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Top 10 IT News Updates of the Week

Top 10 IT News Updates of the Week

Welcome to this week’s “Top 10 IT news updates” edition by CIO Influence. We bring you the latest IT, Cloud Computing, and InfoSec developments in this roundup. These updates offer valuable insights into the evolving digital landscape, from cybersecurity measures to technological innovations.

NEC, Arm, Red Hat, and Qualcomm Showcase Open vRAN and 5G Core UPF Using Arm-Based CPUs

NEC, alongside Arm, Red Hat, and Qualcomm, have successfully demonstrated the seamless integration and operation of NEC’s Open virtual Radio Access Network (vRAN) and 5G Core virtual User Plane Function (vUPF) products utilizing Arm Neoverse-based CPUs and Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card on Red Hat OpenShift, mimicking real-world conditions. This collaboration marks a significant step towards optimized total cost of ownership (TCO) and power efficiency in both edge and data center environments. The demonstration, showcased at MWC Barcelona 2024, highlights the potential of Arm-based servers to significantly reduce TCO for mobile networks, offering flexibility, scalability, and sustainability gains.

Read the complete News: NEC, Arm, Red Hat, and Qualcomm Demonstrate Open vRAN and 5G Core UPF Using Arm-Based CPUs

GSMA Open Gateway’s Cross-Carrier API for Drone Safety Connectivity

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have independently completed trials of the first cross-carrier, interoperable API in North America. This is a crucial step in the GSMA Open Gateway initiative to advance 5G capabilities globally by promoting network API adoption and development. Through collaboration with American drone manufacturer Inspired Flight Technologies (IFT), these tests demonstrate the potential for connected devices like drones to maintain uninterrupted connectivity during flight, facilitating quick response actions during emergencies. The initiative signifies a significant shift in the telecom industry’s approach to developing mobile apps and services, fostering a common framework among operators to streamline communication and integration.

Read the complete News: GSMA Open Gateway Tests Cross-Carrier API for Drone Public Safety Connectivity by Us Mobile Operators

Cisco and DISH Wireless Collaborate on 5G Cloud Slicing Trial for Expedited Enterprise Services Launches

In a joint effort to optimize Boost Wireless’s cloud-native 5G network, Cisco and DISH Wireless have initiated a proof-of-concept trial aiming to automate network traffic distribution and accelerate the rollout of new enterprise services while improving network flexibility and operational efficiency. Leveraging Cisco’s networking solutions, including routers, switches, and automation tools, DISH Wireless aims to future-proof its network support capabilities for advanced 5G business services and applications. The trial, focusing on network slicing in a hybrid cloud environment, is poised to enhance the delivery of 5G services with more meaningful service level agreements for enterprise customers.

Read the complete News: Veracode’s SoSS 2024 Report Highlights Drastic Security Debt Reduction Potential

Microsoft Unveils Strategies to Simplify NIS2 Compliance Challenges

The Network and Information Security Directive 2 (NIS2) significantly shifts European Union cybersecurity regulations, expanding its scope to include a broader range of sectors and organizations. With heightened accountability measures and increased penalties, compliance with NIS2 by the October 17, 2024 deadline is imperative. Microsoft steps in as a key ally, offering guidance and solutions to navigate the complexities of NIS2 compliance. Through a detailed exploration of NIS2 requirements and Microsoft’s proactive defense vision, this discourse aims to equip security professionals and business leaders with strategies and resources necessary for seamless adaptation to the evolving regulatory landscape.

Read the complete News: Cisco, DISH Wireless Test 5G Cloud Slicing for Faster Enterprise Service Launches

Microsoft’s Approach to Streamlining NIS2 Compliance

The Network and Information Security Directive 2 (NIS2) marks a significant advancement in EU cybersecurity regulations, expanding its scope to include a broader range of sectors and imposing heightened accountability measures. Microsoft is at the forefront of guiding stakeholders through NIS2 compliance, offering detailed insights into key aspects of the directive and providing support through Microsoft Security Solutions. The directive mandates various security measures, including risk assessments, multifactor authentication, and supply chain security protocols, with severe penalties for non-compliance.

Read the complete News: Streamlining NIS2 Compliance: The Microsoft Security Solutions Approach

DataStax Teams Up with LlamaIndex to Streamline RAG Application Development for GenAI Developers

DataStax, known as the Gen AI data company, has unveiled RAGStack, its retrieval augmented generation (RAG) solution, now powered by LlamaIndex, a robust open-source framework. This collaboration introduces LlamaParse, a tool within LlamaIndex, enabling Astra DB developers to parse complex PDFs into vectors efficiently. LlamaIndex, designed for generative AI application development, addresses ingestion pipeline needs for enterprise-ready RAG, while LlamaParse promises accurate parsing of intricate documents often encountered in business. The partnership aims to simplify the implementation process for RAG techniques, providing a seamless journey for enterprises and developers alike.

Read the complete News: DataStax and LlamaIndex Partner to Simplify RAG Application Development for GenAI Developers

Stellar Cyber and Oracle Forge Expanded Partnership to Offer Open XDR Platform

Stellar Cyber, a leader in Open Extended Detection and Response (XDR) technology, has announced an expansion of its collaboration with Oracle, enabling the deployment of the Stellar Cyber Open XDR Platform in the Oracle US Government Cloud. This move ensures a highly secure, enterprise-scale cloud environment tailored for state, local, and education (SLED) entities, meeting stringent regulatory compliance requirements. By integrating Stellar Cyber’s intuitive security features and intelligent automation into Oracle’s robust cloud ecosystem, the partnership aims to empower government organizations to achieve consistent security outcomes while enhancing operational efficiency.

Read the complete News: Stellar Cyber, Oracle Expand Relationship to Offer Open XDR Platform on Oracle US Government Cloud

Microsoft and OpenAI Sound Alarm on Nation-State Actors Leveraging AI for Cyber Offensives

In a joint revelation, Microsoft and OpenAI have shed light on the concerning trend of nation-state actors, including Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China, harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLMs) to bolster their cyber attack capabilities. Threat actors’ use of AI services extends across various stages of malicious activities, from reconnaissance to malware development. While no major LLM-based attacks have been identified, the intrinsic language capabilities of LLMs make them an attractive tool for crafting deceptive communications aimed at specific targets. Notable hacking groups such as Forest Blizzard (APT28), Emerald Sleet, Crimson Sandstorm, Charcoal Typhoon, and Salmon Typhoon are examples of actors exploiting AI for diverse cyber operations.

Read the complete News: Microsoft and OpenAI Highlight Nation-State Actors Exploiting AI for Cyber Attacks

Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Business Division Responds to Cybersecurity Incident

A ransomware attack has targeted Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Business division, affecting its Resource Advisor and other specific systems. The incident, isolated to this division, prompted immediate action from the Global Incident Response team to contain the breach and enhance security measures. While access to business platforms has been restored securely, the division is actively communicating with affected customers and stakeholders to provide assistance and updates.

Read the complete News: Sustainability Business Division of Schneider Electric Responds to Cybersecurity Incident

NVIDIA Empowers Quantum Computing Advancements at Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is poised to revolutionize its National Supercomputing and Quantum Computing Innovation Hub with NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technologies. By integrating the NVIDIA CUDA Quantum platform and the innovative NVIDIA Grace Hopper™ Superchips, the center aims to drive breakthroughs in quantum computing simulations. The collaboration will leverage CUDA Quantum’s robust simulation tools and cuQuantum software development kit, facilitating programming across hybrid CPU, GPU, and QPU systems.

Read the complete News: NVIDIA Boosts Quantum Computing at Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

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