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Volume 30, Issue 1

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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

When authorities zeroed in on suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with recent bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey, they called on a formidable new force in the manhunt. We’re not talking about a branch of law enforcement or a covert Special Forces agency. We’re talking about millions of civilians with the unprecedented potential to aid in Rahami’s capture thanks to receiving real-time smart phone alerts aimed at harnessing their collective vigilance. Let’s take a closer look at this breakthrough technology, along with highlighting how community policing is transforming public safety.

What is Community Policing?

While police exist to protect people and property, the fact is that there are only so many of them. Simply put: they can’t be everywhere at every time. But this doesn’t have to mean that their reach is compromised by their limited numbers. Enter community policing.



Endorsement Allows Clients to Maximize Recovery Following a Cyber Loss

JOHNSTON, R.I. – FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, today announced an industry first: Cyber Optimal Recovery, an endorsement to its all-risk FM Global Advantage® policy that helps maximize a client’s recovery from a cyber-related loss to enhance their business resilience.

Designed for clients that have—or intend to purchase—a stand-alone cyber policy, the new Cyber Optimal Recovery endorsement grants FM Global clients the option to choose whether the FM Global Advantage policy is primary, contributing or is in excess to a cyber policy, in order to maximize recovery under both policies.

“Cyber risk is becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex and leading many organizations to purchase separate cyber policies that often cover both third-party liability and first-party property. This creates a scenario where it may be unclear how these policies would interact in the event of a cyber loss,” said Bret Ahnell, FM Global executive vice president. “This endorsement was developed in direct response to feedback from our mutual policyholders to ensure they receive the best cyber claims recovery possible with contract certainty.”

Since 1999, FM Global has been at the leading edge of providing its clients with comprehensive first-party property cyber coverage for malware, denial-of-service attacks and cloud interruption, as well as resulting property damage and business interruption. Earlier this year, the company expanded its coverage to include interruption of data services, such as those resulting from cloud computing. Additionally, last month, the company announced the formation of integrated underwriting and engineering units dedicated to enhancing the company’s expertise in property insurance cyber solutions.

About FM Global
Established nearly two centuries ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.

Drobo 5C Offers More Data Protection and Capacity, at a Cost-Effective Price

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Drobo™, the maker of award winning storage arrays for businesses, professionals, and consumers, today announced the launch of the world's first self-managing USB-C storage solution, the Drobo 5C. As devices and computers trend towards thinner and smaller form factors, the USB-C interface will become increasingly prevalent. The 5C is designed to stay ahead of this trend by providing a smaller and sleeker interface while still delivering a powerful storage solution. The five bay 5C is priced at $349 and builds upon all the innovations of the original Drobo.

The Perfect Solution for Home Users or Creative Professionals

Managing RAID technology can be extremely time consuming. Most storage arrays make the user perform complicated tasks, such as choosing from a confusing list of RAID levels or formatting file systems to setup their system. This can be intimidating for many users. Most users just want to store their data securely, without the complexities of RAID thrust upon them.

The Drobo 5C solves these problems by automating the setup and management tasks. Built upon award-winning BeyondRAID ™ technology, the Drobo 5C allows the user to easily expand capacity by adding a mix of different size hard drives and brands. This eliminates the limitations found in traditional RAID systems. With Drobo, hard drives easily slide in without the need for carriers or screws.

"Buying a storage solution can be intimidating," said Mihir Shah, CEO of Drobo. "The Drobo team is laser focused on the customer experience and our users want a solution that is easy to use and manage. The Drobo 5C delivers on our commitment of simplicity coupled with a cost-effective price point and increased storage capacity."

Performance AND Simplicity That Just Works

The 5C uses the latest USB-C interface to connect to all PCs and Macs. USB-C is compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. The 5C, with an average performance of 250 MB/sec, is ideal for storing all types of data, including pictures and video. Setting up the 5C is effortless. The intuitive "traffic light interface" allows even the most novice user to be up and running in less than 10 minutes.

Focus on Continued Innovation

The Drobo 5C will replace the original Drobo 4 Bay that was first introduced 9 years ago. Over the past 9 years, Drobo's read/write performance has increased 10x; storage capacity has increased 32x, while the list price has decreased 33%. This makes Drobo the leader in storage solutions for customers who want the optimal combination of price, performance, and simplicity.

Customer Loyalty Program

Drobo is offering second and third generation Drobo 4 Bay customers a $50 USD discount when they purchase a new Drobo 5C through www.drobostore.com. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Valid until Oct 11th, 2016.

About Drobo

Drobo makes award-winning storage arrays that provide an unprecedented combination of data protection, expandability, and ease of use. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID™ technology, Drobo delivers the best storage experience ever for hundreds of thousands of consumers, professionals, and businesses. For more information, visit www.drobo.com.

Drobo, BeyondRAID, and the Drobo logo are trademarks of Drobo, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks used belong to their respective owners.

Neustar SiteProtect Enhances Automation, Traffic Flows, Management and Visibility of DDoS Mitigation Service; Research Indicates DDoS Attacks Have Become Sophisticated, Consistent and Relentless


STERLING, Va. – Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today announced enhancements to Neustar SiteProtect, a fast, flexible, global cloud-based DDoS mitigation service. The new benefits and features of Neustar SiteProtect enhance its automation, traffic flows, management and visibility to deliver the greatest speed, flexibility, capabilities and expertise to organizations struggling to mitigate DDoS attacks.

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In the report, DDoS: A Comparison of Defense Approaches, Gartner Analysts Patrick Hevesi and Anton Chuvakin wrote,“Denial-of-service attacks are in many regards different from other security issues organizations face. Unlike other attacks, where patches and locally installed security appliances can block an attack altogether, the defense calculus for denial of service is different because no organization can prevent or block all distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on its own.”1

New research from Neustar, published in its “October 2016 DDoS Attacks & Protection Report,” indicates that DDoS attacks have become sophisticated, consistent and relentless. More than 70 percent of research respondents have suffered a DDoS attack and more than 50 percent of DDoS attacks have resulted in additional compromise, such as viruses and ransomware.

“The industry has recently seen the largest, most complex, IOT device-driven DDoS attack that surpassed 620 Gbps in size and lasted over 3 days,” said Tom Pageler, Chief Security and Risk Officer for Neustar. “This just reinforces the fact that when it comes to DDoS protection – network size, speed, capability, and expertise matter – or else the consequences could be devastating.”

Neustar SiteProtect provides organizations the flexibility and capability to avoid the challenges of over-investing, under-protecting, over-protecting or under-investing. The network size and expertise of Neustar SiteProtect enables organizations to stay one step ahead of the catastrophic impact of DDoS attacks that can disrupt online revenue, destroy customer confidence and erode brand reputation.

Key features and enhancements to Neustar SiteProtect include:

  • Deep Automation of Defense Processes and Activated Mitigation: Standardized automation offerings increase the speed of response to DDoS attacks, minimizing their impact. The flexibility of multiple offerings enables an organization to deploy the service that works best for its demands.
  • Standardized Offerings for “Always-Ready” Traffic Flows: Avoid the unnecessary cost and performance degradations that accompany always-on solutions with the flexibility of “always-ready” traffic flow that delivers the same high-speed response times and minimizes any potential performance impact.
  • Improved Customer Management and Visibility into Attacks: Neustar customers are empowered to route and scrub traffic directly or implement auto-mitigation options. Neustar SiteProtect displays attack sources, protocols and traffic statistics with up-to-the-minute and historical data in an easy, informative way.

“Organizations cannot prevent being targeted by a DDoS attack, so it is imperative to identify, formulate and deploy a defense strategy that can limit the impact and effectiveness of these assaults,” said Rodney Joffe, Senior Vice President and Senior Technologist for Neustar. “As DDoS attacks become more aggressive, organizations must evaluate both technology and the deep experience and expertise of the company offering DDoS defense options to find the best augmentation to their security operations. This important partnership is often the difference between defeating an attacker and enduring a painful and costly attack.”

For more information about Neustar SiteProtect, please visit https://www.neustar.biz/services/ddos-protection

About Neustar

Every day, the world generates roughly 2.5 quadrillion bits of data. Neustar (NYSE: NSR) isolates certain elements and analyzes, simplifies and edits them to make precise and valuable decisions that drive results. As one of the few companies capable of knowing with certainty who is on the other end of every interaction, we’re trusted by the world’s great brands to make critical decisions some 20 billion times a day. We help marketers send timely and relevant messages to the right people. Because we can authoritatively tell a client exactly who is calling or connecting with them, we make critical real-time responses possible. And the same comprehensive information that enables our clients to direct and manage orders also stops attackers. We know when someone isn’t who they claim to be, which helps stop fraud and denial of service before they’re a problem. Because we’re also an experienced manager of some of the world’s most complex databases, we help clients control their online identity, registering and protecting their domain name, and routing traffic to the correct network address. By linking the most essential information with the people who depend on it, we provide more than 12,000 clients worldwide with decisions—not just data. More information is available at http://www.neustar.biz

1 Gartner, DDoS, A Comparison of Defense Approaches, November 2014, Foundational May 2016

The European company has had years of success with its solutions that make developing embedded Internet of Things (IoT) software applications much simpler, more efficient and more cost-effective. Amidst an explosion of smart devices, MicroEJ now breaks ground on its new Boston office, where its software suite will accelerate the American smart device market.

BOSTON – The explosion of smart things, such as connected home appliances or fitness and healthcare wearables, comes with equal demand for the software that powers these devices. But this burgeoning production means that the challenges of embedded IoT software development —hardware fragmentation, long iteration cycles, daunting bills of materials, etc.—are rearing their ugly heads now more than ever.

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European company MicroEJ drastically simplifies go-to-market development, with its software solutions that make working on devices easier and reduce both the risk and the time to market for each new product, with fast iterations and prototypes. To meet growing demand in North America, the company now announces formation of its US subsidiary headquartered in the Boston area.

“Millions of devices are running MicroEJ right now,” says Fred Rivard, PhD, founder and CEO. “We’re operating in many different industries over multi-year contracts which secures our revenue stream. Our clients trust us because our royalty-driven business model only succeeds when they succeed, and on schedule. By establishing operations in North America, MicroEJ gets closer to its customers, and will be able to provide the best support for its solutions on the extensive portfolio of microcontrollers, embedded microprocessors and platforms that we support.”

In a move of confidence, Fred announced he permanently moved to Boston to personally oversee the new operations. He expects that 25% of the company’s revenue will come from the US after just two years, with staff continuously being added as they grow. While the Boston subsidiary is new, MicroEJ is already closely tied to America through an existing ecosystem of US-based partners. Examples include cloud vendors like Xively, embedded software vendors like Micrium and wolfSSL, and silicon vendors like NXP, Renesas and STMicroelectronics.

MicroEJ has several solutions currently on the market. Among them is MicroEJ OS, an operating system that can be deployed on nearly any 32-bit microprocessor or microcontroller, running a built-in, secure sandbox for multi-language applications, and is designed to be scalable. The MicroEJ SDK is a full set of Eclipse-based tools including a custom IDE, UI design applications and virtual machine tools. And the MicroEJ Store lets developers easily deploy new applications and extensions to existing devices, whether requested by the user or pushed by the publishers themselves, creating de-facto ecosystems around fleets of heterogeneous devices.

For questions or to request an interview, contact Chris Orris at Oxygen PR, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Charlotte Morineau at MicroEJ, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at www.microej.com.

About MicroEJ

MicroEJ provides software and application solutions to enable device manufacturers to deliver cost-effective, scalable IoT products to the smart world. Headquartered in France, with offices in Germany and the United States, MicroEJ offers a full suite of IoT solutions for device software development, application development, data collection, and application deployment. MicroEJ OS, software development tools, and online application store enable large-scale deployments of IoT devices using processors starting at $1. MicroEJ delivers faster time to market, reduced cost of ownership of software, and new revenue opportunities for its customers in markets such as wearables, home appliances, home automation, healthcare, and industrial automation. For more information, please visit www.microej.com.