Christmas Wish List 2018 (Smartphone): Neffos X9

Oh look, November is already here and it makes Christmas a lot nearer than you think.

That said, have you given any thoughts for your own Christmas wish list or a gift for your loved one?Neffos X9 - 01

And with 2018 having witnessed countless launches of smartphones (like most years), there will a tad too many options to choose from.

However, if you’re like most of us (well, mainly for us at TechsideTales, jokes) who are on a budget (year-end holiday trips), and you’re considering of getting a second smartphone or just want to satisfy that ‘itch’, here’s a suggestion from your friendly tech portal for your consideration; the Neffos X9.

  1. First of all, the X9 should not burden you financially as it is only retailing at RM599. And if you think it will look cheap and plasticky – Nope – Neffos has certainly designed the X9 to give a premium through its polycarbonate unibody with a metallic feel.
  2. Speaking of display, the X9 features a large a 5.99-inch, 18:9 FullView screen which is best for those who enjoying watching videos and films on-the-go. The colours produced on the X9 are rather natural where the contrast is adequate. At the same time, in its auto-brightness mode, the display will automatically adjust the X9’s screen brightness to suit the current lighting conditions. With the Turn On Eye Protection Mode (well, most devices have it), it will help reduce the blue light emission up to 89% – for easy reading.
  3. Kudos to Neffos to continue to keep the headphone jack alive and the standard positions of the volume and power buttons. More credits should be given for the X9’s well-round positioned fingerprint scanner.
    In addition, it has a quick response time and if you are not a finger-kinda-person, you can always opt to use the AI Face Unlock – which takes less than a second to activate when the screen is off.
  4. Understandably, most of us would expect a USB-C charging port for most smart devices today (unless you’re true loyalist to Apple), but the X9 has decided to stay with the classic microUSB port to charge itself. Before jumping the gun, Neffos has given the X9 fast-charging for its mid-range 3060mAh battery.  You can expect to be fully-charged from 10% in about an hour and a half.
  5. Being the second Neffos device to have dual lens for its rear camera, the X9’s 13-megapixel PDAF and 5-megapixel depth detection camera provides users to easily capture ‘bokeh’ shots. That said, the rear camera, in good lighting, would produce slightly better than average images. You’d probably need to go out of your way and put more effort to take stunning images with the X9.

Meanwhile, the X9 has some shortcomings that you may want to consider (like it or not, even the device that cost RM7XXX would have flaws too. Believe that).

  1. If you are expecting to game heavily on the X9, think again as it is running on the MediaTek MT6750 (with 3GB of RAM), a chipset which is about 2 years old or more. So, playing high-end mobile games (Fortnite, PUBG and Mobile Legends) on the X9 will be hairpulling experience. However, casual gaming, don’t judge us, like Reigns and InstLife, would not dampen your gaming experience. Neffos X9 - 02
    That said, the X9 is design for the average user – call, text, social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat), YouTube and Spotify – so, if this is you, then X9 is worth every penny of yours.
  2. However, if you’re an average user but heavily use WhatApps and YouTube – do not expect to see the X9 battery to last you an entire day without a powerbank. Its mediocre 3060mAh battery could last a full day if there is not much phone activities. So, either you are prepared to carry your powerbank wherever you go (we all do right?) or be constantly looking for the nearest charging port when you’re running out phone juice.

In conclusion, the Neffos X9 is definitely affordable where it looks rather premium as well as being a lightweight device (weighing only at 168-gram) would certain be worth getting this Christmas.

The X9 does have great features yet with some shortcoming, nonetheless, it would be a decent secondary smartphone as an on-the-go multimedia device or as a Christmas gift for your school-going child (you gotta start somewhere) – if you’re opting to go a different route than the usual Chinese smartphone brands.

 

 

 

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Neustar Acquires Verisign’s Security Services Customer Contracts

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Neustar®, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services,  has entered into a definitive agreement with VeriSign, Inc. to acquire Verisign’s Security Services customer contracts.

The acquisition consists of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection, Managed DNS, DNS Firewall and fee-based Recursive DNS services customer contracts.

Trusted by the world’s largest brands, Neustar will provide Verisign’s former Security Services’ customers with exceptional service and world-class support backed by a global cloud infrastructure and a broad security services portfolio.

This acquisition will strategically grow Neustar’s leading Digital Defense and Performance solutions by expanding its enterprise customer footprint in several high-growth industries, such as technology, e-Commerce and financial services.

Neustar features one of the industry’s most comprehensive security portfolios comprised of DDoS mitigation, web application firewall (WAF), authoritative and recursive DNS, IP and threat intelligence, and website performance management.

Neustar SiteProtect NG™ provides a cloud-based always-on approach to quickly stop the largest DDoS and highly sophisticated web application threats without reducing network performance or adding additional levels of complexity to customers’ existing security strategies.

Neustar’s DNS solutions include Neustar UltraDNS, an enterprise grade, cloud-based authoritative service that securely delivers fast and accurate query responses to websites, and Neustar UltraRecursive, a cloud-based service that delivers reliable built-in security and threat intelligence.

Neustar’s unique DNS Shield™ network secures private domain name system connections between Neustar and its partners, and strengthens defenses against attacks by removing traffic entirely from the public internet.

These products are part of the broad Neustar security portfolio that leverages the unique OneIDTM system of trusted identity, which enhances the efficacy of detecting incoming threats and attacks.

“With this acquisition, Neustar will be able to accelerate its growth in the internet security market, supported by significant investments made to our DDoS and DNS infrastructure and capacity over the last 12 months.

“We’re excited to introduce new customers to our broad portfolio of solutions and are dedicated to a seamless transition, working closely with the Verisign team. We are wholeheartedly committed to delivering innovative solutions that reduce the disruptions caused by malicious actors and providing world-class customer support,”  said Neustar Digital Defense and Performance Solutions GM Shailesh Shukla.

Meanwhile, Neustar president and CEO Charles Gottdiener said, “We’ve grown the Neustar SiteProtect NG solution to be one of the world’s largest dedicated networks with more than 10 Tbps mitigation capacity and the Neustar NetProtect™ solution directly connects to a vast network of globally distributed data centers.

“This is a testament to our steadfast commitment to our customers and consumers. Our number one priority will remain providing all of our customers with a secure infrastructure built on a foundation of unmatched stability, resiliency and performance.”

“Verisign is committed to focusing on its core mission of providing critical internet infrastructure, including Root Zone management, operation of 2 of the 13 global internet root servers, operation of .gov and .edu, and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce.

“For this reason, Verisign is transitioning its Security Services customers to Neustar. Neustar has been focused on providing specialised web security and digital performance solutions for many years.  Given this experience, we believe Neustar is well-suited to continue to deliver the innovative solutions and world-class performance to which Verisign’s Security Services customers are accustomed,” said Verisign founder-cum-chairman and CEO Jim Bidzos.

AMD Radeon™ Vega Mobile to MacBook Pro

AMD has unveiled the new AMD Radeon™ Vega Mobile graphics processors for next-generation notebooks which include the AMD Radeon™ Pro Vega 20 and Radeon™ Pro Vega 16 graphics.

In addition, the new graphics processors will be available as configurations options for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro that will be release in late November.

In terms of AMD Radeon™ Vega Mobile graphics, it will deliver amazing performance in 3D rendering, photo and video editing as well as to provide stunning 1080p HD gaming at ultra settings for the latest AAA and eSports games.

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Being powered by the AMD “Vega” architecture, the new graphics processors were engineered to excel in notebooks for cool and quiet operations.

Also, the processor’s razor-thin design features HBM2 memory (2nd Generation High Bandwith Memory), which takes up less space in a notebook compared to the traditional GDDR5-based graphics processors.

AMD Radeon Technologies Group corporate VP and GM Scott Herkelman said,  “Radeon™ Vega Mobile graphics raise the bar for performance in notebooks as they provide the best of both worlds; amazing performance for creative applications, visually stunning as well as responsive gaming for today’s biggest titles in a mobile form factor.”

At the same time, Radeon™ Pro Vega 20 and Radeon™ Pro Vega 16 graphics
processors breeze through today’s most demanding rendering, gaming and editing workloads.

Next-generation “Vega” architecture compute units (nCU) and Rapid Packed Math bring fast and flexible computational capabilities, accelerating workloads in real-time graphics like 3D visualization.

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The AMD Radeon™ Pro Vega 20 and Radeon™ Pro Vega 16 graphics are new configuration options on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, coming late November.

 

Be Inspired by Dell Inspiron 5000 & 7000

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Dell has unveiled its latest suite of innovative devices that would elevate the computing experience for the average consumer, mobile professionals and the fast-paced small business owners.

The latest editions are from the Inspiron series; the Inspiron 7000 and the Inspiron 5000, which are the 2-in-1 laptops which are built a combination of beautiful designs, superior materials and top performance dedicated to deliver a device for every function and user.

Inspiron 7000 family combines performance and premium design

The new Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7386) delivers sophistication with a cool brushed aluminum exterior with a smooth feel and sleek design.

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The 13-inch device leverages premium features, including Intel 8th Generation U Series processors, optional 4K UHD screens, and a thermal flow to move hot air out through hidden vents, providing top performance and a comfortable experience during extended computing sessions.

The 2-in-1 has three-sided narrow borders thanks to a new 2.7mm miniaturised webcam that offers greater performance in low light with Temporal Noise Reduction – the first PC-integrated USB camera to use this technology.

The Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is also Alexa-ready so PC users can create lists, set reminders, ask for the weather, play music, manage appointments and more – all with their voice.

The new Inspiron 13-inch laptop (7380) is available in Platinum Silver and Pink Champagne, with narrow borders offering expansive onscreen views.

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Designed for movie enthusiasts in mind, this device comes equipped with CinemaColor, CinemaStream as well as CinemaSound ensuring that users get the best experience while binge watching their favourite Netflix series.

This product features the latest and most impressive Intel® 8th Gen Quad Core processors with Intel® HD graphics allows users to open up the throttle and finish every streaming marathon with speed and performance to spare.

Inspiron 5000 2-in-1s and laptops – flexibility and function at incredible value

The Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 (5482) boasts many of the top line enhancements of the 7000 series, including thermal routing and narrow borders.

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Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series (Model 5482) 2-in-1

This device offers new Intel 8th Generation U Series processors, choice, flexibility and value to fit the varied needs of today’s consumers.

It also includes a USB Type-C port with power delivery and display support, for the first time standard in the Inspiron 5000 series, and an optional NVIDIA® GeForce® MX130 discrete graphics card.

The new Inspiron 14-inch laptop (5480) is available in Platinum Silver, and a three-sided narrow border completes the stylish look.

A USB Type-C port provides power delivery and display support, and an optional fingerprint reader is available on the power button.

This product boosts a wealth of features, such as up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, storage options including SSDs and dual drives, optional discrete graphics up to NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 Graphics, and an optional backlit keyboard.

In addition, Dell launched their all-new 24-inch and 27-inch Dell gaming monitors.

Dell 24-inch and 27-inch gaming monitors – get immersed in action

Following the launch of the Dell G series gaming laptops, Dell’s gaming portfolio is further enhanced with all-new Dell gaming monitors.

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With 24-inch (S2419HGF) FHD and 27-inch (S2719DGF) QHD resolution, fast overclocked refresh rates (144Hz for 24-inch, 155Hz for 27-inch) and an extremely rapid 1 ms response time for gameplay with minimum input lag, both monitors deliver a fluid gaming experience offering gamers the flexibility to switch on or off AMD FreeSync.

Engineered with the demanding needs of the gaming audience in mind, users can customise up to three user-defined profiles and choose pre-set modes for the best personalised gaming experience.

The gamer-inspired Recon-Blue metallic paint complements Dell gaming PCs for a unified look and gaming experience.

Fully adjustable features for height, tilt and swivel let users adjust to their viewing preference to accommodate long hours of gaming.

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In addition, the three-sided thin bezel design on the 27-inch model is ideal for creating a seamless multi-monitor setup.

During the three-year warranty period, Dell Premium Panel Exchange allows a free panel replacement even if only one bright pixel is found.

Christmas Wish List 2018 (Laptop): Dell XPS 13 9370

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In about 60 days or so, it would be the time of the year where most of us are looking forward to.

And if you’re still somewhat clueless, let gets Captain Obvious to tell you, it is Christmas!

Now that we are on the same page, have you thought about what would you want for your Christmas presents? Or even better, what are you going to be giving to your loved ones?

If you have not given any thoughts about it, there is still time to think and more importantly to save up enough money to buy the perfect gift for your special tech buddy (or even your significant other).

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Dell XPS 13

And if you’re thinking of getting a new laptop, we have a suggestion for you, the Dell XPS 13 9370 and here are the reasons why TechsideTales believes it would one of the perfect presents this Christmas.

 

  1. The Dell XPS 13 is a lightweight laptop, merely weighing at 2.67 pounds (1.21kg). It was also a good move from Dell to decrease the size the XPS 13 chassis to be 30% thinner to 0.3-inches (3.4mm).

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    4K UHD Display

  2. It could be ideal for your girlfriend or wife if they are hinting for a brand-new laptop this Christmas. In addition, the design of the XPS 13 would be an eye-catcher as it comes in Rose Gold on Alpine White colour option.
  3. Another key point to look out for on the XPS 13 is its display where the screen is now available with an optional 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution. However, if you opted out for the 4K UHD touch screen, you would still be impressed by its Full-HD non-touch glossy panel. Nonetheless, the screen really matches the overall aesthetic of the XPS 13 – its extremely thin bezels of the InfinityEdge IPS display which you’d not realised they existed.
  4. And if you or the recipient of the XPS 13 are in need of strong processing power, you’re in luck as it runs on the latest Intel processors (Intel Core i7 8th Gen). Also, this Dell XPS 13 has the Gore thermal insulation for stronger heat dissipation.
  5. If you’re looking for a lightweight yet powerful enough to edit your photos on-the-go, then yes, you found the right machine to be packed in your bag. On top of that, Dell has included a microSD card slot to transfer photos with ease. 

However, the Dell XPS 13 still comes with some flaws (it is okay, nothing is perfect, but we strive to be).

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An odd position for the webcam

  1. If you’re thinking of gaming (can’t forget you gamers out there) on the XPS 13, it will not be up your alley especially if you’re looking to play any of the latest triple A titles. However, Less-demanding games and even some indie games would perform decently well.
  2. One of the most obvious issues with the XPS 13 is the position of its webcam – right in the middle (good) but at the bottom of the screen (honestly, Dell, please take note of this for 2019’s model). Imagine having to look into someone’s nostril filled with hair and whatnot. No thanks. However, kudos for facial recognition login with the IR camera and the four-mic array. So, if you’re into video calls, get an external webcam.
  3. Lastly, this machine does not come cheap. Yes, it may be cheaper than the upcoming Apple iPhone XS Max but yes, you would need to fork out quite a sum to be a proud owner or giver of the XPS 13. On Dell Malaysia’s website, it retails at RM6299 (after instant cash redemption).

With all that said, the Dell XPS 13 would be an ideal laptop to get before the year comes to an end. Being such a lightweight yet packed with the optional 4K display and strong processing power, this laptop will surely have enough juice for most daily activities.

The downside is the exuberant price, though are you willing to take the risk on a lower-end laptop only to make a change the following year? Meanwhile, if you’re more than the average gamer, best you look elsewhere as there are gaming laptops around the same price as the Dell XPS 13.

 

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Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator Startups Take Smart City Innovations to the Next Level with Robotics and AI

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Five startups from Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator (CLLA) 2018 programme had showcased innovative Smart City solutions by capitalizing on technologies such as Financial Technology (FinTech), Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The latest cohort of startups at the Demo Day comprised of EPC Blockchain, Touchless, MedKad, CheQQme and BeeBotic.

Cyberview Sdn Bhd technology hub development division acting head Siti Shafinaz Mohd Salim, said the Demo Day with the five startups have garnered investment interest worth RM11.2 million from prominent venture capital and investors.

“The Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator is one of our initiatives with a focus into accelerating startups with minimum viable product by providing them assistance with a go-to-market strategy.

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As part of the Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator (CLLA) Programme, five startups went through a vigorous five-month process of mentorship, consultancy and advisory to prepare them for the presentation of their innovative solution at the Demo Day to a group of reputable investors, community builders and media partners

“Under the guidance of Cyberview and the programme manager, Finnext Capital, these startups took part in a vigorous five-month process of mentorship, consultancy and advisory before demonstrating their ideas and business models to a group of investors, corporates, community builders and media partners,” she said.

She added the startups will then continue to receive support from the programme to help propel their company’s growth.

Cyberview MD Mohd Najib Ibrahim said, “As we accelerate towards the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in Malaysia, Cyberjaya stands as a launching pad for innovations within the areas of IoT, Fintech, and Robotics.

“Fintech, IoT and Robotics are the focus areas of the CLLA programme considering the vast potential they present for innovation leaders in Industry 4.0,” he said.

He added that research has showed that fintech startup  startup funding has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 41 per cent over the last four years, with over US$40 billion in cumulative investments.

Similarly, the National IoT Strategic Roadmap reveals that the initial economic potential for IoT in Malaysia will result in RM9.5 billion GNI creation by 2020 and expected to experience an exponential growth of RM42.5 billion by 2025.

Additionally,  for robotics, the global industrial robotics space is estimated at USD25.6 billion in 2013 and expected to reach a whopping USD40 billion by 2020.

The CLLA programme aims to promote an open and innovative ecosystem with visions to elevate Malaysia’s vibrant entrepreneurship environment and propel Cyberjaya to be the leading Global Tech Hub through premier smart city recognition in the region.

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The latest installation of the Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator (CLLA) 2018 Demo Day saw five startups that presented their innovative solutions, revolving around three core pillars: FinTech, IoT and robotics & A.I: EPC Blockchain, Touchless, MedKad, CheQQme and BeeBotic

To date, Cyberview has nurtured 60 startups under Living Lab Accelerator programme, with RM6 million investments raised, RM23 million revenue generated, and more than 300 jobs created.

Najib said the latest installation of the CLLA programme has seen a range of startups from vairous industries kicking up a notch with Smart City ideas using disruptive technologies like Robotics, AI, IoT and FinTech.

“For the first time, the cohort was required to approach their ideas and solutions by tackling demand-led problem-statements that further solidifies their offerings.

“These startups are presently working out of Cyberview’s collaborative working space, CoInnov8 where they have access to a whole host of resources that they would need to innovate and commercialise their products effectively,” said he said.

Each startup was provided with resources and facilities valued more than RM100,000 to be pilot and investment ready.

The programme consists of three main value propositions for the selected startups, including customer acquisition inroads in Cyberjaya, customised networking and funding opportunities and complimentary access to shared services such as Marketing, PR, Legal advisory, Finance advisory, Roadshow and Exhibitions.

Meanwhile, Cyberview have appointed Finnext Capital to ensure that participants are equipped with sufficient guidance and resources throughout the duration of the accelerator programme.

“We have been working closely with the five startups under the Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator programme; assisting in every possible angle such as business development for projects, financing structure, legal and exposure.

“We are proud that the startups have grown tremendously since joining the programme,” said Finnext Capital partner Aizat Rahim.

NEM Malaysia Hosts First-ever Women in Blockchain Asia

NEM Malaysia had recently organised the first-ever Women in Blockchain where participants had the opportunity to get insights  from blockchain entrepreneurs, developers and regulators.

Women in Blockchain focused on showcasing the women behind the blockchain industry while to provide a platform to share knowledge and their perspectives.

At the same time, the event was part of NEM’s larger objective to promote the development and adoption of blockchain technology not in Malaysia but also globally.

The inaugural Women in Blockchain had also partnered two local non-profit women’s organisations to highlight the discussion around women at risk of social and economic exclusion, and how the blockchain community can play a part in creating better lives. Part of the proceeds from WIB will be donated to their cause.

Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah said the government is committed to bring about democracy and an ‘Inclusive Politics’ and aspire towards laying the foundations for genuine human development.Stephen Chia of NEM with MP of Petaling Jaya, Maria Chin Abdullah (1)

“One of the causes I am passionate about is the empowerment of women. There is a need to not only build the leadership capacity of the women, but to inspire them to feel that this is a viable and sustainable path where they can better their own lives, their families and society.

“I congratulate NEM for organising the Women in Blockchain Asia event which provides a platform for raising awareness in this matter, and how revolutionary technologies such as blockchain can be leveraged for social good, bringing transparency, equality and openness – values that are in line with the New Malaysia – to the table for the betterment of individuals and the nation as a whole,” she said.

Meanwhile NEM.io Foundation investment and special projects director Jasmine Ng said Women in Blockchain is where talented, successful personalities can come together to share, discuss and explore the opportunities in what is a rapidly growing technology.

“While the technology is set to revolutionises the way we do business, it also has a role to play in encouraging social inclusion and empowering marginalised women. We want to be part of these conversations and we believe that NEM can make a difference” she said.

 Breaking barriers through blockchain

Blockchain technology has been gaining global traction across various verticals and industries, some of which may seem unlikely given the differences in the tech, and the ‘non-financial’ nature of some of these sectors.

Besides highlighting the achievements of women in the blockchain sphere, speakers at WIB presented in-depth insights into the impact of blockchain in areas such as healthcare and the legal community, apart from topics like cyber security and privacy.NEM Women in Blockchain group photo_s

Participants were introduced to blockchain and its applications, as well as learn about opportunities and innovations from experts such as Daphne Choong, Key Member & Logistic Worldwide Express Chief Technology Officer of Women Who Code; Elizabeth Chee, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of HIT Foundation; Belinda Lim, Founding Member of The Good Block; and Madga Chelly, Director of Responsible Cyber.

In the same vein, Elizabeth Chee, COO and Co-Founder of HIT Foundation, shared during her session how healthcare health data can help spur universal basic income.

The key principal is that data is an individual’s intellectual property, and through blockchain each individual can trace its usage. Individuals should get paid for health information instead of paying others such as hospitals to process or store it.

“I’m honoured and at the same time very excited to have presented and listened to the experts here who share similar views that are close to my heart, including economic empowerment and financial inclusion – giving opportunities to, and educating, women about blockchain,” she said.

Yes, a Data Breach Is Inevitable: Here’s Why and What You Should Do

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Attributed to:
Rana Gupta, Vice President, Identity and Data Protection, Asia Pacific, Gemalto

 

Why data encryption is your last line of defense in a data breach

The recent SingHealth is considered the worst attack in Singapore history, resulting in the loss of millions of private records and sensitive data. The leaked data not only affects SingHealth, but everyone else who’s had their data stolen. Perimeter defense alone is not a fool-proof solution in the event of a breach – here’s why you should shift your focus to accepting that a breach is inevitable.

Perimeter-based defenses: No longer up to the task?

In recent years we’ve seen data breaches of various scales, ranging from small-time breaches to large-scale attacks like the recent SingHealth breach (1.5 million users), Facebook breach (87 million users), and the massive Equifax breach (146 million users) in 2017. Currently, the SingHealth breach is under investigation by the COI, signalling the complexity of such a large-scale attack.

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recent study revealed that hackers are 80% more likely to attack organizations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region due to their cybersecurity infrastructure weaknesses. SingHealth joins the ranks of several other high-profile breaches seen in the region since 2016, making it a thriving environment for cybercrime, rife with low cybersecurity awareness and weak regulations

Deprioritizing cybersecurity is no longer an option. Companies are already taking the necessary steps to ensure that security measures are in place. With threats continuously facing security professionals every day, there has been much discussion of today’s traditional network security.

In a traditional network security setup, firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems all work together and are designed to keep threats out. However, traditional network security prevention methods while necessary, may no longer be up to the task. Government contractors and software vendors have fallen victim to large-scale breaches, organizations with fewer IT resources start to wonder whether prevention and fortifying a strong perimeter is the best approach.

Belief vs. reality

In our 2017 Gemalto Data Security Confidence Index report, we found that 94% of businesses claim their perimeter security technology is efficient at keeping threats at bay and unauthorized users out of their network. In the same study, we also found that 65% of businesses are not extremely confident that their data would be secure following a breach. After all, employing perimeter-based security alone does not equate to an impenetrable wall surrounding a company’s IT infrastructure.

A change in (data) mindset

I had a conversation with an ethical hacker once, who told me why he prefers being a hacker instead of a security defense expert. He told me, “As hackers, we just need to succeed once. But as a security defense person, you have to succeed every time!”

Security has always been a game of prevention. But even with multiple layers of security, organizations still fall victim to attacks, proving the ineffectiveness of the perimeter defense without the other complementary layers of security. In fact, 91% of breaches start with phishing emails as the beginning of the infection chain as employees are successfully duped into clicking malicious links.

Suffice to say, even with an effective perimeter architecture, attacks can and will gain access to your data, aka, the ‘crown jewels’. Ironically, data security is an area that most organizations neglect the most, because they are making some of the biggest mistakes organizations make: assuming their defense will work as planned. Most organizations assume the person manning the network operations center (NOC) and the security operations center (SOC) won’t go on holiday that day the first alert comes in. They believe and trust that all the end user training they conducted won’t go down the drain. In an ideal world, all our expectations will line up perfectly with reality, but this is not often the case. Do we really want to take things for granted and face the music when a breach finally happens? Or do we want to prepared for it?

True cybersecurity awareness will assume at the onset that a breach is inevitable. We need to protect everything that’s truly vital to your organization and accept that the rest will be compromised.

What can organizations do then if we now realize a breach is inevitable?

“When your business is eventually breached, will your data be secure?”

At Gemalto, we assume that every business will be hacked at some point – and it will. And that’s why we have a three-step approach to this. Before it happens, we need you to ask yourself these three questions to help secure the breach.

1) “Where is my data?”

Knowing where your sensitive data lies is highly important. This is the first and most important step in any data security strategy. Once located, encrypt it.

Our 1H 2018 Breach Level Index Report shows that 99% of all breaches involved data that was not encrypted. Encryption is the last and most critical line of defense in the event of a breach, so it’s important that it’s done properly in order to be effective.

2) “Where are the keys?”

Now that you’ve identified and encrypted your sensitive data, ask yourself where and how to secure your encryption keys. Knowing how to manage and store your encryption keys is the next step we recommend in securing the breach. This ensures your ownership and control over your encrypted data at all times.

3) “Who has access to my data?”

Data encryption and key management are nothing without identifying who has access to your corporate resources and applications. Key management and control access is the final step of your data breach strategy but a highly important one. Access management provides additional security, visibility, and overall convenience and to verify users’ identity to grant the appropriate access controls.

A multi-layered security approach will most definitely reduce your risk to exposing your sensitive data and those important data from falling into the cyber criminals’ hands. By implementing our three-step approach—encrypting all sensitive data, securing your keys, and managing user access—you can effectively prepare for a breach.

 

Is this the perfect Mate?

It is finally here – the long awaited and rumoured Huawei Mate 20 Series has been unveiled.

The new flagship series consists of the Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 X and Mate 20 RS (a collaboration with Porsche Design).Mate 20_Green_Rear

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance,” said Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu.

The entry level of the new flagship – the Mate 20 sports a 6.5-inch FullHD display while powered by a 4000mAh battery.

The Mate 20 Pro, however, has a 6.4-inch curved OLED 2K screen which runs on a 4200mAh battery where Huawei claims the device to be equipped with world’s first wireless “revere charging” feature which allows the it double as a power bank.

The Mate 20 X has a dispay screen of 7.2-inch with an 18.7:9 ratio and has all the capabilities of the Mate 20 Pro, except for the IP68 certification (water and dust resistance) and wireless charging capability.

The Mate 20 series are all running on Huawei’s latest 7nm 980 Kirin chipset which Huawei claims can recognize 4,500 images per minute and 20% faster than its predecessor.Mate 20_Green_Front

In terms of its photography capabilities, the Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X and the Mate 20 RS are equipped with a 40-megapixel wide-angle lens, 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens and an 8-megapixel lens with 3x zoom.

For the Mate 20, it has a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 8-megapixel lens with 2x zoom.

The official prices and availability in Malaysia will be announced at a later date.

Delivering home-cooked food to your doorstep.

Have you ever been so bogged down with work or school that you do not have time to get food?

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Have you had days that you were not in the mood to cook and do not want to get caught in traffic to buy food?

If your answer is yes, many of you would consider of ordering food through the various food delivery services that are available in the market.

However, most if not all of these food delivery services are delivering food from restaurants, cafes, fast-food outlets and even from the mamak food shops (Muslim-Indian cuisine).

Well, yes, there are plenty of choices out there, but won’t you want to savour some home-cooked food once in a while, if not more often than not?

So, if you have started to salivate on your favourite home-cooked meals while wanting it to be delivered to your doorstep, here is your answer to satisfy your home-cooked meal craving: EatFun.

Unlike the many food delivery services, EatFun is an online food marketplace which delivers home-cooked meals throughout the Klang Valley.

In an exclusive interview with TechsideTales, Lai Chang Yin the founder of EatFun, talks about the technology and motivation behind setting up of this platform.

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Chang Yin: Our business operation is a consumer-to-consumer (C2C) business model

TST: Do share with us what motivated you to start up EatFun?

Chang Yin: Being an online food marketplace that delivers home-cooked food, I started this business to provide housewives or culinarians to have a platform to share their ‘art’ (food) to the masses.

I see cooking as an art as it requires passion (and skills). We can’t force someone who doesn’t enjoy culinary to cook.

At the same time, with many chefs in many restaurants and even coffee shops are foreigners, there is a high possibility that the food standards are not up to standard.

TST: Being fairly new in the food delivery industry, what makes EatFun different to the rest?

Chang Yin: Indeed, online food marketplaces/delivery is not a new service here in Malaysia. However, what makes us different is that we delivery home-cooked food.

Also, unlike the rest, their business operations are mainly more on business-to-consumers (B2C), our business operation is a consumer-to-consumer (C2C) business model.

Food Shot 1 by Home Chef

Oh! Pasta!

So, anyone who has a kitchen can join the platform and use it to sell their home-cooked meals to other consumers. I’d say we are something like Uber and Grab, being a disruptor in the food delivery industry.

TST: Do share with us what is the technology behind EatFun’s operation? Also, how has technology changed the food delivery industry?

Chang Yin: In terms of technology, my team has created our own automation process which is made available for both consumers and chef to use.icons8-automation-50

The orders will directly translate into an order summary which will be sent automatically to the chefs via WhatApps.

Also, the cut-off time is split to 7PM and 11PM where chefs will receive the notifications to estimate the amount of food needed to be prepared.

In addition, by just few clicks, our chefs are able to get the menu and choose the days that they plan to work – making the task to be easy and efficient.

That said, this can be all done via a smartphone as long they are connected to the Internet. The automation process certainly helps the efficacy of our delivery process while getting the public to be more tech-savvy.

Food Shot 3 by Home Chef

Imagine this being delivered to your doorstep!

Meanwhile, we are currently in the works to create an app and it is expected to be ready in first quarter of 2019.

We aspired to create an interactive platform to allow system integration to be parked under it – such as tracking our delivery boys’ whereabouts, chefs’ availability and a community rating system.

TST: That said, what are in the pipeline for EatFun in the near future?

Chang Yin: In the next six months, we are planning to increase the number of our chefs on the platform to about 150. Also, we are planning to increase our sales by 350 meals in a day, currently we are selling about 100 meals a day.

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EatFun is delivering about 100 meals per day.

 

Meanwhile, in terms of technology, we are planning implement some form of artificial intelligence (AI) in our operation.

However, before implementing AI, we will need the data. Thankfully, we have managed to gather the data through our C2C business model where we have gained data on our chefs and customers.

To be more specific, we will be implementing an AI chatbot that will suggest meals to customers based on the data which has been collected.

Also, we are looking into expanding our presence in either Singapore or the Philippines before other players can dominate this market.