Posts Tagged ‘security’

Singapore IT company Acronis to sponsor Formula 1 team Toro Rosso

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Acronis intends to sponsor Toro Rosso under conditions that both Daniil Kvyat and Franz Tost are staying at Toro Rosso.

Daniil Kvyat, Formula 1 driver at Toro Rosso. “I am not a Formula 1 expert, however, I sense Daniil will feel more comfortable in Toro Rosso. Toro Rosso is hungry for pure racing, and we believe in their success as well as in Daniil himself,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis, about Kvyat.

Daniil Kvyat, Formula 1 driver at Toro Rosso. “I am not a Formula 1 expert, however, I sense Daniil will feel more comfortable in Toro Rosso. Toro Rosso is hungry for pure racing, and we believe in their success as well as in Daniil himself,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis, about Kvyat.

Russian-born Singaporean businessman Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis announced the sponsorship intentions.

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Singtel launches Cyber Security Institute in Singapore

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The Singtel Cyber Security Institute (CSI) aims to hone cyber skills and preparedness of businesses and governments in Asia Pacific by providing holistic training for company boards, management, technology and operations personnel to deal with cyber attacks.

Update (18 May, 2016):

Competing telco StarHub announced plans to grow the local cyber security ecosystem with the launch of its Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (COE).

* All photos in this article provided by Singtel.

Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, Singtel Group, giving her opening remarks at the launch of the Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, Singtel Group, giving her opening remarks at the launch of the Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

The CSI is a hybrid between an advanced cyber range and an educational institute.

“Based on our engagements with companies in Singapore, more than 85% do not have robust cyber response plans nor the opportunity to conduct realistic drills to test and sharpen such plans. This lack of cyber preparedness is worsened by the severe global shortfall of trained cyber security experts, which Forbes puts at some 1 million in 2016. This is why we’ve stepped up to the plate. We know we have to help companies secure themselves against a potential slew of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks,” said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

Singtel boasts that the CSI is the first-of–its-kind in the region to test and train companies in dealing with sophisticated cyber threats.

Housed in a permanent space of over 10,000 sq ft, the institute provides cyber skills development and education programmes tailored to the varying needs of company boards, C-suite management, technology and operational staff.

Boards and C-suite level participants will be trained in the areas of cyber threat awareness, risk management, business continuity planning and crisis communications preparation.

The cyber operations team will be trained in defence and response capabilities to sharpen their skills.

In conjunction with the launch of the CSI, Singtel announced that it is the first company in Singapore to work with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore on the Cyber Security Associates and Technologists (CSAT) Programme to train infocomm professionals in cyber security.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, delivering his speech to open the new Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, delivering his speech to open the new Singtel Cyber Security Institute.

Under this programme, Singtel will train fresh infocomm technology professionals and equip them with basic cyber security skills.

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World Backup Day: Acronis Global Survey on data and file loss

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The suvey found that one in three people have suffered data loss and 11% are willing to pay $500 or more to recover their lost files.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

The global study sponsored by Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, reveals a growing understanding about the value of, and attitudes toward, the protection of personal data on computers, mobile phones and tablet devices.

Nearly half of survey respondents have more than four devices in a household to protect and 45 percent of survey respondents fear losing photos and videos the most. Security and privacy were cited as key requirements for backing up data.

Emerging concerns for personal data protection

The traditional fears of hardware failure and accidental deletion are no longer the sole reasons people fear data loss.

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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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Online bullying more worrisome than physical playground bullying, says Norton

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

52% of Millennial parents in Singapore surveyed believe their children are more likely to be bullied online than on a playground and 56% worry their children will give out too much personal information to strangers.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report reveals children are the weakest link in family cybersecurity.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report reveals children are the weakest link in family cybersecurity.

Findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015 highlighted parental concerns about their children in the online world.

“In the last year, Norton has seen the online safety awareness levels of parents increase rapidly as technology firmly cements itself in the family home,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan.

Cyberbullying, online predators and privacy are some of the biggest issues parents in Singapore are grappling with as bullying moves from the playground to the online world.

Parents are concerned about their children being lured into meeting a stranger in the outside world (52 percent) and more parents are worried that their children will be bullied online (46 percent) than if their children take on the role as the online bully (38 percent).

The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report is an online survey of 17,125 device users aged 18+ across 17 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec.

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“Parents are grappling with Cyberbullying, Online Predators and Privacy in Singapore,” said Gavin Lowth (in the photo), Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan; at the Symantec office in Suntec City in Singapore.

Children are the weakest link in family’s online security

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Sophos Security Heartbeat marries Endpoint and Network security

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Sophos introduces Synchronized Security to Endpoints and Networks in new Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat.

Available models range from a desktop appliance with integrated Wi-Fi to rack-mount appliances for the data center. Pricing is available from authorised Sophos partners worldwide.

Available models range from a desktop appliance with integrated Wi-Fi to rack-mount appliances for the data center. Pricing is available from authorised Sophos partners worldwide.

Sophos has introduced synchronised security protection against today’s sophisticated threats with the Sophos Security Heartbeat capability.

“Synchronised security from Sophos is a key innovation in next-generation security protection, and we are delivering that through Sophos Security Heartbeat,” said Stuart Fisher, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Sophos.

The company’s Sophos XG series of next-generation firewalls and UTMs will be equipped with this new technology.

Sophos Security Heartbeat directly links next-generation firewalls and UTMs with next-generation endpoint security to share threat intelligence that enables faster detection of threats, automatic isolation of infected devices, and more immediate and targeted response and resolution.

With Security Heartbeat, organisations of any size can advance their defenses against increasingly coordinated and stealthy attacks and drive a dramatic reduction in the time and resources required to investigate and address security incidents.

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Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015 released

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Eight out of ten Singapore consumers surveyed believe they will experience online crime.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report finds consumers believe it is more likely their credit card information will be stolen while shopping online than from their wallets. Click to view the comparison between findings in Singapore versus the Global trends.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report finds consumers believe it is more likely their credit card information will be stolen while shopping online than from their wallets. Click to view the comparison between findings in Singapore versus the Global trends.

Norton by Symantec has released its findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report, which sheds light on the truths of online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers.

“Consumer confidence was rocked in 2014 by an unprecedented number of mega breaches that exposed the identities of millions of people who were simply making routine purchases from well-known retailers,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan.

The report found that globally, 62 percent of consumers believed it’s more likely their credit card information will be stolen online compared to only 38 percent who think it’s more likely they will lose credit card information from their wallets.

47 percent reported they have been affected by cybercrime.

In Singapore:

  • Approximately seven in 10 (69 percent) Singaporeans believe using public Wi-Fi is riskier than using a public restroom.
  • Seven in 10 (70 percent) consumers think that storing their credit card and banking information in the cloud is riskier than not wearing a seatbelt.
  • More than seven in 10 (71 percent) consumers believe getting their credit information stolen after shopping online is more likely than having their credit card stolen out of their wallet.

Who tops the list of those most aware of online security practices in Singapore?

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New arrivals: Norton Security – threat protection subscription

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Norton has streamlined multiple core offerings into one flagship subscription service – Norton Security – offering protection to PCs, Macs, Android smartphones & tablets, iPhones & iPads. Available in Singapore now from S$59 (S$39 after introductory offer).

Norton Security is available as a “Standard” version for 1 device (S$59), and “Premium” versions for 5 (S$99) or 10 (S$129) devices - for one-year subscriptions. Introductory offers now at S$39, S$59 and S$99 respectively.

Norton Security is available as a “Standard” version for 1 device (S$59), and “Premium” versions for 5 devices (S$99) or 10 devices (S$129) – for one-year subscriptions. Introductory offers now at S$39, S$59 and S$99 respectively.

The new service offered by Symantec is an advanced, multi-layered protection solution that promises to help shield consumers from sophisticated and evolving threats across all platforms.

Norton Security also includes secure PC cloud backup to help ensure photos, address books and important files don’t get lost.

According to Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, there were nearly one million new threats released into the wild each day and crypto-ransomware threats increased by more than a 4,000 percent in 2014.

It is increasingly important for consumers to take steps to protect themselves in this highly complex and connected world, no matter what device they are using.

“Today our digital lives are central to the way we connect, interact and transact,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan.

Norton Security promises a seamless, easy-to-use service that takes advantage of Symantec technologies and intelligence to protect consumers from today’s advanced threats.

A New Norton

Norton Security is a single service that protects PCs and Macs, as well as Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones and iPads.

Norton Security comes with different tiers of service that are catered to customers’ needs.

Below are some of the key features and protections within Norton Security (from the press release).

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