The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-21T00:52:07Z Avaya Introduces Cloud Transformation Program Making it Easier for Companies to Adopt the Cloud Communications Infrastructure that Best Meets Their Needs 2019-03-21T00:52:07Z avaya-introduces-cloud-transformation-program-making-it-easier-for-companies-to-adopt-the-cloud-communications-infrastructure-that-best-meets-their-needs Enterprise Connect – Orlando, FL– March 21, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, has introduced its program to assist organisations considering cloud communications delivery models as part of their digital transformation. Avaya’s cloud transformation program makes it easier and removes uncertainty and risk from the transition. The program provides compelling incentives and the resources of its professional services team to help companies map the most effective and efficient path to implement Avaya OneCloud solutions for public, private or hybrid communications deployments. The Avaya cloud transformation program helps organisations: Define and discover their required outcomes for a cloud communications transition Determine the best cloud models for various applications, based on specific business needs Identify key processes and APIs that work within their existing infrastructure and how best to deploy them to a new cloud ecosystem Begin their cloud transformation with next steps and roadmaps aligned to their specific business goals and based on targeted financial modeling For Avaya customers, the company will provide credits for perpetual licenses and reduced per-seat cloud pricing, as well as remove termination penalties on current support services contracts for those that implement an Avaya OneCloud solution. Avaya customers can also take advantage of Avaya cloud transformation workshops at reduced or even zero cost. These workshops bring Avaya professional services cloud experts together with an organisation’s key decision makers for a working session to understand the breadth and depth of a cloud transformation with the Avaya OneCloud deployment model that best meets their needs, develop an implementation timeline, and define what is required to achieve desired outcomes. “Communications is foundational to digital success, driving improved collaboration and improving the customer experience, and cloud has become the new operating model for digital businesses,” said Zeus Kerravala, Founder & Principal Analyst, ZK Research. “For business leaders digitally transforming their communications via the cloud, it is important they find solutions that fit their workflows and a solution provider that offers a range of options. Avaya OneCloud offers the broadest selection of cloud options across every segment, and Avaya’s cloud transformation program will help organisations find the right solution that fits their unique requirements.” Avaya OneCloud solutions for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS), provide organisations of all sizes with a fast, convenient and automated path to the benefits of cloud communications. Avaya currently has 3.7 million cloud seats between its public and private offerings, and continues to see increased adoption of its cloud solutions across a wide range of industries. Avaya OneCloud solutions are available in 34 countries. The company will continue to expand its global footprint in the coming months to meet the growing needs of customers worldwide. -Ends- For more information on the Avaya cloud transformation program, visit the dedicated webpage at: https://news.avaya.com/us-cp-cloud-migration-reg The company is showcasing its cloud solutions, and more, at the Avaya booth #1519, Hall D at Enterprise Connect, March 18–21, in Orlando, FL. #EC19, #ExperiencesThatMatter Additional Resources A Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Communications – ZK Research Read about ‘Why the Cloud Might be Right for You’ Check out our whitepaper, CAPEX vs OPEX: The Financial Implications of Going Cloud About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organisations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," “our vision,” "plan," "potential," "preliminary," "predict," "should," "will," or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology and include, but are not limited to, expected cash savings and statements about growth, exchange listing and improved operational metrics. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. The factors are discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, considering these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom Few Professionals Are Fully Confident in Ability to Assess the Effectiveness of Their Phishing Defenses 2019-03-20T22:57:05Z few-professionals-are-fully-confident-in-ability-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-their-phishing-defenses Sydney, NSW, AUS (21 March 2019)— Findings from a recent ISACA survey about strategies for phishing defense showed that only 12 per cent of the roughly 1,5000 respondents were completely confident in their ability to assess the effectiveness of their phishing awareness efforts. In the new paper, Phishing Defense and Governance, released in partnership with Terranova Security, ISACA outlines key takeaways from this phishing research that reached security, assurance, risk and governance professionals, including: Only a slight majority (63 per cent) regularly monitor and report on the effectiveness of their activities. 38 per cent of respondents reported that their organisations develop security awareness collateral and anti-phishing materials internally. 85 per cent of enterprises measure and regularly report on the effectiveness of their phishing awareness programs There is still a divide when it comes to organisations employing awareness activities such as email newsletters and online and in-person training, when compared to assessments of what employees have learned, through simulations and other knowledge-based tools. Simulation is not a common component of phishing awareness and training, with only 57% of those surveyed saying they perform phishing simulation, and 25% reporting they use other active knowledge-based assessment of employee phishing behavior. “Current phishing defense strategies and implementation are clearly not hitting the mark,” said Frank Downs, director of cybersecurity practices at ISACA. “Strengthening these defense activities and improving outcomes is within reach, but requires careful planning and execution, and eliminating any gaps in managing and implementing these security awareness initiatives internally and externally.” Phishing Defense and Governance also examines the potential correlation between joint internal and outsourced collateral development and the increased ability to report and measure on effectiveness, as well as the ways in which external service providers can be used to help support phishing defense. The white paper also provides some main areas of improvement where professionals should focus their attention when seeking to improve their phishing defenses, including: Ensuring the organisation has the capability to validate user behavior modification (such as through a phishing simulation) Evaluating the outsourcing or co-sourcing relationships in place and determining where the organisation has gaps in the quality of information it is receiving Setting clear goals for improvement and tracking to them “Phishing attacks continue to grow each year both in number and in cost to organisations globally and countless new phishing scenarios are created every day,” said Theo Zafirakos, CISO at Terranova Security. “While human error continues to prevail as the leading cause of all breaches and security incidents, security professionals agree the most effective way to reduce human risk is with security awareness and phishing simulation training.” The Phishing Defense and Governance whitepaper can be downloaded for free at www.isaca.org/phishing. For another perspective on phishing, read this ISACA Now blog post, “The C-Suite is the New Main Target of Phishing,” by Harold Walker, CISSP, Phishing Awareness Evangelist, Terranova Security. About Terranova Security Terranova Security is a global leader in security awareness training, recognised by Gartner®, with 1000+ successful phishing awareness and security awareness training programs spanning over 6-million users. Terranova Security is committed to partnering with CISOs and security professionals to help reduce human risk and support each organisation with a personalised and consultative approach for phishing and awareness training needs. Uniquely positioned to support security leaders govern, manage and measure changes in behavior, Terranova Security provides true flexibility and delivery models for phishing and security awareness training. Learn more: terranovasecurity.com About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including its 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram:www.instagram.com/isacanews/ Contact: Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au Lauren Graham, 0432 614 401, lgraham@daylightagency.com.au Silver Peak Appoints Dean Vaughan Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan 2019-03-20T21:30:00Z silver-peak-appoints-dean-vaughan-vice-president-of-sales-for-asia-pacific-and-japan Sydney, 21 March 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced the appointment of Australian Dean Vaughan as vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Singapore, Dean is responsible for accelerating business expansion and customer acquisition through the company’s enterprise and service provider channels across the region, spanning Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. "Our primary goal across Australia and New Zealand is to liberate organisations from the compromises of router-centric and basic SD-WAN approaches to transform their networks into a business accelerant,” said Graham Schultz, regional director for ANZ at Silver Peak. “Dean’s cross-regional executive leadership will be invaluable as we continue to expand and drive our local partner ecosystem and deliver value to our growing base of customers.” Today’s executive appointment dovetails a series of executive leadership and channel partner program announcements that underscore the company’s strategy to recruit the industry’s best talent as it pursues market leadership in the hyper-competitive market for SD-WAN edge infrastructure. “It’s an exciting time to join Silver Peak as geographically distributed enterprises across the Asia Pacific and Japan region turn to SD-WAN as a means to drive cloud and digital transformation initiatives,” said Dean Vaughan, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan at Silver Peak. “My immediate task is to put in place the best go-to-market strategy and team to lead Silver Peak forward, empowering customers across the region with our business-driven Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform.” Dean Vaughan is a 22-year industry veteran with a proven track record in building winning sales teams. Prior to joining Silver Peak, Vaughan served in various enterprise technology sales leadership positions at Oracle since 2009, most recently as senior director of Cloud Platform Solutions for ASEAN. In a short period of time, he significantly expanded the company’s public cloud IaaS and PaaS businesses. During his time at Oracle, Vaughan also established and scaled the Oracle Virtualisation and Linux business units in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, he oversaw the Cloud Infrastructure business unit for Asia Pacific and Japan, delivering consistent double-digit annual growth by expanding the business to India, Korea and Japan and restructuring the business in China, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Oracle, Vaughan built NCR Corporation’s Cisco Systems Network Integration business across Asia Pacific. “Dean is a strong and seasoned leader who will enable us to capitalise on the unprecedented wave of SD-WAN demand across Asia Pacific and Japan,” said Ken Laversin, chief revenue officer at Silver Peak. “Dean’s demonstrated expertise in growing multiple businesses across the region, and his in-depth knowledge of the enterprise and channel market, will enable Silver Peak to accelerate business expansion and customer acquisition. This will further entrench the business as the global SD-WAN leader delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with the industry’s first self-driving wide area network.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. # # # Media Contacts: Einsteinz Communications for Silver Peak Richelle Gillette and Emma Keen +61-2-8905 0995 silverpeak@einsteinz.com.au ISACA Issues New Blockchain, CASB Solutions and GDPR Audit Programs 2019-03-20T02:43:55Z isaca-issues-new-blockchain-casb-solutions-and-gdpr-audit-programs Sydney, NSW, AUS (20 March 2019) — Auditors face an onslaught of new technologies, systems and regulations to incorporate into assessments. New audit programs from global technology association ISACA give auditors additional frameworks for toolkits to provide assurance for blockchain, cloud access security brokers (CASBs) and the EU GDPR. The Blockchain Preparation Audit Program helps organisations manage the preparation for using blockchain technology--the underlying distributed network system often associated with the decentralised cryptocurrency, bitcoin--found in applications across myriad industries. Covering all aspects of blockchain, from pre-implementation, governance, development, security, transactions and consensus, this program guides auditors in identifying and developing key policies, procedures and controls to mitigate risk and streamline processes prior to a blockchain implementation and includes a blockchain technology audit preparation program worksheet. By using this program, auditors gain tools to: Provide management with an assessment of whether their proposed blockchain technology control environment is adequately designed and operationally effective Identify potential blockchain risks which could result in reputational and/or material financial impact Provide management with a holistic perspective on blockchain technology that considers both technical and non-technical factors. To assist IT auditors assess the effectiveness of CASB solutions, ISACA releases the Cloud Security Access Broker (CASB) Audit Program. Enterprises often use CASBs to manage risks, such as those associated with various deployment models, identity management, and compliance with data drive regulations. This audit program factors in several considerations auditors should keep in mind when assessing whether operational and compliance expectations can be met with their CASB deployment, including: Identity management of users, inclusive of privileged users and enhanced access groups Mitigation of risks associated with different deployment models Asset management and protection through security initiatives such as physical security and though program management (key management and incident response as examples). Following the 25 May 2018 implementation date, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives EU residents control over their personal data wherever this data may reside, standardising regulation across the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as affecting all enterprises that process data from EU/EEA countries. The GDPR Audit Program for Small and Medium Enterprises offers an audit framework to assess how effectively GDPR is governed, monitored and managed. It provides guidance to: Provide management with an assessment of GDPR policies and procedures and their operating effectiveness Identify control weaknesses which could result in increased use of unsanctioned GDPR solutions (and higher likelihood that the solutions are not detected) Evaluate the effectiveness of the organisation’s practices and ongoing management of GDPR. Blockchain Preparation Audit Program is free to members or for purchase by non-members for US $49. Both Cloud Security Access Broker (CASB) Audit Program and GDPR Audit Program for Small and Medium Enterprises are US $25 for members and US $49 for non-members. For more information on ISACA’s audit and assurance programs, please visit www.isaca.org/auditprograms. About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including its 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram:www.instagram.com/isacanews/ Contact: Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au Lauren Graham, 0432 614 401, lgraham@daylightagency.com.au Dell Boomi helps University of Melbourne to cloud-enable its integrations and transition to Smarter Campuses 2019-03-20T01:39:52Z dell-boomi-helps-university-of-melbourne-to-cloud-enable-its-integrations-and-transition-to-smarter-campuses Sydney, Australia – March 19, 2019 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced it has been contracted by the University of Melbourne (UoM) to enable the coexistence of the institute’s 700 applications using the Boomi integration platform. Boomi has helped the university create a centralised data synchronisation hub that provides granular visibility into data quality and has subsequently accelerated the roll-out of new services. The real-time availability of this critical information will help UoM transform its facilities into smart campuses powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). UoM provides education to more than 50,000 students enrolled across its seven campuses. Its vast set of applications – spanning everything from a Financial and Employee System (FES) to Student Management Systems (SMS) and its online Learning Management Systems (LMS), as well as a slew of specialty systems – are part of a hybrid environment. UoM deployed the Boomi integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) to link up its IT environment. Boomi is a only truly cloud-based integration provider and was selected for its ability to support a diverse organisation. The university is using the Boomi Master Data Hub (MDH) as the foundation for its data synchronisation. These comprehensive capabilities are managed through Boomi’s easy-to-use interface which provides full visibility over and control of all information flowing through the platform. Having established a modern integration framework, UoM has been able to commence its transition to smart campuses. Critical to this project is space utilisation, and so the university is in the process of installing smart sensors in selected buildings. Boomi will collect the data generated by these sensors and transfer it to the smart campus data repository, along with information from other relevant applications. These insights will allow UoM to determine how and when facilities are being used in order to optimise space and other student services. “Data consistency is a major challenge for organisations investing in digital transformation – especially in an industry like higher education where student attrition and policy issues place constant pressure on Australian universities to demonstrate the outcomes they can deliver,” said Nick Lambrou, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at Boomi. “With the Boomi platform at the core of its applications tying all data together, UoM has developed the comprehensive scaffolding it needs to drive its digital evolution, allowing it to introduce new services sooner, while preparing its facilities for the next phase of its growth strategy.” About Dell Boomi Boomi, an independent business unit of Dell, quickly and easily unites everything in your digital ecosystem so you can achieve better business outcomes, faster. Boomi’s intelligent, flexible, scalable platform accelerates your business results by linking your data, systems, applications, processes and people. Harnessing the power of the cloud to unify everything inside and outside of a business, Boomi gives more than 8,200 organizations the agility to lead the future. For more information, visit http://www.boomi.com. Special note: Statements in this material that relate to future results, future hiring, and future events or investment are forward-looking statements and are based on Boomi’s current expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “confidence,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “should,” “will” and “would,” or similar expressions. Actual results, hiring, customer trends, and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the challenge of finding and onboarding new personnel, marketplace trends, ongoing management attention to the market, the uncertainties associated with technology changes and the development and release of new technology. Boomi and Dell Technologies assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Avaya Deepens Integration With Google Cloud To Provide Powerful AI Enhancing Customer Experience 2019-03-19T23:47:15Z avaya-deepens-integration-with-google-cloud-to-provide-powerful-ai-enhancing-customer-experience Sydney, Australia – March 19, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, today announced further integration with Google Cloud Contact Centre artificial intelligence (AI) to provide better experiences for customers and a more efficient workforce, taking full advantage of the powerful artificial intelligence capabilities of both companies. Recognised as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center1, Avaya extends its leadership in leveraging AI to improve customer experience with more personalised, intelligent and insightful interactions. This includes embedding Google’s machine learning within Avaya conversation services powering the contact centre, enabling easy integration of AI capabilities regardless of channel, promoting a consistent and intelligent experience for customers and delivering true omnichannel experiences with AI. Together, Avaya and Google Cloud are providing customers with increased flexibility, efficiency and scalability in deploying powerful and simple communication and collaboration solutions that improve the customer journey. Avaya IX Contact Centre is an AI-enhanced, omnichannel solution including voice, email, chat and mobile communications to make customer engagement a competitive advantage that drives growth and brand preference. Avaya and Google are innovating in a number of key areas, including: Virtual Agents – Human-like automated Bots which seamlessly interact with customers, offloading the live agents’ utilisation until the optimal time and then transferring all context gathered to the agent. Now customers can decide when and how to engage bots throughout the interaction. And the Avaya platform captures the intent, actions and ultimate disposition of each interaction in real-time. Through this rich data, Avaya AI can be applied to decide the next best action in future customer engagement. Agent Assist – Provides superior customer experience by continuously delivering contextually relevant knowledge base to agents based on real time conversational analysis–for BOTH voice and text-based interactions. Avaya AI algorithms can be applied to Google Contact Centre AI to determine the next best action by the agent, delivering the right information and reducing customer friction – while increasing agent satisfaction and contact centre efficiency. Conversational Topic Modelling – An unsupervised learning tool designed to uncover key topic areas that customers have been contacting the contact centre about, and abstracting relevant information relating to how topics are articulated. Google Topic Modelling combined with Avaya AI enables agents to leverage real-time visibility of topics with each conversation turn. Through this valuable insight, recommended responses and best actions can be uniquely tailored to each part of the conversation to drive desired outcomes. Avaya is enhancing the customer experience by strengthening these areas through integration of Google Cloud APIs with key elements of Avaya’s contact centre infrastructure. Additionally, Avaya’s browser-based desktop is designed to easily connect with applications and Google Contact Centre AI is seamlessly incorporated in the agent user experience. “Partnering with Avaya helps us deliver on our goal to make the contact centre experience easier and more efficient,” said Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management at Google Cloud. “We’re excited to work with Avaya so enterprises can keep customers happy with faster call resolution, and we look forward to building on this partnership as technology and customer’s expectations evolve.” Avaya and Google’s unique collaboration offers a differentiated contact centre solution with a simpler, but more efficient and architecturally superior approach via native gRPC integration for voice. This will enable Avaya IX Contact Centre customers to easily integrate AI providers like Google Cloud and infuse AI capabilities regardless of channel, for consistent omnichannel experiences. Avaya IX Contact Centre solutions are capable of maintaining an awareness of all events, including the sentiment, suggestions and resolution, creating a data lake source for future machine learning processing that generates increasingly impactful results. “We continue to expand our AI-enabled solutions as well as our cloud offerings for customers ranging from small-medium business to the largest global enterprises, and further collaboration with Google is providing additional capabilities to augment the innovation,” said Chris McGugan, Avaya Senior Vice President, Solutions & Technology. “By bringing these innovations to market for Avaya customers and partners, we enable them to make every customer interaction more meaningful and insightful, and more productive for their businesses.” Avaya pioneered the integration of AI capabilities into contact centre communications solutions, and has led development and investment in a number of key areas: Effortless Self-Service: With the power of AI, you can deliver great self-service experiences getting your customer the right information at the right time. Agent Assistance and Productivity: Empower agents with AI-driven guidance, that includes relevant content, suggested next-actions, and real-time coaching to stay ahead of the customer engagement. Smart Matching: Leverage advanced machine learning models to pair the best agent with each customer interaction. Smart Interactions: With powerful AI technologies, you can create smart, conversational interactions that yield improved business results. Empowered Agents: Agents are empowered by AI-driven guidance for content and suggested actions. Summarisation tools help agents expedite after-call processes. Simplified Operations: Reduce complexity for customers and agents alike by using AI models to select a self-service experience, automate a process, or pair with the best possible agent -Ends- The company is showcasing these solutions, and more, at the Avaya booth #1519, Hall D at Enterprise Connect, March 18–21, in Orlando, FL. About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE:AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organisations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. 1 https://www.avaya.com/en/about-avaya/newsroom/pr-us-180522/ Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," “our vision,” "plan," "potential," "preliminary," "predict," "should," "will," or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology and include, but are not limited to, expected cash savings and statements about growth, exchange listing and improved operational metrics. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. The factors are discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, considering these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners Gartner Says Worldwide Server Revenue Grew 17.8 Percent in the Fourth Quarter of 2018, While Shipments Increased 8.5 Percent 2019-03-19T23:12:07Z gartner-says-worldwide-server-revenue-grew-17-8-percent-in-the-fourth-quarter-of-2018-while-shipments-increased-8-5-percent The worldwide server market continued to grow through 2018 as worldwide server revenue increased 17.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, while shipments grew 8.5 percent year over year, according to Gartner, Inc. In all of 2018, worldwide server shipments grew 13.1 percent and server revenue increased 30.1 percent compared with full-year 2017. “Hyperscale and service providers continued to increase their investments in their data centres (albeit at lower levels than at the start of 2017) to meet customers’ rising service demand, as well as enterprises’ services purchases from cloud providers,” said Kiyomi Yamada, senior principal analyst at Gartner. “To exploit data centre infrastructure market disruption, technology product managers for server providers should prepare for continued increases in server demand through 2019, although growth will be a slower pace than in 2018.” “DRAM prices started to come down, increasing demand for memory-rich configurations to support emerging workloads such as artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics kept buoying server prices. Product managers should market higher memory content servers to take advantage of DRAM oversupplies.” Dell EMC secured the top spot in the worldwide server market based on revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 (see Table 1). Dell EMC ended the year with 20.2 percent market share, followed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) with 17.7 percent of the market. Huawei experienced the strongest growth in the quarter, growing 45.9 percent. Table 1 - Worldwide: Server Vendor Revenue Estimates, 4Q18 (U.S. Dollars) Company 4Q18 Revenue 4Q18 Market Share (%) 4Q17 Revenue 4Q17 Market Share (%) 4Q18-4Q17 Growth (%) Dell EMC 4,426,376,116 20.2 3,606,976,178 19.4 22.7 HPE 3,876,819,483 17.7 3,578,005,770 19.3 8.4 Huawei 1,815,071,726 8.3 1,244,382,075 6.7 45.9 Inspur Electronics 1,801,622,141 8.2 1,260,671,411 6.8 42.9 IBM 1,783,691,221 8.2 2,623,501,533 14.1 -32.0 Others 8,158,910,239 37.3 6,243,556,262 33.6 30.7 Total 21,862,491,037 100.0 18,556,994,228 100.0 17.8 Source: Gartner (March 2019) In server shipments, Dell EMC maintained the No. 1 position in the fourth quarter of 2018 with 16.7 percent market share (see Table 2). HPE secured the second spot with 12.2 percent of the market. Both Dell EMC and HPE experienced declines in server shipments, while Inspur Electronics experienced the strongest growth with a 24.6 percent increase in shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018. Table 2 - Worldwide: Server Vendor Shipments Estimates, 4Q18 (Units) Company 4Q18 Shipments 4Q18 Market Share (%) 4Q17 Shipments 4Q17 Market Share (%) 4Q18-4Q17 Growth (%) Dell EMC 580,580 16.7 582,720 18.3 -0.4 HPE 424,347 12.2 443,854 13.9 -4.4 Inspur Electronics 293,702 8.5 235,658 7.4 24.6 Huawei 260,193 7.5 257,916 8.1 0.9 Lenovo 191,032 5.5 181,523 5.7 5.2 Others 1,723,032 49.6 1,499,593 46.8 14.9 Total 3,472,886 100.0 3,201,264 100.0 8.5 Source: Gartner (March 2019) The x86 server market increased in revenue by 27.1 percent, and shipments were up 8.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. Full-Year 2018 Server Market Results In terms of regional results, in 2018, Asia Pacific and North America posted strong growth in revenue with 38.3 percent and 34 percent, respectively. In terms of shipments, Asia Pacific grew 17.6 percent and North America grew 15.9 percent year over year. EMEA grew 3.1 percent in shipments and 20.4 percent in revenue. Latin America grew 20.9 percent in revenue, but declined 4.4 percent in shipments. Japan grew 3.3 percent in revenue, 2.1 percent in shipments. Additional information is available to clients who have access to Gartner’s Servers Quarterly Statistics. This database provides worldwide market size and share data by vendor revenue and unit shipments. Segments include region, vendor, vendor brand, subbrand, CPU type, CPU group, max CPU, platform, price band, operating system and distribution channel. Server market trends and infrastructure and operations will be further discussed at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies events taking place April 23-25 in Tokyo, April 24-25 in Sao Paulo, April 29-30 in Sydney, May 6-7 in Mumbai, June 4-5 in Frankfurt, June 25-26 in Mexico City, and November 25-26 in London. Follow news and updates from these events on Twitter using #GartnerIO. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. 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Barracuda Intel Exposes the Latest Strategies Cybercriminals Are Using to Get Past Email Security Gateways 2019-03-19T21:00:00Z barracuda-intel-exposes-the-latest-strategies-cybercriminals-are-using-to-get-past-email-security-gateways-1 Sydney, 20 March 2019 – Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions, today released key findings from a report with the title Spear Phishing: Top Threats and Trends. Barracuda researchers evaluated more than 360,000 spear phishing emails in a three-month period, identifying and analysing three major types of attacks: brand impersonation, business email compromise and blackmail. Read the full report: https://www.barracuda.com/spear-phishing-report The report takes an in-depth look at how these three types of attacks work, why traditional email security can’t stop them, the latest techniques scammers are using, and how organisations can protect against these attacks. A closer look at evolving threats Barracuda’s research uncovered fresh insights into how these popular attacks are evolving and the tactics they are using to evade detection. Impersonating Microsoft is one of the more common techniques used by hackers trying to take over accounts. Financial institutions are impersonated in nearly 1 in 5 attacks. Finance department employees are heavily targeted, as they are most likely to deal with banks and other financial institutions. The majority of subject lines on sextortion emails contain some form of security alert. Attackers often include the victim’s email address or password in the subject line. Subject lines on more than 70 percent of business email compromise attack emails try to establish rapport or a sense of urgency; many imply the topic has been previously discussed. Scammers use name-spoofing techniques, changing the display name on Gmail and other email accounts to make the email appear to come from a company employee. This tactic can be especially deceiving to those reading the email on a mobile device. “Spear phishing attacks are designed to evade traditional email security solutions, and the threat is constantly evolving as attackers find new ways to avoid detection and trick users,” said Asaf Cidon, VP, Content Security at Barracuda Networks. “Staying ahead of these types of attacks requires the right combination of technology and user training, so it’s critical to have a solution in place that detects and protects against spear-phishing attacks, including business email compromise, brand impersonation and sextortion.” Barracuda Sentinel uses artificial intelligence and deep integration with Office 365 to detect spear phishing attacks and stop them before they reach your mail server. Total Email Protection takes that protection a step further, combining Barracuda Sentinel with Barracuda Essentials, Barracuda PhishLine and Barracuda Forensics and Incident Response for a complete email security, archiving, and data protection solution. Resources: Download the full report: https://www.barracuda.com/spear-phishing-report Read the blog post: http://cuda.co/35206 About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Barracuda Accelerates Growth in MSP Market, Expands MSP Security Offerings 2019-03-14T21:30:00Z barracuda-accelerates-growth-in-msp-market-expands-msp-security-offerings Sydney, 15 March 2019 — Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced growing momentum in the MSP market. Barracuda MSP’s portfolio approach, led by security, has been very successful in the marketplace and is a key growth area for the company. Barracuda grown its international MSP partner base nearly 300 percent over the past two years, and most importantly, the number of MSPs using multiple Barracuda solutions increased 34 percent year-over-year, as of February 2019. Barracuda also recently acquired Managed Workplace, the remote monitoring and management (RMM) product line of Avast. Managed Workplace delivers an RMM platform with included security tools and services, such as site security assessments, Office 365 account management, and integrated third-party antivirus. This addition to the Barracuda portfolio reinforces the company’s investment in the MSP marketplace and builds on the 120 percent year-over-year growth Barracuda MSP has seen for its security solutions. “We have consistently been expanding our portfolio of MSP solutions, and our partners’ response — based on their spend with us — has been very positive,” said BJ Jenkins, CEO of Barracuda Networks. “The acquisition of Managed Workplace continues that portfolio expansion, building on the success we’ve seen with our MSP partners over the past three years.” “Our mission is to empower our MSP partners to create services to sell, deliver profitable offerings, and demonstrate value to their customers,” said Brian Babineau, SVP and general manager of Barracuda MSP. “With Managed Workplace we can offer MSP partners a security-centric RMM solution that incorporates security tasks into a service provider’s daily routine. It complements the security solutions we have introduced via our MSP model, such as email protection, cloud-generation firewalls, and security awareness training.” Barracuda also expanded its MSP security offerings in 2018 by introducing Managed PhishLine, a service that helps MSPs provide sophisticated phishing simulation and security awareness training to their customers without creating added work for their techs. This makes it easy for MSP to create a new service that addresses the growing need for better security awareness training. Building Stronger MSPs Through Education The Barracuda team has also demonstrated its commitment to building up the MSP community through several educational initiatives that have gained more traction over the past year. Ready, Set, Managed!, which is an exclusive, interactive educational and networking program for VARs and MSPs to learn best practices for successfully growing their managed services operations, saw 136 percent growth year over year in the number of channel partners that have requested an invitation to the program. Barracuda’s EMEA team will host the second annual MSP Day on May 23, 2019. The initiative was set up to help create an interactive and connected community with the unified purpose of making managed services more understandable, trustworthy, and significant. More details on MSP Day 2019 will be announced shortly. Why Managed Workplace RMM tools are a foundational platform for the managed services community, and according to research by AMI Partners, the RMM market is expected to reach nearly $800 million by 2022, with more than $400 million of that coming from outside North America. Every MSP, transitioning reseller, or new market participant needs an RMM, and acquiring Managed Workplace gives Barracuda another way to provide MSP partners with the tools they need to run their business and protect their customers. Site security assessments – Managed Workplace includes a built-in site security assessment tool, which MSPs can use to measure the security posture for customers’ sites and identify gaps that need to be addressed. This tool can be used to help generate sales and to demonstrate the MSP’s value by showing progress over time. Office 365 service module – This module in Managed Workplace helps MSPs streamline operations by providing a single place to manage common Office 365 tasks, such as viewing usage across multiple sites, tracking mailbox activity, and resetting passwords, alongside endpoint and other management tasks. Cloud architecture – Managed Workplace is offered as a cloud service, with multiple global instances already running on AWS. It can also be deployed on premises. The API-driven architecture allows for plug-ins to be updated easily and new ones to be added. Business alignment – Managed Workplace extends Barracuda’s opportunity for security innovation and our ability to simplify security for MSPs by connecting RMM with key components, such as email protection, cloud-generation firewalls, security awareness training, data protection, and the Avast Business Security solutions. Current IT trends – Managed Workplace aligns with current IT trends by supporting Windows and Mac endpoints, VMware and Hyper-V servers; integrating with Office 365 Account Management capabilities; monitoring network routers and SNMP-enabled devices; and creating and delivering recurring security assessments. Resources: Read the blog post: What is a security-centric RMM?: http://cuda.co/34697 Get more information: https://barracudamsp.com/product-details/managed-workplace-rmm/ Learn more about Ready, Set, Managed!: https://barracudamsp.com/ready-set-managed/ About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other trademarks, including Avast, are the property of their respective owners. Gartner Says Outdated Technology Pushing Australian Workers Out The Door 2019-03-13T02:36:58Z gartner-says-outdated-technology-pushing-australian-workers-out-the-door Organisations must find a way to address the needs of modern workers as employees grow increasingly frustrated with workplaces that expect them to work with outdated, slow and complex technology, according to Gartner, Inc. Technology now ranks in the top 10 reasons Australian employees will leave their current role, according to Gartner’s 4Q18 Global Talent Monitor. The data reveals technology rose eight places from 3Q18 to come in ninth on the list of key attrition drivers for Australian employees. “People have become so used to advanced technology in their day-to-day lives, that they expect the same thing from their workplace. However, businesses are having a hard time matching the speed at which technology is adopted at home,” said Aaron McEwan, HR Advisory Leader at Gartner. “It’s not surprising that employees are becoming frustrated when they find themselves wasting valuable time navigating complicated systems and processes that utilise slow and old technology. It’s unproductive and inefficient for everyone involved,” said Mr. McEwan. Compensation has also become increasingly important for Australian employees, rising four places to the No. 3 reason Australians cite for leaving their jobs. Alternatively, for the first time in five years, compensation is the third driver of attraction for Australian workers when considering a new position. “The combination of expectations over compensation and the tools and tech employees are given to do their job often feel like a representation of an individual’s value or worth to the company. Feeling valued by your employer is intrinsically linked to the employee experience and really impacts how a person feels about their job,” said Mr. McEwan. These factors may have already hit the willingness of Australian employees to go above and beyond at work as discretionary effort levels fell 4.5 per cent year over year – from 21 percent in 4Q17 to 16.5 percent in 4Q18 (see Table 1). Highlights from the 4Q 2018 Global Talent Monitor Talent Monitor Australian International Average High Intent to Stay 38.8% 32.5% High Discretionary Effort 16.5% 14.4% Job Opportunities 49.7 51.1 Drivers of Attraction Work-Life Balance Location Compensation Compensation Work-Life Balance Stability Drivers of Attrition Future Career Opportunity People Management Compensation Future Career Opportunity Compensation People Management Source: Gartner (February 2019) According to Mr. McEwan, businesses can no longer ignore the needs of their employees, and must start thinking of their workers like they do their customers; making it a priority to offer a personalised, seamless and efficient experience. “For organisations, the answer doesn’t lie in allowing staff to bring their own devices or offering more money. It’s recognizing that these are just a part of the broader employee experience,” Mr. McEwan said. “This means understanding and focusing on what employees’ value from their experiences with the company. Rather than waste time implementing policies, systems and processes that have no impact on how employees feel about their company, organisations need to talk to employees to determine how to retain current and attract new employees.” Gartner advises organisations to tailor employee experiences to suit the needs, desires and goals of the individual rather than the collective. By understanding what employees value the most, HR leaders can positively impact the employee experience and lessen the desire for them to seek alternative employment opportunities. Global Talent Monitor data is drawn from the larger Gartner Global Labour Market Survey which is made up of more than 22,000 employees in 40 countries, including 848 in Australia this quarter. The survey is conducted quarterly and is reflective of market conditions during the quarter preceding publication. About Gartner ReimagineHR Conference Gartner experts will provide additional insight into the labour and talent issues at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference, August 6-7 in Sydney, Australia. Gartner ReimagineHR is the premier event for HR leaders around the world. Join Gartner and senior HR executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies necessary to support organisational performance. Gartner ReimagineHR will also be held September 18-19 in London, and October 28-30 in Florida. Follow news and updates from these events on Twitter using #GartnerHR. About Gartner for HR Leaders Gartner for HR Leaders brings together the best, relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at www.gartner.com/en/human-resources/human-resources-leaders. Cohesity to Join Cisco’s SolutionsPlus Program, Offering Enterprises a Complete Primary and Secondary Data Solution From a Single Source 2019-03-12T18:54:20Z cohesity-to-join-ciscos-solutionsplus-program-offering-enterprises-a-complete-primary-and-secondary-data-solution-from-a-single-source San Jose, Calif. – March 12, 2019 – Cohesity, the leader of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced that it has joined Cisco’s SolutionsPlus program. As a result, Cohesity software will be added to Cisco’s Global Price List. This gives Cisco’s direct and channel sales network the ability to offer Cohesity’s modern backup and recovery capabilities together with Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and HyperFlex from a single source. The Cisco SolutionsPlus agreement includes joint sales, marketing, service and support investments, and alignment of product roadmaps. This growing demand for a joint solution from Cohesity and Cisco comes as customers globally struggle with mass data fragmentation— the growing proliferation of data across locations, silos, and management systems that drives up IT costs and complexity, and prevents organisations from fully realizing their data’s value. To help companies address this challenge, Cohesity has pioneered a modern web-scale platform that consolidates data silos and dramatically simplifies management on-premises and in multi-cloud environments. “Cisco is a world-class leader in compute, storage, networking, and security, and has established itself as a strategic business partner for enterprises of all sizes,” said Terry Ramos, vice president, alliances, Cohesity. “In Cisco, we have a partner that shares our vision of eliminating mass data fragmentation. Our integrated architecture, with Cisco HyperFlex and Cisco UCS, brings together innovative platforms that consolidate data silos and derive more insights from data.” A Complete Data Solution on Cisco UCS Over 55,000 customers globally rely on Cisco UCS and HyperFlex for world-class data centre infrastructure. Through the partnership with Cisco, Cohesity enables those customers to consolidate secondary data silos on Cisco UCS. Increasingly, customers are recognising the architectural synergy of the Cohesity DataPlatform and Cisco HyperFlex to simplify and modernize their primary and secondary data and apps, respectively. With the launch of a new Cisco Validated Design (CVD), customers can protect primary data from Cisco HyperFlex clusters and do more with secondary data on a Cisco UCS-based Cohesity platform — all as one unified architecture. As a result, customers can reduce costs, complexity, and security risks, accelerate compliance, and derive more value from their data. “We are excited to take our relationship with Cohesity to reseller status with Cisco’s world-class go-to-market capabilities,” said Vijay Venugopal, senior director, product management, HyperFlex, Cisco. “Through the new solution, Cisco and Cohesity can offer the entire data stack for both primary and secondary data in an integrated architecture, which unlocks amazing new opportunities for customers.” The Cohesity-Cisco offer allows the following benefits to customers and partners: For customers One stop shop: Purchase a complete Cohesity and Cisco solution via a single Cisco purchase order. Validated: Be assured that the Cohesity-Cisco solution has been validated, and will deliver stringent service-level objectives and optimal business results. Global sourcing: Tap into Cisco and its network of partners for domestic procurement across the globe. For partners Streamlined quoting and delivery process: Deliver a pre-validated Cohesity solution as easily and simply as any Cisco product. Expanded market opportunity: Access to new buying centres in the growing, US $60 billion secondary data and apps market. “At Trace3, we take pride in introducing our customers to disruptive technology and bringing Cohesity solutions to enterprises as one of the first Cohesity channel partners,” said Kristin Struttmann, vice president, partner organization, Trace3. “With Cohesity joining the Cisco SolutionsPlus program, we can deliver an innovative Cohesity and Cisco hyperconverged solution more quickly and simply for the benefit of our enterprise customers.” The global reseller agreement is the latest chapter in a growing relationship between Cohesity and Cisco. Cisco selected Cohesity DataProtect for disaster recovery of critical services on the Cisco Live network at the recent Cisco Live EMEA 2019 event in Barcelona. Cisco chose Cohesity because of ease of deployment and exceptional backup and instant mass restore capabilities. Cisco has completed a CVD with direct snapshot integration for Cisco HyperFlex, offering IT prescriptive guidance for deploying a modern data protection solution. Cohesity continues to expand choices for certified Cisco UCS nodes. With the recent support of Cisco UCS S3260 half- and full-storage configurations, and Cisco UCS C220 M5 servers, customers can stay with their preferred Cisco hardware. Cisco has been a strategic investor in Cohesity for Series C and Series D rounds. “The elevated partnership between Cisco and Cohesity will offer enterprise-critical applications seamless protection based on modern backup technology,” said Steven Hill, senior analyst, 451 Research. “This new, jointly certified solution will be available directly from Cisco and its worldwide network of partners, and will immediately expand Cohesity’s global reach into large enterprises while enriching Cisco's data protection portfolio.” The joint solutions will be available for all customers worldwide on March 15, 2019. For more information: Read about “Realizing Data’s Full Value” on Cisco’s blog: https://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cohesityjoinsciscogpl Read about Data Protection on Cohesity’s blog: https://www.cohesity.com/blog/cohesity-and-cisco-simplify-backups-and-do-more-with-your-data/ Read about the Cisco Validated Design on: https://www.cohesity.com/blog/cohesity-and-cisco-simplify-backups-and-do-more-with-your-data/ Check out Cisco HyperFlex with Cohesity Data Protection – Cisco Validated Design: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/UCS_CVDs/ucsc240_cohesity_dp.html Check out the Cisco product page on Cohesity’s Website: http://www.cohesity.com Review the solution brief: https://www.cohesity.com/resource-assets/solution-brief/Cohesity-Cisco-Solutions-Brief.pdf Learn more about Cisco’s HyperFlex Hyperconverged Solution: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/hyperconverged-infrastructure/index.html About Cohesity
 Cohesity makes your data work for you by consolidating secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that spans both private and public clouds. Enterprise customers begin by radically streamlining their backup and data protection, then converge file and object services, test/dev instances, and analytic functions to provide a global data store. Cohesity counts many Global 1000 companies and federal agencies among its rapidly growing customer base and was named to Forbes’ “Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017,” LinkedIn’s “Startups: The 50 Industry Disruptors You Need to Know Now,” and CRN’s “2017 Emerging Vendors in Storage” lists. For more information, visit our website: www.cohesity.com and blog: https://cohesity.com/blog/, follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cohesity and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3750699/ and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cohesity/. Malwarebytes Rolls Out Offering Enabling MSPs to Provide Leading Endpoint Protection and Response to Customers 2019-03-05T21:29:23Z malwarebytes-rolls-out-offering-enabling-msps-to-provide-leading-endpoint-protection-and-response-to-customers XX ISACA’s State of Cybersecurity 2019 Survey: Retaining Qualified Cybersecurity Professionals Increasingly Challenging for Organisations 2019-03-05T00:56:33Z isacas-state-of-cybersecurity-2019-survey-retaining-qualified-cybersecurity-professionals-increasingly-challenging-for-organisations Sydney, NSW, AUS (5 March 2019) — Organisations are struggling to keep their cybersecurity workforce fully staffed as competitors increasingly pick off employees who are enticed by higher pay and bonuses, according to ISACA’s new cybersecurity workforce research. The short supply of qualified cybersecurity professionals has led to unfilled positions and a widening work skills gap. A whopping 69 per cent of respondents say their cybersecurity teams are understaffed. Part 1 of ISACA’s State of Cybersecurity 2019 report analyses the trends of cybersecurity hiring, retention, gender diversity and budget implications. “Current Trends in Workforce Development” released today at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. The research found: Cybersecurity professionals are still in short supply and hard to find, particularly for roles that require technical proficiency. Retaining cybersecurity professionals is exceptionally difficult, even when enticements such as training and certification are provided. Gender diversity programs are declining and perceived as less effective than in the past. Cybersecurity budget increases are expected to slow slightly. “We’re in a highly fluid environment where organisations are increasingly challenged by competitive forces,” said Rob Clyde, CISM, board chair of ISACA. “Creative and competitive retention efforts are more important than ever in the current environment, and organisations should make it a priority to identify ways to boost their cybersecurity teams.” While 57 per cent of respondents say their organisations offer increased training as incentives to keep people within an organisation, an overwhelming 82 per cent indicate that most individuals leave their companies for another because of financial and career incentives, such as higher salaries, bonuses and promotions. However, Frank Downs, director of cybersecurity practices at ISACA, points out that such incentives are not necessarily what cybersecurity professionals need to advance in their careers. Business acumen is key. “The most prized hire within a cybersecurity organisation is a skilled professional, who not only understands the business operation and how cybersecurity fits into the greater needs of the organisation, but also knows how to communicate well,” said Downs. In the survey, 58 per cent of respondents note that their organisations have unfilled cybersecurity positions. The results also show that there is a 6 percentage-point increase, year over year, of organisations languishing at least six months before they are able to fill open cybersecurity positions—increasing from 26 per cent in 2017 to 32 per cent in 2018. Gender Diversity Programs in Decline Only 45 per cent of the survey’s female respondents believe that both men and women have equal opportunity for career advancement. This represents a downward trend from 51 per cent the previous year. The survey also finds that less than half of cybersecurity organisations have a gender diversity program, and the perception of their effectiveness, when compared to previous years, is declining. “Attempts to diversify the workforce and create gender inclusion are either not happening enough or are failing to meet employee expectations,” said Clyde. “Respondents do not believe their organisations prioritise increasing the number of women in cybersecurity roles or advancing them within the organisation.” “Organisations need to communicate a clear career path for all cybersecurity staff in order to retain staff and tackle ongoing threats to the enterprise,” said Jo Stewart-Rattray, Global Lead for ISACA’s SheLeadsTech advocacy program. “But this is especially important for women, who can feel isolated being the only female in the room, if we are going to close the gender diversity gap.” “Providing role models and mentors both within and outside an organisation greatly increases the chance for women to remain in the profession and move into leadership roles,” adds Stewart-Rattray. “Organisations also need to provide flexible working opportunities.” Cybersecurity Budget Increases Are Expected to Slow Most respondents still expect an increase in cybersecurity budget, but not as much as in the previous year; 55 per cent report they expect an increase in cybersecurity budgets, a decrease of nine points from last year’s 64 per cent. When asked about funding, 60 per cent of respondents indicate that they consider their cybersecurity budget to be underfunded, with nearly 20 per cent believing that their budgets are significantly underfunded. State of Cybersecurity 2019 can be downloaded free at https://cybersecurity.isaca.org/state-of-cybersecurity. The report is the latest research from ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus, which offers credentials, training, guidance and research for security professionals. ### About the State of Cybersecurity Study More than 1,500 cybersecurity professionals who hold ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and/or CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner (CSXP) designations and positions in information in security participated in the online survey. The findings will be issued in two white papers in 2019. To see the first white paper, visit https://cybersecurity.isaca.org/state-of-cybersecurity. About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including its 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/isaca Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isacanews Press Contacts: Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au Lauren Graham, 0432 614 401, lgraham@daylightagency.com.au Express Virtual Meetings launches high-definition video conferencing technology 2019-03-03T21:00:00Z express-virtual-meetings-launches-high-definition-video-conferencing-technology Melbourne – 04 March 2019 – Express Virtual Meetings (EVM), a leading provider of audio, web and video conferencing services and part of the MNF Group, has launched its enterprise-grade, high-definition video conferencing service, representing a sweeping change to the way organisations communicate and collaborate. Enterprise-grade HD video conferencing technology has historically been considered cost prohibitive to most businesses unless they are large organisations with expensive in-house infrastructure and experienced IT departments. EVM’s video-conferencing solution brings the latest in enterprise-grade HD video conferencing technology into the mainstream for businesses of all sizes. EVM’s video conferencing solution enables customers who wish to hold video conferences, without the expense of purchasing and managing expensive and complex hardware infrastructure such as multi-point conferencing units (MCUs), separate gateways, and storage or playback devices, to conduct multi-party video meetings using any video conferencing system. PC or mobile users without access to a video conferencing end point can also join a video conference seamlessly via their web browser using WebRTC (without needing to download any software) and retain superior sound and video quality. “Our brand new, high-definition (H.323) video conferencing solution provides exceptional audio and video quality and is a big step forward in terms of availing this fantastic technology to Australian businesses of all types,” Andrea Goding, General Manager for Express Virtual Meetings explains. “Our video conferencing infrastructure is housed in secure data centres in Australia, and is independent of the pubic internet which means our customers are less likely to experience sound or visual lag or drop outs that users of traditional online meeting applications experience from time-to-time. Most importantly, our state-of-the-art security encryption technology - which aligns with standard security protocols – protects the transmission of voice and video data impeding potential threats to customer security and privacy,” Ms Goding said. EVMs’ video conferencing solution can be used for everyday meetings, or customised for large-scale special events where the company’s on-demand, conference management team work closely with customers, end-to-end, to ensure their event is a success. “We are very excited to launch this solution. It’s suitable for organisations that already have H.323/SIP end points available or those who are experiencing the frustrating short comings of their current online meeting tools and are ready to take their video conferencing to the next level,” Ms Goding concluded. For more information, visit https://www.expressvirtualmeetings.com.au/video-conferencing-launch-lp. -End- About EVM Express Virtual Meetings is an award-winning Australian-owned and operated conferencing provider, offering a wide range of reliable and flexible audio, web, video and operator-assisted conferencing options. We have been servicing small to medium businesses and large-scale enterprises in Australia and around the world for over 15 years. For more information: Zoe Palin, Marketing Manager, Conference Call International | Express Virtual Meetings Phone: +61 3 8788 6015 Email: zpalin@conferencecall.international.com Coordinate Your Project Team Before You Begin Renovations Warns Gold Coast Electrical Contractor EJ Electrical Works In Burleigh Heads 2019-03-01T22:00:10Z coordinate-your-project-team-before-you-begin-renovations-warns-gold-coast-electrical-contractor-ej-electrical-works-in-burleigh-heads The proliferation of fast home renovation shows on TV have led some homeowners to think that renos are easily cobbled together. But, warns EJ Barnes, aGold Coast electrical contractor, good planning and coordination is as important in home renovation projects as it is in any construction project. Project management is a complex business, and communication is key to a well-coordinated project. It’s when homeowners start calling in contractors piecemeal that the trouble begins, says Barnes. For the best results, he suggests calling in contractors simultaneously before the works begin so that they can discuss the places where their tasks interface. “For example,” he says, “our work comes after the builders’ and the success of some of it depends on what the builders do. I find it best to approach the project as a team rather than as two individual contractors with separate agendas.” Electricity is Not an Add-On Electricity is something people are inclined to take for granted, says EJ Barnes. But remembering that even small changes in home layout will affect the places where we want access to power, lighting, and so on helps homeowners to stay on budget. “DIY renos often reach a point where someone remembers they’re going to want a power point to move, and then it’s time for us to save the day again!” While experienced electricians like EJ are expert at rescuing the uninitiated from the consequences of a poorly-planned renovation, EJ likes his customers to enjoy plain sailing. “If you’re planning to change the layout of kitchen counters – even switch your lounge or bedroom furniture around, you might need electrical work done. The good news is it might cost less than you expected. The bad news is that things are going to be pretty inconvenient for you for a while if electrical work came as afterthought to a home improvement project.” Big or Small, There’s Always a Project Team Whether you’ve chosen to use professional construction and electrical contractors for renovations or need help with a few tweaks you’re taking on as a DIY project, EJ Barnes says there’s always a project team. “With a reno, there’s less pressure than there is with a big construction project, but the same principles apply. All the people who are involved must coordinate and cooperate to get the project completed to specification. That means starting a dialogue before we begin works.” Working With Construction Companies and Homeowners: It’s What They Do For EJ Barnes and his team, working with construction companies is part of the regular routine. EJ Electrical works understands the need to keep renovation projects on track, on schedule, and to specification, and that makes the company a favourite with Gold Coast construction companies. But homeowners are still very much a part of EJ’s customer base – and the reasons why they like dealing with EJ Electrical Works are similar to those of the construction companies. “We don’t believe in dual standards,” says EJ. “That’s what professionalism’s about.” The message is clear. If you’re considering a home renovation project, and you need a Gold Coast electrician on your project team, EJ Electrical Works is ready to see it through with you from planning to completion. Reach businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians via their websites giving them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ,that’s 1300 342 535. Written & Syndicated by Baxton Media.