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Jon Seals

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Tougher to do, and with tougher consequences if you get it wrong: these are the two big trends in IT risk management today.

While CIOs still lead as being the largest category of individuals responsible for ITRM, other categories like CEOs, CISOs, CFOs, and others also now stand at significant levels. Why?

Today’s business environment is also less forgiving than in the past. Operational glitches tend to be more severe, as do the business consequences. So, what could go wrong? And who in the organisation is responsible for mitigating the associated IT risk, other than the CIO?



China is a country of extremes, with well-developed industrialized cities flourishing while inhabited yet rugged and primitive regions struggle.

One of the remotest and historically poorest provinces in Southwest China—Guizhou—has come a particularly long way in a short time and is well on its way to becoming a hub for China’s push into big data. What resembled suburbia a decade ago has been converted into a new urban district complete with skyscrapers, a convention center, and data centers.

High-speed railways, bridges, tunnels, and added international flights linking it to domestic and foreign cities have lifted the province from isolation and connected it with the world.



Full Scholarships Will Be Provided for a Grand Rapids Coding Bootcamp; West Michigan Women Interested in Careers as Software Engineers Are Eligible to Apply

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions and IT services, and Grand Circus, a tech training institute, along with the Women’s Resource Center, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting professional development, today announced the expansion of their DEVELOP(her) coding bootcamp to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Partners With Grand Circus for DEVELOP(her) Bootcamp in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The 12-week part-time bootcamp is being offered to women who are Michigan residents, and will train students for the high-growth, high-demand role of an entry-level .NET(C#) developer. TEKsystems and Grand Circus expanded the program to Grand Rapids after the success of its inaugural DEVELOP(her) program launched in Detroit and Flint last year. The expansion is also made possible with support from THE SOURCE.

The DEVELOP(her) bootcamp is designed to provide the skills necessary to earn a career as an entry-level software developer, and complements this education with mentorship provided by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT). The goal of the program is to increase the number of women in the tech industry and support them as they grow in their roles.

"Grand Circus is committed to making a tech career more accessible and we're proud of the impact DEVELOP(her) has had in eastern Michigan. Growing our local partnerships in western Michigan has helped us bring the training program to Grand Rapids, and we're excited to help even more women launch a tech career path," said Damien Rocchi, CEO and co-founder of Grand Circus.

The Women’s Resource Center and THE SOURCE, two organizations dedicated to providing employment opportunities and resources, will be working closely with Grand Circus to connect women interested in an IT career with the program. The class will accept 12 women to receive 12 weeks of training, including two weeks of mandatory pre-work and 10 weeks of on site, instructor-led education. This training will be followed by a career mentorship program in conjunction with the MCWT.

In addition to assisting with the free tuition, TEKsystems will assign recruiters to work one-on-one with students to provide professional insights on interview tips and techniques, resume creation, networking in their new career, and will work to find them placement in an environment they can flourish in with their new skill sets.

“We’re excited to support programs like DEVELOP(her) that enable people to pursue IT as a profession. The West Michigan economy continues to thrive and with the IT unemployment rate so low, access to talent is the most important resource for business and continued economic expansion,” says Jon Carpenter, Director of Business Operations for TEKsystems’ Grand Rapids offices. “That’s why it’s so important we find ways to expand the talent pool by committing to providing those who want a career in IT an open door and the resources to achieve their goals.”

Grand Circus’ bootcamps are intensive learning experiences that emphasize workplace needs like teamwork, paired programming and cutting-edge technical skills. Over the course of the bootcamps, students establish a strong, work-ready understanding of front-end or back-end programming and are positioned to start their career as entry-level developers.

The DEVELOP(her) bootcamp kicks off Tuesday, September 12, with applications closing at noon July 20. Applicants must be women who are Michigan residents and passionate about launching a career in technology. Training and networking events will be held at Start Garden in Grand Rapids.

For more information on the DEVELOP(her) bootcamp, click here.

About TEKsystems®

People are at the heart of every successful business initiative. At TEKsystems, an Allegis Group company, we understand people. Every year we deploy more than 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000 client sites across North America, Europe and Asia. Our deep insights into IT human capital management enable us to help our clients achieve their business goals–while optimizing their IT workforce strategies. We provide IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services to help our clients plan, build and run their critical business initiatives. Through our range of quality-focused delivery models, we meet our clients where they are, and take them where they want to go, the way they want to get there.

About Grand Circus

Grand Circus believes everyone should have access to a tech career. With campuses in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Grand Circus has trained more than 650 software developers. Graduates of the company’s coding bootcamps work at more than 100 companies throughout the state. Its innovative 10-week coding bootcamps provide students with the technical and soft skills employers need to effectively grow their businesses. For more information, visit http://www.grandcircus.co.

TEKsystems. Our people make IT possible.

Fireglass’ Isolation Technology to Strengthen Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform Substantially Reduces Burden on Security Operations Team

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Israel-based Fireglass, the leading agentless isolation solution that eliminates ransomware, malware and phishing threats in real-time by preventing potentially harmful content from ever reaching user endpoints or the corporate network. With this acquisition, Symantec further strengthens its Integrated Cyber Defense Platform and dramatically extends the Company’s leadership in Secure Web Gateway and Email protection delivered both on premises and in the cloud.

“The pairing of browser isolation with Symantec’s proxy and endpoint capabilities forms a generational change in approach. Our tests show promise for meaningful reductions in attack surface and time-consuming security events”

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Fireglass’ innovative approach to browser isolation substantially reduces the attack surface, strengthening an enterprise’s security posture and as a result, significantly reduces the burden on the company’s security operation center (SOC) and IT help desk. Users are protected regardless of the links they click or the uncategorized websites they visit, as all potentially harmful website and email content and attachments are executed within a fully protected and separate environment, eliminating the most common infiltration points for ransomware, exploits and malware. Delivered as a cloud service, on premises, or in a hybrid model, Fireglass provides a transparent and worry-free end user experience, with customers reporting a dramatic reduction in problem tickets and the resulting workload of the security team.

Greg Clark, Symantec CEO said, “Integrating Fireglass’ isolation technology with Symantec’s existing endpoint, email and secure web gateway solutions could reduce security events by as much as 70 percent, while virtually eliminating advanced threats spread by web browsing or email content. Isolation will become a core component in the design of cyber defense architectures for the cloud generation who face the reality of an encrypted Internet and the crisis inherent in email and web-delivered attacks. The ability for the security team to take an aggressive stance on unknown websites and questionable attachments without causing chaos for a company’s users and IT help desk is now a reality. Isolation is a key element of securing the cloud generation and is even a productivity gain for both the end user and security operations center.”

“The pairing of browser isolation with Symantec’s proxy and endpoint capabilities forms a generational change in approach. Our tests show promise for meaningful reductions in attack surface and time-consuming security events,” said Ramin Safai, CISO of Jefferies Group LLC. “I applaud Symantec for focusing on tangible security outcomes – it’s precisely what the industry needs.”

Guy Guzner, Founder and CEO of Fireglass, said, “We’ve long admired Symantec for their leadership in protecting customers’ critical information. Fireglass’ industry-leading isolation technology helps customers battle zero-day attacks and other serious vulnerabilities, making it an essential element for protecting email, messaging and web browsing. It easily integrates with existing security solutions and across all forms of the endpoint including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and all others including browser-enabled IoT devices. With Symantec’s global scale, we’re excited to bring this groundbreaking technology into the hands of more customers.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2017. Symantec expects Fireglass’ technology to be available to its customers and partners soon after the transaction closes. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Fireglass

Fireglass allows users to click with confidence from any device by eliminating malware and phishing from web and email with no endpoint agent. Organizations protected by Fireglass maximize user productivity while solving the operational overhead and complexity of web gateways through True Isolation™, where all web traffic is executed remotely and does not reach endpoints. Deployed at Fortune 500 companies, Fireglass was founded by network security leaders and military intelligence veterans and is backed by world-class investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, helps organizations, governments and people secure their most important data wherever it lives. Organizations across the world look to Symantec for strategic, integrated solutions to defend against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, cloud and infrastructure. Likewise, a global community of more than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock product suites to protect their digital lives at home and across their devices. Symantec operates one of the world’s largest civilian cyber intelligence networks, allowing it to see and protect against the most advanced threats. For additional information, please visit www.symantec.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including expectations regarding the acquisition of Fireglass and the timeframe in which this will occur and the expected benefits to Symantec, Fireglass, and their respective customers from completing the acquisition, including the combination of Fireglass’ isolation technology with Symantec’s existing endpoint, email and secure web gateway solutions. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievement to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. Such risk factors include, among others, satisfaction of closing conditions to the transaction, the ability of Symantec to successfully integrate the merged business and achieve the expected benefits, and customer demand for the integrated product offerings. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors section of Symantec's Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2017. Symantec assumes no obligation, and does not intend, to update any forward-looking statement contained in this press release. In addition, any forward-looking indication of plans for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change. Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, and may or may not be implemented. As such, statements about such plans should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec and should not be relied upon in making purchasing or investment decisions.

Friday, 07 July 2017 14:52

BCI: When the circus comes to town

The Business Continuity Institute

Photograph courtesy of Frank Schwichtenberg

There's a lot of prestige that comes with hosting a large international event like the G20 Summit - it puts the city firmly on the map and can position it as a major player on the international scene. That's not to mention the investment it brings in as leaders from the world's 20 most prosperous countries descend on it along with their various entourages, and the media circus that will inevitably follow.

Of course the positive side is not appreciated by all, and there will be people in Hamburg who are rueing the day it was picked to host one of the largest events on the international political stage.

The world leaders are still arriving, but already violence has broken out with a Porsche dealership burnt down. Windows are being boarded up and manhole covers sealed. The water cannons have been sent out to disperse demonstrators, 100,000 of whom are expected to turn up, and whose activities are only expected to intensify over the next few days.

It is always hoped that these events will have far reaching consequences in terms of the decisions made - migration, terrorism, climate change and trade will all be discussed at length, and it would be nice to think there will be some positive outcomes. Arguably resilience professionals should be keeping a close eye on these areas of discussion, as the outcomes could have implications for our organizations.

In the short-term however, there will also be far reaching consequences for organizations based in Hamburg, and the people who live there, who will experience severe disruption over the next few days as their city is put in lockdown.

Such is the disruption that these events bring, the German Foreign Minister - Sigmar Gabriel - has already suggested that, in future, they should be held at the United Nations Building in New York where security measures are already in place. At the moment the summit is hosted by the country that holds the rotating presidency, and security can cost in the region of €150 million.

Fortunately with events like this, organizations have plenty of time to prepare for them as they know they're coming. And as much as the violence that breaks out can be shocking, given previous experience, it shouldn't come as surprise. Most of us know exactly what to expect. Of course that doesn't offer any reassurance to the Porsche dealer. But for many, with some forward planning and stakeholder engagement, it should just be an inconvenience, rather than anything more destructive, as the city is temporarily put on hold.