Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

SCRUM ALLIANCE® AND SCRUM INC. ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP ON SCRUM@SCALE® FRAMEWORK FOR ORGANIZATIONAL AGILE TRANSFORMATION

Scrum Alliance launches joint venture with Dr. Jeff Sutherland’s Scrum@Scale LLC.

DENVER, CO, and CAMBRIDGE, MA, April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Scrum Alliance® and Scrum Inc. are launching a new joint venture to train, coach, and promote Dr. Jeff Sutherland’s framework for Agile transformation via scaling Scrum across entire organizations.

Scrum Alliance is the largest and most established Scrum certifying body and professional association of Agile practitioners in the world. With more than 500,000 certified practitioners, Scrum Alliance is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations transform their world of work. Scrum Inc. founded by Dr. Jeff Sutherlrand the co-creator of Scrum is the world’s leading authority of implementing Scrum. They have helped hundreds of organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, fundamentally reshape themselves to dramatically increase productivity and drive growth.

Scrum@Scale® is the natural extension of the Scrum framework. It is designed to deliver business agility across an entire organization: all departments, products, and services. No matter the industry, Scrum@Scale makes every team a Scrum team and transforms organizations into market-disrupting forces. Dr. Sutherland, one of the original signers of the Agile Manifesto, recently stepped down from his position as CEO of Scrum Inc. to focus on the training and implementation of Scrum@Scale.

“Scrum@Scale is a framework where networks of Scrum teams can efficiently address complex problems while creatively delivering products of the highest possible value,” said Sutherland. “We look forward to working with Scrum Alliance and their tremendous networks of trainers, coaches, and members to promote this new way of building healthy, high-functioning organizations.”

“We believe Scrum@Scale offers organizations a strong solution for a Scrum scaling framework,“ said Scrum Alliance Board Member Lisa Hershman. “We are so excited to offer our community of trainers and coaches access to the Scrum@Scale education tools and framework solutions for a new phase in our mission of transforming the world of work.”

As the world becomes more Agile, more businesses search for ways to incorporate scaling solutions in their organizations. Scrum Alliance and Scrum Inc. share a vision to help as many organizations as possible practice “good Scrum” and change the world of work. Scrum@Scale achieves this goal through setting up a “minimum viable bureaucracy” that extends the benefits of single Scrum team across the organization.

The partnership was announced at the Scrum Alliance 2018 North American Global Scrum Gathering® in Minneapolis. The sold-out event was the largest Global Scrum Gathering in Scrum Alliance history.

 To learn more about Scrum@Scale, read the open source Scrum@Scale Guide, which is being translated into dozens of additional languages.

About Scrum Alliance

Founded in 2001, Scrum Alliance® is the largest, most established and influential professional membership and certification organization in the Agile community. Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit association with more than 500,000 certified practitioners worldwide. Its vision is to help “Transform the World of Work” with a mission to guide and inspire individuals, leaders, and organizations with practices, principles, and values that create workplaces that are joyful, prosperous, and sustainable. For more information, please visit scrumalliance.org.

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About Scrum Inc.

Scrum Inc., the world’s leading authority on Scrum, provides training, consulting, and coaching that enables organizations to deliver value faster and reduce waste. Scrum Inc. was founded by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum, and has helped hundreds of organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, fundamentally reshape themselves to dramatically increase productivity and drive growth. Scrum Inc. is the preeminent thought leader in the Agile community and publishes scientific papers, case studies, blogs, online educational content, and management and leadership books such as our recent best-selling Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.

Visit scruminc.com to learn about our consulting servicestraining courses, and online learning resources. Follow us on Twitter @ScrumInc, LinkedIn, or visit our blog.

About Scrum@Scale LLC

Scrum@Scale is a training and certification company that provides Scrum Practitioners with the most current learning thy need to Scale Scrum, to teach others the Scrum@Scale framework, and to address complex problems using the framework, while delivering high-value products and services. We do this by delivering rigorous training, openly sharing knowledge, and being the go-to thought leader regarding organizational transformation. Learn more at scrumatscale.com.

Scrum@Scale LLC is a joint venture between Scrum Inc. and Scrum Alliance, two of the world’s leading authorities on Scrum.

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CP Kelco Receives Non-GMO Project Verification for Nine Xanthan Gum Products

ATLANTA, April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CP Kelco, a leading global producer of specialty hydrocolloid solutions, announced today that the following nine KELTROL® Xanthan Gum products are Non-GMO Project (NGP) verified:

KELTROL Advanced Performance
KELTROL Advanced Performance – F
KELTROL Advanced Performance LD40
KELTROL Advanced Performance LD80
KELTROL Advanced Performance RD
KELTROL T Plus
KELTROL T Plus LD80
KELTROL T F Plus
KELTROL Advanced Performance LAX-T

NGP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply in North America.

Xanthan gum provides thickening, stability, and mouthfeel in a variety of applications, including but not limited to dressings, sauces, mayonnaise, relishes, syrups, high salt systems, bakery items and mixes, dry mix products, soft drinks and clear beverages.

“We are pleased to achieve NGP verification for nine xanthan gums, bringing our NGP-verified portfolio to 22 total products,” said Shaw Gilmer, Sr. Director – Strategic Platform, Biogums. “As consumers seek out clean labels, we recognize that food manufacturers are looking for non-GMO ingredient options. We will continue to develop products that address key formulation needs and evolving consumer preferences.”

For the most up-to-date list of CP Kelco NGP verified products, visit the Non-GMO Project website. To learn more about these products and how to develop or improve formulations, send an email to solutions@cpkelco.com or visit http://www.cpkelco.com/.

About CP Kelco

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and part of J.M. Huber Corporation, CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty hydrocolloids with offices and facilities across the globe. Featuring an extensive range of hydrocolloid solutions and serving over 100 countries, CP Kelco leverages its capabilities to bring concepts and ideas to real-world products in a broad range of applications. The company’s specialty ingredients touch a wide variety of consumer and household products and industrial applications, tailored to meet the needs of regional consumers. Key product lines are Gellan Gum, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Diutan Gum and Microparticulated Whey Protein Concentrate, as well as other unique biopolymers. Visit http://www.cpkelco.com/ for more information.

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Cisco Doubles Down on Security Innovation and Investment to Protect the Endpoint and Email

Cisco Introduces New Email Security Services to More Effectively Prevent Phishing and Spoofing Attacks

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RSA — Employees remain an organization’s greatest asset however they can be a risk when it comes to cybersecurity. Attackers are crafting highly targeted, fraudulent emails that look legitimate and use them to deliver malware to unsuspecting users. When successful, it costs the majority of companies $500K or more in lost revenue, customers, opportunities, and out-of-pocket costs.1 To combat the rise of advanced threats targeting employees, Cisco is announcing new email security services to protect users from these fraudulent emails, as well as new capabilities to protect employees’ devices from ransomware, cryptomining, and fileless malware.

Nearly all endpoint security solutions on the market claim to block 99 percent of malware. But what about the one percent of threats that evade detection using sophisticated techniques? Cisco® Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Endpoints, a cloud-managed endpoint security solution, prevents attacks and helps uncover the one percent of threats that can cripple a business. Cisco is adding a number of new capabilities to AMP for Endpoints, including:

  • Sophisticated detection and protection mechanisms to stop today’s threats, including ransomware, and cryptomining: Cisco is now bolstering its threat protection even when a user is offline. The new AMP for Endpoints exploit prevention helps protect against fileless attacks, including those that reside solely in memory. Cisco AMP’s new malicious activity protection stops ransomware execution, killing the processes and preventing propagation.
    • Cisco threat researchers analyzed ransomware variants to identify the common techniques used for encryption. The result: a new engine that continuously protects against ransomware encryption and propagation to keep businesses safe from ransomware.
    • Fileless malware has recently gained popularity in part because of the difficulty in detecting it. Built directly into the foundation of Cisco AMP is a new protection mechanism that requires no tuning or adjustments to stop these threats. It protects against unpatched software vulnerabilities and keeps working around the clock, even when users are offline.
  • Threat investigation with Cisco Visibility, a new cloud application built into the endpoint console which simplifies and accelerates security investigations so security analysts can rapidly investigate incidents with confidence, quickly and at scale. It ingests, normalizes, and enriches security events and provides a visual representation of the extent of a compromise spanning from endpoints to network to cloud.
    • Cisco Visibility combines threat intelligence from Cisco Talos™ and third parties with internal security event and alert data from across an organization’s security infrastructure to simplify investigations, reduce complexity, and shorten incident triage and remediation time.
    • Visibility minimizes the need to switch between multiple consoles to perform common tasks. With a few simple clicks, a user can dive deeper into the data from Talos, Cisco Umbrella Investigate™, Threat Grid, AMP, and other sources to quickly understand how observables exist in an environment and how they relate to each other.

Cisco invests in new email security services
No matter how much the threat landscape changes, malicious email and spam remain vital tools for adversaries to distribute malware, and many of these threats reach the endpoint. Organizations must protect their own company domains from being misused as the delivery mechanism of malicious emails, as well as protect their internal users from phishing and spoofing attacks from emails with suspect senders.

Cisco is helping address these issues and more effectively prevent email identity deception used in phishing attacks. Cisco has concluded an OEM agreement with Agari to market and sell new services that enhance its Email Security product. The new email security services introduced include:

  • Cisco Domain Protection: Automates the process of using email authentication to prevent phishing, protect brands from fraud, and maintain email governance by analyzing, updating, and taking action against senders misusing their domain to send malicious email. This service uses Domain-Based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC), an email authentication standard, and real-time reporting back to domain users about noncompliant emails being sent from their domains. This will be a requirement for many organizations in the future, and as of October 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ordered federal agencies with .gov email domains to fully implement strict DMARC policies by October 2018.
  • Cisco Advanced Phishing Protection: Adds sophisticated machine learning capabilities to Cisco Email Security to block advanced identity deception attacks for inbound email by assessing its threat posture. It also uses both global and local telemetry data combined with analytics and modeling to validate the reputation and authenticity of senders. This helps organizations understand which emails carry targeted phishing and business email compromise (BEC) attacks so only legitimate emails reach an employee inbox.

Deployment through managed security services
To enable customers of all sizes to realize the benefits of these new capabilities, Cisco is expanding its relationship with ConnectWise so managed service providers (MSP) can offer Cisco Security as a part of their portfolio. The expanded relationship will offer the new ConnectWise Advanced Security Dashboard. This cloud management platform fully integrates with the ConnectWise Manage business management solution and complements ConnectWise Unite with Cisco, the existing portal for MSPs based on leading Cisco cloud-managed products. The new ConnectWise Advanced Security Dashboard provides MSPs with the ability to deliver managed security services with Cisco’s security portfolio including Cisco AMP for Endpoints,  Cisco Umbrella, Cisco Stealthwatch® Cloud, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances, Cisco Next-Generation Firewall, and Cisco Meraki® MX appliances.

“Cisco understands that protecting employees and their endpoints requires more than just antivirus. Attackers leverage the Internet, email, and the network as vectors for breaching the endpoint,” said Jeff Reed, Senior Vice President of Product for Cisco’s Security Business Group. “We deliver greater employee protection using cloud-delivered defense against threats hosted on the Internet. Cisco is also now one of the few organizations paving the way toward eliminating email identity deception. Through our expanded partnership, investments, and technology innovations, we are committed to delivering to our customers the best email and endpoint protection.”

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HKEX Deploys Nasdaq SMARTS Machine Learning Technology for Market Surveillance

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) has announced that Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is the first exchange customer in Asia to successfully deploy Nasdaq SMARTS Market Surveillance’s latest machine learning and participant relationship discovery technology across its equity market, enhancing its capabilities to safeguard market integrity, and better protect investors.

Nasdaq has worked closely with HKEX’s Market Surveillance team in implementing machine learning to analyze unusual trading activities and their subsequent categorization by surveillance analysts. The aim of these algorithms is to predict which actions analysts are likely to take based upon their handling of historical activity as well as discovering new relationships within the data. With new machine learning capabilities, the surveillance functions of HKEX will be strengthened by increased efficiency by focusing on unusual trading activity.

“As a market operator, we have always strived to be at the forefront of embracing and applying emerging technologies that will strengthen the integrity of our markets,” said Garbo Cheung, Managing Director and Head of Market Surveillance and Monitoring, HKEX. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the SMARTS team in further building our machine learning capabilities in our market surveillance endeavours.”

“HKEX has been instrumental in contributing to this collaboration and embracing emerging technology to protect market participants,” said Valerie Bannert-Thurner, Senior Vice President and Head of Risk & Surveillance Solutions, Nasdaq. “The evolution of SMARTS is heavily driven through client collaboration and our mutual interest in improving and maintaining market integrity, and we look forward to supporting their continual innovative approach to market surveillance.”

The machine learning capabilities will initially be used to prioritize the surveillance workflow. The technology predicts the likelihood that the event will lead to an action by an analyst. This will particularly help in situations where work load is high, such as during the opening and closing of the markets. The new prioritization ranking is then used to complement traditional quality controls in relation to alert handling, which then enables surveillance officers to identify outliers where the actual handling of alerts has differed from the prediction of the algorithm.

Further, SMARTS has also supplied enhanced trade relationship visualization to complement a suite of market abuse alerts targeting group activity. The new visualizations enhance the efficiency of HKEX to immediately review how participants coordinate trades through multiple accounts for all historical market activity.

About Nasdaq
Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $12 trillion. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.com

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Youngsters visit Truong Sa solders, islanders

183 young people left Ho Chi Minh City on Monday for Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago to learn about the economic and defense activities of soldiers and local islanders.

The group includes Youth Union officials, entrepreneurs, students, artists, doctors, and journalists. Bui Quang Huy, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, said before their departure: This year’s trip, the 10th so far, coincides with the 30th anniversary of Vietnamese naval soldiers’ battle to defend Collins, Lansdowne, and Johnson reefs against foreign invaders. Our activities pay tribute to the sacrifices of our predecessors and express our shared responsibility for Vietnam’s sea and island defense.

The young representatives will participate in a writing contest, a photo competition, and an art performance, and transfer water conservation and waste treatment technology to people on Truong Sa and the DK1 platform. They will deliver to local people 90,000 USD, plus refrigerators, gymnastic equipment, and school supplies donated by mainlanders.

Source: VOV5

Youngsters visit Truong Sa solders, islanders

183 young people left Ho Chi Minh City on Monday for Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago to learn about the economic and defense activities of soldiers and local islanders.

The group includes Youth Union officials, entrepreneurs, students, artists, doctors, and journalists. Bui Quang Huy, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, said before their departure: This year’s trip, the 10th so far, coincides with the 30th anniversary of Vietnamese naval soldiers’ battle to defend Collins, Lansdowne, and Johnson reefs against foreign invaders. Our activities pay tribute to the sacrifices of our predecessors and express our shared responsibility for Vietnam’s sea and island defense.

The young representatives will participate in a writing contest, a photo competition, and an art performance, and transfer water conservation and waste treatment technology to people on Truong Sa and the DK1 platform. They will deliver to local people 90,000 USD, plus refrigerators, gymnastic equipment, and school supplies donated by mainlanders.

Source: VOV5

Japan, China work to improve ties

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Sunday Japan and China have agreed to go forward with mutual visits by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will come to Japan for a Japan-China-South Korea summit next month, then Prime Minister Abe will visit China and President Xi Jinping will visit Japan, Kono told reporters after a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tokyo.

Kono said the two sides will work in close coordination to implemente UN Security Council resolutions to make the complete, irreversible, and verifiable abandonment of North Korea’s nuclear missile program a reality.

Source: VOV5