TechTarget News - Week of Mar 21, 2021

Singtel and Optus partner AWS on telco edge

Singtel and Optus are supporting AWS Outposts in their telco edge platforms that will enable enterprises to use AWS services for on-premise 5G applications

Altnet association warns of threat to UK full-fibre roll-out

Independent Networks Co-operative Association warns that recent momentum in gigabit broadband implementation could be delayed if independent providers and their investors believe UK comms regulator is not willing to listen to their concerns

Unionised drivers call on Microsoft to suspend Uber’s Face API licences

Unionised private hire drivers in the UK are calling for Microsoft to suspend Uber’s licences to use its Face API technology after claims the ride-hailing firm’s ID-checking system has led to drivers losing their jobs and having licences revoked

$50m ransomware demand on Acer is highest ever

Record-breaking double-extortion cyber attack saw REvil gang exfiltrate financial data from Taiwan-based PC manufacturer

Tech Data merges with Synnex

Tie-up between Tech Data and Synnex would see a combined operation with more than $57bn revenues and a global reach

Big four make small impression in Which? UK broadband survey

As remote working became the default during the UK lockdown, the importance of dependable and enterprise-acceptable home broadband was never more crucial, but Which? shows that the country’s largest providers have proved a let-down regarding connection reliability, internet speeds and value for money

GoodData to unveil analytics platform overhaul in April

Self-service business intelligence and data as a service form the foundation of the overhauled platform GoodData plans to release in April following two years of retooling.

Nordic bank fights money launderers with log analytics

The IT team at Lunar created an interface into its log analytics system for the bank's fraud investigators, which helped uncover specific data about questionable accounts.

Saltworks, Secure Code Warrior team up to secure the SDLC

Saltworks and Secure Code Warrior have forged a partnership to help developers integrate security into the lifecycle and learn to write more secure, higher-quality code.

Northwest Australia to get digital boost

A $1.5bn datacentre and connectivity project that links Perth and Darwin to the rest of the Asia-Pacific region is set to boost digital investments in northwest Australia

Abbyy releases Vantage 2 and a new skills marketplace

Abbyy aims at further injecting automation and intelligence into its products with the launch of a new marketplace and an update to its Vantage platform.

Scottish government embarks on green datacentre investment push

The Scottish government is on a mission to position Scotland as a green datacentre hub as part of a push to boost the country's economy and achieve its net-zero emissions goal by 2045

Tableau releases first integration with Einstein Analytics

AI and machine learning capabilities developed by Salesforce are now available in Tableau, marking the first integration between the vendors since the CRM giant acquired Tableau.

Commission calls for adult social care to get digital revamp

A commission on adult social care has called for the government to fund a personalised social care innovation programme, as well as invest £450m to replace outdated care and housing technology infrastructure

Scottish government AI strategy majors on ethics and inclusion

Scottish government announces artificial intelligence strategy that involves the creation of a Scottish AI Alliance to be drawn from across society, including trade unions and companies

Benu has the edge with cloud-native integrated SASE and 5G AGF

New broadband network gateway said to offer industry’s only carrier-first secure access service edge architecture as market scales to billions of devices, users and services

Generation Z majority left cold by data literacy

Data literacy is a term with little currency among 16 to 21-year-olds, according to research commissioned by analytics database company Exasol, but more than half of those surveyed think data skills should be more prominent in education

'Black Kingdom' ransomware impacting Exchange servers

Both ransomware and scareware variants of Black Kingdom have been reported in attacks against vulnerable Exchange servers, but the reason for this remains unclear.

AlertMedia boosts threat intelligence warning capabilities

AlertMedia enhanced its Global Threat Intelligence capabilities by adding a team of experts to provide professionally vetted threat warnings for its customers.

Amazon taps Tableau CEO Selipsky to lead AWS

Amazon has named a familiar face to lead AWS in Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky. AWS is poised for massive growth under his leadership.

NUHS taps RPA in Covid-19 swab tests

Singapore’s National University Health System deploys RPA bots to automate patient registration during Covid-19 swab tests as part of broader efforts to improve efficiency

PCCW Global expands SD-WAN services with uCPE, NFV

Hong Kong-based international communications service provider brings new level of user experience, enhanced security, automation and simplified management to global infrastructure

Salesforce updates Sales Cloud for remote work

Salesforce created CRM tools for its own sales team's pandemic shift to remote work -- and is rolling out the ones it found most effective to all the platform's users.

Acquia digital experience platform adds CX-friendly tools

After two years of transition, Acquia users get a first glance at how all of its recent acquisitions and product introductions align to build digital experiences.

Google Cloud claims revolution with Network Connectivity Centre

Cloud giant introduces platform designed to allow enterprises to simplify complex heterogeneous networks for on-prem and cloud connectivity needs and connect with Cisco SD-WAN as a single network

ServiceNow enters RPA market with Intellibot acquisition

Taking its cue from corporate users focused on both low- code and automation, ServiceNow has acquired Intellibot for its robotic process automation (RPA) products.

IWM uses StorCycle to free capacity for all-flash SAN upgrade

Imperial War Museums set to embark on unstructured data archiving project that will archive cold data to tape and free up capacity for a move to IntelliFlash all-flash SAN

Intel puts chips on everyone’s menu

Digitisation and geopolitical tension between the US and China may be behind Pat Gelsinger’s news about building fabrication plants in the US and Europe

Sky enters business broadband arena with Sky Connect

Broadband provider launches scheme to give UK’s small businesses a better broadband experience, creating 1,000 jobs in the process

Cisco Intersight folds in Terraform Cloud amid SaaS revamp

Cisco has expanded its partnership with HashiCorp and readied a SaaS-managed Kubernetes service as it vies for a share of the software-centric market for cloud-native apps.

Nearly 100,000 web shells detected on Exchange servers

Although Microsoft reported a decrease in the number of vulnerable Exchange servers, new research shows a large amount of malicious web shells hiding inside networks.

Mark Nelson named new CEO of Tableau

With Adam Selipsky headed to AWS, Mark Nelson has been named the new chief executive officer of Tableau. Nelson had been Tableau's head of product development since 2018.

BSL strategy accelerated by August

Private equity has given the business a chance to seal its first acquisition and look at taking more market share in an evolving market

Domo update adds embedded analytics, multi-cloud capabilities

The latest platform update from Domo includes enhanced embedded BI, AI and multi-cloud capabilities. The features were unveiled during the vendor's virtual user conference.

Incorta 5 advances direct data mapping technology

The big data analytics platform vendor will add more data connectors and advance data visualization capabilities as enterprises' need for more insights from data continues to grow.

Infrascale refreshes DRaaS offering with SSD appliances

Infrascale Backup and Disaster Recovery added two new SSD appliances, giving customers an on-premises high-performance backup and recovery option in addition to DRaaS in the cloud.

CrateDB 4.5 takes distributed SQL database open source

The distributed SQL database vendor is out with a new version of its CrateDB database that brings improved security and management features for on-premises and cloud deployments.

More than £34.5m stolen in pandemic scams over past year

City of London Police and National Cyber Security Centre report large uptick in threats and crime related to Covid-19 over the past year, in some cases directed specifically at health organisations

NHS to digitise the ‘red book’ by 2023

Every child born from April 2023 will have a digital ‘red book’, or personal child health record, Matt Hancock has promised

Facebook disrupts Chinese espionage operation

Social media giant’s in-house security team has tracked down and disrupted a long-running Chinese campaign targeting the Uighur Muslim minority

Microsoft adds live transcription to Teams

The Teams live transcription feature bolsters collaboration and lets workers quickly catch up on meetings they've missed. Microsoft includes the capability with a 365 subscription.

AdoptOpenJDK moves to Eclipse Foundation as Adoptium

The Eclipse Foundation has launched a new working group to provide governance, IP services and developer advocacy for Adoptium, the newly renamed AdoptOpenJDK distribution of the OpenJDK spec.

Domo analytics suite focused on usability

The Domo BI platform is aimed at enabling users of all skill levels. New and planned features stick with that easy-to-use approach, chief business officer Jay Heglar says.

Zoom lets developers use its video within their apps

Developers will pay by the minute to use a nonbranded version of Zoom. The new licensing could help Zoom boost the slowdown in customer subscription growth as the pandemic wanes.

TUC warns of gaps in British law over use of AI at work

The TUC has published a report warning of AI-powered discrimination against working people enabled by gaps in existing British employment law

Microsoft to release threaded message replies in Teams

Desktop Teams users will be able to quote previous messages in their responses instead of responding chronologically. Rivals like Slack have had a similar feature for years.

Harness preps enterprise AI expansion for CI/CD tools

An enterprise continuous integration product Harness plans to launch next quarter will inject AI features for CI in a bid to raise the company's profile against its many rivals.

Cyber insurance company CNA discloses cyber attack

Though the nature of the cyber attack is unclear, CNA confirmed the attack caused a network disruption and affected systems such as corporate email and the company's website.

Black Kingdom ransomware foiled through Mega password change

The Black Kingdom ransomware targeting Exchange servers uses an unusual encryption key method that was foiled due to a password being changed at cloud storage service Mega.

LeanIX adds SaaS, microservice management to product lineup

Enterprise architect specialist LeanIX expanded its portfolio through the purchase of SaaS management startup Cleanshelf and the introduction of a Microservice Intelligence tool.

Equal pay for women could take 9 years

It may take women nine years to achieve equal pay with men, but the momentum is happening slightly faster for younger women, according to a new study.

Cyber security complacency puts UK at risk, says NCSC head

National Cyber Security Centre CEO Lindy Cameron, in her maiden speech in the role, warns of challenges ahead for the UK and sets out the future agenda for cyber

‘Major’ security flaw detected in 5G core network slicing design

Mobile security specialist details potentially revenue-threatening vulnerabilities with key element of next-generation networks and reveals plans to work with industry to provide mitigation prior to widespread deployments

Openreach defies Covid to hit full-fibre target

BT-owned broadband provision division includes more than 170 city locations in multi-billion-pound gigabit broadband build including cities of Birmingham, Belfast, London and Manchester

Remote working burn-out a factor in security risk

After a year of working from the kitchen table, stress and burn-out are increasing, giving rise to more security risks – and Millennials seem to be particularly affected

Leading Israeli IoT firm lands in US as worldwide malware attacks surge

With US end-user internet of things devices expected to grow to $1.6tn by 2025 and with more than 5.4 billion IoT connected devices in North America alone, tech firms and the black hat community are weighing up the potential

Veeam enhances partner programme

Veeam makes changes to its channel support and urges partners to get involved with its latest product release

Presto users detail what's next for open source SQL engine

The open source Presto project is gaining adoption beyond just Uber and Facebook as the need to connect and query disparate sources of data continues to be in demand.

IFS acquires Axios Systems to boost ESM capability

IFS moves into the enterprise service management market with the acquisition of Axios Systems, which offers cloud service management applications.

Three-quarters of employees feel worse from remote working

Survey by security technology specialist reveals that the thrill of home working has gone, and there is a generational divide in working conditions

Sarah Wilkinson resigns as NHS Digital CEO

After four years at the helm of NHS Digital, CEO Sarah Wilkinson will leave in the summer of 2021, and the organisation is looking for an interim replacement

Nokia, Key Bridge Wireless forge partnership to deliver enterprise CBRS

Comms tech provider and automated frequency coordination and spectrum administration solutions firm team to introduce integrated citizens broadband radio service offering for comms service providers, multiple-system operators and enterprise private wireless networks

Jumio CEO discusses new $150 million funding round

Jumio CEO Robert Prigge talks about Jumio's new funding round and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Jumio's digital identity verification and fraud prevention business.

Genuitec's CodeTogether 4.0 promotes pair programming

With Genuitec CodeTogether 4.0, development teams can work collaboratively even when remote. The product supports pair programming, mob programming and swarm programming.

Twilio Segment CEO Peter Reinhardt on the future of CDPs

In a wide-ranging Q&A, Twilio Segment CEO Peter Reinhardt discusses Twilio's $3.2 billion acquisition of the company he co-founded, and the future of CDPs.

News briefs: Slack has a rocky start with direct messages

Customer backlash over a new messaging feature forced Slack to take it down only hours after launch. The capability opened up the possibility of harassment on the platform.

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