The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-06-20T08:37:24Z Unclaimed Money Association of Australia Announces Accredited Training Program 2018-06-20T08:37:24Z the-unclaimed-money-association-of-australia-announces-accredited-training-program - The Unclaimed Money Recovery Industry is estimated to be a $23 Billion dollar domestic market, administered by Federal, state bodies governments and some private organizations.   -  The Unclaimed Money Recovery Industry, allows The Unclaimed Money Recovery agent to operate in an authorized role as a neutral intermediary that facilitates the Claim process between the holding authority and the individual owed the refund. - As the peak body for the Unclaimed Money Industry in Australia, the Unclaimed Money Association is the main source of information for Unclaimed Money Recovery Agents. We recommend conducting a free search through our facility to find a suitably qualified registered agent. - The Unclaimed Money Association of Australia is a private grassroot based organisation, its sole purpose is to educate, support and represent Unclaimed Money Recovery Agents, so that every Unclaimed Money Recovery Agent feels a part of a community. - Unclaimed Money Recovery Agents are professionals whose only aim is to assist the general public, as well as industry, in reclaiming funds owing to them. Their role is critical in ensuring that the government meets its commitment to reuniting lost funds to their rightful owners, as outlined under government legislation. - Unclaimed Money Recovery Agents are professionals whose aim is to assist the general public, as well as industry in reclaiming money owed to them. Their role is critical in ensuring that the government meets its commitment of reuniting unclaimed money to its rightful owners, as outlined in government legislation. - Training and professional development are key pillars  for success that ever unclaimed money agent  must progress through,  but the rewards are numerous and Unclaimed Money Recovery is a career that can enable you to work locally or internationally.   Contact should be addressed to; General Manager Unclaimed Money Association of Australia 5000 People Attending Australia’s Toughest Team Endurance Event for it's 14th Year 2018-06-20T05:56:13Z 5000-people-attending-australia-s-14th-toughest-team-endurance-event Over 5000 individuals will flock to the Gold Coast Hinterland for the 14th Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge on July 14 to raise funds for local teenagers, unite in remembrance of our WW2 veterans and to conquer Australia’s toughest team endurance event. There are family, friends, corporate and school teams, kids from the age of 12 to elderly participants over 50, elite athletes attempting to beat the record of 11 hours 50 minutes, people walking for their battle against cancer, for their ancestors who fought in WWII, for their desire to help local youth… bringing together the entire community. “The stories, emotions and atmosphere of a Kokoda Challenge event is unlike anything else,” says Kev Davies, sixth time Kokoda Challenge participant. The Kokoda Challenge has been dubbed Australia’s toughest team endurance bush walking event and is run annually on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne, designed to keep the WW2 Kokoda spirit of Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice alive. It is not a race, it’s about getting to the finish line as a solid team.  Teams go through some of Gold Coasts toughest terrain in 48km and 96km distance events, with a 33 hour limit on the 48km distance and 39 hour limit on the 96km, with the event closing 10pm Sunday 15th. Teams will tackle bush, fire trails, huge hills and a dozen creeks through Mudgeeraba, Austinville, Springbrook, Numinbah Valley, Beechmont and Clagiraba to finish in Nerang. All event proceeds fund the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, which has been running since 2004 and changing lives of 50+ local teens a year from all backgrounds and circumstances, from high achievers to those who are disengaged and at-risk.  The 14-month program involves physical endurance, community service, team building and a funded trip to Papua New Guinea to complete the real Kokoda Track and volunteer in local villages. Starting in 2004, these kids are known as ‘Kokoda Kids’. Details:Saturday 14th July 20186:45AM - Firth Park, 1 Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba – 96km Participants Start Line 10:45AM – Numinbah Valley Hall, Nerang Murwillumbah Road – 48km School Teams Start Line 12:45PM – Numinbah Valley Hall, Nerang Murwillumbah Road – 48km Open Teams Start Line Sunday 15th July 20183:00PM – Nerang Velodrome, 8 Hope St, Nerang  – Official Event Presentation of Medallions and Awards to leading finishing teams All day – Nerang Velodrome, 8 Hope St, Nerang  – Finish line for all participants, finishing at multiple times until cut off at 10pm Sunday Attending and available for interviews on the day: 2500+ Challenge Participants conquering 96km or 48km 300+ Volunteers 600+ Support Crews Local councillors confirmed, including: Ros Bates MP, Cr Robert La Castra, Cr William Owen-Jones, Cr Kristyn Boulton Cr Peter Young Doug Henderson OAM and his wife Anna, founders of the Kokoda Youth Foundation and Kokoda Challenge Our 2018 “Kokoda Kids” (beneficiaries of our youth programs) competing in the 96km event -  A colourful group of kids in our 14 month Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. They have incredible stories of change, e.g. Afghanistan refugee working full time on top of school to get by, Congo refugee who lives in a house with 8 siblings, Aboriginal girl living in a boarding house who fled from a town of crime with dreams of more, an A+ academic and a high achiever chasing challenges outside their comfort zone and more! Watch last year’s event here For more information or to RSVP contact: Media Manager, Naomi Mullen on 0468 845 700 Kids Club Now Confirmed for Stage 1 of The Ruby Collection 2018-06-20T05:49:06Z kids-club-now-confirmed-for-stage-1-of-the-ruby-collection Great news for families! A Paradise Resort favourite will live on when the Ruby Apartments opens right next door, later this year. The ever-popular kid’s club has been confirmed as part of the first tower in the billion-dollar Ruby Collection development, set to open in November - something that had not been a part of the original development design. CEO David Brook is pleased to announce this family-friendly facility will be operational from early 2019. “Paradise Resort has been a favourite of families over the years due to the Kid’s Club facility and associated activities. “We want our current customers to come back and stay with us when The Ruby Apartments open later this year, so we’ve worked tirelessly to find a location for a kid’s club facility,” David said. The Ruby Collection Kids Club will be located on Norfolk Avenue, opposite the main entrance to the Ruby Apartments. Catering for children aged 3-12 years of age, the Kid’s Club will be open every day except Christmas Day and will offer a choice of fun-filled sessions per day. With space themed play areas including a 3D theatre, rocket science lab and galaxy sports court, the ‘Rocket Club’ will offer interactive programs designed to entertain and engage kids of every age. “Family holidays are sometimes not as relaxing for parents as they could be but having a kid’s club onsite ensures that parents get a little bit of time out too. “Many of our family packages will include one complimentary session per child per stay with additional sessions available for a fee and for parents wanting care outside Kid’s Club hours, our Ambassadors can arrange ‘in-room’ child-minding,” said David. The Ruby Collection Kid’s Club will open in early 2019 and until its official opening, Ruby Apartment guests will be able to access the adjacent Paradise Resort Kid’s Club. Online bookings for Kid’s Club will be launching closer to opening, and in the meantime, families can take advantage of the pre-opening offer and save up to 50% off their stay. The Ruby Apartments will feature spaciously designed apartments, with fresh and classy furnishings, providing guests with all the comforts of home – plus a few extras. Offering multiple configurations, the stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments, villas and sky suites will cater perfectly for families, couples or even single travellers. Featuring expansive living areas, full kitchen and laundry, private ensuite with shower and thoughtful extras such as USB charging points, Bluetooth speakers, complimentary Wi-Fi and with easy access to Ruby’s own digital concierge, the apartment-style accommodation will be equally loved by younger and older guests alike. 50% off Pre-Opening Sale To celebrate our opening this november save up to 50% off the daily rate plus receive a range of bonus extras. Inclusions: Start your day with a complimentary continental buffet breakfast in Stones Bar & Grill for all guests Unlimited access to the Waterpark One Kid Club session per child 3-12years per stay Complimentary Wifi throughout your stay Complimentary local calls from your in-room phone Complimentary daily housekeeping service Monday - Saturday; (Sundays available on request) Complimentary use of the cardio gym, sauna and steam room 24-hour check-in Access to a range of activities and entertainment Access to Ruby's 24/7 digital concierge All pre-opening packages are on sale for a limited time and available for travel from 5 November 2018 to 31 March, 2020 and can be booked online at *Conditions apply - ENDS - The Ruby Apartments – Tower 1 The first of four towers in the ‘billion-dollar game changer’ Ruby Collection development – the Ruby Apartments - is set to reshape visitor perceptions of what a family holiday experience is meant to be. Featuring 230 apartments and 13 ground floor villas, Ruby Apartments, will be launched to the public in November 2018, combining family appeal and 5-star facilities, with a sophisticated indulgence and cutting-edge features. Crystallised by the motto, ‘we don’t do ordinary’, the Ruby experience will stand apart from what visitors have come to expect from a Gold Coast stay with a new level in service and amenities that will knit together the northern Surfers Paradise precinct. Spanning 30 floors the stylish one, two and three-bedroom apartments and sky suites will provide a bird’s eye view of the Pacific Ocean or Gold Coast Hinterland and cater to the modern family with spacious living areas, full kitchen and laundry suitable for families of up to 8 to come together and enjoy all the comforts of home. In short, The Ruby Collection is a game changer. At Ruby, the traditional roles of customer service staff will be replaced with Ruby Ambassadors, whose roles will be multi-faceted, enabling them to better understand guests and offer a more personalised service. From the moment guests arrive, Ruby Ambassadors will assist with guests’ every need - from assisting at check-in, booking local tours and attractions, making a dinner reservation or just have a conversation over morning coffee. Ruby Ambassadors will simply know their guests better and offer a more personalised service while creating a fun casual atmosphere. The next high protein Superfood has six legs... Crickets! 2018-06-20T05:23:13Z the-next-high-protein-superfood-has-six-legs-crickets Grilo Protein was created three years ago, after a health conscious group of friends discovered the social and environmental impact caused by most animal protein sources available on the market, they set out to look for a lower impact, more sustainable alternative high protein source to boost everyday meals and smoothies. Why eat crickets? Health Benefits: 69% Protein and contain all 9 Essential Amino Acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 Vitamin B12 (12 x more than salmon) Potassium (2 x more than spinach) Iron (2 x more than beef) Calcium (Equal to milk) Besides crickets being a nutrient dense food source, the economical and environmental impact is significantly reduced in comparison to the alternatives. Environmental Benefits: Less land, feed and energy in farming process Only 1 litre of water required for 1 kg of crickets (22,000 litres for 1 kg of beef) Produce 80 times less methane than cattle 12 times more efficient in converting feed to meat than pigs and 2 times more than chickens “When we first started our organic cricket powder business, most people had that “ick factor” regarding edible insects. Fortunately this behaviour has changed as people are becoming more aware about the environmental problems we have been facing and that crickets are an alternative protein source that doesn’t cost the Earth. On top of that, cricket are very healthy and taste delicious.” Martina at Grilo What people are saying about Grilo: "Grilo are pioneering what will be an incredibly important facet of the future's food supply. Creating delicious and incredibly nutritious foods that people can enjoy without sacrificing the earth's natural resources is a difficult task, yet Grilo is achieving it wholeheartedly." Kale Brock - Journalist, researcher and speaker. Producer documentary ‘The Gut Movie’ "I have been using cricket protein for about 6 months and can really see benefits from the clean, healthy ingredients. It is now an integral part of my pre-, syn- and post run life. The cricket bars are great ‘trail food’ and the powders are so versatile and can be used in practically any recipe for exercise training or recovery. I highly recommend it!" Rhys Howard Davies - Trail marathon runner and Co-founder at The Florescence Hub "As a Dietitian, I am really happy with Grilo's products. They only use natural whole food ingredients which is hard to come by these days. Grilo protein products also taste great (nutty taste) and are easy to incorporate in lots of recipes." Demi-Maree Faulkner - Dietitian and Health Coach Grilo Protein now offer a range of 100% certified organic all natural cricket products including: Cricket Powder/Cricket Flour (140g): $34.99 Super Greens & cricket Powder (200g): $34.99 Cricket Chocolate Protein Powder (420g): $39.99 Cricket Energy Bar Raw Cacao Fudge (45g): $4.50 Cricket Energy Bar Banoffee Pie (45g): $4.50 Available online at selected health food stores. The Grilo team will soon be announcing a third energy bar flavour and anticipated whole, flavoured crickets to their range. For more information contact: Martina Meyer Co-founder and Marketing Head Million-dollar grant empowers students with disability to be job-ready 2018-06-20T03:59:58Z million-dollar-grant-empowers-students-with-disability-to-be-job-ready-1 Students with disability in the Brisbane Bayside, Logan City and Brisbane’s southside will be empowered to transition into meaningful employment by the time they finish high school, as plans for a multi-million-dollar disability employment and skills hub and supply chain services business get underway. It follows today’s announcement of a philanthropic partnership with Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, who will contribute one million dollars, to assist Help Enterprises to cover the funding gap, with the purchase and fit out of the new $3.3 million-dollar HELP Centre of Excellence Community Disability Hub in Crestmead. Upon completion, schools will be able to refer students with disability in Years 10-12, to the Centre’s early intervention programs, to build both skills and confidence, to maximise employment opportunities in time for when they finish their schooling. The 2,500 sqm Supply Chain Services facility will also provide valuable work experience and permanent supported employment for up to 100 people with disability. Help Enterprises Managing Director Kerry Browne said that without early intervention more young people with disability would fall through the cracks, heading for long-term unemployment and social isolation. “Having a job that you enjoy doing brings with it greater independence, a greater sense of self-worth, confidence, as well as personal and professional development – which are things we all want in life,” he said. “Hand Heart Pocket, through their generosity, will enable us to promote an inclusive community and improve the lives of hundreds of young people with disability in the region each year,” Kerry said. “We’ll be embedded and integrated within 21 schools in the Bayside, Logan City and southside catchment areas which have special education units. We’ll also be working closely with local employers to facilitate valuable work experience for students that have completed the program,” he said.  In addition to the 2,500sqm warehouse for HELP’s Supply Chain Services business, the hub will feature training rooms including a life skills training room, a function room, lunch room, storage facilities and administration offices. “I really wanted to get a job and have somewhere to go after I finished Year 12,” HELP Employee Mitchell Grey said. “After a few months doing work experience one day a week, they came to me and offered me a job. Now I have somewhere to go. I’m really thankful for that. It’s such a welcoming place – you know you’re respected.” Mitchell said. As the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolls out in Brisbane and Logan, more people with disability will have the opportunity to receive support to gain and maintain employment just like Mitchell.  “Help Enterprises is an employer of choice and has vacancies for staff within its network of businesses, including this new facility in Crestmead,” said Kerry.  Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said education and employment for young people with disability aligned with the organisation’s focus. “Bridging the gap to equip students with disability with the skills to find and maintain gainful employment throughout their adult life resonates with our values which are about alleviating suffering and empowering people to lead more independent lives,” Gary said. “We are thrilled to partner with Help Enterprises on this important initiative that will empower young people with disability to write their own future.” About Hand Heart Pocket As an independent charity founded by the Freemasons of Queensland, Hand Heart Pocket helps in areas of state-wide and local need that have limited access to other funding. We work with other charities to identify and fund initiatives that have real, life-changing potential. We also collaborate with Masonic Lodges across Queensland and help individuals in times of extreme need to get them back on their feet. We use our funds wisely to give a hand up and to build potential. For more information about Hand Heart Pocket, visit About Help Enterprises HELP is a compassionate and progressive social enterprise, with a balance of commercial and social initiatives. HELP delivers market-leading products and services that add value for our customers, while creating vital employment opportunities and support for people with disability, and other disadvantaged groups. We are an organisation committed to enhancing people’s lives. For more information about Help Enterprises visit,   For media requests, please contact: Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland Karen Tilke, General Manager Marketing and Public Relations, on 07 3493 6009 or   Help Enterprises David Melloy, Marketing & Communications Manager, 07 3868 1765 or Feather Fox Boutique Launches Basics Range 2018-06-20T02:43:43Z feather-fox-boutique-launches-basics-range Feather Fox Boutique now stocks a range of women's basic singlets and tees in a range of neutral colours to suit a wide range of wardrobe tastes and styles with a percentage from the sale of each product to be donated to the Australian Marine Conservation Society in support of their Fight for our Reef campaign. Find out more by visiting their website. The Australian Marine Conservation Society is Australia's only national charity dedicated exclusively to protecting ocean wildlife and their homes. Feather Fox Boutique sells their women's clothing basics range on both websites and with worldwide shipping available. Feather Fox Boutique stocks a range of women's bohemian and lifestyle clothing and accessories. All of their handbags, wallets and jewellery are vegan friendly and do not contain leather.  Help Feather Fox support the Australian Maritime Conservation Society by purchasing today. SaveSave Promapp to Provide BPM Technology To Support European Wizz Air’s Growth Plans 2018-06-20T02:01:54Z promapp-to-provide-bpm-technology-to-support-european-wizz-airs-growth-plans AUCKLAND (20/6/2018) --- Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in CEE, will use Promapp’s cloud-based business process management (BPM) software to provide process management technology. “We have the clear ambition to become one of the top five airlines in Europe within the next ten years, with more than 300 aircraft carrying over 100 million passengers, and a team of 10,000 employees. Promapp will provide us with a centralised intelligence platform where we can record all the core processes in our business,” says Stephen Jones, Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO, Wizz Air. As part of a wider strategy to fully digitise Wizz Air’s entire business, Promapp will be rolled out across the airline into areas including Operations, Commercial, Marketing, HR and Finance. An initial training event involved over 100 people including managers and department heads from all across the company. “Together with Promapp we will be able to further optimise and automate our processes, driving our costs even lower and reinforcing our position as the undisputed cost leader in the industry. This will allow us to offer even lower fares to our customers, as well as continuously enhance our customer service,” says Mr Jones. With Wizz Air growing at over 20 percent per year, Promapp will be particularly beneficial for communicating company processes to new staff. The tool will also guarantee that knowledge is shared and updated in the long term, and that all critical processes are recorded in one place. “We do not simply see Promapp as an external systems provider but as an integral part of our growth plans. As such we are looking forward to a long and fruitful cooperation together,” says Mr Jones. As Wizz Air looks to expand its network of destinations, the company will also use Promapp for process variant management, so core processes can be modified to take into account regional differences such as language, culture or regulations. After a competitive selection process, Wizz Air selected Promapp for its user-friendly platform, with an easily accessible, quick process overview and straight-forward steps for process creation. Some of the key benefits that Wizz Air expects from deploying Promapp include facilitating the digitalisation of the whole business, faster onboarding of staff and more effortless training, and managing geographical differences in various processes. For more information about Promapp, visit: About Promapp Established in 2002, Promapp is the business process platform teams love to use. Promapp has helped hundreds of organisations worldwide to unlock their improvement potential with easy-to-follow processes developed, shared and applied by teams every day. Promapp’s cloud-based business process management (BPM) software makes it easy to create, navigate, share and change business processes, enabling continuous improvement, risk management, quality assurance and business continuity. Providing an intuitive online process repository, an integrated process mapping tool, and a process improvement toolset, Promapp’s proprietary software fosters a thriving business improvement and process management culture. Promapp supports the development of smarter and safer ways to work, while encouraging sharing of information by operational teams rather than limiting it to process analysts and technical specialists. Promapp’s wide range of public and private sector customers includes: Coca-Cola Amatil, Air New Zealand, WesTrac, Lumo Energy, Toyota, Ricoh, McDonald's, Audi Australia, Department of Justice, Victoria, Adelaide City Council, Central Coast Council and City of Boroondara. The company is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. IQ Group Australia expands its business development team with the appointment of Sam Gosios 2018-06-20T01:31:10Z iq-group-australia-expands-its-business-development-team-with-the-appointment-of-sam-gosios June 20, 2018 - Consultant and delivery partner to the superannuation and wealth management industry, IQ Group Australia, has appointed Sam Gosios, an experienced superannuation executive. Sam will join the IQ Group business development and account management team to focus on client growth and market development in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. With depth and breadth as an executive in finance, service delivery, relationship management and consulting at Kinetic Super, Mercer, HOSTPLUS and Jacques Martin, Gosios brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the superannuation industry to the IQ Group. “We are pleased to have him on board. Sam has worked in a diverse range of roles within the value chain of Australian superannuation and has extensive leadership, client relationship and business transformation experience in the financial services sector,” said Katherine Forrest, IQ Group’s Head of Customer. Since 2000, IQ Group has been a provider of top class project delivery and independent expert advice on technology and processes to meet the needs of the superannuation and wealth management environment. “I have a real passion for focusing on business outcomes and understanding what lies ahead for clients. I am delighted to join the IQ Group team because we share the same ethos, to think differently and help our clients prepare for their tomorrow, today,” said Sam. “Given the recent legislative and market changes in the superannuation and wealth management industries, it is good timing for Sam to join the IQ Group”, said Katherine, “We are excited to welcome him into the team.”   About IQ Group: IQ Group is Australia’s trusted consultant and first choice delivery partner to the Superannuation and Wealth Management industry.  Being focussed on the superannuation and wealth management industries, IQ Group empowers clients to achieve better business outcomes, delivering independent advice on technologies, processes and regulatory change as well as first-rate project delivery. The IQ Group is committed to ongoing innovation and strives to influence positive change at government and industry body level. W:  Build to rent a missing link in Australian property: PFA 2018-06-20T00:55:15Z build-to-rent-a-missing-link-in-australian-property-pfa Build to rent is a ‘missing link’ in Australian property with potential to provide strong investment opportunities and introduce more affordable accommodation, according to Property Funds Association (PFA), Australia’s peak body representing the unlisted retail and wholesale property funds sector. Paul Healy, CEO of PFA, says PFA welcomes recent discussion on build to rent, which is purpose-built rental accommodation that is institutionally owned and operated. “Build to rent is a missing link both in terms of providing badly needed affordable housing in our capital cities, and in providing a way for institutional investors to invest in residential property in Australia.” Mr Healy says the PFA agrees with the view that build to rent will struggle to grow without changes to the tax treatments around such projects. “Current tax structures appear to be working against the sector. Tax treatments around Managed Investment Trusts is one issue, along with other taxes including land tax, GST and stamp duty.” Mr Healy said institutional investors including superannuation funds have long expressed an interest to invest in Australian residential property but it has proved elusive in a market dominated by ‘build to sell’ property. “The attraction for investors in build to rent is diversification and accessing a viable long-term defensive income stream.” Build to rent is the USA’s largest property investment sector, and is spreading throughout Europe. Mr Healy said the UK’s experience is worth noting, as it only introduced build to rent housing in 2010 following political pressure to address accommodation shortages. Research from Ernst & Young shows Australia faces similar pressures on rental accommodation with millennials (people aged 16-35) and Generation Z (16 and under) together comprising approximately 48% of the population. EY says millennials comprise the largest proportion of our population, and Australia will experience a shortage of residential accommodation as more millennials enter the rental market. “The UK has added close to 100 thousand dwellings via build-to-rent since 2010, which shows how significant this asset class could eventually become.” While build to rent is barely on the radar here, Australian organisations are participating in build to rent project overseas: The REST Superannuation Fund reportedly has 3,000 build-to-rent apartments in the USA, operated by Greystar; and Lendlease is reported to be constructing hundreds of build to rent apartments in both London and the USA. “The local property industry would greatly benefit if these same organisations were also involved in build to rent here in Australia.” About Property Funds Association The Property Funds Association of Australia is the peak body representing the Australian unlisted wholesale and retail property funds sector, currently worth more than $125 billion. As the professional association for Australian Financial Services Licensed (AFSL) property fund managers, their advisors, consultants and representatives, we support and promote investment into unlisted property trusts, funds and syndicates, and assist members in developing and operating their businesses. Visit: For more information please contact: David Manallack Manallack PR Phone: 0407 334 938 Email: How to Create Killer Content for your Next Presentation 2018-06-20T00:48:45Z how-to-create-killer-content-for-your-next-presentation Are you worried about nailing your next presentation or just want to polish up your skills? Having the right content in your Presentation will determine whether you reach business objectives or not. Most speakers focus their content on what they want to say rather than what their audience needs/wants to hear/see. These helpful tips will make sure your powerpoint presentation stands out. 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The award-winning Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN solution provides cloud-first enterprises with the control to centralise and automate security policy governance and the flexibility to seamlessly service chain to the industry’s leading next generation security infrastructure and cloud security services to confidently connect users directly to applications, wherever they reside. Standards-based IPsec WAN Connectivity Today’s expansion of the Silver Peak alliance ecosystem is propelled by increasing enterprise adoption of cloud-based security services. With recently announced support for standards-based IPsec WAN connectivity, the EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution has successfully demonstrated interoperability with the cloud security services of Forcepoint, McAfee, OPAQ, Palo Alto, Symantec and Zscaler, representing the industry’s broadest compatibility with cloud-based security services. Centralized Security Policy Management Expands to Cloud Security Services Silver Peak Unity Orchestrator™ provides an intuitive drag-and-drop GUI that enables network operators to centrally define and orchestrate granular zone-based security policies that automate traffic steering to cloud security services in accordance with business intent. This serves to augment the company’s existing support for service chaining to next generation security infrastructure and adjacent security VNFs. By using standards-based IPsec as the transport tunnel, Silver Peak can extend this interoperability to virtually any cloud-based service, thereby eliminating the decades-long requirement to deploy conventional routers at each branch site for tunnel termination. Adaptive Internet Breakout for Cloud-first Enterprises As geographically distributed enterprises embrace the cloud and deploy SD-WAN solutions, they are re-evaluating their WAN requirements and rapidly incorporating cost-effective broadband connectivity. This tectonic shift provides the ideal opportunity to move beyond router-centric WAN architectures to leverage cloud connectivity for network functions like security, which previously required dedicated routers to be deployed and managed at every site. With an application-driven WAN architecture based on the Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution, enterprises can centrally define and orchestrate granular security policies and fully automate application traffic steering to cloud security services. Utilizing First-packet iQ™, network operators can identify and classify applications and web traffic based on the first packet of each flow and automatically direct traffic in compliance with security policies. For example, network administrators can direct: Known and trusted SaaS and web applications traffic directly to the internet Known applications requiring further inspection to cloud security services Unknown traffic to NGFWs located in regional hubs or corporate data centers “Migration to cloud-hosted applications is only going to accelerate over time, and enterprise IT organizations must stay ahead of that by re-evaluating wide area networking requirements, including broadband connectivity options,” said Elie Bitton, senior director of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks. ”We’re proud to work with Silver Peak to protect branch offices from successful cyberattacks.” “A human-aware approach to cloud and network security driven by visibility and automation are key for protecting enterprises from the most sophisticated threats,” said Joakim Lialias, senior director of product marketing for cloud security at Forcepoint. "Organisations want to migrate more workloads to the cloud but the inherent networking and security complexities have created barriers. The Silver Peak security alliance ecosystem provides cloud-enabled enterprises yet another layer of confidence as they implement a secure SD-WAN interoperable with their most business-critical cloud services, protected by Forcepoint NGFW and Secure Web Gateway.” “Through our partnership with Silver Peak, we are collectively enabling enterprises to embrace the cloud and move beyond the constraints of on-network web security by connecting users from any location directly and securely to the SaaS and web applications that underpin business agility,” said Shel Sharma, director of product management at McAfee. “With the ability to automatically steer cloud-destined traffic from branch sites using EdgeConnect to our Web Gateway Cloud Service, enterprises can go beyond basic protection, dramatically lower TCO and secure users outside the network, effectively expanding web security to encompass users and remote sites through the cloud.” “With the advent of cloud-delivered services, there is no longer a line between security and networking,” said Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer for OPAQ. “Through our partnership with Silver Peak, our customers are receiving security-as-a-service over the WAN with granular policy enforcement and the highest levels of network and application performance and availability.” “Through our technology partnership with Silver Peak, we can enable our joint customers to quickly move to a modern, cloud-first architecture,” said Peter Doggart, vice president business development for Symantec. “The combination of the EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution and our Web Security Service offers customers direct-to-net protection while helping to ensure company-compliant cloud application use – all delivered from Symantec’s resilient, high performance global cloud service.” “An increasing number of applications are leaving the data center for the cloud, increasing the amount of enterprise traffic destined for the internet,” said Punit Minocha, Zscaler senior vice president of business and corporate development. “Zscaler’s Cloud Security Platform with the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution enables enterprises to provide secure direct internet connections from branch and remote offices. The integrated service delivers an enhanced and flexible solution to provide comprehensive security, visibility, control and seamless connectivity for internet breakout.” “Silver Peak welcomes Forcepoint, McAfee and Symantec as the latest members to join our security technology alliance ecosystem,” said Fraser Street, vice president of technical alliances for Silver Peak. “With the industry’s broadest ecosystem of security alliances and demonstrated interoperability with the leading cloud security services, Silver Peak is enabling customers to confidently embrace cloud initiatives, seamlessly integrate broadband services into their WAN edge and securely connect branch workers directly to the cloud.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak is the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions. Silver Peak offers a high-performance SD-WAN solution that provides secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport without compromising application performance. This results in greater business agility and lower costs. More than 3,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at Top leaders in analytics announced by industry peak body 2018-06-19T23:44:40Z top-leaders-in-analytics-announced-by-industry-peak-body Sydney, NSW – 20 June 2018 – IAPA, the peak body for analytics professionals in Australia, today announced the inaugural 25 people at the top of analytics leadership in Australia as part of its IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders program. IAPA, the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia, is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating data analytics, data science and analytics-driven insights for better business decisions.  “Analytics is no longer a large organisation’s secret weapon,” said Annette Slunjski, General Manager of IAPA. “All businesses stand to benefit from analytics-led insights. The inaugural cohort of top 25 leaders in analytics spans all industries from financial services, utilities and telco to eCommerce, education, software, IT and government. Consulting organisations are also strongly represented.” Top analytics leaders not only ensure the analytics team deliver value to the business, they champion analytics and insight-driven decision making with the C-suite and mentor junior talent to assist their team’s career progression. Judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders, the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders recognises excellence in four key areas strategy and impact; influence and advocacy; innovation and improvement; and team growth and leadership. In addition to identifying the cohort of 25 as the inaugural Top 25, the judging panel ranked the top ten analytics leaders. Those ranked 1 to 10 are: 1.    Matt Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC 2.    Sandra Hogan, Group Head, Customer Analytics, Origin Energy 3.    Jeremy Moon, Director Digital Procurement, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation 4.    Ashok Nair, Head of Data and Analytics, QBE 5.    Mitchell Prevett, Head of Analytics, Quantium 6.    Richard Green, CEO, Catapult BI 7.    Prakash Kuttikatt, Head of BI and Data, Commonwealth Bank 8.    Ian Tho, Executive Director (Analytics), Ferrier Hodgson 9.    Guandong Xu, Associate Professor and Lab Director, University of Technology Sydney 1  Akiko Hatagami ,Senior Manager, Workforce Optimisation, Westpac   The full cohort of 25 appears at the end of the release in alphabetical order. “Hudson is proud to support the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders and recognise the vital role of analytics professionals in positively driving growth in modern business.” said Dean Davidson, Executive General Manager, Recruitment Australia and New Zealand at Hudson. “Promoting those who are leading change and recognising their achievements is the first step to elevating those skillsets in our organisations that will fundamentally drive value to an unprecedented level.” “Analytics leaders are the linchpin to the successful delivery of business value from analytics. We are proud to publicly recognise them for their leading role in building better business,” stated Slunjski. The IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders is supported by Hudson.   ENDS About IAPA The Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA) is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating business analytics and data mining across multiple disciplines and sectors. Its mission is to unite, inform, support and promote analytics professionals in Australia. The 7,000 plus IAPA community represent a diverse range of industry verticals and brands including financial services, government, utilities, retail/FMCG and telecommunications as well as leading analytical consultants and software providers. The IAPA community holds regular meet ups in six cities. In 2017, IAPA became part of the Australia Alliance for Data Leadership (AADL), a network of associations with the common thread of data and the customer, representing the essential functions of data-driven business. AADL network associations include the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA), Data Governance Australia (DGA) and Digital + Technology Collective. Hosein Alizadeh Lead Data Scientist Vic Super Victor Bajanov Executive, Product Analytics Quantium Shane Butler Analytics Engagement Manager Telstra Chris Carr Head of Pricing and Distribution Analytics Commonwealth Bank Damien Dellala Co-Founder, Owner and Director Momo Bar Sveta Freidman Data Analytics and Science Director Carsales Emma Gray Chief Data Officer ANZ Richard Green CEO Catapult BI Akiko Hatagami Senior Manager, Workforce Optimisation Westpac Sandra Hogan Group Head, Customer Analytics Origin energy Raigon Jolly  Head of data analytics and data science Techmpire Sam Kline Tribe Lead Data and Analytics ANZ Jacek Kowalski Chief Data Scientist Australian Unity Matt Kuperholz Chief Data Scientist PwC Prakash Kuttikatt Head of BI and Data CBA Dennis Lee Business Insights Manager Ricoh Gabe Mach Digital Advertising Manager Bonfire Jeremiah Mannings Senior AI & Analytics Consultant Capgemini Jeremy Moon Director Digital Procurement Department of Finance, Services and Innovation Ashok Nair Head of Data and Analytics QBE Mitchell Prevett Head of Analytics Quantium Sanan Thamo Executive Manager - Operations Analytics, CDO Suncorp Ian Tho Executive Director (Analytics) Ferrier Hodgson Greg Wood Marketing Director, Marketing Sciences, Analytics & Reporting SAS Guandong Xu Associate Professor and Lab Director UTS   Extreme Networks Introduces AI-Powered Edge Network Solution to Accelerate Business Transformation for Enterprise Customers 2018-06-19T23:00:46Z extreme-networks-introduces-ai-powered-edge-network-solution-to-accelerate-business-transformation-for-enterprise-customers The convergence of technology, users and devices at the network edge, coupled with insatiable demand for secure, reliable connectivity, has created unprecedented complexity for enterprise IT teams that need to manage it all. To help provide the simplicity and intelligence today’s businesses require, Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced Smart OmniEdge, a powerful artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled network edge solution that offers enterprises the ability to deliver an exceptional customer-driven experience with pervasive intelligence, business adaptability and intrinsic security to accelerate their digital transformation. Extreme Networks’ Smart OmniEdge solution is comprised of a secure, unified wired/wireless infrastructure and AI-driven management capabilities, accessible through a single pane of glass. The solution provides common visibility, policy and authentication services across the entire infrastructure. Purpose built to address the growth of users and internet of things (IoT) devices, Smart OmniEdge uniquely delivers a consistent customer-driven experience across diverse network environments, via flexibility of on-premise deployment or as-a-service offering. The resulting network and insights give customers the agility required to grow and adapt quickly as their business needs change, while protecting their investments. The Extreme Networks Smart OmniEdge solution family includes Extreme’s leading wired, wireless, network management, cloud, analytics, and security capabilities. New technologies being introduced today are designed specifically to enhance the edge network experience, and include: ExtremeAI for Smart OmniEdge – A powerful, hosted application that augments human intelligence with proactive artificial intelligence to simplify the complex task of RF management. The solution uses machine learning to collect network analytics, device statistics, connection rates, and user and application experience characteristics. This enables the network to continuously learn and adapt to a customer’s clients and applications accessing the Wi-Fi network. ExtremeCloud Appliance – Designed for customers that love the simplicity of the ExtremeCloud solution and want an on-premise solution. ExtremeCloud Appliance delivers cloud-like licensing and management with tightly integrated services and features on-premise deployments require. ExtremeCloud Appliance is container ready for operational expansion. It is also available as a virtual machine (VM) for customers that have their own private cloud services. Extreme Extended Edge Switching – An innovative technology that collapses multiple network layers into a single logical switch, enhancing the intelligence of edge switches, while flattening the network and eliminating deployment complexity. The result is a simplified operational model that reduces costs. Extreme Defender for IoT – A comprehensive security solution that simplifies onboarding and securing of wired IoT devices. The Defender for IoT application can be deployed on the ExtremeCloud Appliance in any form factor, and used to help ensure secure access of IoT devices plugged into the wall jack AP or the Extreme Defender Adaptor. The solution provides centralised visibility and management, enabling IT to analyse traffic flows and pinpoint anomalies. The solution works with the Extreme Fabric Connect solution or over third-party networks to protect IoT devices, and is ideal for healthcare environments. Smart OmniEdge incorporates pervasive intelligence throughout the solution to provide mobile users with an exceptional experience and drive business and operational transformation. The solution is agile and business adaptive, allowing networks to quickly transform in lockstep with the businesses that rely on them using any combination of solutions to meet their business needs today, and in the future, without rip and replace, or retraining. As the network edge has become the primary access for users, devices and IoT, it has also become an attack surface. Smart OmniEdge is intrinsically secure, from the Wi-Fi RF, access point and Ethernet switches which extend through the campus to the data centre, with automated compliance checks, threat detection, analytics and mitigation from the time of IoT device onboarding until completion of the user’s session. 90-Day No-Pay Financing through Extreme Capital Solutions The Smart OmniEdge solution’s unique network consumption model enables Extreme Network partners to offer on-premise and as-a-service solutions to fit customer’s unique requirements. Extreme offers 100% in-sourced services and support for Smart OmniEdge customers, delivered by Extreme employees. With the introduction of Smart OmniEdge, Extreme is offering a promotion for new customers through network partners, global system integrators and federal partners which enables them to acquire the Smart OmniEdge solution today and pay nothing for the first 90 days when they finance through Extreme Capital Solutions. Alternatively, customers can choose from financing options tailored to best meet their business needs. Executive Perspectives Mike Leibovitz, Senior Director of Mobility Solutions, Extreme Networks “As enterprises embrace digital transformation and look for infrastructure that evolves to support new technologies, Smart OmniEdge is a game-changer. Our solution provides intrinsic security across a single architecture with consistent management, hardware and user experience across different deployment types – all enhanced with artificial intelligence. This takes the complexity out of network management while providing flexibility and choice of deployment model so our customers can focus on their digital transformation.” Lisa Thomson, Dean of Information Technologies, Somerset College (Queensland) "We already have a lot of visibility across our network through the Extreme Networks software tools so we can make decisions and take action based on the detailed data and analytics we receive. However, network management, particularly RF management on our wireless network, is still complex and requires both expertise and time, especially when you are a K-12 school running a BYOD program. We need to manage a lot of different devices and use cases on a daily basis, so the new Extreme Networks solutions could simplify the configuration of switches and increase automation of the wireless network management through AI and machine learning to make life even better for us. One question we have is – how soon can we start using it?” Brandon Butler, Senior Research Analyst for Enterprise Networks, IDC “Enterprise networks today often rely on disparate wired/wireless hardware and software each operating with unique functionality. With Smart OmniEdge, Extreme Networks uses machine learning technology to streamline operations across complex network environments, which increases automation and delivers intrinsic security. Extreme Networks offers these capabilities irrespective of the consumption model, be as an appliance or as-a-service, giving customers deployment choice without compromising on features.” Brendan Redpath, National Services Manager, CompNow "Extreme's Smart OmniEdge solutions will give us the ability to increase the efficiency of our network implementation and management services, which will translate directly into cost savings for our customers. As a systems integrator with a national presence and a long-time Extreme Networks partner, services is a rapidly growing area of CompNow's business, and this will make us even more competitive in the networking space. Greater automation and simplification of network deployment and management is exactly what our customers are looking for to bring down costs and get even greater returns from their investment.” Availability Extreme Networks’ Smart OmniEdge solutions will be available worldwide in CYQ3, 2018. Additional Resources Smart OmniEdge Solution Page Smart OmniEdge: Intelligent, Adaptive, Secure Whitepaper Extreme AI for Smart OmniEdge Whitepaper Extreme Capital Solutions Extreme Partner Portal Connect with Extreme via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+ About Extreme Networks Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) delivers software-driven solutions from the enterprise edge to the cloud that are agile, adaptive, and secure to enable digital transformation. Our 100% in-sourced services and support are number one in the industry. Even with 30,000 customers globally, including half of the Fortune 50 and some of the world's leading names in business, hospitality, retail, transportation and logistics, education, government, healthcare and manufacturing, we remain nimble and responsive to ensure customer and partner success. We call this Customer-Driven Networking™. Founded in 1996, Extreme is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, visit Extreme's website or call 1-888-257-3000. Extreme Networks, Smart OmniEdge, ExtremeAI, ExtremeCloud, ExtremeDefender, Extreme Fabric Connect, ExtremeWireless, ExtremeWireless WiNG, ExtremeWireless WiNG, and the Extreme Networks logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. 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(U.S.) +1 603-952-5005 Aruba Introduces Integrated SD-WAN, LAN and Security Solution to Power the Software-Defined Branch 2018-06-19T22:33:01Z aruba-introduces-integrated-sd-wan-lan-and-security-solution-to-power-the-software-defined-branch SYDNEY – June 20, 2018 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced its Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) solution, a new approach designed to help customers modernise branch networks for evolving cloud, IoT and mobility requirements. The integration of new cloud-managed SD-WAN, wired and wireless networking solutions, secured with context-based policy enforcement, significantly advances IT professionals’ ability to deliver improved network availability and application performance, while dramatically reducing management time and operational and capital expenditures. The influx of mobile and IoT devices, greater reliance on cloud-based applications, and shrinking IT budgets are having a profound impact on IT organisations. Branch operators also face increased complexity and inefficiencies with a multiplicity of different tools for managing the network and security from different vendors. Aruba’s SD-Branch solution integrates new Aruba Branch Gateways with Aruba’s enhanced Aruba Central cloud management platform to provide a single point for SD-WAN, wired and wireless networking and policy enforcement, and to deliver secure, simplified branch connectivity at scale. This purpose-built, unified solution marks a significant advancement beyond pure-play SD-WAN offerings by delivering reduced device footprint, streamlined deployment of large-scale distributed installations, and lower WAN connectivity costs for branch customers. Key benefits of the Aruba SD-Branch solution include: Simplicity at Enterprise Scale: Cloud-based management provides remote, centralised provisioning and management of wired and wireless connections inside the branch, and WAN and Internet connections with SD-WAN infrastructure. This enables IT to quickly implement new services and network changes across large, distributed environments without requiring on-site IT. Integrated, Best-in-Class Security: Aruba security solutions offer automated, granular intra-branch and WAN policy enforcement capabilities. New Aruba 360 security exchange technology partners deliver cloud-based firewall and threat protection. Optimised Branch Experience: Application, user and device contextual awareness delivers granular QoS within the branch and across the WAN for SaaS, mobile UC, and other remote applications. This simplifies how LAN and WAN traffic is prioritised and routed inside and outside the branches to deliver a consistent experience, regardless of user role, device type or location. Simplicity at Enterprise Scale: Aruba Central and Infrastructure Enhancements Aruba’s SD-Branch solution enables IT organisations to effectively manage more branch locations with less staff while leveraging a consistent approach for security and compliance across locations. By integrating and centralising management while eliminating costly MPLS connectivity, customers can realise savings up to 75% as compared to traditional deployments2. Aruba Central has been enhanced with new SD-WAN support to provide automated configuration capabilities, granular visibility, and easy-to-use troubleshooting tools. Aruba’s Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) and intuitive mobile app for automated device onboarding, provide non-technical staff at the branch a plug-and-play experience that eliminates the need for manual onsite configuration and costly, time-consuming truck rolls. As it continues to expand its global presence, high-end, luxury retailer Vera Wang is an organisation that is facing this challenge as it scales its operations. “We need to get stores up and running quickly, and maximise our WAN availability and efficiency,” said Stewart Ebrat, CIO for Vera Wang. “Aruba’s SD-WAN solution removes the burden of building out a distributed infrastructure.” Integrated, Best-in-Class Security and New Cloud Partnerships for Advanced Threat Protection The rise in mobility, IoT devices and cloud-based applications in the branch requires an automated and comprehensive way of approaching security. Aruba is uniquely positioned to provide user and device context for consistent role-based enforcement across the LAN and WAN. Aruba ClearPass policy manager simplifies and automates how policies are applied across different layers of network and application access removing the need for time-consuming manual configurations. “I’m excited about Aruba’s edge-to-cloud vision and integrating SD-WAN functionality. This will help us solve our performance and deployment problems at a fraction of the cost,” added Corey Hasberry, IT Manager for Vera Wang. “Aruba’s role-based security for our Wi-Fi and WAN infrastructure will help us bring a consistent experience to our employees and customers.” Additionally, all network traffic within a branch can be forwarded to the Aruba Branch Gateway for deep packet inspection using the built-in stateful firewall. IT organisations can easily assign policies for specific device types to segment their traffic up to the application layer. In a retail environment, this easily helps limit the malicious use of in-store security cameras or designate where a Point of Sale (PoS) device can send traffic. To solve security vulnerabilities outside the branch perimeter, Aruba has expanded its Aruba 360 security exchange technology partner program with the addition of Zscaler and new integrations with Check Point Software Technologies and Palo Alto Networks. These ecosystem partners provide cloud-based firewall and advanced threat protection functionality to secure organisations’ sensitive traffic heading for public Internet-bound destinations. Optimised Branch Experience: New Aruba Branch Gateway Delivers WAN Insights and Control Providing improved user experiences starts with delivering unmatched reliability. According to Gartner, a network outage can be more than an inconvenience, and evidence shows that these can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,000,000 per incident in lost productivity or revenue, depending on location and enterprise use case3. By leveraging context to gain insight into the health of an entire distributed branch network – wired, wireless, and WAN - IT organisations can dynamically optimise the user experience in real-time before any impact to the business occurs. Embedded in the new Branch Gateway, Aruba’s unique context-awareness capabilities go beyond granular role-based network access and application security to deliver an unmatched Quality of Service (QoS) experience from the LAN to the WAN. This allows IT professionals to satisfy the needs of end users while simplifying IT operations. Additional Branch Gateway features such as policy-based routing and dynamic path selection can now leverage this contextual data and awareness to dynamically route traffic across the WAN based on user, device, or group affiliation. For example, retail organisations can easily prioritise PoS system and video traffic versus guest traffic, while hotels can prioritise voice traffic for anyone involved with customer service. Pricing and Availability Without having to upgrade Aruba access points or switches, IT professionals can integrate new SD-WAN capabilities into their branch networks. Aruba’s SD-Branch solution is delivered as a part of Aruba Central with subscription-based licenses applied to a branch gateway at each site and a headend gateway hosted centrally. Hardware list prices start at $1,495 USD per gateway. Subscriptions prices start at $450 USD per gateway per year. Initial customer shipments begin in July 2018. Supporting Quotes Sayers is a Chicago-based solutions partner that provides customised hardware, software, and professional services to power IT infrastructures and cybersecurity. “When introducing a customer to SD-WAN solutions, the last thing you want to do is introduce complexity and extra cost, especially at the branch,” said Joel Grace, Vice President of Engineering, Emerging Technologies, Sayers. “With the Aruba SD-Branch solution, customers get an easy to deploy and cost-effective offering that integrates cloud-managed SD-WAN, multi-layered security, WLAN and LAN in a single solution.” Palo Alto Networks is the global cybersecurity leader, known for always challenging the security status quo. “Our partnership with Aruba allows us to continue offering our customers new ways to improve security effectiveness and efficiency,” said Terry Ramos, Vice President of Business Development, Palo Alto Networks. “Expanding our existing integration to the new Aruba SD-Branch solution means that customer security policies will remain consistent and automated so they can streamline routine tasks and focus on business priorities.” Check Point Software Technologies is the largest network cyber security vendor globally, providing industry-leading solutions and protecting customers from cyberattacks with an unmatched catch rate of malware and other types of threats. “The migration of corporate assets and applications to the cloud has led to 5th generation multi-vector cyberattacks threatening all businesses, and Check Point provides cloud-delivered security services to prevent these types of attacks,” said Jason Min, Head of Business and Corporate Development, Check Point Software Technologies. “By integrating our cloud security platform with Aruba’s SD-Branch solution, Check Point is providing businesses with Gen V advanced threat prevention solutions, preventing all types of attacks on the cloud, endpoints, remote offices, and mobile devices." Zscaler enables the world’s leading organisations to securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud-first world. “Security should not be an impediment as enterprises embrace cloud and mobility and transform their network to instrument direct internet breakouts," said Punit Minocha, Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Zscaler. “Zscaler is proud to be part of Aruba’s 360 security exchange technology partner program, and to offer those enterprises using Aruba’s SD-Branch solution a seamless way to make security and access controls a fundamental part of their cloud transformation journeys." Aruba SD-Branch Infographic attached and via: About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at Media Contacts: Media enquiries Luisa, Jenna or Duyen at DEC PR / (02) 8014 5033 2 Calculated based on average market MPLS connectivity costs and consolidated management 3 Gartner, SD-WAN Economics: Shift from Tactical to Strategic Thinking, February 27, 2018 A life sentence 2018-06-19T22:25:38Z a-life-sentence Dear Editor, The death of Puan the orang-utan at Perth Zoo is a sad day, that marks the end of an even sadder life. Puan had been confined in zoos for most of her life, and was moved from Malaysia to Perth when she was only twelve years old. Zoos deny animals everything that makes their lives worth living. Animals born in captivity still have the innate desire to move about and roam freely, to seek out mates and friends, and to engage in behaviours that aren't possible in a zoo. Genetic imperatives don’t somehow disappear just because an animal isn't where he or she is supposed to be. Zoo breeding programmes also give the public a false sense that something meaningful is happening to save animals, when in reality they serve no conservation purpose, because animals born in zoos are rarely returned to their natural habitats. In fact, Puan gave birth to 11 babies during her captivity, most of whom are confined in zoos around the world. Today’s incredible technology, virtual field trips, IMAX movies, and wildlife documentaries are a far better way to teach children about the wonders of the animal kingdom than visiting depressed animals held in captivity. We urge everyone who genuinely cares about orang-utans and all the other animals serving life sentences in zoos to recognise these institutions for what they are – prisons with living exhibits. Let's refuse to patronise them, and instead donate to campaigns that actually protect animals in their native habitats. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577416