Tech & Innovation

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    Faced with the growing threat of cyber-attacks and other cybercrime, Rakuten is working to accelerate cybersecurity talent development.

    Developing Tomorrow’s Cyber Security Professionals

    Faced with the growing threat of cyber-attacks and other cybercrime, businesses and organizations around the world are scrambling to accelerate cybersecurity talent development. Forecasts indicate that the digital transformation market will increase 22.1% by 2028*¹. At the same time, the global cybersecurity workforce shortage is estimated to be at 2.72 million people today*². That leaves industri…

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    After a three-year break, Rakuten Technology Conference is back! Hear from global leaders about their vision for the future of tech at Rakuten's Tokyo HQ.

    Rakuten Technology Conference 2022: Tech & Green

    After a three-year break, it’s back! On November 19, 2022, engineers, researchers and tech enthusiasts from around the world will gather at Rakuten Group’s Tokyo headquarters for the Rakuten Technology Conference 2022, one of the biggest events on the Rakuten Tech calendar. This year marks the 14th edition of the event, and under the theme of “Tech & Green,” the conference will feature t…

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    Key takeaways from a Rakuten Optimism 2022 panel discussion on the future of mobile networks with leaders from Rakuten Symphony and German operator 1&1.

    Realizing Near Real-Time Connectivity

    Rakuten Symphony is helping 1&1 build the world’s most responsive mobile network In telecoms, network speed has long been king. But that’s changing. Now the industry is focused on another factor: latency. Instead of asking how fast is your network, customers increasingly want to know: How responsive is your network? That reflects growing demand for real-time apps and services that respond near…

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    Visa's Ryan McInerney sat down with Masayuki Hosaka to discuss how payments are evolving and the need to combat climate change through sustainable policies.

    How can payment cards support sustainability? Visa’s Ryan McInerney at Rakuten Optimism 2022

    As global economies look to the post-pandemic era, they’re also finding that the fintech revolution didn’t stand still amid the waves of COVID. The pandemic has accelerated how fintech is transforming payments and finance around the world. Now payments companies are looking to use fintech to improve security and convenience for customers while supporting sustainability-focused initiatives. Here’s…

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    Experts demonstrate how big data and AI technologies are disrupting industries across the board at Rakuten Optimism 2022.

    New approaches to AI are already changing the world. Here’s how.

    Big data and artificial intelligence have been slogans of innovation for a long time, but in recent years we’ve seen how these technologies are actually disrupting industries across the board. At Rakuten Optimism 2022, a panel of experts showed how the latest tools in data and AI are changing business practices from startups to multinationals. Four big trends in AI Ways to exploit data and AI can…

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    Three of Rakuten’s cyber security professionals contributed topics on the theme of AppSec democratization at the OWASP 2022 Global AppSec APAC Conference.

    Security Champions, Shift-Left Solutions and Vulnerability Disclosure Programs: A guide to democratizing AppSec and enhancing security quality for services

    In an era where the demand for cyber security talent is growing faster than companies can hire and the shift to remote work is introducing new security threats, methods that can augment an organization’s security throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) aren’t a “nice to have” — they are essential. At the recent OWASP 2022 Global AppSec APAC Conference, three of Rakuten’s cyber securi…

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    At an expert panel for Rakuten Optimism 2022, distinguished guests of Rakuten Symphony discussed the deployment and impact of open RAN technology.

    Open RAN: A step change for cellular tech

    A new open radio architecture could bring big benefits to the global cellular industry and its customers. That was the view of an expert panel, which discussed the deployment and impact of open RAN technology, at Rakuten Optimism 2022, Rakuten’s largest annual business conference. By enabling radio network hardware and software to be sourced from multiple different vendors, open RAN promises to gi…

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    Grab Holdings President Ming Maa sat and discussed with Yasufumi Hirai, Rakuten Group Executive Vice President, CIO & CISO, at Rakuten Optimism 2022.

    How Super Apps are Creating Economic Empowerment in Southeast Asia

    Among the millions of apps available on the Apple and Google marketplaces, you can find an app for just about everything. But only a few are recognized as so-called super apps. These apps have many functions, such as financial transactions, ride hailing and ordering food, and they’re especially popular in Asia. One of these catch-all apps is Grab. It lets users book a ride, order food, get daily e…

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    Rakuten takes on Japan's digital divide issue, as Japan looks to leverage the power modern technology without leaving anyone behind.

    Rakuten Senior takes on Japan’s Digital Divide

    Japan has one of the world’s grayest populations – nearly 30% of Japan is over the age of 65. Meanwhile, Japan is also proactively pursuing a path of digital transformation. The government hopes that a healthy embrace of future-facing tech such as cashless payments, online government services and digital education might help prevent the country’s economy from falling behind. Together,…

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