The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-23T09:58:52Z AIIA welcomes Australian Government reforms to ICT procurement 2017-08-23T09:58:52Z aiia-welcomes-australian-government-reforms-to-ict-procurement Sydney, Australia – 23 August 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has released a statement in response to the ICT procurement reforms announced today by Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor. From today, Government IT contracts will be capped at a maximum value of $100 million or three years’ duration. The Government will also set a target to increase by 10 percent the SME (small to medium enterprise) share of Government’s annual $6.5 billion ICT spend, which may amount up to an additional $650 million annually. These are the first measures to be announced based on the I0-point recommendations provided by the ICT Procurement Taskforce. Rob Fitzpatrick, chief executive officer of AIIA says: “We welcome the government’s commitment to build improved procurement capabilities and introduce new ICT procurement options aimed to streamline and speed up processes for both government and vendors. “Today’s changes are an important step forward to make it easier and less expensive for smaller Australian ICT companies to bid for components of larger projects and have the opportunity to do business with the Government. These changes are in line with recommendations made by AIIA to provide a more level playing field. “We are particularly pleased to hear the Minister’s strong commitment to cloud services across government and to reforming existing panel arrangements. AIIA has expressed concern for some time that current approaches are out of synch with new business and operating models. “All these changes open the door for government agencies to embrace innovation and new ideas and puts us a step closer to breaking down Canberra’s risk-averse culture. The government has also sent an important message about the importance of delivering on its digital transformation agenda. “To succeed, it will be important to implement the spirit of these changes effectively, and industry looks forward to working with the government to ensure an effective rollout.” -ENDS- About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410 joanna@filteredmedia.com.au ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE 2018 DELIVERS THE FIRST BACKUP FOR MAC WITH RANSOMWARE PROTECTION 2017-08-23T07:42:04Z acronis-true-image-2018-delivers-the-first-backup-for-mac-with-ransomware-protection SYDNEY, Australia, 23 August 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, today introduced Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac. As the proven backup alternative for Mac users seeking the cloud-based features missing from Time Machine, Acronis True Image 2018 is now the first personal backup software to include technology that actively defends data against ransomware. The inclusion of anti-ransomware protection in Acronis True Image 2018 arrives at a critical time for Mac users. While macOS machines have historically been safe from malware, cybercriminals are expanding their reach – attacks against Macs increased 744 percent during 2016[i] and several serious incidents have occurred throughout 2017. “Reliable backups are critical for anyone looking to recover their system, especially after something like a ransomware attack,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder, and CEO of Acronis. “As the leader in backup software, we recognized that the future of data protection will require us to do more. We’re proud to offer the first and only personal backup software that protects consumer data against this growing threat.” Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac features enhanced backup and recovery capabilities, updated macOS-style interface, and Touch Bar integration. By also incorporating Acronis Active Protection™, the company’s cutting-edge ransomware defense, Acronis sets a new standard for protecting the data of Mac users, from individuals and families to home offices and small businesses. Reliable backup and recovery During a survey of Acronis customers during July 2017, 95 percent of respondents said they choose and recommend Acronis True Image because the backups are so reliable. The 2018 release improves upon its core backup and recovery capabilities even more, with enhancements such as: Faster recovery from the cloud: New optimizations for Wide Area Networks (WAN) means Mac users can now recover full systems and individual files from Acronis Cloud up to four-times faster. Live Update: Ensures users have the most up-to-date version of Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac by detecting and delivering updates without needing a separate DMG download. Users can automatically download and install updates as soon as they are released. Instagram backup: Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac expands support for social media with automatic backups of Instagram accounts. Photos, comments and statistics – such as the number of likes, tags or comments a post gets – are now safe from accidental deletion or hackers. Mobile backupto NAS devices: Building on the ability to automatically back up mobile devices to a Mac via Wi-Fi, Acronis True Image 2018 now lets users back up to network-attached storage (NAS). More than 25 percent of Acronis True Image customers use a NAS device at home. Easy control Acronis True Image 2018 is specifically designed to give Mac users a better experience and greater control over their backups. The updated macOS-style interface is visually enhanced to show detailed information about backup activity and statistics – including a color-coded display of how much data they have stored, the types of files in storage, and the status of backups – so users can manage their backups at a glance. The new product also integrates the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar. By using the multi-touch display, users can navigate between tabs, create and start new backups, monitor data transfer speeds, and track the progress of backups. Secure data protection The ability to restore a system or individual files is critical following a ransomware attack. Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac not only makes recovery easy, it takes the initial protection a step further by preventing ransomware from corrupting a user’s data in the first place. Acronis Active Protection is designed to recognize patterns of file access. When it detects unusual behavior, it alerts the user of the suspicious activity. With real-time monitoring, it verifies all processes so approved activities are allowed to run, while potentially dangerous behavior is stopped. If any files are encrypted during a ransomware attack, they can be quickly recovered from the backup using Acronis True Image 2018. More than 60 percent of Acronis customers surveyed said they worry about ransomware. A new Security Dashboard gives users complete visibility over Acronis Active Protection so you can be reassured that their data is protected. It lets them track the number of processes that have been flagged as potentially dangerous, see which ones were blocked, and manage a whitelist of trusted applications. Pricing and Availability There are three editions of Acronis True Image 2018 available to accommodate customer use and preferences. All versions include Acronis Active Protection against ransomware and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Standard is a perpetual license that is offered without any cloud storage or access to cloud-based features for customers who prefer to store their data on local drives only. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 for one computer. Advanced is a one-year subscription that includes 250 GB of cloud storage and access to all cloud-based features. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 per year for one computer. Premium is a one-year subscription that includes exclusive blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities, as well as 1 TB of cloud storage. Pricing starts at AUD $139.99 per year for one computer. Advanced and Premium subscribers can purchase additional cloud storage within the application. Advanced Licenses can upgrade to a maximum of 500 GB. If more storage is needed, Advanced users can upgrade to a Premium License, which offers cloud storage of up to 5 TB. Instagram backup launches today in limited markets and will be available worldwide on September 4, 2017 Acronis True Image 2018 is available for purchase at acronis.com/en-au/personal/computer-backup/ and through major software resellers and retail stores worldwide. NOTE: For small business owners who need to protect more than five computers, or companies that have multiple workstations and servers, Acronis Backup 12.5 scales to protect thousands of computers and provides convenient tools for group management of environments of any complexity. Details are available at acronis.com/en-au/business/backup/. About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com Press contact: Guennadi Moukine Acronis ANZ Pty Ltd +61 40 555 9296 guennadi.moukine@acronis.com [i] 2017 McAfee Threat Report Probax appoints new CEO, Kevin Allan transitions to role as CTO 2017-08-23T03:15:10Z probax-appoints-new-ceo-kevin-allan-transitions-to-role-as-cto Probax are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to their senior leadership team. Kevin Allan is stepping into the role of Chief Technology Officer, remaining as part of the Probax senior leadership team. Since formally establishing Probax in 2008, Kevin has served as Managing Director over 9 years. He has taken the company through a period of successful growth and change. Throughout this period, he has demonstrated considerable technical skill and intuition in building Probax’s suite of backup, automation and disaster recovery products for MSPs; and establishing a strong local network and international partnerships in North America, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Sam Meegahage has been appointed as Probax’s new Chief Executive Officer. “I’m very excited to have Sam join the Probax leadership team. Sam has extensive experience in the industry and he has a proven track record of strategic and operational leadership, delivering outstanding results during his time at Anittel and Inabox Group” Kevin said. He further expressed his enthusiasm for Sam’s appointment: “Sam is incredibly passionate about customer engagement and feedback. He has been a valued Advisory Board Member since January 2017, and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role as CEO.” “I expect this to be a seamless transition, and I will remain heavily involved in the company, focusing my efforts on driving product innovation and development.” Sam spoke about his recent appointment: “Probax has achieved remarkable early success. I’m excited to join the team as CEO and I’m looking forward to working closely with our customers and partners. Kevin has developed a high-quality Disaster Recovery and Cloud storage offering and I’m looking forward to bringing these solutions to more MSPs across the globe.” He hinted at what to expect in the 2017-18 Financial Year: “We have more positive announcements to make in the not too distant future but for now we’ll be looking to keep building a robust suite of services for our clients, along with the customer and technical support that has helped it flourish. The Probax team welcomed Sam and Kevin into their new roles officially on August 15th. Sony sees bright future at Integrate 2017 2017-08-23T01:14:45Z sony-sees-bright-future-at-integrate-2017 At this year’s Integrate show Sony will be demonstrating its widest range of projectors, displays and applications for the professional, home theatre, education and commercial markets to date. Kicking off proceedings will be a demonstration of Sony's CLED display which will redefines the giant display landscape. With amazing contrast, saturated colour, brilliant white and deep black Sony's CLED is a giant display that delivers it all. It's the ideal choice for life-size displays in architectural and automotive design and it's the ultimate display for boardrooms, theme parks, museums, broadcast studios, corporate lobbies, real estate showrooms and medical education. The display's light source is Sony's innovative Crystal LED technology, which combines ultrafine LEDs and unique surface mounting to deliver a visual experience beyond any conventional LED array. Alongside the CLED area is Sony’s latest Ultra-Short Throw native 4K HDR Home Theatre Projector the VPL-VZ1000ES. Part of a major expansion of Sony’s ultra short throw home theatre line up the VPL-VZ1000ES is designed to integrate easily into people’s homes. This latest innovative laser light source projector is High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible with native 4K resolution and can be positioned as little as six inches away from the wall, yet command the room with a 254cm (100 inch) image, measured diagonally in 16:9. When powered off, the compact and elegant VPL-VZ1000ES virtually disappears into the décor. With the VPL-VZ1000ES it is now possible to have an immersive viewing experience for a wide range of residential applications, from a home theatre to a living room or bedroom, no matter what the design or layout of your home is. Another Sony projector making the news recently and which will be at the show is the VPL-PHZ10. Part of Sony’s expanding line of Z-Phosphor™ laser light source projectors this new model is aimed at making laser technology more cost-effective for the installation market. Designed for applications, including classrooms and meeting rooms, the new VPL-PHZ10 (WUXGA) and brings the benefits of laser technology — image quality, colour reproduction and virtually zero-maintenance — to customers who previously may have only been able to experience lamp-based projection. The new fixed wide zoom lens VPL-PHZ10 provides users with a lower-cost, high-quality option for installing laser projections in rooms traditionally geared toward lamp-based technology. The new projectors’ light source have a total constant brightness of 4,500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours depending on usage environment, enabling users to experience the projectors’ original level of image quality over 5 years in standard use, while achieving a maximum 5,000 lumens brightness when the constant brightness mode is off. A product never before exhibited at Integrate is Sony’s new Vision Exchange. Developed to enable the presentation and sharing of content to inspire and engage teams with workgroup-based collaboration Vision Exchange brings together students, lecturers and presenters in a workgroup-based collaborative environment. Cost-effective, easy to configure and intuitive for every user, this total active learning solution is ideal for universities and colleges of higher education as well as corporate conference rooms. Vision Exchange lets teams and presenters brainstorm and work collaboratively by sharing each individual's multimedia content together - even bringing in other participants at remote locations to join the discussion as required and share these local contents more seamlessly/effectively than ever before. Students or teams can work collaboratively in small independent workgroups or clusters connecting wirelessly to the platform via their own laptops (PC/Mac), tablets or smartphone devices. Information created by workgroups using on-screen annotation tools or whiteboard with digital tag can then be saved as snapshots and downloaded to their connecting device. Another new product to Integrate is Sony’s NUCLeUS™ smart digital operating room, a state-of-the-art control platform, assisting clinicians during surgery. NUCLeUS is Sony’s video-over-IP platform that streamlines workflow efficiency in today’s digital OR by showing visual data in front of the surgeons, while retaining all digitised information centrally.Uniquely flexible and readily scalable, it manages the planning, routing, recording and distribution of multiple imaging and data sources across hospital’s standard IT networks.NUCLeUS™ is the ultimate solution for any future-oriented hospital. The final display area on the Integrate 2017 stand will be dedicated to Sony’s BRAVIA HD and 4K Professional Displays. Sony large format display screens and digital signage public displays ensure the highest quality image reproduction for every environment and application. At Integrate 2017 Sony will be demonstrating a wide range of superior quality public display screens, leading digital signage and intuitive content management solutions that enable businesses, education establishments, venues, retail environments and transport hubs to maximise audience engagement.Integrate 2017 will be on from 29th – 31st August at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Visit Sony stand at H40. Epson sees new possibilities at Integrate 2017 2017-08-23T01:14:05Z epson-sees-new-possibilities-at-integrate-2017 At this year’s Integrate show (29-31 August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) Epson Australia will be showcasing its theme of “See New Possibilities” with demonstrations that include new projectors, unique artist-created projections and due to the critical importance that colour brightness plays when selecting a projector, a shootout between Epson’s 3LCD and competing single chip DLP technology. Epson’s first new projector and a real standout this year is the EB-1470Ui as it’s this laser ultra short-throw interactive projector which perfectly illustrates advantages such as seamless collaboration combined with effective image size, that Epson projection brings to the modern office. The EB-1470Ui also truly embodies Epson’s “See new possibilities” theme as it delivers 4,000 lumens of colour brightness and 4,000 lumens of white brightness1 in full HD for brilliant images and impactful presentations. The benefits don’t stop there as this interactive laser display works on nearly any flat surface turning it into an interactive finger and touch enabled digital whiteboard – turn it on and start writing – making it the ideal collaboration solution for the modern meeting room. Designed to change the way technologies, people and their ideas converge into one seamless digital experience, the EB-1470Ui offers a 100-inch display size to enhance readability for meeting rooms, increase productivity and foster collaboration. An interactive comparison of flat panel and projector displays will be shown on the Epson stand to demonstrate how important display size is for reading, understanding and analysing information. Epson’s second demonstration area is dedicated to rental and staging solutions and creative artist collaboration. This exciting and ever-expanding area – matched only by Epson’s ever-expanding range of lenses – showcases Epson L-Series long-life laser projection technology. The EB-L1755U, EB-L25000U and EB-L1505U projectors on show clearly demonstrate Epson’s strength and depth for a wide variety of rental and staging applications and some of the amazing work created by world-renowned moving image artists such as Joe Crossley. The L-Series is ideal for rental and staging, as well as permanent large venue installations. It also enables creative professionals such as Crossley to present extraordinary content for the world to see and visitors to Integrate 2017 this year will have the opportunity to experience one of his amazing creations projected on the Epson stand using four edge blended EB-L1505U laser units. The EB-L1505U is the world’s first 12,000 lumens WUXGA LCD laser projector1. Images will have rich, vivid colours thanks to Epson's 3LCD technology and equally high white and colour light output. With flexible installation and low maintenance, this 4K enhanced projector offers a fit-and-forget solution for scenarios in which only superior projections will do. With Epson committed to helping the visitors at Integrate see new possibilities they are demonstrating the new EB-L1755U, which also features WUXGA with 4K Enhancement but boasts an even higher 15,000 lumens of both colour and white brightness1. The EB-L1755U features new remote image capture with a built-in camera for diagnostic purposes, flexible connection options, high native contrast ratio, and flexible 360-degree installation and projection at any angle. The new L-Series is also compatible with Epson’s extensive selection of lenses, which is expanding to include a new ultra short-throw option, the ELPLX02 lens that projects from 100 inches up to a massive 1,000 inches. Epson’s bright and powerful EB-L25000U flagship laser projector is designed for outdoor signage, exhibition halls, concert halls, and other large venue applications. This projector features a new cooling system and a sealed, smoke-proof optical engine allowing it to be used in harsh staging conditions. Offering the kind of outstanding usability and installation flexibility required by staging professionals, the projector is designed for maximum practicability. It has a bold, rugged build and scratch-resistant surfaces while ease-of-operation is ensured with 360-degree projection flexibility. A built-in handle frame helps to ensure safe and easy transport, installation, and flexibility. Powered by 3LCD technology and Epson's laser optical engine, the EB-L25000U is capable of producing white light and colour light output of up to 25,000 Lumens, delivering captivating images in virtually any venue.The final demonstration area will feature a colour brightness shootout between Epson 3-chip 3LCD and single chip DLP technology to demonstrate the importance of colour light output when choosing a projector. Though many manufacturers list only the white brightness of their projectors, it is colour brightness that determines the overall brightness of the images we perceive. The low colour brightness of single chip DLP projectors can result in images that are 1/3 less bright compared to their 3-chip 3LCD competitors. The Epson stand this year includes a custom built demonstration area where visitors can experience firsthand the importance of colour brightness and why 9 out of 10 people prefer images from 3LCD projectors over their single chip DLP counterparts2. Visitors to the Epson stand at Integrate can be guaranteed to not only be inspired by new possibilities but also to understand why over 70% of projectors now sold in Australia are made by Epson. For more information on the role of colour brightness and colour light output in projection go to: http://www.epson.com.au/clo/ For more information on the importance of display size in a classroom or a meeting space, go to: https://www.epson.com.au/gobigwithepson/ 1 Colour brightness (colour light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Colour light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.2 Data source: ProjectorCentral.com, Jan. 2014. Average of 1,243 shipping models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage per lumen It was measured for both 3LCD and 1-chip projectors in each of the five brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per lumen in each of the five segments.  Mindfields to democratise RPA by offering a one stop solution at a fixed price per process. 2017-08-22T22:15:38Z mindfields-to-democratise-rpa-by-offering-a-one-stop-solution-at-a-fixed-price-per-process Sydney: Australian automation and AI advisory firm Mindfields has launched Automation as a Service (AaaS), a banquet of RPA services such as research, education, consulting and execution, packaged at a fixed price per process. It will open doors to automate processes that were previously unimaginable or unfeasible. RPA takes business processes that are currently performed by human workers and creates a software bot that then performs the same task around the clock. Mindfields Managing Director Mohit Sharma said, “We do not want to charge new clients for the framework we have already developed for existing clients, instead we have customised workshops backed by ongoing research to reduce the cost of automation and shorten their decision cycle," Mindfields has automated and robotised its own consulting and delivery processes in the form of AaaS. Clients will get a bundled offering containing consulting backed by ongoing research in emerging technologies and delivery embedded with training. “Our aim is to make it free in the long-term and focus on feeding and exploiting data generated by automation. Automation is the first step in the journey and should be treated as investment in short-term” commented Sharma. AaaS will provide following benefits to clients for a fixed price per process: Automate more at faster pace Consulting backed by ongoing research on RPA tool and process selection Education to empower client teams to execute RPA in-house Execute and implement RPA efficiently based on Mindfields’ experiences and lessons learned Automation at a fixed price per process, which provides cost assurance to a business case Enabling clients to focus on the most important outcome of RPA i.e. automating data and interaction analytics, rather than the technical details. Currently, clients are paying separately for these services to various vendors who work in silos which can increase costs and project timelines. AaaS will democratise RPA irrespective of industry vertical and client’s company size. “Businesses can now think about the outcomes they are seeking, rather than getting bogged down in the technology specifications and cost of initiating the RPA journey.” Mindfields has also been recently covered in the technology section of the Australian Financial Review. You can view the article here - http://www.afr.com/technology/robotic-process-automation-on-demand-as-consultants-get-disrupted-20170816-gxx6b0 For more info on AaaS, visit - http://bit.ly/2wsMVrP or watch this video About Mindfields: Mindfields is a vendor and tool agnostic full-service Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence firm with a global presence. We provide consulting, education and execution to clients backed by comprehensive independent research. For more information, please visit our website. Acronis True Image 2018 Brings Artificial Intelligence-Based Data Protection to Home Users 2017-08-22T13:53:10Z acronis-true-image-2018-brings-artificial-intelligence-based-data-protection-to-home-users The Industry’s First Intelligent Backup with an A.I.-based Ransomware Defense Redefines Personal and Home Office Data Protection SYDNEY, Australia, 23 August 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for business and consumers, today introduced Acronis True Image 2018. The new release includes major updates the program’s backup and recovery capabilities, and is the first personal backup software to incorporate artificial intelligence-based technology designed to actively protect data against ransomware. “As the first company to offer full image backup for consumers, Acronis pioneered intelligent backup for home use,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder, and CEO of Acronis. “Acronis True Image 2018 continues that tradition as the first and only personal backup software that uses artificial intelligence to defend consumers against one of the fastest growing threats to their data.” By combining the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based ransomware defense, called Acronis Active Protection™, with a new generation of enhanced backup and recovery capabilities such as active disk cloning and automated WinPE boot media creation, Acronis True Image 2018 represents a new standard of “intelligent backup” for individuals, families and small businesses. Reliable backup and recovery During a survey of Acronis customers during July 2017, 95 percent of respondents said they choose and recommend Acronis True Image because the backups are so reliable. The 2018 release improves on those core backup and recovery capabilities even more, with enhancements such as: Active disk cloning: Users can create an exact replica of an active Windows system without stopping and restarting using bootable media, making migration to a faster or larger disk even easier. An updated media builder: Automatically creates boot media for a WinPE environment, so users can quickly resolve driver configuration issues and recover their systems to the same or new hardware. Continuous backup to the cloud: Users can update their backups as they work on files while securely storing an off-site version in the cloud. Virtual drive conversion: Users can test the recoverability of the full image backups, or run their system in a Hyper-V virtual environment to test various applications without risking the primary system, and move complete system image as a virtual drive to another computer. Faster incremental backups: Up to three-times faster with new Changed-Block Tracker technology that tracks image changes in real time. Automatic mobile backup to NAS devices: More than a quarter of Acronis users have network-attached storage (NAS) at home. Now they don’t have to think about backing up a mobile device, since the process starts as soon as the mobile device connects to the same Wi-Fi as the NAS. Acronis True Image 2018 also addresses the needs of the next generation of users by expanding its support for social media with automatic backups of Instagram accounts, including photos, comments and statistics, such as the number of likes, tags or comments a post gets. Easy control A new visual interface addresses the preferences of 83 percent of Acronis customers who reported that they want more information and insights into their backups. Graphically displaying backup activity and statistics, it allows users to manage their backups at a glance – including how much data they have stored, the types of files in storage, and the status of backups. Secure data protection The ability to restore a system or individual files is critical following a ransomware attack. Acronis True Image 2018 not only makes recovery automatic, it takes the initial protection a step further by preventing ransomware from corrupting a user’s data in the first place. Using machine learning models, Acronis Active Protection recognizes unusual patterns of file access. These models are generated in Acronis’ dedicated Cloud AI infrastructure, which processes data from hundreds of thousands of malicious and legitimate processes to build those models. Those models are incorporated directly into Acronis Active Protection, allowing Acronis True Image 2018 to protect a system’s data independently, without the need for an internet connection. When Active Protection detects unusual activity, it checks the process using both heuristics analysis as well as those models of expected and unexpected behavior. If the process is identified as potentially malicious, Acronis True Image 2018 alerts the user of the suspicious activity. With real-time monitoring, Acronis Active Protection verifies all processes so approved activities are allowed to run, while potentially dangerous behavior is detected and stopped. Then, if any files are encrypted during a ransomware attack, Acronis True Image 2018 automatically restores those files from backup. While cybercriminals increasingly target backup files to keep users from restoring their system without paying the ransom, Acronis’ technology specifically defends backup files as well as the original data. Ransomware damages are expected to top $5 billion this year, and Acronis’ unique self-defense of backup files is Acronis True Image 2018’s way to ensure a user’s data remains untouched. More than 60 percent of Acronis customers surveyed said they worry about ransomware. A new Security Dashboard gives users complete visibility over Acronis Active Protection so you can be reassured that their data is protected. It lets them track the number of processes that have been flagged as potentially dangerous, see which ones were blocked, and manage a whitelist of trusted applications. Pricing and Availability There are three editions of Acronis True Image 2018 available to accommodate customer use and preferences. All versions include Acronis Active Protection against ransomware and cover an unlimited number of mobile devices. Standard is a perpetual license that is offered without any cloud storage or access to cloud-based features for customers who prefer to store their data on local drives only. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 for one computer. Advanced is a one-year subscription that includes 250 GB of cloud storage and access to all cloud-based features. Pricing starts at AUD $69.99 per year for one computer. Premium is a one-year subscription that includes exclusive blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities, as well as 1 TB of cloud storage. Pricing starts at AUD $139.99 per year for one computer. Advanced and Premium subscribers can purchase additional cloud storage within the application. Advanced Licenses can upgrade to a maximum of 500 GB. If more storage is needed, Advanced users can upgrade to a Premium License, which offers cloud storage of up to 5 TB. Instagram backup launches today in limited markets and will be available worldwide on September 4, 2017. Acronis True Image 2018 is available for purchase at https://www.acronis.com/en-au/personal/computer-backup/ and through major software resellers and retail stores worldwide. NOTE: For small business owners who need to protect more than five computers, or companies that have multiple workstations and servers, Acronis Backup 12.5 scales to protect thousands of computers and provides convenient tools for group management of environments of any complexity. Details are available at https://www.acronis.com/en-au/business/backup/ About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com Press contact: Guennadi Moukine Acronis ANZ Pty Ltd +61 40 555 9296 guennadi.moukine@acronis.com Leader Computers announces distribution of G.Skill 2017-08-22T00:12:33Z leader-computers-announces-distribution-of-g-skill Leader Computers Pty Ltd, an Australian owned IT&T distributor, announced a national IT distribution partnership with G.Skill. Leader is Australia’s largest Australian owned computer manufacturer. “I am delighted to announce the distribution of G.Skill. G.Skill is one of the world’s leading gaming vendors, and this now makes Leader the best destination for reseller for all their memory and gaming products,” said Theo Kristoris, Managing Director, Leader Computers. “With our five warehouses and 40+ account managers we will be able to service our resellers fast with the latest and full range of G.Skill products. Our purpose is to help our resellers grow and be profitable. We strongly believe adding G.Skill to our lineup will continue to help our resellers grow and be successful.” “We are very proud to become G.Skill’s distributor in Australia. G.Skill is one of the world’s leading gaming memory vendors and can help our resellers continue to grow in growing E-Sports/Gaming PC category.” said Simon Yang, Product Director, Leader Computers. About G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd. Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory, SSD products, and gaming peripherals designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory. About Leader Computers Pty Ltd Leader Computers Pty Ltd, is a broad based IT&T distributor representing over 30 of the world’s leading IT vendors. Leader is also Australia’s largest Australian owned direct Microsoft OEM named account distributor, and an Intel Premier Partner. Leader commenced operation in 1984, initially as a software developer. This division was sold in 1996, and is now split into several divisions: IT distribution and Tablet, PC, Notebook & Server manufacturing, as well as Telstra voice and data product national distribution. The company’s head office is based in Adelaide, with warehouses in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA and WA. Learn more about Leader Computers at www.leadersystems.com.au. Blockbuster roster of international cyber security experts to headline AISA’s 2017 National Conference 2017-08-21T23:51:47Z blockbuster-roster-of-international-cyber-security-experts-to-headline-aisas-2017-national-conference Sydney, Australia – 21 August 2017. The Australian Information Security Association’s (AISA) National Conference is set to get underway between October 10 – 12, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney. This year it features high profile local and international speakers from a range of organisations, including the NSA, UNSW, ANZ, Didi Chuxung and Atlassian. The Conference is one of Australia’s cornerstone cyber security events, with 2017’s theme being ‘Collaboration’. Under one roof, the Conference is designed to improve the way industry, academia and the public sector collaborate to improve cyber security in Australia. The Conference’s roster of speakers includes: Michael Daniel. Michael Daniel currently serves as the president of Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA). CTA works to improve collaboration and high quality cyber threat information sharing globally. Prior to joining CTA, Michael served for 5 years as the Special Assistant to President Obama and CyberSecurity Coordinator for the White House. In this role Michael led the development of the US National cybersecurity strategy and policy and ensured the US government effectively partnered with the private sector, non-government organisations and other nations. Sean Hegarty. Sean Hegarty is the Managing Director and Head of Fraud for JP Morgan globally. Sean is charged with building an enterprise wide fraud strategy across both JP Morgan’s investment management business and the Private Bank globally – protecting over $2.4Trilllion. Bonnie Butlin. Bonnie Butlin is an inspirational female leader within the global cybersecurity industry. Bonnie is the co-founder and executive director of the Security Partners’ Forum, which is a unique international platform for professional collaboration. Bonnie has numerous industry accolades and was instrumental in setting up the Australian Women in Security Network. Dr Charlie Miller. Dr. Charlie Miller is currently the head of autonomous vehicle security at ride sharing company Didi Chuxung. He made waves in the automotive industry by demonstrating remote attacks on vehicle security, most notably in 2014 when he partnered with Chris Valasek (also speaking at AISA) to expose serious security flaws with their remote compromise of a Jeep Cherokee, leading to Fiat Chrysler having to recall 1.4 million vehicles. Neal Ziring. Neal Ziring is Technical Director for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Capabilities Directorate. He is responsible for setting the technical direction across many parts of the capabilities mission space, including in cyber-security. In addition, other speakers at the event include: Skeeve Stevens, futurist; Lynwenn Connick, Chief Information Security Officer, ANZ; Jill Slay, Director of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW; Lani Refiti, Director, Digital Trust, PWC; Kristin Lyons, Chief Information Security Office, Australia Post; Rachael Leighton, Principal Security Awareness Consultant for Greypark & Co; and Daniel Grzelak, Head of Security at Atlassian. Winners of the 2017 AISA Information Security Awards will be announced at the National Conference. The deadline to nominate outstanding IT and information security professionals, teams, projects and companies has been extended to Thursday 31 August 2017. Tickets for the event are strictly limited. Early Bird pricing applies to registrations received and paid in full by 31 August 2017. Media passes for the Conference are available on request. Links AISA National Conference 2017 2017 AISA Information Security Awards About AISA As a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation and charity, the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) champions the development of a robust information security sector by building the capacity of professionals in Australia and advancing the cyber security and safety of the Australian public as well as businesses and governments in Australia. Established in 1999, AISA has become the recognised authority on information security in Australia with a membership of over 3000 individuals across the country. AISA caters to all domains of the information security industry with a particular focus on sharing expertise from the field at meetings, focus groups and networking opportunities around Australia. AISA's vision is a world where all people, businesses and governments are educated about the risks and dangers of cyber attack and data theft, and to enable them to take all reasonable precautions to protect themselves. Our independent non-profit association was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of our profession. Our strategic plan calls for continued work in the areas of advocacy, diversity, education, and organisational excellence. Media Contact Biana Chamlet/India Bednall Espresso Communications on behalf of AISA Phone: 02 8016 2200 Email: AISA@espressocomms.com.au News: World’s Largest Open Source Cloud Computing Summit to be Hosted in Sydney 2017-08-20T22:51:58Z news-worlds-largest-open-source-cloud-computing-summit-to-be-hosted-in-sydney SYDNEY, August 21, 2017 - Sydney will host thousands of cloud computing experts from more than 50 nations for the OpenStack Summit 6-8 November at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center. This will be the first time the must-attend open infrastructure event has been held in Australia where users like American Airlines, China Railway, Saudi Telecom, Commonwealth Bank, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Sprint and Tencent/WeChat will talk about multi-cloud strategies, cost savings and increasing agility with OpenStack. The biannual OpenStack Summit—held previously in major cities like Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver, San Francisco and Barcelona—will draw thousands of developers, operators, cloud architects, business unit leaders and CIOs from the world’s centres of IT innovation. Headline sponsors of the Summit include Sydney-based Aptira, global networking leader Cisco, and WeChat provider Tencent, as well as premier sponsors Huawei, IBM, Intel, Mirantis, Red Hat and VMware. In addition to global enterprises users, participants will hear first-hand how ANZ companies are using OpenStack. Speakers will report on strong regional OpenStack adoption among financial services, telecoms and research organisations including: AT&T, Monash University, The Garvan Institute, DragonFly Data Science, Paddy Power Betfair, Verizon, Workday, University of Melbourne , PayPal, Catalyst IT, GoDaddy and Overstock.com. Discounted Registration Discounted Early Bird Registration is available until 8 September. Sponsorship packages are available until 27 September. “Enterprises and service providers in Australia were among the earliest adopters of OpenStack, so it’s exciting to bring the Summit and thousands of community members globally to Sydney,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The rapid growth of OpenStack—in excess of 40 percent year over year—means there’s lots to talk about at the Summit in terms of compelling new use cases, instructive new user stories and proven best practices for both developers and cloud operators.” Summit Themes for Sydney Themes at the Sydney OpenStack Summit include current topics for enterprises like how to build effective multi-cloud strategies. Attendees from carriers and service providers will learn more about how OpenStack is leading in edge computing. Other themes include innovation in open and composable infrastructure, collaboration with adjacent open source communities, digital transformation and infrastructure control. The CFO perspective on business growth and infrastructure cost reduction will feature prominently in many sessions. OpenStack Summits help IT leaders plan their cloud strategies while sharing real-world experiences operating or consuming OpenStack clouds. During the three-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear keynote presentations featuring innovative use cases and live technology demonstrations. They can choose from hundreds of sessions and hands-on workshops for every experience level and organisational role. The Summit offers networking opportunities during the Monday evening Marketplace booth crawl happy hour and the Tuesday afternoon Melbourne Cup viewing party. Learn more about OpenStack Summits and users at the official OpenStack publication, Superuser. Cloud Application Hackathon to Kick off the Week The weekend prior to the Summit, a cloud application hackathon will be hosted by the Sydney OpenStack User Group to kick off the event. “Hacking Up the Stack” will be held 3-5 November, at the Doltone House in the Australian Technology Park. OpenStack application hackathons are intended to educate developers on how to build and migrate applications to distributed cloud environments, as well as showcase the diverse use cases for OpenStack. Recent application hackathons have been held in Mexico and Taiwan. More information coming soon: http://hackathon.openstack.org.au/ Media and Analyst Registration Members of the media and analysts covering cloud computing can contact Jo Balfour (jo@progressiva.com.au) for information about event registration. OpenStack Basics Webinar: Friday, October 13, 9:30am AEDT In a webinar exclusively for journalists and analysts, we’ll cover the basics of the OpenStack project, including an overview of the technology, open source community, business drivers and use cases. This webinar is intended to help you prepare for the Sydney Summit. At press events at the Summit, we’ll dive deeper into business case studies and new technology trends, and you’ll have a chance to engage directly with community leaders and users to ask more in-depth questions. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/5733134111 Or Telephone: Dial: +61 (0) 2 8015 2088 (AU) or +64 (0) 4 831 8959 (NZ) Meeting ID: 573 313 4111 International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xBDZ4hrg6VfCf5zg0tPoZthaHOxy5WfR MindKits wins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Hack My Van 2017, will take STEM workshops to schools across New Zealand 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z mindkits-wins-mercedes-benz-vans-hack-my-van-2017-will-take-stem-workshops-to-schools-across-new-zealand 17 August 2017 -- Melbourne. For the second year running, Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Australian and New Zealand based small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas. Six finalists were selected to participate in Hack My Van 2017. From a silent disco for children to a mobile VR showroom, a commercial wellness van, and an all abilities childcare service, the judges saw a range of diverse and creative business ideas. Judges Dr. Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Nick Crocker (Partner, Blackbird Ventures), Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Megan Morton (Australia’s leading stylist), and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand) assessed the ideas and selected MindKits Education Van as the winner who were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito. The first runner up, HME Limited’s ThunderPods, received a $5,000 cash grant, and the second runner up, Ruby & Ollie’s Big Days Out, received a $2,500 cash grant provided by RedZed Lending Solutions. Diane Tarr Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand said, “We created this event because we know that when used creatively the Vito can be transformative for a small business. Once again this year the entries were extremely diverse, and we were so pleased to extend into New Zealand, with three of the six finalists - including our winner - traveling across the ditch to be part of the event.” “Congratulations to Tim and Fay from MindKits who are already providing such a valuable service to school children in New Zealand by delivering hands-on STEM learning experiences. We cannot wait to see them achieve their dreams of taking their workshops on the road to more kids and more schools.” MindKits was established in December 2008 after seeing a lack of support for New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. Co-founders Tim Carr and Fay Cobbett said,"Winning the Vito enables us to take our proven engaging STEM workshops and bring them to schools with fewer resources, independent of their wealth and status. For the business this opens a new chapter and an expanding market, with thanks to Mercedes-Benz Vans." www.hackmyvan.com.au | #hackmyvan ---- ends For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character +61 487 328 738 | kate@ofcharacter.com Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7y21qf3v3d4hzxb/AACO1FiRrOGDcUQL5Iw8qI_ba?dl=0 About the Mercedes-Benz Vito Whether it‘s work or play, the Vito is purpose-designed to take care of your every need. It‘s a van built not just to fulfil the tasks it‘s set but make that all-important difference when it comes to flexibility, safety, economic efficiency and quality. This peace of mind is something you only get from a genuine commercial vehicle specialist. https://www.mercedes-benz.com.au/content/australia/mpc/mpc_australia__website/en/home_mpc/van.html About MindKits MindKits was established in December 2008 by Tim Carr after seeing a lack of sites supporting New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. After working away Sundays tinkering Tim decided it was time there was a site that not only sold robotics kit, sensors and Arduinos but was a place for a community around robotics to grow and have somewhere to share ideas and learning. www.mindkits.co.nz CULTURE DRIVES WINNING RESULTS FOR ASX TECH COMPANY 2017-08-16T01:45:07Z culture-drives-winning-results-for-asx-tech-company JCurve Solutions has been recognised as an Employer of Choice (EOC) in The Australian Business Awards 2017. The EOC accolade recognises organisations which have developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.   JCurve Solutions has also been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2017 for Product Excellence. This award recognises the success of JCurve ERP - an all-in-one, cloud-based business management software solution designed exclusively for growing small-to-medium (SME) sized businesses in Australia and New Zealand. As an exclusive small business edition of NetSuite, JCurve ERP helps SMEs better manage their resources (across people, products, customers and financials) to drive productivity and performance further.   Stephen Canning, CEO of JCurve Solutions says these awards provide important recognition of the great success which the business is achieving. He attributes this success to continued investment in people, culture, values and customers.    “JCS has become known for its awesome culture, energetic team and delivering results. We’ve invested to create the foundations for people to do their best work; together”, CEO, Stephen Canning, explained. “Values are made real at JCS. Everyone is not only encouraged but expected to challenge each other on actions and behaviours inconsistent with values focussed around teamwork, ownership and a sense of urgency.     “Our commitment to building a values-led organisation allows us to attract and retain top industry talent who are passionate about delivering solutions to clients that improve business performance. The team are very proud to once again be recognised as a top Australian workplace,” continued Stephen.   Australian Business Awards Program Director, Tara Johnston, comments, “There is a close relationship between innovation and employee engagement. Engaged employees often perform at a higher level and bring dedication and interest to their job, which often leads to innovation in the workplace.”   Now in their twelfth year, The Australian Business Awards are an annual all-encompassing awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of comprehensive award categories.   The key attributes of the Employer of Choice Framework define the characteristics of well-managed, high-performing, industry leading organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace. Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.   For more information on The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice and the 2017 EOC Winners go to www.employerofchoiceawards.com.au.   For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2017 ABA100 Winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au.     – ENDS –     About JCurve Solutions: JCurve Solutions is a trusted Australian technology solutions partner, listed on the ASX (JCS). The team at JCS utilise the power of the cloud to help customers make lasting, substantial improvements to their performance and grow into great businesses. Supported by some of the biggest names in the cloud computing and telecommunications industries, partners of JCS include the number 1 global cloud ERP provider, NetSuite, Optus Australia and MYOB. Learn more: www.jcurvesolutions.com     For further information or comment, contact: Kate Massey Head of Marketing JCurve Solutions   Phone: 02 9467 9212 Email: kate.massey@jcurve.com.au Epson Launches Cost-saving Workforce Pro WF-C869R RIPS printer 2017-08-15T20:54:13Z epson-launches-cost-saving-workforce-pro-wf-c869r-rips-printer Epson Australia has announced the launch of its new Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) printer, the WorkForce Pro WF-C869R, a unit that delivers high-speed and high-quality printing while drastically reducing printing costs with its high capacity ink packs for businesses.The high page yield and extremely low cost per page of the WorkForce Pro WF-C869R can help businesses significantly minimise running costs when compared with a laser printer. The WF-C869R printer’s revolutionary Replaceable Ink Packs comes with the option of standard ink packs that deliver uninterrupted printing – up to 22,500 pages in black and 22,000 pages in colour, as well as large ink packs printing up to 86,000 pages in black and 84,000 pages in colour before needing to be replaced, to help businesses save on running costs, increase productivity and reduce their impact on the environment. The WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is equipped with Epson’s PrecisionCore technology to print at fast speeds of up to 35ppm for both black and colour, at 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution for special media and 600 x 600 dpi for prints on standard media. As the PrecisionCore printhead does not use heat to print, the WF- C869R requires no warm up time and has a fast first page out of 6 seconds. The WorkForce Pro WF-C869R uses less consumables and generates less packaging waste compared to laser printers, which helps to maintain office productivity with less printer maintenance and downtime. The ultra long-life consumables of the WF-C869R only require periodic replacement and comprise just the ink packs, maintenance box and paper pick-up rollers Typical laser printers, on the other hand, require replacement of bulky toner cartridges, photoreceptors, waste toner boxes, transfer units and fusing units.The versatile WF-C869R printer can print on a wide range of paper types, sizes and weights, including envelopes, from 64 to 256 gsm. Its rear tray supports the use of special media such as photo papers for photo quality pictures, and different sized paper can be placed in the different cassettes for automatic selection. Epson’s dual CIS technology allows duplex scanning in a single pass for improved speed and office productivity.General Manager, Business Division at Epson Australia, Craig Heckenberg, said, “The new WorkForce Pro WF-C869R brings a new level of productivity and cost efficiency to its users. Epson RIPS printers also continue to surpass laser printers in terms of the lower environmental impact and greater cost savings they bring, as well as the reduced overall total cost of ownership with the minimal maintenance required.”With Epson Connect, documents can be printed directly to smart devices or online cloud storage services via Epson iPrint, and scans can be sent directly through email or cloud storage services. Near Field Communication (NFC) enables users to conveniently print or scan just by touching a compatible device to the printer.Epson Device Admin enables easy monitoring, managing and configuring the printer fleet within a network. Epson Print Admin provides the features required to monitor and manage printer usage while ensuring secure or confidential printouts are not left at the printers. The WorkForce Pro WF-C869R printer is also compatible with 3rd party software, Papercut MF, to provide similar functionalities as Epson Print Admin.The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is available through all authorised Epson channel partners and resellers now. For more information visit: http://www.epson.com.au/products/BusinessPrinters/WorkForce_WF-C869R.asp Adjuno joins Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) as Corporate Sponsor 2017-08-15T02:24:57Z adjuno-joins-australasian-supply-chain-institute-asci-as-corporate-sponsor In July 2017, Adjuno joined ASCI’s corporate sponsor programme. Adjuno is excited to be a part of ASCI family. They look forward to working with its members to improve sourcing, product lifecycle management (PLM) and supply chain management (SCM) in the Australian supply chain and logistics community  Adjuno develops, delivers, and supports cloud-based PLM and SCM software solutions that revolutionises the way their customers operate. They believe it starts with connecting entire trading communities through a central cloud platform. They have more than 20 years’ experience in providing cloud-based software to a global client base spanning across America, Europe, South Africa, and Australasia. They have worked with companies of all sizes and are trusted by over 150 retailers, brands, manufacturers and logistics companies. According to Bashir Mourad, APICS facilitator, who attended Adjuno product demonstration, “the Adjuno solution is an end to end supply chain offering which is quite rare and impressive in its design and depth.” According to Dr. Pieter Nagel, CEO, ASCI, “Adjuno will add value to ASCI members by offering practical and necessary technical knowledge.” Solution Design Director at Adjuno, Paul De Guingand, commented... “What sets the Adjuno solution apart is that our modules commence well prior to the Purchase Order or the container booking.  Our systems manage Vendor performance – Sourcing Procuring – Bid Quote – Purchasing – right through to Supply Chain Management, Adjuno covers all aspects of product lifecycle management (PLM), logistics management, vendor management, and landed costing. Adjuno provides a complete ‘Concept to Cash’ solution.”   Read more about this strategic alliance at https://www.asci.org.au/news/july-2017-newsletter   For more information, please contact: Paul de Guingand Solution Design Director T: +61 03 9377 4720 M: +61 04 5981 9392 E: Paul.DeGuingand@adjuno.com www.adjuno.com Level 2, Suite 1A, 902 Mt Alexander Road Essendon, Vic 3040 Australia   Cyber Security Specialist emt Distribution Promotes Uptake of OPSWAT Data Sanitisation Solutions in Australia and New Zealand 2017-08-15T00:26:49Z cyber-security-specialist-emt-distribution-promotes-uptake-of-opswat-data-sanitisation-solutions-in-australia-and-new-zealand Adelaide, Australia – 15 August 2017: Cyber security software specialist, emt Distribution today announced an agreement with San Francisco-based OPSWAT to distribute and promote the Metadefender threat detection and prevention platform. OPSWAT’s focus on securing critical infrastructure, government and enterprise customers from malware is a significant addition to emt Distribution’s cyber security range. emt’s core competencies help its partners implement the top mitigation strategies in the Australian Government’s Information Security Manual (ISM). “Breaches we’ve seen over the last 18 months are cranking up the pressure for organisations to review the effectiveness of their cyber security solutions,” said Scott Hagenus, Chief Marketing Officer for emt Distribution. “It’s time to take a closer look at the attack surfaces organisations are exposed to and what solutions can secure them.” “With Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches scheme being enforced from February 2018, there is also a shift underway in who is paying attention,” said Hagenus. “As security becomes more people’s problem the divide between information security staff and executive management is narrowing. Technology providers can help accelerate that process.” OPSWAT’s Metadefender platform provides vulnerability detection and “sanitises” data using content disarm and reconstruct technology. Coupled with over 30 anti-malware engines, Metadefender protects organisations’ connected and air-gapped networks. The solution protects at web proxy, email, portable media and endpoint levels, covering the most commonly targeted attack surfaces. As a value added distributor and OPSWAT’s only representative in Australia and New Zealand, emt Distribution has an important role to play in educating organisations about data sanitisation technology. This also offers emt’s resellers new revenue opportunities, such as solutions for organisations that are exposed to cyber threats from untrusted sources. Depending on the type of organisation and data flows, Metadefender offers protection from both generic, untargeted email and drive-by malware downloads, and socially engineered malware distribution targeted at highly secure environments. “Many organisations in Australia and New Zealand are not even aware of content disarm and reconstruct technology,” said Hagenus. “For instance, one organisation that relies heavily on ‘customer’ supplied documents via uploads, email and media had suffered repeated ransomware attacks through files submitted to their business. OPSWAT’s solutions would have prevented those attacks by blocking any identified malicious files and removing any active content, without destroying the integrity of the files.” OPSWAT provides cyber security solutions for a wide range of use cases, he said. “From ensuring state archives are clean and protected, making sure the data that delegations bring back from outside visits is clean, sanitising data going into highly secured networks such as power utilities, government and military, to making sure uploaded images for print runs are safe, OPSWAT covers the lot.” emt Distribution is taking a multi-faceted approach to enable strategic partners to offer the Metadefender platform to customers, including: Partner education, including both sales and technical training Sales and marketing support, including lead generation, deal registration and joint client meetings Promotion and awareness building – including trade show participation – for Metadefender, its use cases and benefits Investigation of market opportunities with partners and individual customer pain points Identification of where and why attacks are successful and specific customer challenges End user education highlighting the potential to directly impact their pain points “Joint client meetings are especially important with this type of solution and target clientele,” said Hagenus. “This is not a commodity item and the solution potential within any given organisation is large. It is important for customers to understand the full capability of the technology to understand the impact it can have on their security posture.” The agreement with emt is also set to boost OPSWAT’s revenues in Australia and New Zealand, building on a solid base of high profile local customers and an international customer base that includes the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Army, Chevron, Duke Energy, ING Bank, Zurich, Hitachi, GE, Siemens and Airbus. “We are very excited to work with emt Distribution to bring our Metadefender products to the Australian and New Zealand markets,” said Benny Czarny, CEO & Founder of OPSWAT. “We see immense growth opportunities in these regions in both government and enterprise. We recognise the value that emt will bring us by offering locally based support to help OPSWAT’s customers, and we have great confidence that they will be an excellent partner in helping us accomplish our goals in ANZ.” About OPSWAT OPSWAT is a San Francisco based software company that provides solutions to secure and manage IT infrastructure. Founded in 2002, OPSWAT delivers solutions and technologies that protect organisations from threats and help secure digital data flow. OPSWAT’s intuitive applications and comprehensive development kits are deployed by SMB, enterprise and OEM customers to more than 100 million endpoints worldwide. See: www.opswat.com About emt Distribution emt Distribution is an Adelaide-based value added distributor and vendor representative with a presence in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. It also works closely with like-minded distributors in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. emt offers solutions that address the top four mitigation strategies to prevent cyber security incidents, the broader strategies in the Australian Government’s Information Security Manual (ISM) and solutions to assist channel partners and MSPs in delivering what their customers need. emt offers pre and post sales support, channel development, engaged sales processes and marketing assistance for both vendors and channel partners. See: www.emtdist.com