What’s the Spectre Your VoIP will Meltdown?

Telephony systems, SBCs and VoIP hardware that rely on Intel, AMD and ARM processors harbor some serious security vulnerabilities

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Patton Electronics—US manufacturer of UC, cloud, and IoT enabling solutions for carrier, enterprise and industrial networks—declares Patton operating systems are NOT vulnerable to the Spectre and Meltdown security threats.*

Recent reports have alerted the world that devices built on the commonly-used Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Acorn RISC Machine or later Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) processors come with significant security vulnerabilities.

The Spectre and Meltdown threats allow hackers to gain access to (and wreak havoc with) all kinds of network elements, including telephony systems, session border controllers (SBCs) and other types of VoIP hardware, which largely rely on these processors.

But there is good news!

SmartNode eSBCs and VoIP customer-premise equipment (CPE) are not vulnerable to such malicious intruders. So, if you picked Patton’s SmartNode VoIP solutions, you have one less thing to worry about!

>>Read the official notice:
Patton Devices Not Vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre Sidechannel Attacks

Patton’s forward-thinking engineering team has built a fence around the Patton operating system. That “fence” prevents malicious users or third-party software from gaining access to the kernel.

Spectre and Meltdown bugs are only the latest enemies Patton has foiled. Patton products have also shielded customers against such perils as the Heartbleed and Shellshock bugs.

A SmartNode device secures the border between enterprise and service-provider networks. In addition to being secured themselves against common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE), Patton has implemented a rich set of security features for converged voice-and-data networks. These features include TLS/SRTP for encrypted voice and signaling with public key infrastructure (PKI), plus a built-in firewall with access control list (ACL) and stateful inspection.

*While Patton declares its products are not vulnerable to the Spectre and Meltdown security threats, Patton makes no claims regarding the security of third-party network elements. Patton recommends all customers follow the guidance of any other vendors about patching or upgrading their respective products and systems.

Media Contact: Glendon Flowers | +1 301 975 1000 | press@patton.com

Brong-Ahafo records reduction in fire cases

Sunyani, The Brong-Ahafo Region in 2017 had 37 per cent reduction in total cases of fire outbreaks as compared to the previous year.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) James Owusu-Adjei, the Regional Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani.

He said in 2017, the region recorded 405 fire incidents with no death but it was 643 in 2016 with five lives lost.

ACFO Owusu-Adjei stated that domestic cases always led in the yearly fire cases and therefore needed to be curtailed to save lives and property.

He said domestic cases had the highest of 148, bushfires, 124 vehicle fires, 54, commercial fires, 28, electrical fires, 19, institutional fires, 14, industrial fires, 10 and other fire cases 23.

ACFO Owusu-Adjei mentioned that items destroyed were estimated at GHC1, 690,168 as against GH3 445,030.5 in 2016.

He observed that the region had a reduction due to the rigorous education on fire safety issues and causes of fire outbreaks by the officers in the Service and the task forces at market places, bus stations, churches, schools and in individual houses.

ACFO Owusu-Adjei urged the public to install fire alarms in their offices and homes to alert people, especially in the night when there is fire outbreak to save lives and property.

He entreated the public to weed and clean their surroundings to protect their houses from fire outbreaks.

ACFO Owusu-Adjei advised farmers who want to burn weeds for early farming to engage the Service for assistance, adding that the task forces are roaming around farms and houses to check and prevent people from setting indiscriminate fires during the dry season.

He appealed to residents to assist the Service to maintain the progress made in fire prevention last year to ensure that the menace of fire outbreaks would be reduced drastically in the region.

ACFO Owusu-Adjei appealed to the people to replace their faulty electrical plugs and sockets and also desist from over-loading the sockets as that mostly contributed to domestic fire outbreaks.

Source: Ghana News Agency

ECG donates to Ho cured lepers

Ho, The Electricity Company of Ghana in the Volta Region has donated assorted items worth hundreds of Cedis to cured Lepers in Ho.

The items, which include; bags of maize, rice, beans, gari, vegetable cooking oil and toiletries, were to mark the Christmas festivities.

Mr Joseph M. Forson, the Regional General Manager, said the gesture was to show love to the less privileged and assured the inmates of the continued support of the management and staff of ECG.

He appealed to family members of the inmates not to abandon their relatives to the mercy of benevolent organizations.

Mr Nelson Attipoe, Caretaker of the Village, who received the items appealed for such supports, especially during festive seasons to extend the celebrations to the inmates.

These gestures often bring excitement to the inmatesthey contribute to making life better for them.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Breman Asikuma Traditional Council adopts Five-Year Strategic Development Plan

Breman Asikuma (C/R), A five year Medium Term Strategic Development Plan has been developed by the Chiefs and people of Breman Traditional Area in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa (AOB) District of the Central Region.

The move formed part of efforts by the Traditional Council to complement that of the Central Government to improve the socio-economic well-being of people living in the area.

The Strategic Plan is an outcome of discussions among key stakeholders in the area and has six specific achievable goals with emphasise on how resources could be garnered for the successful implementation of the Plan.

It was born out of the commitment of the Omanhene, Odeefuo Amoakwa Buadu VIII to lead in the promotion of citizens’ responsibility to the community.

The fifteen – page document, proposed and drafted by the Breman Development Committee (BDC), has six main goals that are geared towards Youth Development, Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Tourism and Resource Development.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a Traditional Council meeting to adopt the Strategic Plan, Odeefo Amoakwa Buadu VII, Paramount Chief of the area, said the people of Breman were justifiably happy for the relative peace in the area but were also worried about the lack of development in the area.

He said the development of programs to enhance entrepreneurial and career skills of the youth and the need to identify and attract potential domestic and foreign investors would remain priorities in the quest to reduce unemployment in the area.

He mentioned that the replanting of aging cocoa farms in the area could be a quick win that could improve revenue of cocoa farmers, whilst the identification, growth and processing of other economically viable plants were being pursued.

Tourism opportunities and targeted sites will be given due attention. He said a comprehensive database of citizens in the area will be developed to aid resource development.

According to the 2010 population and housing census, the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District has an estimated population of about 112,706 with an average growth rate of 2.3 per cent.

The Omanhene believed that by aligning the goals of the Strategic Plan with that of the Central Government there would be synergies that would in the end improve the development of the area.

He was optimistic that the Strategic Plan would achieve its intended objective if it received maximum support from the Chiefs, the District Assembly, Opinion leaders and the entire community

He called on all and sundry to help facilitate the effective implementation of the Strategic Plan, adding that, giving to one’s society was no longer an option, but a responsibility.

He appealed to his people to combine spirit, mind, soul and strength to raise the flag of Bremanman high.

Source: Ghana News Agency

HIV prevalence is creeping up gradually-Commission

Accra, The HIV and AIDS prevalence rate in the country is creeping up gradually, a situation the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) says calls for concern.

The Commission has admitted that the preventive education had not been done effectively these days.

These day’s people see me and ask, so is this HIV still in existence. And so I think we shouldn’t rest on our oars, Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, Director General of the GAC said at a media briefing in Accra.

Meanwhile, a GAC document made available to the media at the end of a two-day annual strategic planning meeting has also revealed that new HIV infections in 2016 increased to 20, 418 from about 12,000 new infections recorded in 2015.

Also a total of 15,116 people in Ghana died of HIV and AIDS-related illness in 2016, the National Spectrum has estimated.

Out of the total AIDS-related deaths, 12,585, representing 83 per cent were adults while 2,531 representing 17 per cent were children under 14 years.

Again, an estimate of 293,804 people are living with HIV (PLHIV) while 261,770 (89 per cent) are adults and 32,034 (11 per cent) of the estimates being children.

Among the PLHIV, 115.244 (39 per cent) are males and 178,560 (61 per cent are females).

The meeting, aimed to chart the way forward in the fight of HIV epidemic in 2018, was attended by regional, district and national officers of the Commission, and chaired by Dr Adu-Gyamfi, who briefed the media on the outcomes of the meeting.

She announced that the strategic objectives of GAC for the year 2018 were to ensure the availability of funding for all relevant HIV Programme, review and formulate policies towards epidemic control.

She said all those could be achieved through the implementation of the provision of the GAC ACT 938, especially the HIV and AIDS Fund and its effective management.

She also said, there would be a revision of the current National HIV and AIDS and STI Policy to reflect the country’s needs and current global trends.

There would also be a continuation of the implementation of recent policies and programmes of the national response to the epidemic, adopted by the nation, such as the 90-90-90- Fast Track Target, the Treat All Policy, and the Differentiated Models of Care.

All these are expected to spur the nation on, in its efforts to achieve the National Strategic Plan 2016-2020 targets of reducing new infections and AIDS-related deaths, Dr Adu-Gyamfi said.

She noted that, the Commission and it partners would step up programmes to help prevent HIV infection through education and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission and Early Infant Diagnosis, and link up those infected to care and treatment.

The Commission would also widen access to HIV treatment through the training of lay counsellors, reduce stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and those affected by HIV through advocacy, while strengthening the implementation of Task sharing guidelines with emphasis on community level actors.

Dr Adu-Gyamfi announced that the National HIV and AIDS Research Conference would be held in May 2018 to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and smart practices in HIV research and programmes as well as disseminate finding from relevant HIV and AIDS research.

She urged the media, especially, and all partners to support the Commission to achieve its set targets for the general good of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency