Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 23 - Page 8


Crunchyroll adds Google as strategic technology partner to help in global growth of Anime

Crunchyroll is an independently operated joint venture between USbased Sony Pictures Entertainment , and Japan ’ s Aniplex , a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment ( Japan ), both subsidiaries of Tokyobased Sony Group Corporation .
Through this multi-tiered partnership , Crunchyroll will work with Google as it looks to strengthen its direct-to-consumer business for scale , flexibility and audience experiences .
“ Crunchyroll is committed to aligning with technology partners who understand the DNA of our fans – how they engage , how they enjoy and how they live and breathe anime ,” said Travis Page , Crunchyroll ’ s Chief Financial Officer .

Google and Crunchyroll , a leader in anime fan experiences , have announced a new , multi-year strategic partnership to accelerate and support Crunchyroll ’ s global scale ambitions .

“ Having a partner like Google , who expertly knows how to use technology to enhance user interaction , will be critical in giving our fans the purpose-built experience they want . Google brings expertise to the table that immediately helps us achieve those ambitions .”
The announcement builds on Google ’ s existing partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment that includes collaboration across Android , Google TV and Android TV OS , YouTube , Google advertising solutions and Google Cloud .
Google Cloud will enhance Crunchyroll ’ s ability to engage and retain audiences , building on its established technology and privacy-first content personalization powered by Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and Machine Learning ( ML ) technologies .

Trellix finds escalation of cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure

Trellix , the cybersecurity company helping to deliver the future of extended detection and response ( XDR ), has released its Threat Labs Report : April 2022 , examining cybercriminal behaviour over the last six months .

Key findings from the report include individual consumers being the number one target of cybercriminals , closely followed by the healthcare vertical . Additionally , the transportation , shipping , manufacturing and Information Technology industries showed a sharp increase in threats .
“ We ’ re at a critical juncture in cybersecurity and observing increasingly hostile behaviour across an ever-expanding attack surface ,” said Christiaan Beek , Lead Scientist and Principal Engineer , Trellix Threat Labs .
“ Our world has fundamentally changed . The fourth quarter signalled the shift out of a twoyear pandemic which cybercriminals used for profit and saw the Log4Shell vulnerability impact hundreds of millions of devices , only to continue cyber-momentum in the new year where we ’ ve seen an escalation of international cyber-activity .”
Q4 2021 saw increased cyber-activity targeting sectors essential to the function of society .
For instance , transportation and shipping were the target of 27 % of all advanced persistent threat ( APT ) activity detections , while healthcare was the second most targeted sector , bearing 12 % of total detections .
Additionally , From Q3 to Q4 2021 , threats to manufacturing increased 100 % and threats to Information Technology increased 36 %.
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