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ESET Japan Cyber-Savviness Report 2016 – Japanese smartphone users fail to recognise importance of mobile security

The findings from the ESET Japan Cyber-Savviness Report 2016, showed that despite smartphone users in Japan being some of the most knowledgeable in Asia-Pacific when it comes to cybersecurity, this does not necessarily lead to safer online behaviour.

 

The survey highlighted that while most smartphone users in Japan know they should take security measures like regularly updating their operating system  (75%), only installing apps from trusted sources (67%), and changing passwords regularly (60%), very few actually follow these best practices.

 

Results showed that over half of all Japanese smartphone users (56.3%) believe that a PC is more likely to be hacked as compared to a mobile device, which explains why so few respondents in Japan proactively download security solutions onto their smartphones. Results highlighted that only a tiny 22 percent of Japanese respondents use credible paid-for security solutions to protect their smartphone, and only 35 percent use free antivirus software.

 

“Japan is known to be one of the most advanced consumer technology markets in Asia-Pacific, yet there is still a mismatch between what the smartphone users in Japan know they ‘should do’ versus what they ‘actually do’. It’s a myth that PCs and laptops are more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals than mobile devices. Users should start to recognise that their smartphones are like mini computers that are just as powerful as PCs, and in most cases store highly sensitive information that is extremely valuable to cybercriminals,” said Lukas Raska, COO Asia-Pacific, at ESET.

 

Mr Raska adds, “It takes small steps to making sure you have security software in place to protect against attacks or keeping your passwords regularly updated would make a huge difference when it comes to staying safe online.”

 

ESET polled 1,033 respondents in Japan to gain insights into the attitudes, knowledge and user behaviour there when it comes to cybersecurity. The study showed that while users in Japan are knowledgeable about cybersecurity and take few risks online, they still have some way to go in ensuring that they’re adequately protected from online threats. Cyber-savviness is based on factors such as users’ knowledge or ability to understand activities that are likely to make them vulnerable online, risky behaviours while surfing the web, and the proactive steps they can take to protect themselves online.

 

More information about the ESET Japan Cyber-Savviness Report 2016 can be found below

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Press Release – Sabre unveils sneak peek of new, next-generation travel agency platform featuring powerful data insights and merchandising capabilities

New Sabre Red Workspace promises to transform the way consultants and suppliers work together to create personalised experiences for travelers

SINGAPORE, June 29, 2016 – Global travel technology leader Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has given travel consultants and suppliers across the airline, hotel, rail, cruise and car rental industries a sneak peek at its game-changing Sabre Red Workspace. The software solution will harness the changes in the industry and provide both retailers and suppliers with a content rich marketplace, intelligent decision support tools and predictive data insights that enable agents and suppliers to more easily create personalised experiences for travellers.

Developed on Sabre’s merchandising platform providing access to its award-winning GDS, travel consultants around the world will benefit from a more intuitive way to book travel, while airlines, hotels and other industry suppliers are now empowered to market their brands in the same way they market in other channels.

“Data, analytics, personalization and mobile have been trending in the marketplace for some time and offer exciting opportunities for buyers and suppliers to meet changing traveler needs,” said Sean Menke, president of Sabre Travel Network. “Travellers want more than an itinerary; they want to feel confident about their purchases and expect a trip built around choice. That’s why in addition to a superior user experience, our new Sabre Red Workspace provides travel consultants with data insights, relevant offers and price transparency. Data and analytics are critical assets to increase productivity and efficiency in the retail world, and our travel insight engine will help drive decision-making, revenue optimisation and true personalisation.”

Sabre will begin upgrading travel agency customers to the new solution in early 2017, after a pilot later this year.

“Asia Pacific’s travel market is expanding – fact. Rapid economic growth and rising expendable incomes across the region’s burgeoning middle classes keep driving up demand. But with this, traveler expectations are also on the rise. We’re a region that dominates the global mobile economy and easier access to extensive travel information online continues to drive a more informed, more demanding traveller,” commented Roshan Mendis, senior vice president of Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific. “Expectations for choice, flexibility, price and personalisation are at an all-time high. The release of the new Sabre Red Workspace will help travel retailers and suppliers respond directly to this new generation of traveller.”

Agents and suppliers who have been involved in the development of the innovative solution have helped drive the user interface of the new travel marketplace solution, combining the look and feel of a consumer-focused website with insights, tools and features that help drive more personalized offerings to sell travel more effectively.

“Sabre has always been very committed to bringing new technologies to market, but what’s so effective about their approach is the investment made to ensure these solutions are highly adaptive and relevant for all their customers, wherever we are in the world. We’re very excited to be part of the early testing and adoption for this new release of Sabre Red Workspace, which we predict will take travel shopping in Asia Pacific to the next level,” commented Thomas Chong, Managing Director and CEO of CWT/Holiday Tours Malaysia.

“Sabre is a global company with a very local approach. We’re delighted to be working closely with Sabre’s local APAC teams to bring the next generation of smart travel booking technology into play in this region,” added Ms. Lily Agonoy, Managing Director of BCD Travel Hong Kong“.

What’s New?

  • The combination of data-driven booking trend information with intuitive design and a consumer-grade user interface, smart product differentiation for air extras and Branded Fares, and inspirational shopping are among the many new features enabling agents to deliver personalised experiences and invaluable consultancy to their customers.
  • The new Sabre Red Workspace intelligent platform features innovative integration of Sabre Dev Studio APIs, to equip travel consultants with a unique Decision Support Bar providing market data and intelligence services for fare trend and range, travel seasonality and alternate airports. Just imagine if a travel consultant could advise on the best time to book to get the best price, predict the best days of travel, or even offer more options to choose from including alternate airports displayed in interactive maps. That’s travel consultancy at its best, with simplified comparison shopping to cleverly serve the specific needs of travellers.
  • The user-friendly interface of the new end-to-end solution also integrates revenue maximisation tools, including unique indicators that alert the travel consultants about opportunities to increase sales and commissions while offering differentiated options that cater to the traveller’s preferences. The enhanced product information, especially for air extras and Branded Fares, simplifies the shopping experience and reduces training times for newly hired travel consultants.

“Aside from helping us enhance the travel services we offer to customers, we anticipate that the new Sabre Red Workspace will significantly increase efficiencies within our own business, via the platform’s enhanced user interface which accommodates either command language or graphical content depending on our agents’ preferences,” added Mr. Noor Mohammed, Director South of AEG Travel Services, one of Pakistan’s’ leading Travel Management Companies.

Value for Suppliers

The new Sabre Red Workspace is also an enhanced platform for suppliers. The Sabre platform features advanced merchandising capabilities with enhanced product information through images, video and more, enabling airlines, hotels and other travel providers to leverage the Sabre travel marketplace for an omni-channel marketing strategy. The graphically-rich workflow supports ancillary and branded fares sales, and enhanced hotel capabilities.

“Sabre Red Workspace was designed with both supplier and agent needs in mind. Suppliers can count on improved consistency across channels while agents can work wherever and however they want, moving seamlessly between command and graphical interfaces,” said Menke.

The new Sabre Red Workspace will provide a consistent user experience across multiple operating systems and devices, including desktop, Sabre Red Mobile for consultants while onthe-go, and Sabre Web Services powering the world’s leading online travel agencies. The new merchandising platform is an upgrade that proves continuous innovation to provide stability, speed and performance in travel commerce transactions.

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Press Release – Samsung Electronics Claims Top Spot as Best Brand in Asia

Samsung Electronics has been named the best brand in Asia in 2016 for the fifth year in a row, according to results from ‘Asia’s Top 1000 Brands’ annual online survey conducted by Campaign Asia-Pacific in collaboration with Nielsen.

 

The ranking – which aggregates views across 14 major product categories including automotive, retail, F&B and consumer electronics – is based on consumer insights, and offers a clear measure of the most highly regarded brand names today.

 

For more information, please refer to the below press release.

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Press Release – New GoDaddy Offer Delivers Office 365 To Small Businesses Across Asia

source: PR Newswire

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, June 20, 2016 — GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today launched a new offer in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., through which GoDaddy will provide Microsoft Office 365 to small businesses across Asian markets. By offering Office 365, GoDaddy is providing customers with seamless access to professional email connected to a domain name, secure cloud storage, and a comprehensive set of productivity and collaboration capabilities.

Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy is now available in 14 markets across Asia, including: Hong Kong (English and Traditional Chinese), Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia (English and Malay), Philippines (English and Filipino),Singapore (English and Simplified Chinese), South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This relationship supports GoDaddy’s ongoing push to deliver premium small business management solutions globally. Serving 14 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy created a simple experience to help small businesses get up and running with Office 365, backed by best-in-class customer support.  These solutions help customers look professional with every email they send with personalized email addresses that end with their domain name, while allowing employees to communicate, collaborate and take their critical business applications with them anywhere they go.

“GoDaddy’s small business expertise combined with Microsoft’s email and productivity offering provides small business owners in Asia with solutions to make the business of running their business much easier,” said Roger Chen, Vice President of Asia, GoDaddy. “Our research shows consumers are nine times more likely to choose a company that uses a professional email address with its owndomain name. We’ve created an experience that makes this simple for businesses of any size.”

“Office 365 from GoDaddy offers business-class email and shared calendars powered by Exchange Online, up to 1TB of secure online storage for document sharing, real-time collaboration capabilities, and both client and web versions of Microsoft Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more). These capabilities are delivered as a cloud service available to users wherever they are, online or offline and across a variety of devices. Office 365 also includes enterprise-grade, built-in security features that help deflect malware, spam, phishing attacks and other threats,” said Parri Munsell, Senior Director O365, Microsoft.

GoDaddy offers a complete suite of cloud-based products in local language and currency to help small businesses find the perfect domain name, create a beautiful website, find new customers and improve business productivity.

Source: PR Newswire

Event Coverage – Samsung Launches New Wearables at Galaxy Studio, Civic Plaza (Ngee Ann City)

Samung’s Galaxy Studio is back at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City. This time they are showcasing their latest wearables – Gear Fit2 sports band and Gear IconX. Watch the mini video clip at my facebook page.

Designed with consumers’ fitness needs in mind, the Gear Fit2 and the Gear IconX come with enhanced features including precise tracking technology and a standalone music player to provide users with the optimal fitness experience.

Gear Fit2: Advanced Features for Fitness and Fun

Equipped with an embedded GPS and built-in heart rate monitor (HRM), the Gear Fit2 offers users accurate auto-tracking and measurement of their fitness and lifestyle activities, from running, walking, cycling, yoga, to even utilising rowing or elliptical machines. Users can monitor their fitness on the sports band and get real-time audio feedback on their workout, without having to manually activate it. For further fitness monitoring and fun, users can also easily transfer their workout data to S Health, and engage in ‘Step Goal Challenges’ with their friends, family and co-workers.

The Gear Fit2 brings an ergonomic, slim and sleek design to users’ wrists, where they can also stay connected by checking their fitness updates and real-time notifications, such as messages and email, on its high-resolution colour SUPER AMOLED 1.5-inch curved touchscreen display. The sports band also comes with a standalone music player, providing users with additional audio entertainment and 4GB internal memory2 to motivate them to adhere to their fitness goals.

Gear IconX: Simple and Wireless Experience

Available in three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, the Gear IconX cord-free earbuds provide a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit for users without the hassle of entangling wires, and can be activated by simply placing them in their ears. It syncs easily with S Health, allowing users to track their fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned. The Gear IconX also includes a Voice Guide feature that provides users with instant voice feedback on the progress of their workout. Equipped with Bluetooth capability and 4GB of internal memory, users can store their music easily, and control the playlist with a simple tap or swipe.

Both devices are compatible with most AndroidTM smartphones operating with AndroidTM 4.4 and 1.5GB RAM, and above.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Gear Fit2 will be available from 10 June 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and Pink while the Samsung Gear IconX will be available from Q3 2016, in colour options of Black, Blue and White. Both devices will be available at local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore, at the recommended retail price of $298 each.

The Galaxy Studio runs from 3 to 27 Jun 2016

Event (Video Clips included) – HP Inc Singapore Launched a New Portfolio of Enterprise-focused Products

HP Inc Singapore launched a new portfolio of PCs and Print products bound to engineer experiences that amaze.  With more power in sleeker packages, the new devices deliver the performance, versatility and security needed for consumers and businesses to succeed.

Specifically, HP announced –

  • Latest computing innovations that transform the mobile computing experience, including the new HP Elite x3
  • The world’s thinnest laptop, the HP Spectre, featuring CNC machined aluminum chassis as thin as an AAA-battery at just 10.4 mm.
  • Introducing the latest Pagewide printing technology.

HP Elite x3

The HP Elite x3 is a built-for-business mobile device that integrate phablet, laptop and desktop business features in a single device
. By utilizing Continuum in Windows 10, the Elite x3 enables frictionless multi-screen transitions between a phone scenario and a desktop PC scenario. Users can dock the Elite x3 with its ecosystem of accessories to render desktop and laptop productivity experiences while also retaining productivity on-the-go in a world-class premium and commercial-grade phablet.

The Elite x3 also utilizes biometrics to unlock the device – adding an extra layer of protection for enterprise customers.

See the pitch video

Source: YouTube user HP Business

HP Spectre

Commenting on the latest top-end laptop from HP, Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Inc. Singapore said “The HP Spectre is the thinnest notebook in the world, and unlike the majority of other super thin PCs on the market, this laptop doesn’t compromise power or features,”. He futher elaborated “A beautiful Full HD edge-to-edge display, Intel® Core™ i processors coupled with Bang & Olufsen sound and a sexy and thin design, HP amazing engineers set a new standard with the all new Spectre.”

Source: YouTube user Wee Wu Neo


Source: YouTube user HP Studios

Key highlights of the product

  • CNC machined aluminum chassis as thin as an AAA-battery at just 10.4 mm
  • Powerful Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors(2) deliver superior performance versus mobile processors often used in this class of device
  • Superb entertainment experience with full HD 13.3″ diagonal edge-to-edge display and Bang & Olufsen sound

Reinventing Business Printing with HP PageWide

HP PageWide Technology is a proven, reliable scalable print technology developed by HP that has delivered more than 140 billion high quality digital pages via HP printers including large format printers and web presses. In addition to the new lineup of A4 devices, early next year, HP will expand the reach of PageWide Technology to redefine the copier market with a new portfolio of A3 multifunction printers (MFPs).

The new HP PageWide business portfolio will be available through channel partners and at select retail stores. In addition, the new portfolio increases the number of managed devices designed for contractual channel partners and managed print services engagements. These contractual HP PageWide printers enable HP channel partners to provide low cost of operation with HP’s highest capacity supplies, a three-year print head warranty, higher speeds and recommended monthly print volume (RMPV) on select models, as well as integration with HP JetAdvantage Management and third-party tools. By optimizing managed HP PageWide devices for contractual agreements, HP provides channel partners with new opportunities to deliver higher customer satisfaction.

Source: YouTube user Wee Wu Neo

Source: YouTube user HP Business

Event – ViewQwest Partners NSFOCUS To launch Singapore’s most affordable DDoS protection At SGD699/month

As a business owner, you may not understand what’s the big deal of having DDoS protection. Even more so, you might not even know why you would need to pay SGD 699 per month for such service. To begin with, it might be easier to start off by understanding what is a DDoS attack?

DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Services. According to Wikipedia, a denial-of-service (DoS) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is where the attack source is more than one, often thousands of, unique IP addresses. It is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door or gate to a shop or business, and not letting legitimate parties enter into the shop or business, disrupting normal operations.

That may not sound easy to explain. I searched all over the internet and manage to find this video which may help you better understand DDoS attack.

 

Source: Youtube user Radware

In recent years, such attacks are getting more common. According to the Akamai 2015 quarterly report on cyber security, frequency of DDoS attacks has doubled. Seeing the rising needs of such protection, ViewQwest launched their DDoS Protection Service that defends the networks of banks, e-commerce vendors, telcos and just about any business with an online presence against the increasingly malicious and debilitating DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks.

Powered by enterprise security specialist NSFOCUS, the new service aims to make premium-grade Internet security more affordable for businesses and even governments which are increasingly beefing up their IT infrastructure to defend against this rising Internet menace.

Increasingly, businesses and government in the region are going beyond getting plain-vanilla Internet access to “clean-pipes” which are premium Internet lines with built-in tech that can automatically identify malicious DDoS traffic in the networks and filter them to “scrubbing centres” to take away the nefarious packets before sending the good packets back to the user.

ViewQwest offers cloud-based and provider-based DDoS mitigation to all businesses. ViewQwest’s DDoS Protection Service starts from $699 per month, the most affordable in Singapore.

Mr. Vignesa Moorthy, CEO of ViewQwest

Mr. Vignesa Moorthy, CEO of ViewQwest, said: “Singapore is the regional hub for e-commerce and online services. With this partnership, we aim to offer premium-class DDoS mitigation to protect these websites at prices that they can afford to help boost Singapore’s position as the leading online services hub in this region.”

DDoS attacks – where hackers paralyse websites by overwhelming them with web traffic, often using an army of infected computers from all over the world – have become more frequent and destructive over the last few years. Experts believe that the DDoS attack on the BBC website at the end of last year may have been the largest recorded attack in history, hitting the 600Gbps mark.

(From left) Mr. Allan Thompson, COO of NSFOCUS & Mr Attley Ng, SVP/GM, NSFOCUS IB, APAC

Mr. Allan Thompson, COO of NSFOCUS said: DDoS attacks are moving away from being just nuisance attacks to becoming a decoy that precedes more malicious attacks, such as stealing confidential information.”

DDoS attacks show no sign of slowing down because the barrier to entry to launch a DDoS attack is very low. DDoS attacks are not expensive to launch, costing as little as US$25 per hour for 1000 compromised computers to attack a single victim.

About ViewQwest DDoS Protection Service

Up-to-date and equipped to fight volumetric and application-targeted DDoS attacks, ViewQwest’s DDoS Protection Service actively monitors for unusual activity and diverts suspicious traffic to its scrubbing centre to filter real users from bots. After identifying DDoS attacks in real-time, a trigger is sent to drop the malicious traffic so business operations can continue smoothly.

  • Comprehensive Layers 3 and 7 Protection
  • On and Off-premise Protection
  • Proactive threat mitigation
  • Extensive Service-Level Agreements
  • Real-time analytics portal for customers

About ViewQwest

Since 2001, ViewQwest has been an information and communications technology company that provides premium communications services. ViewQwest is dedicated to providing superior speeds on a high performance network and fanatical customer service. ViewQwest offers tailored solutions to businesses including dedicated and broadband Internet access globally, layer 2 Ethernet connectivity solutions, DDoS protection, data centre services and other various managed services.

ViewQwest today counts many Fortune 500 corporations and Top 500 Small and Medium Enterprises in South-east Asia as its clients.

About NSFOCUS International Business (IB)

NSFOCUS IB is a wholly owned subsidiary of NSFOCUS, an enterprise network security provider, and is expanding operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Japan. The company is building on 15 years of proven success, innovation and trust, with offerings protecting four of the world’s five largest banks, as well as organizations in insurance, retail, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and government. Enterprise and carrier-grade products undergo rigorous evaluation and testing to Veracode VL4 certification, delivering powerful and effective threat management combined with advanced data analytics and intrusion prevention and detection capabilities. A research arm, the NSFOCUS Security Labs, is a renowned technical research center that tracks and analyzes global intelligence while identifying new network vulnerabilities and security trends. NSFOCUS IB has technology and channel partners in more than 60 countries, and is a member of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), StopBadware.org, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).


Event – Samsung Launches the new Galaxy TabPro S – the 2-in-1 Windows 10 Tablet

Samsung Electronics Singapore announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, its first 2-in-1 premium tablet featuring a seamless integration of laptop and tablet capabilities. First in the premium tablet range powered by Windows 10 to support LTE Category 6 capabilities for the fastest network speeds, the Galaxy TabPro S comes with enhanced features and long-lasting battery life – the ideal productivity device for on-the-go individuals seeking convenience and performance.

Slim and Stylish Design

Encased in a 6.3mm slim and sleek exterior, the Galaxy TabPro S reflects the stylish design aesthetics of Samsung’s tablet line. Weighing at 696 grams, the Galaxy TabPro S has been optimised for high-efficiency users seeking to maximise their productivity at home, in the office, or on-the-go. The tablet also comes with a full-sized keyboard and cover – the touchpad of the keyboard emulates that of a laptop, and is intuitive to use. The keyboard’s flexible hinge also allows users to adjust it according to their preferences for an optimal, dual-viewing angle that provides the best optimised screen display at any time. Moreover, the Pogo pin on the Galaxy TabPro S keyboard eliminates the need for pairing or charging separately.

Superior Viewing Experience

Featuring a lightweight and power-efficient 12″ SUPER AMOLED display – the first-of-itskind for Windows – the Galaxy TabPro S allows users to work efficiently and enjoy entertainment with unprecedented clarity and colour accuracy. The tablet features a multitouch screen and deeper colour contrast with more than 90 percent1 of natural tones, to show true-to-life colours and more precise details for a best-in-class viewing experience.

Powerful Performance

The Galaxy TabPro S is equipped with the latest generation Intel®
CoreTM M processor, designed for a fanless 2-in-1 tablet, featuring only 4.5W of power consumption to eliminate noise disruption and maximize efficiency. On a single charge, the Galaxy TabPro S offers up to 10.5 hours2 of use. Alongside Fast Charging3 technology where it takes only 2.5 hours for a full charge, the tablet ensures maximum power-efficiency and enhanced battery life.

Embodying the look and feel of Samsung Galaxy devices, users can enjoy the productivity features and functionalities of the Windows 10 on the Galaxy TabPro S. The tablet runs on Windows 10 Pro, thus ensuring compatibility with existing IT infrastructures where it can support the demands of mobile workforces, be it in the financial services, healthcare, retail or other commercial sectors.

Seamless Connectivity

The Galaxy TabPro S is the first tablet powered by Windows to support LTE Category 6, with Internet browsing and download speeds of up to 300Mbp – delivering the fastest connected experience possible for users. Working from anywhere at any time is easier than ever – from home to work and everywhere in-between.

With Samsung SideSync 4.04, users can control and share their screens between the Galaxy TabPro S and their Galaxy mobile devices, and perform functions such as making calls and sending text messages. The feature also lets them share and transfer their content and files easily, all with a simple drag and drop.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S will be available from 30 April 2016, in colour options of Black and White at a recommended retail price of $1,698. It will come with a full-size ergonomic keyboard with touchpad at local telecommunications operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorised retailers and Samsung Experience Stores.

The following accessories are also available to complement the 2-in-1 tablet. The TabPro Pen5 provides a realistic writing experience as to a pen, where users can annotate, draw and even take notes, while the Multi-Port Adapter6 (HDMI, USB Type A & C) connects the Galaxy TabPro S to an external display, offering users increased at-the-desk productivity.

The accessories will be available at all Samsung Experience Stores:

  • TabPro Pen, RRP $98
  • Multi-Port Adapter, RRP $128

Please check in-store for promotional details.

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Press Release – Acronis World Backup Day Global Survey Shows 1 in 3 People Have Suffered Data Loss and 11% are Willing to Pay $500 or More to Recover Lost Files

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware

Singapore – 31 March 2016 – A new global study sponsored by Acronis®, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, reveals a growing understanding about the value of, and attitudes toward, the protection of personal data on computers, mobile phones and tablet devices. Nearly half of survey respondents have more than four devices in a household to protect and 45 percent of survey respondents fear losing photos and videos the most. Security and privacy were cited as key requirements for backing up data.

Emerging concerns for personal data protection

The traditional fears of hardware failure and accidental deletion are no longer the sole reasons people fear data loss. Cyber-threats like ransomware, a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system and its data until a sum of money is paid, is a growing threat to individuals and businesses. According to Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI and the nonprofit National White Collar Crime Center, between April 2014 and June 2015, the IC3 received 992 CryptoWall-related (ransomware) complaints, with victims reporting losses totaling over $18 million.

According to Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2015, Singapore suffers from malware attacks in banking ahead of other countries, with 11.6% of surveyed users targeted at least once by banking Trojans throughout the year. Backup is one effective recovery option for CryptoWall and malware-related attacks.

The data protection survey, conducted by Acronis with Google Consumer Surveys, focused on understanding data protection behavior. Key findings from the more than 4,000 individuals include:

  • The most important data protection features were security (cited by 30% of respondents), ease-of-use at 36%, and privacy at 26%.
  • 46% have more than four devices (computers, laptops, smart phones) in their homes.
  • Currently, 38% back up to external drives and 30% back up to the cloud.
  • 58% percent of consumers back up at night and 27% backup while watching TV.

A new category of “data protectors”

With the median household having at least four devices, an emerging trend of users called “family data protectors” is also gaining traction. The sheer growth of data captured in mobile pictures and videos, music files, and scanned family documents means the family data protector ensures the immediate and extended family is prepared for, and protected against, data loss.

“Data loss via hardware failure, file deletion, and ransomware are factors most people don’t think about on a daily basis, but when they do occur the results are devastating,” said Steve Goh, Vice President and GM of Sales, APAC & EMM of Acronis. “Our survey results illustrate a growing general recognition of the value of data stored on family computers and devices, especially given the price people are willing to pay for their data. We hope that this new information, presented on World Backup Day, will encourage even more people to backup their data and protect their personal information.”

Three simple steps to improving your data protection

For anyone, but especially for family data protectors, keeping digital memories and fiduciary documents safe, secure and private, is a responsibility that can be easy and inexpensive to exercise. Below are some tips to help:

  1. Always have a backup of a family’s critical data, documents, pictures and videos.
  2. Keep your operating systems on the most up-to-date version. Those security patches and software updates are important
  3. Be mindful of suspicious emails or clicking on links sent by unknown sources, it could be a phishing scheme or Ransomware.

About Acronis:

Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud data protection through its backup, cloud storage, 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, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud and mobile. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of over 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 145 countries. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products have been 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. For additional information, please visit www.acronis.com.

Press Release – Trend Micro Finalizes Acquisition of TippingPoint

HONG KONG, CHINA  – Mar 10, 2016Trend Micro International (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in security software, today announced the close of an agreement to acquireTippingPoint, a leading provider of next-generation intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and integrated network security solutions, from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)Trend Micro TippingPoint solutions are immediately available to bring customers comprehensive threat intelligence and protection for current and zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits.

 

“We are very excited to see this agreement come to fruition as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enterprise security,” said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro.  “With the addition of TippingPoint, Trend Micro provides customers with the unmatched ability to respond to known and unknown threats, exploits and vulnerabilities across the entire attack lifecycle.  Trend Micro is now in a unique position to deliver these integrated, layered capabilities to address the complex network security challenges facing global companies today.”

 

Trend Micro TippingPoint includes the threat intelligence from Digital Vaccine® Labs (DVLabs), as well as the power of the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), the industry-leading bounty program that encourages and rewards independent security researchers to identify previously unknown vulnerabilities.  When combined with Trend Micro Smart Protection Network™, the company offers the industry’s most advanced capabilities to protect enterprises across the network, data center, cloud and endpoints.

 

“With the addition of TippingPoint to its existing solution set, Trend Micro boasts one of the most complete security portfolios in the industry,” said Rob Ayoub, research director, IDC.  “The modern enterprise is a labyrinth of endpoints, hybrid cloud infrastructure and networks.  It is critical to have a holistic security strategy, including multiple layers of protection and reliable, real-time threat intelligence to stay ahead of sophisticated attackers.  Trend Micro TippingPoint, along with the rest of Trend Micro’s solutions, empowers corporate security teams to work smarter and more efficiently.”

 

Terms of the $300 million agreement to acquire TippingPoint were initiallydisclosed in October 2015.  The transaction includes significant industry expertise, leading security technology and intellectual property, in addition to a large, loyal enterprise customer base.

 

Trend Micro and ZDI are also the co-sponsors of Pwn2Own, a competition that gathers security researchers to identify vulnerabilities in four of the most targeted software platforms.  This year’s event will take place at CanSecWest 2016, March 16-17 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

A detailed blog post with more insight on this acquisition is available here:http://blog.trendmicro.com/trend-micro-welcomes-tippingpoint-dvlabs-zero-day-initiative/.

 

Source: – Media OutReach