The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-18T07:09:16Z MEDIA ALERT: Apple iOS Security Breach 2017-08-18T07:09:16Z media-alert-apple-ios-security-breach Threat Intelligence Expert Provides Insights on how the operating system for an iOS device can be accessed for the first time – letting hackers research how to breach security What: A hacker who goes by the alias "xerub" has managed to successfully crack Apple's Secure Enclave firmware decryption key for their iOS devices. The Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) is used by iOS devices to store and manage the encryption keys and authentication process for the device. This includes fingerprint data for touch ID. Fingerprint touch ID is the authorisation for sensitive data and allows payment transactions to proceed, including Apple Pay and purchases from the iTunes Store. Why: This type of attack could potentially lead to an authentication bypass attack – making Touch ID redundant - for the device owner. Outcomes include payment authorisations being forged and potential financial loss for the device owner. Who: IT Security expert Ty Miller, Founder and Managing Director of Threat Intelligence is available for interviews and in-depth information about what accessing the Secure Enclave of an iOS device really means right now – and what the potential for hackers could be. Among the topics Ty can discuss: Ease of bypassing current security controls New attacks likely to be seen– financial apps, email accounts and social media networks The increased value of a stolen iPhone Timeframe for research and potential breaches Bounties for successful attacks – who is going after the $100,00 incentive When: Ty is available for phone interviews to provide in-depth background and analysis on the potential threats such as login bypasses and spoofed payments. Contact: To arrange interviews with Ty Miller from Threat Intelligence on this or any other IT security-related topics, please contact: TY MILLER CATHRYN VAN DER WALT 0409 713 735 0402 327 633 Brisbane Startup Soars up International Charts Alongside Social Media Giant Facebook. 2017-08-16T02:00:24Z brisbane-startup-soars-up-international-charts-alongside-social-media-giant-facebook Brisbane software startup, Content Snare, has dominated an international software chart coming in second to social media giant, Facebook’s new Youtube competitor, Watch.  The software tool, which solves the biggest pain points for web designers, soared up to number two on Product Hunt, a website Co-Founder James Rose says is the “holy grail” of websites for product-loving enthusiasts and innovators in the start-up tech space around the world. “The idea for Content Snare came about after engaging heavily with web designers who shared a major problem in common,” said James.   “90% of them identified collecting content from clients as the biggest bottleneck in their business.That was huge, so we dropped what we were doing and put everything into Content Snare.”  Content Snare is a software tool that helps web designers get content from their clients. It is used by hundreds of designers across the world to keep projects on track and make their businesses much more efficient. “We’re all stoked to see Content Snare battling it out on a global stage with Facebook’s new video streaming product,” said James. “For a Brissie startup it’s a pretty special result to be mixing it with the biggest and best from Silicon Valley.” “We had over 5,000 hits on our website in a 72-hour period as a result of this incredible exposure.” “As the listing gained popularity throughout the day, we received a lot of praise from entrepreneurs and web designers all over the world,” he said. For example:  Cas McCullough commented “Congrats on executing a great idea that solves a huge problem for web devs.”  David Lux said “This one is a great and well-executed idea. I love the simple onboarding design.”  Dmitry Kornyukhov’s comment reads “Perfectly executed idea! I think it really hits a nail on the head and will make chasing clients a lot easier for lots and lots of web-developers out there” Content Snare is the latest in a successful line of tech platforms emerging from software specialists Aktura Technology.  With a mission to enable businesses to talk to “‘web developer’s that don’t suck” Aktura formed their business in Brisbane in 2010. To view the listing on Product Hunt visit  ENDS Media Contact: James Rose 0422156360 Thought rugby was popular? Try video games 2017-08-14T00:00:58Z thought-rugby-was-popular-try-video-games Wellington, New Zealand – 14 August 2017 – New research by Bond University in Queensland and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has found a staggering 98 per cent of New Zealand families have video game devices, eight out of 10 owning multiple game devices. Digital New Zealand 2018 studied 807 New Zealand households and 2,288 individuals, revealing 67 per cent of Kiwis play video games; close to half of all players are female (47%); 44 per cent of over 65s play; and the average player age is 34. Dr Jeff Brand, lead author of the report and Professor of Communication and Media at Bond University, said mainstream acceptance of video games and an increase in devices has translated to a ‘broad church’ of players. “Interactive games have become a huge part of our culture and while the key reasons remain playing for fun and to pass time, games increasingly serve other uses. New Zealanders are playing for social connectedness, whether that be with family or friends. They’re playing to reduce stress, to be challenged, to learn, to keep the mind active, or for physical and mental health benefits.” The Digital New Zealand 2018 study highlighted significant growth in the use of games in schools. More than half of New Zealand parents (59%) stated their children have used video games for school curriculum compared to 38 per cent in the 2016 report. Seven in 10 parents believe games can be effective for teaching students. “In the last five years we’ve seen a big increase in the amount of educational video games and we've watched levels of sophistication grow,” said Dr Brand. “These games are used to increase engagement, student motivation, promote critical thinking and problem solving across all subject areas including maths, science and reading.” Dr Brand said that games are not only a powerful way to get kids interested in technology, they can increase social connectedness. “Over time, gaming has become much more social. Online gaming for children is often a shared experience that can improve social connectedness in and out of the classroom.” Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said that the sale of digital games in New Zealand grew by a 20 per cent compound annual growth rate in the last three years. “Digital New Zealand 2018 shows how the state of game play in New Zealand has progressed. Everyone plays, and they consume games just like any other media with 85 minutes the average daily total of all game play. More than that, Kiwis recognise the value of games, beyond entertainment, in the family home, schools, workplaces, health care settings and socially.” Other key findings of the Digital New Zealand Report 2018 include: Never too old to play games – Over 65s make up the largest and fastest growing segment of people new to games. 44% of those aged 65 and over play video games. 73% of players are aged 18 years or older. The family that games together, stays together – Half of parents play video games together with their children in the same room. One in four play video games together with their children online, and most parents (86%) have talked with a child about playing safely online. Gaming for health – New Zealanders value play for better health and positive ageing, whether that be to improve thinking skills (85%), improve dexterity (76%) or manage pain (52%). Almost ninety per cent say they play to increase mental stimulation, 76 per cent state video games help fight dementia, and 46 per cent agreed playing games can help increase mobility. About Digital New Zealand 2018 Digital New Zealand 2018 is the fifth study in a series of national research that began in 2009. The report, which is based on a study of 807 New Zealand households and 2,288 individuals of all ages in those households, looks at the demographics of Kiwis who play games, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit Media spokespeople available · Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA · Dr Jeff Brand, Professor, Bond University, and lead author of the report · Consumer case studies and subject matter experts For all interview requests, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications, on +61 2 8016 2220 or Serious as, bro: NZ study reveals games’ benefits 2017-08-14T00:00:40Z serious-as-bro-nz-study-reveals-games-benefits Wellington, New Zealand – 14 August 2017 – Kiwis have embraced the opportunities video and computer games present in health, aged care, school, learning and work settings, according to new research by Bond University and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). Digital New Zealand 2018 studied 807 New Zealand households and 2,288 individuals of all ages in those households, with more than half (59%) of parents reporting their children have used video games for school curriculum, compared to 38 per cent in 2016. Dr Jeff Brand, lead author of the report and Bond University Professor, said the number of older New Zealanders playing video games is also on the up, and for good reason. “There are certain stereotypes that society has created about video games – and our research breaks every one of them,” said Dr Brand. “Over 65s continue to make up the largest group of players new to games, and they’re playing to achieve specific health and ageing outcomes. We have also seen a significant uptake of games in schools and the workplace. Games play a fundamental role in how we connect, stay healthy, and learn.” New Zealanders are looking to games for positive ageing. Almost 90 per cent of adults surveyed say they believe video games can increase mental stimulation, 76 per cent state video games help fight dementia, and half of respondents agreed playing games can help increase mobility. Kiwis also value play for better general health, stating playing games can improve thinking skills (85%), improve dexterity (76%) and manage pain (52%). Kiwis are increasingly utilising games in the workplace. A third of New Zealanders have used games to improve work knowledge, and one in four have learnt health and safety rules with the help of games designed for this purpose. Games also make a significant contribution to the economy. Digital game sales grew at a compound annual growth rate of 20 per cent over the last three years. Three-quarters of Kiwis agreed making games locally benefits the New Zealand economy. Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said: “This research gives us the data to support the anecdotes that we hear every day. The medium has been accepted and normalised. Moreover, because they’re so engaging and enjoyable, we’re seeing games move to serve uses beyond entertainment in education, health and business training. That’s where the medium gets really exciting.” Other key findings from Digital New Zealand 2018 include: · Kiwis consume games just like other entertainment media – Ninety-eight per cent of homes with children have computer games, eight out of 10 own multiple devices. 85 minutes is the average daily total of all game play. · The modern face of gaming – Two-thirds of all Kiwis play video games; 47% of players are female; 73% of players are aged 18 years or older; the average player age is 34. · Call for diversity – 62% of adult players say games need more age diversity in characters. About Digital New Zealand 2018 Digital New Zealand 2018 is the fifth study in a series of national research that began in 2009. The report, which is based on national random sample, looks at the demographics of Kiwis who play games, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit Media spokespeople available · Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA · Dr Jeff Brand, Professor, Bond University, and lead author of the report · Case studies and subject matter experts For all interview requests, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications, on +61 2 8016 2220 or Liferay Puts Open Source Community In the Driving Seat with New Tools and Developer Relations Team 2017-08-10T03:19:24Z liferay-puts-open-source-community-in-the-driving-seat-with-new-tools-and-developer-relations-team SYDNEY – 10 August, 2017 – Liferay, Inc., which makes digital experience software for enterprises, today announced a new initiative intended to reinvent the Liferay open source community experience to better support its growing international needs. Liferay has introduced a dedicated Liferay Developer Relations team, a new Liferay Community website and a new Liferay Community instant-chat vehicle to make it easier for the open source community to engage. This latest initiative is intended to provide a high quality community experience that supports and inspires members to engage with one another, helping them to build their applications and to collaborate on open source projects both locally and internationally. “The Liferay Community belongs to its members, and will always be exactly as healthy and vibrant as its members make it – that’s who it exists for,” said Bryan Cheung, CEO, Liferay. “That said, Liferay has the responsibility – and opportunity – to ensure that all community members are empowered to have their needs met and are able to share their ideas efficiently and effectively to achieve ever greater success with their applications. “As the communities built around these projects mature, we as a business recognise the importance of transitioning away from directing community efforts and towards facilitating engagement. Doing so places developers at the helm and enables the Community to grow in directions that it self-determines.” Liferay Developer Relations Team Liferay has created a dedicated Developer Relations team who have the remit to inspire, educate, assist and encourage Liferay’s community of developers in their collective efforts to make innovative applications using Liferay open source technology. This multi-national team, which comprises individuals well-known within the Liferay community, also plays an important role helping members raise ideas and concerns with Liferay-employed engineers, with the ultimate result of improving projects for everyone’s mutual benefit. “Building the team was no easy task,” said Zeno Rocha, Principal Developer Relations Advocate, Liferay. “We needed people who were technical and could empathise with developer’s pain points, so they could listen, and — most importantly — take action. We are confident we have found individuals who can relate to these problems and also tell the story behind the tech to inspire others, and now they are working hard to help the Community succeed in their projects.” New Liferay Community Site Previously, each of the dozen-plus independently developed Liferay open source projects had its own website, resulting in a disjointed experience for community members. To address this, Liferay has now introduced a central site at that is designed to enable each project team to continue evolving its specifically tailored web presence, while also providing a unified experience for the Community as a whole. The new site has been designed to offer a more inviting, modern and functional space. It enables developers to discover, understand, and utilise and collaborate on the full family of Liferay-supported open source projects and related services and software from the core Liferay CE portal software to its native mobile development and file sharing tools, UI and software development tools and related services. Liferay Community Chat Until now, community members have had two platforms for communication, with technical questions discussed on the Liferay Forums and extensive technical posts available via community blog posts. Now, to equip developers with a much more instant channel for communication, Liferay has introduced new Slack-powered chat functionality for the Liferay Community. The platform includes designated channels for each Liferay project and user group, making it simple for members to chat in their own languages and coordinate meetups across the community. The Developer Relations team is starting to see the impacts of its latest initiative. In less than one month, 296 people have added Community Chat to their working environment, and a total of 6,494 messages have been sent. Of these, 46% were direct messages, which suggests people not only have a place to share and discuss ideas in public, but are also creating meaningful relationships in private. Readers can find out more about the Liferay Community and its free open source projects for content management, mobile app development and enterprise file sharing at About Liferay Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices. Our platform is open source, which makes it more reliable, innovative and secure. We try to leave a positive mark on the world through business and technology. Companies such as Adidas, Carrefour, Cisco Systems, Danone, Fujitsu, Lufthansa Flight Training, Siemens, Société Générale and the United Nations use Liferay. Visit us at KiwiQA Unveils Its New Logo Representing Its New Brand Identity 2017-08-06T05:17:12Z kiwiqa-unveils-its-new-logo-representing-its-new-brand-identity KiwiQA, which is one of the notable and pioneering Sydney based software testing and QA firms with an offshore office in India has changed its brand logo and recently unveiled the new logo, which is being depicted as the representation of its new and improved brand identity. New Logo Implies New Brand Identity For KiwiQA KiwiQa is among the top notch QA firms which believe that a logo is much more than a symbol of identification for a brand. It represents the ideology, the business value and the philosophy of a company. The new logo of KiwiQA would mark the emergence of the company as a trusted software testing and QA company that delivers an outstanding array of new age testing services to its clients. KiwiQA aims at delivering services at a global scale with its localised capabilities, and want to focus on delivering contemporary testing solutions Automation testing Load testing, Mobile testing, Big Data and Analytics testing, Salesforce testing, security testing, CRM testing and much more. The New Logo Represents The Company's Ideology The new logo of KiwiQA represents how the company wants to cater its clients and deliver unmatched services that will help it to climb the ladder of success. The new logo is also the characterization of how the company aims to integrate the new technology with age-old testing intelligence and the proven methodologies that ensure thorough and rigorous testing of a software product. It also highlights the unsurpassed capabilities of the company as well as its strong technical heritage that enables it to deliver unparalleled services. KiwiQA - A Recognized Brand In Software Testing Domain While unveiling the new logo, Mr Niranjan Limbachiya, CEO - Founder of KiwiQA of the company mentioned that the logo of a brand is an integral part of its identity, and is certainly a visual expression of what a brand does and mean. KiwiQA is an emerging name in the domain of software testing and has become a recognized brand. That's why, its logo must be able to lucidly represent that what the company is all about, where it wants to head to and what business objectives it wants to achieve. URL: Acronis Celebrates First Anniversary of Scuderia Toro Rosso Partnership with Strong Business Growth and Partner Support 2017-08-05T11:05:40Z acronis-celebrates-first-anniversary-of-scuderia-toro-rosso-partnership-with-strong-business-growth-and-partner-support SYDNEY, Australia — 3 August 2017 — Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage is pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of its partnership with the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 Team. The partnership that began in July last year, timed with the launch of the world’s most complete backup, Acronis Backup 12, moved on to the next level in 2017 when Scuderia Toro Rosso began deploying Acronis technology in their own infrastructure, starting with Acronis Access Advanced.  The new secure file sync & share solution, with an innovative policy engine, makes the team more productive at the track with faster secure access to the data they need to make key race-time decisions while allowing their IT team to maintain complete control over confidential race data. “The key goal is security. The new solution allows us to define different security policies for different users and even make sure the shared data is only accessible for a specified period of time. And since it’s fast and easy to use, our trackside engineers will be happy to use it and remain in full compliance with our corporate security policies, said Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT. Reliable high-performance backup technology Just like Scuderia Toro Rosso pushes technology innovation to the limit advancing the car performance every year, Acronis’ own innovative technology continues advancing every year! The recently released Acronis Backup 12.5 is the embodiment of the latest innovations in the world of data protection. The award-winning solution is dramatically faster than other backup solutions available on the market. With 15-second Recovery Time Objective (RTO), innovative Active Protection against ransomware, and support for more than 20 platforms — it makes all other traditional backup solutions obsolete. It also presents a great opportunity for partners. The Standard and Advanced editions of the new Acronis Backup 12.5 make it easy for partners to sell the product and retain customers by offering easy in-place license upgrades, addressing the data protection challenges of companies of all sizes.   Acronis success with Acronis Backup 12 and Acronis Backup 12.5 has been overwhelming. With hundreds of new partners and a 40 percent increase in sales, this story is indicative of Acronis’ overall performance over the last 12 months. #1, Fast and Innovative Acronis, as a partner-oriented vendor, has held over 15 Acronis Racing Weekends, involving more than 340 select partners and customers in different parts of the world. Acronis revealed new technology and presented new products, and partners shared how easy it is to grow business with Acronis’ award-winning data protection solutions. Validated by independent research labs such as ESG, MRG Effitas, and AV-Test, new products include: Acronis Backup 12.5 Standard and Advanced editions — the world’s most reliable and easy-to-use backup solution for businessAcronis True Image 2017 New Generation — the world’s #1 backup solution with ransomware protection for home usersAcronis Backup Cloud — the world’s only backup solution specifically designed for service providersAcronis Storage — universal software-defined storage solution for reliable, scalable and cost-effective storage of hot and cold dataAcronis Files Connect — the world’s fastest and most advanced alternative to the Mac’s native Finder application, providing reliable connectivity to remove Windows-based file share locations and printersAcronis Access Advanced and Acronis Files Cloud — the world’s most advanced and secure file sync & share solution for end users and service providers “We are proud of our partnership with Scuderia Toro Rosso, how it drives our technology innovation, and of what it means for our partners. With an ultimate focus on performance and innovation, we have the best data protection solution for every business segment. Great technology makes it easy for our partners to build their own business and we’ll continue working and supporting their needs into the future,” said John Zanni, Chief Marketing Officer of 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 over 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: IGEA welcomes new members Wicked Witch and Nvidia 2017-08-02T23:41:40Z igea-welcomes-new-members-wicked-witch-and-nvidia Sydney, Australia – 3 August 2017 – The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has expanded its membership, welcoming independent games developer Wicked Witch and technology company Nvidia as members. Wicked Witch, an independent Melbourne-based games developer, has been making successful games for 16 years, including original games, games under license and games for major publishers and corporate partners. Wicked Witch has also used games technology and techniques for commercial applications and to create training tools and solutions. By joining IGEA, Wicked Witch will work with other successful Australian developers Big Ant Studios, Well Placed Cactus and Nnooo on shaping IGEA’s ever expanding policy and advocacy discussion across all sectors of the video games industry. Daniel Visser, Managing Director, Wicked Witch, said: “We have been watching the work IGEA has been doing to advocate for the games development sector and have also had the opportunity to participate in submissions they have prepared on behalf of the industry. We have been impressed by IGEA’s professionalism and practices, and have become a member so we can assist in driving the games industry forward.” Nvidia is well-known in gaming circles as the high tech company that invented the GPU (graphics processing unit), which has been used to conjure up virtual worlds within video games and Hollywood films. More recently, GPU has been applied to general-purpose and artificial intelligence computing. Nvidia has joined IGEA as an Associate Member, a membership category reserved for organisations that operate within the wider video game industry and may have slightly different requirements to traditional publishers, distributors and developers, yet wish to gain value and benefit from working with the association and its members. IGEA’s other Associate Members include Gamespot, IGN, ReedPop (PAX Australia) and Showdown. Greg Arthurton, Head of Consumer Products Division ANZ, Nvidia, said: “PC gaming is one of the fastest growing segments within the video games industry. It is a natural progression for Nvidia to now formalise our position as a true leader in PC gaming by joining other industry leaders within IGEA.” Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said: “Our task is to represent the diverse interests of the video game industry, and having members from all corners of the sector allows us to speak with one clear and unified voice. This unified voice helps us advance the industry forward and assist games to gain the recognition they deserve - both as an industry with the potential to be a significant contributor to exports, employment and the knowledge economy, as well as a favourite past time enjoyed by most Australians.” -Ends- About IGEA The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association proactively represents companies that publish, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content. IGEA aims to further advance the industry and the business interests of its members through informing and fostering relationships with the public, the business community, government and other industry stakeholders. IGEA is administered by a Board of Directors and supported by the CEO, Ron Curry. For more information, please visit To read IGEA’s recent submission to the ECRC’s Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry click here. Media Contact Espresso Communications for IGEA Corrie McLeod/Amy Rathbone 02 8016 2200 Threat Intelligence Reveals New Active Directory Botnet Attack Technique Capable of Bypassing all Network Controls for Windows Environments 2017-08-01T23:00:00Z threat-intelligence-reveals-new-active-directory-botnet-attack-technique-capable-of-bypassing-all-network-controls-for-windows-environments 2 August 2017– In its recent Black Hat USA 2017 Technical Briefing, leading Australian information security organisation, Threat Intelligence released a new attack technique – The Active Directory Botnet. The Active Directory Botnet attack technique reveals a fundamental flaw with how nearly every organisation implements their Microsoft Windows Active Directory solution, compromising their overall security and ability to contain security breaches. The Active Directory Botnet attack technique enables Active Directory Domain Controllers to transform into Command and Control (C&C) servers that have the potential to command a powerful internal botnet. Standard Active Directory attributes and features force the Domain Controllers to act as a central communication point for all internally compromised systems. For Ty Miller, managing director for Threat Intelligence the new attack technique will be effective for many years to come. “The primary way to prevent this attack is in clear violation of the way Active Directory is typically used. However due to the overwhelming insecure architecture implementations of Active Directory, and the difficulty of changing Active Directory architectures, a strong response for all Windows-based organisations will be required.” A series of live demonstrations on Active Directory Botnet attack were provided by Ty Miller and associate, Paul Kalinin, senior security consultant at Threat Intelligence. How it works Standard Active Directory accounts support over 50 user attributes that can be combined to create a communication channel between any compromised domain machine located throughout an organisation. The Active Directory Botnet Client injects unique data entries into their corresponding Active Directory account attributes within the target Domain Controller, and begins polling to identify other compromised systems within the domain. At this point, any Active Directory Botnet Client within the domain can identify compromised machines and begin issuing commands to be executed on either individual systems or across all infected endpoints. If your organisation leverages the Azure Cloud AD, then the Active Directory Botnet can utilise the synchronisation from your on-premise Active Directory to the cloud to create an egress channel. This can be used to extract data from your organisation through your production Active Directory protocols. Miller says: “This is all possible with only standard user accounts and without the need to compromise any passwords.” Who it impacts Due to the architecture of nearly every Active Directory implementation on the planet, almost all servers, workstations, laptops, mobile devices, and wireless devices throughout our organisations can connect to a Domain Controller for authentication purposes. This provides the ability for our internal Active Directory Botnet to communicate through a network of strategically placed Active Directory C&C servers. Ty Miller has been presenting Technical Briefings and The Shellcode Lab training course for infosec professionals at Black Hat USA 2017 for seven years. /Ends All trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. Note for Editors: Photograph available on request About Threat Intelligence Pty Ltd Threat Intelligence Pty Ltd is a specialist consultancy defining the next era of security, intelligence and security testing approaches. It was established in response to the new challenges of an ever-evolving global threat environment. Services include penetration testing, security training, agile security, forensic investigations and security architecture services. Its founder, Ty Miller, is one of Australia’s leading information security specialists and is a prolific commentator and author on intelligence-based Follow Threat Intelligence: For media interviews and further information: Cathryn van der Walt 12 Worlds t: +61 (0)402 327 633 | AI based services will bring the jobs back onshore. 2017-08-01T05:57:44Z ai-based-services-will-bring-the-jobs-back-onshore Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Machine Learning are one of the hottest topics these days when it comes to technological advancement. While these technologies have been around for quite some time, their use cases have come more in adoption recently as these technologies are becoming increasingly commoditised. There is no doubt AI will have an impact across all industries and every business area, with one of them being customer service. The last couple of decades have seen organisations reduce costs by offshoring some of their customer services. Now these technologies may help in bringing these services back onshore.AI based chatbots will soon play a key role and as the machine becomes increasingly intelligent, more services can be offered to the customers using Natural Language Processing with very little human intervention. Chatbots are taking self-servicing in the financial services industry to the very next level after we have seen the success of ATM Machines, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, and Online Applications. A sophisticated chatbot platform allows true interactions and dialogues in a natural language and more seamless service in contrast to any other self-servicing channels available. The use cases of chatbots are many – from answering simple customer queries to making a product sale and support. Chatbots have significant advantages over live-chats as they can completely be integrated to the Core & CRM systems providing a friction less experience for the services currently provided by channels like internet banking, mobile banking, and online forms. We have seen how old static websites have been taken over by new responsive websites, mobile banking gaining popularity over internet banking etc – these are examples of how the new wave of digital disruption has started disrupting the early generation of digital technologies and it will not be long before live-chats will lose the relevance. The rise of AI based customer service will help organisations provide more consistent services significantly reducing stress on contact centres and the organisations will have lesser reasons to keep the customer services offshore. Genesys Electronics Design Achieves ISO 13485 Accreditation 2017-08-01T04:38:38Z genesys-electronics-design-achieves-iso-13485-accreditation Sydney, NSW: Today, Genesys Electronics Design, a leading provider of electronics, IoT and software development services, announced that they have achieved ISO 13485:2003 accreditation. This makes Genesys the only ISO 13485 accredited electronics and software development services provider in Sydney. ISO 13485 is the internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system specific to the medical devices industry. Genesys Electronics Design has been developing complex medical devices in partnership with ISO 13485 certified organisations for many years. By passing the stringent ISO 13485 accreditation standards, Genesys has proven their ability to provide electronics design and related services to the quality required for medical devices. Of the company’s recent accreditation, Geoff Sizer, CEO and founder of Genesys Electronics Design said: “We are extremely pleased with this achievement. As an ISO 13485 accredited organisation we now have the ability to manage the full development process for medical device electronics hardware and software under our own ISO 13485 accreditation. This opens up a number of new opportunities to work with customers from start-ups to established organisations who require an ISO 13485 certified development partner.” As an ISO 13485 accredited company, Genesys Electronics Design plans to focus on expanding their medical electronics, software and IoT development services business. - ENDS - About Genesys Electronics Design Pty Ltd: Established in 1992, Genesys Electronics Design provides electronics and IoT hardware, software and firmware development services to the Australian market. Dedicated to quality, Genesys is ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 accredited and offers their unique One Pass to Production Guarantee™. After years of setting the standard in electronics design, Genesys are the experts in electronics and IoT solutions. Find out more at and ThoughtWorks Releases First-Ever Report on Courageous Leadership Among Successful C-Suite Executives 2017-07-26T00:34:26Z thoughtworks-releases-first-ever-report-on-courageous-leadership-among-successful-c-suite-executives p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0563c1} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy released a first of its kind report, “The Next Big Disruption: Courageous Executives”, revealing what sets top business leaders apart from their competition. The report profiles an elite segment of C-Suite leaders referred to as “Courageous Executives” in the US, the UK, Australia and India and the findings underscore the critical role technology plays in business strategy, from navigating the chaos of digital transformation to how they’re setting their business up for future success. The report also sheds light on the leadership styles of Courageous Executives including their tolerance for risk and failure, their use of customer insights and the ways leaders in all four countries are preparing for the future of work. This report, developed by ThoughtWorks in partnership with research agency Northstar, features insight from Fortune 500 C-Suite executives who are: advocates for digital transformation; have an active role in directing how technology enables their business; have seen their company’s revenue or profit increase significantly due to a recent technology change; and 85 percent of which self-identified as risk takers. “As companies across all industries embrace the changes of our increasingly digital world, we’re seeing leaders at the helm of these companies dive deeper into how technology is implemented and how it works,” said ThoughtWorks President and CEO, Guo Xiao. “I began my time in the industry as a developer, giving me the tools I needed to approach business with a technology first perspective. Executives across the globe are learning that a strong grasp of technology matters and they’re finding ways to adapt. Our findings show that 54 percent of Courageous Executives have developed a deep understanding of technology with a remarkable 57 percent of these leaders reporting having written code,” noted Xiao. "A tenacious commitment to embrace technology is what today sets apart truly Courageous Executives." According to Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific, “In this new age of digital disruption, technology is being catapulted closer to the business core and that’s challenging the traditional C-suite. They need to think and behave differently when it comes to the role of technology in their strategy, and to question how they are engaging technology to produce better outcomes for the business. “While capability was once a barrier to what’s possible, now the constraint lies in the willingness of decision makers to be courageous with foundational technologies,” she said. REA, which operates Australia’s leading residential, commercial and share property websites, as well as a number of property portals in Asia and interests in the US and India, credits its impressive growth and success to a culture based on consistent innovation and invention. “The REA business is built around customer delivery, which demands that we work to the same agile rhythm across all levels of the organisation. Visualised work, team stand-ups and collaboration enable the innovation and invention that has become part of our DNA,” said Nigel Dalton, Chief Inventor, REA. “Our competition is global and the landscape is set to change as AirBnB, Facebook, Google, eBay, and WeChat become major players in property over the next few years. We’re embracing the opportunities this creates by focusing our culture of innovation and invention on the technologies that will change how people find property - robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and data science. “That, along with our diverse backgrounds, creative thinking and scalability, will see us continue to deliver new products and services to market faster than anyone else, and ensure we are the world’s best.” According to the report, notable themes uniting Courageous Executives include: Proactive Approach to Technology Changes According to the report, to keep pace and anticipate future technology shifts, Courageous Executives conduct research, analyze their competitors, troubleshoot tech challenges and hire subject matter experts. A majority of Courageous Executives (65 percent) say that digitizing and adapting to new technology is a top business priority followed by growth. Research – 63 percent of leaders do their own research to stay ahead of technology changes. Top trends they’re exploring include security threats; human and machine interaction; new hardware, software and operational platforms; machine learning and artificial intelligence; virtual reality and augmented reality. Competitor Analysis – In all four countries, big tech decisions are most often fueled by competition. Asked to identify the largest driver motivating change, 47 percent pointed to their competitors. Tolerance for Risk and Willingness to Fail Understanding risks and its impact on ongoing business success is an important characteristic of a Courageous Executive along with the ability to rebound after a perceived failure. Appetite for Risk - In fact, 87 percent of all executives agree that taking risks is necessary to achieve goals and maintain a strong competitive advantage with 62 percent pointing to their willingness to take risks their competitors won’t as a key differentiator. Failing Well - Courageous Executives reported their most common reaction to these setbacks was to focus on what went right with the second being to stay as positive as possible. When asked how failure affected their employees, 54 percent globally said that they believed failure made them even more motivated to succeed. Use of Customer Insights Throughout the world, courageous leaders recognize the necessity of maintaining a close connection to their customers. 91 percent report that customer input directly informs their strategic decision-making. While there is some agreement as to the best methods for gathering that customer input, there’s still a lack of consensus among executives when it comes to what data they’re collecting and who is assessing the insights. Data Source - Overall, the most common source of insight is customer research, followed by social feeds which are monitored by 68 percent of Australian, 60 percent of UK and Indian and only 38 percent of US leaders. Other ways executives gather information includes using analytics from a content management system or implementing a designated customer insights task force. Customer Engagement - Gathering data from multiple sources is universally valued, but 87 percent of executives report having an internal team dedicated to their customers. Additionally, 58 percent of US and 48 percent of Australian executives say they speak to their customers themselves, which is far more than 32 percent in India and 22 percent in the UK. The Future of Work Across continents, nearly half of all courageous leaders describe their company culture as “team-first,” meaning they hire primarily for cultural fit, with skills and experience the second consideration. A third define their company as having an “elite” culture, described as hiring only the best to change the world by untested means. Subject Matter Experts - An overwhelming majority of Courageous Executives (90 percent) emphasized the importance of key hires, stating that discovering subject matter experts and new talents helps their context and credibility and is crucial to success. Tech’s Impact - 70 percent believe that replacing white-collar workers with technology is a natural progression and to be expected. To prepare for the potential impact of technology on the workforce, 87 percent of leaders admit to researching new technologies that may help them save on staff costs. 83 percent also agree that they’re preparing for the impact of technology replacing their workers by limiting new hires to reduce ongoing overhead. To download the report visit Methodology Developed by ThoughtWorks’, this report is based on data collected by Northstar Research Partners from C-Suite executives from Fortune 500 companies with 100 employees or more, 87 percent of whom have occupied their office for at least three years and 79 percent reporting more than $100 million in revenue. The executives are primarily Presidents or Chief Executive Officers, the data also includes insights from the full C-suite including CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs from a variety of industries from finance and retail to healthcare and manufacturing and more. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. ZONETV AND OOYALA JOIN FORCES WITH MICROSOFT TO BRING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO TV CHANNELS FOR THE FIRST TIME 2017-07-26T00:15:02Z zonetv-and-ooyala-join-forces-with-microsoft-to-bring-artificial-intelligence-to-tv-channels-for-the-first-time ZoneTV, taking a quantum leap forward in the linear TV experience, will utilise media logistics tools from Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, plus Video Indexer, part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, to automate the curation of content of a first-of-its-kind, customisable suite of linear TV channels which launches this fall. ZoneTV has licensed digital-first content which it will curate into specialised channels delivered to pay-TV subscribers. For consumers, these channels will initially appear like any traditional linear channel. But ZoneTV’s unique service allows consumers to do more, combining linear, on-demand and customised choices into a new offering called ZoneTV Dynamic Channels. The company’s ability to curate 6,000 hours of videos on the fly in these channels creates a unique and personalised experience for the consumer. “We’re building the next generation of pay-TV services, so we need next-generation tools. With the combination of Ooyala’s platform and Microsoft Cognitive Services, the ZoneTV Programming Studio delivers an unmatched capability to enhance the TV ecosystem and translates into a one-of-a-kind viewer experience,” said Jeff Weber, CEO, ZoneTV. The content in the specialised channels will be presented in a consumer-friendly, easily discoverable way to viewers. ZoneTV will achieve this using the ZoneTV Programming Studio, which is integrated with Ooyala’s Flex CMS and with Video Indexer, part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, to curate fine-tuned specialised channels. The combination of these tools features advanced algorithms that characterise content; the platform automatically extracts and analyses metadata to identify video genre and content sentiment, pulls topics from speech and text, translates captions into multiple languages and integrates subscriber analytics. This provides quick scalability for ZoneTV as it adds additional content, and reduces manual processes that can slow content curation and introduce errors in metadata translation and application. “Ooyala puts a premium on collaboration, which is what our Integrated Video Platform solutions are all about. To be the bridge bringing Microsoft AI innovation to ZoneTV, an exciting North American programmer, is putting us at the centre of reshaping TV for tomorrow,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. In addition, ZoneTV will utilise Ooyala’s Flex Platform, the company’s versatile and customisable solution for video production and distribution workflows, for its end-to-end video workflow for both new specialised channels and its VOD assets. Flex runs on Microsoft Azure Media Services and can transform assets into any format for distribution to any device with Ooyala’s video platform; and it automates transcoding, packaging and syndication, which gets content in front of audiences faster. Ooyala Flex is the only workflow tool which can be 100% cloud-hosted, freeing up space in an affiliate’s data centre. The collaboration features a full-featured workflow solution with both operational dashboards as well as creative dashboards to allow efficient editing, content review and metadata entry. "ZoneTV shows what Microsoft Cognitive Services can do for TV programming. By integrating their content with Microsoft Azure, they can leverage Azure Media Analytics and Ooyala Flex for automated content indexing potentially driving more valuae for ZoneTV affilitaes and subscribers," said Sudheer Sirivara, general manager, enterprise video at Microsoft Corp. About ZoneTV ZoneTV is deployed on Comcast, DIRECTV, CenturyLink, Telus, Bell Canada and Frontier Communications. ZoneTV is bridging the gap between the online and traditional TV worlds, bringing the best digital-first interactive programming to TV audiences. The result is a new cable/satellite content category that offers a best-in-class personal user experience blending the convenience of linear viewing with the flexibility of on-demand programming in a highly personalised viewing experience. ZoneTV genres include kid’s programming, fitness, cooking, casual games, sports, and lifestyle, among other popular genres. The company has offices in Toronto and Santa Monica, CA. For more information, visit About Ooyala A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala's comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators and media companies build more engaged and more profitable audiences, with personalised experiences across every screen. Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit Clavax will be exhibiting at the MWC Americas Event 2017 in San Francisco 2017-07-25T12:52:45Z clavax-will-be-exhibiting-at-the-mwc-americas-event-2017-in-san-francisco SAN FRANCISCO - July 25, 2017 -Clavax Technologies, one of the fastest growing IT firms proudly announces its participation in the first-ever Mobile World Congress event to take place in San Francisco US from 12-14 September. The MWC Americas 2017, the premier Mobile Industry Event organized by GSMA in partnership with CTIA will feature more than 1000 international exhibitors & above 30000 visitors from across the globe.With the theme of "The Tech Element", the exhibition of MWC Americas will be hosting a large-scale platform allowing leading players from across the mobile industries to showcase their innovative technologies & services that are shaping the mobile landscape. Clavax is excited to be a part of the event and move a step ahead towards the path of business transformation through the digital advances in the mobile industry.The Chief Technology Officer of the Clavax, Deepak Tomar stated the following statement: "We believe that taking part in the MWC Americas 2017 will not only provide an ideal platform to expand our business opportunities globally but also in understanding the latest product demonstrations & industry-changing announcements. At Clavax, we focus on delivering world class mobile solutions keeping in mind the new innovations in areas like 5G, IoT & next-generation networks. Through this platform, we aim to showcase our high-quality services & learn how mobile is creating a connected life, transforming individuals & businesses to interact and innovate."For more information about the upcoming event, visit our website Clavax Technologies: Clavax Technologies is the leading IT firm based in San Jose, California having expertise in rendering enterprise-level services & transforming ideas into innovative solutions. With the best-ever services offered to the millions of happy clients worldwide, this technology partner is also known for the robust customer support that is always available for any assistance. Dell Boomi Announces the Launch of Australian-based Atom Cloud and MDM Cloud 2017-07-25T00:18:14Z dell-boomi-announces-the-launch-of-australian-based-atom-cloud-and-mdm-cloud Sydney, Australia – July 25, 2017 – Dell Boomi® (Boomi) has announced the availability of an Australian-based Boomi Atom Cloud and Boomi MDM Cloud, adding to the available deployment options for customers using Boomi to connect applications, manage data, and orchestrate critical business processes – between cloud platforms, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, and on-premises systems. “Personalisation of the student, researcher and alumni experience is critical for Flinders University’s strategic success, and having a reliable and timely view of each constituent is essential to make that happen,” said Kelvin McCarthy, Acting Associate Director – Information and Digital Services, Flinders University. “We’re increasingly using consumer-styled cloud services to provide a contemporary user experience but the risk of creating siloed environments in a cloud-based world is greater than ever. By taking an MDM approach to data integration, we will be able to offer better functionality backed by a consistent view of the constituent.” The Boomi Integration Cloud platform underpins ‘The Connected Business’ where enterprises leverage key information and insights to be better, faster and smarter. It supports all of an organisation’s application integration processes. It features a powerful range of integration, data management and workflow automation capabilities that can be realised in a fraction of the time of legacy middleware technologies. The Boomi Atom is a light-weight runtime engine that handles all the connectivity between applications and data sources. The Australian-based Boomi Atom Cloud gives businesses the option of running processes closer to their data. Boomi MDM Cloud Now Available Boomi Master Data Management (MDM) is the solution to represent data consistently across an organisation, enabling data governance to synchronise, cleanse and enrich data across domains. It scales to accommodate growth as data volume, applications and business user demands continue to increase. With the Australian-based Boomi MDM Cloud, the “golden records” used to enforce data integrity across applications are stored in a local cloud repository. “In the 18 months since our launch into Asia Pacific and Japan, we’ve seen considerable demand for integration as organisations look to modernise their existing business environments, and invest in best-of-breed solutions better suited to modern hybrid application ecosystems or cloud transformation initiatives,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director APJ at Dell Boomi. “Master Data Management is a critical piece of that puzzle – it gives organisations a very powerful and yet simple way to ensure the quality and accuracy of its valuable data assets.” Chris McNabb, Chief Executive Officer at Dell Boomi, said, “The influx of data generated in the digital era has transformed MDM from a luxury to a necessity. The Boomi MDM Cloud ensures companies in the region can remove disparity and seamlessly collect, analyse and use business-critical data to make more informed strategic decisions. This allows them to beat the competition by better understanding customer and stakeholder demand and delivering to those expectations.” The reality of hybrid IT means that enterprises are now faced with numerous new challenges, and opportunities, to proactively manage data across their business – a critical factor to success in a fast-moving and increasingly-competitive global marketplace. While integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) offerings have traditionally focused only on the movement of data between applications, there is an increasing need for one that can help organisations create simple workflows as well as govern, enrich and control data in real time as it moves between complex networks of cloud, mobile and on-premises applications. The local launch of the Boomi MDM and Boomi Atom Clouds forms part of Boomi’s regional expansion plans, with the company currently extending its presence beyond A/NZ into South-East Asia through the 2018 financial year. This comes on the back of significant demand from medium-sized and large enterprises since it opened its Australian office in April 2016. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform drastically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 6,000 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, and better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times over traditional integration, API management, MDM and workflow automation solutions. 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