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Snow Park Addresses Front Yard’s Campaign to Distract and Mislead Stockholders with Erroneous Claims

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Sends Letter to Stockholders Laying Out the Facts and Indisputable
Realities Regarding the Incumbent Board’s Record of Value Destruction,
Strategic Lapses, and Governance Failings

Highlights That the Board has Failed to Assume Any Accountability
for ~$500 Million in Wealth Destruction Since 2015 and Continues to
Devote Stockholder Resources to Mischaracterizing the Company’s Dire
State and Deliberately Misleading Stockholders Regarding Snow Park’s

Believes That Unlike the Incumbent Directors, the Snow Park Slate
Possesses Public REIT Sector Experience, Single-Family Residential
Market Expertise, and Ownership Perspectives

Urges Front Yard Stockholders to Focus on a Central Question: Are
We Better Off With the Current Board That Has Failed to Develop a Viable
Strategy and Deliver Returns OR a
Reconstituted Board with Fresh Expertise, Impartiality, and a Vision to
Realize NAV?

Reinforces That ALL THREE Proxy Advisory Firms Support Snow Park’s
Campaign for Change and Recommend Stockholders Vote the BLUE Proxy Card

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Snow Park Capital Partners, LP (together with its affiliates, “Snow
Park” or “we”), a significant long-term stockholder of Front Yard
Residential Corporation (NYSE: RESI) (“Front Yard” or the “Company”),
today sent a letter to stockholders in connection with its nomination of
three highly-qualified, independent director candidates – Leland Abrams,
Lazar Nikolic, and Jeffrey Pierce – for election to the Company’s Board
of Directors (the “Board”) at the upcoming annual meeting on May 23,

Snow Park reminds stockholders that all three proxy advisory firms –
Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC and
Egan-Jones Proxy Services – have supported its case for change. All
three proxy advisory firms recommend that stockholders vote on the BLUE
proxy card
to elect Snow Park’s nominees, who each possess distinct
expertise and relevant qualifications that would enhance Front Yard’s
Board. We urge all stockholders to vote the BLUE
proxy card
today FOR Leland Abrams, Lazar Nikolic and Jeffrey

For more information and voting resources, please visit

Below is the full text of the letter.


May 16, 2019

Dear Fellow Stockholders,

Snow Park Capital Partners, LP (together with its affiliates, “Snow
Park” or “we”) finds it extremely troubling that stockholders of Front
Yard Residential Corporation (“Front Yard” or the “Company”) continue to
receive inaccurate and misleading communications from the Company’s
management and Board of Directors (the “Board”). We also believe it is
egregious that a Board that has presided over approximately $500 million
in value destruction in recent years is unwilling to assume any
accountability or exhibit some level of humility. In our view, this poor
conduct – which has been further punctuated by Front Yard’s recent
willingness to criticize leading proxy advisory firms and disparage
major stockholders – only reinforces that meaningful change is needed in
the boardroom. It is confounding to Snow Park that Front Yard would go
to such great lengths and impugn the Company’s own credibility to
prevent additive expertise and helpful ownership perspectives from
entering the boardroom.

We firmly believe that Front Yard’s baseless campaign to misrepresent
Snow Park’s interests and mischaracterize its slate’s superior director
nominees is nothing more than a smokescreen – one designed to distract
stockholders from the incumbent Board’s track
record of value destruction and the Company’s current poor position
This unfortunately makes sense, in our view, when considering that the
defining question in this election contest has a clear answer: are
stockholders better off with the incumbent Board that has sat by as the
Company’s share price declined nearly 50% in recent years OR with a
reconstituted Board that includes highly-qualified, independent
directors committed to acting in stockholders’ best interests by
properly overseeing the conflicted chief executive and pursuing a
strategy to realize management’s stated Net Asset Value (“NAV”)? We
contend that when stockholders are able to objectively assess Front
Yard’s history of failures and current structural issues, they will
conclude that our case for immediate Board-level change is valid and

In recent days, all three proxy advisory firms – Institutional
Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass
Lewis”) and Egan-Jones Proxy Services (“Egan-Jones”) – endorsed our case
for change following their independent and impartial assessments of
Front Yard. We are very pleased that these proxy advisory firms agreed
with Snow Park that the incumbent Board has endorsed and supported a
poorly-executed strategy that has left the Company saddled with an
excessively-leveraged balance sheet, needlessly-bloated operating
expenses, and an inability to generate sufficient income. In addition,
we feel it was extremely important that the Company’s poor governance
policies and Board-level conflicts were each highlighted by these
respected, trusted sources.

Between now and the date of Front Yard’s annual meeting, Snow Park is
committed to ensuring that all of our fellow stockholders have the
unfiltered information necessary to make an informed decision regarding
the future of the Board. The Company is at a crossroads – one that
cannot be concealed by half-truths and misrepresentations.


To illustrate the extent to which Snow Park believes Front Yard is
misleading stockholders about its past and present failings, we have
highlighted a sampling of the Company’s recent misstatements and added
our own data-centric, facts-based responses. We hope this will provide
you with a sense of how our nominees would work to challenge the status
quo and instill accountability at Front Yard henceforth.

Misleading Claim #1: Front Yard Has an Accountable and
Stockholder-Friendly Board

The Company recently declared that is has an “accountable Board of
Directors […] which is committed to strong corporate governance
practices, ensuring proper oversight and acting in the best interests of
all stockholders.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Lack of Independent Directors
    Despite stockholders clamoring for change (including via multiple
    proxy contests initiated), the Board still lacks independent
    stockholder representatives. Instead, Rochelle Dobbs and George
    McDowell were appointed to the Board, as “independent directors”,
    though they were George Ellison’s former colleagues at Bank of America
    for many years.
  • Dismal Governance Policies
    Stockholders do not have the power to amend bylaws and the Company
    does not have a majority vote standard or director resignation policy
    in uncontested elections. Further, the Board has not opted out of the
    Maryland Unsolicited Takeovers Act (“MUTA”), which allows it to take
    various stockholder-unfriendly actions that include classifying the
    Board without stockholder approval. Both ISS and Glass Lewis
    highlighted these significant governance failings.
  • Divergent Interests – Front
    Yard’s officers and directors have actually seen their compensation
    steadily increase in recent years as the Company has delivered
    negative returns. While insiders have made more than $12 million since
    2015, stockholders cumulatively lost more than $500 million –
    underscoring the lack of accountability in the boardroom.
  • Excessive Compensation for Chief Executive
    George Ellison
    – Mr. Ellison currently receives nearly
    $2 million per year in compensation from Frond Yard, in addition to
    the millions that he is paid by the external manager the Company pays
    for management services. We believe such “double dipping” in
    compensation is not only unseemly, but it is tone deaf given that
    stockholders have seen approximately $500 million of value destroyed
    under the Ellison regime.
  • History of Broken Promises
    Front Yard consistently overpromises before ultimately
    underdelivering, including telling stockholders it would add
    independent expertise – not associates of George Ellison – to the
    Board in 2017-2018 and to expect “distributable income of 9-11% on
    3 Today, stockholders are still
    waiting for a truly independent Board and to realize the real estate
    value trapped within Front Yard’s shares.

Misleading Claim #2: Snow Park Has Poor Alignment With Front
Yard’s Stockholders

The Company has decided to baselessly attack Snow Park by claiming it
is “a highly conflicted hedge fund composed of short-term traders and is
not a ‘true owner’ of Front Yard.”

We believe the facts tell a different story:

  • Snow Park is “Long” Front Yard
    – Snow Park, which has been a sizable stockholder of Front Yard for
    multiple years, is net “long” Front Yard. Although we sought to
    partially hedge against sector-worst governance while the incumbent
    Board – which has presided over $500 million of value destruction –
    continues embracing Maryland’s anti-stockholder protections and adding
    George Ellison’s long-term associates, our intent has always been to
    unwind this position upon installing independent and qualified
    directors on the Board. To be clear, like every other stockholder,
    Snow Park will make money on its Front Yard position if shares rise
    and will lose money if shares depreciate.
    This has been true since
    we started the campaign, but the Company is deliberately misleading
    its stockholders to distract from its own poor track record and our
    slate’s superior qualifications.
  • Snow Park’s Goals Are Completely Aligned with
    Those of Fellow Stockholders
    – Snow Park’s substantial
    investment in a capital-intensive proxy contest that is focused on
    adding ownership perspectives and strategic vision to the Board should
    make clear that it has the same goals as its fellow stockholders. Snow
    Park is singularly focused on seeing Front Yard’s shares appreciate in
  • Snow Park’s Diminishing AAMC Position Poses
    No Issue
    – Snow Park continues to reduce its holdings in
    Altisource Asset Management Corporation (“AAMC”), which were amassed
    years ago, while George Ellison has grown his holdings in AAMC (where
    he is also chief executive and chairman). Moreover, Snow Park’s
    critiques of Mr. Ellison’s performance and Front Yard’s
    poorly-constructed amended agreement with AAMC should reinforce it is
    completely focused on maximizing value for Front Yard’s stockholders.
  • The Front Yard Board is Not Aligned
    – The Board barely owns any stock. The three directors we seek to
    replace own less than 45,000 shares, nearly all of which was awarded
    by the Company rather than purchased.

Misleading Claim #3: Front Yard’s Director Nominees Have More
Relevant Experience and Qualifications

The Company has apparently concluded that ISS, Glass Lewis and
Egan-Jones erred in their recommendations to vote FOR Snow Park’s
nominees, as evidenced by its assertion that our “nominees have little
to no experience in the ownership and management of SFR homes and
possess repetitive, finance-related backgrounds.”

We believe the facts tell a different story:

  • The Snow Park Slate Has Significant SFR
    Market Experience
    – Leland Abrams’ firm, Wynkoop, was an
    early player in the single-family residential (“SFR”) market that has
    acquired and sold more than 1,000 homes similar in profile to the
    assets in Front Yard’s portfolio. Lazar Nikolic founded MVC Real
    Estate, an SFR property investment vehicle that acquired and managed
    rentals in Atlanta for six years until the portfolio was sold. Jeffrey
    Pierce, outside of his role at Snow Park, owns and operates a
    portfolio of SFR and multi-family properties that has achieved
    significant appreciation since inception.
  • The Snow Park Slate Possess the REIT
    Experience the Board Lacks
    – Jeffrey Pierce, who founded
    one of the alternative asset management industry’s only firms
    dedicated to public real estate, has been analyzing and investing in
    Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) for nearly 15 years. He has a
    long track record of securing outcomes for shareholders while working
    with public REIT management teams to enhance corporate governance,
    improve strategic execution, and optimize portfolios. He has also
    helped notable REITs close significant NAV discounts through
    alternative strategies and transactions.
  • The Snow Park Slate Brings Valuable
    – While most of the incumbent directors
    come from mortgage and financial services backgrounds, like George
    Ellison, our nominees bring years of SFR market and REIT industry
    relationships that can support future financing efforts and
    transactions. Moreover, our nominees’ backgrounds investing in REITs
    have afforded them visibility into strategic review processes and
    connections to the types of advisors that excel at helping REITs
    maximize value.

Misleading Claim #4: Front Yard is a Market Leader

The Company touts that “[u]nder the stewardship of our current Board,
Front Yard has established its position as a market leader in this
attractive, growing space.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Negative Total Returns 
    Despite operating during a bull market in the SFR space and a period
    of tremendous economic growth, Front Yard has dramatically
    underperformed all relevant industry benchmarks and its two public
    company peers: American Homes 4 Rent and Invitation Homes. The
    Company’s shares are down approximately 50%
    over the past four years.
  • One of the REIT Sector’s Worst Valuation Gaps – Although
    REITs often trade at modest discounts to their NAV calculations, Front
    Yard’s shares trade at a consistent 45-60% discount to the Company’s
    own stated NAV.
    7 It recently had the second
    largest discount to NAV out of all publicly-traded REITs in the United
  • Peer-Worst General & Administrative Expenses
    – Front Yard’s incumbent Board has sat idle while the Company’s
    General & Administrative (“G&A”) expenses remain at levels that far
    exceed more profitable peers – despite the fact that the portfolio has
    grown. This dichotomy is concerning for stockholders when considering
    that management seems unable to curb costs yet has stated its desire
    to scale further.

Misleading Claim #5: Front Yard Has Achieved Critical Mass at the
15,000 Home Level

The Company highlights that it is well-positioned after acquiring
“11,000 additional revenue-generating SFRs since March 31, 2016 without
raising additional equity capital, allowing the Company to achieve scale
in several key target markets.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • No Cash Flows or Profits
    Despite claiming to be set up for success at the 15,000-home level,
    particularly now that property management is internalized, Front Yard
    still has generated no material cash flows or profits – and still does
    not even cover its dividend. There is no reason to believe the future
    will be different if this Board that has failed to embrace checks and
    balances remains in place.
  • NAV Has Actually Declined During the Period
    of Purchasing 15,000 Homes
    – Front Yard’s
    leverage-fueled acquisition spree has both eroded its balance sheet
    and resulted in a $4.50 depreciation in management’s stated NAV as the
    portfolio has increased from approximately 3,500 homes to roughly
    15,000 homes. Given the commensurate rise in housing prices during the
    same period of time, we find this unacceptable.
  • Contradictions Regarding Scale
    – Front Yard’s assertion that it has achieved scale in any markets
    runs counter to its own statements from earlier this year regarding
    reaching the 50,000-home level as a way to bring its sector-worst G&A
    expense ratio in line with peers.
    10 We are
    only left to conclude that management is willing to say and do
    whatever it has to in order to try to garner support for Front Yard
    this proxy season.

Misleading Claim #6: Stockholders Should Take Solace in Revenue

The Company implies stockholders should be hopeful about the future
because it grew “first quarter rental revenues from $6.1 million as of
March 31, 2016 to $52.6 million as of March 31, 2019.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Lingering Structural Issues Mitigate Revenue
    – Front Yard’s share price actually declined more
    than 22% during the specific three-year period it cited revenue
    growth, reflecting the Company’s inability to generate sufficient
    income to offset its increasing debt levels, poor external management
    structure, and needlessly high G&A expenses.
  • Negative Returns Continue as NOI Increases
    To be clear, NOI has increased as a result of reckless leverage-fueled
    acquisitions and in no way reflects any value-add or progress. To try
    to conflate reckless growth with progress is just another way for the
    Company to dodge accountability for the poor decisions that have led
    to stockholder value destruction over the years.

Misleading Claim #7: The Amended Agreement with AAMC Reflects the
Board’s Commitment to Value Creation

The Company contends that its amended agreement with AAMC is the
“most recent example of the current Board’s proactivity, strategic
vision, independence and focus on providing long-term stockholder value.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • No Accountability for Stockholder Returns
    – Rather than mirror many external management agreements that
    contemplate Total Shareholder Returns (“TSR”) as a performance metric,
    Front Yard has crystalized a flawed structure and a perverse incentive
    package with its external manager that offers zero accountability for
    stockholder returns. AAMC’s fee stream remains intact regardless of
    the depreciation in Front Yard’s shares – just like the previous
    agreement. Moreover, the new external agreement – which uses leveraged
    cash flows to determine performance incentives – promotes the further
    leveraging of the balance sheet and actually disincentivizes any
    capital strategy that could de-leverage or return capital at NAV to
    stockholders. This shows that the Board clearly did not learn any
    lessons from the reckless leverage-fueled acquisition spree that
    caused stockholder value destruction to begin with.
  • Concerning Incentives – The
    amended agreement eliminates Front Yard’s optionality to terminate the
    contract for performance default while giving AAMC another five years
    of strong fees with limited accountability. This is particularly
    troubling – as leading proxy advisory firms have noted – given that
    George Ellison is not only the chief executive at both Front Yard and
    AAMC, but also a director on Front Yard’s Board and the Chairman at
    AAMC (where he is a large stockholder).

Misleading Claim #8: Front Yard’s Balance Sheet is Not in Shambles

The Company expects stockholders to believe its balance sheet is not
decimated because it has “[o]ptimized financing arrangements by
transitioning away from repurchase facilities into term loan facilities
with significantly longer maturities, lower interest rates and less
interest rate volatility.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Peer-Worst Balance Sheet
    Front Yard’s debt-fueled acquisition spree in recent years has left
    the Company with a balance sheet that remains significantly more
    leveraged than its two public REIT peers.
  • More Debt on the Horizon
    Given that Front Yard has stated it intended to scale to 50,000 homes
    and cannot access the public markets for growth capital, we are left
    to assume the Company currently intends to use debt financing to
    pursue future acquisitions. To be clear, without the stock trading at
    NAV, any sort of equity issuance would be highly dilutive and actually
    perversely increase fees to the external manager when used to purchase
    more homes. In our view, stockholder oversight is clearly needed to
    prevent Front Yard’s conflicted management team from placing its own
    economic incentives ahead of real owners’ interests.


We believe it should be a telling sign to all stockholders that Front
Yard would rather spend time besmirching Snow Park and mischaracterizing
our nominees’ backgrounds, expertise, and qualifications than debating
us on the facts or producing a credible plan for realizing NAV. The
truth is this process should not be marred by the Board’s fear-mongering
and rancor, but instead should be focused on providing stockholders with
the opportunity to assess both slates’ ideas and qualifications. It is
very regrettable, in our view, that Front Yard is committing
stockholders’ resources to a campaign that consciously attempts to shift
focus away from the Company’s performance, strategy, governance, and
officers and directors. We are only left to conclude that Front Yard
simply lacks either the ability or willingness to acknowledge the
failures that have led to years of negative returns. Regardless, the
facts make clear that Board-level change is desperately needed.

Looking ahead, Snow Park urges stockholders to not only focus on the
facts pertaining to Front Yard, but to also examine the respective
director nominees’ qualifications. We are very confident that given
Front Yard is a highly-leveraged, unprofitable and poorly-run REIT
operating in the SFR market, our nominees bring the ideal backgrounds
and relevant experiences needed to help the Company get on an
accelerated path to stability and value creation. Below is an overview
of the distinct skillsets and perspectives that each of Snow Park’s
nominees would bring to the Board:

Leland Abrams, Principal of Wynkoop

Unique SFR market acquisitions background along with highly
additive financing experience and relationships

  • Significant SFR Market Acquisition and
    Transaction Experience
    – Wynkoop has bought and sold
    more than 1,000 homes similar in profile to the assets in Front Yard’s
  • Unique Knowledge of SFR Market Fundamentals
    – Years of experience investing in residential market securities has
    led to distinct knowledge of SFR market financing practices, portfolio
    management and operational efficiencies.
  • Proven Track Record Realizing Value in the
    SFR Space
    – Recently helped Wynkoop execute the sale of
    a $50 million block of SFR homes to another large institutional entity.
  • Strong Alignment with Stockholders
    – Front Yard is one of the largest equity positions in Wynkoop’s

Lazar Nikolic, Founder of JPL Advisors

Robust SFR market expertise based on experience constructing and
managing portfolios of residential homes, including via his own property
investment business

  • Significant SFR Market Investing Experience
    – Previously founded MVC Real Estate, an SFR market investment vehicle
    that acquired and managed rentals in one the country’s largest home
  • Deep Understanding of SFR Market Fundamentals
    – Oversaw investments in some of the earliest institutional-level
    private funds that deployed capital to the SFR space in 2010 and 2011.
  • More Than a Decade of Real Estate and REIT
    Investing Knowledge
    – Years of experience analyzing real
    estate securities and investing in public REITs on behalf of limited
  • Strong Alignment with Stockholders
    – Front Yard is one of the largest positions in JPL’s portfolio.

Jeffrey Pierce, Managing Partner of Snow Park
Capital Partners

Nearly 15 years of dedicated public REIT knowledge and expertise,
including with respect to effective governance practices and helping
management teams realize NAV

  • Significant Public REIT Experience
    – Brings 15 years of experience analyzing and investing in public
    REITs across SFR, apartment, lodging, and office markets.


For Investors:
Saratoga Proxy Consulting LLC
John Ferguson /
Joe Mills, 212-257-1311

For Media:
Greg Marose / Charlotte Kiaie, 347-343-2999

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Peak Design Expands Offerings with Groundbreaking Travel Tripod; More Info at B&H

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Photography News: Fresh off an incredibly successful Kickstarter, the Peak Design Travel Tripod is officially launching for retail. Available at B&H, this ultra-compact and feature-rich support is the ultimate option for travelers and landscape photographers.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#outdoorphotography–B&H Photo would like to share the announcement of the Peak Design Travel Tripod. Initially having launched on Kickstarter where it was highly successful, the Travel Tripod is now available for order at B&H Photo. This revolutionary tripod is truly portable, having been redesigned to minimize space while maintaining all the features and functions that make a professional tripod great.

Peak Design was able to minimize the packed size of the Travel Tripod by eliminating the wasted space common with traditional designs. Its five-section design collapses to 15.4″, squeezes the diameter to 3.125″, and can be extended to a height of 60″ with the center column, and 51.25″ without. This is an impressive feat for such a small system, and there will be an aluminum version that weighs 3.44 lb, as well as a carbon fiber model that cuts the weight to just 2.81 lb.

It’s not all about being small. The Travel Tripod has a weight capacity of 20 lb, making it suitable for many professional camera setups with telephoto lenses. A very unique aspect of this tripod is the ball head. Perfectly matched to ensure minimal size, this head offers a large, intuitive locking ring for control. There are also three cutouts for moving the camera into portrait orientation. The top is an Arca-type-compatible quick-release system, ensuring compatibility with plenty of existing equipment and fast operation. It even comes with a compatible smartphone mount for even more shooting possibilities. If you want to use your own head, an optional Universal Head Adapter will be available.

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RSA Conference 2019 APJ: Highlights Public and Private Sector Expert Insights, Calls for Stronger Regional Collaborations for Higher Cybersecurity Standards

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The annual regional Cybersecurity Conference continues to draw international attendees and experts to strategise for today’s cybersecurity challenges

SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, announced today the conclusion of its 7th regional event in Singapore. This year, the Conference saw richer international representation of attendees and public sector participation from across the region reinforcing its relevance.

Over the three-day conference, programs including expert-led keynote and track sessions, Learning Labs and seminars, focused on themes like data governance and privacy, critical national infrastructure, artificial intelligence and blockchain, that are impacting the regional security landscape today.

“Asia continues to play a significant role in the global Cybersecurity scene, and this year’s RSA Conference APJ has highlighted the region’s dynamic ecosystem, demonstrating how it continues be at the forefront of innovation,” said Linda Gray Martin, Sr. Director & General Manager, RSA Conferences. “Our distinguished guests, partners and attendees have truly exemplified this year’s theme of Better, and represented the collective desire to do more, do better and work together to make this reality.”

Experts at RSA Conference 2019 APJ: Cybersecurity Requires Government, Industry and Public Collaboration

In his opening keynote, Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS), Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health emphasized the importance of a multi-pronged approach to tackle increasingly complex cyberthreats through better regional and international cooperation, better government capabilities, and better public awareness. He said, “This is the 7th year that the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs is supporting RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan in Singapore, which continues to be an important platform for all of us, policy makers, thought leaders, and cybersecurity professionals from around the region.” SPS Amin also announced new Government initiatives including the new Home Team Science & Technology Agency which will be launched by the end of the year to strengthen digital security capabilities of Home Team, Singapore’s national training institute for government agencies.

Elaborating on the importance of equipping the next generation for cybersecurity and public action, Kyla Guru, Chief Executive Officer, Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, delivered a passionate opening day keynote where she addressed the crucial role of collaboration with the public and education sector to mobilize Generation Z for greater cybersecurity. “Young people have a part in securing the future, because they are the future. As the biggest users of technology, spending 80 percent of their waking day online, they need to have a seat at the table and educating them through awareness, training and advocacy will be how we strengthen our human firewall.”

The Conference concluded with The Hugh Thompson Show, an annual and ever-popular highlight. With a focus on DeepFakes and the Human Zero Day this year, Dr Hugh Thompson, Program Committee Chair, RSA Conference, was joined by guests, Alexis Conran, Presenter and Broadcaster, Dr Saurabh Shintre, Senior Principal Researcher, Symantec, and Dr Vrizlynn Thing, Senior Vice President, Head of Cybersecurity Strategic Technology Centre, ST Engineering to discuss the phenomenon.

“The ease of use and accessibility of such tools to create deepfakes is what makes it so dangerous,” Dr Shintre explained.

“Yet, we are at a point where experts can identify deepfakes. It’s time that we take precautions by firstly, being aware of the phenomenon and secondly, thinking deeper about the information we consume and receive – how it matters, what its objectives are and what are the consequences of trusting it,” said Dr Thing.

Other Conference highlights include:

  • 16 keynote speakers and panelists, more than 110 speakers across 107 sessions, 75 sponsors and exhibitors, and 31 regional association partners
  • Pre-Conference programs including The Cyber Investigators’ Challenge, a Capture-the-Flag event co-organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium and DevSecOps Day that brought together practitioners for a series of talks around securing application development
  • Introduction of RSA Conference’s Innovation Program in the region with RSAC Launch Pad and RSAC Early Stage Expo to showcase up-and-coming cybersecurity startups. Strobes emerged the winner of RSAC Launch Pad and will be exhibiting at RSA Conference 2020 USA
  • New and Industry-Relevant Conference tracks – Analytics, Intelligence & Response Track, The Human & Process Security Track Policy, Government & Regulations; Global Perspectives; Threats, Analytics & Threat Actors; Security Strategy & Data Security; eFraud & Law Enforcement; and Cloud, Mobile & IoT Security

Continuing to Deliver an Exceptional Experience for Conference Attendees and Exhibitors

“Cybersecurity is a central challenge of our digital age. RSA Conference 2019 in Asia provided me a platform to reinforce Microsoft’s commitment to cybersecurity and share insights with organizations in Asia Pacific on how they can get the most benefit from advances in the fields of AI and machine learning by focusing on the culture and diversity within their own cybersecurity teams. Without diverse teams working on the ML models, the data and the threat models may end up automating bias or even the attack paths for criminals. AI is a crucial linchpin in cybersecurity, our teams need to be as diverse as the problems we are trying to solve,” said Diana Kelley, Cybersecurity Field CTO, Microsoft.

“The APJ region continues to accelerate its lead in cybersecurity innovation, and we are always excited to work with up-and-coming talent and startups here as they break into the industry. This year at RSA Conference 2019 APJ, ICE71 was able to do just that with our involvement at the RSAC Early Stage Expo (ESE), where we met and worked with emerging startups who are already addressing the latest security challenges. We definitely look to further these conversations and do even more with the startups in our region in the years ahead together with RSAC,” Linda Nguyen Schindler, Programme Head, ICE71.

“With the threat landscape constantly evolving, it is imperative that our cybersecurity ecosystem continues evolving with it. RSA Conference 2019 APJ provided a great platform for connecting with various organisations, academia, industry experts and up-and-coming talent, and ideating around how we can use technology for good and stay a step ahead of bad actors. We look forward to our involvement at upcoming conferences, and to seeing new innovations emerge as we work towards strengthening connections in the region for a safer digital world,” Leo Hwa Chiang, Director, Singapore Operations, IEEE.

RSA Conference 2020 APJ takes place July 14 to 16, 2020 in Singapore. Prior to that, RSAC Unplugged Sydney is set for October 10, 2019. RSA Conference 2020 takes place February 24 to 28, 2020 in San Francisco.

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About RSA Conference:

RSA Conference is the premier series of global events and on-demand programs where the world talks security and leadership gathers, advances and emerges. Whether attending in the US, the EMEA region, the Asia-Pacific region or online, RSA Conference events are where the security industry converges to discuss current and future concerns and get access to the people, content and ideas that help enable individuals and companies to win, grow and do their best. It’s about bringing all people in the cybersecurity industry together and empowering the collective “we” of the cybersecurity industry to stand against cyberthreats around the world. RSA Conference is the ultimate marketplace for the latest technologies and hands-on educational opportunities that help industry professionals discover how to make their companies more secure while showcasing the most enterprising, influential and thought-provoking thinkers and leaders in security today. For information on events, online programming and the most up-to-date news pertaining to the cybersecurity industry visit

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Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Announces Investigation on Behalf of Ideanomics Inc. Investors (IDEX)

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$IDEX #CLASSACTION–Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP (“GPM”) announces an investigation on behalf of Ideanomics Inc. (“Ideanomics” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: IDEX) investors concerning the Company and its officers’ possible violations of federal securities laws.

If you are a shareholder who suffered a loss, click here to participate.

If you wish to learn more about this action, or if you have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Lesley Portnoy, Esquire, at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-9224, or by email to, or visit our website at

On November 14, 2018, the Company announced that it would “phase out [its] oil trading and consumer electronics businesses, with the intention to fully divest these assets in the near future.” It also disclosed that it did “not anticipate meeting [its] EBITDA guidance of $35 million for fiscal year 2019” due to “costs associated with building out [its] U.S. infrastructure and hiring [its] new executive team.”

On this news, the Company’s share price fell $1.59, or more than 48%, to close at $1.67 on November 14, 2018, thereby injuring investors.

If you purchased Ideanomics securities, have information, or would like to learn more about these claims, or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Lesley Portnoy, of GPM, 1925 Century Park East, Suite 2100, Los Angeles, CA 90067 at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-9224, or visit our website at If you inquire by email please include your mailing address, telephone number, and the number of shares purchased.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.


Glancy Prongay and Murray LLP, Los Angeles

Lesley Portnoy, 310-201-9150 or 888-773-9224


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