A10 Networks Delivers Industry-leading 500 Gbps Thunder DDoS Defence System

Thunder Threat Protection System (TPS) Gives Service Providers the Highest Performance DDoS Defence in Compact, Reliable Form Factor

Theale, UK. – 5th March 2019 – A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), today announced a new capacity enhancement to its Thunder® 14045 TPS, which delivers industry-leading attack traffic mitigation capabilities. This capacity gain provides the highest performance available in the market with 500 Gbps of defence in one appliance. The smaller form factor reduces the number of devices required, while building scalable DDoS defences that meet the challenge of emerging attacks. As service providers look to expand their service offerings, the Thunder TPS solution enables them to build profitable DDoS mitigation services that protect their own networks, as well as their subscribers.

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are only going to increase over time and attackers have an ever-expanding opportunity to use new device types, particularly connected-home devices like home hubs, routers and IP cameras to mount even larger attacks. In fact, the most recent A10 Networks DDoS Weapons Intelligence report describes the significant potential for attackers to use an IoT-related protocol, the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP), deployed on IoT devices to marshal attacks.

With their expansive attack surface and absolute need for 24×7 uptime, global communications providers, cloud and online gaming service providers require the highest levels of protection from DDoS attacks. Service providers can rely on A10 Networks for expanded L3-7 DDoS protection, high scalability and advanced automated defences that intelligently leverage machine learning.

“The proliferation of connected devices, and the increases in bandwidth and new application services enabled by advanced 5G networks mean that the size and intensity of DDoS attacks will increase exponentially. Customers require a modern approach to automated defences with new technologies like machine learning and advanced threat intelligence to mitigate these attacks. The performance and automation available with Thunder TPS will help service providers deliver effective protection to their subscribers in this new and evolving attack landscape,” said Ahmed Abdelhalim, director of product management, A10 Networks.

With 500 Gbps mitigation capacity per Thunder TPS device, A10 Networks continues to drive innovation in the fast-growing DDoS market, leaving legacy suppliers behind. Thunder TPS solution is core to A10 Networks’ DDoS defence strategy delivering:

  • One-DDoS Protection – The industry’s only connected intelligence system that provides full-spectrum multi-vector DDoS defence with distributed detection and machine learning capabilities within targeted infrastructure, including Thunder TPS, ADCCGN, and CFW.
  • Predictive, Automated Cyber Defence – Intelligent Automation, granular protection capabilities and zero-touch operation accelerate responses to ensure optimal, efficient protection.
  • Actionable DDoS Weapons intelligence – Incorporates global intelligence from A10 Networks’ DDoS weapons research for improved security posture and real-time insights into emerging threats.
  • Industry-leading Performance – The highest performance in a small form factor enables fast detection and mitigation while lowering costs, reducing complexity, and increasing reliability in the field.

The Thunder TPS 500 Gbps capacity will be available in the second quarter of 2019.

About A10 Networks
A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) provides Reliable Security Always™, with a range of high-performance application networking solutions that help organisations ensure that their data centre applications and networks remain highly available, accelerated and secure. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is based in San Jose, Calif., and serves customers globally with offices worldwide. For more information, visit: www.a10networks.com and @A10Networks.


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StoryShare unveils a next-generation Employee Communication App

London, March 5th, 2019 – StoryShare, the leading SaaS Employee Experience Platform, today announced the launch of its latest Employee Communication App – StoryShare Connect – which has been designed and optimised specifically for mobile. StoryShare Connect helps organisations continuously engage with their employees in a highly personalised and relevant way, anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Recent research shows that only 15% of companies are managing to engage with employees in a meaningful way. This suggests a dramatic failure by organisations to optimise the potential of their most important assets, especially those who are deskless and remote. One reason for the problem is the growing disconnect between how employees engage with technology in their personal lives and at work.

StoryShare Connect closes this gap by providing a ‘Netflix style’ experience for company communications. Employees can access the content they want to see, when it suits them, from multiple devices including a fully optimised mobile app which is now available in The App Store and Google Play. The content can be customised and personalised and includes video, podcasts, pictures, social engagement, and news feeds. The app is highly interactive and has sophisticated analytics tools to provide insight on how employees respond.

StoryShare has an impressive track record helping large global brands, such as Unilever, Renault and NHS England, improve employee engagement through the use of technology. StoryShare Connect draws on this extensive experience and, when combined with the latest advancements in mobile technology, delivers a new generation communication service that will transform the relationship between a company and its employees.

Rob Dumbleton, CEO of StoryShare, commented: “I’m very excited about the launch of StoryShare Connect. We are already engaged with a number of the UK’s largest companies, helping them transform their employee journey and the results are very material. StoryShare exists to help employees love their work and it is great to see our products having that impact”.

For further information, please contact:
Daniela Sarti, StoryShare-
+44 (0) 20 8133 7027

About StoryShare
StoryShare exists so employees can love their work.

StoryShare is a SaaS Communication and Learning Platform optimised for mobile. The platform delivers ‘Netflix style’ communication and learning experiences to improve employee engagement and better equip people to do their jobs. The service can reach any employee, anytime, anywhere, on any device.

StoryShare is deployed at leading brands including Unilever, Accenture, Covestro, Renault and Upfield.

For more information on StoryShare, please visit www.storyshareplatform.com.

HUBER+SUHNER to showcase latest optical connectivity solutions for 5G challenges at OFC 2019

Future-proof technology that can enhance the capacity, density and performance of optical networks as the industry moves towards 5G will be showcased by HUBER+SUHNER at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) 2019.

The largest conference and exhibition for optical communications – taking place March 5-7 in San Diego – OFC will highlight how the latest challenges being brought by network densification can be met by deploying innovative optical technologies. HUBER+SUHNER will present industry leading 5G-ready WDM and optical switch technologies from Cube Optics and Polatis alongside high density fiber optic and RF connectivity solutions.

Uniquely designed to support today’s existing wireless technologies, the CUBO Converter on display at booth #2939 is the ideal basis for 5G networks. Easy to deploy, versatile and cost-effective, the ports featured on the CUBO Converter are compatible with several multimode and single mode transceivers, further simplifying deployments at remote cell sites. The platform can be used simultaneously for media conversion, demarcation, optical line protection and performance monitoring. The capacity of the radio access network (RAN) can also be drastically increased via CWDM and DWDM multiplexing.

“We understand that flexibility and ease of use are key requirements for our customers, especially as the industry prepares for 5G deployments,” said Sven Krueger, VP of Product Management and Sales from Cube Optics. “The CUBO Converter is ideal for 5G as it provides operators with a flexible architecture, enabling fast upgrade capabilities for additional coverage and higher capacity if and when needed.”

Alongside the CUBO Converter will be the Polatis Series 6500 range of high-density latching protection services switches. The range adds an autonomous optical layer of 1+1, 1:1 and 2×2 bypass protection to multiple duplex services in a compact, high density form factor. Polatis will also present the latest extensions to its Series 6000 Ultra range of transparent optical switches for system test and high-performance applications, now with the capability to scale up to 96×96 ports with typical optical loss of just 0.6dB.

The latest additions to the HUBER+SUHNER RF cabling portfolio, the SUCOFLEX 550S will be demonstrated. Designed to withstand dust, abrasion, pressure and moisture, the SUCOFLEX 550S has a long-service life, offering a durable and reliable electrical performance. Visitors also can discover MXPM, a pioneering multicoax solution that supports up to 70 GHz (with option to 85 GHz). By offering a high density pitch (2.54 mm, 0.1 inch), the MXPM guarantees a satisfying experience with its user-friendly magnet mount connection, making performance and reliability affordable.

Also on display at the booth will be the second-generation IANOS® fiber management system, providing operators with the ideal foundation for next-generation data centers. IANOS enables the use of a pre-terminated cable system with base-2 up to 24 and supports data rates from 1G to 400G and beyond. IANOS offers customers complete flexibility with a pay-as-you-grow approach.

“OFC brings together key technologies from across the HUBER+SUHNER portfolio to provide customers with a comprehensive end-to-end, 5G ready solution,” said Stephanie Jarno, Market Manager Instrumentation at HUBER+SUHNER. “From the CUBO converter to Polatis switches, RF cabling to full fiber management systems, we are proud to be a complete solutions provider. We look forward to demonstrating the full capabilities of our products to our customers at OFC 2019.”

Find HUBER+SUHNER, Cube Optics and Polatis at OFC booth #2939 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

To arrange a briefing or product demonstration, please contact the HUBER+SUHNER team on the details below.

Axel Rienitz
Trade Media
Phone: +41 71 353 4220

Proactive International PR
Phone +44 1636 704888

HUBER+SUHNER is an international business creating innovative component and system solutions for optical and electrical connectivity. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company serves customers worldwide in the communication, transportation and industrial sectors with cables, connectors and systems built around core capabilities in fibre optics, RF and low frequency technologies. The extensive product portfolio delivers high performance, quality, reliability and long life, even in harsh environments. A global production network with group companies and agencies in over 60 countries ensures that HUBER+SUHNER is always close to its customers. For further information, please visit hubersuhner.com.

Aqua Security Introduces Industry’s First Serverless Function Assurance for Securing Serverless Environments

Aqua 4.0 release also tightens Linux host protection and compliance on the heels of recent vulnerability disclosures

Boston, MA – 4 March 2019 – Aqua Security, the leading platform provider for securing container-based and cloud native applications, announced today the availability of version 4.0 of the Aqua cloud native security platform, introducing new security and compliance controls for serverless functions and Linux hosts. As enterprise development and deployment of cloud native microservices-based applications continue to accelerate, Aqua enables security teams to manage and enforce security policies across a blend of VM-based containers, Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) and Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) spanning both multi-cloud and on-premises environments.

Gartner Distinguished VP Analyst, Neil MacDonald, notes that “securing serverless will force information security and risk professionals to focus on the areas we retain control over. Specifically, the integrity and assurance of the code, identities of the code and developers, permissioning, and serverless configuration, including network connectivity.”(Gartner, Security Considerations and Best Practices for Securing Serverless PaaS, 4 September 2018, by Neil MacDonald)

Aqua’s comprehensive serverless security solution now includes a full chain of controls to discover functions across multiple cloud accounts, scan them for vulnerabilities, detect excessive permissions and configuration issues, and provide function assurance – preventing the execution of untrusted or high-risk functions based on defined policies. The key controls for serverless environments include:

  • Functions discovery: Creating an inventory of functions stored across cloud accounts.
  • Vulnerability scanning: Deep scanning of a functions packages and dependencies for known vulnerabilities (CVEs), based on multiple sources and supporting multiple programming languages.
  • CI/CD Integration: “Shifting left” beyond scanning existing functions, Aqua provides development teams with plug-ins for Continuous Integration environments to detect security issues as functions are being built.
  • Permissions Assessment: Identifying use of excessive or over-provisioned permissions specific to the serverless cloud environment, and monitoring for unused permissions –reducing the potential attack surface of a function.
  • Sensitive Data Assessment: Detecting secrets and hard-coded keys within the functions themselves, or within environment variables, specific to the cloud environment – for instance AWS credentials or Azure Authentication keys.
  • Function assurance: Security teams can set policies to determine the risk threshold to allow or disallow function execution, based on a variety of factors including CVE severity, CVSS score, sensitive data, and permissions.
  • Function anomaly detection: Monitoring of function usage patterns and alerting on sudden spikes in the frequency or duration of function execution.

Another significant addition to the Aqua platform is tighter controls to secure the Linux hosts that run containers. This addresses potential risks from vulnerabilities such as the one discovered earlier this year when a severe new vulnerability (CVE-2019-5736) was disclosed in runc, a component used in most container runtimes which is part of Linux OS distributions, highlighting the need for securing the container stack at both the workload and host levels.

“The new technologies supporting cloud native applications require a holistic approach to security and compliance, across the application lifecycle as well as up and down the stack, and this has become more evident in recent months with significant vulnerabilities discovered in Kubernetes and runc for example,” notes Amir Jerbi, CTO and co-founder at Aqua Security. “With this new release from Aqua, our customers can protect their applications against those, as well as yet undiscovered vulnerabilities by implementing tight compliance and whitelisting-based zero-trust security.”

Aqua 4.0 builds on previous Aqua host protections that already included testing hosts according to CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, scanning hosts for known vulnerabilities, and monitoring user logins, to provide:

  • Malware Scanning: Detecting malware in the host OS, or any of its components.
  • Vulnerability scanning: Scanning for CVEs found in the host OS, or any of its components.
  • Whitelisted and Blacklisted Users and OS Packages: Security teams can specify which types of users and OS packages are either allowed or forbidden from being used on a host.
  • User Activity Monitoring: Aqua now logs all user commands on the host OS for security and compliance tracking (in addition to the previously available user logins and login attempts tracking).
  • CIS Benchmarks Testing: Having achieved CIS certification for its Kubernetes benchmark, Aqua now provide detailed information on each benchmark test success/failure to provide teams with remediation information.
  • Custom Benchmark Scripts: Enabling the upload of scripts that customize benchmarks to account for configurations that aren’t supported in the standard CIS benchmarks, including Kubernetes clusters on Red Hat OpenShift.
  • Host Assurance: Allowing to set policies that will determine a threshold for host compliance and security risk based on the results of the above scans and checks and generate alerts and audit events upon policy violations.

Aqua CSP v4.0 will be generally available in mid-March for existing customers and new deployments.

About Aqua Security
Aqua Security enables enterprises to secure their container and cloud-native applications from development to production, accelerating application deployment and bridging the gap between DevOps and IT security. Aqua’s Cloud native Security Platform provides full visibility into container activity, allowing organizations to detect and prevent suspicious activity and attacks in real time. Integrated with container lifecycle and orchestration tools, the Aqua platform provides transparent, automated security while helping to enforce policy and simplify regulatory compliance. Aqua was founded in 2015 and is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Microsoft Ventures, TLV Partners, and IT security leaders, and is based in Israel and Boston, MA. For more information, visit www.aquasec.com or follow us on twitter.com/AquaSecTeam

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Playpal Successfully Tests Revolutionary New AI-powered Health Platform

Playpal completes PoC delivering proactive health insights to users and communities in an effort to improve, quantify and incentivize health – based on the human “health capital” model.

[Denver, Colorado, US], [27 February 2019] — Playpal, the AI-powered health tech platform, announces today the completion of its proof of concept (PoC), successfully creating both iOS and web versions of its new platform set to revolutionize the health industry.

The platform collects and consolidates IoT health data from across apps and devices to deliver a holistic picture of a user’s health. With a view to intervene in health depreciation, the platform utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer individualized recommendations for the user’s better health. Playpal is powered by a dual incentivization model that prompts healthy actions through the intrinsic motivation of gamified health and extrinsic reward in the form of monetary benefits.

The PoC successfully demonstrated the various architectural elements of the platform involving the gathering and monitoring of user data from mHealth apps and devices, the implementation of public databases, the correlation of nutrition data with fitness data, and visualizations of user-specific profiles and recommendations.

Analysis shows that the proliferation of mHealth devices and apps has increased the average consumer’s accessibility to health information and tracking. However, the sheer volume of fragmented information in a cluttered marketplace causes confusion and prevents any sensible absorption or utilization by the consumer. Simultaneously, low engagement in healthy behaviour is driving down retention rates for health-oriented programs, devices and apps, while healthcare costs are skyrocketing.

To mitigate these problems, Playpal recognizes the need to assimilate data from heterogeneous sources and promote self-awareness and management of health. The platform integrates the requirements of individual users, commercial entities and communities to deliver a one-stop solution through incentivized collection, consolidation and smart visualization of health data. While users will benefit from proactive data-driven health advice, relevant stakeholders will also be able to receive valuable insights on their community’s health profile with the added advantage of streamlining programs to encourage healthy behaviour. Integration with the platform will increase user engagement in health programs and reduce healthcare costs, resulting in an overall healthier population.

Playpal CEO Eesha Sheikh remarked: “We live in a time where more and more people own a fitness device and health information through the internet is at our fingertips. But it is difficult to make sense of all these various sources of information, let alone translate it into your own particular needs and lifestyle. Playpal’s platform helps you decide what makes sense for you, to enable you to live and invest in your best life.”

The underlying philosophy behind the platform is the economic model of human “health capital.” This model holds that each individual is both a producer and a consumer of health, where health is treated like a stock that can fluctuate depending on the management of, and “investments” in that stock. Playpal’s platform brings to life this concept of health as a quantifiable asset that holds financial value, which can then be combined to define the collective health capital of whole communities. One of the goals of the platform is to offer tools that enable users to improve their health capital and thus, earn the financial value of their health “asset.”

In addition to the monetary benefit users will gain through the financial value of their “assets,” the platform will encourage intrinsic motivation through gamification. Riding the wave of recent endeavors into gamified health, not only will the platform feature several goal-oriented design elements, but Playpal will also cultivate an ecosystem of health games integrating with the platform.

Eesha Sheikh continued: “We are thrilled to announce the completion of the proof of concept and the fact we have successfully demonstrated that the health capital model can be rendered into a working form. Some major components of the platform were successfully tested, confirming that the idea is practical and it works.”

Going forward, Playpal will now focus on creating a minimal viable product (MVP) with specific focus on implementing top-grade security through blockchain, setting up the artificial intelligence engine, development of an Android application, third party integration, and a social infrastructure in the form of a community platform. To find out more, please visit the Playpal website.


About Playpal
Playpal is an AI-powered and blockchain-secured platform that collects and consolidates health data from across apps and wearables to deliver a holistic picture of a user’s health. With a view to intervene in health depreciation, the platform utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer individualized recommendations for the user’s better health. Playpal is powered by a dual incentivization model that prompts healthy actions through the intrinsic motivation of gamified health and extrinsic reward in the form of financial benefit. The underlying philosophy of Playpal is that of “health capital”: that health can be quantified and represents a measurable asset for individuals and communities.

Find out more how Playpal is empowering the health of the future at http://playpal.io/.

PR Contact: Clara Florey at clara@disPRuptive.com, +44 7943 774236

Applitools Brings AI Powered Visual Testing to Selenium IDE

Artificial Intelligence supercharges widely-used record and playbook test platform with Visual Testing capabilities to help dev teams release visually perfect web apps with unsurpassed speed and quality

SAN MATEO, Calif.Feb. 26, 2019 — Applitools, the leader in Application Visual Management, today announced an integration between Selenium IDE (seleniumhq.org/selenium-ide), a popular free and open source record and playback testing tool, and its AI powered Visual Testing and Monitoring platform, Applitools Eyes. The integration enables QA and development teams to check responsive software applications using Visual AI across dozens of browsers and devices. Applitools Eyes also provides Root Cause Analysis (applitools.com/root-cause-analysis) to help point developers to the exact locations of bugs in the code and fix them immediately without spending valuable time on debugging efforts.

To get started with Selenium IDE and the Applitools Eyes extension, visit: (applitools.com/tutorials/)

Once integrated with Applitools via a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox, Selenium IDE users can visually validate complete UI pages at any step of their test. Each visual checkpoint captures a snapshot of the page, then sends it to the Applitools Ultrafast Visual Grid (applitools.com/visualgrid), which renders the page concurrently across multiple browsers (e.g. Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, etc.), device screen sizes and orientations (portrait and landscape). “The ability to run record and playback tests across any browser, and not just the one it was recorded on, is one of Selenium IDE’s new killer features,” said Dave Haeffner Selenium IDE Contributor and Software Developer at Applitools. “Testers love having this capability as it saves valuable time while also expanding test coverage dramatically.”

Applitools Visual AI analyzes each screenshot to find only the visual differences detectable by the human eye — eliminating the false positives that plague traditional pixel-based visual testing tools and frustrate front-end developers. With Root Cause Analysis, Applitools Eyes identifies the handful of lines of DOM and CSS that underpin each visual difference, enabling developers to reduce bug fix times from hours to minutes.

“By integrating Selenium IDE and Applitools Eyes, QA teams (including manual testers) now have an easy and intelligent way to find more bugs faster, and make it dramatically easier to partner with front-end development teams to pinpoint and debug lines of code,” said Adam Carmi, co-founder and CTO of Applitools. “Development teams now have much of the power of Selenium WebDriver, without having to learn how to write test automation code.”

To learn how the new Selenium IDE can turbo-charge your testing efforts, watch a replay presentation and demo from Dave Haeffner and Tomer Steinfeld (full-time contributors to Selenium IDE) at (https://goo.gl/H43LuZ).

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About Applitools 
Applitools is the creator of Application Visual Management (AVM) to help companies deliver visually perfect web and native mobile apps in a fully automated way, starting with its visual testing and monitoring solution. Founded in 2013, Applitools uses sophisticated AI-powered image processing technology to ensure that an application appears correctly and functions properly on all devices, browsers, operating systems, and screen sizes.

Applitools Visual AI mimics the human eye and brain to avoid reporting undetectable visual bugs, minimizing the false positives that make traditional visual testing tools unusable. Applitools Eyes can instantly validate entire application pages and detect layout issues on even the most complex and dynamic pages. When development teams are confident they can fix visual bugs faster, they are unleashed to deliver more customer-facing features than ever before.

Hundreds of companies from a range of verticals, including Fortune 100 firms in software, banking, insurance, retail, and pharmaceuticals, use Applitools to deliver the best possible digital experiences to their customers. Applitools is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with an R&D center in Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, please visit applitools.com.

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Jeremy Douglas 
Catapult PR-IR 
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