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Friday, April 29, 2016

Why are you still paying for antivirus?

By Kane Lightowler, Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Carbon Black

Singapore, Japan and Malaysia have singled out cyber-attack as the risk of highest concern according to the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Risk report. Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim also recently announced a new, standalone Cybersecurity Act to be tabled in next year’s Parliament. Once instituted, this Act will provide for stronger and more proactive powers in response to cyber-attacks growing in boldness, speed and sophistication.

All these show that traditional security measures such as antivirus (AV) are no longer sufficient in today’s increasingly sophisticated digital landscape. Yet AV is by far the most widely deployed endpoint protection solution, with more than 90 percent of corporate devices running AV software. So where do these new security threats come from?

Kane Lightoweler, MD, Carbon Black, APAC

The biggest bullies are no longer historic nuisance malware that impairs system performance. Advanced threats are the new kid on the block, running amok in the systems of organizations, causing way more damage than was possible before. Today’s security battle is being waged at the endpoint—servers, desktop and laptop computers, mobile devices, and fixed-function device such as point-of-sale machines—because that’s where organizations’ critical information resides. These advanced threats - the brainchild of highly sophisticated cyber criminals, aim to control or destroy an infected system with the goal of stealing economic or strategically important information.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

IT News Week 5 Apr 2016

For IT News Week 4 Apr 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Kaspersky Small Office Security Is the Leader in New AV-TEST Research under Windows 10
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Canvas announces four new customers & doubles APAC operations
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Dimension Data and Cisco Announce Project to Protect Rhino By Tracing People
  • PR - Apr 27, 2016 - Discovery Communications Invests in Premium OTT Sports Platform
  • PR - Apr 27, 2016 - AIMS Achieves ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 from BSI
  • PR - Apr 27, 2016 - Shopee Celebrates Mighty Moms
  • PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Amazon Web Services Establishes Office in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Three innovative teams set to represent Malaysia at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup regional finals
  • PR - Apr 26, 2016 - Non-polarizing Beam Splitter
  • PR - Apr 25, 2015 - Galasys Signs Strategic Collaborations with Indonesia’s Telkomsigma
  • PR - Apr 25, 2016 - Gibson Innovations Teams Up With DJ Eva T To Nail EDM Scene with the Philips A5-Pro

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems Adds Native NAS and Cloud Tiering to Virtual Storage Platform (VSP)

Apr 27, 20916:

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced new upgrades and additions to its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series portfolio designed to reduce the ongoing costs of traditional environments and exploit and monetise data, which is too often trapped in silos of technology.

As an initiative to break down data silos and modernise storage management, Hitachi Data Systems has embedded NAS functionality, cloud optimisation and enhanced VMware integration into VSP G400, VSP G600 and VSP G800 storage platforms to simplify and accelerate data center modernisation efforts.

1.) Optimised for the cloud :

New modules help to reduce capital expenditures by providing a single, SAN and NAS storage platform for all workloads in a compact form factor. Operating costs also decline, as VSP G series systems require less power, cooling and space in the data centre.

The data migrator to the cloud software feature allows customers to create automated and intelligent, content-aware data management policies. These policies ensure that data is automatically and seamlessly tiered to private, public or hybrid cloud platforms and freeing up critical Hitachi Accelerated Flash resources for Tier 1 applications.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Yayasan Generasi Gemilang Amongst 100 Non-Profit Organizations Globally to Receive Microsoft’s YouthSpark Grant

Apr 22, 2016:

Mary Snapp, President of Microsoft Philanthropies, announced YouthSpark grants to over 100 non-profit organizations in 55 countries.

These grants are part of Microsoft’s three-year, US$75 million commitment to increase access to computer science education for all youth, especially those from under-represented backgrounds. Here in Malaysia, Microsoft has awarded the grant to Yayasan Generasi Gemilang (GG) - a foundation committed to building a strong nation by raising an exemplary next-generation and strengthening families.
Mary Snapp, President of Microsoft Philanthropies

All the non-profits have local programs designed to provide youth with opportunities focused on computational thinking and computer programming – skills that will better prepare them for successful careers, no matter what industry they choose. Why is this important to Malaysia? We feel that it is so as local data had shown in 2015, Malaysia has about 85,000 science and technology graduates, but the country still requires at least 500,000 by 2020 for us to achieve developed nation status.

Our partner Generasi Gemilang says that the grant will help them to extend their ongoing effort to more than 1,200 youths across urban Malaysia and into far interiors of East Malaysia. Through their uniquely designed NextGen XLR8 program, they will be able to help youths acquire and learn Microsoft software skills, while at the same time, infuse teachings of self-worth and identity, oral presentation skills and financial literacy through the use of Microsoft’s software.

Friday, April 22, 2016

IT News Week 4 Apr 2016

For IT News Week 2 Apr 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 21, 2016 - New Cloud Storage Options Enable Oracle DIVA Customers to Securely Store, Manage, and Retrieve Rich Media Assets
  • PR - Apr 21, 2016 - New MD joins LSE Leading Security Experts GmbH
  • PR - Apr 20, 2016 - Western Digital Enhances Its Datacenter Portfolio with WD Gold Hard Drives
  • PR - Apr 20, 2016 - Labuan International Business and Financial Centre Launches Asean Roadshow 2016
  • Ovum - Apr 20, 2016 - Melbourne - Ovum Predicts App Revenue to Double by 2020, Outpacing Download Growth
  • PR - Apr 20, 2016 - Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID is now available in Malaysia!
  • PR - Apr 19, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Discovers Security Issues in Smart Transport Monitoring System
  • PR - Apr 19, 2016 - SG/Seoul - Acronis Supplies ‘Backup Advanced’ to Yuhan Corporation for Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • PR - Apr 15, 2016 - UOB Asset Management (Malaysia) launches United Target Income Bond Fund 6
  • PR - Apr 15, 2016 - OutSystems Named a Leader Among Low-Code Development Platforms
  • PR - Apr 15, 2016 - HCL Insys Pte Ltd Expands Strategic Partnership with Aspect Software
  • PR - Apr 14, 2016 - BAE Systems Unmasks Today's Cybercriminals
  • PR - Apr 14, 2016 - ASUS Announces Support for Intel Core i7 X-Series Processors
  • PR - Apr 14, 2016 - HWBOT Partners with TAITRA and CyberMedia to Promote Overclocking at COMPUTEX 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

HP Malaysia Launches FromTheDeskOf Contest with Wak Doyok, Samantha Lee and Min Chen

Apr 18, 2016 :

HP Malaysia today unveiled its #fromthedeskof of campaign with its range of premium PCs, the HP Spectre x2, HP Spectre x360, and HP Envy 13.

The #fromthedeskof campaign features a list of renowned personalities: Asia’s leading fashion influencer Wak Doyok, popular songstress Min Chen, and talented food artist Samantha Lee, with each of them telling their personal success stories via the #fromyourdesk exclusive videos. An aerial picture of their desk, also known as a flat lay showcases individuality and personality of an individual. Led by the personalities, the campaign aims to inspire millennials and young working adults in sharing their everyday stories via their desks.

Ms. Min ChenMs. Samantha Lee

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Huawei announces new trade-up program for users to own the Huawei Mate 8

Apr 8, 2016:

From 8 April till 30 June 2016, Huawei is now accepting your old smartphone for a brand new Huawei Mate 8 with its trade-in programme.

Huawei will be accepting most major smartphone brands including Huawei devices for the trade-up. Among the shortlisted brands are Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC and Lenovo phones. For the full listing of the phone models and value, please visit Huawei outlets.

To be eligible for the trade-in, customers will need to bring their phone (no charger or accessories needed) as long as the device is in good working condition and meets the following criteria:
  • Device is able to power on and off
  • IMEI number is accessible
  • Device must be unlocked
  • Display screen is functional and not cracked
  • No major damaged to the device or missing buttons (i.e.: water/LCD damaged, camera lenses cracked, battery bloated, corrosion)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Symantec Report Reveals Current State of Cybersecurity in Malaysia

Apr 13, 2016 :

Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 21, reveals an organizational shift by cybercriminals: They are adopting corporate best practices and establishing professional businesses in order to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers. This new class of professional cybercriminal spans the entire ecosystem of attackers, extending the reach of enterprise and consumer threats and fueling the growth of online crime.

Peter Sparkes, Symantec Senior Director,
Cyber Security Services, APAC and Japan

Advanced criminal attack groups now echo the skill sets of nation-state attackers. They have extensive resources and a highly-skilled technical staff that operate with such efficiency that they maintain normal business hours and even take the weekends and holidays off,” said Peter Sparkes, Symantec Senior Director, Cyber Security Services for Asia Pacific and Japan. “We are even seeing low-level criminal attackers create call center operations to increase the impact of their scams.”

Advanced professional attack groups are the first to leverage zero-day vulnerabilities, using them for their own advantage or selling them to lower-level criminals on the open market where they are quickly commoditized. In 2015, the number of zero-day vulnerabilities discovered more than doubled to a record-breaking 54, a 125 percent increase from the year before, reaffirming the critical role they play in lucrative targeted attacks.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Universal Windows Platform - Build 2016

Mar 30, 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO

At Build 2016, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered the vision for the Universal Windows Plaform.

Windows 10 will serve as the frontier for Universal Windows Platform where natural human interaction will blend seamlessly with machine intelligence.

Windows 10 is now running on over 270 million active devices.

According to Nadella, the focus is on making Windows the most productive development environment for all developers.

1.) Cortana Intelligence Suite

The Cortana Intelligence Suite, formerly known as the Cortana Analytics Suite, is powered by cutting-edge research into big data, machine learning, perception, analytics and intelligent bots. Built on Microsoft Azure, these capabilities can be used by developers and businesses to create intelligent end-to-end solutions, including new apps that learn about our world and bots and agents that interact with people in personalized, intelligent ways.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ovum Sees Over US$31bn Invested in IoT-Related Startups in 2011-2015

14 April 2016 - Melbourne:

Telco and tech firms spent over US$31bn on IoT-related investments and acquisitions between 2011 and 2015, according to new research* from Ovum. “Using data from Ovum’s IoT Investments Tracker, Ovum tracked 76 deals across 8 sectors, including IT services, wearables and connected car. Intel led the charge with its US$16.7bn acquisition of chipset maker Altera, while Verizon, Google and Qualcomm each made at least one acquisition over US$1bn during the reporting period,” said Francesco Radicati, senior analyst, Digital Service.

The number of acquisitions grew from four deals in 2011 to 19 in 2015, while the number of investments peaked in 2013, as companies such as Fitbit attracted more interest from the tech and telco sectors. The biggest single investment in 2015, a US$115mn Series D round for ultra-narrowband network provider Sigfox, was made by a group including venture funds from Telefonica, NTT Docomo and SK Telecom.

IoT-related deal, 2011-2015;Source: Ovum

KDU University College Picks Brocade for Effortless Campus Networking

Apr 13, 2016 :

To meet the expectations of its fast-growing Generation Y student enrolment, KDU University College has deployed a highly automated, flexible, and scalable network from Brocade at its new 10-acre campus in the Klang Valley suburb of Glenmarie. The network is designed for reliable 24x7 cloud service access, whether from the university college’s private cloud data centre or public cloud service providers, enabling students and staff to get online from anywhere on the campus while minimising the university college’s operational overhead.

KDU University College’s state-of-the art green campus currently hosts around 3,200 students and 300 staff, with student headcount due to rise in the 2016/2017 academic year. With a greenfield site as its starting point for the campus development the university college was keen to avoid deploying over-engineered, overly complex, and costly networking infrastructure. Instead, it selected the Brocade® ICX® family of stackable switches, which provide a simplified, flexible foundation for the campus network that the university can easily adapt and expand over time.