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These are the top ten software flaws used by crooks: Make sure you’ve applied the patches

Over half of the most common security vulnerabilities exploited by criminals to conduct cyberattacks and distribute malware are more than a year old, and some are over five years old, demonstrating how failure to apply security updates is leaving organisations vulnerable to hacking and malicious compromise. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Hackers are hijacking smart building access systems to launch DDoS attacks

Hackers are actively searching the internet and hijacking smart door/building access control systems, which they are using to launch DDoS attacks, according to firewall company SonicWall. The attacks are targeting Linear eMerge E3, a product of Nortek Security & Control (NSC). [1] [1] By Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet

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VMware to acquire Nyansa for AI-based network analytics

VMware on Tuesday announced it intends to acquire Nyansa, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm that offers AI-based network analytics. The deal is expected to close in VMware’s first quarter of FY2021. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. VMware plans to combine Nyansa Voyance, the AIOps platform for network analytics and IoT security, with VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud. [1] [1] By Stephanie Condon on ZDNet

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Can AI put humans back in the loop?

Is it possible to make artificial intelligence more trustworthy by inserting a human being into the decision process of machine learning? It may be, but you don’t get something for nothing. That human being better be an individual who knows a lot about what the neural network is trying to figure out. [1] [1] By Tiernan Ray on ZDNet

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Making the connection: The role of collaboration apps in digital transformation

Whether it’s retailers plying wares online instead of in brick-and-mortar stores, media companies swapping print for pixels or companies looking to empower frontline workers, one theme is increasingly common in business: digital platforms are now fundamental to success — and that success depends on employees who can collaborate in real time, at any time and from anywhere. [1] [1] By Matthew Finnegan on ComputerWorld

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Director’s View

Welcome to the first edition of our 2020 eZine newsletter!  As I write this, the Corona Virus is rocking the Chinese economy, whilst the UK has firmly pulled the Brexit Trigger out of the European Union.   It may be worthwhile considering the risks associated with product delivery timetables owing to cancelled flights and cargo ships to/from Asia.  As this is being felt globally, accurate forecasting and planning will be vital to ensure minimal disruption going forward to businesses.  On a…

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Management tips: Three ways to change how you lead in 2020

Nobody works in complete isolation; that means your success can depend as much on the people around you as it does on your own individual approach or talents. That’s as true for CIOs as it is for anyone else. So how can tech chiefs define a better approach to IT leadership in 2020? Here are three ways that CIOs can change their relationship with their colleagues and produce great results for the business. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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The dark side of IoT, AI and quantum computing: Hacking, data breaches and existential threat

Emerging technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and quantum computing have the potential to transform human lives, but could also bring unintended consequences in the form of making society more vulnerable to cyberattacks, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Biggest technology acquisitions 2020

Last year marked a slight decrease in global technology M&A activity from the blockbuster year that was 2018 – when SAP bought Qualtrics for $8 billion, IBM acquired Red Hat for a staggering $33 billion and Broadcom picked up CA Technologies for $18.9 billion in cash. [1] [1] By Scott Carey on ComputerWorld

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AI can fight climate change but there’s a catch: Optimization doesn’t automatically equal emissions reduction

The good news for planet earth is that artificial intelligence has some brilliant tools that may help slow or reverse global warming. The bad news is that not much will happen unless AI somehow finds the right goals, what’s known as the “objective function.”A workshop on AI in climate change in mid-December gathered hundreds of scholars in Vancouver during the NeurIPS AI conference, including some of the Illuminati of machine learning. [1] [1] By Tiernan Ray on ZDNet

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Thought Leadership Breakfast in partnership with Extreme Networks

On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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HIGH PERFORMANCE CONNECTIVITY PROVIDES COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE "How WAN optimization ROI is achievable in as little as six months." Over the past nine years, WAN optimization has transformed from a point-product that solved isolated problems into a strategic cornerstone for application delivery. New acceleration capabilities boost user productivity and satisfaction while reducing time to market. WAN optimization can now ...