News Article | December 15, 2015
Colorado State University researchers are creating the next generation of such monitoring satellites. They are doing it at a hundredth the size and weight scale, though, by using not just one, but a constellation of satellites. Supported by an $8.2 million NASA award managed by the Earth Science Technology Office, a team led by Steven Reising, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is developing instrumentation for satellites about the size of a hardback dictionary, called CubeSats, that can observe, in real time, a storm as it grows and progresses. They will demonstrate their technology aboard a launch awarded by NASA earlier this year. Their project is called the Temporal Experiment of Storms and Tropical Systems - Demonstrator, or TEMPEST-D. TEMPEST-D will demonstrate the ability to monitor the atmosphere with small satellites. The team will demonstrate a radiometer aboard a 6U CubeSat (30 cm by 20 cm by 10 cm, or about 12 inches by 8 inches by 4 inches), and subsequently plan to deploy a constellation of satellites to study cloud processes. V. "Chandra" Chandrasekar, professor of electrical and computer engineering, a co-investigator on the program, also works on the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM), an international network of satellites providing the state of the art in rainfall and snow monitoring. Reising, Chandra, and co-investigator Christian Kummerow, professor of atmospheric science and director of CSU's Cooperative Institute for Research on the Atmosphere (CIRA), are working to demonstrate the utility of a single CubeSat now, then a constellation of them later, to conduct systematic and routine measurements over the globe. Their long-term plan is to deploy a constellation of CubeSats that can perform rapid overpasses of developing storms, taking thousands of images inside clouds. The TEMPEST-D team includes key partners at NASA/Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. The JPL effort is led by Project Manager Todd Gaier. "We are trying to improve our understanding of the processes in storms leading to rain, snow and other precipitation," Chandra said. The biggest technical challenge? Squeezing many of the capabilities of a large satellite into one that weighs just 8 kilograms (17.6 lbs.). Reising's team has spent over a decade working to miniaturize a microwave radiometer to fit inside a CubeSat. "We will be able to observe storms in ways not yet possible with the current fleet of satellites in orbit," Reising said. Explore further: Measuring ice particles and water vapor in the upper troposphere
News Article | November 17, 2016
Scientists at Colorado State University are at the forefront of developing new tools and products in support of the satellite mission FORT COLLINS, COLORADO - Scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral Nov. 19, the nation's newest weather satellite, GOES-R, promises to revolutionize how researchers and forecasters see the Earth from space. Scientists at Colorado State University are at the forefront of developing new tools and products in support of the upcoming mission. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program, a joint venture of NASA and NOAA, constitutes the most commonly used, and arguably most important instruments for observing and forecasting weather. Currently, two GOES spacecraft are orbiting the planet from about 22,000 miles away, a carefully selected distance at which the spacecraft's orbital velocity matches the rotation of the Earth. From the perspective of a viewer on Earth, the satellite appears to hover, giving it a stationary (hence "geostationary") view of our ever-changing weather. The next-generation GOES-R satellite will include several new science instruments for Earth observation from the geostationary orbit, including the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The current GOES series of satellites observes the Earth at five different spectral bands, called "channels," of energy - one channel covers sunlight reflection, and four channels probe different levels of thermal radiation emitted by the Earth's surface and atmosphere. The new ABI instrument on GOES-R will provide 16 channels, giving scientists far more information about the Earth and its weather. This includes, for the first time in over 50 years, a true-color picture of the planet, compared to the black-and-white imagery from the current GOES series. Moreover, the new ABI instrument senses the Earth in much higher definition - up to four times the spatial resolution for some channels - and will collect pictures of the planet at a faster cadence than the 15-minute resolution of the old series. The ABI can also scan features of interest, such as hurricanes or thunderstorms, at 1-minute or even 30-second intervals. This high refresh rate will allow forecasters to observe storm structures that evolve too rapidly for legacy sensors to capture, but hold key information related to severe weather onset. All of these features mean forecasters will have more accurate information to use when making time-critical forecasts of weather events year-round. This will include severe storms and squall lines in the spring and summer months, tropical cyclones in the late summer and early fall, and powerful winter weather systems. Development of satellite-based products and forecaster-friendly tools has been at the core of research at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University since its inception in 1980. One of only 16 cooperative partnerships with NOAA nationwide, CIRA harnesses the research excellence of CSU, particularly the Department of Atmospheric Science, to bridge the gap that often exists between basic research and operation applications. CIRA's expertise in satellite remote sensing and computer modeling of the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in advancing NOAA's operational capabilities, for the benefit of all. As part of the nationwide GOES-R Proving Ground initiative, sponsored by NOAA, researchers at CIRA have developed several new forecast products to use the new features of GOES-R. They are in the process of deploying these products to NOAA regional centers and National Weather Service forecast offices nationwide. CIRA research scientist Steve Miller leads a team to harness the utility of the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager. They have developed a suite of algorithms that will maximize the potential of the ABI data to produce ultra-high-definition, true-color images of the planet. They've done this using data from a sister geostationary satellite launched by the Japan Meteorological Agency, which carries a similar instrument to the ABI. Miller's team's work will help characterize surface features such as wildfires, snowfields, dust storms, dense fog layers, and other difficult-to-identify phenomena. "Through its vastly improved combination of space, time, and multi-channel coverage, the ABI will give us an unprecedented ability to identify the unique 'fingerprints' of various surface and atmospheric features, allowing us to distinguish between them in what tend to be very complex scenes," Miller said. "One new capability we are all very excited about is true color imagery, which is perhaps the most visually intuitive form of satellite imagery and one that we can all relate to. It captures the wonder and beauty of our Blue Marble planet while at the same time giving forecasters a practical, at-a-glance tool for rapidly assessing the current weather situation." The lightning mapper instrument, called the GLM, will provide better forecast capabilities for both severe storms over land and tropical weather at sea, including enhanced identification of tropical storms as they rapidly intensify into powerful systems. The recent devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew as it roared through the Caribbean before hitting the U.S. eastern seaboard demonstrates the need for the best possible information for these storms. NOAA scientist John Knaff, one of the NOAA researchers embedded at CIRA, is developing tools to look at lightning frequency and intensity inside these storms using the GLM as a metric for storm strength. The more lightning that is occurring in these storms, the stronger the updrafts that feed the storm, and the more likely it will be that the storm strengthens. Improving weather forecasts over the continental U.S. is another area where NOAA researchers, working hand-in hand with CSU and CIRA, are making progress. By utilizing every channel the ABI has to offer, NOAA researcher Dan Lindsey leads a team at CIRA to seamlessly blend observations from GOES-R into a graphical representation that matches exactly the visualizations created by our most sophisticated weather forecast models. Weather forecasters will then see weather as it evolves over time, with the ability to match their view with the predicted changes in weather. If the forecast model has errors in it, the transition between observations and forecasts will be much more apparent, and the forecast guidance can be adjusted appropriately. CIRA researchers led by Bernie Connell are also putting together training programs for meteorologists nationwide to learn how best to use these products. Connell's work will help forecasters take full advantage of GOES-R capabilities starting on day one. Additionally, Andrea Schumacher of CIRA serves as a liaison between the GOES-R program and the National Hurricane Center, where she helps evaluate GOES-R products to optimize their use in improving hurricane forecasting. "Hurricanes spend the majority of their lifetimes over the open ocean, making geostationary satellite data a crucial data source for forecasters," Schumacher said. "The improvements and enhancements provided by GOES-R are going to give forecasters an unprecedented view of the tropical oceans, which is expected to improve their ability to monitor and predict these powerful storms." As the future of satellite technology becomes today's reality, researchers at CSU, in partnership with NOAA and NASA, will continue to lead the way in developing better and more accurate forecast products. More information about CIRA and its ongoing GOES-R research can be found at:
News Article | November 3, 2016
Receive press releases from The Knowledge Group: By Email Edward A. Phillips, CPA/CFF, CIRA, CFE, Partner with EisnerAmper LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Groups Post-Confirmation Liquidation and Litigation Trusts Event Edward A. Phillips, CPA/CFF, CIRA, CFE, Partner with EisnerAmper LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Groups Post-Confirmation Liquidation and Litigation Trusts in Bankruptcies: Best Practices and Practical Guide. New York, NY, November 03, 2016 --( For further details, please visit: https://theknowledgegroup.org/post-confirmation-liquidation-litigation-trusts/ About Edward Phillips Edward Phillips is a Partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. He has over 28 years of experience in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring, distressed M&A, accounting and forensic accounting services, and has represented a variety of parties in bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court restructurings, forensic accounting engagements and post-confirmation engagements. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics. Ed has worked with numerous creditors’ committees, debtors and secured creditors. Additionally, he has acted as a disbursing agent, plan administrator and liquidating trustee for post-confirmation committees. He has been an elected Chapter 7 Trustee. He has been appointed as a receiver in the Delaware Chancery Court, a Permanent Receiver in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and a Liquidating Trustee in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has provided acquisition due diligence services to buyers of distressed assets. He has been retained as a Chief Restructuring Officer. He routinely consults with and advises clients involved in avoidance actions such as preferences and fraudulent transfers. He has served as an expert in evaluating avoidance actions and other financial matters in dispute. About EisnerAmper LLP EisnerAmper offers responsive accounting, tax and consulting services with an entrepreneurial focus, providing clients with smart, analytical insights delivered in an approachable style. Firm professionals build strong client relationships based on open communication with each client, and believe that the trust clients put in them is paramount. Every member of the EisnerAmper team is passionate about rolling up their sleeves and working hard to help clients get down to the business of building success. The firm works with enterprises as diverse as sophisticated financial institutions and start-ups, global public corporations and middle-market companies as well as family offices, not-for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures across a variety of industries. EisnerAmper is one of the largest accounting firms in the nation with nearly 1,300 employees, including 180 partners. The firm is also one of the nation’s leading auditors of SEC registrants and maintains one of the largest public company practices of any independent firm, providing audit, tax, internal audit, pension audit, human capital consulting and a variety of other services to more than 200 public companies. Abstract In liquidating chapter 11 cases and also in reorganizations, post-confirmation liquidation and litigation trusts have been common for decades. These tools assist in separating the reorganized entity from the remaining bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy litigation to be completed in a case and also provide a generally tax-efficient mechanic to handle post-confirmation matters in a liquidating chapter 11. However, frequently trust agreements and their application lead to unintended and negative results, and the fact such entities operate in a post-confirmation environment with less court oversight does not diminish the need for transparency and engaged creditor/trust beneficiary oversight. It is imperative for creditors and recurring trustees, and for investors and other stakeholders that interact on a regular basis with the chapter 11 process, to keep themselves aware of the recent legal and practical developments. In this two-hour Live Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will help the audience understand the fundamental and complex aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of Post-Confirmation Liquidation and Litigation Trusts in Bankruptcies. Speakers will also offer best practices in maximizing the benefits of post-confirmation trusts while ensuring compliance with bankruptcy and applicable non-bankruptcy law. Key issues that will be covered in this course are: - Post-Confirmation Liquidation & Litigation Trusts – An Overview - Common Challenges to Litigation Trusts - Scope and Limitations of Trust Agreements - Trust Agreement Indemnification and Exculpation Provisions - Tax Treatment of Liquidation and Litigation Trusts - Trust Oversight Committees - Selection of Trustee - Trust Reporting - Section 1123 Claim Preservation Requirements - Trading of Trust Interests - Other Key Issues and Recent Case Developments About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/ New York, NY, November 03, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Edward A. Phillips, CPA/CFF, CIRA, CFE, Partner with EisnerAmper LLP will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Post-Confirmation Liquidation and Litigation Trusts in Bankruptcies: Best Practices and Practical Guide.” This event is scheduled for November 21, 2016 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).For further details, please visit: https://theknowledgegroup.org/post-confirmation-liquidation-litigation-trusts/About Edward PhillipsEdward Phillips is a Partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. He has over 28 years of experience in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring, distressed M&A, accounting and forensic accounting services, and has represented a variety of parties in bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court restructurings, forensic accounting engagements and post-confirmation engagements. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics.Ed has worked with numerous creditors’ committees, debtors and secured creditors. Additionally, he has acted as a disbursing agent, plan administrator and liquidating trustee for post-confirmation committees. He has been an elected Chapter 7 Trustee. He has been appointed as a receiver in the Delaware Chancery Court, a Permanent Receiver in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and a Liquidating Trustee in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has provided acquisition due diligence services to buyers of distressed assets. He has been retained as a Chief Restructuring Officer. He routinely consults with and advises clients involved in avoidance actions such as preferences and fraudulent transfers. He has served as an expert in evaluating avoidance actions and other financial matters in dispute.About EisnerAmper LLPEisnerAmper offers responsive accounting, tax and consulting services with an entrepreneurial focus, providing clients with smart, analytical insights delivered in an approachable style. Firm professionals build strong client relationships based on open communication with each client, and believe that the trust clients put in them is paramount. Every member of the EisnerAmper team is passionate about rolling up their sleeves and working hard to help clients get down to the business of building success. The firm works with enterprises as diverse as sophisticated financial institutions and start-ups, global public corporations and middle-market companies as well as family offices, not-for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures across a variety of industries.EisnerAmper is one of the largest accounting firms in the nation with nearly 1,300 employees, including 180 partners. The firm is also one of the nation’s leading auditors of SEC registrants and maintains one of the largest public company practices of any independent firm, providing audit, tax, internal audit, pension audit, human capital consulting and a variety of other services to more than 200 public companies.AbstractIn liquidating chapter 11 cases and also in reorganizations, post-confirmation liquidation and litigation trusts have been common for decades. These tools assist in separating the reorganized entity from the remaining bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy litigation to be completed in a case and also provide a generally tax-efficient mechanic to handle post-confirmation matters in a liquidating chapter 11. However, frequently trust agreements and their application lead to unintended and negative results, and the fact such entities operate in a post-confirmation environment with less court oversight does not diminish the need for transparency and engaged creditor/trust beneficiary oversight. It is imperative for creditors and recurring trustees, and for investors and other stakeholders that interact on a regular basis with the chapter 11 process, to keep themselves aware of the recent legal and practical developments.In this two-hour Live Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will help the audience understand the fundamental and complex aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of Post-Confirmation Liquidation and Litigation Trusts in Bankruptcies. Speakers will also offer best practices in maximizing the benefits of post-confirmation trusts while ensuring compliance with bankruptcy and applicable non-bankruptcy law.Key issues that will be covered in this course are:- Post-Confirmation Liquidation & Litigation Trusts – An Overview- Common Challenges to Litigation Trusts- Scope and Limitations of Trust Agreements- Trust Agreement Indemnification and Exculpation Provisions- Tax Treatment of Liquidation and Litigation Trusts- Trust Oversight Committees- Selection of Trustee- Trust Reporting- Section 1123 Claim Preservation Requirements- Trading of Trust Interests- Other Key Issues and Recent Case DevelopmentsAbout The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast SeriesThe Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/ Click here to view the company profile of The Knowledge Group Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from The Knowledge Group
News Article | October 23, 2015
Since the 1990s, scientists and policymakers have proposed limiting Earth’s average global surface temperature to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, thereby averting the most serious effects of global warming, such as severe droughts and coastal flooding. But until recently, they lacked a comprehensive estimate of the likely social and economic benefits — from lives saved to economies preserved — that would result from greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies designed to achieve the 2-degree goal. Now, a team of researchers from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change has published a study in Climatic Change that provides scenarios that climate scientists can use to estimate such benefits. The study projects greenhouse gas emissions levels and changes in precipitation, ocean acidity, sea level rise and other climate impacts throughout the 21st century resulting from different global greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation scenarios. The scenarios include a business-as-usual future and one aimed at achieving significant GHG emission reductions limiting global warming since pre-industrial times to 2 C. Research groups convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have already begun using the MIT projections to evaluate the benefits of a 2 C emissions reduction scenario for agriculture, water, health, and other global concerns. “The U.S. EPA used our scenarios for a report on the benefits of global climate action, which, to my knowledge, is the most comprehensive analysis to date to quantify the economic, health, and environmental benefits for the United States from greenhouse gas emission mitigation,” says Sergey Paltsev, co-author of the Climatic Change study and a senior research scientist and deputy director at the MIT Joint Program. “We have much more experience defining the cost of mitigation than the benefits. The goal of this project was to put a dollar value on damages from climate change in a number of sectors.” Putting a dollar value on the benefits of climate action Using its Integrated Global System Model (IGSM) — which tracks climate, socioeconomic, and technological change over time — to produce its greenhouse gas emissions and climate change projections, the MIT team ran global policy scenarios through simulations designed to capture a range of uncertainty in the climate’s response to changes in average global temperature. According to the team’s estimates, with no policy implemented between now and 2100, increases in global temperature will range from 3.5 to 8 degrees C, precipitation from 0.3 to 0.6 millimeters per day and sea level from 40 to 80 centimeters. Ocean acidity will also rise, threatening marine life and commercial fisheries. Global GHG emissions reduction policies, which lower greenhouse gas concentrations, would reduce these climate impacts considerably. Based on the MIT projections, the EPA report, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action,” shows that a 2 C stabilization would save thousands of lives threatened by extreme heat and billions of dollars in infrastructure expenses, while preventing destruction of natural resources and ecosystems. Prepared as part of the ongoing Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) project, an EPA-led collaborative modeling effort among teams in the federal government, MIT, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and several consulting firms, the report estimates how climate change would impact 20 sectors in health, infrastructure, electricity, water resources, ecosystems and agriculture and forestry. In more than 35 studies, the EPA-funded researchers pinpointed a large number of climate impacts that could be averted, or at least reduced, by a 2 C stabilization, from lost wages due to extreme temperatures, to damage to bridges from heavy river flows. By enabling scientists to calculate damages incurred under different global mitigation scenarios on each impact sector, the IGSM-based projections are empowering them to put a dollar value on the benefits of more aggressive climate action. The MIT study found that the intended effects of more stringent climate policy would not be realized until the second half of the century, when they would begin to outweigh the effects of natural climate variability. By the end of the century, however, climate policies would result in significantly lower temperatures, greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts than the no-policy option. “Even in aggressive emissions reduction scenarios we don’t see a response in climate and temperature until mid-century, but by 2100 the response is dramatic,” Paltsev says. “It’s hard to achieve global consensus on such policies because the costs must be paid now and the benefits come later.” But this CIRA project, which only captures some of the impacts of climate change, demonstrates that the benefits to the U.S. of global climate action can be substantial, and that they grow over time. Paltsev cautions that by delaying action until more negative effects of climate change are felt, the world will have fewer options at its disposal to stabilize the global climate. This research was partially funded by the EPA; the IGSM is supported by a consortium of government, industry, and foundation sponsors of the MIT Joint Program.
News Article | November 10, 2016
Research shows that a focus on people translates into business success TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 10, 2016) - Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc ( : AON), today released the results of its 2017 Aon Best Employers in Canada Study, which found that 40 small and medium-sized enterprises set the mark for engaging employees, demonstrating effective leadership, building a performance culture and leveraging the strength of their employer brand. The results are based on the opinions of almost 680,000 employees across approximately 200 Canadian organizations. The organizations on this year's Aon Best Small and Medium-sized Employers in Canada list are noteworthy not just for being named Best Employers -- the country's premier benchmark for assessing the quality and performance of workplace excellence using global standards -- but also for achieving exceptional results among their Canadian counterparts. "Small and medium-sized business owners understand the link between employee engagement and business success," says Todd Mathers, Partner, Talent, Rewards and Performance at Aon Hewitt. "Engaged employees want to stay to be part of the company's success. They know where the company is going; they trust their leaders and their key needs are being met. They are doing work that is a good fit for them and are being appreciated for what they do." On average, less than two-thirds of Canadian employees are engaged and fully committed to staying with their employer and contributing to their success, but the average engagement is over 86% for Platinum-level and 78% for Gold-level Best Small and Medium-sized Employers. While smaller organizations often focus more on customer retention and growing the business, employee performance and productivity is one of the few levers that can drive better organizational success, serving as a competitive differentiator and providing longer-term business sustainability. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority -- or CIRA -- has been an Aon Best Small and Medium-sized Employer for three years. Based in Ottawa, CIRA manages the .CA domain on behalf of all Canadians. "CIRA works in a knowledge-intensive industry, and our success is rooted in our ability to attract and retain employees that can handle the challenges of our work," says Byron Holland, President and CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. "We have built a company that is home to some of the best and brightest technology minds in Canada and we are focused on ensuring that our people have the freedom and resources to do their best work. We will not succeed in building a better online Canada without having first assembled the best possible team." Our research has shown that employees at Aon Best Employers are much more likely to believe their leaders are open and honest in communication (79% versus the Canadian average of 64%) and act in alignment with company values (82% versus 67%). Aon Best Employers focus on developing leaders who can engage teams, they create growth opportunities for leaders and, most importantly, they have a clear vision for leaders' desired behaviours. First-time Gold award recipient Sentry Investments is a family-owned, family-run and fully independent financial services firm. "We are thrilled to be recognized as a 'best employer' in Canada. We will proudly celebrate this achievement with our employees because they have played a critical role in building our company and creating a culture of excellence at Sentry," said Sean Driscoll, Chief Executive Officer, Sentry Investments. "We have some of the best employees in the investment business. It is incredibly rewarding to know that they are engaged and appreciate what we're doing to foster a positive and rewarding work environment where we can grow and succeed together." For the list of our Aon Best Employers in Canada award recipients (organizations with more than 400 employees), read the media release. The Aon Best Employers and Aon Best Small and Medium-sized Employers in Canada lists are also published in the December issue of Canadian Business magazine, PROFITguide.com, and in the upcoming December 7 edition of La Presse. About the Aon Best Employers in Canada Study The methodology behind the Aon Best Employers in Canada Study reflects more than 20 years of learnings and best practices from Aon Best Employer and employee engagement studies conducted all over the world, relying on data collected in more than 150 markets from over 5,000 organizations in 68 industries, including over 735,000 employees and more than 600 companies of all sizes in Canada. Using the stringent global standards developed for Aon's Global Best Employer Program, each participant's employee survey scores on engagement, leadership, performance culture and employment brand were assessed against Aon Hewitt's Canadian Survey Database and the opinions of Canadian employees. Small and medium sized employers (organizations with between 50 to 399 employees) who score in the top 25% of the Canadian database achieved the Platinum level, while those who score in the top third achieved Gold level. About Aon Aon plc ( : AON) is a leading global provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 72,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative risk and people solutions. For further information on our capabilities and to learn how we empower results for clients, please visit: http://aon.mediaroom.com/ Follow Aon Hewitt on Twitter: @AonHewittCA For information on Aon plc and to sign-up for news alerts: aon.mediaroom.com
News Article | February 15, 2017
Nominum N2 Security Solutions Protect Business and Public Sector Users from Fast-growing Cyberthreats through Cloud-based Advanced Content Filtering REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwired - February 08, 2017) - Nominum™, the DNS innovation leader and first to market with an extensible DNS-based platform that accelerates digital transformation for service providers, announced today that the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has selected Nominum to deliver a made-in-Canada DNS firewall solution to small and large enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions throughout Canada. With the ever-increasing number of fast-growing cyberthreats occurring around the globe, including ransomware, IoT-based attacks and phishing schemes, CIRA, manager of the .CA domain on behalf of Canadians, is working to deliver an enhanced secure DNS offering through cloud-based security solutions provided by Nominum. "CIRA is working shoulder-to-shoulder with Nominum to deliver a Canadian DNS Firewall solution for our customers. With the risk of cyberattacks increasing and the cost of ransomware on the rise, CIRA sees an urgent need to bring powerful DNS protection to universities, hospitals, governments, and enterprises in Canada," said Dave Chiswell, vice president of product development for CIRA. "This solution will build on our work to deliver DNS Anycast services across Canada, recognizing that the more we can do to protect the DNS in Canada, the better we can deliver the safe, secure, and stable internet services where organizations flourish." As IoT, Mobility and Digitization Fuel Growth in Cyberthreats, Nominum N2™ Fights Back According to Gartner Research, worldwide spending on information security will reach over $117 billion in 2019. Consequently, the growth in cyberattacks is particularly fueled by increased adoption of cloud, mobility, IoT and digitization.1 According to a report from Kaspersky Labs, the number of ransomware-based attacks on the corporate sector increased six-fold in 2015-2016 over the 2014-2015 time period.2 Nominum N2 cloud-based DNS security solutions protect businesses and their customers, employees and all connected devices from phishing, viruses, spyware, ransomware and other malware through fine-tuned content filtering capabilities and real-time database updates that block inappropriate and malicious content. Backed by Nominum Data Science, which analyzes 100 billion DNS queries daily to avert cyberthreats, Nominum N2 is an added layer of protection that keeps businesses secure from emerging threats. "As criminals become more sophisticated and malware becomes more profitable, Nominum is highly focused on helping communications service providers put critical safeguards in place for their business clients, especially SMBs which often don't have in-house security expertise or the budget needed for enterprise-scale cybersecurity offerings," said Arlen Frew, general manager, security solutions for Nominum. "Our expert data science and security team recently published a report that shows the number of malicious DNS queries totaled 82 million on a daily basis for the six-month period that was examined.3 Backed by this research, our DNS security technology blocks nearly 100,000 new suspicious domains every day, until they are verified to be legitimate. These statistics validate the crucial need for businesses to have reliable defenses in place to protect their data and financial assets. CIRA is well positioned to help Canadian organizations mitigate these growing threats and make it more difficult for the dark web to succeed." With Nominum N2 security solutions, business customers can block and allow content based on employee needs, location and role -- preventing legal liabilities and protecting users from unwanted content. The solution is designed to allow online access only to sites and categories that are appropriate based on a company's pre-defined policies. Nominum maintains one of the world's most accurate and extensive URL databases for filtering, with millions of categorized URLs. Pre-populated categories are continually updated to ensure emerging sites are appropriately classified and automatically blocked when necessary. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services that help support its goal of building a better online Canada. CIRA's D-Zone Anycast DNS provides is the most comprehensive Canadian DNS solution available on the market, helping to improve security and performance for Canadian organizations. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest growing ccTLDs, a high-performance global DNS network, and one of the world's most advanced back-end registry solutions. CIRA helps to support the Canadian Internet community through investments in Internet Exchange Points, the Canada Internet Forum, and the CIRA Community Investment Program. Nominum™ is the world's DNS innovation leader and the first company to create an integrated suite of DNS-based, subscriber-centric applications to digitally transform service providers and personalize the online subscriber experience. Nominum N2™ solutions leverage the company's market-leading Vantio™ DNS software and expert team of data scientists to forge a clear path for service providers to move beyond a network-centric approach to a value proposition that is subscriber-centric and highly differentiated. N2 provides an extensible network services framework that synchronizes digital capabilities with people, processes and systems across the organization to deliver personalized solutions that enhance subscriber value and brand loyalty, fuel revenue growth and bolster competitive advantage. Nominum is a global software company headquartered in Silicon Valley. More than 130 service providers in over 45 countries trust Nominum to enable a safer, more personalized internet experience and promote greater value to subscribers. Nominum DNS software resolves 1.7 trillion queries around the globe each day -- roughly 100 times more transactions than the combined daily volume of tweets, likes, and searches taking place on major web properties. For more information, please visit nominum.com. 1 Market Trends: How CSPs Can Seize Opportunities in Cybersecurity, March 2016 2 Corporate IT Security Risks Special Report Series 2016, Sept. 2016 3 Data Revelations, Nominum Data Science and Security Report, Fall 2016
News Article | October 23, 2015
Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions could have big benefits in the U.S., according to a report released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including thousands of avoided deaths from extreme heat, billions of dollars in saved infrastructure expenses, and prevented destruction of natural resources and ecosystems. The report, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action,” relies on research developed at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change to estimate the effects of climate change on 22 sectors in six areas: health, infrastructure, electricity, water resources, agriculture and forestry, and ecosystems. The report compares two possible futures: one with significant global action on climate change, and one in which greenhouse gases continue to rise. “Understanding the risks posted by future climate change informs policy decisions designed to address those risks,” says John Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. “This report quantifies the risks we might face by taking no action.” The MIT researchers developed two suites of future climate scenarios, socioeconomic scenarios, and technological assumptions that serve as the foundation of the EPA report’s findings. In the first scenario, no new constraints were placed on greenhouse gas emissions. In the second, global warming was limited to 2 degrees Celsius through global climate action. Research groups across the country then built on the scenarios developed at MIT to study how different sectors in the U.S. would fare under each future scenarios. The groups studied a diverse range of impacts of climate change according to their own areas of expertise, ranging from lost wages due to extreme temperatures, to damage to bridges from heavy river flows, to destruction of Hawaii’s coral reefs, among others. The MIT team also contributed heavily to the section of the report focusing on water resources. The report concludes that mitigating greenhouse gas emissions can reduce the risk of both damaging floods and droughts, and prevent future water management issues. “Water is fundamentally linked to climate.” Reilly says. “Water needs to be in the right place at the right time. So as temperatures rise and precipitation patterns shift, you run the risk of having a mismatch between demand for water and the available supply in an area.” The report is part of the ongoing Climate Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) program, an EPA-led collaborative modeling effort among teams in the federal government, MIT, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and several consulting firms. The scenarios developed at MIT serve as a common tie between the results produced by the many teams participating in the project. Each team used the MIT scenarios as inputs to their own modeling tools, uniting all of the estimates in the report with a set of shared assumptions about emissions growth and possible changes in future climate. The report summarizes more than 35 studies that were individually peer reviewed in scientific journals. The full report and related materials are available at epa.gov/cira.
News Article | November 18, 2015
If you’ve ever read your internet connection’s fine print, you’ve probably seen a disclaimer about speeds. Take, for example, my ISP, a local Canadian provider called TekSavvy. They’re usually pretty fast, and I’ve never had reason to complain, but nevertheless, they offer this disclaimer: “Speed is a function of many technical factors, some of which are not under our control. As such, we do not guarantee the maximum Service performance (i.e., throughput or speed) levels.” Ideally, this language should merely serve to cover an ISP’s ass for when occasional hiccups occur. But what happens when you never get speeds approaching what’s promised? What recourse do you have? In an attempt to figure out what level of service Canadian internet subscribers are really getting across the country, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced on Wednesday that it is preparing to release the country’s first national independent broadband performance report this Spring. The initiative was first announced in May with a call for volunteers. Nearly 28,000 Canadians have since signed up to install devices in their homes designed to test the performance of broadband internet connections. The CRTC ultimately selected 4,500 participants from a wide range of ISPs—including major players such as Rogers, Vidéotron, TELUS, and Bell—as well as different tiers of internet service, “covering a variety of their most popular Internet speeds.” Read More: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure The devices are being provided by a UK-based company, SamKnows, and “testing is only being undertaken when users are not actively using their Internet connection,” according to the CRTC. “No information concerning online activities is being collected to protect subscriber privacy.” The report is part of a larger initiative launched by the CRTC in April of this year, designed to review the level of basic telecommunications services available to Canadians, and reexamine baseline internet connection speed targets previously established by the CRTC. By the end of the year, the CRTC expects all Canadians to have access to broadband internet speeds of at least 5 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads—a target that was set in 2011. By comparison, the broadband speed target in the US was increased to 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads at the beginning of 2015. Organizations such as Netflix have performed limited tests of ISPs in Canada in the past—the streaming video service ranks providers based on Netflix performance during prime-time hours—and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced a web-based performance testing service earlier this year. But by installing dedicated testing hardware on-site in users’ homes, the CRTC report should hopefully give the most complete and comprehensive report of Canadian internet connection quality and speeds we’ve had to date.
News Article | November 14, 2016
CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#cybersecurity--Morphick®, the industry leader in incident response as well as the Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service designed to elevate existing security teams and keep organizations a step ahead of attackers, today announces that it is among the first security firms to be reaccredited with the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cyber Incident Response Assistance (CIRA) certification. CIRA was designed by the NSA to accredit qualified private-sector organizations with the
News Article | February 23, 2017
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