Public safety organizations are trying to optimize their dispatch centers in order to minimize response times and maximize the total number of lives saved. Most of these organizations, however, are still using legacy location technology that does not properly address some key factors.
Rising urbanization and upward of a billion vehicles in operation across the world have brought unprecedented levels of traffic and congestion to our major towns and cities. On the frontline are the emergency dispatchers and responders. Every day, they face complex challenges as they attempt to navigate through congested traffic, unexpected road closures and work zones in a timely manner.
It is therefore vital for the real-time information they receive to be as accurate and fresh as possible, so that crucial, split-second decisions can be taken correctly, enabling all designated units to reach the incident location as fast as possible.
In this whitepaper, noted industry analyst Richard Stiennon examines the emerging requirement in the ongoing arms race with threat actors. Despite years of investment in multiple layers of security defenses, every organization is still wide open to targeted attacks. It is practically impossible to stop all possible attacks. Even next-generation firewalls, complete alerting and logging collected in a SIEM, and universal patch management and vulnerability discovery has proven to be ineffective against threat actors who are motivated, skilled and determined. This paper answers the critical questions about security analytics and explains why it is one of the fastest growing product categories in security.
IBM QRadar and BigFix solutions empower IT security teams to view, prioritize and respond to endpoint intelligence in near real time.
How can an organization stay ahead of these advanced security threats? Maintaining a high level of baseline security by consistently enforcing security policies and patch levels on endpoints and servers is definitely required and important. But when networks can have multiple vulnerabilities per IP address at scan time, the slow process of mitigating and patching these weaknesses can result in dangerous security gaps. Today’s IT personnel have to make difficult, risk-based decisions on where to focus their efforts—often without having a complete picture of the security environment. This is even more critical when the number of vulnerabilities across the organization is increasing while the organization has limited resources and skills to fix the vulnerabilities.
To win the ongoing war against hackers and cyber criminals, IT professionals must do two things: Deploy and maintain endpoint security tools with the latest updates, and ensure the software applications running in their networks have the latest available patches.
This July 2015 Forrester Report explores:
- Why consistent, automated DevOps processes are essential to closing vulnerabilities and limiting exposure.
- Practices, such as infrastructure as code and automated provisioning, for closing holes as soon as patches are available.
- How DevOps and security professionals can work together to adopt DevSecOps.
Not so very long ago, corporate executives commuted to a gleaming headquarters
building, often in a beautifully landscaped suburban campus. Greeted by
attentive security guards and smiling receptionists, they walked down well-appointed
hallways lined with mahogany paneling and expensive artwork to their
offices on the executive floor. There, they reviewed petitions that had percolated
up the ladder, and dispatched decisions to be executed by the army of troops on
the front lines. After decades of hard work, these individuals had ascended to
the top of their pyramid, overseeing the processes and practices that made the
enterprise work, and enjoying all the perquisites and power of a C-suite functional
officer in the corporate center of a major company.
With upward of a billion vehicles in operation across the world and rising urbanization there is an unprecedented level of traffic and congestion in our major towns and cities. On the front-line, are the emergency dispatchers and responders facing complex challenges as they attempt to overcome congested traffic, unexpected road closures and work zones as quickly as possible.
Each additional minute of response time has the potential to save a life, reduce suffering or prevent unnecessary property damage. Most public safety and security organizations, however, are still using legacy location technology, which has its limitations and does not properly address some key challenges.
As one of the world’s leading location platforms, HERE shares insights and solutions to improve emergency response times with real-time location data
Effectively using and managing information
has become critical to driving growth in areas
such as pursuing new business opportunities,
attracting and retaining customers, and
streamlining operations. In the era of big data,
you must accommodate a rapidly increasing
volume, variety and velocity of data while
extracting actionable business insight from that
data, faster than ever before.
These needs create a daunting array of
workload challenges and place tremendous
demands on your underlying IT infrastructure
and database systems. In many cases, these
systems are no longer up to the task—so it’s
time to make a decision. Do you use more staff
to keep up with the fixes, patches, add-ons and
continual tuning required to make your existing
systems meet performance goals, or move to a
new database solution so you can assign your
staff to new, innovative projects that move your
At many organisations, planning and budgeting take too long and devour resources. Finance teams spend too much time on administrative tasks relating to these processes—collecting, consolidating and reconciling data, for example—and are left with little time for analysis, strategy development and target setting. Accuracycan be patchy, results unreliable.
Oracle Engineered Systems are architected to work as a unified whole, so organizations can hit the ground running after deployment. Organizations choose how they want to consume the infrastructure: on-premises, in a public cloud, or in a public cloud located inside the customer’s data center and behind their firewall using Oracle’s “Cloud at Customer” offering. Oracle Exadata and Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (Recovery Appliance) offer an attractive alternative to do-it-yourself deployments. Together, they provide an architecture designed for scalability, simplified management, improved cost of ownership, reduced downtime, zero-data loss, and an increased ability to keep software updated with security and patching.
Download this whitepaper to discover ten capabilities to consider for protecting your Oracle Database Environments.
Today’s Outdated State of ERP
When was the last time you upgraded your ERP system? Not just patched, fixed or tinkered with it—but implemented a substantive upgrade that enabled real business innovation, generated excitement and unleashed a wave of ideas and productivity from your users? You know—the same kinds of enthusiasm that greets web or iPhone apps like Instagram, Spotify, Netflix, etc.?
If you’re like your peers, then the answer is “not in recent memory.” In fact, according to Forrester, “approximately half of ERP customers are on releases that are two versions behind the current release, which may be four years old or more.”
Download this whitepaper to find out more about how outdated ERP systems are harming businesses.
Published By: IBM Tivoli
Published Date: Dec 13, 2010
Application exploits are on the rise. And yet industry experts are reporting that most organizations are still not adequately keeping up with security patches for their operating systems, much less their applications. One of the most effective ways to protect against application exploits is to implement security patches within 48 hours of release across your entire organization. Sound impossible?
There are no flawless software systems or applications. When flaws result in security vulnerabilities, threat actors exploit them to compromise those systems and applications and, by extension, the endpoints on which they reside. Although software vendors issue vulnerability patches to remediate those flaws, many organizations do not apply all available patches to their production environments.
As traditional network perimeters surrounding data centers dissolve, agencies face enormous difficulties fending off attacks using a patchwork of traditional security tools to protect classified or personally identifiable information (PII). Time and again, traditional security practices have proven porous and/or unsustainable.
Read this i360Gov Book to understand the importance of:
- Transforming federal fortifications into intelligence-driven defense
- Intensifying focus on cyber intelligence
-Needing a well trained cybersecurity force
The velocity of technology infrastructure change continues to accelerate, putting serious stress on Security Operations (SecOps). This has forced security folks to face the fact that operations has never really been their forte. That’s a bit harsh, but denial never helps address problems. The evidence is fairly strong that most organizations are pretty bad at security operations. How many high-profile breaches could have been avoided if one of many alerts was acted upon? How many attacks were made possible by not having properly patched servers or infrastructure? How many successful compromises resulted from human error?
Three common types of software make you more vulnerable than you realize. While complete and thorough vulnerability management is next to impossible, a few simple steps go a long way toward reducing risk. Download this ebook to discover what steps to take to begin evolving away from patch management toward software and vulnerability management.
The hidden threat in securing your infrastructure from vulnerabilities lies with IT’s difficulty in managing third-party software.
2017 was billed as the worst on record for cybersecurity. No doubt, the continued rise of modern threat vectors has IT on high alert. In essence, IT professionals view their role as responsible for keeping the door shut. However, even with IT administrators keenly aware that most exploits can be averted simply by keeping the environment current, the task is no small feat and often isn’t done as well as it needs to be.
Patches correct bugs, flaws and provide enhancements, which can prevent potential user impact, improve user experience and potentially save your technicians time researching and repairing issues that could have already been resolved or prevented with an existing update. Clients generally understand that their systems need to be patched, but they likely do not have the expertise to comfortably approve and install patches without help. When operating within the IT services industry, patching is one of the first areas that competitors auditing your clients will assess. Developing best practices to manage the risks associated with the approval and deployment of patches is critical to your IT department's service offering.
Published By: BMC ESM
Published Date: Aug 20, 2009
BMC Service Automation automates repetitive, manual tasks (such as provisioning, patching and compliance) to reduce the margin for error, allowing IT to get things done more quickly, and across organizational silos. Software Consultant Ron Coleman provides a demonstration and discusses the key points of Service Automation from BMC Software.
Published By: BMC ESM
Published Date: Nov 06, 2009
BMC helped the Dell IT group to consolidate job scheduling and job monitoring within a single dashboard, reduce by 75 percent the number of IT administrators needed for patch management, and accelerate trouble-ticket resolution with automation. Watch the customer video.
Published By: BMC ESM
Published Date: Nov 06, 2009
As you know, automation is a critical component in achieving long-term IT savings. We've compiled a few resources to give you an overview of the benefits of service automation and the technology behind our comprehensive solution.
Professionals in the lumber and building materials (LBM) industry know that getting the job done right is all about having the right tools. Lumber and business materials manufacturers and distributors need intuitive software that’s smart enough to simplify the complexities of your business, leverage data to gain valuable sales insight, and deliver exceptional customer service.
Epicor BisTrack software is uniquely optimized to help LBM retailers, pro dealers, and distributors grow your business. Learn about the LBM industry-specific functionality that BisTrack offers, like:
• Supporting pro dealers and distributors
• Optimizing inventory and purchasing
• Managing and tracking customer relationships
• Improving delivery dispatch efficiency
• Introducing mobility and mobile access
Take the tour today to see how Epicor BisTrack can help your business.
By now, mobile technology has become an essential part of people’s lives. As both consumers and staff trend more toward a younger, digitally savvy demographic, lumber and building materials (LBM) businesses need to take advantage of mobile tools or risk losing to the competition.
Mobile technologies can bring incredible benefits to LBM enterprises for delivery and dispatch, field sales, the selling floor, and the warehouse. To better help you seize the mobile advantage, Epicor has identified eight ways your LBM business can leverage mobile technologies to foster growth, including:
• Serving your customers with the latest information
• Serving your customers with timely, accurate deliveries
• Driving revenue with increased efficiency
• Streamlining operations
Check out this Epicor tipsheet and discover how else your LBM business can benefit from mobile technologies.
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