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Jon Seals

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:50

The Business Continuity Battle Against FUD

Fear, uncertainty and doubt. Collectively known as FUD, these items skew rational thinking, panic otherwise sensible people, and throw sizeable spanners in the works of business continuity planners.

Ideally, BC managers would coolly collect and analyse all the relevant facts, calculate a solution, and implement it.

End of story. However, others in the enterprise and even BC managers themselves are seldom that level-headed and clear-thinking.

There’s only one thing to do. Fight FUD so that you can at least keep it down to manageable levels. For that, the following three tactics can be invaluable.

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http://www.opscentre.com/business-continuity-battle-fud/

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:45

Predictions 2018

Forrester’s Predictions briefs examine the major dynamics facing your business so you can prepare and lead change in 2018 and beyond.

Not yet a Forrester client? Contact us to discuss your needs.

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https://go.forrester.com/research/predictions/

People today are tied to their digital devices from the moment we wake up and check our email and social media accounts to when we fall into bed at night listening to our favorite tunes or podcast. While this can be annoying to some, mobile phones provide the perfect contact mechanism for local, state and federal government authorities who are attempting to reach a broad range of the population quickly in the event of an emergency. Emergency notification systems (ENS) provide high-visibility notifications directly to the mobile phone of your target audience, providing life-saving information when it is needed.

Building Your Crisis Communication Plan

It can be difficult to stop to think in the midst of a crisis, so it is important to have a detailed crisis communication plan in place before you need it. Having this strategy detailed in advance provides you with the confidence and peace of mind knowing that you know the precise steps you and your team will need to take in order to notify those in the vicinity of a disaster with information that is specific to their needs at that particular time. It also gives training guidelines to allow for productive team exercises to run through the steps in the event of a real-world crisis.

While it would be impossible to pre-determine all types of disasters and write scenarios for them, there are some general guidelines that you can follow to create an outline — allowing you to simply fill in a few gaps instead of starting a communication plan from scratch in the event of an emergency. Start by defining your various audiences, a sample message, detailing contact and information centers, and the various ways you can spread the word.

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https://www.onsolve.com/blog/incorporate-emergency-notification-solutions-crisis-communication-plans/

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which means Black Friday is right around the corner.

According to a recent study from The Balance, Black Friday is still the busiest shopping day of the year with 101.7 million reported shoppers in 2016. Unfortunately, with the crowds come the risks of negative incidents.  When you consider the volume of theft that happens, with the damage to stores and assets, you’re looking at an incredibly volatile situation that must be contained through proactive measures and immediate communication.

Mass notification systems like CodeRED are one of the most effective ways to manage these situations. These mass notification systems can be incredibly valuable for keeping people safe on Black Friday for a range of different reasons that are worth exploring. Let’s look at a proactive approach.

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https://www.onsolve.com/blog/keeping-black-friday-shoppers-safe-right-mass-notification-system-side/

Today we announced our achievement in winning the Global BCI Continuity and Resilience Innovation Award from the Business Continuity Institute.

Steve Jobs was once quoted saying, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” A quote that we strive to achieve for our clients each day here at OnSolve. Providing an outstanding product is critical to a business’s success, but the choice to further develop, improve and enrich the value of that same product is driven through passionate employees dedicated to making a difference.

OnSolve has produced several groundbreaking innovations this year across our three core brands, CodeRED, Send Word Now and MIR3. Thanks to valuable feedback from our customers, we were able to develop five new features to further business continuity and save lives.

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https://www.onsolve.com/blog/onsolve-wins-global-bci-continuity-resilience-innovation-award/

With Netwrix Auditor, Standard Meat Company reduces its attack surface and secures business-critical data in just 15 minutes per day

IRVINE, Calif. — Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for user behavior analysis and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, announced today that Standard Meat Company (SMC) minimized the risk of data breaches and established control over privileged users by leveraging the visibility provided by Netwrix Auditor.

Founded in 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., SMC is a pioneer in the meat packaging industry. The company supplies national and international restaurant chains, major supermarkets, and club stores with customized beef, pork, and poultry processing and packaging solutions. To maintain the security of the company’s IT systems and sensitive data, the IT team needed to gain visibility into activity across the network. Failure to ensure security would put SMC at serious risk for reputational damage and loss of market share.

The IT team chose Netwrix Auditor for its seamless deployment process, easy-to-use interface and detailed reports on file server permissions, which are especially critical. SMC shares the results it has already achieved from using Netwrix Auditor for less than a year:

Insights into file server activity and permissions. The software provides an overview of all file server activity, both failed and successful, so no malicious or improper actions will be overlooked. On top of that, the deep visibility into file permissions enabled the IT team to identify and revoke excessive rights, so now users have access to critical files on a strict need-to-know basis.

Increased accountability of privileged users. Netwrix Auditor alerts the IT team about changes to Domain Admins group membership and also provides summaries of all Active Directory and VMware changes, so they can easily keep privileged accounts under 24/7 surveillance.

Mitigated threat of ex-employees. Before, the HR department sometimes forgot to ask IT to disable the accounts of terminated employees, which put the company at risk. Now the IT team can easily spot inactive user accounts, review the reports with HR and ensure that terminated employees no longer have access to company systems.

“Netwrix Auditor has been a critical asset to our system. It saves us at least 8 hours per week, since we do not have to hunt through logs on the Active Directory server or constantly check file server permissions anymore. Now I spend just 10–15 minutes a day to make sure that the network and data are secure. The software also provides a good platform for reporting, not only to my manager, but also to upper management and stakeholders, so we can demonstrate that we are in control of our systems and everything is secured as needed,” said Jeremy Baldwin, System and Network Administrator at Standard Meat Company.

“Companies have to ensure that their IT infrastructure and business-critical data are secure, because security breach can cause irreversible reputational damage, canceled contracts with clients and lost profits. To enable their organizations to remain in business and continue to grow, IT teams need complete visibility into the IT environment. Knowing exactly what is going on across the network enables them to better control user activity and detect suspicious events in a timely manner,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and Co-founder of Netwrix.

To read the complete case study, please visit: www.netwrix.com/go/smc

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

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide technology leader, and INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization, have today announced an agreement to share threat intelligence as the first step in jointly fighting cybercrime.

Headed by INTERPOL's global cybercrime center, the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, the alliance will see the two organizations develop a coordinated and focused approach to data sharing. This not only will allow for quick threat detection around the world, but also pave the way for potential future collaboration on training and knowledge sharing.

Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of IGCI, commented: "The exchange of information and expertise between the public and private sectors is vital in combating cybercrime. No country or company can do this alone. INTERPOL's agreement with Cisco provides us, and law enforcement in our 192 member countries, with access to important cyber-threat information which will help us not only detect attacks but also help prevent them."

John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cisco, shared, "As cybercrime continues to escalate around the world, defenders from both the public and private sectors must meet the threat with equal force. Visibility and comprehensive threat intelligence across the cyber domain are critical to enable detection, analysis, and protection against emerging threats. We are pleased to collaborate with INTERPOL to exchange threat intelligence and find other knowledge-sharing opportunities to fight cybercrime globally."

Naveen Menon, President of Cisco, Southeast Asia, said, "This agreement, signed in Singapore, demonstrates the country's growing importance in the Asia Pacific region and on the world stage as a center for battling cybercrime and driving cybersecurity innovation. We are part of a diverse region with differing levels of technological maturity. This initiative represents an important step in creating a unified strategy to reduce digital risks and enable economic growth without the fear of digital threats and attacks."

Cisco's best-of-breed security offerings and its architectural approach help customers secure their organizations more effectively from the network to the endpoint to the cloud. Cisco's comprehensive security portfolio is designed to work together to see a threat once, and stop it everywhere, changing the security equation. In addition, Cisco blocks 19.7 billion threats a day through its Collective Security Intelligence, enabled by Cisco Talos, the security intelligence and research group.

Cisco's agreement with INTERPOL supports the organization's programs targeting both "pure cybercrime" and cyber-enabled crimes to assist member countries with identifying cyberattacks and their perpetrators.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Systems and Cisco IOS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information.

About INTERPOL

INTERPOL is the world's largest international police organization, with 192 member countries. Our role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Our high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.

DALLAS, Texas – DataBank, Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, interconnectivity and managed services, today announced it has completed a $410 million Term Loan B credit facility, providing DataBank with additional capital at a lower cost and flexibility to support the company's near and long-term growth objectives. The new facility includes a $50 million revolver to provide ample liquidity for general purposes as well as the ability to accelerate investments. As part of the refinancing, Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings initiated first-time corporate family ratings (CFR) and first lien credit ratings with a stable outlook.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the level of interest we received from the lending community," said Kevin Ooley, DataBank's President & CFO. "The favorable economics of this refinancing enables us to extend our debt profile to meet our increasing scale and fully fund our continued growth plans. We are well-positioned to capitalize on an ever-increasing demand for our services in the marketplace."

DataBank started in 2005 as single-site provider leveraging the dense carrier connectivity of the former Federal Reserve building in downtown Dallas, Texas. Since then, it has grown through acquisition and organic growth now serving eight major markets from fourteen interconnected sites across the United States. DataBank offers high-tier traditional colocation with a host of interconnectivity as well as build-to-suit hybrid solutions for cloud and managed services.

"For the company, this represents a truly significant milestone," said Raul Martynek, CEO of DataBank. "This vehicle contains the structure and flexibility needed to meet the long-term growth and expansion in both our colocation and cloud platforms."

SunTrust Bank served as Administrative Agent, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, RBC Capital Markets, and TD Securities served as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners. AB Private Credit Investors led the second lien facility. Jones Day served as legal counsel for DataBank.

DataBank operates in Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Baltimore.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of secure enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. Databank's managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized technology solutions help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, Texas. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit http://www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.

About Digital Bridge Holdings
Founded in 2013 by Marc C. Ganzi and Ben Jenkins, Digital Bridge is focused on the ownership, investment and active management of companies in the mobile and internet infrastructure sector. Since inception, Digital Bridge has raised over $6.5 billion of debt and equity capital used to acquire and invest in the development of communications infrastructure businesses, including DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and Mexico Tower Partners. 

Early Adopters Program includes free on-site hardware of up to one petabyte

NEW YORK – StorONE today launched its market disruptive TRU™ (Total Resource Utilization) storage software that is poised to change the enterprise storage game. StorONE is the first company in the last decade to invest a six-year period of massive research and development, covered by more than 50 awarded and pending patents, prior to its first software release. StorONE software significantly reduces the amount of hardware needed to achieve the performance and capacity results critical in the storage market.

With current drive technology having such high performance and density, it is no longer a challenge to implement any high performance or high capacity storage solution. Any integration project can achieve this with high performance drives or with a large amount of JBODs. Hardware has eliminated the bottlenecks of the past and continues to get faster and denser. But at what cost?

Henry Ford once said that if he asked his customers what they needed, they would say faster horses. In the same way, StorONE believes if today’s storage customers were asked what they need in order to get better performance, they would say faster hardware. Vendors have convinced users that they need multiple copies, a multitude of drives and huge investments in hardware. The customer should ask why they need to buy a full storage solution just to achieve 250,000 IOPS when a few drives can achieve that. Why is the price per IOPS $0.5-$1 as a single drive with 250,000 IOPS costs $500 (0.2 penny per IOPS)? 24 basic level SSDs should provide 1 million IOPS while providing the full capacity of the drives, so why are users not getting it and why are they still asking for faster hardware? The storage software stack has now become the problem. What StorONE has done is collapse the entire storage stack into a single seamless layer that has removed that final chokepoint.

“Using a GPU-based database, like SQream DB, requires extremely powerful storage to handle the large volumes of compute-intensive inquiries and analysis processes performed by our users in order to reach the database’s full potential,” said Ami Gal, SQream CEO.  “While most storage systems require at least a half rack filled with drives and servers with high-speed connections like Infiniband just to meet our performance needs, StorONE gave us the best of both worlds by allowing us to choose between SSDs for performance and HDDs in the same storage solution, maximizing both performance and capacity.  Over the last year with StorONE, we now have a flexible and scalable system that relies on commodity hardware and enterprise-class storage for great performance and very high capacity – all with reasonable costs and very low footprint.”

StorONE gives the user, for the first time, the full value of the resources they purchased. With StorONE’s enterprise-class TRU storage software, a customer’s hardware investment will match the rated IOPS, throughput and capacity of the drive regardless of whether it is SSD, NVMe or HDD.  More than that, StorONE’s TRU storage software includes enterprise storage features such as unlimited snapshots; support for all storage protocols (block, file and object) on the same drives; and support for all drive types in the same server. There is no need to integrate multiple storage solutions when users can get it in a single software solution that runs at wire speed.

“Our vision is to reinvent storage software in such a way that it doesn’t just raise the storage efficiency bar, but also becomes the measure by which all other storage software is compared. Most storage systems and SDS vendors attempt to solve the storage performance chokepoint by adding more hardware, SSDs, NVMe, appliances or proprietary hardware while taking out or limiting storage features such as snapshots and data protection. Either methodology has diminishing marginal returns, adds complexity and high cost,” said Gal Naor, StorONE co-founder and CEO. “The problem is with the storage software stack and we have solved it.  While other vendors integrate, we innovate, allowing customers for the first time to benefit from reducing costs and complexity, while getting more enterprise-class features.”

TRU storage can be installed as a physical server or virtual appliance without the need to change existing the virtualization infrastructure. A single virtual appliance with low resources can achieve performance comparable to a midrange storage solution with only 4 SSDs. 4 NVMe drives can achieve performance and latency as a high end solution, and a single HDD JBOD can provide 5GBps with high capacity utilization.

 “TRU Storage is a remarkable breakthrough in storage software efficiency,” said Marc Staimer, President of Dragon Slayer Consulting. “Storage software efficiency was an afterthought when memory, drives and IO were clearly the performance bottleneck. With Moore’s law visibly slowing, memory, drives and IO rapidly getting faster, the storage software stack has become the bottleneck.  StorONE is the first company to open that bottleneck.”  

Pricing for TRU Storage is based on physical storage consumption through a simple subscription licensing plan.  The price per GB for a 150TB installation is as low as $0.01, dropping to $0.002 (less than a penny) per GB for installations of petabytes. StorONE has a robust Early Adopters Program and on-site hardware of one petabyte is provided for free. The license includes all features, all storage protocols, any type of drives and performance for free. Organizations can change or move plans any time without penalty.  For more information or to sign up for the Early Adopters Program, interested parties can visit http://www.storone.com

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About StorONE

Founded by proven disruptive serial entrepreneurs and backed by top-tier industry luminaries and strategic investors, StorONE is a different kind of Storage Company. The first enterprise-class storage at less than $0.01 per GB. With more than 50 patents awarded in its first six years of deep technical development, StorONE has reimagined the fundamental nature of traditional storage software to deliver a solution that not only meets the standard requirements of capacity and performance but provides superior results across other factors as well, such as cost, convenience, control and completeness. StorONE is headquartered in New York, with offices in Dallas, Tel Aviv and Singapore. Additional information about StorONE is available at https://www.storone.com

The story you are about to read is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the oblivious.

Joe is the CSO of Acme Enterprise. Arriving at his office a bit late one morning, he runs into Cathy from cryptography, who comments that their IT admin, Adam, has been hard at work since about 5 a.m. This seems odd, considering Adam is not known to be a morning person. Cathy says Adam requested access to the company’s latest build system, where they keep the code to a top-secret product that is about to launch. He also requested access to HR records and the customer payment information systems for maintenance purposes. His access credentials and keys were older, she says, but they still checked out, so she let him continue.

Joe heads for his office and sees Diana from Data Loss Prevention. She tells him that she’s surprised how hard Adam has been working this morning, transferring gigabytes of data around the network. Diana figures there must be a major update in the works, and Joe agrees that’s why Adam must have come in so early. Joe’s impressed with Adam’s initiative to work off-hours, and he asks what kind of data Adam’s been transferring.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/industry-perspectives/cybersecurity-when-outsider-becomes-insider

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