TechTarget News - Week of May 16, 2021

Government seeks input on supply chain security

Amid concerns that too few companies are addressing vulnerabilities in their supply chain, DCMS is opening a consultation on new measures to enhance security

EE boosts mobile coverage across London’s rail network

As the UK embarks on the great indoor reopening and workers start returning to the office, BT’s mobile division beefs up mobile network capability along capital’s main commuter rail routes

CircleCI nabs $100M, buys Vamp release orchestration

Along with recent $100 million venture funding round, CI/CD vendor CircleCI has acquired the Vamp release orchestration platform to bolster its tools offering.

Cohesity BaaS offers Microsoft 365 protection

Cohesity's as-a-service version of DataProtect now supports Microsoft 365, covering what one study found to be a large SaaS application data protection gap.

Hackers turn Comcast voice remotes into eavesdropping tool

Guardicore researchers at RSA Conference 2021 manipulated the Xfinity XR11 voice controller to covertly record household conversations, raising concerns about IoT devices.

Sophos: 81% of attacks last year involved ransomware

The majority of incidents Sophos responded to in the last year involved ransomware. The company also found the median dwell time of attackers was 11 days.

Australian budget lends support to digital economy

Australia’s A$1.2bn Digital Economy Strategy ticks most of the right boxes, but some industry experts say areas such as broadband infrastructure and artificial intelligence are still underfunded

CityFibre makes £30m full-fibre investment in Preston

Rapidly growing former altnet gets to work on its aim to ‘future-proof’ digital foundations of north-west city with expanded fibre infrastructure

NHS to issue 30,000 iPads to ambulance crews

Mobile devices will allow crews to send photographs to hospital specialists and access health records while at the scene of incidents, aiming to speed up and improve care

DCC reports revenue growth

Exertis parent shares financial results that reveal how the channel player has navigated through the pandemic

SAS analytics platform adds native support for AWS, GCP

SAS unveils cloud-native support for AWS and Google Cloud during SAS Global Forum, the vendor's virtual user conference. SAS introduced similar support for Microsoft Azure in 2020.

Covid lockdowns dent Vodafone fiscal year

Revenues fall for fixed and wireless operator as mobile users obey stay-at-home orders but overall yearly service takings are described as stable, returning to growth in the second half

Unlicensed 6GHz spectrum puts 5G economic potential at risk, warns GSMA

As countries diverge on their strategies for critical spectrum band, mobile trade association calls on governments around to license 6GHz to power 5G development rather than permit unfettered Wi-Fi6E expansion

Microsoft EU Data Boundary dubbed ‘smoke and mirrors’

Data protection experts claim Microsoft’s decision to create an EU Data Boundary is a tacit admission that it routinely transfers and processes the personal data of European citizens outside the bloc

Logitech launches video conferencing whiteboard camera

Logitech's Scribe camera levels the playing field for video conferencing meetings, letting both remote and in-person attendees see the writing on a whiteboard.

PlanetScale launches new database-as-a-service platform

The main vendor behind the open source Vitess distributed SQL cloud platform for MySQL is out with a new cloud platform that will integrate well with developer-based workflows.

5 ways bad incident response plans can help threat actors

Infosec executives from Netskope and Chipotle Mexican Grill hosted an RSA Conference session about their personal experiences and lessons learned while responding to attacks.

Samsung Display debuts foldable, slidable phone concepts

The concepts include two smartphones that expand from portable devices into tablets, a tablet that converts to a laptop and a PC display with a camera underneath.

Neuberger calls for shift in software supply chain security

In an RSA Conference keynote, Anne Neuberger, deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, said security requires a major "mindset shift."

Rubrik Forward highlights ransomware recovery features

Rubrik's virtual Forward conference featured AppFlows and several data security features aimed at identifying and rapidly recovering from ransomware attacks.

McAfee CTO: Use data to make better cyber-risk decisions

According to McAfee CTO Steve Grobman, the best response to today's cyber-risks includes both human and technology-based solutions, like threat intelligence and good security hygiene.

Attorneys share worst practices for data breach response

Angry emails, bad jokes and sloppy reports can all lead to legal headaches following a data breach, according to a panel of experts at RSA Conference 2021.

Flexxon bakes AI into SSDs to fight unknown threats

Singapore-based Flexxon has developed a solid-state drive that uses artificial intelligence to fend off malware and other unknown threats

Zzoomm brings full-fibre broadband service to Cannock

Work starts to provide broadband speeds claimed to be up to 33 times faster than major broadband providers to more than 37,000 homes and businesses in Staffordshire town

UK tech sector grows tenfold in 10 years

Massive expansion of the UK tech sector since 2010 has seen venture capital investment and the number of unicorn businesses increase by factor of 10

AutoML, cloud-native tools highlight Alteryx platform update

An automated machine learning tool and a cloud-native version of Alteryx Designer are among the new capabilities Alteryx unveiled during its virtual user conference.

Xerox highlights rising SME optimism

Firm shares insights from customers that seem to be keen to spend on automation and security and get support from the channel

Edging closer to composable business

Covid-19 forced organisations to try radical new things. Building apps from pre-built functions is one that Mulesoft believes has longevity

Google overhauls Android appearance, privacy settings

Android 12 will feature larger and rounder widgets, themes based on backgrounds and settings that let users opt out of letting apps access their locations, microphones and cameras.

Cisco shares lessons learned in zero-trust deployment

The networking giant explained at RSA Conference 2021 how it was able to deploy a company-wide zero trust model in less than six months, and what it learned along the way.

Syncari raises $17.3M for automated cloud data sync

Data synchronization vendor is looking to solve the challenge of keeping data updated and automated across multiple cloud systems in a unified data model.

Zoom to launch virtual events platform

Zoom will launch an events platform in the coming months. Zoom Events will let businesses create hubs, sell tickets and track attendance at conferences and summits.

SolarWinds CEO: Supply chain attack began in January 2019

SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna clarified earlier remarks from the company and said the massive supply chain attack was not the result of an intern's mistake.

Spurred by pandemic, BizDevOps becomes a reality

In diverse industries from healthcare to banking and manufacturing, non-technical teams are adopting Agile approaches to work alongside digital tools once used primarily by engineers.

SentinelOne: More supply chain attacks are coming

At RSA Conference 2021, SentinelOne threat researcher Marco Figueroa discussed the implications of the SolarWinds attacks, which he called one of the biggest hacks ever.

HP taps micro virtual machines in endpoint security

HP’s Wolf Security technology stack uses an endpoint security controller to run computing tasks in micro virtual machines so that any potential malware can be isolated and contained

Amdocs beefs up BT business continuity for mobile customers

Expansion to existing multiyear managed services agreement sees Amdocs and Lightico joint solution deployed to enable telco’s mobile customers to complete sales journeys remotely and securely, without the need for physical paperwork or store visits

O2, Microsoft reveal plans to develop mobile edge capability for private 5G

Operator and IT giant O2 partners with Microsoft to trial the benefits of on-premise mobile edge computing in a private 5G network, paving the way for secure data management and enabling confidential information to stay on-premise at all times

Work begins on CityFibre gigabit network for Middlesbrough

In second deployment in two days to a mid-sized conurbation, former altnet switches attention from north-west to north-east to “future-proof” digital foundations of Teesside hub

Government sets out implementation plan for genomics strategy

The 2021-22 implementation plan for government’s 10-year Genome UK strategy includes improving diversity of genomics data, rolling out whole genome sequencing to rare diseases patients, and delivering a proof of concept for a next-generation approach to cancer treatment

County's ransomware remediation includes backup, security

A northern California county recovered from ransomware thanks to backups and quick action following the attack. The county's CIO details how it happened and tips for recovery.

Virgin Media, O2 merger gains final UK regulatory approval

Competition watchdog CMA removes last stumbling block and gives green light for what is being described as a watershed moment for the UK comms market

Three UK boosts 4G and 5G network capability

Leading UK operator further progresses its £2bn network investment programme, claiming to have significantly transformed next-generation and existing network capability, as well as boosting indoor connectivity

CockroachDB version 21.1 simplifies distributed SQL database

Cockroach Labs updated its database platform with enhanced capabilities giving database administrators more control over where and how data is distributed around the world.

Cloud migration helps Choice Hotels weather COVID-19

Choice Hotels' cloud-based global reservation system and adoption of collaboration and communication applications helped it stay in business during the pandemic.

Infosec experts: Threat landscape is worst in 60 years

Between an increasing sophistication seen in nation-state groups and a rise in ransomware that's affecting everyone, the threat landscape may be reaching a historic peak.

CrowdStrike breaks down 'Golden SAML' attack

The nightmare scenario, demonstrated at RSA Conference 2021, was used by threat actors in the SolarWinds breach and gave them control over both cloud and on-premises systems.

Otter.ai launches assistant that joins Zoom meetings

Otter.ai released an assistant that attends and transcribes the Zoom meetings on an employee's calendar. The feature keeps everyone up to speed, even when they miss a session.

U.S. officials discuss 2020 election security, misinformation

During an RSA Conference 2021 panel, the CISO for Maricopa County, Ariz., said misinformation posed a bigger challenge for election officials than actual cyberattacks.

Huge spike in uptake of UK NHS mobile app

Mobile app tracking specialist records mass downloads of UK health service mobile app after it was chosen to certify Covid jabs record for Brits travelling abroad

Zoom launches Events platform for virtual experiences

Breakout conferencing platform makes next evolutionary step with platform for producing and monetising interactive virtual events and conferences

Government Digital Service sets out three-year strategy

The new GDS strategy up to 2024 includes a focus on making Gov.uk a single, trusted source of information, joining up services, and creating a pan-government digital identity solution

Digital risk rising up the channel agenda

Focus on data protection has increased over the course of the pandemic with Skurio and its partners able to tap into growing demand

Liverpool 5G Create becomes independent digital public service provider

The quality of Mersey is not strained in mobile healthcare as ground-breaking next-gen network-based public health project takes advantage of digital disruption with mobile network operator’s provision capability to make revolutionary step

The hybrid workplace may be settling on 3 days in office

As post-pandemic restrictions are lifted, workers are returning to the office under new hybrid workplace schedules. Some companies say 'hybrid' means three days in the office.

Qualcomm scales out 5G for industrial IoT

Comms tech giant makes major push to advance next-generation network product range to act as catalyst for digital transformation within industrial internet of things environment

Google unveils smart canvas for Workspace apps

Workspace users will be able to tag files and meetings within Docs and preview files without switching windows. Google also made Docs files look more like web pages.

Superconductive raises $21M for open source data quality

The open source Great Expectations project is becoming increasingly popular, as the commercial vendor seeks to build out a cloud service to expand the project's reach.

Stale sessions, ML poisoning among 2021's top security threats

An all-star security panel at RSA Conference discusses the biggest issues facing companies today and what it thinks will emerge as the top threats in the coming months.

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