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.”
Huawei launches P40 in virtual event
While Huawei usually makes a big splash in Paris with its P-series flagship launches, it had to host its event virtually on a YouTube live stream from an undisclosed launch venue.
Yesterday, Huawei announced its latest P40 flagship devices amid the coronavirus pandemic, by hosting a virtual launch to distance fans from each other. Tens of thousands of viewers followed the event live.
The new devices include the P40 Pro+, P40 Pro, and P40, which feature new camera innovations that focus on better videography from the devices.
This is thanks to a large 1/1.28-inch sensor that boosts light intake for enhanced low-light performance, while a new periscope design adds 10x optical zoom. P40 Series is powered by Kirin 990 5G and supports 5G and Wi-Fi 6 Plus, which is Huawei’s faster Wi-Fi 6 standard.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said “The Huawei P Series has always been about innovative aesthetics and making premium imaging hardware accessible, representing the very best of industrial design and technology. With an outstanding sensor, camera systems that we co-engineered with Leica, powerful chipset and Huawei XD Fusion Engine, the Huawei P40 Series exemplifies our focus and offers an all-day Super Definition experience to help consumers realise their creative vision.”
The P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ feature a Quad-curve Overflow Display. The display takes on a curved edge on all four sides, while the super narrow bezels and streamlined round corners provide an ergonomic hold and near borderless look. An enhanced in-screen fingerprint reader offers 30 percent faster biometric authentication.
The P40 and P40 Pro are available in three glossy glass finishes – Ice White, Deep Sea Blue and Black – and two refractive matte glass finishes – Blush Gold and Silver Frost. The P40 Pro+ features a nano-tech ceramic back panel that is kilned and polished to ensure its durable and scratch resistant. This design comes in two colours: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.
Embedded in the P40 Series is the advanced Ultra Vision Leica camera system, available in triple, quad-camera and penta-camera configurations. The P40 delivers features the triple-camera setup with ultra wide-angle, wide-angle and telephoto lenses. The P40 Pro features a Leica Quad Camera with a more powerful Ultra Wide Cine Camera and Time-of-Flight (ToF) Camera alongside 50x SuperSensing Zoom. The P40 Pro+ lets consumers see the unprecedented with the SuperZoom Array, which supports 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom, like the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
The P40 and P40 Pro will be available in South Africa in May, while no date has been set for release of the P40 Pro+.
Sony releases smartphone-ready in-car display
One can enable an existing car with smart technology, with Sony’s new XAV-AX8050D in-car media display that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Sony has launched the XAV-AX8050D in-car media display, its newest and most advanced media display for cars yet. Designed to deliver immersive quality that features anti-glare touchscreen technology, Sony’s high-end display promotes safer and smarter driving habits for South African road users, thanks to the easy-to-read screen.
Sanjay Panikar, Head of Car Audio Marketing, Sony Middle East and Africa, said: “Without doubt, the use of a larger, more vibrant screen on in-car dashboards enables drivers and passengers to tap into the convenience of having the ultimate entertainment and navigation experience while on the go, without compromising road safety. Sony’s newest media display also features a range of exciting connectivity options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and WebLink Cast to ensure that drivers are always connected to their favourite devices and apps.”
The XAV-AX8050D display is designed to minimise distractions so that drivers can focus on the road ahead. Sony has placed safety and innovative design at the heart of its display design, resulting in convergence of lighter touch operation and improved visibility so information is easy to see at a glance.
The 8.95-inch, anti-glare display hovers over the dashboard, and the sturdy mount can be adjusted in three directions to allow for flexible installation in a wide variety of vehicles.
Apple CarPlay integrates an iPhone with the car audio’s display and controls. Read more about support for third-party navigation apps at www.apple.com/ios/carplay
For more on the Google Assistant on Android Auto, visit www.android.com/auto
The rear-view camera-ready function displays visuals from the connected rear-view camera and can be accessed when the vehicle is put in reverse or by tapping the “Rear Camera” icon on the home screen
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