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News Article | May 18, 2017
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F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen fears that makers of devices for connected homes are repeating "the same mistakes we already fixed 20 years ago" in the PC market. Manufacturers are failing to prioritize security, even as the adoption of internet-connected devices and vulnerabilities in those devices grow exponentially. During his countless talks about security around the world, Mikko often warns that "The Internet of Things is a clear and present danger to the internet" and he tries to make consumers aware of Hypponen's Law, which states: "Whenever an appliance is described as being `smart', it's vulnerable." Despite the risks, connected devices offer unlimited potential to make homes more comfortable, enjoyable and sustainable. That's why SENSE offers a dynamic blanket of protection for those devices by meshing three security technologies: "It's an inspiring time for F-Secure and the IoT security industry," says Perttu Tynkkynen, F-Secure Vice-President of Direct Consumer Sales & Marketing. "There are new developments on nearly a daily basis. Within a short time of launching, we expect SENSE to receive regular updates with new security features to keep consumers protected at all times against evolving threats." F-Secure will initially deliver SENSE directly to customers and then plans to roll the product out to the 200 broadband and mobile operators already offering the company's security products around the world. "We are extremely pleased to launch F-Secure SENSE to our consumer customers and operator partners," says Executive Vice President Kristian Järnefelt. "Many of our operator partners are already looking into securing the connected home and F-Secure is uniquely positioned to help them execute on this strategy. By combining award-winning endpoint protection, network-based security and a cyber security ready router hardened against hacking, a capability that many traditional Wi-Fi routers lack, SENSE provides one seamless solution that delivers the security most connected homes are missing, as the IoT explosion is happening." The release of F-Secure SENSE was previously announced and does not have an impact on F-Secure's financial outlook for 2017. F-Secure SENSE is available at F-Secure.com and includes the hardware and software, as well as a 12-month subscription to the service for 199 EUR/USD. Monthly subscriptions can be renewed for 9,90 EUR/USD per month. SENSE is currently available for order in these countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States. More countries will be added in the future. Device shipments and software will be available in June 2017. Learn more at www.f-secure.com/sense. *Source: Gartner Press Release, "Gartner Says 8.4 Billion Connected "Things" Will Be in Use in 2017", February 7, 2017. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3598917 Nobody knows cyber security like F-Secure. For three decades, F-Secure has driven innovations in cyber security, defending tens of thousands of companies and millions of people. With unsurpassed experience in endpoint protection as well as detection and response, F-Secure shields enterprises and consumers against everything from advanced cyber attacks and data breaches to widespread ransomware infections. F-Secure's sophisticated technology combines the power of machine learning with the human expertise of its world-renowned security labs for a singular approach called Live Security. F-Secure's security experts have participated in more European cyber crime scene investigations than any other company in the market, and its products are sold all over the world by over 200 broadband and mobile operators and thousands of resellers. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/f-secure-to-plug-the-security-hole-in-millions-of-connected-homes-300459875.html


News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen fears that makers of devices for connected homes are repeating "the same mistakes we already fixed 20 years ago" in the PC market. Manufacturers are failing to prioritize security, even as the adoption of internet-connected devices and vulnerabilities in those devices grow exponentially. During his countless talks about security around the world, Mikko often warns that "The Internet of Things is a clear and present danger to the internet" and he tries to make consumers aware of Hypponen's Law, which states: "Whenever an appliance is described as being `smart', it's vulnerable." Despite the risks, connected devices offer unlimited potential to make homes more comfortable, enjoyable and sustainable. That's why SENSE offers a dynamic blanket of protection for those devices by meshing three security technologies: "It's an inspiring time for F-Secure and the IoT security industry," says Perttu Tynkkynen, F-Secure Vice-President of Direct Consumer Sales & Marketing. "There are new developments on nearly a daily basis. Within a short time of launching, we expect SENSE to receive regular updates with new security features to keep consumers protected at all times against evolving threats." F-Secure will initially deliver SENSE directly to customers and then plans to roll the product out to the 200 broadband and mobile operators already offering the company's security products around the world. "We are extremely pleased to launch F-Secure SENSE to our consumer customers and operator partners," says Executive Vice President Kristian Järnefelt. "Many of our operator partners are already looking into securing the connected home and F-Secure is uniquely positioned to help them execute on this strategy. By combining award-winning endpoint protection, network-based security and a cyber security ready router hardened against hacking, a capability that many traditional Wi-Fi routers lack, SENSE provides one seamless solution that delivers the security most connected homes are missing, as the IoT explosion is happening." The release of F-Secure SENSE was previously announced and does not have an impact on F-Secure's financial outlook for 2017. F-Secure SENSE is available at F-Secure.com and includes the hardware and software, as well as a 12-month subscription to the service for 199 EUR/USD. Monthly subscriptions can be renewed for 9,90 EUR/USD per month. SENSE is currently available for order in these countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States. More countries will be added in the future. Device shipments and software will be available in June 2017. Learn more at www.f-secure.com/sense. *Source: Gartner Press Release, "Gartner Says 8.4 Billion Connected "Things" Will Be in Use in 2017", February 7, 2017. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3598917 Nobody knows cyber security like F-Secure. For three decades, F-Secure has driven innovations in cyber security, defending tens of thousands of companies and millions of people. With unsurpassed experience in endpoint protection as well as detection and response, F-Secure shields enterprises and consumers against everything from advanced cyber attacks and data breaches to widespread ransomware infections. F-Secure's sophisticated technology combines the power of machine learning with the human expertise of its world-renowned security labs for a singular approach called Live Security. F-Secure's security experts have participated in more European cyber crime scene investigations than any other company in the market, and its products are sold all over the world by over 200 broadband and mobile operators and thousands of resellers. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com


News Article | June 21, 2017
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Sense, the first engagement platform designed to improve contractor work experience and increase loyalty to employers, today announced $10 million in seed and Series A funding led by Accel and GV, to help support hiring and product development. Joining Accel and GV in the funding round are Signia Venture Partners, IDG Ventures and Khosla Ventures. Launched in 2016, Sense serves the $428 billion global staffing market, enabling agencies to better capitalize on the gig workforce by boosting worker engagement and reducing attrition. Freelancers and contractors work in nearly every field, from engineering and healthcare to light industrial and clerical, and make up 34 percent* of the US workforce. Experts predict that number will rise to 43 percent by 2020. Staffing agencies have been the traditional employers of a significant portion of independent workers. “While the growing contingent workforce represents a massive market opportunity for traditional staffing firms, almost no technology exists to help them take full advantage,” says Anil Dharni, Sense CEO. “Staffing agencies place tens of thousands of workers each month, and the single biggest challenge they face is churn. Up to 20 percent of contingent workers drop out before an assignment ends and about 70 percent who finish a job don’t return to the agency for another one. By giving agencies tools to communicate with workers and offer a more engaging experience, we create satisfied employees who want to stick with those agencies. It’s a win-win.” Sense’s platform automates staffing agencies’ communications with candidates, allowing agencies to deliver personalized emails and texts timed to specific moments in a worker’s job cycle: welcoming a new employee, checking in on the first day of an assignment, soliciting feedback at midpoint, and surfacing new opportunities when a job ends, for example. These automated messages, which are managed through a dashboard that also displays analytics on engagement and worker feedback, allow agencies to provide a high-touch experience that engenders employee goodwill, but can be executed at scale with minimal cost and time. Some of the world’s largest staffing agencies, including Vaco, PrideStaff and CDI, use Sense to communicate with more than 1 million professionals each month. The services they deploy include onboarding automation, real-time on the job check-ins and feedback, re-deployment of workforce and re-activating and nurturing alumni. Sense customers have increased re-deployment rates by as much as 50 percent and reduced consultant attrition by as much as 20 percent, representing significant savings. It can cost companies between $10K and $20K to replace a $50/hour consultant. “Attracting and retaining the best contingent candidates is a high priority for recruiters,” said Anand Daniel, Partner at Accel and a Sense board member. “This is a large and growing industry with very little tech penetration. The experienced team at Sense built an excellent product that combines the power of event-driven messaging and real-time analytics in a single tool, enabling agencies to track contractor engagement, predict turnover and improve redeployment. Accel is excited to partner with Anil and team.” “Companies today face fierce competition to find, attract and engage with talent,” said Jim Jhanda, Managing Director at Vaco San Francisco. “Not only are businesses like Facebook, Oracle and Netflix leaning on us to provide them with the highest-quality professionals, retention has become a top priority. The Sense platform has transformed our talent engagement experience and reduced contractor attrition to the lowest level in our industry.” Along with Dharni, Sense’s founding team is made up of Ram Gudavalli, CTO; Alex Rosen, VP of Product; and Pankaj Jindal, Head of Sales and a 15-year veteran of running staffing companies. Dharni and Gudavalli built and sold their prior company, Funzio, to GREE for more than $210 million. Rosen was an early Funzio employee. About Sense (http://www.sensehq.co) Launched in 2016, Sense serves the $428 billion staffing market, enabling agencies to better capitalize on the gig workforce by improving contractor engagement and reducing attrition. The first talent engagement platform designed for the contingent workforce, Sense powers the contingent talent lifecycle all the way from application to deployment, to re-deployment when a project ends. By mining engagement signals, Sense reduces turnover, increases re-deployment rates and gives companies a real-time 360 view on the pulse of their workforce. The company is backed by Accel, GV, Khosla Ventures, IDG Ventures and Signia Venture Partners. Sense is based in San Francisco.


News Article | June 14, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

BOSTON, June 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sense, the home intelligence platform that interprets the power usage and activity of devices in the home, today announced the integration of its platform with Alexa. The Sense skill for Alexa lets families become more aware of their energy use. They will now be able to ask Alexa how much energy they are using or solar they are producing, as well as the status of any device that Sense detects. Through this integration, the Sense Skill for Amazon Alexa enables even traditional, unconnected appliances to become part of the smart home. The new Sense skill for Alexa is available to anyone with both a Sense monitor and an Alexa-enabled device. How it works: Sense users can enable the skill in the Alexa Skills Store by linking their Sense account. Families can then interact with the Sense skill for Amazon Alexa with a selection of prompts such as: Quote from Michael Phillips, CEO and Co-Founder, Sense: “For home automation to provide real value to a consumer, we need robust data and widespread device integration that allows devices to be intelligent. Sense’s high-resolution monitoring and analysis can help make this happen. By integrating our platform with Amazon Alexa, we are making it easier to bring energy insights to homeowners and enabling unconnected devices in the home to become smart.” The Sense skill for Alexa will be available to all Sense users who have an Alexa-enabled device. For more on the Sense skill for Alexa, please visit www.sense.com. Sense is priced at $299 and available for purchase on the Sense website. About Sense Sense's mission is to make all homes intelligent by keeping people informed about what's happening in their homes, and helping to make them safer, more efficient, and more reliable. Founded in 2013 by pioneers in speech recognition, Sense uses high resolution power metering and machine learning technology to provide real-time insights on device behavior, even for those devices that are not "smart." Customers rely on Sense for a wide range of uses including checking what time their kids get home, monitoring their home appliances, determining whether they left appliances running or doors open and identifying how to reduce their energy costs. Sense is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. To make sense of your energy, visit: https://sense.com


Vargas-Salinas F.,University of Los Andes, Colombia | Vargas-Salinas F.,University of Quindío | Quintero-Angel A.,SENSE | Osorio-Dominguez D.,University of Chile | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Natural History | Year: 2014

We examine factors that influence male mating success in the glass frog Centrolene savagei; in addition, we describe courtship behaviour, oviposition and early parental behaviour. Fieldwork was conducted in the Colombian Andes during the rainy season from April 2006 to January 2011. Larger males had more chances of mating than smaller males; neither the height of calling site nor number of nights calling influenced the male mating success. Apparently, females choose males on the basis of call frequency attributes. Ours is the first study in glass frogs to report mating success skewed toward larger males. Courtship behaviour includes acoustic signals and visual displays. Additionally, we recorded an unusual routine interruption of amplexus by the male, and a synchronized behaviour between the female and male that indicates the beginning of male parental behaviour. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

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