TechTarget News - Week of Jun 28, 2020

Making the case for cloud-based security

Cloud-based security tools can hasten threat detection and response, but adoption will depend on where an enterprise is on the cloud readiness scale

Nuvias adds collaboration options with Zoom

Distributor Nuvia is given master agent status by video comms platform player Zoom as both look to grow the business via the channel

Phishing back in vogue as ransomware vector

Researchers have observed an increase in phishing as a means to deliver ransomware payloads – and organisations don’t appear to be prepared

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Senior changes at Lenovo and the emergence of a fresh employer in the shape of Nebulon are just a couple of the highlights this week

Security, productivity key desktop virtualization benefits

According to a survey conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group, IT pros pointed to security, productivity and IT efficiency as the virtualization benefits driving VDI and DaaS adoption.

Nokia nets exclusive Taiwan Mobile 5G deal

Three-year deal sees Finnish comms tech provider selected as single supplier for 5G RAN, Core and IMS Taiwanese operator, continues 5G strategy focused on digital transformation and sustainability

IBM donates AI ethics tools to Linux Foundation

IBM donates open source toolkits AI Fairness 360, Adversarial Robustness 360 and AI Explainability 360 to the Linux Foundation amid calls for more ethical AI.

Record-setting DDoS attacks indicate troubling trend

Akamai Technologies recently mitigated two of the largest DDoS attacks ever recorded on its platform, including a massive 809 million packets per second attack against a bank.

Optus to test 5G mmWave technology

The Australian telco is testing mmWave technology using the 26GHz band at four locations in Sydney

No Glastonbury? Try the Exclusive Networks festival

Resellers can register for the festival, running all of next week, to gain insights, get entertained and get into gear on future plans from the distributor

Government expands Future Fund eligibility criteria

The Future Fund will now be accessible to startups that have previously taken part in accelerator programmes, but early-stage firms continue to struggle

Zendesk CRM adds email automation features

The Zendesk Sell CRM platform adds email automation features for customer engagement as the pandemic cuts off sales rep users' access to in-person customer meetings.

Workday admits to Black diversity problem, pledges to improve

Workday makes HR tools, including diversity software, for half of the Fortune 100. But Black employees make up less than 3% of its own workforce, an issue Workday vows to address.

Citrix microapps look to ease office reopening

With new Workspace microapps, Citrix is looking to make it easier for offices to reopen. Company representatives said the tools were informed by the firm's own experiences.

Australia to invest a record A$1.35bn in cyber security

The Australian government is making its largest ever investment in cyber security over the next decade to identify cyber threats, disrupt foreign cyber criminals and build new capabilities

How Propre eases its database management woes

Japanese supplier of global real estate data switched to Oracle’s autonomous database to reduce database management costs as it expands its global footprint

UK government announces Office for Talent

The Office for Talent is part of a research and development roadmap, which includes an innovation programme to accelerate innovation in government

CIO interview: Richard Gifford, CIO, Wincanton

Transforming legacy systems, making use of real-time data and exploring emerging technologies are high on the agenda for the logistics giant’s IT team

Snake ransomware poses unique danger to industrial systems

The new ransomware family known as Snake, or Ekans, is designed for organizations with industrial control systems and has already struck at least two enterprises.

Developer tools a key part of Yellowfin analytics platform

With embedded analytics as a central tenet, Yellowfin continues to focus on application developers by giving them new tools and updating existing ones in its platform updates.

Microsoft fixes Windows Codecs flaws with emergency patches

Microsoft addressed two vulnerabilities, one rated critical and the other rated important, after being alerted by a researcher with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative.

Feds nix college degree requirement for merit-based hiring

President Trump has ordered federal agencies, which employ 2.2 million, to move to merit-based hiring by the end of the year. This may require an HR technology upgrade.

Confluent enables infinite Kafka scalability in the cloud

Kafka gets data retention boost that can make it easier for users to store event streaming data for long periods of time, which can help with data analysis.

Kubernetes complicates Cloud Foundry platform development

The Cloud Foundry community has begun to port its developer interface onto Kubernetes infrastructure, but there are multiple approaches to sort out amid the transition.

Telco edge to accompany 5G roll-outs in APAC

Pilot projects are underway in the Asia-Pacific to deploy telco edge infrastructure to support high-bandwidth, low-latency applications

Accenture to cut 900 UK staff

Accenture is cutting 900 jobs in the UK, as business levels drop amid the global Covid-19 pandemic

Most Influential Women in UK Tech: The 2020 longlist

Each year, during its search for influential women in UK technology, Computer Weekly asks the tech industry to nominate who it thinks should be considered for the top 50 – here is the longlist for 2020

Channel key to driving Avaya’s UCaaS offering

Comms player cuts the ribbon on its unified comms-as-a-service product with the channel front and centre of its plans

Cops take out encrypted comms to disrupt organised crime

The UK’s National Crime Agency, alongside other law enforcement agencies in France and the Netherlands, have busted illicit arms and drugs rings after disabling an encrypted comms platform

Resellers overcoming resistance to agent model

Avaya has seen its channel partners change their position on the master agent model as the vendor has led more of them through the process

Pure Storage CEO back after COVID-19 battle

Pure Storage CEO Charles Giancarlo said it took him a month to recover from an extended bout with coronavirus. Meanwhile, Pure's revenue grew by 12% last quarter despite the pandemic.

Ahana brings PrestoDB SQL query engine to the cloud

Soon after announcing its seed round of funding, Ahana launched commercial support services for the open source federated SQL data query technology.

VMware reaches agreement to acquire Datrium DRaaS

Datrium will continue to operate independently post-acquisition, and the product will remain separate from VMware Site Recovery, but there is no word on any staff changes.

Veeam hybrid cloud, virtual VeeamON reflect tech changes

While Veeam is planning on a physical user conference next year, its virtual event in June drew tens of thousands. The company highlighted its advancements in cloud and CDP.

Pandemic influences IT staffing trends

The pandemic and economic uncertainty is influencing IT staffing priorities within the tech industry, according to new research; other news from the week.

Amazon CodeGuru uses machine learning to improve code

With Amazon CodeGuru now generally available, developers can write higher-quality, cost-efficient Java code. The service uses machine learning to find and fix bugs.

ConnectWise ups ante in cybersecurity services market

ConnectWise is pushing deeper into the security market by launching an MSP-specific cybersecurity framework. Get insight into the MSP+ Cybersecurity Framework initiative.

Microsoft-Cisco video interoperability delayed until later in 2020

Microsoft and Cisco said a long-awaited integration between their video conferencing room systems, originally slated to launch in early 2020, is still on track for release this year.

AIOps tools expand as users warm slowly to autoremediation

AIOps tool vendors keep expanding the environments they can support with automated remediation features, but users are taking their time to move beyond root cause analysis.

Voice biometrics for CX detects customer age, fraud

As of now, Nuance voice age-detection features are for security teams that want to prevent fraud and to route service calls. Analyst sees potential for marketing personalization.

Government to fund diagnostic health tech projects

Six health projects across the UK, using technologies to detect chronic and terminal illnesses, will be given £13m in funding by the government, while £3m will come from Cancer Research UK

DWP publishes digital delivery results and cost of IT blunders

DWP released a number of updates of its digital transformation work including several initiatives relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, and reported more than £10m sunk in failed IT projects

Virgin Media spreads UK gigabit broadband reach

Launch of gigabit broadband in Merseyside and Edinburgh sees Virgin Media add more than 600,000 homes to fibre network, taking total to 2.7 million properties

Green tech needed for post-Covid economic recovery

Green technology investments could help society recover from the coronavirus – and prepare it for the long-term negative social and economic outcomes of climate change

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