TechTarget News - Week of Mar 26, 2017

Ofcom scuppers BT’s ‘deemed consent’ ploy

Telco regulator fines BT for abuse of an opt-out clause that avoids service level fines on delays to Ethernet installations

RingCentral updates focus on team messaging, integrations, AI

Ahead of Enterprise Connect 2017, RingCentral unveils a slew of updates targeting collaborative communications, including a new user interface and chatbot technology.

Consumers want to use retailer apps in-store

Consumers want retailers to implement applications that can be used in-store to offer personalisation and convenience

Emerging APAC markets more prone to malware

Indonesia, India and the Philippines are among the top 10 countries with the most number of malware infections, according to a Malwarebytes study

Microsoft adds enterprise features to Skype for Business telephony

Microsoft has added call management features to Skype for Business telephony. The company introduced the improved version of the cloud-based software at Enterprise Connect.

Entry-level Brocade FC switch enables NVMe flash fabric

New Brocade SAN switch turns Fibre Channel into NVMe fabric for all-flash storage. The G610 device is targeted at converged infrastructure, small SANs and rack-based flash servers.

Unified communications vendors outlooks on cloud differ

While hybrid deployments are the reality now, some unified communications vendors might disagree on the future of cloud communications and on-premises systems.

Avaya bankruptcy leaves customers in backup planning mode

Avaya UC customers are in limbo with the vendor in bankruptcy. Consultants at Enterprise Connect offer Avaya bankruptcy contingency plan steps to prepare for the worst.

Article 50 triggers uncertainty for the tech industry

As prime minister Theresa May formally notifies the EU of Britain’s intention to withdraw its membership, the tech industry prepares to move into uncharted territory

Cisco using Spark hybrid hardware to nudge customers to the cloud

Cisco unveiled at Enterprise Connect Spark hybrid video conferencing to help companies move to the cloud. The new Room Kits run off Spark or on-premises gear.

Singapore to shutter 2G services by April 1

2G is making way for 3G and LTE networks in the city-state, but the legacy technology will remain in other markets with significant machine-to-machine investments

Threats grow in Saudi Arabia’s cyber sector

Saudi Arabia's wealth makes it an attractive target for cyber criminals, but what have been the recent trends in cyber crime?

In-flight electronics ban unsustainable, says IATA

The IATA calls on the American and British governments to urgently find alternatives to restricting the carry-on of laptops and tablets on Middle Eastern flights

Cyber attacks cost financial firms up to £1.6m a time

The costs associated with cyber attacks on the financial sector are rising as organisations face increasingly sophisticated threats, research shows

Are ethical questions holding back AI in France?

France has been slow to create a strategy around the use of artificial intelligence, partly due to questions around ethics

Singapore to speed up its smart nation roll out

The Southeast Asian nation of Singapore will focus on developing a national IoT communications backbone and digital ID framework over the next year

GDS needs a clearer role, NAO is expected to say

Although the Government Digital Service has done well to change the government’s approach to digital transformation, there is a risk that its remit is still too broad, the National Audit Office is expected to say in a report due out tomorrow

Unified communications users weigh vendor consolidation

Unified communications users shared their successes and setbacks, with vendor consolidation as a key theme in a panel discussion at Enterprise Connect 2017.

Russian Airline at home in the cloud

S7 Airlines in Russia looks set to move more of its IT to the cloud after successful infrastructure-as-a-service project

Potential SSL API flaw could reveal private keys

A researcher claims to have found Symantec SSL API issues with extremely dangerous consequences, but a lack of evidence causes confusion.

Oracle cloud storage embraces ZFS Storage Appliance

New Oracle operating system update enables ZFS Storage Appliance to transfer file- and block-based data to Oracle Storage Cloud without an external cloud gateway.

ShoreTel launches team collaboration tool for remote workers

A new ShoreTel team collaboration tool supports persistent, virtual chat workspaces for remote and mobile employees, jumping into that market offering flexible ad hoc workspaces.

More than a quarter of SME staff lack cyber threat training

Data from cyber insurance provider CFC Underwriting shows that 38% of its claims in 2016 could have been avoided through better staff education and training on cyber risks

HMRC contractors leave over inside IR35 ruling

HMRC has begun classifying its public sector contractors as "inside IR35", prompting fears of a digital "brain drain" at the organisation

Government announces autonomous vehicle contest

Business secretary Greg Clark launches a contest to access funding from the government’s £100m connected and autonomous vehicle funding pot

First cyber security startups graduate from GCHQ accelerator

The first group of companies has completed a government-led cyber accelerator programme aimed at helping UK startups take the lead in producing the next generation of cyber security systems, with another round to be announced in 2017

GDS builds DDaT jobs framework

The Government Digital Service has created a framework to build common skills and capability across digital, data and technology roles

Scality object storage rings Cisco as hardware partner

Customers can get Scality software for object storage on Cisco Unified Computing System hardware. Raw capacity tops 3 PB per six-node chassis, with Cisco sales and support.

Panasas, Promark pursue scale-out NAS storage market

In the scale-out NAS market, Panasas is partnering with Ingram Micro's Promark value-added distributor subsidiary to boost government and commercial channel sales.

Experts debunk strong encryption claims by FBI's Comey

FBI Director James Comey clearly laid out his views on strong encryption and urged more conversation, but experts say his arguments fall flat and may even be misleading.

How IT can be more defensible

A renowned Google engineer calls for the IT industry to build devices capable of being defended and for enterprises to take a balance sheet approach in managing risks

Rudd backs down on end-to-end encryption

Lib Dems welcome government’s apparent U-turn on seeking to restrict end-to-end encryption for popular messaging apps and online communication services

UK leading in using red team cyber security testing

Red teaming is set to become a key approach to ensuring cyber security controls and processes are fit for purpose and compliant with regulations, and the UK is leading the way

Obama-era cyber executive order extended by Trump

A cyber executive order from the Obama era has been extended by President Trump to allow sanctions placed on cybercriminals who attack the U.S.

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