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BitSight Unveils the Industry's First Cybersecurity Performance Planning and Analytics Solution

BitSight Forecasting Enables Organisations to Utilise Objective Data-Driven Insights for Optimal Resource Allocation to Reduce Risk
London, 12th September 2018 -- BitSight, the Standard in Security Ratings, today announced the availability of BitSight Forecasting, the first analytics offering in the Security Rating Services industry to provide direct visibility into a company’s current and future security program, as well as insights into the efficacy of its investments and initiatives. BitSight Forecasting will help customers identify the optimal course of action to improve their cybersecurity risk posture. Leveraging unique risk and security analytics available only through the BitSight ecosystem, customers can model various security scenarios and project how changes to processes, technologies and culture will impact their environment.
“Security is complex and today’s threat landscape has made it increasingly difficult for organisations to understand, in a quantifiable fashion, which investments will yield the greatest results,” said Stephen Boyer, Chief Technology Officer, BitSight. “Businesses need a solution that will help them identify the proper strategy and resources necessary to mitigate risk. BitSight Forecasting, the first of many analytics offerings to come, helps our customers manage the complexity of investment prioritisation options for measurable security improvement.”
Leveraging aggregated security performance data from hundreds of thousands of organisations throughout the world, BitSight Forecasting offers an innovative approach for companies to model different scenarios and outcomes within their security and risk programs. With BitSight Forecasting, businesses can analyse difficult yet critical questions about where to spend security budgets, and what sets of activities will help reduce risk most quickly. Organisations now have greater confidence in taking actions to measurably improve their cybersecurity risk posture, align their program to broader business goals and set expectations with senior leadership.
BitSight Forecasting delivers:
  1. Projected Security Performance: Organisations can explore different scenarios to identify immediate opportunities for security performance improvement that best fit their resources and environment.
  2. Security Action Planning: Helps businesses generate logical, data-informed plans of action to execute on security performance goals, and explore and iterate these plans over time.
  3. Security Progress Tracking: IT and security leaders can monitor security performance against goals to more easily update senior leadership on progress.
BitSight Forecasting is available today. To learn more, please visit https://www.bitsighttech.com/forecasting.
About BitSight
Founded in 2011, BitSight transforms how organisations forecast and manage cybersecurity risk. The BitSight Security Ratings Platform applies sophisticated algorithms, producing daily security ratings that range from 250 to 900, to help manage third party risk, underwrite cyber insurance policies, benchmark performance, conduct M&A due diligence and assess aggregate risk. BitSight Forecasting enables organisations to improve security performance by identifying areas of focus, determining optimal resource allocation and providing milestones to monitor progress. With over 1,200 global customers and the largest ecosystem of users and information, BitSight is the most widely used Security Ratings Service. For more information, please visit www.bitsighttech.com, read our blog or follow @BitSight on Twitter.

Taurus Clearer Communication Becomes BlackBerry Platinum Partner

Exeter, UK – 29th August, 2018Taurus Clearer Communication Ltd, today announced it is partnering with BlackBerry Ltd. to deliver mobile security solutions for organisations in the United Kingdom and across Europe. As a Platinum Partner, Taurus Clearer Communication is demonstrating its commitment to providing businesses with an integrated software platform that addresses the entire enterprise with an unparalleled standard of security. As more organisations seek comprehensive solutions to support a modern workforce, a software provider with deep mobile security expertise and experience is crucial.
Taurus Clearer Communication helps education and SME organisations across the UK and beyond to create the ideal ICT network to support their specific needs. This means a convergent IT, Telecoms, Mobiles and Cloud network, fully supported by the highly qualified team. As a BlackBerry Platinum Partner, Taurus Clearer Communication is recognised as having in-depth technology skills and expertise, the engineering resources at Taurus Clearer Communication have been certified on BlackBerry’s technical products and services allowing them to offer customer support.
“As the world becomes increasingly hyperconnected, it was important to us that we were able to offer our clients the flexibility they require without compromising on security. This is why we chose to partner with BlackBerry,” said Jonathan Sawyer, Managing Director at Taurus Clearer Communication Ltd. “As a BlackBerry partner, we can now deliver a truly containerised experience on a range of endpoints to meet the demands of our clients and address their entire enterprise from endpoint to endpoint.”
According to Florian Bienvenu, SVP EMEA of BlackBerry, “BlackBerry is committed to helping enterprises in Europe to secure against the ever-increasing data leaks and security threats. By joining BlackBerry's Enterprise Partner Program, Taurus will now have access to secure software solutions that will address today's complex and sophisticated business environments".
The BlackBerry Secure platform is a comprehensive suite of software and services that help enterprises manage and control access to IoT devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables and more, as well as secure communications for all messaging and file types.
Taurus Clearer Communication will now be able to offer its customers a secure and comprehensive software portfolio with the BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Suite, the BlackBerry Workspaces Enterprise File Sync & Sharing platform, BlackBerry Dynamics advanced development platform and container for mobile apps and BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communication. These solutions help secure and manage endpoints and applications, provide secure application development and integrate advanced secure collaboration capabilities, including DRM (Digital Rights Management) for secure content management.
The BlackBerry Enterprise Partner Program is designed to help partners navigate the ever-changing mobile business environment through secure mobile business solutions for their people, processes and data. It helps partners gain new competencies and capabilities that will enable them to meet and exceed market demand, by ensuring partners are well equipped to successfully design, architect, implement and support BlackBerry solutions.
For more information on the BlackBerry Enterprise Partner Program please visit: www.blackberry.com/partners or sign up for the newsletter here: https://global.blackberry.com/en/partners/register-for-updates.
About Taurus Clearer Communication
For over 30 years, Taurus Clearer Communication Ltd has been helping businesses across the UK create their ideal ICT network. By 'ideal' we mean a fully convergent IT, telecoms, and cloud network, fully supported by our highly qualified team. Over the years, Taurus has built up strong relationships with leading technology partners to offer the best solution for your business. Based in Exeter, Taurus offer solutions across all sectors including education, SME, charity and public sector.

OutSystems Breaks Growth Records, Showing Further Proof of Market Leadership

63 Percent Increase in Annual Recurring Revenue, 1000+ Enterprise Customers, 140,000 Community Members, Leader in 3 Analyst Reports
London — 8th August 2018OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code rapid application development, had another record-breaking quarter across every key business metric. With a 63 percent increase in annual recurring revenue for the second quarter and a recent valuation at well over $1 billion, the company is firmly establishing itself as the leader in the exploding low-code development market. It is also on track to beat all numbers from its record-breaking year in 2017.
In the second quarter, OutSystems secured a $360 million investment round to facilitate further expansion of the business. The investment, led by KKR and Goldman Sachs, further establishes the OutSystems low-code platform as the definitive development method for today’s digital transformation projects. The latest round brings the venture investment in OutSystems to $422 million.
“Companies looking to accelerate their digital transformation are turning to the OutSystems low-code platform in record numbers,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO and founder of OutSystems. “OutSystems is giving them the speed, agility, and flexibility to do things they could never do before. Backed by our recent influx of new capital, we are positioned for continued success, both in the short term and over time, as we capitalise on a major growth opportunity in the low-code application development market.”
Industry Recognition as a Market Leader
OutSystems generated a significant amount of industry recognition in the quarter, being named a market leader in three analyst reports and landing a pair of industry awards.
On the analyst side, OutSystems was named a Leader for the second consecutive year in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms and Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service (hpaPaaS) 2018. OutSystems also earned a Market Leader designation in Ovum’s 2018-2019 Ovum Decision Matrix (ODM) for enterprise mobile application development platforms (MADP).
The company won its third consecutive CODiE Award for Best Mobile Development Solution of 2018. SIIA CODiE Awards are peer-reviewed, identifying the most innovative business technology products around the world. OutSystems was also named one of the 50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies to Work For by Battery Ventures and Glassdoor.
Additional Record-breaking Momentum
In addition to its record-breaking revenue growth and market leadership in the second quarter, OutSystems achieved significant success in other areas:
  • Customers: OutSystems added 96 new enterprise customers, bringing its total enterprise customer base to a record 1000+ companies. This was the highest number of new customers added in a quarter since the company was founded.
  • Partners: Revenue from partner-led, new customer deals grew 75 percent year over year.
  • Developers: 15,000 new developers began using the OutSystems platform during the quarter, and the total number of community members topped 140,000.
  • Employees: To meet the growing demand for its platform and to increase R&D in new advancements in software automation, OutSystems added over 100 employees globally, bringing its total workforce above 800.
  • Product innovation: OutSystems introduced OutSystems Sentry, which provides proactive security monitoring, built-in redundancy, and 24x7 support for OutSystems cloud-based platform-as-a-service customers. The company also launched an early access program for a groundbreaking app analytics solution, OutSystems Insights, that enables IT teams to gauge app performance and user satisfaction.
  • Thought leadership: In June, OutSystems released The State of Application Development, 2018 report, which distinguished the company as a top IT thought leader. Featuring detailed analysis of survey results from over 3,500 IT professionals from around the world, it demonstrated that low-code is becoming mainstream and is accelerated app dev speed.
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.

OneLife To Be Acquired By Groupe APICIL

LUXEMBOURG, 1 August 2018 - The OneLife Company S.A. (“OneLife”) today announced that an agreement has been reached between funds advised by J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC (“J.C. Flowers”) and the Groupe APICIL (“APICIL”) to sell 100 percent of OneLife to APICIL. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.
OneLife is a leading Luxembourg life insurance company with more than 5.2 billion euros in assets under management.
APICIL is the fourth-largest social protection group in France, engaged in health and life insurance, pensions, savings products, and related financial services. APICIL seeks to further strengthen and develop its wealth management activities and in this regard, OneLife represents an attractive opportunity through its expertise in cross-border wealth planning solutions using life insurance. The activities of OneLife are entirely complementary to those of APICIL’s Luxembourg subsidiary, APICIL Life Luxembourg.
Thierry Porté, Managing Director of J.C. Flowers and Executive Chairman of OneLife commented: “We have worked over many years to develop the capabilities of OneLife in its core activity of cross-border wealth management solutions and to establish and strengthen the OneLife brand. We see the transaction as a confirmation of OneLife’s franchise and the quality of its people and believe that APICIL will enable OneLife to add greater value to clients and partners in the years to come.”
Antonio Corpas, Chief Executive Officer of OneLife, stated: “APICIL’s financial strength, leadership position in France, and commitment to Luxembourg are all positive factors in the continuing cooperation of our business as a key provider of global wealth solutions for an international clientele.”
Philippe Barret, Chief Executive Officer of APICIL, commented: “The expertise of the teams and the quality of the capabilities of OneLife are a perfect complement to the value chain which we already possess in Luxembourg with APICIL Life Luxembourg and will enable us to further accelerate our growth in the market.”
Advisors for J.C. Flowers are Clearwater International for M&A, Loyens & Loeff for legal counsel, and KPMG Luxembourg for financial, tax, and due diligence counsel.
Advisors for APICIL are AEC Partners and PA Consulting for M&A, Norton Rose Fulbright for legal counsel, Périclès Actuariat for actuarial, and PWC for finance.
About OneLife
The OneLife Company S.A. - and its parent company, The OneLife Holding S.à.r.l. - exists to overturn conventional attitudes to life assurance. As a specialist in this area with more than 25 years experience, OneLife develops cross-border financial planning solutions for ultra-high-net-worth, high-net-worth, and high-affluent clients across Europe and beyond. Whether it’s a question of long-term savings, inheritance planning, or simply understanding how to better manage your wealth, OneLife is dedicated to providing sophisticated, compliant and innovative solutions that are crafted to suit each individual and their evolving needs. Together with a solid network of select partners - including private banks, family offices, and independent financial advisers - OneLife’s dynamic team of international experts offers a fresh approach that helps understand and anticipate the needs of wealthy clients in a world of change. For more information, please visit www.onelife.eu.com.
About Groupe APICIL
The Groupe APICIL, France’s fourth-largest social protection group with turnover of €2.4 billion, offers a full range of high-performance, bespoke solutions in health and personal protection, savings and financial services, and retirement for individuals and professionals. The Group’s 2,144 employees lend their expertise each day to the more than 46,000 companies and 2.2 million policyholders protected. The Group, with its members, is dedicated to satisfying its customers by meeting their every need, from the most general to the most specific (disability, mass retail, public buildings and works, etc.), and in all stages of their lives. Mutualistic and paritarian, the Groupe APICIL supports general-interest causes, thereby helping advance major societal projects.
www.apicil.com
About J.C. Flowers
J.C. Flowers is a leading private investment firm dedicated to investing globally in the financial services industry. Founded in 1998, the firm has invested more than $15 billion of capital in 53 portfolio companies in 18 countries across a range of industry subsectors including banking, insurance and reinsurance, securities firms, specialty finance, and services and asset management. With more than $6 billion of assets under management, J.C. Flowers has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.jcfco.com.

OutSystems Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms for the Second Year in a Row

New report states that mobile app and web development technologies and practices have converged to support digital business
London, 23rd July 2018 -- OutSystems was again named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms, positioned highest overall on the ability to execute axis in the entire Magic Quadrant for the second consecutive year.
OutSystems believes this latest Gartner report makes it clear - IT leaders need to deliver a much wider range of experiences to support their enterprise digital transformation initiatives.
Beyond traditional “mobile only” features, the new breed of mobile platforms must support the following:
  • App diversity, including responsive web apps, wearables, and augmented reality
  • Full-stack, low-code development supporting everything from UX to back-end integration
  • End-to-end DevOps and lifecycle management of large app portfolios
  • Diverse enterprise use cases, including external-facing and internal-facing scenarios
“We believe Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms lines up exactly with what we’re hearing from our customers,” said Paulo Ro sado, OutSystems CEO. “Modern development teams need solutions that support incredibly diverse enterprise application use cases that can be developed and changed at the speed of business.”
According to Gartner, “Leaders have a strong combination of Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. In the MADP sector, this means that Leaders are not only good at cross-platform development, deployment and management across the full life cycle, but also demonstrate strong vision for multi-experience development support. A Leader must also have open architectures and support open standards, while showing a solid understanding of IT requirements, and scalable sales channels and partnerships. Leaders must provide platforms that are easy to purchase, program, deploy and upgrade, and which can connect to a range of systems of record and third-party cloud services.”
OutSystems is a low-code development platform with advanced mobile features, pixel-perfect UX, easy integration with any system, secure offline capabilities, and one-click deployment. So whether a company is building an enterprise-grade, business-to-consumer app, or a complex field service solution, it can do it all with the speed and agility today’s development teams and consumers demand.
Thousands of companies such as Toyota, Chevron, Logitech, Deloitte, Ricoh, Schneider Electric, and GM Financial use the OutSystems low-code platform to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives and differentiate their business. Happy customers are the hallmark of OutSystems and give the platform top ratings on technology review sites.
Gartner Peer Insights documents customer experience through verified ratings and peer reviews from enterprise IT professionals. As of July 18, 2018, OutSystems has more than 405 verified customer reviews across the Mobile App Development Platforms, Application Platforms, and Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service markets, such as the following:
“OutSystems is a great product that does everything I want it to do. The better and more comfortable I get developing within the platform, the more I realise what it can do. Technical support and engineering are very responsive, and the community is always willing to help. The mobile implementation is fantastic. I love working in it, and my users are very satisfied with not only the performance, but the capabilities of the apps.” Software Engineer in the Manufacturing industry.” Read Review Here: https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/424830.
“A Leader in Their Field for a Good Reason, the Only Low-Code Platform to Consider. Our overall experience with OutSystems has been fantastic, in that the technology does what we need it to do, and the OutSystems team assisted us early on with much of our questions and concerns.” Director of Software Engineering in the Manufacturing industry. Read Review Here: https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/454773.
“Since I discovered OutSystems my life as a developer changed. Now I am able to develop an application from start to finish in less time and with better quality... OutSystems as a development platform for mobile devices has the advantage of integrating, in the same unifying language, versions for iOS and Android, breaking the barriers between both.” Application/OutSystems Developer in the Construction Industry. Read Review Here: https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/476005.
“Quickest Path to Manufacturing Digital Transformation. We have been very satisfied with the capabilities of the OutSystems platform. It helps us develop applications without the need for deep programming experience. We developed an application that caters to 100+ machines and to be eventually used by 1000+ operators and the sole developer of this application is a new grad with very little practical experience.” Asia IT Director in the Manufacturing industry. Read Review Here: https://www.gartner.com/reviews/review/view/458889.
Read a complimentary copy of the Gartner July 2018 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms: https://www.outsystems.com/1/gartner-quadrant-mobile-development-platforms/.
Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms,” Jason Wong, Van L. Baker, Adrian Leow, Marty Resnick, 17 July 2018
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About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.