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What’s next for data centers? Think micro data centers

The death of the corporate data center may be a bit premature. Yes, enterprises are going cloud, but the data center could become decentralized via “micro data centers.” Micro data centers are essentially exactly what they sound like. They use racks and a much smaller footprint. Some of these micro data centers sit in cases that look like gun lockers. [1] [1] By Larry Dignan on ZDNet

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A PEEK INTO THE TOOLKIT OF THE DANGEROUS TRITON HACKERS

When the malware known both as Triton and Trisis came to light in late 2017, it quickly gained a reputation as perhaps the world’s most dangerous piece of code: the first ever designed to disable the safety systems that protect industrial facilities from potentially lethal physical accidents. [1] [1] By Andy Greenberg on Wired

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Google Cloud Next: Everything you need to know about the new strategy

Google Cloud Platform CEO Thomas Kurian made his debut as leader of the company and outlined a strategy that will look familiar to enterprise technology buyers. In fact, some of Kurian’s strategy looked cribbed from his alma mater: Oracle. Yes, Google Cloud Platform checked all the boxes at Google Cloud Next. [1] [1] By Larry Dignan on ZDNet

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Microsoft Azure CTO Russinovich sees an AI world that sounds a bit like Visual Basic

People who should know better light up cigarettes next to gasoline pumps. That is one surprising discovery in Microsoft’s deployment of its machine learning capabilities to what’s known as the “edge” of computing, in this case, at gas stations. It’s conceivable the lighting of a cigarette could trigger a complex web of activity that would all be managed via functions that are akin to Microsoft’s Visual Basic programming language. [1] [1] Tiernan Ray on ZDNet

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What serverless computing really means, and everything else you need to know

Serverless computing is not, despite its name, the elimination of servers from distributed applications. Serverless architecture refers to a kind of illusion, originally made for the sake of developers whose software will be hosted in the public cloud, but which extends to the way people eventually use that software. [1] [1] By Scott Fulton on ZDNet

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This new malware is scanning the internet for systems info on valuable targets

A new form of malware is scanning the internet for exposed web services and default passwords in what’s thought to be a reconnaissance operation – one which might signal a larger cyberattack is to come. Researchers at AT&T Alien Labs first spotted the malware in March and have named it Xwo after its primary module name. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Phishing attacks are a worse security nightmare than ransomware or hacking

Phishing and fake emails are the biggest security headache for business and amongst the hardest to tackle. According to the 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey published by the UK government, the most common type of cyberattacks are phishing attacks, whether through fraudulent emails or being directed to fake websites. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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Cybersecurity is broken: Here’s how we start to fix it

Cybersecurity is in a terrible state, possibly the worst it’s ever been. Literally not a day goes by without another report of a security breach or a data spill or a hack spilling corporate secrets. There is plenty of blame to go around, of course. Let’s start with the obvious ones, the crooks and scammers – from petty criminals to organised crime – who are able to extort us with ransomware or steal corporate data or our credit-card details with phishing attacks. [1]…

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Enterprise AI in 2019: What you need to know

It’s quite possible you’re sick of hearing about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it could transform your business. But away from the marketing hype, there are sound reasons to start investigating how AI could benefit your company. The first step to understanding what the fuss is about and separating the signal from the noise is jettisoning the term AI. [1] [1] By Nick Heath on ZDNet

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