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first_imgLettersOn 18 May 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s letters Diversity and equality should never be tackled separatelyStephen Overell argues in ‘Painting over the cracks’ (Off message 30 March)that, not only are equality and diversity different, but that equality is theone that counts. He points out that Johanna Fullerton and I somehow ‘had it in for equalopportunities’, and that equality for the six groups covered byanti-discrimination law is sufficient to do away with such a vague, and evencounter-productive notion as diversity. We would argue that any form of discrimination is bad and does not justaffect people within the groups covered by anti-discrimination laws. To createan environment where people feel valued and treated on merit, regardless oflegalities, remains the challenge – and the key reason why diversity is soimportant. We agree with his argument that the need for a diverse workforce to reflectthe customer base is flawed. Indeed, it reinforces the anti-diversity argument,ie, if you have an all-white customer base, then you will only need a whiteworkforce. Our ideas about equality are exactly the same as our ideas about diversity.We do not make the distinction between them that Overell does. They are one andthe same. Consequently, you cannot have cracks appearing between them. Overell has taken one argument, representing the customer base, and usedthat as the only argument for diversity. Picking on a weak, flawed argumentdoes not discredit the overall case. Binna Kandola Occupational psychologist and diversity specialist, Pearn Kandola Diversity is not the new-wave equality In Stephen Overell’s article ‘Painting over the cracks’ (Off message, 30March) he seems to think that equality and diversity are competing against eachother. He is right to say they are not they same thing, but diversity is notthe ‘new improved’ form of equality. “Neither equality nor respect for difference (diversity) is asufficient value in itself. The two must be held together, mutually challengingand supportive”. This quote from Multi-Ethnic Britain by the RunnymedeTrust sums up how I feel organisations should view equality and diversity. Equalityand diversity are cogs that help to turn the wheel of economic inclusion.Diversity ‘fine tunes’ equality and allows the recognition of the individualwithin the given group. Kandola and Fullerton’s Managing the Mosaic says diversity is: – not about reducing standards (‘dumbing down’) – not about removing prejudices, but about recognising that we haveprejudice(s) and question them before we act – not a distraction from more important business issues – not about ‘positive discrimination’, but taking positive action – not just about language and ‘political correctness’. Overell may believe that equality is the one that counts – mainly because itis covered by legislation and ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’, andperhaps also because he doesn’t want the headache of dealing with difference.But most people acknowledge that diversity, in whatever form, is difficult tosynthesise and, as such, achieving consensus (assuming this is an objective)will be difficult to reach. Kwabena A Osayande Equality and diversity manager, Advantage West Midlands Ann Summers exec stunned by ad-rage I was surprised at some of the responses you received to our advertisement(Recruitment advertising section, 20 April). I was surprised for two reasons: first, this is the first time we havereceived any negative comments in response to an advertisement. We generallyget an extremely positive response from applicants, who, in more than 85 percent of cases, are women. And second, I would have thought that if there was a group of people thatwould understand the need to express a brand persona in its advertising, itwould be HR professionals. Ann Summers, for those who don’t really know, is a highly successful‘fashion and passion’ retailer with 116 high-street stores. As a retailer, ithas done more than any other in empowering women to feel confident about theirsexuality. Ann Summers is also a business run for women by women. We have a femalechief executive – the only one to hold such a role in the country – and we havea female managing director. So we are really the last company that would besexist in anything that we do. But we have clearly upset a large number of people with our advertisement.We apologise unreservedly – to both of them. Gary Burgham Group HR executive, Ann Summers Surrey CC changes set to save £26m The recent news item about Surrey’s e-service achievement was certainlywelcomed. But I feel it is important to emphasise that it is one part of amajor change programme to transform the county council into a modern leader oflocal democracy. HR is involved in all aspects of the programme, helping to supportemployees, managers and the organisation as a whole during this significanttime as new technologies, tools, systems and ways of working are introduced.These changes will not only help to improve service access for residents, butwill also help employees to work more flexibly. New technology and mobile working means that more than 8,000 employees cannow access Surrey’s systems and network from any council office. Nearly 1,000can work from home, and a mixed-menu approach combining flexible hours,hot-desking, mobile working and homeworking is helping to deliver the best fitfor job, team, service and personal needs. Combined with proposals to modernisethe county council’s offices, our proposals will help to save £26m long-term. Graham White Head of HR, Surrey County Council M&S needs to focus on the bigger picture Ian Wilder’s explanation of the value of corporate social responsibility(CSR) and the importance of HR’s role within it (Letters, 13 April) echoes thecomment from the head of CSR at Marks & Spencer on the front page of arecent edition of Personnel Today. Perhaps business people in general would be puzzled as to why a company suchas M&S should have been so interested in CSR as to shed a sizeable numberof its workforce and still be under-performing so badly. How has CSR benefitedthe retailer? As for Wilder’s Ministry of Defence, perhaps it should keep its eye on thebig ball in play before diverting its efforts to what are, I am sure, veryworthy causes. Then we may have helicopters that can fly in the clouds, andenough battle armour for our soldiers. Denis W Barnard Director, HRmeansbusiness Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

BYU Basketball’s Caleb Lohner Named As WCC Freshman of the Week

first_img Written by Tags: BYU Basketball December 14, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Basketball’s Caleb Lohner Named As WCC Freshman of the Week Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Monday, BYU men’s basketball forward, freshman Caleb Lohner, was named as the West Coast Conference’s Freshman of the Week.In the Cougars’ game against Boise State and Utah last week, Lohner averaged 5 points and 8 rebounds per game.In the 82-64 win over the Utes Saturday, Lohner posted eight rebounds and a career-high 10 rebounds.The Dallas native leads the 6-2 Cougars in rebounding, posting 6.8 boards per contest.He is also tied with senior guard Alex Barcello for the team lead in steals with 7.The Cougars return to the hardwood Friday to face San Diego State at the Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl at San Diego.The Aztecs are 5-0 and are ranked No. 18 in this week’s The Associated Press Top 25 poll as confirmed earlier Monday.last_img read more

Adjunct-Vet Tech (Pool)

first_imgRequisition ID: req2923Job Title: Adjunct-Vet Tech (Pool)Department: Vet., Imaging & Surgical TechLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: ExemptCompensation Type: ContractCompensation: $52.88 per Contact HourSchedule: Hours vary depending upon course assignment; day,evening, or weekend hours.Job Description:The CollegeCommunity colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforceneeds and make higher education an affordable reality. There hasnever been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s nobetter place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus onstudent success and a partnership mindset have established ColumbusState as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, anda premier community college that is changing the nation’s educationand workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at severalregional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from anengaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewardsinnovation and vision.We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, andprofessional development opportunities. We are dedicated toensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staffreflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be acentral part of a community that embraces differences andcelebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that defineCentral Ohio.The CityColumbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and morethan 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquartersof multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’sfastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences,dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s whyCentral Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, bothprofessionally and personally.To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able toperform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential job functions described in this positiondescription.Since every duty associated with this position may not be describedherein, employees may be required to perform duties notspecifically spelled out in the job description, but which may bereasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of theirduties just as though they were actually written out in thisposition description.Position SummaryThe Adjunct-Veterinary Technology position provides qualityinstruction and maintains a positive learning environment in theclassroom with major emphasis placed on teaching, supporting andevaluating students. The Adjunct role provides instruction andmonitors teaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.Core Competencies RequiredProfessionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Quality Focus,Communication, Guiding Interactions, Positive Approach and Planningand OrganizingESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSInstruction and Student LearningTeaches assigned courses as scheduled and assumes primaryresponsibility for and exercises oversight of the curriculum inconjunction with the Department’s policies, ensuring both the rigorof programs and the quality of instruction.Considers individual differences of students in order to design andsupport a range of appropriate learning activities.Participates in the identification of students with academic orother needs and responds by utilizing an appropriate resource. Usestechnology in a manner appropriate to the nature and objectives ofcourses and programs and communicates clearly to students theexpectations concerning the use of such technology. Keeps accurateand appropriate records in accordance with departmentalpolicies.Maintains attendance records, determines and submits grades timelyand in accordance with established policies and procedures of theCollege, and communicates progress feedback as well as otherrelevant information to students throughout the semester.Distributes and maintain accurate syllabi that incorporatesdepartmental, college, cross-college, and instructorrequirements.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeeting schedule.Employs appropriate assessment techniques to measure students’performance in achieving course goals and objectives. Engages inperiodic meetings with the department, Lead Instructor, andChairperson relative to teaching duties and professionaldevelopment.Student Engagement and AdvisementCreates a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages active andcollaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, studentand faculty interaction, and support for learners.Maintains posted office hours in accordance with departmental andpolicies of the College. Uses technology to assist in communicationwith students. Encourages a sense of community among students forlearning both inside and outside the classroom.Advises potential or current students within the discipline aboutthe program, career, or transfer options available to assist withdegree completion. Refers students to appropriate student andacademic support services available at the College or in thecommunity.OTHER DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIESTeaches various courses within the Veterinary Technology program ofstudy. Assists with animals during instruction and assess studentperformance.Attend all department meetings and required trainings. *Regular,predictable, and punctual attendance is required.Usual Physical RequirementsWhile performing duties of this job, the employee regularlyexhibits digital dexterity when entering information into computer.The employee regularly sits, stands and walks for extended periodsof time. Employee converses verbally with others in person and bytelephone. Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbsor balances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. Employeeoccasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 10 pounds.Working ConditionsTypical office and classroom environment. Regular exposure tomoderate noise typical to business offices.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: in class andonline instruction techniques and methods; Microsoft Office;Blackboard; internet research. Skill in: providing qualityinstruction (developmental, multicultural, applied learning) andsupport to a diverse student body; learning technologies and theuse of multi-media technology to enhance student learning;instructional planning and presentation; incorporating criticalthinking, effective communication and other general educationoutcomes in course content; effective time management; onlinecommunication and record-keeping. Ability to: perform studentlearning outcomes assessments; demonstrate teaching strategies thatfocus on student- centered learning; demonstrate a commitment toimproving student learning through innovative strategies that aidstudent success and retention and reflect industry trends; adapt tomulti-campus organizational work environments as well as changes inthe discipline; effectively communicate and use interpersonalskills; create engaging learning environments that respect a widevariety of viewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of adiverse student population, including socio-economic, cultural andethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities; workindependently without ongoing direct supervision; meet deadlines;maintain confidential and sensitive information, includingFERPA.Minimum Qualifications:Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and a registeredVeterinary Technician (RVT); certified Veterinary Technician (CVT);or licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). State Motor VehicleOperator’s License or demonstrable ability to gain access to worksite(s).Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a closelyrelated field or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) orVeterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) preferred. Prior teachingexperience preferred.last_img read more

O.C. Councilwoman Bergman to Receive “Salute to Working Women” Award

first_imgCouncilwoman Karen Bergman, speaking during City Council’s swearing-in ceremony in 2018, is being recognized by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that Karen Bergman, Councilwoman and Director of Catering for the Flanders Hotel, will receive the 2019 Salute to Working Women Award and will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 24 at the Flanders Hotel.The award recognizes women in business for their outstanding professional and personal achievements.Bergman has been a noted leader among the businesses and people in Ocean City. Many got to know her when she owned and operated Nash’s News on Asbury Avenue from December 1997 through December 2004. It was through Nash’s, that she developed a strong passion for Asbury Avenue and the Ocean City business community. Her love for the downtown led her to serve as an executive board member for the Main Street Board, which is responsible for allocating funds generated to the Asbury Avenue business district from the SID tax. She also served on the Business and Neighborhood Development Board and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.Bergman currently works as director of catering for the Flanders Hotel. She is responsible for coordinating, supervising, and directing all aspects of the Catering Department at the Flanders. This includes training, supervising and managing all catering associates to ensure complete guest satisfaction. She is also responsible for soliciting and booking banquet and catering functions.Additionally, Bergman serves the community as Councilwoman at Large. In 2008, she was elected 2nd Ward council woman and served until 2012. After taking a break for three years, she was unanimously appointed Council at Large to replace Michael Allegretto, was re-elected in 2016 and then in 2018. She has also been an Executive Board Member of the Ocean City Tourism Commission and Cape May County Chamber Board of Directors.  The luncheon will honor all working women at home or in the workforce on Wednesday, April 24 at noon at the Flanders Hotel. The luncheon is open to the public and is $25 per person.For more information, to make a reservation, or to place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact the Chamber office at 609-399-1412 or email us at [email protected]last_img read more

Keselowski makes stop at CES

first_imgSprint Cup champion shows off new NASCAR app Brad Keselowski introduces a new NASCAR app with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs. NASCAR’s participation in the world’s largest electronic show is evidence of the leadership role it continues to play in the sports world. After successful partnership announcements last year with Twitter, Google and HP, NASCAR last week launched a new digital platform. The new NASCAR.com will capture the excitement of NASCAR through dynamic video, bold imagery, interactive graphics and the latest news and in-depth analysis. An interactive live leaderboard will provide fans with in-depth information in real-time for each driver on race days, and NASCAR FANTASY LIVE, the official NASCAR fantasy game, will have a new look and feel. Finally, a pair of mobile apps, which will be released before the start of the season, will give fans an unprecedented second screen experience on their tablets and mobile devices.The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the leading international trade show for companies that make consumer electronics. On an annual basis, more than 150,000 people attend CES and more than 20,000 new products have been launched at the show, including the VCR, HDTV, DVD and the tablet computer. CES also attracts some of the biggest names in Hollywood. At last year’s show alone, celebrity attendees included Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Jillian Michaels, Ryan Seacrest, and Kelly Clarkson.See more photos of Keselowski at CES below. Brad Keselowski (C) on stage with NASCAR Vice President of Digital Media Marc Jenkins (L) and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs (R). Brad Keselowski, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, and Marc Jenkins, NASCAR’s VP of digital media, joined Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs on stage Monday night in Las Vegas during Jacobs’ keynote address to kick off the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. The trio unveiled a conceptual app that NASCAR and Qualcomm are currently working on which will allow fans at home to watch NASCAR races like never before.last_img read more

John Mayer Confirms Plans For Solo Tours Before And After Dead & Company

first_imgNow that Dead & Company has officially announced plans for a month-long summer tour, the question many John Mayer fans have been wondering is whether or not the guitarist would hit the road in support of his forthcoming solo album, The Search For Everything, due out sometime in early 2017. The answer to that question has now been answered.Dead & Company Announces Summer 2017 Tour DatesWith the Dead dates set and announced, Mayer has confirmed that he will be putting in some serious time on the road with a bit of a touring segue of his own, as he states in his most recent Facebook post, “The Search For Everything -> spring solo tour -> Dead & Co. summer tour -> solo summer tour -> tour tour tour.” So, fear not, all of you adoring John Mayer (solo) fans, this news should be just enough to whet those appetites. Take a listen to his latest single “Love on the Weekend” below.“Love on the Weekend”:last_img read more

Guardian of the House

first_imgYou can’t get past the door at Quincy House without getting to know Paul Barksdale. That’s not because the Harvard security guard will stop you, but because the residents likely will, singing his praises.Barksdale is a fixture of the House and a welcoming friend to the 500-plus students who call the residence hall home during their sophomore, junior, and senior years at the University. It’s a home made warmer by the light of the man who knows everybody’s name.From 4 p.m. to midnight, Barksdale mans the guard desk at the side of the building on Plympton Street, handing out care packages or parcels too big to fit in a small mailbox. He assists students with forgotten keys, lends them the House vacuum cleaner, or helps them locate a lost item. But, perhaps above all, he is a friend.Students can’t get through the door without Barksdale getting to know them. Since he started in 2003, he has made a point of memorizing the name, face, and concentration of every incoming sophomore.“He knew my name right off the bat,” recalled senior Janet He. “He is so friendly and outgoing. If I am having a bad day, he will still come and ask me how I am doing. … He brings so much happiness to my life at Quincy House.”Barksdale occasionally plays matchmaker if he senses there might be an unexpressed interest between two shy undergraduates, and regularly attends the House’s formals, dances, and variety shows.Prior to coming to Harvard, Barksdale worked with local homeless shelters, and HIV/AIDS and substance abuse programs, helping to counsel and support those trying to get back on their feet, or cope with a difficult disease. The skills he developed through those experiences, he said, translate to his interactions with students, who so often just need the supportive ear of a friend.“Whether someone is marginalized or a wonderful achiever, there is a sense of presence that you want to give a person, that sense of dignity and respect that everyone needs.“So often you are powerless to change people’s lives, … but by just being this presence to someone, you can affirm them. I can’t change if an exam didn’t go well, but I can listen.”In his spare time, Barksdale is an avid walker and loves to read. His current reading list tends toward the spiritual and includes the religious scholars Thomas Aquinas and John Henry Newman.His passion for books is something he shares with his students. On a recent afternoon, he and junior Matt Cavedon compared notes on the memoir of former Quincy House resident and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. “If I can find my copy at home, I will bring it in for you,” Barksdale told Cavedon with a smile.“It must feel good to have that thesis done,” Barksdale quipped to another passing student, senior Ari Hoffman, who recently finished his English literature thesis. A die-hard Yankees fan, Hoffman said some of his happiest memories at Quincy House involve watching baseball games with Barksdale, an ardent Red Sox Fan.“Paul has been a real highlight of my time at Quincy House and my college undergraduate career,” said Hoffman, who added that when his Yankees won the World Series Barksdale offered kind congratulations. “It was above and beyond the call of duty.”When trying to describe what the job means to him, Barksdale gets emotional.He recounted a 2004 conversation with graduating senior David Lippin. Noticing Lippin outside the House early one morning during senior week with a contemplative look on his face, Barksdale stopped to say hello.“He said, ‘Paul, I can’t tell you what an honor it has been to be here, to be part of this.’“Those were his words, but if you saw his countenance, his face when he was saying this, it tells you about the magic of Harvard,” recalled Barksdale. “Harvard cannot be ensconced in a brand name. Harvard is much bigger than that. It’s this dynamic, living, creative organism that every student and professor is part of. It’s magical, and I think the most important thing is to be grateful to be part of it in any way. That’s what I feel. I feel like it’s an honor to work here, in whatever small role I play.”last_img read more

#ISTE17: Realizing the Path to Student-Centered Learning

first_imgNext week educators, administrators, students and technology providers will meet at the annual ISTE conference to collaborate on all things ed-tech and discuss the latest educator-tested strategies for transforming learning and teaching. This year’s event in San Antonio continues the conversation on student-lead learning, a concept that’s vastly different from the “old days” when education was often a recitation of information from one person to a classroom full of students. Technology has and is playing a prominent role in this development, enabling students to learn and create differently than before, while preparing them for the modern workforce.We will be hosting several sessions and activities as well as introducing new solutions that fall under our umbrella theme of “Realizing your path to student-centered transformation.” Innovative ideas and ubiquitous access to digital resources provide endless opportunities to create authentic student-centered learning experiences and we at Dell EMC want to make sure educators have the tools they need to inspire and empower students to take charge of their learning experience.Introducing the S518WL ProjectorOn the product front, we will be introducing a new advanced 4K laser projector, the S518WL – a more affordable version of our recently announced Dell Advanced 4K Laser Projector (S718QL) developed with K-12 classrooms in mind. With its affordable price point, the S518WL is a reliable, low-maintenance and lamp-free laser projector with 10-year laser life that delivers crystal clear presentations in the classroom. With instant on and off since the laser doesn’t need to warm up or cool down, ability to present using a USB or wirelessly via school network, laptop, tablet or phone, you can connect and start presenting immediately.  It’s a great addition to the refreshed education portfolio we announced earlier this year at the BETT show in London.Putting Customers in the SpotlightThere are countless solutions available when it comes to creating an environment to support student-led learning, but knowing where and how to get started can be a challenge. We’ll host a spotlight discussion on Monday on “Transforming space: Practical strategies to empower student-led learning” where our customer panelists will provide insights into what it takes to change the physical learning space to support more immersive and collaborative learning models. The session will feature Gabi Nino, principal of Joe Lee Johnson elementary, Round Rock ISD; Rachel Sotelo, academy specialist at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock ISD; students from Cedar Ridge School High School; and Dr. Robert Dillon, director of Innovation Learning, University City School District.Dell Canvas Demos and MoreThe Dell EMC Learning Lounge (room 209) will feature a variety of sessions, including immersive and interactive workshops, discussions and experiences on everything from data protection to unleashing creativity in the classroom and more. We’ll discuss the timely topic of protecting your district’s data even as headlines of ransomware attacks keep making the news, transforming learning environments and unleashing creativity in the classroom, as well as teaching digital literacy and citizenship to ensure students are equipped to maintain integrity in their digital and non-digital lives inside and outside of the classroom. We will also have student artists showcasing the capabilities of our Dell Canvas solution on Monday and Tuesday during the show.Come by the Dell EMC Learning Lounge in room 209 to meet our team, join the conversation online using the #ISTE17 hashtag and follow up on Twitter for more @DellEMCedu. You can also view a full list of our activities at ISTE here.last_img read more

QuorumSoft introduces ‘Scale on Demand’ Citrix XenServer backup and disaster recovery

first_imgQuorumSoft, a world leading provider of  deduplicating archival solutions for virtualized environments, today announced the general availability of Alikeâ ¢ Version 2.1, a new generation solution for Citrix XenServer backup and disaster recovery.  Alike v2.1 delivers significant enhancements, including dramatically faster backup performance, more flexible deployment options, and innovative new ways to minimize bandwidth and storage costs. With Alike v2.1, multiple virtual machines (VMs) can be backed up concurrently, giving XenServer users the ability to scale the solution to meet their unique requirements. Alike v2.1 also includes the ability to backup and replicate a virtual machine in a single pass, choose push or pull replication flow, and other advanced capabilities. To provide companies with the flexibility to balance their resource utilization, QuorumSoft offers the choice of either source-side or target-side deduplication. ‘We created Alike v2.1 in direct response to what Citrix XenServer users worldwide have said they wanted’a flexible way to reduce the time and expense of protecting critical business environments and avoiding disruptions to their operations,’ said Phil Baskette, founder and CEO, Quorum Software, Inc. ‘Alike v2.1 is an important milestone in our long-term strategy to continually create new and innovative backup and disaster recovery solutions.’Alike v2.1 also enables companies to:·         Easily and efficiently keep an up-to-date version of their backup history offsiteManage all backup and replication tasks without using cumbersome command line configurationTailor any backup and replication schedule to their needs, using a flexible job scheduling engineLeverage any CIFS compliant storage systemSchedule the export of XVA archives to diskDeploy Alike on physical or virtual machines. BURLINGTON, VT ‘ September 7, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Cyber Espionage in the 21st Century

first_img The technological advancements in the second half of the 20th century revolutionized espionage activity, replacing human sources with highly complex and precise systems, such as image satellites, platforms to monitor signs and communications, and unmanned vehicles. In the 21st century, this process, characterized by the digital era, has been enhanced by incorporating the existing sources to a more aggressive component. Computer viruses are modular entities for espionage activities and they already show a strong tendency of becoming the main weapon in future wars, in the “super cyber weapons” category. The first cyber attack happened in 2003, in Estonia, causing great loss to the economy of that country. Since then it has been possible to evaluate the degree of vulnerability due to the increasing reliance on systems that are interconnected to various areas. This type of activity has been escalating internationally and each day millions of new spyware software is found. An evolution of the infamous Trojan Horse was discovered in 2009. The super virus Stuxnel and Flame, for example, were used to spy and neutralize systems that had confidential information on the Iranian nuclear program. More recently, a new super virus has been identified. It is similar to Flame, known as Madi, and it is used to spy on financial organizations and governmental authorities who have any type of confidential knowledge. Because of the high complexity of these super viruses, it has not been possible to evaluate the real extent of the damage caused by them, which can take years. However, as much as the losses, the gains can be immeasurable, due to the capability of consolidating or changing the configuration of the global power and influence. In any case, the current scenario leads us to believe that in future possible wars, humans will have a secondary position whose main role is to type on keyboards and press buttons. *André Luís Woloszyn is a strategic affairs analyst By Dialogo September 11, 2012last_img read more