TechTarget News - Week of Jan 21, 2018

2018 UK software budgets double for AI and blockchain

Artificial intelligence and blockchain initiatives are earmarked for a doubling of investment, finds the Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey for 2018

Powerful Zyklon malware exploiting MS Office flaws

Cyber attackers are exploiting three recently discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office to spread multifunction Zyklon malware, security researchers warn

European Parliament votes to restrict exports of surveillance equipment

European Parliament votes to tighten export controls to restrict supply of surveillance and encryption technology to states with poor human rights records amid fears British companies may not have to comply after Brexit

The attraction of the single tier approach

Crowdstrike and SecureAuth are both security vendors and have both recently taken the decision to move away from distribution

Lancashire Police launches voice-driven Amazon Alexa app

Lancashire Constabulary’s new app gives users hourly news updates and sends pictures of wanted criminals straight to their Amazon Echo devices

Norwegian healthcare breach alert failed GDPR requirements

Norwegian healthcare authorities failed General Data Protection Regulation requirements for notifying those affected by a personal data breach by waiting a week before disclosing a breach discovered on 8 January 2018

Computacenter enjoys a solid 2017

Digital transformation projects helped Computacenter exceed expectations and deliver growth across all its operating regions

Almost a quarter of London businesses unaware of GDPR

Nearly one in four London businesses unaware of new data protection regulation, a survey has revealed, with just months before the compliance deadline

UK urged to up spending on cyber defence

Cyber attacks that target military and civilian operations are one of the biggest threats facing the UK, according to a top military officer, but security experts say cyber defence spending must be carefully considered

Pure Storage FlashStack is recycler's renewable resource

Food waste recycler Valley Proteins chose Pure Storage's all-flash converged infrastructure to replace Dell EMC VNX-Cisco UCS for 24 TB of usable storage with Cohesity backup.

Avaya UC headed for SMB product bundles

Avaya plans to grow its customer base with SMB-friendly technology. The bundles will include Avaya UC and other features from the company's enterprise portfolio.

Midmarket enterprises push UCaaS platform adoption

Cloud communications is growing in popularity among midmarket enterprises. UCaaS providers and enterprises must work together for successful adoption and deployment.

Taking complexity out of cyber security

The key to improving the cyber security posture of organisations is to keep complexity at bay, according to a senior Microsoft executive

China’s Yitu eyes ASEAN market with facial recognition know-how

Facial recognition software specialist Yitu, which recently won a face identification accuracy contest in the US, has already nabbed regional clients such as Singapore’s Certis Cisco

ITV goes on air with SpectraLogic LTFS tape backup and archive

2PB of SpectraLogic tape front-ended by Black Pearl LTFS object storage access creates integrated archive that lets broadcaster optimise use of existing Isilon clustered NAS

Uncontrolled cyber attacks on UK cyber defenders’ radar

Uncontrolled cyber attacks are just as much a threat as targeted attacks, according to the UK’s cyber defence agency, which continues to consider a major cyber attack imminent

Interview: Kaspar Korjus, Estonian e-Residency lead

As the number of people signing up to become Estonian e-residents exceeds the country’s birth rate, Computer Weekly speaks to the man heading up the programme

Talari adds SD-WAN appliance for smaller edge sites

With its recently added SD-WAN appliance, Talari aims for smaller branch locations, like retail and remote sites; Cradlepoint introduces subscription-based networking packages.

Mastercard sets biometric ID deadline for banks

Mastercard has committed to guaranteeing that every one of its customers will have access to biometric authentication services by April 2019

Intel recalls botched Spectre fix

The inventor of Linux, Linus Torvalds, vents his frustration and suggests Intel has no plans to fix Spectre flaw

5G networks advance in U.S. with expanded trials

Operators' 5G networks move forward with expanded trials; wireless WPA3 standard will help secure public Wi-Fi; and Verizon acquires threat detection startup that uses machine learning.

AI apps demand DevOps infrastructure automation

Businesses look to AI apps to gain a competitive edge, but IT teams must make rapid application changes through a DevOps process and embrace infrastructure automation.

Salesforce Trailhead gets social boost for admins, developers

Salesforce might not own LinkedIn, but it's creating a similar online social network of certified professionals via Trailhead, complete with vanity URLs and more detailed profiles.

Cloudian HyperStore 7 targets multi-cloud complexities

HyperStore 7 pools storage across on premises and public clouds under a single namespace. Cloudian supports file and object storage, as well as Amazon, Microsoft and Google clouds.

Intel Meltdown patches pulled with little explanation

Intel claims it has determined why the Spectre and Meltdown patches caused issues on some chips. The vendor is working on a fix and suggests users don't patch for now.

Gemalto Sentinel flaws could lead to ICS attacks

Security researchers found 14 vulnerabilities in Gemalto Sentinel hardware tokens, which could allow dangerous ICS attacks, including full-system takeover.

AWS opens third availability zone in Singapore

Cloud service provider is upping the ante in a region that has been lapping up cloud infrastructure services to advance digitisation efforts

Dark web Dream Market drives cyber fraud industry

An international operation shut down the AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces in July 2017, but new ones have sprung up on the dark web, with one in particular helping to drive cyber fraud

NHS organisations to get cyber security alerts service

As part of a deal between NHS Digital and Microsoft, NHS organisations will be able to get a threat detection service, alerting them to any cyber security issues

Two-thirds of startups ill-prepared for GDPR

While most startups collect personal data, a survey reveals that many are not very well prepared for compliance with the EU’s forthcoming data protection regulation

GDPR worries hit cloud storage investments, says survey

NetApp-sponsored survey finds lack of customer confidence in cloud service providers’ retention of GDPR-affected data has led organisations to rethink and scale back cloud investments

Most UK organisations unaware of new data protection laws

The UK’s digital and culture secretary is urging businesses and charities to prepare for stronger data protection laws in the light of new information

Apstra bolsters IBN with customizable analytics

Startup Apstra has introduced customizable analytics in its network operating system. The latest AOS upgrade bolsters Apstra's intent-based networking capabilities.

Robots are needed to manage the automation robots

The next decade will see robots transform from invisible forces obeying our commands to lifelike objects interacting with humans on a daily basis

NHS Wales IT outage: What went wrong with its datacentres?

A country-wide outage of several core NHS Wales IT systems has prompted questions about the organisation’s datacentre failover procedures

Hours lost on patching Meltdown and Spectre flaw

IT administrators have already lost hours installing the processor patch from Intel, which causes PCs to lock up and systems to crash and slow down

Sky to move pay TV services to broadband

The days of the satellite TV dish are numbered as Sky signals its intent to switch to an IP streaming delivery model over broadband connections

Theresa May wants UK to be world leader in ‘ethical AI’

In her World Economic Forum speech, the prime minister highlights the need to harness tech, flies the flag for “responsible AI development” and calls on tech companies to step up and fight paedophiles and terrorists using online platforms

GDPR causing spending delays

Cisco discovers customers are concerned the tech they buy will not adhere to the regulations coming in May

IoT security risks need immediate action, says report

The security failings in today’s internet-connected devices will only become more pervasive unless action is taken immediately, according to industry experts

Apple Health app update for health records: pros and cons

This analysis digs into the potential of the new PHR capability that is a result of the Apple Health app update and whether past consumer adoption snags will again come into play.

Azure networking feature addresses latency, performance

An Accelerated Networking upgrade to Microsoft Azure reduces latency and improves performance for newer VMs, as Microsoft tries to keep pace with AWS. TEST

ODI report reveals key data publishing challenges

Lack of standards, vision and adequate skills among key reasons organisations are struggling to publish quality data, according to Open Data Institute

Government sets out further details of Digital Charter

The government’s charter aims to tackle challenges and risks brought by technology in “an effective and responsible way”, thereby boosting the digital economy

Hull and Highlands worst for superfast broadband availability

Government statistics on average broadband speeds by constituency have found that a great number of people living in Kingston upon Hull, and the Scottish Highlands and Islands, are still unable to receive an acceptable level of service

ICO launches data protection excellence award

UK’s privacy watchdog launches data protection excellence award to mark international Data Protection Day, as security suppliers issue data protection tips and guidelines

Selecting network configuration software for automation

This week, bloggers look into choosing the right network configuration software for an automation project, endpoint security and the future of SD-WAN as a stand-alone service.

Big content providers influence undersea cable price drops

The undersea cable market has become increasingly competitive, as large content providers build new routes and wavelength prices drop, leaving telecom operators concerned.

A series of new IoT botnets plague connected devices

News roundup: New IoT botnets compromise tens of thousands of devices worldwide. Plus, Kaspersky Lab filed an injunction against DHS, mobile POS gets a PCI standard, and more.

PGi releases GlobalMeet 5.0, as demand for web conferencing grows

PGi has revamped its flagship virtual meeting platform with the release of GlobalMeet 5.0. Many enterprises now prefer web conferencing over traditional dial-in calls.

FBI encryption argument draws fire from senator

Sen. Ron Wyden challenged the FBI encryption argument and asked the FBI director to be transparent about claims that lawful access could be provided securely.

Cisco HyperFlex system upgrade targets hybrid cloud

The Cisco HyperFlex system is now available with AppDynamics, CloudCenter and other software for managing hybrid cloud applications. The new all-in-one system scales to 64 nodes.

Want to make software developer hiring easier? Be flexible

Developers are still in short supply, but companies can hire and retain talented people through a flexible and learning-driven workplace, according to insights from a HackerRank survey.

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