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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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

IT News Week 2 Apr 2016

For IT News Week 5 Mar 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 14, 2016 - Dangerous Online Habits: Malaysians Should Be Concerned
  • Ovum - Apr 13, 2016 - Privacy Shield unlikely to go ahead without further amendments
  • PR - Apr 13, 2016 - HTC Unveiled the Power of 10
  • PR - Apr 13, 2016 - Huntkey Industrial Adapter Shines at ISC West 2016
  • PR - Apr 13, 2016 - Cloudera leads industry collaboration to groom more data professionals in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 13, 2016 - ECS takes the skies with DJI drones and cameras
  • PR - Apr 13, 2016 - LSE announces a number of new product updates for multi-factor authentication
  • PR - Apr 12, 2016 - Thunder Match Technologies, Intel and Microsoft Collaborate to bring Malaysians the new STOM SPECTRUM i100 2-in-1
  • PR - Apr 12, 2016 - Singapore Airlines to adopt next generation Amadeus Revenue Management technology
  • PR - Apr 8, 2016 - Journey to a Modern Data Culture with Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016
  • PR - Apr 8, 2016 - SAS Malaysia’s New Software Revenue Grew 32 Percent in 2015, Named Best Place to Work for Third Consecutive Year
  • PR - Apr 8, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Released New Version of Kaspersky Security for Windows Server with Protection against Cryptomalware
  • PR - Apr 6, 2016 - Tata Comm: Air France-KLM invests in a next-generation network
  • Juniper Research - Apr 6, 2016 - Uber, Lyft & Other Ride Sharing Services to See Revenues Double by 2020, Reaching $6.5 Billion
  • PR - Apr 4, 2016 - UOB Malaysia sees a growing number of its regional corporate clients expanding into Southeast Asia through Penang

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Malaysia Sees High Investment Growth from MSC Companies

Apr 11, 2016 -

Despite global economic challenges, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation, announced significant growth in investments and export sales from MSC Malaysia companies in 2015.

As the lead agency responsible for driving Malaysia’s digital economy, MDEC registered a growth of 56 per cent in Approved Investments and Foreign Direct Investments in 2015. Total investments inflow from MSC Malaysia companies reached RM19.8bil last year. The agency recorded highest increase in new investments since MSC Malaysia’s establishment in 1996 (RM 4.6bil in 2015).

Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, MDec

“2015 was a significant year for us. New investments inflow reached a 20-year record high and for the first time ever, export sales for MSC Malaysia exceeded our expectations. MSC Malaysia’s performance and growth is testament to the progress we are making in executing our Digital Economy strategy as well as boosting investors’ confidence and faith in our local ICT industry,” said Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Brocade to Acquire Ruckus Wireless to Build a Networking Company for the Digital Transformation Era

Apr 5, 2016:

Brocade has announced that it will acquire Ruckus Wireless. The combined company is expected to be #1 in storage area networking, #1 in service provider Wi-Fi, #2 in data center networking, #3 in enterprise wireless LAN, and #3 in enterprise edge networking in the U.S. and EMEA. The acquisition will add Ruckus’ higher-growth, wireless products to Brocade’s market-leading networking solutions. It will also significantly strengthen Brocade’s strategic presence in the broader service provider space, with Ruckus’ market-leading Wi-Fi position.

Brocade expects the transaction to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings by its first quarter of fiscal 2017. The Ruckus organization will be led by current Ruckus CEO, Selina Lo, and report directly to Brocade CEO, Lloyd Carney. Ruckus stockholders will receive $6.45 in cash and 0.75 shares of Brocade common stock for each share of Ruckus common stock. Based on the closing price of Brocade’s stock on April 1, 2016, the transaction values Ruckus at a price of $14.43 per common share, or approximately $1.5 billion. Net of estimated cash acquired, the transaction value is approximately $1.2 billion. The cash portion of the purchase price will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and new bank term loan financing.

Lloyd Carney, CEO, BrocadeSelina Lo, CEO, Ruckus

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Key Features of SQL Server 2016

Microsoft launched MSSQL Server 2016 on Apr 8, 2016 in Malaysia (in KL) following an event for public briefing and preview.

Key Features of SQL Server 2016

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 was built to help businesses rethink their data strategies with today’s challenges. It supports hybrid transactional/analytical processing, advanced analytics and machine learning, mobile BI, data integration, always encrypted query processing capabilities and in-memory transactions with persistence.

Key Features include:
  • Stretch Database technology is an industry first and allows customers to dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data to Azure so operational data is always accessible. This also enables customers to have a cost-effective data strategy while protecting their customer’s sensitive data.
  • Advanced analytics using our new R support that enables customers to do real-time predictive analytics on both operational and analytic data.
  • Ground-breaking security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory to deliver maximum security protection.
  • In-memory database support for every workload with performance increases up to 30-100x.
  • Business Intelligence for every employee on every device – including new mobile BI support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
  • Available on Linux in private preview, making SQL Server 2016 more accessible to a broader set of users
  • Unique cloud capabilities that enable customers to deploy hybrid architectures that partition data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems to save costs and increase agility

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Cloning a Licensed MS Windows VM

Tested using Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Oracle VirtualBox VM.

1.) When you activate a license key to an image and then use the image to clone another image, the key will not be valid at the clone.

MS Windows will be able to detect that the key has been used by another PC.

2.) In other words, Windows is able to identify that you are activating the license key in a VM sitting on a CPU as well.

Means you will not be able to use the same license key to activate another VM from another CPU.

3.) In order to reuse a clean VM of a licensed-key activated image, you have to first backup all files (i.e vdi file) to an external hard drive, before starting to mess up the active image.

After you have messed up the active image, restore it with the backup image from the external hard drive by overwriting all files (i.e vdi file).

4.) You can't fool MS Windows by cloning the VM image.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

MyIX Announces Lower Port Fees to Support Local ISPs & Other Players

Apr 4, 2016:

Malaysia Internet Exchange (“MyIX”) or also known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (“MCMC”), has reduced current port fees for all Malaysian Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) and other members effective 1st April 2016. This was announced during its 8th Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) held recently.

The reduction in fees is across the board for all port speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 10Gbps and is expected to save ISPs more than 10% of their existing monthly fees.

At the recently held MyIX AGM, the present Executive / Steering Committee was mostly retained with Chiew (AIMS Data Centre Berhad) re-elected as MyIX Chairman while Lim Chee Meng (Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd) was re-elected as Deputy Chairman.

List of MyIX Committee Members for Term 2016-2017:

Position Name
Chairman AIMS Data Centre Bhd (Chiew Kok Hin)
Deputy Chairman Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd (Lim Chee Meng)
Secretary Celcom Axiata Bhd (Wan Mohd Nizam Wan Ismail)
Assistant Secretary DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Eric Soo Chee Hong)
Treasurer MyKRIS Asia Sdn Bhd (Chew Choo Soon)
Committee Member Telekom Malaysia Bhd (Filzah Md Yassin)
Committee Member TT dotCom Sdn Bhd (Mohd Hanizam Mohammed)
Committee Member REDtone Engineering and Network Services Sdn Bhd (Ong Cheok Seong)
Committee Member YTL Communications Sdn Bhd (Tan Wei Hwang)

Monday, April 04, 2016

KellyOCG Issues Media Commentary in response to 'Malaysia Brain Drain Reaching Critical Stage' Article

Mar 29, 2016, by Anthony Raja Devavoss,Asia Pacific Vice President, KELLYOCG

KellyOCG (Malaysia) today is issuing this Media Commentary via ANTHONY RAJA DEVADOSS, Vice President Asia Pacific, Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group, in response to ASEAN TODAY's recent 18th March 2016 article entitled Malaysia's brain drain reaching critical stage which stated out the dire state of the country's perennial brain drain issue, highlighting the following main points:-
  • 26% of Malaysians who have US$30 million of investable assets are planning to migrate within the next 10 years. This is much higher than the average rate of 16% in the region.
  • Economic reasons are the main push, with 84% of Malaysian jobseekers are willing to pack up and leave for an overseas job just so that their lives would be better.
  • World Bank study showed that 72% of those Malaysians who have migrated do so for better career opportunities.
  • In 2015, there were 2,206 Employees Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawals by Malaysians leaving the country, as compared to 1,787 in 2014.
  • As of 2011, about one million Malaysians are overseas - a substantial number considering that the population of Malaysia is about 30 million.
  • 2 out of 10 Malaysian professionals eventually leave the country.
  • The poor economic climate is the main reason, with over 6,500 employees from 114 companies who have been laid off. About 78% of them are from the finance and insurance sectors.
  • Malaysia's shortage in talent will drive more MNCs - which set up business in Malaysia in the earlier 5 years, to move away to set up facilities and invest in neighbouring ASEAN markets including Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.
  • Over the last five years, TalentCorp only managed to attract a 3,600 professionals and skilled workers back to the country.


The recent ASEAN TODAY article hits the nation's brain drain issue right on its head, and accurately depicts the alarming state of the deteriorating state of continual HR talent losses from this market.

While the Malaysian government is making considerable efforts to address this, corporations and organizations (Private and Public sector, MNCs and SMEs) need to see the urgency of acting in their own capacity to help themselves - since business productivity and sustainability cannot rely on expecting this massive problem being resolved by the government anytime soon.

So what can employers do? What actions do corporations take to resolve the issue of INSUFFICENT HR TALENT & RESOURCES?

Immediately, they need to prioritize having a TALENT SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (SCM) strategy today! If you don't have one, start one now. If you already have one, ramp-up the effort to activate it.

Acronis World Backup Day Global Survey Shows 1 in 3 People Have Suffered Data Loss

Mar 31, 2016:

and 11% are Willing to Pay $500 or More to Recover Lost Files ...

A new global study sponsored by Acronis®, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, reveals a growing understanding about the value of, and attitudes toward, the protection of personal data on computers, mobile phones and tablet devices. Nearly half of survey respondents have more than four devices in a household to protect and 45 percent of survey respondents fear losing photos and videos the most. Security and privacy were cited as key requirements for backing up data.

Emerging concerns for personal data protection

The traditional fears of hardware failure and accidental deletion are no longer the sole reasons people fear data loss. Cyber-threats like ransomware, a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system and its data until a sum of money is paid, is a growing threat to individuals and businesses. According to Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI and the nonprofit National White Collar Crime Center, between April 2014 and June 2015, the IC3 received 992 CryptoWall-related (ransomware) complaints, with victims reporting losses totaling over $18 million.

According to Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2015, Singapore suffers from malware attacks in banking ahead of other countries, with 11.6% of surveyed users targeted at least once by banking Trojans throughout the year. Backup is one effective recovery option for CryptoWall and malware-related attacks.

The data protection survey, conducted by Acronis with Google Consumer Surveys, focused on understanding data protection behavior. Key findings from the more than 4,000 individuals include:
  • The most important data protection features were security (cited by 30% of respondents), ease-of-use at 36%, and privacy at 26%.
  • 46% have more than four devices (computers, laptops, smart phones) in their homes.
  • Currently, 38% back up to external drives and 30% back up to the cloud.
  • 58% percent of consumers back up at night and 27% backup while watching TV.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

IT News Week 5 Mar 2016

For IT News Week 4 Mar 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 1, 2016 - Huawei reports revenue of CNY395 billion in 2015
  • PR - Apr 1, 2016 - Symantec : Most prevalent Android ransomware in the West arrives in Japan
  • PR - Apr 1, 2016 - Microsoft’s Lumia 650 now up for grabs via pre-order, starting today!
  • PR - Mar 31, 2016 - Accessories for Diffractive Optical Elements
  • PR - Mar 31, 2016 - Paragon Software Celebrates World Backup Day with a Gift Offering of 100 Free Licenses of Backup and Recovery 15 Home
  • PR - Mar 31, 2016 - Oracle Unveils Suite of Breakthrough Services to Help Simplify Cloud Adoption
  • PR - Mar 31, 2016 - Malaysian University Tunku Abdul Rahman joins Cloudera Academic Partnership to empower students with big data analytics skillsets
  • PR - Mar 30, 2016 - IBM Named Hybrid Cloud Development Platform Leader in TBR Survey
  • PR - Mar 30, 2016 - Steltix Version Workbench Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • PR - Mar 29, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - Giada Launches the Super-Compact i80
  • PR - Mar 28, 2016 - Central Market and 11street Take 19th Century Malaysian Handicrafts Online

Google searches reveal interests and concerns of different demographic groups

The study by academics at Warwick Business School, UK, found that while internet users in US states with higher birth rates search for more information about pregnancy, those in states with lower birth rates look up more information about cats.

However, analysis of the relationship between Google search data and the number of infant deaths per 1,000 births showed that internet users in US states with higher infant mortality rates search for more information on credit, loans and sexually transmitted diseases.

Using the Google Correlate service, the researchers - Adrian Letchford, Tobias Preis and Suzy Moat, of Warwick Business School’s Data Science Lab – sifted through millions of potential correlations with birth rates and infant mortality rates.

However, the researchers highlight that such analyses require careful statistical precautions to avoid identification of spurious correlations – a danger when handling large datasets.

Their paper, titled Quantifying the search behaviour of different demographics using Google Correlate and published in PLOS ONE, introduces a method to address this problem.