TechTarget News - Week of Dec 13, 2020

Singapore trials beacons to bolster police operations

Police beacons equipped with video cameras, sirens, floodlights and speakers are being deployed at two parks to improve public safety in a year-long trial

SolarWinds backdoor used in nation-state cyber attacks

Nation-state hackers conducted a supply chain attack on SolarWinds and planted a backdoor in software updates issued to customers such as FireEye and various government agencies.

Optus teams up with VMware on SD-WAN

Australia’s second biggest telco, Optus, will offer VMware’s SD-WAN solution to enterprises in a highly fragmented market

Data prep in browser highlights Tableau BI platform update

New data preparation capabilities highlight the release of Tableau 2020.4, which was unveiled on Dec. 15 and includes a version of Tableau Prep Builder for the browser.

Ericsson sets sail with enhanced maritime connectivity

Swedish tech provider aims to rectify lack of options for at-sea communications where traditional satellite comms have seen high prices, high latency and low throughput

DWP completes migration to hybrid cloud

The milestone is part of a major insourcing exercise that saw the department move away from monolithic contracts

Cloud data warehouse Firebolt secures $37 million at launch

Firebolt, a new challenger to established cloud data storage vendors including Microsoft and Google, launched recently after securing $37 million in financing.

DataRobot releases new feature to detect AI bias

DataRobot is the latest AI vendor to address AI bias, releasing a new feature to help organizations detect and prevent bias in their models.

AWS expands cloud databases with data virtualization

At AWS re:invent 2020 the public cloud giant unveiled enhancements to its database and analytics portfolio, including the Babelfish project for migrating from SQL Server to PostgreSQL.

Singapore employees want more support for remote working

Singapore workers faced challenges in accessing internal company resources, spotty connections and had to use their personal devices for business while working remotely

UK offering relatively poor value for broadband services

Low absolute pricing is among the region’s best, but lower average speeds compared with much of Europe makes the UK one of the continent’s laggards when it comes to broadband value for money

Supply delays hitting some customers

Brexit is looming and there are delays at the ports – and that is having an impact in the channel and among its customers

Lancashire police integrate body-worn video into digital policing app

Body-worn video integration will transform Lancashire police’s time-consuming and manual procedures into an efficient digital workflow, but claims that BMV will increase transparency and accountability are not backed by the evidence

Intel launches fastest Optane SSD, 144-layer QLC NAND SSDs

New additions to Intel's memory and storage product roadmap include Optane's fastest solid-state drive yet and dense 144-layer QLC NAND SSDs that top out at 30.72 TB.

SolarWinds breach highlights dangers of supply chain attacks

While the scope of the breach is still unknown, the cyber attack on SolarWinds shows what can happen when sophisticated attackers target just one link of a software supply chain.

SolarWinds attack stumps SecOps experts

An attack on U.S. government agencies via vendor software updates illuminates a SecOps frontier where users must figure out how to reliably evaluate third-party dependencies.

SolarWinds struggles with response to supply chain attack

Security researchers discovered the Orion DLL component containing the backdoor used was still present in updates on SolarWinds' website as recently as Monday night.

Social media data practices land in FTC crosshairs

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking information on how social networking giants like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube collect and use consumer data.

New 8x8 CEO expected to improve business operations

Video conferencing company 8x8 selects former RingCentral COO Dave Sipes to replace outgoing CEO Vik Verma. Analysts expect Sipes to significantly improve 8x8 business operations.

AWS brings disaster recovery programme to Australia

Project Resilience will offer up to $5,000 worth of credits to public sector and community organisations to offset the cost of storing data on Amazon Web Services

Danske Bank fights money laundering with AI

Danske Bank is using artificial intelligence to help it prevent a repeat of the huge money laundering scandal that hit one of its operations in Estonia

Huge uptick in global 5G deployment across 2020

Although yet to fully accommodate the boost it got from the recent launch of suitably enabled iPhones, the 5G market has enjoyed a strong third quarter, according to data from mobile testing specialist

EY: Coordinated action vital to meet Gigabit Britain network deployment targets

With gigabit connectivity crucial to supporting the UK’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and plugging the digital divide, an EY study shows half of UK SMEs believe investment in gigabit connectivity is vital for the economic development of their region after Covid-19

FireEye and partners release SolarWinds kill-switch

A so-called kill-switch for the dangerous SolarWinds Sunburst attack should allay some user fears, but is not a full fix for the issue

NHS Scotland taps Check Point to secure Covid-19 data

NHS National Services Scotland is working with security firm Check Point to safeguard its sensitive data in the cloud and support its work on the coronavirus

Subscription model predicted to increase

Those looking ahead have already tipped increases in flexible consumption models as one of the main features of 2021

Microsoft, FireEye create kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor

The kill switch follows several other moves Microsoft made against the malware, including the removal of digital certificates and quarantining the malware in Windows Defender.

CISA: SolarWinds backdoor attacks are 'ongoing'

A joint statement from the FBI, CISA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence says the SolarWinds backdoor attacks are 'ongoing' and have comprised federal agencies.

Southwest: Recruiting chatbots improve productivity

The pandemic didn't stop the evolution of HR tech. MGM launched new sites to help employees, and Southwest Airlines measured the effectiveness of its recruiting chatbots.

Cloud recasts global data center switch market

Cloud providers and enterprise cloud makers have dramatically changed the global switch market, dampening traditional networking gear's importance in the modern data center.

SuccessFactors gets serious about employee time management

COVID-19 has increased demand by employers for flextime management capabilities. That will be a significant feature in the new SAP SuccessFactors employee time management system.

Clumio launches air-gapped data protection service

Intended as an add-on to non-Clumio data protection, RansomProtect SaaS provides an additional bunker for data through an isolated recovery environment.

Government can’t be complacent with AI, says Lords report

Report urges coordination on policy and use of artificial intelligence, and sets out recommendations for how official bodies should respond to advances in the technology

Three options for managing outsourcing relationships

At some point, IT leaders need to take a hard look at existing outsourcing contracts to understand how well they reflect current business practices

RingCentral offers Glip Pro+ for video, messaging

RingCentral Glip Pro+ is a rebranding of the messaging app Glip. The new standalone version combines Glip messaging and RingCentral Video.

Rubrik acquires Igneous Systems' unstructured data tech

Rubrik found Igneous Systems' large-scale unstructured data management capabilities to be complementary to its own and plans to fold it into the Rubrik platform.

Dell Technologies partners deliver mixed sales results

Dell Technologies said its channel strategy is weathering the challenging conditions of the COVID-19 economy, with storage sales taking the biggest hit; other IT channel news.

AWS digs into its new machine learning industrial products

Amazon Monitron and Lookout for Equipment use sensor data to help industrial customers predict when their machines will break. Amazon's GM of machine learning and AI explains.

Analytics startups to watch in the coming year

The startup BI vendors to watch in 2021 are those companies attempting to extend data analysis beyond data scientists and trained analysts to ordinary business users.

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