TechTarget News - Week of Feb 04, 2018

APAC business leaders divided on impact of AI

Around half of business leaders in the APAC region do not think they will have greater job satisfaction by offloading work to machines, or see a need for machines to decipher between good and bad commands

Researchers discover malicious Chrome extensions

Security researchers have discovered a new botnet delivered via malicious Chrome extensions designed to hijack computers to mine cryptocurrency and record victims’ every move

Watts takes the reins in the UK at Tech Data

In a move that will add more muscle to the UK management team long time staffer David Watts has formally been given the country management role

Dell weighing IPO options

An SEC filing from the vendor reveals it is musing over the idea of returning to public ownership but it has called on partners to remain calm in the face of the speculation

NHS WannaCry review highlights need for accountability and skills

Lessons-learned report on ransomware attack calls for local NHS organisations to put cyber security bosses on their boards and consider suspending IT access to staff who have not completed cyber security training

Appeals court rules Lauri Love will not be extradited over US hacking charges

The lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, says 33-year-old engineering student Lauri Love will not be extradited to the US to face hacking charges, in a landmark legal decision, and the Crown Prosecution Service should bring proceedings against Love in the UK

Old IT and staff reluctance stop Scottish NHS from adopting new tech

Outdated technology, lack of scale-up and unwillingness to change working practices are among the reasons why the Scottish NHS is struggling to take up new technologies, according to the Scottish parliament’s health and sport committee

Lauri Love plans to use ‘internet as a force for good’

Engineering student Lauri Love says he plans to help businesses fight cyber crime, after the court of appeal ruled that he can be tried in the UK for allegedly hacking US computer systems, rather than face extradition to the US

Critical elements CIOs need to build an AI team

Top-notch recruiters, organizational structures that engender trust, and attention to ethics are key to ensuring your AI team succeeds.

Software-defined storage leaders talk 2018 trends in SDS, HCI

Software-defined storage, fueled by hyper-converged infrastructure and scale-out object/file storage, will grow in 2018, but terminology and product architectures may change.

Cryptojacking malware using EternalBlue to build botnets

Proofpoint researchers discovered a large Monero mining botnet that uses EternalBlue to spread, and it isn't the first time the Windows flaw has been used for cryptojacking.

UK leads international crackdown on Luminosity spyware

Law enforcement agencies shut down international support network for a hacking tool that allowed cyber criminals to gain remote control of victims’ computers

Tech boosts sales at Abu Dhabi’s Healthpoint

United Arab Emirates healthcare provider Healthpoint has increased sales and efficiency through the use of the latest IT systems

Lloyds Bank cuts CIO workforce

Lloyds Banking Group is changing the skills make-up of its IT team to support demand for digital services

Channel open to more collaboration

A significant number of resellers are happy to work with other partners to make sure they avoid skill gaps and meet customer demands

Zerto boosts cloud-to-cloud and hybrid cloud replication

Zerto Virtual Replication version 6 allows hybrid cloud data protection operations across on-premises datacentres and Amazon, Microsoft and IBM clouds, and 350-plus service providers

Enterprise storage market to focus on data use in 2018

The focus of enterprise storage will shift to data management and analysis in 2018, spurring IT departments to rethink architecture that must stretch to edge and cloud.

Aryaka enhances SD-WAN with Radware DDoS protection

Aryaka adds Radware DDoS security to its global private network to provide another layer of security. Also, Virgin Media Business intends to launch managed SD-WAN with software from Versa Networks.

AstraZeneca inks deals with Alibaba and Tencent in AI push

Pharmaceutical bigwig AstraZeneca hopes to deliver smart healthcare services and combat online sales of counterfeit drugs through tie-ups with Chinese tech giants

Datos IO gobbled up by Rubrik

Datos IO's ability to protect applications built on NoSQL databases caught the attention of Rubrik, which strives to protect all data stored on premises and in the cloud.

How a Dell and VMware merger could affect EMC storage

Enterprise storage stalwart EMC was majority owner of VMware and now may wind up a subsidiary if Dell merges with the virtualization giant. Dell said no decision has been reached.

IBM taps Mendix for low-code platform deal

As the market to empower citizen app developers heats up, IBM and Mendix have joined forces to deliver low-code tools for the IBM Cloud.

HPE opens APAC innovation lab to tap IoT market

Facility in Singapore will rope in partners across the internet of things ecosystem to test new applications powered by HPE’s edge computing capabilities

UK government orders review of online laws

The UK Law Commission is to review current legislation on offensive online communications to ensure they are up to date with technology

IoT projects need to deliver growth

Those pitching IoT solutions have underlined the importance of showing customers the positive results

Orange announces European 5G testing

Mobile operator Orange will run 5G mobile network pilots in France and Romania later this year

UK delivers growth for CDW

Full year numbers from the US firm indicate that the UK performed well over the course of last year

Third party cyber breach risk set to rise

Third party cyber security risk should always have been a priority, but this has never been more important than it is now in light of new technology risks and data protection regulations

Grammarly vulnerability exposed user documents

A Grammarly vulnerability in its browser extension authentication could have exposed users' sensitive documents if the popular spelling and grammar checker were left unpatched.

Teenager suspected of crippling Dutch banks with DDoS attacks

A large distributed denial of service attack on banks and other organisations in the Netherlands, first thought to emanate from Russia, is now thought to have been launched by a local teenager

Data breaches set to affect future sales

The failure to protect customer data is set to create long-term business problems for organisations in Europe and the US, a survey reveals

Dell looking for a $50bn channel business

The vendor is aiming to take global channel revenues through the $50bn barrier as it lays down plans for a year of growth with partners

Swisscom downplays data breach

Telecommunication provider Swisscom has downplayed a data breach affecting around 800,000 customers, but security experts warn of potential long-term risks

More POS malware detected in the wild

The first new point of sale malware in many months is stealing data from the magnetic strips on payment cards, security researchers warn

Mitel products revamped post-ShoreTel acquisition

In UC news, Mitel's product portfolio has rebranded for the integration of ShoreTel's UCaaS products, while the new Logitech SmartDock accessory supports meeting interoperability.

Avaya adds AI voice assistant to desk phones

Avaya has created an AI voice assistant application for desk phones. AI voice assistant platforms could make mundane tasks easier for office workers.

DoJ breaks up Infraud Organization with some help

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the shutdown of the Infraud Organization, which authorities claim is responsible for global cyberfraud losses in excess of $530 million.

NetApp CEO Kurian narrows focus to flash, cloud

George Kurian became CEO of NetApp in 2015 to jump-start a push into cloud and flash storage. The vendor has bucked scant revenue growth with four straight solid quarters.

The window to be a hyperscale cloud provider is closing

A handful of companies will control the majority of the public cloud. Is there still room for big-name companies to join the club, or are they already too late?

DMA Group working to reduce fear around GDPR

The DMA Group is focused on the GDPR for customer communications and marketing, but says the key aim is to reduce fear in the market

Malaysian regulator and firm sued over data breach

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and a local company have been caught in a civil lawsuit over a massive data breach reported last year

Europe in the firing line of evolving DDoS attacks

The Europe, Middle East and Africa region accounts for more than half the world’s distributed denial of service attacks, a report from F5 Labs reveals

Time to stop sweating

Customers that have tried to extend the life of the IT risk losing out on the benefits of digital transformation

EE launches home broadband over 4G LTE

EE has been conducting tests of a powerful 4G antenna that it claims can provide isolated rural homes with broadband speeds equivalent to full-fibre

Is machine learning needed for network traffic routing?

This week, bloggers assess the role of machine learning for network traffic routing, new hurdles for identity management due to the cloud and what to ask AI vendors.

Belgian police share Cryakl ransomware keys

The Belgian police have released free decryption keys for the Cryakl ransomware through the No More Ransom project

Jive acquisition takes LogMeIn into UCaaS midmarket

LogMeIn plans to acquire UCaaS provider Jive Communications for $357 million. The Jive acquisition, expected to close next quarter, will send LogMeIn into the UCaaS market.

Apple's confidential iBoot source code leaked online

News roundup: Apple's highly protected iBoot source code was leaked online. Plus, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stops its Equifax breach investigation, and more.

CloudBees' Codeship acquisition signals DevOps consolidation

CloudBees acquires Codeship's SaaS-based CI/CD offering to broaden its portfolio for small and large customers, and further consolidates the DevOps tools market.

Cisco: Cloud computing workloads to skyrocket by 2021

By 2021, Cisco says, cloud computing workloads will make up the lion's share of data center traffic as enterprises expand security, IoT and other activities in the cloud.

Dell EMC Partner Program sets $50B channel business target

On the first anniversary of the Dell EMC Partner Program's launch, the company's global channel chief said partners can expect fine-tuning but no major program overhauls in 2018.

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