Today, Symphony Technology Group announced a definitive agreement with Dell Technologies to purchase RSA. We believe this is the right long-term strategy for both RSA and Dell Technologies to ensure the full potential of each organization can be reached. For RSA, that is best achieved independent of Dell Technologies and will be in the best interest of our collective customers and partners.As we enter the next data decade, our customers need to secure and protect data everywhere it exists – at the edge, in the core and in cloud environments – and Dell Technologies is committed to continued innovation in security capabilities and services. We continue to innovate across our portfolio with automated and intelligent security features, functionality and services built into infrastructure, platforms and devices to keep data safe, protected and resilient.We’ve been working over the last three years to simplify our business and product portfolio to make it easier for our customers to meet their digital transformation requirements. The strategies of RSA and Dell Technologies have evolved to address different business needs with different go-to-market models. The sale of RSA gives us greater flexibility to focus on integrated innovation across Dell Technologies, while allowing RSA to focus on its strategy of providing risk, security and fraud teams with the ability to holistically manage digital risk.In determining the best long-term future for RSA, we sought a partner that was enthusiastic about RSA’s mission, committed to its customer and partner base, and interested in maximizing the power of RSA’s talent, experience, and tremendous growth potential. We believe Symphony Technology Group will be the right custodian to achieve these goals.RSA, including RSA Conference, is invaluable to our customers and the security community at large – and with that in mind we will work to ensure a seamless transition.Until the transaction closes, which we expect to be within the next six to nine months, it is business as usual.For more information, please visit the RSA blog.
Julia Poe | Daily TrojanIt’s the final week of March Madness, and I’m here to officially attempt to convince you, the reader, to cheer for one of the underdogs. One of those teams is Loyola Chicago, the No. 11 seed little-engine-that-could that somehow has delivered shock and awe by defeating college basketball Goliaths. The other, believe it or not, is No. 1 seed Kansas. This rests on a hope for two teams who are underdogs in their own right, and on the possibility of a dream come true for two players who grew up in my hometown.Let’s start with the easier sell. There is, quite honestly, nothing to dislike about Loyola Chicago. They won their first three rounds of NCAA tournament play in breathtaking fashion by sinking back-to-back-to-back buzzer-beaters for three victories by 2 points or fewer. The Ramblers fulfill every hope of a Cinderella story: They’re scrappy and full of heart, playing aggressive and clean basketball that is right to terrify even the most stacked top seed in the tourney.And of course, they’ve got a patron saint in Sister Jean, the 98-year-old chaplain of the basketball team who offers blessings and scouting reports before every game. “Don’t let those Tennessee team members scare you with their height,” she told the team before their second-round game. “Height doesn’t mean that much. You’re good jumpers. You’re good rebounders. You’re good at everything.”The university sold out, restocked and then sold out again in preorders of bobbleheads of Sister Jean, and her message “We’re on a mission from God” has become one of the best catchphrases of this March. It’s hard to imagine an underdog that’s more inspiring or more fun to watch.The Jayhawks are a different story. They have pedigree and five-star recruits, including a colossal big man in seven-footer Udoke Azubuike and the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year in Devonte’ Graham. Add in Malik Newman, the unanimous Big 12 Newcomer of the Year who put up 32 points in an overtime classic against Duke on Sunday, and it’s pretty hard to imagine how this team isn’t privileged with a wealth of talent.But if there were ever a Kansas team coached by NCAA Hall of Famer Bill Self that could be called an underdog, this is it. After last season, when the Jayhawks lost Frank Mason — the all-around player of the year who snagged every top honor, including the Naismith and Wooden awards — this team entered a bit of a flux. It dropped early losses to teams like Washington and allowed a series of home losses at Allen Fieldhouse, a court where Self never loses. After winning 13 straight conference titles, most sportswriters predicted that this would be the team that finally broke the streak.“This is the softest team that Kansas has had since I’ve been here,” Self said in December. “A lot of that is experience. A lot of that is youth. A lot of it is just the way that we’re physically built and the way our skill set is. But the bottom line is we’ve got to become tougher.”I’ve been a Kansas fan for most of my life, so I know that I risk sounding like a serious homer. But after a season of taking heat, this Kansas team has the heart and mentality of an underdog, especially when led by the smiley Graham, whom Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski described as one of the best leaders in the country. If you’re picking between two No. 1 seeds, I can’t see how you wouldn’t pick Kansas based on heart alone.The best reason to cheer for both of those teams rests in the possibility for a storybook ending to this tournament. That storyline rests partially on the idea of the Ramblers becoming the lowest ranked seed ever to cut down the nets at the national championship, and in the rush of defeating a No. 1 seed along the way. If Loyola Chicago wins, however, that will happen anyway, regardless of whether it faces Villanova or Kansas.But if Kansas advances, something even sweeter will happen for both teams. That brings us to two Ramblers players, boys whom I watched play ball in high school and whom I’ll cheer for next Saturday — and hopefully next Monday.Loyola guards redshirt junior Clayton Custer and senior Ben Richardson grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and starred at Blue Valley Northwest, the high school 20 minutes north of mine that we played twice a year. Like most of the kids in my area, they grew up as Kansas basketball fans, raised on the 2008 NCAA championship game. The pair lived on the same street, and they spent hours re-enacting the same play that every Kansas kid memorized — Mario and the Miracle, the pass from Sherron Collins to Mario Chalmers, the buzzer-beater with 3.6 seconds left.They’ve both lived out their own versions of miracles this tournament — Richardson with the pass for the game-winner over Miami, Custer with the perfect banked shot to defeat Tennessee. But a chance to repeat the magic against their childhood team? I can’t imagine a better way for this tournament to end.Every year, March offers a story to hook in neutral fans, the ones whose brackets are busted and whose teams are eliminated before the end of the road. This year, I hope this is a story that every fan can cheer for — two underdog kids facing the team that taught them to love the game on its biggest stage. Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Tuesdays.
Nelson received scoring from an unlikely source as defenceman Patrick Croome had three helpers to lead the short-staffed Leafs to a 6-3 victory over Sicamous Eagles in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Croome led a Nelson team that was missing two key defenceman and team leaders, Robson Cramer and Darnel St. Pierrie, both out of the lineup due to suspension.“Coming out with a short bench we knew this was going to be tough, but it was awesome the way we were able to come out in the second and take control,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap following the game.“Not only half of our defensive core was gone, but we were also missing a line so we were down to nine forwards,” Dunlap added.“We had a lot of guys injured but we were able to battle through and it showed out on the ice because no one was an individual out there . . . everyone was working as a team.”Not only did Nelson suffer its first regulation loss of the season Friday, a 4-2 setback to Kimberley Dynamiters at home, but the Leafs also lost Cramer and St. Pierre in the process to suspension.Cramer was whistled for a checking-from-behind penalty in the final 10 minutes of the game — an infraction that carries with it a 10-minute misconduct and a one-game suspension.Meanwhile St. Pierre was hit with another checking-to-the-head penalty. The infraction cost the heavy hitter a two-game suspension due to an accumulation of head infractions.The loss of two veterans saw the versatile Blair Andrews move back to the blueline to help the defensive core. The move didn’t pay early dividends as two giveaways by Leaf players led to a 2-0 lead for the visiting Eagles after 20 minutes on goals by Nathan Piessis and Tyson Taylor.However, in the second period Croome & Company were able to take advantage to mental errors by the Eagles to pump in six consecutive goals — three coming in the opening five minutes of the frame take a 6-2 lead into the second intermission.Sicamous, a team that opened witih eight shots in the first frame, was held to just four in the second period as Nelson outshot the visitors 26-4.“We knew we had to score the first goal in the second . . . it was huge for us,” said Dunlap, who was convinced by Leaf new coach Dave McLellan to return to the team before training camp.“If they would have scored . . .. Being down 2-0 we were kind of down on ourselves. But we were able to come in to the room, regroup and were able to take it to them in the second.”Matt MacDonald and Jay Sidhu, each with a pair, Austin Lindsay and Cody Paivarinta, scored for Nelson.Dunlap said Sicamous gave the Leafs life by taking so many penalties in the second frame.“We’ve got a new power play system for us this year and it’s working really well for us,” said Dunlap.In the third the Leafs held the fort, even though Eagles’ forward Korwin Shewchuk was able to score once on goalie Adam Maida, who had a bounce back game between the pipes for Nelson.The strong second period gave Nelson the edge on shots, 40-23 and a win for Maida in the Leaf nets.LEAF NOTES: Nelson dressed 15 players for Sunday’s contest. . . .The offensive performance of Patrick Croome earned the rearguard Nelson’s Player-of-the-game honours. — Despite the weekend split, Nelson, 4-1-1-1, maintains a one-point advantage in Murdoch Division standings over Spokane Braves. Spokane split in a weekend series against Grand Forks. The Bruins won 3-0 Friday in the Boundary City before Spokane won the rematch 8-0 at home Sunday. Sicamous defeated Spokane 3-2 Saturday in Spokane. . . .The three points by Croome (three goals, five assists) moves the Calgary native into second spot in Leaf scoring, one point behind Rayce Miller (five goals, four assists). . . . Nelson, 3-1-1-1, completes its home stand Friday against Chase at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.