’s license or military ID. Before hiring, selected candidates will be subject to a complete background investigation.

FEMA is committed to employing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation. The federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying physical handicap and any other non-merit factor.

Federal disaster assistance is available to eligible individuals and households who were affected by the Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 wildfires in Sevier County.

For updates on Tennessee’s wildfire response and recovery, follow @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit TNEMA.org/, MountainTough.org/ and fema.gov/disaster/4293.

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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.

Finland's Fastest Growing Data Center Company Delivers Scalable Wholesale Colocation Services

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that Ficolo, one of the fastest-growing companies in Finland, is delivering reliable and agile New IP networks to support their customers demanding infrastructure requirements. Leveraging Brocade data center networking solutions and Brocade Network Subscription, Ficolo has accelerated time-to-market for new wholesale colocation services while removing financial obstacles to growth.

Housed in WWII-era ammunition tunnels, Ficolo is Finland's first data center company to provide colocation services. The environmentally-conscious company is cased deep in a bedrock tunnel and utilizes 100 percent wind power in the data center. As a cloud provider for other service providers, Ficolo's customers choose the data center capabilities they need to support their own service offerings. Ficolo is also a trusted partner for SaaS companies who deliver their software to customers. Ficolo handles cloud connectivity, availability, storage, compute and security.

In its pursuit of growth and market share, Ficolo needed to build a wholesale cloud service portfolio in a stable environment. The company required a network infrastructure that can support the various services they offer to customers. At the same time, they were looking for a low-risk option to finance the new infrastructure so they could offer a more flexible and aggressive price than their competitors.

Ficolo built its core network using Brocade VDX® switches with Brocade VCS® fabric technology. Brocade VDX switches also support multiple individual customer environments, which connect to the core network. Brocade ICX® switches are deployed in several locations throughout the network and as customer premises equipment. With Brocade's technology, Ficolo can deliver 10/40 Gbps capacity with the ability to finely segment resources per customer or share services on demand. In addition, Ficolo solved its financing concerns with Brocade Network Subscription as they were able scale the network up or down, based on their customers' needs.

"Our Brocade-powered network provides the building blocks for our customers' own cloud offering," said Seppo Ihalainen, chief executive officer of Ficolo. "We can launch new customer deployments quickly, test new colocation services or take a new direction with very little risk. We are able to grow at a rapid pace while helping our customers accelerate their time-to-market by implementing a new network or service in about 30 percent less time using Brocade technology."

About Brocade
Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today's era of digital business. (www.brocade.com)

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To offer enterprises and organizations advanced network solutions for protection against script-based cyberattacks, leading IT security vendor Infotecs uses the new realtime JavaScript detection and extraction capabilities of Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity’s DPI engine in their next-generation firewall.

JavaScript attacks are devastating, especially for companies and organizations. Not only do they have to deal with data breach and damage to their reputation but also with direct costs. In particular, the advent of ransomware coded in JavaScript presents a new challenge for IT security administrators. According to security experts, ransomware cybercriminals took in about USD 1 billion last year. It is no secret that this figure – and the frequency of attacks on organizations – will grow to unprecedented levels in 2017.

To detect these dynamic attack vectors and protect organizations and enterprises from JavaScript-based cyberattacks, IT security vendor Infotecs has decided to embed JavaScript content & metadata extraction capabilities developed by Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity in their next-generation firewall.

“We saw a strong need to protect our customers against JavaScript-based attacks and are now pleased to offer them an innovative firewall which can cope with these security issues,” says Josef Waclaw, CEO at Infotecs GmbH. “The content and metadata extraction functionality provided by the Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity DPI engine R&S PACE 2 allows us to better identify and investigate dynamic web content in order to protect our customers from threats, such as sensitive data theft and tampering,” adds Waclaw.

JavaScript, which is one of the main technologies for building web content, is a popular tool for cybercriminals who abuse the programming language for malicious attacks. Particularly, cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks are typical JavaScript security threats that top the list of web application vulnerabilities provided by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).

Cross-site scripting enables attackers to use JavaScript to inject malicious scripts into web pages viewed by unsuspecting users. The script allows cybercriminals to steal sensitive user data, tamper with accounts, spread malware or steal financial credentials. The highly critical XSS security flaw in Yahoo’s consumer email service back in 2016 is one example of how a script-based attack can allow cybercriminals to read any user’s emails and affect millions of user accounts.

R&S PACE 2 – the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine by Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity – now enables Infotecs’ ViPNet xFirewall to inspect web content for potential malicious or injected code and to block Javascript threats in realtime. This way, R&S PACE 2 and the ViPNet xFirewall ensure network security without compromising on performance.

Infotecs ViPNet xFirewall is a next-generation firewall that offers effective multi-level network security for business processes and protection against modern cyberattacks. The flexibility, easy management and unique intelligence of the ViPNet xFirewall not only provide comprehensive protection but also ensure major efficiency increases. In addition to application awareness (DPI mechanism), the ViPNet xFirewall includes inline configuration, stateful inspection, integrated antivirus and identity awareness.

Find out more about how IT security equipment vendors use the protocol and application classification engine R&S PACE 2 to enhance their network protection products and to add value for their customers: https://ipoque.com/solutions

The Business Continuity Institute

Far too many of the United Kingdom’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are ill-prepared for the effects of bad weather and the disruption it could bring. Two-thirds (66%) of SMEs reported lost revenue, and almost a third (31%) have suffered weather-related property damage as a result of bad weather during the last five years, yet nearly half (44%) have no business continuity plan in place to ensure they can continue operating, while over two-thirds (69%) do not have any insurance cover to protect them.

The research conducted by Towergate found that SMEs were hit hardest by employees being delayed or prevented from reaching work (24%). Reduced demand for goods and services (16%) and disruption to their supply chain (15%) were also common problems caused by bad weather. Furthermore, on average, SME’s estimated that £523,934 of property and related assets could be at risk of damage caused by bad weather.

Overall, SMEs reported an average of 14.7 hours lost a year due to the weather, however some sectors lost much more. Engineering and building (20.8 hours), manufacturing and utilities (19.6 hours), and unsurprisingly transport (19.7 hours) lose around half a week each year due to bad weather.

Adverse weather has consistently appeared in the top ten list of threats featured in the Business Continuity Institute's Horizon Scan Report. The latest version put it in eighth place with more than half (55%) of respondents to a global survey expressing concern about the possibility of a disruption caused by adverse weather.

Commenting on the findings, Joe Thelwell from Towergate, said: “The UK’s economy depends on small and medium sized businesses. But far too many firms have left themselves exposed to the unpredictable and at times damaging British weather. The majority of SMEs do not have appropriate contingency plans or insurance to protect them against lost business and unexpected bills resulting from the havoc our weather can wreak.

With millions of people’s livelihoods depending on SMEs, it is crucial that these businesses take steps to better prepare for bad weather so they can get up and running as soon as possible. Practically, that could include backing-up computer systems and records, identifying contingency premises or taking out specific policies.

Rather than working to cure the IT security disease, too many companies are focused simply on treating the symptoms by adding layer after layer of security complexity. To get to the root of the malady, what they need to be focused on instead are data analytics, machine learning, and an understanding of individuals’ roles.

That was my key takeaway from a recent interview with Stan Black, chief security officer at Citrix Systems, who said that conclusion had been reinforced by the findings of a newly released IT security survey, commissioned by Citrix and conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Black addressed the layering phenomenon in the context of what he sees as the role of public cloud:

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/from-under-the-rug/citrix-cso-treating-it-security-symptoms-is-the-problem-not-the-solution.html

Months ahead of the 2017 presidential inauguration, security officials have been in high gear and pulling out all the stops to make the event a safe one. No other presidential inauguration has garnered so much debate, spurring officials to take this year’s inauguration to another level when it comes to security.

Among the precautions taken are what the Washington Post calls, “A virtual fortress of roadblocks, fences and armed police.” What does this entail?

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https://www.alertmedia.com/the-massive-effort-to-keep-people-safe-during-inauguration

Crowd safety is important to understand before heading out to a large public event.  This weekend there will be many events and marches.  Before you head out to any of them, know a bit about crowd safety before you go. First some basic concepts about crowds:

  • Reaching critical crowd density is a main characteristic of crowd disaster and is approached when the floor space per (standing) person is reduced to about 1.5 square feet or less.
  • At 5 sq. ft. per person, the maximum capacity of a corridor or walkway is attained, (i.e. exiting a stadium or theatre); at approximately 3 sq. ft. per person, involuntary contact and brushing against others occurs.
    • This is a behavioral threshold generally avoided by the public, except in crowded elevators and buses.
    • Below 2 sq. ft. per person, potentially dangerous crowd forces and psychological pressures may to develop.

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https://ems-solutionsinc.com/blog/crowd-safety-tips-large-crowds/

NEW YORK – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire the corporate advisory and aviation consulting businesses of Seabury Group, a New York-based professional services firm focused on the aviation industry. The combination of Seabury’s corporate advisory and consulting businesses, together with Accenture’s global capabilities, will help the world’s leading airlines accelerate the pace of digital transformation.

 

“Our combined business marks an important step for the aviation industry by bringing innovation enhancements to market with speed and agility. I am proud of what the team of professionals at Seabury have accomplished over the years in building and supporting the resiliency and growth of the global airline industry.”

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“Airlines are having to innovate to respond to changing customer expectations, digital disruption and revenue and cost pressures,” said Jonathan Keane, managing director of Accenture’s Aviation practice. “The aviation expertise that Seabury will bring to Accenture will complement our global capabilities, solutions and services.”

Seabury’s corporate advisory practice focuses on restructuring distressed aviation companies through strategic planning and cost reduction. Seabury’s consulting practice focuses on fleet, network, commercial, maintenance, airports, cargo and human capital improvements.

“Seabury aims to deliver significant value to the airline industry through a combination of industry expertise, analytical techniques, data and proven tools,” said John Luth, CEO at Seabury. “Our combined business marks an important step for the aviation industry by bringing innovation enhancements to market with speed and agility. I am proud of what the team of professionals at Seabury have accomplished over the years in building and supporting the resiliency and growth of the global airline industry.”

The business acquired from Seabury will become part of Accenture’s global aviation practice. Approximately 120 employees will be joining Accenture, including Luth.

Sander van ‘t Noordende, group chief executive of Accenture’s Products operating group said, “With digital transformation forcing the aviation industry to rethink its business and operating models, we expect continued strong demand for consulting services in this industry. This acquisition will enhance our ability to accelerate the pace of transformation our clients need and to deliver the industry-specific strategies that our clients are increasingly seeking to drive competitiveness and differentiation.”

Seabury, headquartered in New York with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, was founded in 1995.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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