TechTarget News - Week of Jan 27, 2019

Hong Kong’s JOS eyes Singapore IT services market

The IT services firm claims to have an edge in being less rigid than larger rivals in pushing for specific IT implementation methodologies that may not suit the needs of mid-tier customers

UK cyber security agency investigates DNS hijacking

NCSC is probing the large-scale DNS hijacking campaign that has reportedly affected government and commercial organisations worldwide, and has issued defence advice

DCMS funding fuels cyber diversity drive

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is investing in four new projects to drive the number of diverse candidates considered for cyber careers

Brexit is hitting IT spending

Research confirms what many in the channel had already experienced with customers hitting the pause button on IT projects

Calendar cleared to focus on data privacy

Today is Data Privacy Day and that not only means a chance for the channel to remind users about GDPR but also to discuss the basic need to protect information

Minister urges UK firms to prepare for no-deal Brexit

On International Data Protection Day, the UK’s digital minister has added her voice to calls by the data protection watchdog for UK firms to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy few days in the channel with the revolving doors moving at a few firms that decided the time was right to bring in some fresh talent

Data protection practices still poor, survey shows

Despite concerns over privacy and data protection and a greater understanding of best security practices, individuals and businesses are still falling short, a survey reveals

Social media for recruitment faces a human glitch

Using LinkedIn social media connections to fill jobs may be harder than expected. A study that examined employee referral software found trouble with participation rates.

Security alert for vulnerabilities in Siemens PLCs

Industries that use Siemens Simatic controllers to automate manufacturing processes have been urged to update software without delay

Brexit won’t curb IT spending

Analyst Gartner expects organisations to carry on buying more IT to support digitisation initiatives

Adobe Magento Commerce Cloud adds progressive web apps

Adobe is upgrading its e-commerce product by adding AI-fueled image-search capabilities and progressive web application building tools to Magento Commerce Cloud.

Veeam, Rubrik funding show interest in data protection

New rounds of Rubrik, Veeam, Actifio and Cohesity funding have given these vendors resources to challenge established backup vendors such as Veritas and Dell EMC.

New tech putting sensitive data at risk, report confirms

Deployments of new technologies are putting sensitive corporate data at risk because organisations are struggling to secure these new IT environments, a report confirms

UK police target hundreds of DDoS attackers

National Crime Agency is investigating hundreds of suspected users of a distributed denial of service-for-hire site that was taken down by an international law enforcement operation

Cisco increases channel IoT programmes

The vendor is looking to build a global network of certified partners that can help customers embrace more IoT

Nordic green energy IT strategy gains momentum

The Nordic countries are building strong IT sectors around their green-powered datacentre infrastructures

Government makes progress on green IT, according to report

Defra report on sustainable digital services shows improvements have been made, but highlights challenges with legacy systems and waste, as well as the importance of departments measuring progress

Vanderbilt books Spectra tape library for research data

Research data can accumulate fast. A Spectra Logic tape library stores petabytes for Vanderbilt's research center, and the university plans to use far more backup storage space.

Unlimited use licensing offered for Asigra backup customers

The 'all-you-can-eat' licensing model is meant to help Asigra backup customers by providing a predictable cost and potential savings. However, it is not the best fit for everyone.

Dailymotion credential stuffing attacks lasted more than 6 days

Video-sharing website Dailymotion reset passwords for an unknown number of users following 'large-scale' credential stuffing attacks that lasted for more than six days before being stopped.

Insecure MongoDB databases expose Russian backdoor access

A security researcher found more than 2,000 exposed MongoDB databases that revealed a backdoor-access account operated by the Russian government, according to a report from ZDNet.

Major Apple FaceTime bug allows audio eavesdropping

A new major FaceTime bug can allow someone to hear the other party's audio before they answer the call and the issue was reported to Apple more than a week ago.

How traffic scrubbing can guard against DDoS attacks

Although most scrubbing services can help fend off distributed denial of service attacks, a more comprehensive mitigation strategy is required to remain unscathed

Unconfigured IoT is a security risk, warns researcher

Internet of things researcher says unconfigured internet-connected devices are a largely unrecognised cyber security risk to businesses and consumers, and welcomes the increased likelihood of UK IoT legislation

Increased protectionism could curb digital M&As

Businesses may link up with a digital-native business to accelerate their digitisation strategy – but anti-competition authorities are watching

AXA recruits AI assistants in back office

Insurance giant is deploying software robots to take over repetitive tasks and free up humans to do more analytical work

YouTuber impersonation scam not new, say researchers

Scam that tricked users into clicking on phishing links has affected tens of thousands of victims and has been active for several years, say security researchers

Second hand phones could expose resellers to data risks

The increase in the secondary phone market means more mobiles could find themselves in the hands of resellers who might not be aware of the need to wipe personal data

Automation potential outweighs SDN deployment risks

SDN deployment varies among service providers and enterprises due to risks, costs and use cases. But, when it comes to SD-WAN, both groups appear to agree about the potential.

Commvault CEO Hammer says goodbye, prepares handoff

Bob Hammer is ready to pass the baton to a new CEO. He says Commvault is in good shape, but the data protection vendor still faces questions and challenges in a shifting market.

Cisco expands CloudCenter for multi-cloud management

Cisco hopes additions and changes to its CloudCenter software will appeal to companies that want to work with multiple clouds.

Number of daily Slack users surpasses 10 million

The number of daily active Slack users surpassed 10 million this month. More than 85,000 organizations now pay to use the messaging app.

New DDoS attack technique puts CSPs at risk

Nexusguard found a new DDoS attack technique that targeted CSPs in which attackers used a bit-and-piece approach to inject junk into legitimate traffic and dodge detection.

U.K. trade union fends off ransomware with Asigra backup

After moving off of tapes to Asigra software for disk and cloud backup, the Public and Commercial Services Union gained faster restores -- and foiled a ransomware attack.

Cisco APIC controller heading for AWS, Azure

The latest version of the Cisco APIC controller is designed to bring consistency to managing network fabrics on AWS, Microsoft Azure and private data centers.

Government launches data trust programme

Digital secretary Jeremy Wright sets out plans for scheme using data sharing to tackle global challenges such as illegal wildlife trade and food waste

Microsoft cloud powers earnings boost

CEO Satya Nadella claims Azure compute services are the starting point for digitisation, as businesses add higher value services like AI

Facebook profit up despite privacy failings

Social media giant reports profit gains for the last quarter and the past year, despite a string of privacy blunders that came to light in 2018

Airbus investigates personnel data breach

Intruders were detected in the information systems of manufacturer’s commercial aircraft business, highlighting the need for a new approach to data protection

No-deal Brexit could lead to data issues, MPs told

Trade body TechUK is concerned smaller companies are far from ready for a no-deal scenario, while warning that leaving without a deal could lead to serious data issues for businesses

Securonix goes two-tier with Cloud Distribution

The SIEM specialist has decided the time is right to turn to distribution to increase its presence in the channel

Google Voice for G Suite expected to launch this spring

Google Voice for G Suite, a business version of its cloud calling service, will be available in at least nine countries, and its launch could come as soon as the early spring.

Google Cloud Firestore points NoSQL database at mobile, IoT

Google's NoSQL document database, Cloud Firestore, is now generally available to offer better scale and reliability for mobile and IoT apps and keep pace with AWS and Azure services.

Vexata storage gets a boost from Fujitsu deal

Fujitsu North America agrees to sell Vexata arrays. The vendors plan demos in the Fujitsu Solutions Lab and are preparing reference architecture SKUs for Oracle, SAP and VMware.

2019 IT focus: Storage architecture for big data analytics

Top storage technologists and analysts predict IT organizations will focus on revamping their storage architectures to make better use of data for analytics, AI and IoT in 2019.

Data leak exposes list of Rubrik backup customers

A security snafu left a server containing Rubrik customer information -- including names and contact information -- exposed. Rubrik claims no customer-owned data was leaked.

Open source in the enterprise presents a two-edged sword

The price is right for pure upstream open source IT management software, which also offers IT pros control over their own destiny. But some enterprises aren't prepared for the long-term costs.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 2-in-1 impresses with specs and looks

Other business laptops look downright drab next to the newly redesigned Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 2-in-1, which also has the specs to compete with those Windows 10 workhorses.

Culture Amp buys Zugata to tie peer feedback with engagement

Culture Amp, an employee engagement platform, has acquired Zugata, an individual development peer-to-peer platform. An initial benefit for customers may be deeper analytics.

New stolen credentials cache puts spotlight on authentication

The discovery of billions more stolen usernames and passwords in Collections #2 to #5 have prompted fresh calls for the implementation of better authentication methods across industry

Fear of hard Brexit sparking SME exodus

More firms are looking at relocation as a way of avoiding the worst effects of a hard Brexit

ICO to audit Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance

UK privacy watchdog will audit the data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance and has confirmed fines for both companies for unlawful marketing messages

Canon could expand Business Centre network

Having opened its first UK-based Canon Business Centre last year the firm's channel boss is looking into building on that progress

TSB blames IT disaster for huge losses

TSB made a huge loss in its latest financial year because of costs it incurred as a result of an IT disaster

Innocent people arrested following surveillance blunders, IPCO reveals

Interception of communications commissioner Adrian Fulford
warns of “grave” repercussions for people wrongly identified as suspects due to errors made when government bodies access email, phone and telephone data

Orange acquires UK’s SecureData

The Orange telecommunications group is to acquire UK cyber security firm SecureData to strengthen its leadership position in Europe in this sector

Google planning warnings for lookalike URLs in Chrome

Google is planning to add warnings on lookalike URLs in an ongoing effort to ensure internet users experience useful and clear warnings while using the Chrome browser.

Plantronics releases USB video system for huddle rooms

The new Polycom Studio from Plantronics is a USB video system for huddle rooms. Research released this week shows USB cameras are the fastest-growing segment of the video conferencing market.

IBM, CTA: Apprenticeships key to bridging IT skills gap

Apprenticeships might help to cut the shortage of skilled IT workers and help companies keep pace with demands for new apps and services for their employees and customers.

Userful taps partners to manage digital signage systems

Userful is courting channel partners to sell and deploy its AV-over-IP technology, contending integrators can wrap services around Userful software; other news from the week.

Open source cloud databases battle software 'strip mining'

Cloud giants like AWS have adopted open source databases, causing Confluent, MongoDB and others to guard their assets the best way they know how: licensing.

Cisco DNA Center takes intent-based networking to IoT

Cisco has introduced IoT-enabled hardware that companies can manage through Cisco DNA Center. The connection between products takes intent-based networking to IoT deployments.

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