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ManageEngine Delivers Industry’s First On-Premises Solution to Offer Endpoint MFA for all Major OSs 

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ADSelfService Plus Helps IT Admins Secure Linux, Windows, MacOS Users’ Access at the Device Level Without Busting Their Budget 

  • Offers support for 14 authentication techniques including biometrics, Google Authenticator and DUO Security
  • Helps comply with NIST SP 800-63B, FFIEC, GDPR and HIPPA regulations
  • Download a 30-day, free trial of ADSelfService Plus at http://mnge.it/Vev

ManageEngine, the IT management division of Zoho Corporation, today announced that ADSelfService Plus, its integrated Active Directory (AD) self-service password management and single sign-on solution, now offers Endpoint Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) for Linux logins. The new feature supplements Windows and macOS MFA support, making ADSelfService Plus the industry’s first on-premises solution to provide endpoint MFA for all three major operating systems so that IT admins can improve user account security and keep sophisticated cyberthreats at bay.

According to the State of Linux report, 90 percent of the public cloud runs on Linux. With stolen credentials ranking among the top data breach vectors, it’s high time that every organization works on its strategy in securing access to endpoints running on Linux. After all, one set of credentials is all a hacker needs to get into an organization’s network and cause havoc. When MFA is implemented organization-wide, the traditional username and password login is supplemented by an additional security measure.

“Linux OS and its distributions don’t provide built-in mechanisms to enforce MFA for GUI logins,” said Parthiban Paramasivam, director of product management, ADSelfService Plus. “With ADSelfService Plus, users will have a seamless login experience irrespective of the platform they use. A Windows user who also has a Linux workstation or a macOS machine will have the same login experience across platforms.”

Handling Cyberattacks with ADSelfService Plus

With ADSelfService Plus’ Endpoint MFA capability, user authentication goes beyond relying on traditional usernames and passwords and verifies identities through stringent authentication techniques.

The more authentication techniques supported by the MFA solution, the more freedom admins have. With this in mind, ADSelfService Plus supports a variety of authentication techniques, including SMS-based one-time passwords (OTPs), email-based OTPs, Google Authenticator, DUO Security and RSA SecurID. With ADSelfService Plus, organizations can leverage 14 different authentication techniques to secure access to Linux, Windows and macOS clients in AD environments.

With ADSelfService Plus’ Endpoint MFA enabled, users will have to successfully authenticate themselves twice before they’re allowed to access their workstations or servers. They are authenticated first through their AD domain credentials and next through one of the supported authentication techniques before they can log in to their remote and local Linux, Windows or macOS machine. Admins can enforce MFA for specific users with access to business-critical data based on their domain, OU, or group membership.

Pricing and Availability

Endpoint MFA is available immediately in the latest version of ADSelfService Plus. Pricing for ADSelfService Plus starts at $1,195 annually. A fully functional, 30-day trial version is also available for download at http://mnge.it/TMb.

ADSelfService Plus also offers a free edition for up to 50 users. The Free edition supports all the features of the Professional edition, including Endpoint MFA, single sign-on and password self-service. It can be downloaded at http://mnge.it/q3w.

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Expo Centre Sharjah to Launch the 1st Edition of “Furniture 360 Exhibition” Tomorrow

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The first edition of the home furnishing exhibition ‘Furniture 360’ will be launched tomorrow Wednesday at the Expo Centre Sharjah, with the participation of more than 50 pioneering international furniture and home furnishing brands.

The exhibition, which is being held from 11 to 14 December, will offer a wide range of the latest and finest modern home furniture products, with premium prices and discounts of up to 80%.

Also, the Furniture 360 is bringing together the leading international and local furniture and design companies for further cooperation and business communication, in addition to exchanging experiences between the participating companies, visitors, architects, designers, contractors, investors, hospitality specialists, and project managers.

Motivating Local Manufacturers

“The Furniture 360 is the most comprehensive event of its kind in the region that covers all the segments of the furniture and furnishing industry and it also forms a value-added to the regional and international events hosted annually by the Expo Centre,” said HE Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah.

Al Midfa pointed out that the Expo Centre is keen to achieve the diversity and excellence in its all events, with the aim of actively participating in the development of Sharjah’s economic sectors and catering to all the needs of the Centre visitors.

“This event is an important platform for local manufacturers, where they have the chance to meet with major international interior design and furniture companies and conclude business deals. In addition, this exhibition is a perfect opportunity for local consumers who are looking for distinctive and premium products at competitive prices, besides acquiring the latest products of furniture and supplies for the modern home and learning more about recent innovations in the design and decoration industry, owing to the presence of major domestic and international brands covering several products,” he concluded.

The Furniture 360 will help provide integrated solutions in the fields of home furnishing, commercial and hotel projects, ranging from designs for all spaces to finishes, fit-outs, decoration, furnishings, and accessories.

This in addition to showcasing a wide range of products for floors, kitchens, furniture, furnishings, curtains, and accessories, which covers a wide variety of designs and modern and classic industry in this sector.

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Post Malone and Crocs Launch Fourth Collaboration

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First Three Collaborations Sold Out in Minutes; Post Malone and Crocs Return on December 10 with an Updated Take on the Classic Clog

Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX), a global leader in innovative, casual footwear for women, men and children, today announced their latest product collaboration with multi-platinum recording artist Post Malone. This ground-breaking fourth installment of the Post Malone x Crocs collaboration series features the Post Malone x Crocs Duet Max Clog, an innovative clog silhouette with a unique blue and black urban camo pattern, an exaggerated chunky outsole and pivotable backstraps with adjustable hook and loop closures.

The evolution of the Post Malone x Crocs partnership is evident over the four collaborations; consumers will see a transformation from previous designs that featured Post’s inspirations on the shoe, to this new silhouette incorporating his designs inside and out – including the detailing on the sole and straps, and the unique rope and lanyard clip feature. This next chapter in the Post Malone x Crocs partnership delivers a true creation from Post as he evolves his own aesthetic, and is eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide.

“This latest drop with Crocs is our best yet. I wanted to make a more tactical and chunky shoe, and they gave me all the tools to do just that,” said Post Malone. “I think they came out really neat, and I hope everyone loves them as much as I do.”

Along with the evolved and elevated design has been a differentiated reveal of the product to fans leading up to the launch. The brand first began teasing this new collaboration with a presence at Posty Fest in Arlington, TX in early November. In the weeks following, Crocs utilized a sequence of coordinated billboards to reveal the visual of the product and give fans an official first look at the design. The brand then made a surprise delivery of the coveted footwear last week and shared it with hundreds of fans and employees/customers of Chicken Express in Southlake, TX – the location of Post Malone’s first and only job prior to becoming a global music icon.

“After three collaborations – all selling out in minutes – we heard our fans demands for more and I’m pleased that this will be our biggest drop ever,” said Terence Reilly, Crocs Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re excited to give them another opportunity to own these limited-edition Post Malone x Crocs that are no doubt going to make waves around the planet.”

The limited-edition Post Malone x Crocs Duet Max Clog will be available online and at select retail locations around the world for $59.99 beginning December 10th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

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Saudi is prime hub for startups in Middle East, and online business knowhow is booming, says young entrepreneur

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JustClean co-founder says Kingdom made it easier than any other Gulf country to set up business

Saudi Arabia is a prime hub for startups in the Middle East, and its understanding of online business surpasses that of other countries in the region, a young Arab entrepreneur said today.

Athbi Al-Enezi, Co-Founder of Kuwait-based technology company JustClean, says Saudi was the easiest country in the Gulf to set up the marketplace application which connects hundreds of laundry services with thousands of consumers.

Among the speakers tomorrow (Wednesday) at ArabNet Riyadh, Saudi’s leading forum focused on digital business, Al-Enezi will tell entrepreneurs, investors and students that now is the right time for growth of startups in the Kingdom.

“Saudi is the largest market with the biggest population, and many changes are taking place, so some of the reasons are obvious,” said Al-Enezi. “But we were pleasantly surprised that we were able to set up JustClean operations here faster than anywhere else in the region.

“Naturally, we had learnt a lot from setting up the business in Kuwait before expanding into Bahrain and the UAE first. But we did not expect to be up and running in Saudi so quickly.

“Our business is taking laundries from offline to online, and connecting them with consumers, and we were helped by the fact that the understanding of online business in general is booming here.”

JustClean recently spread its Saudi operations from the Eastern Province to Jeddah and Riyadh, and plans to have a presence in all the Kingdom’s major cities as part of expansion plans which will take in overseas markets next year.

“If you want to be everywhere in Saudi, the risk is higher because of the size of the country,” said Al-Enezi, among the successful entrepreneurs featured in the Sawalif Riyadiya sessions at ArabNet, taking place at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

“To make things work, you need offices and teams in cities which are hours apart, so the amount of investment required is three times as much as in any other Gulf country. But the rewards are greater also.”

JustClean, which is exhibiting at Arabnet, also operates a growing logistics operation in the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, as well as a SaaS (software as a service) business.

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Pacific Prime Dubai Receives AXA’s Top Producer 2019 Award

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Pacific Prime, a leading insurance brokerage, has been awarded as the Top Producer 2019 – Employee Benefits, SME, and Retail, by AXA Insurance (Gulf) B.S.C. The broker’s Dubai branch received the award during the AXA Roadshow VIP Broker event on November 7, 2019, for being the top producer in terms of written premium and policy count.

“This award reflects the tremendous growth Pacific Prime has been able to achieve in the past year, becoming such a key figure in the UAE market,” said Anita Brooks, Senior Manager of Employee Benefits, SME, and Retail at AXA Gulf.

“Pacific Prime strives to offer professional consultation services through executing our long-standing goal of simplifying insurance for our clients. This award is a testament to the high-quality standards that we are able to maintain in our Dubai office, as well as in our other offices around the world,” added Neil Raymond, Founder and CEO of Pacific Prime.

Pacific Prime is a global health insurance broker that has provided health insurance coverage to over 500,000 lives in more than 130 countries. The firm also specializes in providing cross-border, compliant employee benefit plans to international corporations, with currently over 4,000 corporate clients worldwide.

Meanwhile, AXA Gulf is part of AXA’s global brand, a multinational insurance firm that houses over 800 employees in 25 branches and retail shops region-wide, providing insurance solutions to over 1 million customers. AXA has maintained its presence in the UAE for over 68 years, making it one of the oldest insurance providers in the region.

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Atkins Appoints Cris Dedigama as CEO for the Middle East and Africa

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Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cris Dedigama as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Middle East and Africa. Based in the United Arab Emirates, he will lead the business’s end-to-end advisory, design and engineering and project management services under the Atkins Acuity, Atkins and Faithful+Gould brands.

“For more than 50 years, Atkins has played an integral role in the Middle East and Africa regional transformation through world-class projects and global expertise delivered locally,” said Philip Hoare, President, Atkins. “Through his extensive experience in the infrastructure industry and deep knowledge of the region, Cris brings significant qualities which will enable us to continue cementing our business footprint and lead our future growth.”

Cris is a seasoned executive with over 30 years’ experience leading both projects and businesses in the engineering and construction industries. He joined the SNC-Lavalin Group in 2015 as Senior Vice-President, North Africa, Infrastructure, then was appointed Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Resources in 2017. Throughout his career, Cris has held senior leadership positions in the Middle East, Asia, India and Australia, with responsibility for the management and operations of several large Engineering and Construction firms, delivering complex projects, and expanding activities in the building, infrastructure, and oil and gas industries. He holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Together with SNC-Lavalin, a global fully integrated professional services and project management company, Atkins helps clients plan, design and enable major infrastructure projects, and provides expert consultancy that covers the full project lifecycle. Atkins has a track record of delivering flagship projects in the Middle East such as the Dubai Metro, Burj Al Arab, Dubai International Airport and King Abdulaziz International Airport. The company’s end-to-end business advisory, design and engineering and project management services also include Atkins Acuity and Faithful+Gould brands and offerings. Atkins Acuity combines management consulting, financing and technical capabilities to help clients solve complex front-end problems in the built environment. Faithful+Gould provides integrated project and program management consultancy, independently or alongside Atkins.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S 3D-PRINTED PAW ENSURES NEW CARS ARE TOP DOG

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  • Jaguar Land Rover has 3D-printed a dog paw for use in durability tests
  • Yogi the Labrador was the canine supervisor for the unique project
  • ‘RoboYogi’ tests ensure paint can withstand scratches from dog claws
  • Results show New Land Rover Defender bumper can last more than a decade in the great outdoors

Jaguar Land Rover has developed a unique 3D-printed dog paw to help engineers assess the durability of future cars – with a little help from Yogi the Labrador and the new Land Rover Defender.

The ‘RoboYogi’ paw was used to test the rear bumper’s ability to withstand a dog’s claws scraping the paint before and after dog walks, with results showing it can withstand more than a decade of use by dogs – highlighting how Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are designed to meet the demands of owners’ lifestyles.

Yogi the Labrador, a resident at the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre, was tasked with jumping in and out of the new Land Rover Defender boot, with every step recorded by pressure mapping technology. The data allowed the team to benchmark this real-world outdoor scenario against ‘RoboYogi’; from how a mid-sized dog clambers in and out, to the pressure applied by the claws and the pads on its feet.

Nine-year-old Yogi’s paw was then used to model and 3D-print a spring-loaded replica, allowing the claws to follow contours and apply pressure evenly across the bumper. Spring-loaded claws also proved a cost-effective solution as they are easily replaceable.

The life-like paw is now used by Jaguar Land Rover to complete a standard 5,000 cycle abrasion test; during which ‘RoboYogi’ scratches the panel at random ten times followed by a linear scratch to one side, before repeating the process.

The new Land Rover Defender proved to be the ideal testbed because of its iconic side-hinged door featuring a flat rear bumper for dogs to climb onto, compared to the more traditional split tailgate or rounded boot opening on other Land Rover models.

The new method was developed collaboratively across Jaguar Land Rover by experts in Materials Engineering team, working with the Additive Manufacturing and Robotic Engineering teams.

Julie Nicholls, Senior Engineer in Materials Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, explains: “Our performance testing covers plenty of scenarios that our cosmetic parts are exposed to, but sometimes we have to think outside the laboratory to come up with bespoke solutions. Creating globally renowned vehicles means applying a quality mindset at every stage of a product’s lifecycle to ensure we meet the needs of our customers’ lifestyles. In this case we were able to achieve it by getting a dog, printing a paw and using a robot.”

Prioritising the comfort and safety of our furry friends is a well-trodden path for Land Rover, which offers a range of Pet Packs on the Discovery, including a full height luggage partition, a loadspace rubber mat, and loadspace liner tray.

Suzanne Boggan, Dog Care and Welfare Supervisor from the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre, said: “Whether you are the proud owner of a pet dog or – as is the case with our dogs – they play an even more vital working role, we recognise the importance of working with responsible manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover to ensure vehicles are fit to carry animals safely. We were delighted Yogi could lend a paw to the engineers – we hope it will help more design teams make future models easier for our canine companions to get in and out of.”

The Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing Centre produces more than 80,000 parts a year for a variety of applications, including functional prototyping, design mock-ups and manufacturing assembly aids and fixtures. Jaguar Land Rover is also able to 3D print parts for production cars with the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 – the most extreme performance Jaguar ever – one of the first to use them.

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Award Winning brand ‘DUSOUL’ by Dhamani launches new boutique at the iconic location – Mall of the Emirates

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DUSOUL, the affordable luxury brand, celebrated a new step in its expansion by opening its boutique at the iconic Mall of the Emirates.

The new boutique is aimed at serving the discerning fashionista with its enviable line of jewelry designs & celebrity endorsed international brands.

DUSOUL showcases a unique mix of in-house designed collections, brought to life by the natural elements of sun, sea, sand and the stars which together form the icon of Dusoul.

DUSOUL, a Dhamani Group brand, is strategically positioning itself as the jewelry powerhouse for the aspirational and inspirational millennial generation. The new Mall of the Emirates outlet reflects this identity, providing a wide variety of handcrafted designs to find the perfect jewelry gift to suit any occasion.

Commenting on the opening, Dhamani Jewels Group chief executive officer and managing director, Amit Dhamani, said that the UAE, and Dubai in particular, has been experiencing a rise in demand in the market for bespoke jewelry and ‘DUSOUL’ was created to meet that demand.

“As the undisputed fashion capital of the region, Dubai has been witnessing a growing need for exquisite and affordable local and international brands. In particular, jewelry tops the demand list and DUSOUL is poised to meet that demand. We have a collection of carefully selected jewelry pieces at very attractive price points at all DUSOUL stores in Dubai,” said Amit Dhamani.

Rohit Dhamani, CEO, DUSOUL, emphasized the brand’s commitment in giving jewelry enthusiasts in the region, quality products and designs, made available at attractive price point which is the statement of the brand – Jewelry with Soul.

“We are proud to be marking yet another key milestone in our journey to bring to the region the finest jewelry collection that fits the dreams and aspirations of the Dubai fashionista. Our pieces are created with longevity and keeping the individual customer in mind. This is what separates DUSOUL from the rest – a uniqueness that also enables our customers to stand out from the crowd”.

Rohit Dhamani further elaborates that the new store depicts a luxurious yet warm and inviting environment that compliments the stunning and sophisticated fine jewelry collection. The store’s customer experience is enhanced by innovative technology, offering unique and state-of-the-art digital display software, allowing real-time social media interaction between the brand and clients. This enhanced customer experience provided by Dusoul was recognized recently and it received 2 prestigious accolades for ‘Innovation’ & ‘Best Retail Store Design’.

As part of its jewelry collection, DUSOUL will also feature leading international brands including fine jewelry brands; Bigli, Casato, Lenti Villasco, Moraglione, Palmiero and Giovanni Ferraris, Brumani, a timeless yet contemporary Brazilian brand, and Moiseikin, a statement brand from Russia.

With the launch of the new boutique, DUSOUL cements its position as a brand with strong belief in playing a pivotal role in jewelry retail in line with the Expo 2020 & UAE Vision 2021.

With almost 50 years of experience, the Dhamani Jewels Group is a pioneer in the retail jewelry industry and headquartered in Dubai Multi Commodities Center, Dubai. U.A.E.

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Airbus to Strengthen Secure Communications at Gulf Defense & Aerospace Kuwait

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Airbus is participating in the 5th edition of the Gulf Defense & Aerospace – Kuwait, an event dedicated to Defense, Aerospace, Homeland Security, and Safety & Security held under the Official Patronage of the Kuwait First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, H.E. Sheikh Naser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah; and taking place from the 10th to 12th of December.

The event itself is part of Kuwait’s Vision 2035, which aims to transform Kuwait into a regional and international hub for commerce and business. Airbus, leading provider of communications and collaborations solutions, is presenting their key security solutions, including the Tactilon Dabat terminal and smartphone in-one, Tactilon Agnet collaboration application and platform, and RCS- Radio Communication Systems.

The Radio Console System, used by police forces, is a modern Tetra dispatching console for control room dispatchers to easily and quickly access Tetra communication features. Tactilon Agnet brings secure communications to smart devices and gives users the possibility to benefit from voice, data, video, and location services in a controlled manner with reliability and security; meeting the needs of both public safety organizations and  transport, utility and industry users.

The company is also highlighting application demos for the Tactilon Dabat, a combination of smartphone and full Tetra radio in one smart, strong, and secure device.

“Kuwait is making rapid advances in the defense and security sectors, implementing the latest technologies that will help the country’s economy progress. Our participation at the exhibition seeks to intensify our cooperation with the Gulf countries, which are increasingly focusing on strengthening their armed forces and security measures. Airbus has deservedly earned recognition as a reliable and independent partner for effective and reliable mission-critical communications in the Middle East region.” said Andrew Forbes, Head of Middle East and North Africa region for Secure Land Communications at Airbus.

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SCCI Takes Part in the 10th SIAL Middle East 2019 in Abu Dhabi

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The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, represented by the Sharjah Exports Development Authority, SEDC, is taking part in the 10th edition of SIAL Middle East 2019 in Abu Dhabi, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority.

The SIAL Middle East 2019 is being held under the theme “Defining Innovation in the Food, Beverage & Hospitality Industry” from 9 to 11 December.

Through a platform including representatives of a large number of national food industry companies in the Emirate of Sharjah, the SCCI’s participation aims to explore investment opportunities available in the food industry sector, highlight Sharjah’s food sector products, and open new export markets.

Providing Export Solutions

Abdul Aziz Shattaf, SCCI’s Assistant General Director, Members Services Sector and SEDC’s Director, said: “Our participation comes as part of the SCCI’s keenness on promoting national food products, paving the way for a perfect environment supportive to local exports while raising their competitiveness by providing export solutions and methods, boosting products marketing and exports developments, and providing the opportunity for participating companies to make deals and discuss cooperation mechanisms with other stakeholders.”

“The SCCI’s strategic plan pays great attention to bolstering the food industry sector in parallel with Sharjah’s eagerness to achieve food security. Our participation in such pioneering exhibitions would help enhance the SCCI’s efforts in promoting food corporations and increase their export rates. Also, the participants will have the chance to learn more about the latest developments of the food and beverage sector at the global level,” he explained.

“The SEDC’s platform is eager to receive visitors, businessmen, and investors to introduce the investment opportunities in the Emirate of Sharjah, particularly in the food industry sector,” Shattaf concluded.

The “SIAL Middle East” exhibition, Abu Dhabi, is part of a series of “SIAL” exhibitions held in Paris, Shanghai, Montreal, and Buenos Aires.

Launched in Paris 1964, SIAL is one of the world’s leading exhibitions in food industries, where food manufacturers, suppliers, and all those interested in the food industry around the world come together to learn closely about the latest innovations and conclude business deals.

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