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Cyberattacks from other countries are now seen as a major threat to the U.S. by 72 percent of Americans, according to a national survey from the Pew Research Center.

This view has changed little in recent years, apparently. But what has changed is public opinions about other global threats.

Take climate change—now viewed as a major threat by 58 percent of Americans, up 7 points since January, and the highest share since 2009.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=5597

Data warehouse developers have historically walked a narrow line between data quality and business agility. At the same time, they balance the needs and relationships between IT and internal business clients.  Technology has answered this dilemma with two separate approaches: the data vault optimized for data warehouse agility, and data warehouse automation for faster and more reliable development.

Data vault modeling is designed for long-term historical storage of data from multiple operational systems, looking at data associated with auditing, tracing of data, loading speed and resilience. Data vault inventor, Dan Linstedt, first conceived this approach in the early 2000s. Data vault modeling is now in its second generation.   

The data vault is a hybrid of third normal (3NF) and star-schema forms that offers significant benefits and interesting challenges. On the plus side, it promises agility to address rapid changes in business needs, separates ingestion concerns from various business uses and promotes data quality best practices. However, its structure is enormously complex with thought provoking design choices.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/industry-perspectives/overcoming-common-roadblocks-data-vault-development

Software-Defined Storage Solution Combined with Intelligent File Management Enables Rapid Business Transformation

 
KARLSKRONA, Sweden & TEANECK, N.J. – Compuverde today announced a partnership with Data Dynamics, Inc., a leader in intelligent file management. Data Dynamics' StorageX solution and Compuverde now provide a modern platform to manage data assets from migration to file tiering to archival. This partnership offers enterprise customers the freedom to choose their future storage and cloud direction, eliminating technology lock-in while supporting business transformation with greater speed and agility.
 
 
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Businesses today rely on data as their primary asset, but the underlying infrastructure used to manage the data is often archaic and proprietary. This makes it extremely challenging for enterprises to adapt quickly to changing business demands.
The partnership of Compuverde's software-defined storage solution and Data Dynamics' StorageX solution supports business transformation in the following ways:
  • Accelerates adoption of new storage technology - StorageX minimizes file movement complexity, cost and risk with a single file management platform for the simplified movement, transformation and management of all data assets.
  • Manages file data to quickly power new business requirements - By removing the barriers of proprietary storage types, StorageX allows for faster adoption of new Compuverde software-defined storage. StorageX includes comprehensive management, with automated, policy-driven workflows, all fully tested with Compuverde's scalable solution.
  • Modernizes to support a changing cloud landscape - Data modernization is furthered in StorageX 8.0 with support for Compuverde object storage, transforming files into native object storage format, while providing direct access to their files. The partnership also provides the ability to support DevOps projects with efficiency - providing application programming interfaces for storage management automation and orchestration.
Stefan Bernbo, CEO and founder, Compuverde, said: "Traditional storage solutions lock enterprises into hard-wired proprietary systems that can't adapt quickly enough to manage today's data deluge. This partnership with Data Dynamics enables a modernized approach to data storage that gives organizations greater control of their data management and expedites them along their digital transformation journey."
 
Cuong Le, senior vice president, field operations, Data Dynamics, Inc., said: "To accelerate adoption of Compuverde's software-defined storage, StorageX removes barriers that exist across heterogeneous storage types. StorageX provides insight into who is accessing the data and the ability to manage and migrate data rapidly to Compuverde's solution. It's a comprehensive management solution that is also scalable and flexible."
 
About Compuverde
Compuverde is an established provider of software-defined storage, delivering enterprise-grade general vNAS file systems, hyper-converged virtualization and hybrid cloud support. Founded by a team of storage and software experts in 2008, Compuverde delivers cost-efficient, hardware-agnostic, scale-out solutions to both large consumer brands and industrial business-to-business players. Compuverde is currently deployed worldwide with service providers, telecom, banking, media and insurance companies. Compuverde's patented unified solution offers the most flexible, user friendly and cost-efficient SDS solution in the storage market, and easily scales to hundreds of nodes, exabytes of data and billions of files. Global by demand, Swedish by design. For more information, please visit: www.compuverde.com.
 
About Data Dynamics
Data Dynamics is a leader in intelligent file management solutions that empower enterprises to seamlessly analyze, move, manage and modernize critical data across hybrid, cloud and object-based storage infrastructures for true business transformation. Its award-winning StorageX platform eliminates vendor lock-in and provides a policy-based, storage management platform to provide the insight, agility, and operational efficiency to transform your data assets into competitive advantage. Used today by 24 of the top Fortune 100 companies, StorageX has optimized more than 160 PB of storage, saving more than 80 years in project time and $80 million in total storage costs. For more information, please visit: http://www.datadynamicsinc.com.
 

Unique intelligence system delivers verified terror alerts within two minutes of a terror threat or attack anywhere in the world.

NEW YORK, N.Y., November 15, 2017 — TerrorTech LLC’s proprietary mobile application TerrorMate today scooped the Best Mobile Technology Product award in the Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Emergency Services category at the 2017 ASTORS Homeland Security Awards, presented at the Javits Center in New York City.

TerrorMate is a structured mobile real-time intelligence system that delivers accurate terror alerts and safety recommendations within two minutes of a terror attack or a terror alert. The app also serves as a comprehensive crisis communication and mass notification solution that unifies all channels, supporting communication and collaboration during critical events and ensuring that users are fully informed and as safe as possible at all times.

American Security Today’s (AST) comprehensive Homeland Security Awards Program (ASTORS) honors the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responder applications to acknowledge outstanding efforts to “Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.”

“This award marks an exciting milestone for our team, and we are extremely proud of the growing success of our app,” says Barry Oberholzer, TerrorMate founder. “As the world’s risk posture becomes more unstable and unpredictable, there is an urgent need to rapidly push verified and reliable information to impacted parties during a critical event so they can take effective action. TerrorMate fills this need.”

“Our app helps people, businesses, and organizations manage risk,” Oberholzer adds. “Most of all, it can save lives.”

Michael Madsen, AST Publisher, commented, “Our nation continues to face mounting domestic and international risks. These uncertain times call for innovative homeland security solutions to mitigate threats and enhance resilience. TerrorTech has developed something unique with their TerrorMate app, and we congratulate them for a well-deserved win in a very competitive market space. ”

TerrorMate can be downloaded for free from:

The iTunes app store

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/terrormate/id1220222412?mt=8

The Google Play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.terrormate&hl=en

(BlackBerry users:  The app is free at Google Play Store, which must be downloaded before TerrorMate can be downloaded.)

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More on TerrorMate

How TerrorMate works

TerrorMate’s 24-hour international operations center is based in Belgium and directed by former military and intelligence personnel who analyze and share vital information with the public during critical events.

TerrorMate quickly alerts users to possible and actual terror attacks. The app automatically utilizes geolocation to deliver information tailored to each user’s specific environment. Alerts appear within minutes of an attack or alert along with advice on the optimal way to stay safe in the affected area. Users are swiftly steered away from danger with up-to-date alerts and clear directions. Concise real-time advisories and intelligence reports keep users continuously informed as events unfold.

Our free in-app messaging feature, T-Chat, was inspired by stories emerging from the 2017 Manchester terror attacks, when thousands of teenagers scrambled to flee the stadium while parents did not know where they were. TerrorMate’s unique location-sharing feature allows users to view a map displaying actual positions of friends and family in real time. T-Chat helps users safely and effectively message loved ones and receive prompt replies during an extreme incident.

Users are also able to upload real-time media of any attack or suspicious activity as well as send anonymous tips and share information with friends and family via the TerrorMate trusted contacts feature.

 

About TerrorTech and TerrorMate

TerrorTech LLC is a Homeland Security and Public Safety industry firm and a verified Alert Distributor of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) IPAWS EAS (emergency alert system) alert feed.

TerrorMate™, a proprietary mobile application developed by TerrorTech, is a structured mobile real time intelligence system that relays terror alerts and safety instructions during a terror attack or alert.  For more information jump to www.terrormate.com

A natural disaster can jumpstart your business continuity plans, but it can also do it more harm than good. Is your disaster response hurting you?

Disasters like the one in Puerto Rico sometimes cause people to learn the wrong lessons.

Major natural disasters such as the recent floods in Texas, the fires in northern California, and the hurricane in Puerto Rico grab everybody’s attention.

Sometimes this has a positive impact on organizations’ business continuity plans, as when it prompts companies who have not been investing in BC to get serious about implementing or strengthening their methods for keeping their organizations running in the event of a disaster.

However, sometimes the impact is neutral or even harmful.

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https://www.mha-it.com/2017/11/overreacting/