Aqua Security Attains VMware PKS Partner Application Program Validation

Container Journal | May 21, 2019

Aqua Security, the leading platform provider for securing container-based and cloud native applications, today announced that Aqua Cloud Native Security Platform (CSP) has attained VMware Partner Ready status for PKS. The validation of Aqua’s CSP validates that the solution has been tested and verified to interoperate with VMware Enterprise PKS, and can fully manage and secure workloads running on VMware Enterprise PKS. “We are pleased that Aqua Security has validated its Cloud Native Security Platform for VMware Enterprise PKS. This signifies to customers that Aqua Security can be deployed with the knowledge and reassurance that Aqua fully supports the specified versions and configurations on VMware Enterprise PKS,” said Pat Lee, vice president, Emerging ISVs & Solutions, VMware. VMware Enterprise PKS enables organizations to easily deploy, run and manage Kubernetes for production with productivity and efficiency. Using Aqua’s Cloud Native Security Platform with VMware Enterprise PKS, businesses can secure their cloud native applications across the entire lifecycle at scale, getting granular visibility into security issues, and detecting and blocking attacks in real-time.

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The Ken Blanchard Companies Partners with Immersive Learning Leader Talespin on New Trust VR Simulation

The Ken Blanchard Companies | February 17, 2022

The Ken Blanchard Companies, a global leader in management training, consulting, and coaching, announced its partnership with Talespin, a spatial computing company focused on workforce knowledge transfer and skills insights, to create a series of learning modules on building and restoring trust. Trust is at the heart of every relationship and is especially critical in the workplace. In fact, the primary factor affecting employee turnover is whether a trusting relationship was developed between the manager and the employee. And research shows that the pandemic is weakening the already fragile bonds of trust between leaders and their people.1 Blanchard's Building Trust teaches leaders and their team members how to cultivate trust in the workplace and how to repair trust when it's been broken. Learners now have realistic conversations with a virtual team member through an online simulation. Leveraging the proven efficacy of virtual reality as one of the most impactful learning modalities, the VR simulations in Building Trust let learners encounter common workplace scenarios and have life-like conversations with a virtual human in an immersive environment. The modules, which were created using the Talespin platform, will help individuals apply behaviors that create trust in the workplace and show how to repair trust when it's been broken. Talespin's use of XR helps individuals learn faster, validate their skills, and find upward mobility in the workforce. "Immersive experiences allowing for safe practice of skills is critical in our virtual working world. Consuming content passively—such as viewing a video or even less-interactive modalities like an eLearning course—only conveys the knowledge. Skill acquisition and habit building will occur only when individuals apply the knowledge. These scenarios allow for that person to practice, learn from the outcome in the module, and increase their likelihood of having more trustworthy conversations with people at work," said Britney Cole, vice president of solutions architecture and innovation strategy. Blanchard's Recognizing Trust and Restoring Trust modules, which are part of Building Trust, can be deployed both via desktop streaming and VR/XR head-mounted displays. Organizations can use the modules within their existing leadership development programs and learning journeys, as part of a Building Trust workshop or online module, or as part of the Talespin off-the-shelf library. Customers and their learners can track skill development in the new learning modules using the Talespin platform. In rapidly changing work environments, skills like creating and maintaining trust with others are vital. We're excited to be partnered with The Ken Blanchard Companies, bringing their world-class leadership content and frameworks to life in XR using our platform." Stephen Fromkin, chief content officer and co-founder of Talespin "Immersive and virtual reality simulations are a powerful way to reinforce Blanchard's content. We are excited to integrate Talespin's cutting-edge platform into our offerings and know they will help learners master the foundational skills of inspired leadership," said Scott Blanchard, president of The Ken Blanchard Companies. About The Ken Blanchard Companies The Ken Blanchard Companies is a global leader in management training, consulting, and coaching. For more than 40 years, Blanchard® has been helping organizations develop inspired leaders at all levels and create cultures of connection that unleash talent and deliver extraordinary results. Blanchard's SLII® powers inspired leaders and is the leadership model of choice for more than 10,000 organizations worldwide. Blanchard also offers a suite of other award-winning leadership development solutions through flexible delivery modalities to meet the specific needs of its clients. About Talespin Talespin is building the spatial computing platform to power talent development and skills mobility for the future of work. Founded in 2015, the company leverages its proprietary XR technology platform to deliver XR-based learning and training applications, mixed-reality field tools to support employee job performance, and a new skills-based approach to work and productivity. With offices in Los Angeles and Utrecht, The Netherlands, Talespin is building a future of work where the distance between learning and execution is collapsed, enabling people to explore unique career paths that meet the needs of businesses and individuals. Talespin's investors include Cornerstone, Farmers Insurance Exchange, and HTC.

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Nervos Launches Cross-chain Bridge to Binance Smart Chain

Nervos | January 15, 2022

Nervos announced the launch of a new cross-chain bridge with Binance Smart Chain (BSC), growing its multi-chain strategy as the network rapidly expands its booming DeFi ecosystem. Starting today, BSC assets can be moved across to the Nervos ecosystem, and developers and projects building on BSC will be able to use their existing codebases to begin porting their decentralized applications (dApps) to Nervos, enabling them to grow their user reach and brand awareness. Users in the BSC ecosystem will also be able to take advantage of yield farming opportunities available through YokaiSwap, the first decentralized exchange (DEX) to launch on Nervos. Expanding the DeFi Ecosystem The completion of the Nervos x BSC bridge marks a significant milestone in Nervos' DeFi growth, as it unlocks new options given BSC's Total Value Locked (TVL), which is the biggest of any blockchain outside of Ethereum. Developers and teams building on BSC can port their dApps to Nervos and gain access to projects, tools, and resources available in a burgeoning network focused on DeFi development. Additionally, dApps on Nervos such as YokaiSwap, a next-generation interoperable AMM decentralized exchange (DEX) built on Nervos, will gain access to liquidity through the BSC ecosystem. The bridge is made possible through Force Bridge, a trustless cross-chain bridge that allows for seamless transactions between the Nervos ecosystem and other public chains, and Godwoken, the first EVM-compatible Layer 2 blockchain on the network. Nervos' Layer 1 provides security and scalability, allowing support for future layers and making it easier to build EVM-compatible cross-chains bridges, such as the Nervos x BSC bridge, from the Nervos Network to other chains. Bridges are among the most fundamental building blocks of truly impactful blockchain applications. By enabling cross-chain interoperability with BSC, we're unlocking an immense amount of value that can now be transacted in the Nervos ecosystem." Chris Khan, Senior Product Manager at Nervos Seamless Token Transfers Nervos x BSC bridge will enable the seamless transfer of tokens across the networks. At launch, Binance Coin (BNB) and Binance USD (BUSD), the native token and stablecoin of the Binance ecosystem respectively, will be supported for asset transfers and cross-chain swaps, with support for more BEP-20 tokens to come in the future. Yield Farming on YokaiSwap As part of their expanded access to dApps in the Nervos ecosystem, BSC users will also be able to receive over 500% annual percentage rate (APR) incentives on YokaiSwap through yield farming. As an Automated Market Maker (AMM), YokaiSwap enables users to easily and efficiently swap $CKB and any whitelisted token on the Ethereum network, as well as BNB and BUSD. Starting January 15, 2022, BNB/CKB and BNB/YOK trading pairs will be listed on YokaiSwap and available for yield farming opportunities. About Nervos The Nervos Network is a collection of protocols and public blockchain ecosystem aiming to solve the biggest challenges facing blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum today. The Nervos Common Knowledge Base (CKB) is the layer 1, proof of work, public, permissionless blockchain protocol of the Nervos Network. It allows any crypto-asset to be stored with the security, immutability, and the permissionless nature of Bitcoin while enabling smart contracts and layer 2 scaling. Its unique crypto-economic model is designed to better align the interests of users, developers, and miners as compared to first-generation blockchains. About Binance Smart Chain Binance Smart Chain (BSC) is a sovereign smart contract blockchain delivering Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible programmability. Designed for lightning transaction speeds and low transaction fees while adding Smart Contracts functionality for dApps - BSC tops in infrastructure performance as the biggest DeFi blockchain with 100M+ users.

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New Audit Resources from ISACA Help Professionals Keep Pace with 2022 Audit and Compliance Trends and Updates

ISACA | December 22, 2021

As the year winds down, many audit professionals are shifting their focus to 2022 priorities—including developing dynamic new strategies such as agile auditing, revisiting established technologies from a remote or hybrid working environment perspective, and closing any gaps between compliance expectations and current practices—and how they can enhance their skills to meet the needs of the evolving audit landscape. To meet these needs, ISACA has released three new audit resources—its VPN Security Audit Program, Destination: Agile Auditing white paper, and a new edition of its IT Control Objectives for Sarbanes-Oxley publication. During the pandemic, the reliance on virtual private networks (VPNs) was heightened as many shifted to working from home—as did the need to manage its risks and implement safeguards. ISACA’s VPN Security Audit Program provides a foundation for auditors to provide assurance around the effectiveness of implemented VPN controls, including pre-audit planning, governance and oversight, implementation and configuration, operations, and maintenance and monitoring, to avoid some of the following risks: The increase in number of end users combined with extended VPN use may put additional pressure on infrastructure and adversely affect performance. Failure to detect unauthorized VPN activity may cause denial of service due to excessive traffic or connection attempts. Lack of alignment of data classification requirements with VPN requirements and configuration may impair compliance initiatives that are reliant on data classification. During the pandemic, organizations embraced methods to increase agility and efficiency, including by using Agile. Destination: Agile Auditing outlines how audit professionals can incorporate Agile principles into their audit methodologies. Auditors can learn the basics about Agile auditing, its benefits, how Agile complements established assurance standards, how developing competency in Agile can enhance the planning, fieldwork, and reporting phases of an audit. The white paper also includes examples of elements from the Agile tool set, including an Agile road map and Agile audit engagement workflows and illuminates key components like sprints, audit backlog and daily standups. Internal and external auditors, IT auditors and managers, and financial and operational managers can also ensure they are keeping up with the latest guidance in complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a new edition of ISACA’s IT Control Objectives for Sarbanes-Oxley publication. This latest edition incorporates updated guidance and standards from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and its Auditing Standards Board, with updates including: Integrating guidance for implementing internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) using COBIT® 2019, for IT and financial management within enterprises and for their internal and external auditors and consultants Aligning with COBIT 2019 Focus Area: Information & Technology Risk Providing the mapping of the role of COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework, 2013 to COBIT 2019 Highlighting technological innovations and their impacts on auditing IT controls. The audit landscape is constantly shifting as technologies and regulations evolve, making it essential that audit professionals prioritize continuous learning to ensure they are applying the most current and effective audit practices. ISACA is committed to equipping the global audit community with the tools they need to deliver the highest audit standards at their organizations.” Robin Lyons, IT Audit Professional Practices Lead About ISACA For more than 50 years, ISACA has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organizations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organization that leverages the expertise of its more than 150,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide. In 2020, ISACA launched One In Tech, a philanthropic foundation that supports IT education and career pathways for under-resourced, under-represented populations.

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Dell Technologies and VMware Facilitate Improved IT Agility for Munich Re

Dell Technologies | February 18, 2022

Dell Technologies and VMware are working with Munich Re, one of the world's leading reinsurers, to create a consistent approach to global IT operations that performs with improved performance and flexibility at the high level of security required for its data-intensive workloads. Dell and VMware are assisting Munich Re to more easily adhere to compliance requirements and reduce IT costs. Azure VMware Solution, part of Microsoft Azure, and a modern private cloud based on Dell Technologies and VMware will help create a consistent multi-cloud architecture where data and workloads can be processed and delivered exactly where they are required and shared across multiple environments. The multi-cloud architecture will support Munich Re to offer a coherent customer experience across environments through a consistent IT infrastructure that consolidates all of Munich Re's global data centers into three hubs. "With Dell Technologies and VMware, we are creating a consistent cloud operating model to standardize our infrastructure and increase our environment's performance, stability, and resilience in a smart way," said Robin Johnson, CIO at Munich Re. "This modern multi-cloud infrastructure will help us in our daily business operations by providing the agility to match the right cloud to any application or use case." The Azure VMware Solution can accelerate application and cloud modernization initiatives with less risk and better economics than traditional approaches. It also allows for the extension or migration of existing VMware workloads natively on Microsoft Azure. Munich Re's private cloud will be based on Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure systems with VMware Cloud Foundation software. Munich Re will also use VMware vRealize Cloud Management and VMware NSX to enable consistent management across cloud environments and enable security policies that follow workloads wherever they move. The insurance industry is going through a technology revolution ranging from how they process claims to how they engage their customers. Munich Re turned to Dell and VMware with the ambition of creating a multi-cloud strategy that could provide a powerful and stable IT infrastructure and respond flexibly to the demands of a dynamic industry with a seamless, standardized and automated platform." Bradd Lewis, Dell Technologies vice president and global lead for financial services "Across the insurance industry, we are seeing our customers invest in hybrid-cloud strategies to deliver more efficient and tailored solutions for their clients," said Jennifer Manry, vice president, global industries, VMware. "But to remain resilient, it's no longer about a 'cloud first' approach—it's about being 'cloud smart'. Together with Dell, we are uniquely positioned to give Munich Re the power to accelerate innovation with a smarter path to a hybrid-cloud environment that enables the flexibility to scale quickly and move workloads between IT environments without restrictions or trade-offs." About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company's 2030 Agenda.

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