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RSA Conference 2019 Asia Pacific & Japan Unveils Keynote Stage Line-up

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Addressing the pressing cybersecurity issues impacting the region’s
digital economies at the seventh annual event in Singapore

, the world’s leading information security conferences and
expositions, today announced its line-up of keynote speakers for RSA
Conference 2019 Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ). The Conference keynotes will
be opened by Mr.
Amrin Amin
, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Singapore’s Ministry
of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health on Tuesday, July 16, at
the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center.

The APJ region is home to seven of the top 10 economies with the largest
ICT to GDP growth ratio1. As economic growth and people’s
lifestyles become increasingly dependent on digital products and
services, this year’s keynotes will focus on how everyone – from the
C-suites to the frontlines – can ensure a more secure region while
collectively continuing to pursue progress.

Some highlights of the keynote line-up include Kyla
, a 17-year-old student and internationally-renowned
cybersecurity prodigy and entrepreneur, who will share her thoughts on
transforming public education systems around privacy and cybersecurity
and what she believes should be the mission of all cybersecurity
initiatives. Also, a team of global computer forensics and ethical
hacking experts from the SANS
will deliver unique perspectives on dangerous new
cyber-attack techniques and how we can make radical changes to improve
the current state of ‘cyber-insecurity’.

Hugh Thompson Show: DeepFakes and the Human Zero Day
will be a
highlight on the Conference keynote stage. RSA Conference Program Chair
Hugh Thompson will feature special guests – actor and writer Alexis
Conran, and top cybersecurity researchers Saurabh Shintre and Dr
Vrizlynn Thing. Together, they will discuss what makes humans most
susceptible to being manipulated and compromised, how DeepFakes and AI
are being weaponized, and how this forever changes defense strategies.

“Driving progress and navigating an evolving cybersecurity landscape
come hand in hand. The rise of e-commerce and FinTech in Asia boosts
consumption and inclusion but makes us vulnerable to new forms of scams
and fraud. Sharper AI algorithms boost productivity but can also be used
to make cyber-threats harder to discern. The line-up that we’ve
assembled will help us better leverage digital opportunities while
managing associated risks. Our goal is to help create a brighter future
by highlighting what it takes to become more secure today,” said Linda
Gray Martin, Senior Director and General Manager, RSA Conferences.

Keynote speakers and sessions include:

  • Mr. Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home
    Affairs & Ministry of Health

    Opening keynote
    Guest-of-Honor for RSA Conference 2019 APJ, Mr. Amrin Amin is Senior
    Parliamentary Secretary for Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs and
    Ministry of Health. He is a Member of Parliament representing
    Sembawang Group Representation Constituency (Woodlands) since
    September 2015. Prior to political office, he was a corporate lawyer
    specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Amrin read law at the
    National University of Singapore (Bachelor of Law) (Honors) and
    Columbia University in New York (Master of Law) (Harlan Fiske Stone
  • Kyla
    , Founder / CEO, Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education
    | Tales of a Teenage Security Supergirl

    Before her freshman
    year in high school, Kyla Guru founded Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity, a
    national organization that now sustains more than 20 national
    partnerships with school districts, corporations like Facebook and
    IBM, and educational platforms like Discovery Education, all to
    increase awareness, literacy, and fluency in privacy and
    cybersecurity. Guru will share her story of being a social
    entrepreneur, what she believes should be the greater mission of all
    cybersecurity initiatives, and what she sees as the future of the
  • The Five Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques and How to Counter

    Presented by the SANS Institute, this keynote panel will
    reveal the most dangerous new attack techniques, how they work and how
    we can stop them. Speakers include Robert
    M. Lee
    , CEO and Founder, Dragos, Inc, SANS Certified
    ; My-Ngoc
    , CEO / Principal Consultant, Secured IT Solutions,
    SANS Certified Instructor
    ; Stephen
    , SANS Faculty Fellow, PenTest and Cyber Defense
    Essentials Curriculum Lead
    and moderated by Nick
    , Director of Klein & Co., Computer Forensics, SANS
    Certified Instructor
  • Rohit
    , President, RSA, and Holly
    , Senior Vice President and Digital Transformation
    Lead, RSA | The New Why of Cybersecurity

    Digital investment
    accelerates business velocity, transforms constituent experiences and
    spawns new opportunities. But this formidable force for human progress
    also magnifies risk. Together with leading industry experts from RSA,
    Rohit Ghai will address the management of digital risk as the new
    ‘why’ for cybersecurity.
  • Diana
    , Cybersecurity Field CTO, Microsoft | Better
    Cybersecurity with AI and ML? Focus on Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

    and machine learning can speed up the threat response cycle, but
    without diverse teams developing these machine learning models, we may
    end up automating bias or even criminals’ attack paths. Diana Kelley
    will explain the importance of culture and diversity within
    organizations’ cybersecurity teams, to ensure they benefit from
    advances in the fields of AI and machine learning.
  • Haiyan
    , Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security
    Markets, Splunk | Embracing Chaos to Reimagine Cybersecurity

    nation-state hacks and concerns around privacy continue to mount, data
    is playing an increasingly critical role in the success of the
    security operations center (SOC). With security professionals facing
    an ever-increasing volume of risk, Haiyan Song will share ways to
    embrace data chaos, fuel innovation and stay one step ahead of today’s
    biggest security threats.
  • Aarti
    , Vice President, Offering Management, IBM Security |
    The New Rules of Security

    The reality today is that
    enterprises must secure business processes from and for the cloud. As
    we move into the next era of cloud computing, Aarti Borkar will detail
    how cybersecurity leaders can adopt a continuous security model to
    protect data and workloads, manage threats and compliance, and secure
    identities and networks.
  • The Hugh Thompson Show: DeepFakes and The Human Zero Day
    social engineering and exploiting human zero days to DeepFakes that
    are now harder to discern than ever before, the greatest threats we
    have ever faced sit inside the human mind. This closing keynote takes
    you behind the scenes to explore what it is about humans that makes us
    susceptible to getting manipulated and compromised. Learn how
    DeepFakes and AI are being weaponized from world-renowned
    application security expert and RSA Conference Program Committee
    , and special guests Vrizlynn
    , Senior Vice President, Head of Cybersecurity
    Strategic Technology Centre, ST Engineering
    ; Saurabh
    , Senior Principal Researcher; and Alexis
    , a celebrity presenter and broadcaster best known
    for his role in highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The Real Hustle

Additional information and online registration details:

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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trademarks of their respective owners.

1 International Monetary Fund. Regional Economic Outlook:
Asia-Pacific. May 2018.


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Thales Named a Market Leader in KuppingerCole Analysts Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service Access Management

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  • Thales recognized for global reach, number of customers and partner ecosystem
  • Positive ratings for innovativeness, interoperability, market position, security and usability

PARIS LA DÉFENSE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thales today announced that it has been positioned as a Market Leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) Access Management.

The report recognized Thales, through its SafeNet Trusted Access offer, as a market leader in terms of the number of customers, partner ecosystem, and global reach in the IDaaS Access Management market. KuppingerCole’s Leadership Compass takes a thorough look at the overall IDaaS Access Management industry, provides in-depth analysis of the main players in the market, and rates vendors on innovation, product features, and market reach.

“With a strong global presence, SafeNet Trusted Access presents a flexible solution based on standards and, in addition, agents as a service to cater to the access management requirements of organizations with broad contextual authentication needs,” said Martin Kuppinger, founder and principal analyst, KuppingerCole. “Organizations with common IDaaS Access Management requirements should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

KuppingerCole recognized SafeNet Trusted Access for its “wide range of authentication factors combined with broad support for contextual attributes to deliver risk adaptive authentication along with some access management functions targeted at B2B, B2E and G2C market segments.” In addition, the report highlighted the global presence for SafeNet Trusted Access and recommended that organizations “should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

The KuppingerCole report rated Thales as “strong positive” or “positive” for:

  • Financial Strength
  • Functionality
  • Innovativeness
  • Interoperability
  • Market Position
  • Security
  • Usability

As enterprises increasing move their applications and data to the cloud, access management is increasingly seen as the solution to help simplify cloud access and mitigate the threat of data breaches. According to recent research from Thales, almost half of businesses believe cloud applications make them a target for cyber-attacks. Surveying 1,050 IT decision makers globally, Thales’ 2019 Access Management Index1 revealed that cloud applications (49%) are listed among the top three reasons an organization might be attacked, just behind unprotected infrastructure such as IoT devices (54%) and web portals (50%).

“Thales is honored to be listed a market leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass report,” said François Lasnier, Vice President for Access Management solutions at Thales. “This validation demonstrates the strength, reach and innovation of SafeNet Trusted Access in meeting the security, compliance requirements and end user needs of organizations that are embracing the cloud for their mission-critical applications and IT infrastructure.”

Thales’ global market leadership position comes from more than two decades of innovation in the access management and authentication market. SafeNet Trusted Access is a cloud-based access management solution that combines the convenience of single sign-on (SSO) with granular access security controls and adaptive authentication. By validating identities, enforcing access policies and applying Smart SSO, SafeNet Trusted Access helps organizations ensure secure, convenient access to cloud applications, prevent data breaches and simplify compliance.

Download the full KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for IDaaS Acess Management.

1The 2019 Access Management Index, is a survey of 1050 executives in 11 countries with responsibility for, or influence over, IT and data security. The survey, reporting and analysis was conducted by Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Thales.


Thales, Media Relations
Constance Arnoux

+33 (0)1 57 77 91 58

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Juniper Research: Mobile Financial Services’ Transactions to Exceed $1 Trillion in Emerging Markets by 2024

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Includes Mobile Money Transfer, Microloans, Microsavings and Microinsurance

BASINGSTOKE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#emerging–A new study from Juniper Research found that the total transaction value of the MFS (Mobile Financial Services) market will exceed $1 trillion by 2024; rising from $580 billion in 2019. This is a growth of 70%. The research identified a range of untapped opportunities in Latin America for services such as microfinance, microloans and money transfer, as a key driver of MFS growth over the next five years.

For more insights on Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets, download our free whitepaper: The $1 Trillion Opportunity ~ Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets.

Latin America – the Underserved Opportunity

The new research, Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets: Monetisation Models & Market Forecasts 2019-2024, forecasts that the total number of users accessing MFS in Latin America will grow 20% on average annually over the next five years. This is predicted to grow twice as fast as saturated markets such as Africa & Middle East. In response, it urged MFS vendors to leverage existing experience to launch services in this underserved market.

It also forecasts that the number of MFS users in all emerging markets will reach 1.2 billion by 2024; growing from 890 million in 2019. Africa & Middle East will account for over 600 million users alone by 2024; owing to the high reliance on mobile devices for banking services.

Cash In, Cash Out to Account for Half of Overall MFS Value by 2024

The research found that CICO (Cash In, Cash Out) transactions will be the largest driver of growth for the MFS market; exceeding a value of $590 billion by 2024. CICO allows users to access traditional banking services, such as deposits and withdrawals, via mobile devices.

The report urged MFS providers to expand their agent networks to rapidly grow customer bases. It also forecasts that fostering confidence amongst users for CICO transactions will lead to uptake of more comprehensive MFS products, such as microloans and microinsurance, in the future.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector; providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.


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Broadband Forum Reimagines Services Deployment and Orchestration With Exclusive CloudCO Demonstration at Broadband World Forum 2019

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The first-of-its-kind demonstration is sponsored by Swisscom, BT, and TIM and will showcase zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Cloud–As service providers look to introduce new network technologies to accelerate new services deployment with minimal risk, Broadband Forum will demonstrate the latest developments in its Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) and Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) initiatives at Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2019.

CloudCO is a recasting of the Central Office hosting infrastructure that utilizes Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud technologies to support network functions for broadband services. Within this, OB-BAA specifies Northbound Interfaces (NBI), Core Components and Southbound Adaptation Interfaces (SAI) for functions associated with access network devices that have been virtualized, facilitating co-existence and seamless migration.

The first-of-its-kind demonstration of both initiatives at BBWF 2019 will leverage a combination of SDN automation and virtualization, open source innovation and Broadband Forum’s Open Broadband Labs (OB-Labs) infrastructure. This will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal. It will also take advantage of major enhancements to Broadband Forum’s OB-BAA open source project and a soon-to-be-released new Application Note, APPN-446 – ONAP and CloudCO integration for Residential Broadband HSIA Service.

“The CloudCO and OB-BAA demonstration will represent a radical recasting of services deployment and orchestration to the benefit of the industry,” said Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer at Broadband Forum. “CloudCO and OB-BAA are among our Open Broadband initiatives which aim to advance network migration to cloud-based broadband infrastructures and help service providers realize the possibilities of SDN and NFV. This demonstration will highlight the innovative work of the global Open Broadband Labs and the benefits of industry-wide collaboration and interoperability.”

Specifically, the demo illustrates a multi-vendor network use case in which a customer making a service request has the service created and activated by the service provider, only then to relocate to a new location and find the service seamlessly reactivated. This will show a plethora of benefits which are available to service providers through CloudCO, including reductions in the costs of validating, engineering, and improving operation of services.

BT, Swisscom, and TIM will sponsor the demonstration, reinforcing the important role open standards have to play in operators’ future networks.

Kevin Foster, Head of Broadband Technical Standards for BT, said: “CloudCO and OB-BAA will underpin an ability to create a ‘pick & mix’ access network constructed from different technologies and vendors thereby improving operational effectiveness, customer experience, and ensuring easier migration from legacy technologies and services.”

David Pérez Caparrós, Lead DevOps Engineer at Swisscom, said: “With CloudCO and OB-BAA, we will be able to evolve our access network with new technologies at a faster pace, with lower integration costs and higher customer satisfaction through faster response.”

Mauro Tilocca, Access Network Automation expert and Broadband Forum delegate at TIM, added: “CloudCO and OB-BAA, will improve the agility of net ops and maintenance, and enable open programmable interfaces to improve our service portfolio. This demonstration will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal and ONAP operating as CloudCO Orchestrator as well as End-to-End Service Orchestrator.”

Access vendors participating in the demonstration include Nokia, Altice Labs, and DZS which will all leverage an OB-Labs infrastructure enabled by The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and VMware. The demonstration will take place during exhibition hours in the Broadband Forum / Open Broadband Interop Pavilion (A40). In addition, a one-hour session – “Deep Dive on OB-BAA: Managing Multi-Vendor SDN Broadband Networks” – will be hosted by Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler in the Broadband World News Theater on the exhibition floor starting at 11.15am on 16 October. Participants will include service provider TIM, access vendors Altice Labs, DZS, and Nokia, and OB-Lab enablers EANTC, UNH-IOL, and VMware.

Broadband World Forum 2019 takes place from Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17, at the RAI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit:

About Broadband Forum

Broadband Forum is the communications industry’s leading organization focused on accelerating broadband innovation, standards, and ecosystem development. Our passion – delivering on the promise of broadband by enabling smarter and faster broadband networks and a thriving broadband ecosystem.

Broadband Forum is an open, non-profit industry organization composed of the industry’s leading broadband operators, vendors, thought leaders who are shaping the future of broadband, and observers who closely track our progress. Its work to date has been the foundation for broadband’s global proliferation and innovation. For example, the Forum’s flagship TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol has nearly 1 billion installations worldwide.

Broadband Forum’s projects span across 5G, Connected Home, Cloud, and Access. Its working groups collaborate to define best practices for global networks, enable new revenue-generating service and content delivery, establish technology migration strategies, and engineer critical device, service & development management tools in the home and business IP networking infrastructure. We develop multi-service broadband packet networking specifications addressing architecture, device and service management, software data models, interoperability and certification in the broadband market.

Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at

Follow us on Twitter @Broadband_Forum and LinkedIn.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, please go to or follow @Broadband_Forum on Twitter. For further information please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or or Jayne Brooks on +44 (0) 1636 704 888 or


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