May 2017

Internet of Things Security - are you failing to prepare?

By Ian Kilpatrick, Executive Vice-President Cyber Security at Nuvias Group

For several years, the IT industry has enthusiastically extolled the virtues of the Internet of Things (IoT), eager to enlighten us to the difference that living in a connected world will make to all our lives.

Now the IoT is here - in our homes and in the workplace. Its uses range widely, from domestic time-savers like switching on the heating, to surveillance systems, to “intelligent” light bulbs, to the smart office dream. 

Vector Networks’ new Vizor shines light on Shadow IT

May 24th 2017, Atlanta – Vector Networks today announced SaaS optimization and cloud lifecycle management capabilities in its Spring 17 release of ITAM solution, Vizor (www.vizor.cloud).

The new release of Vizor complements existing software license management and asset lifecycle functionality with new features and processes for managing software subscriptions and the approval and provision of SaaS applications and cloud infrastructure. 

WannaCry and the update issue

It was basically only a question of time. Sooner or later, it was clear that cyber-criminals would get their hands on a security flaw that would help them start the scale of attack we saw recently. Nevertheless, its effects still surprised everyone – there were reports practically every minute about newly-infected hospitals, car makers and transport companies. It made us see how weak our entire digital infrastructure really is. Despite quick-fix security measures, including a patch for obsolete operating systems, companies are not all protected against infection – far from it.

IOVOX wins Big Data and IoT Excellence Award

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2017 – IOVOX, a global call analytics company, has added to its growing trophy case having won the Outstanding Analytics Infrastructure Award at Computing’s 2017 Big Data and IoT Excellence Awards. IOVOX was shortlisted along with Aqulia Insight, IBM and Zebra Technologies and was declared winner by a judging panel which included representatives from Computing, CERN and the European Space Agency.

Quoting IT: Government Should Report Not Exploit Software Vulnerabilities

"The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits."

- Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer, The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack, The Official Microsoft Blog, May 14, 2017.

Flexera Issues New Warning about Future Ransomware Attacks Like WannaCry

Maidenhead, U.K. – May 15, 2017 – As the fallout from the #WannaCry ransomware attack continues to reverberate around the world, a new report by software vulnerability and patch management expert, Flexera, has an ominous warning for companies and individuals: the threat is growing – and people are getting lazier about protecting themselves.

UKCloud wins OpenStack Superuser Award

London – 12 May 2017 – UKCloud, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, has this week won the OpenStack Superuser Award at the OpenStack Summit in Boston. UKCloud is this year’s joint winner with Paddy Power Betfair. 

The OpenStack Superuser Awards launched in 2014 to recognize organisations that have used OpenStack to meaningfully improve their business while contributing back to the community. Previous winners include multi-billion pound global organisations such as AT&T, CERN, Comcast and NTT Group.

Flexera Embeds Open Source Security Scanning into Software Development Build Process

Maidenhead, UK – May 10, 2017 – Flexera, the company that’s reimagining the way software is bought, sold, managed and secured, announced today it’s reimagining software supply chain safety. Flexera’s the first-in-industry to embed open source security into the heart of the software development build process with automatic analysis detection. It will help keep the software supply chain secure by enabling 100,000 developers around the world to sell clean products, free of open source vulnerabilities and license compliance risk.