TechTarget News - Week of Aug 09, 2020

Poor connectivity sees home workers lose over half an hour of work a day

Business leaders reveal pressure of new normal with research revealing four-fifths of home workers experiencing unreliable internet connection while working from home, and nearly half having slow and/or unreliable internet connection

SD-WAN gains momentum with enterprises in Australia

As Australian businesses accelerate migration to the cloud, the underlying network will play an increasingly important role and nearly 60% of enterprises in the country have already implemented SD-WAN

Gov.uk Verify continues to pose ‘notable risk’ to Cabinet Office

Government Digital Service put in place “unprecedented measures” in response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and built several new digital services, but its Gov.uk Verify programme continues to “pose notable risk” to the department, according to Cabinet Office annual report

MSPs working through Covid challenges

The pandemic has given managed service players several challenges, but most are in a strong enough position to come through the crisis stronger

EE expands emergency services network to 500th site

BT-owned UK operator announces milestone for emergency services network as it accelerates its strategy towards bringing 4G to more places across the country, particularly rural communities

Gearset adds Salesforce backup to its toolbox

Gearset Data Backup takes backups more frequently than Salesforce's native tools and uses Gearset's deployment engine, normally used for DevOps, for recoveries.

Flexible Metal bends toward Arcserve backup

Flexible Metal's IT manager was trying to do site-to-site replication for backup and DR using Veritas Backup Exec but found it too slow. Arcserve was faster and more reliable.

Government launches digital identity checking pilot

More than a year after first announced, the government has launched a year-long pilot of its post-Brexit digital identity checking service

IBM's OpenAPI Comment Parser helps devs document APIs

IBM's OpenAPI Comment Parser gives developers a new tool to simplify the process of documenting APIs, so that developers down the line will be able to use them with less effort.

For smaller orgs, EHR security is a disproportionate struggle

Indiana University Health CISO Mitchell Parker said larger healthcare systems and two-factor authentication can play crucial roles in helping smaller providers with EHR security.

UK lags in AI skills and AI project success

Global study by Microsoft shows that UK organisations have more artificial intelligence projects that deliver zero value than other countries

Pandemic acts as catalyst for digital-led recovery

Economies with strong digital services are set to grow cross-border trade, while 3D printing could revolutionise goods manufacturing

PCCW Global and Sure Universal team up for home-based medical IoT

Leading IoT software and platform developer teams with Hong Kong telco to offer global network of connected solutions for medical care from home, providing a customisable platform and interface to deliver global connectivity, simplify device management and IoT operations

Security training body Sans Institute hit by data breach

Around 28,000 items of personally identifiable data were lost in a phishing attack on Sans, proving that even the professionals can be caught out

Microsoft patches two zero-days with active exploits

Microsoft drops another major Patch Tuesday update, including fixes for two zero-day exploits that are already being exploited by cyber criminals

How Dharma ransomware became an effective services business

New research looks under the bonnet of a Dharma ransomware attack, with the ransomware's ease of use being particularly dangerous for small to medium-sized enterprises

Government awards funding for innovation projects

The funding for innovative projects forms part of the government’s plan to increase research and development spending, which it claims will aid the UK’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery

Microsoft plugs 2 zero-days on August Patch Tuesday

In addition to the actively exploited flaws, IT workers must contend with a domain controller exploit that could give an attacker administrative access.

Nutanix launches clusters for AWS

Hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer Nutanix puts clusters on AWS, enabling common management of applications and workloads on premises and in the public cloud.

Importance of analytics heightened by COVID-19 pandemic

Business intelligence is needed when times are bad, and it's the organizations who have created a data-driven culture that are best poised to thrive amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Broadband upstream usage, speeds spike higher in Q2 2020

As the need for remote working, learning, information and entertainment makes broadband access more important than ever, a consumption report finds mass usage of applications such as Zoom driving uptake of higher-speed packages

Terraform Cloud adds enterprise support, usage-based pricing

Terraform Cloud's new Business tier is a sign of what's to come for both Terraform Enterprise and IT ops teams overwhelmed with tools to manage, industry analysts say.

Kaspersky reveals 2 Windows zero-days from failed attack

Kaspersky prevented an attack against a South Korean company back in May that used two zero-day vulnerabilities. One, arguably the more dangerous, focused on Internet Explorer.

Tableau 2020.3 highlighted by new data prep capabilities

A new data preparation tool and enhanced predictive modeling capabilities highlight analytics software vendor Tableau's third-quarter platform update.

K2View takes aim at DataOps with new funding

K2View CEO and co-founder talks about how his company's micro-database fabric approach to user data aims to improve data management by consolidating data in one place.

APAC consumers do not feel responsible for data security

Just one in four consumers believe they should protect their own data, underscoring the tightrope between security and convenience that organisations have been walking on

Ericsson hits 100th 5G commercial agreement milestone

Century up for Swedish communications tech firm in next-generation infrastructure wins with deal at Telekom Slovenije to supply essential RAN and Packet Core technology

PCCW Global furthers global IoT reach with Nayar Systems

Industrial internet of things firm collaborates with global comms services provider to reduce the time and cost of deploying the services most required by high-tech elevator systems

ONC focuses on HIEs for data sharing

Health information exchanges could provide the interoperability backbone between providers and state and public health agencies, making real-time data readily available in times of crisis.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise embraces RingCentral UCaaS

The RingCentral partnership means Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's on-premises customers can stay with the vendor and get better cloud-based communications than ALE currently provides.

IBM Z mainframes revived by Red Hat, AI and security

It's not quite the glory days of the 1960s, but IBM mainframes are getting by with a little help from open source friends. IBM discusses the boost and plans for security and AI.

Infrastructure-as-code upstart boosts Kubernetes deployment

Pulumi has expanded its integrations with Kubernetes deployment tools including OPA, Helm v3 and Kustomize, offering a central collaboration point for DevOps container management.

Salesforce Apex developers tap into CircleCI's CI/CD engine

CircleCI has teamed up with Salesforce to help developers building applications on Salesforce's Java-like Apex development platform tap into the CircleCI CI/CD engine.

Oracle Autonomous JSON Database takes on MongoDB, Couchbase

The new Autonomous JSON Database is an attempt by Oracle to specifically support customers who only want document database capabilities and not a full multimodel database.

Singapore firms struggle with RPA roll-outs

Almost three-quarters of Singapore business leaders say their organisations are facing difficulties in scaling up their implementations of robotic process automation

Oracle and Salesforce sued over online ad tracking

Class action lawsuits filed in Amsterdam and London will accuse Oracle and Salesforce of breaching GDPR in their processing and sharing of personal data to sell online advertising

ServiceNow adds Uber to its pandemic planning tool set

ServiceNow has added an Uber module to its 'Safe Workplace suite,' a pandemic planning tool set. The idea is to help employees return to the office.

UK government investigates AI labour market

Survey will seek to discover new requirements and issues posed by artificial intelligence technology

ICO acknowledges GDPR concerns over A-level results scandal

Information Commissioner’s Office says it has engaged with exams regulator Ofqual after its use of an algorithm to calculate A-level grades backfired

Cisco-led consortium eyes up rural UK 5G opportunities

Part government-funded communications project develops first-of-its-kind deployment toolkit for next-generation networks using 5G technologies to empower rural and poorly connected communities

Cisco restructuring follows weak revenues, forecast

The Cisco restructuring includes shifting research and development to different technology areas and offering employees early retirement. An analyst says layoffs are likely.

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