Mylan CEO accepts full responsibility for EpiPen price hikes, but offers little explanation

first_imgPharmalotMylan CEO accepts full responsibility for EpiPen price hikes, but offers little explanation Anger at EpiPen prices channeled at Mylan CEO in congressional hearing Ed Silverman However, Bresch did not offer a breakdown of the billion-dollar investment she cited, such as the extent to which those dollars may have included the cost of its lobbying campaign to win wider access to school districts. It’s also unclear whether the $1 billion also covered regulatory fees or marketing expenses associated with widening the EpiPen franchise.To bolster her statement on transparency, she said, “The current system was not built on the idea of consumer engagement … but it’s where health care needs to move. There are unintended consequences when the patient goes to the pharmacy counter and doesn’t know what the price will be … transparency would improve this.”These are essentially the same arguments that Bresch has made for months after criticism of EpPen pricing transformed Mylan into the latest poster child for pharmaceutical greed. Since then, the company has made plans to sell its own authorized generic version of EpiPen at roughly half the price. And Mylan said it agreed to a $465 million settlement with the Department of Justice for shortchanging Medicaid over rebates, although several lawmakers criticized the deal. Federal authorities have never actually confirmed the deal happened.Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission was asked by various lawmakers to investigate whether Mylan violated antitrust laws because the contract for one option in the discounted school program, at one time, contained a clause forbidding school districts to buy rival products. The FTC has only said it is aware of these concerns. Mylan to pay $465 million to settle claims of shortchanging Medicaid About the Author Reprints Related: Mylan CEO Heather Bresch at a September congressional hearing over EpiPen price increases. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP [email protected] center_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Tags drug pricinginsurancepharmaceuticals “We invested more than $1 billion to create access and awareness and improve the product,” she said during the industry conference. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there, but we now reach 80 percent more patients than when we acquired EpiPen,” about a decade ago. “The idea that there was no advancement in the product was inaccurate.” In a rare appearance since the EpiPen controversy flared this summer, Mylan Pharmaceuticals CEO Heather Bresch accepted “full responsibility” Thursday for the price hikes that caused national outrage.“If EpiPen had to be the catalyst to show what hardworking families are facing, it will have been worth it,” she said at the Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York, referring to the upfront costs that many people encounter with high-deductible health plans. Mylan increased the price of an EpiPen two-pack nearly 550 percent to $608 over the past decade.But, Bresch reiterated remarks she made about the price of EpiPen at a congressional hearing in September, citing a lack of transparency in the pharmaceutical pricing system for the controversy surrounding the product. She justified the price increases by pointing to what she insisted were “investments” made to improve the device and patient access.advertisement @Pharmalot Bresch argued the company redesigned the emergency allergy device so that patients would not stick themselves with the needle. And as part of the effort, Mylan broadened patient access by working to make the device available to schools across the country, which included donating about 700,000 EpiPens. “Over the years, we balanced that innovation by building awareness,” she said.advertisement Related: By Ed Silverman Dec. 1, 2016 Reprintslast_img read more

Two more women plead guilty in sex sting involving New England Patriots owner

first_imgPalm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg dropped the charges against Kraft and the other men in September, explaining that without the video recordings, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict them. DNA evidence closes 36-year-old Palm Beach County cold case April 26, 2021 Former Collier teacher found guilty of having sexual relationship with student May 14, 2021 AdvertisementThe sting was initiated in February 2019 during a multicounty investigation of massage parlors that included the installation of video cameras in the Orchids of Asia’s lobby and rooms under the ruse that a bomb threat required its evacuation.The recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them, police said.Those recordings were thrown out after a county court ruled the warrant allowing the cameras’ installation didn’t protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages. The decision was appealed, but the judges agreed. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Florida man accused of killing iguana denied ‘stand your ground’ defense June 4, 2021center_img WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. / AP — Two of four women charged in a South Florida prostitution sting that also involved New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft have taken plea deals this week, court records show.Lei Wang, 41, and Shen Mingbi, 60, each pleaded guilty in Palm Beach County circuit court to one count of soliciting another to commit prostitution, records show. They were fined $5,000 each and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.Kraft faced a misdemeanor charge, but that was dropped earlier this year after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for sex. He had pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions.Two other women who worked at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter previously reached deals with prosecutors. Hua Zhang, 59, pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanors. Lei Chen, 45, pleaded guilty to eight counts of offering to commit prostitution in February. Florida tax collector orders employees to get vaccinated or risk losing job April 28, 2021 AdvertisementTags: guiltyNew England PatriotsPalm Beach County RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Your guide to Laois’s Round 1 Joe McDonagh Cup clash v Offaly

first_img GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleWhat you need to know as Laois minor hurlers aim to stay top of tier 2 in last group game against AntrimNext article2015: The first time Laois hurlers beat Offaly in the Leinster championship in 43 years Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Pinterest GAA WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA TAGSJoe McDonagh CupLaois v Offaly Home Sport GAA Your guide to Laois’s Round 1 Joe McDonagh Cup clash v Offaly SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Teamcenter_img By Alan Hartnett – 11th May 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Your guide to Laois’s Round 1 Joe McDonagh Cup clash v Offaly Photo Paul Dargan Laois take on Offaly in Round 1 of the Joe McDonagh Cup at 7pm in Tullamore this evening.This is the first championship meeting between the teams since 2015 and it is their first ever clash in the Joe McDonagh Cup following Offaly’s relegation last year.Here we guide you through what you need to know:When, where, what time?The match throws-in in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Saturday, May 11 at 7pm.Team newsLaois boss Eddie Brennan has made five changes to the team from the one that started against Limerick in the quarter final if the National Hurling League.Most notably is the instant inclusion of former Laois senior hurling captain Ross King who returns to the team.John Lennon is in in midfield in place of Sean Downey while Cha Dwyer comes in for the injured Aaron Dunphy.Willie Dunphy, Eanna Lyons and Ross King come into the team in place of Mark Dowling, Neil Foyle and Stephen Bergin. Twitter LAOIS: Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); Joe Phelan (Camross), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Padraig Delaney (The Harps); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), John Lennon (Rosenallis); Cha Dwyer (Ballinakill), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill), Eanna Lyons (Ballyfin), Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill)Offaly manager Kevin Martin has made five changes to the Offaly team that lost their relegation playoff against Carlow back in March.Damien Egan, Aidan Treacy, Shane Kinsella, Sean Dolan and Kevin Connolly all drop out of the team with Tom Spain, David O’Toole-Greene, Oisin Kelly, Conor Mahon and Cillian Kiely coming in.OFFALY: Eoghan Cahill; Tom Spain, Niall Houlihan, Paddy Delaney; Colm Gath, Pat Camon, Ben Conneely; David O’Toole-Greene, Kevin Dunne; Oisin Kelly, Conor Mahon, Colin Egan; Shane Dooley, Joe Bergin, Cillian KielyWhat have Offaly been like in the last couple of seasons?Offaly’s fall from grace over the last few years has been well documented.They failed to win a game in last year’s Leinster championship and were relegated out of the Liam McCarthy down to the Joe McDonagh.Their league campaign didn’t go much better this year either as they lost all of their games bar one – against Carlow, who they ended up losing to in a relegation final subsequently.What’s Laois’s recent history like against Offaly?Laois’s recent history with Offaly varies in results.In 2017 Laois had a relieving win over the Faithful county in division 1B – on a scoreline of 1-26 to 1-20.However last year saw Laois’s inaccuracy cost them two points as Offaly walked away victors – 1-21 to 1-16.Their most recent meetings were this year in the Walsh Cup and Division 1B – both games saw Laois win.In Eddie Brennan’s first game in charge, Laois claimed a Walsh Cup win. They then followed with a 3-17 to 2-16 win in Division 1B.Who’s the referee?The man in the middle for this Round 1 game is Antrim native Colum Cunning. He last officiated a Laois game earlier this year when they hosted Waterford in the league.What other Joe McDonagh Cup game is on this weekend?Antrim host Kerry in the other game on this evening at 5pm in Dunloy.As there are five teams taking part this year, one team will have a bye each time and this weekend it is Westmeath.What are the odds on the game? Offaly go into the game at slight favourites at 10/11 while Laois are 11/10. While the draw is 8/1,How much is it to get in?Adults are €10 while OAPs and U16s go free.Where can I follow the game?We’ll be live-blogging the game on so you won’t miss a puck.SEE ALSO – Laois man completes Vancouver marathon for Pieta House in honour of Portlaoise cousinlast_img read more

Prospects not looking for personal connection: study

Watch what you say when speaking with prospective clients Firms push new tech as advisors build post-pandemic businesses “That’s the big sort of wake-up call for advisors,” says Amelia Young, principle with Upside Consulting. “Clients, particularly post-financial crisis, are just that much more skeptical and getting warm and fuzzy with a person is not enough.” Upside Consulting conducted the study along with Atherton Consulting Group LLC, headquartered in San Francisco. The study’s results were collected through online surveys completed between September and October 2012 by Canadian and American advisors and clients who had chosen an advisor within the last five years. The study had a total of 250 respondents. Advisors and clients can’t even agree on what makes a personal connection work, according to the study. For example, over 85% of advisors ranked things such as demonstrating empathy and sharing personal stories as important aspects of forming a personal connection with a prospective client. Yet individuals evaluating potential advisors placed far less importance on those attributes (52% and seven per cent, respectively). Instead, 87% of surveyed clients said an advisor’s listening skills were far more important to developing a personal connection. Rather than a personal connection, the study found that when it comes to making the final decision about whether to work with an advisor or not clients look for more tangible evidence. For instance, clients were more impressed with advisors who were able to demonstrate their ability to manage the clients’ financial affairs, such as through performance records and client records. Clients also appreciated advisors who could communicate investment advice in a way that was easy for clients to understand. As one respondent put it, “I don’t want therapy from my advisor. I do want attentive, interested and tailored advice.” The study did find, however, that a personal connection and things such as sharing of stories became more important as the client-advisor relationship develops. Young says: “The personal connection needs to be earned.” Finding a personal connection is far less important in the decision-making process for prospective clients than advisors tend to think, according to a recent study by Toronto-based Upside Consulting Group Inc. The study, titled Closing the Gap: Aligning Client and Advisor Needs to Grow the Wealth Management Firm, found that while 94% of surveyed advisors believe a personal connection is a key reason as to why clients chose to work with them only 66% of clients agreed. Keywords Client prospecting Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Broadridge launches prospect intelligence platform for advisors Fiona Collie Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

New name for Euro Pacific Canada

first_img Earlier this year, Euro Pacific bulked up its wealth management division with the acquisition of Dundee Goodman Private Wealth. In the deal, the firm acquired approximately 78 investment advisors and $3.5 billion of investible client assets. The terms of the deal were not announced. Dundee Securities sells private wealth division to Euro Pacific The firm, which was founded in 2010 and has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Tokyo, and Oakville, Ont., is associated with the U.S. based Euro Pacific Capital Inc., but is independently owned and operated. Toronto-based boutique investment dealer Euro Pacific Canada Inc. has a new name. According to notice from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published on Monday, Euro Pacific Canada changed its name to Echelon Wealth Partners Inc., effective April 10. James Langton Related news Ontario task force looks to boost industry competition PI Financial bought by joint venturecenter_img Keywords Investment dealersCompanies Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. Leede Jones Gable launches capital markets business Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Sports fans set to enjoy new grandstand seating

first_imgSports fans set to enjoy new grandstand seating The first Group Ten Rugby League local derby in May next year is expected to be the first time the new grandstand seating at Wade Park gets its first big test.Local community leaders were on-hand today to inspect the new seats which have been installed courtesy of a $100,000 grant from the Australian government under the Community Development Grant’s program.Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd has welcomed the installation of 698 new grandstand seats.VIEWPOINT: Mayor Reg Kidd, Cr Jason Hamling and Member for Calare Andrew Gee check the view of Wade park from the new grandstand seating. (Click to see larger image.)“It’s amazing how much the new seats give the old grandstand a major lift. Alongside the installation of new seats, the Council has taken up the opportunity of installing some new hand-rails and having some painting done as well.”“The modern, flip-up seating is so much more convenient for both spectators and cleaners to move in-between seats.“It’s good to be working in partnership with the Australian Government to improve the quality of key sporting facilities in Orange,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “Wade Park is Orange’s main sporting venue and the grandstand plays an important role for spectators at sporting events.”Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee was delighted with the result when he inspected the seating.“Wade Park has been Orange’s sporting hub for many years,” Mr Gee said. “This modern seating will make key events much more comfortable.”“A great game of footy or cricket will be made even better with this fantastic new seating,” Mr Gee said.Orange City Council Sports and Recreation Committee chair Cr Jason Hamling said he’s looking forward to watching some of Orange’s biggest sporting events from the grandstand.“There’s nothing like the atmosphere of big crowd here at Wade Park on the day of a big game,” Cr Jason Hamling said. “After an interrupted football season this year due to COVID, I can imagine the feeling next May when CYMS and Hawks run out in the local derby. There’ll be hundreds of local league fans cheering here in the grandstand.”“We’re almost ready to open the new cricket centre next to the grandstand. It all makes Wade Park a centre of sport in Orange.”“I was pleased see the previous seats go to a new home. Council asked local sports clubs to put up their hand if they would like any of the old seats.“It turned out they were given to the Orange City Rugby Club, Orange City Bowling Club, Orange and District Cricket Association, Orange and District Pistol Club and Cowra Rugby Club.“They originally came from SCG about 15 years ago and it’s good they’ve been kept out of landfill and found a new home.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:atmosphere, Australian, Australian Government, community, council, Cowra, cricket, Federal, football, Government, local council, Orange, Orange City Council, quality, Rugby, season, sportslast_img read more

PPE Direct Pty Ltd fined $13,320 for alleged unlawful advertising of a COVID-19 Rapid Test kit

first_imgPPE Direct Pty Ltd fined $13,320 for alleged unlawful advertising of a COVID-19 Rapid Test kit The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health, has issued an infringement notice for $13,320 to Brisbane-based company PPE Direct Pty Ltd (PPE Direct), trading as Infinity Biotech. The infringement notice is for the alleged unlawful advertising of a COVID-19 Rapid Test kit under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act).PPE Direct allegedly implied, on the Infinity Biotech website, that a COVID-19 Rapid Test kit has been endorsed by a government or government authority.Advertisements for therapeutic goods must not make any statement that suggests or implies that goods have been recommended or approved by government (except in very limited circumstances). This includes statements that therapeutic goods have been endorsed or approved by the TGA, state government authorities or international regulators.The unlawful advertising of therapeutic goods in relation to COVID-19, including the inappropriate use of government endorsement, is of significant concern to the TGA given the current pandemic. The TGA has published a warning to advertisers and consumers about illegal advertising relating to COVID-19.The TGA’s highest priority is to protect the health and safety of the Australian public through regulation of therapeutic goods.The TGA takes action against breaches of the ActThe regulatory scheme is critical to the safety of Australian consumers and the TGA investigates suspected illegal activity in relation to therapeutic goods. A range of compliance and enforcement tools are available and may include criminal or civil court proceedings, which can result in substantial penalties, fines or imprisonment.Any person, including businesses, advertising therapeutic goods to consumers must comply with the requirements for advertising. The TGA encourages people to report suspected non-compliant advertising via its advertising reporting form.The TGA website includes tips for consumers about how to spot a dodgy health product ad. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, biotech, coronavirus, court, covid-19, Criminal, Department of Health, Government, health, health and safety, healthcare, regulation, Safety, TGA, Therapeutic Goods Administration, websitelast_img read more

Foster-Morales in line to lead The Florida Bar

first_imgDori Foster-Morales never wanted to be a lawyer. A dentist, maybe.Her family insisted she go to law school, which she did not enjoy, and she was unhappy when her mother gave her a briefcase.But then Foster-Morales, who has just become president-elect designate of The Florida Bar, graduated from law school and began practicing. The world changed.“I love being a lawyer, it’s the greatest profession in the world,” she said of a career that includes nearly 10 years in government work and 20 years as managing partner in a small firm.The Miami family law attorney, a veteran Board of Governors member who leads the high-profile Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers, was certified as the Bar’s next president-elect when filing ended on December 17 and she was the only candidate.She will be sworn in as president-elect at the June Annual Convention when current President-elect John Stewart takes the oath as president. Foster-Morales will begin her one-year term as president at the June 2020 Annual Convention.“It was sort of a slow burn for me,” she said of her decision to seek the Bar’s top post. “I didn’t come to the Board of Governors to be president. I evolved. I think I have something to add.”She said her varied background and personal history help her understand the demands and stresses that lawyers face. When her daughter was diagnosed as autistic, Foster-Morales left her government career for private practice because of the extra economic demands the family faced.Her mother-in-law just went into supervised care, an elderly aunt lives with them, and her son is graduating from high school, with the resulting planning for college.Foster-Morales said like her, other lawyers deal with issues like these in addition to running their practices.“I feel passionately and strongly about the health of our members, mental, physical, and financial. I think they’re interrelated,” she said. “My top priority is really to bolster and create a better system to communicate with people with mental health problems or who are in crisis. I think we could provide a better system in terms of supplementing what Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., does.”Many lawyers still don’t know about the range of services available through FLA, Inc., or that its services are confidential, she said.“People are so afraid to talk about not doing well. It’s really hard to get the message out,” Foster-Morales said. “I would love to find a way to provide at least some sessions with private counselors. We really need to provide more services.”She said she is generally cautious about advocating new programs for the Bar, but is enthusiastic about the ongoing overhaul and enhancement of the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, spearheaded by Stewart.“I really want to facilitate, encourage, and enhance that program,” she said. “It’s going to roll out, but there will be glitches and things to deal with. It won’t be seamless.”It’s also important to watch out for the majority of lawyers who make up the Bar.“It’s the small and solo firms that need the most support from us,” Foster-Morales said. “What I don’t want to do is adopt new programs when there are existing programs that still need our support. I think it’s important to have continuity in those areas.”She was gratified to win without opposition, noting the last two women presidents, including current President Michelle Suskauer, had contested elections.“I hope lawyers felt like I would be a good leader, but I also think they felt I was a strong candidate,” she said. “You can be a strong candidate as a woman and be from a small firm.”Foster-Morales received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida in 1987, and her law degree from UF in 1989. She worked as an enforcement attorney for the federal Environmental Protection Agency first in Washington, D.C., and then in New York City from 1990 through the middle of 1993, when she joined the 11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office.In 1998, she left that job and opened Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone, LLC, where she is the managing partner of the six-attorney operation.She has been active in local and state Bar work throughout her career, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Dade County Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and is a fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation.She is Bar certified in marital and family law, a fellow of the American Academy of matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and is certified in family law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.Foster-Morales is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been designated a top lawyer by numerous organizations and publications.She has spoken extensively on family law matters and more recently about stresses facing lawyers and balancing a legal career and a family life. She was guest editor for the Bar special January 2018 issue on the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers.Elected to the Board of Governors in 2008, Foster-Morales has served on numerous committees, including chairing the Certification Plan Appeals Committee and the mental health committee. She has also headed the Annual Convention Committee and currently serves on the Communications and Legislation committees.She and husband Jimmy Morales, the city manager of Miami Beach, met at Miami Beach Senior High School and are approaching their 30th anniversary. They have two children: Nora, 25, is a senior at Florida International University, and Peter, 17, is a senior at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. Dec 15, 2018 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Stories Foster-Morales in line to lead The Florida Barlast_img read more

Intelligence Brief: Should we worry about 5G security?

first_img Blog Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 MAY 2019 As I’ve highlighted a few times on my Data Point videos, I spent some time this week at the GSMA’s Mobile360 Security for 5G event in The Hague.What did I do there? Ate some stroopwafels. Moderated the first two sets of keynotes. Did a taste test of different types of stoopwafels. Moderated a panel of security experts. Bought some stroopwafels to take home. I mean, the security stuff is super-important, sure. But…priorities, right?In addition to weighing down my carry-on bag with delicious Dutch desserts, I did manage to pick up a few insights into the conference topic. If only thanks to osmosis, the caliber of the speakers and the frankness of the discussions, it would have been hard not to. And, all joking aside, anyone interested in 5G, either rolling out networks or services, needs to be concerned with how we’ll secure it. While not necessarily exhaustive, here’s what I’m now paying more attention to.5G imperative. I kicked off the keynote panel with a simple question: “Why has 5G brought the question of security to the fore?” What’s different about 5G versus 4G or 3G that makes security so much more important? The panelists’ answers centered on the attention 5G is getting from operators and regulators and consumers. The real answer, however, is implicit in that attention: it implies a massive amount of connected devices (potentially unsecure endpoints) as well as the critical digital systems expected to run on 5G.To worry or not. If we expect lots of critical systems to run on 5G (from connected cars to connected industries) then we need to be really worried about the security of 5G networks, right? Doomsday scenarios of power grid shutdowns and cars getting hijacked, are more than just abstract concepts, they’re real world possibilities that should be keeping us all up at night. Maybe. While these might all be connected by 5G, it’s silly to believe that the only security applied to them will be in the 5G network. The services running over the 5G networks will need to be secured as well. We hear a lot about multi-layer security architectures. If we believe that they are indeed necessary, then we can’t pin all 5G security responsibilities on the 5G network alone.Dangerous cost cutting (aka, security RoI). I’m cheap. Just ask my boss, my team, or my wife. So, when I went shopping for a home security camera on Amazon, I opted for the low-cost option, then wondered about how secure it would be and if I could trust its cloud services. The same applies to network security. Policies, products, and architectures optimised for costs may come with security risks. Or, rather, security policies, products and architectures optimised for costs may be ineffective, incurring their own costs. Ultimately, the issue is one of RoI, recognising that security outlays need to be seen as investments that deliver returns in terms of network protection, service integrity, and customer satisfaction.SOS (Same Old Skills gap). The concept of a “skills gap” among operators is not new. Years ago when I did some work on barriers to implementing virtualisation, a lack of internal skills was cited as critical. Fast forward and the same thing exists for security skills, forcing operators to rely on the skills of their vendor partners.Skills gap, meet innovation gap. Where a skills gap forces operators to rely on their vendors, we are forced to acknowledge a long-term evolution in the vendor landscape. Where there was once a large set of major mobile network vendors, the market is now largely concentrated amongst three main ones, especially in the RAN. Why is this a problem? Put aside theoretical arguments around the impact on pricing and incentives to innovate. If operators have a smaller set of vendors to choose from, then they have little option but to live with the decisions those vendors make around security (or how well they secure their own solutions).Deadly rotten eggs. Apparently, connected egg trays are a real thing. If you live in a civilised country where eggs are stored in the fridge, you might now worry about how long your eggs have been around. If you keep your eggs in the pantry like a Neanderthal, however, then a tray that lets you know how long they’ve been around might make sense (note to self: Connected Neanderthal would be a great band name). But where the issue of 5G Security often revolves around critical infrastructure or connected industries, securing the lowly connected egg tray might seem unnecessary. I’d thought we’d got past that thinking, recognising that anything connected to the network becomes part of a potential attack surface. Regardless, potential threat examples ranging from light bulbs to aquarium heaters, to egg trays all got invoked as a reminder.Moving beyond generalities. If we need 5G security to be a topic that everyone pays attention to (everyone owns in some way), then we need a broad set of stakeholders at conferences, learning about it. Simple enough. But that means the way we talk about it (technical versus strategic) will need to accommodate them all. That’s problematic, because talking about security in terms of broad trends and generalities won’t result in real, on the ground, solutions to real problems. Does that mean we exclude the less technical folks (like myself) from these conversations? No. It means we need to all get smarter and become conversant in security the way we are for RAN or device specs.AI imperative. Another “imperative,” I know. But just as much as 5G has increased the profile of network security, network security has elevated the profile of AI. IBM highlighted this when noting the sheer volume of security notices, updates and research produced on a daily basis (around 7,000 pages). The takeaway: we need good AI tools to help us identify what matters and to help find the data we need when we need it. Beyond discovery, though, there’s a role for AI in helping us adapt to evolving threat tactics and strategies.5G for good. In presenting the value that 5G and mobile networks can bring (and the importance of getting them right), the GSMA’s Director General Mats Granryd pointed to the promise of enhanced connectivity combined with AI and Big Data to do things like mitigate or halt tuberculosis outbreaks. It’s an important reminder, and not just because he’s my bosses’ boss. But, it also highlights an important knock-on requirement.Trust, trust, trust. Security is different from privacy. They are two different sets of issues with different requirements and associated risks. But if 5G will be connecting us all and leveraging data to do great things, then users need to have trust in the privacy of their data, or at least trust in the way that their data is being used. Again, these issues are different from security, and they may be more difficult to tackle, requiring consumers to pay attention. But, if we want to execute on the 5G promise, they may be the most important issues.– Peter Jarich – head of GSMA IntelligenceThe editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Intelligence Brief: Does intent matter in network automation? 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Tests: Most Toxic Montana Spill Compounds Dissipated

first_imgHELENA – The most toxic compounds in the estimated 50,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Yellowstone River evaporated quickly after the pipeline break last month, leaving gobs of sticky crude that pose no threat to human health, federal officials said Thursday.There were no surprises in the recently released results of air, water and soil samples taken after the July 1 pipeline break near Laurel, said Steve Merritt, the on-scene cleanup coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency.Samples taken downriver four days after the break showed that the most dangerous components like benzene, toluene and total xylenes were no longer in the oil. They likely evaporated, were broken down by ultraviolet light or dissolved into the water to be released at lower levels downstream, the EPA said.The ugly, sticky goo that was left is made up of components that aren’t a threat to human health and will continue to degrade, Merritt said.“Those do not pose a toxicity threat,” he said.Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday announced similar findings from the state Department of Environmental Quality, which analyzed samples gathered by state workers and private citizens who took the governor up on his offer to do their own testing.The 87 soil samples taken at 23 properties found low concentrations of petroleum at seven of the properties and another seven more with higher concentrations that required cleaning. As with the EPA samples, state officials found that the lighter, more toxic compounds had largely evaporated or weathered away.Tests of groundwater and wells showed no significant contamination, Schweitzer said.“We dodged a bullet,” he said.The state and federal announcements appeared aimed at alleviating concerns about the risk to public health from the oil that spread into the wetlands while the river was running high from snowmelt. As the water receded, cleanup officials found the spill contaminated roughly 60 percent of shoreline areas up to 30 miles downstream.In the days following the spill, some residents along the river complained that the fumes caused them to become nauseous, dizzy and short of breath. They worried the oil could seep into their drinking water and harm their crops and livestock.One resident affected by the spill, Jim Swanson, said he’s not convinced by the state and federal announcements. He is awaiting the results from his own soil and water samples taken by an expert hired by his attorney.“I’m not disputing what they have come out with, but I would like confirm it before I form any kind of opinion,” Swanson said. “You could actually see (the oil) burn itself off, and it’s not a pretty sight. The thing is, it’s in my tall grass and it’s down there heavy.”Swanson said nobody has come to clean up his property, and he wants to see for himself whether the remaining oil poses any danger.“I’d be grateful if there’s nothing really wrong with it, but the fact remains that they dumped it on my property,” he said, referring to pipeline owner Exxon Mobil. “I’m still exposed to it.”Merritt said landowners must go through a claims process to bring cleanup crews hired by Exxon to their properties.“I think Exxon is going to do whatever a property owner requests of them,” he said.Air samples taken from several locations along the Yellowstone showed no public health concerns from the release of oil into the river. Explaining residents’ sickness from the fumes, the EPA said hydrogen sulfide gas from the crude may have been an irritant “but was not detected by first responders at harmful levels in the ambient air.”Surface water samples taken between Laurel and Miles City showed no petroleum hydrocarbons above drinking water standards, while samples from dozens of private residences along the river verified that private wells were not affected by the spill, the EPA said.More than 800 cleanup workers and support personnel are involved in cleaning the Yellowstone spill, with the cleanup expected to last into September, state officials have said.State and federal officials said testing will continue in an effort to ensure that the job is being done adequately. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more