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Monday, February 16, 2015

IT News Week 2 of Feb 2015

For week 1 of Feb 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 13, 2015 - Kaspersky: Over a quarter of phishing attacks in 2014 targeted users’ financial data
  • PR - Feb 13, 2015 - Aspect Software Appoints Alfred D. Lallana, Jr. as New Country Manager
  • PR - Feb 12, 2015 - Emerson Network Power Launches SmartCabinet™ in Malaysia
  • PR - Feb 12, 2015 - Nexusguard announces opening of new DDoS mitigation centers in London and Singapore
  • PR - Feb 11, 2015 - RS Components Global Distribution Agreement with Connectivity Expert Weidmuller
  • PR - Feb 11, 2015 - McAfee : 1 in 4 Singaporean men have flirtatious messages from others on their phones

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PR - Feb 13, 2015 - Kaspersky: Over a quarter of phishing attacks in 2014 targeted users’ financial data

The Kaspersky Lab study ‘Financial Cyber-Threats in 2014’ reports that 28.8% of phishing attacks in 2014 were intended to steal financial data from users. While carrying out their scams, cybercriminals have shifted their focus from bank brands to payment systems and online shopping sites.

For instance, in 2013, Cybercriminals used the names of well-known banks in 16.3% of attacks, the level of bank phishing was 22.2% - In 5.1% of cases, Kaspersky Lab’s protection technologies were triggered by phishing pages mentioning payment systems, which is 2.4 percentage points more than in 2013.

Phishing is a type of Internet fraud that is used by cybercriminals to lure users into providing their data (account logins and passwords and other personal information) by creating fake web pages to imitate popular online resources.

PR - Feb 13, 2015 - Aspect Software Appoints Alfred D. Lallana, Jr. as New Country Manager

Aspect Software, a leading provider of fully-integrated customer interaction management, workforce optimization, back-office and award-winning cloud solutions, today announced the appointment of key senior hire Alfred D. Lallana, Jr. as the new Country Manager for the Philippines.

Alfred D. Lallana, Country Manager, Aspect Software

To support Aspect's aggressive global expansion strategy in Asia, Lallana has been appointed to lead business programs in the Philippines, strengthen ties with regional and local channel partners, manage key product initiatives and drive sales. Lallana has previously held key leadership positions at Diversified Technology Solutions International and Electrical and Electronics Contracting Company and has 15 years of experience in the contact centre industry with a portfolio that includes account sales management, strategic planning and business management.

PR - Feb 12, 2015 - Emerson Network Power Launches SmartCabinet™ in Malaysia

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced the availability of the SmartCabinet™ in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia. Designed for small computer rooms with limited floor space, the SmartCabinet combines all the critical components needed to keep IT infrastructure running efficiently, while improving the speed of system deployment.

Hitesh Prajapati, senior director,
Strategic Accounts, Emerson Network Power

The SmartCabinet is composed of a single rack that meets all the requirements of a traditional data center by combining power protection, thermal management, power distribution unit, and infrastructure management and monitoring in a simple packaged solution. It is pre-configured, pre-installed, and factory-tested to ensure system compatibility and is ready to use from day one. The SmartCabinet eliminates the need to build complex computer rooms which dramatically improves the speed of system deployment compared to the traditional build approach.

PR - Feb 11, 2015 - RS Components Global Distribution Agreement with Connectivity Expert Weidmuller

RS Components today announced the further strengthening of its portfolio of high-quality automation products with the announcement of a new global trading agreement with industrial connectivity specialist Weidmuller.

The Weidmuller range now available from RS satisfies interconnection needs across numerous industries such as manufacturing, process control, energy, transportation and more for connecting power, signals and data. Products include DIN-mount relays, signal-conditioning amplifiers, surge protectors, remote I/O modules and power connectors, as well as switches, converters, connectors and cable assemblies for industrial Ethernet.

PR - Feb 12, 2015 - Nexusguard announces opening of new DDoS mitigation centers in London and Singapore

Nexusguard, the Worldwide Leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Security Solutions, today announces the opening of additional offices in London and Singapore. The offices will provide the necessary regional presence to operate Nexusguard’s premium fortified network solutions in the face of rapidly escalating attacks on businesses. The Singapore office will join the company’s Hong Kong office in bolstering regional support for Asian customers, while the London office is the first in a planned network roll out across Europe. This double opening of offices in Asia and Europe follows the announcement of Nexusguard’s recently opened headquarters in San Francisco to serve customers in the Americas and is indicative of the global demand for industrial protection against DDoS security threats, which are global and ever-growing.

In addition, Nexusguard has also released its 2015 Internet Security Trend report. The report findings show that DDoS attacks are prime to target the Internet of Things and could cost businesses millions. Experts estimate that a single attack can cost an organization from $52,000 to $52 million from the loss of contracts, damage to reputation, stock price as well as credit rating, and increased insurance premium, and with an ecosystem of still-developing protocols, a mass attack could be devastating to an individual user or an entire enterprise.

PR - Feb 11, 2015 - McAfee : 1 in 4 Singaporean men have flirtatious messages from others on their phones

A new 2015 Intel Security study found that less than 50% of Singaporeans always delete their intimate photos or videos after sharing them with intended recipients, while others only delete them if they remember or not delete them at all. Despite this, 69% of all survey respondents (including those in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Australia) say that they fear their personal or intimate content could one day be leaked or shared without their permission.

Other topline research highlights of the study into personal security sharing among couples across Singapore include:
  • 82% of Singapore respondents said they connect over WhatsApp followed by text messaging (77%) and phone calls (76%).
  • More than half of the Singapore respondents know their significant other’s Facebook password the most out of any social network or portal. This is a similar trend in the U.S (55%), Mexico (55%) and Brazil (76%). In Singapore, this is followed by mobile devices (47%) and personal email/computer (45%).
  • 1 in 4 of respondents claim to know their significant other’s bank or credit card portal/app password.
  • More males than females have something to hide on their phones: 25% of males indicated that if their partners were to get access to their mobile devices, they will find flirtatious messages VS only 14% of the females.

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