Daily Archives: January 16, 2018

Ascom wins agreement with IDN Munson Healthcare in the USA

Ascom secures an agreement with the Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) Munson Healthcare to upgrade its flagship medical center. The agreement amounts to CHF 1.1 million and includes the full Ascom Healthcare Platform.

BAAR, Switzerland, Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Munson Healthcare, a nine hospital non-profit Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) serving the state of Michigan, selected Ascom (SWX:ASCN.SW), the leading global healthcare Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provider, for a comprehensive technology retrofit of its flagship Munson Medical Center. The CHF 1.1 million agreement signed in the second half of 2017 is notable for encompassing the full Ascom Healthcare Platform, including Telligence nurse call, Unite software, EMR and RTLS integrations, Ascom mobility handsets and clinical consulting and training.

Challenged with inefficient legacy systems unable to upgrade to current technology, Munson valued partnering with Ascom versus using multiple vendors for an end-to-end replacement solution. Centralized management also proved key to the middleware sale, as Munson’s flagship will serve as the central hub to manage all messaging and reporting for the rest of the network. Telligence nurse call deployments were completed in October, and the Unite and Mobility installations are underway this December into early 2018.

“This is a significant IDN win for us because it continues to demonstrate the value of the holistic Ascom platform as a solution across an entire health system,” says Francis Schmeer, Head of Marketing and Business Development. “Our engagement with the clinical and executive leadership of Munson, coupled with the longstanding relationship of our local partner Ascomnorth, proved invaluable during system design and selection. The clinical consulting and training included in this agreement will deliver customized, consistent workflows that are streamlined, efficient and patient-centric.”

About Ascom

Ascom is a global solutions provider focused on healthcare Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and mobile workflow solutions. The vision of Ascom is to close digital information gaps allowing for the best possible decisions – anytime and anywhere. Ascom’s mission is to provide mission-critical, real-time solutions for highly mobile, ad hoc, and time-sensitive environments. Ascom uses its unique product and solutions portfolio and software architecture capabilities to devise integration and mobilization solutions that provide truly smooth, complete and efficient workflows for healthcare as well as for industry, security and retail sectors.

Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Ascom has subsidiaries in 15 countries and employs approximately 1,300 people worldwide. Ascom registered shares (ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.

For more information, visit www.ascom.com/north-america and follow @AscomNA and LinkedIn.

Ascom Group Media Office, Daniel Lack, Company Secretary & Legal & Communications/IR

+41 41 544 78 10, daniel.lack@ascom.com

Nasdaq Launches passiveIQ™ for Investor Relations Professionals

First IR-specific solution to provide comprehensive passive index investment data

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq Corporate Solutions, a business of Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ), today announced the launch of passiveIQ™, a new analytics tool designed to provide investor relations (IR) professionals with comprehensive and actionable insights into passive index investment data from mutual funds and ETFs. passiveIQ is available as a supplementary service to Nasdaq IR Insight®.

Index ownership has created a shift in today’s capital markets: the value of passive fund assets increased year over year by 30 percent to $6.6 trillion as of the end of December 2017*. passiveIQ is the first IR-specific solution built to benchmark passive ownership in a company’s shares relative to its peers and is designed to appeal to all public companies, regardless of market capitalization or geographic location. passiveIQ’s other features are designed to help IR professionals understand the latest trends in index ownership and gain insight into the index funds and ETFs they are, and are not, receiving capital from.

“The IR marketplace today provides a number of ways to discover details on the active investment community, but companies are virtually left in the dark about a growing part of their shareholder reality,” said Stacie Swanstrom, Executive Vice President and Head of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions. “With one-third of all mutual fund and ETF assets under management now in passive index funds, the need for an analytics-based solution with actionable insights on passive index trends has never been greater. The comprehensive insights available through Nasdaq’s passiveIQ will help the IR community adapt to an evolving capital markets landscape.”

passiveIQ also offers a comprehensive source of data, backed by the experienced analysts from Nasdaq Advisory Services’ index team, to help companies identify indices for potential inclusion.

Example trends and insights from passiveIQ include:

  • For each company in the NASDAQ-100 Index®, the average number of passive indices is 108 indices;
  • The average passive index dollar ownership for a company listed in the Russell 3000 Index is $1.53 billion; and
  • For each company in the MSCI ACWI ex USA Index, the average number of passive indices is 65 indices.

Nasdaq Corporate Solutions plans to further develop passiveIQ with additional features, including rationales for index inclusion or exclusion, alerting functionality around index rebalances and reconstitutions, and near real-time passive index ownership changes.

To learn more about Nasdaq’s Investor Relations Solutions and subscribe to passiveIQ, please visit: http://business.nasdaq.com/passiveIQ.

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.

This communication and the content found by following any link herein are being provided to you by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions, a business of Nasdaq, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), for informational purposes only. Nasdaq makes no representation or warranty with respect to this communication or such content and expressly disclaims any implied warranty under law. Nasdaq, the Nasdaq logo, Nasdaq Corporate Solutions, Nasdaq IR Insight and passiveIQ are registered and unregistered trademarks, or service marks, of Nasdaq, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. © Nasdaq, Inc. 2018. All rights reserved.

*: Data from Nasdaq Corporate Solutions and Thomson Reuters Lipper

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Nasdaq to Deliver Market Technology to Bolsa de Valores de Panamá

The exchange’s new trading engine will be running on the Nasdaq Financial Framework

NEW YORK and PANAMA CITY, Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and Bolsa de Valores de Panamá (BVP) have signed an agreement for Nasdaq to deliver matching engine technology via the Nasdaq Financial Framework architecture to Panama’s national stock exchange. BVP will replace its current technology with a new platform that will allow them to meet their strategic growth plans and leverage the modular functionality of the Nasdaq Financial Framework to offer additional services to their members and clients.

“Replacing our existing trading software to Nasdaq’s technology is a key component in achieving our strategic goals, our continuing efforts of the regional integration of the exchanges and position our Exchange as the hub for capital markets in the region,” said Olga Cantillo, Chief Executive Officer, Bolsa de Valores de Panamá.

“Panama is one of Latin America’s important growth markets and is clearly committed to creating a liquid, highly sought after ecosystem,” said Carlos Patino, Head of Latin America, Market Technology, Nasdaq. “By leveraging Nasdaq’s next generation technology to run their exchange, BVP will have numerous opportunities to scale their business, expand their offerings and solidify their position as an integral driver of future growth in the region.”

Nasdaq’s market infrastructure technologies, including trading, real-time risk, index, clearing, CSD and market surveillance systems are operated in more than 100 marketplaces, regulators, clearinghouses and central securities depositories across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

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

The Bolsa de Valores de Panama (BVP) is one of the leading Latin American self-regulated exchanges, with a diversified international infrastructure. With a total market cap of USD 32.9 Billion and over USD 5.3 Billion in total volume traded at year-end 2017, in addition to a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 31.4% from 1990 to 2017, the BVP leverages on Panama’s biggest comparative advantages, such as it’s geographical position, the use of the USD as legal tender and having investment grade since 2010, in order to continue the development of the local capital market. The capital market represents a transversal axis that contributes with a diversity of the economy sectors’ development and growth, with 2016 total traded volumes representing 13.4% of the GDP, an increase of 3.3% when compared with the previous year. To learn more, visit: http://www.panabolsa.com

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Radware Report Highlights Rise in Ransom Hacks

Untraceable Ransom Payments Can Be a Lucrative Opportunity for Hackers as Cryptocurrencies Increase in Value

MAHWAH, N.J., Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Radware® (NASDAQ:RDWR), a leading provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, has released its 2017-2018 Global Application and Network Security Report, which found that the percentage of companies reporting financially motivated cyber-attacks has doubled over the past two years, with 50% of surveyed companies experiencing a cyber-attack motivated by ransom in the past year. As the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – often the preferred form of payment among hackers – has appreciated, ransom attacks provide an opportunity for hackers to cash out for lucrative gains months later.

“The rapid adoption of cryptocurrencies and their subsequent rise in price has presented hackers with a clear upside that goes beyond cryptocurrencies’ anonymity,” said Carl Herberger, Vice President of Security Solutions at Radware. “Paying a hacker in these situations not only incentivizes further attacks, but it provides criminals with the vital funds they need to continue their operations.”

The number of companies that reported ransomware attacks in which hackers use malware to encrypt data, systems, and networks until a ransom is paid – surged in the past year, increasing 40% from the 2016 survey. Companies don’t expect this threat to go away in 2018 either. One in four executives (26%) see ransom as the largest threat to their business sector in the coming year.

“Criminals used various exploits and hacks this year to encrypt vital systems, steal intellectual property, and shut down business operations, all with ransom demands attached to these actions,” Herberger said. “Between service disruptions, outages, or IP theft, hackers are leaving businesses reeling, searching for solutions after a hack occurs. As hackers and their methods become increasingly automated, it is now more important than ever for organizations to be proactive in protecting their business.”

Other key findings of the report include:

  • Businesses are most concerned with their data when hit with a cyber-attack. Respondents noted that data leakage was their top business concern, followed by reputation loss and service outages.
  • Despite one in four (24%) businesses reporting cyber-attacks daily or weekly, nearly 80% of surveyed organizations have not come up with a calculation for the cost of attacks, and one in three lack a cyber security emergency response plan.
  • Respondents are not quite sure who is responsible for internet-of-things (IoT) security. When asked who needs to take responsibility for IoT security, there was no clear consensus among security executives. Responses pinned responsibility on the organization managing the network (35% of responses), the manufacturer (34%), and even consumers using these devices (21%).

Radware’s Global Application and Network Security Report, now in its seventh year, is a cross-industry report compiled by Radware’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), leveraging vendor-neutral survey data from 605 IT executives spanning several industries around the globe, Radware’s hands-on experience handling today’s leading threats, as well as third-party service provider commentary. The complete Global Application & Network Security Report 2017-2018, which details 2017’s major attack trends and provides predictions and recommendations from Radware’s ERT for how organizations can best prepare for mitigating cyber threats in 2018, can be downloaded at https://www.radware.com/ert-report-2017/

THIS PRESS RELEASE AND THE REPORT ARE PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN INDICATOR OF RADWARE’S BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OR OPERATING RESULTS FOR ANY PRIOR, CURRENT OR FUTURE PERIOD.

About Radware

Radware® (NASDAQ:RDWR), is a global leader of application delivery and cyber security solutions for virtual, cloud and software defined data centers. Its award-winning solutions portfolio delivers service level assurance for business-critical applications, while maximizing IT efficiency. Radware’s solutions empower more than 12,500 enterprise and carrier customers worldwide to adapt to market challenges quickly, maintain business continuity and achieve maximum productivity while keeping costs down. Radware Cloud Security Services provide cloud-based infrastructure protection, application protection and corporate IT protection services to enterprise globally. For more information, please visit www.radware.com.

Radware encourages you to join our community and follow us on: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Radware Blog, SlideShare, Twitter, YouTube, Radware Connect app for iPhone® and our security center DDoSWarriors.com that provides a comprehensive analysis on DDoS attack tools, trends and threats.

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By 2025, all of McDonald’s Packaging to Come from Renewable, Recycled or Certified Sources; Goal to Have Recycling Available in All Restaurants

OAK BROOK, Ill., Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) announces goals to improve its packaging and help significantly reduce waste to positively impact the communities the company serves around the world.

By 2025, 100 percent of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 percent of McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s understands that recycling infrastructure, regulations and consumer behaviors vary city to city and country to country around the world, but it plans to be part of the solution and help influence powerful change.

This expands upon McDonald’s existing goal that by 2020, 100% of fiber-based packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs.

“As the world’s largest restaurant company, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe,” said Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer. “Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the top environmental issue they would like us to address. Our ambition is to make changes our customers want and to use less packaging, sourced responsibly and designed to be taken care of after use, working at and beyond our restaurants to increase recycling and help create cleaner communities.”

To reach these goals, McDonald’s will work with leading industry experts, local governments and environmental associations, to improve packaging and recycling practices. Together they will work to drive smarter packaging designs, implement new recycling programs, establish new measurement programs and educate restaurant crew and customers.

As Tom Murray, Vice President of EDF+Business at Environmental Defense Fund noted, “Nearly three decades ago, McDonald’s and EDF teamed up to tackle solid waste and accelerate innovation in packaging.  Along the way, we pioneered a new partnership model for companies and nonprofit organizations. Today, McDonald’s continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact.”

“McDonald’s global preference for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials demonstrates their far-reaching commitment to source packaging that benefits people and forests around the world,” said Kim Carstensen, director general of the Forest Stewardship Council. “The partnership between McDonald’s and FSC – the world’s most trusted certification of forests and forest products – also creates a uniquely powerful opportunity for McDonald’s to engage customers about simple ways to protect forests,” he added.

Adds Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund, “Smarter waste management begins with improved sourcing, increased value chain collaboration and better communication with customers. Today’s announcement demonstrates McDonald’s strong leadership in developing packaging and recycling solutions at a scale that can extend the life of our natural resources and push its industry toward more sustainable practices.”

McDonald’s first began its focus on sustainable packaging nearly 25 years ago with the establishment of the groundbreaking partnership with EDF. The initiative eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled 1 million tons of corrugated boxes and reduced waste by 30 percent in the decade following the partnership. In 2014, the company joined WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network program and set its fiber sourcing targets, including FSC preference for packaging made from wood fiber.

Currently, 50 percent of McDonald’s customer packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources and 64 percent of fiber-based packaging comes from certified or recycled sources. Also, an estimated 10 percent of McDonald’s restaurants globally are recycling customer packaging.

“We look forward to doing more and continuing to raise the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet,” DeBiase said.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. Over 90 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

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Deputy PM promises favorable environment for international integration

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said proactively promoting a favorable environment for development and international integration is the main theme for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this year.

At a meeting in Hanoi on Monday to review diplomatic performance in 2017 and outline tasks for 2018, Minh said the key tasks are to maintain a peaceful, stable environment, attract more resources to serve sustainable development, safeguard Vietnam’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and elevate its status. The Deputy PM urged the diplomatic sector to continue pursuing tasks set by the 12th National Party Congress while creatively improving diplomatic activities.

2017 has been viewed as one of the most fruitful years ever for the diplomatic sector. Vietnam’s successful hosting APEC Year 2017 enhanced its multilateral diplomacy.

Source: VOV5

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2018

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has found a place on the list of the best hotels in the world for 2018 and hailed as the No. 1 hotel in Hanoi by editors of the prestigious US travel publication, Conde Nast Traveler.

Spanning six continents and 54 countries, the publication’s annual Gold List 2018 recognizes hotels around the world that editors and contributors visit time and time again and daydream about long after checking out.

The 2018 Gold List Awards were announced in the January issue of Conde Nast Traveler and published on its official website.

Last October, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi emerged from voting by over 300,000 people as the 21st best hotel in Asia in its Readers’ Choice Awards (RCA).

Source: VOV5