TechTarget News - Week of Jul 14, 2019

UK boards ignoring £30bn cyber risk

Despite the danger posed by cyber attacks to mid-sized companies, boards are not prepared to manage the risk and firms are over-confident in their cyber capabilities, report finds

No technical grounds to ban Huawei, DCMS told

Science and Technology Committee tells Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that there are no technical grounds for it to exclude Huawei

SonicWall increasing support for MSSPs

The security player has been actively looking to work with more MSSPs and has also been investing in a direct touch team to drive more enterprise business back to partners

Billion-dollar privacy penalties put CEOs on notice

Facebook’s potential $5bn settlement with the FTC follows notifications of planned GDPR fines for British Airways and Marriott International, underlining the importance of data stewardship

Snow Software launches new tech management suite

The new intelligence suite has six main tools that help manage the challenges due to growing IT operations, from spending and productivity to monitoring risk.

Amazon's fastest growing occupations list raises questions

Amazon's plan to upskill its workforce cites high-growth occupations such as data scientist and what it calls data mapping specialist. But its claims about growth may be off.

Smartodds bets on Rubrik backup appliance with cloud archive

Betting intelligence analytics firm Smartodds replaced its old tape backup infrastructure with Rubrik appliances to cut management time and database restores from hours to minutes

TechSee Smart uses AI vision to aid contact center support

TechSee Smart aids live agents in contact centers by using AI and deep learning to analyze customer product images, identify issues and guide customers through the resolution process.

UK launches 5G security inquiry

The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy is to probe the UK government’s approach to telecoms technology as a national security issue

Government must ‘stop choosing ignorance’ around data

In a letter to digital secretary Jeremy Wright, civil society groups warn that a number of shortcomings must be addressed to enable the government to reap data-related benefits

Linode GPU instances offer accelerated computing power

Linode's GPU instances are built on Nvidia's Quadro RTX 6000 GPU cards, designed to power high-performance applications and use cases for artists, scientists, engineers and more.

Amazon's Werner Vogels talks AWS Outposts, innovation

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels talks about the company's Outposts hybrid cloud hardware, how AWS approaches innovation and future plans for cloud cost containment.

Microsoft Inspire sets FY 2020 agenda for partners

Microsoft channel partners can expect to see the software company emphasize security, Azure migration, Teams collaboration and PowerApps, among other areas, during FY 2020.

How Suse is taking open source deeper into the enterprise

Suse’s focus on developer needs, industry-specific use cases and engineering partnerships with the likes of SAP are among efforts to take open source software deeper into the enterprise

Alfresco cloud migration service moves content off premises

With new cloud migration services, Alfresco promises to move content from IBM, SharePoint, Documentum and other legacy ECM systems to its cloud platform in a matter of weeks.

NCSC reports on second year of cyber defence at scale

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre releases a report on the second year of its Active Cyber Defence programme to demonstrate its effects in the public sector and wider UK cyber ecosystem

Dutch authorities temporarily halt datacentre construction

Two local authorities in the Netherlands have put the brakes on datacentre construction to give them time to put policies in place to gain more control over builds

Digital safety skills initiative launched against cyber crime

Security industry partners have launched an initiative aimed at raising individuals’ digital safety skills to enable them to protect themselves and their families from most common cyber attacks

Western Digital IntelliFlash adds NVMe, SAS storage

The expanded Western Digital IntelliFlash models include low-end N5100 NVMe and high-density HD2160 SAS arrays. IntelliFlash OS now supports live migration to an S3-compatible cloud.

NCSC calls out Microsoft over Dmarc reports

The UK’s cyber security agency has called out Microsoft for seriously undermining global email security by failing to provide crucial reports from its email platforms

ThoughtSpot strategic partnerships help add capabilities

Through its partnership strategy, ThoughtSpot is adding to its capabilities as a BI software vendor the same way others are improving theirs by mergers and acquisitions.

HR compliance service providers Mammoth HR and ThinkHR merge

ThinkHR and Mammoth HR, which sell HR technology, best practices and HR compliance services through channel partners, have merged. The two firms provide services to 350,000 employers.

Experts: Facebook fine by FTC should be wake-up call for all

Facebook will reportedly be hit with a $5 billion fine by the FTC following an investigation into multiple privacy issues, and experts said other enterprises should take note.

Danish government injects €200m into AI R&D

Denmark is investing in a range of programmes to boost research and development into artificial intelligence and its place in various business sectors

Vulnerable firmware in enterprise server supply chain

Researchers are warning of vulnerabilities in firmware from a third-party supplier that put some servers from Lenovo, Gigabyte and six other manufacturers at risk

Customers don't fear AI but need plenty of education around it

A couple of pieces of research into the reaction of UK businesses to artificial intelligence has indicated there is an educational role for the channel to play if the technology is to become more widely adopted

NHS still has thousands of PCs running Windows XP

NHS computers are still being upgraded three years after the WannaCry ransomware attack to the health system, raising concerns over cyber security

Windows virtual desktop software gets closer to public release

As a potential release date for Windows Virtual Desktop looms, Microsoft is making sure its most popular applications are optimized to run within a virtualized environment.

Updated AtScale platform streamlines analysis of big data

By improving the machine learning and augmented intelligence capabilities of its platform, AtScale's newest release attempts to speed up data querying.

VMware vSAN HCI multi-cloud setup keeps ambulance airbound

Angel MedFlight runs a multi-cloud setup, using a customer-built app and hyper-converged infrastructure built on VMware vSAN software and HPE ProLiant servers.

VMware tops Cisco in fast-growing SDN market

VMware surpassed Cisco in grabbing the largest share of the money spent on software-defined networking for the data center in 2018, when the SDN market reached $7 billion.

LogMeIn launches unified communications for small businesses

LogMeIn, Inc. has launched Grasshopper Connect to provide small businesses with a platform that enables them to create and manage businesses communications.

Container security improves overall enterprise IT posture

Enterprise IT pros worried about security when containers were first introduced, but as containers are put into production, they can actually present ways to tighten security practices.

BlueKeep blues: More than 800,000 systems still unpatched

Despite alerts from Microsoft and the U.S. government, more than 800,000 online systems have yet to patch the Windows RDP vulnerability two months after it was disclosed.

CloudJumper partnerships support Windows Virtual Desktop

CloudJumper has partnered with ThinPrint, IGEL and Nvidia to support printing, cloud workspace deployment and more in Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop.

Singapore shores up data protection capabilities

The Singapore government has developed a skills framework for data protection officers and is looking to certify organisations under a regional cross-border privacy rules system

UK poor cyber security practice undermining controls

UK firms investing in the latest cyber security products and services risk this being undermined by poor security practices, a survey reveals

CIO interview: Kieran Delaney, director of IT, Innserve

After 13 years at the drinks dispensing firm, Delaney moved into the top IT leadership role and has set out about using technology to empower workers across the company

Digital minister Margot James quits after Brexit vote

James voted against the government in an attempt to stop the next Prime Minister from suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit

PediNotes launches with neonatal data entry software

PediNotes, launched by a neonatologist who conceived the idea in the 1990s, is software that integrates with a hospital's EMR system to make data entry more efficient.

Upskilling employees vs. firing? Amazon bets on retraining

For many jobs, it may be less costly to upskill workers than to fire them and hire people with new skills. Amazon's $700 million plan to upskill its workforce may save it money.

SAP Q2 2019: US-China trade war takes toll

SAP’s second-quarter 2019 financial results indicate cloud revenue at 26% of total, and 600 new customers for S/4 Hana. The US-China trade war has adversely affected results

IBM sees Red Hat as key to hybrid cloud strategy

IBM’s second-quarter 2019 results show a 4.2% decline in revenue, but the supplier is betting big on hybrid cloud and cognitive computing

Infinidat storage wants to rescue stranded IBM customers

Infinidat storage takes direct aim at IBM with Data Rescue Program. IBM users can trade in IBM XIV and FlashSystem A9000 gear for Infinidat InfiniBox disk arrays.

AT&T-Microsoft deal secures use of 5G wireless, Azure cloud

The latest AT&T-Microsoft partnership announcement lacked details for buyers of enterprise products and services but gave a big boost to Microsoft's Azure public cloud.

New ransomware threat takes GandCrab's place

Researchers released GandCrab master decryption keys, and in the wake of GandCrab's shutdown, a new ransomware threat -- called Sodin or Sodinokibi -- has emerged.

HID weighs in the glacial move towards digital ID

There are still concerns over data integrity, security and privacy of digital identities, but the convenience of the technology outweighs the risks, says a HID expert

Warzone bulletproof hosts protecting Magecart group

Security researchers have discovered a Magecart group operating with impunity using bulletproof hosting services, including one in battle-scarred Ukraine

MPs warn of data adequacy hole in no-deal Brexit

Transferring data to and from the EU will only be possible if an agreement is in place before the UK leaves. No deal means no data agreement

Second CyberThreat Summit announced by NCSC and SANS Institute

CyberThreat 2019 aims to bring together a more diverse set of technical professionals in cyber security from the private and public sectors in the UK and abroad to encourage collaboration

Ethos Technology building on Pure signing

Distributor has landed a relationship with Pure Storage and is looking to build on that moment over the rest of 2019

Latest ICO fine highlights privacy due diligence

A week after issuing the first serious GDPR fines, the ICO has further underlined the importance of data stewardship and due diligence regarding privacy practices

Cohesity Runbook simplifies DR failover

Cohesity Runbook is billed as a simple way to orchestrate disaster recovery failover and create best practices, but it can be used to automate workflows beyond DR.

New Commvault partner incentives aim to deepen alliances

Commvault is looking to differentiate itself from competitors by expanding its channel incentives program and enablement resources; other news from the week.

Kubernetes policy project takes enterprise IT by storm

A Kubernetes-friendly compliance as code project hosted by the CNCF has caught on among large enterprises in the first half of 2019, largely through word of mouth.

VMware on Azure gains early adherents

Microsoft's Azure VMware Solutions service will compete with the VMware Cloud on AWS offering, and reflects a move to the cloud for virtualized workloads.

Immigrant visa reform poised to complicate hiring plans

Legislators plan to act on a bill that will remove per-country caps for immigrant workers, making it more difficult for companies to hire skilled employees from certain countries.

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