TechTarget News - Week of Mar 31, 2019

Zuckerberg calls for new internet regulation

Facebook chief calls for new internet regulation in four key areas to define clear responsibilities for people, companies and governments, including more GDPR-aligned data protection rules

Broadband compensation rules come into force

Regulations that guarantee consumers’ rights to automatic compensation from broadband providers when things go wrong have come into force, and many suppliers have a lot of work to do

Digital industries lead UK economy

Technology, media and creative businesses are leading national economic growth, according to research

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

The first quarter comes to a close with another flurry of job changes as the channel looks for executives with the experience to help deliver growth

Staff churn a challenge for IT recruiters

Curo Talent has been looking into how recruiters are attracting staff and some of their concerns about keeping them

CEO switch continues BMC's multi-cloud management push

BMC has reappointed company veteran Bob Beauchamp as CEO as it forges ahead with a strategic shift into multi-cloud management tools and away from its ITSM roots.

Thales completes acquisition of Gemalto

Multi-billion-euro acquisition gives Thales a global leadership position in digital identity and security

Huawei reports record numbers despite tumultuous year

Huawei has become one of the world’s largest technology companies by revenue, suggesting the accusations over its ties to the Chinese government are failing to have much impact

Aruba ClearPass Device Insight IDs more IoT devices

Aruba ClearPass Device Insight discovers more IoT devices on the IP network than the company's previous product. The software collects better data from the network to ID hardware.

Rapid7 acquires NetFort

Security player adds more muscle to its cloud platform with acquisition that will add network visibility and analysis tools

Cranfield gets Rubrik backup plus Nutanix in drive to the cloud

Research-led university goes hyper-converged across the board with Rubrik backup appliances and Nutanix in a move to rationalise on-site physical needs and drive to the cloud

Pure Storage buys Compuverde, expands file storage

Pure Storage's second acquisition builds on its unstructured data focus, as Compuverde's file system software runs in virtual NAS or hyper-converged modes.

VMware vRealize Suite updates focus on cloud management

The latest versions of vRealize Operations, Network Insight and Automation offer tools to help VMware admins effectively manage workload resources and control cloud costs.

Women now almost a quarter of cyber security workforce

Women in cyber security are younger, have achieved higher levels of education and are assuming leadership roles at higher rates than men, a study shows

Government invests in knife-detection tech research

The Home Office and the Department for Transport are channelling more than £460,000 into fast-tracking the development and deployment of technologies that can detect concealed blades in public spaces

$1 billion SAS AI investment recharges vendor's mission

SAS' new AI initiative includes a $1 billion investment and partnership with AI chip vendor Nvidia. The goal is to bring advanced AI tech to end users.

Chef licensing changes prompt debate among IT pros

IT pros who use Chef automation software have mixed reactions to the company's plan to revamp its software licensing strategy.

Modest Visual Studio 2019 advances target productivity

The latest version of Microsoft's Visual Studio tool set is no big bang, though it does add incremental and useful features for developers to build apps on any platform.

Demand for edge datacentres set to grow in APAC

More edge datacentres will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region to cope with greater adoption of edge computing and IoT when 5G networks are up and running

Government urges businesses and charities to up cyber security

The UK government is urging businesses and charities to take action to prevent cyber attacks as the costs go up, despite an overall reduction in breaches, partly driven by new data protection laws

Amazon Alexa for Business adds skill blueprints

Amazon Alexa for Business now provides companies with templates for programming custom voice commands.

Proof-of-concept Magento exploit used in attacks

Experts are urging users to patch after a proof-of-concept Magento exploit was picked up by malicious actors and used in attempted attacks on e-commerce websites.

Migrating to cloud native will drive services boom

Gartner expects organisations moving on-premise applications to the cloud to take on board additional advisory, migration and development services

Third-party Facebook apps expose 540 million users’ details

Researchers have discovered another trove of Facebook users’ details, showing there is still no control over data shared with third parties, potentially exposing Facebook to more regulatory and legal action

NHSX announces new leadership

DCMS director-general Matthew Gould is to take over as chief executive of the NHSX, with recruitment set to accelerate at the newly formed digital strategy unit

No-deal Brexit threatens future of UK CAV sector

The UK has turned itself into a global leader for connected and autonomous vehicles, but its position is at risk because of Brexit, a new report warns

Oracle promises NetSuite performance gains at SuiteWorld

NetSuite customers will get a lot of the same tech that Oracle customers on other platforms are getting. This includes Oracle Autonomous Database and its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service.

Flashpoint registers significant channel growth

The business risk specialist has seen the channel numbers rise significantly since it introduced a formal partner programme 18 months ago

Symphony app brings online meetings to mobile phones

The Symphony app for iOS now supports audio and video meetings. The team collaboration vendor's Android client will get the feature this summer.

Reports of Citrix layoffs may be overblown

Citrix responded to a report of substantial layoffs that a few positions were eliminated during a marketing restructuring and that no leadership or C-level positions were affected.

Tools manage performance for big data cloud applications

Tools such as Unravel and Pepperdata offer a way to measure performance of big data cloud applications, which may aid companies with on-premises configuration issues.

Equifax and FICO unite to move into alternative data market

With the Equifax-FICO alliance, the credit giants are offering a combined Data Decisions Cloud suite they hope can solidify their place in the alternative data market.

Intel Xeon Scalable launch prompts server upgrades

Dell and Super Micro timed server upgrades to this week's launch of next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, based on the Cascade Lake chipset with machine learning software.

Optimized Google Cloud VMs target cutting-edge workloads

Google Cloud's latest set of instances, optimized for compute- and memory-intensive workloads, underscore customer demand for more powerful cloud infrastructure choices.

The rise of digital workers and the bot economy

Automation Anywhere’s booming business, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, is a sign of things to come in the new world of work where digital workers can be hired from a bot store

Huawei ban will cost UK plc £6.8bn, delay 5G

If the UK government decides to impose tighter restrictions, or an outright ban on the use of Huawei in national 5G networks, the country faces severe consequences, according to a report

Big data and analytics revenues continue to rise

The next few years should bring a steady growth in the big data and analytics market, with most customer spending happening on-prem

Dutch government to make AI national priority

The Dutch government wants to increase its focus on the artificial intelligence sector, as other countries gain an advantage

LogMeIn Bold360 updates improve chatbot customer experience

LogMeIn Bold360 features new tools that will improve customer experience by streamlining communication, allowing agents to solve problems quickly, and managing bot involvement.

Salesforce Classic nearing end of life, but not dead yet

Salesforce's Lightning UI debuted three years ago, and the vendor stopped adding features to its predecessor, Classic. Customers cling to Classic, despite a big push for Lightning.

Cybersecurity partner program efforts take flight

Cybersecurity partner programs are ramping up with vendors such as Flashpoint, Centrify and Portnox to expand or launch channel initiatives; more news from the week.

NHS IT jobs need to be promoted differently

More ambition and a mindset change is required to attract more technology talent to the national health service

Critical infrastructure under relentless cyber attack

A lack of visibility into the attack surface, inadequate security staffing and reliance on manual processes undermine operational technology security capabilities, a study reveals

Radware: DDoS amplification attacks increasing, evolving

As DDoS attacks continue to evolve, planning for DDoS attack prevention and mitigation has become a critical business priority. Radware's Daniel Smith offers advice.

Execs talk product roadmap at Aruba Atmosphere 2019

At Aruba Atmosphere 2019, executives said the WLAN vendor plans to improve its cloud services this year with changes to Central, ClearPass, Introspect and NetInsight.

Microsoft Teams media bypass comes with limitations

Microsoft Teams media bypass for direct routing customers is now available, but the configuration may be less beneficial to enterprises than an equivalent feature in Skype for Business.

Amazon introduces Alexa in healthcare with HIPAA-compliant skills

Amazon launching HIPAA-compliant skills for Alexa in healthcare expands the realm of service that hospitals and other healthcare organizations can provide their customers at home.

Cybercrime groups continue to flourish on Facebook

Security researchers found cybercrime groups using Facebook out in the open for illegal activity and the findings are very similar to an issue Facebook had last year.

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