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MTN signs partnership with Cisco Jasper to enable IoT connectivity for businesses throughout South Africa

By Zenobia Hegde

MTN announced a partnership with Cisco Jasper to enable their business customers throughout South Africa to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services worldwide. MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to deploy Cisco Jasper Control Centre, the automated connectivity management platform for IoT. The partnership also represents Cisco Jasper’s initial expansion into South Africa.

Mariana Kruger, general manager for ICT Solutions at MTN Business, says this partnership will entrench MTN’s position in the IoT and connected vehicles space and will give IoT device and vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to leverage MTN’s expansive network. While this solution will initially be rolled out in South Africa, plans are in place to leverage MTN’s data centres across its 22 points of presence across Africa.

“Our business customers in nearly every industry are looking to innovate and transform their businesses by offering connected services,” said Kruger. “The combination of our powerful mobile networks and Cisco Jasper’s leading IoT platform will empower our customers to deliver new connected services that generate recurring revenues, while also enhancing their customers’ experiences. More enterprises globally rely on Cisco Jasper Control Centre than any other IoT platform, and we are excited to bring its capabilities to our customers.”

Kruger says MTN is starting to reap the benefits of the substantial investment it has made in its network, and the strategic partnerships it has forged in the IoT space.

“Over the past three years, we have invested substantially in our network and have forged strategic partnerships with leading global players in the IoT space. These interventions have put us in a better position to provide our customers with a distinct customer experience.

The partnership between Cisco Jasper and MTN has several synergies – both companies have the unrivalled capacity and expertise to provide NB-IoT services to enterprise customers. In addition, the technologies that we have invested in give MTN the ability to provide cutting-edge and tailored propositions to our clients, while delivering a secure and fool-proof connection,” concludes Kruger.

MTN sees significant demand for the Control Centre platform across all markets, and particularly from the following segments:

Telematics & vehicle diagnostics – Connected Car initiatives enable auto makers worldwide to constantly monitor the performance of their vehicles and proactively address any issues before they cause a problem for drivers. Cisco Jasper has a deep history in the Connected Car market, with 50 of the world’s largest auto brands using Control Centre for their Connected Car initiatives.
Vehicle tracking – Vehicle connectivity enables a range of vehicle tracking services, from remote tracking to aid in recovery of stolen vehicles to the monitoring of vehicles for better fleet management.
Building security and automation – Connectivity has transformed how we interact with both commercial properties and our homes, making them more efficient, secure and responsive to our needs. The more we value these services, the more pivotal connectivity becomes, which is why many of the world’s largest building security and automation providers rely on the Cisco Jasper platform.
Logistics – IoT is a critical enabler for optimising and automating logistics […]

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The Largest Building and Construction Exhibition, 2018 KOREA BUILD Is Recruiting Participating Companies

By IoT – Internet of Things

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, 2018 KOREA BUILD, a featured exhibition for architecture, construction and interior design with the longest tradition in Korea, will be held at KINTEX from February 22 (Thurs) to February 25 (Sun). The available list of items for participation are: IOT/home security, interior-exterior materials, structural materials, insulators, water supply/sanitary materials, air conditioning […]

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Global study reveals IoT adoption is at 69% despite security concerns

By Zenobia Hegde

Cradlepoint announced the release of a new Cradlepoint Business Intelligence Report, “The State of IoT 2017-2018”, which reveals the current IT practices, perceptions and future plans surrounding global Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. The findings of the underlying study revealed that even though over 69% of organisations have adopted, or plan to adopt, IoT solutions within the next year, 40% of companies have serious concerns around cybersecurity.

Conducted by Spiceworks, the study surveyed 400 IT professionals in the U.S., Canada and the UK at companies with at least 500 employees across 22 industries. Respondents are all involved with IoT strategies and decisions at their organisations.

While cybersecurity remains the top concern (40%), it is a desire for increased physical security that is the top driver for IoT adoption (32%), followed by improved operational processes (23%), reduced operational costs (21%) and simplified management (20%). Approximately 71% of respondents who already use IoT technologies say they’re using it for building security, often through security cameras.

Recent botnet attacks have infected millions of IoT devices. However, despite the growing security threat associated with IoT, the research shows that about half of the organisations surveyed are deploying IoT solutions on their existing enterprise network and 57% prefer to manage their own IoT device security.

“Following the spread of IoT botnets like Reaper and Mirai, which infected millions of internet-connected security cameras, routers, and digital video recorders, it’s evident that insecure IoT devices, even connected security devices, are putting organisations more at risk,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks.

“Before deploying network-connected devices that create more entry points for hackers to exploit, organisations should vet the security of all IoT devices they plan to introduce and ensure their company can adequately protect these devices from potential threats.”

“Our new ‘State of IoT’ report highlights a looming issue within commercial IoT deployments – cross-contamination. Companies that deploy IoT devices on their existing enterprise networks are significantly expanding their attack surface and creating new vulnerabilities to IoT-specific threats that traditional security tools are not equipped to handle,” said Ken Hosac, vice president of IoT business development at Cradlepoint.

“The good news, however, is that companies can leverage software-defined perimeter technology to spin-up virtual overlay networks, without trained specialists, that isolate IoT devices from existing networks—and other IoT devices, control access and shield them from being Internet-addressable.”

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Imperva survey shows nearly a quarter of companies haven’t hired a Data Protection Officer

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Imperva, Inc, committed to protecting business-critical data and applications in the cloud and on-premises, announced the results of a survey of 310 IT security professionals taken at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 trade show. The results suggest that while the industry is preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 22% haven’t yet hired a Data […]

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The 5 W’s of ARIN

By Erin Scherer

It’s sweet summertime, and it seems like the perfect opportunity to welcome newcomers to our community. We want to take a moment to step back and introduce ourselves to those of you who may not be familiar with who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved in our community.

Who are we?

We’re the American Registry for Internet Numbers, or more simply, ARIN! We’re a nonprofit corporation responsible for distribution and administration of IPv4 and IPv6 address space and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs), which are collectively known as Internet number resources. Our core business is the fair distribution of IP addresses and ASNs based on community developed policy, along with maintaining the accuracy and stability of the Internet number registry system.

We are a staff of 80+ distributed across five departments: Registration Services, Engineering, Human Resources and Administration, Financial Services, and Communications and Member Services. We work together to ensure that our members always come first.

What do we do?

Well, we do a lot. Our Registration Services Help Desk, via email or telephone, is usually the first point of contact for many of our new customers. Our team is there to help when you need to request new resources or submit a transfer request. They are also available to walk you through any questions you may have through our ARIN Online portal.

What is most important to remember is that we are a community. What we do as a registry is determined by the individuals in that community who choose to participate. Not sure how to get involved? We host Public Policy and Member Meetings twice a year that are open and free to anyone. These meetings are held in various locations throughout our region and provide you the opportunity to engage in policy discussions, learn about our new services, talk to our onsite registration team, and discuss operational and financial matters.

We also facilitate an open and transparent Policy Development Process (PDP) for our community. We don’t create policy; we listen to you and dictate our operations accordingly. Anyone, except ARIN staff, can participate in suggesting new or revised policy and voicing opinions about suggested policy proposals. ARIN membership is not required to participate. For more information on ARIN policies and the PDP, visit our Policy Development Process page.

Now let’s get technical. We are constantly working to provide the online tools and services needed to request, manage, secure Internet number resources and automate all your interactions with ARIN. Visit our Services page to learn your options to manage Whois and Registration Data Access Protocol, Routing Information, DNS Security, Provisioning and Maintenance of Registration Records, RPKI, and so much more. Is there something you think we should be developing to help you? Tell us by submitting a suggestion to our ( https://www.arin.net/public/acsp/index.xhtml)

When did we first form?

We were born on 22 December 1997. Before we formed, the task of assigning addresses was handled by one individual, Jon Postel, on a volunteer basis, and as legend goes, in a paper notebook. This became too large a task for one person to handle, so the Internet Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (IANA) was established as the “custodian” of Internet addresses, along with an Internet Registry function to handle the registration tasks. Over time, the general Internet community decided to separate the management of domain names from the management of IP addresses, in part to maintain stability of the IP numbering system. As a result, we were established to provide IP registration services as an independent, nonprofit corporation. Now if you hear someone referencing ARIN’s database as Postel’s notebook, as is the case now and again, you’ll know why.

Where is our region?

There are five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) throughout the world. Our region includes the United States, Canada, and parts of the Caribbean. We also cover Antarctica…brrr.

Why?

So, why should you care about us? Well, the Internet plays a pretty big role in everything we do. Not just here at ARIN, but everywhere. And right now there is a lot going on behind the scenes of the Internet’s inner workings, especially surrounding IPv4 depletion and the adoption of IPv6 (more on that in a future post.) It is important to stay informed and get involved, and we have many ways for you to do so.

We look forward to having you as a part of our community!

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