TechTarget News - Week of Jan 15, 2023

December slowdown undermined Q4

The past few weeks of the year had an impact on the performance of distributors across Western Europe

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Some household names, including IBM and RM, were among those recruiting fresh talent in the past week

Judge dismisses Chris Hadnagy lawsuit against DEF CON

DEF CON said it wasn't the only infosec conference to receive code-of-conduct complaints about Chris Hadnagy, claiming Black Hat USA removed him from its review board.

How India is driving the use of open government data

India’s Open Government Data platform has paved the way for new applications and services, but concerns around data quality and privacy remain

GTPL Broadband modernises network with Alepo AAA transformation

Leading Indian operator enhances infrastructure with authentication, authorisation and accounting solution to expand data offerings through plans based on speed, validity and fair usage policy

Tech skills shortage still a problem for employers

Many organisations have struggled to find tech talent over the past year, leading them to consider alternative ways to attract skilled workers

UK businesses urged to move away from ISDN in 2023

Research warns that as analogue switch-off approaches, only 15% of SMEs and 20% of large businesses have plans in place to migrate to an alternative technology

StarHub to undertake major network transformation

Singapore telco StarHub is deploying a hybrid cloud architecture that will enable it to launch sovereign cloud services, among other capabilities

Vectra stepping up partner enablement

The detection and response specialist has been focusing on channel recruitment and is now moving into the next stage of enabling those partners to increase growth

Experts rate programming languages for beginners in 2023

Python and JavaScript are two standouts for novices, according to developer experts. But fledgling coders should diversify their toolbox with newer languages too.

Connectivity critical for UK entrepreneurs

Research from BT Business reveals three-quarters of British entrepreneurs feel they couldn’t run a business without reliable broadband and mobile connectivity

Southern Cross switches on third 400GbE transpacific link

Specialist international capacity provider and optical network technology provider announce commercial availability of ultra-high throughput along 15,840km network

Orange juices JDE expansion with SD-WAN

Telco’s Business Services division selected by global coffee company to secure end-to-end connectivity offerings for more than 120 locations worldwide

CircleCI incident adds to SecOps toil

SaaS CI/CD vendor CircleCI urged customers to rotate all secrets data, the latest of several security breaches weighing on SecOps pros charged with responding.

How Aruba is tapping opportunities in networking

Aruba is planning to expand its product portfolio, make deeper inroads into datacentres and drive adoption of network as a service, among other efforts to tap opportunities in the networking market

Canon extends Business Centre network

Print player cuts the ribbon on two centres established with platinum partners to increase services for customers

Nokia, Telefónica successfully test 25G PON technology in Spain

Noting ever-increasing consumer bandwidth demands and the need to support applications such as the metaverse, operator announces demo of new FTTH technology to offer new business services on same network as home connectivity

David Anderson KC to review UK surveillance laws

Home Office commissions independent review of the Investigatory Powers Act, known as the snoopers’ charter. It will include a review of bulk datasets and government access to internet connection records held by phone and internet companies

LastPass faces mounting criticism over recent breach

LastPass disclosed a breach last month in which a threat actor stole personal customer information, including billing addresses and encrypted website login details.

Microsoft and Salesforce step up smart store retail tech

The tech giants are quickly evolving their technologies aimed at the brick and mortar commerce market, with new software for smart store analytics, CX and retail associates.

HPE expands Alletra with focused storage servers

HPE released new storage servers for container and software-defined storage with the Alletra 4000. The new servers bring high compute with new Intel CPUs in a denser package.

Bitzlato cryptocurrency exchange founder arrested, charged

Russian national Anatoly Legkodymov is accused of using Bitzlato to process more than $700 million in illicit cryptocurrency transactions, including ransomware payments.

APAC consumers expect human-like service from chatbots

Consumer expectations of chatbots in Asia-Pacific have risen in tandem with improved performance of AI applications over the past year, a study has found

Newham Council rejects use of live facial-recognition tech by police

Live facial-recognition technology should not be used by police in Newham until biometric and anti-discrimination safeguards are in place, according to a motion passed unanimously by the council, but the Met Police and the Home Office have indicated they will not suspend its use

UK seeks to ban sharing ‘positive’ Channel crossing videos online

Under UK government amendments to the Online Safety Bill, video footage that shows people crossing the Channel in a ‘positive light’ could be added to a list of illegal content that all tech platforms must proactively prevent from reaching users, while senior managers could face further criminal sanctions

Mailchimp suffers third breach in 12 months

Email marketing service Mailchimp has suffered its third data breach in a year, but has been praised for being open about its latest attack

UK government reveals Cornwall as next port of call for Project Gigabit

Latest contract in UK government’s Project Gigabit programme given to Wildanet to deliver ultra-fast broadband in south-west and mid-Cornwall connecting nearly 20,000 hard-to-reach homes and businesses

KFC, Pizza Hut parent shuts UK restaurants after cyber attack

A ransomware attack on Yum! Brands, the parent organisation of restaurants including KFC and Pizza Hut, was forced to shut approximately 300 outlets in the UK following a ransomware attack by an unspecified group

Data pipelines feed IT’s observability beast

Amid data growth, cloud complexity and demand for advanced automation, the data pipelines developed to satisfy the appetites of AI apps also serve observability tools.

Gartner halves 2023 IT spending growth

Gartner lowered its forecast for IT spending to 2.4% over 2022. The firm expects CIOs to be more cautious and delay some purchases while riding out the economic uncertainty.

Zayo expands 400G fibre to connect Paris and Marseilles

Leading global communications platform boosts European fibre infrastructure with a new fibre route to link up two major French cities, supporting traffic growth and making it easier and more secure for enterprises to send traffic to the rest of Europe and the US

DataStax acquires ML vendor as part of AI evolution

The acquisition will let customers apply machine learning to real-time events. It is a natural step toward AI technology for the vendor as it looks to stay competitive.

Deloitte: Four major comms trends to navigate in year ahead

Consultancy’s predictions for the coming 12 months highlight challenges from macroeconomic headwinds, complex capital funding, sustainability and the transformation towards more tech-centric models

How the cost of living crisis is impacting IT

The worsening economic climate is leading to job cuts across the IT sector, with Microsoft only the latest to announce thousands of layoffs - but CIOs will still struggle to find the talent they urgently need

Snowflake acquires tools to aid cloud migration

The vendor purchased SnowConvert, a set of tools designed to automate some of the onerous coding work required to migrate data out of on-premises databases to the cloud.

Multi-tenancy, faster recovery headline Arcserve UDP 9.0

Arcserve's Unified Data Protection 9.0 adds better recovery for Microsoft SQL and Oracle databases and a multi-tenancy console, and paves the way for future cloud integrations.

Tech workforce cuts accelerate with Alphabet layoff

Citing economic concerns, Google's parent company, Alphabet, is laying off 12,000 employees. That puts the total number of tech layoffs in 2023 at more than 30,000.

Bulk of security sales will go through the channel

Forecasts from Canalys around the prospects for the year ahead make it clear partners have a crucial role to play in delivering security technology

T-Mobile data breach affects 37M customers

T-Mobile said a threat actor first began using an API in November to obtain the personal data of 37 million customer accounts, though no financial data was affected.

Latest Google Cloud AI shines spotlight on retail automation

AI-powered automated inventory tracking systems aren't perfect. However, retailers with high rates of lost sales from missing items in stores could still achieve a decent ROI.

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