The New Version of Kaspersky Security Cloud Strengthens Privacy Control for Apps and Websites

Kaspersky has updated Kaspersky Security Cloud – its account-based … Thus, consumers who already use some of Kaspersky’s software do not have …

Kaspersky has updated Kaspersky Security Cloud – its account-based service with access to the company’s best consumer technologies and tools – with new ways to protect user privacy across multiple devices. Kaspersky Security Cloud now reduces the risk of users’ privacy being violated by warning them about the risks of dangerous and special permissions requested by apps on Android devices. In addition, it notifies users about phishing attempts hidden behind shortened links to websites. Kaspersky’s traditional consumer product line, with Essential-to-Premium solutions, has been further enhanced to offer a better user experience through performance improvements and optimizing the number of notifications.

According to Kaspersky’s report – The true value of digital privacy: are consumers selling themselves short? – it is increasingly common for consumers to protect their digital privacy by checking the settings on their devices and the apps that they use. In fact, more than a third (35%) of consumers regularly follow this practice.

However, as apps today often make suspicious permission requests that could endanger user privacy, confusion reigns. In order to simplify consumers’ control over privacy and save time in managing settings, Kaspersky Security Cloud’s new feature for Android devices enables users to view and manage app permissions in one place, at a glance. This helps identify potentially dangerous or questionable requests made by an app, and explains the risks associated with different types of common permissions.

In addition to suspicious app permissions, there’s another privacy risk that consumers need to be aware of and this has been accounted for in the new version of Kaspersky Security Cloud. In recent years, short URLs have seen widespread adoption due to the limited amount of characters they take up in instant messages or tweets. In fact, many legitimate services now use short URLs to link to desired webpages for sales and marketing purposes. However, while there are benefits, they can be dangerous as users don’t neccessarily know where they lead. This can have serious privacy consequences and has resulted in the increased popularity of short URLs among cybercriminals in recent years. To combat this, users of Kaspersky Security Cloud can take advantage of an improved Anti-Phishing feature to better protect personal information. The service analyzes short URLs and warns if a phishing link is hidden behind them. As part of this process, Kaspersky Security Cloud sends an anti-phishing alert to the user and ensures that the links and websites they access are safe.

“For modern users, it is not enough to just secure their device. Cybercriminals are becoming more interested in obtaining personal information about a specific person – whether it is a piece of financial information or their search history. If this sort of information is exposed, it can bring potential harm to its owner making the issue of digital privacy extremely important. In order to provide more control over personal information regardless of which type of device they use, we have updated Kaspersky Security Cloud. We are helping consumers keep their personal data safe and sound across multiple devices,” comments Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky.

There are three editions of Kaspersky Security Cloud: Free (extended version of Kaspersky Free that now, apart from Windows, supports mobile devices and delivers personalized protection), Personal and Family. Each edition offers a different number of applications, tools and technologies. All Kaspersky Security Cloud subscribers can install its applications and technologies on a PC, Mac and mobile devices. What is more, all customers will receive the new features and updates for free within the subscription period.

To learn more about the new version of Kaspersky Security Cloud, visit https://me.kaspersky.com/security-cloud.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security: performance improvements and better user experience

As well as updating Kaspersky Security Cloud, Kaspersky has also refined the interface and key capabilities within Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security. This has improved performance, how consumers receive notifications, and the overall user experience.

Kaspersky has worked on improving its traditional security solutions’ performance for Windows. For example, in order to speed up lengthy file system scans for malware, the restriction on the PC’s resources consumed has been lifted. Furthermore, the latest version can be installed in just half the time and is 15% ‘lighter’ – so there’s less load on the user’s PC.

In addition, security solutions now only alert users about significant events and ensure a frictionless experience. For instance, when a user visits a banking website, they receive a notification from the Safe Money feature, informing them that their session is protected.

Kaspersky has also simplified how credentials and account information is exchanged between the company’s products. Thus, consumers who already use some of Kaspersky’s software do not have to re-enter their credentials whenever they install a new product. Rather, they can manage them all under one My Kaspersky account.

To learn more about the new generation of Kaspersky’s consumer traditional product line, visit https://me.kaspersky.com/home-security#all

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Free Kadena scalable permissioned blockchain on Azure

The platform also includes a simple smart contract language designed for business. In combination these enable enterprises to develop and deploy …

KadenaKadena is making a free secure, scalable blockchain platform for businesses available on Azure. Intended for evaluation and small-deployment purposes, it is limited to 2,000 TPS across 4 nodes. If an enterprise needs more capacity Kadena will happily sell access to a full Azure-hosted Enterprise Edition of its blockchain.

Will Martino, Kadena co-founder and CEO
Will Martino, Kadena co-founder and CEO

Kadena co-founder and CEO Will Martino told TechCrunch that this builds on the success of last year’s similar endeavour involving AWS. “Our private chain is designed for enterprise use. It’s designed for being high-performance and for integrating with traditional back ends. And by bringing that chain to AWS marketplace, and now to Microsoft Azure, we are servicing almost all of the enterprise blockchain market that takes place in the cloud.

Features

Among the features being made available are:

  • a scalable solution, to enable organizations to transact digitally (electronically perform commercial transactions and share data)
  • full auditability, via the tamper-proof historical ledger
  • the ability to build blockchain applications which automate business processes (Kadena says this happens with far less effort and risk than other offerings currently available)
  • robustness and flexibility to handle most enterprise workflows
  • security and flexibility – including secure channels, trustless escrows, pluggable encryption, contract governance, and automatic bug detection.

Already in use by Fortune 500 companies Kadena claims it has live deployments in the banking, healthcare and financial services sectors.

The Kadena blockchain

Kadena’s scalable blockchain enables enterprises to transact and share data in a decentralised manner. Kadena’s team is based around experience obtained from building:

  • JP Morgan’s blockchain technology
  • forensic data analysis systems for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Its next technology solves many of the challenges with current generation blockchains — issues such as:

  • speed
  • scalability
  • security limitations.

Kadena claims its technology can support up to 8,000 TPS across 500 nodes (with the ability to support thousands of users). The platform also includes a simple smart contract language designed for business.

In combination these enable enterprises to develop and deploy new blockchain-based business applications faster and with less risk. Integration with Microsoft Azure services – such as MySQL – produce further complementary solutions.

Enterprise Times: what does this mean

The chase for high TPS blockchain platforms continues (for example, see Cypherium, Hedera, EduHash, Bitconch, GoChain, Constellation, #Metahash, Trustchain, Todo-Algorand). As happened in the long past TPS wars (remember Tandem Guardian vs CICS vs IMS vs Oracle vs …), a renewed competitive spirit has emerged.

There is a caveat. As Enterprise Times has observed previously, many of the high TPS blockchain platforms ‘burn bright’ for a while and then disappear. Whether this is applicable to Kadena is not (yet) clear. It does seem to have greater credibility. It would have more if Enterprise Times, and enterprises, could see the evidence that it handles those 8000 TPS across 500 nodes.

Finally, Kadena is not alone in offering a free trial blockchain as an inducement. And there will be others.

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New Tech Consortium Looks to Make Computing More Confidential

The Linux Foundation-backed Confidential Computing Consortium aims to bring stakeholders together on emerging technology focused on securing …
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The Linux Foundation-backed Confidential Computing Consortium aims to bring stakeholders together on emerging technology focused on securing private data while it’s in use.

Valuable data is often highly secured while it’s not in use, sitting on a hard drive or solid-state drive in a server room.

But what happens when that data is actually in use, sitting in memory? Or when it has to go across the network to another machine halfway across the world? Well, a new computing industry coalition would like to clear up the air around the potential of securing data for these use cases.

Recently, a number of major tech and cloud companies—including Intel, IBM (along with its Red Hat subsidiary), Google, ARM, and Microsoft—announced that they would create the Confidential Computing Consortium, a project community that wants to help define the parameters of “confidential computing,” a concept that boosts the security around data in trusted environments, allowing for data in use to be as secure in multiple places as it is when it’s being kept in one place.

“Across industries computing is moving to span multiple environments, from on premises to public cloud to edge,” the new group explains in an FAQ. “As companies move to these environments, they need protection controls for sensitive IP and workload data and are increasingly seeking greater assurances and more transparency of these controls. Current approaches address data at rest and in transit; confidential computing will address data in use.”

The consortium, announced last week, will be managed by The Linux Foundation, and according to ZDNet, three of the organization’s largest stakeholders (Intel, IBM, and Microsoft) will donate open-source technology to the endeavor.

In a news release, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin noted that collaborations of this nature often bear fruit that helps the entire industry get a grasp on emerging technologies.

“The earliest work on technologies that have the ability to transform an industry is often done in collaboration across the industry and with open source technologies,” Zemlin said. “The Confidential Computing Consortium is a leading indicator of what’s to come for security in computing and will help define and build open technologies to support this trust infrastructure for data in use.”

Other stakeholders in the new consortium include Alibaba, Baidu, Swisscom, and Tencent.

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JP Morgan Related Project, Kadena, Launches Permissioned Blockchain on Microsoft Azure

According to the report, the Kadena platform will integrate Pact, an “innovative and open source smart contract language designed for both developers …

Kadena, a permissioned blockchain on Amazon Web Services, reported the launch of a new blockchain version on Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace.

The project, labelled Kadena’s Scalable Permission Blockchain Community Edition, is a blockchain as a service platform and will be available for free. The report states,

“Our Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) model enables organizations to start using Kadena’s blockchain by quickly provisioning it online, significantly reducing the cost and time-to-market associated with the on premise installation of other blockchain solutions today.”

The Kadena Scalable Permission Blockchain Community Edition

The launch of Kadena on Microsoft Azure is set to provide an easy but efficient gateway for businesses and enterprises coming into the blockchain space.

The Founder and CEO of Kadena, Will Martino, is looking forward to new clients using the platform. He remarked,

“We are excited to bring our secure and scalable technology to Azure customers as we continue working with Microsoft Azure Marketplace to develop cloud-enabled blockchain solutions.”

The platform provides its users with a simplified platform for both novices and experts to build and develop blockchain applications. According to the report, the Kadena platform will integrate Pact, an “innovative and open source smart contract language designed for both developers and non-technical people alike and has safeguards to avoid bugs.”

Speaking on the addition of Pact, Kadena President, President Stuart Popejoy, said,

“Pact’s formal verification of user code allows you to harness the same mathematical methods used by aerospace and nuclear power engineers to catch potential exploits before deployment.”

This ensures even with little technological knowledge users will be able to operate the Kadena platform without worry of bugs or other technical challenges.

Enterprises using Kadena will efficiently transact and share data in a secure and decentralized manner.

Kadena Partnership Updates

The startup founded by former JP Morgan executives, provides both public and private blockchains for enterprises. The report further stated the hybrid blockchain has seen wide adoption across the globe including USCF Investments, an asset manager with over $3 billion in assets.

Other companies using the Kadena platform includes Latin American technology business Alteum, a top healthcare company, a Fortune 500 company and a top 100 bank – set to reveal name in days.

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National Express Turns To Vodafone Business And IBM To Boost Digital Journey With Hybrid Cloud

Looking ahead, the Vodafone Business and IBM venture will give National Express access to other cloud services and new technologies such as 5G, …

LONDON, Aug. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Vodafone Business and IBM (NYSE: IBM) venture, which launched earlier this year, today announced it has signed an eight-year deal with National Express, a leading UK-based transport provider with services in eight countries. The agreement covers the provision of cloud and digital services that will underpin National Express’ ‘digital first’ approach; to use the latest technologies to raise customer and safety standards, drive efficiencies and grow its business.

IBM & Vodafone joined forces in a venture to help businesses drive innovation faster with hybrid cloud, AI, edge and 5G. The two co-leaders of the venture: Michael Valocchi, IBM (left) and Greg Hyttenrauch, Vodafone Business (right).IBM & Vodafone joined forces in a venture to help businesses drive innovation faster with hybrid cloud, AI, edge and 5G. The two co-leaders of the venture: Michael Valocchi, IBM (left) and Greg Hyttenrauch, Vodafone Business (right).

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IBM & Vodafone joined forces in a venture to help businesses drive innovation faster with hybrid cloud, AI, edge and 5G. The two co-leaders of the venture: Michael Valocchi, IBM (left) and Greg Hyttenrauch, Vodafone Business (right).

Vodafone Business and IBM announced their intent to join forces in January this year, bringing together their respective strengths in connectivity and hybrid cloud. Together, they offer customers straightforward access to the technologies needed to integrate multiple clouds and prepare for the next wave of transformation enabled by 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), edge computing and software defined networking (SDN).

Under the agreement, the Vodafone Business and IBM venture will first modernise National Express’ IT estate by moving to IBM Cloud and implementing a hybrid cloud strategy, building on the existing connectivity services provided by Vodafone Business. This will enable National Express to effectively manage multiple clouds in different locations and from different vendors; and to seamlessly scale up and down to support usage spikes. Additional security and risk management will be added to protect the transport operator’s technology infrastructure and provide greater resilience.

This activity will lay the foundation for future innovation and enable National Express to speed the development of new customer-focused innovations – such as personalised passenger experiences, flexible payment options and always-connected vehicles.

Looking ahead, the Vodafone Business and IBM venture will give National Express access to other cloud services and new technologies such as 5G, IoT, edge computing and analytics. Such technologies will enable the transport operator to adapt to today’s digitally savvy consumers, create the best possible customer experience and drive operational excellence.

Debbie O’Shea, Group Chief Information Officer for National Express said, “Working with the new Vodafone Business and IBM venture forms part of our continued investment in technology to better support our strategic ambitions. This partnership enables us to move to a cloud environment giving us a future-proofed platform with increased flexibility that will better support our business. It also will provide access to emerging and innovative new technologies.”

Greg Hyttenrauch, Cloud and Security Director, Vodafone Business commented, “This flagship win is a powerful demonstration of the value the Vodafone Business and IBM venture can bring to customers. As cloud services and connectivity become ever more inseparable, there is a clear need for the combined expertise we can deliver. We will provide National Express with the holistic solution it requires to drive digital innovation across its business – faster, simpler and at scale.”

“Leading enterprises around the world are turning to IBM and its hybrid cloud capabilities to modernise their businesses and transform operations,” said Michael Valocchi, IBM General Manager of the venture with Vodafone. “By moving to the IBM Cloud and implementing a hybrid cloud strategy, National Express can now tap the combined strengths of IBM and Vodafone and introduce new, innovative services faster and succeed in a digital world.”

Vodafone has a long-standing relationship with National Express and already provides wide area network connectivity and a Secure Internet Gateway.

About National Express

National Express Group is a leading public transport operator with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East. Passengers made 898 million journeys on our services in 2018.

About Vodafone

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We employ around 11,000 people across the UK, and operate more than 400 retail stores nationwide.

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. Today we serve over 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%. Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, we are rolling out full fibre broadband across 10 cities in partnership with CityFibre, reaching one million homes and business by 2021.

Our ReConnect programme is supporting women and men back into work after a career break, our IoT technology is working to create a low-carbon society and our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families across the UK to navigate the online world safely. For two years running, we have been named a Top 100 Employer by Stonewall.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, with mobile operations in 25 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 44 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.

For more information about Vodafone UK, please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk

About IBM

For more information about IBM, please visit www.ibm.com

Contacts

Natalie Hill

IBM UK & Ireland

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Jonathan Jessop Batty

IBM Europe

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+44 7741 113871

Vodafone UK Media Relations

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+44 1635 693 693

UK's largest coach operator National Express turns to new IBM & Vodafone venture for hybrid cloud boost.UK's largest coach operator National Express turns to new IBM & Vodafone venture for hybrid cloud boost.

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