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Watch Sapna Choudhary Best Wishes For Salman Khan - Black Buck Poaching Case

Thursday, April 19 2018

Watch Sapna Choudhary Best Wishes For Salman Khan - Black Buck Poaching Case

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Watch Sapna Choudhary Exclusive Chit Chat - Tere Thumke Sapna Choudhary Song - Nanu Ki Janu Movie

Thursday, April 19 2018

Watch Sapna Choudhary Exclusive Chit Chat - Tere Thumke Sapna Choudhary Song - Nanu Ki Janu Movie

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Watch #BharatKiBaatSabkeSaath - In conversation with PM Shri Narendra Modi | 18 April 2018 - News/Politics Video Uploaded by - Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi (video id - 1248786) | MrPopat

Thursday, April 19 2018

Watch #BharatKiBaatSabkeSaath - In conversation with PM Shri Narendra Modi | 18 April 2018 - News/Politics Video Uploaded by - Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi (video id - 1248786) | MrPopat

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Thursday, April 19 2018

Asia and Middle East a hotbed of new threat actors in Q1, 2018

Asia and middle east hotbed new threat actors q1 2018 Asia and Middle East a hotbed of new threat actors in Q1, 2018 Kaspersky Lab’s latest quarterly threat intelligence summary reveals a wave of new APT activity based mainly in Asia and the Middle East, with a number of new techniques used by actors. Apr 19th 2018 During the first three months of the year, Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered a wave of new APT activity based mainly in Asia – more than 30% of Q1 reports were dedicated to threat operations in this region. A peak of activity was also observed in the Middle East with a number of new techniques used by actors. These and other trends are covered in Kaspersky Lab’s latest quarterly threat intelligence summary. In the first quarter of 2018, Kaspersky Lab researchers continued to detect cyber activities by advanced persistent threat (APT) groups speaking languages including Russian, Chinese, English and Korean, among others. And while some well-known actors didn’t show any noteworthy activity, a rising number of APT operations and new threat actors were detected in the Asian region. This rise is explained in part by the Olympic Destroyer malware attack on the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. Highlights in Q1, 2018 include: • Continuous rise of Chinese-speaking activity, including the ShaggyPanther cluster of activity targeting government entities mainly in Taiwan and Malaysia, and CardinalLizard, which in 2018 increased its interest in Malaysia alongside an existing focus on the Philippines, Russia, and Mongolia. • Recorded APT activity in South Asia. Pakistan military entities have been under attack from the newly discovered Sidewinder group. • IronHusky APT apparently stops targeting Russian military actors and transfers all its efforts to Mongolia. At the end of January 2018, this Chinese-speaking actor launched an attack campaign on Mongolian government organizations before their meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). • Korean peninsula remains in focus. The Kimsuky APT, targeting South Korean think tanks and political activities, has renewed its arsenal with a completely new framework designed for cyberespionage and used in a spear-phishing campaign. Furthermore, a subset of the infamous Lazarus group, Bluenoroff, has shifted to new targets including cryptocurrency companies and Point of Sales (PoS). Kaspersky Lab also detected a peak of threat activity in the Middle East. For example, the StrongPity APT launched a number of new Man-in-the-Middle (MiTM) attacks on internet service provider (ISP) networks. Another highly skilled cybercriminal group, the Desert Falcons, returned to target Android devices with malware previously used in 2014. Also, in Q1, Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered several groups routinely targeting routers and networking hardware in their campaigns, an approach adopted years ago by actors such as Regin and CloudAtlas. According to experts, routers will continue to be a target for attackers as a way of getting a foothold in a victim´s infrastructure. “During the first three months of the year we saw a number of new threat groups of different levels of sophistication, but which, overall, were using the most common and available malware tools. At the same time, we observed no significant activity from some well-known actors. This leads us to believe that they are rethinking their strategies and reorganizing their teams for future attacks.” said Vicente Diaz, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab GReAT team. The newly published Q1 APT Trends report summarizes the findings of Kaspersky Lab’s subscriber-only threat intelligence reports. During the first quarter of 2018, Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team created 27 private reports for subscribers, with Indicators of Compromise (IOC) data and YARA rules to assist in forensics and malware-hunting.

Thursday, April 19 2018

Prime Ministers May and Modi oversee the launch of UK-India Tech Alliance

Prime ministers may and modi oversee launch uk india tech alliance Prime Ministers May and Modi oversee the launch of UK-India Tech Alliance Strengthening relationships to improve workforce IT skills and promote innovation techUK and NASSCOM sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on tech skills and development during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK. Apr 19th 2018 The National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) and techUK (the leading technology trade bodies in the UK and India respectively) today launched the UK-India Tech Alliance and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the technology sectors from the UK and India further strengthen their relationship. The partnership between techUK and NASSCOM will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and the UK by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, helping enhance the skills of the technology workforce in both countries. The trade associations signed the MoU at the inaugural meeting of the UK-India Tech Alliance, in the presence of Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion. With the support of both Governments, the Alliance is aimed at increasing collaboration on skills and new technologies, assisting policy development and encouraging innovation. This meeting will lay the groundwork for a roadmap which will be jointly presented in June. The new partnership between the UK and Indian tech industries will promote the growth of skills needed for a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas. This announcement reflects the UK-India Tech Partnership, also announced today by the Prime Ministers of both countries. The partnership will include a UK-India Tech Hub: something techUK and NASSCOM first called for in November 2016 to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others to access routes to markets for British and Indian tech companies. Welcoming the signing of the MoU, Baroness Fairhead said “UK-India relations are going from strength to strength and the signing of this MoU demonstrates the deepening of ties. Tech is at the heart of this new relationship between our two countries and we welcome techUK and NASSCOM’s commitment to working together to strengthen the skills base in both countries that will be key to driving economic growth, development and prosperity. The UK-India Tech Alliance will be a key partner for Government – providing a sounding board and expert advice for policy development to ensure that our Government’s nurture the growth we are seeing in this sector and beyond.” Julian David, techUK CEO, said, “This is an important milestone for both the UK and Indian tech sectors. We have long worked together, but we are now deepening those relationships and will be able to collaborate better to provide people with the skills and tools they need to flourish in the new world of work. We’re delighted to see the Governments of our two countries share our vision and taking key steps towards ensuring all our citizens benefit from the innovation that new technologies, like AI and machine learning, can provide.” Speaking on the occasion Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said: “This landmark MoU between NASSCOM and techUK will equip people with cutting-edge skills in emerging technology fields such as AI and robotics. We are delighted that NASSCOM’s FutureSkills initiative will be the basis for improved collaboration between our IT industries. It is imperative that we train the workforce for jobs of the future to remain relevant in the new global economy; providing the UK and India with a valuable competitive edge.”

Thursday, April 19 2018

Brewing rice wine using predictive AI: Fujitsu and Asahi Shuzo launch trial

Brewing rice wine using predictive ai fujitsu and asahi shuzo launch trial Brewing rice wine using predictive AI: Fujitsu and Asahi Shuzo launch trial A mathematical model defining the process of sake brewing combined with machine learning of data obtained in the brewing of DASSAI, this predictive AI model will provide data to support an optimized sake brewing process. Apr 19th 2018 Asahi Shuzo, Fujitsu, and Fujitsu Laboratories announced that they will conduct a joint field trial to brew DASSAI sake, a rice wine, using a predictive artificial intelligence model that supports the brewing of sake. By combining a mathematical model defining the process of sake brewing with machine learning that uses data obtained in the brewing of DASSAI, this predictive AI model technology will provide data to support an optimized sake brewing process. In this field trial, by using such technology in actual DASSAI brewing operations, Fujitsu and Asahi Shuzo seek to improve both the validity and the accuracy of the predictive AI model, while evaluating how practical AI can be in sake brewing. Through this field trial, Asahi Shuzo, Fujitsu, and Fujitsu Laboratories will use AI to support brewing operations, and will endeavor to consistently produce a stable supply of high quality DASSAI sake. Background Asahi Shuzo promotes a vision of "brewing sake for sipping and enjoying, not sake for drinking or for the sole purpose of sales," in its ongoing drive to brew sake with the utmost attention to quality. As Japan's society is aging, however, labor shortages are expected in sake brewing facilities, and there are concerns in maintaining a stable supply and the high quality of DASSAI. To address this issue, the company has been working for many years to record and systematize its experience in sake brewing. With the goal of ensuring stable procurement of Yamada Nishiki, a variety of rice ideally suited to brewing sake, from April 2014 Asahi Shuzo deployed Fujitsu's food and agriculture cloud, "Akisai," to farms where it had contracted to grow rice in an initiative to systematize and share agricultural techniques for optimal sake rice cultivation. Fujitsu and Asahi Shuzo have now launched a joint field trial to systematize the experience and knowhow of each employee with regard to brewing high-quality sake by applying Fujitsu's artificial intelligence technology, Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai, to sake brewing. Details of the Field Trial 1. Time period: April-June 2018 (planned) 2. Trial objective: This trial will review and evaluate the applicability of the predictive AI model, which is developed with data accumulated by Asahi Shuzo, such as temperature and the proportion by weight of different ingredients, by calculating predicted values throughout the brewing process. In addition, the companies aim to improve the accuracy of the predictive AI model by incorporating actual data obtained on site during brewing, and the activities of employees based on their experience and intuition. 3. Field trial details This field trial will be conducted as part of Asahi Shuzo's DASSAI sake brewing process. The elements that make up sake and other data will be measured by Asahi Shuzo, and based on this data, the predictive AI model developed by Fujitsu Laboratories will be used to provide information supporting an optimal sake brewing process. Asahi Shuzo will undertake its sake brewing process with the goal of creating optimal sake, based on supporting information provided by Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories. By conducting this field trial for two cycles, the companies will improve both the accuracy of the predictive AI model, and evaluate its effectiveness, as well as the practicality of AI in sake brewing. 4. About the predictive AI model The predictive AI model developed by Fujitsu Laboratories is a technology capable of computing information to support optimized processes in sake brewing, by combining a mathematical model defining the procedure of sake brewing with machine learning using measured values for the components found in sake, based Asahi Shuzo's past brewing data and knowledge including the biological process of fermentation. Using the supporting information computed by the predictive AI model, Asahi Shuzo can optimally control the devices used in the sake brewing process. By incorporating the data gained from this field trial and the feedback from Asahi Shuzo, the companies will improve prediction accuracy and the sophistication of the supporting information, enabling the system to assist with even more optimized sake brewing.

Infogain appoints Ayan Mukerji as President and COO

Thursday, April 19 2018

Infogain appoints Ayan Mukerji as President and COO

Infogain appoints new president and chief operating officer Infogain appoints Ayan Mukerji as President and COO As President and Chief Operating Officer, Ayan Mukerji is responsible for sales, solutions and operations. He will report to CEO Sunil Bhatia. Apr 19th 2018 Infogain, a leading provider of technology solutions and services, has appointed Ayan Mukerji as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Sales, Solutions and Operations. Reporting to CEO Sunil Bhatia, he will support and execute on Infogain’s vision of becoming a new age digital engineering services leader and its motto to “Engineer Business Outcomes” for its customers. With almost a decade in various senior executive leadership positions at Wipro, Mukerji is widely sought after for his views and expertise in the technology sector. As Chief Executive of Media and Telecom & Product Engineering at Wipro, he had P&L responsibility of $1.7 billion. Mukerji built Wipro’s product engineering business to make them a global leader. During his stint as Chief Executive for European Operations, his leadership helped Wipro to significantly expand the company’s footprint across the region. Most recently, Mukerji served as President and Board Member at Zinnov, a research and consulting company. He consulted with both Fortune 500 companies and Top 20 global system integrators to help them understand the impact of digitalization on their customers, their competition and their organizational strategy for Product Engineering and IoT. Infogain’s CEO, Mr. Sunil Bhatia said, “While at Zinnov, Ayan collaborated with Infogain on many client service engagements. His deep understanding and involvement with Infogain make him a natural fit for this new position.” Bhatia continued, “Ayan is a seasoned and capable leader with deep expertise in tech services industry. He will engage with clients and lead our teams as we provide innovative digital engineering services and engineer business outcomes for our customers.” Mukerji is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He serves on various boards in Silicon Valley.

Thursday, April 19 2018

Epicor and Index InfoTech extend partnership to India

Epicor and index infotech extend partnership india Epicor and Index InfoTech extend partnership to India Through the partnership, Epicor and Index InfoTech aim at growing local presence and supporting small to medium size businesses. Apr 19th 2018 Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry specific software to promote business growth, announced today the extension of a partnership agreement with Index InfoTech to cover India. The extended partnership combines award-winning service capabilities by Index InfoTech with the global enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution Epicor ERP to support the growth of the manufacturing, distribution and services industries in India. As part of the agreement, Index InfoTech will drive business growth for Epicor by acquiring new customers, delivering implementations in line with industry best practices, and partnering with customers to achieve their long-term growth ambitions. Index InfoTech will offer the Epicor ERP solution to midmarket manufacturing, distribution and services companies in India. Index InfoTech has been a leading Epicor partner in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2011 and has forged strategic alliances with Epicor to maximize the value of its customers’ IT investments. In addition, Index InfoTech today announced the launch of its new office in Pune, which is a key component of the company’s globalization strategy. David Mehok, chief financial officer for Epicor, inaugurated the office during an opening ceremony held today. “It is great to see an increased focus from the government on strengthening the manufacturing sector with initiatives like Make in India,” said Thiru Vengadam, regional vice president for Epicor Software in India. “Given the increased momentum in the manufacturing sector, we look forward to partnering with Index InfoTech to provide ERP solutions that assist companies to grow through the use of technology. Epicor ERP is a great fit for midmarket manufacturing companies in India looking to grow.” Murtaza Ezzi, CEO at Index InfoTech, commented, “Building on our long-term regional partnership with Epicor, we have now embarked on a global growth strategy. With the aim to further strengthen our delivery capabilities, we have expanded operations and we are now establishing our first office in India in Pune. We're excited to continue to partner with Epicor to offer our customers an ERP solution that will help them take advantage of growth opportunities in this region.” Related media-releases

Thursday, April 19 2018

Prime Ministers May and Modi oversee the launch of UK-India Tech Alliance

Prime ministers may and modi oversee launch uk india tech alliance Prime Ministers May and Modi oversee the launch of UK-India Tech Alliance Strengthening relationships to improve workforce IT skills and promote innovation techUK and NASSCOM sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on tech skills and development during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK. Apr 19th 2018 The National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) and techUK (the leading technology trade bodies in the UK and India respectively) today launched the UK-India Tech Alliance and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the technology sectors from the UK and India further strengthen their relationship. The partnership between techUK and NASSCOM will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and the UK by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, helping enhance the skills of the technology workforce in both countries. The trade associations signed the MoU at the inaugural meeting of the UK-India Tech Alliance, in the presence of Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion. With the support of both Governments, the Alliance is aimed at increasing collaboration on skills and new technologies, assisting policy development and encouraging innovation. This meeting will lay the groundwork for a roadmap which will be jointly presented in June. The new partnership between the UK and Indian tech industries will promote the growth of skills needed for a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas. This announcement reflects the UK-India Tech Partnership, also announced today by the Prime Ministers of both countries. The partnership will include a UK-India Tech Hub: something techUK and NASSCOM first called for in November 2016 to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others to access routes to markets for British and Indian tech companies. Welcoming the signing of the MoU, Baroness Fairhead said “UK-India relations are going from strength to strength and the signing of this MoU demonstrates the deepening of ties. Tech is at the heart of this new relationship between our two countries and we welcome techUK and NASSCOM’s commitment to working together to strengthen the skills base in both countries that will be key to driving economic growth, development and prosperity. The UK-India Tech Alliance will be a key partner for Government – providing a sounding board and expert advice for policy development to ensure that our Government’s nurture the growth we are seeing in this sector and beyond.” Julian David, techUK CEO, said, “This is an important milestone for both the UK and Indian tech sectors. We have long worked together, but we are now deepening those relationships and will be able to collaborate better to provide people with the skills and tools they need to flourish in the new world of work. We’re delighted to see the Governments of our two countries share our vision and taking key steps towards ensuring all our citizens benefit from the innovation that new technologies, like AI and machine learning, can provide.” Speaking on the occasion Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said: “This landmark MoU between NASSCOM and techUK will equip people with cutting-edge skills in emerging technology fields such as AI and robotics. We are delighted that NASSCOM’s FutureSkills initiative will be the basis for improved collaboration between our IT industries. It is imperative that we train the workforce for jobs of the future to remain relevant in the new global economy; providing the UK and India with a valuable competitive edge.” Related media-releases

Infogain appoints Ayan Mukerji as President and COO

Thursday, April 19 2018

Infogain appoints Ayan Mukerji as President and COO

Infogain appoints new president and chief operating officer Infogain appoints Ayan Mukerji as President and COO As President and Chief Operating Officer, Ayan Mukerji is responsible for sales, solutions and operations. He will report to CEO Sunil Bhatia. Apr 19th 2018 Infogain, a leading provider of technology solutions and services, has appointed Ayan Mukerji as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Sales, Solutions and Operations. Reporting to CEO Sunil Bhatia, he will support and execute on Infogain’s vision of becoming a new age digital engineering services leader and its motto to “Engineer Business Outcomes” for its customers. With almost a decade in various senior executive leadership positions at Wipro, Mukerji is widely sought after for his views and expertise in the technology sector. As Chief Executive of Media and Telecom & Product Engineering at Wipro, he had P&L responsibility of $1.7 billion. Mukerji built Wipro’s product engineering business to make them a global leader. During his stint as Chief Executive for European Operations, his leadership helped Wipro to significantly expand the company’s footprint across the region. Most recently, Mukerji served as President and Board Member at Zinnov, a research and consulting company. He consulted with both Fortune 500 companies and Top 20 global system integrators to help them understand the impact of digitalization on their customers, their competition and their organizational strategy for Product Engineering and IoT. Infogain’s CEO, Mr. Sunil Bhatia said, “While at Zinnov, Ayan collaborated with Infogain on many client service engagements. His deep understanding and involvement with Infogain make him a natural fit for this new position.” Bhatia continued, “Ayan is a seasoned and capable leader with deep expertise in tech services industry. He will engage with clients and lead our teams as we provide innovative digital engineering services and engineer business outcomes for our customers.” Mukerji is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He serves on various boards in Silicon Valley. Related media-releases

Thursday, April 19 2018

Western Digital continues to drive capacity and improve TCO for cloud and enterprise data centers

Western digital continues drive capacity and improve tco cloud and enterprise data Western Digital continues to drive capacity and improve TCO for cloud and enterprise data centers New 14TB HelioSeal design boosts quality, reliability, power efficiency and added robustness to enable an environment for big data to thrive. Apr 19th 2018 Enabling new lower levels of total cost of ownership (TCO) for cloud and enterprise customers, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today introduced the Ultrastar® DC HC530 hard drive – at 14TB, no other CMR (conventional magnetic recording) hard drive in the industry offers a higher capacity. The breadth and depth of big data is driving the universal need for higher capacities across a broad spectrum of applications and workloads. Built on Western Digital’s fifth-generation HelioSeal technology, the Ultrastar DC HC530 drive is designed for public and private cloud environments where storage density, watt/TB and $/TB are critical parameters for creating the most cost-efficient infrastructure. The data explosion caused by big data, IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, rich content and fast data applications is challenging hyperscale cloud data centers and enterprises to efficiently build massive petabyte-scale infrastructures. This ability to cost-effectively scale-up or scale-out is business critical, not only for cloud service providers but for organizations leveraging big data analytics and machine learning in medical, science, agriculture and other fields seeking innovation, discoveries and unique insights, as well as for creating new business models. Brendan Collins, vice president of marketing, Devices, Western Digital, said, “Our enterprise and hyperscale cloud customers demand reliability with the highest capacities and densities to deliver the lowest TCO for business-critical applications. Having invented, brought to market and delivered five generations of industry-leading innovations in helium technology, and with more than 27 million drives shipped, our ability to maintain high quality and reliability have made us the trusted partner of top-tier cloud providers, Internet giants and OEMs around the world.” A follow-on to the industry’s first 14TB SMR (shingled magnetic recording) drive, the Ultrastar DC HC530 is a 14TB CMR drive that delivers drop-in simplicity for random write workloads in enterprise and cloud data centers. Since 2014, the company’s unique, patented HelioSeal process seals helium in the drive to provide unbeatable capacity, exceptional power efficiency and long-term data center reliability. Its low-power design does not compromise performance, while contributing to its overall TCO advantages. Both SAS and SATA interfaces will be available. Tencent, a leading global Internet service provider based in China is adopting Western Digital’s HelioSeal-based hard drives for their Tencent Cloud data centers. Huang Bing Qi, director of Tencent Cloud, said, “As the volume of data continues to expand, our customers look to us to provide speed, agility and longevity for a variety of applications, workloads and outcomes. Western Digital’s helium-filled HDDs provide the low-power and high-capacity we need to meet these demands in a cost-efficient and reliable manner. Tencent Cloud has already deployed 12TB HelioSeal HDDs and we are excited to work with Western Digital to qualify the new 14TB Ultrastar DC HC530 drives.” Features and Specifications • HelioSeal: Western Digital’s fifth generation helium-based drives, based on the exclusive HelioSeal technology • Available with either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA interface • Two Dimensional Magnetic Recording (TDMR) and improved Dual Stage Micro Actuator provides optimal head positioning and rotational vibration robustness • Data Protection: Helps protect end user data with encryption (Self Encrypting Drive) • Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours and comes with a 5-year limited warranty Related media-releases

Involving ground-level employees in implementing GDPR is a challenge: Bhabani Panda, Kwench Global

Thursday, April 19 2018

Involving ground-level employees in implementing GDPR is a challenge: Bhabani Panda, Kwench Global

Involving ground level employees implementing gdpr challenge bhabani panda kwench global Involving ground-level employees in implementing GDPR is a challenge: Bhabani Panda, Kwench Global The countdown to EU-GDPR implementation has begun; but has India Inc. overcome the challenges to adhere to the deadline? Bhabani Panda, CISO of Kwench Global reveals measures and how to handle the implementation process. Vaishnavi J Desai Apr 19th 2018 As the talk and intensity around privacy increases, there is another countdown approaching. The much needed and dreaded EU-GDPR. To summarize in a single sentence any operation performed on personal data such as collecting, recording, structuring, storing, using, disclosing by transmission, erasing and destroying is applicable under EU-GDPR regardless of whether the processing takes place in EU or not. In simple words, any organization having access to EU users information need to clearly define their role as Data controller or Data Processor and accordingly ensure compliance. Bhabani Panda, CISO, Kwench Global Technologies says that the company largely works as a data processor and has been working since the last couple of months to ensure compliance before the clock ticks on 25th May 2018. In an exclusive with CSOonline.in, Panda tells all about the measures to be GDPR-compliant, challenges ahead, and what Indian companies should do to adhere to the deadline. What measures have you taken to be GDPR compliant? For us the key stakeholders are: 1. Data controller/clients: From which we receive data. 2. Internal business process/employees: Where personal identifiable information(PII)/Sensitive information are stored/processed. 3. Sub-processor/third party vendor: Where we may share the information for further processing. We have been working to put policies, procedures and monitoring mechanisms in place in accordance with the defined guidelines of EU-GDPR to ensure all legal areas are covered. Already being an ISO 27001:2013 certified company helped us a lot during implementation phase as the basic security aspects were in place and we had to clearly focus on new requirements instead of starting from scratch. You can broadly define the implementation into 6 phases: 1) Understand what you are up to: We have taken help from an external CERT-IN empaneled consultant firm having proper experience in EU-GDPR regulations to make sure we are following the right path. The next step was to define the roles and responsibility of Data Protection Officer (DPO) and team to lead the work and audit. 2) Drafting the policy and framework: Drafting policy with the underlying theme “Privacy by Design” was another tricky part where you have to clearly define the data classifications and handling procedures required by the law. For PII and Sensitive information, it should be crystal clear in terms of policies and procedures - What are you capturing?, how is the data transmission happening?, how are you storing?, how long are you storing?, how are you taking approval from data subjects before using the data?, authority to data controller/subject for right to access, right to erasure, data portability and breach notification. 3) Data privacy impact assessment (DPIA)/Risk assessment and treatment: The most critical part of implementation was to conduct Data Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA) and involve ground level employees during assessment procedures. Simple Mantra for all of us - capture what is required - nothing more, nothing less; tell clearly why you need; where and how you will use it; and finally stick to it and keep it secure. The DPIA was conducted in discussion with each process owner who have access to personal information/sensitive information based on the following principles - Lawful and fair-full process, purpose of collection, data adequacy, data accuracy, data retention, data processing, data Security, and data Transfer. This helped us to get an overall view of where we lack and what are the measures needed to be taken to ensure privacy and safety of data. Next part was preparing the treatment plan and executing for the risks identified involving each process owner and team member. 4) Updating privacy policy and Terms of Use: After having the internal policies and procedures ready, we created new privacy policy and terms of use with the help of our legal experts. As part of standard privacy policy change procedure, it was updated on the website along with notification to the users. 5) Legal/contractual changes: Change in contract with controllers (clients) and sub-processors (vendors) to put required relevant clauses based on GDPR requirements. One of the best law firms in India helped us to draft the agreements for this purpose. 6) Institutionalization of process : It requires detailed documentation and proper assignment of roles and responsibility along with monitoring mechanism to ensure the success of the process in a long run. GDPR is not a one-time project that you do it in a project mode and gets over. It has to be the culture of the organization, philosophy of business model and how you work on day-to-day basis. We need to stay compliant always and to ensure that each process owner is made responsible for his/her business process. It is the responsibility of CISO to inculcate the culture throughout the organization by arranging periodical training sessions, discussions with process owners and conducting audits. What challenges are you facing? When it comes to an organizational level process implementation, there is always a disconnect from management to last level employees. We have to imbibe the culture of security and privacy as primary rule of the organization. To implement EU-GDPR compliance you need specific expertise; expecting to build those capabilities overnight is not possible. Therefore, it is always better to take help from experts until you build internal capabilities. In terms of employee mindset, business requirement takes always the first priority and any other process feels like, a management’s demand. Involving ground level employees to understand the gravity of the situation and making them follow the guidelines was the toughest part of the implementation. The second challenge was following up with clients and vendors for contractual changes. In India, financial year is April to March and last quarter everyone is busy with business closures. It was a bit of a challenge for getting time from clients and vendors to discuss the requirements and amend the existing contracts. Do Indian companies have the right information and guidelines to be compliant before the deadline approaches? Recent data breach from multiple large organizations worldwide have been an eye opener for companies. In fact, Indian companies have taken it seriously and are trying their best to comply with the guidelines. Multiple business industries like IT, ITES, BPO have strong presence in EU region and legal teams really understand the criticality of the situation. Few months ago we received couple of queries from our clients to ensure that we are also preparing to be GDPR-compliant. Recently, we have talked with different law firms in India and they have been extremely busy in consulting different organizations to make them ready for GDPR compliances. This shows the overall awareness and the trend shift in the Indian market. In terms of availability of information, I do not think nowadays access to information is a problem to anyone, implementation is a key challenge. What would you suggest your peers do to be GDPR-compliant and adhere to the deadline? In terms of business practices, we have to imbibe the culture of security and privacy as primary rule of the organization. 6 phases of GDPR implementation 1) Understand what you are up to 2) Drafting the policy and framework 3) Data privacy impact assessment (DPIA)/Risk assessment and treatment 4) Updating privacy policy and Terms of Use 5) Legal/contractual changes 6) Institutionalization of process In this era where data is the new oil, we need to make sure to put up a separate budget and process owner for security, not just an on-paper guideline. Gone are the days when you can capture any data of users for any purpose be it marketing or big data analytics. It would be interesting to see how most of the firms are updating their operating procedure and seeking lawful approval from data subjects. To implement EU-GDPR and any such compliance you need specific expertise and expecting to build those capabilities overnight is not possible for most of the companies. Therefore, it is always better to take help from experts until you build internal capabilities. During the implementation phase, involve mid-level managers and employees for effective and sustainable implementation. Adherence to the deadline is must and if you want to be in business and serve EU users you have to be compliant with GDPR terms, there is no escape to it. We all know the penalty and it is huge. Simple Mantra for all of us - capture what is required - nothing more nothing less, tell clearly why you need, where and how you will use it, finally stick to it and keep it secure. Related interviews

What’s new in Oracle’s GraalVM multilanguage virtual machine

Thursday, April 19 2018

What’s new in Oracle’s GraalVM multilanguage virtual machine

Whats new oracles graalvm multilanguage virtual machine What’s new in Oracle’s GraalVM multilanguage virtual machine The universal virtual machine enters production status Paul Krill Apr 19th 2018 Oracle has delivered a production release of GraalVM , a universal virtual machine for running applications written in any of many languages. The technology has served as a just-in-time compiler and polyglot runtime for the JVM. GraalVM Version 1.0 provides high performance for individual languages as well as interoperability with no overhead in building polyglot applications, Oracle said. It can run JVM languages and JavaScript, including Node.js, as well as LLVM bitcode and—in experimental mode—Ruby, R, and Python. Other languages supported on GraalVM include: Java Bitcode created from programs written in C and C++ GraalVM removes isolation between programming languages; interoperability is enabled via a shared runtime. Rather than converting data structures at language boundaries, GraalVM lets objects and arrays be used directly in foreign languages. For example, Java library functionality could be accessed from Node.js (JavaScript) code. Or a Python statistical routine could be called from Java. Or R could be used to build a complex SVG plot from data managed with another language. GraalVM can be run standalone, embedded in platforms such as Node.js and OpenJDK, or be use inside databases such as MySQL. Applications can be deployed across the stack via GraalVM execution environments. Other capabilities in GraalVM include: A mechanism to create precompiled native images for JVM languages with “instant” startup and low-memory footprint. Language-agnostic debugger, profiler, and heap viewer tools. Where to download GraalVM You can download GraalVM from graalvm.org. Related news

Urgent need for MSME in farming, non-farming sectors: Giriraj Singh

Thursday, April 19 2018

Urgent need for MSME in farming, non-farming sectors: Giriraj Singh

(No Ratings Yet) Loading... Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh said there is the urgent need for setting up MSMEs in farming and non-farming sectors in the North East region. He said his Ministry will play the role of facilitator in order to provide Research and development, market access and better designs for MSME products. The minister made this statement during a Udyam Samvad workshop organised by the Ministry of MSMEs in New Delhi yesterday. He said Micro industries will be given more support in this region and for this technology centres are being established in Imphal, Dimapur, Tinsukia and Agartala. The workshop was held eleven sessions with different ministries and financial organizations like Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), SIDBI, ASSOCHAM, CII, FICCI, FISME, PHD Chamber of Commerce and MSME Foundation. On the occasion, various issues facing entrepreneurs and startups in northeast states like accessing credit, hand holding for setting up businesses, accessing markets in India and abroad and research and development for refinement of art based products manufactured in the northeast were discussed in the workshop.

FundTonic Group Raises Strategic Investment From Yesss Capital, Germany and Other Investors

Thursday, April 19 2018

FundTonic Group Raises Strategic Investment From Yesss Capital, Germany and Other Investors

Email FundTonic Group today made an announcement for its recent round of funding (for an undisclosed amount) from Yesss Capital, Germany and other Investors. Fund Tonic is an angel network with over 700 angel Investors and a leading coworking space player with operations in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore announced a strategic . Led by co-founders – Akshit Gupta and Bhavin Parikh, FundTonic Group is the one of the startup ecosystem players in the country that operates a seed fund, angel network, incubation centers, co-working spaces and entrepreneurship development programs under one roof. The company was conceptualized in June 2016 and since then has successfully diversified its business with multiple profit centers having a traditional diversified risk approach to business. Within 1.5 years of its operations, the company has achieved profitability and has made a mark in the startup ecosystem. Akshit Gupta , Co-Founder at FundTonic Group, said “ We are extremely excited to have partnered with Yesss Capital – a marquee investor from Europe. The alliance is in line with our vision to support startups from India and help them scale their business. It’s been observed that most of the funds raised from the investors aren’t really optimized to the fullest. However, we at FundTonic believe that with ethical and micro management of funds, a lot more can be achieved with every dollar of investment. With this approach we have been able to clock significant revenues within 15 months of operations, achieve sustainability and focus on implementing systems and scale the business”. Lead investor Axel and Boris , Entrepreneurs, visionaries and Founders of Yesss Capital said, “We have been informally talking to the FundTonic team since a while to discuss Yesss Capital entry strategy for investments in India. Though the initial discussions were more to educate ourselves about India, during the course of our discussions, we got extremely excited about the teams’ mindset on corporate governance, ethics, track record of exponentially scaling business; and clarity of vision to take the business to the next level. We will closely work with FundTonic for expansion in Europe and for the next phase of growth, including investments in future rounds of funding”. FundTonic Group is now in the process of raising a Series A round to add 2 lac sqft i.e. approx 20,000 sq. mtr of co-working space capacity and expand to Europe and other ASEAN countries. Company also hinted at a potential portfolio acquisition of a star performing seed fund to strengthen its positioning in investing in early stage startups, details of which are expected to be announced soon.