TechTarget News - Week of Jan 17, 2021

NCSC CyberFirst Girls 2021 contest kicks off

UK’s national cyber agency says it has already had hundreds of entrants in spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic

Australians lost A$176m to scams in 2020

Investment scams topped the list of scams, which grew by 23.1% in 2020 as criminals exploited human psychology using social engineering

Airband to supply full-fibre broadband across rural Cheshire

One of the UK’s largest UK rural connectivity providers wins £4.5m project to provide ultrafast full-fibre broadband to rural and hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire

UKtech50: The 2021 longlist

Each year, Computer Weekly launches its annual search for the most influential people in UK IT, where the tech industry nominates who it thinks should be in the top 50 – here is the longlist for 2021

Keysource talking expansion after MBO

Datacentre specialist Keysource starts fresh chapter with financial backing that can support a buy-and-build strategy

Three UK, Tata team to accelerate 5G network roll-out

IT services, consulting and business solutions provider employed to help UK operator configure and maintain its next-generation mobile network and ensure first time right network operations

MoD reports 18% rise in data loss incidents

The Ministry of Defence reported more than five hundred data security incidents in 2019-20, with seven serious enough to warrant disclosure to the ICO

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Another busy week in HR departments across the industry with some significant channel appointments being made

Click fraud levels reach new heights in pandemic

Small companies risk losing £10,000 a year, and enterprises as much as £520,000, to cyber criminals as click fraud volumes spike

Partnership enables Alteryx users to prep data in Snowflake

Alteryx and a rising cloud data warehouse vendor unveiled a new partnership that will enable joint customers to more easily and inexpensively prepare data for analytics.

Everbridge CTO details critical event management 'wake-up call'

Everbridge CTO Imad Mouline discusses how the coronavirus pandemic changed his company and businesses around the world, plus how organizations can improve crisis management.

More SAP leadership changes as Fox-Martin exits

SAP shuffles the executive ranks again as head of SAP customer success Adaire Fox-Martin leaves and ex-Microsoft Azure leader Julia White joins to head the SAP marketing organization

FBI warns against vishing attacks targeting enterprises

Though the FBI vishing warning references attacks that began in December 2019, the alert is reminiscent of the Twitter social engineering attacks that took place last July.

Google launches a suite of retail AI products

Google released AI products for online retailers as the tech giant increases its focus on industry verticals. The new products are designed for small and large retailers.

Huntress security platform gets boost from Level Effect EDR

As part of an aggressive growth strategy, MDR services vendor Huntress Labs purchased endpoint detection and response technology from security startup Level Effect.

Mendix brings its low-code application platform to China

China beckons and Mendix answers the call to bring its low-code application development system to meet the digital transformation needs of Chinese developers.

Malwarebytes breached by SolarWinds hackers

Malwarebytes, which is not a SolarWinds customer, confirmed that nation-state actors used an entirely different vector to breach the antimalware vendor and access internal emails.

Malwarebytes also hit by SolarWinds attackers

The nation state group that attacked SolarWinds in December got inside Malwarebytes by exploiting privileged access to its Microsoft Office 365 tenant, the firm reveals

Orange announces submarine cable linking US East Coast to France

Global telco claims significant reinforcement of connectivity and resilience on what it says is the most important submarine route in the world, with two next-generation transatlantic submarine cables

Midwich weathers Covid-19 storm

Distributor issues end-of-year trading update indicating that its second half was strong and its pipeline is looking healthy going forward

Few workers see employers as ready for new normal

Study finds vast majority of workers feel employers are not fully prepared to support the longer-term move to a hybrid workforce, prompting a need for organisations to plan their ‘future workplace’ better

Citrix to acquire Wrike for $2.25 billion

Citrix announced it will acquire Wrike for $2.25 billion, a move aimed at bringing project management features to the Citrix Workspace offering.

IBM acquisition spree targets hybrid cloud consulting market

Acquiring five providers specializing in cloud-based consulting and managed services since November, IBM wants to make it easier for users to move workloads across multiple clouds.

FireEye releases new tool to fight SolarWinds hackers

The new tool, dubbed Azure AD Investigator, will help audit Microsoft 365 environments for techniques used by the nation-state actors behind the SolarWinds supply chain attack.

Fivetran data connectors boost enterprise data integration

An enterprise data integration vendor is building out its suite of data connectors with updates for organizations to create data pipelines for business processes and analytics.

Nokia, Mobily unveil world’s first sliced FWA deployment

Global comms tech provider teams with Saudi Arabian telco to pilot world’s first 4G and 5G fixed wireless access network slicing on a live commercial network

Optus taps Nokia for 5G tech to enhance stadium experiences

With crowds slowly returning to outdoor venues in Australia after lockdown, comms tech provider and leading local operator deliver gigabit wireless in-stadium connectivity

Interview: Tony Porter, chief privacy officer, Corsight AI

Tony Porter speaks to Computer Weekly about the changes in facial-recognition during his time as surveillance camera commissioner, the ethics of using the technology, and his new role as chief privacy officer at Corsight AI

AWS contact center AI services expand to Salesforce, Avaya

Cloud contact center vendors that compete with Amazon Connect for customers will push AWS AI-powered intelligent search, speech recognition and language processing services.

Biden revokes Trump's contested DEI training order

President Joe Biden has revoked an executive order from former President Donald Trump that discouraged federal agencies and government contractors from conducting DEI training.

Hitachi Vantara follows the herd on Kubernetes storage

HKS allows Hitachi Unified Compute Systems systems to directly manage file volumes and objects on clustered Kubernetes nodes. Hitachi acquired the software code from Containership.

Immigration exemption in data protection law faces further legal challenge

Human rights groups set to take legal challenge against immigration exemption to Court of Appeal on the basis that everyone, regardless of their nationality or residence, should have their fundamental rights and freedoms protected as stated in the GDPR

Cloud, security top list of IT spending priorities

The COVID-19 pandemic's influence on IT spending will continue into 2021, as organizations bolster security, accelerate cloud adoption and implement robotic process automation.

Kyligence builds out data cloud for OLAP and big data

Kyligence is advancing the Apache Kylin project with a cloud-native offering that can help organizations more efficiently execute and manage data queries against large data sets.

Flush with funds, rising DevSecOps vendor reveals roadmap

Lacework has a fresh $525 million to help develop its machine learning-driven DevSecOps product, which integrates into CI/CD pipelines. CEO Dan Hubbard reveals his expansion plans.

Acquia launches headless commerce integration

Acquia adds cloud e-commerce to its expanding digital experience platform via tight integrations with Lucidworks' AI-assisted product recommendation engine and Commercetools' headless commerce.

Tech salary growth in APAC a mixed bag

The growing demand for IT pros to support digital transformation projects has not translated to higher salaries across the board, survey finds

Computacenter adds to picture of strong Q4

Channel player issues trading update that adds to a growing list of evidence that H2 and the last few months of last year were robust for the channel

Google threatens to cut off Australia

Google’s threat to end its Australian Search operation comes in the face of new legislation that would force it to pay media publishers for news content

Sepa data leaks as agency resists ransom demands

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is resisting extortion demands from a ransomware gang, but has suffered a data leak in retaliation

Next-gen network roll-outs drive 5G FWA broadband CPE market

Continued momentum revealed for fixed wireless access as analyst sees such services using 5G technology capable of supporting gigabit speeds, creating huge potential to compete with existing fixed broadband services

ICO resumes adtech investigation

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office was criticised for ending its investigation into alleged malpractice in advertising technology, but has now resumed its probe

BT connects Dutch diplomatic missions

New software-defined network services designed to enable secure collaboration and support digital transformation of network supporting Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Looker, Google planning plenty of analytics collaborations

While collaboration with its parent company is prominent in Looker's plans, so are investments in analytics capabilities including embedded BI and natural language processing.

Otter.ai helps Google Meet stay competitive

Otter.ai provides captioning, live transcription and recording options in Google Meet. The features match those in Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Vodafone unveils ‘instant’ Wi-Fi

Telco targets digital households and small businesses with new mobile router for use cases including support for video calling, streaming and online learning

Top-tier consultants, SIs pursue IT services acquisitions

M&A activity remains hot in the IT services sector -- with Cognizant, McKinsey, Accenture and IBM revealing new acquisitions over the last 10 days; more IT channel news.

Microsoft: 2021 tools must support 'remote-first' developers

Microsoft has labeled developers the 'digital first responders' in the enterprise and is telling coders to prepare for application development oriented around remote work.

Massive Slack outage caused by AWS gateway failure

An AWS Transit Gateway failure led to Slack being down for nearly five hours earlier this month. The companies said they made changes to prevent such outages in the future.

Samsung to release a faster OLED laptop display

The Korean manufacturer plans to ship large quantities of the 14-inch 90 Hz display by the end of the quarter. Potential buyers include Lenovo and other global IT companies.

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