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Senior Information Security Leader Steve White Joins ForgeRock as Chief Security Officer

ForgeRock has announced that veteran information security expert Steve White has joined the company as Chief Security Officer. Reporting directly to CEO Mike Ellis, White brings extensive cybersecurity experience coupled with deep technology skills developed over a 20-year technology career.

“Digital identity is the key enabling technology powering many of the fastest-moving and challenging trends in business today, from digital transformation and the internet of things, to Open Banking, PSD2, GDPR and more,” said Steve White. “Having worked in government, retail and consumer IoT, I’ve had firsthand experience in numerous projects and deployments where digital identity technology was required to secure personal data, devices, and things. Combining ForgeRock’s transformation from a software product company to a product and services company with the amazing innovations they are driving in the digital identity space makes this an incredible opportunity, I’m thrilled to be joining the ForgeRock team.”

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Gemalto first in the world to be fully-certified by the GSMA for secure eSIM subscription management

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces that its On-Demand Connectivity Service has become the first in the world to demonstrate full compliance with the stringent security requirements of the GSMA’s Security Accreditation Scheme for embedded SIM (eSIM) remote provisioning.

As a result, OEMs, mobile operators, and service providers worldwide can be assured that Gemalto implements appropriate security measures for storage and handling of all sensitive user profile data. These measures extend from initial eSIM production through to management of mobile subscriptions over the entire service lifecycle. The accreditations apply to industrial IoT applications, automotive solutions and consumer electronics.

“These new certifications demonstrate Gemalto’s leadership and commitment to implementing rigorous security measures that extend from the core to the very edge. “Mobile operators and OEMs can now fully benefit from the combined promises of the eSIM and remote SIM provisioning services for industrial, enterprise and consumer applications” said David Buhan, Senior Vice President Mobile and IoT Services for Gemalto.

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MTS expands LTE network in Kaliningrad

Russian mobile operator MTS has expanded the coverage of its LTE network in the Kaliningrad region, reports LTE services from the operator have launched in ten settlements in the region this year. The list includes also the towns of Chernyakhovsk, Neman, Yantarny, Primorsk, Pravdinsk and Zheleznodorozhniy. Around 75 percent of the region‘s population is already covered with the LTE network.

The operator has also deployed  additional LTE base stations in locations where LTE services were earlier available, in Kaliningrad, Zelenogradsk, Svetlogorsk, Sovetsk, Svetly, Gusev and Polessk. MTS increased the amount of LTE base stations by 40 percent in January-June of this year.

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NetSfere Brings Encrypted High Definition Audio Calling and Live Video Streaming to Enterprises in One Secure Messaging Service

NetSfere, the secure mobile messaging service from Infinite Convergence Solutions, has launched NetSfere HD Audio one-to-one calling and NetSfere Live video broadcast and streaming, within its secure platform.

The technology uses encrypted communication pathways to exchange voice and video between NetSfere users. It leverages industry-leading advanced Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP) and 256-bit elliptical curve cryptography, thereby securing all video, audio and messaging communication within the NetSfere platform. Information is never exposed to external entities, giving the enterprise full control over customer data.

“There is an epidemic of employees using insecure consumer messaging apps for business communication, which exposes enterprises to the serious security risks and compromised confidential information that we constantly see making headlines,” said Anurag Lal, CEO and president of Infinite Convergence Solutions. “With our new live broadcast and HD audio capabilities, along with several other feature upgrades, NetSfere now offers the same messaging experience that consumers are used to, but with the encryption and security necessary for enterprise communication. There is no longer a need for consumer apps in the enterprise, as NetSfere combines text, video and voice collaboration all in one secure service.”

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RealNetworks Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

RealNetworks has announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 which saw revenue of $33.1 million, an 11% increase year-over-year.

“We are pleased with our second quarter results, which saw solid performance in all three of our divisions,” said Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. “We also made good progress in lowering our cost structure and realigning our resources to support a few key growth initiatives. We believe these growth initiatives, the first of which will come to market later this year, will deliver meaningful revenue contributions in 2018 and beyond.”

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