The New York Metropolitan region’s premier cycling event, the fourth annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York (GFNY), is slated for May 18.It will cap an exciting weekend of events and racing taking place in New York and New Jersey. GFNY is also hosting the popular fourth annual NYC Bike Expo.Thousands of cyclists from more than 70 countries, including the United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Russia, Jamaica, Israel and Poland, will gear up for the GFNY, a competitive cycling event based on the popular Italian racing style and the only one of its kind in the New York/New Jersey region.This year, Stephen Roche, winner of the triple crown of cycling (Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the World Championship in one year) and Nelson Vails (a New York City native and 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Cycling Sprint) will ride in the GFNY.The challenging and scenic 100-mile race takes place the morning of May 18. Riders will begin on the New York City side of the iconic George Washington Bridge and wind through the course in New York and New Jersey that extends up to Bear Mountain State Park, with a new finish line at Ross Dock Picnic Area, the riverfront area in the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee. Cyclists also have the option of partaking in the 50-mile GFNY BEAR on the same day, a non-competitive ride starting at the George Washington Bridge through Bear Mountain to celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary. The 2014 race course can be viewed at www.granfondony.com/course.The course highlight is the scenic and rigorous Bear Mountain, or Montagna dell’Orso. Riders will get a boost from cheering spectators in the Rockland County towns that the course travels through. At the GFNY Finish Area at Ross Dock, Roche will be available for photos and autographs, and he will also go on stage to award prizes during the race’s awards ceremony.The top three men and women will take home prizes, as well as top riders in specific categories, including male and female age groups and teams.In addition to the race, the fourth annual NYC Bike Expo will take place at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan on 26th Street on May 16-17 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Race sponsors, including Campagnolo, Lexus, PowerBar, Vespa, and Elite — along with other vendors in the food, wine and automotive sectors (among others) — will be on hand to showcase their latest products. The expo is a standalone event organized by GFNY that is open to the public and draws thousands of visitors.
But Barrett pointed to Australia’s stunning recent fightback against Argentina — when they wiped out a 24-point half-time deficit to win 45-34 — as evidence the Wallabies have turned the corner after losing six of their eight previous Tests.“We always get a confident Australia, there’s no doubt about that,” the two-time world player of the year told reporters.“They’ve probably rediscovered that bit of belief that may have been missing. It was a great comeback, we acknowledge that — be we weren’t surprised to see them come back.“We can’t take for granted that we’re going to just keep winning,” added Barrett, who is set to win his 70th cap at the weekend.“There’s no secret recipe — we just have to keep working hard. We have high standards and we have to be accountable. It’s a serious business.”New Zealand slipped up last year after winning the first two Bledisloe Tests, a fact not lost on wing Rieko Ioane.All Black wing Rieko Ioane smiles as he talks to the media in Japan © AFP / Behrouz MEHRI“It’s a similar situation,” he said. “Last year was a huge learning curve for us, but they came out swinging harder and deserved their win.”New Zealand face the 2019 World Cup hosts Japan in Tokyo on November 3 before flying to Europe to complete their five-match tour against England, Ireland and Italy.– Room for improvement –But assistant coach Ian Foster refused to look beyond their trans-Tasman rivals.‘We can still get better’: All Blacks’ assistant head coach Ian Foster © AFP / Behrouz MEHRI“The (Bledisloe) trophy is already in the cabinet,” he said.“But it’s a typical Test against Australia and the beauty of this one is that it’s Test one of a tour, so it’s important we start well.“We really don’t want to have to rebound from a poor performance in game one.”Foster insisted the All Blacks would come out firing after beating Argentina twice in the Rugby Championship and splitting a brutal pair of games with South Africa after extending their 15-year stranglehold on the Bledisloe Cup.“I don’t think we’re ever pleased,” he said. “We’re a grumpy bunch in some ways, but overall we’re in an okay spot.“We’ve come off a pretty tough Rugby Championship, we got really challenged by South Africa and we can still get better and smoother in some areas.”Australia will also play November Tests away to Wales, Italy and England.Centre Samu Kerevi, who is set to make his return from a bicep injury, backed the Wallabies to push the World Cup holders all the way.Face off: All Blacks Nathan Harris (left) and Vaea Fifita square up during a training session in Tokyo on Tuesday © AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURA“You always want to play the best in the world and right now they are the best — period,” he said.“But for us it’s about making sure we’re prepared and have ticked off all the boxes to get the best outcome. The World Cup is not too far away, so hopefully it’s a rehearsal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guarding against an Aussie backlash: Beauden Barrett © AFP / Behrouz MEHRITOKYO, Japan, Oct 23 – New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett on Tuesday warned of an Australian backlash when the fierce rivals clash in the Bledisloe Cup in Japan this weekend.The All Blacks, who have won the last two Rugby World Cups, will be looking to complete a 3-0 whitewash in the annual series in Saturday’s Test in Yokohama.
Public shows started Friday night, and will continue at 2 and 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets are $10 for children 12 and younger, $14 for students and seniors, and $16 for adults. For information, call the theater box office at (661) 723-5950. LANCASTER – Aladdin and Jasmine ride on a flying carpet that flies – as does the genie, who swings upside down and flies Superman-style above the stage – at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. Antelope Valley-based ACME Acting Company used the help of professional stage effects firm Zfx Flying Inc. to add a special touch to Acme’s stage adaptation of Disney’s animated “Alladin.” “You do see the wires. It’s not like the movies. But the kids just love it. They ooh and ah,” said stage manager Mark Mewborne, a Lancaster optometrist who with his wife, Bev, runs the nonprofit ACME. Sponsored by the Westside Union School District’s education foundation, “Aladdin” was performed twice a day Thursday and Friday for local schoolchildren. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Young incident came just days after MK Dons striker Chuks Aneke was targeted on Instagram following Saturday’s 2-1 League Two defeat at Tranmere, prompting the Merseyside club to call in police.Concern is mounting over racism in football after a spate of attacks on players on both social media and in and around stadiums.England’s black players were subjected to repeated chants during their Euro 2020 qualifier in Montengro last month, while Tottenham defender Danny Rose revealed recently he has ‘had enough’ and ‘can’t wait’ to quit the game.Meanwhile, Juventus striker Moise Kean was targeted with monkey chants from the stands at Cagliari earlier this month. whoops Ashley Young was the target of vile racist abuse online after Manchester United’s defeat to BarcelonaUnited said the club ‘utterly condemns’ the ‘racist social media comments’, while anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out have called upon the social media platform to act following a series of incidents.The club added it was “working to identify individuals involved.In the wake of the defeat, racially abusive messages were posted on social media site Twitter from a series of anonymous accounts about England international Young, labelling him a ‘f****** n*****’ and an ‘ape c***’.The organisation said via its own official Twitter account: “Yet another black player, this time Ashley Young, targeted with racist abuse on social media after tonight’s Champions League game.“Again, we’re left asking @TwitterUK the same question – when will you take serious action to tackle the rampant discrimination on your platform?”Mohamed Salah, Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling, Michy Batshuayi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Moussa Sissoko have all received abuse over the same platform in recent years. REPLY latest SORRY revealed Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Manchester United have vowed to ‘take the strongest possible action’ they can after veteran defender Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter.Young was targeted online as United suffered a 3-0 second-leg defeat at Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night, as they crashed out of the competition by virtue of a 4-0 aggregate defeat. tense huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion gameday cracker 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer?
huge blow Staff have been hit hard by pay problems, caused by former owner Ken Anderson withdrawing any form of funding for the club several weeks ago, while players have not been paid since February, although the Professional Footballers’ Association have recently supplied a small loan to tide them over.Money problems even saw players strike and refuse to play their Championship game against Brentford at the end of April.Brentford were awarded three points on the basis of a 1-0 win, which moved them up from 15th to 12th in the table.The EFL said Bolton were guilty of misconduct and that there would be disciplinary proceedings taken against them. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Getty REVEALED no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Bolton manager Phil Parkinson is preparing for life in League One after suffering relegation from the Championship and has 20 senior players out of contract in the summer Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining LATEST Bolton Wanderers have opened an emergency food bank to help unpaid members of staff.According to the Bolton News, employees of the club and Bolton Whites Hotel, who have gone without pay for the last two weeks, are being offered fresh food and essentials donated by local businesses and charities. tense “When people talk about football they often associate it with big salaries and luxurious living but the reality is that many of our staff – as we all do – live within their means. And that becomes very difficult when you have not been paid for a couple of weeks. It has hit home hard,” Mason continued.“Through the chaplaincy and the Community Trust we have been able to offer food provisions. This has been made possible because of the kindness of some local charities, businesses and people who have not done it for publicity, in fact they have asked to remain anonymous.“The reality is that a lot of staff here live day-to-day, hand-to-mouth but the situation for some means it is impossible to manage.”Bolton ended the season in 23rd place, one point above bottom of the table Ipswich. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 The club fell into administration on Monday, which will lead to a points deduction next season in accordance with EFL regulations and administrators are working as fast as they can to unfreeze accounts so that staff can be paid.The Bolton Wanderers Community Trust have been restocking the food bank, so that families do not go hungry.The Bolton News also report a local Championship club also donated £2,000 of shopping vouchers for staff to use.“We have tried to offer whatever support we can to people and that has included trying to get some provisions in order that people can continue to live a normal life,” Phil Mason, the club chaplain said. deals Getty REPLY 2 Bolton Wanderers fell into administration on Monday and will begin next season, in League One, with a points deduction Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’
LEADERBOARD Only two players – Seve Ballesteros (1977) and Sandy Lyle (1979) – have won three European Tour titles in a single season at a younger age than the 23-year-old. Branden Grace (-21) 67, 67, 64, 69, 267 Nicolas Colsaerts (-18) 68, 67, 66, 69, 270Richard Finch (-17) 67, 73, 65, 66, 271George Coetzee (-16) 72, 67, 64, 69, 272Victor Dubuisson (-16) 69, 68, 68 67, 272Marcus Fraser (-15) 67, 69, 67, 70, 273Ricardo Gonzalez (-15) 68, 73, 65, 67, 273Francesco Molinari (-15) 72, 65, 67, 69, 273Alexander Noren (-15) 68, 72, 63, 70, 273Fabrizio Zanotti (-15) 70, 68, 64, 71, 273 Commenting on a spectacular breakthrough season, he added: “I thought my first win was around the corner. To have three before May is literally unbelievable, but I’ve been playing well, so I’ve been feeling like I can win and I’ve been giving myself opportunities.” Two other South Africans have previously won three European Tour events in a season: Ernie Els (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005) and Retief Goosen (2001). Jbe Kruger tied for 18th on 12-under-par 276 after rounds of 66, 72, 69, and 69. Keith Horne shared 44th spot on seven-under-par 281, with rounds of 72, 68, 72, and 69. Coetzee matched Grace from the second round onwards, firing 67, 64, and 69. The difference, though, was Grace’s 67 in the first round; Coetzee opened with a level-par 72. 23 April 2012 South African golfers have now won six of the 15 European Tour events played this season. Louis Oosthuizen took victory in the Africa Open and Maybank Malaysian Open, Jbe Kruger won the Avantha Masters, and Grace claimed the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions. LucrativeGrace’s third win was also his most lucrative yet, worth €398 595 (approximately R4.11-million), or to put it another way, worth more than R1-million per round. He’s up to fourth in the Race to Dubai standings, trailing only Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose. Charl Schwartzel is in tenth place and Jbe Kruger 12th position, and Retief Goosen 16th spot. Grace’s earlier wins came in South Africa, so Sunday’s win was his first European Tour victory outside of his home country. Swede Johan Edfors is the only other player to have won three titles in his first year on the tour after graduating from Qualifying School. Grace has achieved the feat after only 15 events of the season. Lower down the leaderboardEnglishman Richard Finch claimed third, four shots behind Grace on 17-under 271. South African George Coetzee and Victor Dubiosson of France shared fourth on 16-under-par 272. Interviewed immediately after he secured victory, he said: “I stayed really calm today. I kept hitting the ball well. I missed a couple of shots the first couple of holes, but regrouped well and made the birdies where it counts on the par fives, and just stayed with it from there.” Final roundGrace led by three shots heading into the final round and finished three shots ahead of defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts after both posted three-under-par 69s over the last 18 holes. That left Grace on 21-under-par 267 after previous rounds of 67, 67, and 64. South African golfer Branden Grace recorded his third European Tour win of the season in the Volvo China Open on Sunday – only the second player ever to achieve the feat in his debut season on the tour. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Contests#web “I have to say I cant agree with you Sarah, Google is clearly empowering operational level employees within an enterprise. In the event that their IT department hasnt the funding (although given the fact that GApps is free this is a non starter anyway) or the time resource, operational and team level personnel can deploy the broader GoogleApps products to make the most of their collaboration potential. The way I see it, if IT departments were doing their jobs (and some are) there would be no need to be having this discussion. They would be sufficiently user-centric to decide on the best product for their users needs, be it MS, Google or anything else.In all this discussion around circumventing, or not, corporate IT departments, people seem to have lost sight of the real issue here. Corporate ITs role is to assess and implement solutions that provide the functionality to the users that those suers require. It isnt to build empires or create silos. Any success Google has within an enterprise setting (and Im not going to wade into the argument about whether or not Google apps is having enterprise level success) would seem to be to be a comment on the efficacy of the IT department itself.For too long CIOs have been technology centric on the one hand and compliance driven on the other. Between cuddling up to the big software vendors and spending time worried about the skins with regards Sarbanes Oxley compliance, theyve lost site of the fact that their existing offering to the business are lacking.Rather than finding ways to block their users making individualised and decentralised decisions, they should be partnering with the business units to truly asses their requirements and the best solutions to fulfil their needs.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts In her post Google Sites the Next Sharepoint? Maybe Not…., Sarah Perez argues that Google’s strategy with Google Apps is to “subvert the IT department altogether and appeal directly to the worker.” But commenter benkepes said that IT is still key to Google Apps’ success: “any success Google has within an enterprise setting […] would seem to be to be a comment on the efficacy of the IT department itself.” It’s a fascinating discussion and thanks Sarah and benkepes – and all our other commenters – for putting the Google Apps hype under the microsoft microscope. Congratulations bennkeps, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher – courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Amazon WishList Widget. Here’s his full comment: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
As technology draws us deeper into a new age of business enterprise, we are continuously bombarded with challenges and opportunities involving those with malicious intentions. Data security attacks come at us from every direction as the ingenuity of criminal minds seek new and creative ways to infiltrate our information resources and engage in cyber warfare against our businesses.In order to survive these intrusions, retailers must fight back. We have to defend our ground and take the necessary steps to combat the threat. This requires that we build a solid data breach policy and recruit the data security resources that will help us win the battles. We must become cyber warriors in our own right, defending our computer and information systems against those seeking to seize and exploit the lifeline of our business.Hackers and like-minded data security mercenaries wage war using information technology to assault our computers and information systems through cyber-related strategies. In the retail space, we primarily have thieves looking for personally identifiable information that can be exploited and turned into cash. But hackers also target organizations for their R&D assets, intellectual property, and corporate strategies, among other motivations.- Sponsor – To win these wars, we must find better ways to secure our systems by building awareness, educating our teams, finding and closing vulnerabilities, and developing a collaborative data breach policy to protect our resources and defend our customers and our companies.Our greatest opportunity to overcome these intrusions is through a comprehensive approach that includes information sharing and best-practice protocols that support a joint data security defense team. To prevail over this imposing threat to the business, we have to work together.A team is at its best when the offense and defense work well together. LP Magazine intends to take this fight to the offensive by providing information and resources that can be used to support our efforts and strengthen our sentinel. In the process, we’ve attended multiple seminars and interviewed data security thought leaders and cyber security experts to provide a more comprehensive perspective.The Influence of Retail“Retail is the lifeblood of the American economy,” said Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, at the June 2014 National Retail Federation (NRF) loss prevention conference. “Having a safe space to operate is critical to the successful operation of the business.”According to the US Department of Labor, the retail trade sector is one of the nation’s largest employers. Studies show that total retail sales in the US topped $5.5 trillion in 2015. While no surprise to those leading the industry, these numbers make it apparent that cyber threats can not only impact the retail sector, but can also have a substantial influence on the growth and stability of our economy as a whole.Chertoff, now the executive chairman and co-founder of the global security advisory firm The Chertoff Group, feels that cyber security issues have not received the type of front-line attention that some of the more visible and obvious risks have obtained. With some of the recent data security incidents that have brought the issue front and center, it is becoming increasingly clear that these types of cyber threats must become a business priority.“We’ve seen broad exposure of systemic vulnerabilities in our company infrastructures,” Chertoff said. “Businesses are collecting more personal information about customer preferences, locations and behaviors, not to mention credit card numbers. Organized groups have become sophisticated in their efforts, using strategies that are complex and well planned.”Did you ever consider that something as simple as a thermostat could leave your company vulnerable to a cyber attack? To help keep customers comfortable and shopping at a store, it’s common for retailers to routinely monitor temperatures and energy consumption in stores to save on costs and to alert store managers if temperatures in the stores fluctuate outside of an acceptable range. Often, this process is completed with the assistance of an outside service provider with specific expertise to keep the system efficient and cost effective. Yet this seemingly mundane process opened the door for access to a company’s database, leading to one of the largest, most damaging data breaches in retail history.Whether data security vulnerabilities are introduced by employee errors or negligence, disgruntled employees, partnering companies, or some other weak link in our systems or procedures, the risks are formidable, the possibilities are only bound by the creativity of the criminal element, and no business is exempt from the threats.“Data security is about risk management, not risk elimination,” said Chertoff. “There has to be a strategy for managing the risk built on realistic expectations. You have to understand what you’re facing so that you can make intelligent decisions. There must be a full understanding of the threat, of the consequences, and an assessment of the company’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities and how they fit within the business.”Arming Ourselves with Data Security ExpertsMany businesses are aggressively pursuing different avenues to improve cyber strategies and provide data security training and awareness opportunities for company leadership. Industry conferences have taken significant steps to offer quality sessions that provide information, guidance, and direction on how to build a data breach policy. Companies are bringing in top experts to consult with their teams, perform vulnerability assessments, and educate both staff and company leadership.Various conferences held across the country also specifically focus on data security issues–some intended for industry experts, and some for business leaders at different levels and areas of responsibility. Larger events would include the RSA conferences, which attract some of the best and brightest in the field through annual conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Other conferences may focus on specific or more intimate audiences to heighten awareness and maximize the learning experience, such as the Cyber Security Summit. All of these efforts are intended to improve our skills, keep our professionals connected, and increase awareness of these critical business concerns.“In many ways, we have been short-handed when it comes to cyber warriors,” said Ken Fuller, former executive vice president for the Cyber Security Summit. “We’ve had tremendous success bridging the gap by bringing in data security experts and educating leadership regarding what’s going on and how we can better defend ourselves. By identifying and securing thought leaders that can successfully communicate the message, educate them on what to look for, and help determine the weakest link, we can help our enterprises approach technology issues with a broader perspective and a sharper focus.” The Power of Social MediaBy using web and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue, social media creates an effective channel for individuals and groups of people to connect, interact, create, and share.With businesses constantly positioning to make news, build their brands, improve communications, and grow their customer base, companies are using email blasts and a plethora of platforms to include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to market their products and services. These powerful tools can have significant influence on awareness, acceptance, and behavior. They play an important role in marketing strategies and are a common vehicle used by many employees to network and communicate with one another. Unfortunately, these same resources are opening doors to data security issues.Finding the Weakest Link“When cyber criminals are looking for ways to breach our systems, the starting point to penetrate our information typically has nothing to do with the use of credit cards, even when that’s the information that they’re attempting to obtain,” said James Foster, founder and CEO of ZeroFOX. “But they have to get in somewhere. So what is the best way in? Attackers will look for the weakest link and a way in that exploits or manipulates the system at a point of vulnerability. They’ll often use tools that have mass adoption—even if it fails a thousand times, the one time it does work gets them in. They are looking for a more covert way to get into the system—one where they can feed on the user’s trust and delay detection. When you put it together, the easiest venue to leverage is social media.”In our push to get ahead in the competitive business world, Foster commented that information technologies must reap immediate benefits. As a result, the technology can be significantly ahead of the controls. “Security measures can lag behind three to five years,” he added. “A company’s number-one asset is its people. This is a common thread and a prime opportunity for access. Ninety percent or more of the malware is getting in through social media.”Foster went on to describe a simple scenario as an example. If a hacker wants to break into XYZ Company, they may create an online persona that mirrors the brand’s logo, verbiage, and marketing style. They build the false content using one of many social media platforms, along with a link that says “XYZ Company Rocks.” If an employee were to open the link, it can then open the door for the hacker to breach the company.While it may sound like a simple strategy, hackers have become experts at disguising their intentions—and it may only take one unsuspecting employee to be successful. Regrettably, this is only a single example of a problem with prospects only limited by the imagination and ingenuity of the hacker. This is the challenge, and only one of many data security issues that we can face.Defense in DepthSo, how do we combat these problems?“Unfortunately, existing plans are ninety percent reactive, which is like patching cracks in a dam with bubble gum.” Foster said. “There has to be a plan, a defense-in-depth strategy that proactively addresses data security.” In the information world, it’s about firewalls, intrusion-detection systems, two-factor authentication, and encryption. These defenses are layered to make them more resilient. But there has to be more. Our defenses must include a data breach policy and a partnership that effectively creates a unified team to combat these cyber threats. This involves a comprehensive approach that would include:A knowledgeable and educated team that communicates well and works togetherA diverse team that can provide different perspectives and offer comprehensive valueExpert external opinions that provide guidance and will objectively review the data breach policyAn adequate budgetPrivacy and compliance policiesA framework and foundation for governance“As retailers expand their offerings and push online services, internal and external policies, roles and synergies must be reevaluated, and a collaborative security strategy that includes loss prevention absolutely must be part of the conversation,” said Foster. “The success of the organization simply depends on it.”Building Bridges“When it comes to dealing with data security issues in the business world, there are basically two kinds of companies—those that have discovered that they’ve been breached, and those that have been breached and don’t know it.”The retail industry has become a primary target for malicious cyber crime, with both individuals and criminal networks trying to steal financial information, identity information, and credit card information. But issues have the potential of going even deeper. As demonstrated by recent news stories, there is even the potential for business strategies, processes, products, and other valued information to be targeted by nation-states seeking to pirate intellectual property and related business assets.“There are also many ways that these data breaches can occur,” said Brian White, who formerly led the global security services for The Chertoff Group. “That’s part of what makes it such a complex issue. Some methods are fairly unsophisticated, exploiting people’s natural inclination to trust others, for example. False emails may be sent to company employees, encouraging the employee to open a file or download a link that allows the criminal to back their way into the network and ultimately exposes the business to the intrusive malware—a process commonly referred to as ‘spear phishing.’ Other methods may be much more sophisticated, with the cyber criminals investing in any number of intricate tools that will allow you to hack into the system.”While such threats can never be eliminated entirely, a key aspect of any data breach policy is managing the potential risks. This involves understanding where your vulnerabilities may occur, what the potential consequences might be, and working together internally as a team to minimize those vulnerabilities. This is where retail must continue to build the bridges within our existing infrastructure.Throughout the retail environment, the LP and IT departments typically have different roles and responsibilities. Their functions within the organization are carved from distinctive stones, dissimilar in origin, structure, balance and purpose. In many ways, they even speak different languages. However, there is also common ground and a working relationship based upon shared tasks and accountabilities. It is this relationship that must continue to evolve.“When dealing with data risks in the retail environment, there’s increasingly a link back to the LP teams. The investigation function is particularly valuable, and a unified strategy only makes good sense. For our data security functions to be most effective, our professionals must be a collective enterprise,” said White. This requires a comprehensive approach:Recognizing our vulnerabilities to mitigate the risks. This may also include consulting with specialized professionals to establish controls, ascertain roles and responsibilities, and determine effective and efficient protocols.Increased communication and enhanced cooperation. This is a shared responsibility and must flow both ways. There must be shared perspectives and open channels to build these bridges.Additional training. Everyone responsible for protecting this information must have a strong awareness of the tools and the power of the data, along with the knowledge and skills to manage the risks.With the depth, magnitude, and global reach of several recent data breaches as well as the repercussions for the businesses and their brands, there is clearly greater awareness to the point that companies have become much more sensitive to the threat. But this awareness must be coupled with continuing education, proactive controls, and an actionable data breach policy.“Every company should start with the proactive assumption that their perimeters can and will be breached,” said White. There must be a layered data security defense that would include the following:Appropriate tagging and classifying of data based on importance and sensitivity.Robust policies and procedures that clearly identify security expectations.Strong password policies, network controls, and access controls to include third-party controls.Maintenance protocols and keeping software up-to-date.Appropriate education and awareness of the data breach policy to keep our teams current and informed.A quick and diligent response-and-recovery plan in the event of an intrusion.Continuing and persistent evaluation and updates as necessary and appropriate.Every organization must evaluate their risks and exposures and establish best practices based upon their specific business needs. However, that approach should not focus solely on compliance. What you really have to do is take an active, functional approach to the business, determine the risks, and then make informed, intelligent decisions based on the needs, vulnerabilities, and resources available to the organization.Perception versus RealityRecent data security attacks on retailers have focused the attention of the entire retail community on these cyber crimes, and all have an important connection in cyber security expert and noted blogger Brian Krebs. A journalist and investigative reporter who broke the news on several prominent data breaches, Krebs is best known for his coverage of profit-seeking cyber criminals. However, beyond his experience, it is his sharp instincts and insightful approach that help him stand apart. In 2014, he gave a presentation at the NRF loss prevention conference and shared some thoughts that should make all of us take notice.When it comes to protecting our critical information, Krebs stressed the concept of perception versus reality—how secure you actually are versus how secure that you think you are.“Most companies think that the automated tools that they have do a pretty good job at protecting them from these cyber attacks,” he said. “But where they really need to focus more of their data security budgets is on the people to help them interpret all of the stuff that’s being put out, and how to respond to it. Too many organizations spend way too much emphasis on the tools, and not enough on the people.”Reflecting on several of the incidents that have garnered his energy and attention, Krebs feels that companies typically have all of the information that they need to figure out that they’ve had a data breach, but no one is looking at and interpreting that information. He emphasized the importance of communication, teamwork, and talent. He then proposed the following model to guide those efforts:Identify and protect your soft spots—Determine what information that you feel is vital to protect.Know your enemy—Figure out who you’re likely to be targeted by and what information they want.Invest in talent—Too many organizations rely on automation for security rather than talent. Get smarter about how you spend your security dollars. For example, few companies have a chief information security officer (CISO). Invest in people and leadership.Look beyond compliance—A primary opportunity lies in a failure to act on information that has already been gathered.“For too many organizations, it takes a major data breach to get religion,” he says. Do we really need to experience another incident to find a common creed?When describing himself on his blog, Krebs reveals, “Much of my knowledge about computers and Internet security comes from having cultivated regular and direct access to some of the smartest and most clueful geeks on the planet.” Maybe we should all take his lead.Moving Forward with Your Data Breach PolicyData security is vital to the success of our businesses in many ways, and every retail professional has a responsibility to remain educated and informed. As the experts are quick to remind us, that means that we must take the steps to listen, as well as to be heard. We have to build partnerships as well as learning opportunities, and work together to find solutions. We must arm ourselves with information, and make swift and sound decisions when called upon. We have to expect the battles, and win the war.For many of us, this is new territory. For others, it is an opportunity to refocus and remind ourselves of the importance of communication, cooperation, and teamwork. For all of us, it is an essential message that we must always strive to learn, flex, and adapt. We have to look at our teams and our business in a new way. There is a new paradigm in retail, and we’d better step up to the plate.For more on this topic, see “The Challenges in Dealing with Data Breaches—A Cybersecurity Panel Discussion” from the 2014 Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) asset protection conference.This article was first published in 2014 and updated June 15, 2017. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
As many as 344 players have been shortlisted for Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2015.Here is a list of eight most expensive players auctioned till now:PlayerTypeTeamPrice (Rs)Yuvraj SinghBatsmanDelhi Daredevils16 CroresDinesh KarthikWicket KeeperRoyal Challengers Bangalore10.5 CroresAngelo MathewsAll-RounderDelhi Daredevils7.5 CroresTrent BoultBowlerSunrisers Hyderabad3.8 CroresAmit MishraBowlerDelhi Daredevils3.5 CroresAaron FinchBatsmanMumbai Indians3.2 CroresMurali VijayBatsmanKings XI Punjab3 CroresDarren SammyAll-RounderRoyal Challengers Bangalore2.8 Crores A brief insight of skill set of these players: 1. Yuvraj Singh (India): He is an all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle-order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He was the vice-captain of the Indian ODI team between 2007-2008. 2. Dinesh Karthik (India): Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004 and has been a regular member of the team for varying periods since then, including a stint in 2007 as a specialist opening batsman and non-wicket-keeper. 3. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka): Mathews is a lower-order batting all-rounder and is known for his compact batting technique and consistent fast-medium bowling.4. Trent Boult (New Zealand): Trent Alexander Boult is a left-arm medium-fast opening bowler and a right-handed batsman. 5. Amit Mishra (India): He is an attacking right-arm leg-break bowler and right-handed tail-ender batsman. He plays for Haryana in the domestic Ranji Trophy and currently appears for the T20 franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.6. Aaron Finch (Australia): A right-handed batsman, Finch currently holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International match, 156, scored against England on August 29, 2013.advertisement7. Murali Vijay (India): He plays as a right-handed opening batsman. He represents Tamil Nadu in first-class cricket and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.8. Darren Sammy (West Indies): He is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler. On making his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004, Sammy became the first person from the island of St. Lucia to play international cricket.
New Zealand cricket great Daniel Vettori on Tuesday said Kane Williamson is ready to step into the shoes of captain Brendon McCullum when the latter retires in February next year.Williamson is the lead candidate to step in as Black Caps skipper when McCullum stands down, with the 34-year-old announcing on Tuesday that the two-Test series against Australia in February will be his international swansong.”Knowing the inner machinations of the team, (McCullum) will feel that Kane is ready to step up into the role,” Vettori was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”He’s got good leaders around him, like Tim Southee, so I think the team is in good hands. If Kane feels like it’s the right time to step in and take over that mantle then he’ll do a wonderful job,” the former ledt-arm spinner added.The former captain added that Williamson has learnt a lot from outgoing captain McCullum but he is going to lead the side a little differently.”He’ll do it differently to Brendon, who has been an amazing leader for the team over the last few years and taken them from strength to strength,” he said.”I think (Kane) would have learned a lot from Brendon and it seems like an ideal time to move into that role.” Vettori, who took 362 wickets from 113 Tests and 302 wickets from 291 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) added.