TechTarget News - Week of Nov 25, 2018

Questions raised over Big Four auditors' licence independence

The very firms responsible for statutory audits are also being hired by software providers to conduct software licence audits, leading to questions raised in the industry about conflicts of interest

NHS policy leaders: value AI but get the basics right

NHS doctors and policy chiefs said at the Westminster Health Forum that artificial intelligence has untapped value for healthcare, but needs to be underpinned with discipline

Gartner: IaaS providers have to go beyond the edge

The analyst house has highlighted the opportunities that are out there for those infrastructure service providers that recognise the way customer needs are evolving

China leapfrogs US in supercomputer deployments

China has more than twice the number of supercomputers than the US, and it is finding a ready market for its Lenovo supercomputers among US tech companies in Ireland, the latest top 500 supercomputer list reveals

Unprecedented actions by Commons committee augur badly for Facebook

House of Commons’ serjeant-at-arms effectively arrested the CEO of a US software company and frogmarched him to Parliament, where he was told he would be imprisoned if he failed to hand over papers on Facebook

HPE makes bigger push in hybrid IT

Enterprise technology supplier HPE has doled out a slew of enhancements to its composable IT portfolio to help enterprises run IT more like cloud service providers

GDPR is encouraging UK IT directors to pay cyber ransoms

As predicted ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation enforcement deadline, research shows that fear of fines under the new laws is making some firms more likely to pay cyber ransoms

Why IT infrastructure approach needs modernising

The freedom and flexibility to develop applications rapidly using diverse platforms will put IT infrastructure teams under increasing strain

Treasury Committee launches inquiry into bank IT failures

With IT outages in the financial sector a regular occurrence, the Treasury Committee is investigating the causes and consequences of these failures, and what industry and regulators are doing to promote resilience

ICO fines Uber £385,000 for data protection failings

Like Facebook, Uber has escaped a potentially much higher fine for data protection failings because the 2016 breach that affected millions of UK customers is not covered by the GDPR

Oslo: A hub for the social startup scene

The Norwegian capital is thriving from a unique combination of business agility, a cultural receptiveness to technology, and a social desire to do good

It’s still early days for hybrid IT in APAC

The tipping point for hybrid IT adoption will come only when more enterprises start running production workloads on the public cloud, says HPE’s chief technologist for the region

Spectrami latest to join list of UK VADs

The UAE based channel player is looking to ramp up its activity across Europe with an independent operation opening in the UK

York teen crowned 2018 UK cyber security champion

Teenager beat off competition from 41 other cyber security enthusiasts from across the UK, and six from Singapore, in the UK Cyber Security Challenge final

GDS has lost momentum, MPs told

There are still significant culture issues in government and the Government Digital Service has stopped supporting departments to do the right thing, Science and Technology Committee hears

HPE partnership with Cohesity blossoms to OEM deal

The Cohesity data management platform will be delivered through HPE DL380 and Apollo servers, thanks to the strengthened HPE partnership, marking Cohesity's first OEM deal.

Businesses failing to win consumer trust

Businesses are still largely failing to win the trust of consumers to keep their personal data safe as data breaches continue to make headlines

USPS website flaw exposed data for one year

The U.S. Postal Service inadvertently exposed the data of 60 million users and has only just fixed the underlying website flaw, despite being notified of the issue one year ago.

Igneous Systems strengthens public cloud integrations

New public cloud enhancements give Igneous customers granular control of their data, letting them move individual data sets to any storage tier in public clouds.

Cyber resilience lacking due to apathy of UK leaders

An unwillingness to accept that cyber is a real threat to critical national infrastructure by UK political and business leaders has resulted in a lack of resilience, says security industry veteran

GraphQL group sets new direction for developers

A group of GraphQL users and the Linux Foundation have joined forces to manage and monitor the future of Facebook's popular open source data query and manipulation language.

New ONC health IT draft report aims to improve EHR usability

A new draft report from the ONC acknowledges the challenges with EHRs and provides suggested solutions, including decreased regulation and more stakeholder cooperation.

Microsoft Teams app adds controls for IT admins

Microsoft has released a set of APIs for automating the creation and archiving of teams within the Microsoft Teams app.

Apstra AOS IDs root cause of network problems

Startup Apstra has launched version 2.3 of its intent-based networking OS. The new Apstra AOS includes analytics for finding the root cause of network problems.

FalconStor Software CEO talks rebuilding, rebranding

FalconStor's CEO talks about saving the company by focusing on cloud, rebranding its FreeStor data protection and management platform, and keeping his finger off the panic button.

Compromised NPM package highlights open source trouble

A compromised NPM package targeted a popular bitcoin wallet with cryptocurrency-stealing code and experts say the issue highlights the lack of a chain of trust in open source software.

Botnet takedown snares 3ve, Methbot ad fraud campaigns

The Justice Department indicted eight individuals accused of running major ad fraud campaigns, including the 3ve botnet, which generated millions of dollars in fake ad revenue.

Slack roadmap reveals new integration, collaboration in 2019

Slack plans to invest more in security, speed and integration with business productivity apps in 2019. The vendor revealed the plans in a roadmap presentation to admins this week.

AWS Outposts amplify signals of a hybrid cloud world

AWS will transport its software stack into customer data centers with Outposts, a managed service that incorporates the same hardware the cloud provider uses for EC2.

Scottish Government and Nesta launch health data challenge

Partnership between the Scottish Government and Nesta will see funding available for innovative projects driving the use of technology to give citizens access to data and help them live healthier lives

Nutanix grows subscription revenue

It made its name in hyper-converged hardware, but Nutanix is now growing its SaaS-based software infrastructure business

Barracuda exposes SD-WAN skills issues

Research from the vendor has highlighted the significant role that the channel needs to play in helping more customers adopt the technology

Deep learning in big data analytics with Sisense Hunch

Sisense Hunch, a new Sisense BI tool, enables big data analytics for IoT devices by using deep learning to automatically extract insights from big data.

Videxio MeetingConnect uses QR codes to join meetings

Weeks before its planned merger with Pexip, Videxio has unveiled a new cloud service, Videxio MeetingConnect, which seeks to simplify the process of joining online meetings from a conference room.

Aviatrix unveils AVX Orchestrator for AWS

Aviatrix has introduced software for dividing virtual private clouds into secured groups on AWS. AVX Orchestrator complements AWS' Transit Gateway, launched this week at re:Invent.

SamSam ransomware actors charged, sanctioned by US government

The FBI indicted two threat actors involved with the SamSam ransomware attacks while the US Treasury sanctioned two others for their role in exchanging Bitcoin earned from attacks.

E-commerce sites warned of heightened DDoS threat

E-commerce sites are being urged to ensure that they have adequate DDoS protection ahead of the vital holiday trading season after attacks ramped up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Storage remains a priority at Dell

The vendor has been banging the drum over storage getting its channel base to sell more and that effort looks set to continue

WannaCry borderline national cyber emergency

The May 2017 WannaCry attack, which disrupted services at one-third of NHS trusts and more than 600 primary care organisations is the closest the UK has come to a national cyber emergency, says the NCSC

Tango Networks acquisition expands enterprise mobility services

In UC news, Tango Networks acquires Simetric Telecom to expand mobile telephony, Speechmatics and Clique partner for transcription service and Jabra intros wireless enterprise earbuds.

Marriott data breach highlights basic failings

A breach of a guest reservation database of the Starwood division of the Marriott International hotel group highlights basic personal data protection failures

Istio service mesh vies for lead in microservices market

Istio's integration into Google Cloud will give it momentum, but service mesh competition remains fierce, as HashiCorp Consul makes strong inroads with early adopters.

5 AI predictions for 2019: Pragmatic AI takes hold

What are the forces driving enterprise AI in 2019? Forrester Research breaks down five, CIO-tailored AI predictions for the upcoming year.

WeWork reportedly halts rollout of Amazon Alexa for Business

WeWork, one of the premier early adopters of Amazon Alexa for Business, has reportedly shelved plans to deploy the AI voice assistant after a two-month pilot.

Faster R&D pace complicates SQL Server upgrades for users

Microsoft is updating SQL Server and Azure SQL Database more quickly than it did in the past -- and keeping up with the new releases can be a tough task for DBAs.

RPA projects are the future for communications firm

Robotic process automation, or RPA, is sweeping R.R. Donnelley & Sons, which enlists RPA adoption as a way to automate repetitive activities in the document preparation process.

Amazon Timestream, QLDB aim to grab more DBMS users for AWS

Built-for-purpose databases target general ones, especially in the cloud. At re:Invent 2018, AWS added time-series and transaction ledger databases to expand its line.

Drop in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey responses a lesson for HR

The U.S. government's annual engagement survey of 1.5 million employees reported an increase in the overall engagement measure, but a sharp decline in survey participation. Here's why HR pros should care.

OPAQ sharpens channel focus

OPAQ is looking for MSPs grounded in networking and security, while Nerdio has launched a sales tool for MSPs offering Microsoft Azure services -- more news from the week.

RSA Conference launches diversity and inclusion initiative

Following the criticism of the last conference, RSA Conference started a diversity and inclusion initiative that, among many other changes, eliminates all-male panels.

What's in AWS Outposts with VMware?

AWS Outposts, the new on-premises hybrid cloud, includes a VMware Cloud version that is not expected to provide NSX as a native option for connecting to the AWS public cloud.

Mitre enters product testing with Mitre ATT&CK framework

The first round of evaluations using the Mitre ATT&CK framework has gone public, putting on display how different endpoint products detect advanced threat activities.

Why the FHIR standard may not get us to interoperability

Too many versions of the FHIR API are floating around, and that could stall healthcare's move to interoperability. Can FHIR's supporters and detractors come together?

AWS License Manager spotlights BYOL compliance

Many AWS customers use the bring-your-own-license model. Now, the cloud vendor has given them a tool to ensure they comply with third-party contract agreements.

Government mobilises to persuade tech sector to endorse May-EU deal

Jeremy Wright, the secretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, says the prime minister’s deal with the European Union will be good for UK tech, ensuring free flow of data

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