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  • 1/35 13 March 2017

    US President Donald J . Trump holds up a note and drawing depicting him that was created by the child of Greg Knox of Ohio, during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC

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    Relatives hold up placards with pictures of victims as they gather in commemoration on the first anniversary of the March 13 terror attack at the former site of the bombing in central Ankara

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    Aaron Hernandez confers with his defence attorney Jose Baez, during his double murder trial in Boston

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    People celebrate Holi festival at a temple in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

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    A Sadhu or Hindu holy man with his face smeared with powdered colours looks on during Holi festival celebrations at Sri Laxmi Narayan Temple in Amritsar, India

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    A member of the Tinstix of Dynamite aerobatics team flies in front of a wall of fire during the Australian International Airshow in Melbourne

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    A participant stretches on the beach before the start of an annual two-mile sea swimming competition in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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    Participants jump into water during the annual two-mile sea swimming competition in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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    Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to bid farewell as they depart for Thailand from Phu Bai International Airport in the central city of Hue, Vietnam

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    Reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on display indoors at the International Defence Exhibition in Iraq (IQDEX) 2017

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    A participant presents hisr vintage vehicle during the 59th International Vintage Car Rally Barcelona-Sitges, at plaza Sant Jaume in Barcelona, Spain . Some 50 vintage vehicles take part in the two-day long event, through the coastal line of Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona to Sitges

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    Participants present their vintage cars during the 59th International Vintage Car Rally Barcelona-Sitges, at plaza Sant Jaume in Barcelona, Spain

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    New York Governor Mario Cuomo looks around the ‘Hall of Names’ in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem .

    The hall has portraits of some 600 individuals exterminated by the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II

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    The Chinese police officers on self balancing police vehicles patrol in Tiananmen Square before the opening of the fifth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China

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    A general view shows the opening session of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People

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    A picture taken in the Iraqi capital Bahgdad shows rocket launchers on display indoors at the International Defence Exhibition in Iraq (IQDEX) 2017

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    A Pakistani army helicopter flies past floodlights as it patrols over The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore, ahead of the final cricket match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi

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    A Buddhist devotee dashes barefoot through flames during the Nagatoro Hi-Matsuri, or fire walking festival, to herald the coming of spring, at the Fudoji temple in Nagatoro town, Saitama prefecture

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    A resident inspects their personal house belongings after a moderate earthquake hit the Surigao city, southern Philippines

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    People with portraits of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin gather outside his museum in his native town of Gori, some 80 kms outside Tbilisi, on the 64th anniversary of Stalin’s death . While historians blame Stalin for the deaths of millions in purges, prison camps and forced collectivization, many in Russia still praise him for leading the Soviet Union to victory over Nazi Germany in World War I

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    Head of Ukraine’s tax and customs service Roman Nasirov, who is under investigation over the suspected embezzlement and who according to several unconfirmed local media reports recently suffered a heart attack, lies inside the defendant’s cage during a court hearing in Kiev, Ukraine

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    Flag bearer Jesslyn Swirka rides her horse down Harrison Avenue in Leadville, Colorado at the start of the 68th annual Leadville Ski Joring weekend competition in Leadville, Colorado . Skijoring, which has its origins as a competitive sport in Scandinavia, has been adapted over the years to include a team made up of a rider and skier who must navigate jumps, slalom gates, and the spearing of rings for points .

    Leadville, with an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m), the highest incorporated city in North America, has been hosting skijoring competitions since 1949

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    A rider races down Harrison Avenue while a skier navigates the course during the 68th annual Leadville Ski Joring weekend competition in Leadville, Colorado

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    A demonstrator in opposition of US President Donald Trump sets a hat on fire during a ‘People 4 Trump’ rally in Berkeley, California

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    A demonstrator in support of US President Donald Trump swings a stick towards a group of counter-protesters during a ‘People 4 Trump’ rally in Berkeley, California

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    A bloodied supporter of US President Donald Trump is seen after a ‘People 4 Trump’ rally and counter-protest turned violent in Berkeley, California

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    Women take part in a performance to protest against the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos in Guerrero, in Mexico City, Mexico

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    A woman looks on as she takes part in a performance to protest against the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos in Guerrero, in Mexico City, Mexico

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    An Iraqi special forces soldier fires at a drone operated by Islamic State militants Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq

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    A man cries while carrying his daughter as he walks from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq

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    An Iraqi special forces soldier helps a family carry their child to cross from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul to Iraqi forces controlled part of Mosul, Iraq

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    A man looks towards a Russian helicopter as it flies over ruins in the historic city of Palmyra, Syria

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    Policemen and a passerby look at pictures of the ones killed due to alleged involvement in illegal drugs, during a protest against extra-judicial killings at an open area of a Roman Catholic Church in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines

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  • Ignition warns resellers of shift away from appliance-based security

    Security distributor Ignition Technology is “avoiding appliances like the plague” as it focuses on pure software security solutions, according to chief strategy officer Sean Remnant. Speaking at Ignition’s partner update event at The Shard in London, which saw the distributor showcase its vendors, Remnant explained that Ignition and its emerging vendors are leading the way in moving security away from appliances and into fully software-based solutions. Founded in 2015, Ignition currently carries 3GRC, Cato Networks, Cloudistics, Cylance1, Digital Guardian, Illusive networks2, Menlo Security, RiskIQ and WhiteHat Security in the UK.

    “Appliances and boxes are on a slippery slope,” Remnant said. “We believe that everyone, including the consumers, is interested in software-based delivery models, consumption-based models, and they absolutely want annuity and subscription services.

    “Going down that route means that we are doing away with the old-school, hardware-based approach and that’s really hard for the channel to swallow, including the vendors.”

    Legacy tech

    Remnant explained that these software-led vendors are looking to displace legacy technology that has been failing customers for the past three decades. He said the security sector has got itself stuck in a rut of adding layer upon layer of products to the security stack, which has left users with complicated security infrastructures producing a mass of security data that is impossible to interpret. Because of this, there needs to be a shift towards more intelligent solutions that can assess the data themselves and act accordingly in an automated fashion, he explained.

    “There is a lot of legacy technology – signatures, behavioural analysis, sandboxing – it’s all very old tech and a lot of it has been around for 30 years,” he said.

    “The CISO in a lot of enterprises is getting a really hard time . All of us in this room have sold the CISO a number of appliances and a number of solutions and they’re still getting problems.

    “We don’t think more layers are necessarily better – that’s just a route that we have gone down as an industry because stuff hasn’t worked – but it was the best that we had at the time . I don’t feel guilty, because it was just the best that we had at the time.

    “If you’ve got response solutions you’ll probably need resources to look through the data for those needles in the haystack, which might be good for consultancy but it’s not particularly good for the customer, so what we want to do is drive down the operation cost of owning security infrastructure.”

    David Lannin, director of technology at security reseller Sapphire, attended the event and told CRN that in his experience, clients are looking for ways to protect their IT without having to employee a large team of security specialists.

    “Organisations’ budgets are stretched and so they simply don’t have the resources for employing large teams of individuals who look after complex security systems which turn out an awful lot of security information,” he said.

    “Any vendor that tries to put a degree of intelligence behind what it’s accessing, rather than just offering all the information, is going to really help because of resourcing – people just don’t have time to read through log information anymore . Very few customers I meet with these days talk about having analysts looking through the same degree of security logs as they might have done 10, 15 years ago.”

    Menlo Security

    Lannin said that of the vendors Ignition has brought to the UK so far, internet and email vendor Menlo Security is the one that has caught his eye the most.

    Menlo’s isolation platform3 opens websites in a secure cloud-based container, displaying only a replica of the website on the end-point device, which keeps potentially harmful material away from the machine itself. Speaking at the event, Menlo’s EMEA CTO Jason Steer said that the vendor addresses a problem that has existed since the internet’s inception.

    “Your web browser is still using 1995 architecture and that architecture is the reason why ransomware continues to be a problem,” he said.

    “Every click a user makes on a web browser, on average the browser makes 31 background requests to advertising, tracking and social media.

    “Your web browser allows it . In any other protocol that you come across on the internet, would you accept unsigned, unauthenticated, active code and execute it on the end-point without anything other than an anti-virus scan ? No, it is fundamentally wrong .

    It’s completely out of kilter with the threats that we face today.”

    Lannin explained that Sapphire started speaking to Menlo last year, with a view to adding the vendor to its portfolio in 2017.

    “We’re about to start working with Menlo for the end-point side of things,” he said. “That’s going to be a new addition to our portfolio in 2017 and we really like what they’re doing.

    “The idea of putting that virtual air gap between what’s out there on the internet and what the user actually sees is a really interesting way of offering security.

    “It’s a new technology and we’re excited to read about what’s in their road map and keen to see that come to fruition over the next few months . They’ve had a fairly active time since I engaged with them at InfoSec last year, and the technology has evolved an awful lot since then in a very positive manner, hence the intention to get them included in our portfolio.”

    Cato Networks

    Perhaps the most disruptive vendor in Ignition’s portfolio is network and security vendor Cato Networks, founded by Shlomo Kramer, the man behind Check Point.

    Cato offers a cloud-based enterprise network4 which it says eradicates the need for a number of network and security solutions that have typically been sold as individual appliances and layered up, including network firewall hardware. Introducing Cato, Remnant warned partners that the technology will “potentially disrupt a lot of channel business”, which Lannin said could alienate partners.

    “There was a room full of resellers that have been selling security technology to their customers for in some cases 20 years and now Cato Networks are coming in and talking about ripping out that technology; ripping out that investment in security infrastructure, in favour of moving to the Cato cloud where security is embedded.

    “I don’t follow that – it’s great if you’re a greenfield site and you don’t have that security already, but for a reseller community where they’re talking about actively stripping out those elements that you’ve worked so hard to get into your customers, I don’t think that’s a great pitch.”

    References

    1. ^ Cylance (www.channelweb.co.uk)
    2. ^ Illusive Networks (www.channelweb.co.uk)
    3. ^ Menlo Security (www.channelweb.co.uk)
    4. ^ Cato Networks (www.channelweb.co.uk)

    London Bridge evacuation: Area placed on lockdown as police probed security alert

    A swathe of the London Bridge1 area was evacuated as police investigated a security alert sparked by a suspicious vehicle. Office workers were told to stay indoors and away from windows and the bus station and part of the train station were cleared of passengers after officers were called to a security alert in London Bridge street on Tuesday afternoon. The road bridge was also closed to traffic and some buildings including a gym and a cocktail bar were evacuated.

    A police disposal robot was deployed at the scene as part of the ongoing investigation. Security alert: Police stand guard at a cordon outside London Bridge bus station (@ElizabethArgyll)

    Photos posted on social media show police guarding several cordons. Witnesses described seeing a swarm of emergency services vehicles descending on the area.

    The incident was stood down at 3.30pm after the vehicle was found to be no suspicious, police said. A bomb disposal robot was deployed (@CloJo26)

    A woman, who was evacuated from a nearby gym, told the Standard: “The bus station just outside is closed – someone mentioned a suspicious vehicle but that was a bystander rather than a police officer.

    “Looks like some of the office buildings may have been evacuated . The rail station is apparently open if you access via the escalator under the Shard.

    “There are lots of police vehicles and at least two fire engines are onsite.”

    Police cleared the area (@ayoungmarketer)

    In a series of tweets, Elizabeth Argyll, a photographer who was caught up in the evacuation, said: “Police are clearing the area . Trains have been moved out of London Bridge station.

    “It’s now no longer calm . Police rushing people to get away . Only one exit so gridlock.”

    She later added: “They’re extending the evacuation area.”

    Journalist Anila Dhami tweeted: “#LondonBridge station evacuated . Loads of security services including police and fire .

    Large area cordoned off with more police arriving.”

    Lizzie Pook, a freelance journalist, was evacuated from cocktail bar London Grind. She wrote: “Just been evacuated from #LondonGrind in #London bridge . Being shouted at a lot by police to hurry up across the bridge.”

    Paul Vanston wrote: “Best avoid area: Full security alert for #LondonBridge

    “King William St sealed off to traffic . Bridge closed to pedestrians #Blackfriars open.”

    A Met Police spokesman said: We were called to a security alert in London Bridge street at 1.40pm . The bus station and part of the rail station were evacuated as a precaution.

    “The incident is was stood down at 3.30pm.

    British Transport Police wrote on Twitter: “Specialist officers from BTP are assisting @metpoliceuk investigate a security alert at London Bridge .

    Station is currently closed.”

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    References

    1. ^ London Bridge (www.standard.co.uk)
    2. ^ Reuse content (www.standard.co.uk)