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OneDeploy disputes need for NHS to use more capital expenditure on new devices & the latest Windows Operating Systems to prevent repeat of ransomware attacks

Upgrading to the very latest Windows operating systems, to reduce the risk of continued exposure to ransomware attacks such as WannaCry that hit the NHS over the weekend, should not demand any new capital spending, said enterprise Windows deployment product provider OneDeploy. Furthermore, this upgrade work, complete with deployment of the very latest security patches, can be completed across a vast range of types and ages of device in a matter of hours, remotely and without tying up significant in-house IT resources.
It means that this much-needed security hardening work can be paid for out of the NHS’ operational expenditure – contrary to arguments being put forward by many commentators in the national newspapers and broadcast media this morning.
This is the message from the head of Windows Deployment provider OneDeploy Limited, Mike Davies, whose company provides a unique, build-based, remote Windows deployment and upgrade offering.
OneDeploy makes light work of remote Windows deployments across even the largest enterprise, legacy and new, hardware estates. It has already been used successfully by public sector bodies as well as blue chip enterprises such as David Lloyd Leisure, Berry Bros. and Rudd, and Day Lewis Pharmacy group.
Mike Davies, managing director, OneDeploy said:
“The NHS does not need to spend a fortune on new hardware or mass upgrades to Windows 10 tomorrow to keep all current hardware secure from future cyber-attacks.
“We need to nail the lie being peddled by many large IT hardware distributors and vendors that, in order to keep IT working well in cash-strapped public sector organisations, you need to have the latest hardware in order to run the latest operating systems running on all devices.
“We work with many companies which have a diverse mix of hardware, using different drivers and applications according to operational requirements of a specific group of users. We help large firms upgrade to a new operating system on existing legacy devices in their own time, while often deploying the latest operating systems on new devices in a different part of the organisation which demands that.”
OneDeploy is a highly mature Windows deployment solution designed to help companies support a range of old and new desktop and mobile devices, migrating them to new operating systems, including Windows 10, all with minimal to zero engineer ‘attended time’.
No matter what hardware or form factor you use, or how many machines or mobile devices are involved, OneDeploy delivers a sophisticated, yet fully-automated, Windows user experience through even the largest Windows deployments, allowing you to:
  • Reduce Windows deployment times by as much as 80% compared to what IT departments are used to
  • Avoid hardware vendor lock-in often associated with inflexible imaging solutions
  • Avoid constantly playing catch-up as standard images quickly become out of date, creating cycles of repair after OS upgrades, leading to loss of user productivity and frustration
  • Enable remote deployments in remote / branch locations 
  • Create brand consistency across your network
  • Ensure corporate IT security levels are maintained everywhere
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Notes to Editors:
A Freedom in Information enquiry by RES published in February found that 88 of the UK’s 260 NHS trusts had been hit by ransomware between mid-2015 and the end of 2016. Imperial College Healthcare suffered 19 attacks in 12 months. When Papworth Hospital was hit in autumn 2016, its four IT staff worked from 1am to 9pm on a Sunday to restore the systems from backups; it had no budget to pay the ransom (and wouldn’t want to). “If we’d been doing a heart operation on a Sunday, it would have been a huge problem,” Jane Berezynskyj, Papworth’s IT director, later said.
For further information about OneDeploy, please contact:
Mike Davies, Managing Director, OneDeploy
Tel: 01462 322160. Email: mike@onedeploy.com
You can find this story at: http://www.onedeploy.com/2017/05/15/od-reaction-to-ransomware-attack/
For all OneDeploy media and media sales enquiries, including requests for images, please contact:
Miles Clayton, Agility PR Limited
Tel: 01992 587439 Email: miles@agilitypr.co.uk

Bartragh Services acquire C4i Training & Technology

Tampa, US - Bartragh Services, LLC, a Tampa based US company has acquired C4i Consultants, Inc of Calgary, Canada and established a new company, C4i Training and Technology, Inc. The new company will still be based in Calgary. Bartragh has announced that Harry H. Thompson, III has been selected as the new company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Thomas E. Putt, BGen (ret’d), will be the President of the new company.
C4i Training and Technology will continue to provide its superb constructive simulation products, Military Simulation (MILSIM) and Emergency Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM), and outstanding customer, software and training support services to the simulation community.
Mr. Thompson, who also serves as the Vice President of Simulation Services at Bartragh, stated, “The acquisition of a well-established simulation company like C4i with its reputation for truly outstanding constructive simulations supporting the Military and Emergency Management communities was a great fit for Bartragh. The easy to use, low cost simulations of C4i will provide tremendous value-added capabilities to the other verticals of training, intelligence and aviation within Bartragh and its activities around the world.” Thompson also added that C4i is expanding its training and exercise support capabilities to address a growing requirement for a comprehensive simulation training approach with low cost simulations.  “We are excited about the future of C4i with the resources that Bartragh has brought to the company and how this will enable us to provide state-of-the art, easy to use and low cost simulations to a wide spectrum of international military and emergency management users.”
Bartragh Services, LLC is a Tampa based US company with simulation, training, intelligence and aviation capabilities providing support across the United States and internationally.
About C4i Training and Technology: With over a decade of simulation and software development experience, our highly skilled team of engineers and software developers have gained a reputation for creating products that prepare military leaders and emergency managers to effectively respond to complex situations. Our company and product solutions serve all levels of government and commercial organizations across defence, public safety and homeland security. www.c4ic.com
For Press and Media contact Tess Butler tessbutler@ruddynice.com +447967157530

From pioneer to genuine digital player: In conjunction with KYCTech, OneLife integrates the RegTech dynamic in its digitalisation process

Luxembourg, 12 May 2017 - At the ICT Spring conference held at Luxembourg's European Convention Centre on 9-10 May 2017, Marc Stevens, CEO of OneLife, a Luxembourg-based specialist in life assurance, presented the latest innovation in the company's digital transformation plan. This process, started in 2015, is a real investment in the future of the company.
Marc Stevens, CEO of OneLife and Luc Maquil, Partner at the start-up KYCTech, presented OneLife's POC (Proof of Concept), which is in keeping with the drive to enhance and accelerate the risk and compliance processes.
Last year, OneLife, a digital pioneer, received three awards (“ICT Team of the Year”, “Digital Personality of the Year” and “Finance Team of the Year”) from the Digital Community in Luxembourg for its app, which is designed to allow its business partners to monitor their files in real time on their smartphone, therefore saving time and increasing efficiency. OneLife had therefore met one of its partners' requirements.
In 2017, OneLife is going further, becoming a genuine digital player thanks to the integration of RegTech: KYC/AML filtering for new contracts and the KYC/AML check for legal entities. In addition to the fact that OneLife can tackle the challenges posed by new regulations, it is also a real benefit that will allow its staff to focus on delivering high-quality service. Marc Stevens: “Although it's still in its infancy, RegTech seemed to us to be the next logical step in order to continue with our digital development. RegTech is the perfect addition in the finalisation of our onboarding process. And working with a new start-up like KYCTech has enabled us to realise just how much RegTech could help our Compliance & Risk and Customer Services teams on a day-to-day basis, therefore improving the level of service provided to our customers.” Luc Maquil added: “RegTech is a symbiotic approach based on efficient collaboration between Compliance & Risk teams and IT teams, driven by a general determination to do things better in future, thanks to digital technologies. With OneLife, we have found a visionary yet pragmatic partner, which works actively to implement its digital strategy by taking very practical steps.”
Integration is set to take place in the coming months thanks to the successful collaboration with KYCTech. The dynamic nature and agility in the design, development and implementation of the solutions make this OneLife-KYCTech partnership a unique experience.
Expect to see more innovations in the autumn and at the RegTech Summit! To find out about the latest news and developments, please visit: www.onelife.eu.com
For further information, please contact:
Michele Nerantzis
Marketing Communication Manager
OneLife
T: +352 45 67 30 4316
E: michele.nerantzis@onelife.eu.com  
Christophe Regnault
Digital Marketing Manager
OneLife
T: +352 45 67 30 4363
E: christophe.regnault@onelife.eu.com
About OneLife
OneLife's aim is to overturn conventional attitudes to life assurance. As a specialist in this area with over 25 years’ experience, we develop cross-border financial planning solutions for wealthy clients throughout Europe and beyond.
Whether it’s a question of long-term savings, inheritance planning or simply understanding how to better manage your assets, we are 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 selected partners – including private banks, family offices and independent financial advisers – our dynamic team of international experts offers a fresh approach that helps understand and anticipate the needs of wealthy clients in a world of change.
With more than Euros 5 billion in assets under management, OneLife is owned by J.C. Flowers & Co., one of the leading investment firms in the international finance industry.
www.onelife.eu.com
About KYCTech
KYCTech is a group composed of experts from the world of IT, Regulation, Risk Management and Internal Governance, acknowledging that there is a huge need of optimization in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing sectors, as well as in the Know-Your-Customer sector.
It is for this reason that BHS Services, Web Shield and ANDRisk decided to combine their strengths in order to create the first KYC Technologies excellence centre in Luxembourg.
KYCTech delivers best-in-class solutions in the various regulated markets in Luxembourg and beyond, whilst also acting as a catalyst for future developments in the field.
www.kyctech.lu

ASPIDER-NGI and SURFnet eSIM solutions for enterprise security and identity

The Netherlands, May 10, 2017: ASPIDER-NGI, provider of MVNE, IoT, eSIM and content solutions, and SURFnet, the Dutch National Research and Education Network, are partnering on eSIM. This new agreement gives SURFnet early access to the ASPIDER-NGI eSIM technology to develop and build specific applications for education and research, with an initial focus on identity management and authentication.
ASPIDER-NGI is using these initiatives to launch “eSIM eConnect” later this year. This product provides a modular approach that allows the enterprise to own and control their SIMs, and manage the connectivity and security. Jan Mooijman, CEO of ASPIDER-NGI: “Enterprises are starting to recognize the huge impact of owning their own SIMs. They can choose operators, deliver applications, manage devices and track behavior. The enterprise now has the keys to the castle.”
 “Last year we conducted initial eSIM projects that allowed us to manage the eSIM ‘over the air’ to change mobile operators instantly without a physical SIM swap,” said Maurice van den Akker, head of Product Management Network Services at SURFnet. “This year we will focus on specific security-related functionality on the eSIM for education and research institutions. We also believe that ownership of our own SIM yields many more opportunities” he continued. “This includes the integration of multiple mobile and wireless architectures. The eSIM will help us provide seamless access to our high end research infrastructure, for students, lecturers and researchers.”
Jan Mooijman, CEO of ASPIDER-NGI states “SURFnet is recognized for driving innovation into the education and research sector. We share the same visions on integrated communications to deliver the connectivity and control across mobile operators and media. Our partnership around eSIM also includes the security infrastructure to support new applications, to drive new business models and to improve efficiencies.”
About ASPIDER-NGI
ASPIDER-NGI is an operator independent company providing connectivity allowing you to build and control your own mobile solutions. We build, support and operate innovative MVNO and IoT platforms. We provide the network and expertise you require, and deliver with the flexibility and agility you need to disrupt and grow your market. ASPIDER-NGI delivers and supports voice, data, SMS, multi-IMSI and eSIM products to manage and connect billions of connections for IoT, MVNO, Content and Corporate Mobile solutions. Hundreds of clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M and MVNO projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for Operators and Corporates. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com.
RSS News Feed for ASPIDER-NGI: https://aspider-ngi.com/feed
About SURFnet
SURFnet is the Dutch National Research and Education Network (NREN). SURFnet ensures that researchers, lecturers and students can work together in a simple and robust manner using ICT. SURFnet supports, develops and operates an advanced, reliable and interconnected ICT infrastructure for use by education and research. This infrastructure makes the most of what ICT has to offer, bringing ICT services, academic instruments and people together. SURFnet also develops and tests innovative ICT services in order to demonstrate the capabilities.
For more information about SURFnet, visit www.surf.nl/en/surfnet

SimCentric Technologies to exhibit at ITEC at Rotterdam, Netherlands - 16th to 18th May 2017

SimCentric Technologies will be exhibiting at ITEC in Rotterdam, 16th – 18th May 2017. With vast ongoing global investment in the VBS3 virtual platform including UK MoD (DVS), US Army (GFT) and US Marine Corps (DVTE & ISMT), SimCentric’s value adding VBS3 middleware maximizes the return on this financial and training investment for militaries worldwide. At ITEC, SimCentric will be demonstrating their flagship VBS3 FiresFST Pro enabling full spectrum offensive fires, close air support and UAV vectoring capabilities. Augmenting this is our Ambience pattern of life generation tool enabling unprecedented realism in Collateral Damage Estimation and ROE application. Completing this configuration is our MediaMate smart device live streaming application simulating a UAV Rover 5 ISR feed in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) integration. A specific emphasis for ITEC 2017 will be demonstrating how incidents of Coalition fratricide and non-combatant collateral damage can be reduced through VBS3 FiresFST Pro visualization aides and procedural support features.
SimCentric will also be demonstrating advanced applications aimed at delivering greater recurring efficiency and systemic flexibility dividends for the VBS3 user community. Our GUIMate Pro application is a development and modelling tool that accelerates the process of building, deploying and maintaining custom GUI content within VBS3. Through this application, significant training liabilities can be reduced through enhancing intuitive proficiency when operating VBS3. SimCentric will also be demonstrating our TrainingMate “virtual classroom” enabling synchronized and instructor enabled VBS3 training instances to be conducted either in a co-located environment, or geographically distributed.
CEO SimCentric Dr Adam Easton commented “We are thrilled at the continuing strong adoption and growth of our modular VBS3 integrated software across a worldwide user community. Our fundamental principle is to ensure we understand the overall capability requirement and the training gap that exists, then address this with the right simulation solution. By continuous and collaborative engagement with our customers, we can meet our goal of delivering a solution, not just a product. ”
Visit us at ITEC! SimCentric will be exhibiting at ITEC 16th – 18th May 2017 in Rotterdam. Click here https://www.simct.com/contact_us to schedule a demonstration.
For more information please visit www.simct.com. For Press or Media enquiries contact tessbutler@ruddynice.com