Pasadena-Based Parsons Reveals Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Problems in the U.S.

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena-Based Parsons Reveals Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Problems in the U.S. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, June 15, 2018 | 6:45 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 2 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  A survey conducted by Pasadena-based Parsons revealed an alarming lack of integration of operational with information technology professionals within critical infrastructure facilities in the United States, which could lead to hacking and failures of vital facilities.“Thousands of networked devices installed in critical infrastructure facilities are improving operating efficiency but increasing cyber risk,” said Carey Smith, President of Parsons’ Federal business unit. “The perfect storm has already formed, with more connected devices in the industrial controls environment creating numerous points of access for increasingly sophisticated attacks.”Parsons undertook the survey to explore the state of cybersecurity risk in these facilities after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said cybercrime damage would reach $6 trillion annually by 2021 – almost 10 percent of the world economy.With more than 90 percent of critical infrastructure assets in America owned by private sector interests, understanding the degree to which OT and IT cyber solutions have converged is not a matter of simply asking federal government officials for a report. The answer lies with the employees, management, and boards of directors of the companies and cooperatives that operate critical infrastructure assets.The survey emphasized the degree to which both information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have converged.The 10-page report entitled “Parsons 2018 Critical Infrastructure Risk Assessment” and released Thursday reports the results and summarizes the opinions of 300 qualified respondents working as industrial control system (ICS) engineers in each of the criticalParsons said attacks on both OT and IT critical infrastructure (CI) environments, including the 2015 Ukraine electric system disruption and the March 2018 Russian attack on the U.S. grid, are being reported by government and private sector infrastructure operators with increasing frequency.In October 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a joint technical alert in response to advanced persistent threat data on attacks targeting U.S. energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing organizations.Cybersecurity standards organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have called for solutions to the evolving threat landscape that enhance convergence of OT and IT technologies and processes to strengthen against threats to ICS and OT systems.In the survey, 66 percent of the respondents indicates their organizations are adding more connected industrial internet of things (IIoT) devices to industrial control systems in the OT environment. Seventy-eight percent said they were not highly involved in ICS cybersecurity.The Parsons report is downloadable from the company website, through www.parsons.com/cipsurvey. More Cool Stuff Community News HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

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New Therapy for Depression to be Trialled in Oxford

first_imgThe Universities of Oxford and Bangor have together launched a million pound study into a new therapy designed to help prevent patients relapsing into suicidal depression. Rebecca Crane, of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, said that the team was “optimistic” of establishing a new preventative approach to tackling depression. The treatment, based on ‘mindfulness’, encourages individuals to accept emotions and to approach experiences with openness in order to reduce stress. The therapy is to be trialled in both Oxford and North Wales.by Rob Pomfretlast_img read more

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Enterprise now offering rentals to USC students

first_imgIn case Zipcar, Zimride, USC shuttles and Metro Transportation Authority buses weren’t enough options, students looking to get away from campus can now pick up a car from campus through a new partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The program, which launched earlier this month, offers students the chance to rent cars at discounted rates and allows them to pay a daily rate rather than an hourly rate. The program also offers a wide range of vehicles for students to choose from.The partnership began when Enterprise’s car-sharing program, WeCar, was brought to the attention of USC Transportation. Since USC already had Zipcar as a car-sharing option, discussions with Enterprise turned to longer-term car rentals, an unoccupied niche at USC.Enterprise and USC agreed to a two-year contract. USC receives no compensation for advertising and promoting Enterprise.Tony Mazza, director of USC Transportation, said the program is not meant to compete directly with Zipcar, since the two programs differ in flexibility and duration of rentals.“There are situations where an hourly rate is not a cost-effective option: for example, students wanting to plan a weekend trip,” Mazza said. “Additionally, we don’t have vans or trucks as our Zipcar vehicles. Students may need a minivan or a 15-passenger van for a group trip, or a truck for moving equipment or personal items.”Zipcar charges an annual $35 membership fee for students and rents by the hour or day. The cheapest hourly rate is $8, while the cheapest daily rental is $66. The cost includes insurance, fuel and 180 driving miles.Enterprise does not have such a membership fee and rents by the day, week or month. Its fleet contains a broader range of vehicles, including trucks, SUVs, minivans and luxury cars. The cheapest daily rental, which includes unlimited mileage but not fuel, is $44.99. Those 18-20 years of age can rent but must show proof of insurance, according to Mazza.Mazza said he thinks the program will be successful because of its accessibility, ease of rental and the USC discount.“Enterprise has a minimum age requirement of 18 with no additional fees, which differs from most car rental companies,” he said. “Enterprise [only] requires you have a valid driver’s license in any state or an international permit, which we think is a huge benefit for students. Our USC branch also offers special rates for faculty, staff and students when they present their USCard.”Enterprise officials are also optimistic about the partnership.“We’ve had a great response — rentals were particularly up during spring break,” said Lisa Martini, a public relations representative for Enterprise. “The cost-efficiency, the convenience, as well as the recognized relationship we have with so many of the students, faculty and alumni at USC make the on-campus rental branch a great opportunity — and partnership — for everyone.”Some students, however, do not see Enterprise as an appealing method of transportation.Kunal Bhan, a freshman majoring in biological sciences, said he does not believe Enterprise’s longer rental options are suited to college students.“It’s cool with more places to rent cars from, but I think people will probably still stick with Zipcar, since it’s cheaper [for short periods of time] and easier,” Bhan said.Other students said that it is good for students to have another option.“Before it was only Zipcar. I guess this is good because you get to choose,” said Kent Kobayashi, a freshman majoring in mathematics. “Though personally, I wouldn’t use it because my friends [would] have cars.”Some said they think the Enterprise program will be useful for longer trips.“I think it’s a good idea because it’s a lot more affordable for people to rent at a flat [daily] rate,” said Kelsi Halverson, a freshman majoring in theatre (design). “If you need a car all day, it would cost more to rent hour by hour.”Students can rent a car from the Enterprise campus office, which is located in Parking Structure X near the Transportation office. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.last_img read more

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Week 13 PPR Rankings: WR

first_imgWEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Tight endWeek 13 PPR Rankings: WRsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues1Adam Thielen, Vikings @ Patriots2DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Browns3Antonio Brown, Steelers vs. Chargers4Amari Cooper, Cowboys vs. Saints5Keenan Allen, Chargers @ Steelers6Davante Adams, Packers vs. Cardinals7Tyreek Hill, Chiefs @ Raiders8Odell Beckham Jr., Giants vs. Bears9Michael Thomas, Saints @ Cowboys10Julio Jones, Falcons vs. Ravens How many times have you heard fantasy analysts talk about “wide receivers with more value in PPR leagues”? It’s said all the time, and it seems once a wideout gets that reputation, he can’t shake it (and vice/versa for “big-play guys” with less value). Well, what happens if said player isn’t actually producing according to their rep? We had to face that question when putting together our Week 13 fantasy WR PPR rankings, and along the way we spotted some more potential waiver wire sleepers who are basically doing what the “more-value-in-a-PPR-league” receivers are supposed to be doing.First up is Jarvis Landry, who has only five catches on 10 targets for 52 yards in his past two games — both highly favorable matchups. Next is Golden Tate, who’s better than Landry (nine catches, 16 targets, 78 yards over the past two games) but still clearly disappointing. Next we have Larry Fitzgerald, who’s scored in four of five games but only has two catches apiece (six total targets) in his past two contests. Further down, we have Cole Beasley (six catches, nine targets, 56 yards in his past two games) and Dede Westbrook (five catches, eight targets, 63 yards and a TD). Week 13 Standard Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerWith someone like Tate, the targets are there and we know he has all kinds of upside, so he remains at least a WR3 (plus we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for moving to a new offense). Landry is tougher to figure, but considering he started the season with double-digit targets in seven of the first eight games, we’ll leave him on the WR3 bubble (sure would be nice to see some production, though). Fitzgerald has a great matchup and is producing — and had 38 targets in the four games prior to the last two — so it’s tough to move him too far down. The other types are no better than Taylor Gabriel (14 catches, 17 targets, 101 yards the past two games), Bruce Ellington (12 catches, 16 targets, 80 yards the past two games) and Trey Quinn (nine catches, 10 targets, 75 yards, TD) the past two games), all of whom could easily give Tate or Landry a run for their money in favorable matchups this week.The bottom line is you should always check the numbers before blindly putting your “better-in-PPR-league” receivers into your lineup. Targets are tough to predict, so you don’t want to abandon proven veterans, but up-and-coming role players getting more opportunities because of injuries can be invaluable this time of year. Marcell Ateman (10 targets last week) and Jermaine Kearse (12) are also players to watch in games in which their teams could be throwing a lot against suspect pass defenses.Note: Check back for updates throughout the week. For more analysis on each player, check out our standard WR rankings for Week 13. center_img MORE WEEK 13: Rankings | DFS11Robert Woods, Rams @ Lions12Mike Evans, Buccaneers vs. Panthers13Kenny Golladay, Lions vs. Rams14Stefon Diggs, Vikings @ Patriots15JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers vs. Chargers16Brandin Cooks, Rams @ Lions17Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos @ Bengals18T.Y. Hilton, Colts @ Jaguars19Julian Edelman, Patriots vs. Vikings20A.J. Green, Bengals vs. Broncos21Alshon Jeffery, Eagles vs. Redskins22Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals @ Packers23D.J. Moore, Panthers @ Buccaneers24Corey Davis, Titans vs. Jets25Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. 49ers26Josh Gordon, Patriots vs. Vikings27Josh Doctson, Redskins vs. Eagles28Allen Robinson, Bears @ Giants29Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ Bengals30Golden Tate, Eagles vs. Redskins31Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Broncos32Doug Baldwin, Seahawks vs. 49ers33Taylor Gabriel, Bears @ Giants34Jarvis Landry, Browns @ Texans35Josh Reynolds, Rams @ Lions36Adam Humphries, Buccaneers vs. Panthers37Chris Conley, Chiefs @ Raiders38Calvin Ridley, Falcons vs. Ravens39Jermaine Kearse, Jets @ Titans40Bruce Ellington, Lions vs. Rams41Devin Funchess, Panthers @ Buccaneers42Jamison Crowder, Redskins @ Eagles43Willie Snead, Ravens @ Falcons44Tre’Quan Smith, Saints @ Cowboys45Michael Crabtree, Ravens @ Falcons46Demaryius Thomas, Texans @ Browns47David Moore, Seahawks vs. 49ers48John Brown, Ravens @ Falcons49Keke Coutee, Texans vs. Browns50Chris Godwin, Buccaneers vs. Panthers51Trey Quinn, Redskins @ Eagles52Cole Beasley, Cowboys vs. Saints53Sterling Shepard, Giants vs. Bears54Donte Moncrief, Jaguars vs. Colts55Curtis Samuel, Panthers @ Buccaneers56Dante Pettis, 49ers @ Seahawks57Marcell Ateman, Raiders vs. Chiefs58Tyrell Williams, Chargers @ Steelers59Mike Williams, Chargers @ Steelers60Antonio Callaway, Browns @ Texans61Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs. Cardinals62Kendrick Bourne, 49ers @ Seahawks63Christian Kirk, Cardinals @ Packers64Anthony Miller, Bears @ Giants65Dontrelle Inman, Colts @ Jaguars66Mohamed Sanu, Falcons vs. Ravens67DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs. Bills68Seth Roberts, Raiders vs. Chiefs69John Ross, Bengals vs. Broncos70Robby Anderson, Jets @ Titans71Randall Cobb, Packers vs. Cardinals72Nelson Agholor, Eagles vs. Redskins73Dede Westbrook, Jaguars vs. Colts74Jordan Matthews, Eagles vs. Redskins75Jordy Nelson, Raiders vs. Chiefs76Rashard Higgins, Browns @ Texans77Michael Gallup, Cowboys vs. Saints78Zay Jones, Bills @ Dolphins79Keelan Cole, Jaguars vs. Colts80Kelvin Benjamin, Bills @ Dolphins81Allen Hurns, Cowboys vs. Saintslast_img read more

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