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Saturday, September 24, 2016

IT News Week 4 Sep 2016

For IT News Week 3 Sep 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR- Sep 23, 2016 - Biometric skimmers are here: Kaspersky Lab Examine Near-Future Threats to ATMs
  • PR - Sep 22, 2016 - MediaMath Partners MobileWalla to Help Marketers Expand Target Audience Segments
  • PR - Sep 22, 2016 - Sophos Placed in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant for Fifth Consecutive Year
  • PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Bandar Sunway - Making Waves at Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016
  • PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS and NetApp Now Shipping Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel Solutions
  • PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Dimension Data & AIG Malaysia Partner to Offer End to End Cyber Security Protection
  • PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Limelight Networks Expands Content Delivery With New Point-of-Presence and Increases Capacity More Than 200% In Malaysia
  • PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Philips izzy multiroom speaker range
  • PR - Sep 19, 2016 - MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera empower the future of Malaysia’s Digital Economy with big data skills training for academic institutions


PR - Sep 23, 2016 - Biometric skimmers are here: Kaspersky Lab Examine Near-Future Threats to ATMs

Kaspersky Lab experts have investigated how cybercriminals could exploit new ATM authentication technologies planned by banks. While many financial organizations consider biometric-based solutions to be one of the most promising additions to current authentication methods, if not a complete replacement for them, cybercriminals see biometrics as a new opportunity to steal sensitive information.

According to a Kaspersky Lab investigation into underground cybercrime, there are already at least twelve sellers offering skimmers capable of stealing victims’ fingerprints. And at least three underground sellers are already researching devices that could illegally obtain data from palm vein and iris recognition systems.

The first wave of biometric skimmers was observed in “presale testing” in September 2015. Evidence collected by Kaspersky Lab researchers reveals that during the initial testing, developers discovered several bugs. However, the main problem was the use of GSM modules for biometric data transfer – they were too slow to transfer the large volume of data obtained. As a result, new versions of skimmers will use other, faster data transfer technologies.

PR - Sep 22, 2016 - MediaMath Partners MobileWalla to Help Marketers Expand Target Audience Segments

MediaMath today announced the introduction of AudiencePLUS (APAC), the region’s first mobile audience segment collection for digital marketers, on its TerminalOne platform. This is in partnership with Mobilewalla, the owner and operator of the largest consumer intelligence platform on mobile, and enables marketers to better identify and target individuals through 120+ audience segments with more than 600 million unique, targetable devices, in twelve countries throughout the region

With the mobile-first nature of consumers in APAC, MediaMath clients will now be able to target customers on their mobile devices based on multiple characteristics, such as demographics, behaviour, and location. As a result, marketers will now be able to plug AudiencePLUS segments into their marketing campaigns, and further establish a digital connection directly to the mobile devices of their target consumers, thereby extending possible business outcomes.

Rahul Vasudev, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at MediaMath

Rahul Vasudev, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at MediaMath, comments: “The profile of our clients in APAC has changed significantly in the past year, and we’re reaching a stage where we see the investment in mobile overtaking display and video. This does not come as a surprise, given the mobile-first nature of consumers in APAC. We’ve had a long history of introducing class-leading tools in the desktop world, and now we’re able to give our clients the ability to replicate the same on mobile devices. We are extremely excited to partner with Mobilewalla to further enhance the audience targeting capabilities within MediaMath’s TerminalOne platform. The AudiencePLUS data set now gives clients the ability to target consumers based on various characteristics, and will provide the end consumer with more relevant ads.”

PR - Sep 22, 2016 - Sophos Placed in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant for Fifth Consecutive Year

Sophos today announced that it has once again been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s Aug. 30, 2016, "Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management.” The quadrant is based on an assessment on a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. Sophos is one of three vendors to be placed in the Leaders quadrant in this latest report, and the only IT security company to be positioned as a Leader by Gartner in three security Magic Quadrant reports: September 2015 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection Solutions, February 2016 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, and once again, the Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (UTM).

According to Gartner, “the Leaders quadrant contains vendors at the forefront of making and selling UTM products that are built for midsize-business requirements. The requirements necessary for leadership include a wide range of models to cover midsize-business use cases, support for multiple features, and a management and reporting capability that's designed for ease of use. Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, and in enabling customers to deploy them inexpensively without significantly affecting the end-user experience or increasing staffing burdens. These vendors also have a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include reliability, consistent throughput, and products that are intuitive to manage and administer.”

PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Bandar Sunway - Making Waves at Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016

Sunway Lagoon’s Flow Rider, Malaysia’s first surf simulator, was the stage for an enthralling display of flips and jumps at the Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016. For the first time ever, the finals of the region’s premier flow boarding competition was held in Malaysia.

The day saw the best flow boarders from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia take to the waves vying for the opportunity to represent Asia at the upcoming World Championships in October 2016.



Flow boarders competed across 6 categories that comprised of, Pro Men and Women Flowboard, Pro Men’s Bodyboard, Open Men and Women Flowboard, and Open Men Bodyboard.

This year’s finals were attended by Yang Berhormat Elizabeth Wong, Selangor Executive State Council Member of Tourism, Consumer Affairs, and Environment.

The winners of the Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016 who will go on to represent Asia at the World Championships in Singapore this October 2016 are as below:



Categories
Winners
Open Women’s Flowboard
  1. Zaalim – Thailand
  2. Bam Insinee – Thailand
  3. Zara Dhanji - Thailand

Open Men’s Flowboard
  1. Isara Singto - Thailand
  2. Ridhwan Salleh – Singapore
  3. Panpoth Mahasaranon - Thailand
Open Men’s Bodyboard
  1. Kobe Dhanji - Thailand
  2. Hezro Babad – Malaysia
  3. Syed Auzy Rizvi - Malaysia
Pro Women’s Flowboard
  1. Nur Alysha – Singapore
  2. Melissa Kamil – Singapore
  3. Annissa Flynn - Thailand

Pro Men’s Flowboard
  1. Nazri Salim – Thailand
  2. Trongklod BM – Thailand
  3. Siva O - Thailand
Pro Men’s Bodyboard
  1. Nazri Salim – Thailand
  2. Ismaizal Ismail – Malaysia
  3. Syuqri - Malaysia
Best Teams
  1. Team Thailand
  2. Team Singapore
  3. Team Malaysia

PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS and NetApp Now Shipping Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel Solutions

A June 2016 Gartner report, “The Future of Storage Protocols,” said that “storage networking investments are becoming a critical top priority due to the adoption of high-throughput, solid-state and flash storage… Storage performance bottlenecks are moving out of arrays and into the storage network, so Fibre Channel will remain as the data center storage protocol of choice for the next decade.” Fibre Channel is generally accepted as the lowest latency and most reliable network infrastructure for storage, while Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology enables organizations to address their performance, reliability, and scalability requirements for the all-flash data center, new data center architectures and next-generation storage technologies.

Brocade today announced continued momentum for its Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking solutions with availability from its key OEM partners, including Dell EMC, Fujitsu and NetApp. This announcement is in addition to Hitachi Data Systems shipping Brocade® Gen 6 directors, blade and switch since July, reinforcing Fibre Channel as the protocol of choice for mission-critical enterprise storage. Brocade has been first to market with its Gen 6 Fibre Channel solutions comprised of the Brocade X6 directors, Brocade SX6 extension blade and Brocade G620 switch. Combined with Brocade Fabric Vision™ technology, Gen 6 Fibre Channel products enable customers to drive always-on business operations, eliminate performance bottlenecks and adapt to the requirements of digital organizations.

PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Dimension Data & AIG Malaysia Partner to Offer End to End Cyber Security Protection

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Dimension Data (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and AIG Malaysia Insurance Berhad have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer clients more extensive end-to-end cyber security solutions tailored to their risk profiles.

The partnership, piloted in Malaysia, brings together the cyber security capabilities of Dimension Data to assess the risk level of an organisation’s IT systems and AIG’s CyberEdge insurance, which provides the insurance coverage, access to tools, and best practices to increase their security posture.

Retail companies are becoming increasingly popular targets, as they often process large volumes of personal information, including credit card data, in highly distributed environments with many endpoints and point of service devices. Such diverse environments can be difficult to protect.

Dimension Data & AIG MOU – 02: (From left) Herbet Bockers, Chief Operating Officer, Dimension Data Asia Pacific; Antony Lee, Chief Executive Officer, AIG Malaysia; Henrick Choo, Managing Director, Dimension Data Malaysia; Anwer Yusoff, Head of CyberSecurity Indsutry & Business Development, CyberSecurity Malaysia; and Jason Kelly, Head of Liabilities & Financial Lines, Greater China & Australasia, officiating the new partnership which brings together the cyber security capabilities of Dimension Data and AIG’s CyberEdge® to meet the needs of organisations for an extensive risk management solution.

PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Limelight Networks Expands Content Delivery With New Point-of-Presence and Increases Capacity More Than 200% In Malaysia

Limelight Networks, Inc., a global leader in digital content delivery, today announced the addition of a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Kuala Lumpur as part of the company’s ongoing expansion and performance improvement of its global content delivery network (CDN). The new PoP provides increased capacity, reliability and significantly faster network speeds.

According to Jaheer Abbas, Southeast Asia Regional Director at Limelight Networks, it is important for Limelight Networks to provide the highest possible quality performance globally and the company has been expanding its network throughout the Asia Pacific region.

The new PoP will allow Limelight to better help businesses in Malaysia take advantage of the tremendous market opportunity by delivering online experiences that meet and exceed their customers’ expectations. The Malaysia PoP is the latest development in Limelight’s broader focus on investing and expanding in the Asia Pacific region. In the past year in APAC, Limelight has increased capacity by more than 200 percent and grown the number of PoPs by 50 percent.

PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Philips izzy multiroom speaker range

Listening to the same music throughout your home was never easier than with Philips’ izzy BM5 wireless multiroom speakers.

Philips izzy BM5, a compact multiroom speaker
with a minimalist appearance and simple interface

While other systems require consumers to install apps and struggle with their routers, izzy lets you connect via Bluetooth and share your music throughout your home and garden with the tap of just one button. Using ‘izzylink’ wireless technology, you create a wireless network instantly. Simply play music on one izzy speaker and press the ‘Group’ button to play the same music on other in-range izzy speakers.

Enjoy music from any source

Offering an extended range of playback possibilities, it doesn’t matter if you love your FM radio or still prefer your beloved CD collection. Izzy can stream all sorts of audio to your speaker system.

Available in sand and white colors, the retail price of Philips izzy BM5 is RM 599. Philips izzy BM5 is now available at nationwide retails.

PR - Sep 19, 2016 - MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera empower the future of Malaysia’s Digital Economy with big data skills training for academic institutions

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Iverson Associates and Cloudera today jointly announced that Sunway University, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), have joined the Cloudera Academic Partnership (CAP) programme. CAP is designed to help academic institutions empower their students with big data analytics skillsets by developing a holistic academic initiative that equips both teaching staff and students with complete industry-standard Hadoop curriculum.

With this announcement, the total number of CAP universities in Malaysia has reached seven. The other academic institutions that have earlier joined the programme include Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Multimedia University (MMU). As part of this collaboration, these seven universities will be a part of the first 10 universities in Malaysia to sign up for CAP and receive paid training for lecturers focusing on Apache Hadoop curriculums.

How does Cloudera Academic Partnership Programme work?

Through the Cloudera CAP programme, Cloudera offers partner educational institutions with a complete, paid, industry-standard Hadoop curriculum that schools can incorporate into their courses. Teaching staff and students affiliated with the partnership programme institutions can freely download a wide selection of Cloudera supplementary training material and receive discounts on all Cloudera Certification examinations. Teaching staff also qualify for deep discounts on Cloudera University professional training delivered by Cloudera's team of expert Hadoop instructors, and benefit from up-to-date classroom tools, instructor forums, dedicated programme support, and the world's largest Hadoop knowledge base.

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