TechTarget News - Week of May 09, 2021

IBM: Another chip in the wall

Big Blue has developed technology it hopes will support semiconductor developments for the next decade

NCSC Active Cyber Defence blocks surge of pandemic scams

The NCSC responded to a surge in online scams last year as it moved to protect both the general public and critical national services during the pandemic

Pandemic drag fails to pull back 5G growth

Study finds worldwide 5G prospects remain strong, with connections to next-generation networks projected to triple to 670 million in 2021

ServiceNow adds Lightstep observability as BizDevOps grows

BizDevOps is taking off amid widespread digital transformation, and ServiceNow's Lightstep buy could bring observability to teams via its workflow platform.

Active intelligence continues to guide Qlik roadmap

Automated integrations and a new collaboration tool highlight Qlik's roadmap, which the vendor unveiled during QlikWorld 2021, its virtual user conference.

Colonial Pipeline runs dry following ransomware attack

A vital U.S. oil supply was shut down to prevent a ransomware infection from spreading from corporate IT systems to more crucial operational technology systems.

IBM doubles down on AI and hybrid cloud

IBM is beefing up its core technology capabilities in artificial intelligence and hybrid cloud to speed up application modernisation and improve AI adoption

Samsung inks Ericsson patent agreement, trials 5G on Play Poland

Korean CE and communications technology giant demonstrates its capability and performance on leading Polish operator’s commercial network as it ends all ongoing patent-related legal disputes with Swedish comms tech provider

SolarWinds CEO calls for collective action against state attacks

SolarWinds CEO tells NCSC’s CyberUK conference he is exploring the possibility of collaborating with other companies on collective cyber action against attacks backed by nation states

Workato builds a European channel

Automation specialist is investing in its platform infrastructure and expects that to translate to rising channel partner numbers

Government to reform Computer Misuse Act

Home secretary Priti Patel will explore reforming the Computer Misuse Act as calls mount for the 31-year-old law to be updated to reflect the changed online world

NetApp reveals channel programme enhancements

Vendor NetApp starts to put the emphasis on specialisations and looks to make rewards available for a wide range of behaviours

IBM hangs its hopes on hybrid clouds, AI to revive growth

After a decade of stagnant growth, IBM is betting all of its chips that hybrid clouds, new partnerships and AI will catapult it to a more competitive position.

NCSC cyber guidance targets cloud and home working

The NCSC’s refreshed cyber security guidance for larger organisations places particular emphasis on cloud, home working and ransomware

StorageCraft DRaaS sets up shop on Google Cloud Platform

StorageCraft's new DRaaS offering uses Google Cloud as its back end, giving it the scale, flexibility and security to service customers with large data sets.

Microsoft launches Teams webinar feature

Microsoft has released a Teams feature that allows event hosts to register, present and keep in touch with thousands of webinar attendees, which is important in the hybrid world.

Big Blue talks $1B partner investment at IBM Think 2021

IBM's spending on its partner ecosystem includes new competencies, role-based guided learning, increased technical support and financial incentives to boost hybrid cloud business.

IBM hybrid cloud, AI offerings ease data integration

IBM rolled out new hybrid cloud and AI offerings this week, while CEO Arvind Krishna offered his vision for how those technologies will reshape business.

How a cloud engineer at DBS Bank charted his career

A cloud engineering leader at DBS Bank offers a glimpse into the tasks and challenges of a cloud professional and how his team is organised to support the bank’s public and private cloud infrastructure

Queen’s Speech approaches key themes for UK tech

From online safety to skills for the future, the speech contained several points that are relevant to the industry for the year

Rubrik takes partners on its data protection journey

Cloud data management firm Rubrik has seen its channel base embrace its widening data protection play as it adds to its backup capabilities

Cisco indicates intent to buy Socio Labs, Sedona Systems

Network giant aims to purchase developer of technology to deliver automation for routed optical networking, and modern event technology platform provider

UK government publishes Online Safety Bill draft

Bill builds on previous commitments by the government, which has added new measures to uphold democracy and freedom of speech while making tech giants more accountable

NHS Digital replaces system for collection of GP data

New system designed ‘with interests of patients at its heart’ will provide near-real-time primary care data to support improvements in healthcare and help research

VMware Tanzu service mesh tie-in syncs multi-cloud networks

Newly tightened integration between VMware's Tanzu service mesh and Avi load balancer is meant to simplify provisioning, facilitate multi-cloud failover and automate cloud bursting.

More than a third of UK homes have gigabit-capable broadband

First interim update to UK regulator’s audit of mobile coverage and fixed broadband availability finds gigabit industry defies pandemic to continue aggressive infrastructure deployment

Cyber insurance firm AXA halts coverage for ransom payments

As ransomware attacks increase across the globe and ransom payment reimbursement becomes a key issue for cyber insurers, AXA may be setting a new trend for private industries.

DarkSide: The ransomware gang that took down a pipeline

DarkSide may be best known for the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, but the gang has hit dozens of organizations since last summer, presenting itself as a Robin Hood-type group.

VMware's surprise CEO pick brings cloud tech chops

VMware has named a new CEO in Rangarajan (Raghu) Raghuram, who will be a familiar face to longtime customers. Raghuram takes over the top job on June 1.

Senate hearing raises questions about SolarWinds backdoors

U.S. Department of Commerce CISO Ryan Higgins said in a Senate committee hearing Tuesday that his department was one of first agencies to detect the systemic compromise.

Hacker makes short work of Apple AirTag jailbreak

A security researcher discovered a jailbreaking method for Apple's new mobile locating tracking devices, which were introduced just last month.

Dell releases 7 PCs for CAD, graphic designers

Dell has designed the Precision series desktops for power-hungry tasks like CAD and data science. But they come when desktop sales are on the decline.

Kafka users detail real-time data benefits

Confluent introduces a series of new real-time data efforts as users of the open source data-streaming technology outline real-world deployment applications.

CISOs weathered the pandemic well, but at personal cost

Over 80% of CISOs think their existing security capabilities stayed strong during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but now face stress and burnout on an unheard-of scale

Ericsson: 5G already changing smartphone usage behaviour

Largest 5G consumer study to date finds seven in 10 5G users expect more innovative services and apps, while 20% have decreased usage of Wi-Fi on their phones at home and other locations after upgrading

Biden beefs up public-private security cooperation

Joe Biden has signed a new Executive Order to harden US cyber security and government networks, with an emphasis on information sharing

Too many disconnected systems in government, says minister

Cabinet Office minister Julia Lopez wants to address issues with legacy systems, improve digital skills across government and improve department collaboration, including in procurement

Fibre roll-outs gather pace in Europe

Number of homes and businesses reached by fibre grows rapidly in 39 leading European territories, with FTTH/B coverage in Europe surpassing more than half the total number of homes

NHSX data strategy due in ‘a few weeks’

NHSX director of policy and strategy Simon Madden says the long-awaited strategy is expected to “trigger huge debates” on issues such as access, choice and transparency, and will be published in draft form shortly to allow for consultation

BT raises fibre broadband roll-out target despite challenging year

Impact of Covid-19 on consumer business combined with reduction in enterprise activity dents revenues and profits in a tough financial year, but UK telco promises significant growth in gigabit broadband roll-out

Pure Storage updates management tool, integrates Portworx

Pure launched its first Portworx container storage update since acquiring the startup last year and enabled management through its newly updated Pure1 management tool.

ChaosSearch brings SQL to cloud data lake platform

The cloud data lake engine provider expands beyond log search, with a multi-model API that now includes SQL query execution for analytics and BI.

Biden signs executive order to modernize cyberdefenses

Following several high-profile attacks on the federal government, the new executive order seeks to eliminate outdated security practices and improve supply chain security.

IT pros see AWS SaaS Boost as a rudimentary start

AWS SaaS Boost may give developers a place to begin, but the new open source project needs work to become more than a lock-in tool for AWS, according to industry observers.

Verizon DBIR shows sharp increase in ransomware attacks

According to Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations Report, 60% of ransomware cases involved either direct installation or installation via desktop sharing software.

Okta and Auth0 to expand APAC coverage

Okta’s acquisition of rival Auth0 will enable both companies to expand their footprint in the Asia-Pacific region as demand for identity management services soars amid the pandemic

Cabinet Office launches climate challenges for startups

The Cabinet Office has partnered with government technology accelerator Public to run a programme for startups developing innovative digital and data technologies that can help with some of the most pressing climate issues

Google Cloud gets into orbit with SpaceX for data, cloud services

Elon Musk’s low Earth orbit satellite constellation to locate ground stations in IT giant’s data centre properties, providing businesses with access to leading cloud infrastructure

Colonial Pipeline paid $5m ransom, reports say

Colonial Pipeline may have paid a significant ransom within hours of being attacked, it has emerged, but it’s unlikely the story ends here

Salesforce rebrands CDP, adds marketing features

Salesforce finally calls its customer data platform a CDP with its latest release, adds marketer-friendly segmentation features and MuleSoft, Tableau integrations.

Apple-focused Jamf to buy Wandera for endpoint security

The $400 million acquisition would bring cloud-based zero trust security to Jamf's Apple-focused endpoint management platform. It's Jamf's largest acquisition to date.

Cisco's latest acquisition spree nabs three companies

Cisco's acquisitions, announced this week, would improve event hosting in Webex, boost network speeds for 5G, and enhance its security platform. Deal terms were not released.

'Scheme flooding' bug threatens to sink user privacy

Researchers have uncovered a blind spot in web security that opens the door for tracking across multiple browsers and thwarts common privacy protections like incognito and VPN.

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