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Get total access, control and protection of your Office 365 data

Protecting on-premises data is a no-brainer. But why do so many organizations overlook protecting cloud data?

Microsoft provides powerful services within Office 365 – but a comprehensive backup of your Office 365 data is not one of them.

Veeam® Backup for Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams – so that your data is always protected and accessible.

Total control over your Office 365 data

Microsoft Office 365 enables your enterprise to work anywhere, anytime, without the need to host your own email, files and SharePoint infrastructure. Even though Microsoft hosts the infrastructure, this doesn’t replace your responsibility of maintaining a backup of your business-critical Office 365 data.

With Office 365, it’s your data — you control it — and it is your responsibility to protect it.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 gives you the power to securely backup Office 365 and:

  • Protect your Office 365 data from accidental deletion, security threats and retention policy gaps
  • Quickly restore individual Office 365 email, files and sites with industry-leading recovery flexibility
  • Meet legal and compliance requirements with efficient eDiscovery of Office 365 items

Backup Office 365 SharePoint, email, and files to any location

A backup, in its simplest form, is making a copy of your data and storing it independently from the source. This mitigates risks and ensures peace of mind that you’ll be able to restore when needed.

  • Retrieve Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams data from a cloud-based instance of Office 365 and uniquely backup the data as often as every five minutes in Microsoft’s native format — an archive database based on Extensible Storage Engine (ESE), also known as the Jet Blue database.
  • Backup Exchange and SharePoint on-premises reducing the impact to your datacenter and allowing YOU to set the frequency and timing of your backups.
  • Store backups in the location of your choice — on-premises, in a hyperscale public cloud (i.e., Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services) or with a local service provider.
  • Protect data posted and shared with Microsoft Teams chats, files and sites, as Teams data is journaled into Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

Restore Office 365 with industry-leading recovery flexibility

Never settle for less than reliable, granular restore of Office 365 mailboxes and emails, SharePoint sites, documents, libraries and lists, as well as OneDrive for Business accounts, files and folders, in a few simple clicks.

Built-in Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business enable:

  • Quick search and granular recovery of individual objects — including Microsoft Teams data — residing in a protected copy of your Office 365 backup
  • Direct restore of Office 365 items through a number of industry — leading ways, giving you ultimate restore flexibility

Leverage powerful eDiscovery of Office 365 data

Without an easily accessible copy of your data, retrieving Office 365 email for regulatory or compliance reasons can be costly, time consuming and a major disruption to your business.

With Veeam, you can leverage the familiar, advanced search capabilities and the flexible recovery and export options to perform eDiscovery on Office 365 mailboxes, emails, files or sites— just as easily as you would with a traditional on-premises data backup.

Meet Office 365 security and compliance requirements

Security and compliance concerns are big drivers for the need to backup Office 365 email and other Office 365 data. With an Office 365 backup, you can:

  • Store data based on long-term retention policies for regulatory or compliance needs.
  • Ensure you recover exactly what you need — no more, no less — with granular advanced search and find functionality.
  • Increase security for Office 365 backup data with multi-factor authentication.

Efficiently scale and minimize overhead

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 delivers unmatched scalability, providing a multi-repository, multi-tenant architecture, which:

  • Enables protection of larger Office 365 deployments with a single installation, including automated scale-out of the repository to eliminate issues with maximum file size limits.
  • Empowers service providers to deliver Office 365 backup servicessearch and find functionality.
  • Minimizes overhead, improves recovery time and reduces costs with comprehensive automation via PowerShell and RESTful API support for all functionality, as well as self-service restore for service providers’ customers.

Unified on-premises and Office 365 backup

Ensuring control of Office 365 email and SharePoint data requires a solution that can cover both Office 365 and any on-premises Exchange and SharePoint instances that you may have. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 allows you to:
  • Protect hybrid email and SharePoint deployments.
  • Migrate mailbox data between on-premises Exchange and Office 365
  • Enable creation of consistent backups of Office 365 data to streamline eDiscovery and item-level restores
  • Perform backups of unique and localized versions of Office 365, including support for Office 365 U.S. Government (DoD and non-DoD), Office 365 Germany and Office 365 China

Veeam Data Protection for Sharepoint

Microsoft Office 365 adoption is bigger than ever. When Veeam introduced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in November 2016, it became an immense success and Veeam has continued building on top of that. When we released version 1.5 in 2017, we added automation and scalability improvements which became a tremendous success for service providers and larger deployments. Today, Veeam is announcing v2 which takes our solution to a completely new level by adding support for Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive for Business. Download it right now!

Data protection for SharePoint

By adding support for SharePoint, Veeam extends its granular restore capabilities known from the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint into Office 365. This allows you to restore individual items – documents, calendars, libraries and lists – as well as a complete SharePoint site when needed. With the new release, Veeam can also help you back up your data if you are still in the migration process and are still using Microsoft SharePoint on premises or running in a hybrid scenario.

Data protection for OneDrive for Business

The most requested feature was support for OneDrive for Business as more and more companies are using it to share files, folders and OneNote books internally. With Veeam Explorer for Microsoft OneDrive for Business, you can granularly restore any item available in your OneDrive folder (including Microsoft OneNote notebooks). You have the option to perform an in-place restore, restore to another OneDrive user or another folder in OneDrive, export files as an original or zip file, and if you get hit by a ransomware attack and your complete OneDrive folder gets encrypted Veeam can perform a full restore as well.


Besides the introduction of new platform support, there are also several enhancements added.
Major ease-of-use and backup flexibility improvements with a newly redesigned job wizard for easier and more flexible selection of Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online objects. Making it easier than ever to set-up, search and maintain visibility into your Office 365 data. Granularly search, scale and perform management of backup jobs for tens-of-thousands of Office 365 users!

Restore data located in Microsoft Teams! You can protect Microsoft Teams when the underlying storage of the Teams data is within SharePoint Online, Exchange Online or OneDrive for Business. While data can be protected and restored, the Teams tabs and channels cannot. After restoring the item, it can however be reattached manually.

Compare items with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange. It is now possible to perform a comparison on items with your production mailbox to see which properties are missing and only restore those without restoring the full file.

As with the 1.5 release, everything is also available for automation by either leveraging PowerShell or the Restful API which now fully supports OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Another enhancement is the possibility to change the GUI color as you like. This option made its way into Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 after being introduced in Veeam Backup & Replication.

Starting with version 2, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is now able to automatically check for updates, so you can rest assured you are always up to date.

And finally, the log collection wizard has been updated as it now allows you to collect logs for support in case you run into an issue, as well as configure extended logging for all components.


Graphic design and color swatches and pens on a desk. Architectural drawing with work tools and accessories.

The Importance of Quality Printing in Business

Printing has become a lot more accessible to the general public in recent years, with printing even possible directly from some modern smartphones. While home printing may be adequate for personal use, it is a different ball game for people using printing services to market their business. Businesses will always be in need of quality printing products, as well as the expertise and advice that they can expect with doing business with a professional print company.

It has been suggested that the way tickets or invitations look might very well play a part in whether or not a person buys them. A unique and dramatic looking invitation will get the attention of those who receive them. This is especially important if it is an invitation for a charity fundraiser. Attractive printing products always grab attention, which bodes well for a company, and this is particularly the case with business publications and business cards. Cards printed on quality paper make a good first impression on those who receive them, whereas self-printed cards can often look cheap and unprofessional, and make people wonder about the quality of the products and services they will receive from the company.



The Power of Colour in Printed Media

Colour is a fascinating subject. Besides the visual sensation of colour in our everyday world, there is far more to how we experience and perceive colour. When it comes to colour printing, it’s an important facet that can totally change the impact of your design and how customers react to it. Understanding how colour is formed and, more importantly, the connections between different colours is vital to a successful design. Effectively applying colour to a design project has a lot to do with balance — and the more colours you use, the more complicated it is to achieve balance

It is important to understand how colour is handled and reproduced when dealing with printed media. The role of colour in printed material can be particularly impactful – with strong vibrant colours often standing out. If used haphazardly, these same colours may not help get your message across, hence why it is important to understand the psychology of colour when you are designing for print.

Colour Systems

There are two primary colour systems by which colour is reproduced – additive and subtractive (also known as reflective.) We use both methods in our daily lives – the screen you are viewing this on uses additive colour to generate all the colours you see, while a printed version of this article would use subtractive. In simple terms – anything that emits light (such as a screen, a projector, even the sun) uses additive. While everything else, which instead reflects light, uses subtractive colour.

Additive colour is based on red, green and blue (RBG) and works with anything that emits light. The mixture of different wavelengths of light creates different colours, and the more light you add, the brighter and lighter the colour becomes. In additive colour, white is the combination of colour, while black is the absence of colour.

Subtractive colour is based on cyan, magenta and yellow. It works on the basis of reflected light, rather than pushing more light out. The way a particular pigment reflects different wavelengths of light determines its apparent colour to the human eye. In subtractive colour white is the absence of colour, while black is the combination of colour – but it’s an imperfect system. The pigments we have available to use don’t fully absorb light (preventing reflected colour wavelengths), so we have to add a fourth compensating pigment to account for this limitation. We call this ‘key’ (hence why it’s called CMYK) but essentially it’s black. Without this additional pigment, the closest to black we’d be able to render in print would be a muddy brown.

Due to these differences, designers need a way to get consistent colour results when working with both systems — for instance, if you’re designing a logo to use on your website but also want to get a business card printed. That’s where the Pantone Matching System (or PMS) can help. Colours can be matched for web and print (as well as for different types of printing surfaces) to ensure a uniform appearance. The Pantone system makes it easy for designers, clients, and printers to collaborate and ensure that the final product looks as intended.


Understanding Colour

Our minds see something (like grass, for example) and information sent from our eyes to our brain tells us it’s a certain colour (green). Objects reflect light in different combinations and translate them into the phenomenon we know as ‘colour.’ For example, when you are looking for a can of Coca-Cola, your brain immediately searches out the red colour first and the logo/branding second. When it comes to printed media, people decide whether or not they like a product in 90 seconds or less, with 90% of that decision based solely on colour choice.

But how are you meant to design for everyone, when everyone responds differently to colour? The truth is, colour is too dependent on personal experiences to be universally translated to specific feelings. There are, however, broader patterns to be found in colour perceptions that can guide you. So, how do people typically respond to different colours?

Yellow = Optimistic

Let’s start with yellow. Thanks to our sun (and its subsequent sunshine) yellow is often associated with feelings of optimism, warmth, and hope. Yellow is also thought to release serotonin in the brain, and speed up metabolism. Pure/bright yellow used in printed media can be very successful at grabbing attention, but can also be visually jarring or even hard to view if not used thoughtfully. Yellow works well with contrasting colours (think black, greys and navy) but can be a disaster if used with white. Be careful with desaturated and greenish yellows, as they can give the perception of being sickly or unpleasant. Historically, yellow was used to signify a quarantined area. Yellow can quickly become overpowering if used in excess, but effective when applied thoughtfully.

Red = Energetic

Red has many connotations. It is the colour of blood and can convey violence, but it is also the colour of the heart, bringing feelings of love and affection. Fire is also red, which brings both feelings of warmth and danger. It is an energetic and striking colour which gets the pulse racing. It is a primary colour that will dominate your design if not used sparingly. Red is used to snag attention and is popular and arguably the most overused colour in branding – think Coca-Cola, Netflix, YouTube, etc. In print design, red can be a powerful accent colour. Just remember it can have an overwhelming effect, especially in its purest form.

Orange = Ambitious

Orange is a fun and exciting colour. It emits the same brightness as yellow and commands the same energy level as red, but is not as confronting. Orange is often associated with nature – think the colour of the changing seasons, earth and the fruit. Orange is the colour of creativity, change and movement. Its playfulness makes it a fun colour to use in your designs – especially when complimenting it with blue/green tones. Being such a strong colour with high visibility; orange is great for promoting and highlighting certain aspects of your design.

Black = Sophisticated

Like red, there are both negative and positive connotations connected to black. Black means death, fear, mystery and the unknown. Black is technically not a colour though. In additive colour, black is the absence of light and in subtractive colour, it absorbs all the colours of the visible spectrum and reflects none of them to our eyes. Regardless – black is a very sophisticated colour when it comes to print media. Black is professional and credible, and it can be edgy as well. It is often associated with wealth and power. Its neutral tone allows it to work well with just about any other colour – an absolute joy to work with.

Blue = Calming

When asking people what their favourite colour is, blue is a popular choice. Blue brings feelings of tranquillity, peace, and strength. Blue is the colour of the sea and the sky, which evokes a sense of trust and security – hence why it’s popular in branding and print media. However, in the English language it also signifies sadness or depression, so using it thoughtfully in conveying your message is paramount.

Green = Pleasing

Green is the colour of life and nature. As humans, we are instinctively drawn to green, as it represents fertile land and is very pleasing to the senses. Green is the colour of peace, envy, wealth, luck, generosity, and fertility. It is widely used in the health sector because it is relaxing to look at and evokes a sense of calm. It is often used in print media to convey a natural and organic aesthetic.

Purple = Elegant

Purple evokes a sense of elegance and class. It is often associated with royalty, magic, mystery, and piety. It stimulates feelings of elegance but like blue, it has soothing and calming influences. It is often used in the beauty and health sectors. It is a very powerful colour to use in design, being almost universally appreciated.

Brown = Durable

Brown may not be the most glamorous of colours, but it serves a great purpose in design. It is a completely natural colour and is associated with wood, soil, human hair colour, eye colour and skin pigmentation. You need to be cautious when using brown though, as it is often associated with dirt and lack of cleanliness, poverty, faeces, and plainness. Used in design, it is commonly applied as a background colour or texture. When used intelligently, brown gives the impression of reliability, durability, and friendship.

White = Purity

White represents purity and cleanliness. It evokes feelings of innocence, divinity, and perfection. On the contrary, it can also feel sterile, clinical and empty. Like black, white is not technically a colour, rather the combination of all the colour waves in the spectrum (sunlight). Paper is white, so you will probably work with ‘white space’ when designing for print. White works with nearly every colour, except for lighter shades of yellow and orange. When designing a successful logo, the rule of thumb is it should always be designed in black and white first, with colour added for emphasis/branding.


Colour stimulates our brain and decision making, so it is paramount to be thoughtful when used in printed media. The psychology of colour is a complex subject that lands at the intersection of art and science – a dynamic that makes designing for print so interesting. The next time you are choosing colour for your printed media, keep this guide in mind – happy designing.


3D Printing Production Parts with FDM Pro

In a production environment, the need for consistent builds and mechanical properties can pose a challenge to additive manufacturing (AM). AM provides real benefits for these industries through improved manufacturing processes and supply chain flexibility, but companies continually push for further industry advancements in quality, reliability, and repeatability to meet their stringent needs.

The Solution

One answer to this challenge is FDM Pro. FDM Pro utilizes ULTEM™ 9085 CG resin to deliver mechanically enhanced ULTEM™ 9085 resin parts with the repeatability necessitated by high-requirements industries. This material delivers the repeatability necessitated by the aerospace industry and beyond, ensuring that the 1000th part will be the same as the 1st and resulting in industry-leading coefficient of variance (<7-10%)

The ULTEM™ 9085 CG resin material has improved mechanical properties with upwards of 39% increase to tensile strength and upwards of 65% increase to elongation at break in the Z orientation compared to standard ULTEM™ 9085 resin. The improvement of mechanical properties allows for engineers and designers to expand their use of printed parts.

The FDM Pro solution builds the material in .010” thick layers. Our honed internal processes, enhancements of the printer including new extrusion tips, and finely tuned software produces cosmetic parts with better aesthetics than typically seen in ULTEM™ resin material.


Because of these benefits, FDM Pro is a solution for plethora of production applications. The higher strength of ULTEM™ 9085 CG resin can aid in the transition of overly engineered parts to more streamlined lightweight plastic parts. Engineers can utilize FDM Pro to produce components such as replacement parts, functional prototyping, under the hood applications in automotive and aircraft interiors.

FDM Pro and Aircraft Interiors

Aerospace companies are perfectly positioned to leverage the benefits of FDM Pro alongside their existing production specifications as well as expand the use of 3D printing for a broad array of components within aircraft interiors.

Aircraft interior applications include components related to:

    • Environmental control systems
    • Interior panels
    • Cosmetic bezels
    • IFEC (in-flight entertainment & communication)
    • Lighting
    • Lavatory components
    • Custom cosmetic components

Customizing Your Keyboard and Mouse

Drawing 3D models in SketchUp requires a lot of back and forth between your keyboard and mouse. As you become a more experienced SketchUp modeler, you develop a sense of what commands and tools you use most often and what you do and don’t like about the default keyboard and mouse settings.

Tip: Keyboard shortcuts are one of the most flexible ways you can tailor SketchUp to your unique modeling quirks and desires. If you’ve ever wished you could open a specific feature with a single keystroke, get ready to fall in love with the Shortcuts preferences panel. It’ll be one of the easiest relationships you’ve ever had.

Because SketchUp relies so heavily on mouse and keystroke combinations already, the mouse customizations aren’t quite as flexible as the keyboard shortcuts. However, you can change the scroll wheel zooming and the way the mouse and Line tool interact. The following sections explain all the details.

Creating keyboard shortcuts

In SketchUp, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to the commands you use most often, so that the commands are literally at your fingertips.

For the most part, you can customize the keyboard shortcuts however you like, but here are a few guidelines to help you understand what you can and can’t do as you assign shortcuts:

    • You can’t start with a number because that would conflict with the functionality of SketchUp’s Measurements box, and you can’t use a few other reserved commands.
    • You can add modifier keys, such as the Shift key.
    • You can’t use shortcuts that your operating system has reserved. If a shortcut is unavailable, SketchUp lets you know.
    • You can reassign a keyboard shortcut that already exists in SketchUp. For example, by default, the O key is the shortcut for the Orbit tool, but you can reassign the O key to the Open command if you like.

To create your own keyboard shortcuts, follow these steps:

    1. Select Window > Preferences.
    2. In the Preferences dialog box that appears, select Shortcuts in the sidebar on the left.
    3. In the Function list box, select the command to which you want assign a keyboard shortcut. If your selection already has a keyboard shortcut assigned to it, that shortcut appears in the Assigned box.

Tip: When you type all or part of a command’s name in the Filter text box, the Function list box options are filtered to only those options that include the characters you type. For example, typing mater filters the list down to three commands related to materials, as shown in the following figure.

4. In the Add Shortcut text box, type the keyboard shortcut that you want to assign to the command and click the + button. The shortcut you type moves to the Assigned box. If the shortcut you chose is already assigned to another command, SketchUp asks whether you want to reassign the shortcut to the command you selected in Step 3.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you’ve created all your desired shortcuts. When you’re done, click OK.

Tip: If a shortcut is getting in your way, you can remove it. Simply select the command with the offending shortcut in the Function list box. Then select its shortcut in the Assigned box and click the minus sign button. The shortcut vanishes from the Assigned box — nay, from your copy of SketchUp.

If you ever want to reset all your keyboard shortcuts to the defaults, click the Reset All button on the Shortcuts preference panel. If you want to load your keyboard shortcuts onto another copy of SketchUp, find out how to export and import preferences in Customizing Your Workspace

Inverting the scroll wheel

If you use SketchUp with a scroll wheel mouse — which makes drawing in SketchUp much easier, by the way — by default, you roll the scroll wheel up to zoom in and roll down to zoom out.

On Microsoft Windows, you can flip this behavior by following these steps:

    1. Select Window > Preferences.
    2. In the sidebar on the left, select Compatibility.
    3. In the Mouse Wheel Style area, select the Invert checkbox.
    4. Click OK and take your inverted scroll wheel for a test drive.

Remapping mouse buttons

Remapping your mouse buttons refers to customizing the way the buttons work. If you’ve used your operating system preferences to flip the right and left mouse buttons because you’re left-handed, your remapped mouse should work fine in SketchUp.

However, if you’ve used a special utility to assign commands to your mouse buttons, you may experience unpredictable behavior or lose functionality in SketchUp.

Warning: Because SketchUp makes extensive use of the mouse buttons in combination with various modifier keys (Ctrl, Alt, Shift), you can easily lose functionality by remapping the mouse buttons.

Choosing mouse-clicking preferences for the Line tool

If you want to customize how the Line tool cursor responds to your clicks, you find a few options on the Drawing preferences panel. Here’s a quick look how you can customize the Line tool’s behavior:

    • Click-Drag-Release radio button: Select this option if you want the Line tool to draw a line only if you click and hold the mouse button to define the line’s start point, drag to extend the line, and release the mouse to set the line’s end point.
    • Auto Detect radio button: When this option is selected (it’s the default), you can either click-drag-release or click-move-click as necessary.
    • Click-Move-Click radio button: Force the Line tool to draw by clicking to define the line’s start point, moving the mouse to extend the line, and clicking again to establish the line’s end point.
    • Continue Line Drawing check box: When either Auto Detect or Click-Move-Click is selected, you can choose whether to select or deselect this checkbox. (It’s selected by default.) When the checkbox is selected, the Line tool treats an end point as the start of a new line, saving you the extra click required set a new start point. If that behavior isn’t your cup of tea, deselect the checkbox. Then go enjoy a cup of tea, knowing that the Line tool now works the way you always wanted.

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3D Printed Art & Design World


By Neri Oxman, in collaboration with STRATASYS
Produced on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer

Imaginary Beings: Mythologies of the Not Yet collection, includes 18 sculptures of ‘beings’ inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ Book, ‘Imaginary Beings,’ an encyclopaedia of imaginative zoology that contains descriptions of 120 mythical beasts from folklore and literature. Each ‘being’ in this series encapsulates the amplification and personalization of a particular human function such as the ability to fly, or the secret of becoming invisible. Ancient myths are united with their futuristic counterpart, brought to life by design fabrication and 3D printing technologies.

Photo Credit: Yoram Reshef


Size: 500 x 250 x 200 mm

Kafka demonstrates the powerful combination of 3D printing and new design algorithms inspired from nature. Drawing inspiration from author Franz Kafka’s famous novel, ‘The Metamorphosis’, Oxman sets out to represent a physical, wearable metamorphosis: a material counterpart to Kafka’s chimerical writing. Kafka’s intentional use of ambiguous terms in the novel, inspired here an equally ambiguous use of physical properties and behaviour, embedding several functions. The bestiary artwork is composed of several animal parts and combines a soft internal texture with stiff armor-like material.

Photo Credit: Yoram Reshef


Size: 40 x 20.1 x 25 cm

Greek for ‘air in motion’, the ancient word Pneuma is used in religious contexts to denote the spirit or the soul housed by the human ribcage. Pneuma 1 marks a series of design explorations depicting this ethereal constituent in material form, as a housing unit for the spirit from which breath emerges. Inspired by animals of the phylum Porifera such as sponges, this soft armor is designedto protect the body while providing comfort and flexibility. Two bodies filled with pores and channels allowing air to circulate throughout are printed using multiple materials with varying mechanical properties making up the stiff continuous shell and soft inner regions.

Photo Credit: Yoram Reshef


Size: 44.1 x 35.2 x 74.7 cm

The imaginary being, Arachne, is inspired by the myth of Arachné, the mortal weaver who was transformed into a spider by the Godess Athena. The 3D printed corset is inspired by the construction of a spider’s web. The piece combines shades of blue and white in both rigid and flexible materials, providing a protective armour for the rib cage, while the softer materials around the inter-costal muscles enhance movement and comfort.

In more ways than one, spider spinnerets can be seen as the antecedents of multi-material printers.

Able to produce up to eight different silks during their lifetime, each spinneret gland within a spider’s abdomen produces a thread for a special purpose: sticky silk is produced for trapping prey and fine silk for enshrouding it.


Embedded Whitelisting Meets Demand for Cost Effective, Low-Maintenance, and Secure Solutions

McAfee® Embedded Control frees Hitachi KE Systems’ customers to focus on production, not security
Hitachi KE Systems, a subsidiary of Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems, part of the global Hitachi Group, develops and markets network systems, computers, consumer products, and industrial equipment for a wide variety of industries. Hitachi KE meets the needs of customers who seek high quality yet cost-effective, low-maintenance systems for their operational technology (OT) environments—they don’t want to have to think about security at all.

In addition to the custom tablet and touch panel terminals and other hardware and software Hitachi KE sells, the Narashino, Japan-based company, also offers a one-stop shop for its solutions—from solution construction (hardware and software development) to operation and integration to maintenance and replacement. To provide the best solutions across this wide spectrum of offerings, the company often turns to partners to augment its technology.

“To expand our Internet of Things [IoT] solutions and operational features and functionality, we enhance our own products and systems with the latest digital and network technologies,” says Takahide Kume, an engineer in the Terminal Group at Hitachi KE. “We strive to provide the technologically optimal as well as most cost-effective solution for our customers.”

Highest Customer Concern: Production

Although the risk of a zero-day attack in their OT environments has increased dramatically as IoT has become commonplace, most of Hitachi KE’s customers do not have information security personnel on staff. For them, the only thing that counts is production. Does the technology solution enable faster, higher-quality, or more cost-effective production?

“Despite many malware-related incidents in the news, many of our customers honestly don’t care as much as they should about cybersecurity,” acknowledges Kume. “We have to educate their management that lack of security, if malware strikes, could seriously hurt production and business in general. Thankfully, making that point is becoming easier and easier with malware incidents on the rise.”

“We decided that embedded whitelisting was the best solution for reduced operating cost and high security in an OT environment… We felt McAfee offered the best long-term support and the highest quality technical support.”
—Takahide Kume, Engineer, Hitachi KE Systems

Best Solution for Minimal Overhead Yet High Security

Even before its customers began to catch on to the need for secure solutions, Hitachi KE began looking for a way to build security into its systems that have Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Google Android operating systems and often multiple versions within the customer’s environment. “Because our customers often lack security personnel, security must be extremely easy and basically run itself,” explains Kume “When a system is infected in the field, the person on the front line usually can’t do anything about it.”

“We decided that embedded whitelisting was the best solution for reduced operating cost and high security in an OT environment,” adds Kume. After examining leading whitelisting solutions, Hitachi KE chose McAfee® Embedded Control software.

“We felt McAfee offered the best long-term support and the highest quality technical support along with robust security,” he continues. “With McAfee Embedded Control installed, no one has to take care of the system in the field… Industrial systems are often set and left alone for a long time—they can be overtaken by malware without anyone realizing it. For such systems, McAfee Embedded Control is the best solution.”

McAfee Embedded Control maintains the integrity of Hitachi KE systems by only allowing authorized code to run and only authorized changes to be made. It automatically creates a dynamic whitelist of the authorized code on the system on which it resides. Once the whitelist is created and enabled, the system is locked down to the “known good” baseline, thereby blocking execution of any unauthorized applications or zero-day malware attacks.

“Almost Maintenance-Free” Solution Reduces TCO

Users of Hitachi KE Systems with McAfee Embedded Control can easily configure the machines, specifying exactly which applications and actions that will be allowed to run and who has authority to make modifications in the future. The minimal impact of the McAfee software on performance also means fewer problems to troubleshoot.

“McAfee Embedded Control is an almost maintenancefree solution,” says Kume. “It is extremely easy to update when needed and doesn’t require our customers to have a security expert on staff. Minimal maintenance lowers the total cost of ownership for our customers.”

Even if security hasn’t been their top priority, Hitachi KE customers have been very pleased with the addition of McAfee Embedded Control to their solutions. “Having McAfee security built in gives our customers and end users peace of mind that they can connect our systems to the Internet,” says Kume. “McAfee has had many success stories within the Hitachi Group, and this is just one of them.”

“Having McAfee security built in gives our customers and end users peace of mind that they can connect our systems to the Internet.”
—Takahide Kume, Engineer, Hitachi KE Systems


The Future of Cybersecurity – A 2019 Outlook

From the record-breaking number of data breaches to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 2018 will certainly go down as a memorable year for the cybersecurity industry. And there have been plenty of learnings for both the industry and organisations, too.

Despite having two years to prepare for its inception, some companies were still not ready when GDPR hit and have faced the consequences this year. According to the law firm EMW, the Information Commissioner’s Office received over 6,000 complaints in around six weeks between 25th May and 3rd July – a 160% increase over the same period in 2017. When GDPR came into force, there were questions raised about its true power to hold companies to account – with the regulation saying fines could be implemented up to £16.5 million or 4% of worldwide turnover. The latter half of this year has shown those concerns were unfounded, with big companies, including Uber as recently as this week, being fined for losing customer data. What 2018 has shown, is the authorities have the power and they’re prepared to use it.

In fact, the role of GDPR was to give more power back to the end user about who ultimately has their data, but it was also ensuring companies start taking the protection of the data they hold more seriously. Unfortunately, while the issue around protecting data has grown more prominent, the methods to achieving this are still misguided. Put simply, businesses are still not doing the basics when it comes to data protection. This means protecting the data at its core through encryption, key management and controlling access. In our latest Breach Level Index results for the first half of 2018, only 1% of data lost, stolen or compromised was protected through encryption. The use of encryption renders the data useless to any unauthorised person, effectively protecting it from being misused. Another reason to implement this is it is actually part of the regulation and will help businesses avoid fines as well. With such a large percentage still unprotected, businesses are clearly not learning their lessons.

So, moving on from last year, what might the next 12 months bring the security industry? Based on the way the industry is moving, 2019 is set to be an exciting year as AI gains more prominence and, quantum and crypto-agility start to make themselves known.

2019 Predictions
1. Quantum Computing Puts Pressure on Crypto-Agility

Next year will see the emergence of the future of security – crypto-agility. As computing power increases, so does the threat to current security protocols. But one notable example here is encryption, the static algorithms of which could be broken by the increased power. Crypto-agility will enable businesses to employ flexible algorithms that can be changed, without significantly changing the system infrastructure, should the original encryption fail. It means businesses can protect their data from future threats including quantum computing, which is still years away, without having to tear up their systems each year as computing power grows.

2. Hackers will launch the most sophisticated cyber-attack ever using AI in 2019

Up until now, the use of AI has been limited, but as the computing power grows, so too do the capabilities of AI itself. In turn this means that next year will see the first AI-orchestrated attack take down a FTSE100 company. Creating a new breed of AI powered malware, hackers will infect an organisations system using the malware and sit undetected gathering information about users’ behaviours, and organisations systems. Adapting to its surroundings, the malware will unleash a series of bespoke attacks targeted to take down a company from the inside out. The sophistication of this attack will be like none seen before, and organisations must prepare themselves by embracing the technology itself as a method of hitting back and fight fire with fire.

3. Growing importance of digital transformation will see the rise of Cloud Migration Security Specialists in 2019

As organisations embrace digital transformation, the process of migrating to the cloud has never been under more scrutiny; from business leaders looking to minimise any downtime and gain positive impact on the bottom line, to hackers looking to breach systems and wreak havoc. As such, 2019 will see the rise of a new role for the channel – the Cloud Migration Security Specialist. As companies move across, there is an assumption that they’re automatically protected as they transition workloads to the cloud. The channel has a role to play in educating companies that this isn’t necessarily the case and they’ll need help protecting themselves from threats. It’s these new roles that’ll ensure the channel continues to thrive.

4. A Boardroom Issue That Needs to Yield Results

With 2018 fast disappearing, the next year is going to be another big one no matter what happens, as companies still struggle to get to terms with regulations like GDPR. With growing anticipation around the impact of technologies like quantum and AI, it’s important that companies don’t forget that the basics are just as vital, if not more, to focus on. So, while 2018 has been the year where cybersecurity finally became a boardroom issue, 2019 needs to be the year where its importance filters down throughout the entire company. For an issue like cybersecurity, the company attitude towards it needs to be led from the top down, so everyone buys into it. If that happens, could next year see no breaches take place? Extremely unlikely. But maybe it could be the year the industry starts to turn the tide against the hacking community.


Creating Japanese Mountain Shrine with 3ds Max

Manuel Fuentes, architect and aspiring games artist, breaks down his process for creating his Japanese Mountain Shrine. Turn up your audio and press play, we hope you enjoy this Zen and charming scene as much as we do.

Hi, my name is Manuel and I am an architect and aspiring games environment artist from Mexico. In the beginning I started working with 3ds Max doing mostly architectural visualization. Over the years as I got more familiar with it, I’ve used it for a variety of details such as rapid prototyping of buildings, rendering realistic architectural scenes, and more recently to creating game ready environments. The scene in this article was created as my entry for the Artstation Feudal Japan Challenge in the real time environment category.

All the architectural elements, the rocks, and the small shrubs where modelled in 3ds Max. The detail sculpting of trees and rocks was done in ZBrush, and the texturing with Substance Painter/Designer. Later, the meshes where adjusted in 3ds Max for final optimization and UV adjustments before exporting to UE4 for the final rendering of the scene.

How to build the scene

The initial blockout of the scene was done using boxes with very low subdivisions to easily adjust the proportions and properly balance the scene. After this was completed, using 3ds Max’s Modifier Stack I could easily add more complexity to the models without destroying the original geometry. This allowed me to quickly adjust general proportions as the scene grew more complex by going to the first levels of the Modifier Stack, and then back to my higher levels and continue adjusting the higher poly details.

Adding in the elements

The roof and wood details around the scene were created using a basic spline with a Sweep Modifier and then some edit Poly Modifiers to create the desired final shape. Again, this non-destructive approach allowed me to duplicate an element and reuse it somewhere else in the scene. I would simply go to the lower levels of the Modifier Stack, adjusting the spline to fit the new building, and then use edit poly to modify it and rotate it into place.

I used V-Ray to render some previews of my scene during the workflow, and before exporting the elements. All the modular terrain elements where first modeled and dimensioned in 3ds Max to make sure they fit together to shape the mountain and landscape scene. They were modelled using basic boxes with edit poly modifiers in 3ds Max, and later the detail sculpt was done in ZBrush.

Character animation

Once the scene was complete the final step was to do an animation with a ghost dragon flying around the scene. This was a first for me as I had never animated a character before, but the CAT rig was very easy to understand. After applying a skin modifier to a model I imported from ZBrush, and a basic motion animation modified using curves, I changed the default walk into something that resembled a flying motion. The model and animation were ready to export as an FBX and integrated into the scene.