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Red Balloon Security Discovers Critical Vulnerability in Millions of Cisco Switches, Routers, and Firewalls

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The vulnerability, codenamed “Thrangrycat,” is caused by a series of hardware design flaws within Cisco’s Trust Anchor module. First commercially introduced in 2013, Cisco Trust Anchor module (TAm) is a proprietary hardware security module that is used in a wide range of Cisco products, including enterprise routers, switches and firewalls. TAm is the root of trust that underpins all other Cisco security and trustworthy computing mechanisms in these devices. The Thrangrycat vulnerability allows an attacker to make persistent modification to the Trust Anchor module via remote exploitation, thereby defeating the secure boot process and invalidating Cisco’s chain of trust at its root. While the flaws are based in hardware, Thrangrycat can be exploited remotely without any need for physical access. Since the Thrangrycat flaws reside within the hardware design, it is unlikely that any software security patch will fully resolve the fundamental security vulnerability.Thrangrycat is remotely exploitable and provides attackers with a reliable backdoor into highly secure networks, allowing them to bypass even rigorous cybersecurity defenses in order to gain full and persistent access inside the network. An attacker could remotely exploit this vulnerability to intercept communications, steal or manipulate data, install stealthy implants and carry out further attacks on other connected devices. Red Balloon Security researchers have demonstrated physical destruction of Cisco routers by leveraging Thrangrycat via remote exploitation.Red Balloon Security has been working closely with Cisco’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) to address this vulnerability, and commends PSIRT for its fast and diligent response.For more technical details about Thrangrycat, visit http://www.thrangrycat.com.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies to Webcast 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC) will webcast its 2019 annual meeting of stockholders on Thursday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.The live, listen-only audio webcast will include the remarks of Marsh & McLennan Companies President and CEO Dan Glaser. The webcast can be accessed at https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/5tiiw9jf. A replay will be available after the event. Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC) is the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. The company’s 75,000 colleagues advise clients in over 130 countries. With annualized revenue approaching $17 billion, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading firms. Marsh advises individual and commercial clients of all sizes on insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions. Guy Carpenter develops advanced risk, reinsurance and capital strategies that help clients grow profitably and pursue emerging opportunities. Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Oliver Wyman serves as a critical strategic, economic and brand advisor to private sector and governmental clients. For more information, visit mmc.com, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @mmc_global or subscribe to BRINK.

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Biocom Institute Awarded Grant to Support Veterans’ Careers in the Life Sciences

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Biocom Institute, the non-profit workforce development and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) arm of Biocom, today announced that it has received a $150,000 Workforce Accelerator Fund grant from the California Workforce Development Board to help introduce veterans to careers in the life sciences.The grant will help to support Biocom Institute’s “Gateway to Life Science Careers for Veterans” project, a mission that will accelerate the recognition of veterans’ existing skills and provide educational opportunities and networking with leaders from the life science industry. This includes creating the Veterans in Life Science Virtual Network (VLSVN), a resource aimed at improving job matching and assessment strategies to accelerate employment, as well as hosting a number of career symposiums and fairs, workshops and mentorship programs.“By providing a comprehensive set of resources for veterans looking to enter the industry, this grant will ultimately support the talent crisis our rapidly accelerating life science landscape is currently facing,” said Joe Panetta, CEO of Biocom. “Given the crossover of skillsets between veterans and the life science workforce, such as communication, leadership and mission-driven values, this group of individuals will synergistically support our industry in a broad range of ways.”

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Apps4Rent Docker Solution with Ubuntu Xenial Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Apps4Rent brings a ready-to-use Docker Community Edition with Ubuntu Xenial, which is pre-installed on Ubuntu and powered by Microsoft Azure, to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. This cohesive Docker solution can be integrated immediately, which saves cumbersome installation time. The solution has been designed and tested by Apps4Rent experts. Apps4Rent customers can now take advantage of the scalability, high availability, and security of managed Azure, with streamlined deployment and management.Docker is a containerization platform packaging together all the applications along with its peripherals in a Docker container. Being a standardized unit created on the fly to deploy an application, Docker ensures that applications work seamlessly in any given environment. Dockers are more efficient than virtual machines (VMs) in terms of boot time, memory consumption, and third-party integration.Wade Dubey, Business Development Manager at Apps4Rent, said, “We wanted to leverage Docker, which is the most widely used container engine today. Our solution is a community-supported version of Docker that is pre-installed on Ubuntu Xenial platform. With a model offered by Apps4Rent, small teams and developers can experiment with container-based apps without any hassles. If you are looking for a Docker solution on Ubuntu Xenial, we offer an easy-to-download solution integrated with Azure that can be used immediately.” Apps4Rent is an Azure CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) that empowers transformation through Azure by planning, assessment, deployment, migration, and managed services. Apps4Rent has provided business agility since 2003 and has completed 10,000+ migrations to the cloud on software such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SharePoint, Project Server, Dynamics, Windows Virtual Desktop, and Hyper-V servers. As a leading provider of hosted Microsoft software applications, Apps4Rent’s growing collection of ready to use Azure solutions provide greater customer engagement and satisfaction, low prices with simple terms, as well as innovation to drive competitive advantage.

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Wells Fargo Among ‘Most Transparent’ on Environmental, Social, and Governance Metrics

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In a study commissioned by Financial Times’ Agenda, stock-ratings firm HIP Investor rated Wells Fargo among the most transparent companies on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. A summary of the study appeared in the publication’s April 8 edition.“Being transparent about our approach to environmental and social governance issues and the risks associated with them helps Wells Fargo proactively address concerns, assures team members that we are considering important aspects of these decisions and — importantly — creates shareholder value,” said Mary Wenzel, head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Wells Fargo. “Setting sustainability goals and reporting on our progress helps Wells Fargo maintain a focus on issues that are critical to managing risk, running our business in a more sustainable fashion and delivering on our commitment to leadership in corporate citizenship.” Financial Times Agenda writes that the study was commissioned “to identify the S&P 500 companies that most fully — and least fully — report these important metrics that connect with financial value creation and risk reduction.” It used publicly available information including CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) disclosures, annual reports, corporate responsibility and sustainability reports and the Thomson Reuters/Refinitiv database to arrive at its conclusions.Wells Fargo ranked No. 9 on the study’s list of most transparent S&P 500 companies, and Wells Fargo was first among financial services firms.Wells Fargo seeks to employ best practices in corporate transparency and disclosure, and reports on ESG-related issues through annual financial reporting and proxy statements, annual Corporate Social Responsibility reporting, company policy statements, a Business Standards Report, and other public disclosures including CDP reporting.

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Talya Schwartz, MD, Appointed President and CEO of MetroPlus Health Plan

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The Board of MetroPlus Health Plan today announced the appointment of Talya Schwartz, MD, as the health plan’s President and CEO. MetroPlus is the low-cost, five-star quality health insurance plan of choice for more than 500,000 New Yorkers. As the health plan owned by NYC Health + Hospitals, MetroPlus is a vital component of Mayor de Blasio’s Guaranteed Health Care plan to ensure health care for all New Yorkers. Dr. Schwartz, currently the Chief Medical Officer of MetroPlus, assumed her new position on May 10th. The five-star rated health plan is the health insurance plan of NYC Health + Hospitals and growing and strengthening the plan is part of the public health system’s comprehensive, multi-year redesign to build a competitive, sustainable organization that will continue to offer high-quality and accessible health care to the people of New York City.
Since 2016, Dr. Schwartz has served as Chief Medical Officer at MetroPlus, leading the Medical Management division including quality, case management, utilization management, pharmacy, network relations, provider contracting, credentialing, health analytics and various lines of business. Under her leadership MetroPlus ranked among the top plans in the State for quality. She transformed the care management program into a holistic, field-based program that now also addresses social determinants of health with special focus on housing for its homeless population. Additionally, the Plan became a state-designated peer certification program for HIV peers and has made great strides in engaging patients in their own care to achieve high levels of HIV suppression, results that have been presented at medical conferences at home and abroad.Dr. Schwartz joined MetroPlus from the private sector. She has been a founding member of a behavioral health technology startup company and prior to that served in various leadership roles in regional and national health plans. Earlier in her career she worked as a strategic consultant at the Advisory Board Company, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and served as a Fellow at the National Institute of Health.Dr. Schwartz earned her medical degree from Sackler Medical School and a graduate certificate in Health Services Management and Leadership from the George Washington University. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.Dr. Schwartz replaces Arnold Saperstein, MD, who served as President and CEO of MetroPlus since 2006.

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