TechTarget News - Week of Jun 18, 2017

MEPs propose ban on encryption backdoors

A European parliamentary committee has proposed a ban on backdoors that allow governments to access encrypted communications

McKinsey AI research finds slender user adoption outside tech

McKinsey Global Institute research finds artificial intelligence adoption to be exiguous and experimental outside the technology sector, but registers rapidly growing investment

Pure1 META analytics bolsters Pure Storage software

New predictive sizing tool complements other Pure Storage software rollouts from Accelerate. The artificial intelligence engine learns from all workloads running on Pure arrays.

Computing GCSE entries rise by 9% year on year

The increase in students who have entered themselves for the 2017 GCSE computing exam seems small compared with previous years

Stretch clustering fits Pure customers' wish lists

All-flash array vendor Pure Storage added multisite replication between FlashArray and FlashBlade systems with ActiveCluster stretch clustering, which is included in the Purity 5 OS.

Nordic CIO interview: René Engman, Viking Line

Viking Line CIO tells Computer Weekly about his strategy for meeting the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation

Almost 10% of Londoners still unconnected, says report

On the second annual World Wi-Fi Day, a survey claims substantial numbers of people in the world’s largest cities are still languishing in the digital slow lane

Web hosting firm agrees to pay $1m ransomware demand

South Korean hosting firm Nayana agrees to pay more than $1m to restore data that was encrypted by a ransomware attack on its Linux servers on 10 June 2017

Testing was key to Rio Olympics cyber security success

Two years of testing in the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympics were vital to ensuring cyber defences were effective, according to the chief information security officer for the games

Valerie Plame warns of increased nation-state cyberattacks

At the 2017 Cloud Identity Summit, former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame discussed the increasing risks of nation-state cyberattacks focused on geopolitical influence.

Virtual Instruments adds storage monitoring to 32 Gb FC

Virtual Instruments tools that help organizations monitor storage gain deeper integration in the new family of Load DynamiX 32 Gb FC and 40 GbE Workload Generation Appliances.

Pirated software used to spread malware in APAC

A regional study by a Singapore university has found that counterfeit software distributed through discs and file-sharing networks is plagued by malware

AMD fleshes out EPYC datacentre server processor strategy

AMD is preparing to go head-to-head once more with Intel in the datacentre, with the release of its EPYC server processor family

Telstra cuts workforce amid market pressures

Australia’s incumbent telco will cull 1,400 employees in the next six months, with the bulk of the job losses in New South Wales and Victoria

IoT is top priority in digital transformation

While organisations in a global survey have put IoT as their top priority, those in Southeast Asia remain concerned with the cost and complexity of rolling out the internet of things

Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states

Russian hackers targeted voting systems in nearly 50% of states in the 2016 US presidential election, officials have revealed in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Waitrose joins John Lewis for Jlab 2017

The 2017 JLab will see Waitrose, John Lewis and JLP Ventures band together to mentor and develop several retail technology startups

Oracle 2016-17 results: cloud revenue up 60%, overall growth 2%

Oracle’s full-year and fourth quarter results for fiscal year 2016-17 indicate 2% growth in overall revenue, with cloud representing 12% of total. Executives are once again bullish on cloud ERP growth prospects

Voice biometrics still relatively unheard

Authentication system could help reduce UK fraud by making it hard for fraudsters to glean information from contact centres

UCAS reworks university admissions access with API

Over the next few years, the existing access to UCAS' systems will be switched off. Universities will need to use new APIs, powered by MuleSoft

Reduxio Systems adds CDM, DR upgrades to TimeOS

Reduxio rolls out its third version of TimeOS storage software, adding NoRestore copy data management and NoMigrate DR. The vendor claims to deliver zero downtime and data loss.

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure joins the parade

Red Hat launches open source-based hyper-converged product combining Gluster file system, KVM hypervisor, enterprise Linux, Ansible deployment tool and CloudForms management.

Machine learning in cybersecurity is coming to IAM systems

Machine learning in cybersecurity applications for identity management systems are becoming more common today. But will algorithms be the best option for authenticating and authorizing users?

Swedish fintech Klarna gains full banking licence

Swedish online payments provider Klarna becomes one of “the largest banks in Europe” after being granted an EU-wide banking licence by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority

Privileged user management trips up NSA

News roundup: DOD inspector general found NSA failed to implement secure privileged user management post-Snowden. Plus, Honda hit by WannaCry, Trump met with tech CEOs and more.

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