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Opinion: Alex Manea (BlackBerry) on 4 Cybersecurity Trends of 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Based on countless conversations over the past 12 months with customers, partners, government officials, Blackberry’s internal cybersecurity experts, and leaders from both the security and research communities, Alex Manea – Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry – shares what he believes are the Cybersecurity Trends for 2018.

As BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Manea regularly speaks to Fortune 500 C-Suites and leaders representing the world’s top global brands, listening and learning about what security concerns keep them up at night. Alex also tries to spend just as much time speaking with security researchers – ethical hackers devoted to discovering security flaws and vulnerabilities.

As BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Manea regularly speaks to Fortune 500 C-Suites and leaders representing the world’s top global brands, listening and learning about what security concerns keep them up at night. Alex also tries to spend just as much time speaking with security researchers – ethical hackers devoted to discovering security flaws and vulnerabilities.

While many other things will impact the cybersecurity industry this year, I believe those I elaborate below will be some of the biggest trends for 2018.

Though these trends may seem bleak to some, they too present many opportunities and possibilities if we are well prepared.

So here goes…

#1: 2018 will be the worst year to date for cyberattacks

IT departments are being tasked to manage increasingly complex networks, support new types of endpoints, and protect more and more sensitive data.

Legacy systems are still rampant throughout most industries and cannot be easily upgraded or replaced.

“With 2017 being the worst year ever for cyberattacks, it is tempting to think that we have hit rock bottom, but what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

The fundamental issues that have caused the majority of recent cyberbreaches have not been resolved.”

These systems often contain publicly known software vulnerabilities which can be exploited to penetrate the corporate network.

At the same time, attackers are getting increasingly sophisticated and have more incentives than ever to mount cyberattacks.

From building ransomware or mounting DDoS attacks and demanding bitcoin payments, to working with organised crime and even national governments, malicious hackers have numerous ways to monetise their skills and to protect themselves.

Governments and enterprises are recognising these new threats and deploying modern security solutions, but it will take years to decommission all of the legacy systems.

2018 will be yet another year where the shortcuts of the past come back to haunt us.

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New arrival: Veeam Availability Orchestrator for BC/DR compliance

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Veeam Availability Orchestrator offers Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery compliance and peace of mind for enterprises.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance. Click on image to enlarge.

Veeam® Software today announced the general availability of its new Veeam Availability Orchestrator – the newest addition to the Veeam Availability Platform – which enables enterprises to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) compliance.

“Enterprise customers are demanding not only Availability, but also help in ensuring compliance. In the event of a disaster, enterprises stand to lose millions in downtime, $21.8 million according to our latest Veeam Availability Report, as well as damaged reputation and lost productivity. Without having a disaster recovery plan that is up-to-date, tested and documented, it’s difficult to respond quickly when disaster strikes. With new Veeam Availability Orchestrator, enterprises can achieve a true Availability platform, reduce costs, define their DR plans, and achieve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are able and ready to provide business continuity, even in the worst case scenario,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam.

Most DR failures can be tracked back to outdated and untested plans.

The rapidly increasing rate of business and technology changes makes it critical that companies update their DR plans continuously, something that only 14 percent do today, according to Forrester Research.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator tackles this problem by offering a DR orchestration solution that reduces the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster.

While many enterprises have a DR plan already in place, executing on these plans is often complex, cumbersome and time-consuming.

Expensive, error-prone manual processes are common but do not scale, resulting in DR plans that can easily become obsolete.

This results in risk to both data and application Availability, but also to compliance with industry regulations and governing bodies.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator provides an orchestration engine with planning, automated documenting and testing capabilities for preparedness and compliance, with full support for Veeam replicas.

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New arrival: Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 converged infrastructure

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The new VxBlock System 1000 from Dell EMC makes data centre modernisation simpler, offering flexibility and simplified lifecycle management.

The VxBlock System 1000 expands the converged infrastructure portfolio of Dell EMC.

The VxBlock System 1000 expands the converged infrastructure portfolio of Dell EMC.

The VxBlock System 1000 simplifies data centre operations and offers new options of storage and data protection from Dell EMC and compute and networking from Cisco – in one pre-integrated, turnkey system.

Data centre footprints can be reduced by up to 60% with new architecture that pools and shares resources to maximise utilisation.

Lifecycle assurance is simplified across mixed technologies in a single system, reducing time spent managing upgrades by up to 75%

More details in the press release below.

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3 attributes for jobseekers today & the future according to Virtusa COO, Keith Modder

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

In this fast-paced, fast-changing world, what are the attributes that employers look out for in potential employees? Here are three that Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa – Keith Modder – looks out for when he recruits.

Roger Keith Modder has been an Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa Corp since May, 2011. Photo: Virtusa.

Roger Keith Modder has been an Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa Corp since May, 2011. Photo: Virtusa.

Virtusa is a global IT consultancy & outsourcing services corporation headquartered in the US with offices across four continents and delivery centers in around the world.

The company’s COO, Keith Modder was in Singapore yesterday to inaugurate the opening of a new technology centre at its regional headquarters here.

One of the aims of enlarging the billion-dollar company’s business footprint is to enhance recruitment of local talent by tapping into the talent pool generated by the universities here.

I spoke with him when he was in Singapore and he shared his thoughts (see below) on what he looks for in a potential employee.

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Virtusa opens new technology centre in Singapore

Friday, October 20th, 2017

The step-up of business footprint of the corporation’s regional headquarters in Singapore will bring the global IT consultancy & outsourcing services company closer to its clients in the region, and enhance recruitment of local talent in Singapore.

The new technology centre is located in Virtusa’s offices in Singapore at the Akzonobel House n Changi Business Park.

According to the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Roger Keith Modder, who inaugurated the new technology centre in Singapore, Virtusa plans to grow its employees here by 50% within the next 3-5 years, tapping into the talent pool generated by the universities here.

The billion-dollar company (by market cap) is counting on the Smart Nation efforts of the Singapore government and is spearheading its strategy here with the company’s verticals in Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare.

The Singapore office is also Virtusa’s regional headquarters.

The Singapore office is also Virtusa’s regional headquarters. Photo: Virtusa.

More details about Virtusa’s recent evolution as a company from the press release below.

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Event: Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore (12-14 October)

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Franchising & Licensing Asia trade show is in town for its 12th edition, at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Admission free.

Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 (FLAsia 2017) is in Exhibition Hall B at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1.

Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 (FLAsia 2017) is in Exhibition Hall B at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1.

With both franchising and licensing as key business expansion models, the exhibition is a platform for brand owners to showcase innovative and unique business concepts, penetrating new markets and expanding their global footprint.

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Dell EMC: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure advancements in Singapore

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Dell EMC expands industry-leading converged systems portfolio with VxRail Appliances now integrated with high performing, reliable and energy efficient Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, available in Singapore beginning this August.

James McCready expounding the virtues of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, in a brief to media and analysts during Dell EMC Forum 2017 in Singapore. McCready is the VP of Converged Platforms & Solutions Division for APJ, Dell EMC.

James McCready expounding the virtues of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, in a brief to media and analysts during Dell EMC Forum 2017 in Singapore. McCready is the VP of Converged Platforms & Solutions Division for APJ, Dell EMC.

The latest VxRail Appliances 4.5 offer expanded enterprise software and hardware options on the industry’s fastest growing HCI offering.

More details from the press release below.

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Opening: Eaton office & Customer Experience Center in Singapore

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Eaton consolidates its six existing offices in Singapore into the new office at the Interlocal Centre and includes a new customer experience center showcasing its integrated power management solutions.

Eaton’s new office and Customer Experience Center in Singapore is located in the Interlocal Centre.

Eaton’s new office and Customer Experience Center in Singapore is located in the Interlocal Centre.

The new office serves as the East Asia headquarters for the power management company and will house some 200 employees.

“Eaton is committed to Singapore. It is a focus market and a strategic business hub for us. The country’s business-friendly environment and drive for innovation provide a strategic backdrop for investment and growth, both locally and in the wider ASEAN region,” said Revathi Advaithi, chief operating officer – Electrical Sector.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services.

Eaton positions itself through its global solutions to tackle today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion.

The company provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably.

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Epson launches N2 robots with compact folding arm technology

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

The patented compact folding arm technology in the new N2 robots feature is a world’s first innovation in 6-axis robot design that brings extreme maneuverability, improving efficiency of motion for complex and high precision assembly tasks.

The new N2 robots were showcased for the first time at the Epson booth at Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017, from 4 to 7 April 2017.

The new N2 robots were showcased for the first time at the Epson booth at Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017, from 4 to 7 April 2017.

Epson, a leading industrial robot manufacturer, launched its new N2 series of compact 6-axis robots at Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017.

“With the N2 robots, companies can easily automate their assembly line with minimal design change to the current line layout, while dramatically enhancing productivity. Indeed, these new line of robots with its revolutionary technology, has brought a new breakthrough to the market and challenges current assembly line standards,” said Ng Ngee Khiang, Regional General Manager (Southeast Asia), Industrial Robotics, Epson Singapore.

The Epson N2 robots have the unique ability to fold through itself, versus moving around.

This reduces the number of intermediate points and shortens cycle times.

Designed for confined workspaces and smaller payloads, the N2 robot reduces required workspace area by up to 40% compared to standard 6-Axis robots.

The robots are able to operate in areas as small as 600mm x 600mm, enabling more efficient assembly line layout and improved productivity.

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