Mountain Home And Land Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:11:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mountain Home And Land 32 32 Sophos capitalizes on opportunities in an increasingly complex cybersecurity landscape – Manila Bulletin Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:45:08 +0000

Kris Hagerman has been CEO of Sophos since 2012. He is responsible for the strategic direction and business operations of Sophos. From Bali, Indonesia, we managed to chat with Hagerman about the evolution of Sophos’ strategy, Cybersecurity as a Service and the challenges they faced during the peak of the pandemic.

You can read our full discussion below:

Kris Hagerman: Okay, so let’s see where I just start and where Sophos stands. We just passed last year’s really exciting milestone of $1 billion in annual sales. We now protect over 530,000 organizations around the world.

We’re one of the largest independent cybersecurity providers in the world, which is exciting.

Sophos is one of the few cybersecurity vendors with strength in endpoint, next-gen firewall and network security, and managed services.

We are one of the few companies that is an established industry leader in both endpoints and firewalls at the highest level. We have over 250,000 next-gen endpoint customers, while 230,000 rely on next-gen firewalls.

We’re really aligning the entire organization to take advantage of what we see as a game-changing opportunity in the delivery of cybersecurity as a service, and the reason we’re doing this is very simple: our view of the cybersecurity landscape is that cybersecurity is at At this point it has become so difficult, so complex and so fast-paced that the vast majority of organizations in the world simply cannot tackle it effectively on their own.

They should find a trusted security professional to basically do this for them or help them do it, and that’s what Cybersecurity as a Service is all about.

What is the difference between MDR and Cybersecurity as a Service?

Kris Hagerman: Cybersecurity is a service that can span multiple offerings, but at its heart is managed detection and response. This is what MDR, MDR we believe, is the flagship example of delivering cybersecurity as a service, because we believe MDR covers the three pillars of how you want to deliver superior cybersecurity outcomes for a real-world organization and that you want to ensure that you defend against the vast majority of things that come your way, but no matter how well defended you are, if an attacker is persistent or advanced enough, they can find their way around your defenses and that’s why detection and response is like that important.

Detection and response must be very fast because when an incident occurs, speed is everything. Basically, you want to identify and shut down that threat or incident really quickly, before the attacker can get on the network and jump around, steal data, and export the data outside and cause damage.

Managed detection and response is at the heart of delivering cybersecurity as a service.

With the need to work from home due to the pandemic, has there been an increased need for managed detection and response?

Kris Hagerman: With COVID and work from home, that’s basically taken and dramatically expanded the threat landscape and attack surface.

Because now you have more and more people working on it, they are using more devices, they are connecting from anywhere, on the street, in the coffee shop or maybe on the beach.

It’s simply more connections, more devices, more data being propagated, and that means there are more risks and opportunities for cybercriminals to attack.

As customers begin to move to cloud-enabled products, is Sophos on par with its competitors like Crowdstrike? Or what steps are you taking to ensure you live up to it?

Kris Hagerman: That’s a great question. I would say that when it comes to cybersecurity, we’re on par with anyone in the industry when it comes to cloud-enabled management and computing.

Sophos is one of the few companies in the world to have a single cloud management console called Sophos Central, which we use to manage our entire portfolio of next-gen products.

It accounts for 90% of our revenue and is one of the things that helps us deliver cybersecurity as a service since this platform can be managed from anywhere. I would say that we are at the forefront of this industry when it comes to the ability to manage and deploy our products in the cloud.

How do you find yourself in the wild and exciting world of technology and cybersecurity in particular?

Kris Hagerman: I found my way to Sophos because I knew some people on the board who were looking for new leadership to see how they could take advantage of all these opportunities that Sophos had.

I had no cybersecurity experience. I had a lot of experience with enterprise and infrastructure software. It was a great learning opportunity for me to really understand what cybersecurity is all about.

Is Sophos able to adapt to the rapidly changing cybersecurity industry?

When it comes to innovation and the ability to adapt and ensure we stay at the forefront, not just at the forefront of technological innovation, but also ensuring we deliver this in a way that truly delivers tangible value to our customers .

We’ve been around since 1985, we’re just getting bigger and better. It’s a great example of how we combine innovation and technology in areas like data science, automation, machine learning and cloud computing, but we package this in a way that provides direct, tangible value for our customers.

We offer 12,000 MDR customers directly measurable benefits. Our customers take less risk. We can prove that they have 85% fewer incidents than we were involved.

Greater Efficiency: We give your security team plenty of time to focus on other priorities while helping them understand the security aspects that really matter more efficiently.

And last but not least, we save them money. We have a customer who was a manufacturer and they found that with the Sophos MDR service they had the same coverage and workload that they could provide with six full-time team members for the cost of one, and that’s just one fantastic example of how we can provide better security.

We drive innovation in the industry. That will set the standard for other providers, in fact we’ve had a number of third-party analysts say the same thing.

The vast majority of organizations today are poorly protected in our view, and they are poorly protected because they are completely overwhelmed. Too many tools and warnings. You don’t have enough people. You don’t have enough budget. They do not have enough expertise and are therefore unable to effectively manage cybersecurity.

Thanks to all the advances Sophos has made across products, managed services, threat intelligence and security operations, we can now provide a world-class 24/7 security operations center that does 24/7 threat hunting, comprehensive incident response and all on behalf of the customer, so that they can enjoy a premium level of protection, whatever their size.

For many of us at Sophos, the idea is that not only are we building an attractive business, but we genuinely believe that we are doing something good for the world, that cybercrime is a global epidemic and we can play a significant role in protecting how many of these organizations are today overwhelmed and exhausted.



Local businesses are hoping for a big shopping weekend Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:47:53 +0000

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday usually mark the start of the season for buying Christmas gifts. And this year, that data is more important than ever.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many local business owners are concerned about the impact of this week’s shopping dates as inflation weighs on the economy.

The holiday season starts even earlier in Turlock with the annual Shop the Blocks event taking place on November 6th.

“Shop the Blocks was our best day ever,” said Teresa Soderquist-Benedict, who owns the Vintage Market on Main Street. “It’s always our biggest day of the year, but this was our biggest.”

But with Shop the Blocks in the rear-view mirror, the collective attention of retailers has turned to the opening of the Christmas shopping weekend.

“It’s pretty big,” Jenny Roots Sousa, owner of Rustic Roots on Main Street, commented on her expectations. “My numbers are way down.”

Roots says she had a good day during Shop the Blocks. Even so, their numbers were down $1,000 from the year before and a whopping $10,000 from two years ago.

Lisa Espinola has a similar story.

The Turlock native, who has owned fashion boutique Glitz since 2011, says she needs to “crush” Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

“I don’t think we’re going to destroy it,” she guessed. “But it’s super important for us this year. We will be offering discounts on Black Friday and then we will be offering deeper discounts on Saturday, with scratch cards offering between 20 and 40 percent off.”

Julie LoForti, who has owned the Bella Forte boutique on Broadway for 11 years, said she doesn’t know what to expect this weekend but is sure the city needs to allocate funds to the Rad Card program. The program puts federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act into a system where customers can purchase an electronic gift card worth twice what they pay for. Then they spend that money on local businesses that sign up to participate.

Cities and counties provide the money to participate. Turlock released some funds earlier this year, but there has been a delay and business owners have asked when more money could be added to the scheme.

“All the other cities get funding and we don’t,” LoForti said. “I have a friend who went shopping in Tracy (Friday) because Tracy has Rad funds.”

Last Friday was Pink Friday, which asks shoppers to shop locally before shopping elsewhere.

While the pandemic has in many cases been the death knell for small businesses, the Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop on Olive Avenue has not faced the same threat.

“During the pandemic, everyone was stuck at home and needed to do something, so they turned to gardening,” said Adria Afferino, GM of Greenery. “For us, spring is our big season and we are more worried about the drought. But Shop the Blocks was OK. I can not complain.”

Casey King, owner of Cycle Masters on Main Street, went home early during Shop the Blocks.

“I had a person who wanted to pick up tires that had already been ordered,” he said. “And a couple came in and looked around. And that was it.”

King expects business to pick up later in December when people are looking for a bike to put under the tree. But usually, like gardening, cycling is more of a springtime activity.

Basically, it depends on the type of business.

Soderquist-Benedict isn’t worried about the holiday season.

“We’re so different that I think we’ll be okay,” she said. “We have a lot of vintage and handmade goods and we attract customers from other cities, so that’s really helpful. We also own this building and that is a great help.”

However, others are hoping a big weekend bodes well for a big December and beyond.

“Staying closed for two months has been difficult during the pandemic,” Espinola said. “But we did well. Our customers have stood up for us. I hope the community still has the same spirit.”

Fundraising initiative aims to help Texas warehouse worker and his mother Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:46:03 +0000

Christian Willis asks for help to reach his $1,500 goal and avoid homelessness

Map, TX – After a dispute with a neighbor caused them to leave their apartment a year ago, Christian Willis and his mother moved into a budget hotel, Comfort Inn & Suites, in April 2021, with the intention of finding a new home quickly. Due to a combination of rising costs, poor credit scores, a lack of stable income and dwindling savings, Christian and his mother are still living in hotels and struggling to get into an apartment. room.

Christian, who is often the sole breadwinner for his family, is now employed in a warehouse. Like many Americans, he’s grateful to work, but still can’t make ends meet. With his paycheck — about $500 a week — he’s able to pay hotel bills ($400-$430 a week) and stretch the rest to pay for groceries and transportation to and from work. . This leaves almost nothing and prevents him from finding an apartment.

Earlier in the year, he managed to buy a few simple pieces of equipment, like an air fryer and a mini-fridge, so he could cook food in the hotel room rather than always ordering from DoorDash due to the lack of kitchen. But in several cases, Christian had to use either cash advance apps like Earnin to borrow extra money, or pay-later apps like Zip to split his hotel expenses into smaller billing amounts. At first, these methods allowed her to avoid traditional payday loans and bought time for her mother to land a job that would temporarily help her pay hotel bills. However, after hotel rates rose and the owner of the Comfort Inn abruptly closed the property in June 2022, Christian and his mother hastily moved to the Red Roof Inn.

A month later, the family’s belongings were about to be auctioned off due to unpaid rent on a public warehouse. To end it, Christian had to urgently take out a personal loan with an expensive APR. Now, after payday loans take their deductions, Christian and his mother struggle to afford the hotel room as well as expensive carpool fares just to get to work every day. Despite the long walking distance, everyone tries to take the bus or train whenever they can. Nonetheless, Christian faces a weekly battle to settle his bills and ensure they aren’t kicked out of the hotel.

Knowing that this life situation is unsustainable given their meager resources and heavy reliance on payday loans to get by, Christian had decided to reach out to charities willing to help. He created a GoFundMe page in March and his goal is now to raise $1,500. These funds will allow him to rent a one-room apartment and get a cheap electric car or scooter that will ease the difficulty of getting to and from work.

With costs rising due to inflation and supply chain issues since the pandemic, Christian understands that times are tough everywhere. Although he hoped he wouldn’t have to rely on strangers’ charity, the GoFundMe is really a last resort to help him and his mother get back to a real home in an affordable apartment. However, despite including photos and videos on his social media pages documenting his situation, he has often faced backlash for promoting his fundraiser. People were quick to scold him without first fully understanding his story and his struggles.

Because of this hurdle and bashing, Christian has now set up a new, separate crowdfunding campaign on Fundly. This campaign aims to receive support through donations that will help alleviate one’s loan debt while attempting to seek financial relief through a consolidation service. Additionally, in an effort to use all the resources at his disposal and give back in any way possible, he also promotes a number of online fundraising stores that contain freebies that people might be interested in buying for the holidays. A portion of each order will go toward their fundraising goal.

Even in the face of these trials, Christian strives to remain optimistic. He says, “I still believe in destiny and purpose, and I don’t give up on finding a sense of fulfillment. I have high hopes and dreams for independence and a new career so I can pursue a better future. I also think everyone should get a second chance if they are so determined to find that light at the end of the tunnel and overcome the obstacles that block their path to success.

For more direct from Christian, watch this video. For additional updates on his story, connect with him at or You can help Christian and his mother by making a donation on their GoFundMe Where Fundamentally page. Alternatively, those who prefer to show their support by purchasing fundraising items can make a contribution through one of the online gift shops featured on its Page. Donations made through either crowdfunding site will be immediately available to Christian.

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Apt greenlighted plans to convert listed safes into bike storage | news Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:02:25 +0000

Apt has been given the go-ahead for an office project involving the conversion of a maze of listed Georgian vaults into bicycle storage and office space.

Islington City Council voted unanimously to approve the outskirts plan, located at Lamb’s Passage and designed for Lamb’s Passage Real Estate Limited.

It will consist of a seven storey block built on the site of an existing car park and over the underground vaults built by Whitbread Brewery in the early 19th century. Another row of vaults clad in white ceramic tiles was added in the 1930s.

Whitbread, owner of the Premier Inn hotel chain, was originally founded as a brewery in Islington in 1742 and became the world’s largest brewery by the end of the century.

The vaults are connected to the Grade I listed Whitbread Brewery building, which is immediately to the south of the site.

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Apt said the plan would preserve the integrity of the vaults and preserve as much historical substance as possible, although about 260 square meters of the area will be demolished to make way for stairs and an elevator core that provides access to the building above. The arched roofs are also exposed at ground level behind glazing to allow public viewing.

Islington’s planning officer said the work would cause less than significant damage to the vaults, which are currently in a state of disrepair, and that there was a public benefit to maintaining and using them.

Later additions, including 20th-century enclosures that were deemed of no heritage value, would also be removed.

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Two previous plans on the site had been rejected, including a hotel and housing project designed by Falconer Chester Hall and Collado Collins, which was scrapped in 2014 and again in 2015 after a failed appeal.

The two offices then returned to the drawing board and created revised plans, which were rejected again in 2016 before winning an appeal in 2017, although the project was never built.

Other firms working on the Apt project include planning consultant Daniel Rinsler & Co, landscape architect LDA Design, daylighting consultant GIA and fire safety engineer Atelier Ten.

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12 Dangerous Habits That Can Put You Even Deeper Into Debt Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:00:00 +0000

US consumer debt is at an all-time high. According to the New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel, total household debt in the third quarter of 2022 reached $16.5 trillion.

Is there a way to crush your debt once and for all? Absolutely, but it requires avoiding bad financial habits that can put you further into debt.

Here are 12 of those dangerous habits and what to do instead.

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1. Spend money to follow others

Peer pressure is enormous. You may not feel a direct command to follow others in your social circle, but it can get sneaky. If one of your friends buys a new car, you might be tempted to buy one too.

Break this habit by realizing that you bear all the consequences of your expenses. In other words, it’s not your friends who will have to clean up the debt. This job is yours and yours alone. Better to avoid it altogether by living within your means.

2. Don’t automate savings

For most people, if it’s in their main checking account, it’s up for grabs. Spending all your money is a guaranteed way to keep living paycheck to paycheck.

Instead of continuing the cycle, break it by adjusting your payroll distribution. You can send a fixed amount to your main checking account and a percentage on savings. This will ensure that you are constantly building an emergency fund and avoiding further debt.

Payday loans are often sought after in emergency situations, but they are bad business: they can have interest rates of over 600%!

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3. Not having a coherent budget strategy

Not having a budget strategy is a dangerous habit. You don’t know how much you earn, how much you take out, or even how much you need to meet expected and unexpected expenses in life.

Once you have a budget, things that used to be “emergencies,” like car maintenance and property taxes, just become part of the budget.

4. Not Tracking Expenses

Expenses tend to creep in, making it easy to end up with “more butterflies than money,” as the old saying goes.

It’s a dangerous habit when it comes to money, because if you have no idea of ​​your expenses, you can’t really plan for unforeseen events. This puts you in a difficult position where you may have to take out expensive loans or rack up credit cards, which will push you further into debt.

Pro tip: A lot of best budgeting apps Automatically analyze your expenses from a linked bank account to keep you up to date on your expenses.

5. Eat out every week

Checking out the best restaurants in your town is fun, but it can add up very quickly. Even the fast food groceries start piling up.

If you order weekly, that’s money wasting the ability to benefit you beyond a full belly for the evening.

A better approach is to eat within your budget, but pack lunches for work and cook most of your meals at home.

6. Pay the minimum on credit cards and loans

Paying the minimum on credit cards is a surefire way to stay in debt longer. This is because the minimum balance on credit cards is used primarily to pay interest and very little of the balance.

Pro tip: By paying more, more of your payment goes to the original balance rather than just interest. You can also save what you need by switch to a low interest credit card.

7. Buy more house than you can afford

What you get in mortgage terms and what you can actually comfortably afford each month are often two different numbers.

As a general rule, your mortgage should not exceed 28% of your take home pay from an affordability perspective.

In some markets, this may mean a lot less house than expected. But having the cash to handle repairs, saving for unexpected expenses, and always putting aside for retirement is far more important than having the biggest house on the block.

8. Shopping for every sale

Unfortunately, the science of retail is designed to take as much money as possible. Indeed, shopping around for every sale is a dangerous habit that can put you further into debt because it encourages spending.

This means that not all chords are really chords. Even if it is a 75% sale or clearance agreement, the costs can still add up. Stay home and don’t add items to your online shopping cart either.

9. Spending too much on a car

Just like spending to keep up with others, you can also spend too much on a car. It is a purchase with guaranteed value and requires care and maintenance.

Pro tip: Buy a reliable and affordable car when the total cost of ownership is calculated. And try these tricks to save money on car insurance.

10. Skip Car Maintenance Until It’s Too Late

That check engine light won’t go away just because you put a little duct tape on it. Unfortunately, when money is tight, it is difficult to find space for auto repairs. This is why having an emergency fund is so important.

While some small businesses now offer financing through third parties, the interest rates are not very good, which makes it even more difficult to deleverage.

Pro tip: Set aside money for repairs throughout the year. Even if you don’t need a lot of repairs, the fund may be enough to repair your vehicle or buy a new one without stress.

11. Not monitoring your credit

If you don’t look at your credit, you are exposing yourself to fraud or even incorrect information.

Traditionally, the three major credit bureaus allowed one free credit report every year, but now consumers can check their credit report every week. This is a temporary benefit due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This habit can push you further into debt, as your credit score has a direct impact on the interest rates you receive. The worse the score, the more you will pay for credit cards, loans and even apartments.

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12. Let the bass devour your money

The bar can be an expensive place, with an average tab for just four glasses ranging from $80 to $100.

Add in the cost of parking or the taxi ride, plus any other bar stops you’ll make, and going out for a night on the town can put you in more debt than you think.

Entertainment is one of the biggest expense categories that can spiral out of control, but unlike rent or utilities, you can control it.

At the end of the line

Good financial habits open great doors. If you’re trying to achieve bigger goals, like buying a house or taking a better vacation, it all starts with developing good money habits and avoiding dangerous things.

Of course, that’s not the only part of the puzzle to solve. Eventually, you’ll have to manage your income, including raises, promotions, or even a side hustle.

Start by saving and investing money, and soon you will find that you have enough leeway to boost your bank account as well.

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US LBM adds roofing and cladding facility at Whippany Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:42:02 +0000

US LBM, a national distributor of specialty building materials based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is opening a new roofing and siding location in Whippany, the company announced Nov. 17.

The new location will serve contractors, remodelers and home builders in the surrounding communities of the Garden State and the New York metropolitan area.

US LBM’s new Universal Supply location in Whippany. – US LBM

“The Whippany location, combined with similar roofing and siding focused locations that we have opened over the past two years in nearby Paterson and Newark in northern New Jersey, expands US LBM’s coverage in an important area Special category in a high-volume metropolitan market. US LBM President and CEO LT Gibson said in a statement.

The new facility will operate under US LBM’s Universal Supply Division. The company’s other brands in the region include Feldman Lumber and Direct Cabinet Sales.

According to the company, US LBM is the largest privately held full-line specialty building materials supplier in the United States, offering specialty products such as windows, doors, millwork, wallboard, roofing, siding, engineered components and furniture.


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