Thursday May 30th

  • Zero in with ABI’s Research Spotlights on research that is critical to your success

    Zero in with ABI’s Research Spotlights on research that is critical to your success

    The global technology intelligence firm ABI Research just announced the release of Research Spotlights, suites of research focused on key technologies and trends within the vast ABI Research Library.

  • Protecting Data in the Cloud

    Protecting Data in the Cloud

    Organizations in Singapore are increasing their reliance on the cloud. Nearly nine in ten organizations in the country are using cloud services, with about 70% taking a hybrid cloud approach.

  • Annual report reveals continued surge in sophisticated bot attacks

    Annual report reveals continued surge in sophisticated bot attacks

    HUMAN Security, Inc., a cybersecurity company that protects organizations by disrupting digital fraud and abuse, just announced the release of its 2023 Enterprise Bot Fraud Benchmark Report. The annual report provides insights into automated attack trends across enterprise use cases, including account takeover, brute forcing, carding, credential stuffing, inventory hoarding, scalping and web scraping.

  • Revealed: The most creatively effective digital & TV ads in Southeast Asia

    Revealed: The most creatively effective digital & TV ads in Southeast Asia

    The marketing data and analytics company, Kantar, revealed the winners of the 2023 Creative Effectiveness Awards in Southeast Asia, recognizing the most impactful ads of last year.

  • New Study by MAGNA & Yahoo Urges Marketers to Pair Media Placement with Quality Creative in Order to Drive Stronger Ad Effectiveness

    New Study by MAGNA & Yahoo Urges Marketers to Pair Media Placement with Quality Creative in Order to Drive Stronger Ad Effectiveness

    Media placement and creative work hand in hand when it comes to effective advertising strategies. A new study by MAGNA Media Trials and Yahoo set out to understand the role that creative quality plays in ad effectiveness, and the elements that contribute to quality creative. Creative, the Performance Powerhouse found that while media placement helps marketers find consumers where they are, creative quality was responsible for 56% of purchase intent, illustrating the strong performance of both tactics as they work together. The study suggests that marketers can greatly benefit from making small improvements to their creative in order to optimize ad performance, while also driving brand quality and trust.

  • Advertisers' awareness of cookieless technologies remains low according to global survey

    Advertisers' awareness of cookieless technologies remains low according to global survey

    Ogury, a global leader in personified advertising, commissioned IDC to conduct a global survey on 1,000 major brand and media agency executives to get their perspective and understanding of the future of digital advertising in a cookieless world.

  • Mutual exchange of threat intelligence and security innovations bolsters Singapore’s cyber resilience

    Mutual exchange of threat intelligence and security innovations bolsters Singapore’s cyber resilience

    Google and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) announced a strategic collaboration to bolster Singapore’s cyber resilience. This partnership covers four key pillars: threat intelligence sharing, joint operations, technical collaboration, and ecosystem development.

  • SentinelOne enhances cloud security with Snyk

    SentinelOne enhances cloud security with Snyk

    Prioritizing which vulnerabilities to fix is a challenge for software developers, and the complexities of modern apps and the software supply chain have only made things more difficult. SentinelOne, a global leader in AI security, is partnering with Snyk, the leader in developer security, to ease the burden by integrating Singularity Cloud Workload Security, its real-time Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) with the Snyk Developer Security Platform.

  • Pirate streaming and torrent sites provide real cybersecurity harms for Philippine consumers

    Pirate streaming and torrent sites provide real cybersecurity harms for Philippine consumers

    Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), with Dr Paul Watters of Cyberstronomy, have released a new report, Consumer Risks from Piracy in the Philippines, that once again highlights the possible dangers Filipino consumers face when accessing pirate sites.

  • Black Friday Online Shopping Safety Checklist

    Black Friday Online Shopping Safety Checklist

    Vigilance is urged during this 2023 Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as “AI generated scams enhance the threat to this year’s festive shoppers, as it’s revealed over 7 in 10 British people worry that AI will make it easier for criminals to commit online fraud” – NCSC.

    But while AI scams like voice cloning, romance scams, and language mimicking are on the rise, “93% of the biggest spenders, millennials aged 24-35, plan to shop during this coming weekend. And they spend an average of $419.52 per person.” But with cyber security threats at an all-time high, how can shoppers and businesses stay cyber safe?

    Here are our top tips for staying safe online, and the preventative measures that can be taken while shopping for your latest bargain.

    1. Be Aware of Phishing & Quishing Attacks

      SecurityHQ analysts have recently observed a significant increase in Business Email Compromise (BEC), regarding phishing attacks containing QR code (Quishing) and captchas for credentials harvesting. Quishing attacks usually occur via the scanning of a QR code. This technique involves tricking users into scanning a QR code using a mobile phone. The QR code then redirects the user to a phishing or fake website that aims to steal their credentials.

      Read more about Quishing, and how to spot QR Code vulnerabilities, here.

    2. Read the Small Print

      If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. While Black Friday deals can offer huge discounts that are genuine, people still need to make money. Anything ridiculously cheap is a red flag.

      What to look for:
      • It is worth checking the reputation score of retailers to determine if that retailer can be trusted.
      • A website with no company address, descriptions or specifications on items are all red flags. Look for the details. And do not base purchases solely off star ratings, as these can be fake.
      • Pop-ups that offer free electronics are obvious scams, containing malicious phishing links, and should be avoided at all costs.
      • Read the small print. Often cons are perfectly visible if you know what to look for. Like seeing a picture of a laptop being advertised, going to buy said laptop for a reduced rate without reading the small print, and receiving a literal picture of a laptop in the post. The devil is in the detail.

    3. Use Reputable Websites/Companies

      Tried and Tested
      – Using websites that are globally known is a good way to avoid any nasty surprises. Even if it is a couple of pounds more, it is worth knowing where your money is going and that your purchase will be tracked and delivered.

      Use Antivirus Software that will warn you of potentially dangerous sites in search results as well.

      Look For Suspicious Emails, as well as suspicious calls and text messages. Never click on a link you are unsure of, and never provide personal information over the phone. Read more on email security, here.

    4. Stop, Look, Check, Pay

      Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) are used to ensure data is encrypted before being transmitted across the web. It is also an indication that an organization has been verified. Keep an eye out for HTTPS in the address bar rather than HTTP, as this highlights a site uses SSL.

      Make Sure the Website That You Intend to Shop on is Not a Copy of a legitimate one. Verify that the date and name of the organization are consistent with the site you are visiting. And look for typos in the URL. Your best bet it to go directly to the website yourself, and do not access it through links on other sites/emails.

      When using public Wi-Fi, use a VPN as the most effective way to stay safe and so that hackers do not steal your personal data while you are on an unsecure network.

    5. Check Your Bank Account
      • Use a credit card or payment method which offers protection (i.e., PayPal).
      • Check your accounts regularly for fraudulent activity.
      • Only provide enough details to complete your purchase (no extra details required)

    6. Keep Your Passwords Safe & Don’t Use Default Credentials

      Default credentials used by applications and appliances are often published on the internet. This can be a big problem. An attacker will typically first scan your network to see where they can move next. If an attacker was lucky enough to identify applications or appliances with default credentials enabled, it won’t take them long to hunt on the internet for these published credentials. Read how to detect default credentials, here.

      Finally, keep your passwords safe. Read this blog on password protocols to learn more. Don’t let cyber scams ruin your festive fun this winter!


    By SecurityHQ

  • Cybersecurity in the age of digital currency

    Cybersecurity in the age of digital currency

    Cryptocurrencies can be notoriously volatile. With prices fluctuating rapidly and without warning, a single tweet can shift a token price by 40%, only to see the price plummet in a matter of hours. While fluctuations are expected within crypto currency, you need to be able to spot the difference between what is a normal event, and what is a scam.

  • Technology and digitalization are key for sustainable lifestyle, research revealed

    Technology and digitalization are key for sustainable lifestyle, research revealed

    More than two-thirds (71%) of consumers think technology and digitalization are key in enabling them to live a more sustainable lifestyle, while over a third (33%) desire apps to provide clearer information on how to live sustainably across various aspects of life, according to an independent research report commissioned by Alibaba Group.

  • Google's approach to further reduce the security burden on users

    Google's approach to further reduce the security burden on users

    October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month and with online safety being top of mind, Google has launched new products and features to help people everywhere. These releases include in-built features that work around-the-clock to take the security burden off users, and updates to privacy controls that help to easily protect personal information.

    • Dark web report: Users can check if their Gmail address has been exposed on the dark web as well as get guidance on how they can protect themself online by accessing the Dark Web Report in their account menu in the Google App. They just have to sign into the Google App and tap their profile picture to open the menu.
    • Passwordless by Default: Passkeys are a simpler and more secure way to sign into sites online and can be used with the Google Accounts. To make transition to passwordless even easier, Google is offering the ability to set up passkeys for all users — by default.
    • A new requirement to make email safer for everyone:  Gmail recently announced new requirements for large senders to make email safer and more user-friendly for everyone, including enforcing authentication, enabling easy unsubscription, enforcing a clear spam rate threshold. This is in addition to Gmail’s AI-powered defenses, which block more than 99.9% of spam, phishing and malware — that’s 15 billion unwanted emails every day. 
    • Easier access to clear browsing data: Google added an option to quickly delete users’ browsing history in Chrome without interrupting current activities. Users just need to click the three dots in the top-right corner of the Chrome browser and select “Clear browsing data”.
    • Use the Google App as the credential provider for your iOS device: Google Password Manager is built into the Google App and you can already use it to securely save your passwords and sign in faster when you’re using the app. Now, you can set it as your Autofill provider so that the Google App can help you quickly and securely autofill your passwords into any app or website on your iOS device.


    Feel free to read more about the announcements in Google’s blog post.

    By MediaBUZZ

This week's highlights

Medallia Launches Four Breakthrough AI Innovations

Category: Jan–Mar 2024 - AI Trends & Predictions
At its Experience ‘24 conference, Medallia, Inc. announced four ground-breaking innovations that will fundamentally alter the way organizations can personalize customer and employee experience
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Increasing adoption of AI in companies driven by early adopters

Category: Jan–Mar 2024 - AI Trends & Predictions
New research commissioned by IBM found that about 42% of enterprise-scale organizations (over 1,000 employees) surveyed have AI actively in use in their businesses. Early adopters are leading the way,
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AI ushers in era of intelligent CX, fuels massive industry transformation

Category: Jan–Mar 2024 - AI Trends & Predictions
Zendesk, Inc. today released its annual Customer Experience(CX) Trends Report, the findings of which signal a rapid transition towards intelligent CX. In this era, the shift to AI-driven service will
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Cybersecurity in the age of digital currency

Category: Oct–Dec 2023 - Omnichannel Marketing
Cryptocurrencies can be notoriously volatile. With prices fluctuating rapidly and without warning, a single tweet can shift a token price by 40%, only to see the price plummet in a matter of hours. Wh
Read more...

Black Friday Online Shopping Safety Checklist

Category: Oct–Dec 2023 - Omnichannel Marketing
Vigilance is urged during this 2023 Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as “AI generated scams enhance the threat to this year’s festive shoppers, as it’s revealed over 7 in 10 British
Read more...

Enhanced Google Play Protect real-time scanning for installation of sideloaded apps

Category: Oct–Dec 2023 - Omnichannel Marketing
Google is making Google Play Protect’s security capabilities even more powerful with real-time scanning at the code-level to combat novel malicious apps. Google Play Protect will now recommend a
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Previous month's highlights

Protecting Data in the Cloud

Category: Apr–June 2023 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Marketing

Organizations in Singapore are increasing their reliance on the cloud. Nearly nine in ten organizations in the country are using cloud services, with about 70% taking a hybrid cloud approach.

Meltwater Brings Powerful New Enterprise Suite to APAC

Category: Apr–June 2023 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Marketing

Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence and data analytics, today announced the availability of Meltwater Enterprise Intelligence Suite, a comprehensive offering that promises vital insights and transformative impact to enterprise clients.

Strategic merger of three digital technology firms in Asia

Category: Apr–June 2023 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Marketing

Three prominent digital services companies in Asia – Digile Technologies, Reveron Consulting, and Innopia Global – have merged to create a digital services powerhouse with a formidable presence in the Asian region.

With new brand identity. LG aims to actively communicate with customers beyond generations and locations

Category: Apr–June 2023 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Marketing

LG Electronics (LG) unveiled a new brand direction and visual identity, which will shed more light on the value of Life's Good with a more dynamic and youthful look across all physical and digital customer touch points.

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