The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T23:51:04Z Brocade Global Study Reveals More Than Half of IT Teams Will Struggle Due to a Lack of the “Right” Skills That Business Demands in Next 12 Months 2017-04-26T23:51:04Z brocade-global-study-reveals-more-than-half-of-it-teams-will-struggle-due-to-a-lack-of-the-right-skills-that-business-demands-in-next-12-months-2 Sydney, Australia — 27 April 2017 — Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced a new Global Digital Transformation Skills Study, which aims to uncover how prepared global IT leaders are to meet current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S.; while Australia and Singapore lagged well behind their counterparts.   The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore, indicates that many organisations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands are set to outstrip the skills supply. Organisations that address this now through additional skills training will be in the strongest position to ensure business growth and competitive advantage.   Overall, an encouraging 91 percent of global IT leaders acknowledge that IT departments are currently recognised as very important or critical to innovation and business growth. However, over half (54 percent) predict they will struggle with a lack of IT talent in 12 months. Contributing factors identified from the research include skills shortages, prevalence of outdated skills, lack of commitment to training at the corporate board level and the rapidly changing technology environment.   “Businesses are approaching the peak of IT strategic influence,” said Phillip Coates, systems engineering manager, Australia and New Zealand for Brocade. “Now is the moment that IT teams feel they have the strongest opportunity to influence the transformation of their organisations. However, with a rapidly changing technology landscape and potential impact on international labour markets, it’s critical that IT receives the right training to further develop their skills and business relevance.”   The research also found that skills planning had to be aligned with other areas of business planning to avoid the risk of a technology skills deficit, where IT teams are expected to deliver the benefits of technologies that they are ill-equipped to implement.  Staff shortages and outdated skills preventing IT decision makers from delivering on current business demands Organisations are attempting to move their IT departments away from their traditional roles, but lack of skills and time required to learn those skills have held them back. IT decision makers believe this could be a major contributor to their inability to meet business demands, putting organisations at risk of falling behind their competitors and losing customers. Approximately one in four respondents in Australia, France, Germany, Singapore and the U.S. claim that they cannot deliver on current business demand due to staff shortages. This number rises to 42 percent in the UK. Respondents claim that the lack of access to talent will prevent them from implementing new technologies efficiently, lead to a decrease in employee satisfaction and result in the loss of market share. IT skills gap is likely to get worse and organisations need to act now The political landscape is also a contributing factor in the widening skills gap. As market uncertainty intensifies in the next few years, it is more important than ever for IT departments to remain agile and take advantage of new technologies. Ninety-two percent of those questioned had some level of concern about future hiring of IT staff, while 54 percent were concerned about a lack of skilled talent to choose from. Forty-three percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the current political climate makes it difficult to hire employees with the right skills. In the U.S. and Australia, the numbers were 52 percent and 54 percent respectively. Training time and investment will prove to be business-critical Training continues to be an issue as day-to-day IT maintenance tasks take priority. For organisations to address the technical skills deficit, they first need to invest time and money — or face the consequences. There is consistent demand globally to spend more time on increasing skills — from 15 percent of time that is currently spent on this to 22 percent. Respondents reported that insufficient budget (45 percent) and training time (45 percent) are constraining IT departments’ attempts to develop skills more than any other factors. These factors rise to 60 percent and 50 percent respectively in Australia, but drop to 37 percent and 30 percent in Germany. Currently, only three hours are allocated per week for learning and skills development. Respondents in Singapore average four hours of skills development per week. Sixty-seven percent of respondents agree that the key to closing the skills gap would be to spend more money on training. IT professionals need to take control of their professional future The research also showed that IT professionals at all levels must take increased responsibility for their own professional destiny, embracing the opportunities delivered by new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and all areas of IoT from device management to security. Thirty-five percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their organisation’s IT team does not have the right skills to protect their jobs in the future. When asked to identify the one skill that they see as critical to their future career progression, cybersecurity was the most frequently cited, by 22 percent of respondents globally. AI and IoT security tied for second as the most critical skill at 18 percent. While AI was the most critical skill in France and Australia, IoT security was the most valued skill in Germany. AI could be a friend or foe AI could revolutionise the IT skills that are required and the way that we work. AI is likely to replace a number of IT roles and tasks, but this doesn’t mean the end for the IT department. Employees need to have the right skills to be in a position to work alongside AI and embrace its future impact, so that organisations can unleash its full potential. When asked which current roles were already being replaced by AI, desktop support (23 percent), data analyst (20 percent), software testers (17 percent), system architects (14 percent) and network engineers (11 percent) topped the list. Within the next 10 years, these numbers are expected to increase: desktop support (37 percent), data analyst (34 percent), software testers (33 percent), system architects (31 percent) and network engineers (31 percent). AI will also impact the role of the CIO, with almost half of the global respondents claiming increased focus from the business. Fifty-six percent of respondents believe that developing AI-related skills is key to securing a role in the future. Vital role of the board in ensuring long-term IT skills development Organisations’ boards will often dictate whether employees have the time and empowerment to develop their skills, but this is common at organisations that do not have the right support. The boards also have to ensure that skills and training improvements are aligned with other areas of business planning. Forty-four percent of respondents think that new skills acquisition is not seen as being as valuable as it should be by the board. This rises to 59 percent in Australia and 50 percent in the UK. The U.S. (42 percent), Germany (41 percent), Singapore (40 percent) and France (34 percent) had slightly more positive results. Almost a fifth of global respondents think their boards view gaining knowledge and skills as a cost to the business, rather than an asset. This rises to 35 percent in Australia. However, the majority of respondents in France (63 percent) and Germany (62 percent) see knowledge and skills growth as an asset. Despite respondents claiming that they plan approximately two years in advance for most areas of the business, staffing and recruitment is still on average only planned for a maximum of a year. This is creating a disconnect where organisations are attempting to address key IT challenges with teams not as well equipped in terms of skills and experience as they could be. Additional Resources Data in the study also revealed four main personas of global IT leaders, all with different levels of effectiveness when it comes to pioneering digital transformation projects and managing the skills of their teams. Supplementary Paper: “From Laggard to Leader – The Changing Personas of IT Leaders’ (Laggards, Evaluators, Adopters and Leaders)” Global and regional analysis of each persona in each of the countries surveyed (country breakdowns) Executive summary The study was conducted by independent research house Vanson Bourne in March 2017. 630 IT decision-makers in organisations with more than 500 employees in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Singapore and Australia were surveyed.  About Brocade Brocade® (NASDAQ:BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organisations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centres to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today's era of digital business. (www.brocade.com) # # #  © 2017 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Brocade, the B-wing symbol, and MyBrocade are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. Other brands, product names, or service names mentioned of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. are listed at www.brocade.com/en/legal/brocade-Legal-intellectual-property/brocade-legal-trademarks.html. Other marks may belong to third parties.  BROCADE MEDIA CONTACT Brocade APAC Corp Communications Wendy Lang Tel: +65 6317 2464wlang@brocade.comPR AGENCY CONTACT Einsteinz Communications Carlotta Vittori or Emma Keen Tel: +61 2 8905 0995brocade@einsteinz.com.au   Independent Lab MRG Effitas Confirms Acronis True Image Leads Competition on Ransomware Protection, Performance and Usability 2017-04-26T04:18:43Z independent-lab-mrg-effitas-confirms-acronis-true-image-leads-competition-on-ransomware-protection-performance-and-usability Sydney, Australia – 26 April 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage today announced the latest product comparison report from MRG Effitas, a UK-based independent IT security research company that provides a range of efficacy assessment and assurance services. The report conclusively demonstrated that Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation is the most advanced consumer backup solution as measured by ransomware protection, performance, usability, and feature set.   MRG Effitas compared Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation, CrashPlan Home 4.8.0, EaseUS TODO Backup Home 10.0, Genie Timeline Home 2016, IDrive 6.5.1.23, Macrium Reflect Home 6.3.1655, NovaBACKUP 18.5 Build 926, and Paragon Backup and Recovery 16. The result was a comprehensive 2017 report entitled “MRG Effitas Comparative Assessment of Data Protection/Backup Products on Protection, Performance, and Usability.”   The report singled out Acronis True Image as the only solution that protected data against every assessed ransomware threat, thanks to the innovative Acronis Active Protection™ technology released earlier this year.   “Among all the products we tested, only Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation was able to protect the backups from every ransomware family,” states the report’s final conclusion. “The other solutions have basically zero backup protection when it comes to ransomware… Based on the tests, only Acronis’s backup file is protected against ransomware.”   “Ransomware currently represents a significant risk to end users, businesses and government institutions. Anti-malware technologies can’t provide 100 percent protection against this class of threat. What this test shows is that anyone relying on a backup solution to mitigate against the risks imposed by ransomware if their anti-malware technology fails should not just assume that it will be effective without independent, third party verification.” Chris Pickard, CEO of MRG Effitas.   That’s not the only finding that pointed to the Acronis solution as the optimal choice. According to MRG Effitas, Acronis True Image also came first in 18 of 24 performance test and when it didn’t win, it finished second.   “These results confirm our internal testing,” said John Zanni, CMO of Acronis. “Acronis True Image is the fastest home backup on the market and the only product that is able to protect itself, and the data, from ransomware. The same anti-ransomware technology is currently being rolled out across the full range of our business products and we’ll continue to invest in R&D, making data protection fast, easy, complete — for everybody.”​ ISACA Launches Real-time, Real-world Cyber Security Training Platform and Assessment Tool 2017-04-19T11:22:17Z isaca-launches-real-time-real-world-cyber-security-training-platform-and-assessment-tool Sydney, Australia (19 April 2017) – ISACA is changing how cyber security training is delivered with the latest additions to its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) portfolio of resources—the CSX Training Platform and Assessment Tool. The CSX Training Platform offers learners an easily accessible, constantly updated education environment that gives administrators clear insights into employee performance so organisations can ensure that they hire and retain the best talent on the front lines of cyber security defenses. The on-demand, performance-based training and assessment tool, conducted in live environments using real-world threat scenarios, is the first of its kind. Historically, organisations have had to rely on training mechanisms that are costly, inaccessible and quickly out-of-date due to the ever-changing threat environment. According to a recent ISACA survey, 52 per cent of respondents said they believe traditional cyber security training options leave staff only moderately to not-at-all prepared. With the growing skills gap, cyber security team leaders are looking to formally diagnose specific areas where they need to bolster skills, according to 62% of respondents. Real-time Skills Assessment The CSX Training Platform addresses those pain points with the first-of-its kind cloud-hosted assessment feature, which lets HR professionals evaluate the hands-on skills of cyber security job candidates and enables cyber security team leaders to assess the skills of their current staff. The CSX Assessment Tool gives hiring managers a critical resource when it comes to evaluating candidates and ultimately filling positions. Human resource departments and supervisors can use the tool to determine if applicants, or current employees, have the necessary hands-on skills for positions or promotions. Candidates respond to real-world threats in a live lab environment, and HR professionals will receive an immediate assessment of their skills, giving them a clear picture of what the candidate can and can’t do. “With its hands-on approach to cyber defense, the CSX Training Platform is an important learning solution for enterprises that want their front-line IT teams to be cyber-hardened, cyber-prepared and cyber-tested,” said Christos Dimitriadis, ISACA board chair and group director of information security at INTRALOT, “The ability to test and build skills will help enterprises address the significant skills gap problem they’re facing.” Performance-Based Training in a Live Network Environment The CSX Training Platform currently includes up to 100 hours of performance-based learning, divided among beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It also features virtual versions of ISACA’s three CSX Practitioner courses, the CSX Practitioner Bootcamp, and the Cybersecurity Fundamentals course. The CSX Labs and courses will be updated continuously, and new ones will be added in response to evolving needs of cyber security teams and the threat landscape. “We consistently hear from CISOs around the world that cost and accessibility are significant barriers to getting their employees the hands-on training they need to be effective and advance their capabilities,” said Matt Loeb, ISACA CEO. “As part of our mission to narrow the skills gap and help enterprises develop their cyber workforce, ISACA developed the CSX Training Platform as an affordable solution that gives cyber security professionals complex scenarios to handle and live incidents to detect and mitigate.” The CSX Training Platform isn’t built as a one-size-fits-all for learners. With modules for all levels of practitioners, learners can be sure they are receiving flexible training that is appropriate for their skill level and helps them advance their capabilities in the areas that are most relevant to their work. Enterprises of all sizes can choose to have full access or modify the options to fit their needs. Additionally, with its cloud-based model, training can be accessed by employees on demand and without the expense of travel. Organisations are no longer forced to pull their IT staff away from their job to participate in off-site training. “Each organisation faces a unique set of threats, and the CSX Training Platform is designed to address those threats and test related skills. Our experts will constantly add to the platform, so we are able to build a training curriculum that supports the immediate and future needs of cyber security teams,” said Frank Schettini, Chief Innovation Officer for ISACA. “A cybercriminal builds an attack based on his or her domain of expertise. So why wouldn’t organisations enable security professionals to build defenses the same way?” Why Today? Though cyber security threats are growing in number and complexity, the professionals on the front lines of defense are not keeping pace, according to ISACA’s State of Cyber Security 2017 report. Hiring managers are having a hard time finding the right talent, citing issues such as: Nearly 1 in 3 organisations say it takes six months or more to fill open cyber security positions 37% of organisations say fewer than 1 in 4 candidates are qualified 1 in 5 organisations gets fewer than five applicants for open cyber security positions Additionally, cyber security leaders have a critical need to build the skills of their existing staff. The same survey found that fewer than half are confident in their team’s skills to detect and respond to complex cyber incidents. The CSX Training Platform is currently available for enterprise use. An individual version will be available later in 2017. For more information, visit www.isaca.org/CSXCyberTrainingPlatform. About ISACA ISACA® (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realise the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organisations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association serving more than 500,000 engaged professionals in 188 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT® framework, which helps organisations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus™ (CSX), ISACA helps organisations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isacanews/ Contacts: Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655, jfenwick@iconinternational.com.au Big Switch Networks extends support for vSphere Integrated Containers with SDN-based Big Cloud Fabric 2017-04-19T00:00:00Z big-switch-networks-extends-support-for-vsphere-integrated-containers-with-sdn-based-big-cloud-fabric Austin, TX -- DockerCon -- April 18, 2017 -- Big Switch Networks®, The Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced it has extended Big Cloud Fabric™ (BCF) container networking support to vSphere Integrated Containers. Earlier this year, Big Switch announced multi-container networking support for Mesosphere DC/OS and Kubernetes container orchestration platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with Big Cloud Fabric.   As the demand for container technology accelerates in enterprise and service provider data centres, a next-generation networking architecture is required to keep up with the rapid lifecycle of container instantiation, elasticity and retirement. BCF leverages software-defined networking (SDN) to provide one big “logical switch” governed by a centralised controller. This solution delivers simplified network operations, visibility and telemetry of containers and their hosts, and network automation for rapid application and micro-services deployment.   "Integrating containers with VMware vSphere provides the best of both worlds for production IT deployments, the agility and portability of containers along with proven security and operations-friendly workflows," said Prashant Gandhi, Chief Product Officer, Big Switch Networks. "When Big Cloud Fabric is deployed as the physical network in this environment, customers can operate the network at the speed of containers due to BCF’s built-in automation and zero-touch operations, while gaining enhanced container-level visibility and rapid container-to-container troubleshooting across the fabric."   With vSphere Integrated Containers, organisations can leverage existing infrastructure to run containerised apps along with traditional applications on the same infrastructure, as well as tools, policies and processes to manage containerised applications in production. With BCF, customers can achieve the same operational benefits for their networking infrastructure hosting a mix of both traditional VM and containerised workloads. In container environments, the BCF controller enables physical network automation as well as deeper visibility of container-to-container traffic across the network, via integration with vSphere Integrated Containers.   Big Cloud Fabric is the optimal networking fabric for multiple VMware solutions via a single point of integration for the entire fabric. In VMware environments, BCF connects with the VMware vCenter® API to provide physical network automation and end-to-end network visibility for VMware vSphere®. The Big Cloud Fabric controller directly integrates into VMware vCenter™ to simplify and automate application deployments on its physical SDN fabric and physical networks. The following aspects of the network are automated, requiring zero intervention from VM or network admin: Automatic ESXi host connectivity with fabric using LAG/MLAG Automatic Layer 2 network configuration Automatic network policy migration for vMotion The integrated VMware visibility provided by Big Cloud Fabric enables network and virtualisation administrators to rapidly resolve cross-domain issues, while vSphere Integrated Containers provide critical enterprise container infrastructure to help IT Ops run both traditional and containerised applications side-by-side on a common platform. With vSphere Integrated Containers, IT teams can avoid expensive and time-consuming re-architecture of infrastructure that results in silos. When coupled with BCF, the same physical infrastructure can be logically provisioned to be orchestrated under different VMware environments for different workloads, including vSphere, vSphere + NSX, vSphere + vSAN, VMware Integrated OpenStack, and now vSphere Integrated Containers. The networking infrastructure can be scaled-out on demand and newer workload types can be added dynamically.   The scale-out architecture of BCF accommodates future-growth in east-west traffic, caused by an increase in deployment of micro-services. Benefits of running vSphere Integrated Containers on top of Big Cloud Fabric include: Automated provisioning of physical network in tandem with virtual networking used by vSphere Integrated Containers Network admin visibility into container workload VMs, Virtual Container Host (VCH) infrastructure VMs, resource pools and vApps Container-container fabric tracing for both network and vSphere admins Analytics of VIC events for network admin for historical replay Support for multi-tenant environments with vSphere Integrated Containers and Big Cloud Fabric Seamless interoperability with Docker tools that are used to deploy VMware Integrated Containers. Supporting containers in their virtualised environments provides a number of benefits: IT teams get the security, isolation and management of VMs, while developers enjoy the speed and agility of containers - all within vSphere. vSphere Integrated Containers are run as VMs to leverage vSphere’s core capabilities: security, networking and resource management for a production environment. BCF as the physical network infrastructure brings the same automation and visibility benefits for the container VMs as for the traditional VMs by leveraging the integration of BCF with vSphere.  About Big Switch Networks Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data centre and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Sydney, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com.   Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.  Media contacts Espresso Communications for Big Switch Networks Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbonebigswitch@espressocomms.com.au Ph. +61 2 8016 2200 Dell Boomi Partners with CRM Online to Automate Data Integration for Field Services Firms 2017-04-18T00:37:33Z dell-boomi-partners-with-crm-online-to-automate-data-integration-for-field-services-firms Sydney, Australia – Apr. 18, 2017 – Leading cloud-based integration platform provider, Dell Boomi, has partnered with Australian field service software provider, CRM Online, to provide local enterprises and mid-market organisations with a simple integration solution for critical business systems and applications. As part of the agreement, CRM Online will combine Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) with its Fieldmagic field service solution. This will provide to joint customers a simple means of integrating field services data – such as customer information, invoicing, purchase orders and payment data – with their on-premises and cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. “A major challenge with implementing field services software is integration into accounting or ERP platforms – particularly for larger on-premises deployments,” said Glenn Richmond, Founder and CEO, CRM Online. “Without a dedicated integration solution, field services organisations rely on manual processes which give way to human error, duplication, and risk to data integrity. Boomi enhances our Fieldmagic solution by providing a drag-and-drop, cloud-based mechanism that enables automated enterprise integration with a wide range of best-of-breed systems.” Unlike competing platforms that often require complex on-premises software installations even prior to designing integrations, Boomi’s architecture provides out-of-the-box connectors for major ERP solutions, and allows organisations to scale based on their unique business requirements. Dell Boomi significantly accelerates delivery, increases the robustness and lowers cost of implementation of any ERP integration with Fieldmagic. “The combination of CRM Online’s Fieldmagic and our iPaaS solution provides joint customers with a ‘quick and easy’ yet comprehensive way to centralise critical systems and applications,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “This means organisations can use the best-of-breed technologies they want while also ensuring the wider business is properly aligned. This is particularly important for large and diverse organisations which don’t want to be held hostage by inflexible and rigid environments.” About Fieldmagic Fieldmagic is a leading field services platform that combines the flexibility of CRM with quoting, job management, scheduling, maintenance and asset management to provide a leading end to end solution for field service organisations. Visit http://www.fieldmagic.co for more information. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Acronis True Image 2017 new generation up to 10x faster than competitors and is proven as ransomware fighter 2017-04-12T01:47:40Z acronis-true-image-2017-new-generation-up-to-10x-faster-than-competitors-and-is-proven-as-ransomware-fighter Sydney, Australia; 12-April, 2017:  Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage today announced the latest report from AV-TEST, The Independent IT-Security Institute, has validated Acronis True Image as the most complete data protection solution, specifically noting its capability to protect data against ransomware with Acronis Active Protection™. “Acronis is the only product capable of detecting and stopping ransomware, delivering close-to-perfect results,” the Data Protection and Backup Software Test report stated. AV-TEST conducted a series of tests comparing Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation Premium, Carbonite Personal PLUS, CrashPlan for Home, and iDrive in four different categories: usability, performance, functionality and threat protection. The results of these tests were eye-opening, clearly setting Acronis True Image apart from the competition: • Threat Protection score: 90 percent: Acronis True Image is the only consumer backup solution with an active protection against ransomware. It stopped all five real-world ransomware attacks attempted during the tests. • Performance score: 92 percent. Acronis outperformed the competition in all tested performance scenarios, including backup and restore time for full and incremental backups. On average Acronis True Image was twice as fast and in some cases 10 times faster than the competitors. • Usability score: 78 percent. Acronis True Image achieved the highest score because of its clean interface and easy set up. • Functionality score: 85 percent. Acronis shared the first place with iDrive, both having 33 out of possible 39 features required in this category. The report specifically noted the Try&Decide, System Cleanup and Mobile Device Backup features and the ability to choose one of nine countries in which to store data when the backup destination was the cloud. "Acronis provided excellent performance, is easy to use and has a rich feature set. On top of that it is the only solution in the test to provide dedicated protection from ransomware attacks. This earned Acronis the first ever APPROVED BACKUP & DATA SECURITY certificate of AV-TEST," said David Walkiewicz, Director Test Research. Acronis Active Protection Malware attacks and defences against them are continually evolving. When the use of backup was proven to be a reliable defence against ransomware, cyber criminals began developing ransomware variants that find and attack backup files, too. To answer this new threat, Acronis enhanced its backup solutions with innovative new anti-ransomware technology. Introduced in January 2017 in Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation consumer backup, Acronis Active Protection™ actively defends both user files and their backups by identifying and blocking ransomware attacks in real-time. Earlier this year, Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation also received the Gold Self-Protection Award after another independent test by Anti-Malware Testing Lab recognized the software’s capacity to protect itself and user backups from ransomware. Acronis Active Protection technology is currently being rolled out across the full range of Acronis’ data protection and storage products, including Acronis Backup Advanced and Acronis Backup Cloud. “Backup remains the most effective protection against data loss, however backup alone is no longer enough. Ransomware criminals are now targeting backups and the software that creates them. Acronis predicted this and hired security experts to create a solution to proactively protect our customers, releasing Acronis Active Protection just in time to protect customers from this damaging cyber pandemic,” said John Zanni, CMO at Acronis. For more information, please visit ·      Data Protection and Backup Software Test Report ·      Report Presentation - SlideShare ·      Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation ·      Acronis Active Protection™ Teachers Mutual Bank Integrates Major Digital Transformation Strategy with Dell Boomi 2017-04-11T01:00:00Z teachers-mutual-bank-integrates-major-digital-transformation-strategy-with-dell-boomi Sydney, Australia – Apr 11, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi), the number one integration cloud provider, announced that Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB) is using the Boomi integration platform as part of its multi-year, multi-million-dollar digital transformation strategy. With Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), TMB has created a flexible, enterprise-wide data environment that links its core customer management system and extensible services layer with its internal processes. This has boosted TMB’s competitiveness against Tier 1 banks by connecting multiple capabilities, and enabled it to quickly and easily capitalise on new technologies, including innovations in fintech. Boomi has also provided TMB the critical capability to connect to the latest third party fintech developments. The Bank has already engaged with Spriggy (a prepaid Visa card for children controlled through a mobile app) and is considering personal financial management applications that will deliver additional secure, customer service capabilities to its members. These powerful automation capabilities within the Boomi platform have resulted in reduced operating costs for the Bank, and cost savings are expected to increase significantly as Boomi is integrates further to the core banking systems and processes, including planned integration of Business Process Management toolsets to streamline all banking operations. The Boomi project is the final piece of TMB’s wider digital strategy through which it overhauled its customer service capabilities. Recognising the need to provide an omni-channel, mobile-first experience, the Bank developed a digital roadmap in 2013; since commencement, the initiative has encompassed multiple deployments supported by significant investment budgets. This included connectivity to manage third party management campaigns, EDW inbound data feeds from cloud based data sources and SMS integration with webforms for new brand opportunities, among other initiatives. As well as allowing TMB to maximise value from existing investment, the Boomi platform supports merger activity and expansion objectives by providing a means to quickly plug new businesses into existing operations. “When we kicked off our long-term digital project, it was clear that mobile platforms were going to be the prominent platform-of-choice for our members’ interactions with the Bank,” said David Chapman, Chief Information Officer at TMB. “In particular, we correctly anticipated that integration best-of-breed apps from third party developers would provide the best platform to deliver omni-channel experiences on customers’ terms.” “Once we modernised our environment through the introduction of these best-of-breed apps, we needed the critical component to tie all that data together on an ongoing basis. We selected Boomi for its powerful cloud-based and user-friendly integration software so that we can ensure that all data is accurate and up-to-date no matter where it is accessed.” “The financial services sector is hotly contested, with banks under pressure to meet increasingly-demanding customer expectations,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “By leveraging the cloud to connect its customer services platform with leading apps which customers rely on a day-to-day basis, Teachers Mutual Bank can continue to create uniquely tailored and flexible customer experiences.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. How StorageCraft allows IntegrateIT to give REAL customer service 2017-04-10T01:40:10Z how-storagecraft-allows-integrateit-to-give-real-customer-service When Michael White and Matthew Dean founded IntegrateIT Australia in 2012 after experiencing IT providers that were sales driven rather than focused on customer care, they determined to provide a personalised business class service underpinned by quality. Initially they used the high profile Veritas Backup Executive and Symantec System Recovery solutions to protect customers’ systems and data, but after careful evaluation found StorageCraft technology to be more innovative, simple, flexible, easier to use and more affordable.The Challenge Although customers’ infrastructure varies and every site is unique, most have Windows Servers, SQL Servers, Terminal/CTX Servers and workstations. “StorageCraft’s range of ShadowProtect solutions are the only fit that is suitable. There is no substitute for the advanced feature set that StorageCraft brings to backup and full disaster recovery,” said Michael. He said that while IntegrateIT had found Backup Executive’s recovery times to be long and tedious, in contrast ShadowProtect presents a set of features that allow restore of files and/or folders, as well as full recovery of the operating system, on different hardware. It also allows physical-to-virtual, virtual-to-physical, virtual-to-virtual and physical-to-physical restores. “ShadowProtect’s Virtual Boot of images and Headstart Restore work well and give us a proven and reliable way to reduce downtime should something untoward happen to a customer’s infrastructure.” According to IntegrateIT, the challenges of using Veritas Backup Executive included: large backup windows, system restores that would take days; the data recovery point was last night’s backup; testing data recoverability is not an option; and there is no cloud DR option. In addition, licensing is not flexible, with too many add-on options; and the technology is expensive and complex to manage. Michael describes reliable backups and restores as being utterly essential: “We look after so many networks and all of them, no matter what their size, would suffer some form of financial loss with downtime and / or data loss.”  The Solution To date, ShadowProtect has come to the rescue just once in a serious situation, when a server’s main board failed.  “We ran ShadowProtect Virtual Boot using Oracle VM to recover the server to a high level workstation to allow business continuity,” said Michael. “The client was extremely happy to have this feature available.” Keenly aware how essential it is to continually test server restores and data integrity,  IntegrateIT Australia does so with ShadowProtect. Routine restores of lost files are much faster with StorageCraft technology.  It takes from 2 to 5 minutes now, compared to more than 10 minutes waiting for a tape to read and move to where it needed to go to restore a single file. Depending on the client, and the restore setting, a customer’s maximum data loss in the event of disaster is between 15 and 59 minutes. For some customers, IntegrateIT takes advantage of ShadowProtect’s virtualisation capabilities by initiating physical to virtual restores. For others, they perform restores to the cloud. “Whatever the restore format might be, we are 100 per cent confident that ShadowProtect will work reliably to deliver timely restores,” says Michael White. “StorageCraft’s technology is backed by the sort of support we endeavour to give to our own customers – it’s a great service and we have never had an issue. Our plans for the future?  Keep using StorageCraft’s solutions!”About IntegrateIT Australia IntegrateIT Australia was founded by Michael White and Matthew Dean in 2012 with the determination to create a difference in the quality of service that all clients expect and deserve. Their combined IT experience exceeds 30 years. In working in many different companies and industries they found a common theme of poor support. The companies were sales driven, with no real care for customers. In contrast, Michael and Matthew strive to provide a personalised, true business class IT service focused on providing quality service to every client. IntegrateIT is based in both South-east Queensland and Northern NSW, with clients in Rockhampton, Lismore and other areas along the eastern seaboard. Their full IT Services include: hardware and software support and sales; monthly maintenance services; full backup and restore services for all business types; management, planning, design, implementation and support for entire infrastructures; site audits; in fact absolutely everything a customer might need.Contact: IntegrateIT.  Phone 1300 79 69 33.  http://integrate-it.com.au    Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 Acronis Announces Active Protection, Adds Plesk, cPanel, Website Backup to Acronis Backup Cloud, Opens New Revenue Opportunities to Service Providers 2017-04-04T01:15:53Z acronis-announces-active-protection-adds-plesk-cpanel-website-backup-to-acronis-backup-cloud-opens-new-revenue-opportunities-to-service-providers Sydney- Australia, 4 April 2017 – Rapid adoption of cloud-based services and exponential data growth in the recent years have exposed a need for fast, powerful, and integrated data protection solutions. Backup is king, and Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, has the world’s only data protection solution specifically designed to equip service providers to take advantage of this lucrative market opportunity — Acronis Backup Cloud. Plesk, cPanel, and Website Backup with Acronis Backup Cloud Acronis Backup Cloud, the world’s #1 backup for service providers has just got better. Acronis announces the addition of Plesk, cPanel, and generic website backup functionality to what is set to become the most complete hybrid cloud backup-as-a-service platform in the world.  Through way of an extension added to existing cPanel and Plesk servers, Acronis Backup Cloud blends into Plesk and cPanel’s native multi-tier and multi-tenant architecture, displaying an Acronis widget in the administrator and user control panels and providing full image-based server backup and recovery for administrators, and granular self-service website recovery for hosting customers. Acronis Active Protection™, an advanced ransomware protection technology proven by independent tests, will be added to Acronis Backup Cloud in the coming month, keeping data stored in the Acronis Cloud out of reach of ransomware crooks. Acronis Backup Cloud business is going through an explosive growth, far exceeding the 18% public cloud services market growth rate forecasted by Gartner for 2017: more than 15,000 devices were added in the last 30 days alone; over 100% YoY growth in bookings; seven-fold YoY growth in cloud storage.  According to the Hosting and Cloud Study 2017 conducted by 451 Research and released by Microsoft last week, backup and recovery services hold the top position among the managed services used by organisations last year. Service providers are in a prime position to protect their customers’ data and build their business with Acronis’ support and innovative technology. Acronis Backup Cloud is • Fast — World’s fastest backup technology, rapid time to market, and fast time to profitability. • Easy — Easy integration with leading service automation software, including Odin Automation, WHMCS, HostBill, ConnectWise, and now Plesk and cPanel servers, extracting the benefits of native multi-tier and multi-tenant architecture. • Complete — Full protection of all customers’ data — 16 different platforms, including computers, mobile devices, Microsoft Office 365 accounts, websites, and applications — physical and virtual, local and cloud. • Reliable — Trusted by over 2,000 service providers worldwide. • Safe — Seamless integration with Acronis Storage with Acronis CloudRAID™. “Thousands of service providers, half a million business users, and five million consumers have already embraced Acronis data protection technology. Three years ago we designed a true hybrid cloud architecture and turned our focus on service providers. Acronis Backup Cloud, the result of our hard work, now helps service providers to capture new business and on sell more services to existing customers. Every new feature we add brings additional opportunities and more business,” said John Zanni, Acronis CMO. Acronis Storage, a Universal Software Defined Storage Companion for Acronis Backup Cloud Acronis Storage universal software defined storage solution enables service providers to take advantage of the Acronis hybrid cloud architecture and store their customers’ data in their own datacentre (which may be critical in geographies with strict data sovereignty regulations). Acronis Storage is a cost-effective and efficient solution, beating the competition both in price and technology.  Acronis Storage is • Fast — Up to 20x faster than the competition: ESG Lab compared the block storage performance of Acronis Storage with a traditional SAN-based storage array on comparable hardware, and found Acronis Storage to be as much as 20x faster, depending on the type of traffic used. It was also found to be as much as 4x faster than Ceph. • Universal — Multiple data interfaces allow service providers to utilize Acronis Storage for block, file, or object storage simultaneously, providing a single managed storage platform for hot and cold storage needs alike. • Safe — Acronis CloudRAIDTM and Acronis NotaryTM with blockchain data protection protect from data loss and information tampering with exclusive Acronis technologies. • Efficient — Rapid management and controllable TCO: ESG Lab validated that the cost of an Acronis Storage implementation can be as much as one-sixth the cost of either traditional in-house storage or public cloud storage. • Proven – Acronis Storage is built on a proven architecture that has been in production for more than six years in seventeen Acronis cloud datacentres worldwide, safely managing over 100 PB of customer data. “ESG Lab confirmed that Acronis Storage delivers true ease of use in the complex landscape of unified storage… Some of the best and most useful solutions come from organizations that realize they already have all the pieces in their portfolio to meet the next IT challenge… ESG Lab strongly believes Acronis Storage is one of these solutions,” Agile and Efficient Software-defined Storage from Acronis report stated. Newly Focused One Identity Finishes Record Year of Helping Organisations Get Identity and Access Management Right 2017-04-03T23:00:00Z newly-focused-one-identity-finishes-record-year-of-helping-organisations-get-identity-and-access-management-right Having recently divested from Dell, and now operating within Quest Software, One Identity has improved business agility to better achieve customer outcomes, resulting in a strong financial finish to FY17, which ended Jan 31. In its newly published Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration[1], Gartner positioned One Identity in the “Challengers” quadrant.   “Year after year, the One Identity team continues to sharpen its focus on customer success. We continue to earn our customers’ trust, as One Identity is the only vendor committed to delivering a complete portfolio of reliable governance, privileged management, access management and identity as a service solutions that help them get IAM right” said John Milburn, president and general manager of One Identity.   “Our customers repeatedly site our modular portfolio that enables them to start anywhere without having to install a monolithic infrastructure or work with multiple vendors, our focus on their success and the business-centric nature of IAM done through One Identity.”One Identity achieved success across several areas:Strong Operational Growth In 2016, One Identity achieved license growth at three times the market rate and marked its nearly 13th consecutive year of profitability. Nearly 1,500 companies purchased One Identity solutions during the year, totalling over 7,500 organisations working with the company to secure their enterprises. The One Identity team surpassed 700 employees working out of offices in 12 countries.  Commitment to Customer Success Based on 846 surveys completed during 2017, One Identity customers reported “Overall Satisfaction on Support Experience” at 94-percent, and in the same timeframe, One Identity Support returned a Net Promoter Score of 75-percent, both numbers well above industry averages.  Members of the newly created One Identity Global Customer Advisory Board met regularly to highlight emerging needs, directly influencing company product direction. In October 2016, more than 75 partners and customers attended the inaugural One Identity user conference in New Orleans.  Partner Program Leverages Flexibility of One Identity Solutions Revenue from partner-led customer wins increased 29-percent year-over-year. Newly focused partner program planned to launch in Q2 introduces program enhancements including new portal, simplified deal registration, certifications, incentives and product rebates. Global partner wins were seen across key verticals such as federal and state governments, higher education, finance and other fortune 500 enterprises. EMEA partner forum in November attended by more than 100 partners.  Validation for Product Innovation and Vision One Identity earned a strong endorsement from well-regarded industry analyst Martin Kuppinger: “The new company structure provides a greater level of independence to the One Identity business, allowing One Identity to concentrate on its target customers.  One Identity has a defined and well thought-out growth strategy.”[2] Forrester Research positioned the company as a Leader in the Forrester Wave™ for Identity Management and Governance[3]. One Identity Introduced new product enhancements aligned to the digital transformation needs of enterprises, such as One Identity Connect for Cloud to govern identities in cloud applications.   “We spent 2016 refining the portfolio to help organisations continue to get IAM right as they move securely through their digital transformations,” said Jackson Shaw, senior director of product management at One Identity. “We believe our enterprise customers will continue down this path, and we intend to support them every step of the way, particularly as they move to the cloud. Our first step in this direction was the introduction of One Identity Connect for Cloud in 2016 that extends an organization’s governance program to cloud applications with unparalleled speed. We will be further extending our offerings and our team with plans to add 50 developers to support both hybrid and pure-play cloud deployments in 2017.”   “When we looked at One Identity as part of the acquisition of technology from Dell, we knew we had found a true crown jewel,” said Jeff Hawn, CEO of Quest Software. “This team has made it a habit of enabling customer success. As the One Identity team starts its next fiscal year, they do so with an incredible momentum and proven track record of financial and customer success and a portfolio unequaled in the market to solve their customers’ toughest security and IAM challenges.”  Gartner DisclaimerGartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  About One Identity One Identity, a Quest Software business, helps organisations get identity and access management (IAM) right.  With a unique combination of offerings including a portfolio of identity governance, access management and privileged management, and identity as a service that help organizations reach their full potential, unimpeded by security yet safeguarded against threats. One Identity has proven to be a company unequalled in its commitment to its customers’ long-term IAM success. More than 7,500 customers worldwide depend on One Identity solutions to manage more than 125 million identities, enhancing their agility and efficiency while securing access to their data -- wherever it might reside. For more information, visit http://www.oneidentity.com.  Supporting Resources Download Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration Download Forrester Wave: Identity Management and Governance, Q2 2016 Download KuppingerCole One Identity Impact Report, October 2016     [1] Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration, Felix Gaehtgens, Perry Carpenter, Brian Iverson, Kevin Kampman, 22 February 2017.   [2] KuppingerCole Whitepaper, One Identity Market Impact Report, October 2016 [3] The Forrester Wave: Identity Management and Governance, Q2 2016 Acronis world backup day survey exposes serious gap between security risks and user preparedness 2017-03-31T02:15:21Z acronis-world-backup-day-survey-exposes-serious-gap-between-security-risks-and-user-preparedness Sydney, Australia – 30 March, 2017 — Ransomware has emerged as the most serious malware threat of the 21 century, with criminals projected to extort $5B from their victims in 2017. With the help of a hard-drive-encrypting virus, ransomware gangsters force users to choose between paying an online ransom or losing their files forever. The rapid growth of this form of high-tech larceny has led many business and users to leverage cloud-based storage and backup services in an effort to foil ransomware attacks. Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, recently completed a consumer backup survey in Australia the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Japan. The results were revealing, beginning with the finding that most users are completely unaware of the threat posed by ransomware attacks, much less how to prepare for them. “This survey exposed a serious disparity between the value assigned to respondent data and what is actually being done to protect that data,” said John Zanni, CMO of Acronis. This is true for both the consumer market and for businesses. “Backup still remains the most effective vaccine against data loss. Creating a backup before disaster strikes is much more efficient and cost effective than looking for a cure when your data is lost.  Affordable backup software is readily available, so there is no excuse for losing your data or exposing it to cyber criminals and ransomware attacks.” General survey findings: · Over 33% of respondents said that they, or their family members, have experienced data loss. · Over 25% of respondents acknowledged they don’t perform any type of data backup. · Those who perform regular backups said that security, ease of use, and storage capacity are the most important features in a backup solution.   Ransomware awareness findings: · Over 66% of respondents said they have never heard of ransomware. · While 67.2% placed great importance on their personal information, documents, pictures, videos, and music, only 5.8% realised that it can cost more than $500 to recover their data after a ransomware attack.  "Ransomware criminals extorted over $1 billion from victims in 2016 alone, according to the FBI, and while public cases involving hospitals and government agencies receive prime coverage, attacks on home computers go underreported.      "Security threats are certainly coming after consumers, not just enterprises,” commented Eric O'Neill, former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative, in a recent interview with Acronis. “We tend to think of it as a problem for business or government. The fact of the matter is that most of the malware is affecting grandparents, parents and anyone with an email account and a computer.” Other survey findings:  · 51.8% of households have more than 4 devices. · 26.6% see security as the most important backup feature. · A significant portion of respondents, 10.5%, place considerable value on Facebook data.      There are four easy steps to protect data:        · Always have a backup of your important data. Choose backup software with local storage, cloud storage, and active protection against ransomware.         · Keep your operating system and software up to date. It will block cyber criminals from entering your system through any known security holes.        · Be mindful of suspicious email, links, and attachments. The most effective infiltration method used by ransomware criminals is getting users to open infected email attachments and to click on links to malicious websites.        · Install an antivirus software on your computer and enable automatic signature updates. If you are on a PC, make sure your Windows Defender is enabled and is up to date. Special offer from Acronis: Malware attacks and defences against them are continually evolving. Once the use of backups was proven to be a reliable defence against ransomware, malware gangs began developing ransomware variants that find and attack backup files, too. To answer this new threat, Acronis enhanced its backup solutions with innovative new anti-ransomware technology. Introduced in January 2017, Acronis Active Protection™ actively defends both user files and their backups by identifying and blocking ransomware attacks in real-time. Take advantage of our World Backup Day special offer on Acronis True Image and start protecting your data today!   Resources for more information: Acronis World Backup Day Survey: ESG Lab compared What is Ransomware? http://www.acronis.com/en-us/blog/posts/what-ransomware Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation: http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/computer-backup/ World Backup Day campaign site: http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/ Big Switch Networks appoints Steve Coad as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand 2017-03-28T00:30:00Z big-switch-networks-appoints-steve-coad-as-managing-director-australia-and-new-zealand-1 SYDNEY, Australia -- March 28, 2017 -- Big Switch Networks®, The Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced the appointment of Steve Coad as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. This appointment reflects the company’s ongoing investment and continued traction in the region.   Coad’s primary role will be to support channel partners in creating end-user demand as well as growing the company’s existing ANZ business. He will report to Mario Vecchio, Big Switch Networks’ Managing Director, APAC.   “Steve will play a meaningful role in the continued expansion of our footprint in Australia and New Zealand,” said Mario Vecchio, Managing Director, APAC, Big Switch Networks. “I’ve always believed that to build a smart, successful team you must hire people who are brighter than you and bring a different set of skills to the table. Steve is an industry stalwart with extensive experience in networking, virtualisation and storage, which will lend itself well as customers continue to select Big Switch for their next-generation software defined data centres.”   Coad has more than 30 years of experience in technology sales and leadership with companies, including HPE’s Aruba Networks, Cisco, EMC, and VMware. Most recently, he was Managing Director, South Pacific, at Aruba where he oversaw a team of more than 70 employees. Coad will apply his extensive experience in managing large teams to support Big Switch Networks as the company scales in ANZ.      “I am thrilled to join Big Switch at such an exciting time in the company’s journey,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director, ANZ, Big Switch Networks. “I am passionate about building teams and look forward to playing a meaningful role in scaling Big Switch in the ANZ market.”   Big Switch Networks is dedicated to supporting distributors and existing partners in the region, while looking to increase awareness, grow the business’ partner base and create demand for products among end users.   Organisations around the world continue to select Big Switch for data centre modernisation, evidenced by a global customer count that more than doubled in 2016 and a rapidly expanding geographical footprint. The company has seen 73 per cent year-on-year growth across APAC, in which Australia is one of the strongest growth markets.   Big Switch officially launched in Australia in Q3 2016 and already has customer wins in verticals that include government, financial services, service providers and telecommunications carriers. Big Switch’s key partners in ANZ include Newgen Systems, Dell EMC Networking and Edge-Core Networks.  About Big Switch Networks Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation network packet broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data centre and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Sydney, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com.   Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.Media contacts Espresso Communications for Big Switch Networks Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbonebigswitch@espressocomms.com.au Ph. +61 2 8016 2200 Datto hires Ryan Weeks as Chief Information Security Officer 2017-03-23T00:30:00Z datto-hires-ryan-weeks-as-chief-information-security-officer Sydney, Australia – March 23, 2017 – Datto, a leading provider of total data protection solutions for businesses around the world, today announced the hiring of Ryan Weeks as Chief Information Security Officer. Weeks will drive the company’s information security initiatives to ensure that the company’s products continuously meet the demanding challenges of Datto’s Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and their customers. He will also be responsible for continuing to develop and maintain the company’s security program roadmap and extending partnerships with MSPs. Weeks will report to Robert Gibbons, Chief Technology Officer.   “Datto strives to exceed the expectations that we jointly set with all of our MSPs, and our data protection technologies are unparalleled in safeguarding essential business data from evolving cyber-threats,” stated Gibbons. “Ryan brings a comprehensive skillset and proven success record that will play a critical role in helping Datto ensure the security of its core products, to deliver the highest standards for our partners.”   According to a recent study commissioned by Babson College, nearly 80 percent of small companies recognise the importance of technology as a means for growing their business and more than 40 percent feel ill-prepared, or have fallen victim to, cyber-attacks.1   “Datto is laser-focused on helping MSPs serve the business continuity, disaster recovery and networking needs of their small-to-medium business customers,” stated Weeks. “I’m eager to build upon Datto’s vision to ensure our solutions provide the level of protection our MSP partners demand and to minimise IT risks for their customers through a pre-emptive, proactive approach.”    Prior to joining Datto, Weeks served as Vice President and Associate Director at FactSet Research Systems, a provider of financial data and analytic applications for investment management and investment banking professionals. Weeks served in a blended management and technical capacity in the security infrastructure and assurance department. He successfully managed the company’s information security program, designed to protect data provided by the world’s largest financial institutions. Weeks also served as a security consultant at Ajilon Consulting. A graduate of Northeastern University, Weeks earned a Master’s degree in information assurance.  About Datto Datto protects business data and provides secure connectivity for tens of thousands of the world's fastest growing companies. Datto's Total Data Protection solutions deliver uninterrupted access to business data on site, in transit and in the cloud. Thousands of IT service providers globally rely on Datto's combination of pioneering technology and dedicated services to ensure businesses are always on, no matter what. Datto is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut and has offices in Rochester, Boston, Portland, Toronto, London, Singapore and Sydney.  Media Contacts Amanda Conroy/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communicationsdatto@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200   1 State of Small Business in America 2016 MEDIA RELEASE: Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round 2017-03-21T21:30:00Z media-release-moneytree-completes-a-jpy-1-billion-funding-series-b-funding-round-2 MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp