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Ericsson, Microsoft Team Up To Accelerate IoT Ecosystem

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Ericsson on Wednesday announced a partnership with Microsoft where both the firms would work together to help enterprises speed up the time it takes to launch mobile network-based IoT services. As per the plan Ericsson IoT Accelerator solution would enable enterprises to deploy their IoT solutions using Microsoft Azure.

This, in turn, would connect the enterprises directly to the ecosystem of mobile operators using the connectivity management service delivered by the Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) which is part of the Ericsson IoT Accelerator.

Ericsson IoT Accelerator is a cloud-based, horizontal cross-industry offering comprising platform services and near-product services for telecom operators and selected industries. This provides a continuous incremental set of functionality offered as a service to enable agile creation and deployment of solutions for IoT.

“The latest Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the Internet of Things will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018. Today, enterprises are facing a major challenge of complexity in IoT deployment. By combining industry-leading innovation and ecosystems, our collaboration with Microsoft removes complexity and brings the possibilities of the IoT closer for enterprises everywhere,” said Niklas Heuveldop, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Technology and Emerging Business,Ericsson.

The connectivity management service of the Ericsson IoT Accelerator allows telecom operators to design, launch and evolve managed IoT connectivity offerings towards enterprises requiring cellular connectivity. It also provides enterprises with full control and automation capabilities to handle the connectivity for their IoT devices.

By cooperating with the continuously growing number of other telecom operators connected to Ericsson DCP, telecom operators can address the needs of global enterprises without making one-off investments alone. The platform gives the enterprise a unified service experience for their entire device fleet.

“Working together with Ericsson helps us delight our customers and partners by enabling more choices to control their cellular connected IoT devices,” said Sam George, Microsoft Director of Azure IoT, Microsoft Corporation.

The Ericsson-Microsoft collaboration also got their first customer in Grundfos, a provider of smart connected water pumps.

“The pre-integration between the offerings from Microsoft and Ericsson allows us to focus on providing added value and new services to our customers,” said Lars Enevoldsen, Group Vice President, Grundfos.

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WannaCry Ransomware : Hoax Vs Facts; No Dancing Hillary Videos

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The WannaCry Ransomware has wrecked havoc across the world since last Friday and enterprises and government agencies are on their toes since last three days to minimize the impact. Besides, they are going all the way to take steps not to repeat the attack in their organisations.

Though the attack was real, and one of the biggest in recent times, some fraudulent social media posts and WhastApp messages are creating more panic among less-aware users than it deserves.  The hoax messages range from not to use shopping sites, online banking to using ATMs as possible traps of the ransomware.

More than the actual attack of the WannaCry Ransomware, which held to ransom millions of computers and businesses worldwide demanding ransom to be paid in bitcoins worth $300 to unlock the data, it is the hoax creating more panic among users.

We bring you some of these hoax messages and also offer you the facts around it. eScan research team unravels the truth behind these hoax messages to bring you the truth behind the messages.

Here are some of the clarifications to ensure you do not fall prey to these texts:

  • Message : RBI orders Shutdown of ATMs until they are patched and safe.
    Status: Hoax
    Fact : RBI has issued clarification that they haven’t issued such orders.
  • Message : Avoid using ATMs and Do not do any online transaction
    Status: Hoax
    Fact : Any computer system infected with Ransomware would display the message that it has been infected.
  • Message : Don’t do any online transaction. Don’t open any Shopping cart.
    Status: Hoax
    Fact : Webserver infected with Ransomware would simply be not able to serve the pages. Shopping carts do not store Ransomware. However, while browsing and downloading software make sure that these executable are scanned by an antivirus.
  • Message : Except Africa all countries IT companies are hacked.
    Status: Hoax
    Fact: No explanations required cause its 100% fake news. Such events when IT organizations get hacked are published all over the internet, TV channels etc. These news pieces aren’t just limited to your limited group of friends.
  • Message : Dance of the Hillary video
    Status: Hoax.
    Fact : There is no such video existing
  • Message : Power off smart TVs, tablets, and every other smart device.
    Turn off Bluetooth, WiFi, tethering (also known as Hotspot) on your mobile phones.
    Switch off your servers (or any other computers that you may leave on 24×7.
    Disconnect LAN (network, CAT6, CAT5) cable plugging computers or laptops in the network. If it is a laptop, it may have a physical slide switch or button press to switch off WiFi card inside the laptop – Switch That Off. if possible, wait for news from eastern world

         Status: Hoax
Fact : This simply means that we should lead the life of an ascetic.

So far the ransomware has affected more than 50,000 computers across 75 countries including India. The attack was so damaging that in UK it had affected the National Health Services of the country and has stalled critical health care services like surgeries and emergency attention.

The WannaCry ransomware affects the computer systems and asks the user to pay a ransom of $300 in Bitcoins to restore access to the systems or its data.

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Cisco UCS Top Choice For SAP HANA Deployments : Survey

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Cisco said on Monday that many global IT organizations and service providers find its CISCO UCS as top choice for deploying SAP HANA to streamline operations and optimize profitability.

Cisco, citing a recent survey report, said companies like CenturyLink, Valley Proteins, and Mohawk Industries, are selecting Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and SAP HANA as their first choice for such solutions.

Cisco and SAP are also working to optimize the SAP-UCS customer experience with unique features for smoother manageability and better return-on-investment (ROI), resulting in an industry leading position.

A recently released independent IDC customer survey of 300 survey respondents currently using SAP or planning to in the next 24 months, found that Cisco UCS is the leading platform for SAP HANA deployments, as well as the leading storage infrastructure vendor for SAP HANA, with 20.4 percent vendor share in both categories.

“As the IDC independent customer survey results show, the combination of SAP HANA on Cisco UCS offers our enterprise customers powerful business applications, analytics, and ERP,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager for Cisco’s Computing Systems Group. “UCS is also the ideal platform for SAP service providers that offer SAP HANA-as-a-Service, and we are working with customers to easily transition their SAP deployments to hybrid clouds.”

Cisco’s innovations in SAP-HANA are a key component of Cisco’s overall Data Center vision, the ASAP Data CenterASAP Data Center, which stands for analyze-simplify-automate-protect. Cisco ASAP Data Center will help customers reduce cost, drive agility and accelerate business readiness.

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WannaCry Ransomware : Watch CERT-In Broadcast Here

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The WannaCry Ransomware has wrecked havoc across the world since Friday and enterprises and government agencies on their toes since last three days to minimize the impact. Besides, they are going all the way to take steps not to repeat the attack in their organisations.

India’s respective agency – CERT-In – or Computer Emergency Response Team of India, has also sent out alerts to the internet users in the country against the WannaCry Ransomware. Besides, the CERT-Inn is also conducting a webcast on the same today to create awareness among the internet users.

The webcast on the topic “Prevention of WannaCry Ransomware Threat – session by CERT-In” will be broadcast on 15th May 2017 at 11 AM. You can watch it here.

“It has been reported that a new ransomware named as “Wannacry” is spreading widely. Wannacry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by exploiting vulnerable Windows Systems. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has issued advisory regarding prevention of this threat,” CERT-In said.

“In view of high damage potential of the ransomware a webcast has been arranged to create awareness among users/organisations,” it added.

What Is WannaCry Ransomware
WannaCry is a crypto-ransomware that aims at attacking internet-enabled computers and ceases use of the affected coputers by the intended users. In return the virus wants some kind of ransom to be paid to it if the user wannts access of the computer system. The computer system could be the PCs or laptops at workplaces, ATM machines, internet enabled PoS machines and similar such machines. So far the ransomware has affected more than 50,000 computers across 75 countries including India.

The attack was so damaging that in UK it had affected the National Health Services of the country and has stalled critical health care services like surgeries and emergency attention.

The WannaCry ransomware affects the computer systems and asks the user to pay a ransom of $300 in Bitcoins to restore access to the systems or its data.

 

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Motorola Solutions To Showcase Public Safety Solutions For APAC Region

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Latest smart public safety software applications, devices, infrastructure and futuristic concepts to be presented at Critical Communications World 2017

Motorola Solutions will unveil highly advanced technology solutions to enhance the capabilities of nationwide public safety networks in the Asia Pacific at Critical Communications World 2017.

The company’s mission-critical radio technologies, specialised software, mission critical broadband, command centre solutions and future innovation concepts will all be presented at Asia World Expo in Hong Kong to be held from 16 May to 18 May, 2017.

The public safety solutions to be showcased at CCW 2017 include

  • A futuristic view of the of the Command Centre of the Future that uses next-generation technology, including mixed reality and holographic images, to enable first responders to collaborate on critical information like never before.
  • Essential radio technologies including the latest TETRA, APCO P25 and MOTOTRBO releases combined with enhanced features including software applications to increase collaboration and simplify workflows.
  • Mobile applications for secure messaging, mapping, collaborative whiteboarding and conducting searches.
  • A Convergence Suite of software including WAVE 5000 combined with Intelligent Middleware solutions to extend the bridge between radio and cellular networks to team members regardless of the devices they use.
  • Deployable LTE infrastructure for continuous operations, including the LXN500 solution combined with mapping, messaging and video streaming maps to pinpoint in-field resources and enable seamless collaboration.
  • Command centre solutions including CommandCentral Aware to integrate disparate data sources and CommandCentral Vault for complete digital evidence management including body-worn video.
  • Integrated Computer Aided Dispatch solutions to simplify the management of critical information from central data sources between control rooms, first responders and the community.

Motorola Solutions showcases these public safety solutions at a time when both mission-critical radio and public safety broadband solutions are in high demand throughout the Asia Pacific. This is reflected in forecasts that by 2020 there will be almost 20 million active two-way radios in the region, while the North America and Asia Pacific regions combined will account for nearly 70 percent of all public safety broadband investment globally.

Iain Clarke, corporate vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, for Motorola Solutions, said the growth in both mission-critical communications and mobile broadband technologies is fuelled by demand for end-to-end, interoperable solutions combining the most needed elements of voice, data and multimedia communication.

“Public safety customers in Asia Pacific are among the most technically advanced in the world and are continuing their rapid adoption of mission-critical mobile intelligence services and smart technologies,” Clarke said. “This is enabling them to filter and analyse the vast amounts data available today so they can make better and faster decisions to protect our communities.

“Motorola Solutions’ deep domain expertise in delivering holistic public safety solutions will benefit those countries in Asia Pacific planning for large-scale, highly-available and secure deployments,” he said.

Motorola Solutions continues to invest in new capabilities and skills to accelerate innovation within Asia Pacific – from its partnership with Singapore’s ST Electronics to develop advanced communications technologies to its acquisition of a large team of mobile application developers through the acquisition of Gridstone in Australia.

“At CCW we will demonstrate our broad capabilities to deliver end-to-end public safety software solutions as well as the powerful set of tools we have to enable organisations to work more safely and collaboratively with increased situational awareness,” Clarke said.

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IBM To Build BSE’s Security Operation Center

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The Next-generation cyber Security Operation Center to provide BSE round-the-clock security, strengthen cyber defence and safeguard stakeholder assets

IBM today announced that BSE (formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange), has selected IBM Security to design, build and manage a cyber Security Operation Center to safeguard the company’s assets and protect stakeholder data.

Under the five-year managed security services agreement, the center will enable around-the-clock security event monitoring, event handling, security analysis, incident management and response along with synchronized management of devices, networks and applications.

Given that the financial services sector continues to be targeted by cybercriminals, the stock exchange wanted to build a next generation security center to protect valuable digital assets belonging to the company, customers and stakeholders, while complying with SEBI & National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cyber security framework.

BSE and IBM Security Services consultants worked to define the vision, strategy, architecture, processes and organization needed to develop a framework around the five key pillars of the business – endpoint devices, network, business applications, data and users – to define how the next generation SOC will operate. It will ensure proactive monitoring of threats 24×7, detection and analysis of any suspicious change in activity, protection against emerging threats and response, while ensuring resiliency of the system. IBM will work with BSE to integrate security solutions that will add new capabilities to the SOC infrastructure, as well as, develop a new, highly collaborative IBM and BSE framework for the multi-tenant, next generation SOC.

“The end-to-end security solutions, services and global expertise from IBM will help BSE consolidate and fortify best practices under one umbrella. With the SOC, BSE hopes to pre-empt security risks and respond to them, thereby, staying ahead of security threats. There was a very competitive and stringent technology evaluation process, from which we found that IBM had the most compelling value proposition and security road map for BSE,” said Shivkumar Pandey, CISO, BSE.

“Cyber criminals are constantly evolving their tactics to succeed whether for financial gain or even disruption. In such situations, it is critical to have a security operation center approach which integrates various security protocols and technology under one roof. We are delighted to partner with BSE to help them leverage the best in class security solutions, delivering an integrated system of analytics, cognitive and real-time defenses,” said Sandeep Sinha Roy, Business Unit Executive, IBM Security Services, India.

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99% Of Urban Children Use Internet : WebWise Report

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The WebWise report released by Telenor India revealed that close to 99% of children in India’s urbanized geographies do access internet. However, the same report also mentioned that most of these children do not know much about how to access internet safely.

The report released by telecom operator Telenor mentioned that in India most of the child internet users use a ‘weak’ password which make them vulnerable to trespassing and cyber attacks.

“A whopping 98.8% of children in urban areas are using internet and 54.6% of those surveyed use “weak passwords” i.e. passwords with only alphabets or numbers and which are less than 8 characters,” says the WebWise report of Telenor.

The report says a strong password is the first line of defense against intruders and imposters, and if compromised it exposes an individual to vulnerabilities such as data theft, hacking and invasion of privacy.

The report was released on the occasion of World Password Day, that is celebrated on the first Thursday of May. The report has disclosed the password habits, internet usage and access patterns of school going children in the country.

Besides a weak password, the WebWsie report adds, that 54.82% children share their passwords with their friends, family or relatives, hence creating a threat to their digital security.

The WebWise survey was done in 13 cities and covered 2700 students. It also showed that 83.5% children between 6 to 18 years are active on social media and, hence, are likely to have a higher threat perception. The study found that over 35% children have experienced their account being hacked while 15.74% shared that they have received inappropriate messages.

On the occasion, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India Communications said, “Though India is home to the second largest internet population in the world, majority of users, specially our children, are exposed to cyber threats due to weak and easy-to-guess passwords. At Telenor India through projects like WebWise we are empowering the digital society by spreading awareness among our next generation of digital natives on how to stay safe from cyber vulnerabilities while accessing the Internet. On the World Password Day, we should understand the significance of using strong passwords and secure our identity in this digital world.”

Post the WebWise workshops, 81.9% children said that they will reconsider to change their passwords and 84.26% children agreed that they will not share their passwords with anyone apart from their parents. Additionally, 72.26% of children said they will use a strong password which is a mix of alphabets, numbers, small & capital letters, symbols and special characters.

Telenor India had initiated WebWise workshops in 2014 amongst school children, teachers and parents. Through WebWise more than 55,000 individuals have been trained on safe internet practices. Telenor WebWise ambassadors conduct these workshops in schools where they run modules on internet safety and explain the importance of setting a strong password.

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Huawei Enterprise Group Appoints Redington As Distributor

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Driven by global expertise and consumer centricity, Huawei Enterprise India to aim for rapid growth by focusing on sectors like Government, BFSI, Energy, Infrastructure, ISP and Smart Cities in India

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Derek Hao, President, Huawei India Enterrise Business Group

Huawei Enterprise Business Group India has partnered with Redington India to distribute and market Huawei enterprise products and services in the country. Driven by strong business momentum globally, Huawei Enterprise BG India aims to create maximum value for Indian enterprises with its innovative ICT solutions and services backed by a strong ecosystem.

As part of this partnership, Redington will support Huawei in developing resellers to market and promote products and/or services products in areas of server, storage, data center and cloud computing to Huawei enterprise customers in India. As part of the partnership, Redington will provide post sales maintenance services and also be responsible for channel partner development and technical training of channel partners.

“ICT is becoming an engine for the transformation and upgrading of traditional industries and in such times, the enterprise systems become business functions rather than support functions. Huawei Enterprise BG can strategically propel the development of a digital and intelligent society, and be an enabler and the best partner of digital transformation for industries,” said Derek Hao, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei India.

He added that the Huawei EBG India is well positioned to substantially contribute to Government of India’s landmark initiatives like Digital India and smart cities.

“Our enterprise products and solutions will drive to create a smart and digital society and lead to digital transformation of industries. The partnership with Redington will help Huawei to increase its channel partner network to market and service our enterprise customers in diverse geographies across India.”

Huawei enterprise business has grown exponentially across the globe and achieved 47.3% year-on-year growth in 2016. Under its global “platform+ ecosystem” strategy, Huawei Enterprise BG aims to create an open, resilient, secure, and flexible platform of ICT infrastructure by continuously investing in new technologies such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, mobile broadband and artificial intelligence. Huawei is also focusing on creating a collaborative ecosystem for mutual benefits, and work with partners to help customers achieve successful digital transformation of industries and government to develop next level digital infrastructure.

“We are extremely pleased to sign up with Huawei, who have some great enterprise class products which complements our offering to channels. With Huawei, we now have the ability, to reach out pan India and will be in a position to take advantage of their vast product portfolio. We look forward to the partnership and help promote Huawei to channels across India,” said Johnson George, Senior General Manager & Head Strategic Business Unit, Redington India.

Huawei Enterprise BG has increasingly gained recognition from customers and partners, with 43 enterprises of Fortune 100 choosing Huawei as their partner for digital transformation. In 2016, Huawei Enterprise BG has achieved rapid growth in vertical industries. Huawei’s Smart City solution has been successfully deployed in more than 100 cities in over 40 countries. In the finance sector, Huawei served more than 300 financial institutions across the globe, including six of the world’s top 10 banks.

In the energy industry, Huawei became the only ICT solutions provider among the members of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and Huawei’s Better-Connected Grid Solution has served over 170 electric power companies in 65 countries across the world. In transportation, Huawei cooperated with more than 60 industry partners to serve railways and highways with a total track length of 220,000+ km and more than 15 airports with annual throughput higher than 30 million passengers.

In manufacturing, Huawei worked with KUKA and ABB to promote industrial upgrading to achieve intelligent manufacturing. By the end of 2016, Huawei Enterprise BG had more than 12,000 global channel partners, over 2,000 service partners, and beyond 400 solution partners.

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Lenovo Launches New Data Centre Partner Programme For Asia Pacific

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Lenovo Tuesday announced the launch of its new Lenovo Data Centre Partner Programme for Asia Pacific. Conceptualised entirely from ground-up in consultation with channel partners, the partner programme is aimed at helping Lenovo channel partners bring best-of-breed data centre solutions to the enterprise market.

The programme provides Lenovo business partners with exclusive access to top quality support and attractive incentives – designed to help them grow their businesses, and to reward their commitment to Lenovo’s solutions. Channel partners are rewarded with generous economic incentives, training, and dedicated resources regardless of their partner tiers.

Partners can also look forward to clear and simple pathways through the programme, with various tiers awarded through the meeting of revenue thresholds, and by maintaining certified expertise on Lenovo’s solutions. Partner tiers include Silver, Gold, and the exclusive Platinum tier, which extends additional privileges such as certification vouchers, invitations to advisory councils and direct access to Lenovo’s knowledge base.

The partner programme underscores Lenovo’s commitment to Asia Pacific channel partners through enhanced engagement, following the soft launch of Lenovo’s Asia Pacific Channel Portal in October last year. As of launch, Lenovo Data Centre Partner Programme has seen more than 800 partners enrolled across Asia Pacific.

Sumir Bhatia, Vice President of Data Centre Group for Asia Pacific said, “We are excited to launch the Lenovo Data Centre Partner Programme for Asia Pacific, which reflects Lenovo’s solid commitment and dedication to our channel partners in the region. As the only major data centre brand with no legacy to protect, Lenovo is uniquely positioned to help our business partners meet diverse needs in the enterprise market, through best-of-breed data centre solutions and our open eco-system of partnerships with leading IT providers. We are 100% dedicated to our ‘channel first’ strategy, and are laser-focused in our mission to deliver value to our Asia Pacific partners through profitability.”

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Corero Network Partners Juniper To Check DDoS Attacks

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Corero Network Security, an expert in real-time security solutions has joined hands with Juniper Networks to develop highly scalable solutions against DDoS attacks

This relationship enables the combination of Corero’s real-time DDoS protection product, the SmartWall Threat Defense System (TDS), with the Juniper Networks MX Series routers and QFX Series switches to create highly scalable DDoS mitigation solutions that serve as an integral component of service provider and enterprise networks.

Juniper Networks’ routing and switching solutions are utilized in more than 50 percent of Corero’s real-time DDoS protection deployments, with the largest joint customer operating 720Gb of DDoS mitigation capacity. As a result of Corero’s relationship with Juniper, organizations can take advantage of these proven solution designs for highly scalable and flexible DDoS mitigation capacity at the enterprise or provider network edge.

Ashley Stephenson, Corero CEO noted, “In working with Juniper Networks, we are able to address a significant concern for many Internet connected enterprises or providers – how to build the capability of preventing DDoS traffic from entering and disrupting their network-based services into their IP infrastructure.”

“Corero wants to work with leading network vendors to make DDoS mitigation an integral component of any well-engineered Internet facing network design. Juniper Networks, with its global footprint in this market, is a perfect fit for Corero as we continue to establish SmartWall TDS as a leading DDoS solution.”

“Corero is combining its real-time DDOS mitigation solutions with Juniper’s MX routers and QFX switches to construct and operate a DDoS protected provider edge with superior response time, price and performance,” said Vinod Sundarraj, senior director of product management at Juniper Networks.

“By combining Corero’s real-time DDoS mitigation solutions with our Juniper Networks MX router IP infrastructure we were able to construct and operate a DDoS protected provider edge with unprecedented response time and price/performance,” commented Paul Pintiliescu, European Director, M247 Limited.

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