LASALLE College of the Arts partners Niigata University to showcase rare animation art, and embark on first-of-its-kind Animation Archiving Project in Singapore

Press Releases   •   Mar 14, 2018 17:19 +08

An exhibition displaying 60–80 different works will offer visitors insight into the creative and interdisciplinary energy that went into Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (1987). This exhibition, A World Is Born: Emerging Arts & Designs in 1980s Japanese Animation, is part of a five-year series of activities following an MOU signed between LASALLE and NU that focuses on animation.

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Hitachi Vantara Labs Introduces Machine Learning Model Management To Accelerate Model Deployment and Reduce Business Risk

Press Releases   •   Mar 07, 2018 16:38 +08

Singapore – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced additional capabilities for machine learning orchestration to help data scientists monitor, test, retrain and redeploy supervised models in production. An innovation from Hitachi Vantara Labs,collectively known as “machine learning model management,” can use these new tools in a data pipeline built in Pentaho to help improve business outcomes and reduce risk by making it easier to update models in response to continual change. Improved transparency gives people inside organizations better insights and confidence in their algorithms. Hitachi Vantara Labs is making machine learning model management available as a plug-in through the Pentaho Marketplace.

As organizations transform digitally, their algorithms become a key competitive advantage – and potentially a risk. Once a model is in production, it must be monitored, tested and retrained continually in response to changing conditions, then redeployed. Today this work involves considerable manual effort and, consequently, is often done infrequently. When this happens, prediction accuracy will deteriorate and impact the profitability of data-driven businesses.

David Menninger, ‎SVP & Research Director, Ventana Research, said, “According to our research, two-thirds of organizations do not have an automated process to seamlessly update their predictive analytics models. As a result, less than one-quarter of machine learning models are updated daily, approximately one-third are updated weekly and just over half are updated monthly. Out-of-date models can create significant risk to organizations.”

New data science model management improves the process of machine learning deployments in three areas:

Get models into production faster: New machine learning orchestration steps support data and feature engineering. These steps evaluate models and improve their accuracy using real production data before going live.For further model tuning and to avoid overfitting, data operations teams can generalize models against production test data using a choice of cross-validation and holdout evaluation techniques. Algorithm-specific data preparation and cleaning tasks – also referred to as “last mile data prep” – are now automated. Operations teams can adjust model parameters using a simple GUI instead of writing and maintaining code, which frees data scientists to develop new models.

Maximize model accuracy, while in production: Once a model is in production, its accuracy typically degrades as new production data runs through it. To avoid this, a new range of evaluation statistics helps to identify degraded models. Rich visualizations and reports make it easier to analyze model performance and uncover errors. When updates or changes occur, new “challenger” models can be easily A/B-tested against the current “champion” models. Since test results are returned faster the model can be adjusted sooner.

Collaborate and govern model operations at scale: More organizations are demanding visibility into how algorithms make decisions. Lack of transparency often leads to poor collaboration in groups deploying and maintaining models including operations teams, data scientists, data engineers, developers and application architects. These new capabilities from Hitachi Vantara promote collaboration, providing data lineage of model steps and visibility of data sources and features that feed the model. This greater transparency allows data and data pipelines to be easily shared, standardized and reused across teams allowing new machine learning applications to be built faster. Benefiting from an enterprise-grade platform, the machine learning model steps are embedded into data pipelines and can run large data volumes in a highly available and secure environment.

“Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are optimizing everything from customer interactions to enterprise operations. As these applications evolve, data scientist and IT operation teams will need to move newly trained models into production faster than ever before, which can jeopardize model accuracy, collaboration and governance,” said John Magee, VP, product marketing, Hitachi Vantara. “Hitachi Vantara Labs’ machine learning model management provides improved algorithmic transparency and automation so application teams can focus their efforts on innovating rapidly without risking model deterioration.”

Product Availability and Resources

Model management capabilities can be accessed in the Pentaho Marketplace beginning March 6, 2018. These plug-ins are currently unsupported and will be available for testing. In future versions, they may be integrated into Pentaho Data Integration (PDI). To learn more, visit Pentaho Labs.

About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers' experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at www.HitachiVantara.com.

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Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in Social Innovation and has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information, please visit http://www.hitachi.com.

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New Capabilities Monitor, Test, Retrain and Redeploy Predictive Models, Enabling Greater Algorithmic Transparency and Faster Business Outcomes

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Horangi Cyber Security commentary

News   •   Mar 01, 2018 10:24 +08

The following commentary is written by and should be attributed to Lim Quan Heng, Head of CyberOps at Horangi Cyber Security.

1. Counterfeit code-signing certificates are now being custom-created

Recorded Future has found that code signing and SSL certificate services are “widely available” on the dark web, from reputable companies such as Comodo, Thawte, Symantec and Apple. These certificates can be created on request, and are believed to be done using stolen corporate identities. Malicious users will be able to use these certificates to obfuscate their payloads, as the certificates are registered using information of legitimate business owners.

Several prominent attacks in the recent past have utilized payloads in legitimately signed binaries, such as backdoors in NetSarang’s Server management Software, M.E.Doc accounting software in Ukraine, and CCleaner, highlighting the effectiveness of such efforts. It is not clear exactly when the compromise happened in some of the above examples.

In addition, a trial by Recorded Future with encrypted, unreported Remote Access Trojan showed that while 8 antivirus products detected the unsigned payload, only 2 detected the signed copy.

These services are relatively expensive, and would unlikely be widely used. However, they are expected to have an effect in network appliances performing detection of deep packet inspection and host based controls checking code signing certificates.

2. In Singapore, Cyber Security guidance and regulations continue to mature

Singapore passes a bill designed to ensure protection of critical infrastructure, as well as ensuring the competency of service providers for penetration testing and managed security operations center monitoring. Some industry sectors have existing guidelines and regulations, and this new bill highlights the importance of implementing security principles early to reduce cost and issues arising later.

The Securities and Exchange Commission issues a guidance which states that: "Public companies should have policies and procedures in place to (1) guard against directors, officers, and other corporate insiders taking advantage of the period between the company's discovery of a cybersecurity incident and public disclosure of the incident to trade on material nonpublic information about the incident, and (2) help ensure that the company makes timely disclosure of any related material nonpublic information."

While not directly addressing cybersecurity issues, this forces attention of company executives towards their cybersecurity risks and efforts.

Meanwhile, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25. The GDPR is widely acknowledged as one of the most impactful and far reaching regulations, potentially having cascading effects on companies worldwide on how data is collected and managed. GDPR also signals a trend with privacy related regulations among governments worldwide.

3. Malware Found in Common Cloud Platforms

Bitglass threat research found that 44 percent of organizations they had scanned had malware in their cloud applications. Even with built in malware protection for applications such as Google Drive, Box, Dropbox or OneDrive, the average infection rate was still higher than 33 percent. This highlights a gap in popular enterprise cloud storage solutions, and malware solutions that are generally relied on as the first line of defense.

4.Cryptocurrency Driving New Form of Malware

While not a new trend, there has been increasing instances where business operations have been impacted by mining tools installed on their servers and other systems. Check Point estimates that the JavaScript-able Coinhive mining tool has affected 23% of companies worldwide. With a new method for monetization, malware leveraging on traditional exploits such as Eternal Blue have been found in the wild infecting computers as part of a mining network.

5. Survey Shows Continuing Disconnect Between CEOs and technical officers

It is not unheard of that concerns with cybersecurity differ between C-level officers. A recent survey by Dow Jones Customer Intelligence highlights this misalignment, with attention placed on server-focused solutions, while “human” solutions such as multi-factor authentication and credential management. The study also shows that CEOs have reduced visibility on incidents their company has faced, with technical officers stating higher numbers.

Cyber security highlights in February and points to look out for in the coming month.

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​TrustYou Wins #1 in the HotelTechAwards 2018 for “Reputation and Review Management Software”

Press Releases   •   Feb 20, 2018 11:02 +08

Hotel Tech Report has named TrustYou 2018’s top-rated Reputation Management Software based on data from thousands of hoteliers in over 40 countries around the world. More than 100 of the world’s elite hotel technology products competed for a chance to win this prestigious title.


Horangi Strengthens Asia Pacific Team with Senior Hire

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2018 14:00 +08

Horangi Cyber Security announced today that Chang Hon Kit has been appointed Director of Sales, Asia Pacific, a key hire to the company’s Asia Pacific team.


Interdisciplinarity and research-based practice take the spotlight in new exhibitions at LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

Press Releases   •   Feb 08, 2018 11:35 +08

Interdisciplinarity and research-based practice are core to LASALLE College of the Arts’ education ethos, and two new exhibitions in February at LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore fully embody these ideals. Through innovative curatorial practice, Encounter under the banyan and head heap heat seed multiple avenues of inquiry on contemporary art in Singapore and internationally


LASALLE College of the Arts presents first student-led TEDx initiative by a local arts institution

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2018 13:31 +08

With a scintillating line-up of speakers from a plus-size model sharing her experiences on perception and identity, to a former documentary producer for Al Jazeera and Bloomberg TV reflecting on the challenges of her career, the inaugural edition of TEDxLASALLE on Sunday 4 February is set to live up to its tagline of Make Me: Make Me Question. Make Me Think. Make Me Act.


Hitachi Vantara Announces Key Executive Promotions

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2018 11:01 +08

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced two key promotions to its executive team: Brian Householder has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Scott Kelly has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Both promotions are effective April 1, 2018.


Third season of tcc-LASALLE Art Moves solidifies the journey of a fine artist through exhibition and curatorial practice

Press Releases   •   Jan 25, 2018 16:32 +08

Following the successes of two previous seasons, LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) and The Connoisseur Concerto (tcc) are pleased to embark on another exciting year-long partnership through Art Moves III – a year-long exhibition of artworks in tcc cafés by 16 recent BA(Hons) Fine Arts graduates from LASALLE.


87% of Asia Pacific Companies Believe the Internet of Things Is Important to the Future of Their Business, Says New Study

Press Releases   •   Jan 18, 2018 10:30 +08

Enterprises Across the Region Are Embracing IoT as Important Emerging Technology

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