TechTarget News - Week of Jan 13, 2019

Storage systems and management tools: 2018 POY finalists

Storage management tools candidates for the 2018 Storage Products of the Year competition skew heavily toward simpler interfaces and greater access to real-time data.

Australia’s Optus dials into 5G

Australia’s second largest telco Optus makes the country’s first 5G data call, paving the way for a fixed wireless service by the first half of 2019

Top UK hacker-for-hire jailed

Notorious British hacker-for-hire jailed for cyber attacks on a Liberian telco after an international criminal justice operation

DfT launches online Blue Badge service

In its efforts to digitise services, the Department for Transport has launched an online application system for Blue Badges, aiming to speed up the process

Channel taking steps to remain relevant

A report from Agilitias IT Solutions looking into the channel's efforts to remain relevant has some encouraging findings

Mobile and broadband markets fail digitally excluded groups

Financially vulnerable people, disabled and mentally ill people and elderly people all face significant challenges in accessing appropriate communications services, according to a new Ofcom report

Quantum backup appliance portfolio grows by two

The Quantum backup appliance lineup gets refreshed with the addition of the DXi4800 and DXi9000 series. But the vendor is staying away from integrated appliances at the moment.

SingHealth and IT supplier fined S$1m for data breach

Singapore’s data protection commission considered the fact that both SingHealth and its IT supplier fell prey to sophisticated threat actors, among other factors, when meting out the fine

O2 powers customer-centric network with Nokia AI

Mobile operator O2 claims Nokia’s AI-driven Service Operation Center platform will help it anticipate its customers’ problems before they know they have problems

CX strategy a vital part of modernizing a business

Consumers are providing retailers with more data than ever before, with expectations that they will receive a personalized experience. But that can be challenging for retailers.

Millions of industrial remote controllers open to attack

Millions of industrial remote controllers are open to cyber attack because of vulnerabilities in the radio frequency technology used, a study has revealed

Ryuk ransomware poses growing threat to enterprises

Cybersecurity vendors CrowdStrike and FireEye both published new research that shows an increase in Ryuk ransomware attacks on enterprises, which have earned hackers $3.7 million.

AWS scoops up TSO Logic for cloud spend analysis

AWS has acquired TSO Logic, which produces analytics that customers can use to plan moves to the cloud. The deal comes with the cloud-market land grab still in its infancy.

Channel expresses fears over no-deal EU exit

With the Prime Minister finding it difficult to get consensus in the House of Commons for a way forward with Brexit the concerns are growing that it will mean the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal

Veritas launches Docker container backup in NetBackup

Docker is becoming an industry standard form of application virtualisation, and with that comes the need to back up Docker environments and data. Veritas joins CommVault and Asigra in doing so

Researchers discover new Magecart group

Security researchers have uncovered a sub-group of the Magecart hacking group, highlighting the wider risks of web-based supply chain attacks

Shopper privacy critical when using new Cisco DNA Spaces

Software like the new Cisco DNA Spaces can help retailers improve their merchandising and supply chains. But the first priority should be protecting shopper privacy, an expert says.

Latest Kubernetes monitoring, AIOps features trace DevOps trends

It won't be long before Kubernetes and AIOps support are standard features among familiar DevOps monitoring tools, which will ease the learning curve for cloud-native infrastructure.

Avaya follows Cisco into market for UC headsets

Avaya has begun manufacturing UC headsets, following the lead of rival Cisco in a trend that is shaking up the market for such devices.

New Zealand faces more state-sponsored attacks

Nearly four in 10 cyber security incidents recorded by the National Cyber Security Centre were the work of state-sponsored threat actors

Datera storage software trains for long run on HPE servers

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and startup Datera combine on block-storage appliances and expect to compete against Dell EMC's ScaleIO-based VxRack Flex hyper-converged systems.

Enterprises betting on SOAR tools to fill security gaps

Security experts sound off on the importance and benefits of automating security, and highlight factors to be considered before implementing SOAR tools.

Threat intelligence boosts security training

Security professionals in training can now benefit from real-time threat intelligence data, thanks to a partnership between Digital Shadows and Immersive Labs

Government cybersecurity at risk as shutdown lingers

As the shutdown continues, experts believe government cybersecurity will become more vulnerable, and government IT staff could leave for the private sector.

Breach of nearly 2.7 billion records underlines password flaws

Potentially the biggest personal data breach to date from thousands of sources, some possibly breached as far back as 2008, illustrates the deeply flawed nature of password-based authentication, say industry commentators

Hotel chain bets on AWS migration for cloud IT strategy

Choice Hotels has placed its technological future in the hands of AWS. Choice's CTO says it's the right move at the right time, the potential for lock-in notwithstanding.

Yealink, Crestron release first Microsoft Teams phones

Yealink and Crestron have received certification for their Microsoft Teams phones. Microsoft is expected to greenlight devices from Polycom and AudioCodes in the near future.

RingCentral contact center expands with Connect First acquisition

RingCentral's intention to acquire contact center provider Connect First follows a growing trend toward offering cloud contact centers as part of UCaaS environments.

Assurance, ClearView merge business continuity services

U.S.-based Assurance Software's merger with U.K.-based ClearView extends the business continuity providers' international reach, helping customers who do business globally.

VMware and Pivotal put NSX spin on Kubernetes security

VMware and Pivotal mix NSX network segmentation into PKS 1.3 to appeal to large, advanced users of vSphere and Kubernetes who manage multi-tenant container clusters.

Prepare for no-deal Brexit, says ICO

The UK data protection authority is urging businesses to prepare for a no-deal Brexit to ensure there is no interruption in data flows from Europe

Talent shortage now the top corporate concern

Digital transformation, GDPR, cloud and artificial intelligence all need skilled people, and the shortage of talent is a leading concern, according to Gartner

Five issues for SMEs to consider when adopting encryption

Encryption is still considered difficult to deploy and use as a data protection method, especially by small businesses, but considering five key factors can make adoption easier, says Becrypt

DXC, Citrix partner on Saab digital workspace platform

A digital workspace platform at Saab combines components from DXC, a global systems integrator, and Citrix, which sees opportunities beyond virtualization; more news from the week.

Salesforce Lightning Platform update targets mobile apps

Salesforce targets line-of-business experts and citizen developers with the Lightning Platform Mobile development system to build enterprise mobile apps.

This year's DerbyCon conference will be the last

Citing an inability to manage 'negativity, polarization, and disruption' at the conference, DerbyCon organizers unexpectedly announced this year's show will be the last.

CIO role: Should a CIO manipulate information?

IT experts react to yesterday's report in the Wall Street Journal that a CIO used his private company to manipulate online polling data. What's that say about the CIO role?

Experts: A breach response plan is a must in 2019

During an IT GRC Forum webinar, experts explain the need for shedding legacy security approaches and highlight the gravity of drafting a data breach response plan.

Collection #1 breach data includes 773 million unique emails

Have I Been Pwned added a new trove of 773 million unique emails and 21 million passwords -- known as the Collection #1 breach data -- but there are questions about the freshness of the data.

AWS Backup service targets native workloads

AWS Backup gives customers management and orchestration tools to simplify snapshots for a variety of Amazon services. The move follows AWS' acquisition of migration and backup vendor CloudEndure.

AI-fueled Verizon Digital CX targets virtual contact centers

Telecom giant Verizon is boosting its software business with an AI-based CX system for contact centers, with tools for virtual and live agents, authoring and social engagement.

AI center stage in new Huawei CloudEngine switch

Huawei is betting on its Ascend AI chip to draw the largest enterprises to its latest high-capacity spine switch. The Huawei CloudEngine 16800 embeds AI into the network fabric.

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