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How FPGAs Accelerate Financial Services Workloads

How FPGAs Accelerate Financial Services Workloads

Editor’s note: While FSI companies are unlikely, for competitive reasons, to disclose their FPGA strategies, James Reinders ...

Startup Focuses on Updating IoT Devices

Startup Focuses on Updating IoT Devices

As consumer angst grows over Internet of Things security and performance, IoT startups are surfacing with schemes ...

Spectre, Meltdown Redux: Intel Chips Found Vulnerable to More Malware

Spectre, Meltdown Redux: Intel Chips Found Vulnerable to More Malware

A published report states that Intel chips are vulnerable to three new malware attacks with the ability ...

Oracle Automates Database Service

Oracle Automates Database Service

Oracle Corp. extended its cloud automation push this week with the release of a “self-driving” cloud database ...

Security

August 22, 2018(0)
As consumer angst grows over Internet of Things security and performance, IoT startups are surfacing with schemes for safeguarding IoT devices from evolving attacks while fixing a rash of software glitches. Chip makers such as Arm Ltd. are investing heavily in new architectures designed to shore up IoT security from hub to edge. This week, a startup emerged from ... Full article
August 14, 2018(0)
A published report states that Intel chips are vulnerable to three new malware attacks with the ability to steal passwords, personal information, financial data and encryption keys. Intel has confirmed the report on its Software Developer Zone site, giving the malware a “high severity” rating. According to Intel, the malware can mount “side channel” attacks of cached data triggered ... Full article
August 13, 2018(0)
As mobile workers access more corporate data stored in the cloud, a secure network architecture called “Zero Trust” is emerging as a way of maintaining control of sensitive data while providing greater visibility into how data is being used and by whom. Zero Trust is being adopted by enterprises as a way of preventing leakage and all-out data breaches. ... Full article
August 8, 2018(0)
Oracle Corp. extended its cloud automation push this week with the release of a “self-driving” cloud database service aimed at autonomous online transaction processing while supporting data warehousing. The cloud competitor is making greater use of machine learning and other automation capabilities as it upgrades its traditional databases while differentiating its cloud services from competitors like Amazon Web Services ... Full article
August 8, 2018(0)
As the value of cryptocurrencies increased, cybercriminals quickly seized on it as a new opportunity for profit – and mischief. Ever adaptable, they adjusted their technique for generating payoffs, moving from utilizing ransomware to encrypt data to pirating enterprise computing power to hit crypto-jackpots. Cybercriminals have their sights set on enterprise networks, which provide access to thousands of machines. ... Full article
July 18, 2018(0)
News on the data security front has intensified of late, including new survey results indicating prevalent security breaches in the vulnerable retail industry, escalating cloud-based security fears, significant contract wins for security technology vendors and continued venture investment in security start-ups, beginning with yesterday’s announcement from ObserveIT that the insider threat specialist has garnered $33 million in Series B ... Full article
July 12, 2018(1)
Is quantum computing 15 years away? Twenty? Is a nation state or threat actor secretly already using it? Are threat actors already capturing and storing your data, hoping some of it will still be useful when quantum computers enable them to decrypt it? We don’t fully know the answer to these questions, but we do know one thing – ... Full article
July 3, 2018(0)
Twenty-two months after completing its $67 billion megadeal to ingest EMC Corp., Dell Technologies has again gone public with the issuance of a publicly traded tracking stock and the buyout of earlier investors in the EMC deal. The complex transaction allows founder Michael Dell and financial partner Silver Lake to maintain majority control of the IT giant. Michael Dell ... Full article
June 21, 2018(0)
The International Space Station shines a little brighter in the night sky thanks to what amounts to an orbiting supercomputer lofted to the outpost last year as part of a year-long experiment to determine if high-end commercial computers can survive a trip to Mars. The NASA upgrade to the space station’s number-crunching capability also is part of a steady ... Full article
June 18, 2018(0)
The enterprise embrace of application containers brings with it agility, scaling, rapid response to continuous change and new requirements for securing production workloads in public clouds. As with most infrastructure advances, the scaling of application containers in production is exposing previously unforeseen consequences, especially security risks. Among them, according to research by cloud security specialist Lacework, are an explosion ... Full article
June 15, 2018(0)
The shift to cloud-native applications and services brings with it a new set of monitoring and security challenges as early adopters of application containers, micro-services and serverless computing struggle to gain a comprehensive view of their cloud infrastructure. Growing requirements for cloud management—especially in hybrid clouds—is forging partnerships among public cloud and “cloud-native intelligence” vendors offering tools designed to ... Full article
May 30, 2018(0)
In the evolving world of cybersecurity, enterprises need access to cyber insurance that accurately reflects their current security posture and that covers both direct and indirect expenses. The same challenge, of course, applies to the insurers issuing the policies. Unfortunately, the evolving threat landscape and rising incidents of attacks has created difficulty in matching packages with premiums, and as ... Full article
May 24, 2018(0)
Amid the angst over preparations—or lack thereof—for new European Union data protections entering into force at week’s end is the equally worrisome issue of the rules’ impact on scientific research. Among the concerns for the research community as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect is the issue of consent. As stakeholders such as the editors of ... Full article
May 17, 2018(0)
The Defense Department is sticking to its guns on a plan to award a single, huge contract for cloud computing that would support U.S. military operations. In a report to Congress justifying the single-source contract award, the Pentagon’s chief management officer argued that selecting one cloud vendor would help expedite the rollout of the enterprise-wide cloud initiative called Joint Enterprise ... Full article
May 4, 2018(0)
While vendors jockey for position to win a massive commercial cloud contract with the Defense Department, uptake on an existing military cloud platform is building. Pentagon agencies are shifting operations to MilCloud 2.0 at a faster than expected pace, John Hale, chief of enterprise applications at the Defense Information Systems Agency, told a recent industry conference. DISA awarded a ... Full article
May 3, 2018(0)
As application containers enter the mainstream, a new set of production security issues is emerging. That has prompted early container orchestration and cloud vendors to establish frameworks to help manage security alerts when containers are compromised. Among them is Google, which rolled out new cloud security functions this week along with a roster of container security vendors that have ... Full article
April 26, 2018(0)
Rackspace is expanding it managed private cloud services with the addition of six new bare metal instances that it collectively refers to as bare metal as a service. The private cloud vendor announced the new managed hosting service this week that combines increasingly popular consumption pricing model along with “on-demand” infrastructure. The combination would allow users to provision infrastructure ... Full article
April 25, 2018(0)
 With data center technology evolving relentlessly, IT professionals must grapple with a dynamic security landscape, as malicious actors leverage new capabilities to launch even more sophisticated cyberattacks, particularly in the ransomware genre. One such example is the recent intersection of cryptocurrencies, data storage and cyberattacks. While ransomware has been a longstanding data theft strategy, a newer, more lucrative opportunity ... Full article
April 25, 2018(0)
Google continues to add regional cloud partners as it seeks to differentiate its public cloud offerings while distributing its machine learning building blocks. Atos, the French big data platform and server vendor, announced a partnership with Google Cloud this week addressing secure hybrid cloud, data analytics and machine learning along with “digital workplace” initiatives. The partnership makes Google an ... Full article
April 17, 2018(0)
VMware this week takes the wraps off the latest versions of its server virtualization and software-defined storage platforms with an emphasis on hybrid cloud deployments, broader application support and—in the case of its vSphere platform—a three-fold reduction in memory usage and resulting performance gains via the introduction of a persistent memory feature. The latest versions of VMware’s (NYSE: VMW) ... Full article

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