Information Technology News you may have missed in September 2020

Our monthly selection of information technology news continues, bringing you the most important news, developments and trends with insightful analysis from the industry.

Webex Improves Secure Distance Learning Options

Cisco’s Webex Classrooms’ additional functionalities provision a secure go-to place for teachers, students, and parents to connect. This ensures that technology can support a new way of secure learning. It provides a classroom structure where students and teachers can organise classes, review syllabuses, schedule and launch classes, host virtual office hours and more.

AWS Named as a Cloud Leader for the 10th Consecutive Year in Gartner’s Infrastructure & Platform Services Magic Quadrant

AWS has been named as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services and placed highest in Ability to Execute and furthest in Completeness of Vision. AWS strives to provide a technology platform that allows for agile development, rapid deployment and unlimited scale. More information on the features and factors that our clients examine when choosing a cloud provider are available in the full report.

Western Australia’s first whole-of-government Cyber Security Operations Centre launched

Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly announced $1.8 millions of funding in the upcoming State Budget for the establishment of the State Government’s new Cyber Security Operations Centre. The new operations centre will support existing complementary efforts to improve cyber security resilience across government.

NBN Co shows first ‘indicative’ maps for 130 business fibre zones

NBN Co is now providing substantial-stage boundary maps for 130 business fibre zones out of a planned 240 enterprise fibre zones. NBN Co describes the maps as “indicative” – it is not probable to see the boundaries with road-stage accuracy. However, inhabitants or firms within their geographic regions will be capable to draw some sort of inferences.

Microsoft September 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes 129 vulnerabilities

In its monthly patch of security updates, the OS maker patched 129 vulnerabilities across 15 products, ranging from Windows to ASP.NET. All of the vulnerabilities listed above were serious issues, especially the ones impacting Windows (due to the huge attack surface), SharePoint and Dynamics 365 (as these systems are often installed on large enterprise networks). System administrators were advised to review the threat posed by each of the RCE vulnerabilities, and then decide if these security updates needed to be applied right away or delayed for additional testing.

Western Australia government goes all-in on Microsoft

Microsoft has signed a whole-of-government agreement with the Western Australian government to provide its cloud service. The deal will give all of WA’s agencies rights to use Microsoft Azure as well as Teams, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. Agencies will also be able to leverage Windows Virtual Desktop.

3CX Offers Integrated Communications & Hosting Free for One Year

As a platinum partner now we can offer a free one-year package of 3CX services with three deployment options to choose from. Businesses can opt to self-host on the cloud or on-premise or make use of the new fully hosted option by 3CX, which also includes one year of hosting at no extra charge. This means our clients do not have to invest time or resources into managing servers and phone system infrastructure while facing the challenges of a lockdown. For all three options, a fully functional phone system will be ready to use in less than an hour, so they can continue to focus on their day-to-day business.

Managed IT services team

If you have any questions in relation to these new technologies or require assistance for your IT system, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Xenex Systems Managed IT Services team.