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Real-time Actionable Information Sharing

first_imgIn April 18, 1775, Boston and a soon to be fledgling nation faced a certain threat against a massive attack surface originating from thousands of miles away via the sea.  At the onset of the American Revolutionary War, Paul Revere collaborated with volunteers at Boston’s Old North Church to hang either one or two lanterns on the church steeple. Their code communicated to other communities and organizations – in real-time – the attack-vector British troops were using for their approach. This first example of public-private information sharing is immortalized in the famous line of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem:  “One if by land, and two if by sea.”Then, as now, information sharing is a critical tool in the major threats businesses face. The nature of the cyber threat is different than anything else we’ve ever known or have been able to address in our business and legal systems – so, like Paul Revere, organizations have to think about it differently and craft different solutions. The U.S. Congress is meeting this week to consider a legislative framework for approaching cyber threats. Elected representatives are debating the merits and content of legislation concerning, among many things, information sharing and liability relief. Both of those topics are mission critical in today’s environment to counter threats faced today, and those that will be faced tomorrow.Real-time actionable cyber threat information sharing between and among private and public sectors is needed to address diverse technology and business objectives. Through effective open and robust information sharing, organizations have a better success rate against the effects of malicious actors. Working together we maximize the reach of our cyber workforce in defending the public and private sectors from an ever changing threat environment.We need to accept that current advanced protections don’t work. Furthermore, without evolving the security model – they will continue to not work. We know that point products, signature-based defensive approaches, and even traditional strategies are not enough to address the challenge.  To overcome the threat posed by adversaries we need real-time information sharing across the public and private sectors. And of course, this data must be consumed, understood and acted on by advanced security teams capable of processing it immediately.Information sharing, and the pending legislation, should allow the effective dissemination of near real-time actionable information, hopefully machine readable, that can assist new efforts to defeat malicious actors. We need this information – threat intelligence – because the old strategies of protecting the perimeters don’t work. We need visibility, access, and agility to see what the malicious actors are doing in our networks. Yes – they are in our networks. We need to prevent them from succeeding in their ultimate objectives. Information sharing will assist our ability to quickly detect and respond to these malicious actors and Congressional action should support those operational principles.Today, 240 years after Paul Revere’s midnight ride, society may not be recognizable, but the principles that those American Patriots and Sons of Liberty espoused are visible. The cyber threat highlights one similarity: we, people and organizations around the world, face an existential threat to our way of life that can only be mitigated by a cooperative approach. Private companies, and governments, alone cannot overcome the myriad threats we face – they don’t have the resources or capabilities.  Hopefully, current legislative action will help achieve what is needed to preserve and protect the principles fought for so many years ago.last_img read more

Shafer explains decision to demote McDonald, promote Lester

first_img Published on October 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ On Monday morning, head coach Scott Shafer and the Syracuse football program announced that George McDonald was being demoted from his position as offensive coordinator to just coaching the wide receivers and that quarterbacks coach Tim Lester would take over as offensive coordinator.In his Tuesday teleconference, Shafer said he made the decision alone over time, not just in reaction to the Orange’s six-point performance against Louisville on Friday. He also talked about how McDonald took the move and briefly spoke to Lester’s role in the future.“It’s all-inclusive. Every decision you make is one that’s day-by-day and it wasn’t something that was preconceived a long time ago,” Shafer said of the thought process behind the coaching shakeup. “It was as simple as I felt like it was in our best interests to improve the team by making the move.”The SU offense had scored just three touchdowns in its last three games, all of which were losses. Against Louisville, the Orange gave up two safeties, including one on an audibled pitch from the shotgun to Adonis Ameen-Moore in the end zone.Shafer reiterated that he felt he had to both make the decision and move on from it as quickly as possible. He also said that McDonald’s willingness to take responsibility for the offense’s struggles and jump back into coaching at practice on Sunday helped.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“George for sure is one of the most unselfish people I’ve ever met and one of the most diligent, hard-working coaches I’ve ever worked with,” Shafer said, “and at the end of the day, I’m sure there’s the natural frustration of making the change and having to listen to my decisions.“But the thing that was great about George is how he just put his head down and went to work.”Syracuse hosts No. 1 Florida State at noon on Oct. 11 in the Carrier Dome. And while Lester will be calling the offensive plays on Saturday, Shafer would not elaborate on Lester’s role as the offensive coordinator much further into the future.“Well we’re going one game at a time right now, but I do have a ton of respect and confidence in him,” Shafer said. “He’s a talented offensive mind and I’m fortunate to have him here, that’s for sure.”Said Shafer, when asked how the offense would change under Lester: “You will find that out on Saturday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

US Charge d’Affaires Acknowledges Gov’t in Malaria Fight

first_imgUS Embassy Charge d’Affaires Sheila Paskman has lauded the Liberian government for steady progress made in reducing the malaria mortality rate.In her statement issued on World Malaria Day in Monrovia yesterday, Ms. Paskman said, “Since 2009, Liberia has reduced all-cause mortality among children under five by 18 percent as a direct result of collective investment and action by the government, communities, and partners.”She added that as the world commemorates World Malaria Day, the US Embassy also celebrates with Liberia for achieving this success.The United States, being the leading donor in global health, is strongly committed to working with partners to intensify efforts to free people from the intolerable burden of malaria, said Paskman.However, Ms. Paskman stressed the need for more efforts in combating the disease, noting, “More than 430,000 people still die each year from this preventable and treatable disease; ninety percent of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and the vast majority occurs in children under five.”She indicated that “more than half of all school-age absences in Africa are due to malaria, and that the disease costs the continent billions of dollars each year in health costs and lost productivity.”Ms. Paskman also acknowledged her government for its continued efforts in supporting the fight against malaria.She said “The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) continues to be a key partner in the fight against the disease. PMI supports 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Liberia, and countries in the Greater Mekong sub-region.”According to her, PMI uses a mix of tools including long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor insecticide spraying campaigns, artemisinin-based combination therapies, prevention treatment of malaria in pregnancy, and community education campaigns.She said “In Liberia, PMI works in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the national malaria control program, and countless partners like Global Fund and the UN agencies to reach and then maintain universal coverage with long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets for all individuals living in malaria endemic areas. Treated mosquito nets are a highly effective means of preventing infection and reducing malaria transmission.”The U.S. Charge d’Affaires noted that PMI is also helping train professional medical personnel and community health workers to care for people with malaria, and is helping governments take charge of malaria efforts in their own countries.However, Ms. Paskman said there are still more to do in the fight, emphasizing better protection for expecting mothers and their newborns as one cardinal approach.She added that malaria causes serious life-threatening risks for a woman and her baby during pregnancy, and some of the common problems include maternal anemia, miscarriage, prematurity, stillbirth and low birth-weight in newborns.The U.S. Charge d’Affaires further warned:“Safe and effective treatment to prevent malaria in pregnancy is available during antenatal care, and sleeping under a long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito net is vital. Increasing access to health services, especially for the poor, is a sound and sustainable investment that can command great economic returns. Programs to train community health workers to provide treatment for malaria and other childhood illnesses have been successfully scaled up in a number of countries, improving access to care for those least able to seek out those services at health facilities. The health and future of ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ Liberians is at stake. Reducing and possibly eliminating the malaria burden will be critical to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and will help advance development efforts in Liberia by reducing school absenteeism, fighting poverty, increasing gender parity and improving maternal and child health.“I want to acknowledge my colleagues and counterparts in Liberia, who work tirelessly in communities every day from Monday to Saturday. You are making possible our dream of ending malaria. But we can’t do this alone. And donor resources are not sufficient to reach our targets. We need innovative approaches to financing and increased engagement with the private sector. I call on all partners, businesses and communities to join our efforts to end malaria in Liberia, and worldwide, once and for all.”The observance of World Malaria Day, followed by the launch of the African Vaccination WeekMeanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) says about 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria. The statement followed the celebration of World Malaria Day and African Vaccination Week celebrated in Ganta yesterday by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and the Nimba County Health Team.A dispatch from the director of WHO Global Malaria Program, read by WHO representative to Liberia Dr. Alex Gasasira, said last year 214 million new cases of the disease were reported in 95 countries, with over 400, 000 reportedly dying from malaria.He said since 2000, malaria mortality rate has declined by 60 percent globally and added that in the WHO African Region, malaria mortality rate fell by 66 percent among all age groups and 71 percent among children under five. “The advances came through the use of core malaria control tools that have been widely deployed over the last decade; insecticide – treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying, rapid diagnostic testing and artemisinin – based combination therapies,” he said.He further noted that the efficacy of the tools that secured the gains against malaria in the early years of this century is now threatened.“Mosquitoes’ resistance to insecticides used in nets and indoor residual spraying is growing and so too is parasite resistance of a component of one of the most powerful antimalarial medicines,” he explained.This year’s World Malaria Day is held under the theme, “End Malaria for good and close the immunization gap, stay polio free,” with the slogan: “Pregnant women, go to the clinic for your malaria medicine; parents take your child five times to the clinic or hospital for vaccination before they reach the age of one.”The commemoration started with a parade on the main street of Ganta, followed by an indoor program, where several children were vaccinated to mark the beginning of the African Vaccination Week.Dr. Gasasira maintained that further progress against malaria will likely require new tools that do not exist today and the further refining of new technologies.He said, “Last year, for the first time, the European Medicines Agencies issued a positive scientific opinion on a malaria vaccine.“In January 2016, WHO recommended large – scale pilot projects of the vaccine in several African countries, which could pave the way for wider deployment in the years ahead.” Regarding the African Vaccination Week, it was led and coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Africa and implemented by countries in the region. The initiative provides a unique opportunity for countries and partners to strengthen national immunization programs through advocacy and partnership.Keynote speaker, Rep. Larry P. Younquoi assured the Ministry of Health and its partners that he is going to lobby with colleagues in the 53rd National Legislature to increase the health budget to end the fight against malaria.Rep. Younquoi’s remark came after Dr. Gasasira said the fight against malaria requires strong political commitment and funding.“Vigorous leadership by the government of affected countries is key, and the government must strengthen surveillance of cases to identify gaps in coverage and be prepared to take action based on the information Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more