The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-23T23:50:31Z Barracuda Launches Advanced Bot Protection 2019-05-23T23:50:31Z barracuda-launches-advanced-bot-protection-1 Sydney, 24 May 2019 - Barracuda, a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced the introduction of Advanced Bot Protection. Advanced Bot Protection uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help customers defend against the latest automated threats. It is available for both the Barracuda Web Application Firewall (WAF) and WAF-as-a-Service platforms. Web applications are the number one attack vector for hacks resulting in breaches, according to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, and malicious bots pose a significant threat to application security. Bots have evolved from using simple scripts to using sophisticated tactics such as headless browsers and machine learning to break through traditional application security defences. Organisations need an application security solution that can keep up with these evolving attacks. According to Gartner: “The main types of bot attacks include distributed denial of service (DDoS), fraudulent purchases, web scraping, and vulnerability scans and exploits. Unsupervised ML can be used to learn the characteristics of typical human-driven traffic, allowing the detection of bots as anomalies. Supervised ML can be used to identify features related to automated behavior.”1 With Advanced Bot Protection, Barracuda WAF customers have access to functionality that includes: Bot spam detection — Reduce referrer spam and block comment spam Credential stuffing prevention — Block credential stuffing to stop account takeover attacks Request risk scoring — Track incoming requests and use advanced behavioral analytics to detect attackers Client finger printing — Track users with better fidelity than IP addresses Dedicated bot mitigation UI — New user interface makes it easy to configure bot mitigation features “To effectively protect their organisations against today’s evolving threats, customers need sophisticated bot mitigation capabilities,” said Tim Jefferson, SVP of Data Protection, Network and Application Security, Barracuda. “Traditional web application firewalls don’t all provide advanced bot protection, and some bot mitigation vendors only offer point solutions that aren’t integrated into WAFs. Advanced Bot Protection is fully integrated into Barracuda’s web application firewalls to provide a complete application security solution that is easy to deploy and manage.” Learn more about Barracuda Advanced Bot Protection, now available with Barracuda Web Application Firewall: https://www.barracuda.com/products/webapplicationfirewall Resources Get information about Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service: https://www.barracuda.com/waf-as-a-service Get information about Barracuda Web Application Firewall: https://www.barracuda.com/products/webapplicationfirewall Read the blog post: http://cuda.co/35615 1Gartner: Assessing the Impact of Machine Learning on Security, Published: 6 May 2019, by Anna Belak, Anton Chuvakin, Augusto Barros About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Blue Prism’s Ecosystem of Technology Partners Lays Foundation For Delivering New Intelligent Automation Capabilities 2019-05-23T23:26:10Z blue-prisms-ecosystem-of-technology-partners-lays-foundation-for-delivering-new-intelligent-automation-capabilities-1 ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) continues to be the platform of choice for technology companies looking to innovate, disrupt and drive digital transformations for their clients through intelligent automation capabilities. Today, Adlib Software, HyperScience, Moonoia, and Smartlogic announced that they are joining Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP) as affiliates, helping to build out best-in-class automation solutions that incorporate cutting edge technologies including intelligent document processing, AI powered data extraction, machine learning and data analytics. “Our connected-RPA platform is the launch pad and gold standard for extending intelligent automation capabilities at scale,” says Linda Dotts, SVP Global Partner Strategy and Programs for Blue Prism. “Each month we see many new partners join our TAP, each delivering a unique value proposition, all focused on helping clients digitally transform, driving business led outcomes for our joint customers. We deliver the art of the possible at Blue Prism through the industry’s broadest ecosystem of technology partners. Congrats to this group on making the grade.” These partners strengthen a broad array of intelligent document processing capabilities including Blue Prism’s own Decipher, announced last month, and an existing partnership with ABBYY. Companies participating in Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program at an affiliate level can easily customise their solutions, accelerate product development and minimise time to market for their products, using the market’s most advanced RPA software. It also gives partners an opportunity to help expand market awareness on the benefits of RPA by delivering their own complementary products to Blue Prism’s ecosystem by sharing them on the Blue Prism Digital Exchange (DX). Highlights from our most recent affiliate Technology Alliance Partners includes: Adlib Software: By adding AI-driven data extraction, enrichment and automation capabilities to Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform, Adlib Software enables true end-to-end process automation. Leveraging leading AI and ML technology, Adlib transforms unstructured document content into high-quality, machine-consumable data for RPA, enabling a digital workforce to accelerate customer response times, identify and protect high-risk content (PII) and manage risk within contracts and agreements. “We're excited to join the Blue Prism community reflecting the growing market and customer demands for RPA solutions powered by AI-driven extraction of structured data from complex unstructured document formats,” says Scott Mackey, SVP Market Strategy, Adlib Software. “Our integration with Blue Prism’s connected-RPA will enable customers to achieve true end-to-end process automation resulting in automation of mission-critical processes, reduced costs and improved operational efficiency.” HyperScience: HyperScience empowers business users to automate manual data entry processes, including extracting both handwritten and printed data from forms, as well as capturing data points from semi-structured documents, and doing so at a lower error rate. By combining HyperScience’s distinctive data extraction product and Blue Prism’s connected-RPA offering, customers can automate each step in the full lifecycle of intelligent document processing capabilities – unlocking additional speed and cost-savings for their automation deployment. “Enterprises have struggled to find reliable and cost-effective means for extracting key insights from their troves of scanned images and PDFs,” says Swapnil Parikh, Vice President of Product at HyperScience. “HyperScience delivers on machine learning’s potential in a real way: our technology enables companies to automate up to 95 percent of the manual work required.” Moonoia: As a Blue Prism TAP affiliate, Moonoia will accelerate the development of its flagship product docBrain, the AI platform for data extraction and document analysis, while enabling enterprise customers to leverage RPA and artificial intelligence (AI) for their document processes and achieve the highest accuracy and quality of the extracted data. “Our entire purpose at Moonoia is not only to solve complex document processing challenges for use cases where traditional OCR/ICR technology fails to deliver acceptable results, but to empower users to train their own AI models and custom build unique solutions that address company-specific problems,” says Geert Truyen, CEO at Moonoia. “We see this partnership as instrumental in helping us bring AI-powered data extraction to a broader audience of enterprise clients as well as augmenting a portfolio of intelligent automation capabilities for Blue Prism.” Smartlogic: The Smartlogic Semaphore integration with Blue Prism provides qualified data within automated processes. Semaphore’s ability to classify, extract and deliver insight – plus Blue Prism’s connected-RPA – lets organisations efficiently and effectively move their digital transformation journey with intelligent end-to-end automated processes. When information is semantically harmonised, accuracy improves, automation becomes flexible, and enterprises can handle a broader range of use cases. These capabilities coupled together enable organisations to rapidly respond to complex enterprise information needs to maximise business outcomes. “Smartlogic’s technology focus is to empower business users with a platform to manage and govern an authoritative layer for adding context and meaning to structured and unstructured information,” says Jeremy Bentley, CEO and Founder of Smartlogic. “Leveraging AI, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and text analytics capabilities within the Semaphore platform enables Blue Prism clients to identify, classify and extract qualified contextual data along the processing pipeline. We deliver an incredible value proposition together.” If you want to find out more about joining the Blue Prism Technology Alliances Program, please visit: https://www.blueprism.com/partners-and-services/become-a-partner. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Blue Prism Enables Easier Access and Greater Collaboration to Advance Intelligent Automation Capabilities 2019-05-23T22:00:00Z blue-prism-enables-easier-access-and-greater-collaboration-to-advance-intelligent-automation-capabilities ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Looking to provide greater flexibility and access to its digital workforce, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) today launched its new online community while also adding ecommerce capabilities to its Digital Exchange (DX), making it easier for organisations to deploy and scale their intelligent automation solutions. These advances build on Blue Prism’s connected-RPA vision of collaborative innovation, by creating a growing community that shares best practices and provides greater access to the latest artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, intelligent document processing and cloud capabilities. “Our motto of automating together, better and more, is definitely highlighted with these new capabilities,” says Dave Moss, Co-Founder and CTO for Blue Prism. “We are listening and responding by supporting a self-service model, which makes it easier for our customers to share, innovate and deploy intelligent automation solutions. These new capabilities help unify customer experiences and best practices for sharing, while providing the necessary community support to make automation the cornerstone of any digital transformation.” Enhancements to DX By way of the ecommerce capabilities, Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange, an intelligent automation marketplace comprising of customers, technology and channel partners, now enables customers or prospects to quickly buy and download software licenses directly from the exchange. This introductory package, which consists of a single software license along with one-year standard support, makes it easy for people to get started, learn more and explore what’s possible with an intelligent digital workforce. In the next 90 days, the ecommerce functionality will also allow other Blue Prism partners to offer their assets and integrations for sale via the DX. Anyone can now purchase and download this introductory Blue Prism v6.5 package which includes work queue trends and analytics, full Japanese and simplified Chinese language capabilities, IPv6 support, and data gateways, offering more data control while reducing the amount of storage being used. Private Assets is another new key feature on the DX. Users control who can view assets outside of a customer or partner’s organisation. They can only be seen by the employees of said company and then only after they are logged in. This feature gives enterprise customers more security and control over the assets used by their employees, only those that they approve, license and test are made available. Since being launched back in November 2018, DX adoption continues to skyrocket with more than 4,120 registered users from nearly 714 registered companies who can download over 110 assets to accelerate the time to market for their intelligent automation projects. It provides business leaders drag and drop access to AI, machine learning, cognitive and disruptive technologies from companies they know and trust. Other new key enhancements to DX include integration with Google Analytics to provide more visibility into how assets are being downloaded and used. Support for open sourced Blue Prism assets being shared via GitHub as well as the ability for partners and customers to securely share proprietary assets has also been added. According to Forrester Research, the partner of the future will likely not be a pure transacting one. “It doesn’t make sense to the new generation of tech buyers who make two-thirds of all new tech decisions today. As mentioned above, 73 percent of business buyers find the web more convenient to make purchases, and we forecast that 17 percent of all B2B transactions will happen through eCommerce by 2023”.¹ Blue Prism Community Now Live The Blue Prism Community is a new online experience where users can share, learn and create. The Blue Prism Community provides a new and exciting platform where users can engage with others who share common interests, goals and objectives. The Blue Prism Community provides: An online space open to everyone that is easy to navigate, and where users can get up to speed on important announcements and industry news. Participation in a growing ecosystem of digital entrepreneurs and innovative companies redefining the nature of work. Access to an innovation corner for new Blue Prism product ideas and features, including DX. A home for regional and industry-specific user groups. Discussion communities and in-person meet-ups for practitioners, professionals and innovators. Latest content and information on upcoming events, hackathons, demos, etc. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,000 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au 1 https://go.forrester.com/blogs/what-i-see-coming-for-the-channel-in-2019/ Blue Prism Technology Partners Continue to Augment Intelligent Automation by Adding AI-Powered Chatbot and Data Analysis Capabilities 2019-05-23T21:30:00Z blue-prism-technology-partners-continue-to-augment-intelligent-automation-by-adding-ai-powered-chatbot-and-data-analysis-capabilities ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Continuing to push the envelope for innovation around intelligent automation capabilities, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) today announced that CognitiveScale, Kore.ai and Shibumi have joined the company’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP) as affiliates. These new partners will help drive digital transformations for their clients by extending Blue Prism’s connected-RPA capabilities to include blockchain, AI-powered chatbots along with workflow and data synchronisation solutions being delivered in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. “Each month Blue Prism adds a few key technology partners that show us the art of the possible with our digital workforce,” says Linda Dotts, SVP Global Partner Strategy and Programs for Blue Prism. “Our connected-RPA platform provides a bedrock foundation for enterprise customers looking to drive innovation through new intelligent automation capabilities. This latest group of technology partner affiliates highlights the depth and breadth of our rapidly evolving ecosystem.” These partners strengthen an already comprehensive array of technology and independent software vendors (ISVs), that provide new and breakthrough intelligent automation capabilities by leveraging Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform. Currently Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program consists of 12 premier and 25 affiliates partners with more being added each month. These partners are also expanding market awareness on the benefits of RPA by delivering their own complementary products to Blue Prism’s ecosystem by sharing them on the Blue Prism Digital Exchange (DX). Highlights from this new round of affiliate Technology Alliance Partners includes: CognitiveScale: CognitiveScale is an enterprise AI software pioneer that pairs humans and machines to radically simplify the development, deployment and management of their AI systems. This collaboration combines the power of AI and RPA to unlock the value of Intelligent Process Automation (IPA). CognitiveScale’s “Process Insights Agent” will be available on Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange (DX) to identify, manage, and predict process exceptions to drive greater efficiency and effectiveness. This will give enterprises the ability to generate insights and learn from existing documents and processes within a Blue Prism workflow. CognitiveScale will also add its “Customer 360 Agent”, the company’s next generation customer system-of-record system, to Blue Prism’s DX. “This is an important step in bringing Intelligent Process Automation to life,” says Akshay Sabhikhi, CEO of CognitiveScale. “Combining CognitiveScale's open, scalable and trusted AI systems with Blue Prism's connected-RPA capabilities will truly transform customer experiences and increase efficiency of business processes while reducing costs.” Kore.ai: Kore.ai provides best-in-class AI-powered chatbots utilising Natural Language Processing (NLP) models to understand intents and drive dialog flows using natural language conversations. The in-built service orchestration framework allows secured integration with backend enterprises systems to exchange information. With this integration, Kore.ai dialog flows can now connect to Blue Prism's connected-RPA platform, enabling enterprises to build-out context-aware business flows, driven by natural language conversations with customers, and accessible via 30+ voice and chat-based interaction channels. "We are taking Blue Prism’s intelligent automation capabilities and extending them to the end user, whether that be a consumer, a contact center agent or an employee," says Kore.ai's Founder and CEO Raj Koneru. "By adding AI and NLP capabilities into the mix, conversational AI bots with RPA further elevates the user experience and provides higher value automation for external and internal processes with new operational agility, to improve customer engagement and deliver new services. We look forward to collaborating with Blue Prism to drive even more innovation and disruption.” Shibumi: Founded in 2012, the world’s leading advisory firms and organisations rely on Shibumi to achieve their most strategic business objectives. Shibumi SaaS solutions enable programs to define targets, capture ideas and track delivery, all with a unique focus on benefits realisation. By integrating with the Blue Prism platform, the entire end-to-end impact/value of the automation program is now visible to the organisation’s stakeholders. “We’re excited to be a part of the Blue Prism community,” says Bob Nahmias, CEO, Shibumi. “The powerful combination of Blue Prism and Shibumi provides our mutual customers the ability to drive scale and maximise the value from their automation programs.” If you want to find out more about joining the Blue Prism Technology Alliances Program, please visit: https://www.blueprism.com/partners-and-services/become-a-partner. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce is Now Available as a FedRAMP Compliant Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure 2019-05-22T22:00:00Z blue-prisms-digital-workforce-is-now-available-as-a-fedramp-compliant-cloud-service-on-microsoft-azure Orlando, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 23, 2019 —Being first to market again when it comes to achieving security and regulatory standards, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM), a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), announced today that is has partnered with Project Hosts, a FedRAMP authorised Cloud Service Provider (CSP), to deliver its digital workforce as a cloud service on Microsoft Azure. This new offering makes Blue Prism’s connected-RPA software available to federal agencies on GSA IT Schedule 70 (GS-35F-0511T), through the company’s value-added distributor EC America (ImmixGroup). By partnering with Project Hosts, Blue Prism has now made it much easier for federal agencies to grant a FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO) for a Blue Prism cloud deployment. Being deployed on Project Hosts’ Federal Private Cloud (FPC) FedRAMP-authorised Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), means Blue Prism users inherit 86 percent of the controls required for FedRAMP compliance. It also provides agencies with a System Security Plan (SSP) for their Blue Prism deployment, making the compliance verification and the ATO process much easier. The combination of Blue Prism, whose solution is built on a Microsoft .NET and SQL framework, and Project Hosts, who implements security and compliance on Microsoft Azure for US Federal government agencies, makes this offering the top choice for digital transformation in the public sector. “The President’s Management Agenda is focused on modernising our government for the 21st century, and intelligent automation has a key role in turning that vision into a reality,” said Laurie Cook, Vice President, Public Sector Sales & Alliances for Blue Prism. “With our partner Project Hosts, we can support the US government’s Cloud First initiative and FedRAMP program, and improve government agencies’ ability to deliver mission outcomes, provide excellent service to citizens and enhance employees’ job satisfaction as they take on more interesting cognitive work. Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce is a leading platform for digital transformation, and we’re excited to be an even stronger partner for federal agencies as they pursue their modernisation goals.” Blue Prism’s connected-RPA offering provides government agencies with an intelligent digital workforce (software robots) capable of self-learning and continuous improvement, empowering users to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back into the business—freeing up employees to do more. By pairing a digital worker with a nimble, up-skilled Federal workforce, government agencies can keep their initiatives cost-effective, streamlined and sustainable. Government agencies can use Blue Prism to help deliver more output, with fewer resources, while freeing up human employees’ time from repetitive tasks to focus on higher-value cognitive work. This enables a more citizen-centric approach, by increasing the overall quality of the services provided to citizens, coupled with improved consistency and overall faster delivery. It also gives agencies a game changing way of staying viable by easily accessing and exploiting leading-edge cloud, AI and cognitive capabilities. Through partnerships with the world’s foremost cognitive computing and AI technology companies, Blue Prism is rapidly evolving the capabilities and intelligence of its Digital Workforce robots so they can apply their multiple skills to any functional area of an organisation. As an off-the-shelf solution, government agencies can integrate Blue Prism’s solution into their processes, leveraging the intelligent automation platform of their choice. Blue Prism is also secure and compliant with industry-leading standards, including PCI, CERT Secure Coding, Veracode, HIPAA and TAA. For more information on how Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce can support your business or government agency, visit: https://www.blueprism.com/solutions/industry/public-sector. About Project Hosts Project Hosts implements security and compliance on Microsoft Azure for US Federal government and healthcare organisations. Project Hosts' pre-audited environments give organisations turnkey compliance for their applications, removing a key barrier to migration from on-premise deployments into Azure. Project Hosts environments hold certifications and authorisations from ISO 27001, HIPAA, HITRUST, FedRAMP, and the DoD, including the first DoD IL5 PATO to a company with under $1 Billion in revenue. Healthcare organisations, federal, state and local government agencies, and enterprises rely on Project Hosts to ensure that they have a cloud solution that meets their business needs, their budget and most importantly, protects their organisation, employees and data from unauthorised access or theft. https://www.projecthosts.com About FedRAMP The Federal Risk and Authorisation Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardised approach to security assessment, authorisation, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. This approach uses a “do once, use many times” framework that saves an estimated 30-40 percent of government costs, as well as both time and staff required to conduct redundant agency security assessments. FedRAMP is the result of close collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from the General Services Administration (GSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Security Agency (NSA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council and its working groups, as well as private industry. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,000 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Barracuda Named a Leader in Enterprise Email Security 2019-05-21T01:24:56Z barracuda-named-a-leader-in-enterprise-email-security Sydney, May 21, 2019 — Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced that it has been named a Leader in “The Forrester WaveTM: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019.” Within the current offering category, Barracuda received the highest score possible in the cloud integration, deployment options, incident response, and support and customer success criteria. Barracuda was specifically cited for offering “an innovative AI-based solution, Sentinel, to protect against phishing and BEC attacks.” Barracuda Forensics and Incident Response builds on this innovation by automating incident investigation, response and remediation. “Cybercriminals use social engineering to launch spear phishing and account takeover attacks that evade traditional email security solutions and manipulate end users for financial gain,” said Asaf Cidon, SVP of Email Protection at Barracuda. “Our innovative technologies protect businesses from these threats. We believe this report recognises how we deliver new ways to support our email security customers, earn their trust, and help them protect their businesses.” The Forrester report states that “customers praise Barracuda’s innovation, its Office 365 integration, and its customer support.”1 “At Barracuda, it’s our mission to protect and support our customers for life,” said BJ Jenkins, President & CEO at Barracuda. “We’ve been pioneers in the email security space, and our position in this report is, in our opinion, further acknowledgement of our leadership.” A complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 evaluation is available for download here: https://www.barracuda.com/EmailWave/ Additional information about Barracuda's email security offerings can be found here: https://www.barracuda.com/products/totalemailprotection Resources Get information about Barracuda Sentinel: https://www.barracuda.com/products/sentinel Get information about Barracuda Email Forensics and Incident Response: https://www.barracuda.com/forensics Get information about Barracuda PhishLine: https://www.barracuda.com/products/phishline Read the blog post: http://cuda.co/35533 1 The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Gartner Says 40% Of Gen Z Employees Regret Accepting Job Offer 2019-05-15T01:47:21Z gartner-says-40-of-gen-z-employees-regret-accepting-job-offer 14 May, 2019 — A growing number of candidates are regretting their career decisions, according to business research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. In 2018, 40% of Gen Z respondents reported that they would not repeat their decision to accept the job offer they had accepted and only 51% said they could see themselves having a long career at their organisation. Candidate regret leads to turnover, low engagement and low productivity; more than one-third of candidates who regret their decision intend to leave their position within 12 months. “To address this increase in candidate regret — and stem the ensuing issues with underperforming talent and/or high turnover — organisations need to better understand what Generation Z candidates want,” said Lauren Smith, vice president of Gartner’s HR practice. Gen Z candidates, those born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, are the first digitally native generation to enter the workforce and understand that innovation and change are a constant. To ensure they are staying relevant as technology and business processes advance, Gen Z workers are keen to leverage various types of development opportunities, from training programs and boot camps to continuing education. Data from Gartner’s Global Labour Market Survey found that in 2018, 23% of Gen Z candidates listed development opportunities as a top attraction driver, compared with only 17% of their millennial predecessors in 2013. Along with development opportunities, Gen Z candidates expect flexibility in their work arrangements. In addition to the ability to work from any location, these workers believe work should accommodate play and play should be incorporated in work. “With this latest crop of workforce entrants, we are seeing an increased focus on work-life integration and the ability to pursue interests simultaneously both in and out of the workplace,” said Ms. Smith. New Priorities Compensation is no longer a guaranteed method for keeping the young workforce in seat, according to Gartner. In 2018, 38% of Generation Z candidates said that they would leave a job because of compensation, compared with 41% of millennials in 2013. Gen Z candidates also differ from their millennial predecessors on seeking a defined career path. According to data from Gartner’s Global Labour Market Survey, in 2018, only 25% of Gen Z candidates listed future career opportunities as a top attraction driver when considering a job; in 2014, 34% of millennials felt the same way. Managing Differently “Given that today’s graduates are focused on learning and developing skills, employers looking to gain a career commitment from their Gen Z employees must ensure they offer these opportunities,” said Ms. Smith. “Our research shows that more than anyone, it’s an employee’s manager who influences the type of development an employee gets on the job.” In today’s digital age, graduates know they possess unique skill sets that are very much in demand and make up for a lack of experience. Management approaches must adapt to this new reality and shift from an “always-on” approach to a “Connector” manager approach. Connector managers foster meaningful connections for their direct reports to and among employees, teams and the organisation to develop an employee’s specific capabilities. Not only are managers crucial to ensuring their employees’ portfolio of skills stays relevant — a key concern of Gen Z — but they can improve the performance of employees by up to 26% and triple the likelihood that their direct reports will be high performers. “Employers who want to capitalise on the influx of Gen Z candidates into the labour market must consider how best to appeal to these individuals and reduce the desire for them to seek alternative career opportunities,” said Ms. Smith. About Gartner ReimagineHR Gartner experts will provide additional insight into the labour and talent issues at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference, taking place October 28-30 in Florida. Gartner ReimagineHR is the premier event for HR leaders around the world. Join Gartner and senior HR executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies necessary to support organisational performance. Gartner ReimagineHR will also be held August 6-7 in Sydney, and September 18-19 in London. Follow news and updates from these events on Twitter using #GartnerHR. About Gartner for HR Leaders Gartner for HR Leaders brings together the best, relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at http://www.gartner.com/en/human-resources/human-resources-leaders. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. # # # Gartner Survey Shows CIOs in Australia and New Zealand Are Making Slow Digital Business Progress 2019-05-15T00:59:45Z gartner-survey-shows-cios-in-australia-and-new-zealand-are-making-slow-digital-business-progress Sydney, Australia, May 15, 2019 — While 30% of organizations in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) are now starting to scale and harvest value from their digital investments, the remaining 70% are still evolving their digital business foundations, falling behind in rethinking business models, uplifting consumer experiences and shifting from project to product centricity, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc. The Gartner 2019 CIO Agenda Survey gathered data from 3,102 CIO respondents in 89 countries and across all major industries, including 161 respondents from ANZ. Brian Ferreira, vice president Executive Programs at Gartner, said digital resilience will be required for ANZ organizations evolving toward digital business maturity this year. “CIOs must step up to lead their enterprises through a year of predicted tightening economic conditions, competition from digital giants and political volatility. It’s more important than ever to maintain momentum during times of uncertainty, not only for digital business transformation, but also for long-term business viability.” According to the survey, digital initiatives are the highest priority for 25% of ANZ CIOs in 2019. Revenue/business growth is ranked second (16%), ahead of customer experience and cost optimization/reduction (tied for third at 10%). Cost optimization/reduction has jumped from No. 10 priority in ANZ last year to No. 3. Flat IT budgets The survey results indicate that transformation toward digital business is challenged by flat IT budget growth of 1.5% in ANZ in 2019, which is increasing less than the projected 1.9% inflation rate. This is compared with the 2.9% growth that CIOs globally expect this year. Flat IT budgets in ANZ will limit capacity to meet the leading CIO priority of digital initiatives. “The risk during these uncertain times with limited budgets is to make short-term investment decisions, which can slow or even reverse digital business transformation progress,” Mr. Ferreira said. “For those who stick to their plans and focus on the long-term vision, the returns will be there.” The top five areas in which ANZ CIOs will invest new or additional funding in 2019 are: business intelligence and data analytics (54%); cybersecurity and information security (40%); core system improvements and transformation (34%); cloud services or solutions (32%); and customer/user experience (31%). AI and analytics shape the CIO technology agenda The CIO Agenda survey indicates that disruptive emerging technologies will play a major role in reshaping business models in ANZ as they change the economics of all organizations. Twenty-seven percent of ANZ CIOs expect AI to be the most disruptive technology for their organizations in 2019, taking the top spot away from data and analytics, which now occupies second place at 22%. According to the survey, 77% of ANZ CIOs are already using AI technology. The top three ways AI is being used is for process optimization (32%), chatbots (26%) and computer-assisted diagnostics (21%). “The rapid shift to AI looks revolutionary on the surface, but ANZ CIOs aren’t very innovative in creating uses for AI,” said Mr. Ferreira. “They need to experiment more to identify a greater range of uses within their organization if they’re going to keep up with the innovators and disruptors in the market who invest more in it.” C-Suite reporting lines lagging global trend Only one in three ANZ CIOs report to CEOs, compared with 43% of CIOs in typical-performing organizations globally, and 56% in high-performing organizations. One-third of ANZ CIOs report to a COO, and 17% to a CFO. As a result, IT is failing to influence business change and growth, according to Gartner. “ANZ CIOs have the chance to step up to become more influential business leaders, but most are not seizing that opportunity to drive change,” Mr. Ferreira said. “Those that take the lead with their business peers can drive innovative thinking in business models, consumer experience and moving from a project to product focus in how technology is delivered.” Gartner clients can learn more in the report “2019 CIO Agenda: An Australia and New Zealand Perspective.” Additional analysis is available in the complimentary webinar replay "2019 CIO Agenda – Australia and New Zealand Perspective" available now. About Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo Learn more about CIO leadership and how to drive digital innovation to the core of your business at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019. Follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. Upcoming dates and locations for the 2019 Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo include: June 3-6: Toronto, Canada September 16-18: Cape Town, South Africa October 20-24: Orlando, Florida October 28-31: Sao Paulo, Brazil October 28-31: Gold Coast, Australia November 3-7: Barcelona, Spain November 11-14 - Goa November 12-14 - Tokyo About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organization size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. # # # Infoblox Appoints Kenneth Cartwright as Head of Channels – ANZ 2019-05-13T22:00:00Z infoblox-appoints-kenneth-cartwright-as-head-of-channels-anz Sydney – May 14, 2019 – Infoblox Inc., the leader in DNS, DHCP, IP address management (DDI) and secure cloud-managed network services, today announced that it has appointed Kenneth Cartwright as head of channels for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Based in Sydney, Cartwright is responsible for executing Infoblox’s channel go-to-market strategy across both countries, to support an increasing number of businesses that are adopting the company’s network control services. “ANZ is an important market for Infoblox as we continue to extend our leading position in DDI and secure cloud-managed network services,” said Hwa Cheong Wong, vice president of sales for Infoblox in Asia Pacific and Japan. “Kenneth’s demonstrated leadership, sales and channel skills naturally align with Infoblox’s commitment to help businesses in ANZ safeguard their networks, data and applications.” Cartwright has over 24 years of experience in the IT channel, with a varied career across distribution, as well as infrastructure and security vendors in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining Infoblox, Cartwright was distribution and channel account manager for FireEye, where he managed the company’s partners across Australia. Before that, he held a variety of channel and sales roles with Aerohive Networks, Brocade Communications, Ruckus Wireless, Clarity Technology, Extricom and Azlan Group. “As organisations transition from legacy networks to the cloud, secure cloud-managed network services are becoming the clear way forward, bringing next-level security, reliability and automation to on-premises, cloud and hybrid networks,” said Cartwright. “Infoblox is committed to working with our ANZ partners and customers in the best possible way to empower them to have advanced network control and protection without impacting their day-to-day operations.” About Infoblox Infoblox is leading the way to next-level DDI with its Secure Cloud-Managed Network Services. Infoblox brings next-level security, reliability, and automation to on-premises, cloud and hybrid networks, setting customers on a path to a single pane of glass for network management. Infoblox is a recognised leader with 50 percent market share comprised of 8,000 customers worldwide, including 350 of the Fortune 500. Learn more at www.infoblox.com Gartner CEO Survey Shows Priorities Shifting to Meet Rising Growth Challenges 2019-05-08T23:06:17Z gartner-ceo-survey-shows-priorities-shifting-to-meet-rising-growth-challenges STAMFORD, Conn. May 8, 2019 — Growth continues to top the list of CEO business priorities in 2019 and 2020, according to a recent survey of CEOs and senior executives by Gartner, Inc. The most notable change in comparison to last year’s results is that a growing number of CEOs also deem financial priorities important, especially profitability improvement. The annual Gartner 2019 CEO and Senior Business Executive Survey of 473 CEO and senior business executives in the fourth quarter of 2018 examined their business issues, as well as some areas of technology agenda impact. In total, 473 business leaders of companies with $50 million or more and 60% with $1 billion or more in annual revenue were qualified and surveyed. “After a significant fall last year, mentions of growth increased this year to 53%, up from 40% in 2018,” said Mark Raskino, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “This suggests that CEOs have switched their focus back to tactical performance as clouds gather on the horizon.” At the same time, mentions of financial priorities, cost and risk management also increased (see Figure 1). “However, we did not see CEOs intending to significantly cut costs in various business areas. They are aware of the rising economic challenges and proceeding with more caution — they are not preparing for recession,” said Mr. Raskino. Figure 1: Top 11 Business Priorities of CEOs Source: Gartner (May 2019) New Opportunities for Growth The survey results showed that a popular solution when growth is challenged is to look in other geographic locations for growth. Responses mentioned other cities, states, countries and regions, as well as “new markets” would also include some geographic reach (though a new market can also be industry-related, or virtual). “It is natural to use location hunting for growth when traditional and home markets are saturated or fading,” said Mr. Raskino. “However, this year the international part of such reach is complicated and compounded by a shift in the geopolitical landscape. Twenty-three percent of CEOs see significant impacts to their own businesses arising from recent developments in tariffs, quotas and other forms of trade controls. Another 58% of CEOs have general concerns about this issue, suggesting that more CEOs anticipate it might impact their businesses in future.” Another way that CEOs seem to be confronting softening growth prospects and weakening margins is to seek diversification — which increasingly means the application of digital business to offer new products and revenue-producing channels. Eighty-two percent of respondents agreed that they had a management initiative or transformation program underway to make their companies more digital — up from 62% in 2018. High Hopes for Technology Cost management has risen in CEO priorities, from No. 10 in 2018 to No. 8 today. When asked about their cost-control methods, 27% of respondents cited technology enablement, securing the third spot after measures around people and organization, such as bonuses and expense and budget management. However, when asked to consider productivity and efficiency actions, CEOs were much more inclined to think of technology as a tool. Forty-seven percent of respondents mentioned technology as one of their top two ways to improve productivity. Digital Skills for All Executives Digital business is something the whole executive committee must be engaged in. However, the survey results showed that CEOs are concerned that some of the executive roles do not possess strong or even sufficient digital skills to face the future. On average, CEOs think that sales, risk, supply chain and HR officers are most in need of more digital savvy. Once all executive leaders are more comfortable with the digital sphere, new capabilities to execute on their business strategies will need to be developed. When asked which organizational competencies their company needs to develop the most, 18% of CEOs named talent management, closely followed by technology enablement and digitalization (17%) and data centricity or data management (15%). “Datacentric decision-making is a key culture and capability change in a management system that hopes to thrive in the digital age. Executive leaders must be a role model to encourage and foster data centricity and data literacy in their business units and the organization as a whole,” Mr. Raskino said. Gartner clients can read more in the report “2019 CEO Survey: The Year of Challenged Growth.” Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019 Learn more about leadership and how to drive digital innovation to the core of your business at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019. Follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organization size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 Genesys Taps Former Cisco, Microsoft and Skype Exec Tony Bates as CEO 2019-05-07T00:29:59Z genesys-taps-former-cisco-microsoft-and-skype-exec-tony-bates-as-ceo Genesys® (www.genesys.com), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions, today announced Tony Bates as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Bates succeeds Paul Segre, who will continue with Genesys as Chairman of the company. “In my 12 years as CEO, I’ve had the privilege of working with the best team in the industry. We have repeatedly disrupted the market, most recently with our cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations, and ended 2018 with $1.5 billion in revenue – our best year yet,” Segre said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to step into a new role as chairman at this high point in the company’s history and welcome our new CEO, Tony Bates, at a time when there’s so much opportunity for Genesys.” Bates has decades of experience and success steering business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies through industry transitions and rapid scaling. This includes leading Cisco’s Service Provider business and growing its Enterprise and Commercial division to more than $20 billion in annual revenue. As CEO of Skype, Bates expanded the business to over 170 million connected users. Once Skype was acquired by Microsoft, Bates became President responsible for unified communications before serving as Executive Vice President of business development and developers. In addition to his role at Genesys, Bates will continue his appointments on the board of directors at both VMWare and eBay. The company also announced today that President Tom Eggemeier will transition into a new role as a partner at one of the company’s private equity investors, Permira. Presently, the Permira Funds and Hellman & Friedman own a combined majority stake in Genesys. “The opportunity to lead Genesys at this pivotal moment is truly an honour,” said Bates. “With its next-generation cloud business growing 85% year over year and rapid injection of AI throughout its customer experience platform, Paul and Tom have done an incredible job building Genesys into a market leader with a remarkable customer base. Especially noteworthy is its PureCloud offer, which is one of the fastest growing SaaS businesses ever, on par with high-growth companies like Zoom [1]. The immense opportunity ahead of us is clear, and I intend to ensure that we capitalise on it.” Brian Ruder, partner and co-head of Permira’s technology team commented, “With Tony at the helm, Genesys is poised to continue achieving record revenue, profitability, customer success and business impact in the market, building on the incredible foundation Paul and Tom established for the company. We are thrilled to keep working with Paul as chairman of Genesys, and to welcome Tom to Permira, where he will continue to help the Genesys team drive growth and bring his talents to our entire technology portfolio as well.” Tarim Wasim, partner at Hellman & Friedman said, “Tony brings years of proven success leading technology businesses as they navigate change and drive rapid growth. We welcome his energy, direction and leadership as Genesys builds on its recent momentum. We would also like to thank Paul and Tom for their stewardship, deep engagement and strong initiative in propelling Genesys forward as the undisputed leader in the customer experience market.” [1] Source: Based on publicly available financials from SEC filings (with exception of Genesys PureCloud) Zoom: Total revenue from FYE Jan 2017 to FYE Jan 2019 Genesys PureCloud: PureCloud revenue from FYE Dec 2017 to FYE Dec 2019 (budgeted) New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Malwarebytes Q1 Cybercrime Report 2019-04-29T23:28:27Z malwarebytes-q1-cybercrime-report SYDNEY – April 30, 2019 – MalwarebytesTM, the leading advanced endpoint protection and remediation solution, today announced the results of the Q1 2019 Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques report. The report is a culmination of data based on the Company’s unique threat analysis capabilities. Globally, Q1 showed a significant uptick in business ransomware detections (195 percent), along with continued momentum for Trojan variations by over 200 percent and a sharp decline in crypto mining. In APAC, the region has seen business malware detections on the rise, similar to global trends. “Consumers might breathe a sigh of relief seeing that malware targeting them has dropped by nearly 40 percent, but that would be short-sighted,” said Adam Kujawa, director of Malwarebytes Labs. “Consumer data is more easily available in bulk from business targets, who saw a staggering 235 percent increase in detections year-over-year. Cybercriminals are using increasingly clever means of attack to get even more value from targets through the use of sophisticated Trojans, adware and ransomware.” Key findings for Asia Pacific: Key findings from APAC include: Singapore ranks nine for the number of malware detections recorded in APAC Among the top ten countries including (in order of most detections) Indonesia, India, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, Singapore ranks number nine, with a total of 1,047,780 business detections. On the consumer side, there is 12,033,636 detections, giving a total of 13,081,416 detections in Q1. Adware, Trojan and Generic malware remains the most common detections for both businesses and consumers alike. Ransomware is growing in prevalence Ransomware was ranked the fourth most common threat detected in APAC and has gained rapid momentum among business targets with an increase of 30% in detections from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019. Compared to the same time last year, business detections of ransomware have seen a rise of over 325%, due to rogue WannaCry infections still spreading through the APAC region due to unpatched systems. Cryptomining is on the decline Between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, there was a drop of 33% on consumer miners. From the same period the previous year, there have been a nearly 80% drop in consumer miner detections. A reverse trend was observed in businesses, who saw a rise of 77% on business miners between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, and a 42% rise in business miner detections year on year. Overall, the crypto mining detections have been observed to slow down. Emotet also continues to target enterprises. Businesses are the prime target The overall detections of Emotet on businesses have risen almost 200% from the previous quarter, and consumer detections have also showed a significant increase of 170%. In total, Emotet detections have shown a 230% increase between Q4 2018 and Q1 2019. Backdoor Vools have been replaced by Viruses Last year, backdoor Vools utilising Eternal exploits was observed to be breaking into networks. Since the beginning of the year, Vools have seen a drop of 88% in detections of backdoors on businesses. In place of this threat is an increase in the use of Viruses, or file infectors, which modify executable files on the system and execute malicious code when launched. The use of viruses, essentially setting up more backdoors, is something worth noting for businesses and consumers, who are showing distrust towards the way organisations handle their data. Globally, the APAC region comes in third place for the total number of detections A total of 14.1m malware detections were observed in APAC in Q1 2019, with Backdoors, Viruses, Exploits and Android Backdoors & Monitors as the top malware detected. APAC comes in third place behind North America (19.84m) & EMEA (19.8m). “We have observed that the APAC region more often deals with threats that take advantage of unpatched or poorly secured systems, such as exploits or the use of file infector viruses. Compared to the Western focused attacks that focus more on social engineering and fooling the user, Eastern focused malware has a heavy focus on getting access to the systems which have been neglected by a company’s IT department. In 2019, it will be critical for enterprises and managed service providers to boost companies’ cyber defences and reduce their vulnerability of falling victim to cybercrime.” expressed Jeff Hurmuses, Area Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Malwarebytes. The full Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques Report is available at: https://resources.malwarebytes.com/resource/cybercrime-tactics-techniques-2019-q1-report/ To read more about Malwarebytes’ latest findings, visit our blog, follow us on Twitter, or check us out on LinkedIn. About Malwarebytes Malwarebytes is trusted to protect people and businesses against the latest dangerous cyberthreats including malware, ransomware and exploits that traditional antivirus solutions fail to catch. Malwarebytes’ offers comprehensive defense and recovery technologies to safeguard devices whether at home or in the office, enabling users to protect themselves anywhere, anytime. Malwarebytes’ team of researchers and security experts protect more than 60,000 businesses and millions of people worldwide, combatting more than 8.8 million threats daily using artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify behavior and catch new threats rapidly. Driven by a desire to protect everyone’s right to a malware free existence, CEO Marcin Kleczynski founded Malwarebytes in 2008, and has grown the company to over 750 employees across the world today. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.malwarebytes.com/ MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACT: DEC PR on behalf of Malwarebytes malwarebytes@decpr.com.au +61 2 8014 5033 Avaya partners with Standard Chartered to deliver Multi-Year CX Transformation 2019-04-24T04:16:03Z avaya-partners-with-standard-chartered-to-deliver-multi-year-cx-transformation Singapore – April 24, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) is partnering with Standard Chartered to deliver a multi-year client experience transformation project that will enable the Bank to more fully align its services with clients’ fast-paced, digitally connected lives. The Avaya OneCloud Private solution enables organizations such as Standard Chartered to hit the ground running with unified communications and contact center solutions delivered on their own private cloud. Avaya offers standard reference architectures—or customers can team up with Avaya global experts to design a custom solution. The Standard Chartered Avaya implementation is designed to enable the Bank to effectively service its clients, while building a foundation that anticipates contact center channels that have not yet emerged. As Standard Chartered continues to invest in its digital capabilities, the global banking group is experiencing an increase in digital adoption, with 49% of clients now actively using online or mobile banking compared to 45% in 2017. The Bank is committed to delivering an easy, convenient and secure digital banking experience across multiple channels, while still offering the human touch through its client contact centers. “Our partnership with Avaya will enable us to offer a truly seamless experience for our clients by consolidating all our interactions with them in one place,” said Stuart Beaumont, Global Head, Voice & Virtual, Standard Chartered. “This creates greater efficiencies in our structure, with agents being able to transition between all channels, benefiting from the context of previous conversations. Avaya’s platform also offers us the flexibility of engaging third party organisations so that we can continue to evolve and offer best in class channels and a great experience for our clients.” Avaya OneCloud Private provides the global platform that Standard Chartered needs and deploys it securely within the Bank’s environment. Nidal Abou-Ltaif, President, Avaya International, said: “Standard Chartered is creating more convenient ways of banking for its clients, ensuring security, privacy and full-service across any channel. Avaya is proud to be supporting this venerable financial institution as it continues to evolve and transform to meet the needs of its clients. This partnership is a ringing endorsement of the next-generation possibilities afforded by Avaya’s cloud offerings.” “As it shows with its commitment to its clients, Standard Chartered has shown a preference for strategic partner relationships, and that’s a value that we at Avaya share,” Mark Meehan, Client Executive, Avaya. “Our technology roadmaps are well aligned with Standard Chartered’s evolving requirements, and we’re extremely proud to be helping this 160-year-old institution continue delivering incredible client experiences.” ## About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. Standard Chartered We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 85. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India. For more stories and expert opinions please visit Insights at sc.com. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. 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