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XpertLearning Offers Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) Certification in the Middle East



Dubai-based XpertLearning has announced today that it will be offering Cybersecurity (CSA+) certification in the Middle East.CompTIA CSA+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that validates the skills required to combat malware and threats through the application of behavioral analytics.

Skillsoft, a global leader in eLearning and vendor partners of XpertLearning, has been selected as an authorised content provider for the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) certification and will support XpertLearning with the content.

“IT Certification is an increasingly competitive advantage for our customers; both for their businesses, as well as for attracting and retaining talent. Certification enables employees to showcase their understanding, knowledge, and expertise of a subject with demonstrable skills” says Bill Donoghue, Skillsoft’s chairman and CEO.

Skillsoft is the first eLearning provider to offer courses, books, videos, virtual instructor-led training, virtual practice labs, mentors, and other test preparation resources that offer the best certification preparation available for the new CompTIA CSA+ exam, through XpertLearning, its partner in the Middle East.

Paul Gledhill, Co-Founder and Executive Director of XpertLearning, said:” We are proud that we continue to keep up with the latest courses for the most important topics in the region. Cybersecurity is one of our biggest tasks to mitigate our risks of Cybercrimes and infiltration. Our key differentiator is not only providing online courses but also being able to provide aligned internationally recognised certification”.

The partnership with CompTIA helps IT professionals constantly update their skills to meet the changing needs of the organisation, from on-the-job troubleshooting to the most pressing IT security concerns.  CompTIA CSA+ was created based on widespread and unprecedented demand from the public and private sectors for a certification that fills a gap in cybersecurity credentials and addresses the unique role of the cybersecurity analyst.

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WhatsApp Now Transcribes Voice Messages on Android



Calling all Android users who dread lengthy voice messages: rejoice! WhatsApp is rolling out voice message transcription to its beta app.

This feature, already available for iOS users since May 2024, is now part of the WhatsApp Beta version for Android. It automatically converts voice messages into text, making it easier and faster to understand conversations.

Currently, transcriptions are supported in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Hindi, with more languages promised in the future. Users opting in will need to download an additional data package to ensure all transcripts are generated directly on their devices, maintaining message privacy.

This update brings Android users closer to iOS users in terms of features and highlights WhatsApp’s commitment to improving the overall user experience.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries



Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini



As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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