TechTarget News - Week of Oct 09, 2022

Ukraine and EU explore deeper cyber collaboration

A Ukrainian delegation has met with officials from the EU’s ENISA cyber agency to explore deeper cooperation on cyber security issues

BHRUT launches digital surgery clinic

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust’s digital surgery clinic, thought to be the first in the world, will give 700 patients access to a digital platform to help them prepare for surgery and speed up recovery

How Cloudflare is staying ahead of the curve

Cloudflare co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince talks up what has changed since the company’s first business plan was written in 2009 and how it keeps pace with the fast-moving network security landscape

Nokia launches SaaS for fixed networks portfolio

Comms tech giant intros software as a service for fixed networks portfolio line-up covering broadband and Wi-Fi controller, as well as operational tools

Public sector spend on IT climbed to £12.6bn in 2021

Public sector bodies IT spend went up 10% last year, but the majority of the money went to large IT suppliers with 89% of the total spend going to so-called ‘tech titans’, according to a report from Tussell

Google launches new supply chain security offerings

Securing the software supply chain, especially open source libraries, was a major theme behind the new products released at the Google Cloud Next '22 conference.

Google grows data cloud capabilities for data management

The tech giant brings open source Apache Iceberg table format support to its BigLake data lake as it extends BigQuery support for unstructured data and Apache Spark.

Google Cloud consolidates analytics tools under Looker name

The tech giant renamed Data Studio, its primary BI platform before its acquisition of Looker, and unveiled a new enterprise version of the rebranded platform.

Tech for democracy gains traction but may pay lip service

The Copenhagen Pledge on Tech for Democracy highlights how tech can crumble or shore up democracy and human rights. But it lacks action and accountability, industry experts say.

Google Cloud introduces new AI tools for business users

The tech giant released new a translation hub aimed at business users, a computer vision feature for the Vertex AI platform, and the OpenXLA Project open source initiative.

BlackByte ransomware uses new EDR evasion technique

Attackers deploying the BlackByte ransomware strain are using vulnerable drivers to target a part of the operating system that many security products rely on for protection.

NPM malware attack goes unnoticed for a year

A cybercriminal crew known as "LofyGang" poisoned software supply chains with bad NPM packages for more than a year, according to Checkmarx researchers.

Microsoft resolves Windows zero-day on October Patch Tuesday

The company released mitigation instructions for two Exchange Server zero-days discovered late last month but had no security updates to close the flaws on the email platform.

Meta presents vision for business metaverse

How can hybrid teams collaborate seamlessly? Meta believes virtual reality tied to business applications is the way forward

Microsoft fixes lone zero-day on October Patch Tuesday

Microsoft patched a solitary zero-day vulnerability in its latest monthly drop, but fixes for two others disclosed in the past few weeks are nowhere to be seen

MicroScope at 40: David Watts, TD SYNNEX

As MicroScope celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back and wonder about what will happen next. The key theme that links all four decades is change – and that has been seen across all parts of the channel

UK Atomic Energy Authority makes call on new UC telephony

National nuclear-based research facility replaces inflexible cloud-based system to add agility to enable staff to collaborate more effectively in a hybrid working approach

NCSC urges organisations to secure supply chains

NCSC’s latest guidance package centres supply chain security, helping medium to large organisations assess and mitigate cyber risks from suppliers

New Google service aims to move mainframe workloads to cloud

Google Cloud wants to shift workloads and applications from banks, healthcare and other industries into the cloud with a new mainframe migration service and performance tier.

Microsoft adds conversational AI to Dynamics 365

At Ignite, Microsoft Dynamics 365 users get AI-based automation capabilities with emphasis on conversational intelligence for sales and customer service.

Power BI platform adds cross-tenant sharing, integrations

Power BI users can now safely share data and collaborate with partner and customer organizations, while new integrations with Microsoft 365 tools are now in preview.

Microsoft releases SharePoint Syntex content AI services

Microsoft Syntex is a bundle of AI services for enterprise content repositories. It signals new attention devoted to SharePoint, which still has hundreds of millions of users.

Google opens Workspace apps to developers

Google has introduced APIs and an SDK for third-party software integrations with Workspace apps. The company also unveiled enhancements to the productivity suite.

Microsoft introduces premium add-on for Teams meetings

Microsoft plans to release the Teams Premium add-on in February but won't launch advanced AI capabilities until later in the year. The company hasn't released pricing.

New Microsoft AI tools aim at business end users

Microsoft released new features for the Azure Cognitive Services suite, as well as a Form Recognizer and Responsible AI dashboard aimed at both data scientists and business users.

Indonesia’s NeutraDC outlines global ambitions

Formed from the consolidation of Telkom’s infrastructure assets, NeutraDC has set its sights on being a global player in datacentre and connectivity services

Bowled out: NVMe flash pioneer Pavilion Data ceases business

Last of the pioneer NVMe flash storage array makers, Pavilion made multiprotocol highs-speed boxes – but it seems to have run out of sources of investment and gone out of business

UK gigabit broadband expansion rolls on for CityFibre, Hyperoptic

Deployment in South Yorkshire adds to largest independent provider’s estate as part of £8bn development plan, while fibre provider announces internal and external milestones as it clocks up 11 years in business

Turing launches government-backed AI standards information hub

The Alan Turing Institute has launched the AI Standards Hub jointly with the British Standards Institution and the National Physical Laboratory, backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Tech critical to the UK’s prosperity, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

Technology could provide the answer to the energy crisis, according to the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, as he hails tech as a way to guarantee prosperity for the country

UK government needs to rapidly fulfil full-fibre ambitions

Review of progress of the government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review identifies 5G and full-fibre roll-out as key factors to achieve nationwide economic growth

Mobile telecoms lab opens in UK West Midlands

New UK Telecoms Lab to be located in one of the UK’s fastest growing tech sectors, valued at £15.3bn, with the benefit of creating significant high-skilled, high-tech jobs

Salesforce Industries adds Automotive Cloud CRM

Salesforce releases Automotive Cloud, a customer sales, service, marketing and commerce platform for car and truck dealers, manufacturers and financiers.

HP expects printer market to ramp up

As offices have reopened and workers have returned, the printer has been one of the key tools they have missed during the pandemic

Cloud shift set to benefit insightsoftware channel

Vendor has identified a gap that its partners can help fill for finance teams keen to move to the cloud and get more out of technology

PostgreSQL 15 advances open source relational database

The new release of the widely deployed and supported PostgreSQL platform integrates enhanced logging, data compression, SQL and data replication capabilities.

Despite LockBit rebound, ransomware attacks down in 2022

LockBit cybercriminals are back in action with new ransomware attacks and publicity pushes. But many other new groups saw lower levels in activity in Q3, according to Cyberint.

Box boosts content collaboration with Notes reboot

Cloud document management company Box chases customers with remote and hybrid workforces with its new Canvas offering and revamped Box Notes, which foster online collaboration.

Managed SAN service enters preview on Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure's newest managed storage service, now in preview, supports demanding enterprise SANs fully in the cloud. Azure also added faster SSD storage and a performance tier.

NPM API flaw exposes secret packages

A flaw in the API for NPM could potentially allow a threat actor to see the internal packages for corporate users -- a possible first step for a supply chain attack.

Dell adds Project Frontier for edge, expands HCI with Azure

Dell dropped news at separate events this week -- one that showcased edge management software, another that showed deepening HCI ties with Azure -- but the items are connected.

Australia becoming hotbed for cyber attacks

Research by Imperva shows an 81% increase in cyber security incidents in Australia between July 2021 and June 2022, including automated attacks that doubled in frequency

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