TechTarget News - Week of Dec 12, 2021

Top IT predictions in APAC in 2022

Operationalising zero trust, talent retention and containerisation are just some of the key trends that will shape Asia-Pacific’s technology landscape in 2022

What is Log4Shell, and why are we panicking about it?

It’s been described as a ‘design failure of catastrophic proportions’ that threatens the very fabric of the digital world. Find out what the Log4j2 Log4Shell panic is all about, and what you should do about it

Volvo Car UK deploys Vodafone IoT stolen vehicle tracking technology

Car manufacturer taps telco to provide 24/7 monitoring of vehicle location using internet-of-things tracking device for all models across the UK and 44 other European countries, working in partnership with local police authorities

Scottish government announces support for right to disconnect

The Scottish government is the first in the UK to publicly support a right to disconnect, which would give people the ability not engage in digitally enabled work-related activities outside of their contracted hours

F1 accelerates into advanced networking

Networking providers boost UAE circuit’s communications infrastructure and see use in providing leading team with an agile and highly automated network platform across new technology campus

Lenovo unveils 360 channel framework

Vendor will bring channel activities under one umbrella to reflect changes it made to the firm’s structure earlier this year

Pure Storage CEO talks FlashArray//XL, Fusion and QLC

In this Q&A, Pure Storage CEO Charles Giancarlo talks about pandemic adjustments, the effects of the supply chain shortage and how the company is positioning itself for 2022.

Critical Log4j flaw exploited a week before disclosure

The Apache Software Foundation first found out about the Log4j 2 vulnerability in late November, but Cisco and Cloudflare detected exploitation in the wild shortly after.

Tableau platform update adds governance, security tools

With many organizations enabling more employees to work with data, Tableau 2021.4 includes three new features aimed at improving data governance and increasing data security.

SnapLogic raises $165M to fund AI data integration

The data integration vendor's fundraising success shows the growth the iPaaS and RPA markets have seen in recent years, with a steady pace of investment and acquisitions.

Fixes for Log4j flaw arise as attacks soar

Exploits against the Log4j security vulnerability are already commonplace just days after its disclosure, but some vendors are already offering mitigations and detection tools.

How to scale up your AI initiatives

Executive sponsorship, a strong data foundation and having ‘analytics artists’ are among ways to scale up AI initiatives beyond the pilot stage

Lords urge regulators to evolve as digital change accelerates

A cooperative approach with common objectives is needed to resolve potential conflicts between bodies in digital regulation as well as better oversight, according to a House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee report

Computacenter builds on AWS relationship

Channel player Computacenter has ambitions to enhance its status with the cloud giant further as it reflects on AWS re:invent

Joint committee publishes report on improving Online Safety Bill

MPs and peers release report on Online Safety Bill following five-month inquiry into the draft legislation and make a number of recommendations on how it can be improved to deal with harmful content and abuse on the internet

Microsoft gets kudos for bringing OneDrive to Apple M1 Macs

OneDrive will soon run on ARM-based laptops, joining Box, Dropbox and Google storage services. Analysts said the ARM-based laptop market will grow in the coming years.

Cyberattack on Kronos payroll triggers backup plans

Some users of Kronos payroll say they have backup and contingency plans ready to deal with the ransomware attack on the HR system's firm.

Log4Shell: Experts warn of bug's severity, reach

Check Point Research said in a blog post 'anyone can make a Log4Shell exploit,' as it only requires a single string of malicious code.

Hive ransomware claims hundreds of victims in 6-month span

Group-IB research has revealed that Hive ransomware-as-a-service operations are back and busier than ever, with a rapidly growing victim list over a short amount of time.

Nexsan Unity 7.0 boosts security, performance

StorCentric's unified storage product line, Nexsan Unity, hits version 7.0 and brings more protocol support, security features and performance for existing hardware.

Neos Networks brings high-capacity fibre access to leading UK cities and Oxfordshire

UK business connectivity provider opens first of four metro access networks to offer last-mile services direct to nearly 10,000 regional businesses and those in the City of London while also announcing rural county expansion plan to connect over 200 public service sites in a bid to improve digital and social inclusion

AIB signs up to z15-powered transformation

Irish bank has continued its investment in IBM z-series hardware and the Red Hat software portfolio to help it achieve its digital transformation goals

Exertis expands US footprint with Almo buy

Distributor moves for fellow AV player as it makes its largest acquisition to support ambitions to grow its North American business

Digital Ethics Summit: Innovation needs regulation to be ethical

Experts attending the 2021 Digital Ethics Summit spoke out against the idea that regulation will stifle technological innovation, arguing that setting clear rules will produce more ethical innovation

After Log4j, December Patch Tuesday piles on the pressure

December’s Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft contains several critical CVEs, but this month all attention is focused on the fall-out from Log4Shell, and burn-out is becoming a real issue

Asda follows EG Group sibling in selection of Rise with SAP

Retailer is looking to improve the agility of its operations in the cloud with a move to Rise with SAP on Microsoft Azure, and to streamline its procurement with SAP Ariba

Sisense analytics platform update aids data scientists

Though Sisense's platform is largely geared toward business users, the latest addition to the vendor's suite is a tool aimed at helping code-first users build data assets.

Gig economy algorithmic management tools ‘unfair and opaque’

Report published by Worker Info Exchange warns of algorithmically enabled rights abuses in the gig economy, noting the insufficient transparency of employers and the lacklustre nature of legal redress

ServiceNow-Qualtrics partnership tackles total experience

ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott bought Qualtrics when he ran SAP, which spun it off after he left. McDermott renews his pursuit of Qualtrics, this time with a partnership.

IBM, Samsung to deliver new energy-saving chip design

Looking to bolster its position in the next-generation chip competition, IBM unveiled a new design that allows chips to be stacked vertically, adding power and energy savings.

'Insane' spread of Log4j exploits won't abate anytime soon

Experts say that the explosion in exploits for CVE-2021-44228 is only the early phase of what will be a long and tedious road to remediation for the critical vulnerability.

8 AI headlines expected in 2022

As 2021 draws to a close, some of the biggest AI headlines next year will likely involve regulation, automation, the Great Resignation and larger language models.

Log4Shell flaw looms over December Patch Tuesday

Microsoft issued security updates for 67 CVEs, including a Windows AppX Installer zero-day, but a Java-based vulnerability has many IT departments on edge.

Nation-state threat groups are exploiting Log4Shell

Multiple nation-state actors are taking advantage of the critical log4j 2 vulnerability, making mitigation even more urgent for some enterprises and government agencies.

Avaya pushes OneCloud customization

Avaya aims to create an ecosystem of customers, developers and partners that use its many integration tools to tailor the OneCloud platform for their individual needs.

Log4j gets a second update as security woes pile up

Administrators who were already scrambling to patch up the Log4Shell flaw are now being advised to update to Log4j version 2.16.0 following the discovery of issues in 2.15.0.

DataRobot platform gets new tools for data scientists

The AI vendor released Core and 7.3. Core uses Zepl's technology, while 7.3 enables data science teams to employ models that combine complex rules and business logic.

New Veeam CEO sets $10B revenue goal, potential IPO

Veeam has had several CEOs in the last five years. Its latest leader aims for a massive increase in revenue, an IPO and acquisitions to continue its growth trajectory.

5G, fibre flourish in UK in 2021

Full-fibre broadband is now available to more than eight million homes as roll-out accelerates and ‘decent’ broadband is at highest-ever level

EE to upgrade 4G in more than 2,000 rural UK areas by 2024

BT-owned UK mobile operator sets out to improve rural connectivity across the UK as part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme, with more than 1,500 upgrades to follow as it invests to reduce partial notspots

NetApp AFF A900 brings more performance to same chassis

NetApp AFF A900 adds higher efficiency, additional OnTap features and optional anti-ransomware software to the flagship array. There's also an upgrade option for A700 users.

Tableau completes acquisition of Narrative Science

With the closing of the purchase, the analytics vendor added automated data storytelling capabilities to its existing cache of natural language processing tools.

Bigeye brings new visibility to data observability

The startup continues to build out its cloud platform that enables data engineers to identify and remediate data pipeline quality and availability problems.

Biden targets federal CX improvements with executive order

President Biden issues a detailed executive order that lays out agency-by-agency federal digital experience improvement mandates -- and builds accountability into the process.

CDEI research pinpoints barriers to trustworthy AI exploitation

Survey of UK business by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has disclosed the patchiness of artificial intelligence and data-driven technology adoption across different economic sectors

LastPass goes solo, plans to focus on mobile features

After spinning off from LogMeIn, password management firm LastPass plans to grow its business by providing faster feature updates, more mobile options and better customer service.

Cloud professional services see more investment

Vivanti debuts as a bootstrapped cloud consultancy, while SADA and Unisys acquire cloud services firms to broaden their portfolios; more IT channel news.

Cloud maturation, data mesh among 2021 top analytics trends

After years of slow growth, this was the year analytics in the cloud became the norm and on-premises BI receded to the background. It was also the year data mesh emerged.

Microsoft adds end-to-end encryption to Teams

Microsoft will allow Teams users to make one-on-one, end-to-end encrypted video calls. The feature comes with tradeoffs, like no live captioning, recording or transcription.

Vast Data: New NVMe enclosures will cause HDD demise

Vast Data is using 30 TB QLC SSDs in its Universal Storage system, putting itself on par with enterprise HDDs in pricing, while bringing more performance to a smaller footprint.

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