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Russian Malware Targets Linux, US Warns

Russian Malware Targets Linux, US Warns

The Russians are coming, again, this time with new malware targeting Linux systems, according to a U.S. ...

‘Open Season on Open Source,’ Supply Chain Survey Warns

‘Open Season on Open Source,’ Supply Chain Survey Warns

Open source software development is thriving despite the pandemic, with a new supply chain survey estimating a ...

US Chip Industry Launches Apprenticeships

US Chip Industry Launches Apprenticeships

As efforts ramp up to revive U.S. chip manufacturing, the nation’s largest pure-play foundry services provider is ...

OpenShift Gets Virtual Upgrades to Handle Mixed Workloads

OpenShift Gets Virtual Upgrades to Handle Mixed Workloads

Red Hat continues to expand its OpenShift container applications platform with virtualization capabilities aimed at virtual machine-based ...

Security

August 14, 2020
The Russians are coming, again, this time with new malware targeting Linux systems, according to a U.S. advisory issued this week. The FBI and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) dispatched a cybersecurity advisoryon Thursday (Aug. 13) describing previously undisclosed malware targeting Linux dubbed “Drovorub”. The agencies pointed to a branch of Russia’s General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or ... Full article
August 13, 2020
Organizations continuing to strive for secure application development are nevertheless succumbing to growing pressure to get distributed apps out the door. Those time pressures and the sheer velocity and complexity of enterprise IT are prompting some to consciously deploy applications with known vulnerabilities, according to a new DevSecOps report. The study by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and commissioned by ... Full article
August 12, 2020
Open source software development is thriving despite the pandemic, with a new supply chain survey estimating a record 1.5 trillion downloads this year of open source components and containers. In its annual report on the state of the software supply chain, security specialist Sonatype foresees no let-up in the shift to open source tools, noting that up to 90 ... Full article
August 11, 2020
As efforts ramp up to revive U.S. chip manufacturing, the nation’s largest pure-play foundry services provider is teaming with an industry group to advance a workforce training program designed to bridge the electronics talent gap. SEMI, the industry group representing IC design and equipment vendors, said this week it is launching an apprenticeship program in collaboration with GlobalFoundries. The ... Full article
August 11, 2020
The U.S. military’s embrace of Silicon Valley-style agile software development now extends to quick turn-around programming required to respond to evolving cyber threats. Among the earliest attempts to break through the byzantine and wasteful Defense Department procurement maze is a U.S. Air Force effort called Unified Platform. The cloud-based, software-defined “code works” is part of a larger Pentagon shift ... Full article
August 10, 2020
Market forecasters continue to crunch the numbers to determine precisely how the pandemic will shape IT spending during a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Moreover, the need to adapt in the face of COVID-19 is also seen as driving cloud- and AI-based “innovation accelerators” over the next several years. Continuing regional spikes in coronavirus infections make forecasting IT spending trends ... Full article
August 7, 2020
Huawei Technologies, the 5G leader, is pushing back on concerted efforts to forge an alternative radio access network for the next generation of wireless technologies. Western technology companies with a huge stake in the 5G rollout have coalesced around a so-called “Huawei alternative” called OpenRAN. The goal is to deploy software-defined 5G components like transceivers that would operate with ... Full article
August 4, 2020
Red Hat continues to expand its OpenShift container applications platform with virtualization capabilities aimed at virtual machine-based workloads while integrating VM tools into its enterprise Linux distribution to handle emerging cloud-native applications. Cloud-native security tools for OpenShift were also added this week to the Red Hat’s marketplace. The IBM unit (NYSE: IBM) this week released an updated virtualization tool ... Full article
July 31, 2020
As expected, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications are already having an impact on society. Many industries that we tap into daily—such as banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), and digitized health care—can benefit from AI and ML applications to help them optimize mission-critical operations and execute functions in real time. The BFSI sector is an early ... Full article
July 23, 2020
Software industry mergers and acquisitions reached $3 billion during the second quarter of 2020, driven in part by the shift to cloud computing and cloud-native applications along with the need for heightened cybersecurity. Those trends were also reflected in the growing number of venture investments in software services startups, industry observers said. The largest software deal during the second ... Full article
July 22, 2020
A proposed U.S. Digital Service Academy would create an AI software repository to support R&D while training the next generation of AI developers. According to recommendations released this week by a government commission, the proposed coding academy seeks to fill the growing AI talent gap by enlisting students who would also serve as federal employees. The accredited, degree-granting U.S. ... Full article
July 14, 2020
As enterprise software architectures evolve beyond monolithic applications to delivering micro-services, debugging tools like distributed tracing are emerging to detect cyberattacks against one of the foundations of cloud-native deployments: APIs. With attacks proliferating on the hundreds of APIs used to build individual enterprise applications, AI and distributed tracing tools are being used to monitor micro-services. So, too, are well-heeled ... Full article
July 2, 2020
The urgency of 5G wireless rollouts has diminished among executives in a monthly survey of global business conditions as enterprises shift their pandemic recovery focus to more pressing matters like securing virtual workforces and ensuring data privacy. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s monthly Global Business Barometer released this week finds that nearly 42 percent of executives surveyed feel 5G is ... Full article
July 2, 2020
According to Microsoft, one particular type of project accounts for close to one quarter of all global IoT initiatives: smart-city projects. In a 451 Research report from February 2020, analyst Johan Vermij notes that escalating interest in smart cities has led to the current situation, in which smart cities now comprise 23 percent of IoT projects on a worldwide ... Full article
June 25, 2020
Without an enterprise AI approach, prosecutors see fraud in the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, they admit there are too many scams to count, let alone stop. Organized crime is scheming to take a growing cut of the emergency spending in the CARES Act. The rules of stimulus programs are constantly changing, making it hard to know who should ... Full article
June 22, 2020
When Nvidia announced its acquisition of Mellanox, the GPU leader noted that datacenters would eventually be built like high performance computers. Hence, it’s not surprising the first fruits of Nvidia’s 2019 acquisition of the networking specialist focuses on applying AI to security and predictive maintenance applications in InfiniBand datacenters. The supercomputer datacenter “cyber-AI platform” unveiled this week is built ... Full article
June 17, 2020
Amazon Web Services added to its Snow family of data migration and edge devices this week with the introduction of a secure edge computing and data transfer device dubbed Snowcone. The 4.5-pound device that includes 8 terabytes of usable storage targets the growing number of edge computing use cases in which space, power and cooling are limited. The 9- ... Full article
June 17, 2020
Among the growing number of cloud infrastructure vulnerabilities are the legacy enterprise and contact center communication links that cloud security vendors insist are susceptible to Zero-Day and other network attacks. In its ongoing effort to differentiate its cloud services, Oracle this week introduced a “communications security shield” within its cloud infrastructure that uses AI and real-time enforcement capabilities. The ... Full article
June 12, 2020
As the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator moves deeper into enterprise infrastructure, cyber criminals continue to probe for weaknesses, frequently targeting application container image repositories. The latest onslaught involves misconfigured Kubeflow machine learning clusters running in the Microsoft Azure cloud. The company said crypto-currency miners succeeded in deploying a malicious Kubeflow image via an exposed Kubernetes dashboard. It then spread from ... Full article
June 10, 2020
In a nod to the national discussion on racial equality and law enforcement, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna this week said the company will no longer sell facial recognition technology. He also called for greater transparency in use of body cameras worn by police and warned about the dangers of bias in AI systems used by law enforcement. Krishna made ... Full article

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