TechTarget News - Week of Sep 12, 2021

Portcast secures $3.2m, eyes global expansion

Logistics startup Portcast will use its pre-Series A funding to expand globally and bolster its cloud-based service with prescriptive AI capabilities

Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

Time to share details of some of the moves in the industry over the past week that caught the eye

Virgin Media O2 and Fotokite trial 5G connected tethered drone

Swiss drone company partners with UK telecoms operator to test 5G-enabled, tethered drones in a simulated rescue mission as part of a trial to elevate possibilities for emergency services and first responders

Materialize brings streaming SQL database to the cloud

To date, streaming database startup Materialize has not had a managed cloud service -- but that's changing, with a preview of the company's cloud DBaaS platform.

Hackers port Cobalt Strike attack tool to Linux

An unknown group of cybercriminals has created a version of the Windows-only Cobalt Strike Beacon tool that works against Linux machines, which has been used in recent attacks.

RPA adoption still in its infancy in Asia-Pacific

While there have been successful deployments of robotic process automation in mature markets, adoption of the technology is largely in its infancy across Asia-Pacific, says a regional Blue Prism executive

Vodafone: Tech will be driving force for UK achieving net-zero targets

Study urges UK government to deploy 5G, IoT and other digital and connectivity technologies in its forthcoming energy efficiency and sustainability strategy, claiming this could reduce emissions by up to 4% a year

Nasuni expands caching speed, availability for premium users

Faster file caching and synchronization, as well as more frequent versioning, is now available through a new feature called Global File Acceleration for premium Nasuni subscribers.

Mass health tracker data breach has UK impact

The leak of a database of 61 million users of health-tracking devices includes records on individuals located in the UK

Bytes keeps momentum going in H1

Channel player follows up maiden full-year numbers with signs that growth is continuing

Zoom adds video to the contact center

Zoom will add video to contact center interactions next year. The company said its Video Engagement Center would improve troubleshooting, build trust and automate everyday tasks.

Apple patches zero-day, zero-click NSO Group exploit

The Citizen Lab said that it found the Apple zero-day vulnerability when it was 'analyzing the phone of a Saudi activist infected with NSO Group's Pegasus spyware.'

Snowflake aims at financial services with data cloud

Snowflake launches its new Data Cloud offering as it continues to expand the range of applications and capabilities for its customers, including Western Union and Capital One.

Progress steers Chef InSpec toward CSPM

After a rocky first year, Progress Software has tightened Chef product integrations and solidified roadmap plans that focus on InSpec and CSPM.

Google patches actively exploited Chrome zero-days

Two more vulnerabilities in Google's web browser joined a growing list of Chrome zero-days that have been actively exploited in the wild this year.

Zoom aims to ignite the next era of communications

Breakout conferencing and collaboration company shows range of innovations will enable businesses in the post-Covid era to embrace change, enable hybrid workforces and grow their businesses

Microsoft patches 66 vulnerabilities in September update

Another lighter-than-usual Patch Tuesday update includes important fixes for recently disclosed vulnerabilities, including a dangerous zero-day, and an update in the PrintNightmare saga

McAfee discovers Chinese APT campaign 'Operation Harvest'

McAfee Enterprise found the threat actors had not only breached a company's network, but had spent 'multiple years' siphoning data from the victim before getting caught.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud to get analytics boost

Salesforce to add analytics capabilities and AI tools that spider Salesforce CDP data; Commerce Cloud adds shipping and logistics integration through a FedEx partnership.

September Patch Tuesday fixes zero-day, print spooler flaw

The two notable vulnerabilities, disclosed prior to this month's security update releases, receive permanent fixes to supersede earlier mitigation instructions.

UN human rights chief calls for moratorium on AI technologies

High commissioner’s call for a moratorium on the use of AI systems that pose a serious risk to human rights is accompanied by a UN report on the negative human rights impacts associated with the technology

TrilioVault update focuses on securing Kubernetes backup

Anti-ransomware features in TrilioVault for Kubernetes v2.5 include application-level immutability and encryption to help ensure Kubernetes backup data is recoverable.

Kafka streaming data gets governance from Confluent

Apache Kafka event streaming from Confluent helps online grocery provider Instacart deliver milk to customers when they need it, by helping to power real-time inventory updates.

‘OMIGOD’ vulnerabilities put Azure customers at risk

OMI, the software agent at the center of a remote code execution flaw, is "just one example" of silent, pre-installed software in cloud environments, according to one researcher.

DataRobot AI Cloud gives users multi-cloud capabilities

DataRobot unveiled its cloud, giving users access to technologies and applications the vendor obtained with a series of recent and older acquisitions.

SHRM calls out biased hiring practices at conference

With employee resignations at a record high, HR is facing a reckoning over how it hires and retains employees, said Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of SHRM.

NTT and Equinix lead APAC co-location market

The two datacentre service providers are leading the pack in co-location services in the Asia-Pacific region thanks to their growing business from hyperscale cloud suppliers

Apple unveils iPhone 13 product line

The money truck is set to roll again as Apple launches new flagship device attributed with pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone

UK on a roll with 5G in second quarter of 2021

After two years of stagnant speeds, UK next-generation communications network industry gets into gear in terms of download speeds and availability as all stakeholders work to make conditions ripe for opportunity, with Three UK a ‘decisive’ winner in the second quarter

Travel-themed phishing lures spiked this summer

As people begin to take holidays again after more than a year of restrictions and lockdowns, opportunist cyber criminals have taken note, according to new data from Palo Alto’s Unit 42

Grace Hopper subsea cable lands in UK

First private subsea cable to the UK funded by Google intended to improve diversity and resilience of network, underpinning consumer and enterprise products, increasing capacity and powering services such as Meet, Gmail and Google Cloud

Veeam extends channel proposition with Kasten

Vendor has seen its channel reach out for training to make sure they can get involved with Kubernetes and containers

Centerprise cuts the ribbon on CiCloud

Channel player collaborates with HPE and CloudSigma to provide a cloud platform that should tempt customers looking for a hybrid solution

Bitdefender launches free REvil ransomware decryptor

Working alongside law enforcement partners, Bitdefender has developed and released a tool to help REvil victims recover their data for free

Microsoft offers passwordless login to all customers

All Microsoft customers will be able to replace passwords with biometric identity, security keys or text confirmation to access their Microsoft accounts.

ExpressVPN stands behind CIO named in UAE hacking scandal

ExpressVPN said it will not cut ties with CIO Daniel Gericke, who was implicated by the DOJ in state-sponsored hacking on behalf of the United Arab Emirates government.

Backup startup Rewind raises $65M in Series B funding

Rewind closed a $65 million funding round led by Insight Partners. The investment will be used to grow employee headcount and expand the backup platform to cover more SaaS applications.

Bitdefender releases REvil universal ransomware decryptor

The REvil decryptor key helps victims recover their encrypted files, as long as the attacks were made before July 13, which is when REvil went off the grid for two months.

Zoom bolsters collaboration capabilities beyond video

Zoom became the brand name for video conferencing during the pandemic. The company wants to expand that dominance to other areas of collaboration, like chat and whiteboards.

Apple brings longer battery life, larger storage to iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 will last an hour and a half longer than its iPhone 12 counterpart and have twice the minimum storage, Apple said. The Pro Max model will offer up to 1 TB of storage.

Aftershock eyes corporate PC market

Singapore-based custom PC supplier Aftershock has set up a corporate sales team and is looking to offer a desktop as a service for business customers

ServiceNow platform updates target hybrid team workflows

The latest version of ServiceNow's Now Platform aims to improve remote employees' workflows and broaden its developer ecosystem with a new mobile app builder.

Nebulon looks to reward partners involved with OEM sales

Vendor Nebulon sells largely through embedding its technology with a number of household OEMs, but is keen to make sure that partners are rewarded for their involvement

Quantum computing ecosystem grows with Accenture, QCI moves

A quantum computing ecosystem is taking shape. Quantum methods may find initial applications in solving optimization challenges across various industries; other IT channel news.

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