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Jon Seals

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A recent CyberEdge survey of 1,100 IT security decision makers and practitioners across 15 countries found that fully 61 percent of respondents' organizations were victimized by ransomware last year.

Among those hit by ransomware, 33 percent paid the ransom to recover their data, 54 percent refused to pay but recovered their data anyway, and 13 percent refused to pay and lost their data.

In general, the report found the percentage of organizations being hit by successful cyber attacks continues to rise, from 62 percent in 2014 to 70 percent in 2015, 76 percent in 2016, and 79 percent in 2017. Three in five respondents believe a successful cyber attack is likely in the coming year.



Replacement program to extend the service life of capacitors for Liebert® Series 600T/610 UPS units

COLUMBUS, OhioVertiv™, formerly Emerson Network Power, today announces a joint effort with SBE Inc., a leading developer of film capacitor solutions. Vertiv’s adoption of SBE’s Power Ring Film Capacitor™ technology will give customers with a Liebert®     Series 600T/610 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) unit a replacement option that significantly extends service life when compared to traditional capacitor technology.

“We have worked with SBE for more than 18 months to ensure their patented technology is right for critical data center applications,” said Dave Saliaris, vice president of global lifecycle management, Vertiv. “The result will be an upgrade program using the latest capacitor technology to enhance performance and reliability of input and output filters in select UPS systems.

Only available through Vertiv, this capacitor upgrade service is for Liebert Series 600T/610 UPS units with 625 kVA, 750 kVA, and 1 MVA capacities. It is ideally suited for those units that are 10 years old or newer. These premiere capacitors run longer and at lower operating temperatures, extending service life for a lower total cost of ownership.

“Like Vertiv, SBE is an innovator. Both our companies develop solutions for next generation systems, which is why this collaboration made perfect sense,” said Ed Sawyer, president and CEO, SBE. “Working with Vertiv allows us to take our technology into the data center industry while Vertiv is helping customers get the most out of their data center infrastructure investments.”

Vertiv expects to launch its capacitor upgrade program in the Americas later this year. Vertiv and SBE will continue to work together in educating customers on how this new capacitor technology is beneficial for critical data center applications.

To learn more about this and other Vertiv solutions, visit VertivCo.com or contact your local Vertiv sales representative.

About Vertiv
Vertiv designs, builds and services critical infrastructure that enables vital applications for data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial facilities. Formerly Emerson Network Power, Vertiv supports today’s growing mobile and cloud computing markets with a portfolio of power, thermal and infrastructure management solutions including the ASCO®, Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure™ and Trellis™ brands. Sales in fiscal 2016 were $4.4 billion. For more information, visit 

About SBE
SBE traces its history to Sprague Electric Co., a pioneer of capacitors that was founded in 1936. SBE became an independent company in 1986, focusing on advanced capacitor designs. More recently, SBE is building a patent portfolio of unique designs that solve important, critical problems for the electrical and electronics industry. Headquartered in Vermont, SBE has additional facilities in Colorado and China. For more information, visit SBElectronics.com.

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) provides powerful policy-based, programmable automated architecture

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced that Navisite, LLC., a part of Spectrum Enterprise and an international provider of managed cloud services, application management and hosting services, has deployed Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) as a core technology platform of its software defined data center reference architecture. Cisco ACI will provide the Software Defined Network (SDN) foundation to automate Navisite data centers worldwide and speed time-to-market for its clients.

With eight data centers around the world, Navisite serves enterprise clients spanning all industries from finance and healthcare, to manufacturing and retail who are looking for ways to digitally transform their business. Navisite helps clients achieve their business objectives by guiding their journey to an efficient and personalized cloud-enabled model by abstracting the complexity of their underlying IT infrastructure to find the optimal cloud strategy.

"As a managed multi-cloud provider, our goal is to help clients accelerate the pace of their own innovation and gain a strategic advantage through cloud," said Sumeet Sabharwal, Group Vice President and General Manager, Navisite. "Having a resilient, highly efficient underlying IT fabric that can support production workloads is key to delivering cloud services, and we've embraced Cisco's software-defined data center vision to offer the highest service levels. Cisco ACI enables us to run an underlying network, compute and storage layer that is intelligent, application aware, policy driven and most importantly, can be adapted on the fly. These are key capabilities that our clients rely on to capitalize on a multi-cloud strategy."

"With the deployment of Cisco ACI, Navisite is offering its clients the highest level of robust, scalable and secure cloud services that can be quickly deployed and customized, according to client needs and business drivers," said Ish Limkakeng, Vice President of Marketing for Cisco's Insieme Business Unit. "At the same time, Navisite can optimize its own operational costs for global data center operations for tasks like standard infrastructure maintenance and oversight, freeing up engineering talent to focus on investing in value-added client services."

As a result of deploying ACI, Navisite cut latency in half, doubled throughput for its clients, and reduced deployment timeframes from days to a few minutes. Cisco ACI's automated approach also reduced potential for human error and freed time to focus on higher value tasks. Navisite engineers are able to continuously monitor the network's heath score and initiate a set of dynamic actions based on specific thresholds. As an incremental benefit, with ACI's single pane of glass management, Navisite's global pool of expert engineers now work more efficiently together to automate processes that had formerly been done separately and manually.

With ACI, Navisite will also be able to offer new services tailored to its clients' requirements, such as inserting a specific firewall or load balancer to meet a client's needs within Navisite's private cloud managed hosting environments. Clients will also be able to view and manage the capacity and performance within their environment and turn on additional services through Cisco ACI's APIC Controller and, in the future, through Proximity, the Navisite client portal.

"We are constantly looking for innovative technologies to combat advanced cyber security threats while maintaining the flexibility and dependability we need to achieve business goals," said John Barrus, M.S., Director, Infrastructure Management at Pacific Compensation Insurance Company. "Pacific Compensation Insurance Company is excited by Navisite's decision to partner with Cisco to create a next generation SDN framework. Security incidents are inevitable, but we believe the flexibility and security offered by ACI will deliver increased application continuity and integrations with improved security control."

ACI is being deployed by service providers worldwide to increase network efficiency, reduce operational costs, improve scalability for future growth, and free up operational staff time to better service their clients. ACI provides a new SDN approach to solve challenges through unified control of both physical and virtual environments, enhanced security, and policy-based automation. As a result, new innovative services can be delivered to market more rapidly.

About Navisite
Navisite, LLC, a part of Spectrum Enterprise, is a leading international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Navisite provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, including Application, Cloud Desktop, Cloud Infrastructure and Hosting services for organizations looking to outsource IT infrastructures to help lower their capital and operational costs. Enterprise clients depend on Navisite for customized solutions, delivered through an international footprint of state-of-the-art data centers. For more information about Navisite services, please visit navisite.com or navisite.co.uk.

Additional Resources
Learn more about Navisite
Read IDC Report: Symantec Delivering on Its Strategic Vision with Next-Generation Secure Datacenter Powered by Cisco ACI
Learn more about: Cisco Data Center and Virtualization
Learn more about: Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
Learn How Cisco ACI delivers business outcomes
Cisco Data Center Services

About Cisco
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Warning: this article may upset some conservative risk managers.

Risk management in modern nonfinancial companies is very different compared to, say, five years ago. The level of risk management maturity, for lack of a better word, has grown significantly.

As more and more companies across the globe are looking to implement robust risk management, the demand for risk management consultants is also growing. Unfortunately, not all risk consultants are able to generate long-term value for their clients. Here are three reasons why:



With big data, analytics, social, mobility, cloud and IoT driving the move to Digital Transformation--also known as DT, digitalization, DX, DE (Digital Everything) and Industry 4.0--IT is moving from the back office to business enabler. However, all the things that make DT possible also make it more vulnerable. And with small and midsize businesses already facing a growing range of internal and external cybersecurity threats, combined with a shortage of skills and resources, partnering with an MSP becomes increasingly attractive.

That’s good news for MSPs, but how do you ensure you are profiting from this trend? How do you position your business to address the new realities that more than half of SMBs (55%) were victims of a cyber attack within the last 12 months and that 60% go out of business within six months of an attack?

The pundits talk about becoming an SMB’s business partner, strategic partner or trusted advisor, and all three terms make sense, as far as they go. However, I would argue that when you consider the vital importance that secure IT represents, much more is at stake than a partnership, strategy or trust. We’re talking about the success or failure of your client’s business, and that demands a more inclusive approach. This also happens to be good for you: The managed security service market, worth $17.02 billion in 2016, is expected to almost double by 2021 to $33.68 billion, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 14.6%.