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Comcast Partners with Harris County to Bring WiFi Connected “Lift Zones” to More Students

Comcast West Division

As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, Comcast today announced plans to equip Harris County community centers with WiFi enabled “Lift Zones” to provide students who do not have Internet at home with safe spaces to participate in distance learning. In partnership with Harris County, Comcast is providing robust WiFi hotspots to help students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework. This initiative provides free connectivity inside partner community centers for the next three years. “Over the past year, we’ve seen how digital access provides a critical lifeline for families,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “Tackling the digital divide takes creative solutions and partnerships like this one and I’m appreciative of this partnership and innovative model as we work to ensure every child in Harris County has access to high-speed internet.” “We are honored to partner with Harris County to provide students with safe, fast and reliable connectivity to keep up with school and prepare them for a bright future,” said Ralph Martinez, regional senior vice president, Comcast Houston. “The COVID-19 crisis continues to put many low-income students at risk of being left behind, accelerating the need for comprehensive digital equity and Internet adoption programs to support them. We expect these Lift Zones will help those students who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to connect to effective distance learning at home.” “We are providing Internet to many community centers already, but this partnership will expand our efforts and help us focus on educational gaps.” shared Rick Noriega, executive director of Harris County Universal Services. It’s a winning situation for everyone.” In addition to Comcast’s multiyear commitment to launch more than 1,000 WiFi-connected Lift Zones in community centers nationwide, they recently announced a $1 billion investment over the next 10 years to help further close the digital divide and give even more low-income Americans the tools and resources they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit for more information. Contact Details Comcast Michael Bybee +1 281-605-9658 Comcast Misha McClure 832-547-6783 Company Website

April 05, 2021 10:35 AM Central Daylight Time

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Meow Wolf

Planning your summer vacation? Due to popular demand, Meow Wolf has just released additional tickets for their explosive new installation in Las Vegas, Omega Mart through July 31st. Combining eye-popping art with a rich, detailed narrative, Omega Mart is “America’s Most Exceptional Grocery Store” and Meow Wolf’s most ambitious project to date. World-renowned musical and visual artists such as Amon Tobin, Shrine, and Android Jones are among the 50+ collaborators who worked to create this mind-bending experience. Come for the summer essentials such as Americanized Beef, Impact Corn, and Omega Cola and stay for the immersive journey into other dimensions. Who knows, your shopping experience might be out of this world... Located at AREA15, the exhibit has consistently sold-out since its grand opening in February and is the perfect stop for a summer break adventure including 4 anchor spaces filled with over 60 unique environments to explore. Opening during a pandemic is no easy feat, but Omega Mart has executed its launch in style. The exhibit is currently operating at 50% capacity and adhering to all Nevada COVID safety standards. Operating with extended hours to accommodate demand, Omega Mart invites visitors to discover a world beyond anything they’ve seen before. Who knows - you might uncover more than you bargained for. Omega Mart ’s current operating hours are: Monday-Thursday - 12:00PM -10:00PM Friday: 12:00PM - 12:00AM Saturday: 10:00AM - 12:00AM Sunday: 10:00AM - 10:00PM Tickets for the installation are currently available through July 31st online at Connect with Omega Mart on Instagram and Twitter @OmegaMartUSA and on Facebook Connect with Meow Wolf on Instagram @meow_wolf, on Twitter @MeowWolf, and on Facebook @meowwolf.sf. Additional press materials including photos and video can be found here. About Omega Mart Omega Mart is not your typical grocery store. It's a viscerally satisfying, psychedelic, and totally unpredictable immersive art experience. This begins with hundreds of products that have the ability to fulfill desires beyond expectations and leads beyond into new worlds of inspiration, play, and transformation. More than 325 creatives are working on 250+ unique projects inside the exhibition, which will have 4 vast anchor spaces and 60 additional unique environments, such as installation-filled rooms, terrains, and portals to other worlds. About Meow Wolf Meow Wolf was recognized in Fast Company's 2020 list of The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies. It is a Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company that creates immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. The company's first location in Santa Fe opened in 2016 and showcases the THEA Award-winning, international sensation, House Of Eternal Return, where two million visitors have now discovered a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and surreal, maximalist and mesmerizing art exhibits. In 2019, Meow Wolf expanded beyond Santa Fe and opened Kaleidoscape, the world'€™s first artist-driven ride at Elitch Gardens in Denver. Meow Wolf recently opened their second permanent installation, Omega Mart, at AREA15 in Las Vegas and their third permanent installation in Denver slated to open in late 2021. Meow Wolf is proud to be the only certified B-Corporation in the themed entertainment industry, with a team dedicated to social impact and building a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Contact Details Jacki St. Thomas +1 310-625-7799 Company Website

April 05, 2021 08:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Minuteman Press in Philadelphia Boosts Local Business Recovery With Essential Print and Marketing Services

Minuteman Press International Inc

Jude Arijaje is the owner of the Minuteman Press franchise in Philadelphia. He also owns a second franchise in Bala Cynwyd with his son Mejire. Since printing is an essential business, Jude and his team have been open and operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing everything from signs and menus for restaurants to full-scale direct mail and outreach programs for elections including the upcoming state primaries in May. Jude has been running his business since 2008 and is a member of the Minuteman Press International President’s Million-Dollar Circle for achieving yearly gross sales of at least $1 million. By focusing on supporting local businesses and organizations at this critical time with products and services they need to reopen safely, Minuteman Press in Philadelphia is playing a crucial role in getting the local economy back on track. Jude says, “All in all, people are very receptive to local and small businesses. We are proud to do our part in the local economic recovery. We also have been helping non-profits with their marketing strategies and making sure that are maximizing their reach for their budgets.” He continues, “Right now, many local businesses need to get the word out to their customers that they are open and operating. We have seen high demand for direct mail postcards, directional signs, and signs in general that say ‘WE ARE OPEN’ or ‘WE ARE HIRING’, which is encouraging to see. Custom branded apparel is another capability of ours that continues to be big for us.” During the 2020 election season, Minuteman Press in Philadelphia was able to help many campaigns nationwide adapt their printing and marketing strategies during the pandemic. Jude explains, “We do a tremendous amount of political printing for elections, right now in Pennsylvania there is a primary coming up in May. At the height of the pandemic, we were printing signs and banners as well as many different mailers for the 2020 election. With traditional events not being allowed to take place, we were able to help our clients adapt their marketing and outreach efforts. I am grateful to be able to help local businesses and organizations successfully pivot during this crucial time.” “Print is never going to go away, and the pandemic affirms this. For example, to look professional at Zoom meetings, we will produce the signs, the backdrops, the branded apparel, anything you need. Another example is that local restaurants have come to us for new custom disposable menus. We might have to do business in different ways, but printing is always able to adapt.” -Jude Arijaje, owner, Minuteman Press franchise, Philadelphia It is inspiring to see how Jude has been able to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and keep his business healthy. He states, “The two most important things that we are doing are marketing while also making sure our existing customers are happy. We have reached out to all of our previous clients as well as prospects with special offers via direct mail, and we do everything we can to make sure they have a positive experience with us.” Jude adds, “My biggest lesson learned during the pandemic and my message to other local business owners would be to work harder, work smarter, and try to connect with customers in a different way. If you don’t adapt to the current needs (and communication tools) of your customers, then they won’t know who you are or how you can help. The climate has changed with the pandemic and we help our clients understand that. We then help them effectively market their business.” Because Jude is part of the Minuteman Press franchise family, he has also received ongoing support that really makes a difference. He says, “The support from Minuteman Press International has been great. When everyone needed a lift, the corporate team and my local regional team were always there for us. I’ve been in constant contact with my Philadelphia Regional Vice President Rich Hornberger and he has been really supportive of us throughout the pandemic.” Rich Hornberger says, “Jude is a consummate professional who cares about his community. I am proud of his efforts in supporting local businesses both before and during the pandemic. Hard work pays off, and Jude is a prime example of that.” When asked what advice he would give to others right now, Jude answers, “My advice is simple: We are in this together, and we all have to work together. Keep your dollars in the community, and employ people in the community. That’s what we strive to do and we are proud to help others recover as we continue to build back our local economy.” For more information on Minuteman Press in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, PA, visit Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 Company Website

April 05, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Start of Lyme Disease Season Provides Heightened Risks for Americans Wanting to Go Outdoors After a Year of COVID-19 Restrictions

Quidel Corporation

As America slowly and hopefully extricates itself from the coronavirus pandemic, another health concern lies just around the corner: the start of Lyme disease season. To complicate matters, Lyme disease is one of the distinct underlying conditions that make those afflicted more vulnerable for coronavirus complications. “The warm weather of spring and summer makes everyone want to get outdoors and never more so than this year when so many of us have spent the past 12 months hunkered down in our own homes,” says Judi Tilghman, Ph.D., vice president of technology assessment at Quidel Corporation, the nation’s leading developer of rapid Lyme disease testing. “The key is to be smart in taking steps to avoid getting a tick bite in the first place and then getting tested immediately if you think you may have contracted Lyme.” Lyme disease afflicts as many as 400,000 Americans every year and can lead to a number of serious, life-threatening problems if not caught early. The challenge is that unlike a mosquito bite where people know immediately if they have been bitten, deer ticks that may carry Lyme disease are tiny—the size of a poppy seed—and symptoms may not appear for two to six weeks. That makes it critically important that anyone who spends time outdoors in heavily wooded areas—hikers, hunters, campers—or travels to such places be particularly vigilant. Some of the basic symptoms of a Lyme infection—fever, malaise, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches—can resemble COVID-19, which, according to Dr. Tilghman, is “still another reason to get tested if you feel any of these symptoms coming on. The vast majority of patients tested are negative, so getting results quickly with Quidel’s Sofia® 2 Lyme FIA test can provide peace of mind for individuals while also allowing physicians to more rapidly pursue testing and treatment for other diseases that may be causing the patient’s symptoms.” While Dr. Tilghman acknowledges that a walk in the woods, a return to playing outdoor sports on grassy fields, or camping by a river or lake is an appealing way to relieve stress from the coronavirus lockdown, she warns that such activities do come with the risk of ticks that carry Lyme and other illnesses. For anyone who intends to spend time in wooded/grassy areas during the height of Lyme disease season, she recommends: Shower right away as ticks often remain on skin for hours before attaching themselves. Showering and using a washcloth can remove unattached ticks. Check your entire body for ticks, including low-visibility areas such as the groin, underarms and the back of your neck. If you find a tick on your body, use a pair of tweezers to pull it off very gently but firmly. Watch for early signs which may include a rash (often shaped like a bullseye), flu-like symptoms, fever, body aches, headache and fatigue. Watch for later symptoms, which could appear weeks or months after being bitten. These may include a rash on areas of your body, joint pain, neurological problems, heart problems (such as an irregular heartbeat), eye inflammation, liver inflammation (hepatitis) and severe fatigue. Get to a doctor or clinic right away, and ask to be tested if you sense you might have Lyme disease. The innovative Sofia 2 Lyme FIA test is an in-office test that provides indicative results within minutes as opposed to days, which has historically been the norm. Performed in the privacy of a doctor’s office or local clinic, it is also the only test that can get results from a simple finger prick of blood. The best solution, of course, is to not get a tick bite in the first place; and there are many precautions people can take to lessen the chance of getting bitten. Dr. Tilghman says these include: wearing long pants and shirts, a hat and gloves when in wooded areas; sticking to trails and avoid walking through low bushes and long grass; putting lavender oil or insect repellants on your legs and arms and any bare skin; and tick proofing your yard by clearing brush and leaves and mowing your lawn regularly. About Quidel Corporation Quidel Corporation (Nasdaq: QDEL) is a leading manufacturer of diagnostic solutions at the point of care, delivering a continuum of rapid testing technologies that further improve the quality of health care throughout the globe. An innovator for over 40 years in the medical device industry, Quidel pioneered the first rapid diagnostic point-of-care test for influenza in 1999 and was the first to market a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test in the U.S. Under trusted brand names, Sofia®, Solana®, Lyra®, Triage® and QuickVue®, Quidel’s comprehensive product portfolio includes tests for a wide range of infectious diseases, cardiac and autoimmune biomarkers, as well as a host of products to detect COVID-19. With products made in America, Quidel’s mission is to provide patients with immediate and frequent access to highly accurate, affordable testing for the good of our families, our communities and the world. For more information about Quidel, visit Contact Details Jim Yeager +1 818-264-6812 Company Website

April 05, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is proud to be one of the approved credentialing partners for the Army COOL, also known as the Credentialing Assistance program, initiated by the US Army. Eligible army personnel will receive funding from the US Army to pursue civilian credentials or certifications in their fields of interest and must attend courses offered by approved training providers. What is Army COOL or Credentialing Assistance Program Funding? The program helps army personnel find information on civilian certifications and credentials. These credentials and certifications can enhance army personnel skills in their current military occupational specialty or help them start a career once they leave military service. The Army COOL program also provides funding to the serving soldiers for exams and certification preparation of their choice from an approved training provider. The program offers up to $4,000 in funds per fiscal year to each soldier. “It is an honor to participate in this program and we are committed to providing the highest quality training to the Army COOL program to ensure these American Heroes can achieve the goals they have set for themselves,” said Kraig Conrad, NCMA CEO. NCMA offers the following certification programs and preparatory courses in the Army COOL Program. CPCM CPCM Online Preparatory Course CFCM CFCM Online Preparatory Course CCCM For more information visit The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit Contact Details Jennifer Knowlton +1 571-382-1127 Company Website

April 02, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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National Rural Housing Coalition Praises Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan (AJP)

National Rural Housing Coalition

On March 31, 2021, the Biden Administration released an infrastructure proposal that included $2 billion for single-family and rental housing loans through programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This new funding will significantly improve the quality and quantity of affordable housing in America’s small towns and farming communities, potentially doubling the number of home mortgages for low-income families and addressing an urgent need to renovate and repair the USDA financed portfolio of existing rental and farm labor housing. With so many rural substandard units in rural and tribal areas lacking running water, the proposal to invest $10 billion for rural water infrastructure is also vital. On January 20, 2021, the National Rural Housing Coalition published an open letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on their victory and urging the new administration to take action to address the affordable housing crisis in rural America. The letter stated, in part: “Fewer homes are being built per household than almost any other time in US history, and it is even worse in rural areas." As a result, in some rural communities, economic growth is impeded not by the lack of jobs but by the lack of housing for workers. Some 1.5 million occupied rural units are substandard, more than 30 percent of the nation's housing units lack running water and the situation is even worse in Native American lands.. According to the most recent National Agricultural Workers Survey, 33% of all farmworkers and 45% of migrant farmworkers live in crowded dwellings. The letter included a number of recommendations that the Coalition also conveyed to the Biden-Harris transition team and incoming U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials. Among those was a proposal to reinvest in rural homeownership loans for low-income families and rental housing. When adjusted for inflation, over the last 20 years, appropriations to support rural housing loan programs have dropped by over 60 percent. As a result, less than 7,000 home ownership loans are available annually to low-income families and there is no direct lending for affordable rental housing in rural communities. “For far too long the housing and community development needs of rural America have been ignored. The rural housing and clean water proposals in AJC, along with proposals to promote improvement of physical and social infrastructure in rural communities, funding for broadband and regional partnerships hold the promise of improved housing, drinking water and opportunity for rural communities. We applaud the President for his leadership and promise our support.” Said Bob Rapoza, Executive Secretary of the National Rural Housing Coalition Read the letter: About the National Rural Housing Coalition The National Rural Housing Coalition is a national membership organization that supports improved policy and programs for affordable housing and community development for rural America. 1. Raice, Shayndi. “Rural America Has Jobs. Now It Just Needs Housing.” Wall Street Journal May 30, 2018 2. Housing Assistance Council, “Taking Stock: Rural People, Poverty, and Housing in the 21st Century.” December 2012 3. “National Agricultural Workers Survey.” January 2018 Contact Details National Rural Housing Coalition Bob Rapoza +1 202-393-5225 Company Website

April 01, 2021 03:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Hong Kong Baptist University-led research reveals hyocholic acids arepromising agents for diabetes prediction and treatment

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HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach – 1 April 2021 - A series of studies led by researchers from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have revealed that hyocholic acid and its derivatives (collectively known as HCAs), a component of bile acids that facilitate fat digestion, are a promising risk indicator of type 2 diabetes. The strong efficacy of HCAs in regulating blood glucose levels and protecting against diabetes has also been uncovered. The findings open a window for the development of HCA-based predictive markers as well as anti-diabetic drugs. The research results have been published in the international scientific journals Cell Metabolism and Nature Communications. High concentration of HCAs protects pigs from diabetes Inspired by the traditional Chinese medical book Compendium of Materia Medica, which recorded the use of pig bile to treat excessive thirst, a condition known today as diabetes, Professor Jia Wei, Chair Professor of the School of Chinese Medicine at HKBU, led research teams to conduct a series of studies on the role of HCAs in glucose homeostasis and diabetes prevention. Diabetes is characterised by high blood glucose levels. Through a series of tests conducted on 55 humans, 32 mice and 12 pigs, Professor Jia’s team confirmed that fasting blood glucose levels in pigs are significantly lower than that of humans and mice. As HCAs constitute nearly 80% of bile acids in pigs, while the proportions in humans and mice are only about 2% and 3% respectively, a negative correlation between HCAs and blood glucose levels was observed. The result indicates the potential role of HCAs in the maintenance of stable glucose levels. This may explain why pigs, unlike humans, seldom suffer from diabetes despite their low physical activity levels and consumption of a calorie-rich diet. HCAs correlate with diabetes and metabolic health To analyse the correlation between the levels of HCAs and the occurrence of diabetes in humans, data was collected from two large-scale cohort studies, namely the Shanghai Obesity Study and the Shanghai Diabetes Study. The researchers examined the serum bile acid profiles of 1,107 participants of the Shanghai Obesity Study, which was published in 2013. The participants were divided into three groups: healthy lean, healthy obese and obese with type 2 diabetes. It was discovered that the levels of serum HCAs were significantly lower in the healthy obese and obese with type 2 diabetes groups. In another study, the serum bile acids of 132 participants of the Shanghai Diabetes Study were investigated. They were all healthy (at baseline) when they were enrolled in the study between 1998 and 2001. Ten years later, 86 of them had become metabolically unhealthy, while 46 remained healthy. Analysis showed that, compared with those who remained healthy ten years later, those who had become metabolically unhealthy had significantly lower baseline levels of serum HCAs, illustrating that levels of HCAs are a strong predictor of metabolic syndromes such as diabetes. HCAs regulate blood glucose levels in animal models Through a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers looked further into the mechanisms that underpin the key role that HCAs play in regulating blood glucose levels. In an animal model experiment, the researchers suppressed the synthesis of HCAs in the livers of a group of pigs by around 30%, and they found that their blood glucose levels increased by 30% when compared with the control group. HCAs were then given to the pigs, after which their blood glucose levels eased off. Another experiment conducted by the researchers focused on the effect of HCAs on glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is a hormone produced by L-cells, a type of enteroendocrine cell that enhances insulin secretion and decreases blood glucose. In a laboratory setting, different kinds of bile acids, including HCAs, were applied to L-cells, at varying levels of concentration. Results showed that at a high concentration of 50 micromolar, HCAs were the most effective at stimulating GLP-1 secretion when compared with other types of bile acids. The findings also revealed that HCAs regulate blood glucose levels by stimulating the secretion of GLP-1 and thus insulin production. Potential for diabetes prediction and treatment “The results of our studies provide evidence of how HCAs help to regulate blood glucose levels, and they have revealed the mechanism of how it is achieved at a cellular level. HCAs demonstrate promising potential, and they could be developed into an agent for the prediction and treatment of type 2 diabetes,” said Professor Jia. “As gut microbiota can regulate the metabolism of HCAs, targeting the intestines instead of the pancreas could be a prospective novel strategy for treating diabetes. We will further investigate how to increase the secretion levels of HCAs in diabetic patients by regulating the intestinal bacteria,” he added. Researchers from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital, Peking University, the Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, China Agricultural University, Sichuan University and the University of Hawaii were also involved in the studies. Contact Details Hong Kong Baptist University Christina Wu, Communication and Public Relation Office +852 3411 7828 Company Website

April 01, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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WitFoo Releases Precinct 6.1.5


WitFoo, the world’s most intelligent SECOPS platform fueled by big data analytics, announced today the release of version 6.1.5 of its flagship Precinct product. This latest version introduces various new capabilities and features, including: High Speed Search The 6.1.5 release adds advanced indexing and search algorithms that leverage the innovations from natural language processing (NLP) to find infrequent records in the data lake with efficiency improvements greater than 99 percent. “Needle in the haystack” queries that could take hours in earlier releases can now be resolved in seconds. Intelligent Object-Oriented SOAR Precinct 6.1.5 utilizes real-time object-oriented analysis that updates incident data as evidence is received, comprehended and contextualized. Intelligent, responsive playbooks that learn from user and data inputs automatically adapt to the circumstances of a specific investigation to deliver comprehensive investigation while optimizing the use of human labor. “Performing law enforcement quality investigations requires acumen, evidence, organization and proper tactics. It also requires imagination, flexibility and collaboration. The dynamic playbooks in Precinct 6.1.5 help move SECOPS philosophies closer to those used by seasoned law enforcement agents,” remarked WitFoo law enforcement advisor, Detective Bill Ritch. Resilient Federated Operation Precinct 6.1.5 expands capabilities for managed security services provider (MSSP), military units, cybersecurity insurers and distributed organizations in delivering federated security operations. This latest version adds the capability of one-way transmission of incidents to support diode operation to move data from security isolated enclaves to centralized security operation centers for analysis. “The federated data and operations sharing of Precinct 6.1.5 enables users even in disconnected, intermittent, and limited bandwidth (DIL) environments to share data and coordinate while operating in challenged environments. Furthermore, the ability of one-way transmission and offline capabilities enables security operations centers (SOCs) to leverage an isolated enclave approach to protecting security operations,” said Ardalyst CTO, Josh O’Sullivan. Framework Inventory Through message comprehension, Precinct 6.1.5 detects coverage of security products and maps the coverage to compliance frameworks including PCI, NIST 800-53, CMMC and CIS Critical Security Controls. “Mapping machine data to the CIS Critical Security Controls has already been of great help to us in assisting our mutual customers in driving toward sustainable SECOPS. The ability to toggle between multiple frameworks in version 6.1.5 of Precinct gives us the capability to have an objective, pragmatic discussion on building a roadmap that delivers standards-based compliance while also delivering meaningful protection that reduces security spend,” said CyberOpz CTO, Tom Rudolph For more details and a demonstration of the new release, visit the WitFoo Community site at About WitFoo Built by veterans of the military, law enforcement and cyber security, WitFoo Precinct is the world’s most intelligent SECOPS platform fueled by big data analytics. By crowdsourcing intelligence from a global community of cybersecurity experts, applying time-tested methodologies from law enforcement and leveraging intelligent data and analytics, Precinct’s Investigative Engine results in a greater than 90% reduction in time and labor spent performing security investigations. The platform produces metrics on risk, tool effectiveness, operational efficiency and security gaps to fuel transformational business conversations. Infinite scalability, cost-contained licensing and flexible deployment options make Precinct an effective and economic solution for any organization looking to improve their security operations. For more information, visit Contact Details Merritt Group for WitFoo Mia Wilcox +1 610-564-6773 Company Website

March 31, 2021 09:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Intelligent Buildings Partners with Tempered Networks for Managed Service to Secure Commercial Real Estate Networks


Intelligent Buildings today announced its selection of Tempered Networks for a key aspect of its Vendor Risk Management Services, strengthening its managed service approach and revolutionizing building IoT cybersecurity. This approach leapfrogs traditional complex VPNs and mismatched IT solutions in terms of security, ease of management, and cost-efficiency. Leveraging Tempered’s AirWall platform, Intelligent Buildings effectively secures the disparate and fragmented operational systems and IoT sensors found in commercial buildings, such as HVAC, access control, elevator, lighting, parking, and others. Intelligent Buildings’ managed service for commercial property owners and managers is a turn-key offering that integrates and simplifies a wide range of vendor risk management services for existing building systems and networks that are proving to be more vulnerable to cyberattacks and local mismanagement. “Tempered Airwall technology has allowed us to deliver the most secure remote access solution for critical endpoints in our managed security service offering for owners and managers, whether they are corporate, REIT, government, healthcare, or higher education,” said Greg Hoogerland, President at Intelligent Buildings. “We had very demanding requirements for our remote access solution, including 1:1-only connections that were invisible to the Internet and hackers, elimination of all personal use like social media, and true plug-and-play deployment into any facility environment with any level of skill sets found in the staff—all at a much lower cost structure than competing IT approaches so that it would fit into property management budgets.” As stated in NIST research, many IoT building system devices interact with the physical world in ways conventional IT devices usually do not. To effectively access, manage and monitor these environments while ensuring business continuity, decision-makers must treat remote access differently while also emphasizing the local systems set up, including passwords, backups, and software updates, as well as contractor and staff policy compliance to manage phishing and ransomware threats. Tempered’s Zero Trust approach provides a proven way to address the unique remote access needs while fully enabling Intelligent Buildings’ system and policy management services. “Intelligent Buildings is delivering a valuable managed security service as a turn-key operation for commercial building owners and managers of any scale that addresses the growing need for advanced threat protection in a more connected world,” said Jeff Hussey, Founder and CEO of Tempered Networks. “With Tempered Airwall at the heart of their remote access service, they are providing an important partnership for us to reach this large and growing market, as well as validating the best of breed security offering organizations can deploy today.” Tempered and Intelligent Buildings have already successfully deployed in portfolios across North America with groundbreaking speed and cost structure. To learn more about these deployments and how they may apply to your portfolio, please visit: About Intelligent Buildings IntelligentBuildings® is the only company focused on Smart Building advisory, assessment, and managed services at scale for new projects and existing portfolios. We help our customers manage risk, enhance occupant well-being, and continually improve performance by providing unmatched expertise, practical recommendations, and targeted services. Since 2004, we are the most trusted and experienced name in Smart Building services. Visit About Tempered Networks Tempered makes the industry’s only truly native Zero Trust Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) solution. Airwall is the modern air gap for all connected things. Airwall makes it easy to create and maintain hyper-secure networks across complex infrastructure anywhere, including IT/OT/ICS/SCADA, remote and in the cloud. Airwall networks are multi-factor authenticated, micro-segmented, encrypted end-to-end, and impervious to lateral movement. Ready to make your company’s critical assets and infrastructure invisible to threats? Visit Contact Details Merritt Group for Tempered Networks Katie Pesek +1 703-795-1928 Company Website

March 31, 2021 09:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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