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Data Dollar: The New Currency Based on the Value of Personal Data


Oct 11, 2017 :Pop-up shop experience created by cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab where personal data, or the Data Dollar, is the only currency tendered demonstrates the monetary value it could have in retail purchases of the future. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"> The Data Dollar Store created by cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab caused a stir in the heart of London’s technology capital in Old Street – check out the video here [link]. Customers queued from the early hours to get their hands on exclusive prints but in a twist to how the artwork could be purchased, reacted with initial surprise but a willingness to give up their own valued personal pictures or video in payment for the merchandise, heralding the rise of the Data Dollar currency. Kaspersky Lab aims to raise awareness for the actual value of data with this shop opening and is appealing to other market players to join in this effort by using the Data Dollar symbol. As the amount of personal data continues to grow exponentially, consumers could be sitting on a gold mine of valuable currency that holds value regardless of geographical location or affected by currency exchange rates, but are often not aware of it. The lack of awareness around the actual value their data has, is a massive obstacle in making people understand why they should protect the data, says Kaspersky Lab. They hope Data Dollars will raise this awareness and thus make everybody’s online experience more secure. “We see the Data Dollar mainly as a means to raise awareness for the value of data”, says David Emm, Principle Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab. He continued: ”So, if a website is offering services for free, but in return using customer data to monetize their service, they should use the Data Dollar symbol, to demonstrate that a form of exchange is actually happening.” Kaspersky Lab demonstrated how data as a currency could work in a two-day pop-up shop in London. The store attracted shoppers desperate to get their hands on exclusive prints and artwork by renowned Street Artist Ben Eine. All seemed fine for a normal retail experience – browse through the products, pick your favourites and take them to the counter to pay. However, when customers were asked for payment, it was not for what was in their wallets. Instead, it was for Data Dollars – the new currency created by Kaspersky Lab that consists of a customer’s personal data held on smartphones: images, video or texts. David Emm added “It’s easy to forget about the vast amounts of data we share on a daily basis. The feeling of loss if it is taken away against our will becomes much more real when someone is actually physically taking your phone and deciding which data to take. This effect has been an interesting area to explore with the Data Dollar Store. According to a global survey, while 29% of people worldwide have become victim of a cyberattack, 39% leave their devices unprotected from attacks. Customers should value their data, as much as the money in their wallets and purses. If it has a value, it can be used as way of exchange or purchase. However, we don’t want to feel out-of-pocket if that valuable data is lost or stolen so protection is key, or if the data we trade is misused.”[...]

Pizza Hut Steps Up Digital Transformation (Case Study)


Oct 10, 2017:Pizza Hut Malaysia, Malaysia’s No. 1 pizza chain announced a new digital frontier for the brand - its newly refurbished digital concept store in Sunway Pyramid and a new mobile app. Both initiatives propel Pizza Hut forward in its digital transformation, supporting the brand’s mission of making it ‘Easy’, to get a great pizza and providing a ‘Better’ quality of experience for customers. Guests being introduced to the new digital takeaway kiosk at Pizza Hut Sunway Pyramid.Speaking at the event, Merrill Pereyra, Chief Executive Officer of QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd said: “In developing Pizza Hut’s digital strategy, we went back to the essence of what the food industry is about. In our industry, customer experience is key and digital isn’t just a matter of applying technology for technology’s sake - it’s about making our customer experience better. For us, this means making it easier for our customers to get a better pizza - whether in store or at home or anywhere at all.” “This is why Pizza Hut embarked on a digital transformation journey, starting with our website revamp and now, our mobile app and very first digital concept store. We’re hoping to provide customers an entirely new digital experience from the moment they walk into the store, order and enjoy their dining experience. This is just the beginning. We’re looking to expand our digital concept to more stores, bringing an easier and better digital experience to all our customers.” Transforming the digital dining and ordering experience Pizza Hut’s new digital concept store gives customers an entirely new digital experience from the moment they set foot in the restaurant, order and enjoy their food to the moment they exit. From the ordering and queue management digital panels outside the store to the greeting robots, the store was designed to be innately digital in nature. In the newly launched digital concept store, all Pizza Hut servers are equipped with tablets for faster and better accurate orders to the kitchen. The new store is also Pizza Hut’s first in Asia Pacific to feature Digital Take Away Kiosks. The kiosks allow customers to make orders and pay more quickly, increasing efficiency and reducing wait times to place an order. Customers will also get to experience an Augmented Reality menu, bringing food to life in greater vividness than ever before as they select their dishes. The digital experience continues after the order is made, with an engaging digital game to keep customers entertained while they wait for their freshly baked pizzas. “When looking at implementing digital technology into our digital concept store, we approached the task from a customer’s point of view. How could we make the whole experience easier and better for customers? That’s why we’ve implemented several solutions, one of it being the Digital Take-Away Kiosks – because customers told us they wanted to be able to order and complete their transactions quicker, so that they could more quickly enjoy delicious pizzas. This way, our investment into the kiosk translates immediately into a solution that makes our customer experience better.” Convenience at your fingertips For customers who prefer to enjoy pizza delivered, Pizza Hut started making the experience better with a revamp of its website earlier in May this year, with easier and more convenient ordering, navigating and tracking mechanisms. The investment paid off with an 107%* increase in website traffic, while online sales transactions increased by 31%*. Today, Pizza Hut is taking this one step further by officially launching its mobile app. The new app makes ordering pizza an easier and more rewarding experience. The app remembers customers’ last order and preferences – including previous delivery address, so repeat customers don’t have to enter data over and over again. With built-in GPS and location data available on many mobile phones today – the app can detect the customer’s location and make ordering as simple as a click.[...]

Internal violators are the most serious threat to data privacy in Southeast Asia


Oct 12, 2017Data leakages in ASEAN countries are mainly caused by the negligence of top-level executives and employees with access to sensitive and confidential data, according to the latest research findings by cybersecurity and data leak prevention expert InfoWatch Group. Up to 56% of incidents of compromised data were caused by executives, employees, IT administrators and other authorized personnel. The other 44% of leakages were the result of external attacks and former employees. (Figure 1) “It is a disturbing sign to see that a relatively high percentage of leaks stem from top managers and system administrators who fall into the category of ‘privileged users’,” said Vladimir Shutemov, Chief International Business Development Officer of InfoWatch Group. Shutemov, who also heads InfoWatch SEA operations based in Kuala Lumpur, added, “Leaks due to blunders, intentional violation of rules or malicious activities of privileged users are the most destructive as they have more access to sensitive data compared to rank-and-file employees.” He was citing the latest findings of InfoWatch research unit, InfoWatch Analytics Center, on data leaks reported by governments and commercial and non-commercial organisations in Southeast Asia, South Korea, India and Bangladesh. The research was based on information sources in the media and other public domains between July 2016 and July 2017. Shutemov said users with advanced permissions, either unwittingly or deliberately, cause the leakage, because they were “unhappy” with any attempt by their organisations to control their PCs, laptops and mobile phones. By industry category, the research also pointed out that up to 43% of leakages in Southeast Asia stemmed from public institutions including government, military and law enforcement agencies, compared to only 13% worldwide. (Figure 2) In terms of types of data leaked, in Southeast Asia, South Korea, India and Bangladesh, the report cited that personal data comprised almost 77%, followed by payment details at 15%, trade secrets or know-how at 5%, and state secrets, close to 3%. By comparison, globally, 62% of data leaked was personal data, while up to 31% of data stolen were payment details. (Figure 3) “In line with global trends, Southeast Asia and other Asian countries are striving to improve cybersecurity. Their governments have toughened up personal data laws, while enterprises more and more often use information security tools against external and internal intruders. But more needs to be done as technology advances and the intruders become more sophisticated,” said Shutemov. By channels, browsers and cloud storages turned out to be the most common means data is leaked, almost 74% of all cases, while equipment loss, such as stolen laptops, and the popular use of instant messenger apps, together caused 14% of leaks. Globally, browsers and cloud storages were used in 61% of data leaks, followed by email (23%), and paper documents (8%). (Figure 4) InfoWatch currently serves more than 1,500 large customers worldwide with proprietary and patented cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies. InfoWatch’s full suite of data leak prevention and cybersecurity solutions and can analyse content in Asian languages for the prevention of data leakages, including in Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.[...]

Malaysian Companies Do Nation Proud at World Congress on IT


Oct 10, 2017 :At the recently held World Congress of IT in Taiwan, Malaysian companies and organisations continued to be recognised for technological leadership and innovation at the global stage – clinching several awards at the 2017 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards (“WITSA-GIEA”) and the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (“ASOCIO”) awards. Both award ceremonies were held in conjunction with the 21st World Congress on IT Summit (WCIT) 2017, held in Taipei, Taiwan. Malaysia’s merit award recipients at WITSA-GIEA were: Organisation/ Institution Award Category Product / Project Bestinet Sdn Bhd Public Sector Award Foreign Workers Centralized Management System Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Digital Opportunity Award) eUsahawan Raydar Research Innovative eHealth Solution SEMMEL Equally noteworthy was Malaysia’s ASOCIO awards winners: Organisation/ Institution Award Category Product / Project IPAY88 Outstanding ICT Company - Sin Chew Media Corporation Outstanding User Organisation - MDEC Digital Government Digital Free Trade Zone Eduspec Holdings ICT Education - (L-R) Gopi Ganesalingam MDEC VP Enterprise Development, Abdullah Kafi, ASOCIO former chairman, David Wong, ASOCIO Chairman, Razaleigh Zainal, MDEC VP Corporate Affairs and Bunrak Saraggananda, ASOCIO Immediate Past Chairman(L-R) Abdullah Kafi, ASOCIO former chairman, Chan Kok Long, Ipay88 founder, David Wong, ASOCIO Chairman, Bunrak Saraggananda, ASOCIO Immediate Past Chairman(L-R) Razaleigh Zainal, MDEC VP Corporate Affairs, Yvonne Chiu WITSA Chairman, David Wong ASOCIO Chairman(L-R) Stan Singh receiving for Bestinet, Yvonne Chiu WITSA Chairman, David Wong ASOCIO Chairman[...]

IT News Week 2 Oct 2017


For IT News Week 1 Oct 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Names Hans-Peter Klaey Chief Revenue Officer To Lead and Drive Global Sales PR - Oct 12, 2017 - MNC Finalizing Collaborative & Technology Agreement with M3Tech To Develop e-Commerce platform in DFTZ PR - Oct 12, 2017 - vivo Unveils the 7 Wonders of Diwali PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Unravels the Truth on Cyber Espionage at its 3rd APAC Cyber Security Conference PR - Oct 10, 2017 - A Competitive Device to be Unveiled by honor Malaysia Soon PR - Oct 9, 2017 - Digi Launches its First Official Shop On Shopee PR - Oct 3, 2017 - mTouche venturing into O2O International Education Hub with A.I. and Blockchain Platform Technology for South-East Asia plus Hong Kong Markets PR - Oct 3, 2017 - Asia Developer Academy (ADA) produces its first batch of graduates PR - Oct 3, 2017 - The Best Price to Performance Ratio,honor 6X Now Even More Affordable PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Names Hans-Peter Klaey Chief Revenue Officer To Lead and Drive Global Sales Hitachi Vantara today announced the appointment of Hans-Peter Klaey as chief revenue officer, to lead its global sales organization and accelerate adoption of its data-driven solutions and services. A Swiss national, Klaey has served as senior vice president and head of sales for HP Software in the IT infrastructure, cybersecurity and analytics software solution spaces. He also held several global and regional senior executive positions at SAP, including president of global small and midsize enterprises and as president and chief executive officer of SAP Asia Pacific and Japan. PR - Oct 12, 2017 - MNC Finalizing Collaborative & Technology Agreement with M3Tech To Develop e-Commerce platform in DFTZ M N C Wireless Berhad is in the final stages of discussion to formalize the Collaborative & Technology Agreement with its strategic partner, M3 Technologies (Asia) Bhd, for the development of an inclusive e-commerce platform with integrated payment gateway solutions and end-to-end logistics support. The agreement is expected to be finalized and completed by quarter 1 of 2018. MNC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with M3Tech on 14 April 2017. The joint develop e-Commerce platform in Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone (“DFTZ”) will comprise a Business-to-Business (“B2B”) focused trading platform for manufacturers to connect with international buyers, and a Consumer-to-Consumer (“C2C”) focused trading platform supporting smaller-scale entrepreneurs to sell through online platforms. Both companies have established a joint steering committee, made up of representatives from MNC and M3Tech to work on the strategic directions and performance criteria, commercialization of the platform, roles and responsibilities of both parties. PR - Oct 12, 2017 - vivo Unveils the 7 Wonders of Diwali Diwali, also known as the festive of light, is celebrated by Hindu in Malaysia. In conjunction with the Diwali celebration, vivo is here to be part of the celebration with a series of activities and promotion deals, a little something for everyone. At vivo, we want to bring you 7 different wonderful ways to celebrate Diwali! Check out this press statement for the 7 wonders. PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Unravels the Truth on Cyber Espionage at its 3rd APAC Cyber Security Conference Kaspersky Lab unriddles today the mysterious threat of cyberespionage against countries, critical infrastructure, and companies in the region as part of its 3rd Asia Pacific (APAC) Cyber Security Weekend in Phuket, Thailand. The company’s annual cybersecurity conference in the region will bring together its top security experts along with industry professionals and journalists from 11 countries across APAC. The four-day event will highlight presentations from its top security researchers to reveal the truths and bust myths about cyberesp[...]

Alibaba Launches Global Research Program for Cutting-edge Technology Development


Oct 11, 2017 - Hangzhou -

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. announced today the launch of an innovative global research program, “Alibaba DAMO Academy,” which is designed to increase technological collaboration worldwide, advance the development of cutting-edge technology and strive to make the world more inclusive by narrowing the technology gap. With the setup of the Academy, the company expects to invest more than US$15billion in research and development over the next three years.

Alibaba Launches Global Research Program for Cutting-edge  Technology Dev...

The Academy, which stands for the “Academy for Discovery, Adventure, Momentum and Outlook,” will oversee the opening of research and development labs worldwide and seek to recruit talented scientists and researchers to join the program. Alibaba Group’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff ZHANG will be the head of the Academy.

“Over the past 18 years, we have developed a robust technology infrastructure that supports the rapid growth of our business. With our global expansion, we have grown and refined our technology manifold. We are now looking for talented and driven researchers to join us in the quest for new disruptive technologies that would advance our every-day lives, benefit small businesses and narrow the technology gap to make our world a more inclusive place,” Zhang added.

The Academy is the first major global initiative to focus on developing the global technological capabilities and infrastructure that will enable Alibaba to fulfil its commitment to serve 2 billion customers and create 100 million job opportunities in 20 years. Alibaba now has around 25,000 engineers and scientists on its staff.

HUAWEI Unleashes the Beast in the nova 2i


Oct 5, 2017 -

The HUAWEI nova 2i offers a premium experience through a finely-tuned balance of hardware and software. Powered by the fast and efficient Kirin 659 chipset, HUAWEI’s Android 7-based EMUI 5.1 intelligently optimises the stock Android experience from the ground up and HUAWEI’s proprietary machine learning technology allows HUAWEI nova 2i to learn and predict user behaviour.

When placed head to head with one of the latest chipsets in the market, Snapdragon 450, HUAWEI’s Kirin 659 outperforms in the most important and crucial ways for the end-user.

Power consumption and battery life continues to be a key consideration for all when selecting a mobile device. A few years back, a major phone brand introduced their new phone with two chipset configurations, one chipset configuration delivered an improved power performance of close to 20 per cent. This led to a huge reaction from a large group of ​​consumers around the world, asking to withdraw the weaker Snapdragon 450-powered chip, and replacing it with the TSMC manufacturing chip. Kirin 659 uses the latter. Together, HUAWEI’s proprietary Kirin 659 chipset and EMUI 5.1 delivers outstanding power efficiency. The HUAWEI nova 2i’s 3340 mAh battery can easily last up to two days of ordinary use.

Another highlight of Kirin 659 is its i5 processor, which controls sensors with very low energy consumption while the CPU is on standby mode/ sleep. Kirin 659’s i5 processor is a processor dedicated to managing sensors such as steps tracking and GPS. When the handset is turned off, Kirin 659 does not wake up the main CPU to run steps tracking and GPS positioning. Instead, it taps on the i5 processor to manage these tasks with very minimal power, thus reducing power consumption and helping consumers to obtain more standby time.

Speed is another critical consideration, driven by the depth and breadth of computing power from the chipset. Kirin 659’s main frequency is significantly higher than Snapdragon 450. Whichever CPU has the higher frequency will deliver a much stronger performance. Technically speaking, when we put the making of the chip process aside, the frequency of Kirin 659 (4*2.36G + 4*1.7G) is higher than Snapdragon 450 (8*1.8G) by 12.7 per cent! What this translates into for users is a faster, lag-free experience even when firing up the most demanding multi-tasks, processes and apps.

The HUAWEI nova 2i is a stunning piece of technology with a streamlined form factor marrying looks and function. The unibody device is sculpted from curved edges and soft flowing lines that highlight its beautiful symmetry. One of the thinnest smartphones in the market, it boasts a 5.93 inch FullView display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is also one of the first devices in the world to feature this premium screen experience. The 83% screen-to-body ratio, ensures a sharp and clear image, supported by FHD+ resolution with a high pixel per inch (PPI) density. This means an exceptional widescreen viewing experience that sets the new standards for premium reading, viewing, browsing and gaming enjoyment, on location or on the go.

HUAWEI nova 2i is only available for sale on 13 October 2017 onwards.

HUAWEI introduces Kirin 970, the world’s first AI processor


Oct 3, 2017 -HUAWEI’s rapid growth in the region – and globally – has been nothing but phenomenal. The Chinese smartphone company recently displaced Apple to come in second in terms of global smartphone sales. The heights that the company has been able to scale globally can be attributed to its consistent investment in R&D and manufacturing – underscored by announcements earlier this month: (1) the launch of its first mobile chipset with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and, (2) milestone certification of its SuperCharge technology (the first-ever for an end–to–end fast–charging technology). From smartphone to intelligent phone – HUAWEI bets big on AI While smartphone-makers are betting on camera features to help their flagship devices stand out, HUAWEI has chosen to focus on AI – which it sees as the way forward in their journey to build intelligent phones. At its early stages of development, the evolution of AI is driving new advancements in technology. However, there is a need to build a wider AI computing architecture. In particular, China is becoming a hot spot for the innovation and commercial application of AI technology, and is set to lead AI development around the world. Through the breakthrough combination of on-device AI with cloud AI, HUAWEI is committed to developing a whole new mobile AI experience – turning smart devices into intelligent devices with enhanced perception, cognition, security and power. Eric Zhou, Product Marketing Director, HUAWEI Wireless Terminal introduces Kirin 970, the world’s first smartphone AI computing platform with HiAI architectureR&D and manufacturing underpins company’s global competitive edge Taking the leap towards this goal, HUAWEI recently launched the first-ever mobile chipset (Kirin 970) with built-in artificial intelligence. In addition to a slew of high-end features like powerful graphics performance (integrated 12-core GPU), better power management (10nm structure) and improved LTE capability (Cat 18 support), the Kirin 970's standout feature is its embedded neural processing unit (NPU). With the NPU, this will allow HUAWEI's next smartphone to dedicate power to AI-based tasks like recognizing and sorting images or optimizing your phone's performance. This brings several benefits, including improved performance and better battery life. The Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips in the market. In real life, the Kirin 970 will also likely speed up AI-based tasks if the apps invoke the NPU, which developers can do using either HUAWEI's own APIs. Eye on Malaysia and the region The widening application of AI through breakthrough innovations such as the Kirin 970 will have a profound impact on consumer behaviour in the coming years. For Malaysia, a nation where mobile penetration stands at 90.7% in 2016[1], this innovation will bring a significant boost to the user experience and redefine the way people interact with each other. AI will harness personalised data to deliver richer experiences and increased productivity. This is made possible by opening up the Kirin 970 to developers and partners who can find new and innovative uses for its processing capabilities. [...]

Online Printing Startup Gogoprint Launches in Singapore


Oct 3, 2017 - SG -Ever thought about printing business cards,flyers,stickers, booklets (also includes magazines, annual reports, etc.), postcards, leaflets/brochures on-demand,hassle free and via online ordering ? Gogoprint can help you with it. Gogoprint, the leading online printing startup in Southeast Asia, has formally launched in Singapore. It has opened its third regional office: Singapore follows from Bangkok, Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Gogoprint’s business proposition involves solving one of the printing industry’s biggest pain points - high fixed costs and requisite order volumes, particularly among small and medium sized businesses. It does this with its proprietary algorithmic software which manages and pools together small orders, and distributes the cost of printing. As a result, it is able to offer premium printing services at a competitive cost, enabling SMEs and startups to print their products such as business cards, digital booklets, leaflets, flyers, posters, gift vouchers, postcards and stickers more cost-effectively.Gogoprint’s Singapore office will be helmed by Laurent De Candido, Managing Director and co-founder at Gogoprint. Around expanding to Singapore, he said: “We’re pleased to deepen our commitment to small and medium sized businesses and freelancers in Southeast Asia by expanding into Singapore, a country where we already have thousands of clients. It is one of Asia’s leading hubs for nimble, innovative, on-demand business models, which often struggle with cost effectiveness around going-to-market.” “By enabling the printing of smaller quantities through a hassle-free ordering processes, we are well positioned to help these businesses go to market more cost-effectively. In the process, we are leading the charge to modernize Southeast Asia’s multi-billion dollar printing industry,” added De Candido. The market for online printing in Southeast Asia in 2016 was estimated at US$25 billion a year. In the 12 months since August 2016, Gogoprint has grown its revenues by over 500 percent; its number of customers by 400 percent to over 16,000 (including 10,000 in Thailand and 3,000 each in Singapore and Malaysia); and its employee headcount over 300 percent to 90 people (including 60 in Thailand, and 30 spread in Malaysia, also operating Singapore). Its clients are largely in the education, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, travel, transportation, food and beverage, retail and manufacturing sectors. This includes the likes of Lazada,, Jameson Whiskey, Accor Group, as well as the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Around the benefits of working with Gogoprint, Sruthi Varier, Project Officer at Nanyang Technological University said: “NTU was looking for an online printing vendor to reduce printing costs. We wanted to achieve this without compromising quality to our students, faculty, alumni and partners. We are very pleased to have chosen and to be working with Gogoprint, and highly recommend them for their fast delivery and cost-effectiveness.”Laurent De Candido, Managing Director and co-founder at Gogoprint SingaporeSince launching in November 2015, Gogoprint has raised a mid-six figure U.S. dollar investment from OPG (Online Printing Group). Apart from its growing geographic footprint, it looks to expand into multiple product categories including calendars, large-format printing, printed pens and flash drives. “As more and more consumers get overflowed with online content, never before has it been more important for tangible marketing to attract consumers for brands to stay in people’s minds. Especially in Singapore, we see a lot of potential for more complex or purely promotional products. This gives us the right surge to capture the Southeast Asian online printing market, with Indonesia as a natural next[...]

Create button-click bookmarks for Firefox


When a bookmark is added to Google Chrome, by default, it will be added under the bookmark toolbar which will result in button-click bookmark loaded beneath the Menu Bar. Under Chrome, bookmarks toolbar is available by default Enter the URLClick add bookmarks button - the 'star' buttonAdd under 'Bookmarks Toolbar' folderAdd a new bookmark, select the folder as 'Bookmarks Bar' Click the button-click bookmark to load the bookmark pageButton-click bookmark is helpful to people who are less IT efficient - i.e for your mom to load the favourite YouTube's channels. FirefoxNonetheless, bookmark toolbar does not come default with Firefox - it has to be enabled explicitly. Bookmarks bar is not available by defaultClick 'Settings'Click 'CustomizeSteps to enable bookmarks toolbarClick 'Toolbars'Checkbox to enable the toolbar --> the bookmarks toolbar will be loadedClick 'Exit Customise' to end operation. Steps to enable bookmarks toolbarEnter the URLClick add bookmarks button - the 'star' buttonAdd under 'Bookmarks Toolbar' folderSteps to add bookmarksClick the button-click bookmark to load the bookmark page [...]

New McAfee Report Highlights Global Impact of Changing Data Protection Landscape


Oct 5, 2017 :McAfee, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity companies, today released a new report, Do you know where your data is? Beyond GDPR: Data residency insights from around the world, which highlights businesses’ approach to data residency, management, and protection in light of global events, policies and the changing regulatory data protection landscape. Based on a survey of 800 senior business decision-makers from across multiple industry sectors and eight countries, the report provides a comprehensive view of how organizations view 11 key data regulations from around the world, including the E.U. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will toughen and simplify laws protecting personal data for over 500 million people residing in the European Union once implemented in May 2018. The report shows that nearly half (48 percent) of organizations will migrate their data to a new location because of regulations like GDPR. A similar amount will migrate their data because of changing geopolitics or the approach to relevant policies in the United States. Seventy percent of respondents believe the implementation of GDPR will make Europe a world leader in data protection; however, the United States remains the most popular data storage destination, preferred by nearly half of all organizations surveyed. “It’s critical that businesses do everything they can to protect one of the world’s most valuable assets: data,” said Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee. “The good news is that businesses are finding that stricter data protection regulations benefit both consumers and their bottom line. However, many have short-term barriers to overcome to become compliant, for example, to reduce the time it takes to report a breach.” Some key findings from the report include the following: Privacy sells: Data protection delivers commercial advantage. Seventy-four percent of respondents believe organizations that properly apply data protection laws will attract new customers. Regulations and policies present barriers to technology acquisition and investment: Approximately two-thirds of respondents say that GDPR (66 percent), U.S. policies (63 percent) and Brexit (63 percent) either already have or will impact their organization’s technology acquisition investments, while approximately 20 percent don’t yet know how these issues will impact their spending. More specifically, 51 percent of all respondents say their organization is being held back from technology investment because of external data protection regulations. Public opinion key to data decision-making. Eighty-three percent of organizations take public sentiment towards data privacy into account when making data residency decisions. Organizations take 11 days on average to report a breach. Organizations put faith in cloud service providers. Eight in 10 respondents organizations are planning, at least in part, to leverage their cloud service provider to help achieve data protection compliance. Most organizations are ‘unsure’ of where their data is stored. Only forty-seven percent of organizations know where their data is stored at all times. The majority are unsure, at least some of the time. Only two percent of management really understand the laws that apply to their organizations. While a majority of respondents (54 percent) believe their organization has a “complete understanding” of the data protection regulations that apply to them, just two percent of senior decision-makers know all the clauses of regulations that apply to their organizations. Overall, the report reveals conflicting beliefs about data protection regulations. While global events and a tightening of data protection rules gives senior decision-makers pause when determining their company[...]

Microsoft strengthens its cloud offerings for Malaysian businesses through new solutions


Oct 4, 2017 - As businesses in Malaysia look for better and faster ways to leverage on the fourth industrial revolution and transform themselves, modern technologies such as cloud computing have a crucial role to play. To better equip businesses, Microsoft today announced the enhancing of its cloud portfolio with the launch of Azure Stack, Microsoft 365 and SQL Server 2017. Together, these solutions will add flavour to Microsoft’s existing array of cloud & hybrid platform, that has been at the helm of driving digital transformation for businesses over the past 25 years in Malaysia. These solutions are the perfect tools for organizations to boost their hybrid cloud strategy to take advantage of modern cloud computing capabilities. In its recent survey of 1200 IT leaders across Asia on hybrid cloud, the cloud usage in Malaysia will be Hybrid cloud (50%), private cloud (31% and public cloud (19%.)  Details of these new cloud offerings are as follows: Azure Stack extends the Azure ecosystem opportunity by helping enterprises grow their Azure business and reach a larger addressable market through hybrid cloud scenarios. It is an extension of Azure that brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments and enables entirely new hybrid cloud scenarios. It offers consistent hybrid cloud platform, providing an ideal fit for organizations that want flexibility without having to build applications in a different way. Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security, delivering a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees. It is tailored to address the commercial needs from the largest enterprise to the smallest business, in form of Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business respectively. They help companies achieve more together by better connecting employees, customers and suppliers, protect company data across devices with always-on security and simplify the set-up and management of employee devices and services with a single IT console. They also empower mobility among employees - to get work done from anywhere, on any device. SQL Server 2017 provides intelligence, on a trusted industry-leading, most secure data platform, and enables innovation for all the data of a company. It enables companies to engage market leading solutions for every workload including Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and OLTP. SQL Server is the most intelligent, fastest and most secure database, and the most intelligent data warehouse that enterprises can rely on for operational analytics. The launch took place at the event themed “Enabling Digital Transformation with Microsoft Cloud” that had participation from industry leaders and decision makers from various sectors. It was supported by platinum sponsors such as Cisco Systems (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Citrix, DXC Technology Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo Global Technology Sdn Bhd in addition to other gold sponsors and exhibitors.(L - R) : Wan Murdani Mohamad, Director, Enabling Ecosystem, MDEC; K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia and Nigel Cain, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Enterprise Services, Applications and Infrastructure Domain in Asia Pacific, Greater China, Japan and India at the launch of Microsoft’s latest cloud offerings at Kuala Lumpur on 4 October 2017.[...]

MyIX MyNOG Conference 2017


Oct 4, 2017 :Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) or also known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’ – today announces that the MyIX MyNOG Conference 2017 will be held on the 26 October 2017 at Connexion@Nexus Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur . MyIX is calling for both local and foreign registrants to participate and take advantage of a top, pinnacle event for an industry-level discussion and presentation of Internet technologies in the country. The Malaysia Network Operators Group (MyNOG) is an initiative to bring together network operators in Malaysia, to drive greater industry push for the Internet’s technology evolution. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Internet Exchange (MyIX) is a non-profit organisation under the MCMC that promotes peering of local Internet Service Providers (ISPs), content providers and foreign peers, for more efficient and cost-effective Internet service for Malaysians. MyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin says, “MyIX looks forward to a successful joint conference with MyNOG, as our way of leading the nation’s efforts to stay at the leading edge of Internet developments – which is especially crucial now as the country’s economic health becomes more dependent on the support of a mature and stable Internet infrastructure.” He shares that so far, MyNOG has been excellent in providing a platform to facilitate and encourage peering and business relationships among local Internet Service Providers, in order that synergistic learning and sharing can happen to accelerate the maturity of Malaysia’s Internet scene. The MyIX MyNOG Conference 2017 programme consists of three parts, these being the Peering Forum, Tutorials, and Conference Tracks. The topics of this event cover the following discussions: The impact of data center traffic on the Internet network, and implications to the broader communications equipment market. Cyber Security Threats Landscape & Incidence in 2017, following industry leadership advisory on strategic actions that need to be taken to address the problem; as well as Arbor Networks report on 2016 DDoS attacks events. How Serverless Compute, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are driving up adoption of 400G and 800G Ethernet, especially as service providers and new cloud operator race to adopt the latest technology to keep up with the bandwidth demand for their business growth. Sharing of the technology behind Google Espresso SDN Controller, which leverage Egress Peering Engineer technology – covering the Traffic Engineering optimization, how to achieve cheaper peering solutions, etc. How to protect critical infrastructure with Autonomous Network Management, in the face of more and more sophisticated attacks that require companies to ramp up the resilience of their corporate and operational networks. The journey of how the world’s largest social network – Facebook, arrived at its current scale The future of the Internet - in a paper on the cutting edge Blockchain technology, on storing data publicly in trustless system. As well as the latest updates from APNIC, which is Asia Pacific’s main and central Internet registry that serves 56 economies throughout Asia and Oceania. Chiew ends, “MyIX always seeks to facilitating access to the latest technological trends from both domestic and international subject-matter experts via events such as the MyIX MyNOG Conference 2017. I am confident that this partnering of both MyNOG and MyIX will bring about a fruitful gathering of technological brains to really bring forward the country’s Internet development.” For more information or to register to attend at a nominal participation fee of RM100, please visit [...]

All Things Gaming, Across All Platforms, Right Here at GameStart


Oct 4, 2017 - SG -Organiser Eliphant announced a series of updates today for GameStart 2017 (#GameStart2017), Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention. Industry professionals can look forward to a line-up of acclaimed seasoned veterans at the inaugural SEA Summit business conference on 12 and 13 October. The second edition of International Mobile Gaming Awards (South East Asia edition) on 13 October will unveil the region’s best-loved games. High-profile tournaments and exciting content and experiences await esports fans and all who love gaming on 14 and 15 October 2017, at the Southeast Asia Major and the cyberpunk themed GameStart 2017. AVertigos ShowcaseBattlesky Brigade ShowcaseDigipen ShowcaseO$P$ ShowcaseTabletop ShowcaseXsmashed Gear ShowcaseKey Updates include: 1.) Glean insights from acclaimed international and local veterans in Inaugural SEA SUMMIT The SEA SUMMIT, jointly organized by IMGA and Eliphant, will see industry veterans share their insights on game trends and development, business and marketing. The B2B conference will see 35 speakers, including acclaimed game director YOKO TARO and producer Yosuke Saito, who produced one of 2017’s top games, NieR: Automata. This will be the first time the two will be making an appearance at a Singapore event. Topics include insight from game publishers and marketing strategies, and also includes several panels on a hot topic - esports. Panels will cover topics such as why brands sponsor gaming and esports, and what it takes to be a professional gamer. Details on the Conference schedule and the Speaker List are available at and The SEA Summit is supported by Venue Sponsor, Pixel Studios, and is free to attend, but pre-registration is required to attend the conference, with limited seats remaining at 2.) South-east Asia’s best-loved mobile games to be unveiled in SingaporeThe awards ceremony for the second edition of IMGA SEA will be held on the evening of 13 October at the PIXEL Building. An all-star judging panel of international gaming experts will determine the best among 65 shortlisted games. More information at 3.) GameStart 2017 unveils two new zones and brings back favourites The new GameStart TableTop (GST) gaming area will feature activities for both novices and veterans. Visitors can rent or bring their own games to play, compete in tabletop tournaments, win prize tickets, or check out booths to purchase their favourite games. Exhibitors include Wizards of the Coast, who will bring the latest content release for Magic: The Gathering, Grey Ogre Games who will be retailing games and also running a tournament for Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, and Gamersaurus Rex, who will bring Warhammer 40,000 to the event. The Founders Base, GameStart’s special indie area, will showcase games from both local and international content creators, thanks to partnerships with other game events Taipei Game Show and Game Prime (Indonesia). Exhibitors at GameStart 2017 include ARTBLOVK GALLERY, a local haven for game and comic artists to showcase their work. The ARTBLOVK selections showcase at GameStart 2017 will feature a curated selection of artwork from previous and current shows running at the gallery, with originals up for sale at the convention. Visitors can look forward to live drawing sessions as well, where they can take home the art pieces as a souvenir. Returning to GameStart for a second year is the Doujin Market, a fan favourite. The Doujin Market is a space for creators to showcase their work at GameStart. After the success of the Doujin Market in GameStart 2016, organisers will b[...]

IT News Week 1 Oct 2017


For IT News Week 4 Sep 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Oct 5, 2017 - Forbes Ranks SP Jain School of Global Management #20 in The Best International MBAs PR - Oct 5, 2017 - WD : World's First 14TB Enterprise HDD for Data Centers PR - Oct 4, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Deepens Industrial IoT and Services Bench with New Executive Appointments PR - Oct 4, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Detects Coin-Hive Code In Malaysia PR - Oct 4, 2017 - Microsoft strengthens its cloud offerings for Malaysian businesses through new solutions PR - Oct 4, 2017 - Selfie & Win a ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro signed by Gong Yoo - A Special Contest! PR - Oct 2, 2017 - Malaysia to Accelerate Growth of Data Professionals PR - Oct 2, 2017 - PIKOM Launches Cybersecurity Chapter PR - Sep 28, 2017 - MediaMath Pledges One Percent of Equity to Charity PR - Oct 5, 2017 - Forbes Ranks SP Jain School of Global Management #20 in The Best International MBAs SP Jain School of Global Management Global MBA program has just been ranked amongst the TOP 20 in Forbes’ 2017 Ranking of the World’s best 1-year Full-Time International MBA programs. Every year, the graduates are ranked #1 in salary growth (5 years post-MBA)! SP Jain are extremely honoured to be ranked alongside some of the top institutions like IMD, INSEAD, IE, Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick and Imperial. SP Jain are also the youngest business school in the world (13 years old) to be placed along with some of the finest Business Schools globally. This is an achievement we attribute to our unique and innovative approach to business education through our three-city learning concept- Singapore, Sydney and Dubai. The Forbes MBA rankings, along with Financial Times and The Economist, are among the most prestigious MBA rankings in the world, and we are the youngest school to get all three. While the high rankings are not the only aspects that show why SP Jain is unique, they do illustrate our rapid rise as one of the world’s top business schools. PR - Oct 5, 2017 - WD : World's First 14TB Enterprise HDD for Data Centers Western Digital Corp., a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today announced that it is providing cloud and hyperscale data centers the capacity required by big data applications with the world’s first 14TB enterprise-class hard drive featuring host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology. Western Digital’s HGST-branded Ultrastar® Hs14 delivers 40 percent more capacity and more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor, enabling more economical and efficient capture of the growing volume and variety of data. Ultrastar Hs14 14TB Enterprise Drive Features and Specifications: HelioSeal Technology: Western Digital’s fourth-generation helium filled drive technology brings the highest capacity hard drive to market much sooner than competing offerings. Host-managed SMR Technology: Second-generation enterprise storage deployment of host-managed SMR delivers 14TB with no compromise of performance predictability and consistency. Host-managed SMR hard drives are designed specifically for sequential write environments, and will not work as drop-in replacements for traditional capacity enterprise drives. Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours. The Ultrastar Hs14 enterprise hard drive is currently sampling to select OEMs and comes with a 5-year limited warranty PR - Oct 4, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Deepens Industrial IoT and Services Bench with New Executive Appointments Hitachi Vantara today announced the appointments of two new executives to support the company’s industrial internet of things (IoT) and services [...]

Siemens Process Automation Conference & Exhibition (SPACe) ASEAN 2017


Sep 11, 2017:Siemens, a global technology powerhouse in the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization, hosted the final leg of the Siemens Process Automation Conference & Exhibition (SPACe) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week, with attendance of around 70 participants comprising users, partners and Siemens experts. SPACe is an enriching platform that engages attendees from different parts of the world to discuss emerging trends and challenges within the industry sector. The event is held once every two years, and includes presentation and technology sessions, microfairs and exhibitions, as well as industry workshops and networking sessions. It provides existing and potential users the opportunity to connect with industry peers, gain insights from experts, and have a first-hand access to the latest Siemens’ technologies. This year, SPACe covered more markets in the Southeast Asia region, extending across five countries over a period of three months. With the theme “Driving the Digital Enterprise in Process Industries of Southeast Asia”, Siemens aimed to focus on customising solutions for individual markets and sectors, from process and discrete to motion control and drives. At SPACe Malaysia, some of the presentations covered include “Future Trends: Digitalization in Process Industries”, “Integrated Engineering to Integrated Operations - COMOS and “Mapping the Real & Virtual Siemens World - SIMIT”, presented by partners and experts from Siemens. Adam Yee,SVP, Siemens MalaysiaMr. Adam Yee, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives Division, Siemens Malaysia said, “At Siemens, we are committed to strengthening the process automation user community and ensuring that Malaysia’s industrial sectors remain competitive. We are also passionate about enabling users not just through innovative technologies, but also fostering closer relationships with customers and markets.” He added, “SPACe 2017 has been significant in showcasing the potential of our local customers and partners through shared experiences and collaboration. We look forward to forging more partnerships and showcasing our new technologies in the next SPACe event.” The user community in each of the markets also formed local user advisory boards, to increase engagement and enhance the relationship among members in the industry. In line with the theme of the exhibition, Siemens also launched Version 9.0 of its SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Control System at SPACe Malaysia. PCS 7 allows manufacturers to respond quickly to changes in market requirements and ensures the continuous operation of systems. Version 9.0 supports the world leading Industrial Ethernet standard Profinet with two new distributed I/O lines for greater digitalization right down to the field level, as well as extensive new software functionality. Plant operators also benefit from greater flexibility, convenience, future-proofing and wide-ranging compatibility with legacy installations. With this new version, Siemens is opening up scope for new perspectives to plant operators in the process industries and creating an additional building block en route for the Digital Enterprise. SPACe Innovation Tour 2017 kicked off in Vietnam in June, followed by Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines in August, and concluded in Malaysia last week. [...]

Oracle Digital Hub to Support SME in APAC


Sep 26, 2017 :Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia and 21 other countries in Asia Pacific will get access and support to the cloud solutions and resources they need to power digital transformation with the opening of Oracle’s first Digital Hub in Southeast Asia. The new facility in Kuala Lumpur highlights Oracle’s commitment to better serving the SME market in the new cloud economy and to working with them in a way that matches their needs and how their businesses operate. Oracle’s new Digital Hub in Malaysia is set to help SMEs leverage Oracle Cloud solutions to streamline operations, boost innovation and build a platform for growth. Fitri Abdullah, MD, Oracle MalaysiaThe Digital hub houses a newly hired digital team focused on helping midsize organisations transition to the cloud quickly and easily. It complements Oracle’s broader Asia Pacific digital sales and support functions based in KL, which service the local market as well as 21 countries across the region. Exuding the energy of a start-up, its dynamic and diverse staff, is passionate in embracing the digital economy. The latest collaboration tools, techniques and technologies are used to transform the buying experience for the customers. François Lançon, senior vice president, Oracle Japan and Asia Pacific, said: “The cloud is democratising IT; you just need a web browser or a mobile phone app to take advantage of it. What’s more, it has incredible transformation potential for small businesses, enabling them to do things they have never been able to do before, at an affordable price, such as use technology to streamline business processes, gain access to an easy-to-use platform for innovation, and digitise their customer experience. We are simplifying the buying process to help these smaller organisations, as well as branch offices and line of business departments, digitally transform their business.” Customers that want to buy entirely online can utilise the click-to-buy Oracle Accelerated Buying Experience. In addition to the simplified buying experience, Oracle’s Digital Hub offers a complete suite of cloud applications, platform, and infrastructure services as both standalone services and as bundles. The range of choices empowers small businesses to select solutions that directly address their goals or issues. The complete package Fitri Abdullah, Managing Director for Malaysia, Oracle, said: “More than 67% of the world’s total micro and SME market is located in the Asia Pacific region, accounting for more than 266 million businesses that can benefit from cloud technology (, 2015). With Oracle Cloud, SMEs now have access to the most modern solutions in the market, at an affordable price as well as timely, personalised and effective support. Using cloud and digital technologies in tandem, Malaysian SMEs can now be more competitive as they build a larger presence in the digital economy. This investment reiterates Oracle’s strong commitment to Malaysia.” Ir. Siva Ramanathan, Chief Strategy Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) said: At MDEC, we believe that Malaysia’s digital future has the potential to unlock significant economic, environmental, and social value within the nation. We applaud Oracle’s efforts in reaching out to our SMEs with access to the latest cloud technologies that are vital to their growth, and help them transform digitally. What Oracle is doing today contributes to our own national initiative, that aims to encourage digital adoption and future proof our SMEs and economy. We commend Oracle’s strong show of commitment in serving the M[...]

IT News Week 4 Sep 2017


For IT News Week 3 Sep 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Sep 27, 2017 - Commvault Recognized as a Leader in Data Resiliency Solutions by Independent Research Firm PR - Sep 27, 2017 - HUAWEI Launches the nova 2i with Hannah Delisha PR - Sep 27, 2017 - WD : World's First Client Solid State Drives with 64-Layer 3D NAND Technology PR - Sep 27, 2017 - 11street enhances online grocery shopping experience PR - Sep 26, 2017 - Leading Insurance Company in Asia Appoints Dimension Data to Transform IT Environment PR - Sep 26, 2017 - vivo Brings the V7+, the Latest Flagship Selfie Shooter to Malaysia PR - Sep 26, 2017 - Microsoft launches the new Surface Pro and Modern Workplace concept in Malaysia PR - Sep 25, 2017 - Canon Updates Ink Efficient E-Series With New All-In-One Printer PR - Sep 25, 2017 - Motorola's Moto G5 Plus Promo PR - Sep 25, 2017 - Motorola Solutions Grant An Enabler for IT Students PR - Sep 22, 2017 - Jabra Extends Market Leading Evolve Range in Malaysia With UC-Enabled Wireless Earbuds PR - Sep 21, 2017 - Software AG Ranked a Leader in Streaming Analytics: Strengthens its Focus on Industrial IoT PR - Sep 27, 2017 - Commvault Recognized as a Leader in Data Resiliency Solutions by Independent Research FirmCommvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, today announced it has been positioned by Forrester as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Data Resiliency Solutions, Q3 2017. Commvault received the highest score in the Current Offering category. According to the report, “Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top data resiliency vendors. After examining past research, client inquiries, user needs assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, we developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria.” Commvault received the highest possible scores in the backup options, revenue, customer base, and the technology partners criteria. Commvault also received the highest score among all vendors in the platform support and customer feedback criteria. The report goes on to explain that, “Commvault has the most comprehensive support for technologies that enterprises deploy — applications, databases, operating systems, public cloud, containers, big data platforms, and storage infrastructure — Commvault also offers archive management and eDiscovery capabilities. Commvault can move data between tiers — from on-premises to the hyperscale public cloud and within the cloud — depending on enterprise policy and offers easy scalability both within and outside of the data center.” PR - Sep 27, 2017 - HUAWEI Launches the nova 2i with Hannah Delisha The HUAWEI Consumer Business Group unveiled the latest addition to its nova family, the new nova 2i. The new device features HUAWEI’s first quad cameras, smart ambient front flashlight and 5.9-inch edge-to-edge display, perfect for photography and ‘selfie’ enthusiasts. Engineered with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, the nova 2i is set to make an impression on young and dynamic consumers who lead an energetic, healthy and independent lifestyle. Hannah Delisha doing Wefies with Huawei ExecutivesThe launch of the nova 2i inked a collaboration with tenacious singer and actress, Hannah Delisha, where she performed a brand-new nova series-themed song. “I am ecstatic to be the ambassador of the nova series, representing a product that is dynamic, cool and savvy. It fits perfectly with my fast-paced lifestyle. The twin cameras on the front and back of the nova 2i enables me to capture stunning images and videos effortlessly, making the sha[...]

Ransomware beyond WannaCry and Petya


by Justin Peters, Technology Solutions Director for APJ, Sophos As the world was still reeling from the global WannaCry attacks, many businesses in Europe and the United States were hit by the recent Petya malware outbreak. Justin Peters, Technology Solutions Director, SophosSophos researchers have found similarities in the way both ransomware was spread, along with some key differences. Although the researchers found no internet-spreading mechanism like WannaCry utilised, Petya spread through internal networks using the same Eternal Blue/Eternal Romance exploits used in the WannaCry attack. This exploit targets vulnerabilities in the Server Message Block (SMB) service, which Windows computers use to share files and printers across local networks. In cases where the SMB exploit fails, Petya will attempt to spread using a tool known as PsExec, which allows users to run processes on remote systems. This means that an infected machine can easily spread malware to other machines that have the SMB patch, enabling cybercriminals to infect other computers with the Petya ransomware. Over the last five years, the industry has become used to seeing malware distributed through email phishing campaigns. This approach to initiate an attack relies upon tricking the recipient to click on a link or attachment. In that way these attacks require user intervention. However today, cybercriminals are using advanced tools and techniques to propagate malware in a worm-like manner, without relying on phishing attacks or user intervention. Using the types of exploit techniques available today, cybercriminals will continue to target Windows users, while also exploring attacks on other platforms including Linux servers and Mac. Another rising concern is mobile ransomware. Last year, SophosLabs analysed more than 8.5 million suspicious Android applications. More than half of them being either malware or potentially unwanted applications, including poorly behaved adware. With new ransomware variants being introduced rapidly, businesses remain at high risk of infection if they do not take the appropriate steps. Recommended defensive measures: Ensure systems have the latest patches including the one in Microsoft’s MS17-010 bulletin Only allow applications that you require for your day to day work to run on your computer. This reduces the attack surface and limits the number of patches you will need to deploy to keep your systems from being exploited. As an example, consider blocking the Microsoft PsExec tool from running on users’ computers. This tool is used by IT engineers and administrators not regular users. A version of this tool is required for one of the techniques used by Petya to spread automatically. A product like Sophos Endpoint Protection can be used to block PsExec Back up regularly and keep a recent backup copy off-site. Encrypt your backup so you do not have to worry about the backup device falling into the wrong hands Avoid opening attachments and clicking on links in emails you weren’t expecting or from recipients you do not know. Download the free trial of Sophos Intercept X. For non-business users, register for the free Sophos Home Premium Beta, which prevents ransomware by blocking the unauthorised encryption of files and sectors on your hard disk. [...]

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Hitachi Introduces Hitachi Vantara


Sep 20, 2017 -Hitachi, Ltd. today launched Hitachi Vantara, a new business entity to leverage the broad portfolio of innovation, development and experience from across Hitachi Group companies to deliver data-driven solutions for commercial and industrial enterprises. This new company will unify the operations of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group, and Pentaho into a single integrated business as Hitachi Vantara to capitalize on Hitachi’s social innovation capability in both operational technologies (OT) and information technologies (IT). More Than a Century of OT Expertise Combined with IT Trusted by the World’s Largest Enterprises Hitachi has been a leader in OT for industries such as finance, government, manufacturing, power/energy and transportation for over 100 years, providing solutions that have positively impacted cities, industrial operations and businesses at large. The company has also been a leader in IT for over 50 years—bringing IT applications, analytics, content, cloud, and infrastructure solutions to market that have transformed the way enterprises do business. Combining Hitachi’s broad expertise in OT with its proven IT product innovations and solutions, Hitachi Vantara gives customers a powerful, collaborative partner in data – unavailable in any one company until today. “Hitachi Vantara marks a monumental change for Hitachi as we continue to advance our unified corporate vision of Social Innovation,” said Hitachi, Ltd. President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara. “Hitachi has been helping customers harness the power of their data to support meaningful business action for years. Now as the world is being transformed by digital tools and processes, we are unifying our strongest digital solutions companies together as a new Hitachi company that delivers exponential business impact for our customers and the betterment of society. The formation of Hitachi Vantara underscores Hitachi’s commitment to collaborative creation with customers and partners, and being a true innovation partner for the era of IoT.” The Opportunity in Data Hitachi Vantara is uniquely able to help customers extract all the value their data has to offer. By bringing new data-driven solutions and services to market, Hitachi Vantara will help its customers achieve tangible outcomes that positively drive business and society forward. The market opportunity for mission-critical data solutions has never been greater. Data has become a businesses’ greatest asset—if they can extract actionable insights from it. Data holds the key to new revenue streams, better customer experiences, improved market insights and lower costs of doing business. However, a comprehensive offering has yet to emerge that combines both OT and IT expertise to uncover its true potential—until now. Filling a Critical Gap in the Emerging IoT Market Hitachi Vantara will continue to provide superior infrastructure and analytics technologies that enterprises rely on for their mission-critical data in their data centers, in the cloud and at the edge of new innovations. The new company is targeting the emerging IoT market opportunity, in which there is no clear winner yet. According to Gartner, Inc., “more than $440 billion will be spent on IoT in 2020,” and the firm estimates that by 2020, “there will be more than 21 billion connected sensors and endpoints, and digital twins will exist for potentially billions of things.” in the same timeframe. To address this market, Hitachi Vantara will harness busin[...]

“Mining” Botnets are Back - Infecting Thousands of PCs


Sep 19, 2017 - The Kaspersky Lab Anti-Malware Research team has identified two botnets made of computers infected with malware, which silently installs cryptocurrency miners – legitimate software used to create (“mine”) virtual currencies based on blockchain technology. In one instance researchers were able to estimate that a 4,000-machine network could bring its owners up to $30,000 a month, and in another instance researchers witnessed criminals jackpotting more than $200,000 from a 5,000-PC botnet. The architecture of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies suggests that in addition to buying cryptocurrency, a user can create a new currency unit (or coin) by utilizing the computing power of machines that have specialized “mining” software installed on them. At the same time, according to the concept of cryptocurrencies, the more coins that are produced, the more time and computing power is required to create a new coin. Several years ago, the malware silently installing Bitcoin miners (that uses victim computers to mine currency for cybercriminals), was a common thing on the threat landscape, but the more Bitcoins that were mined, the harder it became to mine new ones - and at some point the process even became useless: the potential financial gain that a criminal could get from a bitcoin mining endeavor would not cover the investment they would need to put into the creation and distribution of malware, and the support of backend infrastructure required. However, the price of Bitcoin – the first and the most famous cryptocurrency – which has been skyrocketing in recent several years from hundreds to thousands of dollars per coin, ignited a real “cryptocurrency fever” around the world. Hundreds of enthusiast groups and startups have started releasing their own Bitcoin alternatives, many of which also gained a significant market value in a relatively short period of time. These changes in the cryptocurrency markets have inevitably attracted the attention of cybercriminals, which are now turning back to fraud schemes, during which they silently install cryptocurrency mining software on thousands of PCs. Based on results of recent research by Kaspersky Lab experts, the criminals behind the newly discovered botnets distribute the mining software with the help of adware programs, which victims are installing voluntarily. After the adware program is installed on the victims’ computer it downloads a malicious component: the miner installer. This component installs the mining software and, in addition, performs some activities to make sure the miner works for as long as possible. These activities include: An attempt to disable security software; Tracking all application launches, and suspending their own activities if a program that monitors system activities or running processes is started; Ensure a copy of the mining software is always present on the hard drive, and restore it if it is deleted. As soon as the first coins are mined, they are transferred to wallets belonging to criminals, leaving victims with an oddly underperforming computer and slightly higher electricity bills than normal. Based on Kaspersky Lab observations, criminals tend to mine two cryptocurrencies: Zcash and Monero. These particular currencies are probably chosen because they provide a reliable way to anonymize transactions and wallet owners. The first signs of malicious miners returning were spotted by Kaspersky Lab as early as December 2016, when a company researcher[...]

IT News Week 3 Sep 2017


For IT News Week 2 Sep 2017.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.PR - Sep 22, 2017 - Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017 Thailand Pivots Seeks to Grow Tech Sector with an impact on GDPPR - Sep 20, 2017 - U Mobile Signs Telco-Assurance MOU With MPI Generali PR - Sep 20, 2017 - Next-Gen Workforce on Track as #mydigitalmaker Uncovers Exceptional TalentsPR - Sep 20, 2017 - honor Malaysia Confirms Android 8.0 Oreo for the Powerful honor 8 ProPR - Sep 19, 2017 - Xendit collaborates with CyberSource to simplify payments in Indonesia PR - Sep 15, 2017 - Cosway unveils its first-ever Experience Centre in Berjaya Times SquarePR - Sep 12, 2017 - SG - Cloudera Enables Globe Telecom to Manage Mobile Data Growth and Boost Customer Experience with Machine LearningPR - Sep 12, 2017 - Carbon Black Innovations Set Industry Standard for Next-Generation Antivirus With Streaming Ransomware Prevention and Live Response PR - Sep 22, 2017 - Thailand Pivots Digital Strategies and Seeks to Grow Tech Sector with an impact on GDPThailand is hosting the Southeast Asia’s largest digital and technological exhibition - Digital Thailand Big Bang (DTBB) 2017, where in all aspects of digital partnerships will be formed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the General Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in developing and accessing investment for Thai digital start-ups and building cybersecurity.Participating along are Malaysian digital startups across the finance and logistic industry, including RunCloud, EasyParcel, BolehCompare and HelloGold along with Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) to showcase their innovative and disruptive tech solutions.General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand and keynote speakerThe Malaysian pavilionThe Digital Thailand Big Bang (DTBB) exhibition is taking place at the IMPACT Convention Center in Muang Thong Thani, September 21-24 2017. Start-up founders, venture capitalists and executives from many of the world’s leading digital technology companies will be in attendance. Start-ups from across Asia, Africa, Europe, the US and, of course, Thailand will vie for prizes and funding. In addition, companies developing AI, robotics, drone technology will demonstrate products and seek to build commercial relationships.PR - Sep 20, 2017 - U Mobile Signs Telco-Assurance MOU With MPI Generali U Mobile today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MPI Generali Insurans Berhad to provide general insurance solutions to U Mobile’s base. This partnership is important as U Mobile customers will now be able to subscribe, manage, and view their general insurance coverage entirely via their mobile phones. U Mobile’s relationship with MPI Generali started in 2016 when the insurance company provided travel insurance solutions to the telco’s long-term customers via its loyalty programme called ‘U Special’. The response was very encouraging and that led U Mobile to strengthen the partnership with MPI Generali further by extending the services to include other forms of general insurance, and at the same time make the services available to all its customers. The MPI Generali general insurance solutions is set to be available to U Mobile customers from the second quarter of 2018. PR - Sep 20, 2017 - Next-Gen Workforce on Track as #mydigitalmaker Uncovers Exceptional TalentsWith more than 20,000 visitors showing up to[...]

SAP funds more ventures to improve One Billion Lives in Asia Pacific Japan by 2020


Sep 19, 2017 -

SAP’s One Billion Lives (1BLives) initiative, which is a crowdsourced, ground up initiative that allows SAP’s employees to develop start-ups and leverage on technology to solve the world’s pressing social issues. Amidst Asia’s rapid growth and urbanization, issues such as sustainable urban development, ageing populations and providing for the less fortunate have become an increasing concern.

This year, SAP has invested €1,000,000 towards the initiative and five winning ventures were selected after pitching their business ideas to secure support and funding. They come from across APJ (including two from ASEAN) and each leverage upon the latest advances in technology to solve the world’s issues:
  • Digital Aged Care (Australia team) – Tackles the issue of an ageing population and lack of care – leverages on IoT platforms that connect wearable devices and smart household devices to monitor an elderly’s condition to provide better efficiency for aged care givers
  • Accessible Eyecare (India team) – Tackles preventable blindness and uses SAP Leonardo to provide an intelligent mobile platform for ocular diagnosis, helping victims make earlier corrective action remotely.
  • Food Waste Management (Thailand team) – Tackles the world’s hunger crisis and food wastage in urban areas from supermarkets, restaurants etc. through a supply chain management platform to salvage unwanted food and connect it to those who need it most
  • Water Management (India team) – Tackles the water lost in cities through water supply systems through the use of SAP IS Utilities to attain real-time information from measuring sensors on water loss
  • Disaster Relief Network (Singapore team) – Enables more efficient collaboration between all disaster relief parties through a consolidated platform using SAP Ariba and SAP Hybris, so disaster relief efforts are delivered in a more coordinated and efficient method for best outcomes
The winning ventures will each gain access to seed money of up to €200,000 and are expected to test their ideas and go live with minimum viable product (MVP) by the end of the year.

Little Rachel has a BIG Secret to Share


Sep 19, 2017 - Rachel Siew Suet LiLittle Book BIG Secrets writer Rachel Siew Suet Li did not let adversity constrain her in her quest to become an author. This unique young lady born with a rare degenerative genetic condition, unveiled her first literary offering today entitled “Little Book, Big Secrets – How to blend in when you were born to stand out”. With the publication fully funded by the MIRM as well as the book launch being hosted by Microsoft Malaysia, Rachel Siew unveiled her new LinkedIn account featuring her book in the publication section. Through her account, LinkedIn users will be able to communicate with Rachel directly, sharing experiences in bringing out the best plus empowering oneself with endless possibilities. Little Book BIG Secrets is a light-hearted yet touching book that illustrates Rachel’s wit, determination and resilience. It is about the everyday challenges faced by Rachel, whose journey was determined even before she first saw the light of day. Her inspirational quotes in the face of her many challenges will help readers approach life with a positive energy and fresh perspective. “In this book, there are three significant points which reinforces my principles, which is to Inspire, to Motivate and to Empower. It is my hope to motivate and encourage other families who are in somewhat of a similar situation as mine. This may seem like a very difficult and winding journey ahead, but we can still make a difference in our lives,” said Rachel. Speaking at the launch, Managing Director of the Make It Right Movement, Mr. Raja Singham said he was very proud of Rachel’s efforts. “This book is part of the continued effort to educate ourselves of how one person like Rachel can empower the lives of millions of Malaysians. Being her former lecturer, I have seen Rachel grow from a timid girl to a fully confident, independent yet humble young woman,” said Raja Singham. Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director, Mr. K Raman also congratulated Rachel on the launch of her book. “I had the privilege of meeting Rachel recently where she shared with us her journey through determination, positivity and passion to achieve more despite her challenges. Her resilience in leading a life just like any other able-bodied person is commendable.  Rachel suffers from Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS IVA) also known as Morquio Syndrome, a rare degenerative condition that affects her physically but not intellectually. In 2015, a drug called VIMIZIM, an intravenous enzyme replacement therapy was made available in Malaysia. This drug would have given Rachel the independence she had long yearned for. However, the answer to her prayers was costly. Treatment for this condition is in access of RM1.6 million per annum which she would have to undergo for the rest of her life. Despite her struggles, Rachel has found a way to help herself as well as to inspire others in need. “Little Book, BIG Secrets – How to blend in when you were born to stand out” is now available for purchase via LinkedIn and through community effort via Facebook for the amount of RM39.90 only. Alternatively, you may contact Rachel Siew directly at to purchase the book or for further details. Full proceeds from the sales of the book will go to the Rachel Siew Trust Fund managed by appointed Trustees and is legitimately established with Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad. Founded in 2[...]