Heimdal Online Security – In the first half of 2016, we have seen the cybercrime marketplace move in the direction of making malware and exploit kits more easily available to those interested in carrying out cyber attacks.
Almost anyone can now purchase malware and various exploit kits, which are pretty much ready to use.
So far, 2016 has also brought new evolutions in ransomware, confirming many of the trends we anticipated at the end of last year, including the fine tuning and enhancements of attack vectors. Other areas have evolved different from what we expected, with encryption levels going as far as 4096-bit in the case of the still active CryptoWall and the defunct TeslaCrypt.
So looking towards the second half of 2016, here's what should expect from the cyber crime industry if you are a CIO, CISO or a malware expert.
Starting from the beginning of the attack path, we foresee that cyber attacks will evolve in 3 main directions over the next 6 months or more:
Refined delivery via email: advanced spam filter probing; incorporated statistics for delivery, open and click rates Advancing malware delivery via web channels: continuously enhanced exploit kits and delivery customized to breach specific endpoint defenses Substantially increased malware sophistication: intelligent ransomware, with supplemental DDOS capabilities. Let's first dive more into details about how malware delivery and online scams involving malicious software can evolve over the next half a year and beyond.
Heimdal Online Security – The idea that we should create a gargantuan list of cyber security tools started to spring in our minds around the beginning of this year.
We started from a simple idea: It should be useful. We need it. You need it. It will come in handy in the future, to have all those tools in one place.
In our journey into the cyber security and data protection world, we ran into lots of useful tools. Some of them were unmarketed gems that we had no idea that they even existed. We ran into most of them completely by mistake, while searching for something else (usually on Quora or randomly navigating on blogs).
When we finally decided to do it, to work on the list, we had no idea how and where to begin.
What tools should we include? What should we not? How do we tell if one is worthy and the other one is not?
Do we mention ultra-known products?
What about antivirus products? We haven't tested them all since there are independent industry experts who do a much better job.
Should we mention the services that are duplicated and basically do the same thing? Or should we stick to the best?
Why? Who decides what's best for someone and what's not?
Should we stick to what's free or should we also add paid products?
Eventually we came up with what we're about to read. But first here's a quick guideline that you should read before we jump right to the subject:
We don't claim that this is the ultimate list. It's not complete and it's definitely not final. It probably never will be. We are aware that we missed lots of essential, important tools – by mistake or just because we can't know them all. So please feel free to jump in with more useful tools that you feel they should be mentioned.
We stayed away from recommending antivirus, VPN or firewall products. There are independent industry experts who only do that. Instead, we prefer to list those experts or websites that will help you compare such services, in order to choose what's best for you.
We tried to test them all before recommending them. And we only included tools that have free versions.
Pro Axia Consultants Business Consulting Group in Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Japan sees the partnership between Apple and SAP resulting in lots of innovative developments and improved business value with the combined distinguished user experiences of Apple and the incomparable end-to-end business process and software of SAP.
Companies and developers now have the opportunity to make a difference in the digital world through this partnership, along with giving new opportunities and transforming the mobile work experience for customers. Pro Axia Consultants knows that great business applications await the world through Apple and SAP's partnership wherein it could also open potential for their joint customers.
Yes, most of us can't live without a smartphone or tablet nowadays, and can't end the day without using a mobile application. The current era people live in can be described to as an app-driven world.
To enable customers to fully leverage the data in their SAP enterprise systems, SAP is developing a lot of new and native iOS industry apps for core business processes to transform how customers run their business anywhere.
The kind of capability that drives a digital enterprise is the power to get mission critical information, reports, and data anytime and anywhere you need it, without being tied to your desktop. SAP is starting with industries including retail, asset intensive industries, professional services, and healthcare where the need for consumer applications is high and there is instant add value as they develop those applications.
In order to develop, extend and run a new class of native iOS apps powered by the HANA Cloud Platform (HCP), SAP provides their community of developers with advanced tools and training such as SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS and a SAP Academy for iOS. Developers can get access to the power of HANA in the cloud.
HCP allows you to change an existing SAP application (or mobile SAP app) even though you're not a developer wherein you also no longer need months of customization with lots of consultants. HCP is that fastest path to the best app and that path just got even better with this specific partnership.
Companies and developers can easily build their own native apps for iPhone and iPad through SAP HCP SDK for iOS and training for developers to native iOS apps powered by HCP while taking advantage of all the innovative iOS technologies.
SAP, together with Apple, will offer developers with a SAP Fiori for iOS design language based on SAP Fiori UX adapted for iOS. This will include reusable design components and building blocks to optimize the development of consistent and beautiful UI design across applications and throughout the lifecycle of each application to ensure that app adoption and user experience are easy to use, consistent and smooth.
SAP and Apple will jointly develop a SAP Academy for iOS to complement the SDK as well as to curate and educate their combined ecosystem, connecting millions of developers, customers, SI partners and ISV partners. It would be hugely beneficial for both SAP and Apple to share the knowledge of technical expertise and design skills for native iOS app development.
The partnership between SAP and Apple will also allow real work in real time. It'll be easier to consume and leverage your organization's most important data on their iPhone and iPad devices. SAP offers an enterprise computing platform through HANA that enables customers to constantly access their data every day to obtain significant and insightful data.
Nowadays most people can't live without a certain app on their phone and one example of which is Uber. If you'll look back a few years ago, this app is not even available but now plays a huge part in the lives of millions of people. The world people live in today is truly amazing because such apps already have a great impact and hold a huge importance.
The Apple/SAP partnership aims to achieve success by creating such applications that could be vital for their customers, which enables newer and faster ways to perform a task, access data and do their job.
Accessing accurate and real-time data is really a game changer. Mobile apps on iOS will make digital transformation even more prevalent across enterprises. Innovative transformation could really happen and life will become a lot easier with the combination of SAP's helpful data management and Apple's dependable user experience.
This partnership does excite Pro Axia Consultants with all the possibilities and benefits it could bring to the modern society.
International Financial Corporation Securities Regulatory Commission World Bank Group
Washington, July 29, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has committed up to $200 million to the IFC Emerging Asia Fund (EAF), which this week reached a first close. IFC is joined by the Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
Central to the EAF is mobilizing additional capital in emerging markets of the Asia region, given the scale of investment, innovation, technological development and employment creation required for sustainable development in many low and middle income countries in the region falls beyond the range of the public sector, making the private sector central to finding and financing the development solutions that are needed.
Investments by the EAF will be aligned to IFC's strategy for the region, which includes a focus on addressing the infrastructure deficit, and at the same time it will also help investee companies raise standards, improve risk mitigation and generate value.
“We are excited by the equity opportunities we see in emerging Asia and delivering further development impact through our clients,” said IFC Regional Director East Asia and Pacific, Vivek Pathak. “We are very pleased that major institutional investors such as KDB and FNPF are partnering with us to further IFC's support of private sector development.”
The new global architecture for international development, the Sustainable Development Goals, launched at the United Nations in 2015, highlights that financing sustainable development requires low and middle income countries tap new sources of capital from both private and public sources, including leveraging global private capital to most skillful effect.
Two thirds of the world's poorest people live in emerging Asia and yet it is the engine room of global growth being the fastest growing region and the largest continental economy by GDP in the world. This growth is a function of favorable dynamics such as the continued need for enhanced infrastructure, the emergence of a rapidly growing middle class and commitments by many governments in the region to political and economic reform. Combined, these dynamics have created significant opportunities for investment in the region including China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Asian frontier markets such as Vietnam and Myanmar.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where it's needed most. In FY15, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org
Pine Cliffs Beach Club Pops Up In Canary Wharf London This Summer 13 July 2016 – No matter what the British weather has in store, Canary Wharf's Montgomery Square will offer a tantalising taste of the Algarve this summer, with the arrival of the Pine Cliffs Beach Club. Open each weekday from 11am to 11pm throughout the summer season, the chic pop-up bar will bring the sun-kissed vibes of Portugal's leading lifestyle destination, Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, to the heart of London's financial centre. Set to be a popular hotspot for work-weary Londoners, the Pine Cliffs Beach Club will be run in partnership with award-winning travel specialist Quintessentially Travel, to celebrate the re-opening of the famed cliff-top retreat following a multi-million pound transformation of its rooms and facilities, including the debut of a state-of-the-art destination spa, that will firmly place Portugal on the radar of discerning spa connoisseurs.
In the true spirit of The Luxury Collection, Pine Cliffs Beach Club brings a taste of the Algarve to London providing global explorers with authentic experiences that reflect the local spirit, lifestyle and design. The al-fresco Pine Cliffs Beach Club will offer a wide selection of chilled drinks including fine Portuguese wines, Pine Cliffs Resort's signature white port cocktails, Moet Ice and Sagres beer – the Algarve is just a Tube ride away! Throughout the summer, customers will also have the chance to win a 7-night stay for two at Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, including breakfast, a green fee at Pine Cliffs Golf & Country Club, return flights from the UK and transfers from and to Faro Airport. One of Europe's leading lifestyle destinations, Pine Cliffs enjoys a spectacular, unrivalled location on the Algarve coastline. Set across 72 hectares, the resort offers a wide range of luxurious accommodation options for couples, groups and families. There are exceptional leisure and sports facilities, with 11 different restaurants and bars, including the poolside seafood restaurant O Pescador; Beach Club on the golden shore of Praia Falésia; Piri Piri Steak House; and Zest, a new outlet offering guests an array of health-conscious drinks, snacks and dishes. In addition, the hotel features six swimming pools, Porto Pirata kids club, an Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, a nine-hole golf course with panoramic views, complemented by a world-class wellness and fitness offering comprising the new Serenity The Art of Well Being destination spa and Pine Cliffs Goes Active gym and health club, as well as numerous shops and boutiques. Pine Cliffs Beach Club is located in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5JJ. Opening times from 11am to 11pm Monday to Friday until September.