TechTarget News - Week of Sep 03, 2023

CloudSmiths CEO looking for UK growth

Firm has a growing presence in the country, and is looking for further expansion using a strategy of forming channel partnerships

Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

It’s been another busy week across the industry, with executives on the move, including an experienced channel marketing expert

NCSC names ex-NCC man as new CTO

New NCSC CTO Ollie Whitehouse joins from NCC Group, having also worked at BlackBerry and Symantec

Government pumps £18.5m into autonomous vehicles

Government’s funding is part of a £50m pot going to 30 different ‘cutting-edge’ manufacturing projects, with the aim of boosting green technology innovation

Ryder Cup testbed to feature tech firsts in Rome

This year’s Ryder Cup will test out technology to improve how fans digitally consume the event while reducing the workload on IT teams

Hacked Electoral Commission failed Cyber Essentials audit

The Electoral Commission failed an NCSC Cyber Essentials audit on multiple counts at about the same time as cyber criminals breached its systems in 2021, it has emerged

Law firm Fieldfisher launches data breach management tool

UK and European data breach law specialist Fieldfisher has enlisted legal tech specialist Lawcadia to supply a 24-hour data breach notification assessment platform

Researchers find flaw in security platform

WithSecure’s research team uncovered an authentication flaw in an application security platform developed by, which has now been fixed

Zoom looks to transcend AI hype with Companion

Collaboration and comms technology firm makes further addition to comms platform to help improve collaboration and productivity through generative AI-powered assistant

Ransomware attacks on education sector spike in August

While data breach notifications for MoveIt Transfer customers continued to rise, August also saw ransomware ramp up against schools and universities as classes resumed.

Market mix supports further Midwich growth

Audiovisual specialist able to tap into growth areas as some verticals slow down their spending against a challenging economic backdrop

CIO interview: Cynthia Stoddard, Adobe

Adobe's IT chief is looking to build on its cloud migration with widespread adoption of AI, machine learning and robotic process automation – as well as low-code/no-code software development tools

Orange and Huawei seek platform opportunity in Saudi Arabia 

Business services arm of leading operator and global communications technology provider cut key deals for internet of things, smart cities and cloud infrastructure in increasingly important part of EMEA region

Zoom releases its AI Companion and unveils new tools

The video conferencing vendor released a virtual assistant to let users summarize meetings and draft messages, and new meeting tools for help before, during and after the call.

Nexfibre acquires Upp to expand gigabit network in East of England

Just weeks after officially switching on its network, full-fibre network provider nexfibre, in partnership with Virgin Media O2, is to acquire East of England fibre operator Upp to increase footprint by 175,000 premises

InfluxData launches new database for self-managed users

The time series database vendor completed the InfluxDB 3.0 product line with the release of InfluxDB Clustered, a version tailored for private cloud and on-premises deployments.

Business leaders anxious over tech disruption

Although there is significant investment in AI, the rate of change is a concern for many business leaders

HubSpot unveils AI capabilities, releases Sales Hub tools

The CRM vendor unveiled virtual assistants to automate customer service and project future sales, and released tools to centralize sales reps' daily tasks and prioritize leads.

Finance platform Intuit intros generative AI capability

Intuit Assist is integrated into TurboTax, Mailchimp, Credit Karma and QuickBooks. It's built on the vendor's GenOS and uses LLMs from OpenAI and Intuit.

Okta: 4 customers compromised in social engineering attacks

Okta said a threat actor convinced IT personnel at several customers to reset MFA factors for highly privileged users, though it's unclear how they accomplished that task.

AI inference startup raises $110 million

Investors are betting on d-Matrix to be a long-lasting vendor in the AI hardware and compute market, despite Nvidia's leading status. The startup offers a low-cost option.

Panasas taps Seagate's Ken Claffey as new CEO

In this Q&A, the new Panasas CEO talks about the company's direction, how it is branching out and how generative AI will drive adoption of parallel file systems.

Hyundai to launch in-car payments in US

Hyundai will launch an in-car payments service in the US when the company’s latest car model is launched next year

Microsoft finds Storm-0558 exploited crash dump to steal signing key

Microsoft has published new information on how the Chinese state threat actor Storm-0558 was able to exploit a rare race condition following a crash dump in order to acquire a consumer signing key

Government AI taskforce appoints new advisory board members

An initial progress report published by the Taskforce provides detail on new appointments to its external advisory board as well as rebrand to focus on “frontier” artificial intelligence

Collibra acquires data notebook vendor for analytics tools

The data management specialist will add query and analysis capabilities to its portfolio of data quality and data governance tools with its new acquisition.

Air Canada taps Intelsat for expanded fleet connectivity

Long-term relationship between satellite connectivity provider and Canada’s leading airline expands to include 100 additional aircraft equipped for Wi-Fi with craft using new antenna

How Storm-0558 hackers stole an MSA key from Microsoft

Microsoft detailed a series of errors that led to a consumer account signing key accidentally being included in a crash dump that was later accessed by Storm-0558 actors.

Server-side WebAssembly takes shape, but faces challenges

Server-side Wasm's release next quarter will provide a cleaner way to connect apps, followed by further improvements in early 2024. Will it be enough to convince skeptics?

Cohesity adds AI to its support portal for backups

A new support chatbot provides an AI use case for data backups on which Cohesity hopes to expand. But training AI and ML requires more than backup data, experts say.

SAP acquires enterprise architecture vendor LeanIX

LeanIX recently launched a generative AI assistant to help companies map application portfolios, technology that may have helped make this SAP partner attractive to buy.

HGS to provide contact centre support for One Login

The partnership between the Government Digital Service and Hinduja Global Solutions will see the supplier provide contact centre services for the digital identity platform

How Netskope is driving growth in APAC

Netskope is growing at over 50% year on year in the Asia-Pacific region, but the single-vendor SASE supplier is not limiting its customers to its own offerings

North Koreans using new zero-day to target security researchers

A threat actor linked to the North Korean government is continuing a long-running campaign targeting legitimate security researchers, using an as-yet undisclosed zero-day vulnerability to gain access to their victims

Deputy PM urges UK plc not to lose focus on cyber

In a speech at TechUK, deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden urges the cyber security community not to lose focus, and to do more to further collaboration across sectors

150 TB IBM tapes hit the market

IBM's new enterprise tape drive brings 50 TB of native capacity and 150 TB compressed for archiving large amounts of data and is a sign of investment in an old storage medium.

Full-fibre passes tipping point for UK broadband services

UK regulator research sees broadband deployments by larger fibre infrastructure operators complemented by buoyant altnet sector sees three-quarters of UK homes able to access gigabit services, and 54% gaining access via full-fibre

UK broadband users fume at providers’ service but stay loyal

Research released by leading alternative broadband provider shows nation’s broadband providers offer the worst customer service of any industry, but customers still maintain loyalty

KPMG finds growing demand for emerging tech

KPMG’s latest global tech report reveals an increase in the number of businesses adopting emerging technologies

HSBC collaborates on hybrid quantum optimisation

The bank, which wants to be at the forefront of quantum computing, is looking at how it can manage collateral assets more efficiently

Virgin Media O2 to begin switching off 3G network in 2025

As its network evolves and looking to enhance customer experience and improve services, VMO2 announces plans to pull plug on legacy mobile network to focus on upgrading faster, more reliable and energy-efficient infrastructure

Sustainability 360 looks to ease ESG data reporting

Deloitte partners with Salesforce and AT&T on Sustainability 360 for ESG data management that's built on Salesforce Net Zero Cloud to help companies meet increasing regulations.

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