TechTarget News - Week of May 23, 2021

Innovation and skills at the heart of CBI report

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) wants an inclusive and innovative economy, with increased research and development (R&D) investment and better digital intensity and adoption, particularly among SMEs

Why the security stack needs to move to the edge

Akamai’s chief technology officer Robert Blumofe makes the case for a decentralised security model to address cyber threats that are emanating from the network edge

Government pumps £166.5m into green technology

The government funding will be awarded to innovators, businesses and academics across the UK to develop technologies in carbon capture, greenhouse gas removal and hydrogen

UK to have digital border by end of 2025

Home secretary’s plans for immigration reform include border crossing technology, online immigration status service and electronic travel authorisation system

Air India is latest victim of Sita hack

Data on millions of people who flew with Air India between 2011 and 2021 appears to have been compromised in the recent Sita supply chain attack

Catalogic sells ECX copy data management software to IBM

Catalogic Software has divested its ECX product to long-time storage hardware partner IBM and will now focus on its CloudCasa Kubernetes data protection service.

Conti ransomware spree draws FBI attention

Hospitals and emergency service networks in the U.S. are at heightened risk from the new ransomware operation that disrupted Ireland's healthcare system in recent weeks.

Melbourne taps AI to ease traffic congestion

University of Melbourne has teamed up with public and private sector organisations to build an AI application that can predict traffic congestion up to three hours ahead

Threat of group GDPR legal action haunts CISOs

The vast majority of security leaders questioned for a new report say they are concerned about the possibility of group legal settlements against them following a serious data breach

Trust is key to keeping the digital customer happy

Consumers were forced into using digital channels during the coronavirus lockdowns, but some digital users now plan to return to the physical world

Oil and gas firm halves backup licence cost with Hycu move

Summit E&P made a strategic move to Nutanix hyper-converged and away from NetApp and VMware and wanted backup that could handle virtual machines and physical servers

Nuvias acquires Cloud Distribution

Security, cloud and networking player adds more muscle with a move to pick up fellow UK-focused VAD

Edge computing drives business innovation

Intel research identifies edge computing as a critical factor that businesses must harness to navigate and understand data now and into the future

GDPR still a channel pitch three years on

The third anniversary of the introduction of European data compliance rules is a moment to remind partners that there is still a sales opportunity around the regulations

Valence brings storage virtualisation for the cloud era

Startup 22dot6 launches Valence, software-defined storage that throws a virtualisation layer over any backend storage via multiple nodes that split metadata and storage services

Backblaze B2 update adds more S3 features

The latest version of Backblaze's B2 cloud storage adds better security features and S3-compatible integrations ahead of a partner API rollout later this year.

Samsung releases two more smart TV, PC hybrids

The new 24- and 43-inch Smart Monitors will run Microsoft 365 and support Bixby, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants. Pricing for Smart Monitors starts at $200.

How AI is changing Canada Life's recruiting process

Canada Life Assurance Company's initial adoption of a recruiting AI tool to rank candidates has proved so successful, it's paving the way for deeper investments in the technology.

Atlassian Forge fills key role in cloud migration strategy

After a two-year development effort, Atlassian Forge is generally available as a distribution point for the add-on apps users need to match on-premises features in the cloud.

Retrospect locks down backup data against ransomware

Retrospect Backup 18 focuses on anti-ransomware with the ability to make backups stored in public clouds immutable and an updated management console with security features.

Amazon hit with antitrust lawsuit

Amazon is facing an antitrust lawsuit for fixing retail product prices. Experts said the argument likely won't hold up and Amazon will fight it 'tooth and nail.'

New Google tools aim to simplify data analytics lifecycle

Google Cloud unveiled a trio of new tools, aimed at enabling users to work through the entire analytics workflow, during its virtual Data Cloud Summit.

Tibco update features embedded analytics, ModelOps tools

Tibco unveiled a host of new features May 26 during its virtual user conference, including new embedded data science capabilities and a model deployment tool.

Viavi accelerates 5G Open-RAN testing at the AWS Outposts edge

Latest development in advancement of open radio access network technology sees global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance services take test solution to leading cloud environment

Bytes shares first numbers since IPO

Channel player indicates that it has weathered the storm over its fiscal year and is set for growth

Databricks opens up data lakes for data sharing

At its virtual Data + AI Summit, the AI vendor detailed new capabilities to make information stored in cloud data lakes more accessible and secure.

Microsoft announces developer tools for Teams

Microsoft has introduced tools that let developers manage apps, charge for subscriptions and use audio and video feeds on Teams. Some tools are available today, others in the summer.

Rowhammer reach extended for new attack method

Google researchers discovered a bit-flipping hardware trick can now be carried out across extra rows of transistors, circumventing protections against the attack technique.

NGOs file complaints against Clearview AI in five countries

Privacy and human rights organisations have asked data protection regulators in the UK, France, Austria, Italy and Greece to investigate controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI

Veeam bolsters portfolio to cover emerging workloads

The groundswell in containerisation and open-source hypervisors is behind Veeam’s recent move to enable backup and recovery of emerging workloads

Aruba claims enterprise-grade Wi-Fi 6E industry first

HPE subsidiary introduces new access points to take advantage of 6GHz spectrum band to deliver greater performance, lower latency and faster data rates to support high-bandwidth enterprise applications and use cases

Singapore deploys drones to monitor reservoir water quality

Singapore’s national water agency PUB is deploying autonomous drones at six reservoirs to monitor water quality and other activities to improve operational efficiency

Security ops teams struggle to switch off at home

Spiralling stress levels among SOC and IT security teams can be attributed mainly to alert overload, says Trend Micro

Vonage channel boss talks UK channel growth

Cloud comms player has set its sights on growing its market share here and has backed that up with more support for the channel

Proximus claims world’s fastest live fibre network with Nokia PON

Accelerating build out of Belgium’s leading high capacity, open fibre network, operator taps comms tech provider to make first ever 25G PON live deployment running on the same fibre network equipment currently used

Uber signs collective bargaining agreement with GMB

Uber and GMB sign “landmark” collective bargaining agreement with no ability to negotiate on earnings, attracting criticism from smaller unions that it lacks teeth

Oxbotica and TRL pilot safety framework for off-road autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicle technology companies develop code of practice to deploy autonomy safely, efficiently and at scale across a range of environments, in particular off-road settings such as mines, farms and ports where there are no pre-defined or standardised highway rules

Juniper ships first major Apstra release

Juniper said the latest update to its recently acquired Apstra network automation product sends a message to customers that the company is committed to multi-platform support.

Wasabi CEO plots global expansion for its cloud storage

New data centers, increased market attention and more are planned for cloud storage company Wasabi by its CEO David Friend after a $137 million Series C funding round.

DHS opens valve on new pipeline security requirements

The U.S. government has put forward a trio of new cybersecurity requirements for companies that operate oil and gas pipelines, including incident reporting and risk assessment.

RootMetrics benchmark reveals marked improvements in everyday 5G experience

New network performance yardstick from analyst firm highlights ‘everyday’ usage of next-generation networks in pure play and mixed modes, and finds that BT-owned mobile service maintains availability and speed leadership

Deep Instinct reaches out to MSSPs

Cyber security firm says it is taking a different approach – and the channel can benefit

Veeam executives detail backup trends, company plans

In this Q&A from VeeamON, several Veeam executives discuss data backup trends, the potential of the company going public, and if more acquisitions are on the table.

NASA is changing its approach to people analytics

NASA is implementing a graph database to serve as the foundation of its people analytics. It will give managers and employees insights into skills and training needs.

Microsoft revs up AI push with GPT-3-enabled Power Apps

GPT-3-enabled Microsoft Power Apps will enable those with little or no coding experience to build Power FX applications on Azure using natural, conversational language.

Google lowers power use in latest Chrome update

The latest Chrome update changes the way the browser handles tabs to reduce CPU and power consumption. Chrome 91 also lets people copy and paste files directly into emails.

An HR lesson from the Amy Cooper lawsuit

Employers face pressure to take action against employees for non-work activities. But, as Amy Cooper's recent lawsuit illustrates, doing so is not without risk.

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