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Kaspersky Boosts Industrial CyberSecurity For Energy

Kaspersky Lab has announced the global availability of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy, a vertical advanced package for energy enterprises, based on Kaspersky Lab’s suite for protection of industrial infrastructure.

Modern electrical power grids are complex networks, with integrated automation and control functions. However, because they communicate through open protocols, they do not have sufficient built-in cybersecurity functions to combat the increasingly sophisticated range of security threats they face.

Kaspersky Lab’s recent report on industrial cybersecurity found that 92% of externally available industrial control system (ICS) devices use open and insecure Internet connection protocols.

Since 2010 the number of ICS-component vulnerabilities has also increased by a factor of 10, making these devices an easy and lucrative target for cybercriminals.

The challenge for energy companies is clear, with Ernst & Young’s most recent Global Information Security Survey revealing that 42% of power and utilities companies say it’s unlikely they would be able to detect a sophisticated attack.

Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (KICS) for Energy is dedicated to helping energy companies secure every layer of their industrial infrastructure, without impacting on the operational continuity and consistency of technological processes.

Kaspersky Lab’s solution protects SCADA level control centers and Substation Automation Systems on every level: upper level of automation including Servers, HMI, Gateways, Engineering workstations. Secondary automation equipment: Protection relays, Bay Controllers, Merging units, RTU and other substation bus and process bus IED and overall network infrastructure.

The solution provides a variety of advanced technologies to protect industrial nodes (including servers, HMI, Gateways and Engineering workstations) and network infrastructure.

The latter offers network monitoring and integrity checking with the capability of deep application protocol inspection (including IEC 60870-5-104, IEC 61850, and other standards and protocols for electric power infrastructures).

“Electrical power equipment automation, control and protection are no longer handled by closed systems and, as things stand, detecting a potential threat is extremely difficult, both technically and organisationally,” said Andrey Suvorov, Head of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Kaspersky Lab.

“That’s why energy enterprises need to bolster their defences to combat increasingly prevalent cyberattacks and avoid the nightmare scenario of complete loss of service and the impact that would have on citizens and society in general.”

Alexander Golubev, Chief IT Security Officer at Electrical Distribution Network Northwest Federal District, Rosseti, commented that being one of the major operators of electric grids in Russia, it is very important to ensure uninterrupted operations, including those caused by cyberattacks on IT infrastructure.

“A large number of our subsidiaries has been using Kaspersky Lab’s solutions for a long time, as they allow them to effectively detect and block all types of cybersecurity threats in a timely manner. As a result of this positive experience, we are evaluating the option to extend cooperation to the field of industrial security. The test deployment of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy on one of our substations has become the first important step in this direction”.

Countries Join Forces to Accelerate Global Energy Transition

Ministers and representatives from frontrunner countries in energy transition met on the sidelines of the Berlin Energy Transition dialogue to discuss the urgency for the world to move onto a trajectory of sustainable low carbon economic growth while meeting increasing global energy demand and addressing climate change. They also emphasized that the technologies and business models to do so are available today.

At the meeting, ministers and high-level representatives from China, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates, agreed to work together to establish an Energy Transition Coalition in the course of this year for accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy future.

The Coalition will assemble countries leading in developing long term energy transition strategies to foster investments in a low carbon energy sector. Ensuring increased investor certainty for low carbon economic growth by developing energy transition strategies will be at the heart of the Energy Transition Coalition.

“Few people would have imagined the scale and pace of the energy transition which we are witnessing today. Renewable energy deployment has considerably expanded thanks to reduced costs and record new investments in power generation from renewables.

Energy efficiency is picking up and we see important synergies emerging with renewable energy. Many countries are proving that the ongoing energy transition in fact has multiple positive social, economic and environmental impacts,” said International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z Amin. “By working together, we can hasten the transition to a sustainable energy future,” he added.

“Today, our energy landscape is under a fundamental transition, driven by the emergency of new energy technologies, and the need for global carbon emission reduction. The development of the future world energy system should be moving in the direction of green, low-carbon and smart technologies," said Mr. Nur Bekri, Administrator of China’s National Energy Administration.

“The energy transition is a huge chance for further economic growth in our countries. We will set the right framework for new business models and start ups to modernize our energy systems. The coalition countries are frontrunners with political experience.

We will make use of the political momentum that is accompanying international energy discussions since some years. We are looking forward to joining forces with all interested countries to accelerate the global energy transition,” highlighted Mrs. Brigitte Zypries, German Minister of Economic Affairs an Energy.

Recalling the Suzhou Declaration of the International Forum on Energy Transition, which calls for enhanced international co-operation for accelerating the energy transition, the ministers and high-level representatives agreed to work towards establishing an Energy Transition Coalition of high ambition countries, supported by IRENA, which would enable the sharing of expertise, exchange of best practices, and development of innovative approaches to accelerate power sector transformation through integrating higher shares of renewable energy in energy supply and energy use and improving energy efficiency.

The Coalition will maximize the use of existing platforms and collaborate with all relevant international organisations to promote the exchange of information on issues such as optimal transition pathways, enabling technologies, financing and enabling policy frameworks.

 

Job Opportunity: An International Hotel Chain Is Recruiting

With Uganda’s Hotel and Tourism industry slowly growing, hotels are looking for qualified and experienced hoteliers to join their ranks. An industry insider has revealed to us that the competition for Sales Executives whose responsibility it is to look for clients and maintain relationships has heated up. One of the International Hotel Chains is looking for sales executives and managers, and below is the job description.

All the best to the lucky ones.

Job brief: An international hotel chain in Kampala is looking for sales professional to be part of the team to achieve sales target in rooms, food and beverages and events revenue. The successful candidate will be responsible to implement all sales activities and maximize business opportunities in specific area of responsibility by establishing strong relationship with customer and guests.

Responsibility/Accountability

  • Find business opportunities by identifying prospects and evaluating their position in the industry; researching and analyzing sales options.
  • Maintains relationships with clients by providing support, information, and guidance; researching and recommending new opportunities; recommending profit and service improvements.
  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information.
  • Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
  • Generating and maintaining customers through sales calls,sales blitz, telephone calls and entertainment.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed and meeting sales targets.
  • Strong influencing and negotiations skills

Qualifications

  • Degree or diploma in Sales, Marketing, leisure and hospitality or equivalent from a reputed university preferable
  • A minimum of 2 years working experience within the hospitality industry and/or in sales
  • Organizational and time management skills, attention to detail, multitasking, researcher, and customer care skills, negotiator, ability to write reports, sales planner.
  • Computer literate
  • Applicants to send resume only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30th March 2017.

 

Ugandans Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Sheraton

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks (a young spring clover with 3 broad leafs).

Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of excessive alcohol consumption.

Sheraton Kampala Hotel last week on Friday celebrated this day with not only its Irish clients but with all its customers who love to experience the finer and different cultures. The night was all lit starting from Paradise restaurant where there was a special menu for the celebrations. The night was concluded in the Equator bar where there was over flowing Guinness.

Although the holiday is relatively new to the us, with a growing international community living in Uganda and not to mention the general trend of globalization we find ourselves also celebrating the occasion in support of the Irish community - it also presents us with a great opportunity to promote our restaurants and bars, partnering with Uganda breweries to offer great deals on beverages.

The celebrations were attended by both the international community and local community who enjoyed themselves to fine food, drink and amazing entertainment from Baxmba Band.

Sheraton Kampala's new Executive Chef, Mr. Vinz Karlsen wasted no time in capturing the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with a special menu dedicated to the occasion... with a generous amount of Guinness!

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