Bloomberg provides an exclusive insight into the convergence of AMI and distribution automation Aug 2, 2014 04:00AM

London, Southwark (PRWEB UK) 2 August 2014

Bloomberg will be speaking at this year's Distribution Automation Europe conference to provide an exclusive session on ways in which meter data is being integrated into distribution automation applications. Highlights from the presentation entitled, The convergence of AMI and distribution automation, will include:

   •  Data integration status at different utilities globally
   •  Lessons learned
   •  Long-term outlook and implications for integrating renewables into the distribution grid in Europe This year's Distribution Automation Europe Summit will give delegates a clear understanding of how to derive maximum value from your distribution automation investments. Discover how to facilitate the impact and growth of renewables and improve communication system architecture to increase the reliability and efficiency of future networks. This event will feature key presentations and case studies delivered by senior industry decision makers, such as Scottish Power energy Networks, Alliander, UK Power Networks, E.ON Innovation Center Distribution, Scottish and Southern Power Distribution, Union Fenosa Distribucion, Electricity North West, DNV GL - Energy, Eurelectric, Verdantix and more. Key Topics For 2014

   •  Centralising distributed logical control for system performance improvement
   •  How Big Data Provides Utilities with a Unique Lever to Optimize the Grid
   •  The new role of DSOs: IT and regulatory framework as key enablers
   •  Role and value of flexible technologies in supporting efficient Distribution Network Operation and development
   •  The integration of renewables using Voltage Regulated Distribution Transformer (VRDT) In preparation for this year's event, we spoke with David Trebolle, Active Management, Network Control and Advanced Applications, Union Fenosa Distribucion.

Download the full interview at our 'downloads' tab on the website.

For those who are interested in attending, there is currently a £300 reduced rate through online registrations, using the following code: SMI5T3Q.

4th annual Distribution Automation Europe
29-30 September, 2014
Holiday Inn Regents Park Hotel, London, UK

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Debt Consolidation USA Shares The Top 5 Items In A Budget Aug 2, 2014 04:00AM

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 02, 2014

Debt Consolidation USA recently shared in an article published last August 1, 2014 the top five items that should be in a budget plan of consumers. The article titled "5 Categories That Your Budget Plan Must Have" explains the importance of this list and what it can do to put together a sensible budget plan.

The article starts off by pointing out that the US economy is driven by consumer spending. It is 70% reliant on how the people are spending and the more people purchase, the better the economy will be.This outlook has lead to the penchant for big homes, luxury cars and a high rolling way of life. This has to change and the article shares that budgeting is the most sensible first step.

There is no perfect formula of how to list down a budget but the article points out the five most important pillars of creating one. The first of which is a house meaning mortgage or rental expense, home insurance, taxes and utility payments. The article shares how this expense item should need exceed a total of 35% of the total income of a consumer. Americans have fallen in love with big homes and it can be draining the budget. It is best to take residence on a property that fits the family size just right.

Transportation is next on the list which should take no more than 15% of the total budget. This can include auto loan payments, gas expense, allowance for parking and even the car's repair and maintenance expenses. Savings should be next on the list at a minimum 10% of the budget. If the minimum cannot be met, a consumer would need to look into how other expenses can be reduced to meet the 10% savings goal.

Debt payments come next at 15% of the budget. The article shares that in case all debts have already been paid, this 15% can be the basis of credit card purchases. If the monthly budget is $2,000, the credit card payment should not be more than $300 every month. This way, the consumer can paid off the full amount every month to be able to stay away from finance charges coming from minimum payment of balance.

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Black Hat USA 2014 Will Again Stress Need for Security Basics with Glimpse of What May Lie Ahead Aug 2, 2014 04:00AM

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 02, 2014

When the Black Hat conventioneers descend on Las Vegas every year, starting today August 2nd this year, one thing can be always counted on, plenty of FUD will be on the menu - also known as fear, uncertainty and doubt. The run-up has already made its share of FUD inducing headlines, like this article published by Reuters on July 31st about how hackers could use a USB device like a computer mouse or keyboard to successfully infect a system with malware, completely undetected, by leveraging the unfiltered way operating systems read and process the firmware on the device once it's plugged in. "And that is scary stuff," Joe Caruso, founder and CEO/CTO of Global Digital Forensics (GDF), a premier cyber security solutions provider, said. "But the way the cyber threat landscape is today, I would much rather see businesses use their resources, often very limited resources, in covering the basics like raising social engineering awareness for every employee across the board, having regular vulnerability assessments, penetration tests and deep scans performed, and putting together an effective emergency incident response plan, before directing any real concern or resources towards much more remote possibilities like these."

New attack methods making headlines doesn't necessarily mean they're new, or likely

"It's not like it's a new concept. It was widely reported that late last year at the G20 Summit in Russia there was a little something extra in the gift bags handed out to the high ranking political officials in attendance, USB sticks and phone chargers, emblazoned with the summit logo, with spyware pre-loaded which would deploy their payload once the stick or charger was plugged into a system or device, like an tablet or smartphone," recalls Caruso. "But stunts like that take a decent amount of coordination and trust to pull off, but a well-crafted phishing or spear phishing campaign can cause exactly the same problems, are a lot easier to execute, and have a lot less overhead for the attackers, making it a cheap and easy attack to launch, making them a hacker's dream on the risk-cost-and-reward scale. When you look at the biggest and most successful headline-making attacks, well over 90% of them started with a single employee dropping the ball by falling for a phishing or spear phishing email. So yes, that's where the focus should be for every business with valuable ESI (Electronically Stored Information) and/or digital assets to protect. Covering the basics first and sweating the highly remote possibilities last; that's how we structure and perform our professional vulnerability assessments and pen-testing (penetration testing), with a strong focus on social engineering. When we we've taken care of a client, they are in a much stronger position as far as their overall defensive cyber security posture is concerned, because we will have we've identified their weaknesses, from the technology to the human element, and we've eradicated any nasty hard-to-detect malware existing on the system or network. But there is one also one more piece to the puzzle which may be the most important of all, emergency incident response."

When, not if, an attack occurs, an effective emergency response plan is crucial

"If any cyber security professional tells you there is such a thing as perfect cyber security protection, aside from dropping everything electronic and going back to paper and filing cabinets, don't walk away, run!," warns Caruso. "Cyber threats are evolving every day, threats no one ever saw coming will pop up, or someone will slip up and leave an opening an attacker is just waiting for. The difference between survival and total demise will all come down to how an organization responds. One of our biggest strengths in the security industry are our 24/7 emergency incident response teams, strategically positioned across the country and the globe to ensure we can have boots on the ground within hours, not days, to almost any metropolitan area. But most of the time we work even faster than that, with remote response options, in many cases, which allow us to be instantly on the job. Anyone can call us in an emergency, but clients that use us for our vulnerability assessments and pen-testing have some big advantages; we'll already know the lay of the land relating to their requirements, regulatory compliance issues, data flow and digital architecture, and we will have already helped them devise and/or improve their emergency response policies and procedures so they have an easy-to-follow roadmap and escalation matrix ready to be executed at the first sniff of trouble. Our clients can also have us waiting in the wings with the "no-retainer" response services we offer our pen-testing clients. If something happens, we're a phone call away and can jump right in knowing exactly what's what so we can respond as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, and if nothing happens, having us on call won't cost them a thing. And that's as close as you can get to a no-lose scenario in today's digital world. Black Hat 2014 undoubtedly will offer a lot of FUD again this year, but we're here to get you through whatever you actually encounter in the real world."

To thrive in this digital world, only trust proven cyber security experts

*Global Digital Forensics is a recognized industry leader in the fields of computer forensics, cyber security and emergency incident response , with years of experience assisting clients in the government, banking, healthcare, education and corporate arenas. For a free consultation with a Global Digital Forensics specialist, call 1-800-868-8189 about tailoring a cost-effective plan which will meet your unique needs, without wasting resources on solutions you simply don't need. Emergency responders are also standing by 24/7 to handle intrusion and data breach emergencies whenever and wherever they arise. Time is critical if a cyber incident has occurred, so don't hesitate to get help. For more information, visit

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Insure It Forward Guides Oklahoma City Metro Employers with Affordable Care Act Aug 2, 2014 04:00AM

Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) August 02, 2014

The seminar is the first in a series of free seminars Insure It Forward will be offering the public in the upcoming months. The seminars will cover a wide variety of Affordable Care Act questions, including what employers don't know that could cost them or their employees' money. Attend a seminar to learn how Insure It Forward saved a Blue Cross Chamber plan member nearly $3000 per family annually by making one small change.

With the vast amount of confusion over the Affordable Care Act from business owners to individuals, Insure It Forward offers their services free of charge to Oklahoma City and surrounding communities as a guide and resource to use when signing up for insurance. In addition to the seminars, they help community members regularly choose and enroll in healthcare plans, dental plans, or small business health insurance. They are especially reaching out to employers right now looking for help with the ACA, as the deadline is fast approaching.

Insure It Forward's owner, Jim Scheihing has been serving the Oklahoma City community's insurance needs for over twenty years, specializing in small group and individual insurance. "In 2010, with the passing of the Affordable Care Act, I sold my insurance agency and opened Insure It Forward, with the idea of helping people and non-profits," said Jim. "In 2013 with more and more confusion about ACA, I began to focus all of my energy on health insurance for the community, hoping to help people make sense of it all. I also continued my non-profit efforts; donating 50% of all profits to WATERisLIFE and Water4, non-profits which provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs throughout the world."

For more information and help navigating the Affordable Care Act or other insurance plans, please call Insure It Forward at 405-585-0648. Insure It Forward is located at 3200 East Memorial Road, Suite 900, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73013.

About Insure It Forward
Oklahoma owned and operated independent health insurance brokerage helping individuals, families and businesses (SHOP) the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare".  Providing free online quotes designed around saving time, work and money. Call for help with Health, Dental, Small Business Health Insurance, Employee and Cobra benefits needs.

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The NALA is a full service marketing agency for local business owners offering online advertising, marketing and branding expertise, great business benefits, education and money-saving programs, as well as a charity program.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Two Rockets in Just Four Days Aug 2, 2014 03:47AM

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Aug. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS IIF-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m. EDT yesterday from Space Launch Complex-41. This is the second successful ULA launch in just four days.

"Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force and all of our mission partners on the successful launch of the Atlas V carrying the GPS IIF-7 satellite," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs. "ULA launch vehicles have delivered all of the current generation of GPS satellites, which are providing ever-improving capabilities for users around the world."

This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter-diameter payload fairing. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine, and the Centaur upper stage was powered by a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10A engine.

"This launch marks the third time this year ULA has successfully launched two missions within a week," said Sponnick "The ULA team's focus on mission success, one launch at a time, allows us to be ready when our customers are ready to launch."

GPS IIF-7 is the seventh in a series of next-generation GPS satellites and will join a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth's surface. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users.

ULA's next launch is the Atlas V WorldView-3 mission for DigitalGlobe scheduled for Aug. 13 from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The EELV program was established by the United States Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The commercially developed EELV program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the heritage launch systems.  

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 80 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system. ULA – Bringing rocket science down to Earth.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321). Join the conversation at and

SOURCE United Launch Alliance

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