ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Banking and business software must continuously stay up-to-date to protect the safety of credit unions and their members. Many major breaches seem to start with a simple problem – lousy patching. So, does credit union patching need to be so difficult? Is there anything your credit union can do to make patching your systems easier? Ongoing Operations has several insights on helping credit unions with their patching requirements.We’ve all been there: you get into work in the morning, you’ve had your coffee, (hopefully) your breakfast and, miraculously, found your favorite parking spot. Other people are smiling, the sun is out, and it’s a pleasant 70 degrees. Things are looking up. You settle into your desk, and it’s time to be productive. You turn on the computer and… there’s an update.Finally, after the update and subsequent restart, it’s time to get going. You open the browser and… there’s an update. And there’s a patch to download on the primary office software as well. For some reason, there’s a new version of everything and, even worse, half require restarts. By the time you’ve updated and patched everything you need to update and patch, your spirit is broken, the coffee’s wearing off, and lunchtime is fast approaching.
President Barack Obama visited the city of San Dimas on Friday afternoon to designate a portion of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.The San Gabriel Mountains, part of the Angeles National Forest, serve as the backdrop to Los Angeles and offer outdoor recreational space for hiking, biking and other activities. The mountains receive nearly 3 million visitors annually.Congresswoman Judy Chu, a Democrat who represents the 27th congressional district which includes the cities of Pasadena and Monterey Park, led efforts to grant the mountains monument status. She originally sent a bill to Congress, but when it stalled, she called for help from Obama, who responded by using his executive powers and bypassing Congress to declare the mountain range a national monument.“It’s not enough to have this awesome natural wonder within your sight,” Obama said in his speech after designating the mountains a national monument. “You have to be able to access it … [E]verybody in this diverse community, no matter where they come from or what language they speak — can enjoy all that this monument has to offer.”The Angeles National Forest also singlehandedly accounts for approximately 70 percent of Los Angeles County’s open space, and thus provides some of the last available habitat for species like Nelson’s Bighorn sheep and mountain yellow-legged frogs, making the area even more valuable to conservationists.The combination of conservation efforts and recent upkeep problems led to calls for national monument status, which advocates believe would help improve the area by emphasizing visitor safety. Monument status allows the U.S. Forest Service to prioritize visitor safety, resulting in the installation of restrooms, trails and other amenities. There is also a possibility of increased funding for the Forest Service in the San Gabriel Mountains.Last winter, the Colby Fire, started by arson, burned through nearly 2,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest. Gaurav Parti, a freshman majoring in business administration, said that the mountains deserved to be protected. His hometown of Glendora, a foothill community, was located near the fires.“Although they [the San Gabriel Mountains] may not be the most impressive mountains, the landscape of the foothills is unique to California, so they deserve to be preserved and protected, especially after a portion of them was destroyed by the fire,” he said.Though some local residents were pleased with Obama’s decision, others, particularly Republicans, opposed the designation. More than 100 protesters gathered outside of Chu’s office the Monday prior to the official designation, and protesters were also present when Obama made the official announcement on Friday.The protesters believe the mountains’ problems with graffiti, trash and fires are exaggerated and that their new status will restrict access to the mountains to them. The community of Mount Baldy rejected monument status, and residents of other communities had similar worries.In response, the designated area excluded Mount Baldy and a few other communities outside of the Los Angeles County border. A total of 346,000 of the Angeles National Forest’s 655,000 acres are included in the national monument.“Although it may be drastic to make the mountains a national monument, hopefully this will be a wake-up call to people to treat the area better, and it could help fix problems like trash,” said Alyssa Perez, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering from the foothill town of Glendora.
David Stern, who served exactly 30 years as NBA commissioner, died Wednesday afternoon. He was 77.Stern underwent emergency surgery in December after suffering a brain hemorrhage at a New York City restaurant but was not able to recover. He faced season-shortening lockouts in 1999 and 2011. He handed down the punishments for the 2004 “Malice at the Palace” brawl between the Pacers and Pistons. He instituted a controversial dress code ahead of the 2005-06 season, which some argue targeted black players and seeked to eliminate hip-hop culture from the league. In 2007, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges related to placing bets on games he officiated. SuperSonics fans were happy to see Stern hand the reins to Silver, six years after the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008 — the same goes for Lakers supporters because Stern vetoed a Chris Paul trade as the de facto owner of the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2011.In true Stern fashion, he always forged ahead with tremendous confidence, even at moments of crisis. If he had any doubts about his ability to manage the league, he certainly never showed it, nor did he lose his passion for basketball.Stern handed the commissioner job to Silver on Feb. 1, 2014, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. He never strayed too far from the NBA, holding the title of commissioner emeritus until his death. Current commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement:”For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us. Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals — preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.”David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads. But over the course of 30 years as commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA. He launched groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world. Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand — making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.”Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration. Our deepest condolences go out to David’s wife, Dianne, their sons, Andrew and Eric, and their extended family, and we share our grief with everyone whose life was touched by him.”PHOTOS: David Stern through the yearsFrom 1984 to 2014, Stern oversaw the incredible financial growth of the NBA and helped turn basketball into a global sport, reaching 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. The league changed forever once it allowed professional stars to participate in the Olympics, putting the 1992 “Dream Team” on an international stage and inspiring a new generation of players.The NBA added seven teams in that 30-year span, and the Women’s National Basketball Association and National Basketball Development League (now G League) were created under Stern’s watch. He played a major role in the implementation of the salary cap, and the average NBA player salary jumped by nearly $5 million over the course of his tenure.While Stern was often viewed as a shrewd, defiant businessman and negotiator, he did show plenty of kindness and compassion, particularly toward one of the game’s greatest players.Stern was stunned by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV. Rather than distance himself (and his league) from the Lakers legend, Stern stood by Johnson and worked to educate the general public on HIV and AIDS.Johnson retired prior to the 1991-92 season, but when his condition remained stable, he asked Stern if he could play in the 1992 All-Star Game since he was the leading vote-getter. Stern approved, and Johnson went on to win MVP honors. Stern embraced Johnson after the game and later called the moment his favorite All-Star memory.”Giving sweaty Magic Johnson a big hug right after he hit the last three, and still being able to hug him because he’s alive every time I see him, that is at the top of the list,” Stern said at the 2013 All-Star break. “And it will not easily be dislodged. Even though I do enjoy every All-Star [Game], that one will resonate for the rest of my life.”Like any pro commissioner, Stern also dealt with a number of controversies.