TechTarget News - Week of Jul 29, 2018

Burden of data protection rests on firms and governments

A senior executive at Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency stressed the role of corporate data governance and government regulations in raising the bar on cyber security

IBM and CLS to work on blockchain app store

IBM and foreign exchange settlement provider CLS are using their complimentary expertise to create an app store for finance firms using distributed ledger technology

Pentagon flags risky software suppliers

The Pentagon has drawn up a list of software suppliers that it wants the US military and defence contractors to avoid due to fears of risks to national security

M&S aims to give 1,000 employees data skills

Luxury supermarket Marks and Spencer has partnered with Decoded to create a programme aimed at teaching its employees data skills

6 enterprise AR use cases

Augmented reality is making its way into the enterprise. Here, experts detail six AR use cases and how AR headsets are helping boost productivity and reduce errors.

3 Hong Kong gears up for 5G with “epic” transformation

The Hong Kong telco is putting in an advanced technical architecture that will streamline and automate internal processes and IT as it prepares for the 5G era

Dixons Carphone ups data breach figure to 10 million

Dixons Carphone now believes the number of personal data records affected in 2017’s data breach is nearly 10 times greater than initially thought

Australia’s health sector reports most data breaches again

In the first full quarter since Australia’s mandatory breach disclosure scheme came into effect, healthcare providers reported the most data breaches amid controversy over the national health record system

Comms providers may be forced to notify out-of-contract users

Providers of landline, broadband, TV and mobile services will have to notify their customers when they approach the end of their minimum contract period under proposed new rules

SamSam ransomware reaps $5.9m and counting

In just two and a half years, SamSam campaigns are believed to have netted nearly $6m for cyber criminals, an analysis of this adaptive and evasive strain of active ransomware reveals

Intelligent automation spending to hit $232bn by 2025

Technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and machine learning could help traditional enterprises gain ground on digital-first giants

NetSpectre is a remote side-channel attack, but a slow one

A new PoC attack using Spectre variant 1 called NetSpectre marks the first time Spectre v1 has been exploited remotely, although questions remain on the practicality of the attack.

Tableau BI gets Extensions API in version 2018.2 update

Tableau's BI software sees general release of a 2018.2 update with an API for dashboard extensions, while a 2018.3 beta adds more new analytics capabilities.

Software developer uses Flexential data center for DR

Out of the cabinet and into the cloud, Virtual Resort Manager's disaster recovery journey started at colocation and ended up completely off premises in a cloud.

Apache OpenWhisk vulnerability targets IBM Cloud Functions

A recently discovered security vulnerability in Apache OpenWhisk zeroes in on IBM Cloud Functions and other commercial products based on the open source serverless platform.

SamSam ransomware payments reach nearly $6 million

New research reveals SamSam ransomware campaign has generated almost $6 million for attacker and appears to be the work of a single hacker who shows no sign of slowing down.

Juniper multi-cloud strategy aimed at enterprise data centers

The Juniper multi-cloud strategy is aimed at expanding the vendor's reach beyond carriers and the largest enterprises. Key to the game plan is Contrail Enterprise Multicloud.

End-user security awareness training is a must-have

There are lots of different ways to keep users up to date on the latest security risks and how they should be handling their corporate resources.

U.S. government making progress on DMARC implementation

The deadline for full DMARC implementation in U.S. government-owned domains is less than three months away, and only half of the domains have the correct policy in place.

Yale data breach discovered 10 years too late

A Yale University data breach from 2008 was only just discovered, and the school has released details on the compromised information, including Social Security numbers.

Northern Ireland to deploy patient portal

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland will begin piloting a patient portal later this month to support people with dementia

Top dark web indicators of compromise

There are 10 common activities on the dark web that indicate a data breach or some other security compromise has taken place, according to a specialist monitoring firm

Bromium evolves virtualisation-based security

Virtualisation-based security firm Bromium has evolved its technology to offer bidirectional protection for applications and underlying operating systems

HP bolsters copier position with Apogee buy

Apogee has found itself the target of a deal as HP looks to increase its chances of gaining a major foothold in the A3 copier market

SMEs changing the bundles approach

Bundles have often been a bit hit and miss but thanks to the need to cater them for SME customers things are improving

Alluxio adds connectors for multi-cloud data migration

Updated Alluxio open source storage software homes in on portability across multiple big data object stores. Applications access Alluxio as mountable file storage.

Cisco lays groundwork for augmented reality in Cisco Webex app

This month, the 135 million Cisco Webex app users will get access to a refreshed UI, as the vendor is ramping up to support more advanced video use cases, such as augmented reality.

Google to build third datacentre in Singapore

The facility will increase Google’s datacentre investments in the city-state to $850m, and follows the launch of Southeast Asia’s first Google Cloud Platform region in 2017

Three Carbanak cyber heist gang members arrested

Three alleged members of the Carbanak gang believed to be responsible for more than 100 cyber heists worldwide have been arrested, US authorities have announced

GDPR harmonised with local laws in Nordic EU states

Sweden provides an interesting challenge for the European Union’s data protection regulation due to its laws around freedom of press and free speech

Three ploughs £276m into 5G preparation

Hutchison-backed mobile operator Three is spending lavishly as it bids to be first to market with a commercial 5G network

Reddit breach exposes 2FA flaws

Reddit has reported a password breach despite using 2FA, exposing the weaknesses of two-factor authentication based on mobile text messages

Gorgon Group shows simple cyber attacks remain effective

A highly effective cyber attack group that appears to be based in Pakistan is carrying out targeted attacks against nation states at the same time as criminal operations, researchers have found

Managed print services gaining ground

Managed print services have been around for a while but they are being taken up with increasing enthusiasm by customers

Audi to test 5G use cases in car production

German carmaker Audi is working with Sweden’s Ericsson to run field tests of 5G mobile networking technology exploring its applications on the factory floor

Gartner UC Magic Quadrant ranking belies Avaya's challenges

Avaya was once again named a leader in the Gartner UC Magic Quadrant. But analysts say the vendor could struggle to add customers given the growing dominance of Microsoft and Cisco.

Western Digital launches 15 TB enterprise SAS SSD

Western Digital's 15 TB Ultrastar SAS SSD has twice the capacity of its previous version, but only half of the capacity of Toshiba's 31 TB whopper.

ChannelCon 2018: MSPs face operational growing pains

Operational efficiency improvement is an important step for a growing MSP, but one that can prove difficult to take, according to industry executives at ChannelCon 2018.

NetApp AI storage packages OnTap all-flash FAS A800, Nvidia

NetApp follows Pure Storage's lead, adds Nvidia GPUs to its all-flash arrays to build a storage product designed for data scientists and others dabbling in artificial intelligence.

Kontron heeds carrier demand for software, buys Inocybe

Kontron has bought open source networking company Inocybe. The specialty hardware maker is adding SDN software to its portfolio as telco customers buy more commodity systems.

Shadow IT channel outpaces traditional partners

The channel partner ecosystem is in for transformative change, as a flood of cloud consultancies, ISVs and tech-oriented professional services firms enters the market.

UK security centre to launch IoT security standard

The London-based Centre for Strategic Cyber Space and Security Science is working on an internet of things security standard and has roped in participants from eight markets

Forcepoint: GDPR still a channel opportunity

The impact on the security player from the EU data compliance regulations has been more than just a sales opportunity according to Neal Lillywhite, VP EMEA Channel at Forcepoint

Google Contact Center AI makes early inroads in industry

Prospective users are already interested in Google's recently unveiled Contact Center AI system, and Google partners are avidly trying to sell it. But some in industry urge caution

HR automation, simplification mean less staff and savings

HR departments that adopt best practices in technology and management will spend less than their peers, according to The Hackett Group, a management consulting firm.

Cisco and Google deepen collaboration partnership

Cisco and Google have committed to creating seamless integrations between Webex and the productivity apps in G Suite, which should help both vendors compete against Microsoft.

Reddit breach sparks debate over SMS 2FA

Using two-factor authentication with one-time passwords sent via SMS has come under question again after a Reddit breach was blamed on the faulty 2FA method. launches vulnerability disclosure 'safe harbor'

News roundup: offers legal bug bounty framework to give researchers safe harbor from legal action for vulnerability disclosures. Plus, Stamos exits Facebook, and more.

Cisco bolsters cloud security with Duo acquisition

Cisco has bought Duo Security to add its two-step authentication services to Cisco's cloud-based security offerings. Cisco plans to close the Duo acquisition by October.

Missouri hospital sued over medical records breach

A lawsuit has been filed against Children's Mercy Hospital after the medical records of more than 60,000 patients were potentially compromised as a result of a phishing scam.

Advertised broadband speeds dropping across UK

Since new advertising standards around broadband were introduced in May 2018, most providers have cut the speeds they advertise, or stopped making speed claims altogether

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