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4 situations where staying on-premises may be preferable to cloud, for now

One can be forgiven for thinking that everything that is anything IT-related is being absorbed into the cloud. There is immense pressure to make the cloud move. As found in a recent survey of 550 executives conducted by IDG, more than one-third (38%) report their IT departments are under pressure  to migrate all applications and infrastructure to the cloud.  Photo: Joe McKendrick… Read more →

New TLS encryption-busting attack also impacts the newer TLS 1.3

A team of academics has revealed a new cryptographic attack this week that can break encrypted TLS traffic, allowing attackers to intercept and steal data previously considered safe & secure. This new downgrade attack –which doesn’t have a fancy name like most cryptography attacks tend to have– works even against the latest version of the TLS protocol, TLS 1.3, released… Read more →

China’s cybersecurity law update lets state agencies ‘pen-test’ local companies

New provisions made to China’s Cybersecurity Law last November gives state agencies the legal authority to remotely conduct penetration testing on any internet-related business operating in China, and even copy and later share any data government officials find on inspected systems. Any company that provides an internet-related service with more than five internet-connected computers is susceptible to these inspections. The… Read more →

China’s cybersecurity law update lets state agencies ‘pen-test’ local companies

New provisions made to China’s Cybersecurity Law last November gives state agencies the legal authority to remotely conduct penetration testing on any internet-related business operating in China, and even copy and later share any data government officials find on inspected systems. Any company that provides an internet-related service with more than five internet-connected computers is susceptible to these inspections. The… Read more →

Amazon Live launches with live-streamed shopping videos

Amazon this week launched Amazon Live, a platform that lets merchants live-stream videos showing off their products. As first noted by TechCrunch, the new platform also features shopping videos hosted by Amazon talent. Thee-commerce giant has made other investments in live-streaming, such as a deal with the NFL to bring Thursday night football to Amazon Prime. Combining live-streaming and e-commerce… Read more →

Microsoft to modify Office ProPlus by end of April in response to Dutch ministry’s privacy concerns

Credit: ZDNet Microsoft is going to make unspecified updates to Office ProPlus, a subscription version of Office, in response to alleged privacy violations raised by the Netherlands’ justice ministry, according to a report by Politico. The Dutch authorities said late last year that Microsoft’s data-collection telemetry mechanism violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In its report last Fall,… Read more →