TechTarget News - Week of Sep 05, 2021

How NZ schools are tapping managed network services

Using managed network services has freed up time and resources for New Zealand school teachers and alleviated the pressure and challenges of maintaining technology infrastructure

Room for improvement in UK right to repair laws

The UK government introduced right to repair legislation earlier in 2021 to combat the growing issue of electronic waste, but data sanitisation firm Blancco says that while it’s a step in the right direction, there is definitely scope for improvement

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

The last few days have seen several executives take up fresh challenges across the industry

Government opens £2bn chest for big data analytics

The Crown Commercial Service has published an early notification notice for a £500m per annum big data analytics procurement framework, which will run from 2022 to 2026

ICO in bid to end cookie pop-ups

Outgoing information commissioner Elizabeth Denham will call on her equivalents across the G7 group of countries to collaborate on an overhaul of cookie consent pop-ups

OT security in APAC remains work in progress

Two operational technology security experts shed light on the state of OT security in the region, and what’s being done to address skills, competency and organisational challenges

Midwich profits rebound in H1

Audiovisual specialist Midwich benefits hugely from the steady ‘return to normal’ worldwide, with the restrictions around offices and events starting to ease

Only a tenth of global vehicles adopt ADAS

Huge opportunity knocks in the realm of advanced in-vehicle software as surprisingly low number of global cars make use of ADAS features

ProxyShell attacks ramping up on unpatched Exchange Servers

Security experts say active attacks on the series of Microsoft Exchange Server flaws, which can be chained to take control of servers, are already being launched in the wild.

CrowdStrike threat report: Breakout time decreased 67% in 2021

CrowdStrike's latest research shows threat actors have reduced the time it takes for them to move laterally in victim environments, thanks in part to ransomware as a service.

Estonian government opens its digital heart to tech testers

Tech startups are being invited to build and test their products and services on the Estonian government’s IT estate for free, in return for use of the software developed

CityFibre extends network in Sussex, Scotland and announces Medway ISP

Fibre broadband provider announces further extension of its national broadband network in the Glasgow region and in West Sussex, while also sealing deal with service providers using its full-fibre infrastructure

REvil reappearance may herald new ransom campaigns

The re-emergence of the infamous REvil ransomware gang is a likely sign that more high-profile attacks will unfold over the coming weeks

Blackpool illumination for full-fibre broadband

Neos Networks unveils significant network expansion across Lancashire to facilitate high capacity fibre connectivity for hyperscalers, large-scale content providers and businesses using UK fibre network and connections to Ireland

Analytics trends include a surge in app development

As more organizations have recognized the value of data during the pandemic, a surge in application development is among the top business intelligence trends.

Acquia acquires Widen digital asset management

DAM is an old idea making a big comeback for marketing teams trafficking in online video. Acquia adds the Widen DAM to its digital experience platform.

Microsoft zero-day flaw exploited in the wild

Microsoft and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued advisories warning users to mitigate against a zero-day flaw, as no patch has been released.

IBM's first Power10 server tailored for hybrid clouds

IBM has moved closer to achieving a frictionless hybrid cloud model with its first Power10 server. The new system comes loaded with a variety of security technologies.

Ericsson gets smart with 5G network services deployment

Leading comms tech provider keeps up the pace of launches of technologies supporting next-generation network development with modular suite of tools and services

Latest Microsoft zero-day being actively exploited

New Microsoft zero-day CVE-2021-40444 affects multiple versions of Windows and is probably being exploited through convincing phishing attacks

Government relies on tech to reduce NHS waiting lists

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid aims to reduce NHS waiting list backlog through use of virtual wards, artificial intelligence and new surgical hubs

Salesforce Service Cloud to add Servicetrace RPA, Slack

Salesforce plans to release features that increase Service Cloud's flexibility for contact centers to manage agents working remotely either part time or full time.

OneWeb achieves higher orbit with Eutelsat investment, AT&T deal

Controversial UK government and Bharti-owned satellite operator closes investment from leading French satellite operator and seals deal with US comms giant to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to hard-to-reach locations via satellite

Dell EMC tunes PowerProtect for data protection at scale

Dell EMC updated PowerProtect with faster snapshots, new software to manage multiple appliances and a managed service for recovery to help scale data protection functions.

Exium offers 5G network security to IBM EAM

Exium is IBM's latest partner in 5G network security. Enterprises have the option of using Exium's network as a service with the IBM Edge Application Manager.

'Azurescape': New Azure vulnerability fixed by Microsoft

The Azure Container Instances vulnerability would have allowed malicious actors to execute code on other customers' containers, but there have been no reports of exploitation.

Workday's Zimit acquisition gives it automated CPQ

Workday invested in Zimit, and later integrated its configure, price and quote software. Now, it's acquiring the company as part of its plan to build enterprise services.

Microsoft addresses workforce patterns using Teams, LinkedIn

A survey of the Microsoft workforce found that employees planned to be back in the office more than their managers expected. The discrepancy means companies need to be flexible.

UK GDPR faces changes under planned reforms

DCMS is launching a major consultation on proposed changes to the UK’s data protection regime, under which several key elements of the GDPR are likely to change

Infosys releases headless commerce services bundle

Infosys breaks down Skava, an e-commerce startup it acquired in 2015, into e-commerce, marketing and merchandising microservices, and renames it Equinox.

Lenovo unifies as-a-service efforts

Both infrastructure and device-as-a-service options come under a single umbrella with TruScale

SoftwareOne picks up AWS partner HeleCloud

Acquisition will add more AWS expertise, give depth to the managed services offering and bring more coverage across EMEA

Microsoft, Nokia seal space, 5G agreement for South Australia

IT giant and leading communications technology provider team to work with South Australian development board and local companies to bring together interdisciplinary experts to develop, test, and deploy new space technologies

China's crackdown spells trouble for U.S. businesses

As China's crackdown on businesses sounds alarm bells for C-suite executives, a U.S. district judge handed down a long-awaited verdict in the Apple vs. Epic Games trial.

IBM leads parade of vendors delivering LTO-9 tape drives

While sales of tape drives faltered in 2020, IBM and a handful of storage vendors hope to fuel a comeback with delivery of new offerings that ascribe to the LTO-9 specifications.

Federal vaccine mandate gives HR new work, risks

President Joe Biden's federal vaccine mandate will put new recordkeeping requirements on businesses and may create problems if employees refuse to comply.

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