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Mercy Ships Sends Out Clear Signal of Hope With Intellian Technology – The Maritime Executive

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PublishedOct 24, 2021 6:08 PM byThe Maritime Executive

Two years ago, Intellianstruck up a close working relationship with the international surgical care charity Mercy Ships. With its International Support Center (ISC) located in Garden Valley, Texas, Mercy Ships has branches in the UK, West Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Korea, France, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. Through its floating hospitals, the organizations work encompasses a range of procedures, including orthopedic, maxillofacial, ocular and reconstructive surgeries; mental health services; healthcare training projects; and palliative care.

Since its inception in 1978, Mercy Ships has provided free medical aid plus physical and moral support for people in countries ranked in the lower third of the World Health Organizations Human Development Index. The organization has shown unwavering determination in its quest to eradicate diseases of poverty.

For the most part, such diseases should be relatively straightforward to prevent or treat, but the World Health Organization has estimated that over 50 percent of the population in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia lack regular access to essential medicines and healthcare. With only around half of sub-Saharan African children vaccinated against childhood diseases, many die from preventable diseases such as diarrhea, measles, malaria and malnutrition-related causes. The work carried out by Mercy Ships could not be more vital.

The pandemic has been a devastating setback a global catastrophe that has only served to make extreme situations even more disastrous. However, last years challenges have only strengthened Mercy Ships resolve, and Intellian Technologies is with them every step of the way.

Beginning in 2019, Mercy Ships successfully utilized an Intellian v240C C-band VSAT solution on board its hospital ship Africa Mercy. This has now been updated to an Intellian v240M 2 dual-band, multi-orbit VSAT system using a connectivity solution from SES, which has been our provider of choice in scoping out the antennas for Global Mercy, the new vessel coming out of China, says Jonathan Dyson, Director of Enterprise Infrastructure at Mercy Ships.

We wanted to future-proof our installation. Historically, we had the antenna as a lease from another provider, so now that were moving forward and purpose-building our ship, we decided that we wanted to own our antennas and switched providers, he said. If we need to upgrade, downgrade, switch from GEO to MEO or even LEO constellations, we can do that with SES because of the antennas that Intellian has provided.

Seamless connectivity

Global Mercy, Mercy Ships new vessel, is the largest civilian hospital ship in the world. It can accommodate up to 950 people in port, including 641 volunteer crew members, and its six operating theaters and hospital wards are designed to manage 200 patients at a time. The company estimates that it will more than double Mercy Ships current surgical and training capacity. By the time the vessel has seen out its anticipated 50-year working lifespan, more than 150,000 lives will have been improved and saved by the surgeries carried out on its purpose-built hospital decks.

Global Mercycompleted its deep-water sea trials in May 2021, during which exhaustive tests were carried out to ensure that engine performance, manoeuvrability and fuel consumption are all on target. Safety evaluations were also conducted, as were a series of tests to confirm that all onboard equipment and systems are fully operational, in advance of the vessel entering service in sub-Saharan Africa next year.

Global Mercy is fitted with dual 2.4m Intellian v240MT 2 antennas, integrated and controlled by Intellians Intelligent Mediators, which guarantees seamless connectivity by switching between antennas should the vessels superstructure ever block a satellite signal. Installation of the antennas was completed just a few weeks ago, and it was a concerted team effort that overcame several logistical and circumstantial difficulties, as Dyson recalls.

The 2.4m Intellian v240MT 2 antenna

Intellian and SES collaborated to get all the hardware installed and take it out on the last sea trial to make sure that it was working. It was good to have all these teams working together positively and get that accomplished, he said.

Mercy Ships increased investment in Intellian hardware - upgrading the system on Africa Mercy and installing a top-of-the-range, orbit-agnostic v240MT 2 dual-antenna solution on Global Mercy - directly reflects the companys operational growth and the changing landscape of connectivity, according toDave Shwadlenak, VP of IT at Mercy Ships.

As Mercy Ships has matured more and more, weve had an increased need not to have on-premise servers and applications, and thats driving a lot of what we do technology-wise. Our technology stack has become so broad, and so much is in the cloud these days, that having data centers on board the ships is problematic for us, said Shwadlenak. So, one of the reasons for the upgrade and moving towards more bandwidth is the ability to communicate dynamically and immediately with our ships. We transfer a lot of data back and forth: many of our applications are in the cloud, so its essential to be able to access this. In most countries, we can get shore connections, but the satellite is our lifeblood. It is our mainstay, the one thing upon which we constantly rely.

The work we do in the hospital, and for that matter everything that we do aboard, is centralized here at the ISC. Most of our servers are here or in the cloud, so this communication piece has become critical for us: and its only because weve been able to upgrade that bandwidth that were able to move to that technology, he added. It was just a couple of years ago, when I joined, that we had a 3MHz pipe with the satellite. It was impossible to do some of the things were doing today.

Essential communications

Global Mercy is due to deploy to Sub-Saharan Africa Madagascar, Cameroon, Guinea, Senegal, and Benin in 2022. In addition to the vital medical support and reinforcement it will bring to these areas, it will also host mentoring and training programs for local health professionals.

Satellite connectivity is at the heart of Mercy Ships work. It enables the smooth running of the day-to-day business, including essential communications with the sponsors and donors whose input is key to Mercy Ships ongoing ambitions. It also allows teleconferencing applications for capacity building and remote training; image sharing; diagnostic discussions with specialists located worldwide; and all-important crew welfare connectivity for social media access and web browsing.

Dave Shwadlenak is under no illusions about the potentially disastrous effects upon the companys capabilities were its connectivity to go down. It could be catastrophic, in all honesty. We could still operate, but only for a short time. For example, staff turnover is all centralized back here at the ISC, so we would be forced to go back to some paper environment where were trying to keep up with room registrations and so forth. Our finance department would have difficulty, while the ability for trainees to remotely watch surgeries and learn from that would be unavailable as well. So much of our work would be greatly diminished or cease altogether.

Both Dave Shwadlenak and Jonathan Dyson are unstinting in their praise for Intellian. Ive been very, very happy with them, Shwadlenak emphasizes. Frankly, theyve been marvelous in terms of working with us and helping us through many of the pitfalls we had. Especially in China, it was tremendous what they did there.

We basically needed letters of permission from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dyson explains, but travel restrictions meant that it was suddenly going to be a major problem to get people onsite for the installations. Intellian and SES worked really well together to come up with a plan. It was very much outside of process, but from a customer service perspective, it was great to just be able to lean on them and have a team from Shanghai who came down to build the system, to put everything together and check it, and make sure that all the hardware was there when we couldnt get anybody there. That was just fantastic.

Ive worked with many different service providers, Dyson adds, to figure out costs of bandwidth per MB per month because we need to be financially responsible towards our donors. So Ive spoken to a broad range of vendors, and all of them recommended Intellian hardware. All of them. That speaks volumes about the quality of the equipment, the hardware, the products that Intellian provides. Through a fiscally responsible investment in Intellian products, this partnership allows us to fulfill our mission and provide quality access to safe surgeries.

Ive appreciated everybody that Ive worked with from Intellian; theyre all very professional. The partnership between SES and Intellian appears from our standpoint to be very strong, so if we reach out to SES, we know it will be handled by Intellian, and its transparent to us as the customer as it should be. Intellians customer service has been seamless from our perspective, he concluded.

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Every leader in every field, every successful company or individual, got to the top by working harder and focusing better than someone else. Garry Kasparov, world chess champion 1985-2000

As you progress in chess, two words become commonplace in your vocabulary: tactics and strategy. The illustrious Polish grandmaster Savielly Tartakower gave an interpretation of the two words as they relate to chess: Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do; strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. My interpretation is that strategy is abstract and based on long-term goals while tactics are concrete and opportunistic. One cannot flourish without the other. Garry Kasparov argues it takes good tactics and wise strategy to be successful in chess, or whatever pursuit you follow. That is why making chess available to children is essential.

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GM Joey Antonio still the king of online chess tourney

By Marlon BernardinoPhilBoxing.comMon, 25 Oct 2021

MANILA---Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. showed why he is the Filipino Ironman of online chess as he topped the Coach Robert Racasa birthday chess tournament Sunday night, October 24, 2021 virtually held at Lichess.org Platform.

The 59-year-old Antonio was clear first with the higher score of arena 101 points to rule the 155 players bullet event.

National Master Eric Labog Jr. was second with 88 points followed by third place National Master Joey Florendo with 77 points.National Master Carlos Edgardo Garma and Francis Talaboc were tied at fourth to fifth places with 70 and 68 points respectively.

Adjudged category winners were National Master Jonathan Tan (Top Senior) and National Master Almario Marlon Quiroz Bernardino Jr. (Top Media).-Marlon Bernardino-

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GUANGZHOU, China Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba launched a new server chip on Tuesday, as it looks to boost its cloud computing business and compete against U.S. rivals like Amazon.

The processor, called Yitian 710, will go into new servers called Panjiu.

The chip and servers will not be directly sold to customers. Instead, Alibaba's cloud computing clients will buy services based on these latest technology. These servers are designed for artificial intelligence applications and storage.

The company did not say when the services based on the latest chip and server will be available for customers.

Alibaba will not be manufacturing the semiconductor but will be designing it instead.

That's a trend among Chinese companies. Huawei designed its own smartphone chips and Baidu raised money this year for a standalone semiconductor business. U.S cloud computing rivals including Google and Amazon have also done the same.

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19 Cloud Computing Statistics That Will Keep You Awake at Night – Hashed Out by The SSL Store

Cloud adoption rates are increasing by the day as more businesses take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer. But along with the benefits the cloud offers, it also brings increasing security risks. Heres a list of 19 cloud adoption and security statistics you should know in 2021 and beyond

As kids, its fun to lay outside with family or friends and stare up at the sky. You look for fun and exciting shapes and characters in the clouds. But as adults, particularly those working in IT security for enterprises, we look to clouds in a different way both as a source of scalable storage and as a means of delivering services in our digital world. This is particularly true when it comes to increasing remote work requirements since Covid-19 first reared its ugly head nearly two years ago.

However, as you know, the cloud has its ups and downs when it comes to security and usages. Thats why weve put together a list of 19 attention-grabbing cloud computing statistics this will cover data relating to cloud adoption, cloud security, and other informative statistics.

Lets hash it out.

When it comes to cloud adoption, you must decide whether its better for your business to use a single cloud provider or work with multiple cloud providers. Part of this decision entails choosing whether to use in-house resources (on-prem), cloud, or perhaps a hybrid approach.

Theres no right or wrong answer that decision is something you must determine the answer to based on factors that include your budget, needs, and in-house resources (including personnel).

Data from Flexeras 2021 State of the Cloud Report shows that nine in 10 enterprises are taking a multi-cloud strategy approach. Within that group, more than 80% of enterprises report having a hybrid cloud strategy in place.

Organizations that have multi-cloud strategies are less likely to be dependent upon individual vendors. Gartners 4 Trends Impacting Cloud Adoption in 2020 report shows that by 2024, nearly two in three organizations will use more than one vendor.

Furthermore, data from a separate Gartner survey also shows that 81% of public cloud users currently use two or more cloud providers. However, their research also predicts that 50% of the public cloud market will be controlled by the 10 biggest providers by 2023.

Every day, the cloud is playing a larger role in organizations operations and services, and businesses are increasingly turning to PKI to provide identity and security. In their 2021 State of Machine Identity Management report, Keyfactor and the Ponemon Institute report that more than half of organizations report cloud-based services as the impetus for public key infrastructure deployment and usage growth rates. This is followed by:

Cynets 2021 Survey of CISOs with Small Cyber Security Teams shows that companies with smaller security teams are looking primarily to the cloud (57%) as a means of implementing security technologies. This top-ranking priority is followed by on-prem (21%) and hybrid (13%).

By outsourcing resource-intensive processes like managing in-house IT infrastructure, companies can free up their limited personnel to focus on other priorities.

Whether its the cost of running servers or having the personnel in place to manage them, everything costs money and prices are increasing. With this in mind, lets explore some of the cloud computing-related costs for businesses.

Data from Proofpoint and the Ponemon Institutes report The Cost of Cloud Compromise and Shadow IT shows that security incidents cost businesses a pretty penny. Their survey of 662 U.S. IT and IT sec professionals shows that cloud account compromises cost an average of more than $6.2 million over 12 months. 86% of the surveyed organizations said cloud account compromises cost them at least $500,000.

To put this into context, the cost of cloud account compromises averages out to be 3.5% of their total revenues within the same period.

Cloud migration can cost a pretty penny, but not all organizations properly plan for the expenses. While organizations often plan for the direct costs associated with this process, planning for indirect costs can fall through the cracks. As such, Gartners cloud migration cost research predicts that almost two in three infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders through 2024 will experience public cloud migration cost overruns that will take a toll on their on-prem budgets.

Flexera reports in their 2021 State of the Cloud Report that 30% of the organizations they surveyed have annual public cloud spends ranging between $2.4 million and $12 million. Another 31% of their survey respondents indicate they spent more than $12 million a year!

Based on the estimate of $12 million a year, that means these large organizations are spending an average of $32,876.72 a day on public cloud.

$50 million thats more money than some business owners will ever see in their entire lifetimes. But according to research from IDC and the cloud infrastructure security company Ermetic, that number is just the annual cloud infrastructure expenses for some companies. Their research also shows that 71% of businesses invest up to $50 million a year to expand their cloud infrastructures.

Cloud security is integral to your organizations overall security health. Lets explore some relevant cloud security statistics and data to give you a better view of what this sector of the industry looks like.

Would you believe me if I told you that nearly all organizations have experienced a cloud data breach within the previous year and a half? Data from IDC and Ermetic shows that almost all the organizations (98%) they surveyed experienced a minimum of one cloud data breach in that period. Their study involved 200 CISOs and other security decision-makers from U.S. companies.

The report indicates that this rose nearly 20% from their 2020 survey in which only 79% of respondents indicated the same.

In early 2021, Keyfactor hired the Ponemon Institute to conduct a survey of 100 North American IT security execs to better understand their zero-trust strategy priorities and where public key infrastructure fits in:

Verizons 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) shows that servers lead the way in terms of being the top assets targeted in data breaches. Web application servers took the lead as the primary breach target, encompassing more than 50% of breaches; mail servers came in second with ~25% of data breaches targeting them.

Compromised external cloud assets were more common than on-premises assets in both incidents and breaches. Conversely, there was a decline of user devices (desktops and laptops) being compromised. This makes sense when we consider that breaches are moving toward Social and Web application vectors, such as gathering credentials and using them against cloud-based email systems. Verizon 2021 DBIR Executive Brief

More than 50% of the web app attack-based data breaches Verizon analyzed in their 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) involve mail server compromises. Of those compromised, the overwhelming majority (96%) were cloud-based mail servers.

Data from IBM and the Ponemon Institutes 2021 Cost of a Data Breach report shows that the average cost of a data breach for a hybrid cloud environment is $3.61 million. This average cost is less than other cloud environments (i.e., on-prem, private, and public clouds). The average total cost of a data breach for businesses globally was $4.24 million.

IBMs 2021 Cost of a Data Breach report shows that cloud misconfigurations were the third most common initial attack vector in the breaches they analyzed. These types of data breaches require an average of 186 days to identify and another 65 to contain. The price tag accompanying this attack vector? A cool $3.86 million in total costs.

Needless to say, these types of cloud security statistics underscore the importance of having strong security measures, processes, and policies in place. Having these resources in place can help you avoid oops situations that put your company, data, and reputation at risk.

Its no secret that security misconfigurations are a big issue for businesses. But Palo Altos Unit 42 2H 2020 research indicates that two in three security-related incidents are due to misconfigurations. But thats still lower than estimates from Gartner, which estimates that 99% of cloud security failures through 2025 will be the customers fault pointing to the idea that misconfigurations are a much bigger issue.

Palo Altos Unit 42 Cloud Threat Report 1H 2021 data shows that nearly one in three organizations fail to implement proper security measures in the cloud. These controls are what help to protect cloud environments against attacks and mitigate vulnerabilities.

Access security measures are the locks on your doors and the walls around your castle. But data from IDC and Ermetic shows that access-related vulnerabilities cause four in five cloud data breaches. The top-ranking industries? Healthcare, Utilities, and Media.

Overall, their report also shows that larger companies are more at risk of experiencing these security issues than businesses with fewer employees. (60% of businesses with 10,000 or more employees cite access as their leading factor for causing cloud breaches.) This makes sense, considering that they have much larger attack surfaces than their smaller business counterparts.

Before we jump into the data, ask yourself: what types of data are you storing in the cloud? And what steps are you taking to ensure that data remains secure?

When it comes to cloud storage, organizations store everything from employees and customers sensitive information to intellectual property and trade secrets. Lets explore some key cloud computing and usage statistics relating to stored data.

Frankly, storing sensitive data in the cloud is always risky this is why companies that choose to do so need to take extra precautions in terms of how they secure that data. According to SANs 2021 Cloud Security Survey data from a presentation sponsored by Blue Hexagon, the top three types of sensitive or regulated data that companies store include:

Flexeras 2021 State of the Cloud Report data shows that almost half of enterprises workloads (47%) and data (44%) are currently stored in public cloud environments. These organizations aim to add another 8% and 7%, respectively, to the cloud within the following 12 months.

Compare this to SMB respondents, who say they have 64% of workloads and 59% of data in the public cloud now, and that they plan to add another 5% of workloads and 8% of data within 12 months.

Its obvious youre in a rush if youve skipped right to this section. As such, weve put together a brief highlights list of the top five cloud computing statistics to note from the list above:

As always, feel free to leave a comment and share your most notable cloud security statistics and cloud computing statistics below

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As choices are examined and strategies perfected about cloud migration in the greater National Capital Region, one of the many federal-government spaces where important decisions are being executed is within the office of the Army CIO.

The person who is the principal adviser, assisting the Army CIO in the development of strategy, use, and optimization of Cloud resources is Paul Puckett, appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2019 and assuming the role of the director of the Enterprise Cloud Management Office.

Im able to influence policy and governance, but then Im also able to strategize and then implement capabilities and deliver them for the United States Army, Puckett said on Federal Monthly Insights Cloud Migration Strategy and Cloud FinOps.

When Puckett arrived at the office of the Army CIO, he was greeted by a multi-cloud Army. He found that it was not as coherent as it could be to serve the greater needs of the Army.

So what we did is we delivered a capability that we call cArmy, which is really the foundational security services, if you will, that allow us to adopt commercial cloud services, meeting all DoD policy and governance in security, Puckett said on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

But more importantly what it means is weve already prepared an environment and ecosystem so system owners, as they come to the front door, arent worried about what their security posture might look like, Puckett said. Weve already addressed that foundation, what were now trying to account for is how is your application or system designed? Who is your customer? And what data sets are you either consuming or creating? And how can we start to expose your services and data to the rest of the Army and start to deliver greater this greater enterprise ecosystem?

In 2022, Pucketts vision is to extend cArmy from both an infrastructure computer-storage, networking perspective, as well as a common services perspective, into the OCONUS (Outside the Continental United States) regions.

So were adopting a very similar regionally distributed model that any hyperscaler would, because we want to be mindful of physics, we want to be mindful of our customers and our data sets, Puckett said. You have to be mindful of latency. So its not just the availability of the connectivity, but also the speed of light is still a bound thing. And so we want to make sure that were being thoughtful of the customer experience, as we deliver capabilities globally.

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