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NIMS is a key component of U.S. incident management efforts and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all kinds and sizes. Implementing NIMS across the Nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness. The SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives identify the specific activities that are involved in NIMS implementation for SLTT organizations and jurisdictions.

FEMA most recently revised the NIMS Implementation Objectives in 2009 and is now updating them to ensure they are consistent with the 2017 NIMS, to incorporate stakeholder input, and to make them a more clear and more useful tool for organizations as they implement NIMS.

FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements and are not intended as a checklist, but rather as a means of clarifying the types of activities that organizations and jurisdictions may undertake when implementing NIMS.

FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the proposed SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. For more information on the webinars and to review the draft SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives, visit: https://www.fema.gov/implementation-guidance-and-reporting. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that federal departments and agencies use a separate set of Implementation Objectives. FEMA will work with Federal NIMS Coordinators to revise those later this year.

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we make the nation more secure and resilient.

DRaaS provider passes third-party SOC 2 audit without exceptions

INDIANAPOLIS – Bluelock, provider of Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for complex environments and sensitive data, is pleased to announce it has successfully completed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II certification for its managed cloud hosting and recovery solutions for the ninth consecutive year. This comprehensive audit and certification conducted by a third party auditor verifies Bluelock’s operational policies, controls and service delivery for having strong security protocols.

Additionally, Bluelock’s service controls were reviewed for alignment with HIPAA requirements and were found to comply with industry accepted security, availability and confidentiality best practices. An addendum in Bluelock’s SOC 2 report is provided to offer third-party validation of the ways Bluelock supports HIPAA regulatory requirements.

“Our clients rely on us to deliver secure and reliable ITSM-based cloud services,” said Bluelock CEO Christopher Clapp. “Receiving this validation assures our clients that their IT systems are being securely managed and protected by an established vendor who has implemented strong data privacy and security as a fundamental way of doing business.”

Bluelock maintains a high bar for security and availability for its cloud services and has architected its solutions and tools to enable clients to build cloud environments that meet a variety of compliance frameworks, including HIPAA, PCI-DSS and GDPR. As a cloud service provider, Bluelock is verified for being able to execute on its own and shared responsibilities for protecting data in alignment with the client’s responsibilities for maintaining their own data security.

Bluelock is also compliant with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. For more information on Bluelock and its services, visit www.bluelock.com.

About Bluelock

Bluelock provides Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service for complex environments and sensitive data to help companies mitigate risk with confidence. Bluelock is the provider enterprise organizations turn to for highly resilient cloud services because of its ability to support unique requirements. Its exclusive program, Bluelock Recovery Assurance™ gives clients complete confidence their disaster recovery solution will be uncompromisingly secure, expertly tailored, thoroughly supported and comprehensively tested. With data centers in the US, Bluelock supports a wide range of compliance frameworks and is SOC 2 Type II audited. For more information, visit www.bluelock.com.

Multiple Industry Firsts and Channel Partners Reaped Revenues of Over $1.5 Billion with Archive360 Data Migration and Management Solutions for the Microsoft Cloud

NEW YORK – Archive360, one of the world's leading providers of data migration and management solutions for the Microsoft Cloud, today announced that 2017 marked another year of cutting edge product innovation - including multiple industry firsts, strategic partnership development - leading to partner revenues of over $1.5 billion and record customer growth. 
In 2017, Archive360's accomplishments included:
Product Innovation:
Awards & Accolades:
  • Network World 2017 Fave Rave - Customer nominated, Archive2Azure managed cloud archive called-out.
  • 2017 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards Finalist - Archive2Azure a Finalist in the Best Cloud Solution category, and FastCollect for PSTs a Finalist in the Best Data Storage category. 
  • Tech Trailblazers Awards, Cloud Trailblazers Category Finalist - chosen for its Archive2Azure compliance and unstructured data storage and management solution.
  • 2017 DCS Awards Finalist - Archive360's Archive2Azure managed cloud archive designed specifically for long-term archiving of compliance data on the Microsoft Azure platform named a finalist in the "Data Centre ICT Cloud Storage Product of the Year" category.
  • 2017 CRN Emerging Vendors List - recognized in the Cloud Category for its industry-unique Archive2Azure managed compliance migration, storage and management solution for Microsoft Azure.
  • 2017 CRN Women of the Channel and Up & Comers List - Marion Breeze recognized for helping to ensure Archive360's channel partners' measurable success in delivering email and data migration and management solution for the Microsoft cloud and other leading platforms.
  • 2017 CRN Cloud Partner Program Guide - recognized for Microsoft cloud solutions that enable and accelerate channel partners' cloud business opportunities and bottom-line results.
  • 2017 CRN Channel Chief - added to prestigious list for dedication to the channel and - demonstrable results that have helped Archive360 partners to generate over $1.5 billion in revenues.
"2017 was an exciting year for Archive360 as we continued to invest and raise-the-bar in delivering innovative solutions for the Microsoft cloud, and other leading cloud platforms," said Bob Desteno, Co-Founder and CEO, Archive360.  "For customers, this led to the ability to achieve increased capabilities - particularly around data management, compliance and legal preparedness, while significantly lowering costs.  For our channel partners, this meant increased revenues of over a billion dollars."
He added, "We are passionate about staying close to our customers and channel partners in order to stay ahead of key requirements - keep your eyes here for some very exciting developments coming in 2018."
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About Archive360
Archive360 is the world's leading provider of data migration and management solutions for the Microsoft Cloud.  Since 2012, Archive360 has securely migrated data into the Microsoft Cloud with record-breaking speed, verifiable data fidelity and legally defensible chain of custody. Archive360's Archive2AzureTM solution is the compliance and unstructured data storage and management solution based on the Microsoft Azure platform. Archive360 is a global organization that delivers its solutions both directly and through a worldwide network of partners. Archive360 is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and the Archive2AzureTM solution is Microsoft Azure Certified. To learn more, please visit: www.archive360.com.
Copyright ©2018. Archive360 is a registered trademark and Archive2AnywhereTM, Archive2AzureTM and FastCollectTM are trademarks of Archive360, Inc.  
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:27

Baron Announces Threat Net Enhancements

Improvements Include Better Lightning Proximity Alerts


lightning alert 2HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, announces enhancements to the Baron Threat Net application, an active weather monitoring and forecasting tool for public safety, featuring operations center, and mobile and web-based accessibility.

The improvements to Baron Threat Net are to its Lightning Proximity Alerting feature. Now, in addition to the standard lighting alerts, which notify users of lightning strikes within 15 miles of their marked location, Baron has added an alert any time lightning strikes 5, 8, 10, or 12 miles from a saved alert location. The user can also set an “all clear” alert once 30 minutes have passed since the last strike. Just like before, users can receive these lightning proximity reports as a pop-up on the Threat Net Map, as a text message, or in an e-mail.

Another new and important feature of the new Threat Net Lightning Proximity Alerts is that with the new, closer proximity alerts, it now conforms to NCAA lightning alerting policy for sporting events.

These enhanced lightning alerts will be online in January. The next time you visit Baron Threat Net, the lightning alerts will be ready to go. Please note that to receive the new alerts, you will need to enable them in the alert type settings for each saved alert location.

To start:

  1. Click one of your saved alert locations on the map.
  2. Click “Edit Location”.
  3. Next, click “Alert Types”.
  4. You will find lighting alerts within the Severe Weather Alerts category. Enable the ones you want.
  5. Once saved, don’t forget to adjust the radius of your Alert Rings to match the distance chosen for your new lightning alert.

For more information, visit: http://www.baronweather.com/lightning-alerts/

About Baron

Baron’s meteorological hardware, software and data deliver critical weather intelligence to organizations, businesses and individuals impacted by weather conditions. Baron’s world-class scientists are continuously inventing new and more effective ways to collect, interpret, package, display and deliver real-time, hyper-local weather intelligence to aid in safe, intelligent professional decision-making. Baron products are used in numerous industries such as public safety, transportation, aviation, insurance, marine, government and media. The Baron name is trusted by weather industry leaders such as the NOAA, the DOD, the FAA and the Weather Channel, and is also trusted in business by industry leaders like Toyota, Honda, Verizon, CNN, and Fox. For more information, visit www.baronweather.com.

Government Agency Applies Three-Pronged Solution to Protect Backups and Ensure Business Continuity, Including Detection, Protection and Response - Without Needing Enterprise-Sized Budget

MELBOURNE, Australia and BOSTON – BackupAssist®, a leading provider of automated Windows server backup and recovery software for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), today announced that the City of Milpitas, California has deployed its CryptoSafeGuard software to protect its data and city services from a ransomware attack. 
The City of Milpitas is a California-based public services organization serving a progressive community that is an integral part of the high tech Silicon Valley. Its Information Services Department provides key services to all City departments including strategic automation planning, coordination of system procurement and implementation, and management of technology projects to fulfill customer-defined functional requirements. The department is also responsible for developing and maintaining the City's technical architecture and infrastructure, and providing implementation for and support of all automated data communications systems.
Since the City of Milpitas is a public services organization that depends on support from taxpayer dollars, the Information Services Department needed to exercise caution in budget allocation when considering new services and solutions. Despite lacking an enterprise-sized budget, the City still needed to find a way to protect the organization and its employees against potential ransomware attacks. 
Said Mike Luu, Information Services Director for the City of Milpitas, "We are only too well aware of the rapid proliferation in the type of malicious software that, if not properly prepared for, could block access to the City's computers and data for employees while disrupting City services for residents."
Knowing his department would be negligent if it didn't find an effective way to invest in trustworthy ransomware protection, Luu was determined to identify a dependable solution that was also cost-effective. Failure to do so quickly would put the City of Milpitas at risk of a hacker demanding payment of a large sum in order to regain access to the City's sensitive files, information and services.
"The risk of a ransomware attack and having to pay a ransom fee was not a chance we could take in an organization like ours," said Luu.  "I've seen colleagues in other organizations face this exact situation after being targeted by ransomware hackers, and I was determined to do whatever I could to ensure that the City of Milpitas wouldn't become the next victim."
After considering various solutions, Luu selected CryptoSafeGuard from BackupAssist.  One of the key features that helped Luu differentiate CryptoSafeGuard from other solutions is the fact that it could be easily and smoothly integrated with the organization's several existing layers of security products-without investing too many of the city's resources. For example, the tools from BackupAssist not only work on Microsoft Windows servers, but also complement anti-malware solutions, firewalls, and endpoint security.
The backup and disaster recovery tools from BackupAssist helped to efficiently deliver the extra protection and business continuity that the City of Milpitas needed. By complementing existing anti-malware solutions, CryptoSafeGuard added another layer of data-level detection, providing additional shielding for critical backups. "Robust enough to stop the backup of encrypted files and able to prevent backups from becoming encrypted, CryptoSafeGuard delivered on its promises at a price that we could feel good about," said Luu. "In short, BackupAssist is active, simple, affordable, and non-intrusive. Even if ransomware were to infect our system, the City's backups won't be compromised now-they will be safeguarded for easy data recovery."
"The City of Milpitas now benefits fromCryptoSafeGuard's multi-stage defense system to protect backups from ransomware-even if they are attacked. The first stage of defense is protection. The solution's features are designed to stop ransomware corrupting the city's backups. The second stage is detection. BackupAssist scans city systems to detect ransomware activities in source files intended for backup. Finally, the third stage is responsiveness. Once the solution identifies a threat, it alerts Mike and his team about the problem via email and SMS. Finally, CryptoSafeGuard also blocks future backup jobs from backing up corrupted files, so that the damage doesn't spread," said Linus Chang, CEO, BackupAssist.  "With these proactive measures in place, Mike and his team know that potential perpetrators will be stopped dead in their tracks."
To learn more about CryptoSafeGuard, please visit: https://www.backupassist.com/backupassist/features/cryptosafeguard.php.
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About BackupAssist
Founded in 2002, BackupAssist has offices in the United States and Australia. The company specializes in automated server backup and recovery software for small to medium size enterprises (SMEs), providing protection for physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company's high value, multi-platform software is easy to manage and use, reliably supporting tens of thousands of customers in 165 countries. To learn more about BackupAssist, please visit http://www.backupassist.com or call 812-206-1691.