The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-27T22:31:23Z Windows 10 Adoption is Quickly Accelerating, but Plagued with Concerns, Reports New Ivanti State of Windows 10 Adoption Survey 2017-04-27T22:31:23Z windows-10-adoption-is-quickly-accelerating-but-plagued-with-concerns-reports-new-ivanti-state-of-windows-10-adoption-survey The vast majority of IT organisations (91%) have installed Windows 10, but there is still great variation in the current level of Windows 10 adoption. Although a third of IT organisations (34%) have Windows 10 in production to some extent, only 10% are in full production while the majority (56%) are in the early stages, using Windows 10 in IT trial or other limited environments. These are among the findings of the 2017 State of Windows 10 Adoption Survey conducted by Dimensional Research for Ivanti, a leader in integrating and automating critical IT tasks such as Windows desktop migrations.   Factors Impacting Adoption Nearly nine in ten (87%) have concerns about moving to Windows 10 including application compatibility (65%), the need for user training (43%), manual effort required to migrate (31%), the performance of applications (24%) and the increased complexity of image management (23%). The cost of licensing (21%), desktop security (18%), training cost (17%) and the performance of desktop tasks (16%) were lesser concerns.    Adoption concerns have been validated by those who have begun their migration, but the actual impact appears less than their expectation. Those that have begun their migration have faced issues including application compatibility (50%), support from application vendors (34%), users confused by the Windows 10 interface (29%), user resistance (21%), lack of hardware support (19%) and difficulty migrating user files and settings (18%).   Migration Approaches Abound Even though organisations are grappling with multiple Windows 10 concerns, adoption is expected to accelerate. In 2015, just 7% had Windows 10 installed outside of IT; in 2017 that grew to 51%. Further, more than three in four (77%) expect to be fully migrated to Windows 10 within the next two years.   Interestingly, no single approach to Windows migration has become the standard. The approaches being used for Windows 10 migration include reimaging (52%), hardware migration (49%), centrally managed in-place migration (44%) and user-initiated in-place migration (14%). Windows 10 implementations are also being done virtually, with a quarter (25%) delivering Windows 10 via virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and 9% using published desktops delivering the Windows 10 experience from Windows Server 2016.    Selection of the preferred Windows 10 branch is also a divisive factor in migration strategy. More than half (51%) of IT organisations report that they haven’t decided yet on whether they will use the Current Branch for Business (CBB) or Long-Term Service Branch (LTSB). Of the remaining 49%, 29% have selected CBB and 20% have selected LTSB. This branch selection indecision is impacting adoption, with a quarter (26%) of IT organisations reporting a delay in their Windows 10 adoption due to confusion over which branch to select.  Enhancing User Experience and Windows 10 Migration Go Hand-in-Hand To overcome user confusion and resistance to change, 83% of IT organisations plan to migrate their users’ desktop personalisation during their Windows 10 migration. Ensuring that these profile changes and customisation follow users as part of the migration process also enhances user productivity and satisfaction with the project.   The most common user personalisation info that IT organisations want to transition during their Windows 10 migration include user profile information (63%), printer assignments (49%), file server connections (43%), drive letters (42%), unmanaged or decentralised files and folders (32%) and regional settings (29%). A substantial percentage of IT organizations (28%) even plan to migrate users’ personal files, like photos and music.   Other user-impacting objectives are top of mind for the majority of IT organisations, with 86% planning to implement desktop management capabilities to enhance desktop customisation, security and regulatory compliance as part of their migration. Desktop management objectives IT organisations plan for their new Windows 10 environments include: Remove full administrative rights from users (41%) Achieve faster logon times (38%) Seamlessly migrate user file data (33%) Migrate personal application and OS settings (29%) Prevent user-introduce apps from running or being installed (28%) Track user logon times, application usage and admin privileges (21%)   “Windows 10 adoption is unavoidable, so every organisation needs to brace themselves with the tools and strategies that will make their migration a success,” said Jon Rolls, Vice President of Product Management, Ivanti. “By implementing a unified approach to endpoint management and adopting user workspace management solutions to ensure a great user experience, enhanced productivity and minimised retraining, companies can realise Windows 10 migration success, and smooth the constant updates and upgrades that come with Windows as a Service.”  About the Ivanti 2017 State of Windows 10 Adoption Survey The Ivanti 2017 State of Windows 10 Adoption Survey is a global study performed online by Dimensional Research and includes responses from 1,825 IT professionals in more than 23 countries. A webinar which will reveal detailed findings will be held on Wednesday, May 31. To attend, please register here.   About Ivanti Ivanti is IT evolved. By integrating and automating critical IT tasks, Ivanti helps IT organisations secure the digital workplace. For more than three decades, Ivanti has helped IT professionals address security threats, manage devices and optimise their user experience. From traditional PCs, to mobile devices, virtual machines and the data centre, Ivanti helps discover and manage your IT assets wherever they are located, improving IT service delivery and reducing risk. Ivanti also ensures that supply chain and warehouse teams are effectively leveraging the most up-to-date technology to improve productivity throughout their operation. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit www.ivanti.com.    Copyright © 2017, Ivanti.  All rights reserved.  Cyberespionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase warns the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report 2017-04-27T06:52:23Z cyberespionage-and-ransomware-attacks-are-on-the-increase-warns-the-verizon-2017-data-breach-investigations-report Cyberespionage hits manufacturing, public sector and education hard: 21 percent of cases analysed Ransomware attacks gain greater popularity: now fifth most common specific malware variety Tenth anniversary edition: includes data from 65 contributing organisations; 42,068 incidents; 1,935 breaches from 84 countries  SYDNEY, Australia – 27 April 2017 – Cyberespionage is now the most common type of attack seen in manufacturing, the public sector and now education, warns the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report.  Much of this is due to the high proliferation of propriety research, prototypes and confidential personal data, which are hot-ticket items for cybercriminals. Nearly 2,000 breaches were analysed in this year’s report and more than 300 were espionage-related many of which started life as phishing emails.   In addition, organised criminal groups escalated their use of ransomware to extort money from victims: this year’s report sees a 50 percent increase in ransomware attacks compared to last year.  Despite this increase and the related media coverage surrounding the use of ransomware, many organisations still rely on out-of-date security solutions and aren’t investing in security precautions.  In essence, they’re opting to pay a ransom demand rather than to invest in security services that could mitigate against a cyberattack.   “Insights provided in the DBIR are levelling the cybersecurity playing field,” said George Fischer, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Our data is giving governments and organisations the information they need to anticipate cyberattacks and more effectively mitigate cyber-risk. By analysing data from our own security team and that of other leading security practitioners from around the world, we’re able to offer valuable intelligence that can be used to transform an organisation’s risk profile”.   This year’s DBIR – the keystone report’s 10th anniversary edition – combines up-to-date analysis of the biggest issues in cybersecurity with key industry-specific insights, putting security squarely on the business agenda. Major findings include:   Malware is big business: Fifty-one (51) percent of data breaches analysed involved malware. Ransomware rose to the fifth most common specific malware variety. Ransomware – using technology to extort money from victims – saw a 50 percent increase from last year’s report, and a huge jump from the 2014 DBIR where it ranked 22 in the types of malware used. Phishing is still a go-to technique: In the 2016 DBIR, Verizon flagged the growing use of phishing techniques linked to software installation on a user’s device. In this year’s report, 95 percent of phishing attacks follow this process. Forty-three percent of data breaches utilised phishing, and the method is used in both cyber-espionage and financially motivated attacks. Pretexting is on the rise: Pretexting is another tactic on the increase, and the 2017 DBIR showed that it is predominantly targeted at financial department employees – the ones who hold the keys to money transfers. Email was the top communication vector, accounting for 88 percent of financial pretexting incidents, with phone communications in second place with just under 10 percent. Smaller organisations are also a target: Sixty-one (61) percent of victims analysed were businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees.   “Cyber-attacks targeting the human factor are still a major issue,” says Bryan Sartin, executive director, Global Security Services, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Cybercriminals concentrate on four key drivers of human behaviour to encourage individuals to disclose information: eagerness, distraction, curiosity and uncertainty. And as our report shows, it is working, with a significant increase in both phishing and pretexting this year.”  Business sector insights give real-life customer intelligence   This year’s report provides tailored insights for key business sectors, revealing specific challenges faced by different verticals, and also answering the “who? what? why? and how?” for each. Key sector-specific findings include: The top three industries for data breaches are financial services (24 percent); healthcare (15 percent) and the public sector (12 percent). Companies in the manufacturing industry are the most common targets for email-based malware. Sixty-eight (68) percent of healthcare threat actors are internal to the organisation.   “The cybercrime data for each industry varies dramatically,” comments Sartin. “It is only by understanding the fundamental workings of each vertical that you can appreciate the cybersecurity challenges they face and recommend appropriate actions.”  The most authoritative data-driven cybersecurity report around   Now in its tenth year, the “Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report” leverages the collective data from 65 organisations across the world. This year’s report includes analysis on 42,068 incidents and 1,935 breaches from 84 countries. The DBIR series continues to be the most data-driven security publication with the largest amount of data sources combining towards a common goal – slicing through the fear, uncertainty and doubt around cybercrime.   “We started the DBIR series with one main contributor – ourselves”, comments Sartin. “Our vision is to unite industries with the end goal of confronting cybercrime head-on– and we are achieving this. The success of the DBIR series is thanks to our contributors who support us year after year. Together we have broken down the barriers that used to surround cybercrime – developing trust and credibility. No organisation has to stand in silence against cybercrime – the knowledge is out there to be shared.”  Get the basics in place   With 81 percent of hacking-related breaches leveraging either stolen passwords and/or weak or guessable passwords, getting the basics right is as important as ever before. Some recommendations for organisations and individuals alike include:   Stay vigilant – log files and change management systems can give you early warning of a breach. Make people your first line of defense – train staff to spot the warning signs. Keep data on a “need to know” basis – only employees that need access to systems to do their jobs should have it. Patch promptly – this could guard against many attacks. Encrypt sensitive data – make your data next to useless if it is stolen. Use two-factor authentication – this can limit the damage that can be done with lost or stolen credentials. Don’t forget physical security – not all data theft happens online.   “Our report demonstrates that there is no such thing as an impenetrable system, but doing the basics well makes a real difference. Often, even a basic defense will deter cybercriminals who will move on to look for an easier target," concludes Sartin.  Verizon delivers unparalleled managed security services   Verizon is a leader in delivering global managed security solutions to enterprises in the financial services, retail, government, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy and transportation sectors. Verizon combines powerful intelligence and analytics with an expansive breadth of professional and managed services, including customisable advanced security operations and managed threat protection services, next-generation commercial technology monitoring and analytics, threat intel and response service and forensics investigations and identity management. Verizon brings the strength and expert knowledge of more than 550 consultants across the globe to proactively reduce security threats and lower information risks to organisations.    About Verizon   Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 161,000 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 113.9 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.   ####   VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: News releases, feature stories, executive biographies and media contacts are available at Verizon’s online News Center at www.verizon.com/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.    Media contacts Amanda Conroy or Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of Verizon Enterprise Solutions Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: Verizon@espressocomms.com.au 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   Esker Expands Globally While Achieving Record Sales Growth 2017-04-26T05:58:56Z esker-expands-globally-while-achieving-record-sales-growth Sydney, Australia — April 20, 2017 — Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, recently announced that the company achieved record growth in 2016, fueled by an increased demand for cloud-based solutions, the changing regulatory environment in some countries and the company’s commitment to consistently delivering innovative, comprehensive solutions ahead of the curve. Esker’s strategic acquisitions and partnerships have augmented its customer base and facilitated expansion into new regions. “We are experiencing dynamic, sustainable growth across the board, but especially in cloud-based solutions, where we saw a 20 percent increase last year,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operations officer at Esker. “This represents 77 percent of total company sales revenue and validates the need for automation. Even better, we anticipate double-digit growth again in 2017 in every market where Esker is active,” said Christophe DuMonet, Managing Director of Esker Australia and New Zealand. 2016 highlights In order to accommodate such rapid growth while maintaining excellent customer service, Esker invested in additional staff. By late 2016, Esker outgrew its North American headquarters in Madison, relocating to new office space to accommodate new and anticipated future hires. Esker also opened its first U.S. satellite office in Denver to accommodate a growing number of customers in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific states, along with the western region of Canada, especially within the medical device, food production and semi-conductor industries. Also, Esker expanded its international footprint, beginning with a partnership with Santiago, Chile-based Gosocket Corporation, a leading provider of solutions related to electronic document exchanges with digital signatures, to bring more value to Latin American customers of both companies. Customers in this region can now meet evolving electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) mandates that vary by country. Esker and Gosocket Corporation are working together to bring a more comprehensive set of offerings to the Latin American region beginning this year. “Esker’s expansion into the Latin American region created an opportunity for both companies,” said Sergio Chaverri, chief marketing officer at Gosocket Corporation. “By partnering with Esker our customers will have access to leading business solutions and Esker’s international customers will have the ability to meet any changing regulations seamlessly.” Esker also further developed its activities in the Oceania region with the signature of a partnership agreement with Fuji Xerox in New Zealand. “Automation of previously manual tasks and introducing mobile and analytics functionality for insights into the AP process delivers rapid and quantifiable benefits. With the combination of Fuji Xerox’s consulting team and Esker’s cloud Accounts Payable, we’re delivering tools that AP users need, but just haven’t been able to access,” says Cameron Mount, Fuji Xerox New Zealand GM Enterprise Consulting. Lastly, Esker also put in place its third data center in Singapore, offering its Asia-based customers the best possible response times. This new infrastructure was built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Solution advancements Esker is committed to regularly providing customers with new and improved offerings. One of the company’s most notable launches last year was Esker Anywhere, a mobile application that gives managers the ability to review, approve, and reject purchase requisitions and supplier invoices while out of the office. Esker also introduced solution integrations with Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and Oracle E-Business Suite, providing customers with greater operational process efficiency and productivity. Following the 2015 acquisition of TermSync, Esker has now fully incorporated the solution into its accounts receivable (AR) automation platform, benefiting customers with strengthened reporting and analytics, faster collections and billing processes and decreasing costs. Esker’s new, comprehensive AR solution is designed to alleviate cash flow concerns for companies, especially as interest rates rise and customers demand extended terms. It also completes the order-to-cash (O2C) cycle, allowing Esker to offer customers an enhanced end-to-end solution for document process automation. Ongoing and future initiatives Earlier this month Esker finalised its acquisition of e-integration GmbH, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based electronic data interchange (EDI) service provider, which will allow Esker to further grow and develop in Europe’s leading market. “We recognise that our customers have a global presence with varying needs in every market,” said Eric Bussy, worldwide corporate marketing and product management director at Esker. “We want to increase our international presence to fulfill those needs and offer the most value to our customers.” Esker anticipates that 2017 will be highlighted by: *Double-digit growth and continued exploration of new external growth opportunities. *Innovative strategies surrounding Esker’s O2C and purchase-to-pay (P2P) solution offerings, including the launch of the TermSync product in France and a new online payment solution offered through Esker partner, SlimPay. *An agile and responsible business approach: Ranked among the top 30 Best Workplaces France 2017 by Great Place to Work®, Esker will continue to develop its Agile methodology and friendly work environment in order to offer its employees a quality, stimulating environment. Ooyala Taps Into Adobe Experience Cloud To Progress The Digital TV Transformation 2017-04-26T00:05:05Z ooyala-taps-into-adobe-experience-cloud-to-progress-the-digital-tv-transformation Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, today announced a new partnership with Adobe that combines Ooyala’s Integrated Video Platform (IVP) solutions with the Adobe Experience Cloud.  Premium media and entertainment companies will be able to build best-of-breed digital TV and OTT solutions for greater engagement, measurement and recognise greater returns with video. With Adobe’s TV-delivery and monetisation technologies, premium content providers benefit from the same reliable scale and device reach achieved in some of the largest live events to-date, including Superbowl LI, international Olympic coverage and the FIFA 2014 World Cup. The new partnership allows customers to also use Ooyala’s complete set of IVP solutions, building collective insights across video production, distribution and advertising processes, which are trusted by companies such as Sky, Media Prima and Star India.   Ten of the ten largest media companies rely on technologies within Adobe Experience Cloud to deliver, measure and monetise video content across any screen. Even more brands and media companies can benefit from Ooyala's IVP products and Adobe Primetime's playback and ad insertion technologies, giving them a way to deliver great video experiences and drive more value from their content.   Through this partnership, customers can reduce their total cost-of-ownership, not requiring further custom engineering and development costs. With highly reliable delivery, measurement and insights for greater engagement, Ooyala customers can see scalable results. Broadcasters and publishers can more effectively grow and monetise their global audiences, major brands can increase brand loyalty, and sports teams and leagues can drive higher fan engagement.   “Video is unquestionably the crux of the digital transformation for the global media and entertainment market,” said Adobe’s Media and Entertainment Head of Business Development, Kevin Towes. “As Ooyala leverages Adobe technology, we can help media companies achieve their transformation faster, with greater video monetisation, engagement and measurement.”   “Modern media companies with large audiences and real skin in the game need better insights and technologies to recognise greater return on their video business,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “Pairing our IVP solutions with Adobe gives even more insight into analytics and measurement, building common data sets across every function of video all with a single goal -- to grow your business.”   About Ooyala: A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala is a global provider of video monetisation technology and services. Providing a set of Integrated Video Platform solutions, Ooyala’s comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators, media and production companies get content to market faster, build more engaging and personalised experiences across every screen, and maximise return for any video business. Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit: http://www.ooyala.com  ENDS Promapp Partners with Callida Consulting to Further Accelerate Public Sector Momentum 2017-04-25T22:53:06Z promapp-partners-with-callida-consulting-to-further-accelerate-public-sector-momentum Promapp Solutions, an industry leading provider of cloud-based process management software, is continuing its market momentum in Australia with the addition of Canberra-based Callida Consulting as a consulting partner.   The partnering arrangement will enable both Promapp and Callida to satisfy public sector demand for solutions which facilitate process management and organisational transformation, foster a culture of continuous improvement and enable the retention and improvement of critical corporate process IP.   Callida provides independent consulting services in Financial Management, Assurance and Risk Services, IT Consulting, Procurement, Project and Change Management, and Strategy and Operations.  Promapp will now enable Callida to enhance its service delivery with a cloud-based tool to support streamlining the creation, management and communication of critical business processes resulting in government agencies being able to work more efficiently and effectively.   Promapp business process management software helps organisations build, improve and share their process knowledge from a central online repository.  The cloud-based software drives business process improvement by simplifying process mapping, so that teams can own and improve their own processes.   Paul Smith, Partner, Callida Consulting, said, ”We are in the business of advising clients on strategy and the implementation of that strategy. Having the Promapp tool in our consulting kit bag will enable us to enhance our services with software which is feature rich and attractive to government agencies because of its simplicity and ease of use.   “Promapp enables organisations to maintain the processes themselves and benefit from continuous improvement through the collaborative approach it provides for identifying and implementing process improvements.    “All up, this is a very attractive offering to Australian government agencies which in the past has seen process mapping completed in fits and starts with extensive effort invested in documenting processes which are then left to stagnate. They quickly become outdated and forgotten until the next major effort a few years later to again document business processes from scratch.    “We’ve recognised a need among our client base for a sustainable process mapping tool and now the combination of our skills and Promapp’s product functionality means that organisations will benefit from improved process efficiency and cost savings as a result of greater agency collaboration.”     Ivan Seselj, CEO, Promapp, said, “Callida Consulting is an ideal partner for Promapp to expand our reach into the Federal Government market.  Callida’s skills and experience are both highly sought and totally complementary to Promapp.  At the same time, they understand the market and have strong federal government experience to support a strategic rethink of how process can drive efficiencies in government agencies.  We now look forward to working with Callida and supporting their team with technical training, professional services, and ongoing support.”   Promapp has a network of partners in Australia supporting a range of process related areas such as systems integration, quality management and process improvement methodologies.   Promapp has also deployed its business process management software at Department of Justice & Regulation, Victoria, Government of Western Australia Health Support Services, Public Transport Victoria and the Western Australia Treasury Corporation.   About Promapp Established in 2002 and headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Promapp Solutions works with hundreds of organisations worldwide to foster a thriving business improvement and process management culture.   Promapp’s cloud-based business process management (BPM) software makes it easy to create, navigate, share, and change business processes, enabling quality assurance, risk management and business continuity. Providing an intuitive online process repository, an integrated process mapping tool and a process improvement toolset, Promapp’s proprietary software supports the development of smarter and safer ways to work, while encouraging sharing of information by operational teams rather than limiting it to process analysts and technical specialists.   Promapp’s wide range of public and private sector customers includes: Coca-Cola Amatil, Air New Zealand, Lumo Energy, Toyota Financial Services, Ricoh Australia, McDonald's, Audi Australia, Fuji Xerox, Department of Justice, Victoria, Adelaide City Council, Mildura Regional Council and City of Boroondara.  The company is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.  www.promapp.com  About Callida Callida Consulting was established in 2012 in Canberra to provide specialist, quality professional advisory services to Australian Government agencies.  Our team collectively has many years’ experience in public and private sector consulting with wide ranging and numerous successful engagements.    Our team includes previous Partners and staff of Acumen Alliance, a successful Canberra based management consulting firm with an excellent reputation in delivering services.  Our aim is to provide high quality, pragmatic and timely services to Government delivering true value for money.   Callida currently has over 80 highly experienced permanent consultants across our key disciplines of: ·     Financial Management & Costing ·     Systems Accounting and business process automation ·     ICT & Digital Consulting ·     Assurance and Risk Services ·     Strategic Sourcing and Contract Management ·     Programme, Project and Change Management, and ·     Strategy and Operations   Callida has the capability and capacity to engage and deliver on some of the larger and more complex assignments across Government agencies, and across all sized agencies: www.callida.com.au   Callida is also assisting clients with recruitment and skilled labour provision, through its partner company Callida Resourcing: www.callidaresourcing.com.au   MuleSoft Joins Linux Foundation Open API Initiative to Accelerate Innovation in API Specifications 2017-04-21T01:28:24Z mulesoft-joins-linux-foundation-open-api-initiative-to-accelerate-innovation-in-api-specifications MuleSoft (NYSE: MULE), provider of the leading platform for building application networks, today announced that MuleSoft has joined the  Open API Initiative (OAI) guided by the Linux Foundation. In addition, MuleSoft CTO Uri Sarid, creator of the open RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML <http://raml.org) for API specification, will participate in the Technical Developer Committee to help steer OAI technologies.   OAI’s ability to drive a connected global economy with APIs founded on top of an OpenAPI Specification (OAS) will be enhanced by the addition of MuleSoft. MuleSoft will lend its support and industry expertise to advancing OAI and will demonstrate how API modelling using RAML creates a common foundation to extend the benefits of an API-led approach to the broadest ecosystem. MuleSoft developers will have the benefit of leveraging both OAS and RAML to take full advantage of an API-led connectivity approach.   To enable both scale and interoperability across the API ecosystem as well as modelling capabilities, MuleSoft will open source its new API Modeling Framework (AMF). Up until now, API specifications have been static. AMF gives developers a way to programmatically add new features on top of API specifications. AMF lets developers interact with any API specification, whether it is written in OAS or RAML, in a similar way to how the HTML DOM allows programmatic interaction with an HTML document.   “The OpenAPI Specification (OAS) has become the de facto standard for describing APIs, while RAML enjoys widespread adoption as a standard for modelling APIs. As the API ecosystem extends to the enterprise, our collaboration with the OAI will enable the community to seamlessly layer these two standards, and will promote interoperability and foster closer collaboration,” said Uri Sarid, CTO, MuleSoft and creator of the RAML specification. “We are excited to work together within the OAI community to promote the advantages of API specifications, advance the OAS as the ubiquitous standard for describing any practically-RESTful API and continue to advance RAML as the standard domain-specific language (DSL) for modeling such APIs. Additionally, the API Modeling Framework will finally bring the OAS and RAML communities together, enabling developers to enjoy the best of both worlds."   “We're excited to have MuleSoft join the OAI,” said  Tony Tam, SmartBear’s VP of Swagger Products and creator of Swagger, which is the basis of the OpenAPI Specification. “MuleSoft has a long history of defining API specifications with RAML. Our collaboration will help drive the use of APIs in the enterprise. By joining the OAI, MuleSoft is promoting interoperability between RAML and the OAS, which will bring tooling compatibility to both communities.”   RAML enables rapid, concise, and iterative API design while promoting consistency and reuse. Led by MuleSoft and the RAML Workgroup, and supported by a wide variety of leading vendors and numerous open source projects, the modelling language has gained a strong community following as well as deep penetration within the enterprise. RAML has been particularly influential in helping organisations achieve large scale digital transformation projects. “The Linux Foundation is the home to the world's premier open source technologies, connecting tens of thousands of developers, DevOps pros and other technologists,” said Mike Woster, COO of The Linux Foundation. “MuleSoft joining OAI is significant for the API community as it moves further upstream and into the enterprise. We’re pleased to work with members to continue to grow this vibrant community to support this project’s success.”   About MuleSoft MuleSoft's mission is to help organisations change and. innovate faster by making it easy to connect the world's applications, data and devices. With its API-led approach to connectivity, MuleSoft's market-leading Anypoint Platform™ is enabling over 1,000 organisations in more than 60 countries to build application networks. For more information, visit https://www.mulesoft.com.  About The Linux Foundation The Linux Foundation is the organisation of choice for the world's top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.  MuleSoft is a registered trademark of MuleSoft, Inc. All other marks are those of respective owners. ENDS MuleSoft Announces Crowd, the Next Major Release of Anypoint Platform to Harness Innovation From Across the Enterprise 2017-04-21T01:27:00Z mulesoft-announces-crowd-the-next-major-release-of-anypoint-platform-to-harness-innovation-from-across-the-enterprise MuleSoft (NYSE: MULE), provider of the leading platform for building application networks, today announced Crowd, featuring a set of powerful collaboration capabilities that enable the creation, saving, discovery and reuse of APIs and other integration assets within Anypoint Platform™ to drive new levels of business agility. This Anypoint Platform release introduces significant updates to Anypoint Exchange and the new Anypoint Design Center, making the discovery, promotion and consumption of composable IT assets, such as APIs and best practice templates, both easier and more natural for users of the platform. By enabling self-service access to reusable assets, central IT organisations can pave the road for innovation across the enterprise, and enable line-of-business (LOB) and broader IT teams to deliver their own integration projects quickly and securely. With this release, IT teams across the organisation are empowered to innovate freely, deliver better customer experiences, quickly introduce new products to market and contribute to building a composable enterprise.   "As one of the world’s leading insurers, we strive to constantly improve and extend our digital capabilities. Technology is a key enabler for us to drive a superior customer experience, and innovate faster on new features and services for our customers,” said Mojgan Lefebvre, SVP & CIO, Global Specialty, Liberty Mutual Insurance. “Liberty Mutual needs technology partners who are driving innovative thinking and who want to be at the forefront of our digital transformation. MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform plays a key role in our strategy to enable reuse and consumption across the organisation and to build connected applications with a digital-first approach.”   “When deciding on a solution to connect all our internal applications and systems, we sought a technology partner that could support our cloud-based infrastructure. MuleSoft enables Splunk to orchestrate across multiple cloud services in a matter of weeks versus months,” said Declan Morris, CIO, Splunk. We are accelerating our business by leveraging MuleSoft’s continuous innovation. With Anypoint Platform, we’re able to extend API-led connectivity to enable reuse and consumption across the enterprise, resulting in speed while minimising risk.”   Current Ad Hoc Integration Approach Hampers Business Agility and Introduces Security Risks According to Gartner, “Digital business transformation is driving ever-more connections between applications, systems and endpoints in complex, multiorganisation ecosystems. Application leaders responsible for integration are having to empower almost every member of their organisation to support this new reality.”   The explosion of mobile, big data, SaaS, PaaS and the internet of things is creating spiralling levels of integration work and complexity. In addition, integration specialists, application developers and LOBs across the enterprise are increasingly doing their own integration on an ad hoc basis. As a result, applications, data and devices are inconsistently accessed, integrated and managed, and are hampering business agility and introducing governance and security risks. To reduce these risks, central IT will need to provide proper enablement and collaboration to empower these broader IT teams to deliver their own integration projects.  New Release of Anypoint Platform Enables a New IT Operating Model This new release empowers users with the right tools and crowdsourced IT assets from their organisation to be self-sufficient with integration. Through the new Anypoint Design Center and Anypoint Exchange, organisations can quickly save, discover and reuse secured IT assets to collaboratively build an application network for their enterprise.   Crowd highlights include:   ●      A new Anypoint Design Center that empowers every team across the enterprise to save and self-serve IT assets to build application networks: ○      Web-based flow designer: MuleSoft’s web-based designer for integration flows is easy to access and suited for use by IT professionals. ○      Guided flow design: Every step is suggested based on the action that users take, helping them to compose their flows by following best practices. ○      Reuse becomes native: Reusable assets are embedded into every step of the design experience, making reuse a natural choice rather than merely an option users have. ●      A native collaboration, reuse and consumption experience delivered through Anypoint Exchange: ○      Promotion of reusable assets: Exchange is now integrated with all components of Anypoint Design Center, including the flow designer and the API designer. Reusable assets are suggested and promoted as you design your APIs and integration flows. ○      Ratings and reviews: Any user can comment or reply to a comment on any asset within the Exchange to ask questions, offer suggestions, provide feedback and more.   ○      Quick view of dependencies: Every reusable asset has a portal. Within an asset portal, users can view the full list of other assets that have dependencies on it, providing visibility and insight into potential impact from changes to the asset. ○      New UI: Users benefit from improved search capabilities, enhanced manual asset publication flow and support for the OpenAPI Specification (OAS) asset portal.  ●      New API design capabilities within Anypoint Design Center: ○      Faster, consistent API design: Users can save API fragments (e.g., libraries, security schemes and data models) from within API designer into Exchange for discovery and reuse. API fragments can then be used for building any API spec, ensuring consistent, secure API design across the enterprise.  ○      Seamless CI/CD automation: Users can promote APIs across different environments.  ”With Crowd, central IT and product teams have a unified way to bring people, process and technology together to build an application network without losing governance and control. Different teams can collaborate on building APIs and integration while driving toward a common outcome on a shared platform,” said Mark Dao, chief product officer, MuleSoft. “The innovations in this release are enabling businesses to change the way they operate by empowering more users to discover, reuse and connect technology and business assets to achieve greater levels of agility and speed.”   Gartner, Inc., “Predicts 2017: Pervasive Integration Is Getting Ready for Prime Time” by Keith Guttridge, Massimo Pezzini, Eric Thoo, Elizabeth Golluscio, Paolo Malinverno, November 21, 2016.About MuleSoft MuleSoft's mission is to help organisations change and. innovate faster by making it easy to connect the world's applications, data and devices. With its API-led approach to connectivity, MuleSoft's market-leading Anypoint Platform™ is enabling over 1,000 organisations in more than 60 countries to build application networks. For more information, visit https://www.mulesoft.com.  MuleSoft is a registered trademark of MuleSoft, Inc. All other marks are those of respective owners. Malwarebytes Integrates with ForeScout to Deliver Real-Time Threat Visibility and Remediation 2017-04-20T23:58:58Z malwarebytes-integrates-with-forescout-to-deliver-real-time-threat-visibility-and-remediation Malwarebytes™, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, today announced an integration with ForeScout Technologies, Inc., a leading Internet of Things (IoT) security company, to provide joint customers real-time threat visibility and remediation for both managed and unmanaged devices. The vast majority of today’s attacks occur in just minutes, with the bulk of subsequent data theft beginning within seconds following a breach. Malicious attackers have dozens of tools, techniques and attack vectors available to them for compromising business endpoints and devices. Couple this with a constantly evolving enterprise IT infrastructure to defend and it’s clear the risks are greater than ever. Security teams must proactively understand and react to the threat landscape faster than ever before. The Malwarebytes integration with ForeScout helps businesses accelerate their incident response, stop zero-day exploits and reduce their exposure to emerging security threats. With the integrated solution, customers benefit from a reduction in attack surface through the capability to proactively prevent compromise, sweep the network for latent threats, assess the enterprise-wide exposure to and impact of an active threat, and automate real-time threat response directly from the ForeScout CounterACT® console. This integration employs the following Malwarebytes enterprise offerings which communicate bi-directionally with the ForeScout CounterACT console: Malwarebytes Breach Remediation which provides advanced threat sweeping, confirmation, investigation and thorough removal via an extensible and agentless application. Malwarebytes Endpoint Security which provides next-generation protection from advanced zero-hour threats using six unified defense layers to proactively block an attack before it begins. As ForeScout CounterACT detects and profiles devices that connect to a network, Malwarebytes Breach Remediation or Malwarebytes Endpoint Security solutions are silently deployed onto discovered endpoints. Active endpoints then report their real-time health status back to ForeScout CounterACT, and discovered threats will trigger an automated hygiene policy and incident response. The Malwarebytes integration with ForeScout provides customers with: Visibility into emerging threats: Discover threats and exploit attempts across the enterprise. Rapid threat detection and remediation: Assess risk at the endpoint, remediate threats instantly and remove unwanted applications that might lead to latent infection. Automated threat response: Share contextual insights into discovered threats and automate the incident response workflow. “Today’s threats are more destructive than ever, hitting organisations at an unprecedented velocity and sophistication – easily overwhelming and evading perimeter security defenses,” said Monty Venkersammy, VP of Business Development, Malwarebytes. “Automatically identifying devices appearing on the network and understanding their contribution to the enterprise attack surface is vital to preventing malicious activity in a breach. This integration between Malwarebytes and ForeScout not only provides critical threat visibility but additionally the power to respond, delivering thorough investigation and remediation in real-time.”  “As businesses continuously seek to improve their overall security, they unfortunately lack visibility into what is connecting to their network to truly know what’s happening across their environment, and how to swiftly remediate the threat,” said Pedro Abreu, Chief Strategy Officer, ForeScout Technologies, Inc. “ForeScout is proud to help solve these security challenges for our end-customers by integrating ForeScout CounterACT with Malwarebytes Breach Remediation and Endpoint Security solutions.”About Malwarebytes Malwarebytes is the next-gen cybersecurity company that millions worldwide trust. Malwarebytes proactively protects people and businesses against dangerous threats such as malware, ransomware, and exploits that escape detection by traditional antivirus solutions. The company’s flagship product combines advanced heuristic threat detection with signature-less technologies to detect and stop a cyberattack before damage occurs. More than 10,000 businesses worldwide use, trust, and recommend Malwarebytes. Founded in 2008, the company is headquartered in California, with offices in Europe and Asia, and a global team of threat researchers and security experts. For more information, please visit us at: http://www.malwarebytes.com/. Malwarebytes founder and CEO Marcin Kleczynski started the company to create the best disinfection and protection solutions to combat the world’s most harmful Internet threats. Marcin was recently named “CEO of the Year” in the Global Excellence awards and has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Rising Stars of Enterprise Technology list and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, adding those to an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. ### Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Malwarebytes Follow us on Twitter: @malwarebytes https://twitter.com/malwarebytes Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/malwarebytes See us on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/malwarebytes Read our latest Malwarebytes Labs blog: https://blog.malwarebytes.com/ Ivanti Completes SOC 2 Type II Certification 2017-04-20T00:37:46Z ivanti-completes-soc-2-type-ii-certification Ivanti, a leader in integrating and automating critical IT tasks, today announced that it has successfully completed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II audit for its world-class ITSM cloud offering. Conducted by Armanino, one of the top ten fastest-growing large accounting firms in the nation, this comprehensive audit and certification verifies Ivanti’s strong security protocol and validates the company as a leading cloud provider.   SOC 2 keeps a company’s information security measures in line with today’s specific cloud requirements. As companies increasingly use the cloud to store sensitive data, SOC 2 compliance is vital to organisations in a wide array of industries.   Ivanti is well-positioned in on-premise, cloud and hybrid ITSM delivery, and is continuing to produce forward-thinking, innovative cloud offerings. The SOC 2 Type II certification exhibits Ivanti’s ability to constantly mature its cloud delivery, a feat not all vendors have been able to demonstrate. The audit also certifies that Ivanti’s cloud security practices, policies and procedures meet SOC 2’s high standards for security, availability and confidentiality. As a one-stop-shop for companies in any industry seeking robust cloud capabilities, Ivanti achieved this certification using entirely its own cloud technologies.   “Primary barriers for companies to adopt the cloud are concerns surrounding security and data privacy,” said Tom Davis, CTO of Ivanti. “SOC 2 Type II certification helps assure our customers that, with Ivanti, their data is secured and with an established vendor who has implemented data privacy and security controls. Receiving this confirmation from an independent source further solidifies us as the leader in ITSM cloud delivery.”   SOC 2 certification is part of Ivanti’s multipronged cloud security plan. As a true SaaS company, Ivanti employs a cloud-first strategy, optimising all web design, leveraging secure data centers that are scalable and guaranteeing all its cloud offerings have high availability, full redundancy and are completely secured. This better cloud design provides companies with the ability to use Ivanti’s ITSM cloud solutions as part of their core business operations and strategy, with the added assurance that the cloud service is safe.    "We count on Ivanti to deliver secure and reliable ITSM services and ensure their integrity. By achieving the SOC2 compliance the team demonstrates its commitment to ensuring the security of our data," said Wendell Bobst, assistant vice president of information technology customer services at Adventist Health.   Specifically geared toward SaaS and other technology companies with a focus on security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy, the SOC 2 standard best meets the demands of the information security and SaaS marketplace. This extensive reporting standard provides independent validation that Ivanti’s internal control environment operates in accordance with the selected American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) trust services principles and criteria.    The SOC 2 certification comes at the same time that TRUSTe has certified HEAT Software USA Inc. privacy practices and statement for EU-US Privacy Shield. The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks were designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission to offer companies a way in which to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce. HEAT Software USA Inc., a company that recently merged with LANDESK into Ivanti, is an active participant in the Privacy Shield list <https://www.privacyshield.gov/list> . This certification further positions Ivanti as a global player in all things security.    For more information on Ivanti’s cloud capabilities, please visit: http://www.ivanti.com/en-USAbout Ivanti Ivanti is IT evolved. By integrating and automating critical IT tasks, Ivanti is helping IT organisations secure the digital workplace. For more than three decades, Ivanti has helped IT professionals address security threats, manage devices and optimise their user experience. From traditional PCs, to mobile devices, virtual machines and the data centre, Ivanti helps discover and manage your IT assets wherever they are located, improving IT service delivery and reducing risk. Ivanti also ensures that supply chain and warehouse teams are effectively leveraging the most up-to-date technology to improve productivity throughout their operation. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit www.ivanti.com 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 Kindred Group strengthens compliance and risk management with deployment of SAI Global’s GRC software 2017-04-19T09:30:19Z kindred-group-strengthens-compliance-and-risk-management-with-deployment-of-sai-global-s-grc-software With Kindred’s operations spanning more than 100 countries in 20 different languages and further expansion on the cards, navigating the compliance and licensing frameworks of such a diverse, multi-jurisdictional landscape is fraught with complexities and getting it wrong is just not an option. In both existing and new jurisdictions Kindred must contend with ever increasing and changing regulations, licensing requirements and reporting demands.These apply to the licensing of brands, platforms and to the individual games themselves. Kindred had previously been managing their compliance landscape manually; as the business grew this became increasingly difficult and time consuming, increasing the likelihood of potentially costly errors and omissions.  Additionally, meeting obligations across multiple jurisdictions involves dealing with a many different stakeholders including multiple regulatory bodies.  Implementation of SAI Global’s market-leading GRC software, Compliance 360 will help Kindred streamline their management of licensing obligations, product, processes and third-party supplier relationships.  The impact of changing legislation or licensing requirements on individual games in individual jurisdictions can be quickly identified and effectively managed. In addition to streamlining their risk management landscape, Compliance 360’s auditing functions importantly provides Kindred with the ability to extend greater transparency of their operations to regulators and governing bodies.  “SAI Global’s GRC software provides us with the accuracy and certainty we need to meet our complex, multi-jurisdictional regulatory obligations.  It also provides us with greater clarity and deeper insight into the running of our business.  With SAI Global’s support and software, we’ve managed to turn our compliance function in to a value creator rather than a cost centre” said Vineet Patel, Group Regulatory Officer Re-Regulated Markets, Kindred Group. ‘We believe our GRC software, Compliance 360 is the best available risk management product for customers in the online gambling sector.’ said, Jan Kruger, SAI Global’s, Executive Vice President of Risk.  “It provides operators, such as Kindred Group, with one integrated platform from which to manage their risk and compliance requirements, including licences, products, processes, controls and third parties across multiple jurisdictions 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 Ivanti Releases Best Practice Guides for Hosting DesktopNow, powered by AppSense, in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services 2017-04-18T22:17:15Z ivanti-releases-best-practice-guides-for-hosting-desktopnow-powered-by-appsense-in-microsoft-azure-and-amazon-web-services Ivanti, a leader in integrating and automating critical IT tasks, today announced new Cloud Best Practice Guides which outline the architecture and support of Ivanti DesktopNow, powered by AppSense, for hosting in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new resources showcase how to move on-premises DesktopNow server infrastructure into the cloud for optimising and securing Windows desktops of all types: physical, virtual and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).    According to Gartner, by 2019 50% of new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) users will be deployed on DaaS platforms.[1].  To support this active move to the cloud, Ivanti DesktopNow uniquely provides desktop management in the cloud while also automating migration to cloud infrastructure and supporting hybrid models. With the ability to move users between on-premises and cloud environments at will, DesktopNow gives IT control and optimisation of Windows desktops everywhere, using the most cost-effective and secure deployment model.    “Ivanti DesktopNow, powered by AppSense, is already a proven cloud-era technology architected using web services that has delivered scalable, enterprise-ready solutions for many years. It’s a natural extension to support our customers and partners as they move this infrastructure to the cloud,” said Jon Rolls, Vice President of Product Management, Ivanti. “With these Best Practice Guides, IT can provide a controlled and optimised experience to desktop users without additional on-premises infrastructure.”   Ivanti DesktopNow supports the following desktop models: ·      DaaS and Virtual Desktops in the Cloud – Supporting both virtual desktops (VDI) and published desktops in the cloud, DesktopNow services can be hosted in the same cloud infrastructure to smooth onboarding and maximse user acceptance.  ·      IaaS for Hybrid Desktops – With the DesktopNow infrastructure hosted in Azure or AWS, all desktops securely communicate with a scalable, highly available cloud service that protects and optimizes the user on physical and virtual desktops, no matter where they are.  ·      Citrix Cloud Implementations – DesktopNow also supports Citrix Cloud and Citrix Lifecycle Manager (CLM). A launch partner for Citrix Cloud CLM, Ivanti technology allows automated creation and deployment of best practice blueprints for Citrix Cloud CLM.   Ivanti DesktopNow Plus (http://www.ivanti.com/en-US/products/desktopnow) is a workspace management solution that simplifies desktop deployments and administration, increasing productivity to reduce IT costs and secure endpoints. With DesktopNow Plus, IT organisations can deliver a personalised, compliant desktop regardless of user location or device. The solution also eases Windows 10 migrations and enables secure file sync, sharing and data access.    The DesktopNow Cloud Best Practice Guide for Microsoft Azure can be  downloaded here: http://rs.ivanti.com/white-papers/IVI-1805-hosting-desktopnow-in-microsoft-azure.pdf. The DesktopNow Cloud Best Practices Guide for AWS can be downloaded here: http://rs.ivanti.com/white-papers/IVI-1804-hosting-desktopnow-in-amazon.pdf. The DesktopNow Citrix CLM (Smart Tools) Blueprint is available to Citrix customers using Smart Tools to automate deployment.   About Ivanti Ivanti is IT evolved. By integrating and automating critical IT tasks, Ivanti helps IT organisations secure the digital workplace. For more than three decades, Ivanti has helped IT professionals address security threats, manage devices and optimise their user experience. From traditional PCs, to mobile devices, virtual machines and the data centre, Ivanti helps discover and manage your IT assets wherever they are located, improving IT service delivery and reducing risk. Ivanti also ensures that supply chain and warehouse teams are effectively leveraging the most up-to-date technology to improve productivity throughout their operation. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit www.ivanti.com.   Copyright © 2017, Ivanti.  All rights reserved.Gartner 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 organisation 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. [1] 2016 Gartner Market Guide for Desktop as a Service (DaaS): https://www.gartner.com/doc/3396917/market-guide-desktop-service> , August 2016  ENDS   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.