Everyone sees how useful data is to their business these days, observes T.K. Rangarajan, who runs the teams creating Microsoft's core database platforms. In fact, they're beyond enthusiastic. "The world is drunk on data," he says. "Everyone has seen enough evidence that with data you can get great insights, with data you can see the effect of recommendations, like people liking your stuff on Facebook. Now business leaders are looking at these sorts of examples and interpreting them for their own business, and they're asking 'why can't I have that?' There is a tremendous deep desire on the part of businesses to achieve their objectives with greater, deeper, more intensive cultivation of data." Getting the data isn't the problem. "There's a proliferation of data," he points out. "Every human interaction with a digital system – every time you come into contact with a company, every time you send an email or a text or a tweet – they're all opportunities for somebody to learn about … [Read more...] about Don’t drown in data: how Microsoft’s new Azure data services can help
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The supply chain might be a company's weakest spot Watch Now The US Justice Department (DoJ) has revealed the extent to which hackers had access to officials' emails due to the SolarWinds breach it disclosed in January . The FBI, CISA, ODNI, and the NSA that month said it was most likely Kremlin-backed hackers that tainted a software update from enterprise IT vendor, SolarWinds. Since then, the US and UK have officially blamed Russian intelligence services for the attack and US president Joe Biden announced sanctions against Russia over it . The DoJ said in an updated statement that it was treating the source of attack as an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) that gained much broader access to the department's Microsoft Office 365 (O365) email systems than the 3% of non-classified email it initially thought was accessed. SEE: Network security policy (TechRepublic Premium) "While other districts were impacted to a lesser degree, the APT group … [Read more...] about SolarWinds attackers breached email of US prosecutors, says Department of Justice
The computer as we know it today has radically evolved from the desktop behemoths of the early PCs to masses of computer power you can hold in your hand. Desktop PCs , notebooks, tablets and smartphones now all coexist together, but are clearly on a converging trajectory. And increasingly, computers are not simply isolated pieces of IT we use. With the burgeoning ideas of the Internet of Things becoming tangible reality, computers will simply disappear into our environment. Says Andy Hardy, EMEA MD at Code42: "The iconic image of a 'computer' in the traditional sense – the idea of a tower that sits underneath a desk connected to a monitor – is outdated. Today, our computers are as mobile as we are. This concept of an electronic device – which is capable of receiving data and processing information in order to produce a result – being carried with you wherever you go is not going away anytime soon." Jon Wrennall, CTO in the UK and Ireland at Fujitsu, further commented: "The … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for the PC?
On Monday morning, the White House named Chirag Parikh as executive secretary of the National Space Council. This is a key position within the space policy firmament of Washington, DC, as Parikh will have responsibility for suggesting and implementing executive space policy across the domains of military, civil, and commercial space. With the announcement, the White House also said that Vice President Kamala Harris, who will serve as chair of the National Space Council, will host the first meeting of the council this "fall." Further Reading White House says Vice President Kamala Harris will chair the Space Council In background information provided about the announcement, the White House cited several top priorities for the space council, including climate change and advancing "peaceful" exploration programs with allies and partners. However, the first objective listed was, "Support sustainable development of commercial space activity." This signals that the Biden … [Read more...] about In selecting space leader, White House opts for policy chops over politics
The Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence team has provided interesting insights into the LemonDuck malware , which it describes as an “actively updated and robust malware.” According to the researchers , LemonDuck, which is primarily known for its botnet and cryptomining activities, takes advantage of several high-profile security bugs, including the use of older vulnerabilities while security teams focus on patching newly discovered critical flaws. In another interesting move, the malware will also patch vulnerabilities in the infected host, such as the widely abused ProxyLogon exploits in Microsoft Exchange servers, to stave off any competing malware. TechRadar needs you! We're looking at how our readers use VPNs with streaming sites like Netflix so we can improve our content and offer better advice. This survey won't take more than 60 seconds of your time, and we'd hugely appreciate if you'd share your experiences with us. >> Click … [Read more...] about Microsoft says LemonDuck malware could be tricky to shift