Tech

84% of parents are worried about their child’s online safety but aren’t taking the time to talk about it, reveals Kaspersky survey

According to Kaspersky’s latest global research, 84% of parents worldwide are concerned about their children’s online safety. However, on average, parents only spend a total of 46 minutes talking to their children about online security through their entire childhood. In fact, more than half (58%) of those surveyed spend less than 30 minutes discussing the subject, which is half the …

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Manushya Foundation to launch a study on Thailand’s Cybersecurity Act to promote a human-centered approach, opposing misuse for control and surveillance of citizens

On 23 September, Manushya Foundation, an NGO promoting community empowerment in Asia, will be launching a study on ‘Thailand’s Cybersecurity Act: Towards a more human-centered act’ at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok. The study is conducted in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangkok, Thai Netizen Network, Access Now, Association for …

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Telegram secretly plans ‘Gram’ cryptocurrency

by Andrea Palasciano Working in secrecy for a year, the Telegram messaging service has a plan: to beat Facebook in the race to launch a cryptocurrency with its new project “Gram”. Little is known about Gram, but media reports say Russian-founded Telegram aims to create an accessible service that is easier to use than various cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — still …

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Protectionism impractical for S’pore’s progress, foreign talent still integral in developing local technology: Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing

Insular, “protectionist” measures against skilled foreign workers will not serve Singapore’s growth in the long run as an economy that has long thrived on an “open-door” policy, particularly in light of a global shortage of tech talent supply, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Responding to a supplementary question by West Coast GRC Member of Parliament Patrick Tay …

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Kaspersky partners with Temasek Polytechnic to offer technical cybersecurity courses to more Singaporeans

Earlier this week, Kaspersky signed a three-year agreement with Temasek Polytechnic (TP) to provide cybersecurity courses for corporate practitioners and members of the public in Singapore. The training collaboration agreement was signed on Monday (26 Aug) by Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific (APAC) at Kaspersky, and John Leong, Director of the Temasek SkillsFuture Academy. Under this partnership, Kaspersky …

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Half of cybersecurity incidents in industrial networks happen due to employee errors, reveals Kaspersky

According to Kaspersky’s latest report “State of Industrial Cybersecurity 2019”, employee errors or unintentional actions were behind 52% of incidents affecting operational technology and industrial control system (OT/ICS) networks last year. In a press release on Friday (23 Aug), Kaspersky noted that the growing complexity of industrial infrastructures demands more advanced protection and skills. However, organisations are experiencing a shortage of professionals …

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Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab

Facebook on Tuesday (20 August) confirmed plans for a News Tab that will be edited by seasoned journalists, in a departure from its longstanding practice of letting algorithms dictate a user’s experience. A human team will select relevant, reliable breaking and top news stories. Other sections of the tab will rely on algorithms to figure out a user’s interests based …

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DPM Heng Swee Keat optimistic about Singapore’s future as microelectronics hub — but slow production and retrenchments reveal otherwise

With strong fundamentals comprising “good connectivity, a pro-business environment and a skilled and adaptable workforce”, Singapore has the capacity to fulfil the worldwide demand for semiconductors as a manufacturing hub, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat. Speaking at the unveiling of US semiconductor firm Micron Technology’s new and expanded facility on Wed (14 Aug), he said that while he …

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