Amazon to investigate discrimination and harassment at AWS

Amazon’s cloud division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is to be investigated regarding allegations of harassment and discrimination after 550 employees signed a petition.

The petition criticised Amazon’s current system for investigating discrimination as not fair, objective, or transparent.

Specifically, it blamed AWS for its "underlying culture of systemic discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bias against women and under-represented groups,” reports the...

Amazon shuts down cloud infrastructure linked to NSO Group

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has shut down infrastructure and accounts connected to Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group.

The decision follows an investigation held by a consortium of media organisations into the firm’s ‘Pegasus’ spyware.

The investigation found that NSO’s military-grade spyware was involved in at least 37 successful hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials, and human rights activists around the world.

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AWS acquires messaging encryption startup Wickr

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has snapped up Wickr, which develops secure, end-to-end encrypted communication technology. 

With Wickr, customers and partners can benefit from advanced security features not available with traditional communications services – across messaging, voice and video calling, file sharing, and collaboration. This gives security conscious enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet...

Ferrari eyes road and track innovation with AWS as its official cloud provider

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Amazon Web Services, (AWS), has entered into an agreement with Ferrari to become its official cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence provider. 

Together, the companies will accelerate the pace of innovation across the entire Ferrari organisation, including their road cars department, GT Competitions, the Ferrari Challenge, and the Scuderia Ferrari FORMULA 1 (F1) team. 

Ferrari will use AWS’s services and global infrastructure, including the AWS...

EU privacy body investigates use of American cloud services

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The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has launched an investigation into the use of cloud services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft under Cloud II contracts by European Union (EU) institutions, bodies and agencies (EUIs).

It has also begun looking at the use of Microsoft Office 365 by the European Commission.

These investigations are part of the EDPS’ strategy for EU institutions to comply with the “Schrems II” Judgement so that ongoing...

Israel opts for Amazon and Google cloud services

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The Israeli Government has penned a $1 billion+ deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google for public sector and military cloud services.

The tech giants are thought to have beaten Microsoft, Oracle and IBM to a tender in April 2021 for the four phase project, dubbed Nimbus.

It will not be a centralised system due to there being two providers and, although not all data will be stored on it, Israeli finance ministers expect to start moving data to the cloud this...

AWS makes Ethereum generally available on Amazon Managed Blockchain

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability (GA) of Ethereum on its managed blockchain service.

The open source blockchain joins Hyperledger Fabric as compatible with Amazon Managed Blockchain - in a move which will add power to Ethereum's offering, but also showcases AWS' latent ambitions in the space. A preview had been showcased in December.

In a blog post confirming the GA, AWS cited decentralised finance (DeFi) as a key use case going forward....

Jane Gilson, CEO, CloudSphere: On taking the top job and the huge enterprise multi-cloud opportunity

CloudSphere, a cloud governance provider based primarily in the United States and Ireland, has only been going for six months. Yet the company has a unique approach and a big mission - and believes it has found the right person to lead it.

Jane Gilson, formerly of Google and Microsoft - the latter where she helped lead cloud transformation and build data centre strategy - was appointed at the end of last month. CloudSphere said Gilson's 'extensive international experience…...