Monday, September 24, 2012

ZSL Invites You to CXOs Roundtable Sessions on MobiBanking in Mumbai and Bangalore, India 2012

ZSL & IBM invites CXOs for roundtable sessions titled “MobiBanking – Journey to the Tipping Point”Bangalore and Mumbai, India, 
September 26 & 28, 2012

Recent statistics & research clearly shows that Mobile Banking is an emerging platform to engage existing customers and to attract new customers. The new wave of mobile phone usage is not just about calls and SMS. With smartphones available at rock-bottom prices, search and apps are seeing unprecedented popularity.
With these facts established, it’s time to get customers to move from passive usage such as bill payment, cheque book requests and balance enquiry to active usage such as mobile commerce, funds management, wealth management and more. The road ahead is to create a captivating experience for customers across mobile platforms, regardless of the device they are using.
To accelerate the mobile banking journey to the tipping point, ZSL and IBM are organizing two CXOs roundtables in Mumbai and Bangalore, where concerned bankers can discuss threadbare the issues and create the vision for taking mobile banking in India to global heights.
Round Table 1
Venue: Utsav Room, Le Meridien, 28 Sankey Road
Bangalore, India
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Time: 8:30 am onwards

Round Table 2
Venue: Board Room I, Grand Hyatt, Santacruz (E)
Mumbai, India
Date: Friday, September 28, 2012
Time: 8:30 am onwards

Interested attendees, please RSVP to

ZSL Presents on “Cloud Management Made Easier with ZSL’s SmartPrise Cloud Manager” at NTJC’s Information Technology Webinar

ZSL Presents on “Cloud Management Made Easier with SmartPrise Cloud Manager (SCM)” at NJTC’s Information Technology Webinar

September 25, 2012, 12-1 PM EST

Cloud management or the ability to manage disparate platforms, IT infrastructure and networks in a holistic fashion will be increasingly critical in the future and will be a core requirement for enterprises to run their businesses. So need of the hour will be a centralized end-to-end Cloud Management platform.
Join ZSL at NJTC’s Information Technology Live Webcast on Sep. 25 at 12 PM ET to learn about the best cloud management practices and how ZSL’s SmartPrise Cloud Manager (SCM) helps enterprises to have a unified control over various applications and servers running on different Cloud platforms.
ZSL’s SCM is a unified cross-platform management solution which Provisions, Configures, Orchestrates, Automates and Monitors the underlying multi Cloud infrastructure. Be it public , private or hybrid Clouds, SCM help businesses access all types of clouds through one unified management console, which allows them for ease management and monitoring of all the Cloud services and leverage the real benefits of Cloud Infrastructure.
Reserve your seat for the webcast at:
Date: September 25, 2012
Time: 12-1 PM EST
Agenda: Hot Topics - Cloud Management Made Easy with SCM
Presenter: Naveen Noel, Sr. Enterprise Solution Architect, ZSL

Technology EO - The Hartford Insurance Co.
Service Management and Governance in the Cloud - Delta Corporate Services
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

ZSL Earns Spot on 2012 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America


Monarch Beach, CA, September 12, 2012: ZSL, today announced that it made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. ZSL is proud to break onto the list for the 3rd consecutive year. The annual list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference which took place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.
“We are greatly honored to be recognized as a one of the Top Business Technology Innovators”, says Shiv Kumar, executive vice president, ZSL. “This award drives our business and technical teams’ commitment to the incremental innovation which not only impacts our growth but also the clients and partners businesses positively”, added Mr. Kumar.
ZSL was recognized for its R&D investment and initiatives to innovate and deliver business solutions by leveraging the disruptive and consumer driven innovations such as Enterprise Mobility, Social Media, Cloud, and Big Data Business Analytics to impact our internal and external collaboration, productivity, collective intelligence and sustainable eco-friendly computing.
These innovative solutions helped to renounce the conventional approach to the IT systems and applications, enabled the BYOD and BYOA dreams in to a business reality using our own Cloud and Mobile Devices Management approaches.
“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches—new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.” InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.
Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at

About ZSL (Zylog Systems Ltd)

ZSL is a leading Global Systems Integrator & Business Solutions Provider based in Edison, NJ with more than 4500 employees in 12 countries focused in developing and delivering enterprise IT solutions and services using the emerging technology platforms such as Cloud, Mobility, SOA and Big Data Analytics to keep the TCO low and ROI high. ZSL is a pioneer in providing business aligned ERP and CRM technology solutions to enable the Business Processes responsive and agile. ZSL's Technology Leadership, value added R&D and our deeper industry expertise in different verticals, such as Manufacturing, Retail, Telecom, Insurance, Banking, Pharma and Life Sciences, helped the enterprises globally to achieve their business goals cost effectively. ZSL has won several Industry Awards and Accolades for its Business Technology Innovations. To learn more about ZSL and its solution offerings, please visit or email at

About InformationWeek Business Technology Network

The InformationWeek Business Technology Network provides IT executives with unique analysis and tools that parallel their work flow–from defining and framing objectives through to the evaluation and recommendation of solutions. Anchored by InformationWeek, the multimedia powerhouse that looks across the enterprise, the network scales across the most critical technology categories with online properties such as (security), (networking and communications) and BYTE (consumer technology). The network also provides focused content for key IT targets, such as CIOs, developers and SMBs, via InformationWeek Global CIO, Dr. Dobb's and InformationWeek SMB, as well as vital vertical industries with InformationWeek Financial Services, Government and Healthcare sites. Content is at the nucleus of our information distribution strategy–IT professionals turn to our experts and communities to stay informed, get advice and research technologies to make strategic business decisions.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

15 Best Security Practices for Mobile Device Management

Enterprises tend to enhance employee productivity by allowing smartphones and tablets at work. But, lack of essential security and mobile device management (MDM) strategies introduces new risks to the corporate resources and privacy of smartphone/tablet users. Security complexity will further increase, when enterprises adopt bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) to work. The data contained in these employee-owned personal devices are sensitive and critical to the enterprise businesses. Issues of security, compliance, legality, trust, device ownership, data leakage needs attention. Thus, a strong corporate policy coupled with the best security practices is essential for a good enterprise mobility initiative.
According to a recent Forrester Research Report, smartphones’ use by the US-based information workers is expected to triple by 2013. Also, the use of tablets to work is rising at a steep rate. Today within the US and Canadian businesses half of the smartphones are not company-issued equipment, reports Forrester. Most analysts feel that a better mobile device security strategy is to be made sooner than later. Let’s discuss here the top 15 best security practices for mobile device management that helps the enterprises to manage mobility and BYOD strategies in their business operations.

1 –Choice of Mobile Devices for Enterprises
The first and foremost strategy is the choice of the mobile devices. Mobile devices having inbuilt security is best to be used in the enterprises than the others that does not provide enough security which is commonly used by the general consumers. Enterprises need to allow only the mobile devices that have the best possible control and security inbuilt with them.

2 – Enterprises to Devise a Strong Security Policy
As most modern devices such as the smartphones and tablets do not have encryption inbuilt within the hardware, it is impractical to fully encrypt the mobile devices. However, enterprises must strive to employ a good encryption method which is a key to build a strong security policy by suitably choosing OS and device encryption methods. Device encryption method would help to encrypt the local storage, but enterprises must ensure that it covers all the risk areas including the internal and external memory. Enterprises should also adopt OS encryption methods by installing respective third-party apps to secure text messages, e-mails, calendars, contacts, voice calls and other critical communications. Thus, enterprises can suitably devise a strong security policy with the help of device and OS encryption methods.

3 –Extend Existing Corporate Security Policies to Mobile Devices
Enterprises should enforce the existing security policies, in practice, such as password protection, authentication access etc to the mobile devices also. That is, mobile devices accessing the corporate networks should be enforced to comply with the enterprises’ authentication and security process. Currently existing rules within the corporate networks such as passwords of specific maximum length with a combination of uppercase characters and special characters can be applied to mobile devices accessing the corporate networks.

4 –Effective Mobile Device Management Solution for Corporate Compliance
Enterprises that adopt Mobility and BYOD at work for its employees should have an effective Mobile Device Management solution in place in the absence of which mobile security becomes an optional and increases the security risks. An effective MDM solution to enforce organization’s compliance, policies and procedures will enable the enterprises to secure their corporate networks accessed over the mobility devices, to regulate the usage of mobile apps & devices and to manage their mobile application users.

5 – Registry of Mobile Devices
Take stock of the mobile devices connected to the corporate network. It is an important security principle to be employed in the corporate houses where mobility is enabled into their businesses. If an enterprise is specific about the type of smartphones/tablets it allows for its business operations, then security policies should be formulated to restrict the usage of the other type of devices. However, enterprises at its discretion can allow a new type of mobile device to connect to their corporate network but have them enrolled into your corporate compliance regulations and security policies to ensure security of your business data.

6 –Automated Wiping & Remote Locks
Identifying unusual situations like jail breaks, lost device, device theft, number of repeated failed login attempts or not connected to the network for lengthy period say for more than a month, and enabling those mobile devices for remote wiping, automatic padlocking and account locks is an essential security mechanism that enterprises need to adopt to safeguard enterprise data.

7 –Installing Only White-listed Applications
Enterprises of all sizes struggle to protect their network end points from constant attack of malware. Application white listing is one of the best practices that enterprises should try to implement to enhance the security of the mobile devices in their corporate network. This approach has gained traction during the recent days which works in reverse to the traditional defenses such as anti-virus and firewalls by permitting only good known files. Tentative listing of applications allows only authorized software to be installed on the mobile devices and prevents the malicious software from entering the corporate network. Also, it typically acts as a barrier to protect the mobile devices from being exploited with malicious software contents. This could be troublesome from the user perspective, but for the enterprises it is really a great step towards securing their corporate network.

8 – Common SSL VPN Connectivity
Enterprises should employ VPN access to enjoy the benefits of shared networks without any security concerns in transmitting sensitive data over the internet, since it encrypts the data as it traverses over the internet. Secure socket layer virtual private network (SSL VPN) can be used to share networks and secure remote access to users or group of users using laptops, PCs, smartphones and tablets to any other critical client–server resources used in the corporate network. This approach will reduce the overhead expenses of IT department by using a single tunnel for network access instead of one solution for laptops, PCs and another for tablets and mobile devices. So networks admin need to evaluate and select the appropriate SSL VPN gateway solution that supports all type of clients including PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices of all platforms.

9 –Reverse Web Proxies for Secured Access
Reverse web proxies performs authentication and encryption of the data access that is happening over the Web. This will enable its users access the Web in a secured manner from any of their client devices whether it is a smartphone or tablet or a laptop or PC. Reverse proxies can be created as an additional security layer to front-end public, private and trusted servers, while storing the sensitive and critical information in the internal network immune to the external security vulnerabilities and network attacks. Enterprises enabling mobility and BYOD into their businesses should implement these reverse proxies to provide safe access to its corporate networks for the users who are accessing to over the web from their smartphone or tablet devices.
10 – Run Regular Security Updates & Patches 
Any mobile operating systems and their upgrades and updates are prone to security vulnerabilities and hacker attacks, which is countered by parallel security patch releases. Enterprises need to ensure that the mobile devices connected to their corporate network are installed with regular security updates along with updates of new upgrades and patches for the mobile operating systems (iOS, Android OS, Blackberry OS, etc).      

11 –Extending Firewall Policies to Mobility Devices
Enterprises should control the traffic that is coming from the smartphones and tablets by setting up unique firewall policies. A firewall helps by restricting access to a corporate network and provides access that is really needed for the specific user. An example would be, setting off the access to a financial database with firewall and providing access to the network resources that users reasonably want to use.

12 – Installing Intrusion Prevention System
Enterprises need to install intrusion prevention systems (IPS) that is very essential to study the traffic that is coming from the smartphones and tablets. IPS helps to proactively respond to security threats initiated on the corporate network by the smartphones and tablets. They help to filter out the routine events from critical threats and also highlight the incidents that require immediate action. It is easy to visualize the attacks that are coming in from the smartphones and tablets as they being sophisticated devices.

13 –Securing Wireless (Wi-Fi) Connectivity
CNET News reports estimates that 90 per cent of the smartphones and tablet devices in usage will have Wi-Fi functionality by 2014. Enterprises must confirm the security of the wireless connectivity by devising various security measures such as disabling auto-connectivity to Wi-Fi. Security of the wireless network should also be enhanced on par with the wired networks by running deep packet inspection. Traffic connected to the corporate network through Wi-Fi devices should apply WPA2 and deep packet inspection. Proper intrusion prevention software should be in place for mobile devices connected through Wi-Fi devices.

14 –Secured Bluetooth Usage
Though Bluetooth is a very advantageous feature for smartphone users where they can talk hands free while they drive or perform another task, they are easily prone to hacker attacks. The discoverable feature of blue tooth makes the devices vulnerable to hackers. Enterprises must enforce to disable or toggle the Blue-tooth devices to hidden mode that are not in active information transmission. Blue-tooth functionality in today’s smartphones helps the users to talk easily with hands-free headsets, but is easily prone to hackers. This is also a way hacker’s gain access to the devices because of the always-on and always discoverable feature of the Blue-tooth device.

15 – Follow Federal & State Laws
 The US states and other Governments have stringent local laws governing the exposure of sensitive and private data of their residents. It is high time enterprises need to be aware of those laws and include them in their corporate security policies governing the usage of smartphones and tablets into their businesses. It would be mandatory for the enterprises to encrypt all the customer data on the mobile devices to comply with the federal and state notification laws.