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postheadericon Finland – hope in the fight against cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is an issue causing havoc in schools across the world, but a Finnish scheme created in 2009 is making a big difference.

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postheadericon Auto industry publishes first ever cybersecurity best practices

The auto industry has published its first set of cybersecurity best practices, as it attempts to combat rising and future threats facing the connected car.

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postheadericon NY Fails To Process 20,000 Public Disclosure Opt-Out Forms For Permit Holders

By Mike Doran via USA Carry

Nearly everyone recognized that when New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo, it would put more burdens on lawful gun owners.

Perhaps the only benefit to the law was that permit holders now had a way to opt-out of having their names and addresses being public information subject to public records requests, as they had been since 1981. All they would need to do is fill out a form with their county clerk’s office to ensure their permit information would not be released as a result of public records requests.

The Monroe County Clerk’s Office, however, has some 20,000 unprocessed forms dating back three years, The Democrat & Chronicle reports.

The opt-out provision was the result of The Journal News, a newspaper in Westchester County, publishing the names, addresses, and a map of permit holders in its readership area following the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings.

The publication of so much personal information put a target on the backs of lawful gun owners and drew public outrage, leading to the opt-out forms.

So why weren’t the forms processed? Well, like most paperwork problems in government, it’s all comes down to the bureaucracy.

Cheryl Dinolfo, the county clerk when the law was passed, called on the state to pay for the cost of processing them, and estimated the cost to be $ 16.10 per form. When the state declined to pick up the tab, the forms were shelved with the intention to process them all as a block.

Most of the forms have never been seen by a judge and those that did were never matched to their permits. They now sit in drawers in chronological order, making it impossible for staff to know whether a specific permit holder requested privacy without searching through thousands of forms.

20,000 opt-out forms later, the estimated cost for processing them is $ 322,000.

“No matter where you are in terms of whether you think pistol permits should be public records or not, this is a troubling situation,” said current County Clerk Adam Bello, who took office in March after Dinolfo was elected county executive (proving once again, in government you fail upward).

Dinolfo said she hadn’t released any permit holders’ information since the enactment of the SAFE Act “to protect the safety and security of all pistol permit holders.”

However, even gun rights advocates like Ken Mathison, a spokesman for the Monroe County branch of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, say that what Dinolfo did was “gross incompetence.”

The result of Dinolfo’s actions, Mathison says, only weakened the protections for gun permit holders and opens the county up to legal challenges.

“I think it’s presumptuous on (Dinolfo’s) part to think she’d get away with this,” Mathison said. “I think she passed a can of worms on to (Bello).”

Bello said his office is attempting to speed up the processing of the forms and has requested an additional $ 25,000 from the County Legislature to hire two part-time employees. He anticipates that it will take two years to catch up, making the one benefit of the SAFE Act, at least for Monroe County, yet another burden.

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postheadericon Analyzing Mr. Robot: S02E01

One of the surprises of last year for everyone working in IT security was, without a doubt, the hit TV show Mr. Robot, explains ESET’s Josep Albors.

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postheadericon Ryussi Technologies and Microsoft announce new partnership in business and technology solutions

REDMOND, Wash., and PUNE, India — July 21, 2016 On Thursday, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Ryussi Technologies Private Ltd. announced a new partnership in business and technology solutions covering Microsoft’s File Access Server Protocols for the enterprise data storage market. The agreement comes as Ryussi Technologies releases to the data storage market MoSMB V 1.0, an ANSI C implementation of the SMB 2/3 protocol on Linux, which contains customer interfaces to integrate into diverse storage stacks.

“Microsoft’s patent collaboration with Ryussi Technologies will offer enhanced interoperability between Windows and non-Windows computers worldwide,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “This SMB file-sharing relationship provides consumers with even better business solutions across products around the globe, continuing Microsoft’s legacy of supporting innovation, mobility and productivity for businesses.”

“The MoSMB enterprise-class architecture supports high performance, high scalability and continuous availability to meet the present and future needs of NAS manufacturers,” said Sandeep Bhambani, CEO of Ryussi Technologies. “Our collaboration with Microsoft will allow manufacturers to leverage MoSMB to expand its NAS offering to include SMB with a dramatically decreased time to market and increased ‘first time right’ chance.”

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Ryussi

Founded in 2012 by Storage and Networking veterans, Ryussi Technologies specialises in Storage and Systems Software. Ryussi is focused on Product Development and Consulting and its clientele include Fortune 500 companies and several startups. Over the years, it has worked on several challenging problems in the areas of Storage, Virtualization, OpenStack, SDN and Big Data Analytics. More information about Ryussi is available at www.ryussi.com.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Researching Mr. Robot, Elliot’s world, and cybersecurity at Comic-Con

At Comic-Con 2016, ESET’s Anna Keeve dives deep into the “real” world of Mr. Robot, has a VR adventure, and looks for cybersecurity clues in Elliot’s room.

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postheadericon Police Chiefs In America: Armed Citizens Reduce Crime

The 28th Annual Survey by the National Association of Chiefs of Police is an event that most concealed carriers would probably never know existed unless they read this sentence. However, it is an important event in terms of letting the community leaders in law enforcement gather and give a voice to concerns with training, readiness, force protection, and better ways to serve their own communities.

This year came with a survey which, in addition to quite a few other questions, asked about the role of citizen gun owners and concealed carriers.

In particular, two questions drew our attention:

  • Can qualified, law-abiding armed citizens help law enforcement reduce violent criminal activity?
  • Do you support nationwide recognition of state issued concealed weapon permits?

In both of these questions, police chiefs and sheriffs overwhelming responded that they were in favor of both.

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It goes with a national trend associated with combating gun violence from criminals. Police and law-abiding citizens both have to deal with this. In one recent situation in Boise, both a homeowner and a police officer came under fire when they attempted to stop a violent rampage from taking place in their neighborhood. The police officer was struck in his vest before the perpetrator took his own life.

In other conflagrations, it’s becoming less and less unusual for concealed carriers and just concerned citizens to step up and fight bad guys.

We’re often on the same side. It only makes sense that police would want us to be capable, willing, and trained in the use of firearms to ensure our own safety.

Listen to this public service announcement given by Sheriff David Clarke of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. His message pretty much says everything there is to say about the current state of affairs and what we need to do to ensure our own personal safety.

It’s an increasingly rough world out there. But, for the majority of police departments and sheriff’s departments reporting in, the police are on our side.

What can we do to be better prepared?

  • Get properly licensed to carry
  • Take a safety course on the use of handguns
  • Practice using our daily carry handguns
  • Carry every single day
  • Communicate clearly with family and friends so everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency
  • Communicate with law enforcement if a self-defense scenario happens

Whether we want to be or not — we’re in this together. Protecting each other’s lives is no longer a backseat trip. We each need to take the driving wheel in our own individual carry pursuits to ensure our community and our family has a safer place to work and live.

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postheadericon Netflix VPN Ban Affects IPv6 Users

The Netflix VPN ban has expanded to the point where those not even using VPNs are being blocked from the streaming channel.

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postheadericon APAC cybersecurity: Plenty of room for improvements

When it comes to APAC cybersecurity, there is room for improvement. In this feature we take a look at key trends across this region.

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postheadericon Cicis restaurant chain experiences data breach

Restaurant chain Cicis has released a statement informing customers of a data breach experienced in some of its restaurants across the US.

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