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National Security Agency Names University of New Haven a Center of Academic Excellence

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 maggio 2019

The University of New Haven announced today that it has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). The certification recognizes the University’s bachelor’s degree programs in cyber security & networks and computer science.The University of New Haven joined Carnegie Mellon and Old Dominion this year in being named a CAE-CO. The University is the second school in New England to earn this designation, joining Northeastern University. There are currently 21 schools in the United States that feature Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations supported by the NSA.The NSA’s CAE-CO program supports the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation. The CAE-CO program supports deeply technical and interdisciplinary offerings at the higher education level in computer science, computer engineering, and/or electrical engineering that feature extensive opportunities for hands-on applications via labs and exercises.
In reviewing the University’s academic programs, cybersecurity outreach, faculty accomplishments, grant activities, and research output, the NSA recognized the University’s ability to effectively prepare students in areas such as wireless security, systems programming, and digital forensics.The University’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group, which includes undergraduate and graduate students studying cybersecurity and computer science, has received international attention for, among other discoveries, uncovering vulnerabilities that were addressed in the messaging application WhatsApp and identifying vulnerabilities in a popular virtual reality application.
The University’s programs in cybersecurity and computer science are preparing graduates for careers in a field in which there has been significant growth. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021, up from one million in 2014. The cybersecurity unemployment rate dropped to zero percent in 2016, and has remained there ever since.

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World Jewish Congress appeals to UN Security Council to condemn Hamas following barrage of hundreds of rockets against civilian areas in Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 maggio 2019

After a barrage of hundreds of rockets struck Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the World Jewish Congress appealed to Indonesia, as president of the United Nations Security Council, to lead the international community in unequivocally condemning Hamas and holding it responsible for the terrorist acts that it continues to carry out and enable in the territory under its control.In a letter to Amb. Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations, WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer noted that the latest barrage targeted civilian areas with direct hits.“Yet again, Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza continue to indiscriminately target Israeli civilians whose sole goal is to live in peace with their neighbors. This latest provocation is simply unacceptable and unjustifiable. It is an ill-fated attempt by the group to divert attention from their mismanagement and tyrannical rule over the Palestinian people living in the Gaza Strip,” Singer wrote.“Upon taking the presidency of the UN Security Council this month, you noted that you wish to ‘keep the momentum’ in the Council on the issue of Palestine, which you will do by hosting a special Arria-Formula meeting on Monday, May 6,” Singer added.“In this meeting, it is time that the UN Security Council, its members, and the international community, unequivocally condemn Hamas and these dangerous actions, and hold Hamas responsible for the terrorist acts that it continues to carry out and enable in the territory under its control in the Gaza Strip,” Singer wrote.Over the course of Saturday, nearly 300 rockets were launched at Israel. A man was killed in Ashkelon after a rocket struck his home.

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Strengthening the security of ID cards in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 aprile 2019

With at least 86 different versions of identity cards and 181 types of residence documents in circulation in the EU, the aim of the new rules is to deter the use of fraudulent documents that can also be used by criminals to enter the EU.The updated rules, already agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in February, will set new security standards for EU ID cards:Common minimum security features across the EU for ID cards set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO); the country code of the member state issuing them will be indicated on the ID card inside an EU flag.
Making a facial image and two fingerprints stored on a chip in the card mandatory for citizens’ ID cards; children under the age of 6 years are always exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints and member states have the possibility of providing the exemption to children up to the age of 12.
ID cards that do not meet these requirements would stop being valid when they expire (i.e. would be renewed with the new format) or at the latest 10 years after the application of the new rules. ID cards that do not have a machine-readable zone, such as Greek ID cards, would expire within five years.Only member states already issuing ID cards to their nationals would be affected by the new rules. The measures would not make it compulsory to own an ID card or oblige member states to introduce ID cards.Rapporteur Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE) said : “The new rules will facilitate the free movement of people in the EU, reduce bureaucracy and reinforce EU’s internal security. It is important to note that they won’t allow for the creation of a database of biometric information. I’m also very happy about the addition of an EU flag on ID cards and the words “EU citizen” on residence documents.”The new rules were adopted by 335 to 269, 21 abstentions. The text still needs to be formally approved by the Council before entering into force.The new rules will become applicable two years after their publication. They will have to be reviewed by the Commission every six years with a particular focus on fundamental rights, the mobility of EU citizens and the effectiveness of biometric verification in ensuring the security of travel documents.

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Thales Completes Acquisition Of Gemalto To Become A Global Leader In Digital Identity And Security

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 aprile 2019

Completed in 15 months, the acquisition of Gemalto by Thales for €4.8 billion creates a Group on a new scale and a global leader in digital identity and security employing 80,000 people. The larger Thales will master all the technologies underpinning the critical decision chain for companies, organisations and governments. Incorporating the talent and technologies of Gemalto, Thales will develop secure solutions to address the major challenges faced by our societies, such as unmanned air traffic management, data and network cybersecurity, airport security or financial transaction security.
This combination creates a world-class leader with an unrivalled portfolio of digital identity and security solutions based on technologies such as biometry, data protection, and, more broadly, cybersecurity. Thales will thus provide a seamless response to customers, including critical infrastructure providers such as banks, telecom operators, government agencies, utilities and other industries as they step up to the challenges of identifying people and objects and keeping data secure.
Thales and Gemalto share a passion for the advanced technologies that serve as a common foundation and focus for their 80,000 employees. Research and development (R&D) is at the core of the new Group, with its 3,000 researchers and 28,000 engineers dedicated to R&D. Thales has been developing state-of-the-art technologies to meet the most demanding requirements of customers around the world for decades. Today the Group has become a giant laboratory inventing the world of tomorrow, with a portfolio of 20,500 patents, of which more than 400 new ones were registered in 2018.
The new Thales will cover the entire critical decision chain in an increasingly interconnected and vulnerable world, with capabilities spanning software development, data processing, real-time decision support, connectivity and end-to-end network management.
With €1 billion a year devoted to self-funded R&D, the Group will continue to innovate in its key markets, drawing in particular on its world-class digital expertise in the Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

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Sysdig Wins Best DevOps Security Tool Award from Computing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 marzo 2019

Sysdig, Inc., the cloud-native intelligence company, today announced that Computing, the UK’s leading business technology publication for IT leaders, has named Sysdig the winner of the Best DevOps Security Tool during their DevOps Excellence Awards ceremony on March 20. The Computing DevOps Excellence Awards honors outstanding achievements from organizations, personalities, and solutions operating within the DevOps space. Sysdig has pioneered the industry’s first platform that unifies cloud-native visibility and security, enabling enterprises to operate reliable and secure containerized applications. This award recognizes the value the Sysdig Cloud-Native Intelligence Platform brings to the DevOps community.
Enterprises are adopting a cloud-native architecture for its speed of development, multi-cloud scaling capabilities, and lower total cost of ownership; however, DevOps and security teams tasked with translating cloud-native architectures into operational reality struggle with ensuring reliable, secure applications. The key challenge they face is a loss of visibility into their clouds, containers, and applications. This is especially painful because existing security, monitoring, and APM tools simply lack the in-depth visibility and rich context needed to be relevant in cloud-native environments.
Sysdig has given DevOps teams, security teams, and service owners a single tool that provides security and visibility into operational status of the software and infrastructure that they manage, but at the massive scale that enterprises require. By offering a unified approach, Sysdig is able to deliver more data for higher visibility and a more complete view of the environment, while operating at a 10 times greater scale than before, with management and control that the largest organizations in the world require. The Sysdig platform combines ContainerVision with ServiceVision, the company’s patented data collection and enrichment technologies that automatically provide massive amounts of context around applications and events to give enterprises a complete view inside of a cloud-native environment. Unlike traditional approaches, the Sysdig Cloud-Native Intelligence Platform was built on an open core and with an understanding of the modern DevSecOps workflow across Kubernetes, Docker, and both private and public clouds.
Sysdig has experienced rapid growth over the last year which includes more than tripling the number of Fortune 500 customer deployments and nearly doubling its global employee count to keep up with demand for its combined visibility and security solution. This award comes on the heels of winning three 2019 Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards at RSA Conference for Sysdig’s commercial cloud-native security tools and the company’s open source container security project, Falco, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®) Sandbox Project.

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Security at sports events: EP endorses new Council of Europe convention

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

Safety, security and service independent pillarsof the Convention Sports events need to remain peaceful and enjoyable for everyone Clear measures on crowd management and against any discrimination MEPs recommend authorising member states to ratify the Council of Europe convention on safety and security at football matches and other sports events.
The new convention aims at addressing the challenges caused by the great increase in the number of European citizens attending football matches and other sports events in the last decades. The EP recommendation was adopted on Tuesday with 633 votes to 22 and 14 abstentions.MEPs welcome the convention’s “balanced approach” between the three independent pillars in which it is divided, namely safety, security and service. Safety measures are aimed at protecting individuals both on their journey and in the venue of the sports event. Security measures will “deter, prevent and sanction” any violent behaviour related to football matches. Finally, service measures will ensure stadiums and other sports facilities are welcoming for everyone, including children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
All parties to the Convention are required to adopt clear and concrete measures on crowd management and associated safety and security risks. The text underlines the importance of tackling any discriminatory behaviour, including racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic aggressions. It is necessary to improve diversity in sports and to encourage athletes and clubs to fight discriminations, MEPs say.The new convention updates the 1985 European Convention on Spectator Violence. The number of football matches and sports events has importantly increased since then. EU citizens now travel throughout Europe to support their teams. Public viewing and fan areas have also changed. The EU cannot become party to the Convention and, due to the content of some of its paragraphs, member states will only be able to adopt it if allowed by the EU.The Council can now give green light to EU countries to ratify the Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and other Sports Events.

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Gemalto: the world leader in digital security

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

Gemalto announced that Identify3D, the most advanced security solution for digital manufacturing supply chains, has deployed Gemalto’s SafeNet Data Protection On Demand to ensure the security of its customers’ intellectual property and quality of their digital manufacturing services in the cloud.With customers in extremely security-conscious sectors such as aerospace and defence, it is critical that Identify3D builds strong data security controls into its cloud-based services in order to protect customers’ sensitive information and intellectual property. After looking at on-premises alternatives and cloud providers, Identify3D selected SafeNet Data Protection on Demand due to its ability to provide a wide range of cloud-based hardware security module (HSM), encryption, and key management services that easily integrate with the applications and cloud services it already uses.
“Identify3D provides intellectual property protection, manufacturing repeatability and traceability in all phases of digital manufacturing from unauthorized distribution, transformation, replication and production. Security is integral to everything we do,” said co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Stephan Thomas. “For many companies operating in our space, security is only bolted on when customers ask for it. That’s not the way we do things; for us security, specifically data protection, must be a part of the process from day one. As our customers seek to expand their capabilities, we needed a solution that would enable them to grow comfortably, without compromising our security-first principles.”
With SafeNet Data Protection on Demand, Identify3D was able to deploy a cloud-based HSM service to act as the root of trust for its certificate authority and support advanced algorithms. The company is now able to offer its customers secure digital manufacturing services while enjoying the flexibility and scalability of a managed cloud-based security service with zero upfront investment.
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2018 annual revenues of €3 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.Our 15,000 employees operate out of 110 offices, 47 personalization and data centers, and 35 research and software development centers located in 47 countries. http://www.gemalto.com

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Blockchain Security Leader CertiK Joins the Universal Protocol Alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 febbraio 2019

The Universal Protocol Alliance, a coalition of leading blockchain organizations including Bittrex International, Uphold, Brave, Cred, Blockchain at Berkeley, and BitGo, has announced CertiK, a technology pioneer in blockchain security and auditing with over $1.2B in assets secured, has joined the organization. The news was announced at the Universal Protocol Alliance Council meeting in San Francisco and was attended by the leadership of the member organizations, media, and influential members in the world of blockchain.The Universal Protocol (UP) Alliance is a growing coalition of the biggest and most respected organizations in the world of blockchain that have united around a new universal transparent reserve standard that aims to attract the next 100 million users to cryptocurrency. The combined expertise of each member organization has enabled the creation of the Universal Protocol Platform, a technology platform that allows for the minting, custody, and storage of digital ‘proxy’ assets that allow for better digital asset products, and the introduction of a set of safeguards required for the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency.CertiK, founded by Yale Department Chair of Computer Science Zhong Shao and Columbia University Assistant Professor Ronghui Gu, has developed patented Formal Verification technologies combined with best-in-class security experts to offer smart contract auditing, penetration testing, and threat detection for blockchain. The company is highly regarded by leading researchers and premier investors, and it recently announced a grant from IBM for Professor Gu’s research on the DeepSEA program language to create formally verified smart contracts in Hyperledger Burrow.
The UP platform will enable a new world of tokenized digital assets – ranging from Proxy blockchains such as Bitcoin, to Proxy securities, and Proxy private equity – and will facilitate the instant and seamless conversion of different forms of value. In doing so, the UP Platform will unlock the vast and untapped full potential of blockchain to transform how individuals and businesses store and transfer value, with Proxy Tokens representing the next generation of digital money.The announcement was made at the first UP Alliance Council meeting last night in San Francisco. The event was attended by member organizations, media, and blockchain industry leaders including: Brendan Eich, creator of Javascript and co-Founder of Brave, Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch and Arrington XRP Capital, Howard Wu, Managing Partner of Dekrypt Capital, JP Thieriot, CEO of Uphold, and many more.

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GC&E Systems Group to Host 2019 Converged Security Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 febbraio 2019

3rd Annual Converged Security Summit (CSS) on February 28, 2019 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CSS 2019 focuses on the convergence of information, cyber, and physical security systems and the criticality of viewing them as an integrated platform to be protected from evolving vulnerabilities and risks. With the Internet of Things driving the connectivity and integration of an ever-growing number of devices to our networks; the proliferation of IP-based physical security devices such as cameras and access control systems; and the storage of access lists, policies, and procedures on our systems, avenues of attack aimed at a multitude of enterprise assets is expanding at an alarming rate. Reliance on technology alone is not enough to secure these assets, and corporate executives are finding that responsibility for cyber security compliance falls squarely on their shoulders. Viewing information, cyber, and physical security as separate organizational or operational entities almost guarantees an organization’s inability to secure any of them. What must an organization do to protect its valuable data, systems, and people?
CSS 2019 brings together three thought leaders within the information, cyber, and physical security industries to provide their perspectives, insights, and recommendations regarding the best means to protect our organizational assets (information, intellectual and physical property, customers and employees). Additionally, more than 40 nationally-recognized, best-in-class security and IT vendors will be in attendance to demonstrate and discuss their unique products and service offerings.CSS 2019 is the not-to-be-missed security event of 2019 providing practical information that can be applied to your business or operations immediately while providing the opportunity to network and speak first hand with industry-recognized, subject-matter experts, and best-in-class vendors.

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MEPs and EU ministers agree on closing information gaps to enhance security

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Currently, EU information systems used in security, border and migration management do not talk to each other and the information is stored separately in unconnected systems. This creates a risk that terrorists and criminals can escape detection by using multiple or fraudulent identities, endangering the EU’s internal security and making border and migration management more challenging.Making the systems interoperable will enable data exchange. The provisionally agreed measures would facilitate the tasks of border guards, migration officers, police officers and judicial authorities by providing them with more systematic and faster access to various EU security and border-control information systems.
The main elements agreed are:
European search portal allowing simultaneous searches, rather than searching each system individually;
Shared biometric matching service for cross-matching fingerprints and facial images from several systems;
Common identity repository providing biographical information such as dates of birth and passport numbers for more reliable identification;
Multiple identity detector, detecting whether a person is registered under multiple identities in different databases.
Parliament and Council negotiators also agreed on safeguards to protect fundamental rights and access to data.The systems covered by the new rules would include the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, the Visa Information System (VIS) and three new ones: the European Criminal Records System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

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Leaders, Parliamentarians Praise UAE’s Commitment to International Security, Stability

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 gennaio 2019

Organized by the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) in cooperation with the EU-UAE Parliamentary Friendship Group at the European Parliament and the Emirates Red Crescent, the event took place at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels. Speaking at the seminar, Her Excellency Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of FNC, said: “Helping those in need is deeply rooted in our culture, and we feel responsible for underprivileged and vulnerable groups. Instability provides fertile ground for terrorism and extremism, therefore our commitment to development involves a commitment to stability – a priority that we share with the EU.” Highlighting the efforts of the Emirates Red Crescent in saving lives and supporting stability in crises and disaster zones around the world, she added: “The UAE houses some 45 humanitarian organizations that are active internationally. Between April 2015 and December 2018, the country disbursed US$4.91 billion in aid to Yemen, and has provided a safe haven for more than 127,000 Syrians since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis.” His Excellency Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament, stressed the importance of the EU and the UAE unifying efforts in the economic and investment domains as well as in the fight against terrorism, humanitarian aid and risk control. He commended the UAE for its unwavering dedication to achieving security and stability in the world, and praised the role of the Emirates Red Crescent and other humanitarian organizations in the country.His Excellency Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “Increasing global challenges require sustained humanitarian efforts. We thank the UAE, a global model of humanitarian commitment, for demonstrating steadfast solidarity, significantly contributing to crisis resolution, playing an influential role in development cooperation and actively supporting international aid organizations.” His Excellency Denis Haveaux, Director of the Red Cross EU Office, confirmed that the Red Cross and the Red Crescent are partners in providing humanitarian aid, and stressed the importance of safe access to services, particularly for victims of forgotten crises.

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SC Media Names ExtraHop a 2018 Security Industry Innovator

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 gennaio 2019

ExtraHop, the leader in analytics for security and performance management, announced that ExtraHop® Reveal(x)™ has been recognized as an Industry Innovator in the Next Gen Security Monitoring category as part of the 2019 SC Media Reboot special coverage. Innovators are recognized for showcasing outstanding leadership and providing superior security products to the cybersecurity industry.“Combatting today’s top security threats requires a combination of innovation, collaboration and education,” added Illena Armstrong of SC Media. “ExtraHop is a shining example of a company that’s firmly committed to these key tenets as it helps protect organizations big and small from wave after wave of attack.””We’re honored to be recognized by SC Media as an industry innovator in next generation security analytics,” said Bryce Hein, SVP of Marketing at ExtraHop. “Our vision for Reveal(x) was to close the key gap in security programs by delivering network traffic analysis (NTA) at enterprise scale. This award validates that vision and our position as the standard-bearer for security monitoring in the enterprise.”As part of their annual Reboot special coverage, the SC Lab’s team selects new and innovative products and vendors that stand out for their strength, creativity, and strategic placement in the market. Reboot looks back at the most compelling insights in the last year, while simultaneously looking ahead.ExtraHop Reveal(x) provides complete enterprise visibility, real-time detection of critical threats, and guided investigation to accelerate incident resolution and protect sensitive assets. With Reveal(x) network traffic analysis, security analysts can become threat experts, helping enterprises scale security resources to protect the business.

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Singtel’s Trustwave Named Managed Security Service Provider of the Year

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 dicembre 2018

Trustwave, a Singtel company, today announced that Frost & Sullivan presented it with the 2018 Singapore and Southeast Asia Managed Security Service Provider of the Year awards at the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards held in Singapore. The achievement recognises companies that have pushed the boundaries of excellence to rise above the competition by demonstrating superior performance and innovation in their respective markets.“We are honoured to receive this recognition,” said Arthur Wong, Chief Executive Officer, at Trustwave. “These accolades reflect significant advancements we continue to make in the Asia Pacific region and globally to help organisations address an increase in sophisticated cyber threats while contending with shortages of adept security practitioners. Our near real-time threat intelligence derived from our global network of Advanced Security Operation Centres powers our threat detection and response, remote forensic investigations and other managed security services and is a key differentiator we deliver to the marketplace. We look forward to continuously helping organisations refine how they protect data assets and strengthen overall security postures.” Divya Prasad, Senior Industry Analyst, Cyber Security, ICT Practice of Frost & Sullivan noted that over the years Singtel has developed a strong domain expertise and R&D capabilities, enabling it to offer various innovative managed security service offerings. This has generated high trust among customers in the APAC region and across the globe. “In 2017, Singtel’s Trustwave continued to demonstrate leadership position during the year despite stiff competition in the market. Trustwave continued to hold a strong position in the market through its vast and comprehensive MSS portfolio with offerings ranging from perimeter, endpoint to cloud security. The company also offers advanced services such as DDoS protection, advanced threat prevention, threat hunting, deception and threat intelligence. Through these services, the customers have been able to benefit from a strong security architecture and can focus on their main business operations,” she stated.
Trustwave Managed Security Services help organisations proactively address advanced information security threats while reducing the pressures created by resource constraints, skills shortages, data regulations and the rapid adoption and optimization of new technologies. Backed by Trustwave SpiderLabs®, a world-class team of elite ethical hackers, incident responders, and threat hunters; the services deliver the security organisations need without requiring them to install and manage technologies themselves, to retain and train staff to configure and run those systems, or to worry about security programmes becoming antiquated.

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A National and Multisectoral Coalition is Established in Colombia to Improve the Water Security of the Watersheds

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 novembre 2018

The Water Coalition for Colombia, which includes more than 300 partners from various sectors of government, industry, the financial sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations, co-led by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Ricardo Lozano, and the President of Andesco (National Association of Public Services and Communications Companies), Camilo Sánchez, had its first meeting at the Casa Medina hotel, in Bogotá, Colombia, yesterday. The event was promoted by the Latin American Water Funds Partnership and the Latin America Conservation Council (LACC) and coordinated by the environmental organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC).Latin America is abundant in water (1/3 of the world’s fresh water), but it is unevenly distributed and 36% of Latin America is under water stress. Most of the areas that provide drinking water to cities are also important areas for biodiversity. Unfortunately, these areas are threatened by deforestation or habitat degradation due to the expansion of agricultural and pastoral practices, and infrastructure development. Climate change aggravates the risks of water scarcity, encourages water of poor quality and causes floods; at the same time, deforestation intensifies climate change creating a vicious cycle. In addition, in the last 15 years, the urban population in the region has grown by 21%. Given that almost 80% of the population lives in urban areas, Latin America is the most urbanized region of the world (UN-Habitat). This puts a lot of pressure on water resources for human consumption, food and energy production, among other uses.With the objective of promoting water security and the development of Latin American cities, TNC with the support of its strategic partners such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), FEMSA Foundation and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has promoted 24 Water Funds in Latin America over 18 years, a model based on science, that seeks to reconcile both interests. The Water Funds channel public and private resources towards scientifically-proven and successful strategic conservation projects, in addition to promoting public policies that help improve water governance. The protection of strategic ecosystems improves water security for nature, people and the economy. “Ensuring a clean and sustainable water supply for our growing cities is the most critical challenge in the region. The business case is clear: investing in nature to strengthen water security, especially in our larger metropolitan areas”, says Juan Pablo del Valle, Co-Chair of the LACC.Based on this successful experience, TNC, the Latin American Water Funds Partnership and the Latin America Conservation Council announced the creation of the Water Coalition for Colombia, a national accelerator of Water Funds, which seeks to strengthen the governance of the water resource, strengthen the existing Water Funds and promote the implementation of other Water Funds in the country. There are currently seven Water Funds in Colombia, and a total of fifteen Water Funds are planned by 2022 in the following cities: Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cravo Sur, Cúcuta, Ibagué, Neiva, Manizales, Medellín, Pasto, Santa Marta & Ciénega, Valledupar, Valle del Cauca and Villavicencio, which together represent 48% of the national GDP and 43% of the country’s population.

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Kuwait Invites Nominations for 2019 US1Million Al-Sumait Prize For Food Security In Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 novembre 2018

Kuwait City. Kuwait invited nominations for Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security in Africa, the fith in the series of its annual prizes to be awarded for significant advances in the areas of food security, health and education in Africa. Open to individuals or institutions, the closing date for entries for the one million dollar Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security is April 30, 2019.The prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas of Food Security on the African Continent: Developing new varieties of seeds,crops or livestock which can improve the food security of the poor population in Africa by increasing the calorific and nutritional value of food produced and consumed domestically.Improving farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, techniques, technologies and markets so as to increase the availability of staple products which form a core part of the diet of the poorest people in Africa.Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change and extreme weatherconditions. Improving marketing and adopting modern business strategies.Addressing issues relevant to gender equity in the field of the Prize.
Formally launched at a meeting of its Board of Trustees on December 7, 2015, in Kuwait, the Al-Sumait prize was first announced by the Amir of the State of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in November 2013 at the 3rd Arab African Summit.The avowed aim of Al-Sumait Prize, which celebrates the life of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life towards helping the poor in Africa, is to contribute significantly to solve major development challenges facing African nations.The Al-Sumait Board of Trustees comprises prominent international personalities in the field of development in Africa and world-renowned philanthropists. Chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, it includes amongst its membership Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Makhtar Diop Vice World Bank Vice President for Africa and Dr. Kwaku Aning, Former Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, International Atomic Energy Agency Application forms for the 2016 Al-Sumait Food Security Prize must be received no later than May 31, 2016.The application forms are available at http://www.alsumaitprize.org/nominations/ Applications will close on 30th April 2019.

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Security Intelligence, Opportunity and Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

The “Secured IoT: Worldwide IoT Security Intelligence, Opportunity, & Innovation 2018 to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This research forecasts that the IoT security market will grow to become a US$61.39 billion industry in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 32% during 2018-2025. The IoT is exceedingly penetrating from industries to consumer and civil applications such as connected homes, connected cars, health monitoring and smart utility meters. It’s true that IoT devices offer exciting opportunities to improve customer satisfaction and engagement. However, they also introduce new security challenges. Which is not just about tapping billions of devices, but also different operating systems, networks, and protocols. Already we are seeing hacks on IoT applications. In 2012, a malware infected high-risk pregnancy monitors at a Boston hospital in the US. The malware slowed down fetal monitors used on women with high-risk pregnancies being treated in intensive-care wards. In 2014, the European crime agency Europol warned that the IoT creates new types of risks and threats not only in consumer applications but also in critical infrastructure control systems. In 2016, a group of Chinese researchers found vulnerabilities in the Taiwanese-made Edimax smart plug, a device routinely used for home automation. The team was able to gain access to user credentials by exploiting cryptographic flaws. In 2017, Xiongmai Technology, an IoT camera manufacturer from Hangzhou admitted its cameras had been exploited by the Mirai malware to form part of a botnet and launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack targeting websites including Twitter, PayPal, and Spotify. The assault was one of the worst in US history. These are not isolated cases; numerous other security flaws are being reported frequently from all over the world. The research tried to find out why are IoT solutions not secure and is it really that difficult to achieve. Our study revealed that the competition in the IoT space is so ruthless that vendors are rushing products to the market, with security often added as an afterthought (if at all) rather than being built-in from the start. For IoT service providers, speed of delivery and low cost are more important than robust security and thorough testing. It doesn’t help that, currently, IoT devices lack a common set of compliance requirements. However, the scenario is going to change soon as next potential IoT adopter (Industry, consumer or government) refuses to embrace IoT solution lacking strong inbuilt security features. The growing penetration of IoT devices will also force governments to set standard for IoT devices and strict guidelines for security and privacy of data and parties who will be accountable in cases if security is compromised. This has opened the door to innovation and added a new dimension to the global competition among IoT security solutions providers. The role of specialised IoT security solutions will eventually grow as the market matures.

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Layer 3 Communications Validates IronClad Encryption’s Cyber Security Technology

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 ottobre 2018

IronClad Encryption Corporation (OTCQB: IRNC), a next-generation cyber defense company that secures digital assets and communications across a wide range of industries and technologies today announced that Layer 3 Communications, an engineering firm providing complex network services and products, has tested and verified IronClad’s cyber technology utilized by ICEmicro. In addition, Layer 3 Communications is producing a white paper, expected to be published in 30 days, that explains the validation procedures, parameters and results, as well as its significance.
Layer 3 Communications provides a broad range of consulting and management services for companies building and utilizing data, voice and video networks. IronClad’s technology enhances the value of these secure managed networks. Layer 3 Communications’ services include network audits, network analyses, network design, network security, project management, staging and implementation, installation and support planning. Layer 3 also integrates local and wide area networks, so its customers can take advantage of internet access, virtual private networks, remote access, network security and firewalls.
IronClad Encryption’s ICEmicro Docker Container secures communications between and among software, devices, network equipment and networks. It can also secure data communications among disparate data centers, clouds, and hybrid environments. ICEmicro is a ready-to-use container technology that natively secures data communications among any number of Docker containers. Docker containers have become increasingly popular among software developers who want their applications or platforms to run, without modification, in any Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Managed service providers (MSPs) can use the technology to fortify existing services or as the basis for new services.

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Global Network and Web Security Market Size, Trends and Forecasts 2018-2022

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 ottobre 2018

The report also assesses the key opportunities in the market and outlines the factors that are and will be driving the growth of the industry. Growth of the overall global network and web security market has also been forecasted for the period 2018-2022, taking into consideration the previous growth patterns, the growth drivers and the current and future trends.
The global network and web security market is highly fragmented with many network and web security vendors operating worldwide. Some network and web security vendors operating on a local level while other security vendors operating on a regional and global level. However, the competition in the global network and web security market is dominated by few network and web security vendors supplying security devices worldwide. Key players of the network and web security market are also profiled with their financial information and respective business strategies.With the rapid evolution of internet, privacy is considered to be the crucial element for each and every individual. As more and more people using internet, the vulnerability to cyber attacks has also increased manifolds. As a result, network and web security exhibited a tremendous evolution over the past few years to increase the security of sensitive data and private information.The global network and web security market has increased previously and projections are made that the market would rise in the next four years i.e. 2018-2022 tremendously. The network and web security market is expected to increase due to rising employment rate, escalating internet users and mobile phone users, increasing adoption of IoT (Internet of Things), growing retail e-commerce sales, etc. Yet the market faces some challenges such as complexity of network infrastructure, absence of efficient security solutions, lack of integration within network and web security ecosystem, etc.

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Professional Services Co. Issues Data Security Incident Notice

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 settembre 2018

Toyota Industries North America, Inc. (“TINA”), which is headquartered in Columbus, Ind. and provides administrative services to its affiliated North American entities, is notifying individuals of a data security incident. The incident could potentially impact the security of certain personal and protected health information regarding approximately 19,000 current/former employees and health plan participants of the TINA family of companies. While the company is not aware of any actual harm to individuals as a result of the situation, it is providing potentially affected individuals with information via First Class mail regarding steps taken, and what can be done to protect against potential harm.
On August 30, 2018, the company discovered that on or around August 15, 2018, an unauthorized third party may have accessed the company email system and potentially gained entry to a small number of email accounts. After discovering the incident, the company took prompt action to contain the threat, including engaging information security experts to secure the email system and help ensure that the unauthorized third party no longer had access. The company also obtained legal assistance and began a review of the incident, which included contacting technology experts to determine what, if any, information may have been accessed. At this point, the company is not aware of any misuse of personal information because of this incident, and to date, the company has no evidence that this data was removed from its systems.
The company took prompt action to investigate the incident as soon as it was discovered and engaged legal and information security experts to assist. In addition to the security measures already in place, the company is also reviewing additional options to enhance its training, technology and security practices to reduce the risk of a similar threat, including requiring multifactor authentication, implementing real-time security monitoring enhancements and revising and redistributing mandatory password protection and reset policies. Additionally, the company is alerting its self-funded health plans’ third-party administrator and notified the three largest nationwide consumer reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – of the incident.

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Infolock Kicks Off 3rd Annual Healthcare IT Security Leaders’ Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 agosto 2018

Today, leading data advisory consulting firm Infolock kicked off its third annual Healthcare IT Security Leaders’ Summit at its corporate headquarters outside Washington, DC. The two-day, invite-only conference brings together IT and information security executives and industry experts and covers topics including blockchain applications for the healthcare industry, HIPAA enforcement, the future of AI in clinical settings, GDPR regulatory compliance and data privacy, managing privilege attacks, user-entity behavioral analytics, and other topics.When asked about the event, Ryan Dobbins, director of advisory services for Infolock said, “It’s a remarkable and unique experience for us to host the Summit, and we routinely hear from our attendees that it’s the best conference or meeting they attend all year long. That’s incredibly gratifying for us. We’re laser focused on avoiding vendor marketing in the subject matter presented — something we feel ruins other similar events — and it clearly shows in the quality and vigor of the dialogue we spark between and among participants. We think the industry needs more probing, challenging conversations and fewer long-form commercials.” Speakers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights, Community Health Systems, The Center for Internet Security, the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University, Polsinelli, BeyondTrust, Bay Dynamics, and Infolock will present over the course of two days. Attendees include executives from Penn Medicine, Sentara Healthcare, Temple University Health System, Orthofix, Gateway Health, Augusta Health, Valley Health, and others. In response to a question about previous years’ events and their most valuable insights, attendee Michael Bray, senior director of information security and compliance at Community Health Systems in Franklin, TN said, “Having the opportunity to hear directly from HHS OCR regarding breach reporting and enforcement, and getting the legal community’s perspective on effective breach response, was invaluable.”

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