TechTarget News - Week of Apr 24, 2022

Mimecast makes deeper push into ASEAN

Mimecast opens regional office in Singapore and is looking at setting up a datacentre in Southeast Asia as it makes a deeper push into the region

Sophos soaks up SOC.OS

Sophos says acquisition of BAE spinout SOC.OS will enhance its managed threat and extended detection and response services

AI virtual assistant grooms skier experience at Snowbird

Using an AI-powered chatbot designed with the friendly likenesses of avalanche dogs, the famed Utah ski resort is able to quickly respond to customers' questions.

Channel moves: Who's gone where?

A few moves have been made in the channel over the past working week as the hunt for growth continues

CityFibre study identifies £38bn economic benefits from full-fibre roll-out

Independent provider’s roll-out of full-fibre networks to 285 cities, towns and villages claimed to bring £22bn in productivity benefits, £4.8bn from a widened workforce and £1.2bn from flexible working, as well as creating 16,000 jobs

C-suite regards adapting to remote working as key challenge

Senior management survey finds significant numbers noting remote working or flexi-working will be a long-term change for their business, with half seeing the switch to remote as one of their top three disruptions

Majority of workers using umbrella companies see no benefits

Research from trade body for independent professionals finds that most self-employed workers operating through an umbrella company think there are no advantages to the arrangement

Consultants ramp up vertical cloud development

Changing customer needs have prompted partners such as TCS, PwC and EY to pursue industry-specific strategies around cloud computing; other IT channel news.

IT pros hail Google's Istio service mesh donation to CNCF

Google's decision to donate Istio service mesh to the CNCF isn't a shocking one, but proponents of the project said it could broaden its adoption in a competitive market.

T-Mobile breached in apparent Lapsus$ attack

Lapsus$'s alleged theft of T-Mobile source code is in line with its previous activity; the cybercrime group previously stole code from Microsoft and Samsung.

Coralogix makes foray into cyber security with Snowbit

Observability platform supplier Coralogix has set up a cyber security venture and a global security resource centre in India to tap the growth opportunities in the subcontinent

SES, SnT test MeluXina supercomputer to boost satellite broadband

Grand Duchy’s leading satellite operator and supercomputer site begin project to enable research partners to perform advanced optimisation tests for steadily growing broadband sector

Emotet tests new tricks to thwart enhanced security

The operators of the Emotet botnet seem to be trying to find a way to get around recent changes made by Microsoft to better protect its users

HYCU Protege updates focus on ransomware recovery

HYCU sharpens its emphasis on WORM storage with more support and 'cloud dedupe.' The ransomware-focused product updates follow the recent release of a ransomware assessment tool.

Akamai goes DBaaS with Linode Managed Database service

The Linode Managed Database service is set to debut, bringing support for the MySQL database and expanding support to include PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB in the coming months.

Government digital ignorance puts Dutch economy at risk

In this interview, Michiel Steltman, managing director of Digital Infrastructure Netherlands, tells Computer Weekly why the Dutch digital economy is at risk due to a lack of knowledge and understanding at government level

Ransomware victims paying out when they don’t need to

Sophos’s annual State of Ransomware report shows dramatic increases in the impact of ransomware attacks, but also finds many organisations are paying ransoms when they don’t need to

Salesforce pushes automation for Slack

Salesforce's low-code automation tool Flow and programming language Apex will soon work on Slack. The company said the move will help workers avoid rote tasks.

HPE targets machine learning with AI platforms

The Machine Learning Development System is a full stack of software and hardware for training and building models. Swarm Learning enables enterprises to share data at the edge.

Tableau targets embedded analytics with new developer tools

Unveiled during Salesforce's TrailblazerDX '22 developer conference, the new capabilities are aimed at enabling more business users to work with data in their everyday workflows.

AWS marks a decade of partner network

Cloud giant looks for closer relationships with ISVs and consulting partners as it seeks to expand the range of services it can offer to customers

Qualtrics hardwires sentiment analysis into contact center tools

Qualtrics beefs up its contact center offering by embedding new sentiment detection tools as well as social listening across review sites, social media and other digital channels.

Sophos: 66% of organizations hit by ransomware in 2021

Forty-four percent of organizations surveyed by Sophos said they used multiple approaches to recover data following a ransomware attack, including paying ransoms and using backups.

Elon Musk poised to disrupt social media industry

Elon Musk could disrupt the social media industry with his purchase of Twitter and move the company away from social media's traditional reliance on advertising revenue.

Experts outline keys for strong data governance framework

Developing guidelines that simultaneously protect organizations from risk while enabling and encouraging employees to work with data can be difficult, but not impossible.

Scotland’s tech sector recovers pre-pandemic verve

According to ScotlandIS research, the Scottish technology sector has recovered pre-pandemic levels of growth, and cyber security emerged as the hottest growth area from the industry body’s annual report

CIOs have the greatest impact on business

Chief information officers see their role as core in building out the IT and security infrastructure and talent pool that their organisations require to grow post-pandemic

Phishing attacks benefiting from shady SEO practices

Cybercriminals running phishing operations are now making use of SEO specialists that break Google's rules to get themselves placed above legitimate search results to lure victims.

Russia plumbs new depths in cyber war on Ukraine

Microsoft details cyber attacks on Ukrainian civilian communications, nuclear safety authorities, and the exploitation of the destruction of Mariupol in a phishing campaign

WatchGuard owner sets sights on MSP growth

Vector Capital has become majority owner of the security firm with a strategy of appealing to managed service providers

More than 38,000 UK tech firms incorporated in 2021

Incorporation of technology firms in the UK was 62% higher last year than in 2020, with strong regional growth despite continued dominance of London in the ecosystem

SoftBank invests in Aryaka for international SD-WAN service, SD-core

With the objective of shoring up its international networking service, enabling a flexible and highly secure network that meets overseas customer needs, Japanese multinational upgrades software-defined wide area network and core

Men don’t need to help women in tech, say IT professionals

Many tech workers don’t think it’s important for men to help women to integrate into tech teams, according to research by Computer Weekly, which experts say highlights the wider need for inclusive action

Ransomware recovery costs dwarf actual ransoms

The cost of recovering from a ransomware attack far outweighs the ransoms now being demanded by cyber criminals, according to recent data

AI's effects on climate change: Both good and bad

With more companies building supercomputers and infrastructure that requires a lot of compute power, AI may be doing more harm than good to the planet.

Ocient Hyperscale Data Warehouse scales data operations

The data warehouse vendor is targeting enterprises that need to use a trillion rows of data or more for analysis, with hyperscale technology that is now ready for broader adoption.

Hasura enables GraphQL joins for data federation

Connecting multiple GraphQL services is a new feature in the Hasura 2.6 update that helps organizations unify multiple data sources in a data federation.

Check Point: Ransomware attacks lasted 9.9 days in 2021

Check Point Research and Kovrr found ransomware attack victims paid out 89% of the ransom demand on average in 2019. The figure dropped to 27% in 2020 before rising to 49% in 2021.

Meta pumps the brakes on metaverse, long-term spending

Meta's slow earnings growth means less money to spend on its long-term metaverse project. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is laying the groundwork for 2030.

Kubernetes security targeted by perfect storm of threats

As Kubernetes prepares to phase out Docker upstream, attackers shift their focus to the container orchestration platform, where complexity creates its own vulnerabilities.

Software supply chain security risks surround Kubernetes

Securing Kubernetes is complex enough, but its associations with the wider open source ecosystem and automated deployments add supply chain security concerns to the equation.

AWS grows as Amazon posts net loss

AWS continues to dominate the public cloud market but Amazon has seen its revenue squeezed

Orange Business Services delivers global SD-WAN to Siemens

Digital services company and global enterprise division of the global telco teams with leading German technology firm to complete what is said to be one of the largest software-defined wide area network deployments in the world, covering 1,168 worldwide locations across 94 countries

Computacenter Q1 indicates life is getting back to normal

It’s been difficult to talk about season patterns with a pandemic raging, but as we all learn to live with Covid, there are signs that this also means getting used to more familiar trading conditions

Qlik wants analytics platform to lead to certainty, swagger

The vendor has added capabilities through acquisitions in recent years, and at its user conference plans to demonstrate the full scope of its integrated, end-to-end platform.

Kinaxis, TraceLink partner on supply chain planning

Supply chain planning and collaboration come together in a new integration of Kinaxis RapidResponse and TraceLink's healthcare and pharmaceutical industry supply chain network.

Contact centers struggle to improve employee experience

AI, better workforce management tools and conversation intelligence are key technologies to help customer service teams get through the current rough patch.

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