TechTarget News - Week of Apr 19, 2020

Machine learning to help hospitals predict Covid-19 demand

The system developed by NHS Digital and the University of Cambridge will support hospitals in England in handling upcoming demand for intensive care beds and ventilators

CIO interview: Jason Oliver, IT director, University of Sussex

Imagine taking a year to formulate a digital transformation plan – then having to implement much of it in two weeks when the coronavirus hit. For the Sussex University IT chief, there’s even more to do now

Cohesity Helios gets a mobile app for on-the-go alerts

Cohesity launched a free mobile app version of Cohesity Helios. It delivers key features such as monitoring and ransomware alerts to users who are away from a workstation.

INCA: UK gigabit broadband progress more important than ever

Trade body for independent network providers calls for progress toward the delivery of ultrafast broadband to all parts of the UK to continue despite the current Covid-19 lockdown conditions

COVID-19 unemployment claims up demand for COBOL programmers

There is an urgent need for COBOL programmers amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated the U.S. economy and overwhelmed unemployment insurance systems in some states.

Cognizant discloses Maze ransomware attack

Cognizant was attacked by the Maze ransomware gang, the company confirmed Saturday. It's unclear whether Cognizant clients were also breached or infected with ransomware.

NLQ, developer tools highlight Sisense BI platform update

The latest update from Sisense features a new natural language query tool built on graph technology and a hub for low-code/no-code embedded application development.

In COVID-19 economy, CX teams shrink despite greater need

B2B companies realign sales and marketing efforts as the COVID-19 economy creates slowdowns and layoffs for some, opportunities and new leads for others.

NCSC launches coronavirus cyber security campaign

The National Cyber Security Centre has launched a reporting service for scam emails as part of a campaign to help people protect themselves from cyber criminals exploiting the pandemic

When data protection is not enough

Organisations should take a holistic approach to data protection and cyber security in what the CEO of Acronis deems a “cyber protection” strategy

SAP co-CEO Morgan departs, leaving Klein to fly solo

Jennifer Morgan will step down as SAP co-CEO after six months in the position. Christian Klein will become sole CEO as the ERP vendor continues to face an uncertain time.

SCC steps in to develop and support PPE training website

Channel player SCC moves quickly to help roll out a resource that NHS staff can access nationally to provide guidance on the correct use of personal protective equipment

Data excess linked to climate change

IT departments are unwittingly contributing to climate change by storing too much data, much of which will never be used

Border Force awards £3.1m contract to Capita

The contract with the Home Office's law enforcement agency will see the implementation of 4G and satellite infrastructure

IBM results reveal hybrid emphasis and virtual garages

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is leading to businesses rethinking their strategy, with IBM leaning on virtual teams to support hybrid computing projects

Commvault lawsuit says Rubrik, Cohesity infringed on patents

Commvault accused startups Rubrik and Cohesity of copying its inventions. Its lawsuit seeks judgment to stop the sales of products such as Cohesity DataPlatform and Rubrik CDM.

IBM's new CEO makes commitment to IT, reports cloud gains

IBM cloud revenues saw incremental first quarter growth, despite the March slump due to COVID-19, and the new CEO promised to pursue a more aggressive cloud and AI strategy.

How DBS is reaping the dividends of digital transformation

At DBS Bank, the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated the value of technology and the investments it made over the past decade to modernise its technology stack

Coronavirus: Cyber criminals may be changing tactics

Cyber criminals “may soon shift to heavier exploitation of footholds established through phishing and other scams”, warns Cyber Threat Coalition

Coronavirus: Swedish college implements digital plans early

Work done by a Swedish medical school over the past few years to prepare digital education options is paying off as lockdown forces it to close physical classrooms

NCSC overwhelmed by response to coronavirus campaign

The UK’s NCSC has taken down more than 80 malicious web campaigns and received 5,000 reports of suspicious emails within 24 hours of launching reporting service

Ransomware, cloud attacks more than doubled in 2019

New research by Trustwave shows 2019 saw huge increases in ransomware and cloud services attacks, as well as a big shift from spam toward business email compromise.

Webex chases Zoom, Microsoft Teams on virtual backgrounds

Cisco has promised users virtual backgrounds are coming to the Webex desktop app. Customers are calling for the feature that's already in the desktop versions of Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Cisco SD-WAN to use Google Cloud backbone

Cisco plans to launch next year SD-WAN technology that improves WAN performance by directing traffic over Google Cloud's low-latency network backbone.

Tamr launches Data Can Help to reduce supply chain risk

Data Can Help is a new data curation service from Tamr designed to assist enterprises deal with the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Google Anthos multi-cloud platform now GA on AWS

Kubernetes-based Anthos is generally available on AWS, giving customers the ability to manage workloads there, as well as across Google Cloud and on-premises environments.

COVID-19 delays enforcement of federal interoperability rules

ONC and CMS will give health systems additional time to comply with portions of the interoperability rules finalized last month. Plus, OIG released a proposed rule on information blocking enforcement.

New spear phishing campaign targets oil and gas industry

Bitdefender researchers identified new spear phishing campaigns against the oil and gas industry that include emails with no typos and perfect usage of industry terminology.

Keeping coral reefs healthy with AI

Underwater video cameras equipped with artificial intelligence smarts have been deployed in the waters off Pangatalan island in the Philippines to track the barometers of coral reef health

SAP Q1 earnings solid, but long-term danger lurks

SAP reports first-quarter growth in cloud revenue but a drop in license revenue as the COVID-19 crisis threatens to delay IT infrastructure projects; analysts warn about overly rosy projections.

What comes after flash? Weebit Nano hopes its ReRAM will

Weebit Nano’s ReRAM stores bits by building resistive filaments and promises a 1,000x speed boost over flash in chips that can store data for years and is well-suited to edge uses

Ransomware-stricken Travelex up for sale

Travelex’s parent Finablr is washing its hands of the ransomware-stricken forex provider as it struggles with the twin shocks of the Covid-19 pandemic and a developing fraud scandal

Demand grows for using multiple accounts in Microsoft Teams

The inability to log in to multiple accounts on desktop in Microsoft Teams is increasingly annoying users. The vendor has not said when the feature will launch.

Trump's immigration 'pause' leaves open H-1B action

President Trump's immigration 'pause' is likely to face court action and ongoing criticism from people on both sides of the issue. The impact of his order is expected to be minor.

COVID-19 strains critical certificate authority processes

Border crossings. Police checkpoints. Security cages. Secret safes. These are just some of the hurdles certificate authorities face as they strive to maintain security during COVID-19.

Infrastructure-as-code competitor challenges Terraform

Pulumi 2.0 ratchets up the heat on HashiCorp's rival Terraform IaC tool, adding policy as code, test automation and secrets management features to its mainstream language support.

Atos acquisition of AI consulting firm looks promising

Atos, a global IT services company, acquired a data science and AI consulting firm as more enterprises move from experimenting with AI to deploying it at scale.

AWS launches Amazon AppFlow for SaaS integration

The newly launched Amazon AppFlow gives AWS an answer to the likes of Microsoft's Azure Logic Apps, for tying together its native services with SaaS application data.

Zoom looks to give some users control of encryption keys

Zoom could soon give some customers control of encryption keys. The company is expected to announce more details in the coming weeks.

Intel clean rooms work through lockdown

Intel has reported an increase in PC and datacentre processor sales, reflecting the shift to online and home schooling and working

Dark data is contributing to carbon emissions

Almost six million tonnes of carbon dioxide will be pumped into the atmosphere this year as a result of dark data, Veritas research finds

European fibre roll-outs speed up

European fibre-to-the-home and fibre-to-the-building coverage maintains a positive growth trend, with subscribers increasing by 15% since September 2018

Coronavirus: Remote working and mental health

As many of us are now working from home due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, while also trying to juggle other responsibilities alongside increased anxiety, how can we make sure that we’re looking after our mental health?

MSP Day coming at a time when trust is being earned

May's marking of the contribution of managed service providers is coming at a time when most are delivering high levels of support to customers coping with coronavirus

Emsisoft: U.S. ransomware attacks declined during pandemic

In the first quarter of 2020, the number of successful ransomware attacks on government and healthcare organizations in the U.S. decreased to a level unseen in years, Emsisoft said.

For IT, Windows 10 update 2004 complicated by COVID-19

Microsoft's Windows 10 update 2004 is set to release amid the coronavirus pandemic. Experts and IT admins say the appetite for new features may be mixed.

Cloud services market heats up during pandemic

The cloud services market remains active amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as Accenture, CentriLogic, SADA Systems and J2 Global build out their businesses; more news from the week.

HashiCorp Consul service leads off post-funding roadmap

HashiCorp CEO David McJannet discusses the company's future, including a Consul managed service headed for public beta this week, overlap with Kubernetes and building a sustainable open source business.

Channel partner programs react to pandemic challenges

Vendors such as IBM, HPE and SAP said they are committed to helping their channel ecosystems weather the economic circumstances wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

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