Startups in Jordan and the Palestinian Territories will be vital in driving the Levant’s Digital Economy and job creation for technology talents, SAP announced at the Start-up Focus Event in Amman, hosted by startup enabler and technology company SAP and supported by Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC) and USAID West Bank and Gaza through its Compete Project. Technology is a cornerstone of diversified economic growth for both countries, with their national development plans calling on leveraging technology to drive job creation…
BlackBerry Limited and TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) announced that they have entered into a long-term licensing agreement, providing acceleration to BlackBerry’s transition into a security software and services company. Under the terms of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its security software and service suite, as well as related brand assets to TCL Communication who will design, manufacture, sell and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices. BlackBerry will continue to control and develop its security and software…

Half of the internet is vulnerable to malware, says report

Written on Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:04
Menlo Security, a pioneer of malware isolation, recently announced its ‘State of The Web 2016’ report. The results reveal that nearly half (46%) of the internet’s top 1 million web sites, as ranked by Alexa, are risky. This is largely due to vulnerable software running on web servers and on underlying ad network domains. The results are significant because risky sites have never been easier to exploit, and traditional security products fail to provide adequate protection. Attackers have their veritable…
A recent report by Check Point Software Technologies claims that more than a million Android smartphones have been breached by malicious software, dubbed Gooligan, which targets devices running Android 4.0 and 5.0, representing almost 74 percent of mobile devices using Google’s operating system. The attacks can steal sensitive user data such as emails, photos, and documents. “This theft of over a million Google account details is very alarming and represents the next stage of cyber-attacks," said Michael Shaulov, Check Point's…

Rampant ransomware costing APAC SMBs big time

Written on Sunday, 04 December 2016 07:22
A survey of managed survey providers in Asia Pacific designed to assess the impact of ransomware on their small business customers suggests 85 percent of businesses in the region have been hit, a quarter of them multiple times in a single day, paying out an average of almost $12,000 ($US8900) to remediate a successful attack. Forty-five percent of survey respondents reported that a ransomware attack had led to business-threatening downtime. However this average was weighted by the five percent of…
Intel Security released its McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report on Tuesday, November 29, which identifies 14 threat trends to watch in 2017, the most critical developments to watch for in cloud security and the Internet of Things (IoT) security, and the six most difficult-to-solve challenges facing the cybersecurity industry. The report reflects the informed opinions of 31 Intel Security thought leaders. It examines current trends in cybercrime and makes predictions about what the future may hold for organizations working…

IDC tips Apac IT spend by manufacturers to top $U36b by 2020

Written on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 05:52
IDC is tipping IT spending in the manufacturing sector in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region to exceed $US36 billion by 2020, representing a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.34 percent from 2016 to 2020. IDC says manufacturing related initiatives in China, India and the ASEAN countries will account for nearly 80 percent of this figure. The Research Manager of IDC Manufacturing Insights, Sampath Kumar Venkataswamy, says high levels of industrial automation and the push for increased operational efficiencies…
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Ernst & Young (EY) China have released the results of a joint survey into the adoption of cloud computing by the financial services industry in China, saying adoption has reached a tipping point within the industry. Keith Yuen, partner and Greater China cyber security leader for Ernst & Young, said: “More and more FSI organizations have adopted or are planning to adopt some form of cloud computing technology. The key is to balance the…
Mirantis, the provider of an OpenStack distribution has partnered with NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) to offer fully managed private OpenStack as a service in NTT Com Enterprise Cloud and its data center services across the globe. Mirantis Managed OpenStack is a managed private cloud based on Mirantis OpenStack software. Mirantis says it gives customers 24x7 "as a service" operations by Mirantis and up to 99.99 percent SLAs on Mirantis' 100 percent open source software and tooling. NTT Com will…

Cyber security specialist Cylance sets up in Singapore

Written on Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:35
IT security company, Cylance, which claims to be revolutionizing cyber security through the use of artificial intelligence to proactively prevent advanced persistent threats and malware, has expanded its international operations with the opening of an office in Singapore, and the appointment of three security industry veterans. The move follows the US-based company’s entry into the Australian and Japanese markets. Cylance has also signed three new reseller partners in Singapore, including PTC System, PCS Security and Cohesion Network Technologies. It says…
Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor, announced today the expansion of its mmWave product line with the addition of UltraLink-BX70, an E-Band radio to address the Access and Enterprise connectivity market segment needs. The company will launch its latest offering at GITEX Technology Week, 16-20 October 2016, Dubai. UltraLink-BX70 is an ultra-compact all-outdoor TDD Ethernet radio operating in the 71-76 GHz part of the E-Band spectrum, used to implement wireless point-to-point links accommodating of more than 1Gbps…
A recent Smart Insights report called ‘Invisible payments key to omni-channel commerce’ by Intelling, a consultancy based in Marseille, France, reveals a detailed analysis of the emerging invisible payments market segment. Invisible payments mean reducing the payments experience for consumers to the minimum amount of effort, while maintaining the highest levels of security, authentication and trust. According to the report, many activities will be moved to the back-end and at the same time processes will become even more automated, leading…
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