TechTarget News - Week of Aug 29, 2021

New 'ProxyToken' Exchange Server vulnerability disclosed

The Exchange Server vulnerability could allow an attacker 'to copy all emails addressed to a target and account and forward them to an account controlled by the attacker.'

Facebook, Microsoft bet on collaborative virtual reality

Microsoft and Facebook think virtual reality collaboration could help companies save on office space and travel. But the tech needs more development to be ready for general use.

GovTech launches vulnerability rewards programme

Vulnerability rewards programme will offer rewards ranging from $250 to $5,000 to white hat hackers who find vulnerabilities in critical government systems

Computacenter positive about second half

Channel player has seen robust trading over the past couple of months, which should give analysts following the business some food for thought

More NAND SSD in fewer hands as WD $20m Kioxia bid likely

The NAND flash market could soon go from six major players to four, but the fusion of Kioxia into WD and SK Hynix with Intel’s NAND business will still leave Samsung atop the pile

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Bank holidays barely cause a pause in the continual move by firms to hire more expertise to support growth

2nd Watch blends cloud offerings, pro services amid growth

The professional services and managed cloud company has set its sights on M&A in 2022. The firm also seeks to develop an integrated service experience under new leadership.

Zoom posts first billion-dollar revenue quarter

Pandemic conferencing breakout star sees revenues and subs maintain robust growth track in second quarter.

Nokia presses pause on O-RAN Alliance

Citation of leading Chinese technology firms by US government department leads to Finnish comms tech giant halting activities in open comms software body

Apache Drill improves big data SQL query engine

Open source SQL query engine gets new release that will expand the number of data sources that can be queried, including Elasticsearch, Splunk and Apache Cassandra.

Docker Desktop pricing changes in bid to boost revenue

Docker Desktop is now part of all Docker subscriptions, including a new Business tier with added security, but enterprise users of the free version will have to start paying.

TigerGraph aims to take graph technology mainstream

As relational databases struggle with scale, one graph database vendor says a paradigm shift is underway and aims to make graph technology the standard approach for data storage.

College students targeted by money mule phishing techniques

Back to fool: University students with little security training are being targeted by Nigerian scammers to move fraudulent funds with the lure of quick bucks and flexible hours.

SEC sanctions financial firms for cybersecurity failures

Three financial services firms were charged with failing to implement proper cybersecurity policies after cyber attacks led to the exposure of customer data.

Databricks raises $1.6B more to boost data lakehouse

Investors are super confident in the growth potential for cloud data management and analytics as the impact of the Snowflake IPO continues to ripple through the industry.

Experts warn on Office 365 phishing attacks

Newly observed campaign is particularly dangerous because it appears to neutralise one of the most widely known anti-phishing techniques

New features coming for Salesforce Sales Cloud

Salesforce adds CRM features to support remote-work models for sales teams born in the pandemic and continuing -- possibly permanently -- through 2022 and beyond.

Microsoft announces release date for Windows 11

Windows 11 will include integration with unified communications platform Teams but won't initially include the option to download Android apps.

Catastrophes may shift hiring, remote work policies

As natural disaster numbers increase, remote work policies may be examined for how they keep workers online. But beyond temporary employee relocations, HR may be curbed by options.

Education still spending on laptops

Sales figures might not be at the levels of last year, but Q2 saw decent activity in the market, according to Context research

VMware Tanzu Application Platform reflects PaaS shifts

VMware plans a developer on-ramp to Kubernetes with Tanzu Application Platform, a more flexible take on PaaS than Cloud Foundry that could heighten competition with OpenShift.

Atlassian Confluence flaw under active attack

Administrators are advised to patch immediately after security experts confirmed mass scanning and exploits against a critical remote code execution vulnerability.

NUS researchers develop brain-inspired memory device

A team of researchers led by the National University of Singapore have developed a brain-inspired molecular memristor that can be configured to perform a range of computing tasks

Global smartphone sales grow 10.8% in Q2 2021

Research finds global smartphone arena showing double-digit growth despite supply constraints, production disruption, component shortages, factory shutdowns and closure of retail businesses

Air IT makes another double acquisition

Managed service player likes to make two deals at a time and has added a couple more MSPs to its growing collection

Tableau platform update focuses on broad analytics adoption

Tableau 2021.3 doesn't include fancy new AI or machine learning features, instead focusing on capabilities that enable enterprises to scale their analytics programs to more users.

WhatsApp fined €225m over GDPR breaches

Irish data protection watchdog has issued one of the largest GDPR fines to date against Facebook-owned WhatsApp

Beyond Identity building up UK channel

Password management player is keen to add more partners and keep its recently signed distributors busy

Apple workers challenge company on toxic workplace culture

Workers participating in the #AppleToo movement say they have collected nearly 500 testimonies from employees about their experiences of discrimination, harassment and abuse at Apple

Autodesk targeted in SolarWinds hack

Autodesk said in its 10-Q filing released Wednesday that it believes 'no customer operations or Autodesk products were disrupted' in the SolarWinds supply chain attack.

Accellion-related breach disclosures continue to unfold

Beaumont Health disclosed some patient data was exposed through an attack on Accellion's FTA product, nine months after the attack on the legacy file transfer software occurred.

Verizon, Microsoft partner on 5G edge

The alliance connects Verizon's 5G Edge mobile edge computing platform with Microsoft's Azure Stack Edge cloud computing product. Verizon has a similar deal with AWS.

FACE Act aims to improve government CX

The bipartisan bill that would codify the measurement of customer experience for federal agencies cleared the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.

Amazon offers NetApp OnTap for managed AWS file storage

Amazon rolled out new AWS features and improvements at its Storage Day 2021, including a file storage service with NetApp's OnTap, the first managed service for AWS files.

South Korea law upends app store practices

A new law in South Korea enables developers to use payment systems outside those offered by app store platform providers. One expert said other governments may follow suit.

Dremio partner program launches in data lakehouse market

Amid growing interest in data lakehouses, Dremio will target a range of partners, including consultants and systems integrators, to boost its platform; other news.

With New Orleans mostly dark, a coworking office lights up

Coworking offices may help remote workers deal with prolonged power outages. They are often located in business districts, which may get power restored before residential areas.

Video conferencing miscues can get you fired

A survey found that miscues during video conferences cost businesses money and got employees fired. Most companies have punished employees for video meeting errors.

FTC drops the hammer on SpyFone for privacy violations

The FTC has decried SpyFone, a remote tracking app for mobile phones, as stalkerware and ordered it to notify all individuals who were tracked by the app.

5G-ENCODE reveals next phase of network slicing for industrial 5G

UK government backed next-generation network project 5G-ENCODE switches on the second phase of its network at the National Composites Centre, as it bids to move a step closer to realising the commercial benefits of 5G in manufacturing

HPE revenue boosted by digitisation drive

Company says it has experienced strong growth thanks to demand accelerating during the pandemic

Taking a strange route to the channel

Next time you sit in front of a channel executive, remember that they might have started in a very different industry

Mandiant, Sophos detail dangerous ProxyShell attacks

Threat researchers and incident responders continue to track threat activity around the dangerous ProxyShell Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities, including impactful ransomware hits

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