The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-24T02:50:19Z Australia’s digital future – are we doing we enough? 2017-05-24T02:50:19Z australia-s-digital-future-are-we-doing-we-enough MEDIA STATEMENT Australia’s digital future – are we doing we enough? The ACS has launched its 2017 Digital Pulse report. Key findings include: ICT is a key driver of Australia’s economic future. Currently a digital boom is occurring with 40,000 ICT jobs created in just the last two years, and ICT services exports up 12% to $2.8b. New economic modelling shows that adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade – with each Australian being $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars). However, 81,000 new ICT professionals are needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. Without skilled ICT labour our nation will stagnate. Diversity is still an issue – women represent only 28% of the ICT workforce (compared to 44% across all professional industries) and older workers (55+) only represent 12% of Australia’s ICT workforce. LinkedIn data reveals technical skills are in high demand – how will Australia meet this need to reap the advantages of a digital future? Sydney, 24 May 2017: The ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, today launched its 2017 “Australia’s Digital Pulse” Report – revealing that a ‘digital boom’ is underway with 40,000 technology jobs created over just the last two years (2015-16). Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, the report shows this strong growth in the ICT workforce is expected to continue, with an additional 81,000 jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. Meeting this need will be a critical priority for Australia. ACS President, Anthony Wong, said: “Technology skills are fast becoming the engine room of the Australian economy. To fast-track our nation’s digital transformation, and ensure the ICT skills base is there to meet demand, we need a clear strategy and dedicated investment focus in this area.” LinkedIn Director of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, Nick O’Donnell, said Australia’s skills shift is accelerating and expanding across every industry. “We are seeing significant hiring of tech talent by non-tech companies. Half of the top 20 industries hiring ICT workers in 2016 were non-tech, the most active industries being financial services, which jumped from twelfth position in 2015 to up to fourth in 2016. “LinkedIn’s data also shows that the top skills demanded by employers hiring new ICT workers includes a balance of technical skills and broader business skills. Business skills such as Relationship Management, Business Strategy and Strategic Planning in combination with technical skills are highly sought after to drive digitisation of business processes,” Mr O’Donnell said. Addressing Australia’s skilled ICT shortfall, ACS President Anthony Wong, said: “The ACS is actively championing the uptake of coding in schools, better support for teachers in the delivery of emerging technology areas, the establishment of multidisciplinary degrees, and relevant training programs to help to build a pipeline of workers with valuable ICT skills. In a skills shortage environment, skilled migration is an important lever for developing competitive advantage for the nation. However it needs to be targeted, and needs to address the genuine skills gaps in the domestic market, while ensuring migrant workers are not exploited.” Deloitte Access Economics partner, John O’Mahony, said: “Australian employers are placing a high value on ICT skills against the backdrop of digital technologies being increasingly fundamental to a thriving economy. As business disruption becomes more widespread, businesses need a strong ICT core to manage change – making ICT workers and ICT skills the bread and butter behind that change.” The report further highlights a ‘to-do’ list for government that includes multiplying digital precincts, prioritising cyber, transitioning education and getting more people to study ICT, supporting Aussie start-ups, the next steps for the NBN and wireless technology, and focusing on efforts towards open data, digitising government, and copyright reform. Australia’s Digital Pulse is a unique and comprehensive analysis of the ICT sector and the digital economy for Australia. The full report can be downloaded by clicking (here). Australia’s Digital Pulse 2017 will be launched during CeBIT, on Wednesday 24 May at 5:00-7:00pm. Speakers will include the Hon Angus Taylor MP Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation (by video), John O’Mahony Partner Deloitte Access Economics, Nick O’Donnell Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, LinkedIn Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Anthony Wong ACS President, and Michelle Price Chief Operations Officer Australian Cyber Security Growth Network. -ENDS- Media Contact Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244, louise@launchgroup.com.au Christine Kardashian, Launch Group, 0416 005 705, Christine@launchgroup.com.au About the ACS The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information. FAST FACTS The following statistics are presented according to subject matter areas. The Digital Economy The economic contribution to Australia of the digitally-enabled economy is on track to meet the forecast $139b growth target 2020. New economic modelling shows that adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade – each Australian being $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars). The economic contribution of the digital-enabled economy in Australia is forecast to increase to $139 billion by 2020, representing 7.3% of Australia’s GDP (DAE 2016a). Nearly 90% of this contribution is expected to come from the use of internet and digital technologies outside of the Information, Media and Telecommunications industry. Trade in ICT continues to grow, with Australia’s ICT services exports increasing by 12% to $2.8 billion in 2015-16. The ICT input share of Australia’s goods exports increased from 4% in 2013 to 7% in 2016 – reflecting the greater uptake of new technologies across key industries of economic importance in Australia, such as agriculture and manufacturing. The average cost of a cyber crime attack to an Australian business is around $419,000. Economic modelling suggests that greater investment in cyber security by Australian businesses could result in an uplift of 5.5% in business investment, an increase in wages by 2%, and an additional 60,000 people employed by 2030. Australia’s ICT Workforce Forecast ICT employment 81,000 new ICT jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. ICT workers to increase from around 640,800 in 2016 to around 721,900 in 2022, at an average annual growth rate of 2.0% This represents a higher growth rate than that expected for the overall Australian workforce over the same period, forecast to be 1.4% per annum National ICT workforce of 640,846 in 2016 1.9% increase on the 628,810 ICT workers in 2015 40,000 ICT jobs created in Australia in just the last two years ICT proportion of total workforce is 5.4% 52% of the current ICT workforce is employed outside ICT-related industries such as in professional services, public administration and financial services ICT workers by selected industries 309,313 – ICT related 75,806 – Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 46,262 – Public Administration & Safety 44,425 – Financial & Insurance Services 25,145 – Retail Trade 24,807 – Education & Training Labour Market for Global ICT Talent Linkedin data on Top 10 skills possessed by ICT workers moving to Australia Project Management; SQL; Business Analysis; Requirements Analysis; Customer Service; Java; Team Leadership; Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC); Agile Methodologies; JavaScript Linkedin data on Top 10 skills possessed by ICT workers leaving Australia Project Management; Customer Service; Business Analysis; Marketing; Strategy; Social Media; Business Development; Change Management; Business Strategy; Business Process Improvement. Australia’s Intensive Users of ICT Workforce The broader ICT workforce is forecast to grow from around 2,548,900 workers in 2016 to 2,785,600 in 2022 (average annual growth rate of 1.5% and equivalent to a projected gain of 236,700 jobs over this period) Diversity in ICT Women continue to represent only 28% of the ICT workforce (compared to 44% across all professional industries). Older workers (55+) only represent 12% of Australia’s ICT workforce (compared to 16% of workers across all professional industries) ICT Skills In Demand ICT employment growth forecast strongest in the largest two ICT occupation groupings (2016-2022) ICT Management and Operations (2.4% average annual growth between 2016-22). ICT Technical and Professional (1.9% average annual growth between 2016-22). Top 10 in-demand ICT job occupations 2016 LinkedIn data shows the top 3 (out of 10) ‘in-demand’ ICT occupations with the most job advertisements were roles that connect technical ICT functions to broader business requirements. These include: project Manager; Business Analyst; and Business Development Manager. ICT workers with specific technical skills are still in high demand – NET developer, Software Engineer, Solution Architect, Java Developer, Front End Developer. LinkedIn data on the top 20 skills required by ICT workers in 2016 are technical and non-technical 6 out of top 10, and 9 out of top 20 are non-technical The top 9 being: Project & Process Management (number 1 skill) Management Consulting & Business Strategy (number 2) Business Development & Relationship Management (number 3) Customer Service (number 4) Strategic Planning (number 5) Sales (number 6) Purchasing and Contract Negotiation (number 7) Social Media Marketing (number 8) Employee Training & Development (number 9). ICT Education ICT student trends Domestic undergraduate enrolments have risen from around 19,000 at the start of this decade to 25,700 in 2015. Domestic undergraduate completions of ICT degrees increasing from around 3,000 to almost 4,000 over the same period. Postgraduate enrolments and completions by domestic students have also increased marginally, but these also continue to remain below the peaks seen in the early 2000s. Total qualifications held by ICT workers in 2016 Forecast to increase from 1,000,200 in 2016 to 1,148,100 in 2022, representing an average annual growth rate of 2.3% Fields of study for ICT workers in 2016 The qualifications demanded of ICT workers are becoming increasingly broadened, beyond ICT-specific fields of study. 2016 LinkedIn data shows that whilst Computing Science and Information Science and Technology are the most common study areas, 5 of the top 10 study areas for ICT workers are non-ICT, suggesting business related degrees can be pathways into the ICT workforce Accounting; Business; Business Management & Admin; Marketing; Project Management CA Technologies launches new global marketing campaign: “The Modern Software Factory” 2017-05-23T06:19:12Z ca-technologies-launches-new-global-marketing-campaign-the-modern-software-factory SYDNEY, 23 May 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) has launched a new global marketing campaign, “The Modern Software Factory,” to showcase the full spectrum of capability CA brings to customers navigating the challenges of digital transformation. Businesses today face near constant digital disruption, affecting business decision makers at all levels from the C-Suite to those deploying software across their organisations. The Modern Software Factory campaign reflects their insights on the challenges to ‘build better apps, faster and securely’ and ‘gain insight from data,’ which have become foundational to competing in today’s application economy. The premise of the campaign is simple: as businesses across all industries recognise that software is core to creating competitive advantage, CA shows how they can start with a single CA Solution, or a combination of solutions across the areas of Agile, DevOps and Security. In the book “Digitally Remastered: Building Software into Your Business DNA” launched last fall, author Otto Berkes, CTO of CA Technologies, outlines key insights that inform the tools and techniques that companies are using on their digital transformation journeys. The Modern Software Factory, a concept portrayed through a virtual environment, brings these insights to life. “The competitive value of digital transformation has become very real, and customers are looking for partners who can help them navigate the journey successfully,” said Lauren Flaherty, chief marketing officer, CA Technologies. “The Modern Software Factory is the creative expression of CA’s business strategy. We’re laying out a blueprint that’s designed to help guide customers as they leverage software to win in the market.” The new campaign, running immediately across broadcast and digital channels to reach executives as well as those who deploy software, brings The Modern Software Factory to life as it follows a group of executives looking to transform their business. They are guided through a dynamic, visionary space and shown how CA’s capabilities across Agility, Insights, Automation and Security come together to help them compete. The Tour: The guide introduces The Modern Software Factory to a group of executives. They see the wonders of the factory—a world where Agile, Automation, Insights and Security come together to help businesses compete. The Answer: The executives realise the power of the software factory and yet have a hard time understanding its technical aspects. The guide makes it simple: if you’re going to compete in the app economy, the answer is CA Technologies. The new broadcast spots and digital content, created and produced by John McNeil Studio, demonstrate how CA’s portfolio comes together to create advantage for customers, solve their most pressing needs, and become strategic partners in their digital transformation journeys. The campaign will span the US, UK, DE, AU & Pan Regional (ES) markets, and content will be amplified across CA social channels and CA.com. - ENDS- About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com. Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Legal notices Copyright © 2017 CA. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. IBM and Nutanix Launch Hyperconverged Initiative to bring Enterprises into the Cognitive Era 2017-05-16T23:38:39Z ibm-and-nutanix-launch-hyperconverged-initiative-to-bring-enterprises-into-the-cognitive-era ARMONK, NY / SAN JOSE, California – May 16, 2017 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Nutanix (Nasdaq: NTNX) today announced a multi-year initiative to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments. The integrated offering aims to combine Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud Platform software with IBM Power Systems, to deliver a turnkey hyperconverged solution targeting critical workloads in large enterprises. The partnership plans to deliver a full-stack combination with built-in AHV virtualization for a simple experience within the datacenter. In today’s technology landscape, processing real-time information is necessary but not sufficient. Being able to react in real-time used to give enterprises a competitive advantage, but this approach no longer guarantees happy customers. The value has now migrated to the ability to rapidly gather large amounts of data, quickly crunch and predict what’s likely to happen next - using a combination of analytics, cognitive skills, machine learning and more. This is the start of the insight economy. Handling these kinds of workloads present unique challenges - needing a combination of reliable storage, fast networks, scalability and extremely powerful computing. It seems like private datacenters that were designed just a few years ago are due for a refresh - not only in the technology, but also in the architectural design philosophy. This is where the combination of IBM Power Systems and Nutanix comes in. This joint initiative intends to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments by delivering the first simple-to-deploy, web-scale architecture supporting POWER based scale-out computing for a continuum of enterprise workloads, including: ● Next generation cognitive workloads, including big data, machine learning and AI ● Mission-critical workloads, such as databases, large scale data warehouses, web infrastructure, and mainstream enterprise apps ● Cloud Native Workloads, including full stack open source middleware and enterprise databases and Containers With a shared philosophy based on open standards, a combination of Nutanix and IBM will be designed to bring out the true power of software-defined infrastructure - choice - for global 2000 enterprises, with plans for: ● A simplified private enterprise cloud that delivers POWER architecture in a seamless and compatible way to the datacenter ● Exclusive virtualization management with AHV, advanced planning and remediation with Machine Learning, App Mobility, Microsegmentation and more, with one-click automation ● A fully integrated one-click management stack with Prism, to eliminate silos and reduce the need for specialized IT skills to build and operate cloud-driven infrastructure ● Deploying stateful cloud native services using Acropolis Container Services with automated deployment and enterprise-class persistent storage “Hyperconverged systems continue on a rapid growth trajectory, with a market size forecast of nearly $6 billion by 2020[1]. IT teams now recognize the need, and the undeniable benefits, of embracing the next generation of datacenter infrastructure technology,” said Stefanie Chiras, VP Power Systems at IBM. “Our partnership with Nutanix will be designed to give our joint enterprise customers a scalable, resilient, high-performance hyperconverged infrastructure solution, benefiting from the data and compute capabilities of the POWER architecture and the one-click simplicity of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.” “With this partnership, IBM customers of Power-based systems will be able to realize a public cloud-like experience with their on premise infrastructure,” said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO at Nutanix. “With the planned design, Enterprise customers will be able to run any mission critical workload, at any scale, with world-class virtualization and automation capabilities built into a scale out fabric leveraging IBM’s server technology.” Pricing and Availability The IBM and Nutanix initiative will bring options for clients and a seamless experience for these clients, and will be sold exclusively through IBM sales force and channel partners. Specific timelines, models and supported server configurations will be announced at the time of availability. About IBM IBM Power Systems are servers designed for mission-critical applications and emerging Cognitive Era workloads including artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, advanced analytics and high performance computing, data lakes and operational datastores. Designed to deliver efficiency whether deployed in a private, public and hybrid cloud, Power Systems benefit from a wide range of open technologies, many stemming from collaboration with fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members. Customers today can enjoy benchmark setting performance for a wide variety of data-intensive workloads – for example, IBM guarantees that Power Systems servers can deliver twice the performance per dollar as x86 systems for customer workloads based on MongoDB. About Nutanix Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on Twitter @nutanix. © 2017 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Enterprise Cloud Platform, and the Nutanix logo are trademarks of Nutanix, Inc., registered or pending registration in the United States and other countries. [1] Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-hyperconvergence-the-next-big-thing-in-tech-2017-04-03 Resources ● Joint Announcement Video, Blog ● Images: IBM Power, Nutanix ● For more about IBM Systems, visit here. Nutanix, visit here. ● Infographic Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements concerning Nutanix’s and IBM’s plans and expectations relating to a multi-year hyperconverged initiative and the deployment of Nutanix software on, and the interoperability of Nutanix software with, IBM Power Systems. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and instead are based on the parties’ current expectations, estimates, opinions and beliefs. The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events, and involves risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond the parties’ control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: the failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, the integrated offering on a timely or cost-effective basis; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; a shift in industry or competitive dynamics or customer demand; and other risks detailed in Nutanix’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for its fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2017, and IBM’s annual report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, neither Nutanix nor IBM assumes any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances. How to protect your organisation from WannaCry ransomware 2017-05-14T02:49:35Z how-to-protect-your-organisation-from-wannacry-ransomware While organisations have been under threat from ransomware for years, the attack landscape has been very narrowly focused. Victims tended to have to manually enabled the attack through some method, such as opening email attachments or downloading unverified software. Much of that has changed with the current global-scale WannaCry ransomware campaign.  Tens of thousands of systems have been compromised, and the attack is ongoing. Along with peers in the industry, Carbon Black’s Threat Research Team has been actively analysing the malware and its threats. We found that the ransomware does not have any truly novel tricks up its sleeve. It is standard ransomware that, upon execution, creates dozens of files in its current location and starts infecting the system. It targets a specific set of file extensions, more than 150 of them, beginning with known MS Office documents, which is also in line with many other known ransomware families. What is truly unique about it is its method of delivery, which is believed to be through the now-known ETERNALBLUE exploit. While the number of incidents are extremely high, many are believed to be a result of poor security posture. Protection against the ETERNALBLUE exploit is fairly basic. The exploit targets servers with SMB network sharing exposed to the Internet, a feature that should be immediately considered for deactivation. Servers are targeted over the standard network ports for the SMB service, all of which can be actively disabled in an organisation’s firewalls. More importantly, these exploits have been actively resolved by current, and ongoing, patches released by Microsoft. Patches should be considered for immediate testing and release within an environment. These suggestions follow the established SMB Security Best Practices. Ransomware is on track to be an $US1 billion crime in 2017, according to FBI data. That’s a substantial increase from 2015, when ransomware was a ‘mere’ $24 million crime. Additionally, ransomware emerged as the fastest-growing malware across all industries in 2016. It appears that healthcare is now in the cross hairs. An organization can take immediate steps to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware variants.1. Back up data regularly. Verify the integrity of those backups and test the restoration process to ensure it’s working.2. Secure offline backups. Backups are essential: if you’re infected, a backup may be the only way to recover your data. Ensure backups are not connected permanently to the computers and networks they are backing up.3. Configure firewalls to block access to known malicious IP addresses.4. Logically separate networks. This will help prevent the spread of malware. If every user and server is on the same network newer variants can spread.5. Patch operating systems, software, and firmware on devices. Consider using a centralized patch-management system.6. Implement an awareness and training program. End users are targets, so everyone in your organization needs to be aware of the threat of ransomware and how it’s delivered.7. Scan all incoming and outgoing emails to detect threats and filter executable files from reaching end users.8. Enable strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching end users and authenticate inbound email using technologies such as Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to prevent spoofing.9. Block ads. Ransomware is often distributed through malicious ads served when visiting certain sites. Blocking ads or preventing users from accessing certain sites can reduce that risk.10. Use the principle of ‘least privilege’ to manage accounts: No users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed. If a user only needs to read specific files, the user should not have write access to them.11. Leverage next-generation antivirus (NGAV) technology to inspect files and identify malicious behaviour to block malware and non-malware attacks that exploit memory and scripting languages like PowerShell.12. Use application whitelisting, which only allows systems to execute programs known and permitted by security policy.13. Categorise data based on organizational value and implement physical and logical separation of networks and data for different organisational units.14. Conduct an annual penetration test and vulnerability assessment. Stopping ransomware requires a defence-in-depth approach; there is no silver bullet to security. Software alone is not the answer. IT and SecOps teams must build a strategy that combines user training, next-generation endpoint security, and backup operations. Every strategy should start with the simplest, most immediate risk-mitigation techniques available in order to limit the attack surface. Concurrently, user training and backup infrastructures should be evaluated, implemented, and practiced. And please, patch, patch, patch!For more information Kane Lightowler Managing Director – Asia Pacific & Japan Carbon Black +65 9667 7228                                                                 While organisations have been under threat from ransomware for years, the attack landscape has been very narrowly focused. Victims tended to have to manually enabled the attack through some method, such as opening email attachments or downloading unverified software. Much of that has changed with the current global-scale WannaCry ransomware campaign.  Tens of thousands of systems have been compromised, and the attack is ongoing. Along with peers in the industry, Carbon Black’s Threat Research Team has been actively analysing the malware and its threats. We found that the ransomware does not have any truly novel tricks up its sleeve. It is standard ransomware that, upon execution, creates dozens of files in its current location and starts infecting the system. It targets a specific set of file extensions, more than 150 of them, beginning with known MS Office documents, which is also in line with many other known ransomware families. What is truly unique about it is its method of delivery, which is believed to be through the now-known ETERNALBLUE exploit. While the number of incidents are extremely high, many are believed to be a result of poor security posture. Protection against the ETERNALBLUE exploit is fairly basic. The exploit targets servers with SMB network sharing exposed to the Internet, a feature that should be immediately considered for deactivation. Servers are targeted over the standard network ports for the SMB service, all of which can be actively disabled in an organisation’s firewalls. More importantly, these exploits have been actively resolved by current, and ongoing, patches released by Microsoft. Patches should be considered for immediate testing and release within an environment. These suggestions follow the established SMB Security Best Practices. Ransomware is on track to be an $US1 billion crime in 2017, according to FBI data. That’s a substantial increase from 2015, when ransomware was a ‘mere’ $24 million crime. Additionally, ransomware emerged as the fastest-growing malware across all industries in 2016. It appears that healthcare is now in the cross hairs. An organization can take immediate steps to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware variants.1. Back up data regularly. Verify the integrity of those backups and test the restoration process to ensure it’s working.2. Secure offline backups. Backups are essential: if you’re infected, a backup may be the only way to recover your data. Ensure backups are not connected permanently to the computers and networks they are backing up.3. Configure firewalls to block access to known malicious IP addresses.4. Logically separate networks. This will help prevent the spread of malware. If every user and server is on the same network newer variants can spread.5. Patch operating systems, software, and firmware on devices. Consider using a centralized patch-management system.6. Implement an awareness and training program. End users are targets, so everyone in your organization needs to be aware of the threat of ransomware and how it’s delivered.7. Scan all incoming and outgoing emails to detect threats and filter executable files from reaching end users.8. Enable strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching end users and authenticate inbound email using technologies such as Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to prevent spoofing.9. Block ads. Ransomware is often distributed through malicious ads served when visiting certain sites. Blocking ads or preventing users from accessing certain sites can reduce that risk.10. Use the principle of ‘least privilege’ to manage accounts: No users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed. If a user only needs to read specific files, the user should not have write access to them.11. Leverage next-generation antivirus (NGAV) technology to inspect files and identify malicious behaviour to block malware and non-malware attacks that exploit memory and scripting languages like PowerShell.12. Use application whitelisting, which only allows systems to execute programs known and permitted by security policy.13. Categorise data based on organizational value and implement physical and logical separation of networks and data for different organisational units.14. Conduct an annual penetration test and vulnerability assessment. Stopping ransomware requires a defence-in-depth approach; there is no silver bullet to security. Software alone is not the answer. IT and SecOps teams must build a strategy that combines user training, next-generation endpoint security, and backup operations. Every strategy should start with the simplest, most immediate risk-mitigation techniques available in order to limit the attack surface. Concurrently, user training and backup infrastructures should be evaluated, implemented, and practiced. And please, patch, patch, patch!For more information Kane Lightowler Managing Director – Asia Pacific & Japan Carbon Black +65 9667 7228                                                                  CA Technologies reports fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2017 results 2017-05-12T04:14:57Z ca-technologies-reports-fourth-quarter-and-full-fiscal-year-2017-results Achieved FY2017 guidance for revenue, operating Margin, and EPS; exceeded for CFFO 4Q and FY2017 revenue of $1.012 billion and $4.036 billion, respectively 4Q and FY2017 GAAP EPS of $0.38 and $1.85, respectively 4Q and FY2017 non-GAAP EPS of $0.54 and $2.48, respectively 4Q and FY2017 cash flow from continuing operations of $419 Million and $1,039 Million, respectively SYDNEY, May 12, 2017 - CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2017, which ended March 31, 2017. Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies Chief Executive Officer, said: “CA delivered strong performance both for the full year and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. We ended the year with momentum, and our fourth quarter performance enabled us to deliver most metrics at or above the high-end of our full year guidance ranges. "I am particularly pleased with the quality of both our products and our sales execution. The success of our recent acquisitions gives me confidence that the strategic acquisitions of Automic and Veracode will create meaningful value within our product organization, to the benefit of both our customers and shareholders. "This is an exciting time at CA. We are very enthusiastic about our opportunities in fiscal year 2018 and beyond. In many ways, we are just getting started." FINANCIAL OVERVIEW (dollars in millions, except share data) Fourth Quarter FY17 vs. FY16 Full Year FY17 vs. FY16 FY17 FY16 % Change % Change CC* FY17 FY16 % Change % Change CC* Revenue $1,012 $1,009 0% 1% $4,036 $4,025 0% 1% GAAP Income from Continuing Operations $157 $171 (8)% (7)% $775 $769 1% (1)% Non-GAAP Income from Continuing Operations* $227 $252 (10)% (11)% $1,042 $1,050 (1)% (2)% GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $0.38 $0.41 (7)% (7)% $1.85 $1.78 4% 2% Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations* $0.54 $0.60 (10)% (12)% $2.48 $2.43 2% 1% Cash Flow from Continuing Operations $419 $471 (11)% (11)% $1,039 $1,034 0% 3% * Non-GAAP income, Non-GAAP earnings per share and CC or Constant Currency are non-GAAP financial measures, as noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. REVENUE AND BOOKINGS Fourth quarter (dollars in millions) Fourth Quarter FY17 vs. FY16 FY17 % of Total FY16 % of Total % Change % Change CC* North America Revenue $683 67% $681 67% 0% 0% International Revenue $329 33% $328 33% 0% 2% Total Revenue $1,012 $1,009 0% 1% North America Bookings $1,049 74% $636 66% 65% 65% International Bookings $374 26% $324 34% 15% 18% Total Bookings $1,423 $960 48% 49% Current Revenue Backlog $3,240 $3,113 4% 6% Total Revenue Backlog $7,556 $6,829 11% 12% *CC or Constant Currency is a non-GAAP financial measure, as noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. Total revenue increased primarily as a result of an increase in software fees and other revenue, partially offset by decreases in subscription and maintenance revenue and professional services revenue. Our acquisition of Automic Holding GmbH (Automic) contributed approximately 2 points as reported and approximately 3 points in constant currency of revenue growth for the quarter. Total bookings grew primarily due to an increase in renewals and an increase in new product sales. The Company executed a total of 26 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $754 million. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company executed a total of 13 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $271 million. The weighted average duration of subscription and maintenance bookings for the quarter was 3.56 years, compared with 2.66 years for the same period in fiscal 2016. Full year (dollars in millions) Full Year FY17 vs. FY16 FY17 % of Total FY16 % of Total % Change % Change CC* North America Revenue $2,716 67% $2,712 67% 0% 0% International Revenue $1,320 33% $1,313 33% 1% 2% Total Revenue $4,036 $4,025 0% 1% North America Bookings $3,329 70% $2,987 70% 11% 12% International Bookings $1,434 30% $1,260 30% 14% 15% Total Bookings $4,763 $4,247 12% 13% *CC or Constant Currency is a non-GAAP financial measure, as noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. Total revenue increased primarily as a result of an increase in software fees and other revenue, partially offset by decreases in subscription and maintenance revenue and professional services revenue. Approximately 2 points of revenue growth for the year was attributable to our fiscal 2016 acquisitions of Rally Software Development Corp. (Rally) and Xceedium, Inc. (Xceedium) and our fiscal 2017 acquisition of Automic. Total bookings grew primarily due to an increase in renewals and an increase in new product sales. The Company executed a total of 72 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $2.450 billion. During fiscal 2016, the Company executed a total of 48 license agreements with incremental contract values in excess of $10 million each, for an aggregate contract value of $1.965 billion. The weighted average duration of subscription and maintenance bookings for fiscal 2017 was 3.83 years, compared with 3.71 years for fiscal 2016. EXPENSES, MARGIN AND EARNINGS PER SHARE Fourth quarter (dollars in millions) Fourth Quarter FY17 vs. FY16 FY17 FY16 % Change % Change CC** GAAP Operating Expenses Before Interest and Income Taxes $797 $730 9% 10% Operating Income Before Interest and Income Taxes $215 $279 (23)% (22)% Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $0.38 $0.41 (7)% (7)% Operating Margin 21% 28% Effective Tax Rate 20.7% 35.2% Non-GAAP* Operating Expenses Before Interest and Income Taxes $693 $630 10% 12% Operating Income Before Interest and Income Taxes $319 $379 (16)% (17)% Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $0.54 $0.60 (10)% (12)% Operating Margin 32% 38% Effective Tax Rate 24.8% 30.8% *A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release and noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. **CC or Constant Currency is a non-GAAP financial measure, as noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses increased due to an increase in expenses from the acquisition of Automic. GAAP EPS was negatively impacted by $0.08 from a decrease in GAAP operating margin and by $0.02 from the Automic acquisition. These items were partially offset by a $0.07 impact from a decrease in GAAP effective tax rate. Non-GAAP EPS was negatively impacted by $0.09 from a decrease in non-GAAP operating margin and by $0.02 from the Automic acquisition. These items were partially offset by a $0.04 impact from a decrease in non-GAAP effective tax rate. Full year (dollars in millions) Full Year FY17 vs. FY16 FY17 FY16 % Change % Change CC** GAAP Operating Expenses Before Interest and Income Taxes $2,901 $2,890 0% 2% Operating Income Before Interest and Income Taxes $1,135 $1,135 0% (2)% Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $1.85 $1.78 4% 2% Operating Margin 28% 28% Effective Tax Rate 27.8% 29.1% Non-GAAP* Operating Expenses Before Interest and Income Taxes $2,531 $2,494 1% 3% Operating Income Before Interest and Income Taxes $1,505 $1,531 (2)% (3)% Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations $2.48 $2.43 2% 1% Operating Margin 37% 38% Effective Tax Rate 27.8% 29.1% *A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release and noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. **CC or Constant Currency is a non-GAAP financial measure, as noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses increased primarily as a result of fiscal 2017 having four quarters of expenses associated with our fiscal 2016 acquisitions of Rally and Xceedium, while fiscal 2016 only included three quarters of expense. In addition, fiscal 2017 included additional expenses from our fourth quarter acquisition of Automic. These increases were partially offset by a favorable foreign exchange effect. GAAP operating expenses were also affected by lower amortization expenses of internally developed software products and other intangible assets. GAAP EPS was positively impacted by $0.06 from an overall share count reduction and by $0.04 from favorable foreign exchange effect. These items were partially offset by a $0.03 impact from our acquisitions. Non-GAAP EPS was positively impacted by $0.07 from an overall share count reduction and by $0.04 from favorable foreign exchange effect. These items were partially offset by a $0.03 impact from our acquisitions. SELECTED QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS CA Technologies was again named as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. For the fifth year in a row, CA Technologies was a recipient of the NorthFace ScoreBoard AwardSM from Omega Management Group Corp. in recognition of achieving excellence in customer service and support for 2016. CA Technologies was positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration. (1) CA Technologies was named an Overall Leader in Adaptive Authentication by KuppingerCole in its Leadership Compass report.(2) CA Technologies completed the acquisition of Automic Holding GmbH, a leader in business process and IT automation software. CA Technologies signed an agreement to acquire Veracode, Inc., a leading SaaS-based secure DevOps platform provider, and completed the acquisition on March 31, 2017. SEGMENT INFORMATION Fourth quarter (dollars in millions) Fourth Quarter FY17 vs. FY16 Revenue % Change % Change CC* Operating Margin FY17 FY16 FY17 FY16 Mainframe Solutions $535 $547 (2)% (1)% 59% 61% Enterprise Solutions $400 $380 5% 6% 1% 10% Services $77 $82 (6)% (5)% -3% 7% *CC or Constant Currency is a non-GAAP financial measure, as noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. Mainframe Solutions revenue declined primarily due to insufficient revenue from prior period new sales to offset the decline in revenue contribution from renewals. Mainframe Solutions operating margin decreased primarily due to higher commission expense, as a result of an increase in Mainframe Solutions new product sales. Enterprise Solutions revenue increased primarily due to an increase in software fees and other revenue. Automic contributed approximately 6 points of Enterprise Solutions revenue growth for the quarter. Enterprise Solutions operating margin decreased primarily due to expenses from the Automic acquisition and higher commission expense, as a result of an increase in Enterprise Solutions new product sales. Services revenue decreased primarily due to a decline in professional services engagements from prior periods. This decline in professional services engagements was a result of several factors including our products being easier to install and manage, an increase in customers' use of partners for services engagements and the completion of non-strategic projects during previous periods. Operating margin for Services decreased primarily due to an overall decline in professional services revenue and an increase in personnel-related costs as a result of severance actions during fiscal 2017. Full year (dollars in millions) Full Year FY17 vs. FY16 Revenue % Change % Change CC* Operating Margin FY17 FY16 FY17 FY16 Mainframe Solutions $2,182 $2,215 (1)% (1)% 61% 61% Enterprise Solutions $1,553 $1,484 5% 5% 11% 10% Services $301 $326 (8)% (7)% 0% 7% *CC or Constant Currency is a non-GAAP financial measure, as noted in "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the tables following this news release. Mainframe Solutions revenue declined primarily due to insufficient revenue from new sales to offset the decline in revenue contribution from renewals. Enterprise Solutions revenue increased primarily due to an increase in software fees and other revenue. Approximately 3 points of Enterprise Solutions revenue growth for the year was attributable to our fiscal 2016 acquisitions of Rally and Xceedium and our fiscal 2017 acquisition of Automic. Enterprise Solutions operating margin increased primarily due to an increase in revenue and, to a lesser extent, a decrease in one-time acquisition-related transaction costs compared with the year-ago period. Services revenue decreased primarily due to a decline in professional services engagements from prior periods. This decline in professional services engagements was a result of several factors including our products being easier to install and manage, an increase in customers’ use of partners for services engagements and the completion of non-strategic projects during previous periods. Operating margin for Services decreased primarily due to an overall decline in professional services revenue and an increase in personnel-related costs as a result of severance actions during fiscal 2017. CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS Cash flow from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $419 million, compared with $471 million in the prior year. Cash flow from operations was unfavorably affected by a $49 million payment in connection with a litigation settlement. For the full year, cash flow from continuing operations was $1.039 billion, compared with $1.034 billion in the prior fiscal year. Cash flow from operations increased slightly due to a decrease in vendor disbursements and payroll and an increase in cash collections from billings from higher single installment collections. These favorable effects were offset by an increase in other disbursements, primarily due to the $49 million payment in connection with a litigation settlement and an increase in income tax payments. CAPITAL STRUCTURE Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2017 were $2.771 billion Approximately 60% of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents were held by foreign subsidiaries outside the United States at March 31, 2017. In March 2017, the Company issued $500 million of 3.600% Senior Notes due August 2022 for proceeds of approximately $500 million and $350 million of 4.700% Senior Notes due March 2027 for proceeds of $350 million. With $2.791 billion in total debt outstanding and $137 million in notional pooling, the Company’s net debt position was $157 million. For fiscal 2017, the Company repurchased 3.1 million shares of stock for $100 million. As of March 31, 2017, the Company was authorized to purchase $650 million of its common stock under its current stock repurchase program. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company distributed $107 million in dividends to shareholders. For fiscal 2017, the Company distributed $428 million in dividends to shareholders. The Company’s outstanding share count at March 31, 2017 was 413 million. OUTLOOK FOR FISCAL 2018 The following outlook for fiscal 2018 includes the acquisition of Veracode, assumes no further material acquisitions, includes incremental interest expense associated with the Company's March 2017 senior notes issuance, and contains "forward-looking statements" (as defined below). The Company expects the following:* Total revenue to increase in a range of 2 percent to 3 percent as reported and 3 percent to 4 percent in constant currency. At March 31, 2017 exchange rates, this translates to reported revenue of $4.12 billion to $4.17 billion. Full-year GAAP operating margin between 26 percent and 27 percent and non-GAAP operating margin of 36 percent. The Company also expects a full-year GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rate of between 28 percent and 29 percent. GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to decrease in a range of 10 percent to 7 percent as reported and 8 percent to 6 percent in constant currency. At March 31, 2017 exchange rates, this translates to reported GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.67 to $1.72. This is inclusive of the near-term impact of acquisitions on operating margins, and approximately $0.06 impact from the incremental interest expense associated with the Company's March 2017 senior notes issuance, partially offset by organic operating expense improvements. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to decrease in a range of 5 percent to 3 percent as reported and 4 percent to 2 percent in constant currency. At March 31, 2017 exchange rates, this translates to reported non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $2.35 to $2.40. This is inclusive of the near-term impact of acquisitions on operating margins, and approximately $0.06 impact from the incremental interest expense associated with the Company's March 2017 senior notes issuance, partially offset by organic operating expense improvements. Approximately 412 million shares outstanding at fiscal 2018 year-end and weighted average diluted shares outstanding of approximately 415 million for the fiscal year. Cash flow from continuing operations to change in a range of minus 2 percent to plus 2 percent as reported and in constant currency. At March 31, 2017 exchange rates, this translates to reported cash flow from continuing operations of $1.05 billion to $1.10 billion. This is inclusive of approximately $33 million impact from the incremental interest expense associated with the Company's March 2017 senior notes issuance. *In the outlook section, certain non-material differences between growth rates and translated dollar amounts may arise from impact of rounding. Webcast This news release and the accompanying tables should be read in conjunction with additional content that is available on the Company’s website, including a supplemental financial package, as well as a conference call and webcast that the Company will host at 5:00 p.m. ET today to discuss its unaudited fourth quarter and full fiscal year results. The webcast will be archived on the website. Individuals can access the webcast, as well as the press release and supplemental financial information at http://ca.com/invest or can listen to the call at 1-877-561-2748. The international participant number is 1-720-545-0044. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity Governance and Administration, by Felix Gaehtgens, Perry Carpenter, Brian Iverson and Kevin Kampman, February 22, 2017. The Gartner Report(s) described herein, (the "Gartner Report(s)") represent(s) research opinion or viewpoints published, as part of a syndicated subscription service, by Gartner, Inc. ("Gartner"), and are not representations of fact. Each Gartner Report speaks as of its original publication date (and not as of the date of this [Annual/Quarterly Report]) and the opinions expressed in the Gartner Report(s) are subject to change without notice. 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 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. KuppingerCole, “Leadership Compass: Adaptive Authentication,” by John Tolbert, February 2017 About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the Application Economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate - across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com. Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Non-GAAP Financial Measures This news release, the accompanying tables and the additional content that is available on the Company's website, including a supplemental financial package, include certain financial measures that exclude the impact of certain items and therefore have not been calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Non-GAAP metrics for operating expenses, operating income, operating margin, income from continuing operations and diluted earnings per share exclude the following items: non-cash amortization of purchased software, internally developed software and other intangible assets; share-based compensation expense; charges relating to rebalancing initiatives that are large enough to require approval from the Company's Board of Directors and certain other gains and losses, which include the gains and losses since inception of hedges that mature within the quarter, but exclude gains and losses of hedges that do not mature within the quarter. The effective tax rate on GAAP and non-GAAP income from operations is the Company's provision for income taxes expressed as a percentage of pre-tax GAAP and non-GAAP income from continuing operations, respectively. These tax rates are determined based on an estimated effective full year tax rate, with the effective tax rate for GAAP generally including the impact of discrete items in the period in which such items arise and the effective tax rate for non-GAAP generally allocating the impact of discrete items pro rata to the fiscal year's remaining reporting periods. The non-GAAP effective tax rate is equal to the full year GAAP effective tax rate, therefore no adjustment is required on an annual basis. Non-GAAP adjusted cash flow from operations excludes payments associated with the Board-approved rebalancing initiative and restructuring and other payments. Non-GAAP free cash flow excludes purchases of property and equipment. The Company presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how the Company's underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. dollars are converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate in effect on the last day of the Company's prior fiscal year (i.e., March 31, 2017, March 31, 2016, and March 31, 2015, respectively). Constant currency excludes the impacts from the Company's hedging program. The constant currency calculation for annualized subscription and maintenance bookings is calculated by dividing the subscription and maintenance bookings in constant currency by the weighted average subscription and maintenance duration in years. These non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. By excluding these items, non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results and cash flows, to competitors' operating results and cash flows, and to estimates made by securities analysts. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to evaluate its performance and they are key variables in determining management incentive compensation. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency of supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. In addition, the Company has historically reported similar non-GAAP financial measures to its investors and believes that the inclusion of comparative numbers provides consistency in its financial reporting. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, which are attached to this news release. Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements The declaration and payment of future dividends by the Company is subject to the determination of the Company’s Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, after considering various factors, including the Company’s financial condition, historical and forecasted operating results, and available cash flow, as well as any applicable laws and contractual covenants and any other relevant factors. The Company’s practice regarding payment of dividends may be modified at any time and from time to time. Repurchases under the Company’s stock repurchase program may be made from time to time, subject to market conditions and other factors, in the open market, through solicited or unsolicited privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. The program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock, and it may be modified or suspended at any time at the Company’s discretion. Certain statements in this news release (such as statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "targets" and similar expressions relating to the future) constitute "forward-looking statements" that are based upon the beliefs of, and assumptions made by, the Company's management, as well as information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the ability to achieve success in the Company’s business strategy by, among other things, ensuring that any new offerings address the needs of a rapidly changing market while not adversely affecting the demand for the Company’s traditional products or the Company’s profitability to an extent greater than anticipated, enabling the Company’s sales force to accelerate growth of sales to new customers and expand sales with existing customers, including sales outside of the Company’s renewal cycle and to a broadening set of purchasers outside of traditional information technology operations (with such growth and expansion at levels sufficient to offset any decline in revenue and/or sales in the Company’s Mainframe Solutions segment and in certain mature product lines in the Company’s Enterprise Solutions segment), effectively managing the strategic shift in the Company’s business model to develop more easily installed software, provide additional SaaS offerings and refocus the Company’s professional services and education engagements on those engagements that are connected to new product sales, without affecting the Company’s financial performance to an extent greater than anticipated, and effectively managing the Company’s pricing and other go-to-market strategies, as well as improving the Company’s brand, technology and innovation awareness in the marketplace; the failure to innovate or adapt to technological changes and introduce new software products and services in a timely manner; competition in product and service offerings and pricing; the ability of the Company’s products to remain compatible with ever-changing operating environments, platforms or third party products; global economic factors or political events beyond the Company’s control and other business and legal risks associated with global operations; the failure to expand partner programs and sales of the Company’s solutions by the Company’s partners; the ability to retain and attract qualified professionals; general economic conditions and credit constraints, or unfavorable economic conditions in a particular region, business or industry sector; the ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and products into the Company’s existing business; risks associated with sales to government customers; breaches of the Company’s data center, network and software products, and the IT environments of the Company’s business partners and customers; the ability to adequately manage, evolve and protect the Company’s information systems, infrastructure and processes; the failure to renew license transactions on a satisfactory basis; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; discovery of errors or omissions in the Company’s software products or documentation and potential product liability claims; the failure to protect the Company’s intellectual property rights and source code; access to software licensed from third parties; risks associated with the use of software from open source code sources; third-party claims of intellectual property infringement and/or royalty payments; fluctuations in the number, terms and duration of the Company’s license agreements, as well as the timing of orders from customers and channel partners; potential tax liabilities; changes in market conditions or the Company’s credit ratings; events or circumstances that would require the Company to record an impairment charge relating to the Company’s goodwill or capitalized software and other intangible assets balances; successful and secure outsourcing of various functions to third parties; and other factors described more fully in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should the Company’s assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking information described herein as believed, planned, anticipated, expected, estimated, targeted or similarly identified. We do not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Copyright © 2017 CA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. New CA Technologies payment security solution reduces online fraud loss by 25 per cent 2017-05-12T03:57:36Z new-ca-technologies-payment-security-solution-reduces-online-fraud-loss-by-25-per-cent SYDNEY, May 12, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced CA Risk Analytics Network, the payment industry’s only card-issuer network that stops card-not-present fraud instantly for network members using real-time behavior analytics, machine learning and global transaction data to reduce online fraud losses by an average of 25 percent* – a potential of $2.2 billion in savings.** As a cloud-based service, CA Risk Analytics Network incorporates a new advanced neural network model, backed by real-time machine learning, to protect 3-D Secure card-not-present (CNP) transactions. It learns from, and adapts to, suspected fraudulent transactions in an average of five milliseconds, instantly closing the gap for potential fraud using the same card or device across all members of the network. According to Javelin’s 2017 Identity Fraud Report, explosive growth in card-not-present fraud, driven by the increasing e-commerce and m-commerce volume, as well as the EMV liability shift, contributed to the rise of existing-card fraud. “Just as e-commerce is displacing point-of-sale transactions, the same is true for the channels in which fraudsters choose to conduct their business. Among consumers, there was a 42 percent increase in those who had their cards misused in a CNP transaction in 2016, compared to 2015 levels,” the report showed. “Detecting anomalies quickly and ensuring frictionless authentication are the first steps in preventing card-not-present fraud without impacting legitimate cardholder transactions,” said Terrence Clark, general manager for CA Technologies Payment Security solutions. “Our data scientists have applied advanced analytics and new, real-time, machine learning algorithms to the global pool of 3-D Secure, e-commerce transaction data and device insights maintained by the CA Payment Security Suite. This provides faster and more accurate online fraud detection and prevention, reducing fraud losses for network members while streamlining online shopping experiences for consumers.” CA’s payment security solutions protect billions of online transactions supporting hundreds of millions of cards and thousands of card portfolios worldwide. CA Risk Analytics Network is open to card issuers with portfolios of any size: from global banks with millions of cardholders, to smaller, or regional financial institutions. Support for 3-D Secure protocols today and in the future CA Risk Analytics Network and the CA Payment Security Suite support the 3-D Secure specification today, and will support the new EMV 3-D Secure 2.0 specification, which addresses authentication and security for card-not-present, e-commerce transactions using smart phones, mobile apps, digital wallets and other forms of digital payment. The 2.0 protocol will make extensive use of device data, giving CA Risk Analytics Network subscribers a growing new source of information to reduce fraud and optimise the customer experience across all consumer shopping devices and all versions of the 3-D Secure protocol. Support for both the 1.0 and 2.0 specifications is important as adoption rates of the updated specification among card issuers and merchants will vary. Resources Customer Video Customer Reviews Summary of 3D Secure 2.0 and how CA can help *Data based on applying the new CA Risk Analytics Network fraud model to historical customer data over a 90-day period. ** Potential savings based on existing-card account fraud of $8.8 billion in 2016, reported in “2017 Identity Fraud: Securing the Connected Life,” a Javelin Strategy & Research survey conducted among 5,028 U.S. adults over age 18. About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the Application Economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate - across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com. 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Budget confirms digital economy a priority but the ACS encourages more funding to address ICT skills gap 2017-05-09T12:09:00Z budget-confirms-digital-economy-a-priority-but-the-acs-encourages-more-funding-to-address-ict-skills-gap Sydney, May 9, 2017: The ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – tonight welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to the digital economy as outlined in its 2017-18 Budget.   ACS President, Anthony Wong, said the 2017-18 Federal Budget has delivered good news for expediting Australia’s transition to a digital and knowledge economy.   “We would see three key pillars to achieving an economy higher up the value chain and one which affords higher paying jobs; these being a strong banking and finance sector, a strong cyber security capability that delivers trust, and developing high-level STEM skills in the education system.”   The economic contribution of the internet and digital-enabled economy is forecast to increase to $139 billion by 2020, representing 7.3% of overall GDP in Australia[1], with some estimating the potential of currently available digital technology to contribute between A$140 billion and A$250 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2025[2].    “We were pleased to see the investments in the Cyber Security Advisory Office, backing of our fintech sector, and the commitment to improving student outcomes,” said Mr Wong.   The Government has committed to investing $10.7 million over four years to the Digital Transformation Agency to establish the Cyber Security Advisory Office (CSAO) intended to strengthen governance across government projects and cyber security assurance.   “The ACS is supportive of the Government’s introduction of needs-based funding for Australian schools, as outlined in the Quality Schools[3] reforms package, which includes $242.3 billion in recurrent funding to schools over the next decade. We also welcome the new Gonski-led Review toAchieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools to provide advice on how this funding should be used to improve student achievement and performance[4].”   “However, at a time when the performance of Australian students in science and maths is declining[5], the ACS supports a stronger focus on building digital skills and digital literacy in Australian classrooms. This must be a critical economic and policy priority, especially when STEM is associated with 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations, innovations and wage premiums[6].”   As part of the organisation’s pre-Budget submission, the ACS’ recommendations to the Federal Government include a proposed grassroots National ICT Educators Program. The program is designed to boost the capacity of Australian school teachers implementing the Digital Technologies (DT) curriculum, with the aim of better engaging students in STEM and improving their performance. The ACS sees this as essential if we are to fill future skills gaps of nearly 67,000 ICT workers by 2020[7].    “Currently, 2.5 million Australians in non-ICT job roles require ICT skills[8]. As a longstanding advocate in this space, the ACS has actively raised concerns about the critical need to address Australia’s ICT skills shortages to meet future skills demand. This is alongside the need to boost ICT enrolments and completions where currently graduates represent only one per cent of the ICT workforce[9]. The ACS looks forward to working with the Government to place a high priority on achieving these outcomes,” said Mr Wong.   [1] ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse Report 2016, page 13.[2] McKinsey Digital Australia: Seizing the opportunity from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, page 2.[3] https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-05-02/true-needs-based-funding-australias-schools and https://www.education.gov.au/quality-schools[4] https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-05-02/true-needs-based-funding-australias-schools[5] Results from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)[6] PwC’s “A smart Move: Future proofing Australia’s workforce by growing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)” [7] ACS  2016 Australia’s Digital Pulse, page 22. [8] ACS 2016 Australia’s Digital Pulse Report, page 4. [9] ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse Report 2016, page 52. -ENDS-Media Contact Sarah Jane Williams, Launch Group, 0409 362 675 sarahjane@launchgroup.com.au Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244 louise@launchgroup.com.au  About the ACS The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.   Australian Entrepreneur Selects Dell Boomi Platform to Optimise eCommerce Start-Up’s Expansion Plans 2017-05-08T23:01:54Z australian-entrepreneur-selects-dell-boomi-platform-to-optimise-ecommerce-start-up-s-expansion-plans Sydney, Australia – May 9, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that international direct-to-consumer eCommerce start-up, GRANA, is using its integration platform to support rapid business expansion and optimise its omnichannel strategy, as the brand continues to extend its market presence into key markets and seek investment from venture capitalists in 2017. GRANA is a Hong Kong-based online apparel retailer founded by Australian entrepreneur, Luke Grana. Luke, in partnership with Pieter-Paul Wittgen, launched Grana.com in late 2014 with ambitions to take on Japanese giants Uniqlo and the United States’ Theory with high-quality clothing at affordable prices. The company currently ships to 12 countries from a centralised warehouse in Hong Kong. The start-up has implemented Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) to underpin and connect critical applications the business relies on for all internal and online customer-facing operations. This includes the start-up’s enterprise resource planning, product lifecycle management and warehouse management platforms which its 75 staff use daily. “The retail sector is undergoing a transition and the challenge is catering products and services towards digital consumers with increasing expectations from brands,” said Luke Grana, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at GRANA. “This means connecting the disjointed pools of important data dispersed across the organisation to make informed decisions and create meaningful online experiences for customers. “Boomi helps to integrate everything that goes on behind the scenes at GRANA - all the apps to help run the business – so we have full visibility into the data coming in and can make sense of it to add value across our omnichannel.” Importantly, the integration platform accurately and securely centralises data generated within these systems for analysis to inform business decisions and further optimise operational efficiencies and online-to-offline customer experiences. “This capability is critical to our business as we are rolling out aggressive expansion plans and two-day express shipping into mainland China, Japan and Korea,” said Grana. “Boomi gives us a better understanding of customers across the globe, equipping us to execute a strategy that meets their constantly evolving purchasing habits and expectations.” During its evaluation, GRANA considered other vendor solutions, however selected Boomi based on its ability to deliver the best functionality and performance. Additionally, a key factor was the ability to operate its cloud-based iPaaS with minimal training, removing the need for specialist IT resources. “Grana is shaking up the hotly-contested and highly-globalised retail sector with an intentionally unconventional expansion strategy that capitalises on the potential of technology to make better-informed decisions,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “By using iPaaS as the linking mechanism for its operation, it is not only boosting its ecommerce business, but preparing for a physical presence by analysing customer data to determine the best place to open stores, and determine what those shops will look like. This differentiator will allow it to create experiences on its customers’ terms.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organisations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organisations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organisations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, MDM, API management and workflow automation solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. About GRANA GRANA is a direct-to-consumer eCommerce apparel brand designing wardrobe essentials in-house, using the finest fabrics from around the world, available at low and honest prices. GRANA ships directly to 12 countries within 1-2 days. www.grana.com Strategically headquartered in Hong Kong, GRANA was founded by Luke Grana and co-founded with Pieter Paul Wittgen, officially launching in October 2014. To date, the start-up has raised US$16 million in funding from 500 Startups, Alibaba’s Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, Golden Gate Ventures and MindWorks Ventures. James Pascoe Group Switches to Rimini Street for Support of SAP Applications Across Eight Retail Brands 2017-05-08T20:58:45Z james-pascoe-group-switches-to-rimini-street-for-support-of-sap-applications-across-eight-retail-brands Sydney, May 9, 2017 – Rimini Street, Inc., the leading global independent provider of enterprise software support services for SAP SE’s (NYSE:SAP) Business Suite, BusinessObjects and HANA Database software and Oracle Corporation’s (NYSE:ORCL) Siebel, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, E-Business Suite, Oracle Database, Oracle Middleware, Hyperion, Oracle Retail, Oracle Agile PLM and Oracle ATG Web Commerce software, today announced that James Pascoe Group, a privately held retailer, has switched to Rimini Street support for its SAP ERP applications across eight retail brands in New Zealand and Australia. James Pascoe Group is a New Zealand-headquartered retailer with local brands, including bookstore Whitcoulls, kitchen specialist Stevens, and department store chain Farmers Trading Company, jewelry chains Pascoes and Stewart Dawsons, and Australian jewelry chains Prouds, Angus & Coote and Goldmark. James Pascoe’s footprint extends throughout New Zealand and Australia, with over 730 retail stores. Rimini Street Optimizes Maintenance Spend, Opens New Opportunities “We have been running a stable on-premise SAP ERP application system across all of our businesses for nearly a decade, and were spending a reasonable amount of money with SAP for maintenance and upgrades, but not getting a return for the dollars spent,” said David Lean, head of IT, James Pascoe Group.  “With the switch to Rimini Street, we immediately saved on our annual support fees. The Company is helping us optimize our maintenance spend, giving us the opportunity to focus on more innovative programs that will help grow our future retail business.” With a lean internal IT team and an IT infrastructure which is primarily on premise, James Pascoe welcomed the expert support team they gained by switching to Rimini Street. Every client is assigned a named Primary Service engineer who has a minimum of 10 years of experience in the applications and technology they support. Rimini Street also guarantees clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years, and provides support for customizations and ongoing tax, legal and regulatory updates around the world. “CIOs and IT leaders in Australia and New Zealand are faced with increasing pressure to maximize ROI across their IT landscape and to implement digital transformation to help their business grow,” said Andrew Powell, managing director, Rimini Street APAC and Middle East. “Organizations like James Pascoe have made the switch to Rimini Street support to free up resources and time to focus on areas of strategic importance that will help differentiate their business from the competition. Today, nearly 1,900 global, Fortune 500, midmarket and public sector organizations have made the switch to Rimini Street support.” About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street is the global leader in providing independent enterprise software support services. The company has redefined enterprise support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables Oracle and SAP licensees to save up to 90 percent on total support costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Nearly 1,900 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries have selected Rimini Street as their trusted, independent support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. Forward-Looking Statements This press release may contain forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “plan,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and are based on various assumptions. If the risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. Rimini Street assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak only as of the date of this press release.   # # #   Rimini Street and the Rimini Street logo are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved. CA Technologies positioned as a leader for enterprise agile planning tools 2017-05-05T01:14:59Z ca-technologies-positioned-as-a-leader-for-enterprise-agile-planning-tools SYDNEY, May 5, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools.* The report evaluated CA Agile Central, an enterprise-class platform purpose-built for scaling agile development practices. CA Technologies was positioned the furthest in the Leaders quadrant for Completeness of Vision. According to the report, “Leaders in this market have shown a combination of strong vision either in leading agile thought or the combination of agile with developer collaboration and DevOps. Leaders have broad market reach and adoption, as shown in client inquiries and survey data as well as their corresponding growth and marketing presence. Vendors in this category are safe bets for large-scale adoption and we expect them to have a continued solid market presence. Leaders tend to have established marketplaces that provide them with extended functionality via partners. All have strong integration capability. They have strong networks for training and implementation, and can operate well globally.” Additionally, regarding evaluation criteria for completeness of vision, the report says, “Our key criteria are market understanding and product strategy.” “As companies continue to compound the benefits of agile by scaling across their organisations, it’s critical that they consider not only their tools, but the processes and expertise that is needed to help them drive success,” said Angela Tucci, general manager, CA Agile Management. “CA's combination of best-in-class solutions paired with some of the most experienced consultants in the industry means that our customers are truly equipped to take their agile transformations to new heights. We believe this recognition from Gartner validates our strategy of partnering with our customers to set them apart from their competition by enabling them to reduce time-to-market and deliver value faster for their customers." As a title sponsor at Agile 2017, the largest agile-dedicated conference in North America, CA Technologies thought-leaders will showcase their expertise in numerous presentations and will be on-hand in the CA booth. To learn more about CA Agile Central, visit https://www.ca.com/us/products/ca-agile-central.html. To receive a complimentary copy of the report, please visit "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools." *Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools, by Thomas E. Murphy, Mike West, Keith James Mann, April 27, 2017. 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. About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate - across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com. Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Legal notices Copyright © 2017 CA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. Acronis Announces Strategic Partnership with Raxel Telematics to Empower the Insurance Industry with Blockchain 2017-05-05T00:40:00Z acronis-announces-strategic-partnership-with-raxel-telematics-to-empower-the-insurance-industry-with-blockchain-1 Sydney, Australia, May 5, 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, is proud to announce a new partnership Raxel Telematics—a leading telematics services provider in Southeast Asia—that aims to revolutionize the insurance industry through the adoption of Blockchain technology to protect the integrity of and immutability of insurance data. The new partnership with Raxel Telematics will extend the application of Acronis’ blockchain-based solutions such as Acronis Notary™ and Acronis ASign™ to the insurance industry and beyond, giving businesses powerful tools to validate important data. The blockchain technology market is tipped to reach $7.74 billion by 2024, in response to the companies using blockchain as an electronic transaction-processing and record-keeping system. Distributed database architecture, strong encryption and decentralised management make blockchain a perfect engine to guarantee data authenticity in industries that fully rely on the integrity of the processed data. “Acronis blockchain-based data verification technology will enable insurers and businesses in other industries to verify data integrity. In the age of raging cyber-attacks, where data has become the primary target for criminal activity, it has a great potential to prevent fraud, reduce data processing cost, and increase transparency,” said Serguei Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis. Blockchain technology is not just a fancy buzzword. In a typical motor insurance scam, for example, drivers deliberately stage or fake accidents, then make various false and illegal claims against insurers. These so-called “crash for cash” scams cost the industry around SG$700 million a year, according to the Deloitte Blockchain Applications in Insurance report.  Where claims are made against multiple policies held by different insurers, it becomes difficult to detect fraud unless cross-industry data is shared.  “Smart contracts” powered by blockchain could provide customers and insurers with the means to manage claims in a transparent, responsive and irrefutable manner. Contracts and claims could be recorded onto a blockchain and be validated by the network; ensuring only valid claims are paid. For example, the blockchain would reject multiple claims for one accident by detecting that a claim has already been made. “Smart contracts” would also enforce the claims, for instance, triggering payments automatically when certain conditions are met and validated. Within a shared economy, usage-based models and internet of things, connected customers will demand an improved user experience, based on digital insurance solutions. The golden opportunity to innovate—and the real challenge lie—in introducing new service concepts, and automating existing business processes and customer interactions, rather than in bringing new technologies to the general insurance market. “Our goal is to disrupt one specific area at a time and address the most common risk-based problems that our insurance customers face. Automating claims is a whole set of extremely sophisticated products we are building in accordance with an extensive product roadmap. Together with Acronis we are excited to provide our insurance customers with technology solutions that will allow insurers to cut the claims settlement period down to several minutes, or even seconds, in the not so distant future.  The release of the first product is planned for Q3 2017, “said Dmitry Rudash, co-founder and CEO of Raxel Telematics. The Australian Computer Society sponsors the 15th annual IT Journalism Awards 2017-05-03T04:22:34Z the-australian-computer-society-sponsors-the-15th-annual-it-journalism-awards MediaConnect is delighted to announce the ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, as the official 2017 naming rights sponsor of the 15th Annual IT Journalism Awards. The Awards, which will be held at Luna Park on May 12 2017, have attracted a record number of entries, with more than 400 entries from over 100 journalists and publications. MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim said, “We’re delighted to partner with the ACS to recognise the best of Australia’s technology journalism published in 2016.” “The ACS is such a wonderful fit with the awards given they represent Australia’s ICT community, which all of our technology media write for, or write about.” ACS CEO Andrew Johnson said, “The ACS is pleased to partner with MediaConnect to recognise the tremendous work of ICT journalists throughout the year.” “Their work helps ICT to be seen as a driver of innovation and contributes to the understanding and promotion of the fast-paced ICT sector in Australia.” Tickets to next Friday’s event are currently available to be purchased from our website at http://www.thelizzies.com/attend-the-awards/. This year’s Lizzies are also sponsored by Watterson Marketing Communications and NEC. For further information please visit http://thelizzies.com/ SAI Global reaffirms commitment to cybersecurity through gold sponsorship of ISACA’s North America CACS Conference 2017-05-02T00:35:44Z sai-global-reaffirms-commitment-to-cybersecurity-through-gold-sponsorship-of-isaca-s-north-america-cacs-conference Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (1 May 2017) As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting organisations manage digital risk across the enterprise and extended vendor network, SAI Global is delighted to be a gold sponsor of ISACA’s 2017 North America Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) Conference which takes place from May 1st – 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In today’s international marketplace, addressing corporate and information security risks and meeting compliance obligations has become increasingly complex, and the cost of failure high. Cybersecurity and risk management is at the forefront of enterprise priorities and keeping abreast of the latest developments across this ever-changing risk landscape is essential. “ISACA’s CACS conference provides information security professionals with a valuable opportunity to share ideas and experiences as well as hearing from industry experts on future trends and best practice within the rapidly evolving digital risk landscape,” said John Ambra, SAI Global's Vice President of Risk Product Strategy. “Technology innovation has driven an exponential number of benefits for organisations, but these benefits have also come with rapidly evolving digital risk. Keeping on top of the latest developments, future trends and best practice by attending events such as CACS is essential to ensure efficient ongoing digital risk management.” SAI Global offers a suite of technology, governance, risk and compliance management software solutions including IT Risk Manager, which was named SC Magazine's recommended traditional GRC product and was awarded a 5-star rating by cybersecurity specialist Peter Robinson of SC Media (referred to in the review article as Modulo). IT Risk Manager, which SAI Global will be showcasing at CACS, is flexible, scalable, and affordable, enabling information security professionals to take an intelligent approach to the daily challenges of managing corporate and information security risk. The 2017 CACS conference offers attendees the opportunities to discuss trends, solutions and strategies in assurance, risk and security. Global IT and cyber security association ISACA will offer more than 80 sessions in nine tracks for the North America CACS Conference: ·       Audit & Assurance ·       Audit & Assurance, Advanced ·       Security/Cybersecurity – Managerial ·       Security/Cybersecurity – Technical ·       Integrated Risk Management ·       Data Analytics & Big Data ·       Leadership Development and Career Management ·       Governance ·       Industry Trends & Insights Gold sponsor SAI Global is presenting a session on Tuesday, 2nd May titled ‘Zen and the Art of IT Risk Management’ featuring customer Steve Bartolottta, Community Health Network of Connecticut’s CISO. In this session Steve will be sharing practical insights learned through years of hands-on experience including what to avoid, what to look out for and what to include when building a successful IT Risk Programme. In addition to these agenda items, pre- and post-conference workshops offer hands-on training on privacy programmes, database security and audit, risk strategies and data analysis. A cybersecurity workshop will help attendees prepare for the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam. Additional details, registration and venue information can be found here.  About ISACA ISACA® (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realize 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 with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 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. EC-COUNCIL APPOINTS RED EDUCATION AS ITS ATC IN APAC 2017-05-01T04:12:43Z ec-council-appoints-red-education-as-its-atc-in-apac SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 01, 2017 – Red Education has been appointed as an ATC for Asia Pacific and will offer many of the EC-Council classes on a public schedule as well as closed classes for its tens of thousands of customers across the region. “The appointment of Red Education by EC-Council further underscores the requirement in Asia Pacific for cybersecurity skills and knowledge across all levels of industry, government and cloud providers”, said Dalia Habbak, Marketing Manager, Red Education. “The urgent need to grow the skills base to protect our digital way of life continues to be addressed by Red Education through the partnership with EC-Council”, she continued. Sean Lim, Chief Operating Officer at EC Council said, “Red Education is a market leader, delivering much needed best-of-breed cybersecurity training solutions to enterprise customers across the region. We see tremendous synergy in this partnership as Red Education is well experienced in delivering core cybersecurity technology training to Asia Pacific’s cyber security communities.” The full spectrum of EC Council’s courses is available today through Red Education, delivered by instructors with over 20 years security experience. For course dates and details please visit our EC-Council Courses Page. About EC-Council The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. It is the owner and creator of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) and the License Penetration Tester (LPT) certifications and as well as many other certifications that are offered in over 145 countries globally. About Red Education Red Education is the leader in IT training and professional services in Asia Pacific. Since it’s launch in 2005, Red Education has trained more than 50,000 IT professionals of many industries including financial services, government, telecommunications, education, healthcare and many others. The combination of extensively experienced trainers and courses that balance theoretical concepts and hands-on labs is the formula to Red Education’s class success. Red Education ensures quality class across all delivery methods; in-class, virtually or on client’s site. RED EDUCATION BECOMES A SYMANTEC ATP 2017-04-26T23:17:29Z red-education-becomes-a-symantec-atp Red Education has the ability to deliver the full Symantec course portfolio in its enterprise security range of solutions. This will be rolled out to every major city in Asia Pacific with a regular class schedule, plus the ability to tailor to any customer requirement for on-site or private classes. Rob Howard, Managing Director at Red Education said, “Cyber security is top of mind for every enterprise, Government agency and cloud provider, with the Asia Pacific region seeing astonishingly high levels of attacks in every region. Symantec’s enterprise security portfolio assists organisations all across the region thwart these attacks, and Red Education is ready to empower the human element of managing these systems to minimise the ever-present risks.” Rob also noted, “We’ll be providing training on the full Symantec range, complementing what we have done for almost ten years with Blue Coat, and we’re excited to be on board with Symantec as an Authorised Training Partner. Red Education is fast becoming the go-to choice for enterprise cyber security skills and knowledge.” Sarah Grace, Senior Manager, Symantec Education Services, said, “After a thorough review of the providers in the region, Symantec is delighted to appoint Red Education as the Authorised Training Partner for Asia Pacific. Red Education has extensive experience providing a wide range of certified training in cyber security, and has Symantec certified training capability ready to offer its customers the full Symantec course portfolio today.” For full course details and upcoming Symantec course schedules, visit outlines section on Red Education’s website. About Symantec Symantec is a global leader in providing security, information management solutions to help their customers – from consumers and small businesses to the largest global organizations – secure and manage their information against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently than any other company. The company’s unique focus is to eliminate risks to information, technology and processes independent of the device, platform, interaction or location. About Red Education Red Education is Asia Pacific’s leading IT training centre, providing IT training and certification across all countries in the region. This includes Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China, Japan, Korea and India. Red Education provides vendor-accredited training either in a classroom setting, as a virtual delivery, or on-site at clients’ locations. Since its inception in 2005, Red Education has delivered over 25,000 training seats to every major enterprise, Government agency and service provider in the region.