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Trend Micro Launches local Cloud App Security services

Local availability of service can assist customers to harden security around their Microsoft cloud activity, while offering improved latency.

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Trend Micro Southern Africa has announced the local launch of its Trend Micro Cloud App Security point of presence service, designed to provide customers added security and protection of their Microsoft Office 365 environments.

The service protects Office 365 environments, including advanced email protection, and enforces compliance on third-party cloud file sharing services that include Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.

The success of Cloud App Security is underpinned by its direct integration with Office 365 and other services via APIs. The local release of the service is coupled with the announcement of a Cloud App Security point of presence in the region, providing direct and local integration to customer’s cloud services. This will, in turn, will provide customers with data residency and reduced latency, as the service will be hosted in South Africa.

“It is of critical importance that customers understand that cloud security is a shared responsibility between their cloud service providers and themselves,” says Indi Siriniwasa, vice president at Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa. “They can’t simply put their data in the cloud and walk away from the security responsibility, they have to take measures to also secure their investments, which is where Cloud App Security comes into play. Our announcement that we will be hosting a local point of presence for the service is testimony to our commitment to local customers and answers a growing need by clients to better secure their cloud investments.”

The Sub-Saharan Africa Cloud App Security service will be available through Trend Micro’s partner network in the region, as well as on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The service will initially service customers in South Africa and SADC, while WECA (West, East and Central Africa) customers will have the option of continuing to use the service through the data centres hosted in both Amsterdam and Ireland – dependant on where they experience the best latency.

According to Trend Micro, the Cloud App Security service will help customers address the following concerns:

  • Provides added security to the Microsoft stack and complements and adds to both Azure and Office 365 security controls
  • Is able to assist a customer with identifying Business Email Compromise (whaling) attacks using artificial intelligence built into the Trend Micro threat intelligence network
  • Protects a customer’s internal email and allows on-demand scanning of the mail storage
  • Provides visibility into sensitive data use with cloud file-sharing services, ensuring a customer can better monitor and manage risk and compliance. Furthermore, with the presence of an integrated DLP solution customers can better comply with GDPR and POPI
  • Ensures all user functionality is preserved on any device, with simple API integration, and that ultimately granular security policies follow the user and their devices
  • Helps customers detect and stop known and unknown threats, protect applications, stop suspicious and unauthorised changes and harden the Azure environment.

“Back in 2017, we conducted a Cloud App Security study where we tracked the security risks in the cloud,” says Siriniwasa. “This was a major concern for customers, but working with Microsoft we have been able to extend our offerings and develop a security service that deploys a multi-layered approach to securing the cloud. In short, it gives our customers the assurance that their cloud investments are better secured and protected, from both known and unknown threats, hardening security around your Microsoft environment – and now our local customers can leverage these benefits more effectively.”

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Nokia 1 gets slice of Android 9 Pie

Keeping to its promise of a smartphone experience that keeps getting better, says Nokia phone maker HMD Global, it has announced that Nokia 1 can now upgrade to Android 9 Pie (Go edition).


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Nokia 1 is the final phone in the Nokia smartphone portfolio to receive an upgrade to Android 9 Pie, which means that the entire range now has an option running the latest Android OS from Google.

“For too long consumers have had to accept older OS versions as the norm on entry-level smartphones,” says Shaun Durandt, general manager at HMD South Africa. “We are living our promise to deliver a phone that can keep getting better over time through the latest experiences and always being up-to-date. And with the Nokia 1 upgrade to Google’s latest OS, fans can get up-to-the-minute software experiences and innovations from Google in the most affordable segment.”

Over the past two years, Nokia phones have received over 300 security updates and have successfully upgraded handsets to the latest OS twice as fast as competitors, says HMD. This means that users always potentially receive a “just-out-of-the-box-fresh” feeling throughout the phone’s lifecycle. 

Android 9 Pie (Go edition) comes with a new range of apps from Google designed to run faster while consuming less data. Optimised to be smooth and fast, these include Google Go – a web search app, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go and Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), to send messages, make calls and set alarms by using voice.

With fewer pre-installed and much lighter apps, users are promised get two times more available storage compared to standard Android version. 

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The Nokia 1 is available at major retail and network operator stores in red and blue, starting from R799.

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Oracle removes cloud roadblock

Oracle has announced the availability of the Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service, which provides customers with high levels of security, reliability, and control for various classes of database workload.

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Driven by strong customer demand, including more than 5,000 new Autonomous Database trials in Q2 alone, Oracle has expanded its Autonomous Database capabilities to help meet the needs of enterprise customers who want to move their most mission-critical workloads to the cloud. 

Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle says: “Autonomous Database Dedicated enables customers to easily transform from manually-managed independent databases on-premises to a fully-autonomous and isolated private database cloud within the Oracle Public Cloud. Our Autonomous Database Dedicated service eliminates the concerns enterprise customers previously had about security, isolation, and operational policies when moving to cloud.” 

The Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service provides customers with a customizable private database cloud running on dedicated Exadata Infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.  It provides a solid database as a service platform, enabling customers to run databases of almost any size, scale, and criticality.  This architecture delivers a very high degree of workload isolation, helping protect each database from both external threats and malicious internal users. The level of security and performance isolation can be easily tailored to the needs of each database. The Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service also features customisable operational policies, giving customers greater control over database provisioning, software updates, and availability.

The Oracle Autonomous Database Dedicated service is the latest offering within Oracle’s Autonomous Database portfolio.  Oracle Autonomous Database builds on 40 years of experience supporting the majority of the world’s most demanding applications.  The first of its kind, Oracle Autonomous Database uses advanced machine learning to provide self-driving, self-repairing, and self-securing capabilities that automate key management and security processes in database systems like patching, tuning and upgrading, while keeping the critical infrastructure constantly running for a modern cloud experience. 

“In e-commerce, today’s greatest challenge is meeting customer demands for order fulfilment. Speed is no longer a luxury – it is a requirement,” said Craig Wilensky, CEO, Jasci.  “With Oracle Autonomous Database, we have seen our performance increase by as much as 75x. Combine that with the elasticity and security offered by Oracle Cloud, and the possibilities are endless. With this database, Jasci is actively reshaping a new status-quo for our industry.”

In the June 2019 report: The Forrester Wave Database-As-A-Service, Q2 2019, Oracle was named a leader and ranked highest in data security criterion and the strategy category.  The report stated, “With an autonomous cloud database, Oracle not only automates general administration tasks, such as provisioning, backup, availability, and patching; it also automates the tuning of queries, indexing of tables, and upgrades.”  The authors also noted, “Enterprise customers like Oracle’s security, performance, automation, and pricing.”

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