TechTarget News - Week of Aug 22, 2021

New pay equity laws require proof of fair pay

Pay equity laws that require firms to collect and report data are making inroads in the U.S. One HR tech vendor is preparing to provide companies with tools that will help.

Flexxon and Lenovo tie up on AI-infused SSDs

Singapore-based Flexxon teams up with Lenovo to make its solid-state drive that uses artificial intelligence to fend off cyber threats available on ThinkPad-based laptops

IBM unveils Telum to combat financial fraud in real time

Completely new architecture means the AI accelerator chip does not need to pass data to and from the main processor, PCI bus or operating system

Cities worldwide band together to push for ethical AI

The chief digital and technology officers of London and Barcelona speak to Computer Weekly about their joint initiative launched with other cities to promote the ethical deployment of artificial intelligence in urban spaces

Lacklustre success of analytics in the public cloud

IT decision-makers see cost savings as the biggest benefit of moving to the cloud for analytics and artificial intelligence

Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Firms across the industry are making hires to get skilled executives in position for the important fourth-quarter period and beyond

IBM boosts AI speed, security on next-gen mainframe processor

Hoping to make the mainframe more relevant to users implementing AI, IBM plans to introduce next year a processor that runs AI applications faster and with better security.

Rising NAND flash prices should start to fall in 2022

Enterprise customers should see prices for NAND flash and enterprise SSDs start to fall in 2022, as flash and component shortages subside, market analysts predict.

CISA: ProxyShell flaws being actively exploited, patch now

Security researchers weighed in with evidence of ProxyShell exploitation by threat actors using malicious web shells and a new ransomware variant called 'LockFile.'

How Zendesk is gearing up for growth in APAC

Zendesk has its eye on Japan and the enterprise segment while building up its partner ecosystem to grow its business in the Asia-Pacific region

More data breaches in Australia arising from ransomware

The number of data breaches in Australia arising out of ransomware attacks grew by 24% during the first half of 2021, according to OAIC’s latest data breach report

Over a million opt out of NHS data-sharing

Failure to communicate benefits of data-sharing proposals and privacy concerns are prompting large numbers of people to opt out of a proposed NHS Digital scheme

OneWeb maintains momentum with launch of more than 30 satellites

Company’s latest batch of low Earth orbit craft bring total in-orbit constellation to 288 satellites and it remains on track to deliver connectivity to hard-to-reach places by the end of the year

Ericsson takes core 5G tech to Taiwan, Faroe Islands operators

Ericsson supports Asia Pacific Telecom to launch first 5G non-standalone multi-operator core network, while Faroese Telecom inks exclusive 5G core and radio access network deal

13 million malware attacks on Linux seen in wild

Cryptominers, web shells and ransomware are the most common varieties of malwares targeting Linux systems, thanks to its prevalence as the backbone of most public cloud services

Signs that life is getting back to normal

The UK boss of Tech Data has seen market conditions improve since the start of the year as customers grow in confidence

UK government adds to Northern Ireland gigabit broadband funding

Further financial support given to develop next-generation full-fibre network across rural regions in province, particularly those that currently have the slowest speeds, such as Mid Ulster, Fermanagh and South Antrim

Optus unveils first Australian demo of 5G NR-DC

Australian operator and global comms tech firms demonstrate new radio dual connectivity technology in Sydney, boosting 5G coverage area while maintaining superfast 5G speeds

4 emerging ransomware groups take center stage

Four ransomware operations -- AvosLocker, Hive, HelloKitty and LockBit 2.0 -- have popped up on the radar of researchers with Palo Alto Network's Unit 42 team.

Qualtrics adds BrandXM experience management tool

Qualtrics adds Brand Impact Simulator, which BrandXM users can use to model how changes in a customer experience might entice new customers to make purchases.

UK loses £1.3bn to fraud and cyber crime so far this year

New figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau show a threefold spike in reported financial losses to fraud and cyber crime in the first six months of 2021

M1 deploys surveillance robots at Keppel Bay

Singapore telco M1 is deploying surveillance robots and other 5G-enabled equipment to beef up security and maintenance operations at Marina at Keppel Bay

Microsoft launches Azure Government Top Secret cloud

Microsoft's Azure Government Top Secret offers more than 60 cloud services to U.S. spy agencies, the Department of Defense and federal civilian organizations.

Reports: Apple will announce more powerful products this fall

Analysts and media reports say the new iPhone, iPad Pro and MacBook Pro will include the next iteration of Apple's proprietary silicon, as well as faster refresh rates and more ports.

AWS launches Backup Audit Manager compliance tool

A new AWS Backup feature, the Audit Manager, tracks backup activities to help customers determine if they are meeting business and regulatory compliance requirements.

Bugs aplenty as VMware, Cisco and F5 drop security updates

Two critical updates from Cisco, remote code execution flaws in F5's Big-IP, and a half-dozen VMware security holes are among the more pressing issues for admins to address.

NHS Scotland sets out recovery plan

Plan includes ensuring digital choices are always available, scaling up online consultation app and accelerating technology adoption in the NHS

Zoom plots path to hybrid return to the workplace

Pandemic’s breakout conferencing tool provider plans to support the new normal of hybrid working with systems recognising both remote and in-office work

Gartner survey shows 44% rise in workers’ use of collaboration tools since 2019

As the onset of a hybrid workforce becomes a reality for more firms, research shows massive spike in virtual meeting and collaboration tools since 2019, and stresses that digital workplace technologies will be essential for enabling innovation in the new normal

Scottish government launches £25m digital funding for SMEs

Money comes from the latest wave of the government’s DigitalBoost Fund, which offers small and medium-sized businesses in Scotland funding to invest in digital technologies

Government unveils post-Brexit data flow proposals

The government will pursue data partnerships with countries including Australia, South Korea and the US as part of a post-Brexit data regime that may also see substantial changes to the UK’s data protection law

Tech giants commit to Biden's cyber security action plan

Some of the world’s most prominent tech giants have made a series of commitments to enhance the US’ national cyber security posture following a high-profile meeting with president Biden

AppNeta achieves AWS Outposts Ready designation

Networking monitoring firm gains certification from cloud giant’s managed device and datacentre services division in a move that it says will demonstrate to customers that it has been fully tested to help deliver a truly consistent hybrid experience

Microsoft finally issues ProxyShell security advisory

The ProxyShell advisory includes a call to patch, as well as details on which Exchange servers are vulnerable. In short: Those without the May security update are unprotected.

PC shipments in the US grow, despite chip shortage

Research firm Canalys found that the education and enterprise sectors drove a significant increase in PC shipments, despite delivery delays from the global chip shortage.

Observability vendors push further into SecOps territory

Cybersecurity market consolidation continues, as observability players push beyond security monitoring and into enforcement via XDR and SOAR products.

Private sectors pledge big for cyberdefense

Tech giants have invested billions to address cybersecurity threats such as supply chain security and attacks on critical infrastructures.

Zen gains Cisco SD-WAN accreditation

Leading UK provider of comms and technology services awarded Cisco Powered SD-WAN Service SD-WAN status, which it says leaves it well set to prosper

CPaaS market hits record high for growth in Q2

Twilio, Vonage and Sinch drive a market that has been positively affected by the Covid crisis as demand for cloud communications over the past year expanded use cases and prompted new suppliers to enter the market

AT&T teams with Cisco to boost enterprise-based IoT

Leading US operator and comms and networking tech giant say 5G network stands ready to deliver lower latency and faster speeds for enterprise customer internet-of-things deployments using 5G certified devices

Uber and GMB pledge to end driver exploitation

Pledge to end the exploitation of drivers who use ride-hailing apps was made ahead of Uber and GMB’s first meeting since signing a collective bargaining agreement in May

Rockset advances real-time streaming data SQL queries

Rockset previews new features in its cloud database platform to help organizations more easily use real-time data to support data analytics and business intelligence.

App store commission fees scrutinized by South Korea

In this week's antitrust roundup, South Korean officials focus in on Apple and Google app store practices, while U.S. officials meet with tech leadership to discuss cybersecurity.

AWS MSSP competency program opens up to partners

A new AWS program will validate the skill sets and processes of MSSP partners, creating a means for security firms to competitively differentiate themselves; more IT channel news.

Cash is king in hiring and retaining talent

Sign-on bonuses, tuition help and increases in starting salaries are among the steps employers are taking to hire and retain talent in a competitive market.

T-Mobile offers details of data breach that affected 40M

According to T-Mobile, the hackers who stole its customer database had knowledge of the company's network and testing setup. The hack was a carefully planned network breach.

Researchers discover critical flaw in Azure Cosmos DB

Wiz security researchers found a new attack vector in Microsoft Azure, which if exploited could allow an attacker to gain access to customers primary keys.

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