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Espire Infolabs is delighted to be a gold sponsor at MuleSoft Summit to be held on May 17th at The Brewery, London. London, United Kingdom, May 01, 2017 --( MuleSoft, the leading provider of integration platform (Mule ESB and CloudHub) for connecting SaaS & enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, understands this complex business problem. With its powerful integration platform, MuleSoft is seamlessly integrating the wide spectrum of disparate applications that drive various business functions of organisations - be it sales, marketing, customer experience or HR. The resulting superior, delightful and consistent customer and business user experiences are translating into enhanced revenue and profitability for companies. Espire Infolabs, a global technology services company and a MuleSoft partner is solving this problem for global businesses, with its transformative Customer Engagement Hub (CEH), which leverages MuleSoft’s market-leading Anypoint Platform™ and API-led approach as one of its core technologies. To exchange thoughts on building an application network that can deliver impactful and profitable customer, partner and employee experiences, MuleSoft is hosting MuleSoft Summit on May 17th at The Brewery, London. The summit would be attended by leading CIOs, IT leaders, integration architects and development leads across the globe. Espire has today announced that it is a gold sponsor of MuleSoft Summit. This is in line with Espire’s commitment to bring the competitive edge of application networks to businesses. As a MuleSoft partner and a gold sponsor at the MuleSoft Summit, Espire will showcase how its customer engagement hub (CEH) enables enterprises to deliver compelling and profitable multi-channel customer experiences by harnessing the powerful fabric of connected data, devices and applications. Attendees of MuleSoft summit will get to experience a full day of innovation, best practices and interactive discussions with peers around digital transformation, and learnings on why API-led connectivity is the secret weapon to building robust application network. To attend the MuleSoft Summit, London 2017, write to us or register directly on espire's website. About Espire Infolabs  Espire Infolabs is a global technology services company empowering businesses to drive growth and customer engagement with exceptional digital experience solutions through digital content management, multi-channel customer communication management, enterprise applications, cloud computing, integration and analytics. It is a SEI CMMI Level 5 Ver 1.3 (Dev + SVC) Appraised, ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 20000-1:2011 and ISO 22301 Certified Company. Espire Infolabs has offices in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Development Centers in India (Gurgaon, Delhi and Pune). For more information, please visit the website. London, United Kingdom, May 01, 2017 --( PR.com )-- In the digital era, delivering compelling customer, partner and employee experiences is emerging as the most powerful competitive edge for businesses. To drive this business outcome, strategic digital transformation is essential, where data, devices and enterprise applications are woven together into a powerful network.MuleSoft, the leading provider of integration platform (Mule ESB and CloudHub) for connecting SaaS & enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, understands this complex business problem. With its powerful integration platform, MuleSoft is seamlessly integrating the wide spectrum of disparate applications that drive various business functions of organisations - be it sales, marketing, customer experience or HR. The resulting superior, delightful and consistent customer and business user experiences are translating into enhanced revenue and profitability for companies.Espire Infolabs, a global technology services company and a MuleSoft partner is solving this problem for global businesses, with its transformative Customer Engagement Hub (CEH), which leverages MuleSoft’s market-leading Anypoint Platform™ and API-led approach as one of its core technologies.To exchange thoughts on building an application network that can deliver impactful and profitable customer, partner and employee experiences, MuleSoft is hosting MuleSoft Summit on May 17th at The Brewery, London. The summit would be attended by leading CIOs, IT leaders, integration architects and development leads across the globe.Espire has today announced that it is a gold sponsor of MuleSoft Summit. This is in line with Espire’s commitment to bring the competitive edge of application networks to businesses. As a MuleSoft partner and a gold sponsor at the MuleSoft Summit, Espire will showcase how its customer engagement hub (CEH) enables enterprises to deliver compelling and profitable multi-channel customer experiences by harnessing the powerful fabric of connected data, devices and applications.Attendees of MuleSoft summit will get to experience a full day of innovation, best practices and interactive discussions with peers around digital transformation, and learnings on why API-led connectivity is the secret weapon to building robust application network. To attend the MuleSoft Summit, London 2017, write to us or register directly on espire's website.About Espire InfolabsEspire Infolabs is a global technology services company empowering businesses to drive growth and customer engagement with exceptional digital experience solutions through digital content management, multi-channel customer communication management, enterprise applications, cloud computing, integration and analytics. It is a SEI CMMI Level 5 Ver 1.3 (Dev + SVC) Appraised, ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 20000-1:2011 and ISO 22301 Certified Company. Espire Infolabs has offices in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Development Centers in India (Gurgaon, Delhi and Pune). For more information, please visit the website. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Espire Infolabs


News Article | February 24, 2017
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EC-Council, world famous creator of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification, is bringing hybrid training courses to the 21st CISSE Colloquium. The Colloquium has long been the forum for cyber security educators, researchers, and practitioners to work together to improve infosec education to ensure its alignment with industry trends, emerging threats, and industry job requirements. The specialized training will combine EC-Council’s asynchronous training along with a one-day, in-person exam prep boot camp after which participants can immediately put their knowledge to work on the certification exam. The three courses being offered are Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), EC-Council’s groundbreaking flagship program, Certified CISO (CCISO), EC-Council’s industry-leading executive program designed to create innovative infosec leaders and Certified Network Defender (CND) EC Council’s newest cyber defender course. Prior to arriving to the conference, students will be given access to the online version of each of these classes via EC-Council’s online program which allows participants to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. Their learning will be reinforced by the one-day exam prep wherein the instructor will review the content, answer questions, and lead discussions in preparation for the certification exam at the end of the day. The missions of EC-Council and CISSE are focused on improving the information security training available to the industry. Tamara Shoemaker, Director, UDM Center for Cyber Security & Intel Studies and Operations Manager for CISSE had this to say about the partnership, "EC-Council and our Universities have been partnering for years, it is exciting to have that come together nationally at our 21st Annual CISSE conference in Vegas!" The Colloquium has become the leading proponent for implementing courses of instruction in infosec in education and the partnership between the two organizations goes back to 2013 when EC-Council’s CEO, Jay Bavisi, was invited to speak for the first time at the Colloquium. That year, Bavisi’s talk focused on coming cyber threats, highlighting that the key to combating them would be education. A year later, at the 2013 Colloquium, Bavisi was honored with the 2013 Industry Leadership Award, recognizing his work in promoting infosec education programs, his generous philanthropic efforts to colleges and universities around the nation, and his leadership in developing cyber security competitions. Bavisi was elected to the governing board of CISSE in 2014. “This newest partnership gives participants in the Colloquium the opportunity to earn a new certification as well as take a deep dive into three of the industry’s most important areas: executive leadership, ethical hacking and network defense.” Said Eric Lopez, Vice President of EC-Council. About EC-Council EC-Council has been the world’s leading information security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world’s first global hacking competition. EC-Council Foundation also hosts a suite of conferences across the US and around the world including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, TakeDownCon, and CISO Summit. For more information about EC-Council, please see http://www.eccouncil.org. About CISSE The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) was created in 1996 to provide a forum for dialogue among leading figures in academia, industry and government. The Colloquium recognizes that the protection of information and infrastructures that are used to create, store, process, and communicate information is vital to business continuity and security. For 20 years CISSE has supported Cyber Security educators, researchers and practitioners in their efforts to improve curricula and foster discussion of current & emerging trends. The Colloquium's membership works together to define requirements for cyber security education and to influence and encourage the development and expansion of information security curricula and course ware globally. CISSE provides a supportive environment for these discussions to flourish, for more information please visit http://www.cisse.info


Entech Hosts Free Panel Discussion on IT Security for Small Business and Medical Practice Owners Join Entech from 12 to 1 p.m. on Mar. 23, 2017 for this valuable one-hour panel session and learn about IT security for a business or medical practice. A $495 value, seating is limited and free to the first 100 people who register. Register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/it-security-and-what-it-means-to-your-business-or-medical-practice-registration-31836558002?discount=Compliments_of_Entech to reserve a spot. Fort Myers, FL, February 22, 2017 --( According to SmallBizTrends.com: * 43% of cyber attacks target small business * 60% of small companies got out of business within six months of an attack * 50% report that data breaches involve customer and employee data Join Entech from 12 to 1 p.m. on Mar. 23, 2017 for this valuable one-hour panel session and learn about IT security for a business or medical practice. Participants will learn about: * Current threats to their organizations * What they need to know about physical vs digital security * Industry-specific compliance, such as HIPAA * and more... Panelists include well-known industry security experts, including: * Chris Brenes, Director of IT and Security, Entech * Rob Krug, Senior Solution Architect, Sonicwall * Lee Adams, PMP, QSA, CHPSE, CCSFP, President, Tampa Bay Compliance Panel Discussion Registration--Act Now! A $495 value, seating is limited and free to the first 100 people who register. Register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/it-security-and-what-it-means-to-your-business-or-medical-practice-registration-31836558002?discount=Compliments_of_Entech to reserve a spot. About the Panelists Chris Brenes is Director of IT and Security for Entech (www.entechUS.com). He holds multiple certifications security certifications, including a Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) Certification, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and the CompTIA Security+ certification. Rob Krug is a Senior Solution Architect for SonicWall (www.sonicwall.com). Krug is an ethical hacker that has been in the network security space for more than 25 years. In addition to having many certifications in networking and security disciplines, he is a SonicWall Master CSSA. Krug has an extensive background in network design, engineering, security, and telecommunications, and is also a past SonicWall System Engineer of the Year recipient. Lee Adams is President of Tampa Bay Compliance (www.tampabaycompliance.com). She is an experienced IT security professional and auditor providing consulting services to covered entities on all aspects of HIPAA/HITECH Privacy and Security Compliance. She holds various certifications, including: Project Manager Professional; Qualified Security Assessor; and Certified HIPAA Privacy Security Expert. About Entech Entech - with locations in Fort Myers and Bradenton, FL - is a full-service technology solution provider specializing in IT managed services for businesses ranging from 20 to 100+ users. Entech’s managed services include: · Security - Network and system security, compliance, anti-virus, anti-threat · Business Continuity - Data back up and recovery, disaster recovery planning, data security · IT Planning - Cost containment, lifecycle and threat management · Infrastructure - Cloud services, virtualization, mobile computing For more information, visit www.entechUS.com. Fort Myers, FL, February 22, 2017 --( PR.com )-- IT security is critical for small businesses and medical practices. It can mean the difference between a growing, healthy business or one just waiting for a cyber attack.According to SmallBizTrends.com:* 43% of cyber attacks target small business* 60% of small companies got out of business within six months of an attack* 50% report that data breaches involve customer and employee dataJoin Entech from 12 to 1 p.m. on Mar. 23, 2017 for this valuable one-hour panel session and learn about IT security for a business or medical practice.Participants will learn about:* Current threats to their organizations* What they need to know about physical vs digital security* Industry-specific compliance, such as HIPAA* and more...Panelists include well-known industry security experts, including:* Chris Brenes, Director of IT and Security, Entech* Rob Krug, Senior Solution Architect, Sonicwall* Lee Adams, PMP, QSA, CHPSE, CCSFP, President, Tampa Bay CompliancePanel Discussion Registration--Act Now!A $495 value, seating is limited and free to the first 100 people who register. Register now athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/it-security-and-what-it-means-to-your-business-or-medical-practice-registration-31836558002?discount=Compliments_of_Entech to reserve a spot.About the PanelistsChris Brenes is Director of IT and Security for Entech (www.entechUS.com). He holds multiple certifications security certifications, including a Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) Certification, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and the CompTIA Security+ certification.Rob Krug is a Senior Solution Architect for SonicWall (www.sonicwall.com). Krug is an ethical hacker that has been in the network security space for more than 25 years. In addition to having many certifications in networking and security disciplines, he is a SonicWall Master CSSA. Krug has an extensive background in network design, engineering, security, and telecommunications, and is also a past SonicWall System Engineer of the Year recipient.Lee Adams is President of Tampa Bay Compliance (www.tampabaycompliance.com). She is an experienced IT security professional and auditor providing consulting services to covered entities on all aspects of HIPAA/HITECH Privacy and Security Compliance. She holds various certifications, including: Project Manager Professional; Qualified Security Assessor; and Certified HIPAA Privacy Security Expert.About EntechEntech - with locations in Fort Myers and Bradenton, FL - is a full-service technology solution provider specializing in IT managed services for businesses ranging from 20 to 100+ users. Entech’s managed services include:· Security - Network and system security, compliance, anti-virus, anti-threat· Business Continuity - Data back up and recovery, disaster recovery planning, data security· IT Planning - Cost containment, lifecycle and threat management· Infrastructure - Cloud services, virtualization, mobile computingFor more information, visit www.entechUS.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Entech


News Article | February 22, 2017
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Blackstone Federal is proud to announce that it has been awarded CYBERSECURITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR as a part of the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. The Awards honor individuals and companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation, and leadership in information security. The partnership between Blackstone Federal and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to design and build the mobile application security framework known as “Carwash” has resulted in a valuable shared service to DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer that focuses on delivering secure and compliant applications to the Federal government. Identifying application vulnerabilities and issues early in the lifecycle reduces the risk of deployment delays and costly re-work, helping numerous teams across DHS successfully deploy mobile applications. Blackstone Federal’s Mobile Security Lead, Anthony Glynn, celebrates this important win. “It validates the important work we have accomplished in collaboration with our Federal customers, and the impact that these innovations continue to have in advancing mobile application security within the Federal ecosystem,” comments Mr. Glynn. “We are very proud of Mr. Glynn and his team. This is important work, and it has been an honor to partner with some of the government’s most talented leaders in the mobile app security space to develop this groundbreaking solution,” said Giles Kesteloot, Executive Director of Blackstone’s Federal Practice. “This award is evidence of what is possible when the best of industry and government come together in partnership.” For more information about how Blackstone Federal can help your organization achieve mission objectives, please contact us at federal(at)bstonetech(dot)com. Blackstone Technology Group ([http://www.bstonetech.com) is a privately-held, global IT services and solutions firm founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Francisco, California. Influenced by disruptive technology of Silicon Valley, Blackstone Federal Services helps clients adapt to the demands of a digital world. Established in Arlington, Virginia in 2002, Blackstone Federal specializes in cloud, cyber security, Agile and DevOps services and technology solutions. Our passionate and experienced technologists bring digital expertise, creativity, and innovation to drive client success. Blackstone Federal holds the industry’s top technical certifications including AWS, CISSP, CEH, SAFe, PMI-ACP, ICP-ACC, ICP-ATF and PMI-PMP.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Cyber Defense Magazine, the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine and a media partner of the RSA® Conference 2017, has named winners in numerous categories for their innovations in the field of information security. While most of the winning companies will be showcasing their technologies, products and services at the conference, many being showcased in the annual print edition of Cyber Defense Magazine at the conference and then online on February 13th, 2017 in the monthly electronic edition of the magazine. “We’re very pleased to announce these next-generation INFOSEC leaders at #RSAC who deserve our coveted awards for 2017. The competition was fierce, after many months of review and judging by leading independent information security experts, Cyber Defense Magazine is pleased to have selected those on this list as the next-generation of innovation for the information security marketplace,” said Pierluigi Paganini, editor-in-chief, Cyber Defense Magazine. About CDM Awards: This is Cyber Defense Magazine’s 4th year of honoring these next generation leaders as INFOSEC Winners of CDM’s awards. Winner’s won titles such as, “Hot Company,” “Best Product,” “Most Innovative,” “Cutting Edge” and “Editor’s Choice of 2017.” Our submission requirements are for any startup, early stage, later stage or public companies in the INFOSEC space who believe they have a unique and compelling value proposition for their product or service. The judges are CISSP, FMDHS, CEH, certified security professionals who will be voting based on their independent review of the Company materials on the website of each submission including but not limited to data sheets, white papers, product literature and other market variables. CDM has a flexible philosophy to find more innovative players with new and unique technologies, than the one with the most customers or money in the bank. CDM is always asking “What’s Next?” so we are looking for Next Generation INFOSEC Solutions. #RSAC is the BEST place for Cyber Defense Magazine to find these Next Generation INFOSEC products, services and solutions. For the full details of each respective winner and their award, print editions are freely available throughout the RSA® Conference 2017 expo floor and at our Media Kiosk M1 outside the North Expo Hall or signup for an always free online edition. http://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com/e-magazines/ About Cyber Defense Magazine Cyber Defense Magazine was originally founded in 2012 by Gary S. Miliefsky, globally recognized cyber security thought leader, inventor and entrepreneur and continues to be the premier source of IT Security information. He handed the reigns over to the white hat team of Pierluigi Paganini and Stevin Miliefsky in early 2013 and continues to support CDM as the Executive Producer. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and limited print editions exclusively for the RSA conferences and our limited edition paid reprint subscribers. Learn more about us at http://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com.


News Article | October 31, 2016
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NORTHPORT, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 31, 2016) - Code Dx, Inc., a provider of an award-winning suite of fast and affordable tools that help software developers, testers and security analysts find, prioritize and manage software vulnerabilities, today announced that it has been named a Top 20 Cybersecurity Leader of 2016 by Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM) for the Software Vulnerability Management category. Cyber Defense Magazine, an industry leading electronic information security magazine, selected the 20 Cyber Security Leaders for their innovation in the field of information security. The judges are CISSP, FMDHS, CEH, certified security professionals. "2016 continues to be a banner year as Code Dx has been recognized for numerous industry awards acknowledging our innovative Application Vulnerability Correlation and Management solutions and our team's ongoing drive to push the envelope and deliver solutions that exceed market demands," said Anita D'Amico, Ph.D., CEO for Code Dx. "We are honored that Cyber Defense Magazine has once again recognized us as a leader in the industry, especially during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (#CyberAware) bringing more attention to the importance of online safety and security." "Cyber Defense Magazine is pleased to announce that Code Dx is a Cybersecurity Leader of 2016 for excellence-in-class in Software Vulnerability Management," said Pierluigi Paganini, editor-in-chief of CDM. About Code Dx Code Dx, Inc. is a leading provider of easy and affordable application vulnerability correlation and management systems that enable software developers, testers and security analysts to find and manage vulnerabilities in software. The award-winning Code Dx solution integrates the results of multiple static and dynamic Application Security Testing (AST) tools and manual reviews into a consolidated set of results for quick and easy triage, prioritization and remediation. The core technology was partially funded by Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T) to help secure the nation's software supply chain. For more information, please visit www.codedx.com or contact Code Dx at (631) 759-3993 or via email at Info@CodeDx.com. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective parties.


News Article | December 5, 2016
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An appraisal of the winter floods of 2015-2016, published on the first anniversary of Storm Desmond, reveals it ranks alongside the devastating flooding of March 1947 as the largest event of at least the last century. November 2015 to January 2016 was the wettest three-month period in records dating back to 1910, while December was both the wettest and, on average, the warmest on record for the UK. The highest ever rainfall recorded in the UK was seen at Honister Pass in the Lake District with 341.4mm (13.4 inches) falling in the 24 hours leading up to 6pm on December 5 2015, as Storm Desmond hit. The storm, which caused an estimated insurance bill of more than £1.3bn, was part of a persistent pattern of weather that also included the major storms of Abigail, Frank and Gertrude. Many rivers across northern England and Scotland saw record peak flows, as did the Mourne in Northern Ireland, the study by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in collaboration with the British Hydrological Society found. The rivers Eden, Tyne and Lune in England saw record peaks of around 1,700 cubic metres per second – a volume of water that could fill London’s Royal Albert Hall in less than a minute, the experts said. Some 16,000 homes and businesses were flooded in December alone, with more flooding in January, although a further 20,000 homes were protected by defences. The study’s lead author, Terry Marsh, from CEH said: “At a national scale the winter floods of 2015-16 were the most extreme on record. The November to January period was the wettest three-month sequence in the UK rainfall series – which begins in 1910. “The associated flooding was both extensive and repetitive, and total river outflows from Great Britain following the passage of Storm Desmond in December exceeded the previous maximum by a substantial margin.” Dr Ed Henderson, a co-author of the review from the British Hydrological Society and Cumbrian resident, said the effects of the flooding were personal. “Thousands of Cumbrians, like people in other flood-affected parts of the country, have seen their lives upturned. Many have experienced life-changing financial losses and incredible stress. Speaking with flood victims, the words that come out are despair, fear and anxiety – fear of flooding again and the anxiety of an approaching winter. “Floods don’t just take your home, the place where you should feel safe, they often take your future as well.” The storms and flooding last winter follow the 2013-2014 flooding in southern England and other severe events including the 2005 and 2009 floods in Cumbria. Natural variability from year to year makes it hard to attribute the trend towards higher river flows in the last five decades to climate change, but recent studies do point towards manmade global warming playing a role in recent floods, said the report’s co-author Jamie Hannaford from CEH. Along with March 1947, which saw heavy rain and snow thaw after a freezing winter, causing flooding, the 2015-2016 floods are the largest such event of the last 100 years, the study said. Last winter’s floods were more extreme in scale, but the 1947 events had a greater impact in terms of homes flooded and crops destroyed, in a country recovering from war and with only rudimentary flood defences.


The CEH scientists have created a model which is able to qualitatively and quantitatively predict how the deadly bacterial pathogen may spread as well as offer guidance on how buffer zones should be arranged to protect uninfected olive trees. The research, published in the journal Biological Invasions, highlights how Xylella fastidiosa is influenced by a range of insects - including spittlebugs - and the rate to which these vectors contribute to the potential spread of the disease across Europe and beyond. Xylella fastidiosa was once restricted to the Americas but was discovered near Lecce, Italy, in 2013. Since the initial outbreak it has invaded over 23,000 ha of olives in the Apulian Region of southern Italy, and is of great concern throughout the olive production areas of the Mediterranean basin. The study modelled control zones currently employed in Apulia, Italy, and found that increasing buffer widths decreased infection risk beyond the control zone but may not stop the spread completely. This was due to the ability of the disease-spreading insects to transport themselves between sites. Lead author Dr Steven White, a Theoretical Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said the model indicates the importance of control strategies reducing the risk of the disease-spreading insects infecting healthy trees through the use of wider buffer zones. Dr White said, "At these early stages of Xylella fastidiosa invasion, little is known about the rates of spread of this terrible disease of olive trees and how best to control it. This is largely due to biological and environmental differences between where the strain is invading and where it has originated. "Based on current surveillance work in Apulia, Italy, we have constructed a simple mechanistic model which attempts to replicate the pattern of disease spread. Then, building upon this model, we investigated the efficacy of the buffer zone control programme. "In doing so, this work provides policy makers with scientific information about how the disease might progress and how the control strategies imposed by the European Union may reduce the risk of spread to the rest of Italy and beyond." Co-author, Dr Daniel Chapman, a Plant Community Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said, "The emergence of novel invasive plant diseases such as Xylella fastidiosa in olives is an increasing threat. Our study shows that simple models can help to plan disease management strategies in the early stages of an epidemic. "Thanks to new funding from the European Union, we will be further developing the approach to provide specific guidance on surveillance, containment and even eradication of new outbreaks." More information: Steven M. White et al, Modelling the spread and control of Xylella fastidiosa in the early stages of invasion in Apulia, Italy, Biological Invasions (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1393-5


News Article | February 24, 2017
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Expert ecologists at the UK-based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have devised a scientific model which could help predict the spread of the deadly Xylella fastidiosa which is threatening to destroy Europe's olive trees Expert ecologists at the UK-based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have devised a scientific model which could help predict the spread of the deadly Xylella fastidiosa which is threatening to destroy Europe's olive trees. The CEH scientists have created a model which is able to qualitatively and quantitatively predict how the deadly bacterial pathogen may spread as well as offer guidance on how buffer zones should be arranged to protect uninfected olive trees. The research, published in the journal Biological Invasions, highlights how Xylella fastidiosa is influenced by a range of insects - including spittlebugs - and the rate to which these vectors contribute to the potential spread of the disease across Europe and beyond. Xylella fastidiosa was once restricted to the Americas but was discovered near Lecce, Italy, in 2013. Since the initial outbreak it has invaded over 23,000 ha of olives in the Apulian Region of southern Italy, and is of great concern throughout the olive production areas of the Mediterranean basin. The study modelled control zones currently employed in Apulia, Italy, and found that increasing buffer widths decreased infection risk beyond the control zone but may not stop the spread completely. This was due to the ability of the disease-spreading insects to transport themselves between sites. Lead author Dr Steven White, a Theoretical Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said the model indicates the importance of control strategies reducing the risk of the disease-spreading insects infecting healthy trees through the use of wider buffer zones. Dr White said, "At these early stages of Xylella fastidiosa invasion, little is known about the rates of spread of this terrible disease of olive trees and how best to control it. This is largely due to biological and environmental differences between where the strain is invading and where it has originated. "Based on current surveillance work in Apulia, Italy, we have constructed a simple mechanistic model which attempts to replicate the pattern of disease spread. Then, building upon this model, we investigated the efficacy of the buffer zone control programme. "In doing so, this work provides policy makers with scientific information about how the disease might progress and how the control strategies imposed by the European Union may reduce the risk of spread to the rest of Italy and beyond." Co-author, Dr Daniel Chapman, a Plant Community Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said, "The emergence of novel invasive plant diseases such as Xylella fastidiosa in olives is an increasing threat. Our study shows that simple models can help to plan disease management strategies in the early stages of an epidemic. "Thanks to new funding from the European Union, we will be further developing the approach to provide specific guidance on surveillance, containment and even eradication of new outbreaks." The research, funded by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), also recommends that while many aspects of the Xylella fastidiosa invasion remain uncertain and hinder forecasting, future studies should investigate quantification of the infection growth rate as well as short and long term distance dispersal. For interview requests and images contact Wayne Coles, Media Relations Officer, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK, Mobile: +44 (0)7920 2955384, Email: wcoles@ceh.ac.uk Steven M. White, James M. Bullock, Danny A.P. Hooftman, Daniel S. Chapman, 2017, 'Modelling the spread and control of Xylella fastidiosa in the early stages of invasions in Apulia, Italy,' Biological Invasions, published online 21 February 2017. Doi: 10.1007/s10530-017-1393-5 The paper is available as an open access document via this URL: http://link. A photograph of an olive tree infected with Xylella fastidiosa in Apulia, Italy, is available via the CEH Dropbox: https:/ The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in the land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. CEH is part of the Natural Environment Research Council, employs more than 450 people at four major sites in England, Scotland and Wales, hosts over 150 PhD students, and has an overall budget of about £35m. CEH tackles complex environmental challenges to deliver practicable solutions so that future generations can benefit from a rich and healthy environment. You can follow the latest developments in CEH research via @CEHScienceNews on Twitter


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Dome9 Arc Platform Recognized for its Unparalleled Public Cloud Security and Compliance Capabilities MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2017) -  Dome9 Security, the leader in cloud infrastructure security, today announced that Dome9 Arc, the company's acclaimed cloud security platform, was named Best Cloud Security Product in the 2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Dome9 Arc was also recognized as the 2017 Editor's Choice in Cloud Security Solutions for the Cyber Defense Magazine Awards. The Cybersecurity Excellence Awards honor individuals, products and companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security. The winners were selected based on the strength of their nomination and the popular vote by members of the information security community. The Cyber Defense Magazine Awards recognize next-generation information security leaders. The winners were selected by CISSP, FMDHS, CEH and other certified security professionals. "As the leader in public cloud security and compliance, Dome9 is proud to be recognized by customers and certified cybersecurity experts with these top industry awards," said Zohar Alon, co-founder and CEO, Dome9. "Security and compliance challenges remain top barriers to public cloud adoption. Dome9 Arc gives enterprises the technology they need to efficiently manage security and compliance in public and multi-cloud environments at scale." Dome9 Arc offers comprehensive network security, advanced IAM protection, and automated compliance and governance management to customers of public cloud services, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Using the innovative SaaS platform, public cloud customers can visualize their network assets and assess the security posture of their cloud environments in real-time to discover any vulnerabilities, compromised workloads, open ports or misconfigurations. Dome9 Arc goes beyond just monitoring, allowing administrators to fix network security misconfigurations and vulnerabilities from within the platform and put in place controls to continuously enforce security policies over time. IAM Safety is a powerful feature of Dome9 Arc that acts as a firewall for a cloud's native Identity and Access Management (IAM) controls, providing an additional layer of protection where it is needed. The Compliance Engine delivers comprehensive compliance and governance management in all public cloud environments, allowing businesses to quickly assess their compliance posture with automated data gathering and testing, identify and fix issues, enforce compliance requirements and prove compliance in audits. Visit the Dome9 booth as RSA 2017 - booth #4429 in the North Expo Hall. Meet Dome9 at the conference: http://go.dome9.com/RSA-2017.html Additional Resources: To get started with Dome9: https://dome9.com/get-started To learn about Dome9 Arc: https://dome9.com/dome9-arc Follow us on Twitter: @dome9  Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dome9-security About Dome9 Dome9 delivers verifiable cloud infrastructure security and compliance to all businesses at all times across all public clouds. The Dome9 Arc SaaS platform leverages cloud-native security capabilities and cloud-agnostic policy automation to bring comprehensive network security, advanced IAM protection, and continuous compliance and governance to every public cloud environment. Dome9 offers technologies to assess security posture, detect misconfigurations, model gold standard policies, protect against attacks and insider threats, and conform to security best practices in the cloud. Enterprise organizations to SMBs use Dome9 Arc for faster and more effective cloud security operations, pain-free compliance and governance, and rugged DevOps practices. Learn more at www.dome9.com.

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