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Independent ICT content provider - get informed, get liberated, get free Larry Ellison: Oracle Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for OLTP, and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads than Amazon DBaaS.



Updated: 2016-09-28T13:57:37.324+08:00

 



IT News Week 4 Sep 2016

2016-09-24T08:14:22.315+08:00

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 ATMsPR - Sep 22, 2016 - MediaMath Partners MobileWalla to Help Marketers Expand Target Audience SegmentsPR - Sep 22, 2016 - Sophos Placed in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant for Fifth Consecutive YearPR - Sep 21, 2016 - Bandar Sunway - Making Waves at Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS and NetApp Now Shipping Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel SolutionsPR - Sep 20, 2016 - Dimension Data & AIG Malaysia Partner to Offer End to End Cyber Security ProtectionPR - Sep 20, 2016 - Limelight Networks Expands Content Delivery With New Point-of-Presence and Increases Capacity More Than 200% In MalaysiaPR - Sep 20, 2016 - Philips izzy multiroom speaker rangePR - Sep 19, 2016 - MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera empower the future of Malaysia’s Digital Economy with big data skills training for academic institutionsPR - Sep 23, 2016 - Biometric skimmers are here: Kaspersky Lab Examine Near-Future Threats to ATMsKaspersky 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 regionWith 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 MediaMathRahul 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’[...]



Oracle Beats Amazon Web Services in Head-to-Head Cloud Database Comparison

2016-09-23T19:18:42.821+08:00

Sep 20, 2016 - Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco: Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison today demonstrated that Amazon databases are 20 years behind the latest release of the Oracle Database in the Cloud. In his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Ellison shared detailed analysis that showed that Oracle Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for OLTP, and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads than Amazon DBaaS. Ellison also showed that the Oracle Cloud is optimized for running Oracle Database while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is not. An Oracle Database running on the Oracle Cloud is up to 24X faster than an Oracle Database running on AWS.Larry Ellison during keynote at the Oracle OpenWorld 2016“Oracle’s new technologies will drive the Cloud databases and infrastructure of the future,” said Ellison. “Amazon are decades behind in every database area that matters, and their systems are more closed than mainframe computers.”Ellison also announced the availability of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in the Oracle Cloud with the launch of the new Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service. This service provides the full enterprise edition of the Oracle Database running on the database-optimized Exadata infrastructure. Starting at just $175 per month, Ellison showed this Cloud service is lower cost than similar offerings from Amazon.With the launch of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in the Cloud first, Oracle has demonstrated that the Oracle Cloud is the most optimized, complete and integrated Cloud for Oracle Database. The latest release provides organizations of all sizes with access to the world’s fastest, most scalable and reliable database technology in a cost-effective and open Cloud environment. In addition, the world’s #1 database includes a series of innovations that add state-of-the-art technology while preserving customer investments and supporting their transition to the Cloud.Ellison shared detailed analysis during his keynote that showed how the new Oracle DBaaS delivers unparalleled performance for analytics, online transaction processing (OLTP) and mixed database workloads. In a direct comparison between Oracle DBaaS and Amazon databases, Ellison shared the following analysis:Oracle Cloud Database is dramatically faster than Amazon Cloud Databases:Oracle Cloud is up to 105X faster for analytics than Amazon RedshiftOracle Cloud is up to 35X faster for OLTP than Amazon AuroraAmazon is 20 years behind Oracle in database technologyAmazon Aurora is missing critical OLTP features that Oracle shipped 20 years ago, including scalable read-write clusters, parallel SQL and the ability to replicate encrypted databasesAmazon Redshift is missing critical analytics features that Oracle shipped 20 years ago, including table partitioning, materialized views, support for rich data types and sophisticated query optimizationAmazon databases do not support mixed workloadsOracle runs analytics workloads 1000+ times faster than Amazon AuroraOracle runs OLTP workloads 1000+ times faster than Amazon RedshiftAmazon databases are more closed than IBM Mainframe databases, and are not compatible with on-premise enterprise database applicationsAmazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift and Amazon DynamoDB only run on AWSWith AWS, organizations can’t use dev/test for on-premises, can’t use disaster protection for on-premises, management is incompatible with on-premisesAmazon databases are not compatible with existing enterprise database applications such as Oracle, DB2, SQL Server and Teradata and force organizations to throw away decades of on-premises investmentsEllison also demonstrated that AWS is not optimized for the Oracle Database:Oracle Database is up to 24X faster for analytics on the Oracle Cloud Platform than on Amazon Web ServicesOracle Database is up to 8X faster for OLTP on the Oracle Cloud Platform than on Amazon Web ServicesAWS has limited storage performance: Amazon Elastic Block Stor[...]



IT News Week 3 Sep 2016

2016-09-17T14:37:24.395+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Sep 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Sep 15, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed for the Digital EraPR - Sep 14, 2016 - Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Global Driver Satisfaction IndexPR - Sep 14, 2016 - MACH-ing a unique internship for the digital generationPR - Sep 14, 2016 - Siemens launches new lean paperless manufacturing solution, reduces engineering and operation effortPR - Sep 13, 2016 - Barracuda Backup Enhancements to Further Safeguard Against Ransomware AttacksPR - Sep 12, 2016 - Biostar Tops ITX Series With Flagship Racing Z170GTN MotherboardPR - Sep 15, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed for the Digital EraGartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2021, video will account for about 70 percent of mobile data traffic. With cloud services, video streaming, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile connectivity growing at exponential rates, organizations must ensure that the infrastructure they deploy today can support dramatic future traffic growth. At the same time, as network operational complexity continues to grow, improved visibility and automation are becoming essential to achieving business agility.To meet these requirements, Brocade today announced the Brocade® SLX™ 9850, a next-generation data center routing solution designed to support the exponential growth in network traffic and deliver the advanced functionality that organizations require as they accelerate their digital transformation.The SLX 9850 router includes embedded Brocade SLX Insight Architecture™ to deliver pervasive network visibility for unparalleled insight to meet increasingly stringent service levels. The SLX 9850 also takes advantage of Brocade Workflow Composer™ to provide server-based, DevOps-style network automation that integrates across IT domains for end-to-end workflow automation. The extensible SLX 9850 provides industry-leading density, scale and performance for 10/40/100GbE data center use cases.PR - Sep 14, 2016 - MACH-ing a unique internship for the digital generationMicrosoft Malaysia’s (“Microsoft’s”) Intern to MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) organized its third annual TechFemme event, to celebrate gender diversity in technology and inspire more young women to pursue a career in IT.Held on 10 September at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, the Malaysia version of the APAC-wide event saw distinguished speakers such as Datin Rowena Florece, HR Director, Microsoft Malaysia; Jasmine Begum, Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Malaysia and Emerging Markets; Sulin Lau, Head of Marketing Services, Maxis Berhad; Kym Lim, Managing Director, HP Malaysia and Jessica Li, co-founder of Dah Makan, speaking to a crowd of about 150 university students.Organizing TechFemme is an example of how Microsoft creates a customized learning experience for its interns through its robust Intern to MACH program. The Intern to MACH program is aimed at building a strong talent pipeline for Microsoft Malaysia, and adding to the diversity of the organization.The over 150 participants at TechFemme 2016, held at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus on 10 September.PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Global Driver Satisfaction IndexWhere in the world are the best and worst places to be a driver? The overall Driver Satisfaction Index is made up by analyzing millions of monthly active Waze users in 38 countries and 235 metros to critique their traffic conditions, road safety, driver services, road quality, socio economic climate & Wazeyness from satisfying (10) to miserable (1).The Netherlands comes out on top with an average satisfaction score of 7.54 with France and America coming second and third respectively. Propping up the table is El Salvador who rank as the worst place to drive[...]



Malaysian Prepaid & Postpaid Mobile Plans Comparison

2016-09-16T17:19:56.601+08:00

Check out this article (by CompareHero.my) which tips on choosing mobile plan - four factors to consider:

  • Usage
  • Extra Features
  • Convenience
  • Flexibility

In my personal opinion, I chose Maxis Postpaid notwithstanding the following reasons:

  • Loyalty - My first sim card was Maxis prepaid
  • Coverage - Based on experience, Maxis offers a better coverage in Klang Valley
  • Pricing - I am not so particular about pricing yet, currently, I am paying RM 88 for just a 1GB data plan
  • Data plan - I admit that my data plan does not offer big value for money, however, I am not a heavy data plan user because I subscribed to other broadband plans at home and workplace.
  • Payment - I make payment monthly online, no hassle - the bill also arrives timely monthly (very important).

It also offers comparison charts between prepaid and postpaid for Maxis, Digi, Celcom & UMobile.





Siemens International Press Trip 2016 : Digitalization Increases Competiveness

2016-09-16T15:51:54.329+08:00

Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, recently concluded an event entitled “How digitalization increases competitiveness in Southeast Asia”, where it brought together various spokespersons and customers, namely Evonik and PSA Singapore Terminals, to present the topic of Digitalization through a series of panel discussions and facility tours.

Day 1 – How Digitalization increases competitiveness in the Chemical Industry in Southeast Asia
Day 2 – Providing higher efficiency and safety with automated stacking cranes

The key findings from the panel sessions as well as spokespersons quotes, while enclosed below are the short summaries:

Siemens is paving the way towards industrial digitalization
  • Digitalization is a major trend and innovation driver, creating completely new business and growth opportunities for companies.
  • Siemens terms its approach to Digitalization and its way towards Industrie 4.0 the “Digital Enterprise”. With Digital Enterprise, Siemens provides optimum support for customers, regardless of their company size and the industry they are in, as they move towards Industrie 4.0.
  • Siemens paves the way to Digital Enterprise in process industries from Integrated Engineering to Integrated Operations, using a common data-backbone with Comos and Simatic PCS 7 with open interfaces, based on strong offerings for Industrial Communication, Industrial Security and Industrial Services.


Siemens is a leading provider of high-quality, reliable and flexible integrated automation and drive solutions for the Chemical industry
  • For the past three years, it has been providing digitalization solutions to Evonik Industries, a German specialty chemicals company, for its manufacturing plants in Singapore.
  • Since the operation of Evonik’s Methionine production complex in 2014, Siemens has supplied Totally Integrated Power (TIP), which provides a fully integrated energy management solution. It has enabled Evonik to minimize downtime and maximize energy efficiency, while simultaneously ensuring power quality and flexibility.
  • In May 2015, Siemens successfully installed an Efficient Plant Operation using Simatic PCS 7 Alarm Management Solution for Evonik Industries’ expanded oil additives plant in Jurong Island to reduce the alarm load in the control room by filtering, aggregating and prioritizing alarms.

As a close partner of the Cranes industry with more than 100 years of experience, Siemens has extensive knowledge concerning control and automation applications for cranes
  • Siemens possesses a wide range of cutting-edge components and systems to provide a holistic support to customers.
  • Siemens’ Simocrane technology platform covers the crane requirements arising in harbor applications and in the industrial sector of the steel and paper industry, in shipbuilding and in numerous other industrial applications.
  • Globally, more than 5,500 container cranes have been equipped with Siemens products, systems and solutions in the last decade.



Hitachi Targets US$6 Billion Video Security and Monitoring Market With New Video Management Platform Models and Strategic Partnerships

2016-09-14T16:18:27.232+08:00

Sep 14, 2016:

While video monitoring traditionally supported physical security only, it is now being used to support new applications - such as for improving traffic congestion, increasing industrial and operational efficiencies, and supporting workplace safety.

These applications are driving a flood of “big video” data that requires enterprise-class storage, fast data recall, expanded data security and little-to-no degradation to effectively support real-time monitoring and analysis. But while most enterprise customers today are looking to embrace digitalization to transform their businesses, many existing video storage and monitoring solutions still rely on legacy technologies and analogue video formats that cannot fully capitalise on IoT or support analytics and advanced technologies.

Hitachi Insight Group – which drives the company’s business for Smart Cities, Digital Energy and Industrial IoT, today announced introduced three Hitachi Video Management Platform (VMP) models to address this gap in the video security and monitoring market.



The new models are optimised for enterprise video security and monitoring environments, support video analytics, combine virtualized compute and storage, and are delivered as fully integrated, turnkey appliances. Hitachi VMP is built on trusted commercial technologies from the Hitachi Group family of companies, including Hitachi Data Systems’ (HDS) Virtual Storage Platform (VSP). Similar to the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), Hitachi VMP combines best-in-class storage, network and compute technologies delivered as a tightly integrated converged platform that is optimised for virtualized environments.

Now available in three configurations to support medium to large enterprise security environments ranging from 150 to 10,000 or more cameras, the Hitachi VMP 150, VMP 500 and VMP 1000 models deliver high availability with fully redundant, highly available storage; a converged platform with built-in virtualization and a scale-up architecture; segmentation to reduce the risk of data loss and complement security and compliance processes for government and highly-regulated industries; and compatibility with industry leading VMS software to ensure customers and system integrators can deploy with confidence.



UOB Malaysia partners Asian Banking School to launch finance industry’s first executive certification programme for SME bankers

2016-09-12T07:30:20.941+08:00

Sep 6, 2016: United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) has partnered the Asian Banking School (ABS), an affiliate institute of Bank Negara Malaysia, to launch the finance industry’s first executive certification programme designed for small- and medium-enterprise (SME) bankers in Malaysia. As Malaysian SMEs expand into new markets, they may face challenges such as international trade risk, gaining access to bank financing or adapting to unfamiliar business environments. Taking into account these difficulties, the UOB-ABS SME Banking Executive Certificate will impart specialist skills and the knowledge necessary for bankers to cater to the financial needs of small businesses. The three-month programme combines classroom-based, experiential training in the areas of credit and risk management, SME business models and client management. This includes cultivating stronger issue-resolution and collaboration skills, which will enable them to help customers overcome financial challenges and in turn, build long-term relationships. Upon completion of the programme, UOB Malaysia’s Business Banking officers will have a deeper understanding of the characteristics of SMEs, business trends as well as the challenges companies face in Malaysia. (Fourth from left) Mr Raymond Chui, Country Head, Business Banking, United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd; Mr Tan Choon Hin, Head of Group Business Banking, United Overseas Bank (Singapore) Ltd; Professor Colyn Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Banking School; and Ms Agnes Chew, Director of Training, Asian Banking School with the UOB-ABS SME Banking Executive Certificate programme trainers and participants.SMEs form the backbone of Malaysia’s economy, accounting for 97 per cent of the country’s business establishments and almost one-third of its gross domestic product. Most Malaysian SMEs operate in the services, wholesale trade and retail industries. With greater regional economic integration and more foreign products entering Malaysia’s market, there is a growing need for Malaysian companies to embark on regional expansion to tap into new market opportunities. According to Mr Raymond Chui, Head of Business Banking, UOB Malaysia, many SMEs are looking for cross-border opportunities and UOB Malaysia is well-placed to help its customers expand their reach and realise their growth ambitions. “We expect a greater number of our SME customers to seize opportunities abroad and to increase their export and import volume. Cross-border initiatives such as the ASEAN Economic Community, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and The Belt and Road that promote regional connectivity are providing the conditions for SMEs to make that leap and expand their business. “SMEs need bankers with specialist skills who understand what it takes to do business across borders, whether it is managing foreign exchange risk or navigating the regulatory landscape in different markets. Unlike large corporations, which typically have a dedicated unit to focus on growth and expansion, SMEs have to juggle between managing their day-to-day operational issues at home while still keeping an eye on their future development overseas. Understanding this challenge and providing the right solutions that are practical and timely can make all the difference to a growing business,” said Mr Chui. ABS Chief Executive Officer, Professor Colyn Gardner said that the school is pleased to be working with UOB Malaysia on this ground-breaking programme for SME bankers. “The UOB-ABS SME Banking Executive Certificate is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive approach to learning. The programme will be delivered by our in-house specialist training consultancy team who each have more than 30 years of experience at some of the world’s largest international banks. The training will enable participants to gain[...]



IT News Week 2 Sep 2016

2016-09-11T18:30:12.741+08:00

For IT News Week 5 Aug 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Sep 9, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Security Solutions Ranked #1 in all SE Labs Q2 TestsPR - Sep 9, 2016 - ISACA’s Inaugural CSX Conference in Singapore To Equip Cybersecurity Professionals with Guidance and TrainingPR - Sep 8, 2016 - Malaysian IoT Company N’osairis Technology Solutions Wins Prestigious 2016 TiE50 AwardPR - Sep 8, 2016 - Historic Dell and EMC Merger CompletePR - Sep 8, 2016 - Globe Enhances Customer Experience by Giving Customers a Real Voice with NICE SolutionPR - Sep 6, 2016 - Microsoft Appoints Homegrown G-Asiapacific as Microsoft CSP PartnerPR - Sep 5, 2016 - Dimension Data Listed Among Top 10 Fastest-Growing Consulting Service Providers, 2014-2015PR - Sep 5, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Expands Range of VR Gaming Ready Products with GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics CardPR - Sep 9, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Security Solutions Ranked #1 in all SE Labs Q2 TestsAccording to the results of security solutions testing conducted by SE Labs in Q2 2016, Kaspersky Lab products are the best solutions for small businesses, enterprises and home users. Kaspersky Small Office Security, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows and Kaspersky Internet Security all received the highest scores in testing, and were awarded with AAA certificates in all test categories.SE Labs experts assessed the effectiveness of different solutions based on two parameters: their ability to protect users from recent malware attacks, and the absence of false positives where legitimate software is incorrectly blocked. Each product was exposed to equal threats, all of which were live on the Internet at the time of testing.PR - Sep 9, 2016 - ISACA’s Inaugural CSX Conference in Singapore To Equip Cybersecurity Professionals with Guidance and Training Global IT and cybersecurity association ISACA, will host the first-ever CSX 2016 Asia Pacific conference in Singapore from 14-16 November 2016. The event will focus on practical cybersecurity solutions and guidance and allow attendees to explore trends and threats, exchange ideas and insights, and learn how to excel at defending their enterprises.CSX Asia Pacific features renowned keynote speakers, including:Richard Quest, CNN International news anchor and host, “Quest Means Business”Ashkan Soltani, former chief technologist of the Federal Trade Commission (U.S.), and independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security and behavioral economicsEddie Schwartz, president and COO, White Ops, Inc.Greg Williams, deputy editor, WIRED MagazineAccording to a recent report by Mandiant, Asian companies are 80 percent more likely to be targeted by hackers than companies in other parts of the world. The global lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals adds to the challenge.PR - Sep 8, 2016 - Malaysian IoT Company N’osairis Technology Solutions Wins Prestigious 2016 TiE50 Award N’osairis Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian Internet of Things (IoT) technology company focusing on managed services was recently selected as the 2016 TiE50 winner at the prestigious TiE50 Technology Awards Program held during TiEcon, an annual entrepreneurial conference in Silicon Valley.The company has been operational since 2011 with an objective to leverage the rapid growth of the cellular data network and use it as medium of connectivity for organizations that require a dedicated merchant to merchant (M2M) service. Since then, N’osairis has evolved from just providing connectivity between two end-points to now providing business optimization through the Internet of Things (IoT).“It is a real honor that such a prestigious organization has recognized N’osairis amongst so many promising startups and worthy peers from all over the globe,” said Stalin Vijaya Kamaraj, CEO of N’osairis.Stalin Vijaya Kamaraj, CEO, N' osairis“Thi[...]



Five tips to build your data breach shield

2016-09-11T15:41:03.536+08:00

by Kane Lightowler, Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Carbon Black2016 has proved itself to be a prolific year for cybercrimes. Cyber criminals are leaving no stones unturned as we witness a number of high profile attacks on various sectors – healthcare, finance, media – just to name a few. The reality is in fact, much bleaker as millions of undetected and unreported cyber-attacks are happening on a daily basis. Yet, organizations and even governments, are turning a blind eye to these threats and are still relying on traditional methods of cybersecurity that were not designed to tackle the sophisticated threats present today.Kane Lightowler, M.D, APAC, Japan, Carbon BlackThe Australia Strategic Policy Institute reported that although cybercrime in the Asia Pacific region accounts for a significant proportion of global cybercrime, many developing economies still rely on rudimentary cyber capabilities and the support of foreign aid programmes. This may be surprising, but even more so, terrifying, as we ponder on these vulnerabilities and their potential consequences. According to the AT&T Cybersecurity Insights report in 2015, 64% of organizations acknowledged that they have been breached, and yet, only 34% of organizations believe they have an effective incident response plan.Sure, there is no one size fits all when it comes to cybersecurity. However, there are some well tested guidelines and best practices that will keep any organization on the right track towards a comprehensive and robust cybersecurity infrastructure that is better primed to confront today's threat landscape.1. Minimize customer data Rule of thumb – if you don’t need the data, don’t collect it. As we interact with more Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the amount of data collected and stored increases exponentially. However, organizations should be selective of the type of data they collect from customers, so as to minimize damage should a breach occur.2. Develop a strategyCybersecurity takes more than just an anti-virus (AV) software. To tackle the sophisticated threats present today, a multi-layered security infrastructure is essential in order to confront the adversaries from every angle.Part of your strategy should include cost management – investing in the right mix of cybersecurity solutions for your organization. Currently, organizations are still investing heavily in traditional AV and network security. However, incumbent AV providers regularly miss critical malware threats, as reported by Gartner in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. To close this critical security gap, organizations can look to next-generation anti-virus (NGAV) – an integral component of modern enterprise defense platforms. NGAV is characteristic in its ease of deployment and more importantly, its ability to stop not only run-of-the mill malware but also malware-less attacks – attacks that are file, memory or script-based, and leverage scripting languages and/or obfuscated malware. In 2015, 38% of incidents seen by Carbon Black partners were of such nature. Clearly, these are the real threats that organizations need to address today.Moreover, with many companies adopting a bring your own device (BYOD) policy as well as increasing mobility in workplaces, network security (aka Firewalls) is no longer sufficient; once a device leaves the network perimeter, it is still vulnerable to attacks.This is why today’s cyber security war is waged at the endpoint and by investing in Next Generation Endpoint Security (NGES) solutions, your devices are protected regardless of where you bring them.3. Maintain real-time inventory and actionable intelligenceMillions of attack happen every single minute. This is why real-time surveillance is now critical for identifying and stopping attacks before they accomplish any real da[...]



IT News Week 5 Aug 2016

2016-09-04T17:49:34.990+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Aug 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Sep 2, 2016 - TP-Link Unveils New Home Networking Portfolio - Wi-Fi Range Extender. Modem Router and Gigabit Powerline AC Wi-Fi KitPR - Sep 2, 2016 : Kaspersky Lab Launches Anti Targeted Attack Platform and New Security ServicesPR - Sep 1, 2016 - Shanghai, China - Huawei Fully Unveils Its Cloud Strategy at HUAWEI CONNECTUOB - Sep 1, 2016 - Why Asia remains an attractive source of income and growth for investorsPR - Aug 31, 2016 - ASUS Demonstrates Latest Gaming and Lifestyle Products at IFA 2016PR - Aug 30, 2016 - Association taps IBM technology gauge public perception on mental healthPR - Aug 30, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR TB150 PRO Motherboard Designed for Professional MiningPR - Aug 29, 2016 - Country's Online Shopping Soars as User Confidence IncreasesPR - Aug 25, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - InterServ’s Heroes of the Dungeon Action RPG Mobile Game Begins BetaPR - Sep 2, 2016 - TP-Link Unveils New Home Networking Portfolio - Wi-Fi Range Extender. Modem Router and Gigabit Powerline AC Wi-Fi Kit TP-Link®, a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products, today announced its latest range of Wi-Fi Range Extender, Modem Router and Gigabit Powerline AC Wi-Fi Kit product offering along with other latest innovations in their home networking portfolio. The following products were unveiled at this fall’s IFA 2016 in Berlin:Archer VR2800 All-in-One DSL Modem Router – Broadcom Dual Core 1GHz CPU to deliver faster Wi-Fi speeds to multiple devices throughout the home Archer VR2800v VoIP All-in-One DSL Modem Router – Delivering the latest in VDSL, Wi-Fi and VoIP capabilities to exceed the internet standards of tomorrowAV2000 Gigabit Powerline AC Wi-Fi Kit TL-WPA9610 – first powerline product in the world to deliver both AV2000 via powerline and AC1200 via Wi-FiAC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender RE550 – First in the world to offer tri-band Wi-FiAC2600 RE650 Wi-Fi Range Extender – TP-Link’s most powerful range extenders yetPR - Sep 2, 2016 : Kaspersky Lab Launches Anti Targeted Attack Platform and New Security ServicesFrom June to August 2016, Malaysia was a hot target for cyberattacks logging 1,037, 725 web-bourne threats that were blocked via Kaspersky Lab solutions. Out of the 200 nations and territories that Kaspersky Lab serves, Malaysia ranked 51st as a target. During the same period, Kaspersky Lab’s Malaysian enterprise and end-users were targeted by 18,905, 572 local malware incidents, putting the country in 67th place. Malaysia ranked even higher as a source of web infections, at 25th place during this period. Kaspersky Lab logged 283, 779 web infections that spread from Malaysia. Cyber Security Malaysia reported 11,900 cyber security cases in 2015, compared to only 1,038 cases in 2007. Industry watchers believe that the reported number is only the tip of the iceberg.According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the cost of reported cybercrime in Malaysia is 0.18% of GDP or approximately RM 215 million per year. Based on statistics by Pemandu, Malaysia lost RM 179.3 million to reported cybercrime in 2015.With the staggering figures above, Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company, has recently launched Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack Platform and Kaspersky Security Intelligence Service to boost the resilience of the nation’s public and private sector to future attack.The Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack Platform is a highly sophisticated solution that enables businesses to detect targeted attacks and other malicious actions through careful monitoring of network activity, web and e-mail.Kaspersky Lab’s Security Intelligence Services covers three main areas. I.) The first of these is Penetration Testing and Application Se[...]



25 things that are better because of Linux (and open source)

2016-08-31T09:22:04.032+08:00

By John Terrill, Corporate Communications, Red Hat Twenty-five years ago today via a short Usenet post, Linus Torvalds shared the first iteration of a free, hobby operating system that he had developed. Of course, what became known as Linux is now far, far more than a hobbyist’s OS and spawned a wave of innovation that significantly changed the IT landscape. While Linux is the poster child, open source is also about far more than an operating system (although it remains critically important!). The underpinnings of open source, from transparency and collaboration to freedom and broad dissemination, have spilled out well beyond the confines of enterprise technology to greatly impact both the world of consumer technology as well as the global business climate at large.We’ve picked out 25 things that we think are better thanks to Linux and open source; some of these may not exist without an open source backbone, while others may have evolved out of necessity, but would likely be unrecognizable to today’s counterparts. So what made our list?Global IndustryReal-time trading - We take near-simultaneous financial transactions almost for granted, as being able to move money, make stock trades and conduct other financial transactions is functionally an on-demand service. But all of this would likely not be possible without the real-time functionality of the Linux kernel, which powers more than 50 percent of the world’s financial transactions and backs 100 percent of Fortune 500 banks.The global technology economy - Linux and other open source projects built on top of it have helped to drive the a standardization of IT, allowing for more interoperability across the world’s business environment. Via a common “language of IT,” services and software are better able to grow and evolve across traditional geographical boundaries, fostering a truly global technology marketplace.Government IT - Driven by the price efficiencies, innovation and scalability of first Linux and then open source at large, government agencies have a rich history in open source and are now driving towards becoming models of open source efficiency. Most recently, the U.S. federal government’s Second Open Government National Action Plan (pdf) emphasized use of open source, and contribution back to open source communities to help foster innovation and lower costs.Connected cities - Networking the critical aspects of a city, from manhole covers and traffic lights to emergency services and severe weather alerts, requires computing at a massive scale. It’s Linux, not a proprietary operating system, that provides this vast scalability while also offering the underlying capabilities to abstract the various computing layers to make managing such a complex deployment manageable.Air traffic control - The Federal Aviation Administration, the point of truth for North American aviation management, oversees nearly 24,000 flights per day...and it’s all run on the scalable, secure platform of Linux.Enterprise IT’s Status QuoSupercomputers - Computationally intensive tasks, from weather modelling to oil and gas exploration, require computers specialized to handle these extreme simulations, giving rise to the modern supercomputer. Supercomputing as it exists today, however, would also look much different sans Linux - for example, just look at the top 10 of the TOP500 list (which tracks supercomputing performance): all are running some form of a Linux distribution.Cloud computing - Distributed (cloud) computing, where computing resources aren’t on-premises or even owned by a given organization, simply would not be possible as we know it today sans Linux and open source. The scalability and flexibility of Linux enable many of these massive deployments to actually work, while the significantly[...]



IT News Week 4 Aug 2016

2016-08-29T08:18:59.482+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Aug 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Aug 26, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab study proves: Smartphones distract us and make us less efficient at workPR - Aug 25, 2016 - DigitasLBi and Oracle Launch Dedicated Solutions GroupPR - Aug 25, 2016 - Bridging Malaysia’s Talent Gap in GBS SectorPR - Aug 25, 2016 - Sophos Expands Central Cloud-Based Management Platform with Sophos EmailPR - Aug 24, 2016 - Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform Delivers Unprecedented Insight Into Storage NetworksPR - Aug 23, 2016 -Kaspersky: Financial Attacks Grow by 16% in Q2 2016 as Malware Creators Join ForcesPR - Aug 23, 2016 - CyberSource enables Tiket.com to reach new markets faster, safer, and with confidencePR - Aug 26, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab study proves: Smartphones distract us and make us less efficient at work While smartphones help us stay in touch with colleagues, keep on top of our inbox, and complete urgent tasks on the move, they actually make us less productive when we are working at our desks, according to a new psychological experiment by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent, commissioned by Kaspersky Lab.The experiment unearthed a correlation between productivity levels and the distance between participants and their smartphone. When their smartphone was taken away, participant performance improved by 26 per cent. The experiment tested the behavior of 95 persons between 19 and 56 years of age in laboratories at the universities of Würzburg and Nottingham-Trent. Care was taken to balance experimental conditions and gender across laboratory sites.Researchers asked participants to perform a concentration test under four different circumstances: with their smartphone in their pocket, at their desk, locked in a drawer and removed from the room completely. The results are significant – test results were lowest when the smartphone was on the desk, but with every additional layer of distance between participants and their smartphones, test performance increased. Overall, test results were 26% higher when phones were removed from the room.PR - Aug 25, 2016 - DigitasLBi and Oracle Launch Dedicated Solutions GroupDigitasLBi, a global marketing and technology agency, and Oracle have joined forces to launch DigitasLBi’s OSG (Oracle Solutions Group) – a dedicated Oracle Digital practice within the agency that provides a one-stop shop for creative and technology consultancy and implementation.OSG clients can now benefit from having access to the expertise of DigitasLBi, Oracle and Spindrift, DigitasLBi’s implementation experts for Oracle technology, through a single team in one of the first collaborations of its kind between leaders in cloud technology and a digital creative consultancy. This unified approach can significantly simplify digital transformation and enable brands to create innovative, data-driven digital experiences for their customers.Built on the Oracle Cloud, DigitasLBi’s OSG is an exceptional solution for clients who want to have a single view of their customers’ digital portrait across all channels and be able to act on it. DigitasLBi and Oracle will work together to design, develop and implement industry focused solutions that meet the changing needs of consumers.PR - Aug 25, 2016 - Bridging Malaysia’s Talent Gap in GBS Sector Outsourcing Malaysia (‘OM’), a chapter of the Computer and Multimedia Association of Malaysia (‘PIKOM’), together with several local universities today held a graduation ceremony for the latest batch of its Graduate Employability Management Scheme (“GEMS-SSO”) programme, towards meeting the talent needs of Malaysia’s Global Business Services sector (“GBS” and formerly known as ‘Shared Services & Outsourcing Ind[...]



Exclusive Interview with BIOSTAR President Paul Wang

2016-08-28T15:17:20.135+08:00

Aug 25, 2016 - Taipei, TaiwanBIOSTAR, a time-honored brand, has had professional experience in the motherboard market and IT industry for thirty years. It is literally a very special year for BIOSTAR and more good things are coming its way. BIOSTAR turns loss into profit and Qisda builds a partnership with it by becoming one of its shareholders. Paul Wang, the founder and the president of BIOSTAR, had an exclusive interview with The Apple Daily, a newspaper printed in Taiwan and he said: “We take diverse strategies for the business and concentrate on the sales of motherboard targeted for the high-end gaming market to run our business. Moreover, the sales of IPC has been growing rapidly and steadily in recent years. To show our ambition to our long-term customers, we have launched BIOSTAR solid state drives (SSD) this August in Asia, which marked our first steps into the SSD market and to show our intention and potential that we can offer a wide selection of products to the IT market. BIOSTAR and Qisda have been co-operating in perfect harmony and will continue to collaborate with each other for industrial control in the near future.BIOSTAR has gotten to first base with the net benefits making it return to the black in the second quarter of 2016 due to the diverse strategies for enterprise transformation, finally ending the deficit for the past six quarters. On the other hand, Qisda has injected funds and resources into BIOSTAR as icing on the cake for its business since Qisda bought fractional interests from BIOSTAR on the open market in 2015 to become the largest outside shareholder at BIOSTAR.When it comes to the current issue “Will Qisda become one of the major shareholders at BIOSTAR in the near future?”, Paul Wang broke the silence during the interview and made a response to this issue. “Qisda aggressively concentrates its business on the vertical integration of IoT, one of the most important reasons to make us decide to cooperate with Qisda much closely is to reinforce our competence for IPC, which is one of BIOSTAR’s main products bringing lots of benefit to us. Moreover, we will completely cooperate with Qisda’s subsidiaries and offer great support to them for developing mobile POS. On the other hand, we have been evaluating the effectiveness to choose Qisda in Suzhou as one of our manufacturers.” Wang said.Rumor has it that the major shareholder at BIOSTAR will do stock transfer to Qisda due to few reasons, including the deficit arising from the quantity of motherboard being less than 1,000,000 pcs this year, the globally shrinking motherboard industry, Qisda becoming one of the shareholders at BIOSTAR. To solemnly clarify the rumor, Paul Wang claims that he never has the idea to sell out BIOSTAR. No matter what kind of strategies BIOSTAR would take, BIOSTAR is always aware to measure up to the expectation of its customers, staffs, and shareholders. “But no one would conduct the business for a long life. That’s why we have been trying to reinforce our professional managers’ abilities in every business units, which is a kind of soft power to enhance our inner competence and competitiveness.In recent years, the global low-end motherboard market has been shrunk rapidly; meanwhile, BIOSTAR has been adjusted the overall strategy for the inventory of overseas channels, which makes few users think BIOSTAR has been withdrawn from the PC market. Despite the shrinking low-end motherboard market, the need of mid-end and high-end motherboards has been growing actually. To satisfy gaming enthusiasts’ appetite for cool PC products, BIOSTAR has launched the wide selection of gaming-featured new motherboards to the market. The quantity of mid-end and high-end motherboards has increase[...]



Workstyle Innovation By Ricoh

2016-08-27T15:46:14.372+08:00

Aug 23, 2016:

Ricoh Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. today introduced the next generation of business processes defined as Workstyle Innovation, a term originally coined by Ricoh. The new workstyle is said to revolutionise the way businesses, small or large, operate.

The Workstyle Innovation is truly the future of office automation available from Ricoh across the globe, encompassing a number of building blocks focused on key customer technology concerns such as Intelligent Device, Mobility, Business Process, Cloud, Connected Office and Autonomous Support.

Intelligent Device – Ricoh’s core technology MFPs, Printers, and other devices act as a development platform for users to utilise and create limitless applications to meet specific business requirements. Combined with an intuitive user interface and design suite, it can adapt to any workstyle.



  • Mobility – Offers seamless and secure integration with mobile devices, to enable all users access the information they need anytime, anywhere.
  • Business Process – Value-added solutions can be deployed into Ricoh’s devices directly to support business processes. Additionally, customised processes can be created to optimise workflow and enhance workstyle.
  • Cloud – Includes connectivity to the cloud as a standard support to more advanced productivity. It has standard browser technology and a multitude of cloud connectors, enabling complete access to cloud services.
  • Connected Office – Integrates devices together so information delivered in multiple formats, across multiple devices and locations can be shared, accessed and acted upon seamlessly. It enables all devices to be connected in the office using simple device connectors.
  • Autonomous Support – Supports comprehensive remote assistance, as well as onboard video for changing customer environments and key business process by having all devices on and available when needed.

The ever-changing work environment compels businesses to adapt to a workstyle that will help them remain competitive. With the new Workstyle Innovation, businesses can access all their information through a Connected Office concept, linking a series of intelligent input and output devices to perform efficiently.

SMEs and individuals will find this especially beneficial as they can edit, save, store, access data and present their ideas easily anytime, anyplace and anywhere, all the while being on the go. When a suite of Ricoh products are synced using the RICOH Smart Device Connector mobile app, the app acts as a central control to navigate documents at a click of a button.

For a seamless connected workplace experience, the Workstyle Innovation is made possible with the RICOH Smart Device Connector app, Interactive Whiteboard (IWB), Multi Function Printer (MFP) with a Smart Operation Panel (SOP), Ultra Short Throw Projector and supporting solutions.



Waze Announces Global Event Partner Program

2016-08-13T10:52:56.882+08:00

Aug 12, 2016:

Calling all stadium, marathon, and event organizers! Today, we’re thrilled to introduce the Waze Global Event Partner Program which will help partners outsmart event-related traffic and better communicate road information with attendees and the broader community.

With more than 65 million monthly active Wazers globally – and more than 4,000 events successfully supported to date – Waze will provide partners with custom access to its traffic management technology and communications channels in exchange for partners’ advanced and real-time road closure and traffic information.

Who’s on board?

We’re kicking the program off with 20 inaugural partners spanning North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia, including:
  • E15 and its six professional sports team partners: Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome), Washington Redskins (FedEx Field), Detroit Lions (Ford Field), Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), and Atlanta Hawks (Phillips Arena).
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ 30 global events, including New York, Montreal, Mexico City, and Madrid.



Everyone Benefits

The Waze Global Event Partner Program is a big win for partners, attendees, and the entire Waze community.
  • For Partners - The Program can help extend your great experiences to include the roads and parking lots surrounding your events! Together with Waze, you can optimize traffic flow to get attendees into venues or to events more quickly, yielding happier fans and potentially greater revenue from concessions, meet-and-greets, souvenirs, and more!
  • For Attendees - Alleviate the frustration of navigating around marathon closures or getting stuck in game-day traffic. Plus, you’ll get better communication of road closures, changes, and traffic delays in real-time from partners!
  • For Wazers - Knowing partners’ road closure and traffic information helps our map and routes improve, helping you better navigate real-time conditions!




PIKOM Unveils ICT Job Market Outlook in Malaysia 2016

2016-08-11T22:05:20.594+08:00

Aug 11, 2016 The average monthly salary of an ICT professional in Malaysia grew from RM7,706 in 2014 to RM8,114 in 2015,  an increase of 5.3%. This year, the projected average monthly salary is RM8,496, a 4.7% increase over 2015. In 2015, an IT Project Manager in Malaysia earned more than their counterparts in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and India but much less than the ones in United States, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. These are some of the many interesting findings in the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)’s ICT JOB MARKET OUTLOOK IN MALAYSIA 2016 report.The report was done in collaboration with Jobstreet.com, a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. The report has been an indispensable guide to C-level executives, human resource practitioners, job seekers, undergraduates and many others, for more than eight years. It is aimed at helping decision makers in organisations, to understand and plan their talent requirements and budgets as well as to give job hunters a realistic view on the market rate for certain job categories, when they are asked for their salary expectations. Launched today, the latest report indicated that despite the number of challenging factors that have hit our country since 2014 such as the slowdown of the economy, the drop in the prices of crude oil and commodities, the depreciation of the Ringgit against major currencies and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the ICT industry in Malaysia showed resilience and continued its growth path. The total ICT value in Malaysia for 2015 is estimated to be RM155.2 billion, based on the Average Annual Growth Rate (AAGR) of 8% for the period 2010-2015. The share of the ICT industry to the economy expanded from 16.5% in 2010 to 17.6% in 2015. The main driver of the ICT industry growth is the ICT Services subsector whose share to the GDP rose from 3.3% in 2000 to 6.6% in 2015 and is projected to reach 7 % by end of 2016.“It has been a challenging 2015 for the industry. But we have achieved positive growth that has been particularly driven by and thanks to, the expansion in the ICT Services subsector, “said PIKOM Chairman Chin Chee Seong.While ICT Manufacturing subsector has been slowing, the ICT Services subsector has been experiencing positive growth in the last two decades, he added.“Consistent with industry growth, salaries also rose although at a slower growth rate,” said Chin, at a press conference today held at PIKOM’s premises in Damansara Perdana.                                                         JOB MARKET TRENDS IN MALAYSIAGenerally all ICT job categories, namely the fresh graduates, junior executives, senior executives, middle level managers and senior managers registered a positive salary increase in 2015 albeit with a lower-than-expected growth. In the table above, the construction / building /engineering industries posted the highest AAGR of the average monthly salary of ICT professionals for the 2009 to 2015 period, at 8.8%, followed by education (8.6%); automotive/heavy industry/machinery (8.5%) and electrical and electronics (8.5%). Not surprisingly, the oil / gas / petroleum industry which has been experiencing a downturn, registered an AAGR of 4.7% over the same period and a 2.9% year-on-year growth in 2015. Ho[...]



Digital Workplaces: A More Level Playing Field for Smaller Businesses

2016-08-11T11:53:45.289+08:00

by Yaj Malik, EVP and Managing Director, Sage AsiaThe concept of a modern day digital workplace is going through some revolutionary thinking. Recent technology and behavioural trends such as bring your own devices (BYOD), Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual teams are driving a dramatic transformation to the workplace. Increasingly, we are seeing a transition from individualised, physical workspaces to a digital ecosystem with no physical boundaries.Yaj Malik, EVP and MD, Sage AsiaIt is understandable that both employers and workers alike are having reservations about what the future holds for workspace design. For employees, especially millennials who grew up familiar with computers, mobile devices and the Internet, it seems natural that a modern-day workplace needs to provide for seamless digital lifestyles that blurs the line between their personal lives and professional work spheres.At the same time, employers who are eager to attract and keep millennial talent, are concerned with providing them with a workplace that is conducive for creative thinking, collaboration and open communication as well as efficiency and productivity. This is crucial too as millennials currently make up more than half of the global workforce, according to a recent survey by Deloitte,The pressure to keep up with preferences and workstyles of the millennial workers can be challenging for employers. Technological trends evolve at Internet speed these days, and workstyles – they can be a very subjective thing.Small and medium business owners and leaders in smaller firms especially, may feel that they do not have the resources to keep up with the technological curve. Often faced with lean manpower as well as limited budget and resources, these business decision makers also have to weigh different business priorities. Some businesses may choose to forgo the digital workplace altogether, much to their detriment.Here, Yaj Malik, executive vice president and managing director at Sage Asia, shares some digital workplace trends that small and medium business leaders will want to take note of, and why the digital workplace is an opportunity that they would not want to miss.Mobile-first work environments First, the digital workplace may not be such a bad idea for small medium businesses. Recently, a global study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has revealed that ‘mobile-first’ working environments lead to a direct increase in employee engagement. The same study also established links between the support for mobile technology and employees’ productivity, creativity, satisfaction and loyalty levels.Generally, millennial workers expect the same convenience at work that they experience in their personal digitally enhanced lives. They want to be able to access their work files just as easily as they get to their twitter feeds. They want to be able to pay a company supplier in a straight forward manner, just like how they can check their bank account balance these days, and not waste time.This has contributed to the consumerization of IT, which represents the movement of IT being introduced in the consumer market before spreading to business and government organizations. Mostly because employees are using the prevalent ‘consumer’ technologies and devices at home and then introducing them in the workplace. This has thrown up a plethora of trends like the mentioned BYOD, and these days, even BYOA or bring your own app.Ideally, small and medium businesses need to have a workplace that is simplified and built around the forces shaping consumer technologies - social, mobile, apps and cloud. Simply put, mil[...]



ProjectSauron: Top Level Espionage Platform Covertly Extracts Encrypted Government Comms

2016-08-09T17:08:51.313+08:00

Aug 9, 2016: In September 2015, Kaspersky Lab’s Anti-Targeted Attack Platform flagged an unusual feature in the network of a client organization. The anomaly led researchers to ‘ProjectSauron’, a nation-state threat actor attacking state organizations with a unique set of tools for each victim, making traditional indicators of compromise almost useless. The aim of the attacks appears to be mainly cyber-espionage.ProjectSauron is particularly interested in gaining access to encrypted communications, hunting them down using an advanced modular cyber-espionage platform that incorporates a set of unique tools and techniques. The most noteworthy feature of ProjectSauron’s tactics is the deliberate avoidance of patterns: ProjectSauron customizes its implants and infrastructure for each individual target, and never reuses them. This approach, coupled with multiple routes for the exfiltration of stolen data, such as legitimate email channels and DNS, enables ProjectSauron to conduct secretive, long-term spying campaigns in target networks.ProjectSauron gives the impression of being an experienced and traditional actor that has put considerable effort into learning from other extremely advanced actors, including Duqu, Flame,Equation and Regin; adopting some of their most innovative techniques and improving on their tactics in order to remain undiscovered.Key FeaturesProjectSauron tools and techniques of particular interest include:Unique footprint: Core implants that have different file names and sizes and are individually built for each target – making it very difficult to detect since the same basic indicators of compromise would have little value for any other target. Running in memory: The core implants make use of legitimate software update scripts and work as backdoors, downloading new modules or running commands from the attacker purely in memory.A bias towards crypto-communications: ProjectSauron actively searches for information related to fairly rare, custom network encryption software. This client-­server software is widely adopted by many of the target organizations to secure communications, voice, email, and document exchange. The attackers are particularly interested in encryption software components, keys, configuration files, and the location of servers that relay encrypted messages between the nodes.Script-based flexibility: ProjectSauron has implemented a set of low-level tools which are orchestrated by high-level LUA scripts. The use of LUA components in malware is very rare - it has previously only been spotted in the Flame and Animal Farm attacks. Bypassing air-gaps: ProjectSauron makes use of specially-prepared USB drives to jump across air-gapped networks. These USB drives carry hidden compartments in which stolen data is concealed.Multiple exfiltration mechanisms: ProjectSauron implements a number of routes for data exfiltration, including legitimate channels such as email and DNS, with stolen information copied from the victim disguised in day-to-day traffic.Geography/victim profileTo date, more than 30 victim organizations have been identified in Russia, Iran and Rwanda, and there may be some in Italian-speaking countries. We believe many more organizations and geographies are likely to be affected.Based on our analysis, targeted organizations generally play a key role in providing state services and include:GovernmentMilitaryScientific research centersTelecom operatorsFinancial organizationsForensic analysis indicates that ProjectSauron has been operational since June, 2011 and remains active in 2016. The initial infection vector used b[...]



IT News Week 2 Aug 2016

2016-08-11T11:59:37.639+08:00

For IT News Week 5 Jul 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Aug 11, 2016 - Brocade vADC Solution Now Available on the Microsoft Azure MarketplacePR - Aug 11, 2016 - BAE Systems Launches Interactive Demonstration EnvironmentPR - Aug 10, 2016 - Blunt: Could it be world's most advanced umbrella ?PR - Aug 10, 2016 - ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix RX 470PR - Aug 4, 2016 - Kaching Partners iSYNERGY for MyKad Smart Shopper Loyalty Program on BearInBagPR - Aug 3, 2016 - Microsoft marks Windows 10 anniversary with major updatesPR - Aug 3, 2016 - [Pre-order] Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with FREE Mystery Gift Now at 11streetPR - Aug 3, 2016 - Dimension Data Runs The Extra Mile to Promote Health and WellnessPR - Aug 3, 2016 - Green Packet Strengthens Southeast Asia device business via 22% stake in Yen Global BerhadPR - Aug 2, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Debuts G300 Series Solid-State DrivesPR - Aug 11, 2016 - Brocade vADC Solution Now Available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace Brocade today announced the availability of the Brocade® Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) solution on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With just a few clicks, customers can deploy the Brocade vADC solution to optimise and secure applications in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, paying only for the specific resources they use. Brocade’s solution is the industry’s first software-based Layer 7 application delivery controller with integrated capabilities for Web content optimisation and application firewall. Designed to work within cloud environments, it is easily integrated into an application stack.PR - Aug 11, 2016 - BAE Systems Launches Interactive Demonstration Environment BAE Systems today launched the ‘Malaysian Nerve Centre’, a state-of-the-art facility that demonstrates BAE Systems’ cyber security, anti-financial crime and threat intelligence capabilities. The new facility reinforces the Company’s commitment to advance the understanding and adoption of cybersecurity and ‘business defence’ in the country.BAE Systems's Malaysian Nerve CentreSituated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, BAE Systems’ Malaysian Nerve Centre is equipped with some of the latest and most sophisticated interactive technology – from video presentation software that runs in parallel with real time demonstrations, to interactive touch screens allowing immersive drag-and-drop and other selected functions.PR - Aug 10, 2016 - Blunt: Could it be world's most advanced umbrella ? The Wall Street Journal dubbed BLUNT Umbrellas a “structure that falls between a suspension bridge and a NASA space probe” and Wired called it an umbrella with “architectural integrity as unbroken as the dome of St. Peter’s”. Now BLUNT Umbrellas is in Malaysia and you too can own a BLUNT Umbrella and test out if it lives up to its name for yourself!We’re proud to announce that BLUNT Umbrellas, a global umbrella company founded in New Zealand, has officially expanded into Malaysia! Following last month’s teaser, the Malaysian site is up and pre-orders are open with free shipping.To sum it up, the company is known to produce “the world’s strongest umbrellas” and “world’s most advanced umbrella” that can withstand wind strengths of up to 117KM/hour. Named after its unique blunt tips, BLUNT Umbrella aims to defeat the throwaway culture by making functional and long lasting umbrellas that will be the last umbrella you ever need to buy. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1nhbjiVxABY" width="560[...]



BTI & INSEAD Join Forces to Develop Next Generation Leaders in Asia Pacific

2016-08-03T08:29:52.608+08:00

Aug 2, 2016:

BTI® Consultants, a global leadership consulting firm, and INSEAD will be offering a pioneering leadership development programme for future leaders across Asia Pacific including Malaysia.

The Future CEO Programme, the first of its kind, is designed to enhance leadership capabilities and address succession planning issues so organisations can develop a ready pool of leadership talent.

“Insights on leadership succession planning consistently indicate that while organisations may be aware that succession planning is a critical component of robust leadership development practices with strategies in place, execution is seriously lacking across companies in Asia Pacific,” says BTI Consultants Managing Director & Vice President Asia Pacific, Anthony Raja Devadoss.

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Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director and Vice President of BTI Consultants, Asia Pacific




How to make use of older drivers in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 ?

2016-08-02T01:47:47.407+08:00

Automatic driver installation is a feature of Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 - Vendors would publish device drivers as Windows updates.

Nonetheless, sometimes you may want to make use of an older driver version instead of the newer driver automatically downloaded by Windows 10.

The solution is quite simple - go to Device Manager to roll back the driver.



1.1.) Install the older driver by running the older driver's installation file.

1.2.) Go to Device Manager, look for the device under the list.

At this point, the device would still be using the newest driver.

1.3.) Double click on the device to load the Properties' form.

1.4.) Click 'Driver' tab.

1.5.) Click 'Roll Back Driver'.

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The Roll Back Driver button will only be enabled if the OS detected the presence of an older driver's version.

1.6.) Restart the PC.

1.7.) Go back to Device Manager to check the device's driver, it should rollback to the older version.



Zenrooms offers 50% OFF flash sale on 8 August

2016-08-01T08:30:13.621+08:00

Jul 29, 2016 - Singapore:

ZEN focuses on a simple but effective recipe of providing a reliable budget experience with clean and simple rooms, at the lowest prices. Focused on democratizing travel by disrupting the old fashioned hotel sector, ZEN started its operations in Indonesia in mid-2015 with 10 of the country’s best budget hotels. ZEN is now Asia’s fastest growing hotel company, with lower prices and greater reach than traditional hotel chains.

In its first year, ZEN has allowed hundreds of thousands of travelers to explore Asia. Notably, it recently became the first hotel operator in Bali, with its shiny red signage visible across the island - each lollipop representing a quality checked location at attractive rates. In 2016, ZEN has also teamed up with AirAsia, FoodPanda, Lazada and Uber and has enjoyed strong public satisfaction ratings at its travel agent partners Agoda, Booking.com and Expedia.

To celebrate its 1st year anniversary, zenrooms.com will be hosting a 50% OFF flash sale on 8 August (for 3 hours only, 7-10pm GMT+7). During the online bash, ZEN’s double rooms across Asia will be available for as low as USD7 per night - the best room rates in the region.



Canvas by Instructure Announces Integration with Microsoft

2016-07-31T07:30:45.606+08:00

Jul 27, 2016:

Canvas by Instructure, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software which makes people smarter, recently announced at InstructureCon, an integration with Microsoft Office 365 to provide instructors and learners around the world with an improved educational experience.
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Mitch Benson, VP of Products, Canvas

The Canvas and Microsoft integration provides seven main points of interoperability that make using Office 365 and Canvas seamless.
  • Submit files directly from Office 365 into Canvas Assignments.
  • Access Office 365 documents through SpeedGrader to add feedback.
  • Link Office 365 documents anywhere you use the Rich Content Editor.
  • Include Office 365 documents in your Modules.
  • Create Collaborations using any type of Office document.
  • Create and grade assignments in your Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook, then push those grades to Canvas.
  • Sign in to Canvas with your Office 365 login using single sign-on.
Canvas has millions of active users and is employed by hundreds of universities and colleges in 40 countries. This integration with Microsoft follows other critical Canvas innovations, including a transformation of their user interface.





IT News Week 5 Jul 2016

2016-07-30T11:41:41.079+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Jul 2016.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Jul 29, 2016 - Cyberbullying Causes Depression, Nightmares and Anorexia, Kaspersky Lab Research ShowsPR - Jul 28, 2016 - MIMOS collaborates with Dynatrace to enhance digital performance of government projectsPR - Jul 28, 2016 - Introducing OnePlus 3 - It's About TimePR - Jul 28, 2016 - Brocade Names Abdul Aziz Ali as Country Manager for MalaysiaPR - Jul 27, 2016 - IBM Security Tackles Insider Threats with User Behavior AnalyticsPR - Jul 27, 2016 - Western Digital Announces World's First 64 Layer 3D NAND TechnologyPR - Jul 27, 2016 - Sophos Demonstrates Partner Commitment at “Discover Sophos Synchronisation” Partner RoadshowPR - Jul 25, 2016 - Sunway City Ipoh - The Best Sunday Ever at Lost World of TambunPR - Jul 29, 2016 - Cyberbullying Causes Depression, Nightmares and Anorexia, Kaspersky Lab Research ShowsAccording to the study Growing Up Online – Connected Kids, conducted by Kaspersky Lab and iconKids & Youth, cyberbullying is a far more dangerous threat to children than many parents think. The consequences for the majority of young victims of online harassment include serious problems with health and socialization.Cyberbullying is intentional intimidation, persecution or abuse that children and teenagers may encounter on the internet. Interestingly, children aged 8-16 are more wary of this threat than their parents are. According to the study, 13% of children and 21% of parents consider it harmless. At the same time, 16% of the children surveyed are more afraid of being bullied online than offline, while half (50%) are equally afraid of both real-life and virtual bullying.Parents should not downplay the dangers of cyberbullying. Despite the fact that the study found only 4% of children admitted to being bullied online (compared to 12% in real life), in 7 out of 10 cases the consequences were traumatic. PR - Jul 28, 2016 - MIMOS collaborates with Dynatrace to enhance digital performance of government projectsToday, national research and development agency, MIMOS and Digital Performance Management software company, Dynatrace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable MIMOS to augment its levels of implementation and digital performance of government projects while enhancing customer experience.The MIMOS-Dynatrace pact involves exploring the possibilities of technology knowledge transfer and joint-development of new business plans for product commercialisation. The collaboration also entails the exchange of personnel for purposes such as teaching, training and research; for defined periods.(L-R) Koh Eng Kiong, Regional Director, ASEAN, Dynatrace, &  Thillai Raj Ramanathan, CTO, MIMOS BerhadPR - Jul 28, 2016 - Introducing OnePlus 3 - It's About Time The OnePlus 3. A long-awaited flagship, the OnePlus 3 features a state-of-the-art performance, enhanced with a sleek unibody metal build, to offer you a better smartphone experience.The OnePlus 3 utilizes Dash Charge technology, a faster, cooler and safer way to charge a smartphone. Unlike other quick charging technologies, Dash Charge replenishes more than 60% of the 3,000 mAh battery in 30 minutes and continues fast charging even when streaming video or playing energy-intensive games.Available through its distributor – Brightstar Distribution Sdn. Bhd. – and authorised retailers, the OnePlus 3 retails for RM1,888 (i[...]



Red Hat Summit 2016 Highlights - New Innovations

2016-07-27T07:30:03.022+08:00

Jul 26, 2016: We live in a time of great change, and technology is a big catalyst in this transformation. In fact, thanks to technology, the rate of change around us continues to accelerate, creating significant challenges across the spectrum of IT, business, and society. In the words of Jim Whitehurst, our CEO, “People recognize that they are not capable of innovating at the pace they want to innovate; and they recognize that paddling harder isn’t working.” In order to overcome these challenges, fresh thinking and creative solutions are needed, and it can be too much for one person or an individual organization to address them alone. That’s why we must now find new ways to work together. We need to embrace the notion that participation is the new innovation. To do that, we need to be willing to toss out our conventional thinking about how work gets done. It’s just like an orchestra. While each and every individual musician is talented, the role of the conductor is to bring those individuals together in a way to produce something that is greater than any one of those musicians could produce on their own. Here, we highlight the key technology updates discussed at Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco where participation was the theme of the week. 1. Open source Businesses need to be more than consumers of open source technology – they have to be contributors, too, as the resources they need may span different organizations as well as geographies. Success will follow when businesses collaborate to create new innovations that would not have been possible without partnership. Touching upon the theme of innovation through partnership and participation, we announced our partnership with Eurotech, a leading provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, to launch a new, open source Eclipse Foundation project to manage IoT edge devices, from connectivity and configuration to application lifecycle. The co-sponsored project, Eclipse Kapua, combines with the existing Eclipse Kura project to offer IoT developers and end users an open platform for end-to-end IoT implementations, helping them avoid costly, proprietary lock-in, while accelerating community-driven development. This collaboration represents a significant boost to open source IoT solutions and marks the development of the first end-to-end, open source, IoT platform. 2. Containers Containers are driving a rapid evolution of the enterprise computing stack. However, while this innovation is happening quickly, enterprise-grade solutions – hardened and standardized for the rigors of business computing – have been slow to follow. In particular, as containers move from experimentation to enterprise-reality, security is becoming increasingly paramount -- as is retaining existing investments in IT and maintaining stability for the future. Launched at Red Hat Summit 2016, we now deliver the industry's broadest, enterprise-grade set of solutions for the deployment of Linux containers and container infrastructure across the enterprise, which includes a new container-scanning interface to enable security partners to easily plug into Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. 3. Analytics As existing workloads evolve, and new deployments grow in size and complexity, risk management is a key challenge as well as a necessity for enterprise IT. There will be added pressure on IT organization[...]