TechTarget News - Week of Feb 05, 2023

Australian organisations underinvesting in cyber security

Over half of Australian organisations failed to invest enough in cyber security over past three years, though awareness is improving in aftermath of high-profile data breaches

Operator 5G revenue to 2027 to soar while 6G development emerges

Research reveals hot streak for fifth-generation mobile communications, with revenues from networks set to double over the next four years, and identifies work needed to make sixth-generation a viable prospect

MoD needs to transform to succeed with digital strategy, says PAC

A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report says the department is ‘not well setup’ to effectively implement its digital change, and calls for both a cultural and organisational shift at the Ministry of Defence (MoD)

Post Office branches struggling after Royal Mail cyber attack

Royal Mail has restored almost all of its international services to some extent, but remains unable to accept parcels bought over the counter in a Post Office branch

FinOps, co-innovation could unlock cloud business benefits

Industry studies underscore businesses' continuing struggle to obtain cloud computing benefits. A greater focus on strategy, financial management and co-innovation could help.

Printer volumes and revenues up in Q4

Market analysis from Context indicates that channel promotions have had an impact

Vastaamo hacking suspect arrested in France

The suspect in the infamous cyber attack, Julius Kivimäki, is a 25-year-old Finnish man who was arrested after being remanded in absentia in October 2022.

Online banks still riddled with cyber security flaws, report says

Online bank Virgin Money was found to have the weakest online and application security measures in a Which? study but Nationwide, TSB and The Co-Operative Bank all failed on multiple points, too.

TSB pilots pods as branch replacements

TSB joins Barclays in adopting banking pods to ensure customers have access to physical banking services as the number of high street branches declines

UK altnets slam Ofcom BT wholesale tariff approval

UK’s independent full-fibre providers express fear that likely regulatory green light for new wholesale pricing from market leader threatens competitiveness of UK gigabit sector

NetApp adds storage buying options, arrays

NetApp introduces a myriad of buying options and hybrid cloud capabilities for VMware workloads on Google Cloud. Soon-to-come: new QLC all-flash arrays.

Cisco samples OpenTelemetry-based observability tool blends

Updates set to ship this week and next quarter will unify data collection for Cisco's observability and security tools and catch them up with full-stack competitors.

ChatGPT bursts into Microsoft Bing as Google Bard rises

The AI search race heated up as Microsoft infused its struggling Bing search engine with OpenAI technology and Google introduced Bard, a lightweight version of its LaMDA chatbot.

Western Digital releases dual-actuator HDDs

WD has quietly released a dual-actuator HDD, bringing dense drives with higher transfer rates, but customers can't reap the full benefits just yet.

Zoom lays off 15% of its workforce, cuts executive salaries

Zoom cuts 1,300 jobs due to the current economic downturn, saying it can no longer support the number of workers it hired during the pandemic. It also cut executive salaries.

India launches homegrown BharOS

The homegrown Android-based mobile operating system could reduce India’s reliance on foreign software, but uncertainties around market adoption and software updates remain

Campaigners lament lack of movement on Computer Misuse Act reform

Westminster has opened a new consultation on proposed reforms to the Computer Misuse Act of 1990, but campaigners who want the law changed to protect cyber professionals have been left disappointed

Acceldata raises $50M to boost data observability platform

The vendor plans to invest in attracting new Global 2000 customers and enhancing tools that enable users to monitor the health of their data throughout the analytics process.

Griffin steps into Exertis CEO role

Distributor shuffles senior management and looks to experience as it starts a fresh chapter

Tech company layoffs end tech's growth streak

For the first time in two years, tech employment didn't grow in January, thanks to tech company layoffs. But the shift to digital services may keep tech employment growing.

Consumers want tech-driven clothing stores

As consumers increasingly visit stores as the pandemic subsides, NTT Data finds that technology in shops could persuade consumers to return to physical shopping

SPTel launches Singapore’s first LoRaWAN network

The LoRaWAN network and its solar-powered gateways will alleviate the need for businesses and IoT service providers to build their own network to hook up sensor devices

Deutsche Bӧrse signs decade-long deal with Google Cloud

German financial exchange firm Deutsche Bӧrse is expanding its long-standing partnership with Google Cloud as part of a push to ‘economise and concentrate’ its cloud strategy

SCC joins HP on tree-planting drive

Channel partner adds its backing to vendor’s goal of planting a million tress globally this year

AdEPT picked up for £50.3m

MSP AdEPT becomes a target of acquisition due to the potential spotted by fresh owners for further growth

Extreme extends network fabric to the edge with enhanced SD-WAN

With ever-increasing threat blanket in wide-area network, cloud networking provider announces automated workflows, user experiences and 10Gbps throughput to boost application performance, lower operating cost and reduce mean time to resolution

Kubernetes platforms and the hazy fate of cloud portability

Whatever happened to Kubernetes for cloud portability? Some market research suggests the dream still lives, but platform engineering further complicates matters.

Microsoft boosts Teams Premium tools with OpenAI's GPT-3.5

Microsoft leverages OpenAI's large language model in Teams Premium to draw meaningful information from recorded meetings. More AI features are on the roadmap.

U.S., U.K. hit TrickBot cybercrime gang with sanctions

TrickBot malware has caused considerable damage to U.S. organizations, particularly in the healthcare industry, and was used in Conti and Ryuk ransomware attacks.

DBT Labs acquires Transform to enhance Semantic Layer tool

The data transformation vendor plans to use the acquisition to enhance the functionality of its semantic modeling tool, which launched in public preview in late 2022.

Telefónica checks in with Meliá Hotels to advance hotel of the future with 5G

Hotel Meliá Madrid Serrano becomes the first establishment in Spain with 5G SA indoor coverage and network slicing supporting segmented network, which will allow guests to enjoy simultaneous translation and video streaming services, among others

Social media platform Reddit breached in phishing attack

An unspecified threat actor obtained access to internal documents, code and business systems at Reddit after stealing employee credentials in a phishing attack

Average monthly broadband usage nears 600GB

After a sharp rise in broadband speed clipping, with many subscribers hitting upper-speed limits, research finds year-on-year gigabit tier adoption more than doubled in the fourth quarter of 2022

QAD adds Redzone connected worker platform

ERP vendor QAD acquires vendor Redzone, providing a foothold in the market for connected worker software that helps manufacturers improve productivity.

Committee launches digital exclusion inquiry

The Lords Communications Committee has launched an inquiry to investigate how the UK can tackle digital exclusion during the cost-of-living crisis

Employee monitoring notification laws gain steam

The increasing use of productivity-measuring tools is giving rise to employee monitoring notification laws. Legislation is gaining in the states, and Congress now has a bill.

Insight CEO talks of M&A options

As the firm shared full-year numbers, it also revealed its willingness to grow the business through acquisition

InfluxData raises $81M to advance time series capabilities

The vendor is the creator and lead sponsor of the open source InfluxDB database and plans to use the new funding to further product development as it aims for profitability.

New ESXi ransomware strain spreads, foils decryption tools

Since the onset of the widespread attacks last week, the ESXiArgs ransomware strain appears to have undergone updates that make it harder for enterprises to recover data.

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