Micro Focus announces expanded AI-powered capabilities for the UFT family

Functional testing portfolio receives enhanced artificial intelligence support to accelerate test automation, improve resiliency, and reduce test maintenance for application teams

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) announced AI-powered enhancements to the intelligent testing capabilities of the UFT Family, a unified set of solutions designed to reduce the overall complexity of automating the functional testing processes. As businesses place increased emphasis on developing innovative applications that better support users, scaling testing efforts becomes an elusive goal. These new AI-based capabilities ensure application teams can meet growing demands in an effective, efficient and agile way by increasing test coverage and test asset resiliency, and reducing test creation time and maintenance efforts.

The increase in pace and frequency of software releases, the proliferation of operating environments, and the exponential growth in the number of test cases has demanded the use of AI to revolutionise software test automation and positively impact both the efficiency and effectiveness of functional testing.

“Over the past two years, we’ve steadily infused our existing products with artificial intelligence features. Last June, we debuted new AI-based capabilities to help organisations overcome the challenges of mobile testing, and this announcement extends the same support to web-based testing,” said Raffi Margaliot, senior vice president, application delivery management, Micro Focus. “More importantly, this customer-centric innovation is available to our extensive customer base, with intelligent tools to accelerate adoption of AI within their existing testing assets.”

Micro Focus AI-powered test automation in the UFT Family lets users:

  • Streamline automation – Instead of creating multiple scripts for every possible combination and transaction, users only need to compose a single script that will automatically run on multiple platforms and browsers. This reduces the overall time spent on creating and maintaining test assets while increasing test coverage, and allows teams to keep up with the evolving technology landscape and user demands.
  • Consistently improve with little effort – The UFT Family’s AI framework evolves and adapts based on a crowdsourced feedback mechanism. Customers are invited to expand and refine the AI model’s training data by securely and privately contributing information about their unique user interface paradigms, to constantly improve accuracy of object recognition.
  • Shift testing everywhereA combination of an AI software development kit (SDK) and natural language processing (NLP) allows technical and non-technical testers to easily write tests and reduces the time and effort of technical testers in the creation/maintenance of automation code.

“To adequately test a new mobile application, we knew that generating and maintaining all the test scripts required for our quality standards was going to be difficult within the required timeframes. With the new UFT One AI-based testing capabilities, we were able to leverage a single set of multi-platform scripts across iOS and Android and reduced mobile test maintenance by an estimated 35 per cent,” said Chris Trimper, enterprise QA automation architect, quality assurance engineering, Independent Health Insurers. “It also enabled us to provide rapid feedback to project teams from CI builds and to focus more on overall quality of the new mobile application.”

On June 18, 2020, independent analyst firm Forrester Research named Micro Focus a “Strong Performer” in The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Functional Test Automation Suites, Q2 2020. Micro Focus also received the highest scores possible in the “product vision” and “innovation roadmap” criteria. According to the report, “Micro Focus has introduced innovation based on AI, ML, and RPA. The new vision of Micro Focus is ‘shift everywhere’, leveraging a broad suite of tools composed of UFT One, UFT Developer, and UFT Mobile infused with AI and NLP capabilities.”

The Micro Focus UFT Family of functional test automation solutions includes UFT One, UFT Developer, and UFT Mobile. These solutions help teams deliver quality applications using intelligent multi-platform functional test automation with AI-based capabilities. They represent just one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers run and transform their business and accelerate application delivery in the race for digital transformation.

About Micro Focus
Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform.  With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: enterprise DevOps, hybrid IT management, predictive analytics and security, risk and governance. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.

Fortinet introduces self-learning artificial intelligence appliance for sub-second threat detection

 

FortiAI leverages Deep Neural Networks to automate threat detection and remediation, expanding Fortinet’s AI-driven security offerings

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet, said, “Fortinet has invested heavily in FortiGuard Labs cloud-based AI-driven threat intelligence, allowing us to detect more threats, more quickly and more accurately. FortiAI takes the artificial intelligence knowledge from FortiGuard Labs and packages it specifically for on-premises deployments. This gives customers the power of FortiGuard Labs directly in their environment, with self-learning AI to identify, classify and investigate sophisticated threats in sub-seconds.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced FortiAI, a first-of-its-kind on-premises appliance that leverages self-learning Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to speed threat remediation and handle time consuming, manual security analyst tasks. FortiAI’s Virtual Security Analyst™ embeds one of the industry’s most mature cybersecurity artificial intelligence – developed by Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs – directly into an organisation’s network to deliver sub-second detection of advanced threats.

Organisations face an uphill battle

Security architects confront many challenges when it comes to discovering and remediating threats, including:

  • Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated. While traditional cyber threats continue, sophistication of advanced attacks – often enabled by artificial intelligence, machine learning and open source communities – are increasing. As a result, organisations and their defenses are challenged to keep pace with threat evolution.
  • The attack surface is expanding. Millions of new applications, growing cloud adoption and the increase in connected devices are creating billions of edges that security teams need to properly protect and manage. Organisations are challenged to keep pace with the threat volume resulting from many potential entry points.
  • Security teams are constrained due to the cyber skills shortage. The cybersecurity industry faces a skills gap that has become a top emerging risk for organisations. There are not enough skilled professionals available to properly triage, investigate and respond to the growing number of threats – potential and actual – making it easier for cybercriminals to outpace legacy security processes and tools.

Self-learning AI adapts organisations’ threat protection

To address these challenges faced by security professionals today, Fortinet is unveiling FortiAI Virtual Security Analyst™ to accelerate threat remediation. FortiAI handles many of the time consuming, manual tasks currently expected of security professionals, preserving their time for higher value security functions. FortiAI’s self-learning capabilities continue to get smarter once deployed in an organisation’s network.

FortiAI leverages Deep Learning known as Deep Neural Networks, which mimic neurons in the human brain, to make complex decisions based on its scientific analysis of threats specific to the organisation where it is deployed. As FortiAI’s artificial intelligence continues to mature, organisations benefit from having FortiAI’s Virtual Security Analyst™ effectively transform and adapt threat protection.

FortiAI levels the playing field

Fortinet’s Deep Neural Networks (DNN) approach enables FortiAI to revolutionise threat protection by:

  • Automating time-consuming manual investigations to identify and classify threats in real time: Organisations using legacy security processes combined with limited security staff find it difficult to perform manual investigations for each threat alert. This creates additional risks including a data breach or security incident due to slow response time. To solve this, FortiAI automates investigations using DNN to identify the entire threat movement and uncover patient zero and all subsequent infections in a sub-second.
  • Transforming security processes for instant detection and remediation of attacks: FortiAI’s Virtual Security Analyst™ significantly reduces the time organisations are exposed to threats by scientifically analysing characteristics of threats and generating an accurate verdict to accelerate threat response.
  • Delivering tailored threat intelligence to significantly reduce false positives: False positives are a burden for security analysts to investigate and it is time consuming to determine threats versus non-threats. Through tailored threat intelligence, FortiAI learns new malware features as it adapts to new attacks instantaneously and reduces false positives.

On-premises protection for air gapped networks

Another key distinction of FortiAI is that it offers on-premises AI suitable for organisations that have air gapped networks. Operational technology environments, government agencies and some large enterprises must adhere to strict compliance regulations and/or security policies that limit their network’s connection to the internet. FortiAI with its self-learning AI model does not require internet connectivity to learn and mature, enabling organisations with closed environments or stringent security policies to stay ahead of threats.

Fortinet’s AI-driven technologies automate threat protection

Fortinet has a longstanding history of helping customers strengthen their security posture by leveraging artificial intelligence. Some of the existing Fortinet offerings and services, complemented by the new FortiAI, that leverage various forms of AI, such as least squares optimisation and Bayesian probability metrics, include:

  • FortiGuard Labs Threat Intelligence: FortiGuard Labs uses proven advanced AI and machine learning to gather and analyse over 100 billion security events every day. This threat intelligence produced by FortiGuard Labs is delivered to customers through its subscription services available for a range of Fortinet’s products, including the flagship FortiGate NGFWs. As a result, customers benefit from artificial intelligence deployed in global labs for faster threat prevention.
  • FortiSandbox: Fortinet is the first security vendor to introduce AI to sandboxing to automate breach protection. FortiSandbox includes two machine learning models to its static and dynamic analysis of zero-day threats, improving the detection of constantly evolving malware, such as ransomware and cryptojacking. Through the use of a universal security language to categorise malware, FortiSandbox also connects discussions between network and security teams, leading to more integrated and improved security operations.
  • FortiEDR: Fortinet’s FortiEDR uses machine learning to automate the endpoint protection against advanced threats with real time orchestrated incident response functionalities. Customers also benefit from more control of network, user and host activity within their environments.
  • FortiInsight: FortiInsight uses machine learning analytics to effectively monitor endpoints, data movements and user activities to detect unusual, malicious behaviour and policy violations attributed to insider risk.
  • FortiWeb: To better protect web applications and APIs, FortiWeb applies machine learning to tailor a unique defense for each application. As a result, FortiWeb can quickly block threats while minimising the false positives that may interfere with end user experience.
  • FortiSIEM: FortiSIEM leverages machine learning to recognise patterns in typical user behavior like location, time of day, devices used and specific servers accessed. FortiSIEM can then automatically notify security operations teams when anomalous activities occur, like concurrent logins from separate locations.

As cyber criminals look to exploit the expanding digital attack surface with sophisticated attacks, the breadth and depth of the Fortinet Security Fabric’s AI-driven technology provides customers with unparalleled threat prevention, detection and response that can be instant and automated.

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“Deploying FortiSandbox to protect our organisation against zero-day threats was seamless through Fortinet’s Security Fabric platform. FortiSandbox secures our perimeter, client and mail servers, and ultimately is protecting our assets from advanced unknown threats. Leveraging FortiSandbox’s AI-driven capabilities has helped us keep pace with AI-driven threats, all while providing an easy and simplified way to configure and manage our security.” – Dario Palermo, System and Network Administrator at Ente Autonomo Volturno

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 440,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

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Konica Minolta reinvents print technology with new IoT-enabled bizhub® i-Series

Next-generation bizhub i-Series seamlessly connects the dynamic office

Konica Minolta Australia, a leader in delivering world-class business transformation solutions and technologies, has unveiled the new bizhub i-Series, the next generation multifunction device product line from the award-winning bizhub legacy portfolio. Born from the company’s continuing ambition to create value for customers and driven by the desire to rethink the way multifunctional devices work for them, the i-Series is a smart technology hub that fully embraces the way businesses are evolving and sharpens their competitive edge.

The smart device technology augments office connectivity, optimising the way the office works while preparing it to be future-ready from operational improvements to digital transformation. Powering new opportunities for productivity and innovation, the i-Series provides the necessary tools for an effective communications network. It simplifies complexities to improve productivity and streamline business processes, for better decision-making and, ultimately, enable smarter business. Breaking through traditional office limitations, it helps navigate quickly to demands and changing conditions.

Shane Blandford, director of marketing and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “As office documents become more digitised and data volumes increase, document management and access assume more importance than ever. Remote access and cloud integration also heighten the need for security.

“Multifunctional devices and printers are now expected to connect people, places and devices simply and safely and create a new way of working. Konica Minolta wanted to provide a new-value office tool that could be used intuitively by digital natives. That intent gave rise to the second generation bizhub, the bizhub i-Series. The consistent and simplified usability of the new i-Series range, along with class-leading performance and connectivity enhancements make these our most productive multifunction devices.”

Simple design and usability

The stylish, contemporary design boasts an intuitive smartphone style user interface with a tiltable, floating 10” touchscreen panel, rounded edges, and LED status indicators. The interactive user experience provides ease-of-use through reduced wait times, vibration feedback, and customisation. Conveniently, both the A3 and A4 multifunction models function in precisely the same way so users can be productive, regardless of the specific device.

High-quality performance, enhanced efficiency and seamless connectivity

The i-Series multifunction models house a powerful engine, a quad-core Central Processing Unit with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD, for quick-response, high-performance operations. And, the additional combination of full-speed media printing range, high-speed one pass double feed, digital skew correction, and large capability trays for the A3 models, expertly blends reliable functionality with versatile serviceability. Further extending the capabilities of the i-Series and adding flexibility, Konica Minolta MarketPlace gives the freedom to personalise the user interface and provides direct access to apps that boost business productivity. Efficiently integrating work processes and connections, it caters to all types of changing needs and fully accommodates evolving workstyles.

Smart service and next-level security

Minimising downtime and ensuring uninterrupted use, the i-Series intelligently collects data for self-diagnosis and for optimum replacement time predictions of parts and consumables. The exceptional service comes with an outfitted layer of top-grade security, which gives businesses one less thing to worry about. With bizhub SECURE services (optional) and self-encrypting SSD, the i-Series fosters a secure work ecosystem where data is protected and reliably accessible. Additionally, the optional BitDefender anti-virus extension automatically scans all transmitted and received data in real time, so data remains protected from external threats. All i-Series models are compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and ISO 15408 certified HCD-PP, so data privacy standards and security requirements are met in order to stay productive.

Commitment to sustainability

Konica Minolta is committed not only to innovation but to environmental sustainability. The fruition of the new i-Series reflects upon this strong commitment. As part of the top energy-saving bizhub product line, each model conforms to globally recognised standards from such organisations as EPEAT and Blue Angel. The new fusing unit and low-temperature fixing toner help achieve lower energy consumption in operating and sleep modes. Environmental impact is reduced further through the new packaging design, as traditional cushioning material has been replaced with lighter air cushions, still ensuring safety during transport. Best of all, operating sounds are quieter due to improvements made to the cooling fan and the document feeder mechanism resulting in fewer distractions for a better-focused work environment.

Shane Blandford said, “Konica Minolta recognises the i-Series as the next step; the innovative technology that lets businesses perform at their best and achieve high-quality work, all while providing the peace of mind for them to focus on more important matters. And, as businesses continue to evolve, the bizhub i-Series will grow with them.”

The new i-Series models available now are the bizhub C250i, C300i, C360i, (A3 colour MFPs), C3350i, and C4050i (A4 colour MFPs), C4000i and C3300i (A4 colour printers) and the C3320i (A4 colour MFP). Additional models to the i-Series product lineup will be released in the coming months.

iSeries will be on display at Stand E38 at CEBIT at the International Convention Centre Sydney from October 29-31.

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About Konica Minolta Australia
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.
Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.
Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.
Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.
For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home