Oct 11, 2017 : Pop-up shop experience created by cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab where personal data, or the Data Dollar, is the only currency tendered demonstrates the monetary value it could have in retail purchases of the future. The Data Dollar ...

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  1. Data Dollar: The New Currency Based on the Value of Personal Data
  2. Pizza Hut Steps Up Digital Transformation (Case Study)
  3. Internal violators are the most serious threat to data privacy in Southeast Asia
  4. Malaysian Companies Do Nation Proud at World Congress on IT
  5. IT News Week 2 Oct 2017
  6. More Recent Articles

Data Dollar: The New Currency Based on the Value of Personal Data

Oct 11, 2017 :

Pop-up shop experience created by cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab where personal data, or the Data Dollar, is the only currency tendered demonstrates the monetary value it could have in retail purchases of the future.

 

The Data Dollar Store created by cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab caused a stir in the heart of London’s technology capital in Old Street – check out the video here [link]. Customers queued from the early hours to get their hands on exclusive prints but in a twist to how the artwork could be purchased, reacted with initial surprise but a willingness to give up their own valued personal pictures or video in payment for the merchandise, heralding the rise of the Data Dollar currency. Kaspersky Lab aims to raise awareness for the actual value of data with this shop opening and is appealing to other market players to join in this effort by using the Data Dollar symbol.



As the amount of personal data continues to grow exponentially, consumers could be sitting on a gold mine of valuable currency that holds value regardless of geographical location or affected by currency exchange rates, but are often not aware of it. The lack of awareness around the actual value their data has, is a massive obstacle in making people understand why they should protect the data, says Kaspersky Lab. They hope Data Dollars will raise this awareness and thus make everybody’s online experience more secure.

“We see the Data Dollar mainly as a means to raise awareness for the value of data”, says David Emm, Principle Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab. He continued: ”So, if a website is offering services for free, but in return using customer data to monetize their service, they should use the Data Dollar symbol, to demonstrate that a form of exchange is actually happening.”


Kaspersky Lab demonstrated how data as a currency could work in a two-day pop-up shop in London. The store attracted shoppers desperate to get their hands on exclusive prints and artwork by renowned Street Artist Ben Eine. All seemed fine for a normal retail experience – browse through the products, pick your favourites and take them to the counter to pay. However, when customers were asked for payment, it was not for what was in their wallets. Instead, it was for Data Dollars – the new currency created by Kaspersky Lab that consists of a customer’s personal data held on smartphones: images, video or texts.

David Emm added “It’s easy to forget about the vast amounts of data we share on a daily basis. The feeling of loss if it is taken away against our will becomes much more real when someone is actually physically taking your phone and deciding which data to take. This effect has been an interesting area to explore with the Data Dollar Store. According to a global survey, while 29% of people worldwide have become victim of a cyberattack, 39% leave their devices unprotected from attacks.

Customers should value their data, as much as the money in their wallets and purses. If it has a value, it can be used as way of exchange or purchase. However, we don’t want to feel out-of-pocket if that valuable data is lost or stolen so protection is key, or if the data we trade is misused.”
    

Pizza Hut Steps Up Digital Transformation (Case Study)

Oct 10, 2017:

Pizza Hut Malaysia, Malaysia’s No. 1 pizza chain announced a new digital frontier for the brand - its newly refurbished digital concept store in Sunway Pyramid and a new mobile app.

Both initiatives propel Pizza Hut forward in its digital transformation, supporting the brand’s mission of making it ‘Easy’, to get a great pizza and providing a ‘Better’ quality of experience for customers.

Guests being introduced to the new digital takeaway kiosk at Pizza Hut Sunway Pyramid.
Speaking at the event, Merrill Pereyra, Chief Executive Officer of QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd said: “In developing Pizza Hut’s digital strategy, we went back to the essence of what the food industry is about. In our industry, customer experience is key and digital isn’t just a matter of applying technology for technology’s sake - it’s about making our customer experience better. For us, this means making it easier for our customers to get a better pizza - whether in store or at home or anywhere at all.”

“This is why Pizza Hut embarked on a digital transformation journey, starting with our website revamp and now, our mobile app and very first digital concept store. We’re hoping to provide customers an entirely new digital experience from the moment they walk into the store, order and enjoy their dining experience. This is just the beginning. We’re looking to expand our digital concept to more stores, bringing an easier and better digital experience to all our customers.”



Transforming the digital dining and ordering experience

Pizza Hut’s new digital concept store gives customers an entirely new digital experience from the moment they set foot in the restaurant, order and enjoy their food to the moment they exit. From the ordering and queue management digital panels outside the store to the greeting robots, the store was designed to be innately digital in nature.

In the newly launched digital concept store, all Pizza Hut servers are equipped with tablets for faster and better accurate orders to the kitchen.

The new store is also Pizza Hut’s first in Asia Pacific to feature Digital Take Away Kiosks. The kiosks allow customers to make orders and pay more quickly, increasing efficiency and reducing wait times to place an order.

Customers will also get to experience an Augmented Reality menu, bringing food to life in greater vividness than ever before as they select their dishes. The digital experience continues after the order is made, with an engaging digital game to keep customers entertained while they wait for their freshly baked pizzas.

“When looking at implementing digital technology into our digital concept store, we approached the task from a customer’s point of view. How could we make the whole experience easier and better for customers? That’s why we’ve implemented several solutions, one of it being the Digital Take-Away Kiosks – because customers told us they wanted to be able to order and complete their transactions quicker, so that they could more quickly enjoy delicious pizzas. This way, our investment into the kiosk translates immediately into a solution that makes our customer experience better.”

Convenience at your fingertips

For customers who prefer to enjoy pizza delivered, Pizza Hut started making the experience better with a revamp of its website earlier in May this year, with easier and more convenient ordering, navigating and tracking mechanisms.

The investment paid off with an 107%* increase in website traffic, while online sales transactions increased by 31%*.

Today, Pizza Hut is taking this one step further by officially launching its mobile app. The new app makes ordering pizza an easier and more rewarding experience.

The app remembers customers’ last order and preferences – including previous delivery address, so repeat customers don’t have to enter data over and over again. With built-in GPS and location data available on many mobile phones today – the app can detect the customer’s location and make ordering as simple as a click. Delivery status monitoring makes it easy for customers to check how soon their pizzas will arrive.

Mr. Merrill Pereyra, CEO of QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd, Ms. Jean Ler, Chief Marketing Officer of Pizza Hut Malaysia and Mr. Eric Leong, Head of Pizza Hut Malaysia officiating the launch of Pizza Hut’s first digital concept store and mobile app.

On top of making ordering easier, Pizza Hut’s mobile app also makes it better for customers by rewarding customers as they order delicious pizzas. With every order, customers will be awarded pizza points that can be redeemed for rewards such as free side dishes, drinks or even free pizzas.

Since the app has been introduced in early September, it has been downloaded 37,432 times to date, with a steady increase in sales coming in through the mobile app.

Double the rewards with “You download, We Belanja!”

In celebrating their new mobile app, Pizza Hut is giving away 35,000 pizzas through their new promotion, “You Download, We Belanja”. Customers are only required to download the Pizza Hut mobile app, order a regular pizza and they will get another regular pizza for free, while stocks last till 30th October!

On-going investment into digital

Pizza Hut intends to continue investing into digital technology to enhance customer experience.

Pereyra concluded, “Our investment into our digital strategy is not driven just by a blind need to stay “in-trend.” Instead, we are using technology in a deliberate and strategic manner to make our customer experience richer, better and ultimately more enjoyable - just like the pizza they enjoy. After all, everyone loves delicious and hot pizzas. The question is always: “how can we get better pizzas to you in an easier manner and reward you while doing so?”

“We believe this is what puts a smile on our customers faces and this is why we are so committed to embracing technology to make our customer experience easier and better,” he added.
    

Internal violators are the most serious threat to data privacy in Southeast Asia

Oct 12, 2017

Data leakages in ASEAN countries are mainly caused by the negligence of top-level executives and employees with access to sensitive and confidential data, according to the latest research findings by cybersecurity and data leak prevention expert InfoWatch Group.

Up to 56% of incidents of compromised data were caused by executives, employees, IT administrators and other authorized personnel. The other 44% of leakages were the result of external attacks and former employees. (Figure 1)



“It is a disturbing sign to see that a relatively high percentage of leaks stem from top managers and system administrators who fall into the category of ‘privileged users’,” said Vladimir Shutemov, Chief International Business Development Officer of InfoWatch Group.



Shutemov, who also heads InfoWatch SEA operations based in Kuala Lumpur, added, “Leaks due to blunders, intentional violation of rules or malicious activities of privileged users are the most destructive as they have more access to sensitive data compared to rank-and-file employees.”

He was citing the latest findings of InfoWatch research unit, InfoWatch Analytics Center, on data leaks reported by governments and commercial and non-commercial organisations in Southeast Asia, South Korea, India and Bangladesh. The research was based on information sources in the media and other public domains between July 2016 and July 2017.

Shutemov said users with advanced permissions, either unwittingly or deliberately, cause the leakage, because they were “unhappy” with any attempt by their organisations to control their PCs, laptops and mobile phones.

By industry category, the research also pointed out that up to 43% of leakages in Southeast Asia stemmed from public institutions including government, military and law enforcement agencies, compared to only 13% worldwide. (Figure 2)



In terms of types of data leaked, in Southeast Asia, South Korea, India and Bangladesh, the report cited that personal data comprised almost 77%, followed by payment details at 15%, trade secrets or know-how at 5%, and state secrets, close to 3%. By comparison, globally, 62% of data leaked was personal data, while up to 31% of data stolen were payment details. (Figure 3)




“In line with global trends, Southeast Asia and other Asian countries are striving to improve cybersecurity. Their governments have toughened up personal data laws, while enterprises more and more often use information security tools against external and internal intruders. But more needs to be done as technology advances and the intruders become more sophisticated,” said Shutemov.

By channels, browsers and cloud storages turned out to be the most common means data is leaked, almost 74% of all cases, while equipment loss, such as stolen laptops, and the popular use of instant messenger apps, together caused 14% of leaks. Globally, browsers and cloud storages were used in 61% of data leaks, followed by email (23%), and paper documents (8%). (Figure 4)




InfoWatch currently serves more than 1,500 large customers worldwide with proprietary and patented cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies.

InfoWatch’s full suite of data leak prevention and cybersecurity solutions and can analyse content in Asian languages for the prevention of data leakages, including in Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
    

Malaysian Companies Do Nation Proud at World Congress on IT

Oct 10, 2017 :

At the recently held World Congress of IT in Taiwan, Malaysian companies and organisations continued to be recognised for technological leadership and innovation at the global stage – clinching several awards at the 2017 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards (“WITSA-GIEA”) and the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (“ASOCIO”) awards.

Both award ceremonies were held in conjunction with the 21st World Congress on IT Summit (WCIT) 2017, held in Taipei, Taiwan. Malaysia’s merit award recipients at WITSA-GIEA were:



Organisation/ Institution Award Category Product / Project
Bestinet Sdn Bhd Public Sector Award Foreign Workers Centralized Management System
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Digital Opportunity Award) eUsahawan
Raydar Research Innovative eHealth Solution SEMMEL

Equally noteworthy was Malaysia’s ASOCIO awards winners:

Organisation/ Institution Award Category Product / Project
IPAY88 Outstanding ICT Company -
Sin Chew Media Corporation Outstanding User Organisation -
MDEC Digital Government Digital Free Trade Zone
Eduspec Holdings ICT Education -

(L-R) Gopi Ganesalingam MDEC VP Enterprise Development, Abdullah Kafi, ASOCIO former chairman, David Wong, ASOCIO Chairman, Razaleigh Zainal, MDEC VP Corporate Affairs and Bunrak Saraggananda, ASOCIO Immediate Past Chairman

(L-R) Abdullah Kafi, ASOCIO former chairman, Chan Kok Long, Ipay88 founder, David Wong, ASOCIO Chairman, Bunrak Saraggananda, ASOCIO Immediate Past Chairman

(L-R) Razaleigh Zainal, MDEC VP Corporate Affairs, Yvonne Chiu WITSA Chairman, David Wong ASOCIO Chairman

(L-R) Stan Singh receiving for Bestinet, Yvonne Chiu WITSA Chairman, David Wong ASOCIO Chairman

    

IT News Week 2 Oct 2017

For IT News Week 1 Oct 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Names Hans-Peter Klaey Chief Revenue Officer To Lead and Drive Global Sales
  • PR - Oct 12, 2017 - MNC Finalizing Collaborative & Technology Agreement with M3Tech To Develop e-Commerce platform in DFTZ
  • PR - Oct 12, 2017 - vivo Unveils the 7 Wonders of Diwali
  • PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Unravels the Truth on Cyber Espionage at its 3rd APAC Cyber Security Conference
  • PR - Oct 10, 2017 - A Competitive Device to be Unveiled by honor Malaysia Soon
  • PR - Oct 9, 2017 - Digi Launches its First Official Shop On Shopee
  • PR - Oct 3, 2017 - mTouche venturing into O2O International Education Hub with A.I. and Blockchain Platform Technology for South-East Asia plus Hong Kong Markets
  • PR - Oct 3, 2017 - Asia Developer Academy (ADA) produces its first batch of graduates
  • PR - Oct 3, 2017 - The Best Price to Performance Ratio,honor 6X Now Even More Affordable

PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Hitachi Vantara Names Hans-Peter Klaey Chief Revenue Officer To Lead and Drive Global Sales

Hitachi Vantara today announced the appointment of Hans-Peter Klaey as chief revenue officer, to lead its global sales organization and accelerate adoption of its data-driven solutions and services.

A Swiss national, Klaey has served as senior vice president and head of sales for HP Software in the IT infrastructure, cybersecurity and analytics software solution spaces. He also held several global and regional senior executive positions at SAP, including president of global small and midsize enterprises and as president and chief executive officer of SAP Asia Pacific and Japan.

PR - Oct 12, 2017 - MNC Finalizing Collaborative & Technology Agreement with M3Tech To Develop e-Commerce platform in DFTZ

M N C Wireless Berhad is in the final stages of discussion to formalize the Collaborative & Technology Agreement with its strategic partner, M3 Technologies (Asia) Bhd, for the development of an inclusive e-commerce platform with integrated payment gateway solutions and end-to-end logistics support.

The agreement is expected to be finalized and completed by quarter 1 of 2018.

MNC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with M3Tech on 14 April 2017. The joint develop e-Commerce platform in Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone (“DFTZ”) will comprise a Business-to-Business (“B2B”) focused trading platform for manufacturers to connect with international buyers, and a Consumer-to-Consumer (“C2C”) focused trading platform supporting smaller-scale entrepreneurs to sell through online platforms.

Both companies have established a joint steering committee, made up of representatives from MNC and M3Tech to work on the strategic directions and performance criteria, commercialization of the platform, roles and responsibilities of both parties.

PR - Oct 12, 2017 - vivo Unveils the 7 Wonders of Diwali

Diwali, also known as the festive of light, is celebrated by Hindu in Malaysia. In conjunction with the Diwali celebration, vivo is here to be part of the celebration with a series of activities and promotion deals, a little something for everyone. At vivo, we want to bring you 7 different wonderful ways to celebrate Diwali!

Check out this press statement for the 7 wonders.

PR - Oct 12, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Unravels the Truth on Cyber Espionage at its 3rd APAC Cyber Security Conference

Kaspersky Lab unriddles today the mysterious threat of cyberespionage against countries, critical infrastructure, and companies in the region as part of its 3rd Asia Pacific (APAC) Cyber Security Weekend in Phuket, Thailand.

The company’s annual cybersecurity conference in the region will bring together its top security experts along with industry professionals and journalists from 11 countries across APAC. The four-day event will highlight presentations from its top security researchers to reveal the truths and bust myths about cyberespionage, an alarming threat which has crossed the worlds of fiction and reality.

Four cybersecurity experts from Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) topbill this year’s APAC Cyber Security Weekend and will zero in on the state of targeted attacks in APAC countries from past to present and how governments, businesses, and concerned industrial sectors can beef up their cyber defenses.
  • Vitaly Kamluk, Kaspersky Lab’s Director of GReAT in APAC, will open up the discussion by looking back at major cyber attacks that have hit public and private organizations over the past years in countries around the region.
  • Seongsu Park, GReAT’s Senior Security Researcher based in South Korea, will specifically talk about the role of a company’s infrastructure in a successful targeted attack.
  • To answer the who’s and how’s of a cyberespionage campaign, Noushin Shabab, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab’s GReAT based in Australia, will discuss the forensic techniques and critical analysis being carried out by researchers for years to be able to understand an attack and to unmask its perpetrators.
  • Yury Namestnikov, Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab’s GReAT, will explain the trend of cyberespionage groups focusing on attacking financial organizations in the region using the now infamous ransomware to gain monetary rewards. He will also reveal the techniques used by these groups to mask destructive wiper-attack as an ordinary cybercriminal activity.
PR - Oct 10, 2017 - A Competitive Device to be Unveiled by honor Malaysia Soon

honor Malaysia today announced that it will be introducing a device that is able to satisfy the needs of everyday Malaysians with the price consumers desire. The device which will be introduced in the market sometime this October continues the honor tradition of providing high quality devices at a price consumers want to pay.

“In the markets we operate in, we take a high level of commitment to offer products which embodies high standard in aesthetics, performance and innovation. In introducing our latest device in Malaysia, we have engaged extensively with our consumers and fans. We believe this device will address the growing need of consumers wanting a reliable, high-quality device that will suit their budgets” said Zhao Zhiwei, Head of honor Malaysia.

The new honor smartphone will feature an inspired design of metal that is finished with a sophisticated sandblasting process and a multi-function fingerprint sensor that makes the user experience even more intuitive. For a sneak preview of the new honor smartphone, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HuaweiHonorMY/. Stay tuned!

PR - Oct 9, 2017 - Digi Launches its First Official Shop On Shopee

Digi has today launched its first official shop on Shopee, Malaysia’s fastest growing online shopping platform. By collaborating with Shopee, Digi is making transactions extremely easy, fast and secure for the large database of users to purchase mobile top-ups.

In conjunction with the official launch, Digi will continue to offer the prepaid top ups with extra value until 3 November 2017. The offer includes prepaid top ups including RM5 reload, RM10 & RM15 reloads with 5% extra value and RM30, RM50 & RM100 reloads with 10% extra value that continues to record high demands from Shopee users.

Online shoppers can check out Digi’s offerings on the Shopee app or https://shopee.com.my/digiofficialstore. Download the Shopee app for FREE via the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

PR - Oct 3, 2017 - mTouche venturing into O2O International Education Hub with A.I. and Blockchain Platform Technology for South-East Asia plus Hong Kong Markets

mTouche Technology Berhad, a company listed in Bursa Malaysia ACE Market signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a local company, A Conceptech Sdn Bhd, a technology-focused higher learning facilitator company to provide an Online-to-Offline (O2O) International Education Hub with Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Blockchain Platform Technology for South-East Asia and Hong Kong market.

The collaboration provides mTouche the opportunity to gain additional capacity and expertise on new technological knowledge in the O2O higher learning sector. It taps into the resources of A Conceptech’s expertise which specializes in online technology solutions for higher learning and offers offline educational consulting to local students, assisting in relocating and navigating the college university application process, transitioning from one school to another, and addressing other educational issues to improve the quality of education.

This also allows A Conceptech to enter new geographical markets by leveraging on mTouche’s regional presence and technology capability on the development of the O2O International Education Hub, A.I. and Blockchain Platform, as well as financing for market expansion. The emerging markets in the region have demonstrated robust economic performance during the past 20 years, with the average gross income per household on a steady rise. Increases in income have greatly contributed to demand for high quality education, with more households than ever willing to spend a premium on education from the early years to higher education.

Check out the details.

PR - Oct 3, 2017 - Asia Developer Academy produces its first batch of graduates

Asia Developer Academy (ADA) a joint venture between BAC Education Group and iTrain, hosted the graduation of its inaugural batch of Full Stack Web Developer students on the 29th of September, 2017.



Held at its premises at the 13th floor of Menara VSQ in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, the students presented their projects and received their certificates from Bikesh Lakhmichand, CEO of the iTrain group of companies. Proudly looking on were their trainers for the six month programme, Wan Muzaffar bin Wan Hashim and Syed Muzani bin Syed Ahmad Safri. The course entailed the graduates learning to code from scratch and culminated in them producing their very own web-based application.

Among the graduates was Yu Chin, a university student who decided to build an app to organise her class timetable and has a function to enable communication between students, lecturers and tutors.

PR - Oct 3, 2017 - The Best Price to Performance Ratio,honor 6X Now Even More Affordable

honor Malaysia today announces a price reduction for its solid built and competitive honor 6X. Starting from 3 October, the 64GB, 4GB RAM model will retail at RM999 from its original retail price of RM1,399 and the 32GB, 3GB RAM model at RM899 from its retail price of RM1,199.




Featuring a generous 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) display and an impressive 12MP plus 2MP vertical dual lens rear camera with various shooting modes, it allows for users to unleash a latitude of creative potential. The honor 6X is fueled with 4GBGB of RAM and equipped with a powerful 3340 mAh battery, providing users 2.15 days of usage and 1.54 days of heavy usage on a single full charge.
    

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