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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 15:55

(The Hosting News) – Yahoo has revealed that the U.S. government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if they refused to hand over user data to the NSA for its PRISM surveillance program.

According to USA Today, the tech giant released 1,500 pages of secret court documents on Thursday providing evidence of the company’s challenge of the expansion of surveillance laws from 2007-2008.

“In 2007, the U.S. Government amended a key law to demand user information from online services,” said General Counsel Ron Bell via Tumblr post. “We refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overboard surveillance and challenged the U.S. Government’s authority.”

Yahoo brought their case to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court arguing that non-U.S. citizen’s information was unconstitutional and violated the Fourth Amendment, though the court rejected the motion.

“Each day that Yahoo does not comply with the directives, we are losing foreign intelligence information that may never be recovered,” said J. Michael McConnell at the motion on May 9, 2008.

Bell noted that the release of the 1,500 pages is an “important win for transparency,” adding that the documents include Ex-Pate Appendix of classified fillings, party briefs, 2008 FISC opinions, and an expanded version of the FISC-R opinions in the case.

“Our fight continues. We are still pushing for the FISC to release materials from the 2007-2008 case in the lower court,” added Bell. “The FISC indicated previously that it was waiting on the FISC-R ruling in relation to the 2008 appeal before moving forward. Now that the FISC-R matter is resolved, we will work hard to make the materials from the FISC case public, as well.”

Yahoo Faced $250,000 Daily Fine For Refusing To Hand Over Customer Data

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 14:09

(The Hosting News) –  Vocus, Inc. (“Vocus”) and Cision, leading global providers of cloud-based public relations (PR) software being brought together by private equity firm GTCR, today announced the acquisition of Visible Technologies (“Visible”). Visible is a worldwide market leader in social media listening and analytics, insights and engagement. Coupling the company’s social intelligence SaaS platform and insights experts with Vocus and Cision’s powerful PR tools creates a comprehensive solution for tracking and analyzing earned, owned and paid media that elevates brands and drives business results.

Visible has a deep base of customer relationships with Fortune 1000 companies and agencies around the globe that leverage Visible’s advanced social media insights to design and measure comprehensive marketing and communication strategies. Forrester Research, Inc. has named Visible as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Listening Platforms, Q1 2014 report, citing it among vendors with “advanced data processing capabilities, user-friendly dashboards and strong integration and partnership plans.”

“Social media is by far the fastest-growing segment of the $2.2 billion global market for public relations software,” said Chris Porter, associate analyst at Burton-Taylor International Consulting LLC. “Visible has long featured as one of the leading players in this area, and it makes excellent sense for Vocus and Cision to be investing here.”

The Visible Intelligence (VI) enterprise social media intelligence platform provides three core capabilities: social media monitoring, enriched data analytics and insights, and customer engagement. Among its significant industry differentiators, the software provides multiple configurable dashboards and unlimited, fine-grain segmentation, on-demand search and analytics that help marketing and PR professionals track brand buzz, competitors, industry issues, market events, consumer sentiment and trending topics in real-time across the wide breadth of global social networks.

What makes Visible truly unique is the expert analysis and insights provided by its Insights Services team coupled with the VI technology. This research and consulting arm of the company works to derive context and meaning from social data to help customers make informed business decisions. The combination of Visible’s technology, capabilities and people will add a premium layer of high touch, high interaction client service and insights to the powerful product suite and services delivered through the combined company of Cision and Vocus.

“We’re building the ultimate PR tool, and Visible Technologies is a key element,” said Vocus Chief Executive Officer Peter Granat. “Using PR to drive strategic business value requires an ability to uncover and leverage meaningful brand insights. Adding the Visible team and technology allows us to more effectively measure social impact and turn those insights into action. As this acquisition shows, we are committed to continued investment in and enhancing our platform, content tools and analysts to move the PR and marketing communication industry forward.”

Recently Blue Canyon Holdings, an affiliate of leading private equity firm GTCR, announced its intent to form a premier global public relations cloud company by bringing together industry leaders Cision and Vocus.

About Vocus
Vocus is a leading provider of public relations software that enables professionals to plan, execute and measure influencer-oriented campaigns in one integrated platform. Communications professionals from over 120,000 corporations, agencies and nonprofits use Vocus to access the world’s largest pitchable media and blogger database, distribute press releases, manage influencer outreach, measure social media activities, and analyze the effectiveness of communications campaigns. Vocus is the parent company to PRWebHelp a Reporter Out (HARO) and iContact. It is headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland with offices in North America and Europe. For more information, visithttp://www.vocus.com, call (800) 345-5572, or follow on Twitter @Vocus.

About Cision
Cision is a leading provider of cloud-based PR software, services and tools for the marketing and public relations industry. Marketing and PR professionals use our products to help manage all aspects of their brands – from identifying key media and influencers to connecting with audiences; monitoring traditional and social media; and analyzing outcomes. Journalists, bloggers, and other influencers use Cision’s tools to research story ideas, track trends, and maintain their public profiles. Cision is present in Europe, North America and Asia, with revenue of approx. SEK 1.0 billion in 2012.

About Visible Technologies
Visible Technologies® is an industry leader in advanced social intelligence and engagement for innovative enterprises and agencies around the globe. Since its inception in 2005, Visible’s patented platform – Visible Intelligence® – and Insights Services methodology have enabled marketing professionals and business leaders at Fortune 1000 companies to transform their social media programs. The combination of leading technology and services provides real-time consumer insights that impact business decisions and drive tangible results and ROI.

Cision and Vocus Announce Acquisition of Visible Technologies

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 14:06

(The Hosting News) – AHosting, a provider of optimized FFmpeg hosting for video sharing sites, has announced the introduction of high-performance ClipHouse video hosting plans which unify the performance of AHosting’s dedicated FFmpeg hosting platform with ClipHouse, a feature-rich video sharing application with extensive monetization options and a focus on powerful and intuitive video and community management. With ClipHouse hosting, clients can offer YouTube-like functionality while retaining complete control of their content and platform.

“Video is fast becoming the most important content medium on the web,” commented AHosting’s Vice President of Customer Relations, Daniel Page, “Companies, creatives, and educational institutions are embracing the power of video to communicate their message and build communities. Our ClipHouse hosting packages offer the perfect combination of flawless uploading, transcoding, and streaming with a rich audience building and monetization platform.”

At the heart of any video sharing site is its community of users; ClipHouse doesn’t stint on community-building features and includes flexible user profiles, channels, and video commenting. But one of the most powerful community organization tools offered by ClipHouse is user-moderated groups. Users can create their own communities with moderators, configurable access levels, message boards, and restrictions on posting and viewing.

ClipHouse also provides an assortment of enterprise-grade monetization options that include multiple membership packages with configurable access, price, and payment alternatives; targeted advertising campaigns with the ability to incorporate content from external advertising networks and pre-roll ads; and comprehensive sales history tracking.

ClipHouse hosting from AHosting is among the most potent video hosting solutions, providing a simple and rewarding experience for users while affording site owners the control they need to operate a high-traffic video streaming site with a large community of sharers.

About Ahosting:

AHosting is a managed web hosting provider with facilities in Orlando, FL, and Detroit, MI, owned and operated by AHosting, Inc., supplying hosting services that are truly beyond imagination. Since 2002, AHosting has established one of the web’s premier solutions for reseller web hosting, multiple IP hosting, dedicated servers, and VPS hosting. For more information, visit http://www.ahosting.net.

AHosting Introduces Optimized ClipHouse FFmpeg Hosting

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 13:59

(The Hosting News) – SpamExperts, the leading provider of professional email security solutions from Amsterdam, has been nominated as one of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies in the Benelux, for the Deloitte Technology Fast50 2014.

SpamExperts is leading the future of email security through its proprietary email filtering and archiving gateway solutions, meant to help webhosting providers, ISPs/Telcos and large organizations run their operations smoothly and combat any email related threats. SpamExperts services are available as well for Resellers and Distributors which are looking to open a new revenue stream with email security solutions.

“The nomination as one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in Benelux, second year in a row, by such a prestigious organization is a true honor. This recognition is rewarding and we thank our hard working team, as well as our customers for contributing to achieve this success.”, said Sam Renkema, CEO and co-founder of SpamExperts.

The Deloitte Technology Fast50 competition takes place every year and ranks the fastest growing technology companies in the Benelux, from internet to high tech and from start-ups to acclaimed companies. Following a meticulous selection process which analyzes innovation, market potential, turnover and commercialization of hundreds of technology companies, a prestigious group of investors, bankers, journalists and industry professionals nominate the top 50 finalists.

The Deloitte Technology Fast50 event will take place on Friday, October 31, in the Fabrique in Utrecht.

SpamExperts Nominated Second Year in a Row for Deloitte,Technology Fast50

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 17:28

(The Hosting News) – ClickHOST, a prominent web hosting provider announces it has partnered with Positionly, a SEO software company to facilitate providing business friendly SEO services. The partnership will result in introducing power and compound solutions for small businesses that think big and strive for maximum online exposure.

The collaboration is a reflection of natural synergies between ClickHOST and Positionly and demonstrates how both companies see their roles in providing professional, yet affordable tools for customers with great business potential.

“We are happy to be able to offer our customers the ability to seamlessly integrate our web hosting solutions with simple to understand SEO tools on one platform and database structure. Working with a company that shares a common vision and focus on providing the best online solutions for a reasonable price will help us make our customers even happier,” says Carel Bekker, the owner of ClickHOST.

“Positionly was brought to life to make it easy for non-technical people, who know nothing or very little about SEO, to optimize websites and grow their businesses. We give our clients accurate tools, but thanks to the plain design and simple interface, they are suitable for startups, small businesses and freelancers who do SEO on their own,” says Greg Kazulak, the Co-founder and CEO of Positionly. “We are excited to partner with ClickHOST because we both want to play a significant role in our clients’ online success. We are honored to be able to provide our SEO expertise to the ClickHOST family.”

ClickHOST prepared a special and very limited offer for all online businesses that are seeking simple, accurate and powerful SEO software.

About Positionly

Positionly was founded in March 2012 by Grzegorz Kazulak, Adrian Dulić and Oskar Krawczyk. It offers customized and price-competitive plans. Its core features include: rank tracking, competitor analysis, backlinks checking and website optimization grading. The startup has received funding from investors such as, Point Nine Capital, Protos VC, Alexander Bruehl and Mariusz Gralewski. For more information, visit: http://www.positionly.com

About ClickHOST

ClickHOST was founded as a family-owned business in 2000. At the end of 2010, Carel Bekker acquired ClickHOST. The company has 3 driving passions: Simplicity, Honesty, and Safety. It has customers all over the world including Canada, the US, Germany, U.K., South Africa, Namibia, Australia, Japan, Portugal, and India. For more information, visit: http://www.clickhost.com

ClickHOST and Positionly Partner to Deliver Simple SEO Software for Small Businesses

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 17:27

(The Hosting News) – The Europe data center cooling report defines and segments the data center cooling market in Europe with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market is estimated to grow from $1.3 billion in 2013 to $2.1 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of 9.8% from 2013 to 2018.

Browse through the TOC of the Europe data center cooling market report to get an idea of the in-depth analysis provided. It also provides a glimpse of the segmentation in the market, and is supported by various tables and figures.


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The European data center cooling market is segmented and forecast based on solutions and services. The solution segment of the market includes air conditioning solutions, chillers, economizers, cooling towers, server/rack cooling, cooling management systems, and others. The service segment of the market comprises integration & Design, monitoring services, and professional services. The market is further segmented and forecast based on major countries, such as the U.K., Germany, and others.

This report includes market share and value chain analysis, along with market metrics such as drivers and restraints. In addition, it presents a competitive landscape and company profiles of the key players in the European data center cooling market.

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Europe Data Center Cooling (ICT) Market is Expected to Reach $2.1 billion in 2018

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 17:17
(The Hosting News) – Microsoft recently confirmed its upcoming Windows 9 operating system on a post to Chinese the social media site Weibo.
“Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the bottom left will make a comeback?” says the post.
Microsoft’s announcement was followed by a Windows 9 logo mockup from Shy Designs, though both posts were quickly taken down, reports PCWorld.
The tech giant is said to hold a special event on September 30th to announce its new OS, though Microsoft has not yet officially announced this unveiling.
Other features rumored to be included in Windows 9, besides the long awaited start menu, include virtual desktops, the removal of the Charms bar, integration of Cortana, Metro-style apps that run on separate windows on the desktop, and various UI changes.
Windows 9 is expected to be released spring 2015.
This isn’t Microsoft’s first leak mishap. In June multiple refrences of the rumored Surface Mini was found in the user guide of the Surface Pro 3, though the Mini tablet was never released.

Microsoft Could Announce Windows 9 on September 30

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 15:38
(The Hosting News) – On Tuesday, and archive of over 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords was posted to the online forum btcsec.com. The data is old and was contained from several past security breaches.
A forum user witht he online alias “tvskit” posted the file on btsec.com, a Bitcoin security forum and claimed that over 60% of the information found inside the file are valid.
According to PC World, chief technology officer of CSIS Security Group, Peter Kruse commented “We can’t confirm that it is indeed as much as 60 percent, but a great amount of the leaked data is legitimate.”
CSIS reportedly analyzed the data contained in the achived file and concluded that the information contained within was up to 3 years old, based on correlations with previous data leaks.
Kruse also noted that the data “did not likely come from Gmail directly”, but instead from various other sources where users used their Gmail account information for loging into other sites.
According to PC World, a Google representative commented in an email, “The security of our users is of paramount importance to us. We have no evidence that our systems have been compromised, but whenever we become aware that an account has been compromised, we take steps to help our users secure their accounts.”
No matter where the leaked information originated, users are strongly urged to change their passwords on all websites, including Gmail, where they used their Gmail address as the login user name.

Over 5 Million Gmail Passwords and Addresses Posted On Online Forum

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 15:03

(The Hosting News) – The Open-IX Association (OIX), a non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and Internet exchanges, announces four new members have been elected to serve on the Open-IX Board of Directors. William Charnock, Christian Koch, Chris Malayter and Josh Snowhorn are set to join the OIX Board, each serving two-year terms beginning January 1, 2015 running through December 31, 2016.  Election results were announced at Open-IX’s Annual General Meeting held Friday, September 5, 2014 in New York City.

Through an open nomination and election process, William Charnock, Christian Koch, Chris Malayter and Josh Snowhorn were selected from a candidate pool of Association members.  They join existing and continuing Board Members Keith Mitchell, Director; David Temkin, Co-Founder and Chairman; and Barry Tishgart, Secretary.  Board Members whose terms will expire are: Donald S. Clark, Director; Dan Golding, Vice Chairman; and Martin Hannigan, Co-Founder and Treasurer.

“On behalf of the entire Open-IX Association, I am pleased to welcome William Charnock, Christian Koch, Chris Malayter and Josh Snowhorn to the Open-IX Board of Directors,” remarks David Temkin, Co-Founder and Chairman of Open-IX Association.  “The new Board members bring with them diverse skillsets that will help in furthering the Open-IX mission of improving the landscape of Internet peering and massive-scale interconnection.”

The Open-IX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community, converging to create a better, safer, stronger and fairer Internet.  In addition to controlling all aspects of the Association’s property, affairs and business, the Open-IX Board of Directors is also responsible for safeguarding the Open Stand compliant standards development that the Internet community has entrusted to it, instituting and conducting the OIX-1 and OIX-2 certification process for Internet exchanges and data centers, and determining whether those entities have met or exceeded the Open-IX minimum standards of performance.  The Board is also accountable for establishing and publishing Membership Program policies and procedures, granting Open-IX membership, holding the Annual General and other meetings and delegating to Open-IX Officers and/or Committees.

Dan Golding, Vice Chairman of Open-IX Association, welcomed new Open-IX Board members and expressed his thanks to those that have served at the OIX Annual General Meeting, stating, “Open-IX Association would like to extend congratulations and thanks to all of the candidates who ran in this year’s election.  We had a great group of contenders with excellent qualifications.”

“We would also like to thank those Board members whose terms will expire this year, and who have generously dedicated time to ensure the success of this initiative.  I am confident that the new Board members will take what we’ve accomplished thus far at Open-IX and bring it to the next level,” Golding added.

Open-IX is a non-profit organized and operated by volunteers from the Internet community who aim to increase the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive scale interconnection for all.

For more information about the Open-IX Association, visit www.open-ix.org.  To apply for OIX certification, email info@open-ix.org.

2014 Open–IX Association Elects New Board of Directors

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 15:02

(The Hosting News) – Global Capacity, the leading connectivity as a service company, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Network Services business unit of MegaPath Corporation. The transaction will combine the complementary capabilities of Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform and cloud application with MegaPath’s robust network infrastructure and intelligent delivery systems. The acquisition will create a $300 million company focused on making it simpler, more cost-effective and more efficient for customers to buy network connectivity in today’s increasingly complex $318 billion global data connectivity market.

As a result of the acquisition, Global Capacity will gain infrastructure and human resources that allow it to more effectively compete on a global scale. The acquisition will provide it with a significant expansion of business and wholesale customers as well as the United States’ largest aggregated central office-based network, serving 50 markets, reaching over 14 million businesses and adding more than 300 experienced employees.

“Our acquisition of MegaPaths’ Network Services business furthers our strategy to simplify network connectivity by creating one of the most innovative connectivity as a service companies in the industry,” said Jack Lodge, President of Global Capacity.  “By expanding our product portfolio, and our network’s reach and depth, we can now deliver access to over 98% of the U.S. market, offering our customers more options to connect to even more choice locations while improving our price performance, and building on the double digit growth we enjoyed this past year.”

The network business being acquired is directly aligned with Global Capacity’s initiatives for growth.  Key drivers include continued build-out of ubiquitous network reach; enhancements to Global Capacity’s cloud application that enables real-time design, price and ordering of connectivity; and improved real-time network management tools to meet telecommunication carriers, managed service providers, system integrators, and enterprise customers increasingly application centric bandwidth requirements.

With the sale of its Network Services business unit, MegaPath will continue to operate its managed voice, data, security and cloud services businesses, and this transaction enables MegaPath to focus on these high growth segments.  At closing, MegaPath will become Global Capacity’s largest wholesale customer.

“This transaction provides great benefit to our Network Services customers, while enabling MegaPath to focus on investing in the growth of our core value added services,” adds Craig Young CEO MegaPath. “Customers will benefit from the expanded portfolio of connectivity solutions provided by One Marketplace.”

Prior to the close of this transaction, the companies will continue to be led by their respective management teams.  Upon closing, Jack Lodge, current President of Global Capacity, will lead the combined company.  Throughout the closing process, there will be no impact to customer service or support, and a detailed planning process is underway to ensure a seamless transition at closing.
The deal is expected to close in December, 2014, following customary regulatory approvals.  Global Capacity remains a privately held company owned by Pivotal Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of these strategic assets from MegaPath,” said F. Francis Najafi, Founder and CEO of Pivotal Group.  “The disruptive nature of the One Marketplace platform has become increasingly self-evident in the market, and the ability to accelerate the scale and competitiveness of our platform through the addition of these assets is very exciting.“

About One Marketplace
Global Capacity’s One Marketplace eliminates the complexity and inefficiency of buying network connectivity by combining interconnected, aggregated network with a Cloud application that automates the procurement of network services. One Marketplace streamlines service delivery and ensures the best client experience by providing customers with a single interface through which to design, price and fulfill multi-network, multi-geography requirements, as well as a single SLA, contract and point of contact.

About Global Capacity
Global Capacity is a connectivity as a service company that improves the efficiency and reduces the cost of buying access networks globally.  Through its One Marketplace, the company brings together customers and suppliers in an automated platform that provides ubiquitous access network solutions that deliver on its brand promise – Connectivity Made Simple.  Global Capacity delivers its innovative solutions to telecommunication carriers, managed service providers, system integrators, and large enterprise customers globally.  Additional information can be found at www.globalcapacity.com or by following Global Capacity on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About MegaPath
MegaPath Corporation provides a full range of data, voice, security and hosted IT services for small, medium and enterprise businesses nationwide.  Its leading services empower businesses to easily and securely communicate between their headquarters, employees and business partners, which lowers costs, increases security and enhances employee productivity.  To learn more about MegaPath’s managed IP data, voice, security and hosted IT services, please visit www.megapath.com.

About Pivotal Group
Pivotal Group is a diversified investment company focused on private equity and real estate, headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Pivotal Group invests in companies across a diverse range of industries, including telecommunications, technology, media, aerospace, and business services, among others. Pivotal Group focuses on companies that lead in their market segments, show growth potential, and exhibit attractive margins.  Their most important investment criterion is an outstanding management team. They seek companies with market values between $50 million and $500 million.  Additional information can be found at www.pivotalgroup.com.

Global Capacity Acquires MegaPath’s Network Services Business Unit, to Create $300 Million Data Connectivity Company

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 15:01

(The Hosting News) – Blacknight proudly announce sponsorship of the 2014 IIA Dot ie Net Visionary award for Best Web Developer for ingenious engineering and meticulous delivery.

The 16th Annual IIA – Irish Internet Association awards will be held Friday September 26, 2014 at Smock Alley Banquet Hall in Dublin. Blacknight has been a sponsor of the IIA Awards for several years and are pleased to continue the tradition.

Winning an IIA Dot ie Net Visionary Award means you’re the best at what you do but not in the run of the mill ‘best’ kind of way but instead standout as an innovator. The IIA has taken some time and come up with quirky and compelling titles as the cool tag lines for these brands.

Blacknight have sponsored the category of: The Best Web Developer for ingenious engineering and meticulous delivery. This Web Developer excellence award recognises a developer or development team that has used development techniques to deliver a clean, integrated, scalable, user-focused system or application (e.g. CMS, CRM, Website or Mob/Web Application). The award winner will have clearly demonstrated their skill in capturing, understanding and delivering to user requirements an innovative, sustainable customer solution that enhances the overall customer/user experience.

Projects in beta or test phase will not be accepted.

Blacknight CEO and 2013 Overall Net Visionary Award winner Michele Neylon states: “We are more than pleased to sponsor the IIA Dot ie Net Visionary Award category for The Best Web Developer for ingenious engineering and meticulous delivery. We have been avid supporters of the awards for several years and appreciate that the IIA celebrates these innovative companies in the same creative spirit on which the Internet thrives. We look forward to the selection of the winner of The Best Web Developer Award.”

The Shortlisted nominees in this category are 2Cubed, Jamjo, Maithu IT Solutions, Software Design and WebTogether.

Of the nominations, only five categories face a public vote. The remaining TEN categories are decided by the private votes of the full judging panel.

For more information on the IIA Net Visionary Awards, please visit http://www.iia.ie/net-visionary/

For more information on Blacknight please visit http://www.blacknight.host/

Blacknight Sponsor IIA Dot ie Net Visionary Awards 2014

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 04:30

Web hosting security can be complex and time consuming. There are so many creative ways for people with nefarious intent to do harm to your website, and you might spend a good amount of time trying to make sure they do not succeed. There are also many things you can do that would leave the door wide open for them to come right in, and these four mistakes are near the top of the list of security blunders you should avoid.

1. The unpatched web app - Web applications permeate the web, and your website will likely be no exception. Most web apps use server-side scripting languages, which need to be guarded against exploits and vulnerabilities. If you have developed your own, you need to rigorously test it for vulnerabilities and patch any holes. If someone else develops it, make sure you keep it updated.

2. Unencrypted information collection – If you do not collect user data, this is not a concern, but if you collect anything, even if it is just an email address and a password, you should have SSL encryption in place to prevent prying eyes from viewing user data. If possible, you should also encrypt that information on disk.

3. Bad permissions – Server permissions are easy to set, but this means it’s also easy to get them wrong. If your files are not permissive enough, many web apps will not run at all. If they are too permissive, you open the door for hackers. The best practice is to only make the files as permissive as they need to be. If a script needs full permissions for a data file, for whatever reason, move it out of your web-viewable directories at the very least. No good web application should require full permissions in your web directory.

4. Weak passwords – While this is probably the easiest security issue to fix, it is probably the most common one left unfixed. A bad password is practically like rolling out the red carpet for cyber criminals. The question becomes not if they will attack your site but when. Make strong passwords. If need be, use a password generator and test your passwords to make sure they are as strong as possible.

4 Ways to Make your Website a Target for Intrusion

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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 16:49

(The Hosting News) – Today, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) joined other groups in signing a letter to members of Congress urging passing this year of a clean ECPA reform bill.  In addition to i2Coalition, the signatories of the letter include other trade associations, think tanks, major Internet and communications companies and others.  i2Coalition Co-Founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson released the following statement in conjunction with the letter:

“i2Coalition has been pushing for overdue ECPA reform since our inception.  The broad spectrum of organizations signing this letter is a reflection of the tremendous support there is for real ECPA reform.  The current ECPA law has not been updated since 1986, and technology has advanced leaps and bounds since that time.  The law as it stands is inconsistent and threatens the enterprising nature of the Internet and the cloud computing industry.  Tech and privacy are coming together with this letter and calling on Congress to pass a clean ECPA reform bill this year.”

About i2Coalition
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry. We seek to influence decision makers to weigh decisions on whether they are good or bad for the Internet economy and its foundational industries. In short, we seek to foster growth within the Internet infrastructure industry by driving others to harness the Internet’s full potential.  To learn more about i2Coalition, visit www.i2Coalition.com.

i2Coalition Signs Digital Due Process ECPA Letter

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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 16:48

(The Hosting News) – NewVoiceMedia, a leading global provider of cloud contact centre solutions, today announced the appointment of Jonathan Judd as Partner Manager of North America. In his new role, Judd will continue to build NewVoiceMedia’s integrated, comprehensive global partner strategy and drive continuous customer success across all markets.

“As NewVoiceMedia continues its rapid growth across regions, verticals and product offerings, it is paramount that we focus on strengthening partnerships, maintaining unparalleled integration with Salesforce and providing the best possible customer support,” said Jonathan Gale, CEO of NewVoiceMedia. “Appointing Jonathan Judd reflects our commitment to delivering on these growing demands and is instrumental to our continued success as the leading cloud contact centre vendor”.

As Partner Manager of North America, Judd will focus on driving partner relationships with Salesforce to maintain NewVoiceMedia’s position as the leading contact centre provider within the Salesforce ecosystem.

Judd has 23 years’ experience in the contact centre industry, including five years spent as a channel sales manager developing successful partner channels at LiveOps and 8×8. He also served as business development manager at InContact where he managed the Salesforce relationship. Prior to that, Judd spent 18 years running contact centres and supervising hundreds of tech support and customer service professionals at MCI, Oracle, HP, CVS Caremark and H&R Block.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining the NewVoiceMedia team as they are strongly positioned within the partner ecosystem”, comments Jonathan Judd. “I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge and expertise in this field to maintain NewVoiceMedia’s leadership across the region”.

Joining Judd is Eric Coyle, who is transitioning from VP of Sales Engineering to VP of Solutions Strategy. Prior to working at NewVoiceMedia, Eric spent more than 25 years supervising technical sales teams for Salesforce, Oracle and VMware. In this new position he will work alongside the executive team to develop a strong customer proposition strategy that will increase growth in global markets.

To learn more about NewVoiceMedia, visit www.newvoicemedia.com.

NewVoiceMedia appoints new partner manager, strengthening partner ecosystem and driving momentum

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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 14:19
(The Hosting News) – Many websites known as Team Internet have banded together today and have asked their followers and other websites to participate in Internet Slowdown, an internet protest against net neutrality’s proposed changes.
According to the protesters, the slowdown also gives everyone an idea of what the future of the internet will be if the Federal Communications Commission wins the net neutrality battle.
Team Internet consist of companies like Netflix, Vimeo, Etsy and Mozilla, just to name a few. The band of internet gurus has also earned the support of Google, who sent out emails this morning backing “free and open internet”, according to Bustle.com.
For site owners wanting to participate in support of Internet Slowdown Day, Team Internet is asking everyone to change social media avatars and to change website banners and graphics to a “loading icon” symbol for the entire day. the team also urges site owners to link the banners back to their website, which gives information on how to contact legislators associated with the proposed billed. Although the speed of website loads is not really being affected, Team Internet wants to give a visual representation and spread awareness about the proposed changes to net neutrality.
The FCC’s comment deadline is set for September 15th. Afterwards, the FCC will begin legislation on whether service providers will be charged fees for having high traffic or load times that are considered too slow for customers.
No matter which side you are on, it is certain that internet could soon be changed forever, and it is no surprise that major companies have joined together to fight this surfing battle.

Finding Your Internet To Be Slow Today? That’s Because It’s Internet Slowdown Day

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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 15:34
(The Hosting News) – iCloud has been the topic of most recent headlines since last week’s scandal that many images were stolen by hackers that targeted the cloud storage service.
However, hackers have not stopped as reports claim that hackers are now sending out bogus notifications that users accounts have been accessed, phishing them for their login information.
This scam comes at the heels of Apple’s recent announcement that it has beefed up its security for notifying users when their account has been accessed. The new security features announced by Apple notifies users when an there is an attempt to change a password or when a login form a new or unrecognized device takes place.
In a blogpost by Symantec, the group behind the latest scam is the same criminal network behind the Kelihos/Waledac botnet.
The hacker’s phish for user login information by sending users emails that appear to be from Apple, claiming a song has been purchased via iTunes through users Apple account. The email also notifies account holders that the purchase was made through a device not previously used on the account for a purchase and that the purchase was made by someone in Volgograd, Russia.
Those who receive the bogus email are then asked to click on a link to verify their Apple ID.
“This page masquerades as an Apple website and asks the user to submit their Apple ID and password,” it said. “If the victim does so, the attackers will presumably harvest their credentials for exploit or resale”, noted Symantec in an article by BBC.com.
Symantec also warns users to be wary of all emails claiming that users accounts needs to be updated or confirmed, and to avoid clicking any links in a message.

Hackers Now Phishing For Your iCloud Login Information In Latest Scam

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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 14:33

(The Hosting News) – The recent breach of privacy on iCloud was due to thefts of text passwords. If iCloud offered Picture Passwords, this would not have happened.

Gary Bickford, VP at online privacy and security firm Bright Plaza, responded to news of the iCloud hack,”Using Kaje Picture Passwords®, you can be assured that the phisher who asks for your text password is, in fact, a phisher. He can’t give you your picture to ask for a login, let alone record your picture password actions. If you see the picture you uploaded, you can confidently draw a few lines on the picture, and login.”

So far nobody really knows how hackers stole the usernames and passwords that gave the thieves access to private pictures and data about Hollywood actresses, but it is almost certainly spear phishing – sending email with a counterfeit link. In spear phishing, the link can appear legit and urgent but once you log in, the thief knows a username and password that you use. Another type of
spear phishing is snooping a particular person on WiFi at a public event. If the legitimate sites had let people use Kaje Picture Passwords® to log in the phishers would not have succeeded. “Kaje®” is pronounced just like the English word “cagey” which means “shrewd, crafty, and tricky,” and to spear phishermen, it is.

Bright Plaza offers the Kaje Picture Password Service to every web site that wants to provide a phisher-proof picture password login to their customers, particularly high value target customers that may be more subject to password theft. Unlike text passwords, even a Wi-Fi attack doesn’t work because the picture password never leaves the browser. We even offer the service to iCloud, if they want it!

For websites, Kaje offers a reduction in risk in the potential cost of breaches, along with improved ease of use for their users. The picture also acts just like a Site Key picture to protect against the phisher man-in-the-middle attacks. To check it out go to http://ka.je, and click on “Try me,” or, click on “Videos” and watch the short YouTube videos.

About Bright Plaza:
Bright Plaza, Inc., established in 1982, has been at the forefront of many leading edge computing and internet technologies including machine vision, internet systems, and online security. Its principals have been awarded numerous patents, including self-encrypting hard drives and the technology underlying the Kaje service andProofs of Knowledge on the web.

When Phishing Attacks the Web Kaje fights back with Picture Passwords

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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 14:33

(The Hosting News) – Phoenix NAP®, a global IT services provider offering cloud and bare metal servers, colocation, and enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, announced today new bare metal server options that feature the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family. The highly anticipated processors – also known as Grantley – utilize the Haswell-EP  microarchitecture for high efficiency computing.

Available within Supermicro X10 server platforms, Phoenix NAP customers can select from new Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor-based models leveraging a 3U 8-node MicroCloud, a 4U 4-node FatTwin™, or a 1U Data Center Optimized (DCO) SuperServer®.

“Supermicro’s new generation X10 Green Computing solutions are designed to take maximum advantage of the performance and features available in the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 family,” said Wally Liaw, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Supermicro. “Collaborative efforts with Phoenix NAP enable rapid deployment of our new X10 MicroCloud, FatTwin and DCO SuperServer platforms to deliver their global customers a critical time-to-market advantage. With Supermicro’s Green Computing architecture, customers are now empowered with the most advanced computing solutions that deliver greater performance with even higher energy efficiency.”

The Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family provides significant performance increases compared to the previous generation, and support DDR4 RAM to greatly improve overall performance. Just released by Intel, the new processors are already garnering significant demand.

“Compute demands continue to increase and the new Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family is designed to deliver an incredible combination of leading performance, built-in capabilities and cost-effectiveness,” said Eoin McConnell, Xeon E5 family product line director, Data Center Group, Intel. “We’re pleased to be working with server companies and data center services providers such as Supermicro and Phoenix NAP to bring the latest technologies to the market.”

The new Xeon E5-2609 v3, E5-2620 v3, E5-2650 v3, and E5-2670 v3 servers are available out of any of Phoenix NAP’s three global locations. The addition of the new models is a direct result of increased customer demand and the growing need online businesses have for highly efficient, high performance servers.

“As online business continues to evolve, big data requirements are becoming more of a factor,” said William Bell, VP of product development for Phoenix NAP. “The addition of these high-end processors helps address the need to push more and more data efficiently, ultimately helping business’ serve their own customers.”

The new Xeon E5-2600 v3 family-based server models are available at 50% off for Phoenix NAP customers during the month of September. Phoenix NAP is a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and a SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited facility.

About Phoenix NAP
Phoenix NAP® is a global IT services provider offering progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions from locations worldwide. Our bare metal server, cloud, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet the evolving technology demands businesses require without sacrificing performance. Scalable OpEx solutions to support with the systems and staff to assist. Phoenix NAP global IT services. Visit www.phoenixnap.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for more information.

About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Phoenix NAP Now Offering Latest Intel® Xeon® Processor

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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 14:32

(The Hosting News) – AlienVault, the leading provider of Unified Security Management™ solutions and crowd-sourced threat intelligence, announced today that technology industry veteran Mike Bennett will join the company’s Advisory Board as a senior industry advisor.

“We are excited and honored to have Mike as an advisor,” said Barmak Meftah, President and CEO of AlienVault. “Our mission is to simplify the way security professionals detect and mitigate threats by unifying security technology and crowd-sourced threat intelligence into an easy-to-use, complete and affordable solution for companies of all sizes, especially the underserved midmarket. Mike’s experience in accelerating growth by leveraging the consumerisation of enterprise-class software will be invaluable as we continue to gain brand recognition and momentum in the market.”

Bennett is a 30-year veteran in the network and systems management industry with expertise in accelerating and scaling growth in early-stage and public technology businesses, and building organizations that distinguish themselves in tough, competitive environments.  An eight-time CEO, Bennett most recently served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of SolarWinds (SWI), a developer and marketer of IT management software. As CEO, he took SolarWinds public in 2009, and the company quickly achieved over a $2 billion market cap under his leadership.  SolarWinds continues to be one of the most successful IPOs since 2009 based upon the “SolarWinds Model,” which was pioneered under his leadership, and has been widely recognized as an early example of the rapid consumerisation of IT buying behaviors across the software industry.

Prior to joining SolarWinds in September 2006, Bennett served as President and CEO of Permeo Technologies Inc., a leading provider of on-demand information security solutions, from March 2004 until its acquisition by Blue Coat Systems in April 2006. He previously served as CEO of Mission Critical Software where he led the company through its IPO in 1999 and subsequent merger with NetIQ Corporation. Bennett also co-founded AlterPoint in 2001, a leading provider of intelligent network change and configuration management solutions, and most recently served as Executive Chairman of the Board for Idera, a leading provider of application and server management solutions. He has been honored twice with the Central Texas Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, once in 2000 and again in 2010.

“What excites me about AlienVault is the tremendous market opportunity and the company’s laser focus on delivering solutions that meet their customers’ needs,” said Bennett. “As an expansion-stage company, AlienVault has already garnered a tremendous following, delivered award-winning products and cultivated a large community around threat intelligence and unified security. I am very excited to advise and assist AlienVault as they strive to build on their early success and dramatically scale their worldwide presence.”

Additional resources
•    Learn more aboutAlienVault
•    Learn more about USM and OTX
•    Download Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management
•    Join OTX
•    Subscribe to AlienVault’s blogs
•    Follow AlienVault on Twitter @alienvault

About AlienVault
AlienVault is the champion of mid-size organizations that lack sufficient staff, security expertise, technology or budget to defend against modern threats. Our Unified Security Management (USM) platform provides all of the essential security controls required for complete security visibility, and is designed to enable any IT or security practitioner to benefit from results on day one. Powered by the latest AlienVault Labs Threat Intelligence and the Open Threat Exchange—the world’s largest crowd-sourced threat intelligence exchange—AlienVault USM delivers a unified, simple and affordable solution for threat detection and compliance management. AlienVault is a privately held company headquartered in Silicon Valley and backed by Trident Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GGV Capital, Intel Capital, Sigma West, Adara Venture Partners, Top Tier Capital and Correlation Ventures.

Tech Industry Veteran Mike Bennett Joins AlienVault Advisory Board

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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 15:24

WordPress is a free and open source blogging platform that is very extensible. It comes with the ability to add plugins right into the platform on your web server. Nevertheless, there is some functionality you might not be able to easily achieve on your own hosting account without administrative access or even a second server.

Features like service monitoring just might not be practical for the average user to install and maintain. Jetpack is a free service from WordPress that allows you to leverage your WordPress.com account to install additional services into your self-hosted WordPress website.

Jetpack itself is a plugin, and in the latest versions of WordPress, it is available by default. All you have to do is activate it. If you have an older installation that you have upgraded, you might need to search for the plugin and install it manually. Once activated, it will ask it to connect to your WordPress.com account. If you do not have one, you can create one, even if you do not intend to have a blog on their site.

You will now have a Jetpack section right under “Dashboard” in the side menu. You will have access to features like Photon – a free content delivery network (CDN), a mobile-friendly theme, an image carousel, a remote website monitor that notifies you if your site goes down, and much more. All of these tools are seamless and integrate right into your self-hosted site. For more information about WordPress Jetpack, visit the Jetpack team website.

Use WordPress Jetpack to Spice up Your Blog

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