Beyonce’s publicist to deliver key address at women’s conference

first_imgPresident of WeLead Caribbean, Abbigale LonkeFor the third consecutive year, WeLead Caribbean, a Guyanese-based non-profit organisation, will be hosting its annual conference under the theme “Transition from Inspiration to Action” and American superstar, Beyonce’s publicist will be there to deliver the keynote address.At the launch of the event on Wednesday, President of the organisation, Abbigale Lonke explained that the conference was developed with the intent of empowering women to get out of their comfort zones and take up roles as leaders to effect the necessary changes in society.To help women realise their worth, the organisation reached out to Beyonce’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, who will be one of the featured presenters at the forum set for September 18 to 19 at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.While urging women to support the event, Lonke said, “She [Noel-Schure] has been Beyonce’s publicist since Beyonce was 14…she’s basically done everything in terms of representing Beyonce’s products, her lines, her business and also for Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams…if we have a woman who has been moulding the biggest celebrity in the world right now, coming here to impart knowledge to us and to just give back to us during the two days of our conference, I honestly think that is huge”.Noel-Shure, who is the owner of Shure Media Group, has already noted how excited she is to be visiting Guyana for the first time and moreover to speak at such an event. In addition to her, the First Ladies of Jamaica, Patricia Allen and Guyana, Sandra Granger will be addressing the gathering as well as the US Ambassador, Sarah Ann-Lynch.International speakers will also be at the forum to deliberate on how to “outperform no matter the circumstances”, and “applying your emotional intelligence to leadership” among others.Tickets for the event cost $15,000 and will be available at the Eco For Life store on North Road, Georgetown, and 592 Tees in the Courtyard Mall.Abbigale Lonke was one of four Guyanese selected to take part in former US President Barack Obama’s 2016 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). She has since become the Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Care.The YLAI is a one-month programme hosted in the US where young people from across the globe connect with mentors to develop ideas to benefit their respective countries, as was pointed out by the American Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Amanda Cauldwell.Following her success in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, Lonke was granted an opportunity to host a project or programme in Guyana. She decided to host a workshop geared towards women empowerment in April 2016.Following its success, she opted to continue the initiative to help women develop their inner abilities.Beyonce’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Shurelast_img read more

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UPDATE – City requesting community help to assess flood damage

first_imgMayor Lantz continues to stress that in the event of any future flooding, residents must stay away from flooded areas.[asset|aid=3071|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f618008f4ed11978f99d6406a2fe5da4-Lantz – flodding residents_1_Pub.mp3] Many believe damage to the Totem Mall would have been minimal if residents driving through the parking lot and creating waves. Totem Mall Manager Rob Schlitt says the flooding in the stores only occurred because people were driving through the parking lot and splashing water against the building. He added that if that hadn’t happened, the stores probably would not have been water damaged at all.At this time the only known business to suffer heavy damage was the Aurora Cinema Centre in the Totem Mall.  The Cinema Centre currently only has two out of the five screens in operation.  The movies Cats & Dogs and Charlie St. Cloud are the only movies showing Friday night.  The Centre hopes to open more screens over the weekend.  For updates on what movies are playing, call 250-785-8811.Advertisement City staff have reported minimal damage to city infrastructure, with City Hall being the only city building to have flooded slightly.For photos and video of the damage, click here Photo:  The intersection of 100th street and 93rd avenue at the height of Thursday’s storm – SubmittedThe City of Fort St. John is looking for residents to report damage after Thursday night’s freak thunderstorm.- Advertisement -The City would like local residents and business owners to report damage to the City, so staff can request assistance from the Province. City staff will provide information to the Provincial Emergency Program, so that they can determine if any level of support will be provided to help our community recover from the storm.Residents can record all damage incurred as a result of the storm using video or pictures, as well as written documentation by calling City Hall at 250-787-8150. After hour calls can be directed to the Fort St. John Fire Department at 250-785-4333.Mayor Lantz announced Friday that the City has activated the community’s Emergency Operations Centre, in case the community receives more rain, which is currently in the forecast.Residents who need help cleaning up damage on their property will also be able to access one of 50 flood kits from the Red Cross. These kits will be available for pick-up Saturday afternoon at the Fort St. John Fire Department. The kits consist of basic tools to help in the aftermath of Thursday’s storm. Residents can also find more information regarding the basic steps to take after a flood at www.fortstjohn.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Great to have QBs back

first_imgVINCE Young was never going to be stopped on the final drive in the Rose Bowl, not in a million years and not even in two minutes. Matt Leinart was never going to be stopped going back the other way, except the clock ran out. What a fitting summation of this football season, as the colleges ended Wednesday and the pros dove into the playoffs this past weekend. This year certified that quarterbacks stand astride the earth again, heroes of their teams, symbols of American know-how, inspirations for the nation’s youth. Go back no further than 2000 to find a time when quarterback was the incredible shrinking position. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFive years ago, you had Chris Weinke winning the Heisman Trophy and taking Florida State to the championship – and then becoming one in a long line of top college quarterbacks to get slapped down to about No. 100 in the NFL draft. You had Trent Dilfer beating Kerry Collins in the Super Bowl – Dilfer earning such honored status that Baltimore cut him loose before the next training camp. You had only three quarterbacks making Pro Football Weekly’s ranking of the NFL’s top 50 players, only Peyton Manning cracking the top 10. Quarterbacks were reduced to functionaries, steering offenses instead of leading them. Look at them now. center_img You have Texas’ Young and USC’s Leinart as worthy title-game duelists, and Leinart about to join fellow Trojan Carson Palmer in making this the first time ever that two Heisman winners have gone in the draft’s top 5 within a three-year span. You have Indianapolis’ Manning beginning the playoffs favored to unseat New England’s Tom Brady on the way to the Super Bowl, unless Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger does it – not a Dilfer in this bunch. You have eight quarterbacks in Pro Football Weekly’s top 50 last off-season, and that was before Palmer proved himself worthy of the list. Quarterbacks – the men, the myths, the legends – aren’t quite back to where they were before the retirements of John Elway, Steve Young, Dan Marino and Troy Aikman in the last years of the millennium. But they’re within passing range of it. One more example of what’s happening here: Quarterbacks won two Heisman Trophies in the 1970s, three in the ’80s, four in the ’90s. They’ve already won five in the 2000s, taking five in a row for the first time ever before Trojans tailback Reggie Bush got the honor this season. More important for the sport is the feeling, beyond the realm of statistics, that quarterbacks are in charge again. Sons are taught to grip the pigskin by the laces and fire spirals. Kids grow up dreaming of becoming quarterbacks. Nobody ever grew up dreaming of becoming a nickel back or any of the dozens of interchangeable parts that make up football teams in the Era of Specialization. The quarterback is as vivid a symbol of strapping manhood as you’ll see this side of a John Wayne movie. There’s just something about confident, can-do, big-time quarterbacks that football is poorer without. Good to have them back. kevin.modesti@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY’S SARAH LANDS PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN COLLEGES TITLE

first_imgFINN VALLEY AC’S Sarah Collins has bounced back from injury to land both individual and team titles in a prestigious American colleges race.“It’s great to be back in the swing of things” was the reaction from Sarah as she stormed to a facile victory at the Big East Championships at Mason Ohio over the weekend.Running an aggressive run she went clear at 2k and was never troubled after that. Her team Providence College took team honours and its a big boost for this talented athlete as she prepares for NCAA champs Div 1 at Louisville, Kentucky the Tom Sawyer State Park in three weeks.It’s also very encouraging as she had been out of the sport in the early phase of the year with injury missing out on track season. ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY’S SARAH LANDS PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN COLLEGES TITLE was last modified: November 2nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Big EastFinn Valley ACsarah collinslast_img read more

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What award did Joe Staley win for first time in 49ers career?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Joe Staley, the 49ers’ longest-tenured player, became a first-time winner Wednesday of the Garry Niver Award, honoring his professionalism and cooperation with the media.Staley’s response: “Hey, cool, appreciate it. Thanks for voting for me. It took 12 years. You guys finally like me.”It’s not a going-away gift. He’s returning next season with hopes of becoming a first-time winner at a greater prize: the Lombardi Trophy. San Francisco 49ers’ Joe Staley (74) smiles …last_img

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Sharks training camp: A peek ahead to the biggest competitions

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks general manager Doug Wilson made it clear earlier this summer that he wanted to give some young players in the organization’s system the opportunity to play a role with the team this season.Those players — whether they’re coming from the Barracuda, are first-year professionals, or were free agent signings from Russia or Europe — now have that chance, as the Sharks begin training camp on Friday.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.“We’re really looking …last_img

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Farm business analysis and benchmarking

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we turn the page from winter to spring we welcome the longer days and the warmth the sunshine brings us. In farm country this is the time of year that hope is supposed to spring eternal.As farmers head to the fields, they may not be as optimistic as previous years. Although we’ve seen a nice winter rally in the grain markets, USDA forecasts are still predicting net farm incomes to decrease to the lowest levels since 2006. Much of the talk on the winter meeting circuit focused on the importance of knowing your cost of production.OSU Extension’s Barry Ward is forecasting higher energy prices with most other input costs staying flat to slightly higher. Rising interest rates, high health care costs, a strong dollar, and the potential for uncertainty with our trading partners are doing little to brighten the mood. The dim outlook coupled with already razor thin profit margins are starting to remind some of the more seasoned producers of the 1980s farm crisis.The farm crisis of the 1980s saw land values plummet as many operations were unable to pay high interest rates and saw their farms foreclosed on. It is estimated that nationwide around 300,000 farms were put out of business during the decade. The fallout led to the creation of the Farm Financial Standards Task Force in 1989. Their job was to develop standardized guidelines for agricultural producers. Today, the name has changed to the Farm Financial Standards Council (FFSC), which currently uses 21 financial guidelines to evaluate farm data. These guidelines are used by banks and lenders to help make decisions on extending credit to farms. While the backstory might be a little bit of the unknown to producers, the terms liquidity, working capital, solvency, and several others are not.While farmers have been relying on OSU Extension for help with developing nutrient management plans, herbicide plans, and analyzing data from on farm research, they have not yet realized the full potential of farm financial planning. A grant was awarded from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to expand access to farm business analysis and benchmarking resources with the goal of helping Ohio farmers gain a better understanding of their financial health. The program gives producers a farm finance scorecard that shows how they stack up in each of the FFSC’s 21 categories. These numbers are then shown on graphs showing the trend from previous years for that specific operation, as well as their standings compared to the national average of all farms that submit their records. Benchmark reports are used to identify successes and opportunities to improve. Each farm that participates in the analysis program will receive personalized benchmark reports that include their farm’s numbers. These individual values are then highlighted to show where their farm falls in the benchmark report for each item compared to participating Ohio farms.Farm Business Analysis isn’t just for farms focusing on grain production. There is a large network of dairy farms, primarily in Eastern Ohio, already participating. When multiple enterprises are present, the analysis can help producers allocate expenses between different areas in their operation. Whether the farm wants to compare their crops on owned versus rented land, their crop operation compared to their livestock, or the profitability of an individual crop or custom farming operation there are tools available to analyze the data provided. It has been estimated that the value of the benchmarking data, financial scorecard, and enterprise analysis is well over $1000.Thanks to the grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, OSU Extension is able to provide this service at a cost of only $100. Several lenders have also stepped up and agreed to reimburse operations that successfully complete an analysis.If you would like more information on the program, visit our website at https://farmprofitability.osu.edu There you will find the completed business summaries for previous years and other resources that can help farm businesses. The Farm Business Analysis team has also grown from the original location in Mahoning County with the addition of four new regional technicians. To learn more about Farm Business Analysis, contact the technician closest to you:Defiance County: Clint Schroeder, 419.782.4771, schroeder.307@osu.eduLicking County: David Grum, 740.670.5315, grum.1@osu.eduMiami County: Sharon Harris, 937.440.3945, harris.2835@osu.eduPickaway County: Trish Levering, 740.474.7534, levering.43@osu.eduMahoning County (Headquarters): Christina Benton, 330.533.5538, benton.132@osu.eduProgram Coordinator: Haley Shoemaker, 330.533.5538, shoemaker.306@osu.eduField Specialist: Dianne Shoemaker, 330.533.5538, shoemaker.3@osu.edulast_img read more

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Vinehub: New Social Network Connector to Aggregate, Update Multiple Services

first_imgWhen Google announced the launch of the new Buzz API yesterday at the Google I/O developers conference, I spotted an application in their partner lineup which hadn’t yet crossed my radar: Vinehub. After having initially spotted their logo in the Google blog post containing details regarding the official announcement, I clicked through to the Buzz Featured Apps page to check it out. But here, the service was nowhere to be found. A visit to Vineub.com satisfied my curiosity, though. It appears that Vinehub is a new social network aggregation application, in the same line as FriendFeed or even Buzz itself, except with one major difference: it doesn’t just pull in updates for liking and commenting, it sends them out too. Vinehub: Feels Like Alpha, Claims BetaAfter testing the application, I can see why it wasn’t included on Google’s list. Vinehub is clearly still in beta. In fact, they should probably call it alpha, based on my experiences. The service currently supports adding Facebook and Twitter accounts – at this point, the only Buzz integration offered is the addition of a “Buzz This” button on posts. After announcing a partnership with the on-demand data center and hosting services company NetDepot in November, a press release went out promising MySpace integration, too, but that doesn’t appear to have launched yet. It took me four different tries over the course of two days to finally get the Facebook account added to my stream. For whatever reason, it simply would not take. I had to remove the application’s Facebook permissions and the re-add my account again and again before it finally worked. When at last I managed to get Facebook messages to appear in my stream, the “like” and “comment” buttons beneath the status messages were un-clickable. That is, I could click them, but nothing happened – I was simply redirected back up to the top of the page. Another feature that wasn’t ready for primetime, it appears. Some Facebook messages came in entirely blank, only showing an avatar, name and date. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts center_img Tags:#Product Reviews#social networks#Social Web#web On the other hand, Twitter functionality (reply and retweet) did work. Could be Great, Too Soon to TellHowever, pre-judging Vinehub now based on these issues would be unfair. It’s obvious that the service is still actively being developed, and isn’t ready yet for everyday use. In fact, some of the links at the top of the Vinehub homepage don’t even work yet – they display a “coming soon” message when clicked. Plus, the support email address is also non-functional – an email I sent them for more information was kicked back. That said, the promised functionality is appealing. Instead of simply aggregating your networks like FriendFeed and Buzz do, Vinehub wants you to be able to post back to them and use the essential features they offer, including replies and retweets on Twitter, commenting and liking on Facebook and “buzzing” posts from one network to the next. In the future, the company plans to offer more functionality, too, including editing profiles, viewing friends’ updates, viewing and sharing photos and adding contacts. Another feature in the works is a pro-level account which will allow business and power users an ad-free version of Vinehub with up to 5 accounts per social network. That could be handy for those tasked with keeping track of the social media efforts within an organization. But today, there are several far more robust Twitter clients like CoTweet and HootSuite which offer more features than Vinehub. In its present form, Vinehub doesn’t even come close to competing with those services. Unless Vinehub can ramp up its offerings to be on par with what’s already out there, it will have a hard time gaining business users, despite the other services it offers. Again, though, it’s too soon to tell what kind of application Vinehub will be – it has to get built first. In the meantime, we’ll definitely keep our eye on it, both on the site and via Twitter. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perezlast_img read more

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Lawmaker Targets DOE’s Weatherization Program

first_img RELATED ARTICLES California Increases Funding For Low-Income Weatherization U.S. House Proposes Huge Increase In Weatherization SpendingGet a Green Grip on Stimulus CashBeyond Weatherization: More Stimulus Money Coming Sorting the Nuts and Bolts of a State’s Weatherization Program Some States Customize Weatherization Plans, but Will DOE Approve?Weatherization Funding’s Hot State/Cold State BalanceMinnesota Gears Up for Weatherization Onslaught As Weatherization, SEP Funds Roll Out, Spending and Scrutiny BeginIn Some Areas, Weatherization Struggles Out of the GateFor Indiana, Weatherization Funds Are Still on HoldNevada Wrestles with Its Weatherization Plan When Spending Weatherization Money Is Harder Than Getting It Transforming Stimulus-Funded Weatherization into a National Industry Weatherization Training Center Doubles in Size, Triples in Training Capacity Still a Slow Dance for Weatherization Funding in Some StatesWeatherization in Texas Inches Along CautiouslyInspections: Crucial Links in the Weatherization ChainGauging the Stimulus Effect in Georgia, MinnesotaRattling California’s Weatherization CageOnce Again, Weatherization Cited as a Stimulus Laggard Stimulus-Funded Weatherization Begins to Find Its FootingDOE Targets Innovation in Its Weatherization Program Pondering the Evolution of Weatherization and Retrofit Snapshots from Tennessee DOE Announces Home Efficiency Scoring System and Weatherization GuidelinesIn New Jersey, Weatherization’s Bureaucratic MeltdownCalifornia’s Ongoing Weatherization OdysseyWeatherization’s Political FalloutWeatherization’s Home-Stretch Recovery Things have been so busy on Capitol Hill lately that hardly anything is getting done. After toiling to near exhaustion since October 25, the 12 members of the bipartisan deficit supercommittee this week tumbled out of the Congressional clown car without a deal. The committee’s six Democrats and six Republicans, it turns out, couldn’t quite agree on a key point or two, particularly when it came to raising revenue by increasing taxes on wealthy citizens.So, after a well-deserved Thanksgiving recess, some of the lawmakers will pack themselves back into the little car and head for a number of legislative safe houses, where they’ll try to repeal the automatic budget cuts – about half targeting military spending and half targeting domestic programs – that have been triggered by the deficit committee’s failure. No surprises here. By now, most people have grown accustomed to watching lawmakers use ideology to position themselves for reelection rather than for serving the public. Until the 2012 elections are behind us, much of what will be presented as “lawmaking” will actually be little more than grandstanding.A relatively small program with big notorietyElected officials, though, do have ways of at least trying to appear productive, much like a hamster on a hamster wheel appears to be going nowhere fast. A case in point is the Stop Green Initiative Abuse Act of 2011, introduced by Representative Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican representing the Third Congressional District in Tennessee. The purpose of the measure is to eliminate the Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides free weatherization services for low-income households.The WAP, which is administered by the Department of Energy, has historically been ignored by politicians as a cost-cutting target because its annual budget was, at a few million dollars, relatively small. But the program became a favorite piñata of conservatives after its budget ballooned dramatically – to about $5 billion over three years, under the $787 billion economic stimulus program – and program administrators struggled to synchronize and implement its regulations and rollout.Even though the WAP allotment was about 0.6% of the total stimulus budget, the program has been so successfully demonized that it ranks high on tallies compiled by YouCut, a Republican program that allows voters to vote online for the government programs they want cut. “I am also glad the American people directly had a say in this process through the YouCut program. Together we can get our fiscal house in order and get our country back on the right track,” Fleischmann said in a press release about the legislation, which was announced on November 16.A LIHEAP of faithThe congressman says the Weatherization Assistance Program is dispensable because other federal programs, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), “are already in place.” In fact, WAP was created in 1976, five years before the launch of LIHEAP, which provides one-time funding to low-income households to help them cover their utility bills. In many states, WAP and LIHEAP services are administered by the same state agency and offered in tandem. Weatherization improvements, however, provide ongoing energy savings rather than one-time assistance with energy bills.Fleischmann points to a December 2010 review by the Tennessee Comptroller General’s office that noted that “weatherization contractors had, in nearly half of the cases studied, failed to implement critically recommended measures to properly weatherize homes” and had misused WAP funds. The press release also cites a January 2010 report by the DOE’s Inspector General that called the expanded program “poorly administered.” The main concern identified in the Inspector General’s report was the sluggish rollout of services in many states, due to confusion over wage and other implementation requirements.Other WAP snafus have emerged since then, including, in California’s case, computer-training deficiencies among support staffers. But for all its rollout delays, audit headaches, complexity, and management difficulties, the expanded WAP is finally seeing success in most states and, long term, will deliver energy savings benefits to occupants of retrofitted homes. The goal of the expanded program was to weatherize 600,000 homes; some 484,000 (just over 80% of the goal) had been retrofitted by the end of the second quarter of this year, according to DOE estimates.Unlikely bipartisan supportBut as we’ve noted, most elected officials at least try to appear responsive to their constituents, and Fleischmann’s decision to target the already vilified WAP gave him an easy, symbolic, conservative twofer, even if the amount of money the government would save by eliminating the program – $2.1 billion over the next 10 years, by Fleischmann’s estimate, or an average of $210 million annually – is relatively small.There’s no indication that the measure has any chance of becoming law, although if Rick Perry gets elected president and doesn’t forget to eliminate the Department of Energy, as he promised, it won’t matter.last_img read more

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In The Security World, Android Is The New Windows

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now fredric paul For decades, Microsoft Windows was the computer platform of choice — not just for the overhwelming majority of computer users, but also for a growing legion of malware creators. As the dominant computing platform, it offered the fattest, most lucrative target, and some of its fundamental architecture decisions made it vulnerable to many kinds of malware.With the transition to the mobile era, Windows is no longer at the center of the computing universe — for users or for hackers. That role is now occupied by Android. According to Stephen Cobb, a distinguished security researcher for the IT security company ESET, “Android is like early Windows.” It’s now the locus for security attacks and prevention — even if it’s not getting as much attention in this regard as Windows used to.Flying Under The Radar?“There’s so much malware on Android, you’d think it would be a huge deal,” Cobb said. And the growth of is “huge,” he added, “both in the number of malware exploits and their increasing sophistication. The rate of growth in Android malware is impressive, and scary.”(See also Sloppy App Development Leaves Android Owners At Risk)At this week’s RSA conference in San Francisco, ESET did a live demo on Android, downloading an infected app that roots the phone and opens it up to whatever the attacker wants to do with it — including dumping out its entire contents in a few seconds over the Internet.Why aren’t we hearing more about Android’s security problems? “It’s death by 1000 cuts,” Cobb said. Instead of emptying the bank accounts of infected users, the malware is more often used to for premium-rate SMS fraud against mobile carriers, “which isn’t bankrupting anyone immediately. They’re flying under the radar.”“I don’t think the criminal underground is sophisticated enough that it is holding back,” Cobb said. It’s just that when a mobile platform is the target, “the model is many times a smaller attack — or you can look at it as part of a larger attack.”(See also Where Has All The Mobile Malware Gone?)For example, if a criminal wants to insert himself into a small or medium-sized business doing $40,000 bank transfers, he’d run into the fact that many online banking systems use two-factor authentication — i.e., they require a code sent to a client’s mobile device in addition to a password. But a mobile hack can help defeat that.Your Mobile Platform Does MatterJust as on computers, which mobile platform you use really does make a difference on security. “The Apple model of a closed shop, from a security standpoint, is a very good thing,” Cobb said. Apple’s OS X and iOS are both pretty secure to start with, and with iOS and the App Store, “Apple is moving that from a physical environment to a software environment.”Even as Android takes the lead in global sales, it’s been much less successful from a security standpoint. “We sell an anti-virus product for Android,” Cobbnoted. “No one sells anti-virus for iOS.”What will it take for Android to clean up its act? “Quite frankly, I expect to see it improve when sales start getting impacted,” Cobb said. That obviously hasn’t happened yet on a mass scale, as Android sales continue to outstrip its smartphone competitors.But Cobb said that “In some circles it is already having an effect… I wouldn’t use an Android phone for my personal stuff.”Meanwhile, Windows Is Getting BetterIronically, as Android’s secuirty issues grow, Windows is actually getting better. “Microsoft deserves kudos for making Windows more and more secure,” Cobb said. And with the move to Windows 8, Microsoft is shifting toward a more closed, more secure model, specifically by by not allowing apps unless they are from a legitimate developer.Plus, Windows’ issues over the years have had the effect of training people to be more careful. “Someone who’s been using Windows for the last 10 years is probably better protected than a Mac person,” Cobb joked. “They’ve had to learn the hard way.”The problem is in that in an ostensibly protected environment, people can get a false sense of security. They are still vulnerable to “some big hack” that overrides all the existing protections, or to “social engineering” attacks, Cobb noted. That’s why many of the bad guys are changing tactics. “Instead of trying to break into the computer, they’re now trying to break into the person.”Ultimately, that’s only one reason Cobb thinks that concentrating on mobile malware may be the wrong angle. “What the bad guys really want,” he said, “is the device out of your pocket.” If they can physically get ahold of your device, they can do all sorts of bad things.Image of Stephen Cobb by Fredric Paul. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Android#antivirus#cybercrime#cybersecurity#iOS#OS X#security#Windows#Windows 8 last_img read more

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