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Daily Roundup: 10 IT, Cloud Computing, and InfoSec News You Can’t Miss

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#1 Gareth Russel is the new Field CTO and Security for APAC of Commvault

What is the news? Commvault, a leading data protection and cyber resilience solutions provider for hybrid cloud organizations, has appointed Gareth Russell as Field Chief Technology Officer and security for Asia Pacific (APAC). This new role underscores Commvault’s dedication to extending its technical expertise in data security and cyber resilience across the region, which is crucial in the face of rising ransomware threats.

What does Gareth Russell bring with him? Russell, a seasoned cybersecurity veteran, brings extensive experience in cyber strategy, risk management, and digital transformation to Commvault in APAC. He will focus on enhancing cyber resilience strategies, helping organizations strengthen their recovery capabilities amid intensifying cyber risks in the region.

The Why behind the Decision: A recent analysis by Commvault & Tech Research Asia reveals critical gaps in cyberattack recovery efforts across APAC. While cyber resiliency awareness is increasing, maturity levels remain low. Half of the organizations surveyed have a “very immature” cyber resiliency capability, with only 4% considering their capability proactive and mature. Cyberattacks persist, targeting backup and production data, with many organizations vulnerable to breaches.

What Changes will the New CTO and Security expert Bring to Commvault? Russell’s key priority is collaborating with organizations to strengthen their cyber resilience strategies against the escalating frequency and sophistication of cyber threats. His appointment reinforces Commvault’s commitment to providing top-notch expertise to customers and partners in safeguarding their data. Martin Creighton, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Commvault, emphasizes the significance of Russell’s appointment in bolstering the company’s data security and resilience capabilities.

#2 NEXCOM, Vertex and CTOne Together Advance 5G Private Network

What is the news all about? NEXCOM, a leading network solutions provider, partners with CTOne, a global cybersecurity leader, and Vertex, a 5G private network system integrator, to pioneer a Proof of Concept (POC) to enhance 5G private network security within semiconductor manufacturing sites. Targeting the unique cybersecurity challenges prevalent in Operational Technology (OT) networks, the collaborative solution offers unmatched protection and seamless integration into existing network infrastructures, minimizing disruptions during deployment.

News highlights: 

  • NEXCOM’s 1U Edge server, TCA 5170, is known for scalable performance and advanced cybersecurity features.
  • TCA 5170 accelerates encryption and decryption, ensures authentication, and detects real-time threats.
  • Scalability suits deployments of various sizes, from small production lines to large semiconductor facilities.
  • Integrated solution simplifies management of complex OT networks, empowering IT teams.
  • CTOne’s 5G security software, installed on TCA 5170, offers real-time monitoring and full visibility.
  • Enhanced with built-in 5G protection, the solution supports a zero-trust strategy.

#3 Eight Tech Giants to Join Canada’s Voluntary AI Code of Conduct

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, announced that eight additional organizations have voluntarily committed to supporting the responsible development and management of advanced generative AI systems in Canada. New signatories to the Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems include Alloprof, Kyndryl, Lenovo, Levio, MaRS Discovery District, Mastercard, Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ), and Salesforce.

Additional Details: 

  1. The additional eight organizations pledge to apply the code to their operations when developing and managing advanced generative AI systems, joining the 22 existing signatories dedicated to fostering a responsible AI ecosystem in Canada.
  2. Canada actively participates in domestic and international discussions to establish common standards and safeguards for generative AI systems.
  3. The code, informed by stakeholder input and consultation on developing a Canadian code of practice for generative AI systems, reflects the government’s commitment to responsible AI governance.
  4. Continuing its leadership in AI, the government has allocated $2.4 billion in Budget 2024 to bolster Canada’s AI advantage.
  5. Investments will enhance compute capacity and infrastructure, accelerate safe AI adoption, and support workers through skills training initiatives.

#4 HCLTech and Arm Announce Collaboration to Enhance Computing Efficiency of Data Center Environments

HCLTech is one of the leading technology companies, and Arm, one of the leading technology providers of processor IP, has announced a partnership. This collaboration is to augment custom silicon chips that support AI-driven business operations.

What will the partnership o****?

  1. Bring solutions that enable semiconductor manufacturers, system OEMs and cloud service providers to improve computing efficiency.
  2. Leveraging pre-integrated Arm Neoverse Compute Subsystems (CSS) by HCL will help minimize development risks and swiftly deliver innovative, market-customized solutions for improved performance and scalability for AI workloads.
  3. This partnership will give HCLTech access to Neoverse CSS as Arm’s member to bring industry leaders together and boost frictionless delivery of Arm-based custom silicon chips.

#5 Enlitic Releases Ensight™, the Latest version of Data Standardization Software

Enlitic is an innovator in data standardization and has introduced Ensight. Ensight is its latest version of the data standardization software framework that was originally planned for the coming year 2025.

The Ensight platform revolutionizes medical imaging data utilization by generating standardized study and series descriptions from pixels and metadata while identifying Protected Health Information (PHI) within images. This functionality unlocks value for healthcare providers by enhancing data quality and addressing various use cases, such as identifying conflicts in laterality or b****** discrepancies.

#6 Code42 with Mimecast to Protect Organizations from Data Leaks and Thefts

Code42, a data loss and insider threat protection provider, has partnered with Mimecast, a cybersecurity company. The partnership is to unveil Mimecast for Incydr Flows. This solution offers protection to organizations from data leaks and theft. It provides user visibility into risk-prone user activities across the web, email cloud and more. In addition, it also provides controls required to stop and fix exfiltration events rapidly.

Benefits of Leveraging Code42 for Mimecast: 

  • Gain comprehensive visibility across enterprise exfiltration methods.
  • It enables organizations to use a single source to dynamically monitor and respond to risk-based events and proactively prevent high risk.
  • Teams can quickly triage incidents without the need for complex correlation.

Joint customers benefit from key features, including:

  1. User Group Detection & Management
  2. Exfiltration Detection
  3. Full Range Response Controls

#7 Toshiba Celebrates new 300-millimeter wafer fabrication facility for power semiconductors

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation celebrated the completion of a new 300-millimeter wafer fabrication facility and an office building at Kaga Toshiba Electronics Corporation in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. This marks a significant milestone in Phase 1 of Toshiba’s multi-year investment program. The company will now install equipment, aiming to start mass production in the latter half of fiscal year 2024. Upon reaching full-scale operation, the facility will increase Toshiba’s power semiconductor production capacity, primarily MOSFETs and IGBTs, by 2.5 times compared to fiscal 2021.

The new facility, which supports Toshiba’s Business Continuity Plan, features a seismic isolation structure and redundant power sources. It will meet 100% of its energy needs through renewable sources, including rooftop solar panels. Additionally, AI will enhance product quality and production efficiency. Toshiba anticipates a grant from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to subsidize the investment in manufacturing equipment partially.

Power semiconductors are vital for energy efficiency in electrical equipment and are expected to see strong demand due to the electrification of automobiles and industrial automation. Toshiba began production on a 300-millimeter wafer line in late fiscal 2022 and will expand further with the new facility, contributing to carbon neutrality.

#8 FUJITSU Network 1FINITY T250 new solution to Upgrade Reliability of Existing Optical Networks

Fujitsu has announced its latest development, FUJITSU Network 1FINITY T250. This is a disaggregation-type optical transmission solution to achieve the IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Network) initiative. The new solution started sales on May 14th, 2024, and can seamlessly upgrade the reliability of existing optical networks. In addition, it enables the creation of new connectivity services for telecommunications carriers and broadcasting companies in the latest use cases, including telemedicine and remote construction.

News Highlights

  • 1FINITY T250 Solution: Enables All-Photonics Network (APN) with higher transmission capacity, lower latency, and reduced energy consumption.
  • Latency Adjustment Technology: Controls delays and allows seamless switching of optical transmission paths, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity.
  • Enhanced Network Reliability: Configures backup lines to eliminate risks from unpredictable factors like natural disasters, accidental failures, and road construction, maintaining stable network services.
  • Automatic Line Switching: Provides stable, automatic line switching to prevent failures, enhancing the safety and security of APN services.
  • Support for Critical Applications: Fujitsu’s 1FINITY T250 aids in building reliable optical networks for telemedicine, remote robotics, and power transmission monitoring systems requiring high reliability and low latency.
  • Contribution to IOWN Initiative: Continues to support the realization of highly reliable APNs, offering high-quality services based on the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) initiative.

#9 Eviden Announces its Selection by Athumi to Integrate ‘clearing house as-a-service’ Solution

Eviden, the Atos Group business in digital, cloud, big data and security, has announced that data utility company Athumi has selected it to integrate Eviden’s ‘clearing house as-a-service’ solution to facilitate trust management, authorization, contract management and seamless monetization of value streams across the company’s data platforms.

Eviden’s solution will enable Athumi to simplify and streamline the money and invoice streams in its real estate data platform by bundling financial transactions into a single payment and invoice scheme. This will make it possible to automatically collect and check outstanding debits, improving overall operational efficiency and enhancing customer satisfaction.

Eviden’s ‘clearing house as-a-service’ solution is the only solution available in today’s data monetization market. Thus, this implementation is a world first in this field.

#10 Check Point Issues Advisory on VPN Security Threats Amid Rising Attacks

Check Point Software Technologies recently issued an advisory on an ongoing campaign by threat actors targeting Remote Access VPN devices to breach enterprise networks. This highlights the increasing exploitation of remote-access VPN environments by malicious groups as entry points into corporate infrastructures.

Check Point’s Remote Access VPN, integrated into all its network firewalls, provides secure access to corporate networks via VPN clients or web-based SSL VPN portals. However, attackers have targeted security gateways with outdated local accounts relying solely on password authentication, which is insecure without certificate authentication.

Recommendations from Check Point:

  • Inspect systems for local accounts and identify those relying solely on password authentication.
  • Disable unused local accounts.
  • Enhance authentication methods by adding certificate authentication.
  • Deploy the Security Gateway hotfix to block local accounts from authenticating with just a password.

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