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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

Mancini glad of Vincent’s Kompany

first_img Kompany turned home a Gareth Barry strike at the start of the second half to snuff out any hope of a Newcastle revival after Carlos Tevez – with his seventh in six games – and David Silva had put the hosts in command before half-time. Yaya Toure increased City’s lead before the end and with Sergio Aguero also returning from a knee injury, the Blues will head into their April 8 Manchester derby meeting with United at Old Trafford in confident mood, even if their Premier League title defence is almost over. “It is impossible we can win the title but it is important to finish the season well,” said Mancini, whose side will discover their FA Cup semi-final opponents on Monday when Chelsea entertain United. “If we play like this we won’t have a problem in the last couple of months of the season. We want that second place and to win the FA Cup semi-final.” Mancini confirmed defender Matija Nastastic had been ruled out by a foot injury sustained on international duty, although the Serbian is not expected to be missing for long. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted his side were second best, a situation that would have been the same even if they had been at full strength. “I think we might have struggled against that Manchester City side even with my best team,” he said. “Kompany gives them an assurance and a presence at the back that they might have been missing in other games. I don’t think City are going to win the league and in the first half they had an assurance about them that comes from playing with no pressure.” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini hailed the influence of captain courageous Vincent Kompany after the Blues romped to their biggest Premier League win since November. On his first appearance after two months out with a calf problem, Kompany netted City’s third in a 4-0 triumph over Newcastle that consolidates their second-placed position in the table. Little wonder Mancini was so concerned at Kompany being called into World Cup action for Belgium last week, given his obvious importance to the Blues. “Vinnie is important for us,” said Mancini. “We played without him for 60 days, which was very bad for us, like when we lost Yaya Toure for a month. There are some players that are very important and if they don’t play for three, four, five games it is a big problem.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Water restrictions to be put in place on the Rosses Regional Water Supply

first_imgIrish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council would like to advise customers supplied by the Rosses Regional Water Supply that there will be restrictions imposed on the scheme tonight from 11pm until 7am. This is because demand on the scheme is outstripping supply.The townlands which will be affected by the restrictions are Meenalough, Knockfola, Ardnaowen, Carrick and Corveen.Up to eight repair teams are being mobilised daily since last week in Co Donegal where in excess of 30 major leaks were fixed, and many more minor leaks were also repaired. Irish Water have been able to withdraw restrictions on five scheme that were partly shut off on previous nights. These schemes are Creeslough Dunfanaghy WSS, Gortahork/Falcarragh, Lough Mourne, Rosses RWSS and Lettermacaward.The fixing of leaks also helped to maintain supplies to customers on many other schemes where demand had increased due to the extreme weather.A statement said: “Irish Water would like to sincerely thank Donegal County Council for their heroic efforts during very difficult circumstances.“Irish Water will continue to monitor water demand across the county over the coming days and decisions will be taken daily as to whether night time restrictions need to be implemented.” Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.High demand is still being registered in the follow water supply schemes: Letterkenny, Milford, Fanad East, Fanad West, Eddie Fullerton Pollan Dam, Inishowen West Meendoran, East Inishowen, Buncrana, Frosses Inver, Donegal Eske, and Owenteskina, due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ properties and on farms.Irish Water is appealing to customers to turn off taps and check for leaks on their own properties and in holiday homes and unoccupied premises and to report them to Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as we try to protect the levels of our reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households.Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on www.water.ie and water supply updates are available at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/ Irish Water and Donegal County Council would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time.Water restrictions to be put in place on the Rosses Regional Water Supply was last modified: March 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Irish WaterRosses Regional Water Supplylast_img read more