TechTarget News - Week of Jan 07, 2018

GTDC: Distribution set for a solid year

Distribution is well placed in a cloud and multivendor solution world to deliver the support that suppliers are looking for

Florida warns 30,000 medical records may have been exposed

The health agency in the US state of Florida has warned that the records of up to 30,000 Medicaid patients may have been exposed when the agency’s IT systems were breached

Sweden steps up cyber defence measures

Sweden is tightening up its cyber security defences as part of a wider national security strategy

IT DR planning helps Frost Museum of Science weather Irma

The Frost Museum of Science in Miami braced for Hurricane Irma with a solidified DR planning, storage and data center infrastructure, and it suffered minimal damage from the storm.

Time-series monitoring tools give high-resolution view of IT

DevOps monitoring tools based on time-series databases create a steeper learning curve than traditional monitoring software, but arm IT pros with richer data for troubleshooting.

China to open $2.1bn AI tech park in Beijing

An area in the western part of Chinese capital Beijing has been designated as the launchpad for China to hone its capabilities in artificial intelligence

Intel to set up new group to focus on hardware security

Chip maker is reportedly planning to form a new group to focus on hardware security as it scrambles to limit the impact of recently discovered security flaws in chip designs

Google puts its payment services under one roof

Internet giant is bringing all its payment services under the Google Pay brand, making them “simpler, safer and more consistent”

Meltdown and Spectre a big deal for enterprises

Although consumers are relatively unaffected by the recently disclosed security vulnerabilities in most modern processors, enterprises need to take the threat seriously. Computer Weekly looks at how enterprise IT and security professionals should be approaching these threats

Max Schrems champions NGO to fight for GDPR rights

Privacy activist whose legal challenge of Facebook led to the scrapping of the Safe Harbour Agreement says crowdfunding a new type of non-government organisation is essential to deliver privacy rights

Health information sharing framework unveiled

Federal health IT officials under the 21st Century Cures Act have proposed regulations for health data information sharing, the Trusted Exchange Framework 'network of networks.'

ICO fines Carphone Warehouse £400,000

Mobile retailer hit with one of the highest fines for putting personal data at risk as UK privacy watchdog warns that more stringent data protection laws will apply from 25 May 2018

Voice assistance technology gets emotional

Many people who use Alexa get frustrated by her lack of understanding. But by 2022, voice technology will have evolved to understand emotion

Cyber criminals exploit Oracle WebLogic flaw

Researchers are urging companies to apply a security update to patch a flaw in Oracle’s WebLogic Server component that is being exploited to mine cryptocurrency

Ministry of Defence announces new CIO

Former Prudential and BP CIO Charles Forte takes over as IT chief for the UK's armed forces

Spectre patches highlight January 2018 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft's January 2018 Patch Tuesday brings Meltdown and Spectre patches to users, except those on AMD chipsets or those with incompatible antivirus.

Nuclear weapons’ cyber attack risk relatively high, says report

With the potential for catastrophic consequences from a nuclear weapons detonation attack, it is crucial to have the most robust nuclear policies in place, says an international affairs think-tank

Excalibur snaps up Techs4Education

Excalibur has made its fifth acquisition in seven years bolstering the support it can offer educational customers

Sample datasets key to successful AI at NHS

IT providers will need access to datasets from NHS Digital to create artificial intelligence algorithms, but they should be held accountable for the systems they develop, says report

Hard Brexit risks 92,000 UK science and technology jobs

Economic analysis commissioned by London mayor Sadiq Khan warns that thousands of jobs in science and technology sectors be at risk if UK crashes out of EU with no deal

Channel key to future Avaya plans

With its shares going onto the New York Stock Exchange next week the firm has outlined some of its growth plans, with the channel very much part of the future

Citrix enables Nvidia vGPU live migration

Virtual desktop users are averse to downtime. A new capability from Citrix and Nvidia allows for live migration of vGPUs so VDI shops can keep graphics processing up and running.

Potential NVMe benefits spark enterprise IT interest

Enterprise IT pros who have seen the benefits of conventional flash storage are looking ahead to potential use cases for faster NVMe-based technologies.

Businesses slow to embrace products like Samsung Flip board

Samsung hopes to heat up the tepid digital whiteboard market, but the new Samsung Flip board will face tough competition from small vendors, as well as Cisco, Google and Microsoft.

Telecoms industry at major tipping point

Communications service providers should gear up for a software-driven operations model and embrace microservices and DevOps to thrive in the digital economy

F-Secure highlights another critical Intel security issue

As Intel scrambles to issue security updates to address the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, researchers have highlighted another, unrelated, critical security issue that could affect millions of corporate laptops

Intel makes security-first pledge

As it scrambles to deal with the Meltdown and Spectre processor exploits, Intel has made a series of security commitments

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

It has been a busy last few days in the channel with people opting to start the year with a fresh challenge

The Spectre silver lining

Customers looking to ensure that their processors are secure could opt for a fresh CPU and that could be a benefit for the hardware channel

Intelligent information management in M-Files the next wave for ECM

Intelligent information management in M-Files allows users to search for content in multiple repositories while also being able to automatically assign metadata to content in 2018 upgrade.

HMRC’s transformation programme beset by extra Brexit workload

The Public Accounts Committee has found HMRC to be dangerously overstretched, partly as a consequence of Brexit, and puts the department’s 2020 transformation programme into question

Fancy Bears hackers target International Olympic Committee

News roundup: The hacking group called Fancy Bears claims to have hacked the Olympics again. Plus, a former NSA contractor pleads guilty to stealing government data, and more.

Cisco, Hyundai to add software-defined platform to vehicles

Cisco and Hyundai will release jointly developed software-defined vehicles in 2019. These connected cars will boast a Cisco-built software-defined platform and 1 Gbps Ethernet.

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