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Comba Telecom sets out to help first responders through code enhancements and education

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Comba Telecom, Inc., a subsidiary of Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd., and a leading global wireless solutions provider, today announced it will join the Safer Buildings Coalition to help the in-building public safety communications industry become more reliable for first responders during emergencies.

The Safer Buildings Coalition, a non-profit organization, established in 2012, provides advocacy and education related to indoor communication issues and brings awareness to solutions that will enhance indoor communications capabilities for the general public and public-safety first responders.

Comba will work with the Coalition to address not only current challenges for in-building First Responder communications, but also recommend safety code changes and solutions to meet future communication challenges as well.  Additionally, Comba will help the Coalition educate AHJ’s (Authority Having Jurisdiction) and others by providing training opportunities to keep them abreast on important changes in the codes.

Joining the Coalition shows Comba’s commitment to the public safety industry and ensures that Comba’s full line of CriticalPoint™ public safety communication products fully address and comply with not only current safety codes but also future code requirements by adding enhancements to the products like LTE Band 14 support and extra dry contact alarming ports which are not required by code yet.

“We are excited to be a member of the Safer Buildings Coalition,” says Don Henry, Comba Telecom’s Public Safety Program Manager. “In-Building Public Safety communications is dear to Comba Telecom and doing our part to help First Responders have reliable In-Building communications is a way we can help save lives when emergencies happen.”

“SBC welcomes Comba and the deep technical expertise and global perspective the company brings to our organization,” said Alan Perdue, SBC Executive Director. “A significant percentage of wireless usage occurs indoors. That, combined with a need to ensure the reliability of indoor two-way radio communications for first responders, makes this a pivotal time to bring industry leaders together to enhance the coverage, capacity, and dependability of wireless networks inside buildings.” 

About Comba Telecom Inc.

Comba Telecom, Inc., based in San Jose, California, is a subsidiary of Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd., a $1B publicly traded company and the leading supplier of RF communications solutions and equipment to the wireless industry. With R&D innovating in the heart of Silicon Valley and a manufacturing base in Asia, Comba Telecom manufactures cutting edge technologies and cost-effective solutions for OEM, integration and operator partners.

About Safer Buildings Coalition

The primary mission of the Safer Buildings Coalition is to ensure that First Responders (Fire, Law Enforcement and EMS) can use state-of-the-art voice and data communications to communicate with one another inside buildings as well as to and from their Command Centers outside buildings during an event. The shared vision among its members, which include leading companies and organizations within the wireless and public-safety industries, is to create safer buildings that possess advanced indoor public safety communications systems.

All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Monday, 10 July 2017 15:30

The rise of being “social”

The social responsibility movement started with debates about corporations having a responsibility to society – it is now recognized that people, planet and profit are mutually inclusive. Since these early discussions, the concept has seen many transformative moments, including the launch of ISO 26000, a standard which has gained traction and credibility in less than a decade.

“I thought I was the only one struggling to reconcile my career with the demands of family, but after this session, hearing from managers and other colleagues, I can see how it is possible to enjoy both raising children and my job!” Fujii is just one of a number of Japanese women working at global electronics company NEC Corporation, who attended an event supporting female career opportunities in a country where women’s active involvement in the workplace is sorely lacking.

To achieve its goal, NEC Corporation turned to ISO 26000, the world’s first voluntary standard on social responsibility, which has helped thousands of organizations operate in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. Since its publication seven years ago, ISO 26000 has been adopted as a national standard in over 80 countries (and counting!) and its text is available in some 22 languages. It is also referenced in more than 3 000 academic papers, 50 books and numerous doctorates, and is used by organizations of all shapes and sizes including Petrobras, Air France, British Telecom, NEC, NovoNordisk and Marks & Spencer, to name a few.



  • Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report reveals 69 percent of Americans believe their personal information is safe when using public Wi-Fi, yet two-thirds act unsafely when online
  • 57 percent of consumers can’t wait more than a few minutes before logging onto a Wi-Fi network once they arrive somewhere new, showing the need to always be connected

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Consumers are unable to resist a strong, free Wi-Fi network and their online behaviors may be placing their personal information at risk, according to Norton by Symantec’s (NASDAQ: SYMC) 2017 Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report, released today.

“What someone thinks is private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cybercriminals through unsecure Wi-Fi Networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities.”

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“There is a deep divide between what people think is safe when it comes to using public Wi-Fi versus the reality,” said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. “What someone thinks is private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cybercriminals through unsecure Wi-Fi Networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities.”

The Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report surveyed more than 15,000 consumers in 15 countries to learn about their public Wi-Fi practices and perceptions. Many of the global findings show that people are aware of the risks of public Wi-Fi, but are not necessarily changing their behaviors. U.S.-specific highlights include:

Consumers Willing to Sacrifice Security for Free Wi-Fi

Consumers’ dependency on a quick, free connection via public Wi-Fi could be placing their personal information at risk:

  • Seventy-three percent of Americans are not using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to secure their Wi-Fi connections, even though it is considered a best way for protecting personal information
  • Over 60 percent of Gen Z (ages 18-20) in the U.S. say it’s important to use public Wi-Fi so they can post to social media, while 70 percent say it’s important to use public Wi-Fi to avoid draining their data plan. Interestingly, the value of public Wi-Fi varies for Americans over 72, with 59 percent of them wanting to use public Wi-Fi to help ensure someone important to them can reach them.

Questionable Behaviors on Wi-Fi

And in the case of using public Wi-Fi for more private matters, joining an unsecure network could reveal more about a person’s personal information (or habits) than they bargained for:

  • Twenty-two percent admit to viewing adult content on public Wi-Fi
    • Of those people, 45 percent admit to doing so at work and 46 percent have done so in a café/restaurant.
  • Thirty-five percent have accessed Wi-Fi without the Wi-Fi network owner’s permission; 12 percent guessed or hacked the password to get in.
  • Ninety-two percent of Americans have potentially put personal information at risk while using public Wi-Fi, including checking their bank accounts, yet 40 percent reported they would feel horrified if their financial details were stolen and published online by hackers.

Wi-Fi Access Also a Must When Traveling

Clearly, Americans are unable to resist access to a strong, free Wi-Fi network despite the risks. This is especially true while traveling, as Americans say access to a strong Wi-Fi network is a deciding factor when choosing a hotel (75 percent), transport hub (44 percent), place to eat (49 percent) or which airline to fly (50 percent). Further, more than half (51 percent) of people surveyed said that the most important reason to stay connected was to use a GPS app to get around.

Help Ensure Your Personal Information Doesn’t Fall into the Wrong Hands

Despite the need for access to a strong, free Wi-Fi connection, there are simple steps consumers can take to help protect their information online:

  • Use Security Software: One of the best ways to protect your information online is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) from a trusted vendor such as Symantec’s Norton Wi-Fi Privacy. VPNs provide a “secure tunnel” that encrypts data being sent and received between your device and the internet.
  • Look for HTTPS: Many companies use secure websites — HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) — to provide online security. You can tell if a website is secure if it has “https” in its URL and has a small lock symbol next to it. However, even though the website itself might be safe, your personal information could be vulnerable if your network connection isn’t secure.
  • Sharing Less is Best: Think twice before entering any type of personal information – from passwords, to financial details and photos – over public Wi-Fi networks. Even if you’re not actively sharing the information, your device may be doing so for you. Many devices are programmed to automatically seek connections to other devices on the same network, which could cause your files to be vulnerable. Be sure to disable sharing on your devices to ensure what’s yours stays yours.

Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report Methodology

The Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report is an online survey of 15,532 adults ages 18+ who use Wi-Fi across 15 countries, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Reputation Leaders through international online panel company Research Now. The margin of error for the total sample is 0.8 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. The U.S. sample reflects input from 1,002 U.S. adults ages 18+ who use Wi-Fi. The margin of error is 3.1 percent for the total U.S. sample. Data was collected from May 18th to June 5th, 2017 by Research Now.

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.

While big data scientists are often perceived as the key to unlocking the potential value of big data, research conducted by the University of Kent indicates a different view.

Dr Maggie Zeng from Kent Business School, in collaboration with Professor Keith Glaister from the Warwick Business School, investigated the use of big data within five Chinese internet platform companies that have put big data at the heart of their operations.

They interviewed 42 individuals in senior management positions, including CEOs, at these firms, as well as conducting 34 interviews with partner firms and third-party developers, who work with these companies, to understand how they use big data internally and externally. They also analysed meeting minutes and business strategy documents to inform their research.

Their findings suggest that firms that hire many data scientists do not always generate better value creation opportunities. Rather, it was the process of data management where managers are able to ‘democratize, contextualize, experiment and execute’ around the use of big data that helped firms derive the most benefits.

This is based on four key areas that senior managers can facilitate:

Data democratisation: By allowing more employees to access and interpret data it gives firms a better chance of insights being derived and enables better cross-team collaboration to ensure the right questions are being asked and answered.

Data contextualisation: Ensuring other relevant business information is accessible to staff enables them to place the data they are working with in the wider context of the organisation and understand what the results they generate mean.

Data experimentation: Creating an environment where staff feel able to experiment with data on a ‘trial and error’ basis enables them to find new insights within the data that more rigid data analysis structures prevent.

Data insight execution: Managers must create a culture where insights derived from big data analysis can quickly be used to ensure the potential benefits the insights offer are realised.

The insights could help other businesses understand how to make better use of their ever-increasing data silos to enable strategic decision-making.

The research was published in a paper titled Value creation from big data: Looking inside the black box, in the journal Strategic Organisation.

The Business Continuity Institute

An ongoing internet outage in Somalia is costing the country $10m (£7.7m) each day, and sparking anger across the affected central and southern parts of the country, including the capital, Mogadishu. The outage is reported to have been caused by a commercial ship cutting an undersea fibre-optic cable more than two weeks ago, and is expected to go on for at least another week.

The post and telecommunications minister - Abdi Anshur Hassan - told a press conference that Somalia has lost more than $130 million so far.

Internet service providers have since resorted to using satellite communications to provide access the internet, however this remedy was described as weak and unable to cope with the huge demand.

Internet outages are a major concern for organizations across the world with the Business Continuity Institute’s latest Horizon Scan Report featuring it in third place on its list of threats. 80% of respondents to a global survey expressing concern about the prospect of an outage occurring. In Sub-Saharan Africa it was in second place on both the list of concerns and the list of actual disruptions.

After more than 20 years of conflict, internet usage is low in Somalia, with just 1.6% of the population online in 2014, according to estimates by the International Telecommunication Union.