TechTarget News - Week of Apr 23, 2017

CIO Interview: Nick Mayes, IT director, Gala Leisure

The bingo club operator’s IT director is leading its transformation project, aiming to revamp its infrastructure and looking to utilise new innovations

Flash storage market shifting, Kaminario CEO says

Dani Golan of Kaminario sees NVMe as the next big disruptor in the flash market; says Kaminario focuses on cloud and SaaS, while legacy vendors fight over shrinking IT budgets.

Consortium hopes to drive autonomous car from London to Oxford

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles has awarded an £8.6m grant to back a consortium attempting the UK’s first Level 4 autonomous vehicle test run, to take place within the next two-and-a-half years

Cancer researcher gets Nodeum LTFS tape NAS

Belgium-based OncoDNA replaces IBM tape library with flash-powered Nodeum LTFS to provide file access to backup and archive tapes at approaching nearline timescales

Interpol uncovers nearly 9,000 C2 servers in ASEAN

Command and control servers were used to launch denial of service attacks and distribute malware and spam emails across the region

HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme dropped from Finance Bill

With the 2017 Finance Bill due to pass through parliament before the general election, the government has removed HM Revenue and Customs’ digital tax programme from it, but the controversial IR35 reforms remain

Court grants Lauri Love appeal against extradition

Alleged hacker’s appeal court hearing will be the first major test of the UK’s forum bar, designed to protect vulnerable people from extradition

Violin flash storage emerges for encore, sans 'Memory'

Redux of Violin Memory's flash storage is under way with new CEO, new strategy and new ownership by Soros Fund Management's Quantum Partners. Will it finally turn a profit?

TechUK urges city mayors to put digital on the agenda

Ahead of local elections, the tech industry body calls on new mayors to lead digital from the top, appoint chief digital and innovation champions and tackle digital exclusion

Pivot3 Acuity combines QoS, NVMe flash from NexGen

Pivot3's new Acuity brings together quality of service and NVMe flash from NexGen Storage, as well as data services from Pivot3 into a hyper-converged infrastructure platform.

NSA spyware found infecting tens of thousands worldwide

A new security tool will let users scan their systems for the presence of NSA spyware found in the latest Equation Group leak, and tens of thousands are already infected.

Symantec certificate authority issues, answered

Google and Mozilla weigh the proper response to Symantec certificate authority issues, as the CA giant prepares an alternative proposal for reinstating trust.

Hadoop-centric data science proves value at Danske Bank

Nordics bank Danske Bank has been using the Hortonworks distribution of Hadoop as a plank in its data science programme, which targets fraud, fills ATMs, and aims to combat customer delinquency

Infor to buy cloud BI company Birst

Infor is buying cloud analytics firm Birst in a move to bolster its cloud-first ERP orientation

Research: Local councils urged against rushing to adopt cloud

An academic paper, profiling the cloud adoption journeys of three local councils, cautions public sector organisations from being pressured into adopting off-premise technologies before they are ready

Demo shows GPUs are more than simple accelerators

Graphics processor units have helped to accelerate a reservoir simulation program, showing that the technology could be applied to complex code

McAfee links Saudi Shamoon attacks

McAfee has published data showing the evolution of Shamoon malware campaigns as the company announces increased commitment to cyber threat research

Dutch manufacturer turns to SDN to save 30% on network costs

Huisman, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of heavy construction equipment, has chosen Masergy to supply a hybrid WAN and SDN platform to connect multiple global locations

Aussie developer Wangle makes foray into VPN market

Wangle’s proprietary virtual private network application optimises encrypted traffic and complies with Australia’s new mandatory data retention law

Cyber espionage up, but basic defences still down, DBIR shows

Organisations are still failing to address basic security issues and well-known attack methods, Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report reveals for a second year in a row

Forge ahead with GDPR, says ICO

UK organisations cannot afford to lose the public’s trust in their ability to safeguard personal data and should be working to ensure they have that capability, says the Information Commissioner’s Office

Microsoft chief reveals Azure upsell strategy

Azure competes with AWS on price as an IaaS, but Satya Nadella sees this as a way to get CIOs to buy higher-level services

Upload speeds an increasing concern for broadband users

Changing usage patterns and consumption habits mean that for many consumers, slow broadband upload speeds are as big a concern as slow download speeds, says survey

Many companies lack GDPR plan, PwC data shows

Many organisations around the world do not have a coherent plan to prepare for compliance with the EU’s new data protection laws

CIO interview: Mark Foulsham, chief digital officer, Scope

The charity’s chief digital officer is implementing a three-stage plan to transform the organisation through building internal capabilities and technology stack, as well as creating a digital framework

Still waiting for a cybersecurity executive order from Trump

News roundup: A cybersecurity executive order overdue, but 'close and nearby.' Plus, the USPTO says it will stop using HTTPS; a teenage hacker sentenced to prison; and more.

Verizon DBIR 2017: Basic cybersecurity focus misplaced

Basic cybersecurity measures like limiting password reuse and implementing multifactor authentication could be big benefits, according to the Verizon DBIR 2017.

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