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KNTS Consultores controls the file flow and productivity of employees with Safetica

Brazilian consultancy KNTS Consultores needed to comply with LGPD regulation. With Safetica, the company not only fulfils their legal obligation but also has peace of mind that their customers’ confidential documents are safe and protected.

KNTS needed to comply with upcoming regulation.

KNTS provides consulting and outsourcing services in the areas of accounting, direct and indirect taxes, payroll, and corporate regularization. The company had to adapt to the new Brazilian general data protection law (LGPD), and was looking for a solution that would meet this demand and offer greater control over the flow of information from the office.

KNTS Consultores saw Safetica as a differentiator, able to anticipate LGPD and help with performance monitoring and improvement.

 

Regulatory compliance, security of confidential information and insight into productivity

With Safetica, in addition to meeting all the rules stipulated by the LGPD, which will soon be mandatory, it was possible to establish precise control over all activities carried out by employees within the office. The company can now control file traffic by establishing rules that govern on files on the network as well as those sent outside. Safetica solution also provides security for customers’ confidential documents and lets the company audit and improve employee productivity.

Because the company can control all their internal data processes with Safetica, the managers feel much more confident and can concentrate on their business. KNTS Consultores plan on using Safetica and on trying the new features and benefits it will bring in the future.

CyberLink’s facial recognition engine FaceMe® to power LILIN’s connected devices, providing businesses with contactless access control management and visitor analytics

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – July 28 2020 – CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer in AI and facial recognition technologies, today announced it has formed a partnership with surveillance solution provider LILIN, leveraging new facial recognition technologies to create comprehensive smart security and retail solutions. CyberLink will license its FaceMe® facial recognition engine to LILIN, powering its NAV Facial Recognition Recorder, creating an all-in-one smart security, data analysis and warning solution.

With the combined technologies, LILIN’s connected video devices can provide businesses with a series of contactless solutions, such as granting verified personnel access to restricted areas within offices, factories or residential buildings through an opt-in photo identification system. The new offering can also provide retailers and hospitality operators with anonymized customer demographics to better understand their customer experience, such as identifying trending emotions patrons may feel when engaged in specific activities or visiting certain areas of a venue.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop across the globe, CyberLink’s and LILIN’s joint facial recognition system uniquely provides businesses seeking contactless solutions the underlying technology to reduce the need for people to touch highly shared surfaces by replacing key cards or PIN passwords with biometric data.

“If there was ever a field worthy of continued research and innovation, it’s security,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “Without a doubt, LILIN is a global leader and manufacturer of IoT devices, and CyberLink is a worldwide pioneer developing facial recognition applications for connected devices. Together, we are setting a new standard for what makes a place secure by bringing to market new technologies that make our customers safer, and our businesses smarter.”

“LILIN has many years of smart security experience, providing insight into the market’s needs for creating a comprehensive intelligent security solution. LILIN is pleased to partner with CyberLink and integrates FaceMe® into our facial recognition system to strengthen smart retail, smart healthcare, smart factory, and smart business applications. Through continued efforts, I believe that LILIN will provide the most advanced total security solution for global customers.” said Mr. C.C. Hsu, LILIN’s President.

CyberLink and LILIN will host a webinar titled “Facial Recognition x Smart Security

Empowering Smart AIoT Applications”” on August 13, 2020 from 14:00-15:00 (GMT+8/Taipei time), further describing the many use cases enabled through the new product offering. For detailed event information and a registration link, please visit: https://is.gd/SfXQ7l

FaceMe’s® edge-based architecture empowers powerful, efficient processing, and higher levels of security compared to Cloud-based solutions. It supports more than 10 operating systems, including Windows, Android, iOS, and various Linux distributions such as Ubuntu x86, Ubuntu ARM, RedHat, CentOS, Yocto, Debian and JetPack. FaceMe’s® high accuracy, flexibility and security makes it the leading facial recognition engine available on the market today, and it is one of the world’s most accurate engines as deemed by the global standard NIST Facial Recognition Vendor Test.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About CyberLink
Founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is the world leader in multimedia software and AI facial recognition technology. CyberLink addresses the demands of consumer, commercial and education markets through a wide range of solutions, covering digital content creation, multimedia playback, video conferencing, live casting, mobile applications and AI facial recognition.  CyberLink has shipped several hundred million copies of its multimedia software and apps, including the award-winning PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, and PowerDVD.  With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine. Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe® delivers the reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart retail, smart security, and surveillance, smart city and smart home. For more information about CyberLink, please visit the official website at www.cyberlink.com

Just in time for Halloween, we look at the haunting reality of data breaches and highlight five tales that spooked not only the cyber-world

Halloween, the scariest day of the year, is upon us! However, traditional observations of the popular holiday may be hindered by the pandemic raging outside. Instead of children roaming the streets sporting scary costumes trick-or-treating or adults attending costume parties, All Hallows’ Eve will have to be celebrated in other ways. Most of us will probably be bundled up in blankets in the comfort of our homes with mugs of pumpkin-flavored hot drinks watching eerie and horrifying stories, or better yet, telling them.

The cyber-world has many a scary story of its own as well. Unfortunately, contrary to those told on Halloween, these stories are very real.

Equifax
In 2017, Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, was the victim of an astounding data breach. The breach that lasted for approximately 78 days was caused by a vulnerability in the Apache Struts web application framework, for which a patch had been issued but that Equifax had failed to apply in time. The threat actors behind the incident were able to siphon the personal data of nearly 148 million Americans, 15.2 million Brits, and almost 19,000 Canadians. The data trove included a wide range of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) including social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses … all of which could be used to conduct identity fraud. As for the monetary damage incurred by Equifax, the company estimates that the current tally is about US$1.7 billion in costs emanating from the cybersecurity incident.

Marriott
In 2018, Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, suffered a major data breach involving its reservations database. Marriot initially estimated that as many as 500 million of its customers might have been affected by the cyber-incident, but then went on to amend its estimate to 383 million. The guest information compromised in the incident included some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences. In some cases, the payment card numbers and their expiration dates were compromised as well. The data could be used in a wide range of attacks, including phishing, social engineering attacks, credit card fraud, and identity fraud. So far, the company has incurred costs of around US$72 million for the breach, but US$71 million has been reimbursed by insurance. However, Marriott might still be looking at a hefty sum in penalties, since the UK data protection authority is looking to serve the hotel chain with a £99 million (US$123 million) fine.

eBay
As one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, most famous for its auction-style sales, eBay probably needs little in the way of introduction. In 2014, the company disclosed that it had been the victim of an attack in which as many as 145 million of its active users were affected. According to the company, the origin of the attack was traced back to the compromise of a small number of employee login credentials. The data compromised in the breach included customers’ PII, such as names, email and physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth, as well as encrypted passwords, all of which could be used in various forms of cyberattacks and attempts to defraud potential victims.

Target
In 2013, Target, one of the largest retailers in the United States, suffered a major data breach that affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts as well as the contact information of over 60 million customers. The cybercriminals behind the attack were able to access customer names, phone numbers, email addresses, credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates, and encrypted PINs and credit card verification codes. According to Target, the PIN codes were encrypted with the Triple Data Encryption Standard, which would make them difficult to crack. However, using the information gathered from the breach, the cybercriminals could commit credit card fraud and identity fraud. In the aftermath of the incident, Target offered credit monitoring services and settled a US$10 million class-action lawsuit in which it promised to pay up to US$10,000 to any customers who could prove they suffered losses due to the data breach. It also had to pay a multistate settlement of US$18.5 million.

Adult Friend Finder
In 2016 the adult dating and entertainment company FriendFinder Network was breached, exposing over 412 million user accounts. The enormous data breach included 339 million accounts from the AdultFriendFinder.com website as well as 15 million deleted accounts that hadn’t been eliminated from its databases. The data trove consisted of 20 years’ worth of records from the company’s largest websites and included usernames, email addresses, passwords, site membership data, browser information, IP address last used to log in, and even whether the user had paid for any items. It’s worth noting that the passwords, which had apparently been converted to all lowercase, were stored either in the clear or scrambled as a SHA-1 hash, which isn’t a sufficient security measure and most passwords were easily and quickly cracked. While people are more liberal in this day and age, they probably wouldn’t like to advertise their visits or activities on such websites with most probably keeping it secret. Unfortunately, the leaked data would allow black hats to easily target these individuals and use the data to ruin their reputations, blackmail them under the threat of revealing sensitive information they would like to keep hidden, or use the cracked passwords in further credential-stuffing attacks.

To be sure, these are just some of the scary stories the cyber-world has to offer. While they may be uncomfortable to read, these cyber-incidents should serve as cautionary tales for both consumers and companies – that cybersecurity should never be taken lightly.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About ESET
For 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give individuals and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D facilities worldwide, ESET became the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003.