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‘Coaster’: The World’s First Film Made from Beer Coasters

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Drawing inspiration from the brew’s philosophy of ‘It all starts with white’ comes ‘Coaster’ – Tiger White’s first crowd-sourced film project made by Malaysia’s creative talents with mentoring by ‘Everest’ director, Baltasar Kormakur.

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  • Tiger White presents Coaster.
  • A special message from Everest director Baltasar Kormákur, who mentored the production of Coaster.
  • A Q&A session with the cast and crew after the screening of Coaster. (From left) Executive producer Daniel Ho, lead actress Lynn Lim, lead actor Jonathan Lee, screenwriter Lim Benji and director We Jun.
  • A gallery displaying some behind-the-scene stills taken during production of Coaster, the world’s first film made from beer coasters.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — It was unexpected; the short film was shot in three days and resulted in a thrilling, suspenseful movie that had the audience of Coaster‘s exclusive screening at Glasshouse at Seputeh gasping and applauding a job well done. The tale tells the story of a young chef faced with a vengeance dilemma: should or shouldn’t he plate up the perfect revenge when he was hired to cook for the very mobster responsible for his father’s death?

The project was proof of the newly launched Tiger White’s simple philosophy – ‘It all starts with white’, which represents the idea that anybody can create anything if they have the courage to face a blank sheet of paper and start. It is this same resilience that framed the birth of the all new wheat variant.

Drawing inspiration from the brew’s attitude, some 5,000 physical coasters were given to selected bars and cafes in Malaysia from October with tigercoasterfilm.com hosting digital versions. These coasters served as blank canvases for young creative talents to enter and take on roles in the production from screenwriters to hair stylists to actors and even runners. We Jun and Lim Benji were the first two selected for the all-important roles of director and screenwriter respectively. Both these homegrown talents were instrumental in laying the groundwork, and crafting the plot whilst taking advice from Baltasar Kormakur. The director, who is no stranger to being courageous when bringing his ideas to life, was selected out of many potential Hollywood heavyweights for his valor and passion as it was most apparent in the retelling of tragic true accounts like Everest (starring Jake Gyllenhaal) and his Icelandic Oscar nominated film, The Deep.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Coaster production. I’ve scaled mountains to make a film, I’ve swam in the North Atlantic Ocean to make a film, but I’ve never recruited people from beer coasters to make a film before. I’m a big believer that you can achieve anything you want, wherever you are and whether you’re from Iceland or Malaysia. If you dream big, you’ll achieve big and I’m sure together we’ve created something special,” Kormakur said.

As for We Jun, submitting his application and getting accepted was a huge step forward in his career. Having dabbled in little filmmaking projects of his own, We Jun has never dreamt it was possible to be a part of a production of this magnitude. “It wasn’t very long ago that I was working in a bank, following a path I didn’t want to take. I’ve made a few films before but none like this. I mean, we were mentored by Baltasar Kormakur … for a short film production … how many people can say that? It’s just unbelievable,” expressed We Jun.

Tiger Beer Marketing Manager Jessie Chuah said the project is unlike anything they have done before and is excited by how well it came together. “It’s amazing to see how a simple notion or philosophy has set the stage for young, talented Malaysians to unleash their creativity. We’ve learnt that there’s a large artistic and inspiring pool of untapped talents all found through beer coasters.”

“We’re really appreciative that a director as well respected and passionate as Baltasar was so keen on joining the project. He truly is a master in his own right and very befitting as a mentor. He possesses the right outlook as a filmmaker to guide our Malaysian talents along,” Chuah added.

Coaster was shot at locations around Kuala Lumpur. Typical with every film production, challenges were faced every day and overcame, providing an exciting taste of life on set for the 25 Coaster contest winners identified via the crowd-sourcing initiative mooted by Tiger White — Asia’s Wheat Beer.

The introduction of Tiger White proves once again that Tiger Beer does not rest on its laurels and constantly pushes the boundaries of innovation, to create fresh and exciting brews for its consumers. Through Coaster, the all-new innovative product sets out to inspire young Malaysians to uncage their creative potential and to remind them that every great piece of creative work starts the same way. They just need to be brave and take that first step.

Tiger White is brewed with subtle spicy hints of clove, coriander, and orange peel and like Coaster, is made exclusively in Malaysia by Guinness Anchor Berhad. The cloudy variant with an alcohol by volume of 5% is the latest addition to join Tiger’s expanding portfolio, two years after the brand unveiled its other innovative beverage Tiger Radler — a variant that combines the crisp and easy-drinking taste of Tiger Beer with the zesty flavour of natural lemon juice.

To watch Coaster, or view behind-the-scene footages, visit tigercoasterfilm.comAnd for further information on Tiger White, log onto www.tigerbeer.com.my

About Tiger Beer

ROARING SINCE 1932

A bold lager, born and brewed in the heart of Asia through our tropical lagering process. Tiger’s uniquely refreshing and full-bodied flavor is enjoyed in more than 70 countries, winning us friends and awards the world over.

The brand received its first award in 1939, beginning its journey as an Award Winning beer on an international stage. The recognition of its product excellence catapulted Tiger’s internationalization in the early 1990s, with over 50 international awards and accolades to date. It is now known as a symbol of contemporary international Asia, enjoyed by discerning drinkers in every corner of the globe spanning across Asia with growing popularity in western markets such as, Europe, USA and Australasia amongst others.

A true Asian beer at heart, the brand wants to show the world what Asia has to offer. Over the years, Tiger has received more acclaim from the world’s leading newspapers and journals than most other beers. For example, the Washington Magazine, in a blind taste-test involving several hundred brands, unreservedly voted Tiger “positively the best beer in the world”. Tiger has also accumulated over 50 accolades, awards and distinctions. Some of the more notable awards include a Gold medal in the International-Style Lager at the World Beer Cup 2010 and a Gold Medal for the International Golden Lagers category at the BrewNZ Awards in 2011. Each year from 2004 to 2006, Tiger was named a UK Cool Brand Leader. The recognition reaffirmed Tiger’s popularity and was given only to the coolest brands in the UK.

About Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB)

GAB with its portfolio of iconic international brands, is the leading brewer in Malaysia. GAB brews, markets and distributes:

  • World-acclaimed iconic Asian beer TIGER BEER, its doubly refreshing variant TIGER RADLER and its other innovative brew TIGER WHITE — Asia’s Wheat Beer;
  • The World’s No. 1 stout GUINNESS;
  • The World’s No. 1 international premium beer HEINEKEN;
  • The all-time local favourite ANCHOR SMOOTH and its strong beer variant ANCHOR STRONG;
  • The premium Irish ale KILKENNY;
  • The Real Shandy ANGLIA;

GAB also produces the wholesome, premium quality non-alcoholic MALTA. GAB’s brand portfolio also includes the World’s No. 1 cider STRONGBOW, the No. 1 German wheat beer PAULANER, Japan’s No. 1 100% malt beer KIRIN ICHIBAN and the World’s No. 1 Ready-To-Drink alcoholic beverage SMIRNOFF ICE.

Listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, GAB’s principal shareholder is GAPL Pte Ltd based in Singapore. GAPL Pte Ltd is 100% owned by Heineken N.V indirectly.

 

SOURCE: Tiger Beer

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December 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm

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Afatinib a Better Choice for EGFR-mutated Lung Cancer in First-line Treatment

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SINGAPORE and LUGANO, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ —

LUX-Lung 7 trial reveals that the second-generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor significantly improved PFS in naive patients with advanced mutated lung cancer compared to gefitinib

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http://www.esmo.org/content/download/73091/1302105/SIMP+CHIN_PR_LBA2_Lung_LUXLung7.pdf

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http://www.esmo.org/content/download/73090/1302099/JAP_PR_LBA2_Lung_LUXLung7.pdf

Patients with EGFR-activating mutations in advanced lung cancer seem to benefit more from afatinib than gefitinib as first-line treatment, researchers report at the first ESMO Asia 2015 Congress in Singapore.

In the global, randomised, open-label Phase IIb LUX-Lung 7 (LL7) trial [1], the irreversible ErbB family blocker afatinib significantly improved efficacy versus gefitinib across a range of clinically relevant endpoints, such as progression-free survival, time-to-treatment failure and objective response rate. “Based on these results I would consider afatinib as the EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) of choice for the first-line treatment for patients with EGFR mutation-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC),” lead author, Professor Keunchil Park, head of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine,Seoul, Korea, said.

NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer: activating epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations are more frequently observed in non-smokers and women, and occur in 50% of Asians and only 10% of non-Asians.

In the first head-to-head LUX-Lung 7 trial, afatinib candidates to be a better choice for EGFR-mutation positive NSCLC naive patients who had received no prior treatment. “First-line afatinib treatment significantly reduced the risk of lung cancer progression by 27% versus gefitinib,” Park said. “Interestingly, the improvement in progression-free survival became more pronounced over time with a significantly higher proportion of patients alive and progression-free at 18 months (27% vs 15%; p=0.018) and 24 months (18% vs 8%; p=0.018), showing a greater long-term benefit of using the irreversible ErbB family blocker afatinib.”

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Source: European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)

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December 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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Hotels.com, Emirates, Hyatt and Rakuten to Take the Stage at Smart Traveller Asia 2016

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — With just a few weeks to go to Smart Traveller Asia 2016 here are the speakers that will be taking the stage in Hong Kong on January 26-27. 

Shangri-La, Hotel Quickly, Cordis Hotels, Kayak.com, Zuji and Japan Airlines will be speaking at Smart Traveller Asia to start the year off discussing the shifting mobile travel landscape and what end users really want from travel brands (formerly Online Marketing and Social Media Strategies in Asia).

EyeforTravel has brought together some of the brightest brains in the travel market to give the community an update on the changes that mobile, online marketing, social media and data analytics has brought to the travel industry inAsia. It’s time for that annual update: http://events.eyefortravel.com/mobile-smart-traveller-asia/

Insights from iResearch shows China’s online travel gross merchandise value is estimated to reach $55 billion in 2015, $65 billion in 2016 and $75 billion in 2017. They attribute the growth in online travel to increasing volume of flights, hotels and packages, booked online.

To shed light on the growth of the Asian market and how mobile is driving consumer engagement and numbers for travel brands, Tim Gunstone, Managing Director for EyeforTravel said; “For travel brands in 2016, the channels for online marketing are becoming increasingly diverse. You are able to reach the consumer at a number of stages across the entire journey.” Tim goes on to say; “There will be challenges and opportunities at the many touch-points and it is essential that travel brands are utilising the power of personalisation, mobile and social media in order to stay ahead of their competition and enhance the smart traveller experience.”

With travel in Asia increasing both inbound and outbound with growing mobile usage, we look forward to a digital travel system that features continuous innovation, instant and personalised travel to engage populations, helping to build brand loyalty and in turn drive down costs with better resource management.

To help capitalise on this dynamic market, Smart Traveller – Digital Strategies Asia (26-27 January, 2016, Hong Kong) is here to provide those insights. Key topics include mobile and digital strategies, engagement, online marketing, data management, analytics, app usage and consumer behaviour – looking at the way these influence business strategies, technology development and deployment of mobile for travel brands.

These sessions will be led by travels foremost thought leaders, Shangri-La, Kayak, Booking.com, Rakuten, Kempinski Hotels, Skyscanner, Hotel Quickly, Wego, Japan Airlines and more.

Smart Traveller – Digital Strategies Asia Conference and Exhibition (26-27 January) is an intimate networking and discussion event that unites 200 leading players from travel market from the hotels, airlines, online marketing, PR teams, data integrators, software developers, social media experts and tech innovators to examine the steps needed to develop and deploy a strong business model to create market traction and engage the connected traveller with their host of services.

For the complete conference program and speaker line-up, visit: http://events.eyefortravel.com/mobile-smart-traveller-asia/ or contact the travel Asia project team at shreya@eyefortravel.com.

Register by January 8th via the secure link below to take advantage of our final discount and save:http://events.eyefortravel.com/mobile-smart-traveller-asia/registration.php

About EyeforTravel

EyeforTravel is a community where the world’s top online travel brands – from hotels to airlines, online travel agents, cruise, car hire firms and more – come to meet to drive forward growth and innovation in the industry. We aim to provide you with industry focused news, events, reports, updates and information. EyeforTravel Limited is a registered company. The Company Registration number is 06286442. It is also registered in England & Wales. Registered office is 7-9 Fashion Street, London E1 6PX, United Kingdom.

Shreya Ganapathy
Project and Research Director
Asia and Middle East | EyeForTravel
+ 44 20 7375 7150
shreya@eyefortravel.com

Source: EyeforTravel

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December 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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Dream Beach Signs Exclusive Partnerships with Global Music Giants Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi

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–World’s hottest dance music brands make waves at Phuket’s most prestigious beach club
–Inspired by summers in Ibiza, Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi will headline monthly nightclub and daytime pool parties with impressive international DJ lineup
–Dream Beach Holiday Bash on 26 December will feature special performance by vocal diva Barbara Tucker

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Following the recent opening of highly anticipated luxury beach club, Dream Beach in Phuket, Castlewood Group today revealed that iconic global music names Ministry Of Sound andHed Kandi have signed on as the exclusive entertainment partners for the venue. Both brands will headline world-class events and parties as part of an electric entertainment calendar for the beach club.

An Overview of Dream Beach
An Overview of Dream Beach

Inspired by their successful summers in Ibiza, Hed Kandi is making a much-coveted exception for this partnership, breaking away from their nighttime model to throw seductive daytime pool parties each month. Ministry of Sound will host monthly parties at Dream Beach with an international lineup of DJs spanning various genres of music. Dream Beach will host an impressive roster of resident DJs from both brands, including crowd favourites DJ Eibhlin, DJ Pheobe D’Abo and DJ Tim Cullen.

“I am thrilled that together with Dream Beach, Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi are committed to bringing the biggest names in dance music to the shores of Phuket,” said Chris Comer, CEO of Castlewood Group. “Such partnerships with industry powerhouses will see both Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa and Dream Beach grow from strength to strength.”

“We are absolutely delighted that two of the world’s leading nightlife brands, Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi have partnered with one of the most prestigious new 5-star beach clubs in Phuket – Dream Beach. The new relationship will see a series of exclusive events at the resort, mixing seductive pool parties with the best and biggest after-hours Ibiza-inspired club nights,” said Charlotte Purdy, Senior Events Manager, Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi.

A black and gold themed New Year’s Eve Party on 31 December 2015 will kick-off the first of many events jointly hosted by Dream Beach and Ministry of Sound. The party will feature sizzling entertainment from English vixen trio House of Angels, fire dancers, live music and sophisticated audio-visuals for an unforgettable night.

Dream Beach Holiday Bash on 26 December 2015

Together with Dream Beach, international party makers Soul Heaven present New York City’s Queen of House,Barbara Tucker. The vocal diva will be performing live, exclusively at Dream Beach for this Holiday Bash, accompanied by DJ Q from the USA. They will perform Tucker’s club smash hits, including Most Precious Loveand Beautiful People.

Guests of the exclusive party will also see a variety of entertainment acts from around the world including American DJ Quinto, as well as a sultry live saxophone and percussion performance by Vlad and Frank Nastri.

Christmas-themed specialty cocktails will accompany entertainment for the evening. Guests who wish to experience the next level of Dream hospitality can enjoy the “Life Is But A Dream” cocktail made with Hennessy XO and Moet & Chandon Champagne for THB 15,000. Each order of this featured cocktail includes a one-night stay for two in a Sky Suite at award-winning Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa. For more information on this event, please visit: www.facebook.com/dreambeachphuket

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For additional information please contact:

Szecindyo Chewandi (Chin)
Client Executive, Financial Services
Edelman
Tel: +6564941581
szecindyo.chewandi@edelman.com

Josh Gordon
General Manager
Dream Beach
Tel: +66887516941
general.manager@dreambeachclub.com

About Dream Beach

www.dreambeachclub.com

Dream Beach is the newest, most prestigious beach club in Phuket, treating beachgoers to outstanding day-to-night hospitality in a modern, luxurious environment. Set directly on pristine Layan Beach, the venue features two pools with a swim-up bar, decadent F&B offerings and impeccable dance beats delivered through a Void Acoustics Speaker System. The exclusive rooftop bar and nightclub, PHD will host the most sought-after parties and premier events complete with breath-taking views of the Andaman Sea. Dream Beach promises a calendar of world-class beachfront entertainment with a star-studded list of international guest and resident DJs.

About Castlewood Group

www.castlewoodgroup.com

Castlewood Group is a Singaporean commercial real estate developer that provides alternative investment solutions via luxury real estate developments. Established in 2006, Castlewood Group has its global headquarters inSingapore, and operations in the United Kingdom, Dubai, Phuket, Mauritius, Beijing and Bangkok. Castlewood Group’s mission is to develop high quality real-estate investment products in key destinations with proven growth trajectories. Their flagship luxury development, Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa opened on 15th November 2015, has already attracted industry recognition having won awards at the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Hotel Awards for New Hotel Construction and Design, Thailand.

About Ministry Of Sound and Hed Kandi

www.ministryofsound.com, www.hedkandi.com

Ministry of Sound, established in 1991, has grown from a nightclub in London to become the world’s biggest dance brand, having diversified into a multimedia entertainment business. In addition to the nightclub, it is an independent record label and worldwide events brand with a 24-hour radio station and other media outlets.

Launched in 1991 as a subsidiary of Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi evolved from its humble compilation brand beginnings into a global dance phenomenon. With three UK Top 10 Singles, a host of Top 40 Hits and over 100 albums to date, Hed Kandi is a true dance powerhouse. Not content with sound-tracking houseparties, Hed Kandibranched out with London and Ibiza residencies in 2002, and now throw hundreds of events every year from Dubaito Dublin and Sydney to Sao Paolo.

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20151223/8521508783

Source: Castlewood Group

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December 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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Broadwalk Asset Management Announces the Winners of the Eighth Annual Broadwalk Services Awards

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LONDON/PRNewswire/ — Broadwalk Asset Management today announces the winners of the 2015 Broadwalk Awards – the only awards to exclusively recognize outstanding achievement in the broadly defined services sectors. The winners and finalists were selected with input from the awards’ long standing advisory panel comprising of services industry experts from Barclays Capital, Lazards, Rothschilds and UBS.

“The majority of the UK’s economic growth now comes from ideas, knowledge and people’s skills. The services sector drives the growth of many economies – including the UK’s – yet it is often overlooked,” said Charlie Cottam, founder of Broadwalk Asset Management. “The Broadwalk Awards are an opportunity to recognize outstanding achievements in the services sector.”

The 2015 Broadwalk Award Winners and Finalists are:

Company of the Year – Winner

  • Ryanair

Finalists

  • Regus
  • Elior Group
  • Savills

CEO and Executive Team of the Year Winner

  • RPC Group – Pim Vervaat and executive team

Finalists

  • Petrofac – Ayman Asafri
  • Cerved – Gianandrea De Bernardis
  • NCC – Rob Cotton
  • ISS – Jeff Gravenhorst

Chairman of the Year Winner

  • Kevin Loosemore – Micro Focus

Finalists

  • Phil White – Unite Group
  • Dr Gilles Martin – Eurofins
  • Geoff Unwin – Xchanging
  • Scott Forbes – Rightmove

IPO of the Year – Winner

  • Worldpay Group

Finalists

  • Wizz Air
  • BCA Marketplace
  • Sanne Group
  • Aena

Deal of the Year Winner

  • Telecity acquisition by Equinix

Finalists

  • Capgemini acquisition of IGATE
  • Kier acquisition of Mouchel
  • IAG acquisition of Aer Lingus

Small and Mid-cap Company of the Year Winner

  • James Halstead

Finalists

  • Staffline
  • CVS Group
  • Ricardo
  • Next Fifteen Communications

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Mike Slade, Helical Bar

About Broadwalk Asset Management

Broadwalk Asset Management LLP is a private investment management company based in London. It was founded in 2007 and manages an absolute return strategy which focuses on investing in publicly quoted Services companies. This includes the Support Services, Construction, Real Estate, IT, Transport and Healthcare Services sectors.  It is the first stand-alone strategy to focus on the Services sector in Europe.

The annual Broadwalk Services Awards recognise outstanding achievements by quoted companies and their management teams in the broadly defined sectors.

For more information please go to: http://www.broadwalkam.com/awards.php

Source: Broadwalk Asset Management LLP

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December 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

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GCC Companies Growing Despite Challenging Business Environment

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-Heidrick & Struggles survey finds business leaders in the region optimistic about economic outlook; Expect to continue to invest and increase headcount in 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates /PRNewswire/ — A study conducted by Heidrick & Struggles(NASDAQ: HSII), a premier professional services firm serving the leadership needs of top organizations around the globe, shows that senior business leaders in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are optimistic about the economic outlook despite historically low oil prices and anticipated government spending cuts that could contribute to tougher market conditions in 2016.

According to Heidrick & Struggles’ ‘Navigating in the Changing Dynamics in the GCC Region Survey 2015’, close to 40% of respondents said that their company sales have increased more than 10%. The growth drivers primarily have been government-sponsored spending ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as infrastructure construction resulting from the target to double retail space in the Emirate by 2020. However, among the respondents, 21% of companies reported a decline in sales.

“Despite the volatility and uncertainty in the GCC business environment, many regional business leaders are confident in their ability to deliver sustainable value. It is remarkable that in the face of these challenges, senior leaders are reporting business growth for 2015 and predicting further growth for 2016,” said Steve Mullinjer, Regional Leader, APAC at Heidrick & Struggles.

“Our research shows that to deliver value in an uncertain environment, business leaders need to focus on evidence-based decision-making to drive the development of their business strategy,” Mullinjer continued. “This represents a ‘new normal’, where visionary leaders determine a strategy based on the feedback and evidence gathered from different levels of employees within an organization, and then drive the strategy across the organization through alignment and engagement.”

Business conditions are getting tougher, but opportunity is available
Nearly nine in ten respondents agreed that the business environment in the region has become more volatile over the last 18 months and more challenging than in 2014. Reduced customer spending (34.6%), more intense market competition (33.6%), talent recruitment (31.6%) and the need for increased productivity (31.6%) are the four biggest challenges participants say they are facing. The reduced oil price (79.2%), government spending cuts (51.4%) and wider regional conflicts (38.6%) were cited as some of the factors that may contribute to tougher market conditions and could indicate a similar business environment outlook for next year.

“This has been a turbulent year and business dynamics have been changing rapidly in the region,” said Michael Morcos, Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Middle East and North Africa Practice. “Many businesses have been impacted by issues such as the significant reduction in the oil price, growing regional conflicts, increases in labor costs, and stronger market competition. This has resulted in business leaders becoming more agile, and has encouraged them to think differently about senior team deployment so they can respond effectively to the changing dynamics.”

Leaders maintain optimistic outlook as government-led initiatives continue
Companies in general have a neutral-to-positive outlook on economic conditions over the next three years (neutral 37.6%; positive 42.5%). In fact, up to 70% of respondents are expecting sales to increase. Government-led initiatives are the key factors that contribute to the positive outlook, including the developing infrastructure (39.5%), the GCC’s robust economic growth forecasts (37.2%), spending ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai (37.2%), as well as confidence in the GCC political leadership (32.5%), especially for respondents in conglomerates and the Industrial and Consumer sectors. The majority of business growth in the next three years is expected to come from theMiddle East, as 25.7% and 16.8% of respondents said that growth will come from within the GCC region and Iran, respectively.

Businesses in the GCC will continue to invest and hire
Compared to 2014, more than half of the respondents had increased their investments in the GCC so far in 2015. Of these, 23.7% are aiming to expand their business in other geographies and 17.8% are looking for M&A opportunities, with around 3% considering closing their offices within or outside the GCC. In addition, more than half of the respondents said they will increase their headcount in 2016, while 26% said they have no plans to add to the headcount.

“Business leaders in the GCC have continued to deliver value despite the uncertain and volatile environment. As we move toward 2016, governments will play a critical role in driving business confidence and additional growth in the region,” said Michael Morcos.

About ‘Navigating in the Changing Dynamics in the GCC Region Survey 2015’
Conducted in September and October 2015, the survey solicited responses from 119 senior executives from multinationals, family-owned businesses, government-related entities and governmental organizations operating in the GCC region, with 47% of them from organizations with more than 5,000 employees.

About Heidrick & Struggles
Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII) serves the executive talent and leadership needs of the world’s top organizations as a premier provider of leadership consulting, culture shaping and senior-level executive search services. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 60 years ago. Today, the firm serves as a trusted advisor, providing integrated leadership solutions and helping its clients change the world, one leadership team at a time. www.heidrick.com

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December 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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Schools, iPhones and the IoT: WatchGuard Predicts New Hunting Grounds for Hackers in 2016

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-From spear phishing to IoT and malvertising, security threats to plan for in the coming year

SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ — WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in multi-function firewalls, today revealed its full list of 10 new information security predictions for 2016. WatchGuard’s security research highlights new and emerging threat trends that include: advanced ransomware moving on to alternate platforms; an increase in targeted iOS attacks; and a new hunting ground for criminals to find data that leads to identity theft.

“The security threat landscape is constantly changing, as cyber criminals deploy old and new methods to expand their reach, exploit users, and gain access to valuable data,” said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard. “To play better defence, we recommend following security best practices; training employees about threats and targeted social engineering techniques; and deploying the latest network security technologies so organisations identify security issues in real-time to address the majority of attacks we anticipate in 2016.”

  1. Ransomware Reaches New Platforms:
    Ransomware has grown up, with new strains of file encrypting malware being so good that many victims have paid ransoms. To date, ransomware primarily targets Windows. Next year we expect cyber criminals to make very effective ransomware for alternate platforms including Android mobile devices and Mac laptops.
  2. Social Engineering Keeps People as Your Biggest Threat:
    Recent advanced network breaches have one thing in common, they all started with spear phishing the user. Cyber criminals target specific users with customised social engineering tactics to trick trusting users into giving up their access privileges. We recommend dedicating budget each year to provide employees with security awareness training that includes the latest social engineering techniques.
  3. SMB Security Breaches Go Back to Basics:
    A majority of successful security attacks –especially ones against smaller targets– still rely on the basics. Despite some threat actors using sophisticated techniques, most Small to-Medium Business (SMB) security breaches will come back to basic security best practice failures. There is a silver-lining. If organisations concentrate on following basic security best practices, they will avoid a majority of the attacks in 2016.
  4. Malware on iOS Will Rise:
    Google’s open platform strategy has translated into more threats against Android devices than Apple’s iOS. Last year, cyber criminals infected Apple’s development platform. We believe criminals will continue to exploit this attack vector to sneak malware onto Apple’s official marketplace. Criminals will launch more targeted attacks against iOS.
  5. Malvertising Increases by Leveraging Encryption:
    Malvertising, a combination of the words malware and advertising, is an attack where criminals booby-trap a trusted website with a malicious code by sneaking it in through advertising. Some services and products are getting better at detecting malicious advertisements, however, the criminals are fighting back. In 2016, we expect malvertising attempts to triple, and to succeed more regularly through the use of HTTPS. If your organisation does not have security controls that can monitor HTTPS, plan to update as soon as possible.
  6. Automation Brings Security to the Next Level:
    Today’s automated attacks constantly evade reactive defences. Signature-based protection is no longer effective. While human analysts can identify new threats by monitoring for suspicious behaviors, cyber criminals release such a volume of new threats that humans cannot keep up. The solution? Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning that can automatically recognise and help track malicious behavior. Look for defences that are proactive, technologies like APT Blocker that automatically identify malware and threats based on behaviours and not just on static patterns.
  7. Cyber Criminals Go Back to School to Get Data:
    Information security is all about protecting data, so the personally identifying information (PII) required to steal data that provides a full identity is valuable. The amount of data collected about children while they are students in school is staggering with their health records representing one of the richest PII datasets. This, combined with open network environments found in educational facilities, is why we expect cyber criminals to target student data systems. If you manage IT for an educational facility, we recommend hardening the database server and review the web applications that tie to student data.
  8. Hijacked Firmware Attacks the Internet of Things:
    When a hacker hijacks a computer, making sure malicious code stays on the device is the plan. However, hijacking the Internet of Things (IoT) is a different story. Most IoT devices don’t have local storage and have few resources, so getting code to stick involves modifying the firmware. Next year, we expect to see proof-of-concept attacks that permanently modify and hijack the firmware of IoT devices. In response, we expect to see vendors start to harden security for IoT devices by implementing secure boot mechanisms that make it more difficult for attackers to modify firmware. We recommend vendors get in front of this learning curve.
  9. Wireless “Ease-of-Use” Features Expose the Next Big Wireless Flaw:
    The next big wireless security vulnerability will involve “ease-of-use” features that clash with real world security. For example, the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is one such usability feature, which exposed a weakness allowing attackers onto wireless networks. This year, vendors are adding new wireless usability features, such as Microsoft’s Wi-Fi Sense. We expect the next wireless vulnerability to involve an ease of use feature that enables users, and hackers, to easily join a wireless network.
  10. Hacktivists Hijack Broadcast Media:
    Unlike cyber criminals, who stay under the radar, hacktivists like to communicate big stories designed to get public attention. The whole point of “cyber” activism is to use technology to get as many people as possible to notice your message, whatever it may be. Anonymous is a great example of this with well-known videos. Next year, we predict hacktivists will do something big that broadcasts their revolution to the world live.

Relevant Resources: 2016 Security Prediction Downloads from WatchGuard

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-of-breed security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, andLatin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

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WatchGuard Technologies
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