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Next Stop on the RSA Express: Abu Dhabi

first_imgI’m incredibly excited about attending RSA’s next conference, which will be held November 4-5 in Abu Dhabi. This marks the first time we’re holding a conference in the region and I certainly hope we’ll have many more. Let me tell you why.As I look at RSA’s overall business, I’m especially interested in newly burgeoning security markets. Areas of rapid economic growth are compelling because they are not as encumbered by legacy constraints. Rather, security investments can be allocated to the right areas and address the challenges posed by the current threat landscape. In contrast, because old habits die hard, more mature markets tend to focus their security spending on traditional mechanisms. Such mechanisms include perimeter-based approaches that are predicated on trying to prevent threats outright.While threat prevention is an important component of an overall security strategy, it is often over-emphasized relative to areas like incident detection and response. Don’t get me wrong, all three areas are critical. That said, the returns on prevention-based approaches rapidly diminish. At best, investing in better mousetraps will not move the needle appreciably; at worst it can be an abysmal failure.My belief is that the right budget involves a more equitable apportioning among prevention, detection, and response. In fact, Gartner believes that by 2020, over 60% of the IT Security spend will be allocated to detection and response (up from just 10% in 2014).  See, for example, this excellent blog post by Gartner Research VP Anton Chuvakin.Of course, this allocation is aspirational. But if you look at the way the threat landscape is trending, it’s clear that the industry needs to change its spending habits sooner rather than later.That’s why events like RSA Conference – Abu Dhabi are so important. In just the last few years, the UAE government created the Dubai Centre for E-Security to bring stakeholders together. And the region has become a go-to destination for hosting events and conferences, much like RSA’s. Armed with the right information, the right investments will follow.For these reasons and others, I’m very much looking forward to engaging with our customers and partners in Abu Dhabi — many of whom have been very forward thinking. I’ll also be hosting a panel on Wednesday where our customers will discuss what they are doing to stay ahead of the curve via technologies like RSA Security Analytics (effectively addressing the massive shortcomings of traditional SIEM tools).The deep, pervasive, and continuous visibility offered by technologies in our Advanced Security Operations Center (ASOC) portfolio such as Security Analytics is only one part of the triumvirate needed for addressing the threats that matter most. The other critical areas include comprehensive identity management (including authentication, access, lifecycle and governance) as well as risk management (including comprehensive governance, risk, and compliance). I’m sure there will be no shortage of fruitful discussions around all of these topics.If you’re attending the conference, please say hello! And be sure to follow my updates via Twitter (@zulfikar_ramzan).last_img read more

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Is design-build right for your project?

first_imgAre you considering a new branch project? Are you beginning to scope out plans for a new administration or operations center to serve as the hub for your credit union network? Before you engage an architect or general contractor to begin the standard design-bid-build process, it is worth your time to consider whether a design-build firm is the right fit for you, your organization and your bottom line.The design-build method is a comprehensive, cohesive and collaborative process in which the architect, general contractor and construction project manager all work together–often under one roof. It’s a highly collaborative process with several key benefits over the traditional design-bid-build process:Better Value: Your investment goes farther with a design-build firm. Because the right people are at the table from day one, working together to scope out the design and project plan, you can be confident the plan, scope of work and associated costs are solid and vetted. In fact, a study by Construction Industry Institute (CII)/Penn State Research found that in comparison to design-bid-build projects, design-build projects cost 6% less.Faster Completion: The traditional design-bid-build process happens in a linear fashion moving from conceptual planning to construction. With a design-build process, however, project timelines and tasks can overlap, speeding up the process. For example, the design process can occur while estimates and bids are put together and permits are pulled. As a result, your project is delivered faster. The same CII/Penn State study found that design-build projects were delivered 33% faster overall than design-bid-build projects.Reduced Cost: The higher level of collaboration leads to greater transparency across all members of the team, reducing the need for change orders and cost increases. With a design-build firm, a realistic budget is set up front with great transparency. Because the entire team is working together from the start, costly change orders are fewer and farther between. The Penn State study also found that design-build projects had a 6% reduction in change orders.Integrated Branding: Collaboration between architects, interior designers and branding agencies can be near impossible to achieve with a design-bid-build process due to complicated timing issues and lack of a cohesive, unified goal. With design-build, however, all of these players can be under the same roof, jointly creating a unique branded vision for the project from day one.Perhaps the greatest value in working with a design-build firm is the shared vision. In the traditional design-bid-build approach, an architect might design a project, and it may be interpreted differently by both the project manager and the contractor resulting in a different “finished” project than expected and leading to costly change orders. With the collaborative team approach of a design-build firm, all project contributors are a part of the process from the start. They’re around the table from conceptual drawings, through design and construction. This ensures a common vision and strategy for implementation. When done well, the design-build process lends itself to a “no surprises” mantra, with a commitment to transparency within the team and with the client.Want to learn more? Click here to learn about La Macchia Group’s design-build approach. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben La Macchia Benjamin La Macchia is Senior Vice President of La Macchia Group, a design-build firm and trusted partner of hundreds of financial institutions across the nation. Ben serves as the in-house … Web: www.lamacchiagroup.com Detailslast_img read more

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Step inside Brisbane’s ‘Batcave’

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInside Brisbane’s best man cave00:40A SECRET entrance, a hidden gym that could rival a fitness franchise, and a sparkling resort-style pool. Even the garage has been given the luxe touch, and is adorned with basalt lava stone. Take a look inside the home of one of Brisbane’s leading agents — a man who sold close to $100 million worth of other people’s property last year. 2 Waverley Street — April 29, 2018 — $2.52 million 20 Midvale Lane — June 17, 2018 — $1.9 million From blah …. Source: CoreLogic The house before the reno. Source: CoreLogic *** And the back of the house.“Craig (of Channon Architects) is a very clever guy who has worked on some of Brisbane’s most high-end residences,” Mr Lancashiresaid. “He’s a local and understands the code of the area and we were able to get exactly what we wanted using the original cottageas the platform to create something architectural off the back which flows really well and pays respect to the original foundations.” Everything from the VJ walls to the ceilings were replaced, with the home known as ‘c50house’ undergoing an almost complete rebuild. … to ooh la laA much-loved area of the three level, four-bedroom home is the open-plan living, kitchen, dining, lounge, entertaining, outdoorbarbecue and pool zone. “Craig’s work is special and he’s clever about working with indoor-outdoor spaces, including our big outdoor area which has5m ceilings wrapped in battened timber,” Mr Lancashire said. “It’s a space we use all year round. He’s also got an extremely good eye for detail so there are so many minute details throughoutthe property which you wouldn’t know existed unless you went through.” Mr Lancashire said the home’s location was also a massive lure, as it is within walking distance of the city, the river, parks,restaurants and cafes. And what lies beyond the secret passage.“We poured a lot of consideration and effort into every inch of what has been a wonderful home for our family,” Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said. CoreLogic property data shows that Mr Lancashire and his wife Caitlyn bought 50 Crase St at Teneriffe for $895,000 in 2012. The secret door to the Lancashire’s hidden gym. Pic Annette Dew And what it looks like now.There is also four bedrooms including one with a deluxe master retreat, three luxury bathrooms, a fireplace, wine cellar,and smart home technology throughout. The back of the houseMr Lancashire said they were selling because “I really want a tennis court”, and hoped the house would go to another family.They have engaged Ray White New Farm’s Nicholas Given and Scott Darwon to manage the sale of their home, which is scheduledto go to auction at Ray White’s ‘Under the Stars’ event on November 13, if not sold prior. “Superb architecture has created a home perfectly suited to Queensland living but with a vibe reminiscent of life in the islandparts of Greece or Italy,” Mr Darwon said. “The attention to detail is something to behold and not one finish is of a standard less than perfect. Given the location,finish, feeling and atmosphere the house omits, this is going to be a home that will truly be enjoyed by its residents formany, many years to come.” *** TOP SALES — TENERIFFE (houses)center_img And the kitchen now with its Calacatta marble benchtops.Today, it comes with an extensive list of luxury features but perhaps the most impressive of them all is the concealed gym,which is hidden behind a secret stone rock wall with pin code access. Often called the “Batcave”, it is accessed via a door that leads to a tunnel and then into the large open-plan space.“A lot of people have that WTF? look when they see it,” he said. “They are mesmerised by it.”Other features include a custom Vanguard louvre system, a heated mosaic tiled swimming pool, custom French oak floors, a bespokesolid French oak floating staircase and a vast outdoor entertaining room. 32 Teneriffe Drive — June 4, 2018 — Sale Price $4.405 million The front of the house now. (Source: CoreLogic) 42 Beeston Street — July 7, 2018 — $3.7 million The old living room. Source: CoreLogic 282 Kent Street — June 16, 2018 — $2.125 million More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe kitchen before the renovation … Wine, anyone?Teneriffe is sandwiched between Newstead and New Farm, making a kind of golden triangle of exclusive suburbs. The median house sales price in Teneriffe is currently $1.825 million, but many prestige houses have sold for double that figure, or more. Matt Lancashire, his wife Caitlyn, and kids Monty 3yrs and Lulu, 1. Pic Annette DewBuilt in the 1930s, the property had been used as a share house and needed a lot of work.Working alongside Channon Architects and Black Developments, the Lancashire’s embarked on a 16 month long renovation journey. last_img read more

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