TechTarget News - Week of Jul 10, 2022

SMEs lagging on multifactor authentication

Only 46% of small business owners say they have implemented multifactor authentication, and just 13% mandate its use, according to a report

Microsoft VBA macro block will return

Microsoft provides more details about its sudden decision to rollback a landmark security policy, and reassures users it is a temporary measure

Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

The industry never stands still, and talent helps grease the wheels of growth and innovation, as we see in this week’s ‘Who’s gone where?’

Chinese vendor H3C introduces first Wi-Fi 7 router

The H3C Magic BE18000, powered by a Qualcomm chipset, offers several significant Wi-Fi 7 features, including multilink operation and 320 MHz of channel bandwidth.

HPE exec: GreenLake is to HPE as AWS is to Amazon

In this Q&A, HPE's Omer Asad discusses the vendor's transformation from an on-premises hardware provider to a platform company with its GreenLake portfolio.

Optimizely CEO talks roadmap plans, A/B testing and DXP

Optimizely CEO explains why the company bet big on digital marketers' perpetual need for A/B testing. Also: how content management systems morphed into experience tech.

Managed services industry remains investor magnet

The high-tempo transaction pace continues as investors cite recurring revenue, attractive cash flows and favorable IT trends as reasons to pursue MSP deals; more IT channel news.

Singapore doubles down on OT security

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore will fund 80 scholarships to groom a talent pool of operational technology security experts, among other efforts to bolster the security of critical infrastructure in the city-state

Ericsson, Qualcomm, Thales team to validate space-based 5G

Comms technology providers enter into partnership with aerospace firm to provide global 5G coverage including areas currently not served by terrestrial networks

Tibco targets data model deployment with ModelOps launch

The analytics vendor designed the no-code platform, a sort of operating system for AI, to simplify the deployment of AI and machine learning models by users across organizations.

SingleStore secures $116M in funding to fuel growth

The data management vendor has secured $278 million in financing since December 2020 and plans to use the new funds to fuel product development and expand marketing efforts.

IBM debuts low-end Power10 servers, pay-as-you-go plan

IBM's new line of lower-end Power servers packs more processing power for smaller IT shops to deliver AI services faster, with a pay-as-you-go plan.

Supply issues hit global PC sales

Second quarter blighted by more production issues in China, which hit shipment levels

UK homeworking more than doubles since 2019

Office for National Statistics roundup of the latest data and analysis on the UK economy, business and jobs finds the number of people working from home in the UK increased by 108.8% between October to December 2019 and January to March 2022

HubSpot releases free CMS with marketing, CRM integrations

HubSpot small-business users are the focus of free CMS, marketing automation and CRM features, after the company spent several release cycles wooing enterprise customers.

Softcat outlines CEO succession plan

Channel player Softcat reveals that current boss Graeme Watt will leave that position in August next year

Walmart's multi-cloud strategy cuts millions in IT costs

Walmart built its own cloud platform and tied it to two public cloud providers, creating a multi-cloud architecture that saved millions in costs and sped up development tasks.

Enterprise architect role reverts to tech in pandemic

The pandemic has sent many enterprises into survival mode, which altered the scope of the enterprise architect's role once again, according to a Forrester Research study.

Nvidia QODA platform integrates quantum, classical computing

Nvidia's QODA platform bridges the chasm between quantum and classical environments. It could set the stage for quantum applications leveraging existing GPU and AI technologies.

4 critical flaws among 84 fixes in July Patch Tuesday

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday release for July brought dozens of fixes for security flaws in Windows, an Azure disaster recovery tool and the problematic Print Spooler service.

NHS trust cuts costs and refresh cycle with Wasabi cloud storage

Imperial College NHS Trust expects to saves 30% in storage costs and cut back on five-year refresh headaches in a move that has seen backup and archive data move to the Wasabi cloud

Supreme Court justices doxxed on dark web

Five conservative Supreme Court justices were reportedly doxxed by threat actors that claim to have obtained credit card numbers, addresses and other information.

July Patch Tuesday brings more than 80 fixes, one zero-day

While some admins can put their feet up and let Windows Autopatch do the hard work of updating their Microsoft estates, for the rest of us, the Patch Tuesday bandwagon keeps on keeping on

New CEO not likely to change Tibco once merged with Citrix

The analytics vendor's product leaders all remain in place, so while it will have a new company leader, its product development capabilities are expected to remain unchanged.

ING pilot project tests payments from phone to phone

Dutch bank is testing an app that enables users to make peer-to-peer payments directly from smartphone to smartphone when they are close together

StorCentric files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Rapid acquisitions followed by supply chain issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic led StorCentric to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to restructure.

Researcher develops Hive ransomware decryption tool

Despite being only a year old, Hive ransomware has grown into a prominent ransomware-as-a-service operator. The decryptor tackles Hive's newer, better-encrypted version.

Meta plans to make VR headset business-friendly

Meta will eventually let companies create and manage accounts for its virtual reality headsets. The move is part of a push to make the hardware more appealing to business.

Met police deploy facial-recognition technology in Oxford Circus

Police facial-recognition deployment results in three arrests, despite sustained calls from Parliament and civil society to limit the technology’s use until a specific legal framework for biometrics is in place

APAC organisations renew focus on ERP

Organisations in Asia-Pacific are looking to renew their enterprise resource planning systems as they emerge from the throes of the pandemic

Gartner: Software sales defy economic outlook

With spending on IT going up, there is no better time to be a head of IT as software drives new revenue-making opportunities

NTT reveals management plans for JUNO Trans-Pacific submarine cable system

In response to the growth of the global digital economy, Japanese technology companies collaborate to build and operate what they claim will be the largest submarine internet cable system between Japan and the US

Global IT services market shows signs of slowing

Spending on IT and business process services could be set to reduce over the coming months as the latest ISG figures show early signs of decline

New Red Hat CEO faces hybrid cloud challenges

Matt Hicks, now Red Hat CEO, and newly appointed Chairman Paul Cormier discuss the links between open source security and sustainability and Red Hat's hybrid cloud mission.

Videogame maker Bandai Namco confirms cyber attack

Bandai Namco, developer of videogames including Pac-Man, Tekken and Dark Souls, has broken days of silence to confirm it has been hit by a cyber attack

Developer shortage fuels rise in low-code/no-code platforms

Halfway through 2022, interest in low-code/no-code platforms is not slowing down. Experts say the developer shortage is one of the biggest factors as companies continue to invest.

PenFed expands chatbot strategy via Salesforce platform

The credit union, one of the nation's largest, is using the Salesforce platform to deploy chatbots that can handle a growing set of customer-facing tasks as well as in-house uses.

AI21 secures $64M in funding as NLP market grows

AI21 Labs is now worth $664 million. Its growth shows the demand for more language models and tools despite the dominance of models like OpenAI's GPT-3, GPT-J and GPT-Neo.

Juniper Mist automatically validates AP placement

Juniper has added three features to its AIOps networking assistant to improve troubleshooting and give more insights into the network. The company also introduced midrange switching hardware.

PC shipments plummet as market boom ends

PC manufacturers shipped fewer than 80 million computers for the first time in seven quarters as low demand and supply chain issues hit the market, IDC reports.

HPE expands private cloud capabilities in GreenLake

HPE’s GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise is a managed service that provides flexibility in deployment models with automation capabilities for a cloud-like experience

Microsoft gives Dezen channel chief role

Months after former incumbent left the business, the vendor has made its choice for who will be at the helm of the partner organisation

Hyperoptic hails new-build fibre broadband milestone

Altnet connects more than six-digit amount of new-build homes to its full-fibre network in UK and announces agreements to connect a similar number of new-build properties over the next 12 months

Fujifilm to raise some LTO tape prices 5% this fall

Fujifilm will hike the price of some of its older and most popular LTO tapes Oct. 1. It's hoping the monthslong lead up time will help companies better plan.

Cryptocurrency mixer activity reaches new heights in 2022

Chainalysis observed a stark uptick in April that led to a steady decline in May and June, but illicit addresses and DeFi platforms have kept mixers busy so far this year.

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