TechTarget News - Week of Aug 02, 2020

More data breaches from ransomware attacks in Australia

The number of data breaches caused by ransomware rose to 33 in the first half of 2020 from 13 in the previous six-month period, according to the latest report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Economic Affairs Committee calls for Universal Credit reform

Lords Select Committee finds the design of the Universal Credit system is ‘failing millions of people’, including a ‘significant minority’ who struggle with the digital service

BT launches drive to support UK SMEs

Small Business Support Scheme will help country’s 5.8 million small businesses boost connectivity, cashflow and confidence following coronavirus pandemic

Edge server shipments set to double by 2024

As business gets close to the edge, analyst predicts a ‘supercharged’ edge server market over the next five years driven by an associated boom in cloud services

Covid-19 forces TechHub into administration

Silicon Roundabout mainstay TechHub has been forced into administration after Covid-19 pandemic undermines ability to generate revenue

Adobe AI-based Predictive Audiences added to Marketo Engage

Adobe adds Predictive Audiences to Marketo Engage. The personalization tool is geared for users who manage marketing messaging to live and online event attendees.

Google, Microsoft add to their cloud migration toolkits

New cloud migration tools and services from Google and Microsoft seek to meet customer demand for easier, faster deployments amid rising favor for multi-cloud deployments.

Microsoft puts Universal Print in preview

Microsoft says cloud-based Universal Print simplifies printer management by replacing on-premises infrastructure. The service is available through 365 on Windows 10 devices.

New foundation to bolster security of open source software

The Open Source Security Foundation will bring together key open source security initiatives across the industry to improve and support the security of open source software

Liverpool scores win with 5G health and social care project

Quality of Mersey is not strained in mobile health communications solutions, with a further £4.3m for 5G-based health and social care innovation to provide safe, free and accessible connectivity to services including health, social care and education

Services and datacentres keep SCC growth coming

Channel player lifts the lid on highlights from its most recently completed fiscal year with the business continuing to build on previous years of growth

Liam Fox hack raises questions over government security

The hack of a former cabinet minister’s emails casts doubt over the effectiveness of safeguards and security training processes at the highest levels of the British government

Five signs you’re about to get hit with ransomware

A series of Sophos reports on the ransomware threat landscape shows how security professionals can sniff out a potential ransomware attack before it happens

Tata Communications unveils new secure digital experience

Global digital ecosystem enabler Tata aims to allow businesses to adapt to the realities of enterprise transformation, workforce mobility and consumer experience in the new digital-first environment

Twitter breach raises concerns over phone phishing

The alleged mastermind behind the Twitter breach has been arrested, and the method of social engineering attack has also been revealed: phone phishing, or vishing.

‘Precipitous’ rise in network disruptions since March 2020

Research finds that since lockdown, regional network availability and performance has differed between ISP and cloud networks, with cloud provider networks showing greater resilience

Isima emerges with bi(OS) converged data platform

Startup launches with the general availability of a converged platform that offers the promise of integrating multiple data management and analysis steps into a single offering.

ChannelCon 2020 speakers see room for innovation in economy

The COVID-19 economy can harm partners, but also nudge them toward greater creativity. Speakers at CompTIA's channel event cited emerging tech and business consulting openings.

Inside Juniper’s radical IT transformation

Western Australia’s aged care provider Juniper embarked on an aggressive strategy to completely transform its IT operations in just two years

Nokia to set up robotics lab at Indian Institute of Science

The Nokia Centre of Excellence for Networked Robotics will explore the use of drones, advanced communications and artificial intelligence in agriculture and industrial automation, among other applications

Event: Navigating a post-pandemic world

MicroScope is holding a virtual event to discuss the changes that Covid-19 has sparked across the channel, what comes next and how to be more effective at digital marketing

Home Office drops ‘racist’ visa algorithm

The Home Secretary has pledged to stop using an algorithmic decision-making system to assess visa applications after migrant welfare and technology justice groups challenged the tool for helping to create a hostile environment for migrants

SIP phones support coming to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft plans to add SIP phone support to Teams next year. The move will significantly increase the phone options for enterprises using the cloud-based collaboration service.

Microsoft unveils Open Service Mesh, vows donation to CNCF

Microsoft pledged to donate its service mesh to the CNCF in a stab at Istio, setting the stage for potential vendor collaboration around multi-cloud interoperability standards.

DevOps pipeline consolidation continues among CI/CD tools

Bespoke DevOps pipelines are becoming a thing of the past as specialist vendors such as Harness and Drone.io merge to compete with large platform vendors.

Google Cloud, Harvard release COVID-19 Public Forecasts

Google Cloud, in partnership with the Harvard Global Health Institute, released public models that can predict new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations 14 days out.

Culture of learning can spark channel innovation

Channel partners seeking to drive innovation should become learning organizations that encourage risk-taking and creative thinking, according to speakers at CompTIA's ChannelCon.

Spurring digitalisation in Singapore’s tourism sector

The Singapore Tourism Board has developed a digital pass and an analytics service, among other initiatives, to digitalise the city-state’s embattled tourism industry

Planning system to get digital overhaul

Government proposal on reform of the planning system sets out plans for modernising the planning process though use of data, interactive online systems and collaboration with the property technology sector

Looker, Google unveil first collaboration since acquisition

Six months after Google's acquisition of Looker finally closed, the two unveiled their first collaboration during Google Cloud's virtual user conference.

TigerGraph adds cloud support, helps standardize graph coding

With democratization of graph databases in mind, TigerGraph recently added support for Microsoft Azure and took steps to help standardize graph query language.

IMT Software cracks open SoDA data management

Integrated Media Technologies, an MSP targeting media and entertainment, expanded into software development with SoDA, an unstructured data management tool.

Ripple20 vulnerabilities still plaguing IoT devices

Months after Ripple20 vulnerabilities were reported, things haven't gotten much better, say experts at Black Hat USA 2020. In fact, the world may never be fully rid of the flaws.

CISA chief: Ransomware could threaten election security

During a Black Hat USA 2020 session, CISA Chief Christopher Krebs said ransomware attacks on city, state and local governments are a major concern for election security.

Maine state government modernizes with Oracle Analytics

Hampered by siloed data and a data warehouse constructed 25 years ago, Maine's state government used tools from Oracle to break down data barriers and improve BI capabilities.

Voting vendor ES&S unveils vulnerability disclosure program

Election Systems & Software, the biggest vendor of U.S. voting equipment, will allow the security researcher community to test its elections equipment for vulnerabilities.

Oracle builds CoVPN volunteer screening tool for NIH

Oracle has developed cloud apps to help healthcare professionals keep track of COVID-19 data including results from clinical trials and lists of volunteers for vaccine trials.

Australia updates cyber security strategy but offers little new

The nation’s latest cyber security strategy includes centralised management of networks and a voluntary code of practice for deploying internet-connected devices, among other areas

TikTok to be banned in US in 45 days

Trump says his Executive Orders against Chinese mobile apps are in the interests of dealing with a national emergency

‘Inadequate’ broadband impacts bottom line for London’s SMEs

Research reveals as many as 85% of small businesses in UK capital do not know how fast their broadband speed needs to be for their business to thrive, and only two-fifths were able to transition to a fully online business model after Covid-19 hit

Government pumps £650m into Northern Ireland border

Funding for the Northern Ireland border includes £200m for a Trader Support Service and £155m to develop technology to support traders during post-Brexit transition period

Government should prioritise product-led startups, says UKTCG

UK Tech Cluster Group report calls on government to prioritise startups, provide test beds for digital innovation and establish programmes to enable tech careers for people who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19

Big Blue ties its IBM Z Series tighter to hybrid clouds

In its ongoing mission to keep mainframes relevant, IBM rolled out a raft of hardware and software offerings that move it closer to the heart of IT shops' hybrid cloud strategies.

CIOs challenged to make healthcare delivery faster, cheaper

In this Q&A, former Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst talks about how the pandemic has affected the healthcare CIO's agenda. Hint: It's all about efficiency.

Value stream management tames DevOps chaos at Eli Lilly

The pharma firm straightened out disorganized DevOps processes, which now include data management for COVID-19 clinical trials, with a Plutora value stream management tool.

T-Mobile 5G progresses, Samsung intros 5G tablets

This week's 5G news includes T-Mobile 5G taking a significant step forward, Samsung releasing tablets and Intel and VMware joining forces on network infrastructure.

10 years after Stuxnet, new zero-days discovered

A decade after Stuxnet, SafeBreach Labs researchers discovered new zero-day vulnerabilities connected to the threat, which they unveiled at Black Hat USA 2020.

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