CertiK Launches Skynet for Community Web3 Due Diligence Tool

New York, April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  CertiK, the leading provider of blockchain security solutions, is excited to announce the launch of Skynet for Community, an all-in-one security, due diligence, and insights platform for the Web3 ecosystem. Skynet for Community empowers users, investors, and community members to make informed decisions about Web3 projects by providing a comprehensive set of tools for research, analysis, and monitoring.

With thousands of Web3 projects creating millions of points of data every day, it’s easy to get lost in the noise. Skynet for Community’s rich data-driven insights help users to discover new projects, conduct due diligence on projects of interest, and keep up to date on the latest news and developments in the Web3 space. The platform aggregates a vast amount of data into Web3’s most accessible due diligence tool.

Skynet for Community puts security front and center, with the Security Leaderboard ranking projects according to their Security Score and market performance. The Verified Teams (KYC) Leaderboard lists and ranks projects based on the status of their CertiK KYC Badge, which is awarded to project teams that undergo a rigorous background investigation.

Skynet for Community evaluates the security of Web3 projects through both manual and automated measures. The platform covers the majority of all Web3 projects using transparent metrics, regardless of their relationship with CertiK.

Manual Signal Scores are determined by CertiK’s research analysts and security experts, who evaluate factors such as the quality of whitepapers, documentation, and other fundamental aspects of the project. Automatic Signal Scores are calculated in real-time by the underlying software and monitoring systems, which evaluate website cybersecurity, security incidents, and other factors. The signals are weighted based on their severity or potential impact, and the aggregate of qualitative and quantitative insights makes up the project’s final Security Score.

Skynet for Community also includes tools such as Exchange Analyzer, which allows users to conduct due diligence on centralized exchanges by displaying their on-chain asset holdings; Skynet Alerts, a system that provides timely notifications on rugpulls and exploits in the cryptocurrency space; and Wallet Analyzer, which provides insights on wallet addresses and makes it easy to visualize and decipher on-chain transactions between wallets.

“Skynet for Community is a revolutionary product that leverages CertiK’s expertise in blockchain security to provide an independent, transparent, and comprehensive evaluation of Web3 projects,” said Professor Ronghui Gu, co-founder and CEO of CertiK. “We are excited to launch this product and offer the Web3 community a powerful tool that makes it easy to do your own research.”

The launch of Skynet for Community marks a new era of transparency and accountability for the Web3 world as it provides a comprehensive evaluation of projects’ security in real-time. With its uniquely comprehensive approach of combining manual and automated measures, CertiK’s Security Score provides an independent lens through which all Web3 projects can be evaluated.

To learn more about Skynet Community and to try out the suite of due diligence tools, visit skynet.certik.com or follow along on Twitter at @CertiK and @CertiKCommunity.

About CertiK

CertiK is a pioneer in blockchain security, leveraging best-in-class AI technology and expert manual review to protect and monitor blockchain protocols and smart contracts. Founded in 2018 by professors from Yale University and Columbia University, CertiK secures the Web3 world, by applying cutting-edge innovations from academia to enterprise, enabling mission-critical applications to scale with safety and correctness. CertiK has audited more than 3,900 Web3 projects and secured hundreds of billions of dollars of market capitalization.

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Acronis Recognized for Growth and Innovation on Frost & Sullivan’s Frost Radar™ for DRaaS

Acronis disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) recognized for its growth potential and insight in renowned analyst report

Acronis Cyber Protection

Acronis Recognized for Growth and Innovation on Frost & Sullivan’s Frost Radar™ for DRaaS

BURLINGTON, Mass., April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, earned a distinction of “Company to Action” in Frost & Sullivan’s “Frost Radar™: Disaster Recovery as a Service, 2022” report. In a field of 12 other competitors, Acronis is placed prominently within the upper quadrant of growth and innovation. This placement praises Acronis as a company “to be considered first for investment, partnerships, or benchmarking.”

The Frost Radar is a benchmarking system and ratings report released yearly by Frost & Sullivan, a growth consulting firm. The DRaaS Radar, which was issued in November 2022, recognizes organizations that are best poised to take advantage of growth opportunities in their respective industries. Earning a plot on the radar means that the vendor demonstrates excellence in the following categories: growth potential, best practices, competitive intensity, customer value, and partner potential.

Along the Innovation X-axis, companies are graded on their understanding of disruptive trends and their ability to develop solutions to challenge those trends. The Growth Index along the Y-axis measures revenue, market share, vision, sales, and marketing. The chart represents a company’s track record of growth and showcases its healthy pipeline and sound vision to continue expanding its innovation.

In this evaluation, the Frost Radar compared the merits of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) providers. The Frost Radar highlighted Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud as a triumph in innovation, especially its advanced protection packs that enable customers to customize and expand their services. Adding powerful components based on a customer or service provider’s specific needs allows users to strengthen their services and control costs. The report also applauded Acronis for its skyrocketing recent growth: 260% year-over-year from 2021. Acronis’ heavy focus on investing in the partner ecosystem with attractive incentive programs that increase sales in the channel, along with the company’s successful acquisition history were other positive ticks in the growth category.

“We’re honored to receive the ‘Company to Action’ recognition in Front & Sullivan’s Frost Radar DRaaS report, but in the spirit of the benchmark, we’re not going to rest on our laurels,” said Candid Wüest, VP of Research at Acronis. “We’ll continue to innovate our products and partner programs to trailblaze in the cyber protection and DRaaS industries.”

The latest Acronis Cyberthreats Report: Year-end 2022 found that ransomware gangs were adding 200–300 new victims each month during the second half of 2022 as ransomware continues to be the number-one threat to big and medium-sized businesses. With ransomware incidents increasing 25% over the last five years and 40% of ransomware attacks leading to a criminal payday, fast-acting and effective DRaaS is crucial to any compliant and secure corporate cyber protocol.1

“The phrase ‘instrumental in advancing the industry into the future’ is what stuck out to me and excites me the most about the report,” added Wüest. “As long as cybercrime exists, there will still be work to be done. We hope to continue to push ourselves and our contemporaries to advance the DRaaS industry.”

Read the full “Frost Radar: Disaster Recovery as a Service, 2022” report, visit: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/lp/frost-report-dr/

Learn more about Acronis’ all-in-one cyber protection for service providers, businesses, and individuals at Acronis.com.

1Verizon, “2022 Data Breach Investigations Report

About Acronis

Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions powered by AI. With advanced anti-malware powered by cutting-edge machine intelligence and blockchain based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment – from cloud to hybrid to on premises – at a low and predictable cost.

Acronis is a Swiss company, founded in Singapore. Celebrating two decades of innovation, Acronis has more than 2,000 employees in 45 locations. Acronis Cyber Protect solution is available in 26 languages in over 150 countries and is used by 18,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses.

Acronis Media Contact:
Karl Bateson

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One Duck Creek Summit to celebrate its efforts across connection, culture and community

Boston, April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, will host the One Duck Creek Summit, April 4-6, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts, bringing leaders together to focus on connection, culture and community. The global attendees are credited for leading the various critical initiatives and programs that make Duck Creek a culture champion in the insurance and technology industries.

The diverse collection of people in attendance will spend their time together reflecting on past initiatives and planning future endeavors and setting goals to continue building upon the award-winning culture at Duck Creek. The One Duck Creek Summit will be kicked off by CEO Mike Jackowski, who will emphasize the significance of advancing strong company values around diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) and a positive employee experience at its core. Members of the Diversity Council, Employee Experience Council and six Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) will be joined by Nancy Harrington Jones, the first ever Chief Culture & Conduct Officer at Société Générale Americas, Isis Miller, a community and engagement manager, and KeyAnna Schmiedl, a Fortune 40-Under-40 social and environmental impact leader. These speakers will discuss career learnings, ERG insights and best practices, and equity, belonging, culture and how each impacts employee experience.

“We are excited to be joined at our headquarters in Boston by Ducks from India, the UK and the US, who are essential at making our various initiatives and programs so successful,” said Amy Bayer, Global Director, DE&I, Engagement & Culture. “The impact of our outreach across DE&I and employee engagement has created a culture of belonging and inclusion at Duck Creek. We always strive to be trailblazers in the insurance and technology industry.”

“Duck Creek recognizes and celebrates the different backgrounds, ideas and experiences of our employees, who enable us to serve our customers,” says Courtney Townsend, Chief People Officer at Duck Creek. “Duck Creek is a flexible-first, global workplace that cultivates exceptional employee experiences and growth opportunities. At our core, we are fanatical about belonging and inclusion.”


About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and Twitter.

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On the 50th Anniversary of the First Mobile Phone Call, New Study Finds People Would Rather Give Up The Gym, Sports, Netflix — Even Sex — Than Their Phone

ATLANTA and STOCKHOLM, Sweden APRIL 3, 2023 Fifty years after the first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, a new mobile communications survey has been commissioned by Sinch (publ), the company powering meaningful conversations between businesses and their customers through its Customer Communications Cloud. The survey reveals how vital mobile phones are to our lives, finding nearly 72% of people couldn’t imagine going more than a weekend without their mobile phone, while nearly a quarter (23%) believe they could last an hour at most.

Though mobile phone technology has made incredible advances, the survey underscores that these devices will remain the go-to for communicating with friends, family, and businesses for the next 50 years and beyond. Marty Cooper’s first phone call from a 6th Avenue New York sidewalk unleashed a new era of mobility and choice for consumers, leaving them more willing to give up the gym (41%), TV (25% of millennials) or even sex (22% of Gen Z respondents) than their mobile phones.

Today’s mobile world looks very different than it did in 1973. People expect to be able to easily converse with each other and with businesses across all mobile and digital channels and see the next 50 years building on this omnichannel approach, with new options like social media and chat augmenting existing solutions such as text, email, and voice. They want personalized experiences from the brands they buy from and to communicate with them on the favorite channels they choose at every stage of their buying journey.

Therefore, when asked about potential new options in 2073 that could supplement text, chat, email, and voice; 38% predict most communications to happen in the metaverse or virtual worlds; 28% expect neural implants that connect to the Internet to share thoughts; 25% will use augmented reality, while 34% feel we’ll also still be using text messages.

“From the first mobile phone call 50 years ago, a communications revolution was born. This study underscores just how integral the mobile phone is to our everyday lives — with many prepared to give up their favorite things rather than their phones,” said Robert Gerstmann, chief evangelist and co-founder of Sinch. “Clearly, businesses that can invite their customers in for a true two-way conversation — whether by text, phone, social app, email, or chatbot — will be the winners today and in tomorrow’s mobile worlds. Yet companies often struggle to deliver personalized experiences at scale because channels, tools, and communications are siloed and not designed to work together with the customer at the center. We can see from a survey like this that consumer demand will drive businesses to change.”

Survey insights include:

  • Consumers prefer to communicate with businesses just as they do their friends, via seamless conversations across multiple channels. Text messages were ranked by respondents as their favorite way of conversing with a business, followed closely by voice calls and email. However, 36% say text messages from businesses are too impersonal, and 1 in 4 get frustrated when they can’t respond to a business text message.
  • Consumers really, really love their mobile devices. Asked what they’d rather give up than their mobile phone, 41% of respondents chose the gym while 25% of millennials selected TV or radio, and 22% percent of GenZ said they would give up sex.
  • Most consumers couldn’t go more than a weekend without their mobile phone — and many could not deprive themselves for an even shorter time. Asked how long they thought they could last without their mobile phone:
    • 72% said they couldn’t last more than a weekend without their mobile phone;
    • 56% said they couldn’t go more than 24 hours;
    • 42% said 4 hours or less;
    • And 8% said 15 minutes or less.

Sinch’s technology powers hundreds of billions of global conversations between customers and businesses: its Super Network enables 300 billion minutes of voice calls annually and delivers over 200 billion text messages and 400 billion emails each year.

The results are from an online survey conducted by ResearchScape from March 24 to 26, 2023. 1,076 respondents completed the survey.

Sinch has created a blog that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first mobile phone call which can be referenced here

About Sinch:
Sinch powers meaningful conversations between businesses and their customers through its Customer Communications Cloud. More than 150,000 businesses – including many of the world’s largest tech companies – rely on Sinch and its global super network, which is the most secure and reliable network for messaging, voice and email. Sinch has been profitable and fast-growing since it was founded in 2008. It is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with shares traded at NASDAQ Stockholm: XSTO:SINCH. Learn more at sinch.com.

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Evident Acquired by Bain Capital: Partnership to Accelerate Future Growth and Innovation

TOKYO, April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evident Corporation (“Evident”) announced today that it has been acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital Private Equity (“Bain Capital”) from Olympus Corporation (“Olympus”) pursuant to the definitive agreement signed on August 29, 2022.

Evident was newly established on April 1, 2022 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus comprising the former Scientific Solutions business conducted by Olympus. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Evident conducts business in 24 countries worldwide with more than 4,300 employees.

Supported by Bain Capital, Evident will attain a higher level of agility and faster decision-making to drive innovation-based growth in the life science and industrial markets. Building on a history of more than 100 years of innovation in imaging, instrumentation, and measurement solutions, Evident plans to further expand its portfolio of world-class products, solutions, and services.

Yoshitake Saito, the President and CEO of Evident said “We are very excited about our partnership with Bain Capital because we are convinced that it will enable us to even more strongly fulfill our purpose of becoming a preferred workflow solution partner for a broad range of customers in the life science and industrial markets.”

Yuji Sugimoto, Managing Director of Bain Capital in Japan, said “Bain Capital is committed to supporting Evident on its sustainable growth path to allow the company to foster an accelerated innovation process.”

Stephan Thomas, Managing Director of Bain Capital in North America, added “Evident is at the frontier of digital optical technology in the life science and industrial end markets, and has great potential to expand into new products, new customers, and new markets as an independent company.”


At Evident, we are guided by the scientific spirit—innovation and exploration are at the heart of what we do. Committed to making people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling, we support our customers with solutions that solve their challenges and advance their work—whether it’s researching medical breakthroughs, inspecting infrastructure, or exposing hidden toxins in consumer products.

Evident Industrial’s solutions range from microscopes and videoscopes to nondestructive testing equipment and X-ray analyzers for maintenance, manufacturing, and environmental applications. Backed by state-of-the-art technologies, Evident’s products are widely used for quality control, inspection, and measurement.

Evident Life Science empowers scientists and researchers through collaboration and cutting-edge life science solutions. Dedicated to meeting the challenges and supporting the evolving needs of its customers, Evident Life Science advances a comprehensive range of microscopes for pathology, hematology, IVF, and other clinical applications as well as for research and education.

For more information, visit www.EvidentScientific.com

About Bain Capital Private Equity

Bain Capital Private Equity has partnered closely with management teams to provide the strategic resources that build great companies and help them thrive since its founding in 1984. Bain Capital Private Equity’s global team of more than 280 investment professionals creates value for its portfolio companies through its global platform and depth of expertise in key vertical industries including healthcare, consumer/retail, financial and business services, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. Bain Capital has 23 offices on four continents. The firm has made primary or add-on investments in more than 1,100 companies since its inception. In addition to private equity, Bain Capital invests across multiple asset classes, including credit, public equity, venture capital and real estate, managing approximately $160 billion in total assets and leveraging the firm’s shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus.

For more information, please visit www.baincapitalprivateequity.com

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Fluence to Deliver 200 MW / 400 MWh Energy Storage System for Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group and Shell Energy’s Rangebank BESS in Cranbourne

Fluence to Deliver 200 MW / 400 MWh Energy Storage System in Cranbourne

Fluence to Deliver 200 MW / 400 MWh Energy Storage System for Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group and Shell Energy’s Rangebank BESS in Cranbourne

MELBOURNE, Australia, April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fluence Energy, Inc. (“Fluence”) (NASDAQ: FLNC), a leading global provider of energy storage products and services, and cloud-based software for renewables and storage, today announced that Fluence has been selected by Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group (GIG) and Shell Energy Operations (Shell Energy) to deliver the 200 MW / 400 MWh Rangebank Battery-based Energy Storage System (BESS) in Cranbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

The Rangebank BESS will help the grid maintain a stable frequency and will have the storage capacity to power the equivalent of 80,000 homes across Victoria for one hour during peak periods.

The project will be developed by GIG and Shell Energy Australia and will be built, serviced, and maintained by Fluence. Construction will commence later this year and is expected to be completed in late 2024. Shell Energy will have access to 100% of the system’s offtake over a 20-year period. The project will use Fluence’s Gridstack™ grid-scale energy storage product, underpinned by Fluence’s multi-generational technology platform, and more than 15 years of design and deployment experience with industry-leading reliability and safety.

“The Rangebank BESS is another milestone for Fluence in Australia. We are thrilled to partner with both GIG and Shell Energy Australia to deliver this important project and leverage our 15 years of global energy storage experience to deliver a proven and safe energy storage system with our latest Gridstack product. Australia is a core market for Fluence and our established local team is dedicated to the market’s energy transition,” said David Mikaeloff, VP Sales, APAC at Fluence.

“Grid-scale batteries are an essential element in the decarbonisation of the energy sector, and the need for storage solutions is growing rapidly. GIG is delighted to partner with Shell Energy to deliver this project which will help provide communities with reliable and flexible energy,” said Greg Callman, Global Head of Energy Technology, GIG.

Located in one of Melbourne’s fastest-growing population centres, the Rangebank BESS will help Victoria reach its renewable energy target of 50 percent by 2030, while also providing essential system services to support the safe, secure, and reliable operation of Australia’s power grid. The project is fully committed and will connect to existing network infrastructure to support the transition to renewable energy. In 2021, Fluence was awarded to deliver Macquarie GIG and Engie’s 150 MW / 150 MWh Hazelwood Battery.

About Fluence

Fluence Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLNC) is a global market leader in energy storage products and services, and cloud-based software for renewables and storage. With a presence in over 40 markets globally, Fluence provides an ecosystem of offerings to drive the clean energy transition, including modular, scalable energy storage products, comprehensive service offerings, and the Fluence IQ Platform, which delivers AI-enabled SaaS products for managing and optimizing renewables and storage from any provider. The Company is transforming the way we power our world by helping customers create more resilient and sustainable electric grids.

For more information, visit our website, or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter. To stay up to date on the latest industry insights, sign up for Fluence’s Full Potential Blog.

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Adele Zhang, Head of Marketing & Communications, APAC
Email: Adele.Zhang@fluenceenergy.com
Phone: +61 406529688

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Lexington May, Vice President of Investor Relations
Email: investorrelations@fluenceenergy.com
Phone: +1 (713) 909-5629

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