TechTarget News - Week of Sep 25, 2022

How AWS is tapping the groundswell in cloud adoption

Phil Davis, managing director of Amazon Web Services in Asia-Pacific and Japan, talks up the company’s growth strategy and how it is retaining customers amid rivals nipping at its heels

FCSA calls for government clampdown on cloned umbrella companies

One year has passed since the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association spoke out about the problem of umbrella company cloning, and it claims the authorities are not moving fast enough to tackle the issue

More than 30 startups to join Plexal’s Cyber Runway accelerator

Now in its second year, the Cyber Runway accelerator has been designed to support firms at various stages of growth, as well as help the cyber security sector to improve on its diversity, inclusion and regional representation

Lenovo launches entry-level block storage arrays

Lenovo has released to the entry-level market new all-flash and hybrid arrays, which provide companies with a boost in previous performance, and has unified hardware management.

Critical Sophos Firewall bug under active exploitation

Sophos said the exploitation of the critical firewall vulnerability has, at this time, affected "an extremely small subset of organizations" predominantly located in South Asia.

4-day workweek productivity claims gather criticism

A preliminary survey from a pilot program of businesses trying out a four-day workweek says the change can be made without hurting productivity. Economists are skeptical.

HPE expands Alletra with lower prices and more options

HPE added the hybrid Alletra 5000 to its block storage portfolio and GreenLake, giving customers more capacity and more consumption options while lowering costs.

Starburst adds tools to enhance its data mesh capabilities

The vendor added data product and data set sharing features along with enhanced governance capabilities aimed at enabling organizations to decentralize their analytics operations.

Bank warns of spike in online cost-of-living scams

Fraudsters are exploiting the cost-of-living crisis by tricking people into sending money to help friends and relatives pay bills, TSB has warned

Telefónica, Qualcomm collaborate to build XR, metaverse systems

Partnership designed to grow metaverse and extended reality ecosystem using Snapdragon Spaces as well as upskilling Telefónica’s internal teams and external innovation programmes in XR hardware and applications

Poly channel adapting to a hybrid world

Collaboration specialist has seen the demands on its partners change and a response across its reseller base

SAS, Microsoft make Viya available on Azure Marketplace

The vendors aim to market the analytics platform to a new audience of self-service customers that will be able to quickly deploy Viya and pay only for the compute power they use.

Storage vendors pitching self-service as-a-service

Storage vendors like Dell Technologies are adding self-service products to their as-a-service portfolios, directed at enterprises seeking to keep daily operation in house.

Jamf to acquire ZecOps to bolster iOS security

Jamf will pay an undisclosed sum for ZecOps, which logs activity on iOS devices to find potential attacks. The companies expect the deal to close by 2023.

Chipotle pilots AI systems to assist workers and diners

The fast-food chain is trying out AI-powered cook assistants and consumer experience programs. Its tortilla-making bot will start making chips for some consumers next month.

Neos Networks to connect Viking Wind Farm to SSE Renewables HQ

Business connectivity provider constructs communications links between wind farm being built on Scottish island and headquarters on mainland more than 300 miles away with machine-to-machine network to control and monitor performance of wind turbines remotely

IoT success fuelling further expansion

Survey reveals profound change around the benefits derived from internet of things over past 12 months, with senior decision-makers focused on operational efficiencies, reducing costs, and increasing revenue and profit

Most hackers exfiltrate data within five hours of gaining access

Insights from more than 300 sanctioned adversaries, otherwise known as ‘ethical’ hackers, reveal that around two-thirds are able to collect and exfiltrate data within just five hours of gaining access

Online Safety Bill needs complete overhaul, say rights groups

Civil society groups write to new digital minister to challenge various aspects of the upcoming Online Safety Bill, which they say threatens rights to privacy and freedom of expression

EnterpriseDB rides on PostgreSQL momentum in APAC

The open-source database supplier has seen more enterprises in the region replacing their Oracle databases with Postgres to support their digital transformation initiatives

BT Wholesale reveals channel marketing concerns

Comms player shares research that reveals worries across the industry about the ability to market brand and capabilities effectively

UK suffers third highest number of ransomware attacks globally

Based on an analysis of around 5,000 ransomware incidents, NordLocker has found that UK businesses, and small businesses in particular, are a priority target for ransomware gangs

CloudBees ReleaseIQ buy renews CI/CD pipeline, SaaS support

The newly acquired startup adds SaaS-based low-code views into multiple tools and doesn't require upfront integration work, as CloudBees regroups after recent upheavals.

Intel expands Developer Cloud, updates GPUs, CPUs

Administrators who manage many users can go one step further toward streamlining license assignments by taking advantage of a new feature from Microsoft.

Qlik unveils pair of new integrations with Databricks

One is designed to enable joint users to easily ingest data into lakehouses, while the other aims to enable potential users to experiment with the platforms on a trial basis.

DataRobot-managed AI cloud now generally available

With the managed version of its cloud platform, the vendor will run machine learning projects for enterprises that don't want them on the public cloud.

Intel SDKs give developers tools for AI, quantum software

Intel launched new SDKs for AI and quantum computing and added tools underpinned by the Intel Developer Cloud in an effort to attract developers to build on its hardware.

NCC Group: IceFire ransomware gang ramping up attacks

While the ransomware group was first observed in March, IceFire emerged on NCC Group's radar last month when attacks against English-speaking organizations soared.

LTO Program looks to surpass 1.4 PB per tape

The LTO Program laid out an updated roadmap showing that tape could break the 1 petabyte barrier within the next decade, keeping pace with ever-growing data storage needs.

Optus breach casts spotlight on cyber resilience

The massive data breach that affected more than 10 million Optus customers has cast the spotlight on API security and other factors that contribute to the cyber resilience of organisations in Australia

Business software aims for the NetSuite spot

In a time of turmoil, Oracle’s business software division unveils innovation and updates to give customers insight and control to increase productivity, enhance profitability and drive growth

Cost-of-living crisis could spur fintech adoption

The cost-of-living crisis could have a similar impact on fintech and digital banking as the Covid-19 pandemic did, inducing further innovation in the fintech sector

Cloud Custodian spans FinOps, SecOps cloud policies

Users such as Avalara and HBO Max use Cloud Custodian to manage cloud cost and security policies, as the project's founders prepare Kubernetes support to rival OPA and Kyverno.

Digital customer experience top of mind for PGA Tour

The PGA Tour's head of fan engagement discusses the tech stack that makes the organization connect better with fans, sponsors, golf pros and more.

Environments as a service tackle development bottlenecks

Environments as a service are gaining traction as a tool to reduce delays, manage environments and improve developer productivity, according to industry analysts.

A study of what makes the best employers 'irresistible'

The secret of what makes a company a best employer isn't HR technology choices, but management thinking, according to HR analyst Josh Bersin in his new book, 'Irresistible.'

Mandiant spots new malware targeting VMware ESXi hypervisors

Mandiant researchers said the backdoors were installed with a novel technique that used malicious vSphere Installation Bundles, though it's unclear how initial access was achieved.

Climate LLC taps feature flags for mobile app development

Feature flags facilitated fast rollbacks and trunk-based mobile development for a digital farming software maker amid volatility due to business growth and climate change.

Unit 42 finds polyglot files delivering IcedID malware

Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 says attackers are using decoy Microsoft Compiled HTML Help files containing multiple file formats to infect systems with information-stealing malware.

Cobalt Strike malware campaign targets job seekers

Cisco Talos researchers spotted a new wave of phishing attacks that target job seekers in the U.S. and New Zealand, infecting them with Cobalt Strike beacons.

UK government rolls out Project Gigabit to rural Teesdale

£6.6m contract granted in north-east England as part of national programme to upgrade broadband for hard-to-reach premises, with GoFibre engaged as principal contractor for build out

How Endowus is leveraging Kafka and microservices

The Singapore-based financial technology company built a distributed microservices architecture to ensure its investment platform remains resilient at all times

Surveillance tech firms complicit in MENA human rights abuses

Research finds companies are profiting from surveillance technologies that facilitate human rights abuses against migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the Middle East and North Africa, with little to no oversight

Questions remain following Citrix-TIBCO merger

Investment firms Vista Equity Partners and Evergreen Coast Capital completed the acquisition of Citrix, but questions about partnerships and potential product spinoffs remain.

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