Weekly Round-up [#21]

Last updated Monday, May 24, 2021
Weekly Round-up [#21]

As usual, there have been some intriguing updates in the world of IT over the past week.

Take a look at some of the most interesting stories that we found below:

UK tech sector grows tenfold in 10 years

Massive expansion of the UK tech sector since 2010 has seen venture capital investment and the number of unicorn businesses increase by factor of 10.

Source: Computer Weekly

Regulator fines COVID-19 tracker for turning contact data into sales leads

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just issued a fine for “spamming without consent” to Tested.me, formed in the middle of 2020 to help businesses in the UK meet the government’s hurriedly imposed coronavirus track-and-trace rules.

Source: Naked Security by Sophos

Cloud collaboration software are the new tools of choice for cybercriminals

As businesses move to the cloud, threat actors have kept pace, which makes their attacks harder to detect and more effective than ever.

Source: Tech Republic

Analysis of the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Report (DBIR)

A review of Verizon’s DBIR report by Daniel Miessler. In his analysis, Daniel observes the key takeaways from the report and summarises its results.

Source: Daniel Miessler

Malicious scans for at-risk systems start minutes after disclosure

Statistics collated by Palo Alto Networks reveal malicious actors begin scanning the internet for systems at risk of new CVEs within minutes.

Source: Computer Weekly

Microsoft Azure: A new tool makes it easier to manage virtual machines in the cloud

Azure Automanage is a tool that distils Microsoft's own experience and uses it to make sure that your virtual machines run at their best, implementing Azure best practices for reliability, security, and management. Automanage's changes shouldn't affect your code, only the underlying OS.

Source: Tech Republic

The National Security and Investment Act: What datacentre operators and investors need to know

The incoming National Security and Investment Act will give the UK government enhanced powers to pre-screen and intervene on datacentre M&A deals. This has prompted concerns it could dampen the sector's high growth rates.

Source: Computer Weekly

Everything you need to know about the Microsoft Exchange Server Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

On 2nd March, Microsoft announced a threat group is actively exploiting four zero-day vulnerabilities in their Exchange Servers. Microsoft has released out-of-band security updates, enabling attackers to take access email accounts and run malware on the server without even knowing any valid account credentials.

Source: Seqrite

6 technologies that might transform IT

Next-horizon technologies have piqued some IT leaders’ interest in terms of the business value they may ultimately drive. Others remain sceptical of the high-risk payoff.

Source: CIO

Microsoft Previews Solutions Marketplace and Teams Support for Azure Sentinel

Microsoft is previewing Azure Sentinel Solutions for Azure Sentinel. Azure Sentinel Solutions provides a means to bring non-Microsoft solutions into Azure Sentinel. Azure Sentinel now integrates with the Microsoft Teams collaboration service at the preview level too.

Source: Redmond Mag

Farewell to Microsoft's Internet Explorer

Microsoft has set a deadline for retiring its legacy web browser from consumer versions of Windows 10. It will no longer appear on consumer versions of Windows 10 after June 2022.

Source: BBC

How Microsoft approaches hybrid work: A new guide to help our customers

Microsoft shares it broad approach with two new guides for navigating the shift to hybrid work. The first resource is their Hybrid Workplace Flexibility Guide. In it, you’ll find sample team agreements, templates, and tools for hybrid work. The second is called Hybrid Work: A Guide for Business Leaders, which wraps up much of what they’ve learnt about how to reimagine people, places, and processes for a hybrid world.

Source: Microsoft 365

Cyber insurance giant CNA paid out $40 million to its ransomware attackers

Back in March, insurance firm CNA Hardy had much of its IT system knocked out by a ransomware attack, and sensitive data stolen. They chose to pay the $40 million to the cybercrime gang that launched the ransomware attack.

Source: Graham Cluley

Pandemic tech heightens consumer fears over privacy

Trūata’s Global Consumer State of Mind Report 2021 finds evidence of a “heightened sense of fear” as digital footprints relentlessly expand.

Source: Trūata

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