The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-21T04:50:48Z Picking superannuation winners is a ‘political’ solution that disregards best interest of Australians & economy 2019-01-21T04:50:48Z picking-superannuation-winners-is-a-political-solution-that-disregards-best-interest-of-australians-amp-economy The recently released Productivity Commission review of the Australian superannuation industry was written to address political issues with a total disregard for the best interest of members in superannuation funds.   I have worked in the superannuation and investment industry for over 40 years and its ‘Common Sense 101’ NOT to engage in picking winners.   Picking fund performance winners has so many different variables.  Investment funds have different investment styles, asset allocations, benchmarks, research, trading methodology, currency policy, ethical policies, governance policies and access to listed and unlisted investment assets.   Comparing the returns of one balanced fund to another is like comparing apples with oranges.    What about the superannuation investors life time horizon?   A 21-year old should be put in an asset allocation that reflects their time until retirement and their individual risk profile which will be very different to a retired 70 year old investor.   This issue of underperforming superfunds needs to be addressed and these funds need to be made accountable to their members. The industry associations, regulators and government need to apply pressure and incentives for the non-performing funds to merge.   Trustees are legally obliged to act in the best interests of their members but why isn’t this being enforced?   The other major issue highlighted by the Report is the number of investors with multiple accounts.   This issue should be addressed by educating Australians about the superannuation system and empowering fund members to take ownership in managing this matter.  The ATO could be proactive in monitoring multiple accounts.   Financial literacy as a basic life study course should be in all school curriculums and given the highest priority.  The FPA, AFA and other associations should be leaders in this important undertaking along with the government.   What about self-employed Australia?   The majority of the jobs in the future will be self-employed, but both sides of the superannuation politics (industry funds and retail funds) don’t like self-managed superfunds because they lose control of the superannuation assets.    Everyone forgets that self-employed people are not covered by the compulsory 9.5% superannuation scheme and it is imperative that this sector is aware and educated about the importance of superannuation.   The Australian superannuation system is recognised worldwide as a very progressive initiative but now we get a report based on selecting winners for political reasons.   This is simply bad public policy!   At a time when financial advice has never been more important to Australians, the number of consumers that can afford / access advice is in decline due to mounting costs, regulation and client affordability.   Simultaneously, the need to access advice, particularly in the area of retirement and debt management continues to increase dramatically and will escalate even further in coming years.   Hence the need for Australians to be financially literate as knowledge will assist them to take responsibility for their own superannuation assets.    Unfortunately, self interest groups with loud voices continue to dominate the debate and influence policymakers at the expense of the long-term sustainability of the financial services sector – and in turn the well-being of Australians and the economy.   ENDS   Issued by Connect Financial Service Brokers    www.connectfsb.com.au                    Media enquiries         Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Mobile: +61 412 112 545   Email:   jperri@joeperri.com.au     Penten and Aussie researchers building new AI cyber-traps to boost cyber security 2019-01-20T21:49:39Z penten-and-aussie-researchers-building-new-ai-cyber-traps-to-boost-cyber-security Advanced cyber traps are used to identify data breaches as they happen, allowing cyber defenders to move quickly to protect crucial information and systems. Penten CEO, Matthew Wilson, said today: "The average time taken to detect a data breach is more than 200 days. Using artificial intelligence dramatically cuts this time and gives Australia's cyber defenders the chance to identify and defend against the breach as it is taking place." "Artificial Intelligence is fast becoming one of the most effective tools to trick and trap cyber thieves on large networks. It forms the core of our TrapsDocs solution for document protection.  Along with using Artificial Intelligence in the TrapDocs product, Penten was recently awarded $2m by the Australian Army to create decoy radio emissions using AI to confuse adversaries on the battlefield.” The projects secure the continued improvement of cyber traps to counter emerging and improving techniques of adversaries and data thieves. CEO Cyber Security CRC, Rachael Falk, said: "The Cyber Security CRC is excited to be the catalyst bringing together two teams of Australia's cyber security researchers and cyber innovators to work to create advanced, ground breaking cyber security technology." As cyber threats to our national economy and security continue to increase, the development of new defences to counter data breaches are crucial. This new work will be another step forward in increasing Australia's resilience to cyber attack. The Cyber Security CRC is a public, not for profit company, is focused on delivering industry-driven cyber security research outcomes that have impact and address real-world cyber security problems. The Cyber Security CRC is funded through industry and government via the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program. cybersecuritycrc.org.au @Cyber_Sec_CRC Penten is an Australian headquartered cyber security company building innovative cyber technologies to help defend Australia's most sensitive information from the world’s most advanced cyber adversaries. Penten was recognised as Australian Business of the Year at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards. penten.com @PentenCyber   -END-   Contacts: Matthew Wilsonmatthew.wilson@penten.com+61 419 106 672   Rachael Falkrachael.falk@cybersecuritycrc.org.au+61 438 434 822 Blood cancer patient needs could go unmet as incidence rates rise 2019-01-17T00:02:15Z blood-cancer-patient-needs-could-go-unmet-as-incidence-rates-rise Currently 12,800 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every year1. The latest analysis shows that by 2025, this number will increase to around 17,000 people2. "That’s close to 50 Australians projected to be newly diagnosed, every day, by 2025 – or two people every hour,” Leukaemia Foundation National CEO Bill Petch said. Mr Petch said while the continued increase in diagnosis rates was concerning, the good news was improved treatments and care was increasing the survival rates of people living with blood cancers. However, this combination was placing even greater demand on the Leukaemia Foundation's services, as more and more Australians living with blood cancer sought information and support. “The demand on all of our services, which include emotional and practical support and the provision of vital, disease specific information and education, will only continue to grow and be put under pressure,” Mr Petch said. Demand for the Leukaemia Foundation's patient accommodation service, which provides a homeaway- from-home at no cost to regional Australians forced to relocate to capital cities closer to treatment facilities, has already reached an all-time high. In 2017/2018 demand for the service peaked. The Leukaemia Foundation provided 56,000 nights of accommodation – a 2800-night increase on the previous year, and more than 4000 nights higher than the 2015/2016 period. The Leukaemia Foundation is calling for Australians to throw their support behind this year’s 2019 World’s Greatest Shave as it prepares to meet the growing demand for its services. “These services are critical to Australian families who really need our support and will be even more critical in the future,” Mr Petch said. Without funds raised through campaigns like World’s Greatest Shave, people living with blood cancer may be unable to access the support they need,” Mr Petch said. "The Leukaemia Foundation simply won't be able to meet the increased needs of those needing help, without financial support." “We invite all Australians to get involved with World’s Greatest Shave to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to build our services to cater for future demand while we continue to fund vital research into a cure.” Sign up today at www.worldsgreatestshave.com or phone 1800 500 068 today. Australian Country Party Announces its National Expansion as the First, Truly Democratic, Grass Roots Political Party in Australia 2019-01-16T08:43:49Z australian-country-party-announces-its-national-expansion-as-the-first-truly-democratic-grass-roots-political-party-in-australia MEDIA RELEASE 15 January 2019 Australian Country Party Announces its National Expansion as the First, Truly Democratic, Grass Roots Political Party in Australia New Federal Chairman of the Australian Country Party, Glenn O’Rourke, today announced the official commencement of the National Expansion of the Australian Country Party.   “The Australian Country Party is a grass roots up party that listens to people and allows members and supporters direct input into the election of candidates and leadership and will represent all Australian’s equally and fairly.” Glenn said.   The Party is neither left nor right, nor do we segregate Australians into different groups, we all have equal value and we all have valuable voices. Our candidates and MP’s will be focused on engaging with, listening to and representing their individual electorates and contribute to broad policies, through local consultation, that firstly relate to their electorates and then the greater region, State or Territory and Country.   Our candidates and MP’s will operate together as a cohesive collective in their electorates or councils like people have come to expect independents to.   Glenn went on to outline, “We are committed to providing a structure, economies of scale and the benefits of a registered party, along the lines of an alliance of Independent candidates and MP’s. Our catch phrase and philosophy will be ‘People before Party, Policies before Politics’.”   Other Major Political Parties No Longer Represent the People    “The factional and power base control of the current major and most minor parties in Australia and the recent need for minor party leaders to place their names or images on their parties, has only entrenched a career politician environment, party first and electoral cycle approach to the political system in Australia.   This long-term situation has created a severe disconnect of Australia’s voters and has seen a significant disengagement from politics in the country and a belief that people have no vehicle to discuss, nor impact the effect of legislation on their world. People feel that there is nothing they can do to change things, to make Australia the lucky country it once was again.” Glenn Said.   Glenn Stated “People are sick of the opposition of policies, just because the other political party came up with them. Policies that support international interests before Australia’s and Australian People’s interests are also unacceptable. People want a political party to hear their cries and propose and amend legislation in the interests of Australia and its people first.”   Australian Country Party to Break the Back of the Flawed Two-Party System and Provide A True Third Party Alternative for Australia   The Australian Country Party stands with Australians giving a new, broadly inclusive option to vote for. A grass roots founded and solid alternative party to the Major Parties and the plethora of single interest or ego driven minor parties.    Australian Country Party will be registering in every State and Territory and working towards achieving a national membership of at least 100,000 members in the next few years.   In contrast to most other political parties, Australian Country Party members and the broader community will play an active role in broad policy development, party direction, candidate endorsement and political leadership selection. Additionally, Australian people will also be involved in candidate preselection, through USA style primaries in their local electorates.   Sitting MP’s Will Join the Australian Country Party    “As the expansion momentum of the Australian Country Party picks up, we expect a growing number of sitting MP’s, Federal, State and Local to join the Party, as they have realised that they are not able to represent their electorates as they planned to do when they entered politics. The needs of their electorate are silenced and they have to toe party lines or lose preselection, even if it goes against their own and their electorates needs and wants.” Glenn explained and then went on to say.   “Additionally, the Independents sitting in Parliaments and local councils around the country, will realise they do not have to reinvent themselves within their community as a candidate but gain all the added advantages of a national political party that supports and encourages them to represent their electorate’s people first, without a party dictated voting direction.”   Call for Quality Candidates of Australia to Nominate for Australian Country Party    Quality Candidates are now being sought Australia-wide as candidates for Federal, State and Territory and Local Councils, that are committed to the need to build the support of their electorate. Candidates that understand that it is a passionate long-term commitment, to listen to and represent their people.   You can nominate online at www.australiancountryparty.org.au/join   Support our National Expansion:   ·         Nominate for Local Council, State and Territory and Federal Electorates NOW. ·         Sign up for our newsletter now, to be kept up to date on developments. ·         Consider joining the Party to play a part in this exciting adventure for the future of Australia. For Media Contact: Glenn O’Rourke 0405 111 228 / glenn.orourke@countryparty.org.auWebsite: www.australiancountryparty.org.au  Social Media: @auscountryparty ASI Solutions wins unified communications contract with Transport NSW 2018-12-20T22:35:10Z asi-solutions-wins-unified-communications-contract-with-transport-nsw Sydney, Thursday 20th December, 2018 – ASI Solutions has been awarded a $1.2 million contract to deploy Skype for Business with Transport NSW. The 5 year contract commenced a month ago and is expected to conclude in 2023. “ASI is proud to be deploying Skype for Business as the preferred unified communications service for Transport NSW” said ASI Solutions Director, Justin Lowe. The last 12 months has seen incredible results for ASI Solutions and some extremely large new accounts. Earlier this year, ASI was named on the NSW end-user device and services contract (C999) and more recently won a position on the Victorian state government’s newly established end-user compute panel.  “Regardless of their sector, everyone wants to be on the cutting edge of technology” said Lowe. “At ASI we see our role as a solutions provider to work with our customers to ensure their digital transformation journey has a profound impact on their business processes, models, as well as satisfying the expectations of their modern workforce and, most importantly, their customer base.” About ASI Solutions ASI Solutions has been a provider of innovative and pioneering business technology solutions to Australian private and public sector organisations for over 30 years.  We choose innovative technology solutions which are matched to each client¹s unique business needs, taking a solutions oriented approach and working to deliver a clear return on investment. Our global technology offerings and professional implementation model provides greater efficiency and returns for all customers. We make this happen with real insight into the external forces impacting IT environments, and we balance the needs of business to help our customers’ transition to the operating challenges of tomorrow. https://www.asi.com.au/ New Survey Reveals 41% of Australian Enterprises Unaware of Object Storage 2018-12-11T01:30:29Z new-survey-reveals-41-of-australian-enterprises-unaware-of-object-storage Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 11th December, 2018 – To better understand the current state of the object storage market in the Asia Pacific region, Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has partnered with global research firm, IDC, to survey close to 4000 IT professionals and executives in the region*. A recently published white paper entitled, “Digitalisation of the Business with Object Storage,” highlights the key findings from this regional survey. The IDC survey reveals low awareness of object storage among enterprises in the region, with 41% of surveyed enterprises in Australia not aware of the technology.  Digital transformation is a focus for enterprises across the region, and an integral part of this is the emphasis on data – making it the key to thriving among fierce competition in the digital era. IDC forecasts that global data will grow to 163 zettabytes by 2025. The majority of this data will be unstructured, from sources that include social interactions, emails, transactions, music, videos, photos, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, and many more. Data Storage a Key Issue for APAC Business  When asked about the top priorities for data storage, respondents across the region indicated the following capabilities as being the most important for their organisations to support:  --  Information security (25%)  -- Analytics of unstructured data (11%)  --  Multicloud platform adoptability (9%).  In Australia, the results are similar: information security (33%), adopting public cloud (13%) and multicloud platform adoptability (13%) In addition to this, 60% of enterprises surveyed are storing data with the hope that in the next two years they will be able to use analytics to gain business insights from this data. More than 60% of Australian respondents advised they also expect to use this stored data for regulatory compliance.  On average, respondent enterprises in APAC store their data for five to seven years, with one-fifth choosing to store it for over 15 years. More than half of the Australian organisations (57%) surveyed prefer to “keep everything” because they are not sure what data will be needed in the future, suggesting further pressure to manage and govern tremendous amounts of data created and accumulated over time.  It is evident that enterprises in the region are facing huge issues concerning data storage costs and functionality. Data storage solutions are expected to store and manage large amounts of data for longer periods of time. Moreover, enterprises expect these solutions to offer integrated intelligence and analytics features to help them realise the potential value of their data through manipulation, aggregation, and visualisation.  Modern Data Management for the Digital Age Object-based storage architectures enable enterprises to deal with the drastic growth of data while improving ease of use, providing flexibility to scale capacity and performance independently to address provisioning management issues, and to meet a variety of workloads.    The top technology reasons respondents indicated for the deployment of object storage in APAC are to:  -- Address scalability issues due to relentless growth in unstructured content (15%) -- Reduce complexity by eliminating complex hierarchical file structures (13%) -- Ease data migration and infrastructure refresh (12%) In Australia, the top three reasons are to reduce complexity (17%), address scalability issues (16%) and easily add capacity as business and application requirements increase (15%). Historically, object storage has been used as a data archive tier due to its scale and compliance features. The survey reveals that 67% and 64% of respondents indicated that they are using object storage to aggregate and store big data repositories, and to optimise their backup and recovery capabilities respectively. In Australia, those numbers rise to 72% and 74% respectively. Treating an object storage solution as a big data reservoir or scalable and centralised data hub enables analytics-based applications to blend structured and unstructured data together for business intelligence and visualisation workloads. The custom metadata that object storage solutions attach to files as a form of detailed enrichment gives unstructured data more context and makes it easier to search. Aggregating unstructured and structured data together improves an enterprise’s ability to gain more relevant insights from a more complete set of data. The survey further examines the top business drivers for APAC enterprises to deploy object storage in the future:  -- Achieving flexibility to add storage capacity as business grows (18%) -- Reducing storage management costs (16%) --  Increasing business agility (13%) --   Improving data analytics capability for faster decision making (12%) In Australia, the top drivers are achieving flexibility (31%), increasing business agility (13%), and optimising or reducing storage expenditure (11%). Despite the wide range of benefits object-based storage offers, the IDC survey reveals low awareness among enterprises in the Asia Pacific region, with 41% of surveyed enterprises not aware of the object storage technology. Australia shares the same level of awareness. Overcoming Adoption Hurdles As the survey findings indicate, the three most common obstacles for adopting object storage are: Application compatibility (52%) On-premise business applications that do not necessarily require infinite scalability (44%) Stringent data protection and recovery (43%) In Australia, application compatibility is the top hurdle (70%), followed by lack of cost benefit (56%), and on-premise business applications that do not necessarily require infinite scalability (52%).   As reflected in the survey results, enterprises who choose to test or adopt object storage are more likely to realise the benefits of the technology in their specific business requirements and use-cases. For more details on the cost benefits of object storage, the IDC whitepaper reviews three case studies of customers who achieved cost savings from 30% to 70% when using object storage solutions.   “We believe the findings of this survey have pinpointed the opportunities and future of data storage infrastructure across APAC. With the explosive growth of unstructured data and rapidly changing business demands in the digital age, enterprises inevitably require the support from flexible and agile storage solutions,” said Daniel Chong, senior vice president and general manager, APAC, Hitachi Vantara. “Based on our work with clients, we have seen object-based storage continue to be the solution to traditional storage struggles. It is clear that we must educate and work closely with enterprises across the region to develop and deploy tailored solutions to unleash the full benefits of object storage and facilitate digital transformation.” HCP Portfolio Solves Data Challenges The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio addresses today’s data challenges while being highly adaptive to the future needs of businesses. The portfolio is based on an object storage solution with the ability to manage and govern data to the edge of the business, support a highly mobilised and distributed workforce, tier to public and hosted cloud layers, and offers an integrated data intelligence foundation. The benefits of these products include: Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) to address the new challenges in storing digital information with centralised and cost-effective management and governance features for multistructured data, minimising the risk of data loss, and making data easier to access with object storage concepts. HCP Anywhere to address the demands of the end-user with collaboration, file synchronisation, file sharing and file protection without compromising the requirements of the business. HCP Anywhere Edge as a means to bridge the gap between traditional storage architectures (NAS) and object storage with the added benefits of pushing data to the edge (remote office), and to the cloud. Hitachi Content Intelligence to help organisations understand the context and content of data impacting their business with a scalable and performant solution to connect, understand and explore repositories to extract fact from data and be in the know.  To learn more, please refer to the IDC whitepaper “Digitalisation of the Business with Object Storage”.     *About this research  The data in this IDC white paper is derived from a 2018 IDC survey of executives from large enterprises who identified themselves as responsible for, or familiar with, the IT investments of their companies. IDC ran a short screener survey of almost 4,000 respondents to assess their familiarity with object-based storage. From these 4,000 respondents, IDC recruited 518 respondents to complete a more comprehensive user behavior survey. These 518 respondents are familiar with and have tested object-based storage for their organization although not all of them have deployed object-based storage.  Respondents were based in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore, and represented a range of industries. IDC also conducted interviews with senior executives from several clients of Hitachi Vantara who are current users of object-based storage to gather additional content on their decision to deploy object-based storage and the benefits and challenges they have experienced. TAN Board & Philip Dalidakis meet Australian Ambassador-Designate to Thailand in Melbourne 2018-12-10T21:58:40Z tan-board-amp-philip-dalidakis-meet-australian-ambassador-designate-to-thailand-in-melbourne Members of the Thai Australia Network (TAN) Board together with Philip Dalidakis MP met with Allan McKinnon PSM, Australian Ambassador-Designate to Thailand over lunch during his visit to Melbourne last week.   Commenting on the meeting, Dr Simon Wallace, Royal Thai Consulate General and TAN Chairperson said the event had been an excellent opportunity for Ambassador-Designate to meet with members of the Board and discuss many of the bilateral trade and cultural connections that underpin the harmonious and long-established relationship between Australia and Thailand.   Philip Dalidakis also took the opportunity provide both a personal and Victorian perspective on the many successful initiatives introduced by the State Government that have enhanced trade and cultural appreciation both locally and in Thailand.   Ambassador – Designate McKinnon expressed his appreciation to TAN and Philip Dalidakis for the opportunity to meet with them and was confident that good outcomes would continue to flow from the proactive relationship between Australia and Thailand.   The Ambassador – Designate appreciated the perspective and insight Richard Lovell provided on the activities both in Thailand and internationally of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) – one of Thailand’s largest and most successful corporations.   Both Philip Dalidakis and Richard Lovell also took the opportunity to discuss matters relating to food safety, labelling and prospects for further bilateral opportunities in the future.  Mr Lawit Sawadirak of Thai Airways and Mr Kumpee Ratanachodpanich of Bangkok Airways spoke at length about inbound / outbound tourism and business plans of the respective major carriers.   In bringing the lunch to a close, Dr Wallace wished Ambassador – Designate McKinnon every success for the future and affirmed TAN looked forward to continuing to support Thailand Australia relationships and connectivity.   Issued by Thai Australia Network (TAN)       Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri                                                 Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                                 Telephone / fax:     +61 3 9324 0362                                                 Mobile:                      +61 412 112 545                                                 Email:                         jperri@joeperri.com.au   9STAR Unveils Fully Managed, Cloud-Hosted, SAML2 Gateway Service for SaaS vendors and Content Publishers 2018-12-07T16:06:45Z 9star-unveils-fully-managed-cloud-hosted-saml2-gateway-service 9STAR, a rapidly growing leading provider of enterprise-grade Identity and Access Management software solutions,today unveiled a fully-managed, cloud-hosted, SAML2 gateway service, ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy.  The new service acts as a gateway between SAML2 Service Providers (SP) which are typically SaaS vendors and Content Publishers and their client's SAML Identity Provider (IDP).  ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy Service can be used by SaaS developers, SaaS vendors, Content Publishers and MSPs who want to minimize downtime and disruptions associated with integration of new clients that require SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication for secure access to the SaaS App. ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy can also be integrated with any Shibboleth Identity Federation.   Instead of constantly changing and testing SAML SP configurations with each client access integration, a SaaS vendor now only need to connect their App (SAML SP) just once to the Elastic SSO Cloud Proxy Service.  The enterprise clients of SaaS vendor can simply connect their SAML Identity Providers to ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy.  The SaaS App still has complete access to user and client information that is needed for access management and control.  9STAR’s new proxy service thus acts as an intermediary between the SaaS App and their client’s SAML Identity Provider. “An Exceptional Service” “ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy Service provides SaaS developers, SaaS vendors and MSPs with simplified and easy-to-use service and delivers minimized downtimes and maximized reliability,” said 9STAR's President, Vinay Kumar.  We’re quite proud to offer this exceptional service.    “ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy Service gave our software team the ability to stay focused on our core competency of providing great App experience to our customers, without worrying about complexities of SAML and SSO authentication”, said David Minor, President of Career Dimensions, Inc. ElasticSSO Proxy Services reduced our App’s downtime, disruptions and delays while enhancing security and access controls four our App. We are happy with the Service and would recommend this to any SaaS App vendor. ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy Service’s key features: DESIGNED FOR THE CLOUD This fully-managed service is designed for the cloud. It is hosted and integrated with the Amazon AWS cloud service and available in all regions of the world. 9STAR can locally host the service in SaaS vendor’s region of choice.   24X7 UPTIME SLA 9STAR provides 24×7 customer service with a 99.9% uptime service-level agreement (SLA).  APP RESILIENCE AND RELIABILITY Maximize your App’s uptime and reliability by connecting the SaaS App (SAML SP) with ElasticSSO Cloud Proxy service. 9STAR takes care of all SAML SSO complexities with respect to on-boarding SaaS vendors client via SAML SSO authentication. This reduces App downtime, disruptions and delays.   ### About 9STAR9STAR is a rapidly growing leading provider of enterprise-grade Identity and Access Management software solutions. The software solutions are designed for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and IT Managers to rapidly provision and manage IDaaS (Identity as a Service) in the cloud or on-premises. 9STAR’s software solutions are widely deployed in Education, Non-Profit, Public Sector and mid/large Enterprise markets. The company continues to lead in the marketplace by adopting open-standards in its product offerings, as well as partnering with leading MSPs and Technology Solution Providers around the world for delivering turnkey solutions and support to customers.  Please visit: https://9starinc Leukaemia Foundation receives HONcode certification 2018-12-06T22:17:01Z leukaemia-foundation-receives-honcode-certification The Leukaemia Foundation has been granted prestigious HONcode certification for its high standard of reliable, ethical and trustworthy health and medical content featured throughout its digital communications platforms. The HONcode is an international standard for health and medical websites issued by the Health on the Net Foundation, based in Switzerland. The Leukaemia Foundation joins only 8000 sites listed worldwide. The Leukaemia Foundation’s General Manager – People Living Well with Blood Cancer, Emma Craig said the listing shows information shared on the Leukaemia Foundation’s web platforms page was of the highest standard. “The HONcode listing shows that the information we present is created by qualified professionals, supports relationships between a person and their doctor or health professionals and that we present the information with transparent and balanced evidence,” Ms Craig said. “This listing shows the Leukaemia Foundation is a professional and trusted source of health information in Australia and reinforces that we are the leading source of blood cancer information in Australia.” The HONcode listing will mean the Leukaemia Foundation will be listed on a global database of trusted sites and also the Health on the Net Foundation Health Trust Indicator – which can be installed on any internet browser. The Leukaemia Foundation will be reassessed every two years in order to retain the listing. - ENDS -   About The Leukaemia Foundation:  The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians survive blood cancer and live a better quality of life. Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders are all types of blood cancer, which can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.  More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancer or related disorders, and the equivalent of one person every 41 minutes is diagnosed. Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours, claiming more lives than breast cancer and melanoma.  For more information, please visit leukaemia.org.au.  9STAR expands its reach into Portugal with the appointment of Lisbon based IT Integration Specialist JP.IS 2018-12-06T19:32:27Z 9star-expands-its-reach-into-portugal-with-the-appointment-of-lisbon-based-it-integration-specialist-jp-is 9STAR, a rapidly growing leading provider of enterprise-grade Identity and Single Sign-On Access Management software solutions, has extended its market reach to Portugal in partnership with JP.IS Pty Limited. The partnership with JP.IS will increase the local support for Enterprise, Education and Government customers in a rapidly growing Enterprise Identity & SSO market for the vendor.  Vinay Kumar, Managing Director at 9STAR, said: ‘We are delighted to have appointed JP.IS for the Portgual region which allows us to fully support our customers in the region. It is key for us to ensure our regional customers are supported by a local expert team who can offer our modern, state of the art, ElasticSSO IAM & SSO software solutions as well as provide training, technical support and services in the local region and time zone. ‘Regional, world-class market leaders have been instrumental in our success across all markets, and finding an outstanding partner like JP.IS to support this outreach has been critical to our strategy. We are delighted with the regional market knowledge and outreach that JP.IS will add to our Portgual customer community.’ João Miguel Santos, Cybersecurity Business Unit Manager at JP.IS, said: ‘We are starting to see a lot of enterprises going to the cloud and starting to face the challenge of how to secure and be compliant against the risks of potential unauthorized access to sensitive data and applications. This will certainly increase the demand for solutions around the area of Identity and Access Management and, therefore, after evaluating the available technologies in this market we found 9STAR’s Elastic SSO® software solution to be an ideal new addition to our offering. Not only did we find that 9STAR had the market leading technology but also a clean channel model that invests in partners to enable joint success.’ ‘9STAR’s powerful, next-generation, software solutions are Shibboleth, SAML, CAS and ADFS open standards-compliant, and are deployed on-premises or cloud.Their flagship ElasticSSO software solution is leading the industry in terms of cutting-edge innovation in federated identity security and access management. We are delighted to have 9STAR on board,” said João Miguel Santos. # # # About JP.IS JP-IS [Integrated Inspiring Solutions] is a Portuguese IT Integrator focus on the Digital Transformation of any organization by developing combined innovative solutions with value-added services, which can convert our customers’ IT infrastructures into more simplified, automated and profitable, as well as, contribute to a greater user mobility and superior experience. JP.IS, designed since the very beginning to become a reference player in the Portuguese market, is specialized in the areas of Digital Cybersecurity, Digital Communications and Digital Datacentre infrastructures. Part of JP Group, which has already an accumulated experience of more than 28 years in IT market, namely designing and marketing technology solutions to the Education market with presence in more than 70 countries across 5 continents. http://jpis.pt/     # # #                   About 9STAR 9STAR is a rapidly growing leading provider of enterprise-grade Identity and Access Management software solutions. The software solutions are designed for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and IT Managers to rapidly provision and manage IDaaS (Identity as a Service) in the cloud or on-premises. 9STAR’s software solutions are widely deployed in Education, Non-Profit, Public Sector and mid/large Enterprise markets. The company continues to lead in the marketplace by adopting open-standards in its product offerings, as well as partnering with leading MSPs and Technology Solution Providers around the world for delivering turnkey solutions and support to customers. https://9starinc.com. Hitachi Vantara Delivers More Valuable Data Insights With Pentaho 8.2 2018-12-05T22:52:05Z hitachi-vantara-delivers-more-valuable-data-insights-with-pentaho-8-2 SYDNEY Australia – 6 Dec, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Pentaho 8.2, the newest release of the company’s data integration and analytics platform software, providing new, out-of-the-box integration with Hitachi’s industry-leading object storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). Pentaho 8.2 better integrates Hitachi Vantara’s portfolio of products and enables users to address key industry use cases with access to unstructured data from HCP. This release also enables customers to manage a hybrid cloud environment in new ways and expands support for the analytic ecosystem.   Pentaho 8.2 Makes Unstructured Data Available for Analytics According to Harvard Business Review, less than half of an organisation’s structured data is used in making business decisions, and less than 1% of unstructured data is used in any way at all. With Pentaho’s new integration with HCP, users can now build data pipelines that include structured and unstructured data sources – such as text, video, audio, images, social media, clickstreams and log files – allowing data analysts and data scientists to generate better insights that drive more business value. Pentaho 8.2 opens new industry use cases in areas such as: Banking: Financial services institutions can address compliance requirements by correlating trading transaction data with email communications.    Healthcare: Medical researchers can make new drug discoveries by blending patient data and medication history with unstructured MRI scans. Retail: Retailers can analyse the shopping preferences of each guest and the traffic flow of each in-store brand by combining in-store video footage with point-of-sale data. Public Safety: Law enforcement can combine video footage with crime reports, enabling faster access to evidence and improved decision-making while staying compliant with regulations.   Easier Hybrid Cloud Data Management  With so many alternatives for data lakes – including NoSQL databases, public cloud options from Microsoft Azure, Amazon and Google, and on-premises object stores – organisations are taking a closer look at the best way to spend on data management and govern this data to comply with regulations. Pentaho 8.2 delivers access to new and better ways to manage data when used together with Hitachi Content Platform. For example, users can now onboard data into HCP, which functions as a data lake. Then they can use Pentaho to prepare, cleanse and normalise data within HCP.  Pentaho may then be used to make the logical determination of which prepared data is appropriate for each cloud target. By reducing unnecessary data sent to the cloud, organisations can now better manage costs with Pentaho 8.2.   Expanded Analytics Ecosystem Support Pentaho 8.2 expands support for its growing ecosystem of third-party products and technologies that help organisations optimise their data pipeline and analytics projects:  AMQP support: Pentaho customers can access this popular messaging protocol that helps organisations read and publish streaming data from edge devices to the cloud for addressing emerging IoT use cases. Improved Google Cloud security: Support for customer managed encryption keys (CMEK) gives Pentaho users additional protection by controlling their own data encryption keys while accessing data in Google Cloud Storage and Google BigQuery. Python Step:  Pentaho 8.2 users can operationalise machine learning and deep learning models built with Python and make API calls to popular libraries such as scikit-learn and TensorFlow. OpenJDK support:  Pentaho customers can now switch from OpenJDK, which now comes with commercial terms, to a free and open source version of OpenJDK.    Supporting Quotes “With Pentaho 8.2 and Hitachi Content Platform, we’re able to leverage both structured and unstructured data on a single platform to send cleansed, prepared data to AWS and Microsoft Azure, and will achieve a 20-30% compute cost reduction and a 50%-60% storage cost reduction as a result,” said Andrew Buffone, director of data management at CARFAX Canada. “We’re also able to better govern both the structured and unstructured data we deliver to our business and data science teams by managing it all in one place.”   “Supporting modern data analytics projects involves the creation of agile data pipelines that are able to rapidly and automatically integrate both structured and unstructured data from multiple sources and make it available for multiple use cases,” said Matt Aslett, research vice president of data, AI and analytics at 451 Research. “Given its portfolio of products, such as Pentaho 8.2, Hitachi Vantara is well placed to help customers become more data-driven, especially in industries with an abundance of unstructured data.”   Product Availability and Resources Hitachi Vantara's Pentaho 8.2 software will be generally available on December 6, 2018. To learn more, visit: https://www.hitachivantara.com/go/pentaho.html Advisory Board Centre announces 2019 Advancing Women on Boards program in collaboration with Queensland Government. 2018-12-04T23:17:50Z advisory-board-centre-announces-2019-advancing-women-on-boards-program-in-collaboration-with-queensland-government-1 Following the success of the 2018 program, The Advisory Board Centre has again partnered with the Queensland Government to provide the 2019 Advancing Women on Boards program aimed at increasing the representation of women at a Board level. 40 Female leaders and business owners will take part in a targeted support program aimed at enhancing their business thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Women in Business initiative. The Queensland Government's Advancing Women in Business initiative supports and encourages more women to start and grow their own business, and attain positions of leadership.  The Advisory Board Centre was announced as one of the select group of Industry Partnership service providers.   Advisory Board Centre COO and Advancing Women in Business program leader, Jan Easton, said that the 2019 program would build on the successful outcomes of the inaugural program delivered in Brisbane in April 2018. “As an industry group representing the business and professional advisory sector, we hear directly from business owners and executives about their ambitions and challenges- from scaling their business, international expansion, funding, managing technology, innovation and succession planning.  What is clear is that increasing the skills, confidence and representation of women around the boardroom table is not a women’s problem- it is an opportunity for all businesses. To achieve their goals and keep pace with the ever changing business landscape- businesses need to very best people around the boardroom table, regardless of gender.  The Advancing Women on Boards program is designed to educate and empower more women to step forward and step up to deliver value and make a positive economic impact on the business sector as entrepreneurs, senior executives, strategic advisors and board members.” The Advancing Women on Boards program is aimed at established female entrepreneurs and experienced business leaders or advisors.  The 2019 program includes Masterclass events in Brisbane and Townsville facilitated by the Advisory Board Centre.   Applications for the 2019 Advancing Women on Board program are now open to Queensland based entrepreneurs and professionals.  For full program details and application information visit https://www.advisoryboardcentre.com.au/wob/. BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS 2018-12-03T08:06:18Z beca-targets-federal-mps-in-fresh-new-advocacy-campaign-for-business-events-1 Media release: 3 December 2018 BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS BECA urges government to provide assurity for policy and funding via six key pillars Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week calling on Members of Parliament to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business events and additional funding through Tourism Australia. BECA has called on the Coalition, Labor and other parties to launch a policy for business events ahead of the May Federal election covering six key areas. Chairman of BECA, Matt Hingerty, said the mission to Canberra was a vital step in getting the business events sector’s power, scope and potential understood by our Parliamentarians and embedded in policy. “The industry delivered a strong and united message about the importance of the business events sector as a key driver of the Australian economy,” Mr. Hingerty said. “Our delegation was well received as we delivered clear evidence to substantiate the merits of backing business events in order to deliver real benefits to cities as well as regional Australia.” The BECA delegation comprising representatives of all its Member Associations advocated for government support to help reap the opportunities that the business events sector can offer Australia, including generating jobs for life, international trade and soft diplomacy, investment and both regional and national economic development. BECA called for a policy which would include the following six strategies: Extension of the successful Bid Fund Program (BFP), and partnership programs managed by Business Events Australia. BECA calls for increased BEA funding of $10M or $40M within four years. Funding for research; managed by the business events community and Tourism Research Australia in order to benchmark the industry, and quantify the sector’s size, impact and worth. A national infrastructure mapping study to identify the gaps and priorities for business events infrastructure in metro and regional areas. Support to work more closely with VET and higher education sector (namely TAFE) to design courses that match the industry’s needs now, and in the future. Temporary skilled labour visa reform to enable the industry to more easily respond to fluctuating demands with a more flexible temporary visa system. Growth Industries Business Events Team to link our outcomes with those associated with the Industry Growth Centre Initiatives. “While business events stimulate the visitor economy, their impact is more far-reaching than just tourism.” The business events sector stands on its own two feet as a major contributor to Australia’s GDP and provides significant commercial opportunities, jobs and contribution to our reputation as a progressive, innovative and successful nation with which to do business. BECA’s mission to Canberra was designed to carry a strong message that the business events sector must be supported in order to leverage the huge opportunities we can uniquely deliver for our economy and community. “Whilst Australia had a strong reputation hosting business events, our international competitiveness is being compromised by markets in Asia, and we need to act now to curb the impact,” said Mr. Hingerty. BECA visited the offices of the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, the Hon. Josh Wilson MP, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman MP, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Senator the Hon. Tim Storer, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Senator the Hon. Murray Watt, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP. BECA members who attended the government meetings with Matt Hingerty included: Joyce DiMascio, CEO of Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA); Robyn Johnson, CEO, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA); Barry Neame for Professional Conference Organisers of Australia (PCOA); Andrew Heibl, CEO, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB); and Karen Bolinger for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). -ends- Notes to editors The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is the peak body for the business events sector and represents to government and relevant agencies, issues common to all segments of the industry. The members include: Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Australian Convention Centres Group (ACCG) Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) - Australian Chapter Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc (PCOA) www.businesseventscouncil.org.au To receive a copy of the BECA pre-election submission document, please contact: Felicity Zadro felicity@zadroagency.com.au Images: Karen Bolinger, Joyce DiMascio, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, Andrew Hiebl Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Hiebl Karen Bolinger, Andrew Hiebl, Robyn Johnson, Minister Simon Birmingham, Matt Hingerty, Joyce DiMascio, Barry Neame Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Robyn Johnson, Andrew Hiebl For interviews or more information please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Smarter City Solutions virtual parking permit revolution at Mosman Council 2018-12-03T03:37:17Z smarter-city-solutions-virtual-parking-permit-revolution-at-mosman-council-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, Australia, December, 2018 - Mosman residents will no longer need to stick parking permits on their car windscreens with the arrival of a sophisticated online parking permit system which has seen Mosman become the first local government area to introduce virtual permits in NSW.  Smarter City Solutions (previously known as CellOPark Australia Pty Ltd) the leading digital parking provider in Australia, has worked with Mosman Council to revolutionise the Residential Parking Scheme (RPS) within the municipality. Using the Smarter City vPermit platform and integrating with the councils internal Civica Authority system as well as an external Document Verification Service (DVS), local residents are able to register and pay for their residential permits online.  “This was a great project and highlighted our agility and ability to deliver on time and well within budget”, says Managing Director of Smarter City Solutions Ori Almog. “By redefining how permits were managed and providing multifaceted online automation has greatly improved the efficiency and customer satisfaction for both the council and the residents.” How it works: Applicants simply create an account on the virtual permit system (mosman.vpermit.com.au), upload a photo or scan of their driver’s licence showing their Mosman address and fill in a few details. The system then, using Robotic Process Automation & image recognition, validates eligibility against council systems and provides the option to pay online. Permit holders then have an online account where they can self-manage vehicle and personal details. Mosman Council General Manager Dominic Johnson said the new online parking permit system is a sophisticated set-up with permit holders now able to securely complete the renewal process entirely online within minutes and instantly update their details, including change of vehicle details, up to four times a year. “It reduces the need for paperwork, speeds up processing, reduces waiting times for face-to-face appointments at our customer service desks and allows greater flexibility when changing vehicles, although of course, if assistance is required, residents may still come to council to speak with our customer service team,”Mr Johnson said. To find out more, head to www.SmarterCity.com.au About Smarter City Solutions (SCS) What is known today as Smarter City Solutions started out 10 years ago as CellOPark Australia – a leading provider of smarter parking solutions, utilising the latest technologies, such as IoT and RPA for councils and universities.  Smarter City Solutions was founded with the vision of making city life easy and seamless for both the residents and those who operate it. We believe that technology should not only solve the problems of today, but also be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow. That’s why everything we do starts with the customer in mind, is scalable and sustainable in its essence, and is fully integrated every step of the way. About Mosman Council Mosman is a place of history and beauty, located 8 kilometres north-east of the CBD on Sydney’s lower north shore. It is one of Australia’s premier suburbs, with an unmatched setting on Sydney Harbour. As a destination, Mosman today is a great place to sample some unique Sydney heritage. The area is home to the world-famous Taronga Zoo, as well as excellent harbourside swimming and recreation areas, top restaurants, and high-end retail experiences.     Carbon Black delivers MITRE ATT&CK™ coverage with zero delayed detections & zero tainted detections 2018-12-02T23:37:29Z carbon-black-delivers-mitre-att-cktm-coverage-with-zero-delayed-detections-zero-tainted-detections SYDNEY — December 3, 2018 ––Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud, today announced that it delivered zero delayed detections and zero tainted detections in the MITRE Corporation’s Adversarial Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) assessment. The MITRE assessment tests the ability to quickly detect specific adversary tactics and techniques as captured in the ATT&CK knowledgebase. The evaluations for this initial testing period used a MITRE-developed APT3 emulation plan on behaviour detection, telemetry and enrichment, among other elements. In the assessment, CB Response demonstrated it could automatically detect and display adversarial behaviours without humans-in-the-loop across the entire MITRE ATT&CK Matrix, which includes: initial access, execution, privilege escalation, defence evasion, credential access, discovery, lateral movement, collection, exfiltration and command and control. For a look at the full report from MITRE on Carbon Black here: https://attackevals.mitre.org/evaluations/carbonblack.1.apt3.1.html “We’re proud to be among the initial vendors evaluated by MITRE and we’re extremely proud of these results. We attribute our very strong showing to our philosophy of building products the right way for the long haul,” said Scott Lundgren, Carbon Black’s Chief Technology Officer. “Objective, transparent and open testing is critical as a means of driving the industry forward, and the MITRE ATT&CK framework offers a critical look at how real-world attacks play out. We believe MITRE has set an excellent standard for how testing should be conducted in an open, rigorous, and sophisticated way. We thank MITRE for its leadership.” “We’re very pleased with the participation in our first round of ATT&CK-based evaluations,” said Frank Duff, MITRE lead engineer for the evaluations program. “Effective cybersecurity can’t be done alone. We look forward to continued collaboration with the industry to help vendors understand their capabilities against known adversary behaviours, and empower customers to more effectively buy and deploy these security solutions.” MITRE ATT&CK threat intelligence feeds for CB Response & CB ThreatHunter In conjunction with the assessment results, Carbon Black announced it has added MITRE ATT&CK threat intelligence feeds to CB Response and CB ThreatHunter to deliver new behaviour-based threat intelligence to customers. Carbon Black’s MITRE ATT&CK feeds combine the power of Carbon Black’s unfiltered endpoint data collection and a robust collection of adversary techniques to simplify threat detection and threat hunting. The new threat feeds map directly to the various attack tactics outlined by MITRE. “By adding ATT&CK threat intelligence feeds to Cb Response and Cb ThreatHunter, organisations now have an unfiltered view into all endpoint activity viewed through the lens of attack building blocks and behaviours noted by MITRE. We believe this results in more comprehensive and advanced threat hunting capabilities for security professionals,” said Lundgren. “The ATT&CK threat intelligence feeds directly integrate detection of ATT&CK tactics and techniques into the CB Response and CB ThreatHunter products, underscoring Carbon Black’s commitment to ATT&CK and other open standards and frameworks.” Resources MITRE ATT&CK Assessment Results – Carbon Black “Why I’m Ecstatic About the MITRE ATT&CK Results” – Scott Lundgren Blog MITRE Resource Page on ccom Learn more about CB ThreatHunter Learn more about CB Response Using MITRE ATT&CK When Researching Attacker Behavior in a Post-Compromise World (Blog) Using the ATT&CK Framework to Mature Your Threat Hunting Program Follow @CarbonBlack_Inc on Twitter About Carbon Black Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK) is a leading provider of next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud. Leveraging its big data and analytics cloud platform – the Cb Predictive Security Cloud – Carbon Black consolidates prevention, detection, response, threat hunting and managed services into a single platform with a single agent and single console, making it easier for organizations to consolidate security stacks and achieve better protection. As a cybersecurity innovator, Carbon Black has pioneered multiple endpoint security categories, including application control, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and next-generation antivirus (NGAV) enabling customers to defend against the most advanced threats. More than 4,600 global customers, including one-third of the Fortune 100, trust Carbon Black to keep their organizations safe. Carbon Black and Cb Predictive Security Cloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of Carbon Black, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. Contact Marie Evans, Carbon Black. marie.evans@carbonblack.com 61 (0) 412 044 072