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Check Point has announced an expanded collaboration with VMware to extend security to enterprise private cloud environments through a new software-defined data centre offering.

Check Point vSEC virtual network security now integrates with the VMware NSX network virtualisation platform to enable customers to consistently manage and enforce security for all data centre traffic.

Every day, organisations are faced with internal and external threats to their networks. Although recent high profile breaches occurred inside the data centre, security today focuses on perimeter defence. Moving these security controls inside the data centre is complex and costly. Check Point and VMware are addressing this need with a solution that is based on integration between Check Point vSEC virtual network security and VMware NSX.

With VMware NSX, security is delivered as part of the data centre network infrastructure, and micro-segmentation becomes operationally and economically feasible.  VMware NSX transparently inserts and orchestrates Check Point vSEC for advanced traffic inspection. Customers can accelerate security service deployment and get the same level of security for traffic inside their data centres as Check Point provides at the perimeter gateway. This becomes especially important in today’s dynamic cloud environments, where applications must be provisioned on-demand, and be highly portable across the infrastructure. The combined solution enables traffic – whether coming in and out of the data centre, or moving within the data centre between applications – to be fully protected against malware, APTs and zero-day attacks.

Customers will benefit from:

       Fully automated advanced threat protection for east-west traffic inside the data centre

       Dynamic deployment and scale out of Check Point vSEC for software-defined data centre environments

       Comprehensive threat visibility across all data centre traffic

“Today’s dynamic data centre environments require fast deployment of applications. This means that security services must keep pace with compute resources,” said Scott Clinton, senior director, partner product management, networking and security business unit at VMware. “VMware NSX with Check Point vSEC enables our mutual customers to simplify, accelerate and orchestrate Check Point’s advanced security services across the software-defined data centre.”

“Businesses around the globe are increasingly looking to virtualise their environments. When they do that, they need to know that they’ll have access to the best cloud and management infrastructure supporting them,” said Doros Hadjizenonos, Country Manager, Check Point South Africa. “Through our relationship with VMware, we’re able to join their industry-leading virtualisation and cloud offerings with our first-class security solutions to empower organisations to operate without fear of data loss or a breach.”

“The integration of Check Point vSEC with VMware NSX allows us to have the best of both worlds. Highest levels of security and consistent policy for all data centre traffic to protect our client data and scalable micro-segmentation and automated security operations to simplify and accelerate service delivery,” said Thomas Wikel, Network Services Supervisor, Physicians Choice Laboratory Services (PCLS).

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

Click here or on the page link below to read on: Page 2: Soldiers and Health in 2099.

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Street art goes electric

Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.

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The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.

The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.

D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.

D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.

“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”

As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”

Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”

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