IT News Week 1 Nov 2016

For IT News Week 5 Oct 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 4, 2016 - Parents Lack Visibility and Control over Kids’ Online Activity, Study Shows
  • PR - Nov 4, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini PC Makes Life Amazing
  • PR - Nov 3, 2016 - Singapore - New Cybersecurity Jobs Index from ISACA Shows Skills Gap is Growing
  • PR - Nov 3, 2016 - PIKOM ICT Awards Nov 2016
  • PR - Nov 2, 2016 - Santa Clara, Calif. - SonicWall Announces Spin Out from Dell Software Group
  • PR - Nov 2, 2016 - Microsoft unveils Microsoft Teams
  • PR - Oct 31, 2016 - SysArmy Wins Prestigious Malaysia Cyber Security Innovation Award 2016
  • PR - Oct 31, 2016 - Acronis Expands Service Providers’ Portfolio with File Sync & Share

PR - Nov 4, 2016 - Parents Lack Visibility and Control over Kids’ Online Activity, Study Shows

Parents need to do more to protect their kids from the growing number of online threats, but many currently lack visibility of the dangers their children are facing. New research from Kaspersky Lab reveals that only a quarter (26%) use parental control software to help restrict their kids’ activity online. Worryingly, among those parents who haven’t installed parental control features, one in five (21%) believe that it is better for children to learn how to use the Internet safely themselves.

Kaspersky Lab offers a range of security solutions that help the whole family browse the Internet in safety. With Kaspersky Safe Kids, for example, parents can guard their children against online risks, monitor kids’ locations and manage their ‘device time’. With solutions like this in place, parents can have peace of mind that their kids are benefiting from all of the advantages of the online world – in terms of communication and learning – without suffering from its dangers.

PR - Nov 4, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini PC Makes Life Amazing

BIOSTAR is pleased to share the perfect life companion if you’re looking for computing solution that goes with you wherever you go or you just need to maximize space. The BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini-PC is unlike any laptop you’ve used before. Laptops tend to be heavy and have a consistent size and volume to them, offers no customization and most of all, are almost always expensive. Tablets on the other hand are just not useful for productivity and business tasks, have limited I/O ports, and aren’t made for long-term usage not to mention that again, they’re also expensive.

Featuring support for the BIOSTAR’s signature VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN modding features that allow customization of BIOSTAR motherboards to feature customizable LED lighting, the RACING P1 also implements this feature and supports customizable LED lighting and LED strips via the 5050 header allowing a really personalized mini PC. To add to the personalized styling, the RACING P1 reflects its naming with a carbon fibre design top shell and RACING logo to bring out a unique sense of personal style.

RACING P1 Specifications
Z8350 Quad core 1.92G/ Fanless
Micro SDXC card reader
802.11 AC + BT4.0(onboard)
Combo Jack
20W ( 5V, 4A)

PR - Nov 3, 2016 - Singapore - New Cybersecurity Jobs Index from ISACA Shows Skills Gap is Growing

The recent launch of the national Cybersecurity Strategy by the Singapore government has underscored the local cybersecurity skills gap. However, this growing demand for cybersecurity professionals is something that has been reflected globally.

For example, a recent Cybersecurity Job Index by ISACA found that 59 percent of security professionals said that fewer than half of job candidates are qualified at time of hire, approximately a 10 percent increase from the previous year.

To help Asia Pacific organizations address these challenges and assist individuals in advancing their cyber careers, global business technology and cybersecurity association ISACA will host the first CSX 2016 Asia Pacific conference in Singapore, 14-16 November 2016.

Registration for CSX Asia Pacific is at Attendees can earn up to 32 continuing professional education credits at conference workshops and breakout sessions. For details on CSX guidance, training, tools and certifications, visit

PR - Nov 3, 2016 - PIKOM ICT Awards Nov 2016

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) recently held its much anticipated PIKOM ICT Awards Night 2016 – which saw over 33 winners and merit awards presented to local companies, individuals and students who distinguished themselves with industry-leading innovation and ideas that certainly point to bright prospects for the Malaysian ICT industry.

(L to R) C.S Ong, Chin Chee Seong, Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Tan Sri Mohamad Sidek bin Haji Hassan, YBhg. Dato' Seri Dr. Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Dato' Seri Ivan Teh and Ganesh Kumar Bangah

In a star-studded, gala evening, the Awards night saw accolades distributed for both the PIKOM Industry Leadership Awards (PILA) and the MSC Malaysia’s APICTA 2016 (APICTA) awards. Winners included familiar and new industry names as well as the promising young talents of Malaysia’s future – school and college.

Award Category
Organisation/ Institution
Product/ Project
ACE EdVenture Studio Sdn. Bhd.
ChemCaper Act 1 Petticles in Peril
E-Government & Public Sector
Bestinet Sdn. Bhd.
Foreign Workers Centralized Management System (FWCMS)
Communication Applications
Blue Caller Sdn. Bhd.
BlueCaller Interactive Agent Assistant
Industrial Applications
Prestige Atlantic Asia Sdn. Bhd.
CPS Enterprise
Retail & Supply Chain Management
KAT Solutions Sdn. Bhd.
Financial Applications
ManagePay Technologies Sdn. Bhd.
MPAY ParcelPay Collection on Deliver (COD) Solutions
Applications and Infrastructure
Authentic Venture Sdn. Bhd.
Tourism and Hospitality
Albatrozz Sdn. Bhd.
Start-Up Companies
Easy Parcel Sdn. Bhd.
Platform for Courier Services
Media & Entertainment Technology
Digital Durian Sdn. Bhd.
Didi & Friends

PR - Nov 2, 2016 - Santa Clara, Calif. - SonicWall Announces Spin Out from Dell Software Group

Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, and Elliott Management today announced the completion of the acquisition of Dell Software Group and the spin out of SonicWall as an independent company. SonicWall, known for its 25 years of innovation in the cybersecurity industry, protects more than a million customer networks worldwide.

Bill Conner, CEO, SonicWall

In conjunction with the creation of an independent SonicWall, the company named cybersecurity and networking veteran Bill Conner as its President and CEO. Conner previously served as CEO of Silent Circle and CEO of Entrust as well as President of Data Networks and then President of Enterprise Networks at Nortel Networks.

This year, SonicWall has achieved several key milestones including:
  • The number of new partners offering SonicWall’s solutions grew by 20 percent in the last year.
  • For the eighth straight year, SonicWall is the North American market share leader in the small and midsized enterprise Internet Security Appliance market.
  • SonicWall’s Capture Advanced Threat Prevention Service has analyzed more than four million suspicious files since the service’s launch in August.

PR - Nov 2, 2016 - Microsoft unveils Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled Microsoft Teams, a new chat-based workspace that further enhances the collaboration capabilities in Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based productivity offering with more than 85 million monthly active commercial users. Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations, content and the tools teams need to collaborate.

Microsoft Teams is built on four core promises:
  • Chat for today’s teams.
  • A hub for teamwork.
  • Customizable for each team.
  • Security that teams trust.

Starting Nov 2nd, the preview of Microsoft Teams is available to Office 365 commercial customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans. The preview is available in 181 countries and 18 languages. Office 365 IT administrators can enable Microsoft Teams for their organization from the Office 365 admin center.

PR - Oct 31, 2016 - SysArmy Wins Prestigious Malaysia Cyber Security Innovation Award 2016

Sysarmy Sdn Bhd (‘Sysarmy’), a wholly owned subsidiary under Systech Bhd, today announces it has won the prestigious Malaysia Cyber Security Award for Cyber Security Innovation for Year 2016.

The Malaysia Cyber Security Awards were created by Cybersecurity Malaysia since 2010 to honor individuals and organizations who contributed to Malaysia's cyber security or information security. The awards are conferred in recognition of their innovativeness, commitment, industry/product/service leadership, and sound business strategies. This year, there are 7 categories of awards including Cyber Security Individual Professionals, Companies, Innovations, Projects, Outreach, CyberSafe Profesional and Individual with lifetime achievement.

Hon Fun Ping, CEO, Swsarmy

Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of Cybersecurity Malaysia says, Sysarmy couldn’t be a more worthy winner of the Malaysia Cyber Security Award 2016 for Cyber Security Innovation. Congratulations to Sysarmy for the achievement. We are certainly proud of this 100% local Malaysian company that has proved its mettle by giving the market one of its most urgently IT support for business, which is ICT security solutions and services.”

CEO of Sysarmy, Hon Fun Ping, attributes the company’s momentous win to the overall adoption of its flagship IT Security offering in the Malaysian market.

PR - Oct 31, 2016 - Acronis Expands Service Providers’ Portfolio with File Sync & Share

Acronis is pleased to announce the launch of the new Acronis Files Cloud today.

First, it enables Service Providers to utilize their own data storage infrastructure, rebrand the service, and bundle it with their existing services and data protection products such as backup or disaster recovery. Bundled services increase customer retention rates. With Acronis Files Cloud, customers not only have complete control over their data, but also the knowledge where the data is physically stored. This is critical when complying with local or national data sovereignty regulations.

Second, Acronis Files Cloud, similar to other Acronis products, has a simple licensing model. It lets Service Providers to set their own margins and start providing services without any upfront investment in software. Acronis helps Service Providers to offer the most services at the best possible prices, enabling them to focus on building their customer base.

The technology behind Acronis Files Cloud has already been in production for almost a decade, powering Acronis Access Advanced, which is an on-premise enterprise class solution trusted for security and performance by a number of Fortune 500 financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, and public sector firms, with hundreds of thousands users.

Acronis Files Cloud is also future proof. For data storage, it is integrated with the recently released Acronis Storage, the world’s leading software-defined storage solution with built-in Acronis CloudRAID™ redundancy and Acronis Notary™ with blockchain data watermarking.