Weekly Round-up [#24]

Last updated Monday, June 14, 2021
Weekly Round-up [#24]

A rather interesting week in the world of IT, where a large proportion of the Internet went down, including some of the biggest companies in the world.

Take a look at some of the most intriguing stories compiled below:

Fastly blames global outage on software bug triggered by customer

The June 8 outage brought down Amazon.com, Twitch, Reddit, the UK government's website portfolio, and a whole bunch more sites and services. Fastly said it identified the issue in one minute, and had restored 95 percent of its network within 49 minutes. However, some customers saw longer outages due to increased origin load and lower Cache Hit Ratio.

Source: Datacenter Dynamics

NCSC CEO warns that ransomware is key cyber threat

Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC, spoke of cyber threats to an audience at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on the 14 June 2021.

Source: National Cyber Security Centre

Complexity is the biggest threat to cloud success and security

Just when we thought cloud computing could take a post-pandemic victory lap, we now face the largest challenge to date.

Source: InfoWorld

Risk data shows UK energy sector most vulnerable to cyber attack

New report compiled by insurance firm Hiscox reveals the state of cyber preparedness in the UK and beyond.

Source: ComputerWeekly

Chrome zero-day, hot on the heels of Microsoft’s IE zero-day

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday announcement was bad enough, with six in-the-wild vulnerabilities patched, including one buried in the vestiges of Internet Explorer’s MSHTML web rendering code and it’s been followed by Google’s latest Chrome security advisory, which includes a zero-day patch (CVE-2021-30551) to Chrome’s JavaScript engine amongst its 14 officially listed security fixes.

Source: Naked Security by Sophos

Evidence emerges of new digital divide in UK connectivity

A new study shows extent to which online connectivity impacts quality of life but reveals that renters are nearly twice as likely to describe their connection as only average or unreliable, compared with home owners.

Source: ComputerWeekly

ALPACA – the wacky TLS security vulnerability with a funky name

Don't panic - this isn't another Heartbleed. But it's a fascinating reminder of why doing things the easy way isn't always the best way.

Source: Naked Security by Sophos

Microsoft fixes seven zero-days on its Patch Tuesday rounds

Fixes for six actively-exploited – and one yet-to-be-exploited – zero-day bugs are released in the June 2021 Patch Tuesday update.

Source: ComputerWeekly

Azure Virtual Desktop: The flexible cloud VDI platform for the hybrid workplace

To help customers and partners meet new hybrid work demands, Microsoft are expanding their vision to become a flexible cloud VDI platform for nearly any use case—accessible from virtually anywhere.

Source: Microsoft Azure

Cohesity brings DataProtect backup-as-a-service to Europe via AWS

Scale-out backup appliance pioneer adds backup-as-a-service from a virtual machine on customer premises.

Source: ComputerWeekly

Bringing Visio to Microsoft 365: Diagramming for everyone

In July, Microsoft will start rolling out a lightweight version of the Visio web app in Microsoft 365 to bring visual diagramming and collaboration to all teams—both of which are especially important for a hybrid work environment.

Source: Microsoft

National data guardian calls for dialogue on NHS Digital GP plans

The UK’s national data guardian says it is important the public has clarity on how their confidential medical information will be used and kept secure under NHS data-sharing plans.

Source: ComputerWeekly

Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities, ransomware lead spring 2021 cyberattack trends

Cisco's Talos team said 35% of incidents led back to Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities reported early in 2021, but new ransomware families have been appearing to fill the Emotet hole, too.

Source: TechRepublic

Campaigners plan legal action over NHS data sharing

Privacy coalition aims to force NHS Digital to push back its plans to scrape medical information on millions of patients into a central database.

Source: Computer Weekly

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