News Article | November 3, 2015
DALLAS & PALOS VERDES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704) (TSE: 4704), a global leader in security software and solutions, today announced the recognition of its top-performing partners at the company’s 2015 Global Partner Summit, Nov. 2-4, 2015, in Palos Verdes, California. Executives from Trend Micro’s most successful worldwide channel partners, including cloud service providers, systems integrators, distributors and resellers from 45 countries around the globe, are attending the exclusive event to celebrate their successes over the past year. “To ensure our customers stay ahead of next-generation threats, it is imperative they are equipped with the latest security solutions that fully protect sensitive information from intruders,” said Partha Panda, vice president of global channels and alliances, Trend Micro. “Working together with our partners, we are able to provide the best options for each customer’s unique security needs, and we would not be able to reach the numerous enterprises we do without their hard work and continued pursuit of success. The winners in each category exemplify what it means to be ‘a Trend Micro partner’ and we are proud to honor each one this year at the summit.” The Trend Micro Partner Program is designed to further enhance the productivity and profitability of its more than 35,000 channel partners worldwide by enabling them to more quickly and fully capitalize on the growing market for Trend Micro security solutions. The annual invitation-only summit is designed to equip top partners with the knowledge they need to further capitalize on the growing demand for Trend Micro solutions. “Arrow’s strategic alliance with Trend Micro continues to accelerate through our selection to be the only distributor for their Deep Discovery Evaluation Program, and our recent announcement as Trend Micro’s sole North America Authorized Training Center,” said Howard Goldberg, president global enterprise computing solutions business in North America, Arrow. “Arrow sees Trend Micro as a strategic security supplier throughout our North America and EMEA businesses for data center, cloud, endpoint, and breach-detection technology.” At the summit, Trend Micro honored nineteen of its top-performing channel partners: Partner of the Year: Recognizing our top performing sales partners Global Sales Specialist: Honoring channel partners demonstrating exceptional sales success and momentum in selling solutions as well as meeting certification and training requirements in Trend Micro’s four areas of specialization Global Technology Leadership: Recognizing partners that have demonstrated leadership in delivering high-value, integrated solutions that combine Trend Micro security solutions with those of our strategic alliance partners Commitment: Recognizing outstanding commitment made to Trend Micro through investment in certification and training skills To learn more about the Trend Micro Partner Program, visit http://www.trendmicro.com/partners. Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security software, strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Built on 26 years of experience, our solutions for consumers, businesses and governments provide layered data security to protect information on mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers and the cloud. Trend Micro enables the smart protection of information, with innovative security technology that is simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving ecosystem. All of our solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat intelligence, the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, and are supported by over 1,200 threat experts around the globe. For more information, visit TrendMicro.com.
News Article | June 18, 2015
IBM said Thursday that Sogeti, a unit of Capgemini, will adopt the company's cloud as its primary development platform. The news comes after IBM announced that integrators CSC and Tech Mahindra will develop on Big Blue's cloud platform. As for the Sogeti deal, the integrator will train its developers in 15 companies on IBM's Bluemix. Bluemix, built on Cloud Foundry, will serve as a developer sandbox to integrate Internet of things devices, collaborate and plug in application programming interfaces. Sogeti, which has 20,000 consultants, specializes in technology and software testing for application, infrastructure and engineering services. IBM, which is gunning for the hybrid cloud market, has been inking deals with integrators to grab a bigger footprint in enterprises. These enterprises are likely to have IBM gear and software, but have used other cloud platforms from the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google for development. Big Blue has grown its cloud business via the acquisition of infrastructure as a service vendor SoftLayer as well as its software as a service. IBM has focused on the Bluemix platform as a way to land developers and ultimately move up the stack to other workloads globally. The company recently opened its latest cloud center in Milan, Italy so customers can store data locally.
News Article | June 19, 2015
Capgemini subsidiary Sogeti and IBM forged an alliance today under which Sogeti will bring IBM's Cloud Foundry-based Bluemix platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering to its developers and clients in 15 countries. Sogeti is also turning to Bluemix to help it power hybrid cloud applications for commerce, the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics for clients in industries ranging from retail and healthcare to transportation, energy and utilities. The new partnership has grown out of an existing relationship between Sogeti and IBM in which Sogeti built its smartEngine gateway for managing buildings using IBM Bluemix. The smartEngine gateway provides a means for using Bluemix to connect sensors that use different protocols and data formats, allowing Sogeti to provide clients with insights on the performance of their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting and other energy-producing processes. These insights are used by clients to minimize energy costs, optimize environmental impact and increase security. Sogeti plans to use Bluemix to extend the smartEngine gateway's IoT capabilities to provide insight for clients in other verticals, including manufacturing, agriculture and utilities management. "As cloud continues to transform how we collaborate and work with technology, many of our clients are looking to build more and more of their apps and systems with the cloud," Andreas Sjöström, vice president and global head of Digital at Sogeti, said in a statement Thursday. "With Bluemix Dedicated, we are able to address these concerns by offering dedicated servers and cloud data centers which easily conform to these requisites, while still offering the highly valuable benefits of a cloud infrastructure, such as accelerated business speed, collaboration and visibility." Mohamed Abdula, vice president, Strategy & Offering Management for Cloud Foundation Services, IBM, says three things are attracting customers like Sogeti to the Bluemix PaaS:
News Article | August 14, 2015
A third report in a series on disruptive technologies has been launched today by Sogeti's Research Institute VINT, and is devoted to the new design principle of the blockchain. It outlines the potential impact of a new way of organizing trust in the presence of unreliable parties. Although it owes its current fame to the currency, the bitcoin, in particular, the cryptographic capacities of the network can be deployed in a variety of other ways. The blockchain is presented as a special kind of platform, which in its turn is a basis for numerous other platforms − in other words, a platform for platforms. “Disruption is the New Normal" is the key message from the series of reports of Sogeti's disruptive technologies research project. The project - Design to Disrupt - outlines exponential growth of the new digital opportunities we're facing today. The allegedly inferior propositions of startups and new technologies confuse prominent players, who should in fact be the very first to be open to disruptive innovation. This innovator’s dilemma brings us back to a major question: to disrupt or to be disrupted. The disruptive potential of blockchain exceeds bitcoin. Menno van Doorn, Director of Sogeti's Research Institute: "The blockchain is basically a possibility to do frictionless business, as the control is already embedded in the transaction. This may well be the key to lots of new possibilities: a strong chain without weak links offering a solution to numerous actual problems within the digital economy." Or put it like this. Menno van Doorn "Imagine that with every transaction that you execute on the internet a notary should look over your shoulder to make sure that nothing is wrong. That would be a very costly affair indeed. But it is an entirely different matter if it could be computerized." The report outlines the crypto-economy in three steps: Crypto-economy 1.0 The report outlines the potential impact of this new application in three steps. The first is coined the crypto- economy 1.0. It concerns the currency, the bitcoin, and financial transactions. It also provides a vital explanation of how the protocol operates. Seven pros and cons of the bitcoin are listed, dwell upon questions regarding the supervision of the system and wrap up with the official viewpoints of the financial authorities. Crypto-economy 2.0 When outlining the crypto-economy 2.0, the report goes more deeply into the other possibilities of the blockchain, (bitcoin without bitcoin). This concerns two kinds of applications in particular: smart contracts and smart products, and how the economy can be made to run more smoothly; or, in other words, how wasting can be stamped out. Crypto-economy 3.0 The final result is the crypto-economy 3.0. It describes the DACs (Decentralized Autonomous Corporations), also called Robocorps. It is an Internet-of-Things scenario where objects are increasingly getting a free hand to make decisions and stimulate the economy: a potential forerunner of a zero marginal cost society. In such a case blockchain will be part of a collaborative commons, an advanced form of blockchain technology in society. For more information, please contact: About SogetiLabs and VINT SogetiLabs is a network of over 120 technology leaders from Sogeti worldwide. SogetiLabs covers a wide range of digital technology expertise: from embedded software, cyber security, simulation, and cloud to business information management, mobile apps, analytics, testing, and the Internet of Things. The focus is always on leveraging technologies, systems and applications in actual business situations to maximize results. Together with the Sogeti trend lab VINT, SogetiLabs provides insight, research, and inspiration through articles, presentations, and videos that can be downloaded via the extensive SogetiLabs presence on its website, online portals, and social media. About Sogeti Sogeti is a leading provider of technology and software testing, specializing in Application, Infrastructure and Engineering Services. Sogeti offers cutting-edge solutions around Testing, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Mobile, Cloud and Cyber Security, combining world class methodologies and its global delivery model, Rightshore®. Sogeti brings together more than 20,000 professionals in 15 countries and has a strong local presence in over 100 locations in Europe, USA and India. Sogeti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini S.A., listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. Learn more on www.sogeti.com. The publication of a press release on this page should not be viewed as an endorsement by CoinDesk. Customers should do their own research before investing funds in any company.
News Article | March 30, 2015
BlackBerry's turnaround continues, as the company reported a second straight quarter of profit on Friday, along with expectations of sustained profitability throughout the coming year. BlackBerry's turnaround continues, as the company reported a second straight quarter of profit on Friday, along with expectations of sustained profitability throughout the coming year. "Our financial viability is no longer in question," CEO John Chen declared in a conference call, even as he admitted the company is only halfway through a long transition. He also predicted sustained profitability in the current fiscal year that started March 1. Profits for the quarter that ended Feb. 28 were 4 cents a share, up from profits of 1 cent a share for the previous quarter. On the negative side, revenues were $660 million, down from $793 in the previous quarter and $976 in the same quarter last year. BlackBerry has increasingly focused on moving revenues to software from its traditional hardware stronghold, even though it still plans to introduce four smartphones during 2015. The revenue breakdown for last quarter was heavily weighted for hardware with 42% for hardware and 10% for software. Services, however, accounted for 47% of revenue. Software revenue was $67 million in the last quarter. While relatively small, that represented a 20% increase from a year ago, BlackBerry reported. That mix is still too heavy on hardware, according to Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney, who has been one of BlackBerry's harshest critics. "BlackBerry remains dominated by hardware, both in device sales and licensing revenues that come from older BlackBerries," Dulaney said. "To succeed in hardware, you must sell millions of devices to consumers and I don't think this is going to be a fertile area for BlackBerry anytime soon." Dulaney also questioned how well sales of newer BlackBerry smartphones like the Passport and Classic are doing. BlackBerry didn't discuss sales of specific smartphone models, but reported 1.3 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, with the average sales price jumping to $211, up from $180 in the previous quarter. In early March at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, BlackBerry introduced the full-touch BlackBerry Leap smartphone with a 5-in. display. Chen defended various software initiatives at BlackBerry, including BlackBerry Experience Suite, a portfolio for security, communication, productivity and collaboration that works across iOS, Android and Windows tablets. He said carriers globally are partnering with BlackBerry to distribute software capabilities to customers, along with new smartphones. "We have the best carrier support worldwide that we've seen in a number of years," Chen said on the call. BlackBerry also recently announced a partnership with Google to support Android for Work and the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 12 cloud service. Chen said the company has sold software to 2,200 customers, including enterprises such as Delta Airlines, the government of Canada, SAIC and HSBC. But even with the relatively new BES 12 and other software selling to customers, Dulaney said, "We continue to see our Gartner clients calling in and moving to alternatives." The reason, Dulaney said, is that business customers have already installed alternative mobile device management (MDM) software and are happy with the result. "They don't see changing their hardware and MDM vendor to BlackBerry as a strategic move and they have other priorities," he said. A lot of ground was lost by BlackBerry before Chen arrived there in November 2013, Dulaney said. "John Chen is a good manager and doing his best, but the hole they are in is a deep one created by his predecessors," Dulaney said. "His track record on turnarounds is good, so we'll see." Analysts had expected BlackBerry to report a small quarterly earnings loss of up to 4 cents on Friday, so the earnings gain shows how BlackBerry can surprise the market. To that point, Chen said he has seen analyst estimates of upcoming earnings losses of from 8 cents to 13 cents per share, which he admitted could be "somewhat reasonable," he said, "you can be sure we intend to do better." While he has worked toward completing a corporate restructuring affecting BlackBerry workers, he added that the best way to improve morale and productivity is by stabilizing the company financials. "Today, the morale of the company is a lot better than a year ago and probably still needs to be a lot better than it is today," he said. "I'm comfortable with our productivity, but it would be nice to have more money to spend." Chen summarized the call with three takeaways: "Number one, I hope you'll agree with me that our financial house is order... Second, we are seeing traction with devices and they are quite well received by carriers. Third, with software momentum, we do have to make investments, both with products and distribution... "We're a little ahead of our turnaround milestone, but only half-way through [to] stabilizing revenue. Transitions like this are never easy and smooth."
News Article | April 2, 2015
It's a common theme that spans functional areas within the organization: data remains stuck in silos, making it all but impossible for decision-makers to get a glimpse at the big picture. Zeroing in on marketers' experience of this problem, Oracle on Wednesday rolled out several enhancements to its Marketing Cloud designed to help companies develop a more holistic view of their customers. It's a common theme that spans functional areas within the organization: data remains stuck in silos, making it all but impossible for decision-makers to get a glimpse at the big picture. Zeroing in on marketers' experience of this problem, Oracle on Wednesday rolled out several enhancements to its Marketing Cloud designed to help companies develop a more holistic view of their customers. Among the new features unveiled at Oracle's Modern Marketing Experience event this week in Las Vegas are Oracle ID Graph, Rapid Retargeter and AppCloud Connect. Oracle ID Graph is designed to help marketers connect the many identities a consumer may have across channels and devices and understand that they all belong to the same person. "Customers interact with companies in dozens of highly fragmented touchpoints," said Kevin Akeroyd, general manager for the Oracle Marketing Cloud. "Most companies can't put together the 'you' they know in each of those -- you end up being 17 different customers in 17 different databases within one company." By surfacing the person behind all those identities, the new capabilities are designed to help marketers orchestrate a consistent and personalized experience, Oracle said. Rapid Retargeter, meanwhile, works toward a similar goal by enabling marketers to tailor customer interactions as they happen and deliver the most relevant and timely message. When a shopper abandons an online shopping cart, for instance, the marketer can immediately send an email reminder of the cart's contents. AppCloud Connect, on the other hand, is a set of APIs and open frameworks designed to enable organizations and technology vendors to leverage apps and media within the context of Oracle Marketing Cloud. Focusing on the data-management portion of the Oracle Marketing Cloud, meanwhile, are two new features designed to help marketers connect audience data from across disparate marketing tools for better targeting. New Lookalike Modeling capabilities aim to make it easy for users to transfer audience data into the data-management platform, where a self-learning algorithm and automated workflow can help identify a target audience. OnDemand On-Board capabilities allow marketers to import data from their Web analytics platforms and use it as audience data within the data-management platform. Finally, Oracle also announced on Wednesday new integrations between Oracle Marketing Cloud and the company's Commerce and WebCenter Sites products. The goal, once again, is to unify the platforms, people and processes underlying the customer experience for more consistent messaging and branding. "It's no longer acceptable to treat the customer as 17 different people," Akeroyd said. "CIOs and CMOs need to be locked at the hip."
News Article | March 12, 2015
If you patched your Windows computers in 2010 against the LNK exploit used by Stuxnet and thought you were safe, researchers from Hewlett-Packard have some bad news for you: Microsoft's fix was flawed. If you patched your Windows computers in 2010 against the LNK exploit used by Stuxnet and thought you were safe, researchers from Hewlett-Packard have some bad news for you: Microsoft's fix was flawed. In January, researcher Michael Heerklotz reported privately to HP's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) that the LNK patch released by Microsoft over four years ago can be bypassed. This means that over the past four years attackers could have reverse-engineered Microsoft's fix to create new LNK exploits that could infect Windows computers when USB storage devices got plugged into them. However, there's no information yet to suggest this has happened. The original attack, which exploited a vulnerability in how Windows displayed icons for shortcut (LNK) files, was used to spread Stuxnet, a computer worm that sabotaged uranium enrichment centrifuges at Iran's nuclear facility in Natanz. Stuxnet, which is believed to have been created by the U.S. and Israel, was discovered in June 2010 after it spread beyond its intended target and ended up infecting tens of thousands of computers around the world. The LNK vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2010-2568, was one of several zero-day, or previously unknown, flaws that Stuxnet exploited. Microsoft patched the flaw in August that same year as part of a security bulletin called MS10-046. "To prevent this attack, Microsoft put in an explicit whitelist check with MS10-046, released in early August 2010," the HP researchers said in a blog post Tuesday. "Once that patch was applied, in theory only approved .CPL files should have been able to be used to load non-standard icons for links." "The patch failed," they said. "And for more than four years, all Windows systems have been vulnerable to exactly the same attack that Stuxnet used for initial deployment." ZDI reported the LNK patch bypass found by Heerklotz to Microsoft, which treated it as a new vulnerability (CVE-2015-0096) and fixed it Tuesday as part of MS15-020. The ZDI researchers plan to examine the new update to see if there are any other possible bypasses. However, applying the workaround published by Microsoft in 2010, which involves using the registry editor to manually disable the display of icons for shortcut files, will protect against the latest flaw too, they said. While the LNK attack was first discovered as part of Stuxnet, security researchers from Kaspersky Lab recently found that another computer worm, called Fanny, had used it since 2008. Fanny is part of a malware arsenal used by a highly sophisticated cyberespionage group that Kaspersky has dubbed Equation. As revealed by a Kaspersky Lab report in August 2014, exploitation of the original CVE-2010-2568 vulnerability remained widespread even after the Microsoft patch in 2010, primarily because the exploit was integrated in more common threats like the Sality worm. From July 2010 to May 2014, Kaspersky Lab detected over 50 million instances of the CVE-2010-2568 exploit on more than 19 million computers worldwide.
News Article | March 12, 2015
News Article | March 16, 2015
BlackBerry is returning to the tablet market -- this time with the help of Samsung Electronics, IBM and Secusmart, the German encryption specialist BlackBerry bought last year. BlackBerry is returning to the tablet market -- this time with the help of Samsung Electronics, IBM and Secusmart, the German encryption specialist BlackBerry bought last year. This is not the PlayBook 2 that BlackBerry was rumored to be working on last year, but the SecuTablet, developed by Secusmart and IBM for a German government department. The SecuTablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE 16GB bundled with some software from IBM and SecuSmart's special MicroSD card, which combines a number of cryptographic chips to protect data in motion and at rest. Samsung's Knox secure boot technology ensures that the OS on the tablet has not been tampered with, while IBM's contribution to the security chain is to "wrap" certain apps in an additional layer of code that intercepts and encrypts key data flows using the Secusmart hardware. Secusmart managing director Hans-Christoph Quelle hopes that before year-end the German federal IT security agency, BSI, will grant the Knox-Secusmart combination a security rating corresponding to Nato Restricted. "The project was started long before BlackBerry acquired Secusmart," said Quelle, now a senior vice president at BlackBerry. The deal raised questions at the highest level within BlackBerry, IBM and the government department about whether to continue, he said, particularly with IBM's recent announcement of an alliance with Apple to deliver enterprise apps. The tablet project survived the acquisition, not least because, with its smartphone market share shrinking, BlackBerry is keen to sell its security services across as many platforms as possible. BlackBerry announced plans last November to extend support for its management software to Samsung devices, and at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month it said it would release versions of Secusmart's Secusuite voice and data encryption system, and its own WorkLife by BlackBerry management tool, for Samsung Knox devices. Organizations deploying the SecuTablet will be able to set policies controlling what apps can run on the devices, and whether those apps must be wrapped, said IBM Germany spokesman Stefan Hefter. The wrapping process -- in which an app is downloaded from a public app store, bundled with additional libraries that encrypt its network traffic and intercept Android "intents" for actions such as cutting or pasting data, then uploaded to a private app store -- ensures that corporate data can be protected at rest, in motion and in use, he said. For instance, it can prevent data from a secure email being copied and pasted into the Facebook app running on the same device -- yet allow it to be pasted into a secure collaboration environment, or any other app forming part of the same "federation", he said. Secusmart will sell the device in Germany, while IBM will sell it elsewhere. Although initially developed for government use, Quelle hopes IBM's enterprise customers will also be interested. Naturally, this level of security doesn't come cheap: An unmodified Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 retails for around $500, but the SecuTablet will cost around €2,250 (US$2,380) including the Secusmart MicroSD encryption card, the necessary app-wrapping and management software, and a year's maintenance contract, he said. Peter Sayer covers general technology breaking news for IDG News Service, with a special interest in open source software and related European intellectual property legislation. Send comments and news tips to Peter at email@example.com.
News Article | November 10, 2016
DETROIT and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Covisint Corporation (Nasdaq:COVS), the leading Cloud Platform for building Identity and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, today announced that the Covisint Cloud Platform was showcased as part of the 2016 Sogeti IoT Hackathon. Winners will be announced Friday, November 11, 2016 at Sogeti's Applied Innovation Exchange in San Francisco. The 2016 Sogeti IoT Hackathon is a global event of inspiration, imagination, and innovation—bringing together a passionate community of technologists and practitioners from around the world to design and create IoT-based experiences and intelligent systems that have real-world application and market potential. The IoT Hackathon started in August and ran through October, taking teams through a three-month journey of human-centered design, creative engineering, problem solving, and team building. Covisint and Sogeti have been working together to provide end-to-end digital solutions for clients. Customers are seeking increased value through solutions that combine domain knowledge and digital platform services. “Our digital-first approach to addressing business needs complements Sogeti’s IoT design-thinking leadership in producing desired outcomes for customers,” said Sony Abraham, Head of IoT and Digital Services Partnerships, Covisint. “At the core, our platform enables solutions that connect people, systems, and things across digital ecosystems, and we are thrilled that one of the three Hackathon finalists has built an innovative solution on our platform.” The solutions developed via the IoT Hackathon will serve as a basis for innovation lab events for Sogeti clients and prospects. “The Covisint IoT platform allowed our teams to get an IoT hub with connected devices up and running at the speed of digital, a tremendous advantage when creating minimally viable products without significant upfront investment, as a Hackathon requires,” said Joo Lee, Vice President of Digital Transformation, Sogeti. IoT Hackathon participants identified market opportunities in design thinking creative spaces focused on innovation across the following major themes: Covisint is the leading Cloud Platform for building Identity and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Our Cloud Platform technology facilitates the rapid development of identification, authorization and connection of complex networks of people, processes, systems and things. The Covisint Cloud Platform supports customers in their endeavors to securely identify, authenticate and connect users, devices, applications and information. It supports 3,000 organizations who connect more than 212,000 business partners and customers that support $4 billion in ecommerce transactions annually. Learn more at www.covisint.com. About Sogeti Sogeti is a leading provider of technology and engineering services. Sogeti delivers solutions that enable digital transformation and offers cutting-edge expertise in Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Manufacturing, Quality Assurance & Testing, and emerging technologies. Sogeti combines agility and speed of implementation with strong technology supplier partnerships, world class methodologies and its global delivery model, Rightshore®. Sogeti brings together more than 25,000 professionals in 15 countries, based in over 100 locations in Europe, USA and India. Sogeti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini S.A., listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.sogeti.com. About Sogeti USA Sogeti USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capgemini, operates in over 20 cities across the country. Sogeti’s business model is built on providing customers with local accountability and vast, flexible delivery capabilities. Sogeti is a leader in helping clients develop, implement and manage practical IT solutions to help run their business better. With over 45 years of experience, Sogeti offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including Business Intelligence & Analytics, Cloud Solutions, Digital Transformation, Engineering & Product Lifecycle Management, Software Development & Integration, and Testing. To learn more, visit: www.us.sogeti.com.