Information Technology News you may have missed in July 2020

Xenex Systems’ monthly information technology news continues, keeping your business up to date with changing technology trends from our services providers.

Friday, July 31st, 2020 was the 21st annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. This is one of our favourite days of the year! The date is devoted to all the tech gurus out there who work all hours of the day to keep your IT networks secure, your computer up and running and your printer jam-free.

We are thankful to our team for everything they do for us and the Xenex Systems clients 24/7/365.

Microsoft forecasts a hybrid new normal of work in the Asia Pacific

A new normal of work has been realised across the Asia Pacific as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform our daily lives. Microsoft and TechRepublic Premium have researched the impact that the pandemic has had on typical work styles and business operations. They also looked into how the pandemic has accelerated an increase in overall technology adoption and forecast a hybrid way of working as the new normal.

Microsoft Windows as a service in the works with new Cloud PC launch

Consumers and businesses are used to buying PCs running Microsoft’s Windows operating system and then either using Office 365, other cloud productivity applications or installing their own applications. Soon this model may change dramatically following reports of a new ‘Cloud PC service’, offering the operating system and productivity applications via a subscription fee.

Improving systems will increase company performance, research says

In a recent research project, Beagle Research Group wanted to better understand employee engagement. Beagle asked about management, from the employee perspective, as well as technology. Beagle found that the professionalism of employees and executives running their companies was good, but the opinion of employees about the technology systems they work with day to day was surprising. The conclusion from the research was that to improve corporate performance, businesses need to look at the quality of the technology they are using.

Microsoft Remote Desktop brings your Windows 10 PC to your Android smartphone or tablet

Microsoft has released a new version of its Remote Desktop client for Android, bringing full support for the Windows 10 Virtual Desktop. Remote Desktop allows users to access Windows desktops and apps directly from an Android device or a Chromebook supporting the Google Play Store. Version 10.0.7 brings a number of new features to Remote Desktop for Android.

A new form of Linux malware has a clever use for the Dogecoin API

Linux threats are becoming increasingly common as more businesses shift their workloads to cloud environments. Meanwhile, cybercriminals have created new techniques and tools to attack against Linux infrastructure. One technique they employ is scanning for public Docker servers and then abusing misconfigured ports to set up their own containers and perform malware on the victim’s infrastructure. A new report from Intezer Labs shows that it takes only a few hours for a new misconfigured Docker server to be infected.

Amazon launches Fraud Detector in general availability, available in Sydney now and more regions to be added in the next few months

Amazon announced the public launch of Fraud Detector. This is a fully managed service that is powered by machine learning, identifying potentially fraudulent activities like identity theft and online payment. This service was first revealed at Amazon’s re:Invent 2019 conference last December and is now mostly available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers in Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), US East (North Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland), with availability in additional regions in the coming months.

Amazon will let businesses use its Twitch streaming tech for live streams

AWS has launched Amazon Interactive Video Service (Amazon IVS). This is a fully managed service that the company has designed to enable interactive, live video streams for a web or mobile application in a few minutes. Amazon IVS uses the same technology that controls esports service Twitch and claims that it delivers latency of fewer than three seconds, compared to the 30-second latencies common among other online streaming services. AWS state that customers are able to stream live video through their own mobile application or website, with scalable delivery supporting millions of viewers globally.

WatchGuard Further Expands Secure Wi-Fi Portfolio, the Industry’s Most Powerful Answer to Wireless Threats

Leading global provider of network security and intelligence, WatchGuard Technologies demonstrated the continued expansion of its Secure Wi-Fi portfolio with the release of two new access points; the AP225W and the AP327X. These new APs give market-leading Wi-Fi scalability and performance has the capability to extend Trusted Wireless Environments into the multi-dwelling unit placements and harsh outdoor environments. According to product test centre Miercom, no other wireless AP can offer a Trusted Wireless Environment that automatically senses and stops all six Wi-Fi threat categories.

Veeam Named a Leader and Positioned Highest in Ability to Execute in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions

Veeam Software,  the leader in backup solutions that deliver ‘Cloud Data Management’, announced they have been placed by Gartner in the Leaders quadrant of the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Backup and Recovery Solutions. This marks the fourth time that Gartner has recognised Veeam as a category Leader, and the first time Veeam placed the highest overall in the ability to execute. Veeam was the only company to move higher in both completeness of vision and the abilities to execute categories. This brings validation to Veeam’s investment offering a complete Cloud Data Management portfolio, attached to robust support and data protection across all environments.

The State of Cloud Security 2020, a global survey organised by Sophos

According to The State of Cloud Security 2020, from next-generation cybersecurity leader Sophos, 70% of organisations experienced a public cloud security incident in the last 12 months. This included 50% ransomware and other malware, 29% exposed data, 25% compromised accounts, and 17% crypto-jacking. The survey also found that organisations using multi-cloud environments are over 50% more likely to experience a cloud security incident than organisations using a single cloud. The report highlights findings of an independent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne among more than 3,500 IT managers across 26 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa that currently host data and workloads in the public cloud.  The company offers complete cloud security solutions for advanced network threat protection even while using a public cloud,

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