TechTarget News - Week of Jun 06, 2021

DNS attacks on the rise in APAC

Attacks on the domain name system in Asia-Pacific grew by 15% last year, with Malaysian organisations seeing the sharpest rise in damages among countries in the region

BT claims £2m in savings with Qlik data analytics

BT claims it has secured £2m in cost savings by putting Qlik data analytics in the hands of 1,200 members of staff in its Consumer business

Campaigners plan legal action over NHS data sharing

Privacy coalition aims to force NHS Digital to push back its plans to scrape medical information on millions of patients into a central database

India’s public cloud spending on a roll

Software as a service made up the lion’s share of overall public cloud spending in India last year, followed by cloud-based infrastructure and platforms as organisations look to build digital agility amid the pandemic

NCSC updates schools ransomware guidance amid surge

The National Cyber Security Centre says it is dealing with a renewed surge of ransomware attacks targeting schools, colleges and universities

EC launches digital identity framework

The European digital identity will be available to citizens, residents and businesses across the EU, and member states will offer digital identity wallets on a national level

MoD launches digital strategy

The Ministry of Defence aims to invest an additional £1.6bn in digital over the next 10 years, and plans to establish a federated ecosystem of digital innovators and developers to ensure continuous progress

Covid-19 accelerates interest in 5G

EY report shows that while the pandemic has prompted greater interest in 5G and IoT for majority of organisations, most are also struggling to identify the right 5G supplier strategy

Oracle Cloud lures developers with 'Always Free' services

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure lags rivals, but the company hopes that a broader set of free services will draw interest from a critical constituency – developers.

DOJ charges alleged Trickbot developer

Several of the 19 charges brought against the alleged Trickbot Group developer Alla Witte include bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

BT announces dedicated business unit to support small companies

Telco launches new single office, home office unit offering ‘unbreakable’ Wi-Fi to deliver ‘unrivalled’ connectivity, coverage and customer service for micro-businesses

Aryaka activates EU-friendly point of presence

Cloud-first managed SD-WAN and SASE provider aims to bridge recently emerged EU/UK connectivity gap with enhanced networking support and application experience

QTS acquired in $10bn datacentre deal

Investment firm, Blackstone, is hedging its bets on the growth in data processing capacity that will be brought about by digitisation

Not all AI is equal, security channel warned

Vectra AI adds its voice to others that have warned partners to consider the merits of a product using artificial intelligence

Domo streamlines embedded analytics platform

The vendor released a new version of Domo Everywhere, streamlining the embedded BI platform to make it easier to develop and distribute applications.

CISA taps Bugcrowd for federal vulnerability disclosure program

The new program follows a CISA directive from September that requires executive branch agencies to create and publish vulnerability disclosure policies.

Huawei's HarmonyOS faces uphill battle against Android, iOS

Analysts say Huawei's HarmonyOS for smartphones and tablets is unlikely to succeed against Android and iOS without easy access to popular apps or a global sales channel.

Snowflake expands cloud data warehouse platform to Snowpark

Snowflake customer Instacart, the online grocery giant, uses the Snowpark cloud data warehouse to list all its services in a data catalog to improve the user experience.

FBI seized Colonial Pipeline ransom using private key

After Colonial Pipeline paid a $4.4 million ransom demand in last month's attack, the DOJ announced the majority of the funds have been retrieved by the FBI.

HashiCorp Terraform 1.0 features stability, upgrade relief

With graduation to a stable version, HashiCorp Terraform users won't have to deal with any more breaking changes in new versions of the infrastructure-as-code tool.

Apple lets Windows, Android users join Facetime calls

Apple's upcoming improvements to FaceTime would open it up to non-Apple users for the first time and allow for collaborative screen sharing. The feature debuts this fall.

FBI used encrypted Anom app in international crime bust

The FBI secretly ran an encrypted chat network that included 12,000 devices and was widely used by criminal organizations across the globe for various illegal dealings.

Honeywell, Cambridge Quantum Computing form new company

Honeywell merged with Cambridge Quantum Computing, combining their respective quantum computing offerings to chase opportunities in the cybersecurity market.

Alibaba Cloud sets foot in the Philippines

Alibaba Cloud will open its first datacentre in the Philippines by the end of this year ahead of global rivals, as it expands its footprint in Southeast Asia

Triggered dormant bug sees Fastly CDN cut to the quick

Cloud provider acts quickly to restore content delivery network after software bug disrupts service for major firms spanning media, e-commerce and government websites, including Amazon, The Guardian and Gov.uk

Salesforce Industries rolls out banking AI compliance tools

Salesforce now claims cloud customizations for 12 different vertical industries. Can this help them win new users from competitors who have released their own industry clouds?

Microsoft resolves 6 zero-days for June Patch Tuesday

The tech company confirmed there were signs of exploitation in the wild for the vulnerabilities that affect Windows desktop and server operating systems.

Google plots a course to address AI in manufacturing

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to change every industry – Google has set its sights on manufacturing

Veeam notes greater partner collaboration

Partners are increasingly working together across the vendor’s ecosystem to ensure they meet customer demands

Apple adds multitasking, productivity features to iPadOS

The latest iPad operating system improves the way users work on side-by-side applications and lets them use the iPad to extend a MacBook or iMac display.

HashiCorp Consul pricing adjusts to SaaS

Some users balked at HCP Consul pricing when it first became available, prompting HashiCorp to add a Starter SKU, though it has yet to release specifics on cost.

M&A wave rising in hot AI market

The market is ripe for more AI M&A deals as enterprise demand for AI talent, MLOps and vertical applications rose during the pandemic.

Prisma Cloud CSPM looks to mitigate DevSecOps conflicts

Palo Alto Networks' CSPM product uses machine learning to tackle a point of DevSecOps friction -- too many security alerts that aren't tied to imminent threats.

ThoughtSpot unveils support for Snowflake developer platform

ThoughtSpot expanded its partnership with a leading data cloud provider, revealing ThoughtSpot for Snowpark to better enable developers as they work in-warehouse.

DataRobot integrates AI modeling tools with Snowflake

The AI vendor and cloud data warehouse vendors' latest collaboration will enable joint customers to develop and deploy AI models with fewer production lags.

Mandiant: Compromised Colonial Pipeline password was reused

The Colonial Pipeline VPN password was relatively complex, according to Mandiant CTO Charles Carmakal, and likely would have been difficult for DarkSide threat actors to guess.

The right to disconnect vs. America's always-on culture

European countries are adopting right-to-disconnect laws, protecting workers from employer retaliation. But in the U.S., there appears to be little interest from lawmakers.

How Ubisoft is embracing the cloud

Game developer Ubisoft has been tapping cloud computing to overcome the constraints of game development and create gaming experiences that live on for years to come

Central government spent £4.4bn on IT in 2020

Tussell report finds that central government increased tech spend during the Covid-19 pandemic, and HM Revenue and Customs is the biggest spender

Versa Networks on partner recruitment drive

SASE and SD-WAN specialist has been widening its channel base since launching a global partner programme six months ago

Cisco offers bundle pricing with Webex Suite

Cisco's Webex Suite packs many capabilities beneficial to companies preparing for a hybrid workplace, with employees spending time in the office and at home.

N-able looks to plug MSP marketing gaps

Firm launches marketing platform to provide managed service providers with access to a range of resources

Microsoft's acquisition of Nuance clears antitrust hurdle

The U.S. government didn't flag the Microsoft-Nuance acquisition as violating antitrust laws, but scrutiny of big tech continues as governments try to reign in powerful companies.

Verizon Business looks for edge with advanced SASE

Telco launches SASE solution merging SD-WAN capabilities with network security services, creating a unified, cloud-delivered service model that supports digital enterprises

Prefect raises $32M for dataflow automation technology

Data startup Prefect is looking to grow its open source project and commercial business to help organizations manage automated data pipeline requirements.

Motorola adds 5G to its Moto G Stylus

Motorola will offer the $400 Moto G Stylus 5G as a more affordable alternative to the $1,000 Samsung Galaxy Note 5G.

Quest updates Erwin Data Modeling and Data Intelligence

Quest is looking to build out what it calls a data empowerment platform with the help of data modeling and other technology from its recently acquired Erwin business unit.

JBS USA paid $11M ransom to REvil hackers

Last week JBS USA said the ransomware attack was resolved and all facilities were fully operational, but now the company confirmed it paid a huge ransom.

Australia names ‘strategic’ datacentre operators

Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency certifies Macquarie Telecom, Canberra Data Centres and Australian Data Centres as strategic operators for hosting government data

UK and US to develop tech and science partnership

Partnership will explore collaboration in areas such as innovation, research, defence, security, intelligence and law enforcement, as well as making sure technology is ‘used as a force for good’

UK promises tougher line on cyber crime

Speaking ahead of the G7 Summit, foreign secretary Dominic Raab says the UK is ready to take on cyber criminals and other malicious actors wherever they may be

CMA secures commitments from Google on future of cookies

The Competition and Markets Authority is opening a consultation on commitments offered to it by Google to ensure its Privacy Sandbox proposals do not harm digital advertising markets

Evidence emerges of new digital divide in UK connectivity

Study shows extent to which online connectivity impacts quality of life but reveals that renters are nearly twice as likely to describe their connection as only average or unreliable, compared with home owners

IT consultants go for green cloud computing

Sustainability and green cloud computing have gained a higher profile in recent months, leading consultancies like Accenture and ThoughtWorks to pursue new services; other news.

Cisco DNA Center update tackles customer headaches

The latest DNA Center upgrade simplifies deploying the campus network controller and scaling the platform to handle more endpoints. Cisco plans to release it in mid-June.

Companies aim for hybrid office by September

Many firms are setting September as a return-to-the-office month, and a majority of workers will be in a hybrid office environment. Three days a week may be the hybrid standard.

Slilpp marketplace goes dark following government takedown

Slilpp, a massive dark web emporium for buying and selling stolen credentials, has been pulled offline by an international law enforcement takedown.

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