TechTarget News - Week of Jul 16, 2023

Police Scotland use cloud for biometric data despite clear risks

Police Scotland confirms it has stored significant volumes of biometric data on a cloud-based digital evidence sharing system despite major ongoing data protection concerns, bringing into question the effectiveness of the current regulatory approach and the overall legality of using hyperscale public cloud technologies in a policing context

Broadband power users stream more than 2.2TB of data per month

Latest quarterly insight from the network improvement services provider report identifies nearly six times difference from average user streaming consumption among those who use most data

JumpCloud breached by nation-state threat actor

JumpCloud's mandatory API key rotation earlier this month was triggered by a breach at the hands of a nation-state threat actor that gained access through spear phishing.

Microsoft Sentinel, Nasuni stand watch over cloud storage

A new integration between Microsoft Sentinel and Nasuni enables visibility into data compromises or other issues logged by the storage vendor through the SIEM console.

Orca: Google Cloud design flaw enables supply chain attacks

Orca Security says threat actors can use a design flaw in Google Cloud Build's default permissions to gain access to Artifact Registry code repositories and poison software.

Nexfibre gains £250m to accelerate UK gigabit expansion

UK government-owned policy bank provides debt investment to joint venture gigabit network that aims to offer real competition in growing broadband sector

Microsoft releases Sales Copilot, teases Insights tools

The tech giant released generative AI-supported functions for sellers to generate text and summaries, and unveiled new Dynamics 365 Customer Insights tools for marketers.

Multiple Adobe ColdFusion flaws exploited in the wild

One of the Adobe ColdFusion flaws exploited in the wild, CVE-2023-38203, was a zero-day bug that security vendor Project Discovery inadvertently published.

Splunk AI update adds specialized models for SecOps tasks

Splunk AI updates this week included specialized models for SecOps that detect and automatically respond to common issues such as DNS exfiltration and suspicious processes.

IT firms ramp up prices to drive post-pandemic revenue

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development puts inflation at 6.5%. Some areas of IT spending have experienced double-digit growth

‘Significant gaps’ in UK AI regulation, says Ada Lovelace Institute

UK government’s plans to diffuse regulatory responsibility for AI among existing regulators will mean the tech is “only partially regulated”, while its data reforms will undercut already-limited existing protections, says Ada Lovelace Institute

Openreach claims ‘game-changer’ for wholesale optical Ethernet

BT broadband provision division ups the ante in enterprise broadband with optical networking product designed to address demand for 100G point-to-point managed services in the access network

Microsoft’s Nadella sees massive growth opportunity in AI

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella uses his keynote at the company’s Inspire partner conference to discuss the economic potential of artificial intelligence

Qualtrics uses AI to analyze customer needs for better CX

Qualtrics unveils new generative AI tools to minimize time spent searching for and disseminating customer feedback and creating text responses to increase brand loyalty.

Microsoft increases channel exposure to AI

Vendor rolls out fresh specialisation encouraging the channel to embrace the benefits artificial intelligence can deliver

Meta Llama 2 brings new opportunity for enterprises

The new LLM version is open for commercial use, meaning enterprises can train and experiment with it more. The social media giant also expanded its partnership with Microsoft.

Microsoft aims for Dynamics 365 cloud migrations

Microsoft AIM is a new initiative to help on-premises Dynamics ERP customers move to the cloud, with guidance, tools and services from Microsoft and partners.

Lakehouse architecture the best fit for modern data needs

While data warehouses and data lakes each excel at handling certain types of data, a hybrid of the two is the best means of handling the increasing complexity of data management.

Citrix NetScaler ADC and Gateway flaw exploited in the wild

Critical remote code execution flaw CVE-2023-3519 was one of three vulnerabilities in Citrix's NetScaler ADC and Gateway. Customers are urged to patch their instances.

Chainguard automates SBOMs, but has Images-based agenda

Container images, that is. Chainguard Enforce now automates SBOMs, but execs and an early customer say they aren't the ultimate answer to software supply chain security.

Australia’s IaaS market surges 37.1% in 2022

IaaS remains the engine of growth in the Australian IT market and is showing no signs of slowing down, according to Gartner

Project Gigabit ‘failing to deliver’

Research finds half of UK homes with unusable broadband have yet to receive funding from flagship government scheme to develop gigabit connectivity across UK, especially hard-to-reach areas

Renowned hacker and social engineer Kevin Mitnick dead at 59

Famed hacker and social engineer Kevin Mitnick, who was at one time one of the most wanted cyber criminals in the world, has died peacefully at the age of 59 from complications arising from pancreatic cancer, following a 14-month illness

Online Safety Bill screening measures amount to ‘prior restraint’

The Open Rights Group is calling on Parliament to reform the Online Safety Bill, on the basis that its content-screening measures would amount to “prior restraint” on freedom of expression

BT Group taps Juniper to enable services at increased scale and quality

AI-driven networks provider selected by UK’s largest telecommunications group for technology to meet experience and sustainability requirements of network applications across broadband, mobile and fixed networks

Electronic Trade Documents Act receives royal assent

Digital trade documents are to be accorded the same status in law as paper ones under a law implemented to help reduce paper waste and speed up the UK’s foreign trade

GitHub Copilot Chat aims to replace Googling for devs

GitHub's public beta of Copilot Chat rolls out GPT-4 integration that embeds a chat assistant into Visual Studio, but concerns about AI linger for some developers.

Dell PowerProtect line increases features and update cadence

Improvements to Dell Technologies' PowerProtect catalog at a more frequent pace show a transition from shipping boxes to meeting customer hybrid cloud expectations, experts say.

Dell Moogsoft AIOps buy could start filling gaps post-VMware

Dell's purchase of Moogsoft this week could help it regain some enterprise software appeal it lost when it spun out VMware. But the future is unclear for Moogsoft users.

SAP cloud revenues are up, but Wall Street reaction is down

SAP's stock dipped after an uninspiring earnings report, but analysts said the company is set well, with strong customer demand for transformational products and investment in AI.

More ASEAN IT pros staying in their jobs

Global economic uncertainty and staff retention efforts by employers are keeping the region’s IT professionals longer in their jobs

Commsignia wheels out vehicle-to-everything for bicycles

Vehicle-to-everything technology provider turns attention from four wheels to two, looking to apply technology expertise to solve traffic information issues from cycling and micro-mobility sectors

Almost 60% of people seeking a new role are doing so for cash

There are many reasons someone may choose to seek a new role or job at another company, but this year’s Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT salary survey found that a majority do so for a higher salary

Bain makes second offer for SoftwareOne

Cloud and software specialist will have to consider a higher bid for the business after turning down last month’s opening offer

AI hype far exceeds its use within enterprises

Experts say most organizations are holding back on spending while investigating the cost, legal liabilities and data privacy risks associated with generative AI use.

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