R&M and partners launch Single Pair Ethernet System Alliance

April 29, 2020

Cross-industry, cross-application group to advance SPE technology

BENGALURU, India/WETZIKON, Switzerland – April 29, 2020 – R&M, the global Swiss developer and provider of connectivity systems for high-quality, high-performance network infrastructures, recently participated in founding the Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Alliance with Phoenix Contact, Weidmüller, Fluke Networks, and Telegärtner. These leading technology companies are bundling and exchanging SPE expertise and knowledge in a targeted manner.

Presently, the group’s main goal is to drive development of SPE for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and collaborate on related technological challenges. The companies aim to accelerate development of their SPE technology expertise, ensuring this can be implemented in their products faster and more reliably. Recently, Datwyler, Kyland, Microchip Technology, Rosenberger, SICK, O-Ring, Draka/Prysmian Group, and University4Industry also joined the Alliance. The breadth of this lineup means the Alliance covers a wide range of industries, applications and application areas. Together, these parties are preparing the market for SPE.

SPE and its main application areas

SPE, based on xBASE-T1, uses a single twisted pair for data transmission and miniaturized connectors. SPE can replace the traditional field bus, helping realize high density, fast connections and ease of installation. It offers uniform manufacturer-independent connectivity instead of introducing connectivity for each application. Ranges of up to 1000 m and transmission speeds of up to 1 Gbps enable use across applications, and installation is fast and easy, aiming to reuse and extend existing cable installations.

Passive industrial cabling. SPE provides consistent IP communication from sensor to cloud, revolutionizing industrial data transmission. Standardized pin connector patterns form the basis for the barrier-free networking of a wide range of components and devices, providing an alternative to today’s fieldbus systems.

Building automation. Smart buildings and factories can be cost-effectively realized by connecting devices to the building management system via LAN networks and the cloud. Application-specific fieldbus systems are no longer required, making gateways, complex interfaces, and different protocols obsolete. SPE is an ideal solution for connecting numerous small sensors and actuators in Digital Ceiling ‘zones’. Sensors, controls, WLAN access points and other distributed services are simply plugged in and instantly powered and connected to the network.

Sensor technology. Sensors and actuators are increasingly supplying data to IIoT applications. SPE’s miniaturized, standardized connection technology makes it possible to quickly and easily connect smaller sensors to Ethernet networks and power these.

SPE cables and lines. SPE transmission channels can be created from a wide variety of cables and plugs. Channel parameters such as bandwidth, attenuation, return loss, and shielding dimensions are currently specified in the system standards (such as ISO/IEC 11801) and connectors and cables are tailored to respective channels.

Online education for SPE. Ethernet in general and SPE in particular play a central role in the establishment of the Industrial Internet of Things. University4Industry supports training requirements with online content dealing with various areas of IIoT, for example Ethernet APL.

The SPE System Alliance is an open platform for advancing SPE technology on the market. Details and options for contacting the System Alliance are available on the website https://singlepairethernet.com/en/

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About R&M

R&M (Reichle & De-Massari AG) is a leading global producer of future-proof products and systems for communication and data networks. The company’s close collaboration with certified partners results in pioneering connectivity solutions in the sectors LAN, Public and Telecom Networks as well as Data Centers. The Swiss family company stands for innovation, quality, and proximity to customers. More information can be found at www.rdm.com


“Data is the new perimeter”, says Harsh Marwah at the CII Webinar sponsored by iValue InfoSolutions

April 29, 2020

BENGALURU, India – April 29, 2020

Reinforcing their commitment towards information security and management as a core focus, iValue InfoSolutions recently organized a webinar in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on ‘How to stay Cyber-Secure while Working from Home’. The webinar was joined by Dr. Pavan Duggal, Cyber Expert and Senior Lawyer at the Supreme Court of India, Mr. Harsh Marwah, Chief Growth Officer at iValue InfoSolutions, Mr. Anyesh Roy, DCP Cyber Cell- Delhi Police and Mr. Bharat Panchal, Chief Risk Officer at FIS.

The panelist discussed the fundamental issues in cybersecurity and how employees are increasingly becoming victims of rampant cyber-attacks while working from home. The brief discussion revolved around the massive jump in cyber-criminal activities as well as the challenges and solutions for employees working from home.

These are unprecedented times where a new world order is coming into place. After the pandemic, we enter a new age where the ground reality is different with different rules of engagement. Cybersecurity will become a way of life for all stakeholders. We are expecting many litigations after the COVID pandemic and there will be serious cyber legal ramifications for organizations to handle. Network service providers will become the intermediaries, and will be mandated to exercise diligence in daily proceedings. Employees and corporates will be required to consider the Corporate risk aspect, legal and policy consideration, civil- criminal- legal liability before restructuring cyber-security norm,” said Dr. Pavan Duggal, Cyber Expert, and Senior Lawyer at Supreme court of India

The threat landscape is evolving as infrastructure, applications and now users have got liberated working from home. Adversaries are agile, well-coordinated, competent, and with an inherent asymmetric advantage over us. Our first line of defense, people are weak as we fall prey to Phishing campaigns in less than the average time of 82 seconds. Traditional Perimeter based on Castle and moat model has diminished, and data has become the new perimeter. Work from Home Enterprises needs renewed architecture based on “Cloud Security Platform”, adhering to Zero Trust model, Capability to minimize threat surface with strong threat mitigation stack, Support for effective Authentication, Scale, performance, and ease of deployment.,” said Harsh Marwah, Chief Growth Officer at iValue InfoSolutions.

COVID has brought in yet another milestone in digital transformation. MSMEs and Startups have become the new target for hackers. A single mistake can have serious ramifications in the future. It is high time for industries to collaborate towards bringing out a secure and sustained platform to face data breaches head-on.

Companies should think about ramping up the security aspects especially for employees working from home. The best way is to bridge users and applications securely with visibility becoming the key. It’s the company’s duty to secure the server and the network as the employee’s duty to follow the norms with diligence. Zero Trust begins from home in terms of all activities being done at home, may it be working or social networking. By reducing the threat surface and adopting the security postures defined by the enterprises, employees can maintain business continuity securely.

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About iValue InfoSolutions

A premium technology enabler, iValue InfoSolutions drives “Go to Market” for Niche, Compelling and Complimentary offerings, Digital Assets” Protection, Optimization & Transformation area, leveraging Customer Life Cycle and Product Life Cycle Adoption frameworks.

iValue mission is to optimize, protect & transform “Digital Assets” of Organizations, with leading edge & proven offerings, in collaboration with trusted partners. iValue offerings are aligned, customized & optimized for organizations, across vertical & size, through its OEM, consultant & global, national, regional and local system integrators partnership.

iValue has direct partnership with 35+ “Best of Breed” OEM’s with 7000+ Customers through 700+ partners. iValue has a direct presence across 13+ locations in multiple continents, with channel, solution, vertical & horizontal focused teams, addressing pre-sales, sales & post sales needs of Customer, Consultants & Partner, for Private, Public and Hybrid cloud needs. Apart from India, iValue overseas presence include Nairobi, Kenya office for Africa foray.

The team at iValue leverage Analytics for its structured and targeted business development at Customers along with AI driven CRM solution for ensuring profitable growth for its partners and OEM. iValue has been growing consistently at 4+ times market growth rates, at 50%+ CAGR for the last 12+ years. For more information, visit iValue and Twitter and follow us on LinkedIn


ATEN Launches VP Series Presentation Switches for Smart Meeting Conferences & Training Anywhere

April 29, 2020

BENGALURU, India – April 29, 2020 – ATEN, the leading provider of AV/IT connectivity and management solutions, recently unveiled the ATEN Video Presentation Series to meet the challenges of meeting rooms, conferences and collaborative spaces. It is a versatile, multi-in-one user-friendly simplified presentation solution for any meeting space addressing flexibility, ease-of-use, quick control, and audio de-embedding. ATEN presentation switch series is tailor-made for smooth, efficient meetings in the face of challenges from using multiple device formats and sources, including from remote participants. ATEN VP Series Video Presentation Switches come with efficient HDMI switcher, satisfying business and creative needs for a wide variety of applications such as education, live streaming, corporate presentations, and more.

ATEN simplifies AV integration and the compatibility challenges that accompany them, by eliminating the need for numerous individual components,” said Shyam Tambatkar, PSM – Pro AV at ATENWe work in a mobile-centric world. To be efficient and user friendly, our meeting space should cater to all mobile devices including tablets, smartphones, and laptops. The VP series presentation switches are suited for any commercial environment such as meeting rooms, boardrooms, classrooms, or training rooms for creating an optimized meeting and collaboration space.”

ATEN VP1000 Core Series:

ATEN VP1000 core series multi-format solutions deliver high-quality, multi-format video and audio switching. Conversions are suitable for all small-to-medium sized corporate and education presentation environments. It features up to 4K and True 4K resolutions that support popular HDR formats, delivering more vivid and vibrant video than ever before.

  • ATEN VP1421- 4 x 2 True 4K Presentation Matrix Switch with Scaling, DSP, and HDBaseT-Lite: The VP1421 is a multi-in-one presentation switch that integrates a video matrix, True 4K scaler, HDBaseT extender, audio DSP, and analogue-to-digital converter functions into a single compact enclosure, ideal for meeting rooms and educational spaces. Supports resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz (4:4:4) and HDR to deliver vivid content in every presentation. To know more click here
  • ATEN VP1920- 9 x 2 4K Presentation Matrix Switch: ATEN VP1920 is a 3-in-1 presentation switch that integrates a video matrix switch, an audio processor, and analogue-to-digital converter functions. With nine multi-format inputs to two HDMI 4K outputs, it is designed to boost the efficiency and impact of professional presentations. It supports multi-format 9 Inputs and 2 HDMI outputs and delivers Superior video quality up to 4096 x 2160@60Hz (4:2:0) / 4096 x 2160@30Hz (4:4:4) (HDMI/DP). To know more please click here
  • ATEN VP1420- 4 x 2 True 4K Presentation Matrix Switch: ATEN VP1420 is a multi-in-one presentation switch that integrates a video matrix, True 4K scaler, audio processor, and analogue-to-digital converter functions into one compact device. With four analogues/digital inputs to two HDMI outputs, it is designed to boost the impact of any professional presentation in small- to medium-size meeting rooms. To know more please click here

ATEN VP2000 Collaborative Series:

ATEN VP2000 Collaborative Series facilitates distance-free content sharing with advanced audio. The solution is designed to empower larger meetings and facilitates collaboration between local and remote participants. It includes a seamless multi-in-one presentation switch with video matrix scaler, streaming, and audio mixer.

  • ATEN VP2730- 7 x 3 Seamless Presentation Matrix Switch with Scaler, Streaming, Audio Mixer, and HDBaseT: ATENVP2730 empowers larger meetings and facilitates collaboration between local and remote participants in boardrooms, video conferencing rooms, lecture halls, or distance learning classrooms. It supports 7 multi-format inputs to two HDMI and one HDBaseT high-definition outputs. The product delivers superior video quality up to 1080p @ 60Hz (HDMI/Display Port). To know more please click here
  • ATEN VP2120- Seamless Presentation Switch with Quad View Multistreaming: ATEN VP2120 Seamless Presentation Switch integrates video matrix switch, AV streaming, audio mixing, and collaborative functions into one compact device. It allows participants to join meetings wirelessly from laptops and smartphones, making collaboration faster and easier than ever before. The product comes with many high qualities features like Simultaneous Bi-directional Multi-streaming, Quad View Flexibility with Auto Layout, and Real-time Whiteboard Annotation, Instant Chat Room Sharing, and data protection with the secure connection. To know more please click here

The ATEN video presentation Control App features to control and provide collaboration capabilities to deliver smooth, engaging, and productive meetings when used with ATEN Video Presentation Switches with Ethernet support. It allows for multiple logins options, wireless streaming, source preview, intuitive control, and advanced collaboration. To know more please click here

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 About ATEN India

ATEN India is the liaison office of ATEN International Co., Ltd., the leading provider of AV/IT connectivity and management solutions. Offering integrated KVM, Professional Audiovisual, and Intelligent Power solutions, ATEN products connect, manage, and optimize electronics in corporate, government, industrial, educational, and retail environments. ATEN has 579+ issued international patents and a global R&D team that produces a constant stream of innovative solutions, resulting in a comprehensive portfolio of products available worldwide. ATEN recently won the “2019 HR Asia’s best employer Award” (best companies to Work for in Asia 2019) awards.

 

At the forefront of the seamless integration of A/V with IT, ATEN’s advanced ability to quickly develop customized solutions in KVM, Pro AV, PDU, USB, and data communication lines allows the company to build products that connect, manage, and optimize products based on customer need. ATEN’s comprehensive portfolio of innovative, reliable products is available worldwide, with local India support. For more information, visit: www.ATEN.com and follow ATEN India on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.


Three-Month Trend analysis: COVID and Coronavirus Themed Web and Email Traffic

April 28, 2020

INDIA – April 28, 2020

Forcepoint X-Labs is the custodian of threat and behavioral intelligence at Forcepoint. In analysing anonymized recent web and email traffic we have observed interesting trends generated by our global customer base. This analysis focussed on traffic relating to keywords of “Corona” and “COVID.” We share our observations below to show how the behavior of cybercriminals and your own people have changed in response to the situation in which we all now find ourselves.

Methodology

  • Web and email traffic processed by our Cloud Web Security and Cloud Email Security products was analysed to surface trends of the last 3 months (19 January 2020 to 18 April 2020 inclusive).
  • We sought keywords of COVID and Corona in URLs accessed directly over the Web or embedded with an email.
  • The analysis was applied to a global dataset of Forcepoint customers.
  • Data was anonymized (counts only, no attribution) to protect the privacy of our customers as per our approach to “Privacy-by-Design.”

Highlights

  • The analysis shows that cyber criminals are opportunists seeking to piggyback on the public’s interest in COVID-19 and Coronavirus, as described in our March 2020 blog.
  • Brand new COVID and Coronavirus-themed websites have been registered and activated for both legitimate and illegitimate means.
  • Employees’ interest in COVID and Coronavirus-themed websites peaked in mid-March, correlating with the enactment of “lockdown” measures by governments around the word.
  • We saw a rise in unwanted emails (malicious, spam or phishing) containing embedded URLs using the keywords of COVID or Corona from negligible values in January 2020 to over half a million blocked per day the end-of-March onwards.
  • Note the dip in activity at weekends as is usual with active spam campaigns.
  • An email security solution is an effective “first line of defence” against so-called blended threats (emails containing an embedded URL).

Website traffic

Categorisation of web traffic was achieved by our Cloud Web Security solution.

Observation 1 – Legitimate web traffic

From mid-January (the start of this reporting period) through to the end of February a steady undercurrent of browsing requests to legitimate COVID or Coronavirus-themed URLs was apparent. These requests relate to so-called COVID-19 tracking sites (sites set up specifically to share data points related to the pandemic) and news websites. During the first two weeks of March 2020 a significant rise (5 million+ categorisations) was observed that may correlate with the onset of lockdown procedures enacted by global governments and a move to remote working. A steady decline in activity was observed for the following three weeks, possibly relating to so-called “news fatigue” and gradual understanding of the “new normal.” Interest peaked again last week.

See Figure 1 below:

 

Figure 1: Web traffic to clean/legitimate COVID or Coronavirus-themed URLs (3-month period).

Observation 2 – Malicious web traffic

The chart below shows a steady increase in the number of COVID or Coronavirus-themed URLs categorized by Forcepoint as malicious from 9 March to the present date, with two spikes. As explained in the Highlights above cybercriminals have seen value in generating relevant looking, albeit nefarious, domains to encourage people to click on links in emails or generated by search.

See Figure 2 below:

 

Figure 2: Web traffic to malicious COVID or Coronavirus-themed URLs (3-month period).

Observation 3 – Newly registered domains

Employees browsed to COVID or Coronavirus-themed domains that were Newly Registered only several hundred times per day for the duration of the three month period. Such domains included so-called COVID trackers and newly registered news websites.

Spikes in browsing activity to such domains occurred at multiple times in March. One example of such a spike can be explained by interest in a legitimate Indian Covid-19 tracking site that correlated with an order prescribing lockdown in the country.

Note: In the figure below, we have not made a determination of whether the domain in question was malicious or legitimate.

See Figure 3 below:

 

Figure 3: Web traffic to websites categorized as Newly Registered Websites (3-month period).

Email traffic

Emails identified as “clean,” “virus” or “spam” were identified as such by our Cloud Email Security solution. During peak volumes, we identified 1.5 million total COVID-related emails per day. This is the disposition our customers will see in the product’s dashboard.

Observation 4 – legitimate email traffic

Employees at organisations around the globe have been sharing, and are in receipt of, legitimate emails containing COVID or Coronavirus-themed embedded URLs. Interest in such content began to noticeably rise in mid-March hitting one million legitimate emails per day across our systems. Interest remains phenomenally high since that point in time.

See Figure 4 below:

 

Figure 4: Legitimate emails containing COVID or Coronavirus-themed embedded URLs.

Observation 5 – spam emails

Spam emails containing COVID or Coronavirus-themed embedded URLs during January and February 2020 were observed in the tens of thousands per day. Scammers ramped up activity in mid-March as they made adjustments to existing spambots. Over half a million scams per day were blocked by Forcepoint X-Labs from mid-March onwards. Notice the decline in such sends during the Easter and Passover period.

See Figure 5 below:

 

Figure 5: Spam emails that included COVID or Coronavirus-themed embedded URLs.

Observation 6 – malicious email traffic

Traditionally, the number of malicious emails seen per day through Forcepoint Cloud Email Security solutions are orders of magnitude less than the number of observed spam emails. The same can be said of COVID and Coronavirus-themed malicious emails. Up until the week of 16 March the number of malicious emails containing embedded COVID and Coronavirus-themed URLs had not increased for the previous eight weeks. The week of 23 March saw the largest increase (358%) of such emails compared with the final working day of the previous week. The first week of April saw a significant decline but the number of malicious emails has increased ever since.

See Figure 6 below:

 

Figure 6: 3-month trend of malicious emails with COVID or Coronavirus keyword in embedded URLs.

What other active mitigation methods are being by deployed Forcepoint X-Labs?

  • Forcepoint X-Labs consumes third-party feeds that cover new malware. We are adopting our usual approaches to validate and ingest those feeds as we see an uptick in COVID-specific malware now included in those feeds.
  • We are subscribed to the COVID19 Cyber Threat Coalition. This feed has recently been set up by the security industry to share threat telemetry across the community. Read more about that initiative here: https://www.cyberthreatcoalition.org/
  • We are working closely with our customers to increase coverage and understand novel ways that malware authors are operating with COVID and Coronavirus-themed attacks.
  • Forcepoint X-Labs operates a 24/7 team that monitors our detection and adds new detection rules as appropriate.
  • Indicators and trends gained from one product are used to enhance protection across the range of Forcepoint products, including behavioral analytics.

Conclusion

Cybercriminals have adapted to exploit the public’s interest in COVID-19 and Coronavirus. This should not come as a surprise to defenders of global organisations as we see this modus operandi on a daily basis. The email and web attack vectors remain key components in a cybercriminal’s arsenal. In response to global events we have also seen changes in the behavior of employees within organisations around the world as they respond to mandates set by government or their own employers.


iValue Partners With SUSE To Offer Open Source Solutions For Enterprise Digital Transformation

April 27, 2020

BENGALURU, India – April 27, 2020

India’s leading Technology Aggregator, iValue InfoSolutions, today announced it is partnering SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source company to offer leading enterprise-grade, open source solutions for Linux, software defined infrastructure and application delivery that give enterprises greater control, flexibility and cost efficiency while businesses undergo digital transformation.

Entering its 13th year of operation, iValue, has continued to stay ahead of the curve by consistently partnering with the right mix of popular and niche technology providers thus helping customers in their digital transformation journey.

iValue is excited to partner with SUSE for its leadership through continuous innovation in enabling optimal use of traditional infrastructure along with newer technologies like multi-cloud and software defined models in this ever-evolving digital era,” said Harsh MarwahChief Growth Officer at iValue InfoSolutions. iValue’s partnership with SUSE will help partners and customers build sustainable, reliable, cost effective and secure IT stack based on open source technologies.”

iValue has been a force in the markets they operate in, and it gives SUSE immense pleasure to be associated with a value-added distributor who boasts a rich partner eco-system serving enterprises across various industries. iValue’s go-to-market strategy complements the SUSE go-to-market strategy for our open source offerings and we are excited to partner iValue to enable customers to realize their digital transformation goals, through simplifying, modernizing and accelerating their traditional and cloud-native applications across any IT landscape in any environment,” said Rajarshi BhattacharyyaCountry Manager at SUSE India.

We at iValue believe in delivering enterprise-grade flexible solutions to our customers in collaboration with our channel partners and partnering with SUSE only reinforce our commitment with their simple to manage, agile infrastructure with an increased speed of delivery, durability and reliability,” said Saurabh GuptaBusiness Manager at iValue InfoSolutions

Open source has been at the core of digital transformation. Together with iValue, both companies look to help customers transform their enterprise by tapping on open source innovations that offer no vendor lock-in, highly flexible and scalable yet cost-effective enterprise-grade open source solutions.

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About iValue InfoSolutions

A premium technology enabler, iValue InfoSolutions drives “Go to Market” for Niche, Compelling and Complimentary offerings, Digital Assets” Protection, Optimization & Transformation area, leveraging Customer Life Cycle and Product Life Cycle Adoption frameworks.

iValue mission is to optimize, protect & transform “Digital Assets” of Organizations, with leading edge & proven offerings, in collaboration with trusted partners. iValue offerings are aligned, customized & optimized for organizations, across vertical & size, through its OEM, consultant & global, national, regional and local system integrators partnership.

iValue has direct partnership with 35+ “Best of Breed” OEM’s with 6000+ Customers through 700+ partners. iValue has a direct presence across 13+ locations in multiple continents, with channel, solution, vertical & horizontal focused teams, addressing pre-sales, sales & post sales needs of Customer, Consultants & Partner, for Private, Public and Hybrid cloud needs. Apart from India, iValue overseas presence include Nairobi, Kenya office for Africa foray.

The team at iValue leverage Analytics for its structured and targeted business development at Customers along with AI driven CRM solution for ensuring profitable growth for its partners and OEM.

iValue has been growing consistently at 4+ times market growth rates, at 50%+ CAGR for the last 12+ years.

For more information, visit iValue and Twitter and follow us on LinkedIn.

About SUSE

SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source company, powers digital transformation with agile, enterprise-grade open source solutions, edge to core to cloud. Collaborating with partners, communities and customers, SUSE delivers and supports enterprise-grade Linux, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions to create, deploy and manage workloads anywhere – on premises, hybrid and multi-cloud – with exceptional service, value and flexibility. For more information, visit www.suse.com.


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