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Sunday, December 04, 2016

IT News Week 1 Dec 2016

For IT News Week 4 Nov 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 2, 2016 - Revised Kaspersky Safe Kids: Flexibility for Children, Advice for Parents
  • PR - Dec 1, 2016 - Huawei Achieves Major Breakthrough in Graphene-Assisted High Temperature Li-ion Batteries
  • PR - Dec 1, 2016 - Joergen Jakobsen Joins Sophos to Lead Business Growth in Asia-Pacific and Japan Region
  • Forbes - Nov 30, 2016 - APAC Businesses Poised to Become Digital Leaders, Says New Forbes Insights Study
  • PR - Nov 30, 2016 - Say ‘Hello’ to Jabra Halo
  • PR - Nov 30, 2016 - Malaysia winner to receive special award from Her Majesty The Queen
  • PR - Nov 29, 2016 - Siemens and Continental Malaysia jointly launches training centre to strengthen Malaysia's manufacturing workforce
  • PR - Nov 28, 2016 - iPay88 Bags More Awards in 2016
  • PR - Nov 28, 2016 - Goodyear's Eagle-360 Chosen as One of 2016 Best Inventions by Time Magazine

Monday, November 28, 2016

IT News Week 4 Nov 2016

For IT News Week 3 Nov 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 24, 2016 - MDTCC joins forces with online marketplaces to combat the sale of counterfeit software
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Flash Malaysia join forces with Lazada Malaysia in conjunction with Black Friday & Cyber Monday
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - McAfee : Only 45 Percent of Consumers Take Proper Security Measures to Protect Their New Gadgets
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - HDS : APAC Businesses Focused on Achieving Digital Maturity in 2017
  • PR - Nov 23, 2016 - Cloudera launches inaugural Cloudera Data Science Week Asia Pacific 2016
  • PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Quanta Computer Embraces Software-Defined Production Lines with Brocade Networking
  • PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Siemens announces partnership with PT Kaltim Prima Coal to install world's fastest overland conveyor belt
  • PR - Nov 22, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces Their First Mechanical Keyboard For Gamers

Thursday, November 24, 2016

ZTE to Help Malaysian Businesses Seize Opportunities in Digital, Open, Sharing Economy

Nov 23, 2016:

ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for mobile Internet, recently underlined its commitment to help Malaysian businesses progress towards a digital economy as it unveiled its latest M-ICT 2.0 strategy at the inaugural ZTE VOICE Towards 2020 Summit.

Jeff Chou,Managing Director, ZTE SEA

As network data traffic is rapidly growing in these years, operators in Malaysia face a number of challenges when converting from a traditional service model to a data service and the requirement for new technologies and new service has greatly increased. During the summit ZTE showcased its latest products and solutions to key business leaders and owners that addresses five key trends that ZTE predicts will influence and determine future industrial development over the next four years. Under the acronym VOICE, the five trends are Virtuality, Openness, Intelligence, Cloudification, and Internet of Everything.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

BAE Online Cyber Risk Assessment Tool

BAE Systems has on Nov 17, 2016 introduced its new online cyber risk assessment tool, allowing Malaysian organisations to assess their cybersecurity preparedness and understand areas where they may be vulnerable to attack.

The tool, which measures an organisation’s cyber security preparedness across 10 key elements of ICT security, including incident response and information management, was developed in response to global research indicating the potential weaknesses in businesses’ cyber security measures, including in Malaysia.

BAE found that 95% of respondents believe their organisation has the right security controls in place.

Yet more than half (51%) of those surveyed said they had experienced a cyber attack in the past year, with the average cost being at least RM1,712,360. Almost every day we learn about new, sophisticated cyber attacks that have wreaked havoc on targeted organisations. For organisations to be protected against the growing cyber threat, it takes more than just building a firewall, but awareness at top management levels.

Access the Cyber Risk tool here: www.baesystems.com/takethetest


Norton Cyber Security Insights Reports Oct 2016

Nov 16, 2016:

Norton by Symantec, released findings from the annual Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, which sheds light on the truth about online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers. The most common cybercrime consumers experienced was mobile device theft (24 percent), followed by account password compromised (22 percent) and hacks into email accounts (21 percent).

The report also found that consumers who were victims of cybercrime within the past year often continued their unsafe behavior. For example, in Malaysia, even though victims used passwords, they were likely to share their password with others, negating their efforts.

Furthermore, given the rampant rate of cybercrime, the complacency in consumer behavior is concerning. In Malaysia, among those with at least one unprotected device, almost two in five (38 percent) said they don’t need protection because they don’t do anything “risky” online. Interestingly, 74 percent of consumers know they must actively protect their information online, yet they are still sharing passwords and engaging in other risky behaviors. 34 percent of people have at least one unprotected device leaving their other devices vulnerable to ransomware, malicious websites, zero days and phishing attacks.

Other trends:
  1. Consumers admit the risks are real
  2. Bad habits are hard to break – online or otherwise
  3. Overconfidence in connected devices leaves consumers vulnerable
  4. Malaysians are falling prey to ransomware

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Industry’s First and Only Object Storage Portfolio With Content Intelligence Capabilities

Nov 16, 2016 :

With the number of data producers and consumers continuing to grow, businesses are drowning in data. And while 36% of the average day is spent on consolidating information, users find only 56% of the data they need.

To transfer data into valuable business information, object storage content intelligence – with search and analytics capabilities, is needed to address the challenges of exploring and discovering relevant, valuable and factual information across the growing number of data producers and siloed repositories that plague organizations.

By aggregating multistructured data, insights can be surfaced faster, data management and governance can be more complete, and the distribution of organizational data based on its value to the business, can be better understood. This can be as true for financial compliance information architecture as it is for digital transformation & analysis of structured and unstructured data for records-keeping, from dozens of source applications.

Monday, November 21, 2016

IT News Week 3 Nov 2016

For IT News Week 2 Nov 2016.


For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 18, 2016 - Ministry of Education signs MoU with Microsoft Malaysia to support ICT driven teaching and learning
  • PR - Nov 17, 2016 - Hosiden Sets New Benchmark in Electronic Manufacturing with Hitachi Sunway
  • PR - Nov 16, 2016 - The Prestigious iPrice E-Commerce Merchant Awards 2016 Organized in Partnership With eTail Asia and Trusted Company
  • PR - Nov 15, 2016 - University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Selects Brocade Ruckus Wi-Fi Solution to Provide Students with Best-in-Class Online Experience
  • PR - Nov 15, 2016 - Canvas only 25% of Graduates feel prepared for work
  • PR - Nov 14, 2016 - Genius Announces its Advanced Touch Pen
  • PR - Nov 14, 2016 - UEM Group Selects Oracle ERP Cloud for its ‘Digital Transformation Journey’
  • PR - Nov 14, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - KWorld Unveils Hi-Res Audio Sets: Best Music & Gaming In-Ear Headphones

Sunday, November 20, 2016

ISACA : Singapore Enterprises Are Cautious About Augmented Reality Despite Business Benefits

Nov 14, 2016 - SG -

With this year’s release of Pokémon Go, awareness of augmented reality (AR) applications soared among organizations and consumers. Despite its popularity and potential business benefits, AR adoption rates are slow among enterprises, according to a new study from global business technology and cybersecurity association ISACA. The study coincides with ISACA’s first CSX 2016 Asia Pacific conference, which opens today in Singapore.

Many organizations quickly leveraged the popularity of Pokémon Go as an opportunity to attract customers. However, ISACA’s 2016 IT Risk-Reward Barometer indicates that organizations are still hesitant to use AR for business purposes, and consumers also have concerns about the possible risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices enhanced with AR. Only 21 percent of the 6,591 professionals surveyed are convinced that the benefits of AR outweigh the risks—the majority remain unsure.

“We expect to see this number change in the very near future as businesses begin to view AR as a valuable technology that results in positive business outcomes, including improved training, education, marketing and customer experience,” said Rob Clyde, board director of ISACA and executive advisor at BullGuard Software.

Friday, November 11, 2016

IT News Week 2 Nov 2016

For IT News Week 1 Nov 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 11, 2016 - Western Digital Unveils New Redesigned lines of Iconic HD
  • PR - Nov 10, 2016 - Southeast Asia’s Number 1 E-retailer Launches New Ecosystem
  • PR - Nov 9, 2016 - Fall in love with a new PC today
  • PR - Nov 9, 2016 - XOX MOBILE Signs On As Main Sponsor of Petaling Badminton Club
  • PR - Nov 9, 2016 - AIMS, Embarks on Regional expansion with Rebranding
  • PR - Nov 8, 2016 - Fujitsu Consulting Builds New IP Network on Brocade SDN Architecture to Support Global Business Growth
  • PR - Nov 7, 2016 - Multimedia University and Teradata sign MoU to form strategic academic partnership

Thursday, November 10, 2016

All About Singles Day (11.11)

They say inspiration comes from unexpected places, and the story behind Single's Day (Alibaba's annual sale and Asia's biggest) is definitely a unique one. Who could have guessed that an Anti-Valentine’s Day event organized by 4 single university students would eventually become a national phenomenon, not to mention a multi-billion-dollar annual event? Long-running holidays like Valentines, Halloween and Christmas have given online shopping sites boosts in their sales, so it's very interesting to see an event so recent become so big.

One of the reasons why Singles Day was well received was because of its duration. Singles Day Sales in China and Southeast Asia usually run for a month from November 11 (11.11) to December 12 (12.12), making it more than just a simple transaction. Another reason for its success is its ability to connect with its market. With men outnumbering women in a population of over 1.37 billion people, Singles Day was not only timely, it was relatable.

Due to its success, Alibaba then trademarked Singles Day and other related terms such as Shuang Shi Yi (double eleven) in China. 11.11 has grown from a university tradition into Asia's (if not the world's) most successful annual sale. In 2015, Alibaba broke records and had a total revenue of USD14.3 billion, surpassing the combined revenue of other annual sales like Thanksgiving (USD 1.09 billion) and Black Friday (1.66 billion) in the US.

Inforgraphics.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Are you prepared for your next data disaster?

by Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, Commvault

Just like the two Little Pigs who had their flimsy houses of straw and wood blown down one fateful afternoon by the Big Bad Wolf, many businesses today are still taking their chances with data disasters. Those two Little Pigs couldn’t have anticipated an attack from the Big Bad Wolf out of the blue, but had they decided to err on the side of caution and invest in a robust infrastructure like the third Little Pig who built his house out of bricks, they might’ve avoided their sorry fate.

Matthew Johnston, Area VP, Commvault

Only recently, a computer outage caused worldwide delays for thousands of passengers booked on Delta Airlines. There may have been bigger data disasters than the one Delta experienced in August when its IT system went down, but that didn’t stop the Twittersphere from coming alive with 140-character snapshots of human misery – as can be expected when so many passengers suddenly find their travel plans interrupted.

Despite Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian saying the company had over the past three years invested "hundreds of millions of dollars in technology infrastructure upgrades and systems, including backup systems to prevent what happened from occurring", the crisis cost the company $100 million in revenue due to 2,300 cancellations over three days. The long-term damage to Delta’s reputation and business will likely cost more. In the highly competitive aviation industry where airlines are already struggling with declining profit margins, that’s a bitter pill to swallow.

Sadly, like the two Little Pigs, many companies across various industries lack solid data management strategies to protect themselves against such occurrences.