Majority of malware downloads come from cloud apps

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More than two-thirds of malware downloads came from cloud apps in 2021, according to a study by Netskope, a secure access service edge (SASE) specialist, titled Cloud and Threat Spotlight: January 2022. 

The research highlights the continued growth of malware and other malicious payloads delivered by cloud applications. The year-over-year analysis identifies the top trends in cloud attacker activities and cloud data risks from 2021 as compared to 2020, and examines changes in the...

How Zoopla recontracted 90% of its customers remotely during lockdown

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Zoopla is a comprehensive portal for property sales and lettings in the UK. The website and app provide users with information on sold property prices and current value estimates, area trends and statistics, as well as a directory of expert local estate agents.

Conga, a specialist in commercial operations transformation, helped Zoopla transform its commercial operations at the onset of the first COVID-19 lockdown. Continuing a seven-year relationship, Zoopla leveraged Conga...

Ben Jenkins, ThreatLocker: Dealing with the scourge of ransomware

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Threatlocker was founded in 2017. What was it set up to do?

Endpoint security, and we do that by following zero trust. Now, the problem is zero trust is not the best name to describe things. And it's kind of this industry buzzword or buzz term that's come out that we kind of had to stick to using because it’s what people know. But we don't like to describe things as zero trust. 

Essentially, we do it through four main pillars. So we have our application...

Informatica and Microsoft unveil program to launch Modern Cloud Analytics on Microsoft Azure

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Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management firm, has created a joint Modern Cloud Analytics program with Microsoft Azure.

It is hoped this will provide customers with one of the fastest, lowest cost, lowest risk paths to modernise PowerCenter ETL and on-premises data warehouses to Informatica’s Intelligent Data Management Cloudä (IDMC) on Azure and Azure Synapse Analytics. 

This offering is available on the Azure Marketplace, helping customers streamline...

Why ‘experience’ is at the top of the agenda for UK businesses moving to the cloud

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In the grand scheme of history, the cloud is still novel – the term ‘cloud computing’ has only been included in the Oxford English dictionary since June 2012. In the world of technology, the cloud is considered ubiquitous!

Yet, while Amazon’s release of Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in 2006 marked the advent of the infrastructure-as-a-service platforms that underpin the modern cloud as we now know it, the ensuing 15 years have seen the technology continue to transform...

Yorkshire cloud computing firms join forces to ‘make the impossible, possible’

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Two Yorkshire headquartered cloud tech firms have collaborated in the hope they can supercharge the digital transformation solutions delivered to clients.

Managed IT specialist CloudCoCo, based in Leeds, will strengthen the cybersecurity offering provided by Huddersfield’s Vapour. And in return, network specialist Vapour will enhance CloudCoCo’s infrastructure with the addition of security-first SD-WAN connectivity – described as a cost-effective, scalable cloud technology...

Most businesses are not protecting their sensitive data in the cloud

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As many as 40% of organisations have experienced a cloud-based data breach in the past 12 months. 

Despite increasing cyber-attacks targeting data in the cloud, the vast majority (83%) of businesses are still failing to encrypt half of the sensitive data they store in the cloud, raising even greater concerns as to the impact cyber criminals can have.

These details have been unveiled in the 2021 Thales Global Cloud Security Study, commissioned by Thales and conducted...

Alibaba Cloud delivers new server chips to optimise cloud computing services

Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital tech and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has developed an in-house processor design for use in its data centres. 

The server chips, named Yitian 710, are custom-built by Alibaba Group's chip development business, T-Head. Powered by these chips, Alibaba Cloud also announced the development of its proprietary servers, called Panjiu. The combination is set to enhance the company's leading cloud services by optimising computing performance and...

Monaco launches Europe’s first state sovereign cloud

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Monaco’s Government has launched Monaco Cloud, the first sovereign cloud operation in Europe.

Part of the Extended Monaco programme, which is billed as the Monegasque model in a digital world, the cloud is said to be a key tool in the deployment of economic influence in Monaco and beyond its borders. 

With 5G coverage, 10 Giga Fibre for individuals and the deployment of digital identity, the Principality of Monaco believes it has the necessary digital...

Cloud computing firm OVHcloud experiences network outage ahead of IPO

Octave Klaba

French cloud computing company, OVHcloud, has experienced a network outage on October 13, just two days before it was due to launch one of the country’s largest initial public offerings of 2021.

The firm’s founder and chairman, Octave Klaba, said the downtime was caused by "human error" while one of its US-based datacentres was being reconfigured.

He said: "A wrong configuration of the router caused the network to fail," adding that OVHcloud was able to restore the...