Asset managers concerned about unethical behaviour, asset mispricing

first_imgfemale advisor with laptop fizkes/iStock Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth “Of note, a majority thought that regulation of market conduct should not be relaxed in this crisis, which is a positive reflection of the ethical professionalism of the membership,” Olivier Fines, the CFA Institute’s head of advocacy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said in a release.More than half of Canadian respondents said conduct regulation should not be relaxed to encourage trading and liquidity, and 71% said regulators should consult industry on how to respond to the pandemic.Market liquidity was a concern for many respondents, particularly with regard to investment-grade corporate bonds. In Canada, 35% of respondents said they thought liquidity was down in corporate bonds, due in large part to central bank intervention. Only 30% of Canadian respondents thought liquidity had dropped in equity markets.An overwhelming majority of respondents — 96% — said they thought Covid-19 would lead to asset mispricing, driven predominantly by liquidity dislocation (36%) and a distortion of market pricing due to government intervention (35%).The majority of Canadian investment managers (almost 77%) said they were taking a wait-and-see approach before making changes to their strategic asset allocation. The remaining 23% said they have already made significant changes to their allocations.The CFA Institute polled 13,278 of its members around the world between April 14 – 24, 2020. The results of the survey have a margin of error of +/-0.8%. With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Almost half of investment managers in Canada believe the Covid-19 crisis will lead to unethical behaviour in the investment management industry, according to a global survey from the CFA Institute.The survey found that 45% of Canadian CFA members said they were worried about an increase in unethical behaviour in the wake of the pandemic, while 26% were not. Twenty-nine per cent were neutral on whether Covid-19 would lead to a surge in misconduct. IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Asset allocation,  CFA — Chartered Financial Analyst,  Surveys,  CoronavirusCompanies CFA Institute last_img read more

Workshops to Examine National Strategy for Youth Streaming

first_imgWorkshops to Examine National Strategy for Youth Streaming Vision 2030February 4, 2011Written by: Alphea Saunders FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedWorkshops to Examine National Strategy for Youth Streaming The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will roll out a series of workshops and consultations next month, to discuss a national strategy for making the youth an integral part of the planning and implementation of all Government policies and programmes.The move is in keeping with the concept  of  “youth mainstreaming” which is a process of assessing the implications for young persons, of any planned action, including legislation, policies, programmes and projects, in all areas and at all levels. It is a holistic approach to programming, infused with human rights and results-based management principles.Jamaica recommitted itself to youth mainstreaming as the key strategy of the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment, when Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding endorsed the plan at the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda.In outlining plans for the initiative in her contribution to the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (February 2), portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange explained that the Ministry had chosen sports as the special vehicle through which to implement this inclusive approach, and helping the youth to contribute to the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.“The Ministry is bringing the key stakeholders together to share ideas, to promote joint work, and ensure that there are high standards and common aims.  Complementing this is the recently re-launched inter-ministerial team on youth (which) brings together senior personnel from ministries, agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organisations), who work in youth development,” she outlined.A key concept of mainstreaming is that all key players must work towards common goals through increased collaboration, alliances, and coordination. RelatedWorkshops to Examine National Strategy for Youth Streamingcenter_img Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will roll out a series of workshops and consultations next month, to discuss a national strategy for making the youth an integral part of the planning and implementation of all Government policies and programmes.The move is in keeping with the concept  of  “youth mainstreaming” which is a process of assessing the implications for young persons, of any planned action, including legislation, policies, programmes and projects, in all areas and at all levels. It is a holistic approach to programming, infused with human rights and results-based management principles.Jamaica recommitted itself to youth mainstreaming as the key strategy of the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment, when Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding endorsed the plan at the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda. Advertisements RelatedWorkshops to Examine National Strategy for Youth Streaminglast_img read more

US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

first_imgHomeNewsUS backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines May. 06, 2021 at 6:00 amNewsUS backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccinesGuest Author1 month agoCOVID-19Intellectual propertyvaccines JAMEY KEATEN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated PressThe Biden administration on Wednesday joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy.United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position, amid World Trade Organization talks about a possible temporary waiver of its protections that would allow more manufacturers to produce the life-saving vaccines.“The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,” Tai said in a statement.She cautioned that it would take time to reach the required global “consensus” to waive the protections under WTO rules, and U.S. officials said it would not have an immediate effect on the global supply of COVID-19 shots.“This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures,” said Tai. “The Administration’s aim is to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people as fast as possible.”Tai’s announcement came hours after WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spoke to a closed-door meeting of ambassadors from developing and developed countries that have been wrangling over the issue, but agree on the need for wider access to COVID-19 treatments.The WTO’s General Council took up the issue of a temporary waiver for intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines and other tools, which South Africa and India first proposed in October. The idea has gained support among some progressive lawmakers in the West.More than 100 countries have come out in support of the proposal, and a group of 110 members of Congress — all fellow Democrats of Biden — sent him a letter last month that called on him to support the waiver.Opponents — especially from industry — say a waiver would be no panacea. They insist that production of coronavirus vaccines is complex and can’t be ramped up by easing intellectual property. They also say lifting protections could hurt future innovation.“In the midst of a deadly pandemic, the Biden Administration has taken an unprecedented step that will undermine our global response to the pandemic and compromise safety,” said Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.“This decision will sow confusion between public and private partners, further weaken already strained supply chains and foster the proliferation of counterfeit vaccines,” he said.Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, chief executive of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization trade group, said in a statement that the Biden administration’s decision will undermine incentives to develop vaccines and treatments for future pandemics.“Handing needy countries a recipe book without the ingredients, safeguards, and sizable workforce needed will not help people waiting for the vaccine,” she said. “Handing them the blueprint to construct a kitchen that — in optimal conditions — can take a year to build will not help us stop the emergence of dangerous new COVID variants.”It remained unclear how some countries in Europe, which have influential pharmaceutical industries and had previously shared U.S. reservations about the waiver, would respond.WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said a panel on intellectual property at the trade body was expected to take up the waiver proposal again at a “tentative” meeting later this month, before a formal meeting June 8-9. That means any final deal could be weeks away at best.He pointed to a change in tone in WTO talks Wednesday, after months of wrangling.“I would say that the discussion was far more constructive, pragmatic. It was less emotive and less finger pointing than it had been in the past,” Rockwell said, citing a surge in cases in places like India.Authors of the proposal have been revising it in hopes of making it more palatable.Okonjo-Iweala, in remarks posted on the WTO website, said it was “incumbent on us to move quickly to put the revised text on the table, but also to begin and undertake text-based negotiations.”“I am firmly convinced that once we can sit down with an actual text in front of us, we shall find a pragmatic way forward” that is “acceptable to all sides,” she said.Co-sponsors of the idea were shuttling between different diplomatic missions to make their case, according to a Geneva trade official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. A deadlock persists, and opposing sides remain far apart, the official said.The argument, part of a long-running debate about intellectual property protections, centers on lifting patents, copyrights and protections for industrial design and confidential information to help expand the production and deployment of vaccines during supply shortages. The aim is to suspend the rules for several years, just long enough to beat down the pandemic.The issue has become more pressing with a surge in cases in India, the world’s second-most populous country and a key producer of vaccines — including one for COVID-19 that relies on technology from Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical maker AstraZeneca.Proponents, including WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, note that such waivers are part of the WTO toolbox and insist there’s no better time to use them than during the once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken 3.2 million lives, infected more than 437 million people and devastated economies, according to Johns Hopkins University.“This is a monumental moment in the fight against COVID-19,” Tedros said in Wednesday statement. He said the U.S. commitment “to support the waiver of IP protections on vaccines is a powerful example of American leadership to address global health challenges.”Keaten reported from Geneva.Tags :COVID-19Intellectual propertyvaccinesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCelebrate Cinco de Mayo at these three new Mexican restaurantsU.S. Senator Alex Padilla endorses Rick Chavez Zbur for AD50 seatYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

Tuttosport: Inter Milan rule out Arturo Vidal because of his age

first_img Junior Firpo will negotiate with Inter as part of the Lautaro operation Tuttosport: El Inter descarta a Arturo Vidal por su edad RELATED STORIES Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte would like to sign Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, but it seems that he’s come up against his own club, who are unsure because of the Chilean’s age. The club don’t want to include him in the Lautaro Martinez trade with Barca and Tuttosport say that the club’s sporting director Marotta doesn’t want to bring him in because of his age – 33 years old. The Italians are looking at alternatives, with Radja Nainggolan a player that they might want to reinforce the midfield with. IN SPORT.EScenter_img 07/06/2020 Sport EN CEST Upd. at 11:50 last_img read more

Canucks Finally Win in Regulation, Defeat Avalanche 3-1

first_imgI believe there’s an element of truth to what the team is saying.  For instance, their last four games, and five of their last six, have been against teams that are within five points of the last playoff spot (three points if you count games in hand) in the West – they are clearly playing with some level of desperation as they clamour to get into the Stanley Cup tournament.In addition, games all across the league are tightening up defensively, as it appears we are headed back into “Dead Puck Era V2.0”.  Further, it’s been noticeable of late that more and more obstruction fouls and interference calls are not being whistled by the officials, which leads to fewer power plays and less time and space on the ice.That all said, I can’t figure out if it should be troubling that the Canucks don’t seem to be able to put any distance between them and their opponent on a night to night basis.  This team certainly feels different to last year’s President’s Trophy team, which seemed to win with a certain level of dominance that has been rare this season. There are many games, tonight’s included, that just feel like with a little bit more effort, if the team were just to bear down a bit more in a few key moments, the Canucks would be able to put their opponent away earlier than they do.However, it should be viewed as a positive that they just don’t let teams get away from them when they aren’t playing well.  They almost never let a team get out to a lead of more than two goals, which more often than not, allows them to press and more often than not, get the game tied (or better).I believe there’s a subconscious realization by the team that they don’t *need* to lay it all out on the ice game in, game out at this time of year.  They have seen what it takes to get the ultimate job done and know how the grind of the playoffs can wear the team down both physically and mentally.  If they are leaving more in the tank this season to prepare for that, I’m all for it.The most important thing, when the time comes, will be their ability to put the foot on the gas and put teams away when they have them down and are carrying the play – this will ultimately determine just how successful a season this turns out to be. SEDIN TWINS STRUGGLING, BUT SHOW BETTER TONIGHTDaniel and Henrik Sedin are struggling by their standards, as tonight they were held off the scoresheet for the third game in a row.  In their last 12 games, they have combined for only 13 points – about half of their typical point-per-game average.Certainly, part of the twins’ struggles have to do with a lack of significant power play time – the Canucks have only 30 power plays in those last 12 games (2.5 per game), and only 7 in the last three.  The PP has only scored four times in those 30 power plays, and has no goals in the last three games.  Clearly, the power play is struggling because the twins are struggling, as this is where they do a lot of their damage.Tonight the twins had good puck possession and were able to sustain pressure in the Avalanche zone on a number of occasions.  Daniel missed two opportunities from the side of the net, one going off the side of the netting and the other saw the puck bounce over his stick. Hopefully tonight was a harbinger of better things to come for the duo, as they need to be firing on all cylinders if the Canucks hope to get things rolling again. PARTING SHOTSChecking in on the standings:  A large section of this blog has focused on the Canucks’ last 22 games and how their record over this period may be slightly deceiving given their lack of ability to win by more than one goal.  Make no mistake about it – although they haven’t appeared dominant on the ice, they have certainly been so in the standings.Tonight sees the Canucks second in the West and third overall with 78 points from 57 games.  They hold a game in hand on Detroit, the Western Conference leaders, if they win that game they would tie Detroit for first.  The league leading New York Rangers hold two games in hand on Vancouver and if those games were won, would have a five point lead on the Canucks.In terms of the all-important stat of regulation losses, only the Rangers have fewer than Vancouver (13 to Vancouver’s 15).   The Canucks are getting points from almost every game they play.  During the past three weeks or so, other contending teams such as Boston, Philadephia, San Jose, and Chicago have struggled.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  There’s not much of note here tonight.  I disagreed with John Garrett’s assessment of Luongo’s play, when he stated that it wasn’t the number of saves he made, but WHEN he made them.  Luongo did make a couple of saves in key situations tonight, but my problem was the fact that Garrett was not talking just about tonight’s game, but rather his recent run. Just last game, against Phoenix, Luongo did the exactly the opposite – let in an absolutely horrible goal with less than three minutes left to tie the game.  If Garrett had contrasted that performance with tonight’s, it would have made sense.Looking ahead: Vancouver hosts the team from the Centre of the Universe, the dreaded Toronto Maple Leafs – another team fighting for a playoff spot.  The game is laughingly again at 4pm PST – wouldn’t want any of the Toronto-based TV audience to have to stay up too late on a weekend. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.Two Saturdays ago, the Colorado Avalanche were victimized by a strange bounce off a stanchion that led to the Canucks tying goal in the last minute of regulation.  While the drama wasn’t quite as high on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver was again the recipient of a fortuitous bounce, and it led to a late goal that propelled the Canucks to a 3-1 win – only their second win in regulation in their last nine games.  The Canucks are now 13-0-2 in their last 15 games against Colorado, and extended their lead in the Northwest Division to a whopping 16 points.The Canucks jumped out to an extremely early lead, as David Booth scored only 13 seconds into the game at the end of a rush off the opening faceoff.  The Canucks dominated possession play for the rest of the period, but were unable to extend their lead.  Starting netminder Jean-Sebastian Giguere left the game late in the period due to a groin injury, replaced by Semyon Varlamov.The second and third periods were more even.  The Canucks started well but, in a familiar pattern, were thrown off by a couple of penalties that helped their opponent get back into the game in the second period.  Colorado built on this bit of momentum and broke through on the scoreboard midway through the second, when Milan Hejduk fed a beautiful cross-ice feed to Erik Johnson, who fired the puck past Roberto Luongo.The teams continued their even play through the third.  With six and a half minutes left, an Avalanche clearing attempt by defenseman Kyle Quincey bounced off the linesman’s leg into the slot, where Cody Hodgson had good body position, took possession of the puck, and slid a pass to a wide open Jannik Hansen who fired a slapshot past Varlamov for the game-winner. Alex Burrows added an empty netter after a nice play at the blue line by Chris Higgins, who returned to the lineup and played a solid game for the home team.This game was yet another familiar one for Canuck fans.  Vancouver was the better team on the night, however, they were unable to capitalize on many of their chances and hence let the Avalanche stick around and tie the game up. Although he didn’t have to deal with a vast number of difficult stops, when he was faced with a prime scoring opportunity, Luongo played his part and stymied Colorado on a handful of occasions.  Most importantly, he made a couple of great saves after the Canucks had taken the late third period lead to preserve the win, including this one on Paul Stastny. WHAT IS WITH ALL THESE CLOSE GAMES – ARE THEY GOOD OR BAD?The Canucks have now played 22 games since the Christmas break, approximately one-quarter of the season.  Their record over this stretch is an impressive 15-3-4.  However, the makeup of these 15 wins is worth taking a deeper look at.Of the 15 wins, the Canucks have won seven in regulation time, three in overtime, and five in a shootout.  The seven wins in regulation include two over Minnesota one over Edmonton, Anaheim, Boston, San Jose, and Colorado. Other than Boston and San Jose, it’s not an overly impressive list; Minnesota has been the worst team in the league since mid-December, and Edmonton and Anaheim are closer to the bottom of the Western Conference standings than they are the top.  Moreover, of those wins, only the two against Minnesota and the ones against Edmonton and Anaheim had a margin of victory of greater than one goal, not including empty-net goals. If you boil it all down, in their last 22 games, the Canucks have only four wins in regulation where the margin of victory was greater than one goal, and only one since January 4.On the flip side, it’s worth pointing out that the Canucks only have two losses in regulation by a margin greater than one goal over this timeframe.Clearly, the trend is that the Canucks are playing a ton of close games, with 12 of the last 22 being tied at the end of regulation.  The Canucks’ spin on this in the media has been what you’d expect, full of all the cliches:  all the teams in the NHL are good and you can’t take a night off; teams are really playing dull defensive systems and “there isn’t a lot of space out there”; the Canucks are coming up against desperate teams who are playing “playoff style hockey”; and various other standard responses that we have all become accustomed to.  There has even been rumblings from a couple of players that in this market, winning doesn’t seem to be good enough, but it now matters “how” the team wins.last_img read more

UN failing to represent Africa: Zuma

first_img25 September 2012South African President Jacob Zuma has raised concerns about what he described as the “undemocratic and unrepresentative” nature of the UN Security Council, saying this would lead to the council’s decisions coming under attack for lack of legitimacy.Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, Zuma said it was “common cause that the current configuration of the council is unfair. It does not reflect the contemporary geo-political realities, especially with respect to Africa.”Speaking at a session that focused on the rule of law at national and international level, Zuma criticised the UN for failing to ensure that Africa had enough representation on issues on international peace and security.The African continent was both generally under-represented and specifically unrepresented in the permanent category of the UN Security Council (UNSC), he said.“Adherence to the international rule of law will continue to elude us as long as the organ with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security is unrepresentative and undemocratic.”He said the assembly needed to ask whether the content of the decisions of the UNSC were fair.“Over the past year we have seen both inspiring improvements and spectacular disappointments in the promotion of the rule of law through the council’s work,” Zuma said.He added that the adoption of Resolution 1989, “bringing the Al Qaida regime closer to human rights” and due process standards was a noteworthy illustration of the council’s willingness to adhere to the rule of law.The UN had been severely criticised for lack of due process in the listing and delisting of individuals. The resolution was an improvement in that it provided individuals with recourse to challenge unfounded listings.“However, as we noted during the Security Council’s debate on the rule of law in January 2012, there is a need to ensure greater accountability for actions taken in the name of the Security Council.”Africa would continue to encourage the organs of the United Nations, including the council, to make greater use of the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, by making requests for advisory opinions when confronted with complex legal questions.The continent was also of the view that while exerting efforts to promote the rule of law at the national level, including the promotion of accountability mechanisms, equal attention also had to be paid to the rule of law at international level.“If not, the United Nations runs the risk of being accused of double standards and hypocrisy,” Zuma said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Interview and Interrogation Training: Perspective

first_imgIn this week’s WZ / IAI interview and interrogation training tip, Dave Thompson, CFI, discusses the importance of having an understanding perspective.When I say “perspective,” what I’m really trying to talk about is how I might view a situation versus how you may view a situation, versus somebody else, versus the way a situation actually occurred.There’s no better way to look at this than going onto your favorite social media platform, click on a news headline, and read all the comments. When you look at comments and the way that people communicate, you’ll see that often people have made up their minds about how they feel regarding a certain situation. Unfortunately, we sometimes close ourselves off from understanding how other people may see the same situation.- Sponsor – Putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes and trying to imagine why they felt a certain way, or why they described an event a certain way, or why they did something they wouldn’t normally do–that may help you better understand their thought process and reasoning.This step is especially beneficial for us as interviewers. First, having perspective helps you understand what somebody thinks of you when you walk into the interview room. Secondly, taking yourself out of your own perspective helps you think, “If I were this [interview subject], what would I need to be able to tell the truth today?” Lastly, having perspective helps remove bias. It helps you realize that there are multiple versions of every story. There are multiple perspectives of each story based on the context in which we see it. It’s important as an investigator that we remove bias and try to see things from each perspective of a situation in order to establish reliable information and get to the truth.  Every loss prevention investigator should strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in law enforcement, loss prevention, security, asset protection, human resources, auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.To learn more about interview and interrogation training and how you can further develop your professional skill sets, visit www.w-z.com or www.certifiedinterviewer.com.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated July 30, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Top 10 Questions for the Threat Agent Risk Assessment (TARA) methodology

first_imgI have compiled a collection of the most common questions asked regarding the Threat Agent Risk Assessment (TARA) methodology.Top 10 Questions for the Threat Agent Risk Assessment (TARA) methodologyWhat is the purpose of TARA?TARA is a method to distill the immense number of possible threats into a manageable picture of the most likely attacks to occur, based upon the objectives and methods of those who possess the capability and desire to do harm.  It is a way of conducting risk assessments to produce a more understandable and realistic picture, so effective security decisions can be made.Why should my organization incorporate TARA?TARA can help if your organization is challenged with building a practical, accurate, and comprehensive security risk analysis which scales and adapts to the changing risk landscape.  This has been a major challenge in the industry, where vulnerability assessments are the norm and resulting outputs, controls value, and recommendations are nebulous.  TARA may be able to help.  What are the primary benefits of TARA? I have seen 3 primary areas of benefit.1. Greatly distilling the cloud of potential attacks, down to a manageable list of likely attacks2. Improving the quality of risk and control evaluations, to better understand the value of security investments3. Communicating risks and recommendations to management and non-security audiencesTARA is highly customizable by the user and can help provide relevant information necessary for management to make good security decisions. Does TARA replace all other methods of risk assessment?No.  TARA is a methodology.  It is a way of looking at and assessing the threat landscape.  It complements and integrates with an organization’s embedded tools, methods, and processes.  It can improve results, reduce overall risk analysis effort, and contribute to better decision making.Is TARA a tool, application, device, or checklist?TARA is a way of analyzing risks (risk of loss) based upon the relationship between attacker’s capability and desire to cause loss, the applicable vulnerabilities, controls, and the residual exposures.  The method can be incorporated into risk analysis tools, applications, and processes.Is TARA relevant for a whole enterprise and applicable to small projects?The methodology applies well across the risk assessment spectrum.  It works when determining the overall risk posture of large enterprises and scales to highlight discrete risks for small projects.Where did TARA come from, is it free to use? TARA was created within Intel in response to a need of evaluating the security risks of a very complex, rapidly changing threat landscape for a large, extremely valuable, and diverse environment.  As the saying goes, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’.  Available risk tools and methods were insufficient for the needs.  TARA was created and used very successfully to evaluate and communicate risks and recommendations.  Intel has shared our success with the industry and TARA is free for anyone to adopt and use.How can I use TARA to communicate risks to non-security audiences?TARA results in an easily understandable story of risk.  Even non-security audiences have readily embraced the outputs of TARA as it helps them to understand the sometimes vast and complex world of security risks.What industries have embraced TARA?Over the past few years I have consulted to a number of different industries including: manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, technology, education, financial, government, and security/risk consultancy firms. Where can I get more information, resources, or help on TARA?A number of whitepapers, blogs, presentations, and interviews are available.  As each adoption of TARA is different, an important necessity by design, there is no mandated template or standard playbook.  TARA is customized to meet specific needs of users as a way of embedding threat agent analysis into risk assessments.   Intel’s original Threat Agent Risk Assessment whitepaper: http://communities.intel.com/community/openportit/blog/2010/01/05/whitepaper-prioritizing-information-security-risks-with-threat-agent-risk-assessmentRelated Blogs, Videos, and Papers: Well done Intel: Threat Agent Risk Assessment: http://thirddefense.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/well-done-intel-threat-agent-risk-assessment/IT risk assessment frameworks: real-world experience: http://www.csoonline.com/article/592525/it-risk-assessment-frameworks-real-world-experienceComparison of IT Risk Assessment Framework: Octave, Fair, NIST-RMF and TARA: http://www.financesheets.com/comparison-of-it-risk-assessment-framework-octave-fair-nist-rmf-and-tara/Prioritizing Information Security Risks with Threat Agent Risk Assessment: http://connectedsocialmedia.com/5725/prioritizing-information-security-risks-with-threat-agent-risk-assessment/How to implement an enterprise threat assessment methodology: http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/tip/How-to-implement-an-enterprise-threat-assessment-methodologyHow Risky is Your Business?: http://www.robobak.com/Blog/index.aspx?id=66TARA (the Threat Agent Risk Assessment): http://itsecurityoffice.blogspot.com/2011/09/tara-threat-agent-risk-assessment.html Risk Community Blogs:center_img Intel whitepaper: Improving Healthcare Risk Assessments to maximize Security BudgetsIntel whitepaper: Managing a divestitureIntel whitepaper: Threat Agent LibraryIntel Blog: Blog: Attacks, Threat Agents, and Vulnerabilities are the Key to Prioritizing SecurityTARA Presentation to Society of Information Risks Analysts (SIRA) Aug 2011: https://www.societyinforisk.org/content/sira-monthly-webinar-8112011-1200pm-edt900am-pst-matthew-rosenquist-taraThe recording of my presentation can be streamed herelast_img read more

Napoli training retreat from Friday

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Sky Sport Italia report the Napoli squad will go into a training retreat, but only for one night before Saturday’s Serie A match with Genoa. The Partenopei were supposed to be in the ‘ritiro’ all week in the build-up to crunch games against RB Salzburg and Genoa, but the players staged a mutiny following Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw and went home. This prompted an angry response from the club, who are taking legal action and could dock their salary as punishment. Fans were also furious and vented their frustration with insults during today’s open training session. A statement confirmed coach Carlo Ancelotti would be given the full power to decide on training retreats, taking the decision away from President Aurelio De Laurentiis. According to this evening’s report from Sky Sport Italia, Ancelotti has opted to put them into a training retreat for just one night – Friday – leading up to the Genoa match.last_img read more

Harman ropes in Priyanka Chopra as global brand ambassador

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 25 (PTI) Harman International, a wholly- owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, today said it has appointed actress Priyanka Chopra as the global brand ambassador for its JBL and Harman Kardon audio brands.Chopra will participate in a series of marketing initiatives, including social media and brand awareness events, for JBL and Harman Kardon, the company said in a statement.”She is a force to be reckoned with and we look forward to working with her to develop innovative and engaging collaborations for our audio brands that are truly unique and first of their kind,” Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer of Harman, said.Chopra joins a diverse group of Harman brand ambassadors from music, sports and entertainment, including American multi-platinum performing artist Demi Lovato; musician Quincy Jones; Indian music mogul AR Rahman and 2015-16 NBA Kia Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, among others. PTI SR BALlast_img read more