Posts Tagged ‘NUS’

Homegrown cyber security provider e-Cop rebranded as Quann

Monday, March 21st, 2016

The relaunched company is targeting growth by four times in the next four years, on a quest to establish itself as Asia-Pacific’s leading cyber security player.

“Following the relaunch, our new brand identity, renewed business focus and increased investments will bolster Quann’s capabilities to address the region’s growing need for cyber security services. This positions us well to achieve our ambition of four-fold growth by 2020 and become Asia-Pacific’s leading cyber security player,” said Foo Siang-tse, Managing Director, Quann.

“Following the relaunch, our new brand identity, renewed business focus and increased investments will bolster Quann’s capabilities to address the region’s growing need for cyber security services. This positions us well to achieve our ambition of four-fold growth by 2020 and become Asia-Pacific’s leading cyber security player,” said Foo Siang-tse, Managing Director, Quann.

e-Cop was a homegrown Managed Security Services Provider and a business unit of Singapore’s leading security organization Certis CISCO.

“Security is in our DNA and we provide a unique value proposition to our clients. By combining cutting-edge technologies with the skills, insights and experience of our cyber security professionals, we are able to provide organizations with comprehensive and customized security solutions, which are underpinned by robust processes and resilient infrastructure,” said Foo Siang-tse, Managing Director, Quann..

The company has now relaunched as Quann – pronounced “kwan” as in the word “quantity”.

The initiative comes with the expansion of its security offerings and next-generation Security Operations Centers (SOCs), as well as investments in manpower development.

This will enable Quann to expand its current regional footprint across Asia-Pacific and beyond.

The relaunch also introduces a new logo and tagline, which represent Quann’s business focus and objectives.

The logo symbolises the continuous circle of protection afforded to customers.

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SingAREN launches region’s first 100Gbps community network in Singapore

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX) will boost international collaborations for Singapore’s research and education community.

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX)

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX)

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) has announced the launch of SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX), the first 100Gbps community network to be set up in the Southeast Asia region.

“SingAREN is proud to be the first to launch a 100 Gbps research and education network in the region. By increasing the network speed by ten-fold and with our suite of value-added services, SingAREN aims to facilitate collaborations amongst our local research organisations and with their international counterparts,” said A/Prof Francis Lee Bu Sung, President of SingAREN.

With SLIX, Singapore’s Research and Education (R&E) community will gain seamless access to a super high speed network with a hundred times more capacity than before; and enjoy bandwidth fully dedicated to their use.

Built on an optical fibre core comprising dark fibres, SLIX allows resiliency, future capacity upgrade, and technology-proof network connectivity.

The new network also opens up new possibilities as a test-bed, extending database mirroring services, bilateral disaster recovery, high performance computing federation and shared services, high volume peering for content data networks and other value-adding services to the R&E community.

In addition, SLIX will also enable research organisations to test different protocols for interconnections such as the Infiniband; and optical network researchers to carry out their experiments.

SLIX Ring Setup

SLIX Ring Setup

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Virginia Cha speaks about “shanzhai”

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

The second of two presentations at the NUS-ISS seminar, “Did you shanzhai today?“, on Friday was on her research on the model of imitation-based innovation that has developed in China over recent years.

Dr. Virginia Cha, Chief Research, ISS-NUS

Dr. Virginia Cha, Chief Research, ISS-NUS

Dr. Virginia Cha is the Chief of Research at the Institute of Systems Science (ISS).

ISS is a specialist training institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS) offering professional information technology upgrading, conversion and continuing education and training programmes to managers and IT practitioners and technologists.

Cha has been following the shanzhai (山寨) phenomenon in China for the past few years, and shared the findings of her recent field trip to Shenzhen (深圳) in China in August and September this year, when she visited the hive of shanzhai community in Huaqiangbei (华强北).

Essentially, shanzhai describes the model of innovation where entrepreneurs in China start by copying a successful newly launched product The big question I had prior to her talk was “what is the difference between shanzhai and outright piracy?”– say a tablet computer or smartphone – add innovative features that enhance performance or localisation, and quickly bring it to market.

Some shanzhai products eventually became so successful that the original products they’d been based on ended up picking up features added by the shanzhai makers.

Cha made it clear with examples that many who merely imitated products usually failed eventually. The successful shanzhai practitioners were those who were able to exercise innovation by enhancing the product they started off imitating. The imitation was only a start – a quick level up.Some of these shanzhai makers became so successful they mature into large companies themselves and attracted other pirates and shanzhai imitators.

All in all, it was an informative lecture, enriched by plenty of actual shanzhai hardware that Virginia had procured for the purpose of research during her field trip. From her description, Huaqiangbei might just end up becoming the equivalent of the Sillicon Valley in the US.

Did you shanzhai today?

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

As part of the NUS-ISS Innovation Update Seminar series, two speakers will cover – on 7 October 2011 –  a common form of innovation in China now. “Shanzhai” refers to the production of high-quality, very rapid imitation of new, branded products by low-cost, no-brand competitors.

Free NUS-ISS seminar on "Shanzhai" on Friday 7 October 2011

Free NUS-ISS seminar on "Shanzhai" on Friday 7 October 2011

According to the e-brochure, “the shanzhai innovation phenomenon parallels Linux’s cathedral and bazzar movement, a term coined by software architect Eric Raymond to describe the open source movement where the Cathedral model is restricted to an exclusive group as contrasted to the Bazaar model where developers self-organize in view of the public.”The seminar promises to review new products churned out by the shanzhai movement, and the rapid evolution of the aggressive shanzhai-style manufacturers – all pointing to the underlying vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

If you’re looking to keep up with the latest in innovation, register for this FREE seminar by 3 October 2011.

The seminar is presented by the Institute of Systems Science (ISS), a specialist training institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS) offering professional information technology upgrading, conversion and continuing education and training programmes to managers and IT practitioners and technologists.

Date 7 October 2011 (Friday)
Time 8:45 am to 11:30 am
Venue Institute of Systems Science (ISS)
Address 25 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119615

The two speakers at the seminar are Benjamin Joffe, CEO of +8*, and Dr. Virginia Cha, Senior Programme Director of Innovation at ISS.

The detailed agenda and biographies of the speakers can be found in this e-brochure.