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Jacky’s Electronics Supports “Dubai CaresGirls’ Education Campaign 2011” Electronics Retailer introduces latest philanthropic initiative ‘Jacky’s Eco-Care’

Release Date: 13thAugust 2011

Jacky’s Electronics, the UAE’s leading multi-brand consumer electronics retailer, has partnered with UAE-based philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares,to help raise funds for its Girls’ Education Campaign 2011.The campaign aims to increase awareness of the importance of girls’ education as well as raise funds to support Dubai Cares programs,which address the gender imbalance in primary education and empower girls within their communities in developing countries across the world.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, and Ashish Panjabi, Chief Operating Officer of Jacky’s Electronics, is effective between August and November 2011. Through Dubai Cares’ Point of Sale (POS) Promotion, customers are given the opportunity to donate AED5 by choosing to add the amount to purchases madeat Jacky’s.


Astaro Security Gateway Version 8.2 Establishes a New Generation of UTM

New features increase visibility, performance and control of networks

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - August 11, 2011 – Astaro, a Sophos company and leading Unified Threat Management (UTM) provider, today announced the availability of version 8.2 of the Astaro Security Gateway (ASG). Chief amongst the over 60 new features or enhancements in version 8.2 are Application Control (Next Generation Firewall), Interactive Web Reporting and a new authentication agent. These new features and enhancements dramatically improve network performance while providing increased visibility and control over the network.

The new features and enhancements in version 8.2 provide organizations with the resources they need to meet the ever-changing challenges of securing a business network.  The increased control and visibility will allow organizations to make better decisions based on the company’s unique needs and network usage trends. 

“As technology changes, so too must the tools organizations use to control their networks,” said Jan Hichert, senior vice president, network security, Sophos. “With version 8.2 we once again ensure our customers can face current and future network and security challenges by offering the next generation of firewall technology - Application Control.”

Some of the new features include:

•    Astaro’s Application Control improves network visibility, blocks unwanted applications and empowers IT administrators to prioritize bandwidth usage.  This information can then be used to make educated decisions that will have the most impact on the business; molding their security policy to precisely fit how their company uses the Internet.

•    The enhanced Interactive Web Reporting tool provides administrators with a superior user experience tailored to showcase information in a way they expect to see it. Administrators will be able to save customer filters and subscribe to periodical mail reports.

•    The Authentication Agent allows administrators to authenticate users by name instead of IP address. This provides increased control over access in profiles and makes reports easier to read.

The Astaro Security Gateway version 8.2 includes over 60 other enhancements or new features. These include, support for 3G/UMTS USB modems, Form Hardening for Web Application Security, Web Filtering Safe Search Enforcement, enhanced virtualization support, SNMP v3, weighted balancing for WAN Uplink and server load balancing, group0in-group support for network groups, SSID to Access Point assignment, rebootless reconfiguration of Access points and more. Additional information about features and enhancements can be found here:

In addition to the new features available in version 8.2 of the ASG, the newest edition of the flagship Unified Threat Management solution now includes a technical preview of Astaro’s upcoming Log Management product that is integrated into the Astaro Security Gateway and available for all users to try for free.

About Astaro
With over 56,000 installations worldwide, Astaro protects business, school, healthcare and government networks against IT security threats. Astaro combines the latest technologies in all-in-one solutions that are easy to deploy and manage. Distributed by a global network of certified partners, Astaro provides complete protection for headquarters, branch offices and data centers. Founded in 2000, Astaro, now a Sophos company, continues to be a leading vendor in the fast-growing market for Unified-Threat-Management. More information can be found at

About Sophos
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at

‘Cloud Based Life’: Benefits and Considerations For Middle East Companies

Networking expert Ali Ahmar from Brocade explains the importance of cloud in our working lives and what businesses need to do to ensure a successful cloud strategy

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 11 August, 2011: It is incredible how ‘connected’ people’s  lives are today.  Increasingly sophisticated wireless devices are becoming common every day tools with people being ‘connected’ wherever they are. 

Forrester estimates1 that 66  per cent of workers in the U.S. and Western Europe now work remotely. The mobile workforce in the Middle East is also growing significantly. It is clear that being able to work ‘remotely’, and increasingly via mobile platforms, is something that has direct commercial value and gives a competitive edge for businesses. 

Employees need to be able to work online where ever they are in the world.  They NEED that access - to email, to the sales system, to the database, to the corporate intranet - to do their job, to book their flights home, to not miss that sale, to secure the best price.  And this can happen because today the applications and data used to do their job resides in that undefined ‘cloud’. 


Samsung Launches First 3D LED HDTV Monitor in the Region New 950 Series Monitors Offer Ultimate 3D LED Experience

MUSCAT, Oman – August 10, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced the first 3D LED HDTV monitors, the 950 Series in the region. The new monitor line-up incorporates Samsung’s proprietary 3D technology, sophisticated styling with a unique asymmetrical design and TV tuner capability and is set to redefine the world of entertainment and gaming.

The Samsung 950 Series can be used as a computer monitor, a social media hub and as a TV as well thus, allowing users to integrate all their entertainment, work, gaming and computing activities in one place. Using Samsung’s patented 3D Hyper Real Engine technology that converts 2D content to 3D, the new monitor line-up delivers an immersive 3D experience by optimizing color, contrast and motion. With the Mega DCR and LED BLU technologies, the 950 Series monitors provide the best high definition picture quality with superior contrast, richer colors, deeper blacks and sharper images.


67% of consumers don’t have password protection on their mobile phones

Sophos launches free mobile security toolkit as survey reveals lack of consumer concern regarding security issues on mobile devices

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 10, 2011: IT security and data protection firm Sophos has today published findings of independently commissioned research by TNS* which reveals consumer attitudes towards mobile security and data loss prevention.  Although almost a quarter of consumers (22%) have lost a mobile phone in the past, and a further 12% have had a phone stolen, 67% don’t have passwords set up on their mobile phones to protect stored data.

60% of those surveyed acknowledged that device theft or loss was the biggest security threat to mobile devices, however only 57% have password protection enabled even on their laptops, with 18% admitting to using the same password for everything.

As well as affecting an individual’s data, lost mobile devices are also a growing issue for businesses since increasingly we are using the one device for both work and personal. In fact, users are one of the biggest weakspots in an organisation’s security, making education a key focus for IT managers. To help businesses educate their employees on the threats associated with mobile technology, Sophos has launched a free mobile security toolkit containing top tips for users for creating secure passcodes, a user-targeted video and presentation, whitepapers and a sample security policy,

“More and more people are using personal laptops, smartphones and tablets when they’re working remotely.  While this helps to improve productivity and innovation in a business, it is essential to address the security and operational issues relating to mobile devices now, rather than getting caught out later,” said James Lyne, director of technology strategy at Sophos.  “If an employee’s unprotected personal laptop falls into the wrong hands, it can be easy for someone to access, not just personal information, but any work related documents saved on the laptop’s hard drive, or even to use the laptop as a way to gain access to the corporate network.”

Mobile devices have revolutionised the way we access, store and transport information.  In order to manage the increased risk of data loss that this presents, companies must adopt wide platform support to cover the vast range of operating systems that are used to access corporate information.  The proliferation of smartphones and tablets, and the variation in operating systems that these devices use, means that the potential attack surface is greater than ever before.  Businesses therefore have to ensure that a policy is in place to protect corporate data, regardless of the devices being used to access it.

“Most data breaches on mobile devices are typically due to basic security failures such as weak or no passwords being in place, failure to encrypt data or falling victim to phishing or other social engineering attacks,” continued Lyne.  “If devices are used for business, it’s important that IT teams get the basics under control.  By making sure that they can purge devices when they go missing, businesses can both minimise the risk of data loss and can also satisfy regulators.”

* Survey conducted in March 2011 by TNS Omnibus.  Survey sample – 1075 consumers from Great Britain, 702 working full or part time.

The Sophos mobile tool kit, which includes advice and a video on the importance of password protecting your phone, can be found on the Sophos website here:

Samsung GALAXY S II reaches new heights with 5 million global sales

Global operator and distributor support ensures growing momentum for Samsung’s flagship smartphone

MUSCAT, Oman – August 9, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100) has passed the 5 million global sales milestone.

The GALAXY S II is Samsung’s flagship smartphone device; a beautifully thin, (8.49mm) and lightweight dual-core smartphone that combines an unmatched Super AMOLED Plus viewing experience with incredible performance, all on Android – the world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation smartphone also includes exclusive access to Samsung’s four new content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services. 


Blue Coat Identifies New Fake Anti-Virus Attack Driven by Web Advertisements

Blue Coat WebPulse Service Automatically Blocks New Malware Payload to Protect 75 Million Users

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, August 9, 2011 – Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced that Blue Coat Security Labs has identified a new variant of a fake anti-virus attack that uses Web advertisements to relay users into the Shnakule network, which is currently the largest and most effective Malware Delivery Network on the Internet.  The Blue Coat® WebPulse™ service identified the fake anti-virus payloads as malware and automatically blocked them, protecting 75 million customers worldwide.  

The Shnakule network has averaged around 2,000 unique host names per day with as many as 4,357 in a single day.  On an average day, the WebPulse service logs more than 21,000 requests into that network.  Shnakule has been very active with fake anti-virus attacks typically conducted via search engine poisoning. With this latest attack, it is now using malvertising to conduct its attacks.  To date, the Blue Coat WebPulse service has identified more than 15,000 user requests related to the latest form of the attack.


“Can I have an Android please?”

Mobile device operating systems have created a cult-like following amongst consumers. If you reveal the type of mobile device you have, you are more than likely to get into an endless battle over which is the best. Most operating systems available in the market today are efficient, aesthetically designed, pragmatic and loaded with features. However, there are certain areas where one platform has an edge over the other. The Android operating system’s unique specifications such as Flash compatibility, processing speed and its strategy with an open platform have resulted in many consumers and vendors choosingthe Android over any other platform.

According to data released in May 2011 by Nielsen research company, Android remains the most popular operating system on smartphones.Last year, Android had only 9% of the market, but in the same period this year, it has 36%.The increase of interest in Android based devices stems from several unique factors:

Manufacturer fan base
An increasingnumber of manufacturers opt for Android as their operating system. Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google said  that half a million Android devices arebeing activatedevery day.Google’s Androidstrategy to collaboratewith manufacturers such as Samsunghas increased the credibility of Android devices. The latest platform released, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbreadis the operating system on Samsung’snewest Smartphone, the Galaxy S II.  Recent sales figures show mainstream usersfavoring Android powered devices. This is evident by the fact that Samsungalone has sold 5 million units of the Galaxy SII within 85 days of its launch.


Nawras gives customers more choice and more value with new and improved mobile broadband plans

Muscat, 8 August 2011 – Nawras, Oman’s customer friendly communications provider, is delighted to be unveiling exciting new mobile broadband plans designed to give customers even more choice and greater value for money.   At the same time, improvements to existing plans will see customers receiving their data bundle at a lower price or getting more data for the same price.

Included in the latest additions to the wide range of value-packed broadband offers is a convenient prepaid 7-day bundle for Nawras Mousbak customers offering 3GB of free data for only 5 Omani Rials. Also new is the youth-focused Shababiah monthly bundle at just 10 Omani Rials for 1.5 GB of free data.

Aziz Al Harrasi, Head of Marketing Core Services, said, “We have listened carefully to our customers and after analysing their mobile internet usage patterns and price expectations we are now introducing value enhancing changes across the range of our current tariffs as well as launching two new prepaid options for Nawras Mousbak and Shababiah customers.


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