Comcast turns up AI and ML for network insights and to improve customer experience

Fiercetelecom | October 14, 2019

Comcast is tapping into artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to gain valuable insights across its networks, and to provide a better customer experience. It has also come up with an internal program to make sense of all of the buckets of data that its ML and AI systems are gathering. Previously, Comcast's Tony Werner and Matt Zelesko spoke to FierceTelecom about how company's virtualization efforts were based on the deployment of its next-gen X1 video platform. Comcast's use of AI and ML were also founded on the back of X1. With X1, Comcast was able to establish complete telemetry and visibility into the platform, establish incremental roll outs and roll back to previous versions if there's a problem.

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We asked 1,200 cloud security decision-makers in 8 countries about their biggest challenges and priorities. This is what they had to share. As sensitive data is going to the cloud,there are new security considerations. With benefits such as greater agility, rapid innovation, and cost efficiency, cloud adoption is rapidly reaching a tipping point. As a result, security professionals are looking to raise C-level threat awareness, strengthen compliance, and invest in better protection.


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Nord Security announces a new strategic direction engaging channel partners in the US

Nord Security | February 03, 2022

Nord Security, a provider of world-class cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce a new strategic direction to engage and sell-with channel partners in the US. This move offers an opportunity for Nord Security to hit the ground running in the US market by relying on the connections and customers that our partners are continuously fostering in their networks. Additionally, this decision will help the company to accelerate its expansion geographically, reach business customers in a quicker manner, and provide them with much-needed cybersecurity products. Nord Security has been growing quickly and reached the point where we are looking into more region-specific solutions. We decided to work through the channel partner community because we see a growing US businesses interest in digital solutions, cybersecurity, and network access security. Partners that we work with are exceptional brand advocates and understand the value that a good solution provides to their customers. Their community is driven, knowledgeable, and are experts in their various technology fields." Tom Okman, co-founder at Nord Security Nord Security is known for its leading cybersecurity solutions. NordVPN — the first brand in the Nord Security family of products — was established in 2012. Over the years, it has become the VPN solution of choice for individuals worldwide. That success and market expertise has translated to a focus around delivering business-focused security solutions. Those include the encrypted cloud storage service NordLocker, the next-generation password manager for business NordPass, and the advanced network access security solution NordLayer. Recently, the company announced strategic partnerships with Telarus, the largest privately held technology services distributor in the United States, and AVANT, the leading IT decision-making platform. Nord Security chose these organizations as initial go-to-market partners for representing an extraordinary group of allies in the industry. "We're excited about our recent partnership with two industry leaders – Telarus and AVANT – to offer the Nord Security suite of services to its partner communities. Nord Security has demonstrated that its cybersecurity offerings are top of the line and that partners' communities and customers will see tremendous benefits. Such partners as Telarus and AVANT provide a critical offering to enterprises by acting as their trusted advisor to deliver the best solution available on the market," says David Nuti, SVP of sales, North America channel. Nord Security will also participate at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo – the largest gathering of channel partners in the country this spring. Over four days, the gathering, co-located with the MSP Summit, will be THE event of 2022, where partners can connect with technology suppliers to advance their businesses and harness knowledge that accelerates new revenue and growth. The event will take place from April 11 to 14 at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The US program comes on the heels of the success seen from our Europe-focused NordLayer partner community of managed network services providers.

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Reveal XR Studios Network and StudioNow Partner to Create First Networked Global XR Solution

Reveal XR Studios Network | January 14, 2022

Reveal XR Studios Network, a global leader in providing Extended Reality (XR) production capabilities and Hybrid Events including Virtual (VR) and Augmented (AR) creative solutions for the most well known brand advertisers, companies and producers in the world is proud to announce a strategic partnership with StudioNow, the world's largest production marketplace with over 12,000 resources on their management platform. This partnership between Reveal XR Studios Network and StudioNow enables more seamless training, staffing, hiring and talent management as the network scales globally.” Ian Wolfman, Co-Founder of Reveal XR Studios Network Reveal XR Studios Network was formed in 2021 as a sister company solution to Reveal XR to provide a networked solution to help top companies, brands and creative producers make the shift from traditional storytelling and production techniques to pioneering XR production techniques. XR production relies on new studio environments with millions of dollars of custom configured LED technology combined with the most advanced 3D animation software to provide endless new possibilities for creatives and producers. Access to bleeding-edge XR studio capabilities and the right talent trained in XR production, along with the ability to scale at the front of the curve mean that better timelines, creative quality and ROI are within reach today. “Successfully paving the way from more limiting production techniques of the past to the seemingly limitless possibilities with XR production requires top, well trained talent throughout the ecosystem. If you build it, they will come and be disappointed without the right set of capabilities and results.” Wolfman said. The partnership immediately elevates what's possible for brands today…not tomorrow. One organization at the forefront of XR technology with the best talent supporting the biggest brands in the world. Combining forces simply provides a turnkey solution for any brand looking to shift their production to a safer production environment, controlled filming circumstances and better ROI. For more than a decade the two company’s leadership teams have successfully collaborated to support shared clients in the traditional production space, including brands like The Coca-Cola Company, Walmart, McDonalds, NASA, Procter & Gamble, Netflix and Amazon. “Our partnership is in perfect harmony with our desire to help lead our network of talent as both the creative and commercial sides of our industry begin to pioneer the way forward in XR production,” said David Mason, Chairman and CEO of StudioNow. Funding for each location in the network of XR studios begins formally in Austin, Texas, at the same time as SXSW Interactive this March, at which time the locations next available in the US and abroad will be announced. About Reveal XR Studios Network Reveal XR Studios Network is the first global extended reality (XR) studio network created to collaborate with top brands, agencies and storytellers to revolutionize content production. Reveal XR Studios Network puts the extraordinary potential of XR production within reach of your business today. To learn more visit Reveal XR Studios Network and StudioNow. About StudioNow StudioNow is the world’s largest content production marketplace. The StudioNow platform develops, implements and manages custom production solutions so you can get things done now. Create anything, anywhere, at any time, by leveraging the StudioNow Creative Network of 12,000 content creators, the StudioNow production management platform and a diverse team of in-house StudioNow producers.

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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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Lightbits and Harel IT to Showcase NVMe Storage for Virtualized Clouds at VMware VForum 2022

Lightbits | March 24, 2022

VMware vForum – Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits®), a leader in NVMe®-based, scalable and software-defined elastic block storage for private and edge clouds, today announced their silver sponsorship of the VMware vForum 2022, in Tel Aviv, Israel, with Harel IT. To register or learn more about the event On the wake of the recent announcement that VMware is supporting NVMe/TCP, this is a great event for us to showcase high-performance, low latency NVMe storage for modern applications running in VMware-based clouds,” said Elie Barsheshet, CEO at Harel IT. “As sponsors of the event, it affords VMware users the opportunity to meet with us and learn how to deploy simple, efficient NVMe/TCP-based infrastructure services.” About Harel IT Harel Information Technologies strives to provide its customers high-end computing solutions while providing our customers with unparalleled service and support and long term relationships with our customers. We provide professional computer solutions for organizations and businesses. Since our inception in 1989, we have set a goal to lead the field of computing and communications solutions. Our commitment is to provide comprehensive solutions for hardware, peripherals, communication and turnkey project management (including the management and implementation of projects abroad). Harel Information Technologies is a business partner of the world's leading manufacturers, including: Lenovo, NetApp, Fujitsu, VMware, Microsoft, Commvault, Veeam and others. The business results allow the company to deal with projects on any scale, professional complexity and stringent schedule requirements and high level of availability. About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs (Lightbits) is leading the digital data center transformation by making high-performance elastic block storage available to any cloud. Creators of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe®/TCP) protocol, Lightbits software-defined storage is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments. Backed by leading enterprise investors including Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, and Micron, Lightbits is on a mission to make high-performance elastic block storage simple, scalable and cost-efficient for any cloud.

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We asked 1,200 cloud security decision-makers in 8 countries about their biggest challenges and priorities. This is what they had to share. As sensitive data is going to the cloud,there are new security considerations. With benefits such as greater agility, rapid innovation, and cost efficiency, cloud adoption is rapidly reaching a tipping point. As a result, security professionals are looking to raise C-level threat awareness, strengthen compliance, and invest in better protection.

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