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Global Sustainable Development Foundation (GSDF) Signs Agreement with New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)

GSDF Named a Founding Member of the Global STEM Alliance
NEW YORK, August 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Sustainable Development Foundation (GSDF) has signed a partnership agreement with the New Yo…

City of London Police and Kaspersky Lab Lead the Way in Combatting Fraud

— Kaspersky Lab joins forces with City of London Police to educate police forces and businesses across Britain on ways to tackle cybercrime

LONDON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cybercrime plays a huge part in fraud offence numbers today, with seven out of ten scams now internet-related, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. The complex and alien nature of such crimes, however, means that they are not only difficult to combat, but also to detect and understand. To help tackle the rise in cybercrime, City of London Police has enlisted internet security experts, Kaspersky Lab, to train its police officers at all levels on these ever-growing threats. This innovative training program, the first of its kind with UK law enforcement, will provide them with the skills and knowledge to identify and resolve these crimes  from an individual victim encountering fraud during an online shopping-spree to a business losing thousands of pounds from a targeted attack. 

The scheme will extend into further services and large enterprises across the UK, aiming to upskill UK industry on ways to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. Coupled with theoretical knowledge, the week-long training program allows for a real hands-on experience, teaching vital skills such as inspecting network traffic, analysing hard-drive images and decompiling malicious software using specialised training tools and methodology developed by Kaspersky Lab. The training will also address the need for businesses to improve fraud reporting, to ensure police services and security agencies have a clear view of the issue.

The first of these programs was attended and successfully completed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau in February this year. While the course places emphasis on threats that are aimed at financial organisations and government bodies, which are the top targets for online fraud in the UK, the skills learnt by attendees will also be applicable when combatting the cyber threats the general public face.

“As the complexity of cybercrime constantly increases, it’s imperative that the service’s knowledge of such threats increases at the same pace,” comments David Clark, Det Chief Supt Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police. “With over 21,000 computer misuse crimes in the UK in the first quarter of 2014[1], it’s clear that people and businesses are at risk and need protecting. The UK police service needs to be ready to identify these crimes and have the knowledge to tackle them head on. This partnership with Kaspersky Lab further underlines our role as the national policing lead for economic crime and will enhance our capability for combating fraud and cybercrime nationwide,” adds David.

“It’s an honor for Kaspersky Lab to use this opportunity to equip City of London Police with our extensive and predictive security intelligence,” commented Veniamin Levtsov, Vice-President, Corporate Sales and Business Development. “We have already spent 17 years developing a set of powerful techniques for data acquisition and investigation of cyber-crimes, and it should become a valuable tool for the law enforcement authorities in the United Kingdom.”

About City of London Police / Action Fraud

Since April 2013, Action Fraud has been responsible for recording all non-emergency fraud crime reports for police forces in England and Wales. One year on, Action Fraud now collects and transfers to the NFIB approximately 18,000 reports of fraud, 15,000 information reports and 2,000 computer misuse reports each month coming from members of the public as well as small, medium and large businesses.

The City of London Police already runs the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). The NFIB is the central repository for fraud and cybercrime intelligence, analysing millions of reports (including those from Action Fraud) to identify serial fraudsters, organised crime gangs and emerging and established crime threats. This intelligence is used to provide law enforcement agencies across England and Wales with the information they need to launch criminal investigations and to raise awareness across the country and in the public and private sector of the latest threats. The City of London Police is now responsible for the entire end-to-end Action Fraud and NFIB service — with all staff located in the same office in the Square Mile.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 17-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security 20132017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.

[1] Office of National Statistics, 2014 

Thomson Reuters Collaborates with Hessen University Consortium to Drive the Success of German Scientific Research Programs

— New collaboration marks the first time Converis research management system is used across a network of institutions in Germany to advance global research impact

KARLSRUHE, Germany, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a collaboration with a consortium of six Hessen universities and universities of applied science (HeFIS) to streamline its institutions’ scholarly information management and workflow. The initiative utilizes Thomson Reuters Converis, a comprehensive research management system providing pre-and-post-award and open-access-repository management to support the entire spectrum of the research lifecycle.

This strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and the HeFIS, supported by The Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK), will provide the six consortium universities with a holistic view of their research activity so they may make better informed decisions that drive the future success of their research strategy, associated activity and programs. HeFIS, the first university consortium in Germany to implement Converis, is managed by the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) and comprises Philipps University Marburg, the University of Kassel, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule Geisenheim University and the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen – University of Applied Sciences.

Converis supports universities, research institutions and funding agencies in collecting and managing data throughout the research workflow with several highly-configurable insight modules, including pre-and-post-award management, publications management, graduate student management, intellectual property portfolio management, data integration, and research analytics. It collects and curates digital output and streamlines communication between researchers and administrators throughout the research lifecycle.

“We are proud to be Germany’s first university consortium to collaborate with Thomson Reuters to advance the efficacy and global impact of our scientific research with a management support system that will provide a comprehensive view of our efforts,” said Peter Winker, professor of statistics and econometrics and vice president of scientific infrastructure at Justus Liebig University Giessen. “Implementing a unified platform throughout the Hessian universities is a strategic investment in the infrastructure of our research information system.”

Converis complements and integrates with InCites™, the leading web-based research analytics platform enabling institutions to measure research output and impact, monitor trends and support reporting about research activities at all levels. Designed to meet the needs of research institutions around the globe, the Thomson Reuters Research Analytics suite delivers powerful solutions for connecting investment to impact.

“As one of Germany’s academic leaders, the Hessen University Consortium recognizes the importance of accurate and precise assessment, evaluation and benchmarking as the research workflow evolves and competition increases,” said Gordon Macomber, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “We are pleased to work with this network to enable its stakeholders to make informed decisions for competitive advantage and to improve the global impact of its research efforts.”

Learn more about Converis and InCites.

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Xueda Education Group Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Quarterly Net Revenues increased 5.4% Year-over-Year to $120.8 million
Effective Student Count[1] increased 17.6% Year-over-Year to 58,895 students
New Student Sign-ups increased 5….

GRE® Program Unveils Brand New Official Test Preparation Guides

— Never-before-published real test questions provide more in-depth practice to help prospective graduate and business school students

PRINCETON, New Jersey, Aug. 25, 2014  /PRNewswire/ — In response to requests from test takers, educators, and advisors for additional GRE® test preparation materials, the GRE Program has unveiled new practice questions for the GRE ® revised General Test to help students do their best on test day.

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The “Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One” and the “Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One” provide more in-depth practice for test takers and perfectly complement “The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition.”

Each guide provides 150 never-before-published questions with complete explanations, and valuable hints and tips. The verbal guide also includes brand new sample tasks for the GRE Analytical Writing Measure while the quantitative guide includes a review of the math topics that may appear on the test.

“One out of three test takers use our official study guide, but test takers in a recent survey indicated that they wanted more practice questions,” says Dawn Piacentino, Director of Communication and Services for the GRE Program at ETS. “In response to that feedback, we are introducing these new verbal and quantitative preparation books.”

These new guides, co-published with McGraw-Hill Education, are available in print and eBook formats through the ETS store and through bookstores worldwide.

The expansion of GRE test preparation materials is designed according to ETS officials to help test takers feel more confident on test day. Similarly, the ScoreSelect® option, available only with the GRE tests, was introduced so that students could show their best. With the ScoreSelect option, GRE test takers can decide on test day – or anytime up to 5 years after test day – which of their sets of scores to send to graduate or business schools worldwide. “It’s about success and achieving their dreams”, says Piacentino.

These new GRE test preparation materials join a growing assortment of print, video and online formats including the free POWERPREP ®II software which includes two full-length practice tests. Other official test preparation tools include the GRE® Success Starter video series, The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition”, a mobile app, and ScoreItNow! TM Online Writing Practice.

To learn more about all the official GRE test preparation tools, visit www.takethegre.com/prep.

About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org