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Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday announced the general availability of its Cortex Extended Security Intelligence and Automation Management (XSIAM) platform, which leverages automation to unify cloud and on-premises security monitoring, analytics, and operations.

The promise of better tools for security operations center (SOC) analysts has been longstanding, and Palo Alto claims that on average, a Cortex-powered SOC detects threats in 10 seconds and responds to high-priority threats in one minute, with an 80% reduction in alerts that SOC analysts need to review.

Cortext XSIAM has been already made available to a number of top organizations spanning healthcare, design and manufacturing, technology, the public sector and entertainment industries. Many of these organizations are overwhelmed by alert volumes and false positive, as well as lack of visibility across all parts of the organization, including on-premises and the cloud.

“We want to provide our customers a new approach to SOC operations with a focus on results, efficiency and productivity," said Lee Klarich, chief product officer, Palo Alto Networks. "Cortex XSIAM establishes an autonomous SOC where organizations can respond to threats in a fraction of the time it takes today, and analysts can focus on the highest priority incidents. The SOC of the future will be built on AI and automation — any other approach is destined for failure."

Jon Oltsik, a senior principal analyst and ESG Fellow, said XSIAM creates a central data model for what have been traditionally different data sets: logs, EDR and NDR data, and threat intelligence data. It integrates SOC components like XDR, SOAR, SIEM, and TIP to unify the analyst experience, and also ramps up the use case for advanced analytics,  said Oltsik

“Basically, Palo Alto Networks looked at all the demands for SOC modernization and designed an integrated architecture for this purpose,” Oltsik said.  “It’s not complete yet but it is a step in the right direction.”

Frank Dickson, who covers security and trust at IDC, said that automation has become a “nonnegotiable” as it can enable conviction at scale. With its Cortex XSIAM, Dickson said Palo Alto looks to apply an autonomous security operations platform approach to its eXtended detection and response solution set to reduce the burden on security professionals. “The offering is real product Palo Alto has been able to demonstrate in its own SOC,” added Dickson.

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I had hoped that this upcoming city council election in Palo Alto would bring out an array of candidates who were, dedicated, knowledgeable individuals with local government experience, people who would serve well for the next four years on the council. Being a council member is the highest elected position a resident can hold in this city.

I was looking for individuals who can understand two important budgets – the capital fund and the general fund, -- the latter is close to spending almost $1 billion year now –and I wanted individuals who could analyze and control our expenditures wisely.

I fear I was being unrealistic, because I also wanted us to elect individuals who are able to think outside the box and question old habits, question whether the way the city continues to do things year after year is appropriate, and come up with new ideas.

And the seven candidates running don’t have all, or for a few running, many of these qualifications.

I wanted candidates who will not automatically do what staff recommends or the city manager suggests, but be more visionary in their approach. I also wanted candidates who can be a leaders. A few of our current council members are short on leadership abilities.

Yet in listening to the seven candidates at several council candidate forums, I started wondering how much they know about how this city works, and whether they consider how much the projects they endorse actually cost. For example, when asked what each thought about fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), most candidates quickly said they support it, and that it would be nice to have in this city, and that since the Utilities Department is doings so well, some were sure the city could easily handle providing fiber to the home. Interesting on two counts: The Utilities Department has its own problems, including the need to ramp up their transformers and transmission lines, and better handle things like four blackouts in a two-week period this summer, one caused by a squirrel.

Much more important though is that those candidates who jumped on the FTTH bandwagon did not mention that it would cost at least $100 million (or more) to get it operational, and that AT&T and Comcast already are able to supply high-speed transmissions to the home. So why spend $$$$$ for a service we already have acess to?

In fact, candidates didn’t talk much about the various demands on the budget (upgrading our electric grid, providing for smore affordable housings, which all candidates wanted, or the huge expense in improving our rail grade crossings). Maybe because that cost question was not posed to the seven candidates, i.e., no one was asked. Nor were they asked where do we get the money for all this stuff that they want, and can we Palo Altans afford all the projects that they favor?

In fact, the questions asked at a couple of the forums were almost identical at most forums, and the candidates each had well-rehearsed responses to them. Not much probing, except at the Weekly’s two-hour forum.

Given those caveats, here are my endorsements for three seats on the council. I first want to say that they all seven are competent and well-meaning, and have assets and skills that could contribute to council deliberations. They are all nice people, and I thank them for running. I want to add that is these forums, the candidates did not distinguish themselves from others running, so that’s why any of us are scratching our heads a as to who to vote for.

Ed Lauing – in my estimation, the best candidate for the council. He is bright, a man who doesn’t quickly jump to conclusions, and seems to weigh both the pros and cons of any issue. He often says “We can’t do this until we Excellerate . . .”

For example, he warned that we can’t go ahead and get everyone to quickly convert to all-electric homes because our grid equipment first needs to be upgraded. He is aware of how much new projects will cost, and indicated some proposals should have lower priorities. He is knowledgeable about how this city functions, in part from serving several years on the Planning Commission, currently as chair.

Doria Summa – Summa also has served several years on the Planning Commission, currently as vice chair, a post where one quickly learns the intricacies and rules and regulations of city governing, particularly in applying housing and office requirements. She is an independent thinker, and is not afraid to differ with her colleagues. Her philosophy has often made her the sole dissenter on development proposals, which is refreshing.

Vicki Veenker is my third choice, with a little hesitation because of her strong advocacy for more housing. I am careful not to choose one-issue candidates, because a council member has to face a panoply of other issues on all subjects. A patent attorney and professional mediator, Veenker has decades of experience in delving into complex and contentious issues.

All three seem to have received most of their campaign contributions from Palo Alto residents, which is not true of all candidates. It shows the three do have local appeal and support

Despite my caveats, we need to select three competent people. I have tried to do that. Those who serve on the council can influence many aspects of our lives here (e.g., converting to all-electric homes), so who were elect is very important;

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Killexams : Better Tech Giant to Buy: Palo Alto Networks or Amazon No result found, try new keyword!While 2022 has been disastrous for many prominent software-as-a-service companies, Palo Alto Networks has proven to be an exception. So far this year shares of the leading cybersecurity player are ... Wed, 12 Oct 2022 23:15:00 -0500 text/html Killexams : Palo Alto Networks releases new UAE ransomware research at GITEX 2022
  • Over half of surveyed UAE organisations have paid a ransom in response to a ransomware attack, according to new research from YouGov, commissioned by Palo Alto Networks

Dubai, UAE — According to new research from YouGov, commissioned by Palo Alto Networks, 62% of organisations surveyed in the UAE who had fallen victim to a ransomware attack have paid a ransom in the past two years. In addition, 59% of respondents confirmed cyberattacks within their organisations in the past 12 months.

“Over the last two years, there has been a surge in ransomware attacks across industries worldwide. The attacks interfered with a number of everyday activities people take for granted: seeing a doctor, getting gas, buying groceries, paying bills, booking travel, and even calling for emergency assistance. As the number of attacks has grown, so has the average ransom demand, which averaged $2.2 million in 2021 globally, representing a 144% increase from the year before.” said Ercan Aydin, Regional Vice President at Palo Alto Networks, Middle East and Africa (MEA).

According to the research, lack of employee awareness is the number one reason for cyberattacks for UAE organisations (55%), followed by remote and hybrid work models (47%).

“The need to secure the new ‘anywhere’ workforce has become a priority – from virtual hot desks to meetings in the metaverse. As ransomware actors become more sophisticated, and the number of attacks continue to rise, a Zero Trust approach to cybersecurity is critical in order to stay ahead of threats.” Aydin adds.

While 70% of the respondents have an incident management plan in place, only 51% are confident that their plan is effective. The research also highlights sizable ransomware payments, with 30% of surveyed UAE organisations having paid more than USD $100,000 (AED 367,310) for ransomware, followed by 27% who have paid over USD $250,000 (AED 918,275).

In an effort to defend against these sophisticated and evasive attacks, 38% of UAE organisations surveyed have invested more than USD $100,000 (AED 367,310) into ransomware in the past 12 months.

Palo Alto Networks, in collaboration with YouGov, has surveyed 113 respondents working in the IT industry in the Middle East, including UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Palo Alto Networks is showcasing its leading cybersecurity technology at GITEX Global 2022, with live demos of its best-in-class cybersecurity platforms representing three main security pillars plus services: Strata (The Networks Security with NGFW and SASE), Cortex (Endpoint security and SoC Automation, Unit 42 Incident Response), Prisma Cloud (Cloud Security) and Professional Services.


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At Palo Alto Networks, we’re committed to bringing together the very best people in service of our mission, so we’re also proud to be the cybersecurity workplace of choice, recognized among Newsweek’s Most Loved Workplaces (2021), Comparably Best Companies for Diversity (2021) and HRC Best Places for LGBTQ Equality (2022). For more information, visit

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Killexams : USAID, partner aim to help boost PHL cybersecurity

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and global cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks recently signed a partnership deal to help the Philippines strengthen its cybersecurity posture.

The alliance is expected to boost e-commerce and other digital services in the country by increasing customer confidence, Palo Alto Networks officials said during a briefing in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday.

USAID and Palo Alto Networks hope to achieve the goal by increasing customer confidence through awareness and promotion of safe computing practices, as well as the adoption of international standards.

“Governments are modernizing their networks to take advantage of digital innovations and Excellerate the way they communicate with citizens,” said Oscar Visaya, Palo Alto Networks country manager for the Philippines.

“As they modernize their IT infrastructure, their cybersecurity must keep pace with these developments,” he added.

The company said that it will work with USAID to develop programs and activities and provide technical assistance and expert advisory to help realize the vision.

They envision an efficient, robust, and secure digital ecosystem to support the country’s digital transformation.

They hope to speed up the adoption and implementation of a “zero trust framework,” an approach to cybersecurity that helps “secure an organization by eliminating implicit trust and continuously validating every stage of digital interaction,” Palo Alto Networks said.

Government data showed 37% of online users in the country reported cyberattacks in 2020.

At least 73% of consumer data from micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises were lost to attackers, greater than the 56% figure in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to cybersecurity firm Sophos, the Philippines placed third in worldwide ransomware payments in 2021, with local organizations paying an average of $1.6 million, doubling the country’s average of $820,000 in 2020.

“The MoU (memorandum of understanding) that was signed, a lot of it focuses on capacity development side and individual levels, so we’ve heard about some of the training programs with Palo Alto, cybersafety programs, and professional development … and there are good practice frameworks and standards that we are also working with our partners,” said John Garrity, chief of party of USAID’s Better Access and Connectivity project.

“There are ways to come together to address these challenges through a multistakeholder approach from capacity building for organizations and individuals,” he added.

Mary Rose E. Magsaysay, deputy executive director at the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center, noted that the costs of cybersecurity capacity development are generally “unreachable.”

At the same time, she confirmed that foreign crime syndicates are responsible for the latest text scams.

She added that text scams have cost victims in the Philippines “millions of dollars.”

The government and the country’s telecommunications companies need more smishing and phishing alerts, she noted.

Meanwhile, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced on Tuesday that the Philippines was recently re-elected to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council in Bucharest, Romania.

It said 193 member states of the ITU selected 48 states to lead the council.

“The Philippines is among the 13 states selected from Region E (Asia and Australia), along with Australia, Bahrain, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates,” the DICT said in a statement.

“The country commits to work towards the fulfillment of the ITU’s mandate to make the digital future inclusive and more accessible for everyone, especially in developing countries,” it added.

The department also said that it is expected to lead the country’s involvement in discussions and decision-making that will “significantly affect” the member states’ digital agenda.

“The department also enjoins the support and collaboration of government agencies to achieve its goals as a council member,” it noted.

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Killexams : Frost & Sullivan Awards Palo Alto Networks with the 2022 Global Company of the Year in the Secure Access Service Edge Industry

Palo Alto Networks' Prisma SASE is a comprehensive solution, consistently protecting the hybrid workforce with the ZTNA 2.0's security capabilities while delivering excellent user experiences.

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its latest analysis of the Global Secure Access Service Edge Industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Palo Alto Networks with the 2022 Company of the Year Award for delivering Prisma SASE, a top choice in mind for SASE solution among global business, to consistently connect and secure customers' hybrid workforces, regardless of whether users are remote, mobile, or working from an office.

Palo Alto Networks' Prisma SASE is a comprehensive solution, consistently protecting the hybrid workforce with the ZTNA 2.0's security capabilities while delivering excellent user experiences.

"Palo Alto Networks' Prisma SASE is one of the few cloud-native SASE platforms in the market that can support customers to digitize their business securely with a cloud-first approach and address specific use cases related to legacy systems," said Anh Tien Vu, Industry Principal at Frost & Sullivan. "The integrated, cloud-first platform enables companies to address operational challenges to networking and security services, offering simple management and consistent policies across security services. This approach is critical for digital customers transforming their information technology infrastructure radically into a cloud-native, converged SASE approach."

Building on its position as a global leader in cybersecurity, Palo Alto Networks recently called on the industry to adopt a new standard for securing access called ZTNA 2.0. The strong capabilities of ZTNA 2.0, which the company delivers through Prisma SASE, protects all application traffic with best-in-class capabilities while securing both access and data to dramatically reduce the risk of a data breach. Built on a truly cloud-native architecture combined with SASE-native Autonomous Digital Experience Management (ADEM), Prisma SASE can provide security protection for end-users.

"Frost & Sullivan recognizes Palo Alto Networks' steadfast commitment to technological innovations and ability to solidify its leadership position to support organizations in modernizing their environments for improved scalability and agility at their own pace and preference," noted Tien Vu. "Its next-generation solutions and visionary initiatives provide the company with a competitive edge and help it remain the top-of-mind choice among large and mid-sized organizations worldwide."

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents a Company of the Year award to the organization that demonstrates excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation in its field. The award recognizes a high degree of innovation with products and technologies and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in various regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analyses, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

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Killexams : Denodo Achieves Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery Designation

Working with Google CloudBigQuery, Denodo Platform helps its customers integrate, manage, and deliver enterprise data in near real-time

PALO ALTO, Calif., October 11, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Denodo, a leader in data management, today announced that it has successfully achieved Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery designation. By earning this designation, Denodo proved that the Denodo Platform has met a core set of functional and interoperability requirements when integrating with BigQuery. This designation enables common Denodo and Google Cloud customers to discover and have confidence that the Denodo Platform works well with BigQuery.

Denodo Platform, a data integration, management and delivery platform, is powered by data virtualization technology. Data virtualization helps organizations to connect to all their data irrespective of their location, format, and latency, virtually integrates the data that has been collected in disparate repositories, and rapidly delivers it to the applications for consumption by business users. In addition to data virtualization, the Denodo Platform supports other core capabilities such as data movement topology, stream data integration, API services, complex data transformation, augmented data integration, data preparation and integration portability.

Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery is a partner integration validation program that intends to increase customer confidence in partner integrations into BigQuery. As part of this initiative, Google Cloud engineering teams validate partner integrations into BigQuery in a three-phase process: Run a series of data integration tests and compare results against benchmarks, work closely with partners to fill any gaps, and refine documentation for our mutual customers.

"Companies are working with a range of partners and applications alongside BigQuery to create new value with their data as they digitally transform their business," said Ritika Suri, Director, Technology Partnerships, Google Cloud. "The Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery designation indicates that Denodo’s integrations with BigQuery help deliver excellent value and results for customers that are looking to drive data-driven decisions across their organization."

"We are thrilled to announce that the Denodo Platform has achieved Google Cloud Ready – BigQuery designation," said Suresh Chandrasekaran, Executive Vice President at Denodo. "As a leader in data integration, management and delivery, Denodo helps thousands of enterprises to democratize data to enable their business users to make faster and better business decisions. Denodo’s integration with Google Cloud’s BigQuery will undoubtedly help many of these customers to innovate better with faster time-to-insights."

The Denodo Platform for GCP is available via four subscription offerings on the GCP Marketplace. Denodo Professional is an entry-level subscription designed to help organizations get started with data virtualization, Denodo Standard provides data virtualization to an entire company while Enterprise and Enterprise Plus provide logical data fabric solutions that take data virtualization to advanced levels. Take advantage of a 30 day free trial of Denodo Professional to explore a variety of use cases such as Smart Analytics, Intelligent BI reporting, Data as a Service, SaaS integration, etc. or to. learn more about Google Cloud Ready - BigQuery and its benefits, visit

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Killexams : Canada Targeted in 141 Ransomware Attacks in 2021 per Palo Alto Networks Unit 42

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TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2022 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Ontario and Quebec hardest hit provinces

In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Palo Alto Networks is sharing insights concerning the ever-present threat that ransomware poses to individuals, businesses and public institutions across Canada. In 2021, over 140 Canadian organizations suffered a ransomware attack, according to the 2022 Ransomware Threat Report recently released by Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader.

The Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 Threat Intelligence team analyzed ransomware leak site data to provide insights into more than 56 ransomware groups leveraging multi-extortion techniques. Multi-extortion is when attackers not only encrypt the files of an organization but also name and shame the victims and/or threaten to launch additional attacks to encourage victims to pay. In 2021, the names and proof of compromise for 2,566 victims were publicly posted on ransomware leak sites, marking an 85% increase compared to 2020. The largest number of victims from dark web leak site data were from the United States (1,217), followed by Canada (141), the United Kingdom (133), France (132), Italy (100) and Germany (100).

Conti, a once-prolific cyber extortion group that Unit 42 followed since 2020, targeted Canadian companies the most heavily in 2021, responsible for 27.7% of the leak site activity monitored by Unit 42. LockBit 2.0 was second (14.2%).

"Ransomware gangs have become more emboldened with their attacks in Canada and around the world, targeting businesses of all shapes and sizes," said Ivan Orsanic, regional vice president and Canada country manager at Palo Alto Networks. "It's not a matter of 'if', but when organizations will be targeted. Being prepared and having the right security strategy, policy, and technologies in place is critical to combatting the latest threats."

In December 2021, the Canadian government posted an open letter in which similar sentiments were shared: "Across the world, we have seen a marked rise in the volume and range of cyber threats -- and Canada is no exception." At the time the Canadian government launched several efforts to help combat this threat, including the publication of a Ransomware Playbook to assist organizations with both prevention and response activities.

Organizations in Ontario and Quebec saw the greatest amount of activity on leak sites in 2021, with 52 and 45 victims, respectively, followed by British Columbia with 24 and Alberta with 10. Twenty-seven different ransomware groups posted details on victims in Ontario, the most of any province, followed by Quebec with 12. Unit 42 researchers did not see any leak sites posting breaches of organizations in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut recorded in 2021.

Manufacturing was the most targeted Canadian industry vertical by ransomware gangs, accounting for nearly 20% of all attacks, followed by professional and legal services at just under 20%. Wholesale and retail as well as construction each accounted for 9.3%, with some of the least targeted industries being education and transportation at less than one percent.

Globally, Unit 42 incident response case data revealed that the average ransomware demand rose by 144% in 2021 to US$2.2 million, while the average payment climbed 78% to US$541,010. In addition to the increase in average ransom demands, Unit 42 researchers also observed a rise in the use of "victim shaming," where ransomware groups use leak sites to "name and shame" victims, thereby increasing pressure on the victim to pay the ransom demand. At least 35 new ransomware groups, such as Hive, BlackMatter and BlackCat (ALPHV), threatened to expose data or utilized leak sites in 2021.

"The ripple effect from these ransomware attacks can drastically impact services many of us take for granted, whether grocery shopping, buying gas or obtaining medical care," said Orsanic. "Combatting these threats is a shared responsibility with businesses and citizens needing to Excellerate their cyber hygiene."

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Killexams : The Santa Clara County Sheriff's race: What they'd do if elected

Tuesday night, Sept. 27: Hear from Bob Jonsen and Kevin Jensen live on Zoom at the Palo Alto Weekly Candidates' Forum from 7 to 8 p.m. Moderating the forum will be Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and Staff Writer Sue Dremann. To register, go to

How the scandal-plagued Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office will operate in a post-Laurie Smith era will be determined by the vote of the people in the Nov. 8 election, with former Palo Alto Police Chief Robert "Bob" Jonsen and retired Sheriff's Office Capt. Kevin Jensen vying to lead the law-enforcement agency.

Currently, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is on trial in front of a civil grand jury on five counts of misconduct and perjury. Smith has denied all claims. Under her watch, the department had to settle lawsuits by injured inmates and their families for millions of dollars and saw the California Attorney General open an independent investigation into Smith's role in the jailhouse injuries.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors both issued a vote of "no confidence" in Smith and also requested that the Fair Political Practices Commission investigate her.

In this article, part 1 of 2, Jensen and Jonsen were asked to describe their unique qualifications and what they would do about transparency, mental health care among inmates and the culture among deputies. These are their verbatim responses to a candidate questionnaire sent out by the Voice's sister publication, Palo Alto Weekly.

In part 2, the opponents will weigh in on the new main jail, control of the jails and staffing levels.


Why are you better qualified than the other candidate to serve as Santa Clara County sheriff?


I have the most experience at all levels of this specific and damaged Sheriff's Office, especially the management and executive management positions of court security commander, Internal Affairs, patrol watch commander, UASI (Terrorism Prevention) captain, community services, and running the jails as assistant chief. Two of my career accomplishments have been managing the jails as a national model before they were transferred to the current sheriff, and engendering trust and collaboration with all stakeholders to leave every division I've managed better than when I first arrived.

I have the near unanimous trust of the people who will work alongside me (SCCPOA & 97% of DSA) to change the culture and Excellerate the deficiencies that the public is now well aware of. I have earned countywide respect, and all the major endorsements from law enforcement, community leaders and stakeholders, for publicly calling out the mismanagement for 12 years at Board of Supervisors meetings, during the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Jails, and in the media when appropriate — and I ran against the current sheriff garnering 41% of the vote when she was at her peak of power to try to prevent the tragic events we have since witnessed.

In addition to a career of public service, I have also served in not for profits for over three decades (Kiwanis 25 years and as president, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over 17 years since it was created and raising $10.5 million for local food banks, children’s health, and housing, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, and as California president of the FBI National Academy Alumni Associates and national president of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni with 58 chapters throughout the US under my umbrella. I serve because I was given much, and I will always serve to make a positive difference.


I believe there are two obvious qualifications the other candidate does not have – I have been a Chief of Police for three different cities, and I’ve been actively engaged as a police executive over the past 10 years while my opponent has been retired from the profession. My 36 years in the profession includes valuable experience from three agencies – the largest sheriff’s department in the world (LASD), a very small department of Menlo Park, and the past four years in an extremely engaged and progressive city - Palo Alto. I have worked some of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in the state, as well as within a couple of the most affluent cities. These experiences provide me with a unique paradigm on policing.

I led Menlo Park Police Department for five years where the department received three prestigious community policing awards for community engagement and crime reduction. I was also in an executive leadership position during the profession’s most challenge time over the past few years, actively engaged in the conversations and implementing solutions around accountability, transparency, and police reform. I successfully navigated the Palo Alto Police Department through the law enforcement challenges presented from a once-in-a-century pandemic, major budget reductions, staffing shortages, and police reform. By the time I left the organization my succession plan was complete, we had restored critical positions, reduced crime, and put the organization in a position to unencrypt radio communications.


Laurie Smith famously refused to share required information with the Office of Corrections and Law Enforcement Monitoring. What is your stance on information sharing and what evidence can you point to from your professional experience that will convince voters of your sincerity around transparency?


We will not only share information, we will partner with OCLEM and other stakeholders in genuine information sharing because that is what builds trust and enables law enforcement to serve our residents with their assistance rather than their reluctance.

I served as the Internal Affairs Division manager investigating allegations of misconduct with the trust of both the public and employees. Our employees want to serve under accountability and transparency, but they want leadership that has integrity, does not mete out disparate treatment based on donations or endorsements for the Sheriff. When I was still a Captain at the Sheriff’s Office, they saw me teach Ethics in the Academy, fight for fairness and transparency, and stand up to the Sheriff and her chosen bullies when they were using fear and intimidation as management tools. They then saw me speak to the Board, the Blue Ribbon Commission, and the media to expose some of the corruption and misconduct now widely known.


I can assure voters of my commitment to transparency because I’ve advocated for it my entire executive career. As the chief of Menlo Park, we were the first agency in San Mateo County to make our department policy available online (2013), and one of the first to outfit our officers with body cameras (2014). Furthermore, MPPD was one of few Bay Area agencies that voluntarily provided data to the national "Police Data Initiative" implemented by President Obama (2015).

I created community advisory groups at all three commands, made up of residents and business owners. These groups immediately open the dialogue and helped to rebuild trust. and I would create one for each contract city within the Sheriff’s Office.

I was, and continue to be, engaged around the course of police reform. When the nationwide movement for criminal justice reform began in June 2020, I worked with Palo Alto city leadership and the City Council to dramatically expand the scope of investigations reviewed by the department’s Independent Police Auditor (IPA). I’ve worked with independent oversight for over a decade, both in Los Angeles and Palo Alto and welcome the partnership.

PAPD has more accountability measures in place than nearly any other agency in the region. I also ensured the organization was fully compliant with the implementation SB1421 (public release of major incident investigations), as well as being ready for RIPA information to be tracked as it is now required. I believe the more information we share, the stronger community trust. I will work with the Office of Corrections and Law Enforcement Monitoring to expand their scope of investigations and reviews.

Lastly, I took a stance when California state legislators advanced a controversial police reform bill that would permanently strip badges from police officers found guilty of serious misconduct.


How do you propose increasing the care of mentally ill inmates and detainees and ensuring that the abuses that occurred under Laurie Smith and cost the county millions in settlement agreements do not happen again? How would you fund your plan?


I will end the environment of blind loyalty to the sheriff and create the environment of ethical and excellent public safety and public service. I will end the use of fear and intimidation that increased opportunities for failure in lieu of respect for all, accountability as a necessary component of trust, and quality training as a source of competence, confidence and the care we owe all we come in contact with. Line staff will then have the tools to assist mental health clinicians in caring for and managing those with mental health needs.

I worked collaboratively with our Mental Health management and staff as assistant chief, and we will need to work together with county leaders to ensure we have a current and in depth audit of the operations and staffing of both deputies and mental health staff that informs, advises and recommends the true needs and resources.

I believe that many now realize that the cost of life and lawsuits are often much higher than any savings realized by underfunding the needs of those we serve. I will lead the culture change from the top on proper care and treatment of all – especially those with mental health challenges, and I will partner with those who champion front end mental health funding, from mild to acute, to avoid incarceration wherever possible.


The Santa Clara County jail system is the fifth largest jail system in California and is not presently equipped to manage the influx of individuals experiencing mental health issues. This has been identified repeatedly over the past few years. The Blue-Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations report was conducted six years ago highlighting significant concerns around the classification and handling of inmates with mental health issues.

That same year the Justice Review Committee (JRC) of the Human Relations Commission (HRC) submitted a report which outlined numerous concerns as well. The bottom line is that most would agree the system is broken and in need of a major overhaul. We need to reassess how we approach mental health by prioritizing around the principles of "normalization" and "re-socialization," aiming to close the gap between institutional conditions and conditions of life in free society.

Under my leadership, the Palo Alto Police Department launched its Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT), where a police officer is paired up with a licensed mental health clinician from the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department. The team’s primary objective is to provide rapid intervention to a person in mental health crisis by de-escalating the situation and stabilizing it in the least restrictive way possible, and then striving to get that person the help they need.

As sheriff, I will work on building response teams like PERT within the jails and increasing mental health access by partnering with educational institutions to expand intern programs for clinicians in training. I will advocate for the intern program to be funded in a similar collaborative partnership we have now with the PERT program. The Sheriff’s Office would fund supervisory positions and the county would fund the intern salaries, which should be cost neutral since we would not have as many fully certified counselors/doctors.


What is your strongest criticism of the workforce culture among the Sheriff's Office deputies, and what steps would you take during your first six months to Excellerate it?


There are some who have been suffering under the long-term management culture of blind loyalty that the sheriff allowed and encouraged. This has led many to feel the weight of a workplace where some are rewarded and some are mistreated in an unfair manner. Many have carried on with a strong set of personal values and work ethic, and some have simply tried to stay out of the line of fire — often by doing just enough to survive. The years of embarrassing-leadership news stories, occasionally fixed promotional processes, disparate discipline, and falling out of favor for not joining the "team" that misused their power and position have taken its toll.

While we have lost dozens and dozens of deputies and supervisors to other agencies, I have been grateful for the 97% of employees who not only endorsed me but have also shared their hope and commitment to helping me turn the past pain into a learning experience that will create positive change and public trust.

I personally know of three co-workers who took their own lives, and I attended their funerals. I care about the staff that serves the public I care for. I have committed since 2013 to gathering our employees to examine the past, reflect and gain insight from the experiences, and then to commit to a culture and set of values that promotes excellence in public service and public safety. I am the only one who has their trust because I earned their trust over 37 years. We can and will be the public servants that our county deserves.


From what I’ve heard from staff within the organization, there are too many silos (sworn, correctional staff, professional staff) and a lack of respect that prevents equity and inclusion throughout the department. I will work on building a "One Office" philosophy and I'll do what I have done in every organization, conduct "one on one" meetings with staff members to set the standard of respect for all and that mandates accountability for anyone, at any level, who chooses not to work by the standards.

I am proud of the work we have done in Palo Alto during the past few years to address these issues. Especially the implementation of an "internal solutions group" which is like the community advisory groups. The group is made up of representatives from every part of the department and they design solutions to address morale and cultural issues. I will create an ISG within the Sheriff’s Office along with the community advisory groups within the first six months.

I will also direct staff to participate in the 21-Day Race and Equity Challenge, a program developed in Palo Alto during the Black Lives Matter movement, designed to educate, inform and advance the collective goals around race and equity. These conversations can help move the Sheriff’s Office forward.

I have an extensive background in mindfulness and compassion cultivation training, which I believe can bring some needed resiliency to a workforce that is suffering. I co-developed a resiliency and compassion training for law enforcement in partnership with Stanford University and the Compassion Institute. The program, Courageous Heart – The Human Behind the Badge, is now certified by Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST). This type of training will help the workforce mitigate the stress and trauma they’re exposed to daily and ultimately equip them to better serve our communities well into the future.

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Theator Achieves HITRUST CSF(R) Certification for Ensuring the Highest Standards of Privacy and Compliance to Partner Healthcare Institutions

Oct 06, 2022 (PRNewswire via COMTEX) -- PR Newswire

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 6, 2022

The certification demonstrates Theator's commitment to providing top security protocols to protect sensitive healthcare information

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Theator, the creator of Surgical Intelligence, announced today that it has achieved the HITRUST Cyber Security Framework (CSF) certification for practicing security protocols that meet both risk- and compliance-based HITRUST CSF requirements.

HITRUST CSF is a certifiable framework that provides organizations with a comprehensive, flexible, and efficient approach to regulatory compliance and risk management. Due to the sensitive nature of healthcare data specifically and the rise in healthcare breaches this year, HITRUST CSF certification is essential for health technology vendors to instill confidence in security measures and protect the very patients they aim to help. This accomplishment demonstrates the high level of importance Theator places on privacy, security, and compliance and solidifies Theator as a leader in all three areas. With HITRUST CSF certification, Theator is committed to maintaining the highest levels of nationally and internationally accepted security and privacy-related regulatory adherence in ongoing and future projects.

"Surgical Intelligence increases visibility into the OR to better evaluate surgical best practices, so we, at Theator, have a responsibility to provide our partners and their patients with the highest levels of protection," said Dotan Asselmann, CTO and Co-founder of Theator. "HITRUST CSF certification instills that confidence in Theator's technology and accelerates our mission to define a new gold standard in surgical care."

Theator created the category of Surgical Intelligence to increase OR visibility and eliminate the widespread variability and disparity plaguing the surgical field. Theator's first-of-its-kind Surgical Intelligence Platform institutionalizes automatic and routine surgical video capture, layering footage with AI-powered analysis of every operation. Surgical stakeholders access actionable insights to deliver optimized patient outcomes, ultimately enhancing surgical best practices and raising overall standards of care.

Most recently, in July 2022, Theator announced it had closed out its Series A funding with $39.5M, having now raised a total of $42.5M. In the last year, Theator has collaborated with Mayo Clinic and partnered with the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS), adding further prestige to the burgeoning list of innovative medical institutions and surgical societies adopting Surgical Intelligence. Last December, the company was named on CB Insights' prestigious Digital Health 150 list of the 150 most innovative digital health startups in the world, highlighting industry recognition of Surgical Intelligence as a distinct category for the first time.

About Theator

Theator is pioneering the Surgical Intelligence revolution, harnessing advanced AI and computer vision technology to generate actionable insights which Excellerate the quality of surgical care. By making routine video capture and analysis the standard of care in surgery, Surgical Intelligence derives never-before-seen-insights to help surgeons and hospital systems understand the causes of variability in patient outcomes and reduce it in the future, while also lowering costs and streamlining procedures in the OR. Theator is partnering with leading surgeons, hospitals, professional societies, and research institutions to create a smarter, more transparent operating room. Based in Palo Alto, California, the company is paving the path for real-time surgical decision-support, creating a stronger, healthier world. For more information, visit

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