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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 2013-2017 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 

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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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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

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UK University and ACCA Offer Free Business Course to People of Hong Kong

Innovative study concept means anyone can study business without leaving Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new initiative, due to launch in September, will allow anyone in Hong Kong or anywhere in the world to study business for free at a renowned UK university, thanks to a collaboration between global accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the University of Exeter Business School and online learning platform FutureLearn.

Together, they are launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) -- Discovering Business in Society -- which is free to study and open to anyone in the world with access to the internet. The aim of the eight-week course is to give anyone interested in learning the principles of business, including prospective undergraduate students, working professionals without a background in business, people looking to return to work after an absence, or anyone seeking to further educate themselves. And for those interested in entering the finance profession and seeking a route to ACCA membership, the MOOC can be a starting point.

Jane Cheng, head of ACCA Hong Kong, said: "The whole point of this MOOC is that it is all encompassing. Yes, it can be a way for someone looking to begin their journey into the finance profession with ACCA, but equally it could be useful to anyone in Hong Kong or any other country seeking to start a business to get a better understanding of what's involved, or a parent looking to return to work with a new set of skills. It's not unusual today for those people already in work to look to change career, and this gives them a taster of what it might be like in a business environment. It's open to anyone, anywhere, of any age who wants to do it. 

"Because it is entirely online, anyone in the world with access to the internet can study it, even though it is delivered by a prestigious UK university. Even if those who study it choose not to use it to further their careers or become entrepreneurs they will have a deeper understanding of how business is relevant in society."

The Discovering Business in Society MOOC will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Purpose and types of business organisation
  • The changing world of business
  • Environmental and regulatory factors
  • Economic factors
  • Internal organisation and governance

First steps to accountancy

For those who complete the course and choose to take the optional assessment at the end of the course, which does have a fee attached to it, it could be the first step on the ladder to becoming a qualified ACCA accountant.

Those who are successful in completing the optional examinations can claim exemption from the ACCA F1 paper, Accountant in Business.

Clare Minchington, ACCA Executive Director, said: "The option is there to get that first part of the ACCA qualification under your belt should you decide a career in accountancy is for you. However, we didn't launch the MOOC just to give people the opportunity to study our globally recognised qualification. Those who study it are under no obligation to take the examination at the end. When we say it is open to all, we don't just mean those looking to become ACCA accountants. Our ethos has always been open access and this MOOC is testament to that thinking."

Register for the ACCA-sponsored MOOC at Discovering Business in Society

Notes to Editors

  1. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
  2. We support our 170,000 members and 436,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 91 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.  
  3. As the first global accountancy body entering into China, ACCA now has over 23,000 members and 48,000 students, with 8 offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR.
  4. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accounting professionals bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.
  5. For more information, please visit:
    www.accaglobal.com | www.facebook.com/ACCA.HongKong

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“Keystone Has Come At The Right Time,” Says Dr. Jin Li, Speaking at the Sixth Education Salon

BEIJING, August 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A mama, papa and baby bear are trying to catch fish for their dinner from a stream. The baby bear, desperate to learn this basic survival skill, tries but is unsuccessful and gives up. American 5-year olds who were told this story were more tolerant of the baby bear's failure and still found it cute and furry, but their Chinese peers would have liked if the bear had persisted instead of giving up so easily. Dr. Jin Li says that the difference in response, revealed through academic research, is an indication of learning beliefs that come from "parental socialization" and then "joint socialization of parents and school" that are all culturally rooted. But one person sitting at the back of the room listening to Dr. Jin Li's presentation at Keystone's Sixth Education Salon was unhappy with this cultural distinction. Elementary school student and Chinese native, Coco, walked up to the front of the room and asked, "How can American kids be more tolerant of the baby bear? And as Chinese myself, which behavior should I choose?"

Dr. Jin Li, Professor of Education and Human Development of Brown University, explains the different learning models of different cultures.

The Keystone Approach

An expert and scholar in the field of education and human development at Brown University, Dr. Li was happy that a student came forward with this question. She explained that one cultural approach is not better than another. It is about developing a cognitive ability to integrate different cultural learning approaches and applying them in the right moments. Keystone, with its uniquely integrated education model and values, is best suited to enable integration and inculcate an understanding of cultural variations in students, says Dr. Li. As she notes in her recent book Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West, "Globalization increases rather than reduces the need for us to understand cultural variations." "Keystone comes at the right time," she encouragingly notes, "with its world-oriented focus, critical thinking pedagogical style and inquiry-based learning."

Meeting of East and West

Dr. Li's compelling talk to a packed AmCham conference room was a wake-up call to the unavoidable significance of understanding culturally oriented learning beliefs. Her several years of extensively comparative and impressive research of European-American and Chinese children has given us a peek into the minds of children and how they learn. The western learning approach looks for objective truths through inquiry and scientific discovery because the human mind is supreme and enjoys such intrinsic inquiry that will be put to ethical use. The eastern way approaches learning as a lifelong process to learn about the self and continually improve the self; this approach to learning enables and legitimizes powerless individuals and encourages a love for learning. In today's world, eastern and western learning cultures meet through ever moving populations. Cultural integration is inevitable. In Dr. Li's words, "It is quite possible to obtain knowledge and to retain one's soul []One can grow both with what has been enculturated and assimilated in one's own culture and what has been acculturated in another." Keystone's mission is in tune with this dynamic and ever changing world. The Academy's unique Chinese Thread lays the foundation to potential cultural integration. Keystone's students will graduate as academically outstanding, culturally sensitive and integrated world citizens.

About Keystone Academy

Keystone Academy is a non-profit, philanthropic venture governed by a board of trustees. The school, which will enroll its inaugural class in fall 2014, blends distinctive traditions in eastern, western, and international education, creating a "new world school" that is academically outstanding and a new model of education in China. At Keystone, we embrace a world that is dynamic and ever changing. We learn from and we learn for this enterprising, global community.

For further Information, please contact:
Ms. Sabrina Liu
Director of Marketing and Communications
+86-010-8049-6008
sabrina.liu@keystoneacademy.cn
www.keystoneacademy.cn

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Hult Prize Finalists Complete Start-Up Boot Camp, Prepare to Present to President Clinton for US1M Prize

Gum for oral care and diabetes detecting bees are two of six innovations seeking to disrupt healthcare opportunities for urban slum dwellers

BOSTON, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After completing a month-long start-up accelerator hosted by Hult International Business School's Boston campus, the six finalist teams vying for the US1M Hult Prize now have one month remaining to refine their pitches before presenting to President Clinton at the CGI Annual Meeting in New York on 23 September.

During the start-up accelerator, teams from University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, HEC Paris, ESADE Business School, Indian School of Business, and York University received mentorship from prominent business leaders and Hult faculty in order to hone their start-up ideas - which address the issue of non-communicable-disease (NCD) in urban slums.

"Given the complexity associated with the healthcare topic, I am excited that we continue to see the same high-quality ideas and solutions coming from the teams," said Dr. Hitendra Patel, Professor of Innovation at Hult and leader of the Hult Prize Accelerator. "Teams this year are presenting potentially groundbreaking solutions for the prevention and detection of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes, and cancer. I am honoured to be a part of the Hult Prize initiative, and wish all of the finalists good luck as they prepare for their final pitches."

A panel of all-star judges, including Dr. Mohammad Yunus (Nobel Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank), Dr. Sanjay Gupta (neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN), Sheila Marcelo (Founder and CEO of Care.com), Fadi Ghandour (Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex), and Ashish Thakkar (Founder and Managing Director of the Mara Group of companies), will join President Clinton to select the winning team.

"The Hult Prize continues to transform the way students define their place in the world they inherit and how they can address big social issues affecting all of us," said Dr. Stephen Hodges, President of Hult International Business School. "We are honoured to host these young social entrepreneurs and support them as their ideas come to life."

Over the last five years, the Hult Prize has brought together 35,000 college and university students from 600 schools to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges. To learn more about the prize and this year's solutions, visit http://www.hultprize.org.

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TOEIC® Program Releases 2013 TOEIC® Listening and Reading Worldwide Data

- Second annual report highlights widespread use of TOEIC® test to measure English proficiency in the workplace

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Educational Testing Service (ETS) is releasing the second annual report on TOEIC® test takers worldwide for the TOEIC® Listening and Reading (L&R) assessment.

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The TOEIC®Listening and Reading Report on Test Takers Worldwide is based on the information gathered from all test takers who completed the TOEIC® Background Questionnaire administered in 2013. The report presents information about TOEIC test-takers' average Listening and Reading scores, educational background, work experience, English language study and use, and the TOEIC test-taking experience.

ETS is making this data available to enable users to learn more about the backgrounds of people who took the test and some of the factors that impacted their TOEIC scores and related improvement in English proficiency. Organizations can look at the data to set score benchmarks and goals; however, because the response rates varied across different background questions, special care should be taken in making inferences based on this data.

"As the English language continues to grow globally, it is critical that score users understand more about who takes the TOEIC test," says Feng Yu, Executive Director of the TOEIC Program. "And because the questionnaire is so in-depth and the testing process is standardized, test takers of any background and location can be compared fairly by score users."

Relying on this data and TOEIC scores, organizations can build a more diverse and qualified labor pool to make informed decisions around placing, developing and promoting employees from and within any country or region. Additionally, the growing acceptance of the TOEIC tests around the world means test takers can advance their careers at a wider range of organizations.

Report highlights include:

  • Description of TOEIC L&R test-takers in 2013
  • Average TOEIC scores across native countries, industries, etc.
  • Relationships among L&R scores
  • Test-taker demographics

TOEIC assessments are fair, reliable and valid measures of a test-taker's ability to use English in the workplace. Used by nearly 14,000 organizations in 150 countries, the TOEIC tests are the international standard for assessing an individual's English-language proficiency level and measuring how well potential employees can apply their English-language skills in a work environment.

While organizations use TOEIC scores and surveys to build a stronger employee base, job seekers trust the TOEIC Program to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. TOEIC assessments measure all four language skills and provide descriptions of test-takers' strengths and weaknesses that can be used to inform critical hiring, placement and training decisions.

To download the report, visit www.ets.org/toeic/publications. For more information about the TOEIC program, please visit www.ets.org/toeic.

About the TOEIC Test
For more than 30 years, the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC assessment family, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests and the TOEIC Bridge™ test are used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations, and government agencies in 150 countries. In 2012, almost seven million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program, visit www.ets.org/toeic.

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 theTOEFL® 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.


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