Sectional Switching

first_imgI don’t know if you are aware that the IHSAA has rearranged sectionals in most sports for the 2013-14 school year. Locally, one of the differences is the basketball sectional at Greensburg. Batesville will now be in a sectional that is the repeat of their conference with Madison being moved. The other 5 schools will all be EIAC schools. This will include Greensburg, Rushville, South Dearborn, Franklin County, and Lawrenceburg along with the Bulldogs. This only begins the shakeup. Wait until you read about sectional 30 in football. Batesville and Greensburg will still be battling it out, but now they will contend with Guerin Catholic (Noblesville), Hamilton Heights, Indian Creek, Indianapolis Marshall, Lawrenceburg (no longer a 2A status), and Rushville. In sectional 39 where Milan resides you may have to get an Indiana road map out to figure where some of these schools are located. Besides the Indians, you have Clarksville, Crawford County, Eastern (Pekin), Manual of Indianapolis, Paoli, Providence (New Albany), and Triton Central. Hopefully, the bus driver will be equipped with a good GPS system! Space here does not allow me to list all the other changes that have occurred. You might ask, “Why so much change?” The reason is that football has added a sixth class, so all the schools from the largest to the smallest had some kind of shakeup. This is an attempt to cut down on travel for schools. When you think of Milan’s football sectional, the IHSAA still has work to do.last_img read more

SuperBet makes Zagreb its new technology home acquiring Axilis studio

first_img Related Articles Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Share Submit Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Share Superbet highlights integrity commitment with IBIA membership July 9, 2020 StumbleUpon Bruno Kovacic – SuperBetCroatian tech news source has reported that Romanian betting group SuperBet Group has acquired Zagreb-based technology development studio Axilis.The acquisition will see Axilis become the lead development hub of SuperBet’s planned proprietary sportsbook platform launch.Both companies maintain an existing working relationship, with Axilis having led the frontend redevelopment of SuperBet new website, which was launched in ‘beta mode’ this August.SuperBet undertakes its technology investment, having secured €175 million in funding from US private equity fund Blackstone Group last May, with the company seeking to become the leading online gambling domain for Romania and the wider Eastern European marketplace.Founded by former Microsoft programmer Bruno Kovacic in 2011, Axilis has been consistently ranked as a leading Croatian technology firm by ‘Big 4’ accountancy firm Deloitte’s ‘Fast-50’ technology index for Central Europe.The acquisition will see SuperBet absorb Axilis 50-man engineering team, with Bruno Kovacic joining SuperBet’s executive leadership team as new Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO).last_img read more

James Conner injury update: Steelers RB (ankle) ruled out vs. Raiders

first_imgOriginally, it was reported that Conner’s injury wasn’t serious and that the team needed to wait for the swelling to go down before they made a clearer assessment.In Conner’s absence, Tomlin said the Steelers will use a running back committee consisting of Jaylen Samuels and Steven Ridley to fill the void. Three takeaways from the Chargers’ win over the Steelers Related News James Conner’s ankle injury is worse than the Steelers thought.Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday at his weekly press conference that Conner’s ankle contusion is now considered a sprain and he will be held out for this week’s game against the Raiders. Samuels came in when Conner left Sunday’s game against the Chargers with the ankle sprain and played well. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, although he also fumbled the ball.The loss of Conner is still a huge blow to Pittsburgh, especially after he filled Le’Veon Bell’s shoes and stepped up as the starting running back.This season, Conner has 909 rushing yards and 467 receiving yards for 13 total touchdowns.last_img read more

Ron Adams to stay with the Warriors after fielding Lakers’ interest

first_imgThe Lakers have may paired LeBron James with Anthony Davis. They missed out, though, on Kawhi Leonard. They also could not convince Ron Adams to join Frank Vogel’s coaching staff.Adams has decided to stay with the Warriors despite the Lakers’ interest in hiring him to Vogel’s staff, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group. ESPN first reported the news.The Warriors did not sense Adams had any desire to leave. But the Warriors granted the Lakers permission to interview him shortly …last_img

A Passivhaus Conference in Germany

first_imgThe 2014 International Passive House Conference was held in Aachen, Germany, on April 25-26. Produced by the Passivhaus Institut (PHI), this annual conference offered a dizzying and inspiring array of information and networking opportunities.It started on Friday morning with IPCC scientist Diana Ãœrge-Vorsatz of Central European University stitching together the latest climate and building science research that pointed to the benefits and urgency of providing a Passivhaus level of building performance. Significantly, her analysis demonstrated that to meet 2050 carbon reduction targets, there are disadvantages to locking in small incremental building efficiency improvements when renovating. Financially constrained owners will find that it is more effective to wait to renovate to a high performance standard or to do the work in phases. (Note: Ms. Ãœrge-Vorsatz will be presenting this paper in New York City on June 17; find our more here.)PHI director Wolfgang Feist then gave a rousing opening talk, stating that “Passivhaus is more.” Feist described an ongoing development that focuses on energy, health, comfort, affordability, and design. Feist said that the key to affordability is accelerating the growth of Passivhaus training opportunities and marketplaces for Passivhaus-suitable components around the globe. Feist called for building designs that don’t just keep us comfortable, but inspire us. Awards for high-performance windowsTo help push marketplace developments forward, building materials awards were presented to twelve window manufacturers, including manufacturers of aluminum, wood, wood/aluminum, and vinyl-framed window systems. Award-winning manufacturers included Beiber-Optiwin, Pazen, and Smartwin. (More information on these awards can be found here.)The building materials awards and the trade show demonstrated that there is a rapidly growing market for certified Passivhaus components and related building materials. At this point, PHI has certified 446 critical building components.The availability of these products is growing, and many of them are already available, or will soon be available, in the U.S. The list of these products includes:Curtain wall systems by Kawneer (Alcoa Aluminum) that include 90% recycled aluminum content (see Image #2);Curtain wall/inclined glass systems by Lamilux (see Image #3);Structural thermal break systems by Schöck;Residential energy-recovery ventilation (ERV) units by Air Pohoda and Lüfta;Air sealingtapes and gaskets from Isover, Tremco, Pro Clima, and Isocell;High-volume ventilation units by Menerga (through its U.S. parent company, SystemAir. (Menerga has the UL listings, I was told, having already installed similar units in water parks in the Midwest.)But of course many European building products are still unavailable in the U.S. On a the frustrating side of the ledger, Sto, a major supplier to the U.S. market, doesn’t appear to have plans to distribute its Passivhaus-certified thermal-bridge-free façade anchors in the U.S. (see Image #4). I hereby make an open plea for Sto and Roxul (a leading provider of insulation for such outboard façade systems) to work together and make these thermally broken support systems available in the U.S.Also unavailable in the U.S.: the Passivhaus-certified “historic” windows by Smartwin. These windows ingeniously combine a thin-framed decorative single-glazed sash with a more typical single-lite tilt-turn Passivhaus sash (see Image #5).Building design awardsBuildings of many types, in many countries, received building design awards. Winners included a housing project in Finland and an educational building in South Korea. It was thrilling to have Julie Torres Moskovitz of New York City win an award for her Brooklyn townhouse retrofit, TightHouse.Tim McDonald won a single-family home award for the Belfield Homes development in Philadelphia.Bill Ryall was a finalist for his Orient Artist Studio on Long Island as well. Other winners included a gorgeous project by the powerhouse team of Rena and Gernot Vallentin for their Pulmone Health & Living Company seminar facility and apartment building in hot and humid South Korea.Presentations galoreThe first day of presentations included reports on regional-scale Passivhaus initiatives. Topics included Frankfurt’s ten-year history of public Passivhaus construction, Aachen’s city-wide initiative to collect energy data on all public buildings using a public web-based interface, and training programs for tradespeople and designers in the Aachen region.There were also presentations on retrofits, schools, ventilation components, design tools, EnerPHit, and challenging climates.A focus on retrofitsDiscussions on retrofits were everywhere. Three entire session tracks were dedicated to the subject, and retrofits made many appearances in other tracks as well. One presentation discussed detailed technical studies on the interior insulation of massive walls. There was also a presentation on using post-occupancy data to validate the PHPP.Other presentations discussed how to specify windows for historic buildings and how to design decentralized ventilation systems. Tomas O’Leary of the Passive House Academy presented on the EnerPHit standard and the logic of performing incremental high quality improvements.Passivhaus in challenging climatesThomas Greindl of Sweco Architects gave a presentation on residential and school buildings in Sweden just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Due to the extreme climate and to ensure quality control, scaffold tents are built first so that the building can be constructed “indoors.” Greindl explained that in such harsh conditions, single-family detached homes are an inefficient form, but duplex homes, row houses, and larger buildings like schools can readily achieve the Passivhaus standard.Rena Vallentin gave a presentation on the award-winning seminar facility and apartment building in South Korea. Preventing overheating and providing adequate dehumidification were key considerations in a climate that (while temperate) experiences hot and humid weather conditions. Long and sinewy, the forms are a synthesis of site considerations, materials choices, and program needs — an example of the type of complete architectural design that is rare in today’s siloed approach to information. Glass areas for dorm rooms face north, with south light entering a common area through carefully placed clerestories.When internal loads are unusually largeThere was a conference track dedicated to buildings with heavy internal loads, such as hospitals, supermarkets, swimming pools, and laboratories. PHI is now conducting research to develop strategies for optimizing the design of this type of building, where energy flows and specific demands can be quite complex.Researchers have discovered that the amount of energy required to keep swimming pool water warm is significantly less than initially predicted. High-efficiency pool components are critical. Enormous energy savings can be realized by raising the humidity in the pool building and reducing the ventilation rates. A design tool for pool buildings is being developed by PHI to improve the methodology.“Nearly zero energy buildings”The second day of the conference included discussions about integrated renewable energy systems, with a track on “nearly zero energy buildings” (NZEB) and energy-positive buildings. The issue is growing in importance, particularly because building codes will require NZEBs in European Union (EU) countries by 2021.For Passivhaus designers and consultants, there were useful seminars on the new DesignPH software that allows one to use SketchUp to create a model for preliminary suitability studies. The DesignPH software allows the SketchUp model to be integrated with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) spreadsheet. The software is loaded with default values and materials properties, so you can specify materials and easily customize the results, allowing fast visualization of the design and energy performance of the building.Another new initiative undertaken by PHI will allow independent software developers to provide a “front end” software plug-in to PHPP, so that PHPP users won’t have to look at endless spreadsheet pages (unless, of course, they are into that sort of thing).Maria del Carmen Rivero gave a presentation on PHI’s efforts to work with Mexican authorities to develop a market-specific PHPP for the production of low-energy-use social housing across the seven climate zones of Mexico.Finally, there was a presentation on PHI’s development of an online protocol to manage building certification submissions. When complete, the protocol will be used by accredited Passive House certifiers to simplify and streamline the certification process.A conference track for North AmericansThe conference included a track dedicated to North American concerns. Adam Cohen presented his dormitory study, and Tim McDonald gave a presentation on his row house and multi-family approach.Also presenting were Jörg Rügemer of Park City, Utah, and Malcolm Isaacs of the Canadian Passive House Institute. Isaacs’ topic was the affordability of Passivhaus in cold climates.Matthew O’Malia of GO Logic discussed the spectacular Warren Woods Field Station & Laboratory that GO Logic is now completing in Michigan.Two new Passivhaus standardsIn his closing remarks, Wolfgang Feist addressed the need for a new method for calculating primary energy demand that incorporates an accounting of the growing and varied nature of renewable energy systems and energy storage systems. The intent is to encourage a fair calculation of the environmental impacts of these systems. He provided a calculation summary that produces a new Primary Renewable Energy (PRE) factor. The idea is that the new PRE allows for a more rational way to express a building’s energy balance and climate impact.Feist then explained that while the fundamental definition of a Passivhaus has been validated and will not be altered, it will be rebranded as “Passive House Classic,” and three new certification levels will be introduced to address criticisms and engage a larger future market.First, to address the criticism that Passive House isn’t aggressive enough regarding renewables — and given the need to engage the EU mandate for all new buildings to be NZEBs in 2021 — there will be two new certification levels. “Passive House Plus” will include Passivhaus efficiency but will also incorporate renewable energy equipment as the building strives to meet the definition of a “nearly zero energy building.”“Passive House Premium” will also mandate Passivhaus efficiency but will have a renewable energy system that is large enough to aim for the goal of an “energy positive” building. Because achieving NZEB or “energy positive” status is more difficult for a multistory building than it is for a single-family home, certification criteria will be based on the building’s footprint rather than the total floor area of the building.Second, to answer the critics who claim that Passivhaus is too ambitious and who want an easier standard, Feist offered not a softening of the Passivhaus metrics but a new lesser certification described as an “Energy Conservation Building.” An Energy Conservation Building would have an annual space heating demand that is up to twice as high as that of a Passive House Classic building.Feist noted that the new energy factor and certification classifications will be incorporated into the next version of the PHPP (PHPP 9), which is due to be released at the end of 2014. According to Feist, PHPP 9 will become the basis for the work of the next decade. (These announcements are likely to be repeated and expanded on in Wolfgang Feist’s keynote address at the 2014 North American Passive House Network Conference in Portland, Maine, on September 22.)NAPHN hosts a dinnerThe North American Passive House Network dinner on Saturday night is an emerging tradition. Practitioners from around the world gather, make new friends, and share Passivhaus stories. Andre Harrmann of the Canadian Passive House Institute made it happen this year, with an assist from Brownyn Barry of Passive House California.There were 50 attendees — significantly more than the original RSVP list of 30 people — including Günter Lang, Nick Grant, Mark Siddall, and Bjorn Kierulf. It was a great way to unwind (see Image #7).What’s the Aachen standard?Sunday was a day of touring nearby Passivhaus buildings and and low-energy buildings. On my tour I had the good fortune to visit the amazing St. Leonhard cafeteria and classroom building by PBS Architects of Aachen. It is a medium-sized building (approximately 9,000 square feet) and three stories tall. Its most defining feature is a reflective all-glass façade which stands as a literal mirror to the historic church across the plaza. Incredibly, the glass façade is the north façade! And while it didn’t achieve 15 kWh/m2•year, you may be surprised to learn that it could have; it clocks in at 18 kWh/m2•year.It turns out that the project’s mandate wasn’t to meet the Passivhaus standard but instead the Aachen standard.We all looked at each other, puzzled: the Aachen standard? It was explained that when developing their new local building energy codes the officials wanted to be aggressive; they wanted to use the Passivhaus House standard (defined by 15 kWh/m2•year), but the political situation wouldn’t allow it. Instead they were able to achieve a standard of 20 kWh/m2•year, now known as the Aachen standard.Gregoire Clerfayt of Brussels in his conference presentation also described the pushback from real estate and construction industry interests when developing Passivhaus building codes that will go into effect next year. Politicians in Brussels also came to a political compromise. Mr. Clerfayt explained that the 0.6 ach50 airtightness requirement will be phased in, starting at 1.0 ach50 in 2015 and dropping 0.1 each year, reaching 0.6 in 2019.What’s interesting is that they are not trying to change the Passivhaus standard. They are providing a regional adaptation given the local political realities. The Passivhaus definition remains unchanged.The International Passive House Association Affiliates Council holds a meetingMy conference experience still had one more event: the annual International Passive House Association (iPHA) Affiliates Council meeting on Sunday evening. With affiliates from 17 countries, including two from the U.S. (New York Passive House and Passive House California), it was a striking reaffirmation of the global nature of our common effort.We shared reports from each region and discussed the next steps for building a dynamic organization — learning the interesting fact that some of the fastest growth was coming from such economically distressed areas as Spain, Italy, and Greece. It was a hopeful note to end on.I hope to see you at next year’s conference in Leipzig, Germany.Ken Levenson is a Certified Passive House Designer, President of New York Passive House, a founder of the North American Passive House Network and a partner at (475 High Performance Building Supply. RELATED ARTICLESAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in GermanyA Construction Trade Fair in GermanyA Visit to a German Home Center The Passivhaus Institut in Germany Disowns Its U.S. Satellitelast_img read more

Fruit wines to cost less in Maharashtra

first_imgFruit wines will be cheaper in the State. The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a cut in excise duty on fruit wines, except those made of grapes and mead, to ₹1 per bulk litre from the earlier 100% of manufacturing cost.The decision to reduce excise duty will be applicable to wines made of Indian blackberry, chickoo, banana, red dates, cashew apples and conkerberry and is likely to benefit horticulturists in the Konkan and in tribal areas.Prior to the decision, the wine manufacturers paid 100% excise duty on the manufacturing cost. As a result, the wines were costlier than soft alcoholic drinks such as beer and grape wine. “We have now reduced it to a negligible amount. It will boost the industry and consumers will benefit,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, State Excise Minister.A 330 ml beer bottle costs anywhere between ₹150 and ₹180 while table wine of 750 ml is available in the ₹250 to ₹ 400 range. Due to the cost difference, the wine industry in the State was suffering, said the minister. “Only four new businessmen joined the industry in the past two years. This decision will help entrepreneurs as well as farmers,” said the minister.Meanwhile, the State Excise Department earned a revenue of ₹25,323 crore in financial year 2018-19. In 2016-17, the State witnessed a 10% growth in revenues. In the next two years, the growth was 9% and 16.5% respectively.Decentralisation of responsibilities and ease of doing business through the online medium has helped the government with the excise department’s functioning, the minister said. “One of the reasons for an increase in the department’s revenue is the ease of doing business mechanism, adopted in issuing permits and licences in manufacturing as well as alcohol sale,” said Mr. Bawankule.last_img read more

Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more

Keita BatesDiop leads Ohio State mens basketball to victory in final nonconference

Correction 12/28: The score has been updated to reflect the correct final score. OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorPowered by a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, the Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated the South Carolina State Bulldogs 73-57 on Sunday night in Columbus.Bates-Diop scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, including five 3-pointers, which powered the Buckeyes to a 34-21 halftime lead that they never looked back from.Bates-Diop said it felt great to see so many of his shots fall in after several rattled out the previous game against Mercer.“My teammates got me in the right spots, I was really open most of the time and I just knocked down shots,” he said.OSU coach Thad Matta said although the team earned its fourth win in a row, he wasn’t happy with the number of turnovers in the first half.“The first half we weren’t very sharp at all, of the eight turnovers, five or six were unforced,” Matta said. “We’re not a very good offensive team when we’re not taking care of the ball.” Matta commended freshman guard A.J. Harris for getting the ball rolling.“A.J. really came in and kinda lit the wick for us,” Matta said.South Carolina State coach Murray Garvin said Harris’ play was the difference in the game.“He changed the tempo of the game,” Garvin said. “He’s so quick (that) he can turn off the lights and be in the bed before it gets dark.” Harris accounted for six of OSU’s 19 assists on the night, which were highlighted by five alley-oops. The Dayton native said things are finally starting to click for him in his debut campaign.“My goal is to just share the ball more,” Harris said. “So that’s all we’ve been practicing, is just sharing the ball more, making the extra pass to our teammates that are open. Just making the extra pass. I was seeing the floor really well and my big man was running, my two and three guards were running, so it really opened up the floor for me.”The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled against the Minnesota on Wednesday, the first of the Big Ten season. Bates-Diop said the conference season brings on a whole new mentality, one that the team should be ready for come next Wednesday.“I think we’re finally hitting our stride,” Bates-Diop said. “Going into the Big Ten, that’s going to be huge for us.”The Buckeyes saw improved performance from its 3-point shooters, as OSU shot 36 percent from three after shooting just 13.6 percent against Mercer.Matta said he knows his team has to be more consistent for it to be able to compete in the Big Ten.“We’ve shown that we can play some really good basketball, and we’ve shown we can play some really bad basketball,” Matta said. “We’re a team that has to be dialed in to everything that we’re doing. The thing that excites me is we’ve seen one through 12, guys can play some really high-level basketball. Finding that consistency is going to be what the next 10 weeks is about.” Game notesFreshman forward Mickey Mitchell scored his first points as a Buckeye in his second game after being declared eligible by the NCAA.OSU’s largest lead was 24 points.OSU outrebounded South Carolina State 50-32.OSU had nine blocked shots while the Bulldogs failed to register one. read more

Former Buckeye Mike Vrabel reported to be returning to Ohio State as

Ohio State appears to have found a new linebackers coach in former Buckeye and Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel. Multiple media outlets have reported Vrabel’s hiring by OSU. According to the university’s online directory, Vrabel’s working title is “Assistant Coach-Football.” In an email to The Lantern, Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the athletic department was working Sunday on details regarding a press conference. Emig added that OSU has not “announced an (assistant) coach hire yet.” Emig also said the athletic department would release details on an upcoming press conference shortly, though he did not address what the purpose of the press conference would be. Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell — Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time in at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowl and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. The Kansas City Chiefs did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on Vrabel’s status with the organization. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel could not be reached for comment. read more

Protect Your Business The 7 Cybersecurity Tools You Need as an Entrepreneur

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. December 20, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer If you aren’t taking active steps to secure your business’s digital assets, pure and simple, you’re putting yourself at risk. Approximately 43 percent of all cyberattacks, according to Symantec, focus on small businesses — in part because they’re a big enough target to be valuable, but also small enough to be vulnerable.Related: Cybercriminals Are Targeting Small Businesses That Don’t Take Cybersecurity SeriouslyAs if that weren’t enough, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, as many as 60 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses that have been hacked go out of business within six months of the attack.Now, you could describe an intuitive correlation here: Businesses that don’t invest enough in their cybersecurity probably aren’t investing enough in other areas of their business.But the statistic is still worrying, so if you want to protect your business, you need to make the investments and upgrades necessary to keep it secure.The problem is that, to an inexperienced entrepreneur, or a business without a formal IT department, the cybersecurity world is confusing and intimidating. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a tech expert to make wise investment and protection decisions. In fact, there are a handful of tools that can keep you safe from the vast majority of potential attacks.The most important security toolsThese are some of the most important security tools you’ll need for your business:Password tools. Your passwords are one of the biggest points of vulnerability in your business, with 90 percent of passwords, according to Deloitte, weak enough to be vulnerable to hacking. Choosing strong passwords, managing them effectively and changing them often are some of the best ways to prevent any cybercrime. The problem is that it’s tough to keep everything organized in a business. That’s why a security tool like 1Password can help ; it gives you a centralized, secure location to manage all your passwords, and update them to keep them safe.Related: Here’s How Taking Cybersecurity Very Seriously Enhances Your BrandA VPN. You should also employ a virtual private network (VPN), which can encrypt all your network traffic so you don’t have to worry about outside forces spying on your work. A single network vulnerability is all it takes for a cybercriminal to gain access to all your data, so invest in a tool like SaferVPN, which is ideal if you have multiple users on multiple devices.Antivirus software. You should also invest in some antivirus software for your devices. Antivirus software isn’t a surefire bet to protect you from hackers, but it will keep you alert if your computer is infected with malware and will scan email attachments to ensure they aren’t scams. AVG Technologies offers free antivirus software for individual users and special packages for businesses. There are also McAfee and tother options on the market.A firewall. Next, you’ll want to invest in a firewall, which will monitor incoming and outgoing traffic, filter out certain threats and even block some sites altogether. A strong firewall alone won’t  protect you from all the threats on the internet, but it’s an added layer of insurance you shouldn’t be without.Better hardware. Older computers, servers and other pieces of hardware may be less expensive, but they pose much bigger security risks. They tend to run older software and have security holes that have been known and exploited for years. Make sure you upgrade your hardware routinely, every few years.Better software (for everything). You’ll also need to pay careful attention to what type of software and applications you use for tasks like data storage, communication and project management. Each individual platform has its own strengths and weaknesses, so choose vendors you trust, with a long history of protecting customers’ data.Education. Finally, invest in educational tools you can use to train and update your employees. Most hacks are attributable to human error, so the more educated your employees are on the best practices for cybersecurity, the less vulnerable you’re going to be. Set aside time every month to go over new updates, and remind your employees about the importance of habits like regularly changing passwords and avoiding suspicious links.Related: 4 Vital Cyber Security Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to TakeStaying vigilantOver 14 million businesses were “hacked” in 2016, but your business doesn’t have to be next in line. As long as you make wise investments, routinely monitor and improve the habits of your employees and commit to staying abreast of the latest digital threats, you’ll minimize your vulnerabilities significantly. Even non-techies have the power to protect their businesses from cyber threats. 5 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more