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HCL Technologies Expands U.S. Operations with New CyberSecurity Center

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HCL Technologies announced the launch of its CyberSecurity Fusion Center (CSFC) in Frisco, Texas. The opening of the CSFC represents the next phase in the company’s mission to support secure business growth by providing customers with a single point of contact for the enterprise security lifecycle, from detection to remediation. In addition, the CSFC reflects HCL’s commitment to the state of Texas and the city of Frisco, which have served as strategic partners to technology innovation and expansion.

In today’s digital age, technology requires fast and comprehensive IT security, and the CSFC comes with 20 years of security and engineering experience, more than 3500 certified analysts, and the experience of managing more than 350 Fortune 500 / Global 2000 clients. The CSFC takes a multi-dimensional approach to combat security risks using integrated Cyberthreat intelligence to monitor for better, faster detection and remediation of security incidents. The CSFC, powered by HCL’s Dynamic CyberSecurity Framework, analyzes millions of events per second and monitors multiple IT and OT systems making use of multiple Cyberthreat intelligence sources. With intelligence-driven security solutions and services provided in locations around the world, the CSFC adds to HCL’s world-class Cybersecurity operations.

The CSFC Inauguration featured Chief Guest U.S. Representative Van Taylor along with local dignitaries from the municipal, business, and educational communities. HCL Technologies was represented by Maninder Singh, Corporate Vice President, CyberSecurity Services; Arthur Filip, Executive Vice President of Sales Transformation and Marketing; and Joel Austin, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at Oncor Electric Delivery, an HCL customer. Attendees also included additional customers, partners, and members of the Texas business community, as well as HCL employees.

Additionally, members of the Collin College and University of North Texas faculties and communities were in attendance to commemorate the launch of a university-to-industry collaboration with HCL Technologies. As part of the relationship, HCL will conduct on-campus hackathons, overseen and coached by HCL executives, in which the top participants from winning teams at each school will be offered full-time jobs and advanced training at the company.

“Tomorrow’s digital organizations are becoming home to massive amounts of sensitive data and mission-critical applications,” said Maninder Singh, Corporate Vice President, CyberSecurity Services at HCL Technologies. “Our CSFC in Frisco is designed to defend our clients’ digital assets from security threats by leveraging intelligent, predictive, and adaptive systems. The Frisco facility is ideally located to attract and build the best pool of Cybersecurity experts and to serve our most demanding customers.”

“I’m excited to have a leading technology company like HCL Technologies focus their top talent in our Texas community,” said U.S. Representative Van Taylor. “We look forward to witnessing the positive impact the CSFC will have on the growth of the local community and in the ability to empower organizations across the nation to understand the importance of Cybersecurity and how to take action to protect their own assets.”

“As the technology industry in Texas continues to expand, we’re cognizant that Cybersecurity is an instrumental element to this successful growth,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  “HCL Technologies has a storied history of supporting the Texas community. Four years ago, HCL opened their Global Delivery Center in Frisco, and we’re incredibly grateful and delighted to see that HCL has deepened its commitment within the state with the new CSFC to ensure the safety of companies in our local community.”

This launch comes as HCL celebrates 30 years in the United States, which started with its first U.S. office opening in Silicon Valley in 1989. Since then, HCL has expanded across the United States with a commitment to civic involvement in communities and hiring at the local level. The Global Delivery Center in Frisco houses some of HCL’s best engineers and IT professionals to service the rapidly growing number of customers across the country. Adding the CSFC to this technology powerhouse builds momentum to the collaborative efforts already underway. The Center provides next-generation IT services by leveraging innovative business models, advanced technology skills, and best practices from HCL’s global partners.

To commemorate the support of its customers and the government in this launch, HCL has made a donation to STEM for Her, an organization dedicated to creating awareness, excitement, and opportunities among girls and young women to pursue successful STEM-related careers.

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ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament

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ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.

The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.

Tournament Structure

The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion. 

The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:

  • Country qualifiers
  • Country finals
  • Asia Pacific finals

Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.

Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals. 

Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Prizes

3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Registration and Official Tournament Website

Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.

Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.

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Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars

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Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.

Tournament Format

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region. 

The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively. 

Invited Teams

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia. 

The team captains for each nation are: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
  • Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
  • The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)

Broadcast Details:

Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!. 

To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.

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Top Gaming Accessories for Ultimate Gaming Experience

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Witnessing the consumer behaviour being impacted drastically last year, the year 2021 has welcomed an immense lifestyle change for gamers. Gaming has been one of the sectors that witnessed a spike like never before. From casual gamers to professional gamers, the segment realised immense growth in a matter of a few months. A lot of people opted for gaming for the first time with more time in hand, while amateur gamers worked on their skills to shift to pro-level. Owing to ‘isolate and chill’ mode to beat the anxiety and paranoia, a lot of people moved to ‘Play@Home’ and for many, it was rekindling their old gaming habits with the bountiful time in their grasp.

While gaming serves as a boosting engagement, it is important to have the kit and accessories to ensure the seamless and immersive experience of gaming. Especially for those who have just adopted gaming as a new hobby and do not want to invest steeply in buying the expensive accessories, we bring a perfect start-up kit to you that is sure to pave your path to the next level

Logitech G331: Enjoy the whole experience of all your favorite games with Logitech G331 gaming headset that produces big sound to get you into the game. Experience the thrill of a complete gaming experience where you hear everything and everyone hears you. The 6 mm mic ensures that your squad-mates can hear you clear and distinct. It also has an option of Flip-to-mute boom that silences you when you don’t want to be heard. The headphone is all set to work with your PC or Mac or with gaming consoles including PlayStation 4™, Xbox One™, Nintendo Switch™, and mobile devices via 3.5 mm cable. In fact, everything about these headphones is about comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears that is available at Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 5995 .

Logitech G213: Sitting at your gaming desk in front of your gaming monitor might be the way for most PC gamers, but unless you’ve got a killer set-up with a solid keyboard, it may still not satiate your gaming soul. With a RGB color spectrum illumination lets you easily personalize up to 5 lighting zones from over 16.8 million colors to match your style and gaming gear, the Logitech G213 ensures you have a great customisable gaming experience. The G213 comes with a  performance that is up to 4x faster than standard keyboards and features keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile experience. The dedicated media control allows you to quickly play, pause, skip and adjust the volume of music right from the keyboard. the brilliant color spectrum. The G213 also offers 12 function keys with custom commands and more with free Logitech gaming software. This keyboard is available at Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 4995

Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC: It is of paramount importance to have an exact grip and size while using a gaming mice. With LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting across, Logitech G102 is designed to work seamlessly in any system to enhance your gaming experience. The classic six-button design provides both comfort and confidence that can be customised across 16.8 million colours so you can explore, cast spells, and play just like you want. With 8,000 DPI sensor – The gaming-grade sensor responds precisely to your movements. But if you’re looking to fine-tune controls, free-to-download customization software is easy to use and set up with Logitech G HUB software. it is a complete customization suite that allows you to personalize lighting, sensitivity, and button commands on your G102 mouse. It is available in Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 1985.

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