Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Energy and Environment by Darryl Fears by Darryl Fears Email the author May 4 at 6:00 AM Email the author Male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Western greater sage grouse are famous for fierce battles between males in an annual rite to mate with hens. It’s a theatrical show of machismo, chest thumping and razor-sharp clawing over a wide landscape that people across the world travel to watch. But an equally nasty fight over this dwindled species is happening behind the scenes between humans, and this week it came to a boil. The Trump … [Read more...] about Trump administration moves to weaken protections for this unique American bird
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Britain’s spy agencies cannot offer “absolute protection” against Russian cyber attacks and are instead focused on preventing assaults that would “most impact on our way of life”, in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, GCHQ is warning. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Ciaran Martin, the head of the agency’s cyber defence unit, says it is a matter of “when, not if” Britain faces a “serious cyber attack”. He added that its focus was now on building “resilience” in “the systems we care about the most”, believed to be Britain’s power and water supplies, internet and transport networks, and health service. The Sunday Telegraph understands that senior representatives of utility, transport and internet firms and the NHS have attended intelligence briefings at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the specific methods - known as “attack vectors” - … [Read more...] about GCHQ warns public ‘absolute protection not possible’ as it briefs power and transport firms on cyber attacks
Video: Firm finds kill switch after massive memcached DDoS attacksA team of cybersecurity researchers has come up with a proposal to help the Netherlands ward off the threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.Their concept is to create a "national DDoS radar system" that could, in extreme cases, see Dutch networks disconnected from the outside world.The Netherlands was earlier this year hit by a wave of DDoS attacks that took out banks such as ABN Amro and ING Bank, along with the Dutch Taxation Authority. Although some initially pointed to the Russians as the culprits, police ended up arresting a local 18-year-old.The attacks alarmed researchers working at or associated with the University of Twente. "We were starting to worry about DDoS attacks and their scale, and then the attacks happened on the banks in the Netherlands," Jeroen van der Ham, a guest researcher at the university, told ZDNet. "They had a very big effect and that worried us. We were so surprised as … [Read more...] about Can this ‘national DDoS radar’ plan help fight off attacks on Dutch critical systems?
The Queen today announced the government's legislation for the upcoming year at the state opening of Parliament, covering areas such as the digital economy, transport and the county's broadband infrastructure.In light of the news, various industry professionals have offered their thoughts and analysis.Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General:Given the focus on the European Union referendum in this political cycle, it’s particularly encouraging to see the Government’s clear commitment to locking in growth, creating jobs and boosting investment to create a more prosperous society.Prioritising the digital revolution, which is transforming the face of modern business, is a key step to propelling the UK’s productivity. Ensuring that broadband reaches all corners of the country will breed a new generation of companies in an increasingly competitive environment.Whatever the outcome of the EU referendum, it’s vital the Government ploughs ahead with the rest of its … [Read more...] about Queen’s speech industry reaction: Broadband, infrastructure and driverless cars
What is ERP?Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software standardizes, streamlines, and integrates business processes across finance, human resources, procurement, distribution, and other departments. Typically the software operates on an integrated software platform using common data definitions operating on a single database.In 1990, Gartner created the term ERP to describe the evolution of materials requirements planning (MRP) and manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) as they expanded beyond manufacturing into other parts of the enterprise, typically finance and HR.ERP systems evolved rapidly during the 1990s in response to Y2K and the introduction of the Euro. Most enterprises viewed Y2K and the Euro as the cost of doing business, and ERPs provided as a cost-effective way to replace multiple, old systems with a standardized package that could also address these issues.How do ERP and CRM systems differ?On the surface, ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) systems may seem … [Read more...] about What is ERP? A guide to enterprise resource planning systems