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The Week in Cybersecurity: Kaspersky Out in the Cold; Azure Releases ‘Confidential Computing’

The Week in Cybersecurity: Kaspersky Out in the Cold; Azure Releases ‘Con...

Cybersecurity – along with national security and Russian espionage – are very much in the news, and ...

Java EE Finds Open Source Home

Java EE Finds Open Source Home

The enterprise version of Java has landed at an open source consortium a month after Oracle Corp. ...

Crypto-Currency ‘Mining’ Boosts GPU Demand

Crypto-Currency ‘Mining’ Boosts GPU Demand

The booming GPU market propelled by new implementations ranging from "GPU clouds" for deep learning to HPC ...

CSRA Emerges as U.S. IT Powerhouse

CSRA Emerges as U.S. IT Powerhouse

A well connected IT services provider formed through the merger of established government contractors is steadily extending ...

Security

September 19, 2017(0)
As enterprise adoption of public cloud services accelerates, confusion persists among cloud providers and customers over responsibility for data and application security. A vendor survey of 300 IT decision makers released this week confirms that public cloud adoption is growing at a rapid rate as a range of industries look beyond on-premise datacenters to scale storage and computing. The ... Full article
September 15, 2017(0)
In the aftermath of the second massive security breach at Equifax Inc. in four years, the Apache Foundation confirmed this week the data breach stemmed from the consumer credit reporting agency's failure to install patches to Apache Struts, an open source framework used to build Java web applications. In a statement released Thursday (Sept. 14), the foundation said a ... Full article
September 7, 2017(0)
Investment continues to flow into artificial intelligence research, especially in key areas such as AI algorithms that promise to move the technology from specialized tasks to broader applications that leverage big data and exploit machine and "continuous" learning capabilities. With those and other goals in mind—including the societal implications of AI—IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced an ... Full article
August 28, 2017(0)
The booming GPU market propelled by new implementations ranging from "GPU clouds" for deep learning to HPC applications is getting an additional lift from growing demand for "add-in" graphics boards used in servers and, more recently, "mining" Ethereum virtual currency. Among other things, Ethereum is designed to make it easier to create blockchain applications. Mining, which involves participating in ... Full article
August 25, 2017(0)
A well connected IT services provider formed through the merger of established government contractors is steadily extending its reach from providing cloud services the U.S. military to training the next wave of cyber security specialists. CSRA Inc., Falls Church, Va., was spun off from long-time federal contractor CSC (formerly Computer Science Corp.) in 2015 and began trading on the ... Full article
August 21, 2017(0)
Reflecting growing cyber security threats, global spending on information security products is expected to rise by 7 percent this year, according to a new forecast. Gartner Inc. pegs the global market for information security products and services at $86.4 billion this year, predicting it will rise in parallel with cyber threats to an estimated $93 billion in 2018. Among ... Full article
August 8, 2017(1)
In order to secure enterprise networks and their far-flung components, everyone needs to be on the same page. That's at least part of the thinking behind a renewed U.S. cyber initiative designed to bring embattled security teams up to speed as threats continue to evolve. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which helps develop a range of ... Full article
August 7, 2017(0)
Responding to a rash of malware attacks on early and vulnerable Internet of Things devices, lawmakers have stepped forward with a proposal to improve weak IoT cyber-security. While attempts at legislating technical specs don't always pan out, four U.S. senators are nevertheless proposing legislation that would attempt to shore up standards for IoT, starting with devices used by government ... Full article
July 24, 2017(0)
The U.S. military long ago ceded dominance in electronics innovation to Silicon Valley, the DoD-backed powerhouse that has driven microelectronic generation for decades. With Moore's Law clearly running out of steam, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to reinvigorate and leverage a vibrant domestic chip sector with a $200 million initiative designed among other things to ... Full article
July 21, 2017(0)
As network bottlenecks mount in datacenters—a hurdle that will only get worse with the deployment of business analytics using machine learning—there is a growing need for networking solutions that can scale to tens of thousands of connections without breaking the bank. As things stand now, only hyper-scale cloud service providers can achieve the economies of scale that make smart ... Full article
July 18, 2017(0)
Heightened awareness about the security risks associated with open source software has increased use of disciplined DevOps practices that have improved application quality and developer productivity, a software supply chain survey finds. With open source software making major inroads in enterprise application development, a vendor survey by DevOps tool vendor Sonatype found that downloads of building block components such ... Full article
July 17, 2017(0)
As more stringent data protection rules enter into force, increasing enterprise requirements for encryption, IBM is stepping into the breach with an encryption engine based on its Z Systems mainframe aimed at locking down data across applications, cloud platforms and databases. The "pervasive" encryption capability leverages Z Systems quality of service features like scaling and available, the company stressed. ... Full article
July 6, 2017(0)
Among the implications of the enterprise migration to the cloud is a predicted overhaul of middleware platforms over the next several years as the integration of business applications drives adoption of cloud-based alternatives. A recent IT survey on the state of middleware market notes that many of these integration platforms were rolled out more than 20 years ago. With ... Full article
July 5, 2017(0)
As more distributed applications are delivered via containers, managing them at scale has become a key requirement. That has spurred extensions of container orchestration tools such as Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. In the latter's case, those extensions include new ways to customize services while adding features like persistent container storage. With those requirements in mind, the latest version of ... Full article
June 29, 2017(0)
Citing its "mind-blowing" impact on the IT industry, Amazon's CTO argued that the cloud is emerging as the "new normal" for digital enterprises while providing developers with resources designed to get applications and services out the door faster. "Public cloud is the place you go if you want to build new IT" along with new capabilities and functionality for ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
A huge investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group in an up-and-coming cyber security startup leaves little doubt that enterprises are looking for ways to design more security features into embattled global IT networks. Cybereason announced Wednesday (June 21) that SoftBank (TOKYO: 9984) will invest $100 million in the cyber security firm that specializes in end-point threat detection and ... Full article
June 16, 2017(0)
While most mission-critical enterprise data and applications remain on-premise, these workloads are inexorably moving to the cloud. Forrester Research estimates global cloud services are growing at an annual rate of 30 percent. As the enterprise shift to the cloud gathers momentum—Forrester forecasts the global cloud services market will reach $236 billion by 2020—the cloud security market is also expanding ... Full article
June 9, 2017(0)
The downside to the vibrant open source software sector is a supply chain rife with security vulnerabilities and clogged with outdated versions of widely used software components, a new report warns. The survey released Friday (June 9) by chip design specialist Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) found that widely publicized vulnerabilities such as the Heartbleed bug persist in commonly used ... Full article
May 19, 2017(0)
One week after a ransomware attack cut a swathe across Europe and China, a range of after-action analyses have emerged as to how the exploit unfolded and how the perpetrators leveraged recently hacked National Security Agency tools. The latest assessment of the so-called WannaCry ransomware outbreak comes from digital forensic specialist Secdo, which posits that hackers leveraged NSA's "EternalBlue" ... Full article
April 7, 2017(0)
Despite repeated assurances that Internet of Things security issues are being addressed, so-called "in-the-wild" attacks on poorly secured devices reveal that securing the IoT still has a long way to go. The latest threat comes from a new malware strain known as BrickerBot that, according to security experts, intentionally "bricks" IoT devices, meaning the malware renders the computer's motherboard ... Full article

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