THIS JUST IN: AIZOON IS OFFICIALLY COOL

GARTNER NAMES AIZOON ONE OF 5 “COOL VENDORS” FOR 2016

MAY 5, 2016 | LEWISTON, ME – The analysts and researchers at Gartner Group, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company have announced their list of “Cool Vendors in Managing Operational Technology in a Digital Business” for 2016. Leading the list is aizoOn, parent company of aizoOn-USA, based in Lewiston, Maine.

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Gartner’s “Cool Vendor” status is highly regarded in the tech industry and each year, Gartner’s list is widely anticipated. Gartner conducts extensive research on emerging companies in the Information Communication Technology sector.

“We are thrilled to see aizoOn recognized on the world stage like this,” said Rob Dolci, President of aizoOn USA. “Garnering the Cool Vendor designation gives C-level executives and IT decision makers like CIOs and CISOs added confidence in our ability to help them manage operational technology (OT) securely as industries become more and more integrated into digital enterprises and the Internet of Things (IOT), with the ensuing need to stay on top of the cyber security game.”

In its report, Gartner explains why aizoOn is cool:

“AizoOn is cool in the context of managing OT in a digital business because of its ability to deliver holistic digital technology solutions, drawing from many diverse practices in IT; engineering; business innovation and process design; information management; and strategy and organization in an interdisciplinary way.”

“Every competency and proficiency extolled in Gartner’s report regarding aizoOn can be found here with us at aizoOn USA,” said Dolci. “This is an exciting moment for us.”

The Gartner report acknowledges aizoOn’s core competencies:

  • Cyber-security
  • Big Data storage and analysis
  • Industrial automation
  • System engineering and embedded systems design
  • Connected products
  • Process re-engineering linked to digital business strategy and innovation
  • Organization and change management

About aizoOn USA: aizoOn USA is an advanced technology company that solves challenges with innovation. aizoOn USA comprises researchers, engineers, mathematicians, and software developers who design, develop, and support the software and the systems that create safer, secure networks; smarter factories; well-managed warehouses; and seamless supply chains. aizoOn USA is backed by parent company and global technology consulting firm aizoOn Group with locations in Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.

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Lewiston Innovator Earns Slot at National Defense Technology Showcase in Austin, Texas

Rob Dolci, President of aizoOn USA to present at Defense Innovation Showcase in early December 

LEWISTON, ME | September 22, 2015 – Lewiston-based aizoOn USA, an innovative technology consulting firm, is going to be in some very good company when it appears at the 2015 Defense Innovation Technology Showcase, set for December 1-3 in Austin, Texas. “The participating DOD (Department of Defense) Program Managers, along with the investment and corporate participants are eager to view your technologies,” read the letter inviting company CEO Rob Dolci to come to Austin.

“We’re going to be presenting Aramis, an advanced threat detection system that provides as much advanced notice as possible when a threat appears,” said Dolci. “Our system is cutting edge, and we were pretty sure that this would be of interest to the participants at the Defense Innovation Showcase.”

The showcase is produced by TechConnect and the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) and is attended by multiple national defense and security departments and agencies including the Department of the Defense, the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Also attending are the departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Energy, and the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NASA, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Special Operations Command, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation.

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AizoOn USA is fast making a name for itself in the world of advanced science and technology, especially in the realm of cyber security. “Cyber security may be the biggest threat facing the United States,” said Dolci. “Think about it. Cyber threats affect everything from national defense to the food supply to the energy grid to the financial system. State-of-the-art isn’t good enough anymore. We have to be ahead of state-of-the-art.”

For an idea of the caliber of company that aizoOn USA is keeping, invitees to last year’s Defense Innovation Technology Showcase include 3M Corporation, Battelle, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin.

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About aizoOn USA: aizoOn USA is an advanced technology company that solves challenges with innovation. aizoOn USA comprises researchers, engineers, mathematicians, and software developers who design, develop, and support the software and the systems that create safer, secure networks; smarter factories; well-managed warehouses; and seamless supply chains. aizoOn USA is backed by parent company and global technology consulting firm aizoOn Group with locations in Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.

Cyber Crime: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The latest gift from Target’s data breach? A class action lawsuit.

From November 27 to December 18, 2013, holiday shoppers at Target stores were the victims of a data breach that affected an estimated 100 million people via criminal hacks against some 40 million debit and credit cards.

That infamous data breach was an expensive lesson in cyber security for Target. Coming at the height of the holiday shopping season, the giant retailer was gobsmacked by a malware nightmare. Instead of “Expect More Pay Less,” Target has spent the last two years paying for what it never expected.

And now, more bad news.  A U.S. District Judge in Minnesota has ruled that banks—who were hit hard with the expense of re-issuing new credit and debit cards to Target’s customers—may move forward with a class action lawsuit against Target. Ca-ching.

While none of this is good for Target’s bottom line, the Target brand is not suffering. In fact, its brand favorability is high, especially among young people and families on a budget. And, in this infamous case of cyber crime, Target is the victim.  Unfortunately for Target and myriad other companies, governments, and private citizens, victimhood isn’t a shield against liability or the cost of repairing the damage. As of February 2015, the data breach has cost Target $252 million. The cost and possible damages coming from a class action lawsuit against five financial institutions will cost millions more.

The annual global cost of cyber crime is an estimated $400 billion.

For any business, government, person—any entity on earth—for whom privacy, security, property, or finance is an issue, cyber security must be a priority. Yes, it’s an expense—and for some companies it will be a new and costly line item in the budget. But weighed against the cost of a breach, it could be the best money ever spent.

Criminal Hackers Hand PR Services a Cyber Security Crisis

The latest cyber security breach is multi-million-dollar reputation killer for some big names in PR.

We’ve written before about criminal hacking and the creative ways in which stolen information can be both accessed and exploited.

Well, here’s a new one, and it’s a doozey: criminals have hacked into PR wire services and snatched news releases prior to their dissemination.

The releases contained information about mergers, acquisitions, product launches, and other news that proved highly lucrative before it was actual news. The criminals made more than $100 million in profits from illegal trades and sales of the inside information.

This international web of hackers have not only illustrated (yet again) how vulnerable our markets are to cyber threats, but they’ve also handed these wire services (yet another) example of how inadequate their security features are. This is has been going on since 2010.

The hacked wire services, are Marketwired, PR Newswire, and Business Wire. Their clients, whose news releases were scooped include some of America’s largest corporations: Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, and Home Depot.

All the services are cooperating with the investigation, but what are they doing to reassure their clients? There’s no way to downplay the magnitude of this crisis, but there are ways to restore client confidence, beginning with communication.

As a subscriber to PR Newswire, I received a personal notification regarding the breach—but not until 10 hours after the story broke in the media. Still, the company, so far, has done what it should:

  • Notify clients directly
  • Explain what happened
  • List steps taken to fix it
  • Give clients a way to register concerns
  • Follow through

As with just about any crisis, straightforward communication is key to building and maintaining trust.