TechTarget News - Week of Feb 20, 2022

Telstra and TPG Telecom strike network sharing deal

Australia’s Telstra and TPG Telecom have joined forces to share their mobile networks and spectrum in a landmark deal that will expand coverage for both telcos

Open banking surpasses five million UK customers

Upwards of five million people in the UK are using open banking services as the financial sector’s fintech revolution gathers pace

Computer science degree applications up by 13%

The number of people who have applied to study computer science at university this year has increased more than any other subject in the UK

Union pushes for collective bargaining around technology and data

Prospect union releases guidance on how workers and unions can engage employers over the use of technology at work, with particular emphasis on the need to include technology provisions in collective bargaining agreements

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy week across the industry, with several high-profile positions getting filled

UK organisations swift to chide phishing victims

While UK organisations are doing better at security training, many are quick to punish employees who fall victim to phishing attacks, whether real or simulated

Software AG executives trumpet progress on Helix growth plan

Software AG’s executive team has confirmed progress on a cloud-oriented growth strategy named Helix, launched in 2019 and bolstered by 2021 investment by US technology firm Silver Lake

IBM: REvil dominated ransomware activity in 2021

IBM X-Force's Threat Intelligence Index report also found a 'triple extortion' ransomware tactic in 2021, where threat actors use DDoS attacks to put extra pressure on victims.

Dragos: Ransomware topped ICS and OT threats in 2021

Whether ICS and OT networks were intentionally targeted or not, ransomware was found to be the No. 1 compromise to industrial organizations last year.

Tech acquisition to be major priority for UK police

Policing minister cites technology as major focus for future of UK police, in comments made ahead of the publication of the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales

IBM opens cyber security hub in India

Big Blue’s new cyber security hub, comprising a cyber range, software development facilities and a security operations centre, will serve enterprises across the Asia-Pacific region

No imminent cyber threat to UK from Russia

Intelligence officials say they have no evidence or indication that Russian cyber attackers are preparing offensive assaults on infrastructure or organisations in Britain

Hitachi Vantara simplifies hybrid cloud storage

Hitachi Vantara is now providing customers a path to the hybrid cloud with software-defined storage and colocation. It also unveiled a new midrange storage offering.

Microsoft extends Defender umbrella to Google Cloud Platform

Redmond says extending Defender for Cloud native capabilities to the Google Cloud Platform will help simplify security for organisations pursuing multicloud strategies by eliminating the gaps where the bad guys can get in

DCMS launches free cyber skills platform for kids

Government introduces free online cyber skills training for schoolchildren to encourage them into cyber security roles in the future and help address the skills gap

Salesforce pays out over £2m in bug bounties

Salesforce says it received more than 4,000 vulnerability reports in 2021 alone as it delivers a rare public update on its bug bounty programme

5G device sales forecast to hit 46.5 million by 2026

With the rise of always-on 5G portable devices, an explosion of edge AI adoption, the proliferation of smart manufacturing platforms and the emergence of the metaverse, industry is set for a sharp rise in mmWave smartphone sales

Veritas NetBackup 10 promises multi-cloud data automation

The latest release of Veritas NetBackup refocuses its data protection and management capabilities on Kubernetes containers, SaaS tools and more frequent updates.

Alteryx makes personnel changes to navigate cloud journey

The longtime data management vendor has remade its C-suite over the past few years, including adding a new CEO and president, as it modernizes its technology.

SambaNova unveils GPT Banking for financial industry

The product is aimed at giving financial institutions deep learning language capabilities. However, deep learning is hard to navigate in the finance industry.

Voltron Data takes aim at data management with Apache Arrow

CEO and co-founder Josh Patterson outlines the promise of the new language-agnostic data analytics development framework and why the vendor is raising big money to support it.

Power BI platform adds new data prep, mobile capabilities

Microsoft added more than 40 features to its main analytics tool this month, including enhancements to data preparation capabilities and upgraded mobile formatting options.

Zoom and RingCentral settle lawsuit

Zoom has agreed to let RingCentral customers continue using the Zoom-powered product Meetings. Zoom will also give companies time to move to RingCentral's homegrown product.

US, UK attribute Cyclops Blink to Sandworm

The group known for its use of VPNFilter malware has retooled with what is being tracked as Cyclops Blink, but its impact appears limited to WatchGuard business customers for now.

Couchbase Mobile 3 brings NoSQL database to the edge

The vendor looks to integrate an edge-to-cloud database architecture with a new release that provides developers with tools to manage distributed database deployments.

NetBrain's new tool automates network troubleshooting

NetBrain's Problem Diagnosis Automation System leans on network manager expertise instead of AI to automate troubleshooting and resolve network issues.

Benu teams with AWS for SASE-based cloud-native networks

Network edge service provider teams with global cloud giant on first use of public cloud for wireline broadband and security services with secure access service edge infrastructure

Russia behind dangerous Cyclops Blink malware

Joint NCSC CISA advisory attributes a dangerous malware, dubbed Cyclops Blink, to Russia’s Sandworm APT, likely a GRU unit, with WatchGuard users at particular risk

New cyber guidelines to safeguard construction sector

NCSC launches sector-specific security guidance for organisations in the construction industry, with input from the Chartered Institute of Building

Print channel benefits from offices reopening

It’s been a tough time for those selling, servicing and supporting print hardware, but there are signs that 2022 will be a better year for the channel

New tech, same threats for Web 3.0

Emerging technologies are prone to old-school social engineering attacks and credential-swiping techniques, according to Cisco Talos researchers who analyzed the new platforms.

HR manager experiences a Ukrainian startup's metaverse

Party.Space's metaverse offers an alternative to Zoom meetings. Its development team is in Ukraine, and its CEO has flown from the U.S. to be there as tensions escalate.

Workers demand universal high-performance broadband to succeed with hybrid work

Cisco Broadband Index finds just more than two-fifths of UK workers now rely on their home internet to work from home or run their own business, but almost three-quarters think broadband services need to dramatically improve to enable them to work from anywhere

Zoom takes its video service to the contact center

Zoom has entered the contact center-as-a-service market. The company's product offers video calling as companies seek a more visual interaction with customers.

Digital leaders open gap on digital laggards

A Boston Consulting Group report reveals that 30% of large enterprises are on the path to becoming 'digital incumbents' while the remainder risk falling behind.

New data wiper malware hits Ukraine targets

HermeticWiper is similar to another data-wiping malware known as WhisperGate, which was used in cyber attacks against Ukraine last month. Both used ransomware as an apparent decoy.

Dell, Marvell partner on telco 5G hardware

The combination Dell PowerEdge server and Marvell-powered inline 5G Layer 1 processing card can run carriers' open or virtualized radio access networks.

Mid-band 5G forecast to deliver $610bn GDP growth by 2030

Study shows 5G mid-band spectrum will play a key role in meeting demand for enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access, but to satisfy demand for 5G services by 2030, government action is crucial

Mavenir expands Open RAN ecosystem

Network software provider ups its ante in the field of open radio access networks, with a new suite of O-RAN-compliant radios for deployments ranging from macro, mmWave and mMIMO

H&M scheme looks to tackle issues affecting D&I in STEM

Retailer H&M launches its first ever STEM programme in the UK in a move to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation – and to tap into future tech talent

Channel helping Dell to navigate supply constraints

Vendor Dell talks about how its partners have helped it to deal with the ongoing shortages that have been a feature of the entire industry over the past year

SentinelOne reboots Scalyr as enterprise data platform

The cybersecurity vendor launches DataSet as a separate technology service from its core cybersecurity platform to help organizations manage and query large volumes of data.

Researchers find access brokers focused on US targets

Security vendors studied 'access broker' advertisements on the dark web, which provide ransomware groups with the network and system access required for data thefts.

Performance, capacity tick up with Dell PowerVault ME5

Dell Technologies modernized its entry-level storage with the new Dell PowerVault ME5, bringing more performance, capacity and ease of use for its SMB customers.

(ISC)2 study finds long remediation times for Log4Shell

An (ISC)2 survey of cybersecurity professionals found Log4Shell remediation for many organizations took several weeks or more than a month, requiring work on weekends and holidays.

In-house AI boot camp pays off for Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss' AI boot camp isn't easy to get into. Some 450 employees have applied to one of the 100 slots so far. It's an intensive program, but the firm likes the results.

Sanctions cost Russia US tech, and that may hurt

The U.S. has issued sanctions against Russia for its military invasion of Ukraine, which could face devastating IT service delivery disruption if the conflict continues.

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