TechTarget News - Week of Mar 28, 2021

CW Innovation Awards: SIA taps blockchain for loyalty app

Singapore Airlines, winner of the transportation category in this year’s CW Innovation Awards APAC, expands its blockchain-based digital wallet into a broader digital lifestyle platform

CW Innovation Awards: Recognising APAC’s top industry leaders

The region’s top industry innovators were recognised for their digital transformation efforts to tap new business opportunities, improve efficiencies and solve pressing issues

Cyber attack takes Channel Nine off-air

The Australian broadcaster was hit by an alleged ransomware attack that disrupted broadcasting operations in its Sydney studio

UK courts face evidence ‘black hole’ over police EncroChat mass hacking

French investigators have refused to disclose how they downloaded millions of messages from a supposedly secure cryptophone network used by organised criminals – leaving UK courts to grapple with a forensic ‘black hole’ of evidence

Alstom global network gets on track with BT for digital future

New software-defined managed network from UK’s incumbent telco deployed by smart mobility technology provider to optimise connectivity to cloud at manufacturing plants, offices, depots and datacentres

How far has open banking come in Europe?

Open banking is a relatively new concept, having come into effect in Europe only in the last couple of years. So what is the state of play?

Big Tech eclipses telecoms and arms giants as biggest lobbying spenders

Facebook and Amazon are spending more on lobbying and campaign contributions than any other companies in the US, including those in the arms and telecommunications sectors that have traditionally been the highest political spenders

SD-WAN surges over past two years as MPLS plummets

Survey reveals increasing site capacity and using alternative access solutions as main drivers for 43% of enterprise wide-area network (WAN) managers to install software-defined WAN in 2020, more than double that recorded in 2018

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy few days across the industry, with executives on the move as firms seek growth

IT automation helps healthcare companies adjust to pandemic

COVID-19 forced most businesses to upgrade their technology but adding IT automation to accommodate the growth in virtual services was most critical in the healthcare industry.

Iridia CEO sees data storage future written in DNA

As investors show interest in Iridia's DNA chip technology, its CEO believes using synthetic DNA for data storage will be the way to tackle a yottabyte future.

Executive interview: Tearing down data silos

Alteryx’s senior vice-president for Asia-Pacific addresses some misconceptions about data analytics and what the company is doing to stake a bigger claim on the market

Bitfrost subsea cable to boost APAC connectivity

A subsea cable system linking Southeast Asia and North America will be built by 2024 to meet the growing demand for bandwidth in the Asia-Pacific region

Belgium’s Federal Justice Service advances digitally with fast networks

Security and networking firms team to claim 20 times faster connectivity for Belgium’s justice system so it can hold court hearings and prison visitations remotely and exchange information between services and applications securely

Exertis joins GTDC ranks

Distributor becomes latest to join the global organisation that promotes the second tier of the channel

UK comms providers prep for permanent changes to customer demand and use patterns

Pandemic sees communications services industry experience surge in demand across distributed locations, escalating security concerns and major changes to customer strategies, with nearly three-quarters of UK providers regarding remote working as a permanent change

K3 continuing to reshape the business

Firm shares its full-year numbers with a determination to continue the focus on IP and global accounts

Asda bags ex-Marks and Spencer CIO

Carl Dawson, who has been CIO at department store M&S for six years, is leaving the retailer to become CIO at Asda

Cisco network as a service for hybrid clouds on the horizon

Cisco's first network-as-a-service product will deliver hybrid cloud infrastructure. The company plans to start selling the NaaS offering and an all-in-one SASE product this year.

Fungible computational storage eyes composable use cases

Fungible's computational storage anchors a new offering for composable infrastructure. The Fungible Data Center license allows IT teams to consume resources on demand.

Sysdig adds cloud security to container observability mix

Some IT experts believe Sysdig could appeal to enterprises by combining cloud and application security data in one interface, within a broader DevOps observability tool set.

Pure Storage combines FlashBlade with Portworx PX-Backup

Pure Storage's joint product with Portworx gives customers a way to quickly recover container applications in case of failures by combining flash storage and PX-Backup.

Mysterious Hades ransomware striking 'big game' enterprises

CrowdStrike reported Hades is tied to Evil Corp, but Awake Labs discovered a possible connection to Hafnium, a Chinese nation-state group behind initial Exchange Server attacks.

Apple Watch effective at assessing heart health

An at-home walking test with the Apple Watch yielded 'accurate and meaningful insights' into a person's heart strength, a Stanford University study found.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations get cool reception

Mandated COVID-19 vaccinations may be unpopular with many U.S. employers, including the federal government. A primary concern is the potential for liability.

Australian firms slow to wean off the mainframe

Australian companies tend to have a wait-and-see mindset that is slowing down mainframe modernisation initiatives, says Accenture expert

Cyber Security Council to champion UK security pros

A new cyber security professional body has launched with the aim of developing and promoting UK cyber security excellence globally and growing the skills base

Colt runs further with IBM to accelerate adoption of edge computing

SDN and NFV-based connectivity provider selects cloud satellite technology to drive innovation and more flexibility for customers around deploying hybrid cloud applications at the edge and enabling distributed cloud

NHS is apparently closing security skills gap

By the end of 2020, there were more than twice as many in-house security professionals at NHS trusts as there were two years before

Apogee picks up Direct-Tec

Managed print services player Apogee makes its first acquisition since being picked up by HP a few years ago

ThoughtSpot makes first acquisition, buys SeekWell

ThoughtSpot reached an agreement to acquire SeekWell on Wednesday, a move that will enable the analytics vendor to deliver insights to users in their workflows via SQL.

Cisco revamps Webex's People Insights feature

Cisco says the 'always-on' nature of remote work exhausts workers. It believes information from the revamped People Insights feature in Webex will help.

What to expect from 2021's data storage conference lineup

In the coming months, data storage conferences are plentiful. This roundup details dates, sessions and topic areas, from event hosts such as SNIA, Dell and Pure Storage.

VMware offers new subscription for hybrid cloud deployments

An offering dubbed VMware Cloud presents a new option for customers that want to pursue hybrid cloud strategies supported by a subscription model, but it has limitations.

OSDU Data Platform opens door to new apps in energy sector

A new OSDU standard aims to bring information from oil, gas, wind, solar and other sources into a single data platform to help energy companies address future demand.

Plume introduces WorkPass for small businesses

Smart home tech provider offers secure hyper connectivity and personalised smart home solutions as the home becomes the office

Qualtrics adds XM tools for marketing, service, B2B sales users

Post-SAP spinoff, Qualtrics moves quickly to give B2B sales users -- along with their marketing and customer service colleagues -- new features to sharpen post-pandemic business.

Lose-lose US sanctions apply brakes to Huawei’s 2020 growth

Bans on Huawei products in infrastructures around the world begin to affect its bottom line, but comms technology provider shows growth and reaffirms commitment to creating greater value for customers and society in the face of adversity

Juniper prepared for market recovery

Networking player has made channel improvements to support partners as customers look set to increase spending to support further digital transformation

Clearer service information could add 1.6 million full-fibre homes by 2025

Report finds that the speed at which Britain could benefit from the economic and social impact of billions of pounds of full-fibre infrastructure investment could be improved by clear labelling and information on broadband services

Strong data governance frameworks are fuel for analytics

Good data governance can remove fear of data by striking a balance between restricting access to sensitive data and fostering a culture of data exploration and analysis.

DHS: Ransomware poses a national security threat

Ransomware is just one threat DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas discusses during an RSA Conference webcast on the cybersecurity challenges facing the U.S.

Cisco integrates ThousandEyes with AppDynamics, Catalyst

The latest Cisco ThousandEyes integration adds internet intelligence to the AppDynamics application performance dashboard, a plus for AppOps and NetOps teams in Cisco shops.

CISA: U.S. agencies must scan for Exchange Server attacks

CISA has not said whether any federal agencies have been hit by Exchange Server attacks, but the directive requires them to use Microsoft's detection tools to identify threats.

CircleCI brings CI/CD to Arm running on Graviton2 chips

AWS has added support for Arm-based processors to its popular CI/CD platform. It now runs on AWS' Arm-based Graviton2 processors to give developers more choices.

Federal judge orders RingCentral to stop selling Zoom

Zoom said it will continue supporting companies that bought RingCentral's Zoom-equipped Meetings app before Feb. 1. The companies are embroiled in a contract dispute.

Man indicted in Kansas water facility breach

While the attempted tampering of a Kansas water facility occurred more than two years ago, the Justice Department this week indicted a 22-year-old former employee.

Cisco tackles 'seismic shift' to the hybrid workplace

Cisco said the switch to the hybrid workplace could create a divide between in-office and remote workers. New Webex features could help counter the problem.

Logically buys MSSP company, sets sights on $100M

Logically's purchase of MSSP company Cerdant creates a security cross-selling opportunity, according to Logically CEO; other IT channel news.

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