TechTarget News - Week of Sep 06, 2020

Why predictive threat intelligence is key

Threat intelligence startup Cyfirma is using virtual agents to gather intelligence on potential cyber attacks that are being coordinated in underground forums before they occur

AI Summit 2020: Regulating AI for the common good

Speakers and panellists at the virtual AI Summit 2020 spoke about the tensions between cooperation and competition in the development of artificial intelligence

Dutch bank set to save €5m via Veeam backup upgrade

Rabobank ditched legacy backup where patching took months and restores took hours. Those times are now cut down massively and the bank has a readily available test environment

Government DPOs challenged by volume of GDPR work

Data protection officers working across the UK government are finding it tough to keep up with the increased workload generated by GDPR, according to a report

EE tops RootMetrics UK 5G survey

BT-owned mobile operator EE is named as having the best overall 5G availability in the UK, as well as consistently fast 5G speeds against competitors by RootMetrics’ independent, real-world network testing

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy week across the industry, with there being no signs of slowdown in the volume of hires

Experts slam government digital ID response

TechUK panel members say the government’s response to its digital identity consultation provides no concrete plan for moving forward

Verizon advances 5G network security

US comms provider Verizon reveals details of efforts to future-proof next-generation network by developing solutions for possible security threats

Coronavirus hits Midwich first-half figures

Audiovisual player reveals the impact of the ‘biggest shock’ to the business sector but strikes an upbeat note about future prospects

Matt Hancock announces £50m for healthcare AI projects

The NHS and industry must have a ‘symbiotic’ relationship, says health secretary Matt Hancock as he promises to improve the environment for innovation in healthcare and announces £50m in funding for a series of healthcare AI projects

Mayank Prakash takes up CTO role at Tilney Smith & Williamson

The former global consumer CIO at utility firm Centrica has jumped ship to join wealth management and professional services group Tilney Smith & Williamson as its chief technology officer

Avaya extends channel coverage with Telarus

Comms player builds on existing relationship with North American master agent to work with the channel player to reach resellers in the UK

TikTok data could be gold mine for ERP, HR systems

TikTok's data and AI tech may have applications beyond marketing. That could be why Microsoft and Oracle, two enterprise tech powerhouses, may be interested in the company.

Jobs in UK tech sector grow 36% since lockdown peak

The number of advertised roles in digital have increased across the UK in the summer months, according to the government’s Digital Economy Council

UK leads Europe in net zero venture capital investment

With the UK leading venture capital investment in net zero enterprises, Tech Nation have launched a new, government-backed scaleup programme to further develop the sector

Nutanix Next steps into cloud: Clusters available in Azure

The Microsoft deal is part of Nutanix's pivot from an HCI vendor to provider of cloud software as it battles VMware and faces the same challenges as other infrastructure companies.

Progress Software battles legacy rep amid Chef Software buy

Progress Software, a 40-year-old tech company, will mix Chef products into its portfolio of acquisitions, as both seek to keep up with rapid changes in IT automation.

Salesforce e-commerce capabilities to expand with Mobify

Salesforce beefs up its headless e-commerce platform capabilities for enterprise retail customers with the acquisition of Mobify, a Canadian headless commerce hosting vendor.

Government publishes long-promised national data strategy

The government has published a national data strategy aimed at fostering innovation and increasing economic growth. It will also appoint 10 data fellows each year to work in the orbit of Number 10, and create 500 analyst jobs by 2021

September’s Patch Tuesday heavy on RCE vulnerabilities

Microsoft’s September update contains patches for 129 common vulnerabilities and exposures, including a high number of remote code execution issues

Computacenter shows resilience in H1

Channel player Computacenter shares first half numbers and reveals its latest acquisition to bolster US revenues

Retiring Nutanix CEO Pandey ponders what's next

As he prepares to hand over the reins of Nutanix, CEO Dheeraj Pandey said the vendor's next big question is, 'How will HCI morph in this world of hyperscalers?'

Exertis extends £10m in credit to AV partners

Distributor Exertis is increasing funds for audiovisual product and services resellers as a sign of support against a backdrop of Covid-19

Intel patches critical flaw in Active Management Technology

Intel's Patch Tuesday featured four security advisories, including a critical flaw in Active Management Technology that could allow an attacker privilege escalation.

Horizon Bancorp adds Zerto to its portfolio

Zerto reduced Horizon Bancorp's recovery times and improved reporting for auditors. Zerto's cloud-to-cloud replication also helps as Horizon increases its cloud usage.

Coronavirus: APAC organisations speed up innovation

Innovation has become easier than before, with the most innovative organisations expecting to recover from the impact of the pandemic in less than six months, new Microsoft-commissioned study finds

Nordic CIO interview: Maria Lundberg, ICA Gruppen

The CIO of Swedish retail giant ICA Gruppen, Maria Lundberg, who is overseeing the digitisation of four retail sectors, tells Computer Weekly about the challenges of providing shared IT services for localised needs

Assange prosecution would put journalists around the world at risk

Trevor Timm, co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, tells a court that if the US prosecutes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, every reporter who receives a secret document will be criminalised

Broadcom launches Brocade gen7 Fibre Channel switches

New generation Fibre Channel doubles performance to 64Gbps with switches and HBAs now available. But what future for Fibre Channel with NVMe-over-fabrics hitting the datacentre?

Lorca security scaleups hit funding milestone

£153m of investment has been raised by Lorca cohort companies in just two years, almost four times the original target

Fintechs ramping up efforts to get loans into SME hands

With the deadline for the government-backed coronavirus loan scheme looming, efforts are being made to try to get those small firms looking for financial aid logged onto the system

SentinelOne thanks channel for delivering growth

Security player SentinelOne has seen its efforts to expand distribution and increase support for partners pay off in the revenue numbers

Scotland confirms launch of contact-tracing app

Mobile users north of the border get opportunity denied to those in England and Wales – namely the use of a widely available smartphone app designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19

Commvault launches dedicated disaster recovery product

Commvault split off the disaster recovery capabilities from its Complete Data Protection into a separate product and added automation and recovery validation functions.

Episerver to buy Optimizely, adds to CMS, e-commerce suite

As Episerver evolves into a digital experience platform under new leadership, the company adds native A/B testing functionality by acquiring Optimizely.

Slack leans on Connect for future growth

Slack executives tout Slack Connect as a source of additional revenue over the next four months. The collaboration company reported this week slowing revenue growth.

Cyber security is next frontier for open source

Open security will facilitate the interoperability and capabilities of cyber security tools while alleviating vendor lock-in for enterprises, says IBM

Government funds digital manufacturing projects

The business secretary has announced £300 million of funding for virtual assistants, augmented reality and digital supply chain innovations

Russian interference in US elections ramps up on schedule

With the critical US 2020 presidential election looming, Russian-state backed hackers are once again after organisations directly involved in political elections, launching thousands of targeted attacks

Santander to double investment in fintechs

Santander is doubling the amount of money it invests in fintech startups after the success of its funding arm, which was established in 2014

Zoom adds two-factor authentication for all users

Latest enhancements to Zoom security make it easier for organisations to protect users and prevent breaches and unauthorised meeting access

New NLP capabilities highlight Qlik Sense update

Enhancements to Insight Advisor, an AI-powered chatbot that helps users make decisions based on their data, are at the core of the latest update from Qlik.

Small businesses projected to add £1.8tn to global GDP growth by 2024

Small Business Digital Maturity research finds nearly three-quarters of global small businesses surveyed are accelerating their digitisation rates to address Covid-19 challenges and respond faster to the new normal of remote working

Facebook takes legal action against Irish privacy watchdog

Facebook’s legal action against the Data Protection Commission will attempt to preserve the company’s ability to transfer European citizens’ data to the US despite its lower privacy protections

Epic digitizes ranking process for elective procedures

As healthcare systems began to bring patients back in for elective procedures, they encountered new challenges and cumbersome processes. EHR vendor Epic helped ease that burden.

Adaptive strategy looms as test for partners, clients

Organizations must grapple with the fact that the 2020s could see a range of disruptive events. Digital technologies can help businesses to roll with the punches.

Mega Hopex update focuses on aligning IT to business goals

Mega's Hopex upgrade adds IT Business Management, Information Architecture and Risk Management features designed to help users keep their technology in line with business goals.

Zoom launches two-factor authentication

Video conferencing company Zoom has introduced two-factor authentication, a feature already available in competing products from Cisco and Microsoft.

Oracle moves OpenJDK to Git and GitHub

As Git and GitHub gain momentum with a majority of developers, Oracle has moved the OpenJDK repository to the Git source code management system and GitHub hosting platform.

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