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Cisco and Rockwell Automation to Accelerate Digital Transformation of the Asia Pacific Industrial Market

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Cisco, a worldwide leader in networking and security, and Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, today announced a collaboration to propel digital transformation of the industrial market in the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China region. The announcement was made as the two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the same.

Cisco and Rockwell Automation provide technologies and services that enable manufacturers to optimize operations, enhance productivity, and ensure the security of their industrial networks. This collaboration will see the two companies coming together to facilitate the implementation of advanced automation solutions, such as connected factories and industrial IoT, while also addressing the unique challenges and requirements of manufacturing environments.

Mr. Kartika Prihadi, Vice President, Partners & Routes to Market Sales, Cisco
Mr. Kartika Prihadi, Vice President, Partners & Routes to Market Sales, Cisco

“As industries across APJC embark on their digital transformation journeys, our collaboration with Rockwell Automation is poised to deliver significant value for our customers,” said Mr. Kartika Prihadi, Vice President, Partners & Routes to Market Sales, Cisco. “By joining forces, we aim to empower industrial enterprises with cutting-edge secure connectivity solutions that drive operational efficiency, enhance productivity and unlock new growth opportunities.”

The MOU signifies a deeper commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation between Cisco and Rockwell Automation, as they work together to harness the power of digital technologies and automation solutions to meet the unique challenges of the APJC industrial market.

Mr. Shovan Sengupta, regional vice president, Market Access, Rockwell Automation
Mr. Shovan Sengupta, regional vice president, Market Access, Rockwell Automation

“At Rockwell we firmly believe in the idea of better together and we are excited to embark on this journey with Cisco to accelerate digital transformation in Asia and the Pacific,” said Mr. Shovan Sengupta, regional vice president, Market Access, Rockwell Automation. “By combining our strengths and capabilities, we are well-positioned to help industrial enterprises in the region navigate the complexities of digitalization and achieve sustainable growth.”

Addressing the digital skills gap in the manufacturing sector

Cisco and Rockwell Automation will also work towards training and building a wider talent pool to address the digital skills gap in the manufacturing sector. This will be done by leveraging Cisco’s Networking Academy program and Rockwell Automation’s partnerships with universities across the region.

Cisco Networking Academy is one of the longest-standing IT skills-to-jobs programs in the world. Cisco Networking Academy provides high-quality IT and cybersecurity courses, learning simulators, and hands-on learning opportunities via a learning platform to support instructors and engage learners in 190 countries. To date, over 20 million global learners have taken Cisco Networking Academy courses to gain digital skills. Additionally, 95% of students that have taken Cisco certification aligned courses have attributed obtaining a job or education opportunity to Cisco Networking Academy.

Covered By: NCN MAGAZINE / Cisco

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Hikvision India introduces 4G Bullet & PT Cameras with Two-way Audio

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Hikvision India has introduced its 4G Bullet and PT cameras with Two-way Audio.  These 4G Cameras function in ideal scenario with power but without network cable. These cameras are easy to assemble and flexible for any kind of deployment. It provides real-time and interactive protection via Two-way Audio.

These cameras come with 4MP high-resolution image output with rich details. They come with water and dust resistant body with two-way audio feature. These cameras have built in feature of human and vehicle detection with smart hybrid light. These 4G Cameras work on 4G cellular data transmission. They are ideal for remote locations, mostly used in BFSI, Retail, Logistics, Transportation, Education, Healthcare and hospitality verticals.

Two-way Audio With the increasing number of break-ins and thefts, it’s essential to take proactive measures to safeguard your property and assets. The Two-way Audio feature of Hikvision’s 4G cameras provides a robust deterrent against potential intruders.                    

We can use 4G camera’s Two-way Audio feature to deter intruders and protect property with audible and visual alarms. The camera’s strobe light will flash rapidly, emitting a warning message “Warning, this is a restricted area!” Upon request, the camera can also welcome customers into the store/residence with voice broadcasting “Welcome!” or customize any audio message to meet diverse needs.

The audio alarm features 12 built-in audio messages and 1 customizable audio message. The built-in messages include sirens, warning messages, and welcoming messages. The customized messages can be recorded through the Hik-connect mobile app or uploaded as an audio file on the NVR web portal.

The Two-way Audio (Live Guard) feature is based on Motion Detection 2.0, a smart function that detects humans and vehicles in real-time. Regardless of the mode (smart, IR, or white light), the camera can emit a single strobe light alarm, a single audio alarm, or both simultaneously when an event is triggered depending on the settings.

With the proactive and efficient alarm of Live Guard, combined with 4G wireless transmission, Hikvision 4G cameras offer unparalleled powerful features, effectively protecting your property and meeting diverse alarm/broadcast needs.

Covered By: NCN MAGAZINE / Hikvision

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NETGEAR Showcases AV Over IP Products at CEDIA Tech + Business Summit Bengaluru

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NETGEAR, a leading provider of networking products for businesses of all sizes, is thrilled to announce its participation in the CEDIA Tech + Business Summit in Bengaluru. The three-day event is being held at the prestigious Hotel Taj MG Road kick-started on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. NETGEAR’s presence at the summit underscores its dedication to advancing technology solutions and fostering strong relationships within the industry.

NETGEAR is showcasing its comprehensive line of AV over IP products, demonstrating the company’s commitment to delivering high-performance solutions that meet the evolving needs of the professional smart home market. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore these cutting-edge technologies firsthand and gain valuable insights into the future of AV over IP applications.

Mr. Annamalai Ar, Senior Manager, NETGEAR
Mr. Annamalai Ar, Senior Manager, NETGEAR

“We are excited to present our latest AV over IP products at this year’s CEDIA Tech + Business Summit in Bengaluru. Our participation underscores our commitment to driving innovation in the AV industry and providing our customers with the best in networking solutions,” said Mr. Annamalai Ar, Senior Manager, NETGEAR. “This summit not only allows us to showcase our technological advancements but also to engage directly with professionals and enthusiasts who share our passion for smart home technology. We believe in creating solutions that make life simpler and more connected, and events like this enable us to demonstrate the real-world applications and benefits of our products.

Easy to use and easy to manage, NETGEAR’s switches provide a range of sizes and mounting methods to accommodate any installation, from university campuses to touring road shows. Committed to the consistent delivery of best-in-class connected network solutions for the professional AV market, NETGEAR stands out with its industry-leading product suite and unmatched service and support. 

Covered By: NCN MAGAZINE / NETGEAR

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Western Digital Introduces World’s Highest Capacity 2.5” Portable HDDs in India

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With the explosion of digital content, people need bigger and more robust solutions to help access and preserve it all. Western Digital introduces a portable HDD expansion across its WD®, WD_BLACK™ and SanDisk® Professional product lineups, boasting the world’s highest storage capacity in a 2.5” portable HDD. The WD My Passport portable HDD line, and SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE® ArmorATD™ in 6TB* capacities, will now be available in India.

Mr. Khalid Wani, Senior Director – Sales, India, Western Digital
Mr. Khalid Wani, Senior Director – Sales, India, Western Digital

We are excited to introduce the world’s first 2.5” 6TB* portable hard drive, in India, which is an incredible technological achievement. We understand the storage requirements can be different, so, we are happy to bring these high-capacity portable drives to our multiple brands. This development reinforces our commitment to the consumers,” says Mr. Khalid Wani, Senior Director Sales, India, Western Digital.

The new, record-breaking 6TB* capacity point is available across Western Digital’s premier brands, offering a more robust, purpose-built solution for consumers, gamers and pros.

Confidently Back Up Your Next Journey with WD

With up to 6TB* capacities now available for the WD My Passport hard drive line, adventurers can store more and effortlessly backup their digital memories with peace of mind. The My Passport Ultra™ drive is a trusted, portable storage solution that is equipped with USB-C™ technology and a modern metal design. It is ready right out of the box and features a convenient, slim form factor that is easily transportable. Its password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption helps keep precious content safe and secure. The My Passport hard drives are available in a variety of different colors to suit any style.

The 6TB* WD My Passport retails for INR 15499 MSRP. The 6TB* WD My Passport, Works with USB-C retails for INR 15999 MSRP. The WD Elements 6TB retails for INR 15299 MSRP. All products are available now at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers and on the Western Digital Store.

Get the Perfect Shot with SanDisk Professional

With SanDisk Professional’s G-DRIVE ArmorATD drive, consumers get an all-terrain drive with shock, IP54 rain and dust, and crush resistance2 to help protect valuable footage from out in the wild to back in the studio. The 6TB* SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE ArmorATD provides a trusted and portable way to back up photos, video footage and files wherever adventure leads.

The 6TB* SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE ArmorATD retails for INR 20999 MSRP. The drive will be available by the end of this month at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers and on the Western Digital Store.

Covered By: NCN MAGAZINE / Western Digital

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Subhasis Majumdar, Managing Director, Vertiv India Honoured as One of Asia’s Greatest Leaders 2023-24

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Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, announced that Subhasis Majumdar, managing director, Vertiv India, has been honored as one of Asia’s Greatest Leaders 2023-24 by AsiaOne Magazine.

With more than two decades of experience in various finance and commercial roles, including his prior role as VP and Chief Finance Officer, India region for Vertiv, Majumdar’s leadership has been instrumental in driving Vertiv’s success in the region. He brings a wealth of expertise to his role leading India operations, showcasing a unique blend of functional, operational, and strategic acumen.

Reflecting on the recognition, Subhasis Majumdar stated, “It’s truly humbling to be recognized by AsiaOne Magazine as one of Asia’s Greatest Leaders 2023-24. This accolade reflects the collaborative spirit and dedication of the entire Vertiv team, whose commitment to excellence has been the cornerstone of our success. Looking ahead, my focus remains on leveraging emerging technologies, artificial intelligence and its impact on data center infrastructure, fostering strategic partnerships, and driving innovation and operational excellence to meet the evolving needs of our customers. I am committed to leading Vertiv into a future where we continue to set new standards of excellence in the critical digital infrastructure industry.”

Covered By: NCN MAGAZINE / Vertiv

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Tenable Research Discovers ‘ConfusedFunction’ Vulnerability in Google Cloud Platform

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Tenable — the Exposure Management company, has disclosed that its Tenable Cloud Research Team has discovered a vulnerability in Google Cloud Platform (GCP), involving its Cloud Function serverless compute service and its Cloud Build CI/CD pipeline service. GCP has remediated ConfusedFunction for future Cloud Build accounts, however existing Cloud Build instances remain at risk with immediate evasive action required.

Cloud Functions in GCP are event-triggered, serverless functions. They automatically scale and execute code in response to specific events like HTTP requests or data changes. When a GCP user creates or updates a Cloud Function, a multi-step backend process is triggered. This process, among other things, attaches a default Cloud Build service account to the Cloud Build instance that is created as part of the function’s deployment. This default Cloud Build service account gives the user excessive permissions. This process happens in the background and isn’t something that ordinary users would be aware of.

An attacker who gains access to create or update a Cloud Function can take advantage of the function’s deployment process to escalate privileges to the default Cloud Build service account and other GCP services including Cloud Storage, and Artifact Registry or Container Registry. By exploiting the deployment flow and the flawed trust between services an attacker could run code as the default Cloud Build service account.

Mr. Liv Matan, Senior Research Engineer, Tenable
Mr. Liv Matan, Senior Research Engineer, Tenable

“The ConfusedFunction vulnerability highlights the problematic scenarios that may arise due to software complexity and inter-service communication in a cloud provider’s services,” explains Mr. Liv Matan, Senior Research Engineer, Tenable. “To support backward compatibility, GCP has not changed the privileges from Cloud Build service accounts created before the fix was implemented. This means that the vulnerability is still affecting existing instances and we highly recommend customers take immediate action.”

GCP confirmed it had remediated Confused Function, to some extent, for Cloud Build accounts created after February 14, 2024. While the fix has reduced the severity of the problem for future deployments, it hasn’t completely eliminated it. For every cloud function using the legacy Cloud Build service account, the advice is to replace it with a least-privilege service account.

Covered By: NCN MAGAZINE / Tenable

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