TechTarget News - Week of Jan 15, 2017

Oculus trial: Even if Facebook loses, VR to prevail

The outcome of the Oculus trial is up in the air, but VR is gaining ground. Also in Searchlight: Oracle faces discrimination suit; Twitter sells Fabric to Google.

Carbanak gang using Google services for command and control

Researchers find the Carbanak gang has evolved its attacks on financial institutions to use Google services for command and control infrastructure in malware.

Vulnerable Adobe extension downloads covertly to Chrome

News roundup: A flawed Adobe extension was secretly installed on 30 million Chrome browsers. Plus, the Mirai author has been identified; Google releases security details; and more.

BT draws fire over broadband price hike

Consumer broadband groups have hit out after BT put up its broadband prices

ServiceNow automation buy sparks questions about integration

ServiceNow just bought its way into machine learning and predictive analytics, but the company's integration plans raise some eyebrows among industry observers.

ICO sets out plans to issue GDPR guidance

Information Commissioner’s Office encourages business to review guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation as it is published to identify what areas need to be addressed in 2017

DDoS protection provider alleged to be Mirai botnet creator

Investigative journalist Brian Krebs believes distributed denial of service mitigation firm owner is the author of malware designed to enable massive IoT botnet-enabled DDoS attacks

A hybrid deployment gives organizations UC flexibility

Two factors are driving the hybrid deployment of unified communications: infrastructure needs and business value. But enterprises need to navigate certain deployment turbulence.

ADP acquires performance coaching and employee engagement software

The Marcus Buckingham Company's cloud-based performance management and employee engagement software is set to be integrated into ADP's HCM platforms and benchmarking tool.

Avaya files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Networking supplier has filed voluntary petitions under chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code

Avnet developing IoT partner ecosystem

Avnet Technology Solutions is increasing the support it provides for those resellers looking to crack the revenue opportunities in the IoT market

US-CERT reminds users that Windows SMB v1 needs to die

Experts say US-CERT is taking advantage of a potential -- but unverified -- vulnerability in Windows SMB v1 to remind enterprise users the outdated service should be disabled.

Lowe returns to Check Point

Nick Lowe has signed up for a second stint at the security vendor after a six year break

HPE buys hyper-converged pioneer Simplivity for $650m

Hardware giant pays out for hyper-converged market number two, and says it will keep existing Simplivity products, moving them all to its ProLiant servers by the end of 2017

UK firms struggling to manage cyber threats, survey shows

Businesses want security suppliers to offer more complementary products and collaborate more effectively as they struggle to manage data protection in the light of new laws, a survey shows

Quip acquisition of Unity&Variety beefs up subsidiary

Salesforce hopes to add visual and creative elements to its document tool, while Commerce Cloud's integration with Facebook Ads hopes to make buying easy.

Oracle Database Cloud Service aims to handle apps of all sizes

Oracle continues to take the cloud fight to AWS and other more-established rivals as it expands support for running web-scale and enterprise applications on its databases and IaaS platform.

HPE pays $650 million for SimpliVity hyper-convergence

The long-awaited HPE-SimpliVity deal cost HPE $650 million for the hyper-converged pioneer. The buy gives HPE an installed base, as well as data reduction and protection features.

Service providers must ease security fears

Research from Claranet and some advice from Streamwire have added to the ongoing debate around the need for better cyber security in UK businesses

PGi to acquire cloud communications provider ReadyTalk

In UC news, collaboration software provider PGi is set to acquire cloud communications provider ReadyTalk; IHS Markit report names BroadSoft as UCaaS platform market share leader.

Shufflrr cloud-based asset management reins in PowerPoint sprawl

Businesses can have hundreds of presentations -- old and new -- floating around with no way to impose control and compliance on their use. Shufflrr sees that as a SaaS opportunity.

UK business at risk due to severe security skills shortage

Job site Indeed urges the UK’s tech sector to pull together to attract more people into cyber security roles, as a study shows the UK skills gap is among the worst in the world

Box ramps up web support for partners

Content platform specialist Box has revamped its partner portal and is looking for channel growth in the mid-market

Epicor ERP adds docSTAR automated AP and ECM to portfolio

Epicor acquires docSTAR and pushes its automated AP and ECM applications for manufacturing customers; IoT spending going up for manufacturing, according to IDC report.

CIO interview: Alexandra Drevenlid, Tieto

Tieto has replaced the position of CIO with chief digital officer. The first person to hold the position and its creator explains what this means to the Nordic IT services giant

Citrix Summit 2017: Round-up

One of the first major vendor events of the year has concluded with plenty for the channel to think about

England’s largest NHS trust investigates cyber attack

A cyber attack on England's largest NHS trust has underlined the importance of cyber security at healthcare organisations and has raised renewed fears about NHS legacy IT systems

The evolution of smart Dubai

Aisha Bin Bishr, director general at Smart Dubai Office, discusses how Dubai is evolving as a smart city with the support of local telecoms provider Du.