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Nuvias plans to further grow its Southern European business
London, England: 14th December, 2016: Patric Berger has been appointed Regional Vice-President South for pan-EMEA high value distributor Nuvias Group.
In his new role, he will be responsible for all business aspects within the Southern European region, which includes France, Italy, Spain, Malta and the Mediterranean.
Berger is also tasked with growing Nuvias’ business in this area. He will be based at the Group’s French office in Versailles.
Patric Berger, new Regional Vice-President South for pan-EMEA high value distributor Nuvias Group.
Berger has the proven ability to successfully manage and deliver growth, alongside profitability, for overseas territories within a high value, international, IT distribution organisation.
He previously created and managed the French entity of security value-added distributor Infinigate, and was instrumental in it achieving both profitability and an excellent reputation after only two years.
Before Infinigate, Berger drove the reorganisation of Computerlinks France, where, as country manager, he led the company to become a leading value-added distributor for IT security in France.
Patric Berger commented on his new role: “Nuvias is redefining international value-added distribution in IT.
So I am excited to join the company and will be focussing on further growing its presence in Southern Europe, through providing a consistent, high value, service-led and solution-rich channel proposition.
It’s an amazing opportunity for me, and will also provide great opportunities for the channel in the region."
Paul Eccleston, CEO of Nuvias, said: “We are delighted that Patric has chosen to join Nuvias Group. He is uniquely qualified and experienced in international IT distribution, with a proven ability to successfully manage and grow regional branches, building both reputation and profitability. Patric will be instrumental in implementing our growth plan in the Southern region, helping us deliver customer success and new levels of business value to all our partners.”
Berger holds a masters’ degree in international economics.
About Nuvias Group
Nuvias Group is the pan-EMEA, high value distribution business, which is redefining international, specialist distribution in IT.
The company has created a platform to deliver a consistent, high value, service-led and solution-rich proposition across EMEA.
This allows partner and vendor communities to provide exceptional business support to customers and enables new standards of channel success.
The Group today consists of Wick Hill, an award-winning, value-added distributor with a strong specialisation in security; Zycko, an award-winning, specialist EMEA distributor, with a focus on advanced networking; and SIPHON Networks, an award-wining UC solutions and technology integrator for the channel.
All three companies have proven experience at providing innovative technology solutions from world-class vendors, and delivering market growth for vendor partners and customers.
The Group has seventeen regional offices across EMEA, as well as serving additional countries through those offices.
Turnover is in excess of US$ 330 million.
Malta, 28 November 2016: Smart Axiata Co., Ltd. (Smart), the leading mobile telecommunications operator in Cambodia, has partnered with 365squared, an international managed services provider specialized in revenue assurance and managed solutions, to remove the effects of spam for Smart’s subscribers and monetize its application-to-person (A2P) SMS traffic through the 365secure service. This service was successfully deployed for Smart in Cambodia in October 2016 to help deliver a better service for more than 8 million Smart subscribers and provide new revenue opportunities.
Fraudulent SMS messages delivered through grey routes damage mobile network operators’ (MNOs) reputation by delivering spam messages to end user subscribers. The innovative 365secure service monitors and filters SMS traffic from any source on a 24/7 basis.
365secure ensures that Smart has peace of mind that SMS traffic is under control, subscribers are fully protected and that monetization of SMS traffic terminating on the network is guaranteed.
“The addition of Smart to our client portfolio is proof that 365squared’s managed solutions guarantee mobile network operators monetization of SMS traffic terminating on the network,” commented Tonio Ellul, CEO, 365squared. “This partnership highlights our strong organic growth as a key player in the market, especially in Asia. We are very excited to be working with Smart.”
Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata said: “Spam messages are disliked by everyone. The partnership with 365squared stands on our desire to strengthen customer relationships based on trust. By filtering intrusive and uninvited messages we provide to our customers peace of mind and therewith step up our customer experience efforts further.”
The fully comprehensive 24/7 managed service provided by 365squared ensures that Smart subscribers are fully protected from unwanted spam and potential security threatening application-to-person (A2P) messages. The 365secure service also provides Smart with detailed traffic analytics and reporting thanks to the proprietary 365analytics software.
365squared is an international managed services provider to the mobile network operator community. Working with mobile network operators (MNOs) across the globe, and with a global presence, 365squared’s commitment is to eliminate loss of revenue from international SMS termination, generate new revenue by monetizing application-to-person (A2P) SMS traffic, and to protect customers from spam and fraudulent SMS. 365squared offers a complete end-to-end managed service ensuring its client, MNOs, secure the maximum revenue opportunity and the best customer experience. For more information about 365squared, please visit www.365squared.com/.
About Smart Axiata, Cambodia
Smart Axiata Co., Ltd., a leading mobile telecommunications company of Cambodia, serves currently over 8 million subscribers under the 'Smart' brand. Smart Axiata is part of Axiata Group Berhad, one of the largest telecommunications groups in Asia with over 300 million subscribers in 10 countries across the region.
In January 2014, Smart launched its 4G LTE network and became the first and only mobile operator in Cambodia to provide true 4G services. 4G LTE powered by Smart, the fastest mobile Internet in Cambodia, is now available in 25 key provincial capitals as well as other key provincial cities. Smart also provides 2G, 2.5G, 3G and 3.75G mobile services, supporting the very latest in multimedia and mobile Internet services as well as international roaming across more than 190 countries. Its extensive nationwide network coverage now covers more than 98% of the Cambodian population.
Through its partnership with Apple, Smart is the one and only telecom operator partner of Apple in Cambodia being able to offer iPhone’s and iPad’s. Smart moreover is the exclusive partner of Universal Music in Cambodia. Being a strong advocate of digital innovation, Smart has launched various ranges of value added services and digital services such as SmartLuy, Smart Life Insurance, SmartPay and Smart Music.
Smart Axiata was recognized as Cambodia’s Mobile Service Provider 2016 by Frost & Sullivan following the Asia Pacific Emerging Market Telecom Service Provider of the Year Award in 2015. In that same year, Smart Axiata was also awarded as the Best Telecommunications Company Cambodia 2015 & 2016 and Best CSR Company Cambodia 2015 & 2016 by Global Banking & Finance Review.
The company's workforce consists of more than 1000 people including local and foreign experts. Smart is committed to its customers, employees and the people of Cambodia in delivering its promise of improving their lives. "Live. Life. Be Smart."
For more information about Smart Axiata, please visit www.smart.com.kh.
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Subscribers must also be protected from SMS and SS7 attacks – with recent high profile examples of compromised Facebook and WhatsApp accounts demonstrating the importance of guarding against these vulnerabilities.
Following other agreements in the region, this deal is a further vote of confidence in our monetisation and security expertise.” For further information on the services HAUD offers, visit www.HAUD.com. ENDS For media enquiries, please contact:Jamie Williamson at HAUD+356 email@example.com Notes to editors About HAUD:HAUD provides mobile network operators with a complete service to detect fraud, filter spam and protect revenues. HAUD puts operators in control of their networks with flexible solutions, unrivalled expertise and round-the-clock customer support.
The proprietary technology safeguards revenue from unsolicited and unresolved telecommunications traffic, enhancing network security and enriches customer experience. HAUD’s portfolio of modular services and solutions can be deployed in custom configurations, providing operators with flexible and robust protection to meet precise requirements. Headquartered in Malta and with offices positioned globally, HAUD offers traffic audits, system trials and various pricing models.
Visit www.haud.com for further information.
In the past, he used web address shortener services and cross-site scripting to create the illusion that he had altered articles on the websites of the Malta Independent Online and the Tripoli Post. He's also used various other tricks to mess with the minds of would-be Anonymous members.
And yes, he's launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against jihadist sites and the Westboro Baptist Church. Last week, in the wake of the mega-DDoS attack on Dyn, after indicating he believed Russia was somehow behind the attacks, The Jester posted this message on Twitter: #FLASH MSG 'From Russia with Love' - I'm Jester & I approve this message via the Russian Foreign Affairs Website >> https://t.co/K0pwcChX8N — JΞSTΞR ✪ ΔCTUAL³³º¹ (@th3j35t3r) October 22, 2016 It was the old URL shortener trick again, taking advantage of a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The result? This document was displayed within the Foreign Ministry site—creating the impression that The Jester had actually hacked the site: Wolverines! The Jester The page was also accompanied, apparently, by audio of a civil defense siren.
The page no longer loads, as the Russian Foreign Ministry has blocked the vulnerability, which was in its search engine for the site's archives.
An intermediate website feeds the script to archive.mid.ru—sort of like a web-based toilet-papering of the Ministry's site. Things took an interesting twist when the news media picked up the story.
CNN, Fox News, and US News and World Report all reported that The Jester had hacked the Foreign Ministry's website. KNOCK IT OFF! American hacker 'The Jester' takes over Russia's foreign affairs ministry website pic.twitter.com/rY5CIGJZ0k — FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) October 24, 2016 Russian media also ran with that narrative.
At first RT.com reported that the Ministry's site had been breached, before updating the story to report that the site was never breached.
All of this, of course, was recorded by The Jester with no small amount of glee on his blog. On Sunday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post that the affected site was "a former site which has not been used for a long time." According to the TASS News service, Zakharova said that security specialists were looking into the not-a-breach. Zakharova said: If they find out it was a cyberattack from America, it means that either a cyber-machine of destruction Biden and McFaul have spoken about is already at work or that the evil provocative election campaign in the United States has drove people is a state when they are ready to wreak havoc.
Through its pioneering Revenue-as-a-Service approach, HAUD will manage the entire A2P monetisation process, from traffic identification and blocking, to redirection of traffic to monetisable channels, without requiring any initial investment from the MNO. Telkom Indonesia Appoints HAUD With over 157 million subscribers, Telkom Indonesia is the seventh largest mobile network operator (MNO) in the world.
The agreement follows a successful trial in which HAUD deployed a bespoke firewall solution with 24/7 monitoring and carried out an in-depth traffic audit of millions of SMS messages. HAUD’s mobile network firewall provides modular, 360 degree protection against SS7 security vulnerabilities, fraud and spam SMS, while preventing grey route traffic that bypasses network termination fees.
Its range of packages effectively ring-fence networks from malicious messages, while improving customer experience and revenue assurances. Mårten Björkman, SVP Asia Pacific at HAUD, said: “Revenue-as-a-Service is a new approach to helping operators to make the most of all possible income streams available to them.
The global A2P SMS market is worth billions, but many operators are not equipped to claim their fair share, and routinely lose out on large amounts of revenue due to the ongoing use of grey routes. “Being given this opportunity to work with one of the largest MNOs on the planet is a real vote of confidence in HAUD’s managed service offering. HAUD’s knowledge and experience of the global A2P and fraud landscape can help MNOs like Telkom Indonesia stay in control of their networks with a minimal outlay of resources.” Michael Adiguna, AVP Sales Strategy, Telkom Indonesia, said: “The agreement with HAUD was particularly attractive, and the ability to deliver results almost instantly was impressive. With our revenues maximised and network utilisation improved, we can focus on delivering the quality of service that modern mobile users demand. “With hundreds of millions of messages sent across our network every day, ensuring spam and fraudulent SMS messages are blocked is vital. HAUD’s solution makes sure that the messages our subscribers receive are from genuine, trustworthy sources.” Asia is widely considered the biggest market globally for A2P SMS and HAUD works with a number of other MNOs in the region. With the addition of Telkom Indonesia to its customer base, HAUD is now protecting over 10 per cent of the subscribers in the region. For more information on HAUD, visit www.haud.com. ENDS For media enquiries, please contact:Gearóid Cashman or Amy Cantrill at Tangerine PR+44 161 817 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to editors About HAUD:HAUD provides mobile network operators with a complete service to detect fraud, filter spam and protect revenue. HAUD puts operators in control of their networks with flexible solutions, unrivalled expertise and round-the-clock customer support.
The proprietary technology safeguards revenue from telecommunications traffic, enhancing network security and enriches customer experience. HAUD’s portfolio of modular services and solutions can be deployed in custom configurations, providing operators with flexible and robust protection to meet precise requirements. Headquartered in Malta and with offices globally, HAUD offers traffic audits, system trials and various pricing models.
Visit www.haud.com for further information.
But an Arizona official said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had attributed an attack that succeeded only in capturing a single user's login credentials to Russian hackers and rated the threat from the attack as an "eight on a scale of ten" in severity.
An Illinois state official characterized the more successful attack on that state's system as "highly sophisticated" based on information from the FBI. Arizona Secretary of State Office Communications Director Matt Roberts told the Post's Ellen Nakashima that the FBI had alerted Arizona officials in June of an attack by Russians, though the FBI did not state whether they were state-sponsored or criminal hackers.
The attack did not gain access to any state or county voter registration system, but the username and password of a single election official was stolen. Roberts did not respond to requests from Ars for clarification on the timeline and other details of the attack. Based on the details provided by Roberts to the Post, it's not clear if the Arizona incident was one of the two referred to in the FBI "Flash" published this month.
The FBI has not responded to questions about the memorandum on the attacks first published publicly by Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff, but a SQL injection attack wouldn't seem to be the likely culprit for stealing a single username and password.
It's more likely that the Gila County election official whose credentials were stolen was the victim of a phishing attack or malware. The Illinois breach was described in detail by a message to county election officials by Kyle Thomas of the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The attack was detected on July 12 and caused the state to revert to paper voter registration for more than a week.
The paperless Illinois Voter Registration System (IVRS) was specifically targeted by the attack, Thomas said: On July 13th, once the severity of the attack was realized, as a precautionary measure, the entire IVRS system was shut down, including online voter registration.
The pathway into IVRS was NOT through our firewalls but through a vulnerability on our public web page that an applicant may use to check the status of their online voter registration application.
The method used was SQL injection.
The offenders were able to inject SQL database queries into the IVRS database in order to access information.
This was a highly sophisticated attack most likely from a foreign (international) entity. We have found no evidence that they added, changed, or deleted any information in the IVRS database.
Their efforts to obtain voter signature images and voter history were unsuccessful.
They were able to retrieve a number of voter records. We are in the process of determining the exact number of voter records and specific names of all individuals affected. The characterization of the attack on the Illinois system as "highly sophisticated" doesn't necessarily match the techniques described by the FBI Cyber Division's memorandum.
As Thomas noted, the attackers used a public, non-secure webpage to gain access—a page that tapped directly into the voter rolls from outside the firewall without any data validation.
And as Ars reported yesterday, the vulnerability was discovered by the attackers with software from Acunetix, a security tools firm based in London and Malta, along with other free and open source software—software that is usually used to validate the security of websites rather than break into them. "Acunetix automatically crawls and scans websites and Web applications to identify Web application level vulnerabilities that may then be exploited to gain access to databases and other trusted systems," said Acunetix General Manager Chris Martin in an e-mail to Ars. "The idea behind Acunetix is for a website owner to use it to assess the security posture of its website and Web applications for exploitable code before the bad guys get to do that for their own nefarious aims." Martin said that the Acunetix team had checked the IP addresses mentioned in the FBI report as the source of the attackers' scans and said that they "cannot link those IP addresses to any legitimate installation of Acunetix technology. Unfortunately, as with all successful independent software vendors, Acunetix is pirated, and illegal unlicensed copies are used without authorization." He added that Acunetix is volunteering assistance to the FBI in its investigation. For what it's worth, voter registration rolls in Illinois are public records, supplied widely to campaigns and other organizations for direct-mail campaigns.
And after the attack, passwords were reset on the IVRS—with a new password policy requiring a minimum of eight characters, at least one being non-alphanumeric.
Some were new entries, and others were for previously approved workers who were either renewing or updating their status. Of that number, 2,234 of the H-1B visa holders were from Pakistan, a country that might appear on a Trump list.
Another 1,102 approved visa holders were from Iran.
There were 658 H-1B visa holders from Egypt, and 256 were from Syria. (Article continues below chart.) Country of Birth for H-1B Visa Holders Country Frequency INDIA 262,730 CHINA 29,936 CANADA 7,653 PHILIPPINES 6,055 KOREA, SOUTH 5,024 UNITED KINGDOM 3,822 MEXICO 3,216 TAIWAN 2,785 FRANCE 2,570 JAPAN 2,268 PAKISTAN 2,234 NEPAL 1,997 GERMANY 1,895 TURKEY 1,850 BRAZIL 1,831 ITALY 1,497 COLOMBIA 1,491 RUSSIA 1,461 VENEZUELA 1,432 SPAIN 1,329 IRAN 1,102 NIGERIA 1,015 ISRAEL 949 IRELAND 932 KOREA 813 UKRAINE 795 ARGENTINA 778 MALAYSIA 771 SINGAPORE 755 VIETNAM 695 EGYPT 658 ROMANIA 648 BANGLADESH 647 INDONESIA 637 SRI LANKA 608 PERU 583 POLAND 576 AUSTRALIA 564 GREECE 556 SOUTH AFRICA 547 HONG KONG 503 BULGARIA 477 THAILAND 476 LEBANON 462 JAMAICA 461 KENYA 437 NETHERLANDS 432 JORDAN 415 CHILE 395 SWEDEN 374 NEW ZEALAND 353 GHANA 341 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 333 ECUADOR 302 SYRIA 256 PORTUGAL 253 SWITZERLAND 249 BELGIUM 238 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 231 SAUDI ARABIA 205 ZIMBABWE 205 HUNGARY 203 Spain 189 AUSTRIA 179 UNKNOWN 179 DENMARK 174 HONDURAS 171 COSTA RICA 165 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 155 BOLIVIA 150 CZECH REPUBLIC 149 GUATEMALA 149 EL SALVADOR 147 SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO 142 KUWAIT 141 MOROCCO 138 ETHIOPIA 133 CAMEROON 126 FINLAND 125 BAHAMAS 123 MOLDOVA 111 KAZAKHSTAN 108 SLOVAK REPUBLIC 103 CROATIA 102 NORWAY 102 ARMENIA 101 UZBEKISTAN 101 PANAMA 99 URUGUAY 94 ALBANIA 88 UGANDA 88 USSR 87 Serbia 86 LIBYA 84 MONGOLIA 83 TANZANIA 83 BURMA 76 NIGER 74 LITHUANIA 70 GEORGIA 66 GRENADA 58 SENEGAL 58 BARBADOS 57 MACEDONIA 56 LATVIA 54 AZERBAIJAN 52 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 51 CYPRUS 51 ST. LUCIA 51 IRAQ 50 SLOVENIA 50 BELIZE 48 ICELAND 47 ZAMBIA 47 GUYANA 45 NICARAGUA 45 PARAGUAY 45 BAHRAIN 43 TUNISIA 43 ALGERIA 42 MAURITIUS 42 DOMINICA 40 USA 39 ESTONIA 35 KYRGYZSTAN 34 HAITI 30 RWANDA 28 BURKINA FASO 26 MACAU 25 TURKMENISTAN 25 CAMBODIA 24 COTE D'IVOIRE 24 TAJIKISTAN 24 CONGO 22 ST. KITTS-NEVIS 22 SUDAN 22 MALAWI 21 OMAN 21 ST.
VINCENT/GRENADINES 21 MALI 20 ANTIGUA-BARBUDA 19 BOTSWANA 18 IVORY COAST 18 BERMUDA 17 BENIN 16 AFGHANISTAN 15 Kosovo 15 QATAR 15 LUXEMBOURG 13 MADAGASCAR 13 Montenegro 13 YEMEN-SANAA 13 TOGO 12 SIERRA LEONE 11 YUGOSLAVIA 11 GABON 10 GAMBIA 10 NORTHERN IRELAND 10 MALTA 8 NAMIBIA 8 SURINAME 8 SWAZILAND 8 BHUTAN 7 FIJI 7 FRENCH POLYNESIA 7 MOZAMBIQUE 7 BURUNDI 6 CUBA 6 GUINEA 6 LIBERIA 6 BRUNEI 5 NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 5 ARUBA 4 ERITREA 4 KIRIBATI 4 LESOTHO 4 MALDIVES 4 MAURITANIA 4 ANGOLA 3 CAPE VERDE 3 CHAD 3 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 3 SEYCHELLES 3 UNITED STATES 3 ANGUILLA 2 LAOS 2 SOMALIA 2 ARABIAN PENINSULA 1 CAYMAN ISLANDS 1 DJIBOUTI 1 GERMANY, WEST 1 GIBRALTAR 1 GUINEA-BISSAU 1 MARTINIQUE 1 MONACO 1 REUNION 1 Samoa 1 SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 1 ST.
VINCENT-GRENADINES 1 STATELESS 1 TONGA 1 TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS 1 VANUATU 1 Source: USCIS data for approved applications in fiscal year 2014 Trump's plan to admit only people "who share our values and respect our people" didn't indicate how it would be applied.
It also didn't say whether all visa holders -- visitor, H-1B and green card -- would be subject to an ideological litmus test. And what is the correct answer to such a question about American values? "If you ask people born in this country what is an American ideology, I'm not quite sure that we would come out with one answer," said Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, a professor and chair of the political science department at Pace University in New York. "The immigration system, as it currently stands, could not process additional vetting without creating backlogs and increasing wait times for applicants.
At the same time, it is unclear how these policy changes would increase safety against a terrorist attack," said Lavariega-Monforti. John Lawit, an immigration attorney in Irving, Texas, said the U.S. already has a vetting process that begins as soon as someone applies for a tourist visa.
There are different levels of threat, such as being a citizen of Syria, that trigger a much higher level of vetting, he said. "There is a huge financial commitment that must be made in terms of human resources in order to carry on such a vetting program, and a huge, huge increase in fees,” Lawit said. Requiring oaths of some kind is "a lot of posturing with very little substance," he added, and are ineffective in improving security. Lawit said he once assisted H-1B workers who were employed in non-classified jobs at the Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories.
The processing time for security checks could run months.
That's an example of extreme vetting, while "extraordinary detailed security investigations are conducted," he said. This story, "Trump's 'extreme' anti-terrorism vetting may be H-1B nightmare" was originally published by Computerworld.