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TORONTO – The value of an organization’s data may be difficult to quantify, but any company that suffers loss of mission-critical information can attest to its worth. Unfortunately, traditional storage technologies no longer offer sufficient protection against malicious actions or mistakes. Organizations need to implement a viable backup and recovery solution backed by unlimited, efficient, and incremental snapshots, say experts at ioFABRIC Inc.

The FBI estimates that the total amount of ransom payments approaches $1 billion annually, while Juniper Research states cyber crimes will cost businesses over $2 trillion by 2019. The need for a data management solution, incorporating snapshot technology to guarantee business continuity, is at an all-time high. During a ransomware attack, organizations will find their entire network encrypted and inaccessible without paying a ransom in the tens of thousands of dollars. The subsequent loss of productivity and IT focus while dealing with such an attack will be significantly more than the cost of paying the ransom itself. With immutable snapshots, that cannot be altered or deleted, organizations will be able to access or recover all their data without paying a ransom. Snapshots allow an administrator to quickly restore a volume to its previous state, or restore specific files from any time in the past.

“It’s unfortunate that we have the situation where someone can hack into your organization and hold your data hostage,” said ioFABRIC CEO and co-founder Steven Lamb. “Rather than living in fear of a ransomware attack or a catastrophic error, organizations need to adopt a data protection solution backed by immutable snapshots so they can resume operations in minutes -- without potentially having to pay a ransom.”

ioFABRIC Vicinity delivers a multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric that ensures complete data protection and availability. Vicinity keeps snapshots so organizations can quickly restore to a previous state by simply promoting one to be the current instance of a volume. For additional protection against site disasters, Vicinity offers SnapCopy functionality that sends a complete copy of all data to a remote location. Using the absorb feature, geographically remote SnapCopys can be used to restore local operations in seconds. Additional security features built into Vicinity ensure that all actions are taken from an authorized account with validation required to ensure protection against deletion or other destructive operations. All operations take place within Vicinity, simplifying the IT environment, reducing OPEX and improving agility.

For additional information about how ioFABRIC approaches ransomware through immutable snapshots and SnapCopy technologies, interested parties can visit http://www.ioFABRIC.com/.

About ioFABRIC Inc.

ioFABRIC Inc. is a data management company whose software delivers a multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric that ensures complete data protection and availability with artificial intelligence and industry-unique cost optimization features. ioFABRIC Vicinity ensures storage is always available, always protected, and always evergreen. Vicinity creates a data fabric supporting applications running on servers, VMs, containers, and clouds.Vicinity is sold through ioFABRIC’s reseller and distribution channel as licensed software or by white-labeling it with additional hardware and/or software. For more information visit www.ioFABRIC.com

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IT education program achieves milestone of educating 7.8 million Students in 180 countries

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Today Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) celebrated the 20th anniversary of Cisco Networking Academy®, its IT skills and career-building program available to learning institutions and individuals worldwide. In these 20 years, the program has reached 7.8 million students in 180 countries.

Cisco Networking Academy is the company's longest-running and largest corporate social responsibility program. The program provides a broad and deep IT curriculum for students of all backgrounds, teaching the hands-on technical and business skills they need to succeed. Additionally, with many industries experiencing a shortage of IT talent, Cisco Networking Academy seeks to give students the skills most in demand worldwide and helps create a trained, diverse workforce for the digital economy.

Since founding Networking Academy® in 1997, Cisco has made $2.6 billion in in-kind contributions of tools, resources, and support to students, schools, and instructors worldwide. Curriculum and training for the network's more than 22,000 instructors are provided free of charge to academy partners, which include high schools, colleges, universities, and other nonprofit community organizations. Since 2005, more than 1.6 million students who have completed advanced courses have gotten new jobs thanks to Cisco Networking Academy.

"Cisco is thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and academy partners over the past 20 years," said Tae Yoo, senior vice president, Corporate Affairs, Cisco. "Together we've reached an incredible milestone in affecting 7.8 million people around the world."

Cisco Networking Academy has a long history of promoting diversity in the tech field and providing unique learning opportunities to diverse students of all backgrounds. Today, 24 percent of students globally are female. In several developing regions, including Latin America and Africa, female enrollment is well above the global enrollment average. In the United States, 30 percent of enrolled students are underrepresented minorities (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian/Alaska Native), and numerous academies specifically serve military service members, veterans, and their families. Additionally, Cisco Networking Academy has made a commitment to benefit 10,000 people living with disabilities within the next five years.

Cisco's strong understanding of digitization and macro technology trends, its disruption of industries, and its market research on the workforce evolution of the digital economy inform the Cisco Networking Academy learning portfolio. The core focus of the curriculum stays true to Cisco's expertise in networking and security, while adding coursework in emerging fields such as Internet of Things and data analytics in alignment with the future of education and business trends. The program also monitors emerging trends in education, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs); digital credentials; competency-based learning; and hands-on, maker-based experiences.

The Networking Academy learning experience includes e-learning curricula; personalized assessments; and hands-on opportunities such as labs, networking simulation software, competitions, and hackathons. The global Cisco® cloud-scale learning and assessment platform supports advanced simulations that model the evolution of digitization. It also provides improved analytics and insights that optimize the learning experience for students and inform program development.

"As we look ahead to the next 20 years for Cisco Networking Academy, we plan to grow our long-term partnerships around the world," stated Yoo. "We're proud of the effect Cisco Networking Academy has had globally and, in line with Cisco's culture of innovation, will remain dedicated to evolving the program curriculum to meet the ever-changing IT skills employers demand, including big data and analytics, cloud, cybersecurity, automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence."

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Fresno City College enhances control over the IT environment and ensures solid protection of sensitive data with Netwrix Auditor

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for user behavior analysis and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, today announced that Fresno City College leverages Netwrix Auditor to monitor 650,000 user accounts for the entire State Center Community College District (SCCCD) to strengthen the security of the shared IT environment and data.

Fresno City College was founded in 1910 in Fresno, California, and became the first community college in the U.S. Now the college is a part of the SCCCD and shares a private cloud IT infrastructure with the other entities in the district. To be more proactive against security violations, the college’s IT team needed visibility into Active Directory and Windows file servers. That visibility would enable them to improve security controls, protect critical data (including sensitive student and employee information, such as PII, payment data, educational and healthcare records), and detect and deal with potentially harmful activity before it caused any damage.

The IT team at Fresno City College chose Netwrix Auditor based on peer recommendation, and now they use the solution to improve security across the entire district, monitoring about 650,000 user accounts overall. The solution enabled Fresno City College to achieve the following results:

  • Constant awareness of user activity for prevention of security breaches. While Netwrix Auditor is managed by one person, the intelligence it provides is shared with all administrators of the district. They review reports on user activity on a daily basis and receive alerts on important changes, such as the modification of a high-level security group, so they can immediately take action on potentially harmful activity to prevent security breaches.

  • Fast investigation of IT security incidents. Before the district deployed Netwrix Auditor, investigations of suspicious activity were often cumbersome — and nearly impossible if they required a look at historical data. Now the team quickly addresses IT issues and can determine whether a security breach occurred.

  • Control over access to sensitive data. Monitoring all manipulations of data across all network shares and file servers is now a critical part of maintaining security for the district. This practice ensures the confidentiality of protected data and increases the accountability of employees.

“We are very unique about how big we are. Netwrix has done an absolutely wonderful job of addressing our needs and enabling us to monitor over 650,000 user accounts for the entire district and maintain security of our back end. If the software disappeared from our environment, it would be disastrous. Without it, going through the security logs of over 140 servers on our campus alone every time we need to investigate something and being proactive towards malicious activity would be simply impossible,” said Doug Schreiner, systems technical resource analyst at Fresno City College.

“Large organizations with thousands of users and complex IT environments usually lack the insight into user activity they need to quickly detect, investigate and remediate incidents. Organizations must gain more visibility into user activity; otherwise, their security initiatives are limited to a certain number of known threats, instead of addressing any attack from inside or outside,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.

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About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation was the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. More than 160,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 100 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visitwww.netwrix.com

Leading business resilience solution provider announces partnership with critical event management leader at BCI World Conference and Exhibition in London

LONDON – Fusion Risk Management, Inc. (“Fusion”), the leading provider of business continuity risk management software and services, and Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management and enterprise safety applications, today announced an enhanced integrated connector offering for businesses. Enterprise organisations are able to leverage the Fusion Connector™ for Everbridge® to easily integrate the Fusion Framework® Continuity Risk Management System with the Everbridge Critical Event Management Platform.

“The need for rapid, coordinated response to business disruptions is well-recognized among enterprise organisations throughout Europe”

Fusion Connector for Everbridge is a pre-built, out-of-the-box offering for Everbridge Mass Notification and IT Alerting that provides flexible initiation and tracking of communications, leveraging customer-defined data and workflows to orchestrate workstreams across all aspects of incident response, business continuity and disaster recovery. The announcement was made during the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) World Conference and Exhibition in London on 7 and 8 November 2017, where Fusion is onsite discussing its expanding presence in Europe and demonstrating its latest software solutions.

"Unlike typical one-off API integrations, the Fusion Connector series delivers out-of-the-box functionality for customers with basic needs, and unmatched configurability and flexibility for enterprises with more complex integration requirements, and provides consistent and reliable bi-directional synchronization of data and functionality between our systems," said Steve Richardson, Vice President of Product Management at Fusion. "A key aspect is that Fusion Connectors are continuously maintained to ensure ongoing compatibility as both systems are upgraded and enhanced over time."

"We look forward to working with Fusion to further automate business continuity plans and incident response processes during critical events,” said Imad Mouline, CTO of Everbridge. “The integration can improve an organisation’s ability to coordinate the appropriate resources and rapidly communicate to mitigate the impact of any emergency or business disruption."

In October, Fusion announced the strategic expansion of its European presence to keep pace with rapidly growing market demand. On 6 November 2017, the company hosted a gathering for its UK Regional Users Group, during which leading European practitioners learned more about the new services Fusion is making available to ensure business resilience in enterprise organisations. Richard Cooper, who Fusion recently named Managing Director of Europe, attended the users group meeting, and is currently representing the company at the BCI World Conference and Exhibition.

“The need for rapid, coordinated response to business disruptions is well-recognized among enterprise organisations throughout Europe," noted Richard Cooper, Managing Director of European Operations at Fusion. “It’s not just about having contingency plans and the ability to send notifications when day-to-day operations are disrupted, it's about ensuring the plans can be activated and the information is accurate. Organisations can then quickly notify the appropriate personnel and effectively and efficiently deliver a well-orchestrated response.”

For more information, visit www.fusionrm.com and www.everbridge.com.

About Fusion Risk Management, Inc.

Founded in 2006 by an experienced team of industry leaders, Fusion Risk Management is now the most innovative and fastest growing provider of business continuity and risk management solutions. With its introduction in 2010, the Fusion Framework® System™ signaled a paradigm shift in the marketplace for enterprise software addressing Business Continuity, Crisis/Incident Management, IT Disaster Recovery, and Integrated Risk Management agendas. Built by experts and delivered via Software as a Service, the Fusion Framework adapts and evolves with your business. For more information, visit www.fusionrm.com.

About Everbridge

Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG) is the global leader in critical event management and enterprise safety applications that automate and accelerate an organization’s operational response to critical events in order to keep people safe and businesses running faster. During public safety threats such as active shooter situations, terrorist attacks or severe weather conditions, as well as critical business events such as IT outages or cyber-attack incidents, over 3,400 global customers rely on the company’s SaaS-based platform to quickly and reliably aggregate and assess threat data, locate people at risk and responders able to assist, automate the execution of pre-defined communications processes, and track progress on executing response plans. The company’s platform sent over 1.5 billion messages in 2016, and offers the ability to reach over 200 countries and territories with secure delivery to more than 100 different communication devices. The company’s critical event management and enterprise safety applications include Mass Notification, Incident Management, IT Alerting, Safety Connection™, Community Engagement®, Visual Command Center®, Crisis Commander® and CareConverge™, and are easy-to-use and deploy, secure, highly scalable and reliable. Everbridge serves 8 of the 10 largest U.S. cities, 8 of the 10 largest U.S.-based investment banks, all four of the largest global accounting firms, all 25 of the 25 busiest North American airports and 6 of the 10 largest global automakers. Everbridge is based in Boston and Los Angeles with additional offices in San Francisco, Lansing, Beijing, London and Stockholm. For more information, visit www.everbridge.com.

Existing investors join Clearlake Capital and EDBI in supporting MetricStream's growth, global expansion, and innovation

PALO ALTO, Calif. – MetricStream, the independent market leader in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) applications and solutions, announced today that it has completed a $65 million financing round. The round was led by Clearlake Capital, a leading private investment firm based in Santa Monica, California, with participation from EDBI, a Singapore-based global fund, and contributions from existing investors including Goldman Sachs, Sageview Capital and others. In conjunction with the transaction, Prashant Mehrotra, Partner at Clearlake Capital, will join MetricStream's board of directors.

The funding will enable MetricStream to accelerate its global growth, enhance its customer support and success, expand into Asia through Singapore, drive innovation in the industry, and increase GRC application adoption with its latest product, M7.

"We appreciate the strategic investment from Clearlake Capital, EDBI, and our existing investors. We are also delighted to welcome Prashant to MetricStream's Board of Directors," said Gunjan Sinha, Executive Chairman of MetricStream. He continued, "Clearlake has deep sector knowledge from their extensive experience investing in software companies, and we believe they will be a valuable strategic partner as we look to accelerate growth. With Clearlake and support from our other investors, MetricStream will continue to lead the GRC market with a sharp focus on customer success and innovation across all areas of the business in order to make GRC simple, pervasive, and delivered in the cloud."

"This investment will enable us to accelerate our global growth and industry leadership," said Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream. She continued, "As organizations shift their thinking from risk as a compliance issue, to risk as a performance and decision-making input, they are turning to MetricStream as their strategic and long-term technology partner. MetricStream enables organizations to preserve their corporate integrity, protect their brands and reputations, and perform exceptionally."

"As enterprises increasingly seek to implement integrated risk management programs to mitigate the impact of uncertainty on business performance, the demand for integrated and scalable GRC solutions will continue to accelerate," said Prashant Mehrotra of Clearlake. He continued, "We believe MetricStream's strong focus on customer success as well as its culture of product innovation uniquely position the company to be the industry's preferred GRC platform solution. We look forward to partnering with the management team and implementing the Clearlake O.P.S.®framework to support the company's exciting growth trajectory and to drive consolidation."

KPMG Corporate Finance LLC served as the financial advisor to MetricStream for this financing round.

About MetricStream

MetricStream, the independent market leader in enterprise and cloud applications for Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management, makes GRC simple. MetricStream apps and solutions improve business performance by strengthening risk management, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, vendor governance, and quality management for hundreds of thousands of users in dozens of industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Energy and Utilities, Food, Retail, CPG, Government, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing. MetricStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with an operations and R&D center in Bangalore, India, and sales and operations support in 12 other cities globally. (www.metricstream.com)

About Clearlake

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is a leading private investment firm founded in 2006. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake's operational improvement approach, O.P.S.®. The firm's core target sectors are software and technology-enabled services; industrials and energy; and consumer. Clearlake currently has over $3.5 billion of assets under management and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 100 investments. More information is available at www.clearlake.com.