iTWire - iTWire - Latest News iTWire - Technology news, trends, reviews, jobs Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:15:03 +1000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb VIDEO Interview: Qwilr Thriller means the death of traditional documents? VIDEO Interview: Qwilr Thriller means the death of traditional documents?

Popular web content creation tool that makes documents intelligent and beautiful, Qwilr want to qwirl you round the room with a stack of new business features.

Documents, presentation and even web pages as we know them have just been given a major kick up the backside with the latest version of Qwilr with new features demanded by business users.

Qwilr describes itself as ‘transforming dull and outdated documents, turning them into beautiful web pages that are intelligent, data rich, interactive, and bursting with media.’

It also says it ‘is now providing businesses both small and large the tools required to create beautiful web pages quickly, win more new business pitches, share ideas, and quote faster, with no design experience required.’

Proudly a Sydney-based startup, with founders boasting international experience, Qwilr has been growing rapidly, now boast ‘thousands of companies around the world flocking to the tool following its $500,000 funding round from Sydney Seed Fund and Macdoch Ventures.’

Further below is a video interview with Qwilr’s co-founders, Dylan Baskind and Mark Tanner, talking about Qwilr, the new features, its benefits over traditional documents, presentations and webpages, Qwilr’s future and plenty more!

One of the new business features now implemented is the new ‘accept’ feature, meaning prospective customers reading a Qwilr Page can agree to the proposal instantly - with E-Signature functionality included.

There’s also a new quoting tool allowing users to quickly and easily create a customisable quote online for projects, with the ability to display a number of different payment methods through improved currency support.

Qwilr is now integrated with cloud accounting leader Xero, too. The moment a proposal made in Qwilr is accepted by the prospective client, the platform will connect to Xero to automatically create an invoice for approval.

This feature will help streamline onboarding of new clients across all sectors.

But that’s not all! Qwilr’s integration continues and is also now integrated with Slack, so ‘you and your team can be notified the moment your Qwilr Page is opened.’

Even better is the news that Qwilr has been bolstered ‘by a new pool of thousands of stock images and background videos to help beautify even the dullest documents, smooth the movement of sections and items, and give a more flexible output display of the final quote, proposal or pitch.’

Qwilr co-founder Dylan Baskind said the Australian startup has been working around the clock to develop these new features that are in response to thousands of conversations with customers.

“We’ve implemented features that make Qwilr ready for a wider range of business uses.

“Documents are now getting smarter. A well-known business contradiction is that, as your business grows and gains more knowledge, it becomes harder to gather all the right knowledge when you need it. Qwilr solves that for document creation.

“With Qwilr, the heavy lifting around design is done for you. It helps make your documents look fantastic with no effort or design experience,” said Baskind.

Qwilr has also been updated to support iframes, enabling users to import external content like spreadsheets, graphs, Google Maps, and more.

The new Video Splash function means impressive high-res videos can now form the header for Qwilr pages, helping your documents stand out even more.

Speaking of videos, here my video interview with Qwilr’s co-founders, Dylan Baskind and Mark Tanner - the rest of the article continues below!

Qwilr’s Dylan Baskind said: “Until now, innovation in documents for business has really only achieved one thing: putting the A4 / letter sized page in the cloud. With Qwilr, web pages go from being something you might build once or twice a year, to something your business can create daily or weekly, with little effort.

“Ever wanted feedback and analytics on your document? That exists now. Want to empower anyone in your business to create beautiful documents that can be viewed on any web-enabled device in the world, and be in line with all your branding without having to run it through countless approvals? Done.

“Just imagine the reaction you’ll get when the next person expecting a document from you gets a beautifully designed website instead. Not only that, you’ll know if they actually opened it!

“We're honoured that thousands of individuals and businesses choose to use Qwilr to share ideas, proposals, and a lot more. We can’t wait to see what they do with all these new featuresm' Baskind concluded. 

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]]> (Alex Zaharov-Reutt) Business Technology Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:53:21 +1000
VIDEO Interview: HP treks into flashy new all-flash 3PAR StoreServ 8000 VIDEO Interview: HP treks into flashy new all-flash 3PAR StoreServ 8000

HP has been busy creating its new 3PAR StoreServ 8000 series, which in an all-flash configuration ‘doubles workload performance and lowers OpEx with built-in automation.’

Flash-based space, the final storage frontier? These are the voyages of HP Enterprise. Its multi-year mission: to explore strange new storage technologies, to seek out new customers and new configurations, to boldly go where no HP has gone before.

Captain’s Log, Stardate 27-08-2015.

HP’s work in the business and enterprise data storage space continues apace, with the latest developments in HP’s 3PAR StoreServ Storage technology to support the transformation to hybrid IT and all-flash data centres, which includes a new 8000 family featuring what HP says is ‘the industry’s most affordable all-flash array (AFA), twice the workload performance of previous generations and automated performance assurance with flash-optimised quality of service (QoS) controls.’

HP notes that the first claim is achieved with the HP 3PAR StoreServ 8200, using 6 480GB cMLC SSD drives, with the base operating system starting at $US19,479 (which would be higher in AUD), and the second is see ‘twice the workload performance’ measured with a HP 3PAR StoreServ 8450 versus a HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 on a 64K I/O blocksize, RAID 1 with a 60:40 read/write ratio.

Just as consumers are upgrading to ever more affordable and super fast flash drives, so too are the same benefits available to business, organisations and enterprises of all sizes.

HP quotes IDC stating the flash storage market is growing at over 46% compound annual growth, as customers embrace flash to accelerate more applications across their data centres.

Given the competitiveness and need for innovation from today’s global, connected businesses, this is a fast-paced segment.

HP is also happy to remind us that Gartner identified HP as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays, and noted that HP was the fastest growing flash vendor based on revenue shipments in 2014.

On top of this, HP itself now claims number two market share position in ‘all-flash’ recently and also announced its 3PAR StoreServ 20000 family, an eight-node enterprise flash family with HP’s claim of ‘leading density and costs as low as $US1.50 per usable gigabyte,’ but there was still more in store for 2015.

The newest addition to the family has arrived, and it is the aforementioned 8000 series, seeing HP ‘accelerating customer transition to all-flash data centres’ with its new ‘quad-controller HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage family’ as well as a new ‘eight-controller HP 3PAR StoreServ 20800 AFA Starter Kit’ and software updates for the full HP 3PAR StoreServ family.

HP boasts that: ‘Only HP 3PAR StoreServ is able to span from a $AUD40k entry price to multi-petabyte systems reaching 3.2 million IOPs, with scale-out capabilities from 2 to 8 controllers, and proven tier-1 resiliency giving businesses a simple approach to meet virtually any workload requirement.’

Paul Shaw, general manager, HP Storage, Enterprise Group, HP South Pacific, said: “Regardless of your size, budget, growth rate, quality of service requirements, or even your storage network environment, HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage offers a best-in-class flash solution to power your public, private, or hybrid cloud with uncompromising adaptability from a single architecture.”

We spoke to Shaw in a video interview on the launch of the 8000 series and HP Enterprises’ moves in 2015, how the 8000 series fits into HP’s overall storage strategy, its features and benefits over previous versions and the competition, HP’s channel strategy, what the data centre of the future looks like according to HP and more - and it is embedded below.

The article with plenty more detail on the 8000 series continues below - please read on!

So, what HP is promoting in the family is its ’Tier-1 all-flash from AUD $40K brings resilient flash within reach of even more customers.’

HP promotes this configuration to ‘customers looking for the most affordable way to accelerate applications and consolidate infrastructure’, now served by the new HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 family, featuring a scale-out, quad-node design that includes all-flash configurations.

These start at $AUD40K, as well as converged-flash arrays that support expansion via spinning media. Like the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage 20000 family, the 8000 family delivers up to 5.5 petabytes of usable flash capacity within a single floor tile without compromising data services or scalability.

HP also notes that it has introduced new models in the eight-controller 20000 family, including a 20800 All-Flash Starter Kit starting at $AUD171K, which the company says is ‘placing the industry’s most scalable flash platform within reach of more enterprises and service providers.’

Then there’s the new 3PAR StoreServ 20450, an All-Flash Array which ‘scales to 6 petabytes and 1.8 million IOPS’. Built-in storage federation capabilities allow ‘8000 and 20000 models to be pooled together for up to 60 PB of aggregate usable capacity in a four-system federation with non-disruptive workload mobility across systems with just a single mouse click for unmatched agility.’

Next on the list is more detail on the claim of ‘twice the bandwidth and next-gen hardware-acceleration to boost application performance’.

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Sharing the same hardware acceleration as the eight-node enterprise-flash 20000 family, HP says ‘the new 8000 family features the HP 3PAR Gen5 Thin Express ASIC and double the bandwidth of competitive platforms, enabling the 8000 family to more effectively deal with mixed and highly unpredictable workloads.’

Claiming over 20 gigabytes per second of read bandwidth, HP says ‘this new hardware lets customers double the workload performance of bandwidth-heavy database applications, assuring that end users get the response times required to make faster business decisions.’

In addition, both the 3PAR StoreServ 8000 and 20000 flash arrays ‘are now certified for SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI), assuring that customers can accelerate these mission-critical applications with confidence.

Lastly in this section, HP says its new ‘3PAR File Persona software has been enhanced to support even larger unstructured data applications, meaning customers can expand consolidation of both file and block workloads on a single, Tier-1 flash platform.’

HP also enhanced its 3PAR Operating System including ‘built-in automation of flash-optimised data services to boost agility and reduce risk’. The enhancements to the 3PAR OS deepens HP’s ‘rich set of autonomic, Tier-1 data services for greater return on flash investments and accelerated time to value.’

HP says ‘these software enhancements span the entire HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage family — across media types, data types and connectivity protocols — even extending beyond the array to include storage area network (SAN) infrastructure.’

HP 3PAR Priority Optimisation software now allows users ‘to specify latency goals as low as 0.5 milliseconds to ensure consistent service levels in multi-tenant environments where a large number of latency-sensitive applications are consolidated. This level of hands-free, fine-grained QoS is unique in the industry and assures administrators can deliver consistent application performance through simple, policy-driven templates.’

New data protection enhancements have also been announced for the 3PAR StoreServ powered by StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central for VMware (RMC-V).

HP explains it is ‘the industry’s only flash-integrated, protection solution’, and with RMC-V ‘delivers 17x faster VM protection by taking application-consistent snapshots on the HP 3PAR StoreServ array, then automatically copying changed blocks directly to any HP StoreOnce appliance.’

RMC-V enhancements include support for VMware vSphere 6.0 with VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) as well as more granular recovery of individual VMs and files to simplify data recovery.

HP advises its customers who are deploying flash over Fibre Channel, that the ‘new HP SmartSAN for HP 3PAR StoreServ uses Express Provisioning technology to orchestrate SAN fabric zoning autonomically, reducing the number of steps required to provision a SAN by 80 percent.’

Finally, for service providers and midsize organisations looking to leverage Ethernet networking to reduce costs, HP 3PAR StoreServ enhancements reduce iSCSI latency and add support for iSCSI VLAN tagging. HP says ‘these new iSCSI features assure flash-optimised performance while lowering total storage networking infrastructure acquisition costs by AUD $42K or more.’

Pricing and availability:

  • All-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage systems are available worldwide, orderable immediately with AUD pricing starting from $40,418 including 3 years of Proactive Care 24x7 support and installation.
  • The 20800 All-Flash Starter Kit with 2 controllers, 8 x 480GB cMLC SSD drives, and 3 years of Proactive Care 24x7 support, is available worldwide, orderable September 2015 with pricing starting at $AUD171,420.
  • The 20450 All-Flash Arrays are available worldwide, orderable immediately with AUD pricing starting from $146,000.
  • HP 3PAR Priority Optimization is available worldwide as part of the HP 3PAR Data Optimization Suite starting at $AUD2,516.
  • HP Smart SAN 1.0 is available worldwide, licensed on a per-system basis, starting at $AUD331 for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 and 8000 models.
  • RMC-V 1.2 available worldwide in October 2015 and is licensed per-array, starting at $AUD3,591.

Beam me up!

]]> (Alex Zaharov-Reutt) Storage Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:42:52 +1000
Illegal use of software costs Victorian company $72k$72k$72k Illegal use of software costs Victorian company $72k

A Victorian IT company in breach of copyright law has paid $72,000 in damages for the use of unlicensed software programs owned by Adobe and Microsoft.

The Software Alliance (BSA) says the (unnamed) company, in addition to paying the damages, has also agreed to purchase legitimate licenses of the infringing software to legalise its ongoing software deployments.

In a statement about concerns over the use of unlicensed software by organisations, Roland Chan describes cybercrime and the weakened security of unlicensed software as a “dangerous combination.”  

“We can no longer look the other way as unlicensed software creates a dangerous environment for data security and electronic transactions.  The consequences of cybercrime are immediate and irreversible.

{loadposition peter}“When the money or data disappears to a criminal network, possibly even to another nation – it is never coming back to Australia.  

“I would encourage all organisations to adopt a robust software asset management (SAM) process which will not only mitigate cybersecurity risks, but also enable them to extract the maximum benefit from their investments in information technology.

“Earlier this year, in the release of our 2014 case review, there were a few cases cited which involved the IT industry. Yet, we continue to see incidences of unlicensed software use in the very industry where there should be a greater appreciation for intellectual property rights, and an understanding of the risks involved.”

]]> (Peter Dinham) Business Software Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:37:18 +1000
Many IT workers open to changing jobs Many IT workers open to changing jobs

More than one in three of Australia’s IT workers would change jobs if approached by a potential employer, according to newly published research.

According to the research by Clicks IT Recruitment, of 800 workers surveyed, 84% of them say they are open to changing jobs – a rise from 29% to 35% who would consider a change if approached.

But, there's actually has been a fall in the percentage of those expecting to look for a new job, from 57% to 49%, with many IT workers revealing a significant increase in confidence about the future of their employers since last quarter, with 56% feeling positive, up from 44%.

In line with this, the number of people - a mix of permanent employees and contractors - thinking they will lose their job has fallen from 61% to 51%, and those workers who are confident in keeping their jobs has also risen from 7% to 17%.

{loadposition peter}According to Clicks’ managing director Ben Wood a stronger job market is also perceived, with 16% of IT workers saying there are plenty of jobs, up from 11% last quarter.

“Overall, this quarter’s results tell us that optimism has improved from last quarter, most significantly in respondents’ perception of their employer’s future and their sense of job security.

“There has also been a small lift in optimism relating to the current job market and employment prospects. This improved confidence will encourage job seekers to enter the market, creating ideal conditions for employers seeking to attract high-calibre IT candidates.”

]]> (Peter Dinham) Recruitment Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:38:52 +1000
Tenable partners with Amazon Web services Tenable partners with Amazon Web services

Tenable Network Security provides continuous network monitoring to identify vulnerabilities, reduce risk and ensure compliance. It is providing its expertise to Amazon Web Services in configuration and vulnerability analysis to defining all-new security competency for its Partner Network.

iTWire last week interviewed Tenable’s Dick Bussiere and was not surprised at his assertion “Design hybrid and cloud networks to be safe but assume they will be compromised.”

The company announced today that it has joined the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Partner Network (APN) as launch partner for the new APN Security Competency.

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Tenable’s Nessus is pre-authorised for vulnerability, compliance and threat assessments of AWS environments. Customers are able to leverage the power of Nessus—including the industry’s largest collection of network security checks and configuration and compliance audits— to ensure critical IT applications are hardened and secure.

Because Nessus solutions are available in the AWS Marketplace as pre-built virtual appliances, customers are able to deploy Nessus quickly and easily.
“Nessus is the most widely deployed vulnerability management solution in the world,” said Ron Gula, CEO, Tenable Network Security. “With Nessus available on the AWS Marketplace, AWS customers are able to deploy a more seamless configuration and vulnerability management solution across both cloud and on-premises environments.”
The APN Competency Program providesa AWS customers with industry-leading APN Partners who have demonstrated technical expertise and innovation in specialized solution areas including infrastructure security, policy management, identity management, security monitoring, vulnerability management and data protection.
For more information about using Nessus solutions to reduce the attack surface of your AWS deployments, please visit the AWS Marketplace.

]]> (Ray Shaw) Security Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:53:09 +1000
Kaspersky catches the phishes Kaspersky catches the phishes

The new version of Kaspersky Internet Security has received the highest Advanced+ award in the anti-phishing technology test conducted by AV-Comparatives, without a single false positive and successfully blocking 98% of phishing URLs.

The AV-Comparatives test assessed the anti-phishing protection offered by 10 security products from different vendors in a simulation that replicated typical web browsing conditions. During the test, all products used default settings.

AV-Comparatives experts selected 245 URLs from a collection of addresses of phishing sites. Those URLs met the following criteria:

  • they were active at the time of testing
  • they were unique
  • they were designed to steal confidential information, such as:
  1. Credit card numbers
  2. Financial and bank service accounts
  3. Passwords

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All products were tested simultaneously (because the longer a phishing URL is active, the more likely it is to be listed in the database of malicious sites). Kaspersky Internet Security blocked 98% of dangerous links, beating the nearest competitor by 6%.

Head of Content Filtering Research at Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Smirnov said "New phishing web pages are created by cybercriminals daily, and social networking sites, instant messengers and mass mailings immediately distribute these links to millions of users. Unfortunately, fake homepages are in most cases exact replicas of the originals and it is not easy for a user to recognize a forgery. In such circumstances, the security of personal and banking data of Internet users depends directly on the level of the anti-phishing technologies used. The first place, achieved in this this test demonstrates that the Kaspersky Lab technology is highly effective at protecting its users".

Anti-phishing technology is integrated in the majority of Kaspersky Lab solutions designed both for home and for corporate use.


Spear phishing et al has become the new attack vector. In essence the hacker knows just enough about you to send a phishing email from Australia Post, your bank, the Tax office and more. In reality, a high portion of emails are designed to get you to visit a site and be infected by drive by infections or download malware – particularly ransom ware.

Congrats to Kaspersky for cutting phishing down – never liked worms and hooks anyway.

]]> (Ray Shaw) Security Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:13:52 +1000
LogicNow, Bitdefender partner on new managed antivirus service LogicNow, Bitdefender partner on new managed antivirus service

Cloud IT service managed solutions vendor LogicNow and secrity firm Bitdefender have teamed up to create a new managed antivirus service for Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

Logic Now says the new service, combining Bitdefender’s best-in-class protection against malware and viruses with excellent performance in minimising false positives and low system overhead, allows MSPs to deliver protection to their clients with the lowest possible management effort.

The new Managed Antivirus Engine is part of LogicNow’s MAXfocus product suite and is fully white labelled and customisable, and includes:

•    The introduction of Behavioural Scanning to complement Active Protection to maximise effectiveness against hard to detect threats such as Cryptolocker

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•    “Snooze” feature to disable antivirus for a short time in order to perform maintenance, simplifying policy management

•    Site Concentrator, which centralises virus definition updates to minimise bandwidth requirements and can be used for devices on and of the network.

“Anti-malware protection is one of the foundational services that MSPs offer to their clients and an effective tool to deliver that is essential,” said Alistair Forbes, General Manager at LogicNow.

“We want our MSP customers to be able to offer a managed antivirus solution that is superior to their competitors’ offerings, that is effective but unobtrusive and that can be managed efficiently within their organisation. This requires us to partner with the best available technology and with Bitdefender we are able to deliver this to MSPs.”

Peter Laakkonen, General Manager OEM and Technology Licensing at Bitdefender said “MSPs play a pivotal role in providing effective and managed security for businesses around the world. Bitdefender is pleased to partner with LogicNow to power their industry-leading IT service platform for MSPs.

“LogicNow’s partnership with Bitdefender is a true value add, enabling LogicNow’s MSPs to offer their customers the highest level of managed security. We look forward to a long-term strategic partnership with LogicNow and their MSPs to bring the benefits of industry leading anti-malware protection to businesses of all size.”

]]> (Peter Dinham) Security Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:05:26 +1000
Ruckus Wi-Fi connects students at Perth college Ruckus Wi-Fi connects students at Perth college

Perth coeducational school, All Saints’ College, has deployed a high capacity, high speed Ruckus smart Wi-Fi network to support the learning curriculum for its 1,335 students.

All students at the school from pre-kindergarten through to Year 12 have access to their own laptop or tablet, loaded with software provided by All Saints’ College.

Ian Mackay-Scollay, ICT Manager at All Saints’ College, said the school wanted to upgrade its legacy network and compared improved technologies available from a number of industry players including HP, Xirrus, Aerohive Networks, Cisco Meraki and Ruckus Wireless.

“Due to increased demand and congestion, which we saw particularly amplified in 2014, we decided it was time to re-evaluate our wired and wireless network,” Mackay-Scollay said.

{loadpositon peter}“Many students and teachers were facing slow speeds and issues accessing online services as the high density of users was causing bottlenecks.”

Following the initial evaluation, the school decided to trial both Xirrus and Ruckus Wireless in a building with the school’s worst congestion and most complex RF environment. Loan equipment from Xirrus was trialled first, which demonstrated improvements to access over the legacy network, but Mackay-Scollay says it was the Ruckus trial that provided the best performing network for the school.

“While conducting the Ruckus trial we received an overwhelmingly positive response from students and teachers. The network really performed, even despite the challenging RF environment we tested it in. Throughput of connections was immediately improved, and the speed of access much quicker.”

The college approved a full rip and replace of the legacy network and deployed Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure. Installation of a ZoneDirector 3000 controller and 70 ZoneFlex R700 indoor dual-band 3x3 802.11ac access points (APs) across the campus was completed in approximately 8 days over a school holiday period.

Ruckus says the key to the success of the installation is its BeamFlex, patented Smart Wi-Fi antenna array technology, which monitors the environment and dynamically adjusts the signal to the best performing path, automatically steering around interference and obstacles – ensuring the strongest signal, highest throughput and least interference so that students can focus on learning instead of waiting for an internet connection.

“It is important for us to forward plan and keep on top of technological developments to networks and internet access. So while we’re still using 802.11n protocol, one particular aspect of the R700 model we found attractive was its 802.11ac capability which allows us to future proof for a transition down the track,” Mackay-Scollay said.

“Ultimately access to strong, fast and secure internet is key to the education we deliver at All Saints’ College. Each and every one of our students

]]> (Peter Dinham) Wi-Fi Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:19:32 +1000
Cloud drives MYOB to record subscription uptake Cloud drives MYOB to record subscription uptake

Cloud accounting software provider MYOB (ASX:MYO) is heralding a record uptake of its cloud solutions by small businesses and strong growth in recurring revenues in the six months to the end of June, with the release of its first financials after starting life as a public company.

The company – which listed on the ASX in May in one of Australia’s largest ever technology IPOs - today released its results for the six months to the end of June, and says cloud subscription growth expectations have been exceeded, with SME cloud subscriptions of 142,000 in June, and rising to 150,000 early this month.

CEO Tim Reed says MYOB has invested 13% to 16% of revenue to drive innovation in the cloud, with the company continuing its transformation from long-standing software provider to a provider of innovative cloud accounting solutions for micro to mid-tier businesses in the first half of 2015.

In its first report since listing, MYOB has reported an EBITDA of $72 million, up 14% year on year and revenue of $161 million, up 8% year on year.  

{loadposition peter}The company also reports that 94% of 1st half 2015 revenues are of a recurring nature, with the strong recurring revenue growth achieved by 10% growth in its paying user base, high retention rates driven by growth in the number of cloud users and 5% growth in SME ARPU.

“We have invested over $115 million in research and development in the past three years and the R&D strategy we are executing on is proving extremely successful as we continue to make business life easier for Australian and New Zealand businesses,” Reed said.

“We are investing 13 to 16 percent of our revenue to drive innovation in the cloud. For instance, we plan to take the very popular BankLink product to the cloud in the future so that accountants can leverage the same functionality they love with all the benefits of working online.”

Commenting on today’s half year results report, Reed, said “There was always going to be a lot of attention put on these first results post our successful IPO and I am delighted that not only have we delivered on expectations, we have exceeded them.”

Reed cites the launch of MYOB Advanced, what he says is the first cloud-based ERP solution developed in Australasia, and the successful launch of smart bills in MYOB AccountRight Live as some of the highlights of the first six months trading as a listed company.

Reed says MYOB also successfully introduced MYOB Portal, a cloud-based solution for accountants and the first product “in the journey to re-imagine practice solutions MYOB Accountants Office and MYOB Accountants Enterprise in the cloud.”

“MYOB portal is aimed at delivering significant benefits in online collaboration to make business life easier for accountants and their clients.”

]]> (Peter Dinham) Listed Tech Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:30:24 +1000
BYOD Apple devices a business security risk BYOD Apple devices a business security risk

Employees using their own personal Apple devices at work puts businesses at greater risk of major security breaches and raises the threat level to company systems.

The wide use of BYOD Apple devices and lack of security and management of the devices also exposes companies to significant liabilities and potential legal action, with a new research report commissioned by identity security specialist Centrify finding that many employees use their devices to access work email, corporate documents and business applications.

According to the research, undertaken by Dimension Data, despite the popularity of Apple devices in the workplace, businesses do not invest enough resources to secure or manage them, raising the security threat level to the company significantly. For instance, in the US, of 2,249 workers surveyed, nearly half (45%) said they used at least one Apple device for work purposes.

What’s more, more than half (51%) of all the Apple BYOD devices are secured by a password that is “merely a single word” or a series of numbers, while most devices (58%) do not have software installed to enforce strong passwords.

{loadposition peter}Centrify senior vice president of products and marketing, Bill Mann, says the Apple survey spotlights the “massive exposures” that occur when devices do not comply with standard corporate security policies.

“In particular, customer data represents a huge liability," Mann warns.

"Disclosure of regulated information such as healthcare records could expose corporations to fines and other legal action. Most importantly, there are solutions on the market today that can handily secure Apple devices without sacrificing user productivity. It’s time for IT to take action.”

According to Mann, Centrify provides the only fully integrated enterprise solution for Apple users, devices and applications across existing corporate networks and beyond. “Whether Apple device users work inside or outside of the corporate firewall, Centrify provides all of the capabilities necessary to keep them secure and productive.”

“Centrify integrates comprehensive mobile & Mac management with Identity and Access management. Unlike standalone Enterprise Mobile Management vendors, who can only do device management and push applications to devices, Centrify integrates the ability to secure and manage devices with the identity policy required to manage app access, across devices.”  

The research also found other worrying aspects of use of BYOD Apple devices in the workplace, highlighting the significant security threat to businesses, including:

•    59% of Macs are used to access confidential company information

•    65% of Macs are used to access sensitive or regulated customer information

•    51% of iPhones in the workplace are used to gain access to business applications

•    58% of iPads in the workplace are used to gain access to business applications

•    More than half (56% ) of users report sharing their passwords with others

•    Only 17% of Apple devices have a company-supplied password manager

•    Only 28% of Apple devices have company-provided device management solutions installed

•    Only 35% of Apple devices have encryption of stored data enforced by their company

]]> (Peter Dinham) Security Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:26 +1000