TechTarget News - Week of Mar 04, 2018

Interview: Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands

West Midlands mayor Andy Street talks about why digital is key to the region’s economic growth, his hunt for a chief digital officer, and the importance of skills and collaboration

Fibre broadband network builder challenges ASA on fake fibre

CityFibre has filed for a judicial review of the Advertising Standards Authority’s November 2017 decision to allow fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband to be advertised as fibre

Cloudian HyperStore gains on-demand pricing, new funding

IT Investment firm Digital Alpha ponies up $125 million to Cloudian. Most of the new money will fund expanded inventory to support consumption pricing of local HyperStore arrays.

Huddle rooms help fuel audio conferencing endpoint market

Despite recent economic struggles, the audio endpoint market is benefiting from the newest trend of smaller collaboration spaces in enterprises.

Employee assessments drive leadership software from ADP

An entrepreneurial unit within ADP has developed machine learning-powered leadership coaching software that delivers feedback from frank employee assessment of managers.

WekaIO CEO says focus will stay on AI, life sciences

WekaIO CEO Liran Zvibel sees partnerships with HPE, Mellanox and AWS as key for the startup, as it pursues growth opportunities in artificial intelligence and life sciences.

Most Britons concerned about personal data sharing

Most UK consumers are concerned about personal data they have shared online, but few know the extent of that data or their rights, a survey shows, indicating a need for education and transparency

European cities woo English-speaking IT talent

Organisations in major European cities have upped their search for English-speaking talent, including IT professionals, since the UK’s referendum on EU membership

IBM's cloud strategy homes in on developers

To boost its profile in IaaS, IBM's cloud strategy has shifted focus from CIOs to developers. Whether the multipronged appeal to developers will pan out remains an open question.

BSA: The UK is a good place to move to the cloud

Those customers concerned that a move to the cloud might be the wrong thing can take comfort in research that indicates the UK is one of the most robust places in the world to take the plunge

Equifax data breach affected 2.4 million more consumers

The massive Equifax data breach affected even more people. The startling total is now 147.9 million U.S. consumers who had their information stolen by hackers.

Essex, Herts Councils expand smart city pilot scheme

Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils have joined forces to run a number of pilots assessing the socioeconomic benefits of smart city technologies

Kaseya Unified Backup targets MSPs with BC/DR option

Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola said VSA's integration with Unitrends backup gives managed services providers an 'enterprise-class' BC/DR option in a burgeoning market.

G-Cloud 10 launch date confirmed for June 2018

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) confirms it will start accepting new bids from suppliers wanting to join the tenth iteration of the G-Cloud framework from April 2018, in anticipation of the next version going live in June

Terabit DDoS attack hits 1.7Tbps and experts expect higher

Five days after a record breaking terabit DDoS attack, a new 1.7Tbps DDoS attack was detected taking advantage of improperly secured memcached servers to launch a reflection attack.

Developed APAC countries well-poised for the cloud

With strong policies in data protection and cyber security, Japan, Australia and Singapore are among countries that are most prepared to reap the benefits of the cloud

Co-op trials pay-in-aisle technology

Food retailer Co-op plans to introduce a smartphone self-checkout system so customers can pay for goods without visiting a till

Cyber security is a team sport, says NCSC

The UK’s national cyber security agency aims to help organisations understand the need to act collaboratively and collectively against the cyber threat, urging them to raise the bar

Nordic CIO interview: Mikael Ludvigsen, Novozymes

Danish biotechnology company’s CIO tells Computer Weekly about some of the changes he has made to the organisation’s IT department since he arrived 19 months ago

Cyber attacks up nearly 20% in 2017

Research by SonicWall shows there were 9.32 billion malware attacks globally last year, but ransomware attacks fell by 71%

Businesses under pressure to allow easier access to cloud

Businesses are under pressure from employees to use consumer-focused authentication methods for cloud applications, but that could have both positive and negative security implications, warns Gemalto

Click and collect comes to desk-side IT support

Velocity Smart is a new company hoping to revolutionise desk-side support by removing the need for IT staff to physically visit employees’ desks

New vendors, trends crash Enterprise Connect 2018 party

Slack and Facebook are making their first appearances at the unified communications conference. Plus, contact center technologies could take center stage at the show.

Datadog log monitoring software branches out as DevOps spreads

Datadog joins competitors such as SignalFx and Splunk in the quest to create Swiss army knife-style tools that track logs, events and metrics in one place for DevOps teams.

Cloud security challenges spark startup acquisitions

Cloud security startups are popular acquisition targets, as cloud providers and third parties seek to address corporate IT concerns across multiple platforms.

Government to help cultural sectors take advantage of digital

Arts and culture organisations will be given help to access new technologies and digital skills as part of a government plan to “support the whole digital culture ecology”

How a millennial workforce benefits sales teams, CRM

Millennials bring more than just their iPhones to the conference table. Here's why you need to stop dumping on your millennial sales force and embrace their tech-savvy ways.

Spectra tape library line grows with Stack, T950v

Spectra Logic tape library choices now include the scalable Stack and a cheaper version of its previous T950 line. Tape can be a key storage element, as data sets continue to grow.

Microsoft Teams guest access made universal

Microsoft is chasing competitors Slack and Cisco Spark with the expansion of Microsoft Teams guest access. More enterprises are using team chat apps to collaborate with external partners.

McAfee cloud security platform expands to Microsoft Azure

In its first move following the acquisition of cloud access security broker Skyhigh Networks, McAfee extended its cloud security platform to Microsoft Azure customers.

Only half of ransomware payments honoured

Only half of ransomware victims who pay ransoms to cyber criminals recover their data, a report reveals, pointing to a need for more effective strategies to deal with these attacks

UK cyber security certification pilot launched

UK businesses now have the opportunity to improve their cyber security and prove they have taken steps to protect data they hold, thanks to a police-backed certification scheme

CIO interview: Kevin Hanley, head of innovation, Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland's head of innovation talks to Computer Weekly about creating and supporting change, bringing different technologies together, and how 2018 could be the year blockchain innovation comes to fruition

Mac malware more than doubled in 2017

Malware targeting Apple Mac computers more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, according to security firm Malwarebytes

Kaseya boss witnessing 'exploding' MSP market

The boss at MSP specialist Kaseya has commented on a market experiencing strong growth thanks to the investments being made by the SME community

DWP to publish key documents on Universal Credit

The government will finally publish internal assessment reviews of the controversial Universal Credit programme under Freedom of Information laws, after years of refusing to do so

Reprimand on healthcare and cloud computing spurs HIMSS debate

The benefits of the cloud are well-known, as is the healthcare industry's wariness about moving patient data to the cloud. At the HIMSS conference, the deliberations expanded.

Cisco adds predictive analytics to Viptela SD-WAN

Cisco's new cloud-based service, called vAnalytics, helps companies prepare for changes within the Viptela SD-WAN by giving answers to what-if questions.

VMware cloud services tidy up AWS migration path

VMware Cloud on AWS has improved migrations, cost controls and availability, as VMware pitches customers on the value of hosting vSphere-based workloads on the public cloud.

How network automation scripts will affect veteran engineers

This week, bloggers look at how engineers will need to adapt to changes such as network automation scripts, offer projections for RSA 2018 and debate network transformation.

How banks can make sense of digital disruption

Banks and financial institutions need to go back to basics, deconstruct their core banking processes and strive for zero defects in building applications, says the IT head honcho of Malaysia’s CIMB Bank

Cryptojacking cyber criminals up their game

Cyber criminals hijacking computing resources to mine for cryptocurrencies are raising their efforts to bypass enterprise security controls, researchers have found

Tech Data boss confident in future strategy

Sharing his view of the future with analysts after its Q4 results were issued the distributor's CEO believes the firm is in the right place to sell digital technology and services

RingCentral Meetings offered as stand-alone web conferencing platform

RingCentral has expanded its cloud portfolio with the release of RingCentral Meetings, a stand-alone web conferencing platform. Other recent product upgrades should make it a stronger player in the contact center market.

OURSA takes on RSA Conference to highlight diversity

News roundup: Our Security Advocates emerges amid criticism of RSA Conference's lack of female keynote speakers. Plus, a kill switch is discovered for the Memcrashed DDoS exploit, and more.

Tenable introduces Lumin cyber exposure platform Lumin enables organizations to gauge their 'cyber exposure' to vulnerabilities and allows them to compare remediation efforts against industry benchmark data.

Enterprise Connect 2018 to showcase latest UC innovations

The latest UC products will be on display at this year's Enterprise Connect, including mobile unified communications platforms and team collaboration workspaces.

UK government criticised over lack of GDPR explanation

Most IT decision makers in the UK are critical of the government for failing to educate organisations about the GDPR and its implications, and few have a clear understanding of it, a survey shows

Aqua Security 3.0 architecture supports AWS Fargate

Aqua Security's MicroEnforcer deployed without a sidecar container supports containers on public cloud services such as AWS Fargate and Azure Container Instances.

Datto partners swell in numbers amid global expansion

Datto is planning updates to Autotask Endpoint Management and Autotask PSA in the coming months, as it continues to integrate its product lines; other news from the week.

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