TechTarget News - Week of Jul 21, 2019

How AntWorks is addressing the pitfalls of RPA

The Singapore-based startup hopes to lower the cost of deploying and maintaining robotic process automation technology with a platform that combines machine learning and data processing capabilities

HMRC makes cloud and data progress

HMRC has shifted half of its systems to virtualised servers, and is nearing completion of a major core system roll out and boosting data capability to support its digital ambitions

Big tech firms back UK cyber security initiative

Big technology firms have pledged their support for UK investment in an initiative to “design out” of new tech the most damaging cyber security threats

Morgan Stanley uses Box to power new Digital Vault

Bank has integrated the Box collaboration platform to provide a new, secure document-sharing service for its customers

Openreach to slash wholesale fibre prices from September

Wholesale price cuts of almost 40% will help Openreach’s CSP customers grow their full-fibre customer bases, and generate a better return on their investment

US fines Equifax $700m over 2017 breach

Global settlement with US authorities follows systems breach that saw more than 140 million customer records stolen

S/4HANA migration fears are overblown

Most SAP customers should not be afraid of going through an S/4HANA implementation, but they need to understand the benefits first, according to Approyo CEO Chris Carter.

Equifax to pay up to $700 million in data breach settlement

Under the settlement with the FTC and state attorneys general, Equifax will fork over at least $575 million in civil penalties and provide credit monitoring services to consumers.

Investis Digital Connect.ID, a CMS suite, launched

Connect.ID is composed of Connect.ID Platform and Connect.ID Intelligence. It is designed to enable enterprises to build business websites more efficiently.

Government delays final decision on Huawei

Culture secretary says he cannot yet make specific decisions about Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s telecoms and mobile networks due to a lack of clarity from the US, effectively green-lighting its use

High Court to hear challenge to immigration exemption in DPA

The High Court is to hear a challenge by two human rights groups of a controversial clause in new UK data protection legislation they say is in conflict with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and undermines the General Data Protection Regulation

Data breach costs on the rise, IBM study shows

Data breach costs have risen in the past decade, and the financial impact can be felt for years. Breaches posing a growing risk for small businesses, a study shows, underlining the importance of incident response

Norsk Hydro cyber attack could cost up to $75m

March 2019 ransomware attack could cost Norwegian aluminium giant up to $75m in the first half of the year, according to latest estimates

Almost a third of European firms still not compliant with GDPR

Almost a third of European businesses admit they are still not compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, but there are encouraging signs of increased maturity in data protection, with the new rules driving better, business-supporting practices

ManageEngine Analytics Plus upgrades with AI assistant Zia

With Zia, IT teams can ask questions via voice or text to quickly access data and insight. Available with ManageEngine Analytics Plus, the AI intends to increase productivity.

Home Office hands EE additional £220m for ESN

Home Office quietly announces a major extension to the ESN project, pumping over £200m of additional taxpayer money into its contract with EE

UK government to boost AI and data use in preventive healthcare

A programme led by Public Health England and NHSX will aim to usher in a “new era of evidence-based self-care", with patients increasingly expected to allow access to their personal data

Workplace by Facebook increases monthly prices

Facebook will boost monthly fees for Workplace by Facebook but offer a discount to so-called front-line workers, such as baristas, warehouse workers and hospital staff.

Hybrid cloud deals dominate 2019's cloud computing market news

It has been a busy first half of 2019 for the cloud computing market. Here is a rundown of the biggest cloud news stories so far this year with implications for the industry and customers.

CHIME, AHIMA push Senate on national patient identifier

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to lift a ban on using federal funds to create a national patient identifier. Healthcare leaders now want the U.S. Senate to do the same.

Verizon, Equinix cooperate on SDI to colo data centers

Verizon is offering a software-defined interconnection to Equinix colo data centers. The Verizon-Equinix service is an alternative to a physical network connection.

Slide deck brings BlueKeep exploit closer to the wild

After a description for building a remote BlueKeep exploit is posted on GitHub, experts warn that attacks in the wild are becoming more likely and users need to patch.

HPE reiterates focus on edge computing

Enterprise technology bigwig HPE is trumpeting its ability to help companies better manage edge workloads, claiming that its purchase of Aruba has been its most successful acquisition

AI to advance Swedish military systems

Swedish report into use of artificial intelligence in military systems reveals opportunities and concerns

Ransomware back on the rise

Security specialists need to remain focused on dealing with a problem that has made an unwelcome return to growth in the UK

Global malware down but ransomware up, with UK hard hit

Despite a global decrease in the volume of malware in the past year, ransomware is surging once again, and the UK is one of the worst-hit countries, a report reveals

UK CIOs bottom of digital workflow league

Leading CIOs shift from tech to leadership focus, but a new survey from ServiceNow has found that UK CIOs have not increased workflow budget

End users will make or break an Office 365 migration

When migrating to Office 365, IT admins need to keep the end users in mind. That was the big takeaway from a training session at a Virtual Technology User Group event in Maine.

Internet crime costs global economy £2.3m a minute

Cyber crime cost the global economy £2.3m every minute in 2018, reveals a report aimed at defining the scale of cyber attacks taking place over the internet

Compliance-as-code tool hits DevSecOps sweet spot for MSP

There are almost as many tools to assist with DevSecOps as there are definitions for the term – how one managed service provider that serves federal agencies chose a compliance-as-code vendor.

Beer maker brews up cloud alternative with Dell EMC VxRail

With breweries in Colorado and North Carolina, New Belgium Brewing Co. moved shared production apps from cloud to local cluster of Dell EMC hyper-converged infrastructure.

EtherLabs launches AI Slack integration for video calls, meetings

EtherMeet by EtherLabs combines AI, video conferencing and messaging platform Slack to enhance team collaboration, particularly for remote and long-distance employees.

DoD's JEDI cloud contract favors AWS, with Microsoft on deck

AWS is expected to win the DoD's $10 billion JEDI cloud contract. The single-cloud vendor deal has brought criticism and some believe Microsoft will eventually play an important role, too.

Quest Software updates endpoint management products

KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 and KACE Systems Management Appliance 9.1 are both now available from Quest Software to enable IT admins to manage devices in a network.

Acronis CEO: 'Backup is dead'

Backup alone is not enough, according to Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov. True data protection involves a combination of security, privacy and accessibility on top of backup.

Citrix breach blamed on poor password security

An investigation revealed the password spraying attack that gave malicious actors access to Citrix systems resulted in only some business documents being stolen.

Salesforce teams up with Alibaba in foray into China

The cloud applications giant is tapping Alibaba’s footprint in e-commerce and cloud in an effort to expand its business in the Greater China region

Facebook shrugs off $5bn fine, reports strong quarter

Investors responded positively after social networking firm reported better-than-expected second-quarter results after budgeting for FTC fine, but the company faces a further antitrust investigation

O2 to launch 5G network in October

Customers in 20 towns and cities around the UK will be able to access O2’s 5G network by Christmas 2019

Softcat ahead of expectations

Trading update from channel player indicates that its fiscal fourth quarter is going well

Ofcom must do more to help operators invest in 5G

Telefónica UK boss Mark Evans warns that Ofcom is prioritising action on behalf of consumers to the exclusion of enabling the telecoms and mobile industry to grow

Customers are ready for the SD-WAN pitch

IDC is expecting strong growth and Masergy is stressing this is no longer just on the radar but a technology being widely adopted

Mobile banking malware surges in 2019

Mobile banking malware surged in the first half of the year, email scams geared up and attacks on cloud increased, while illicit cryptocurrency miners declined, report reveals

D3 Security's Attackbot integrates Mitre ATT&CK in SOAR 2.0

With the Mitre ATT&CK framework, D3's SOAR 2.0 platform can identify and map security events, predict the kill chain and trigger automated responses to remediate threats.

AWS expands its cloud cost optimization portfolio

AWS customers have long bemoaned its complexity, which can lead to inadvertent costs. Now AWS has a recommendation tool to help them optimize their EC2 instances for cost and performance.

Crown Commercial Service to replace Crown Marketplace

The Cabinet Office’s executive agency tweaks its modernisation strategy to boost government procurement efficiency and advances its own technology agenda

8x8 launches small-business phone system 8x8 Express

Designed for businesses without an IT team, 8x8 Express offers unlimited calling and gives access to 8x8 Meetings, a platform for collaborative video conferencing.

Mini XL+, Mini E added to iXsystems FreeNAS Mini series

Open source storage hardware provider iXsystems added two new models to its FreeNAS Mini lineup: the FreeNAS Mini XL+ for professionals and FreeNAS Mini E for small offices.

Immunity selling new BlueKeep exploit, defends decision

Immunity CEO Dave Aitel defended his company's decision to sell a full RCE BlueKeep exploit as part of a pen testing tool, saying the exploit is necessary to demonstrate risk.

Kubernetes authentication project wrestles with migration problems

GKE users like the Workload Identity feature for Kubernetes authentication with GCP services, but similar improvements to core cluster security present a potential market-wide migration headache.

86 million reasons to support No More Ransom

Anti-ransomware cross-industry initiative says it has prevented more than £86m in ransom payments as it marks its third anniversary, which coincides with a resurgence in ransomware in many parts of the world

Email security as important as ever, report shows

Cyber security professionals need to keep up to date with email-borne threats because they continue to evolve and have a major impact on business, research reveals

Cloudera open source route seeks to keep big data alive

Inspired by the IBM-Red Hat model, Cloudera goes the open source route to broaden its market as demand for Hadoop weakens and the vendor takes on big competitors like AWS.

Intel increasing CPU production

Vendor reveals that it expects to deliver more CPUs to ease some of the shortages that have been in the market

Trump HR plan may politicize federal workforce

The Trump administration wants to merge the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration. Critics warn doing so would have serious consequences.

IDC: SD-WAN market spend to top $5B in 2023

The latest IDC SD-WAN market report shows the amount companies spend annually on infrastructure will more than triple from 2018 to 2023, when it will reach $5.25 billion.

BizDevOps tools await enterprise maturity

PagerDuty, Splunk and other vendors have added BizDevOps features to their IT management tools, but if they build it, will enterprises come?

AI hardware demands drive biggest server, chip deals in 2019

Many top-tier server hardware suppliers redoubled their efforts to deliver products such as supercomputers to capture a piece of the AI and machine learning hardware market.

AWS Chatbot tool advances AWS' DevOps capabilities

ChatOps has become a pillar of DevOps in recent years. To that end, AWS has rolled out a managed chatbot service that integrates with Slack and Chime.

BQE expands Core portfolio, launches new Core HR software

The new Core HR software is the latest module addition to the Core portfolio. Core HR was designed in an effort to reduce the time HR employees spend doing paperwork.

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