Intel faces class-action suits related to Spectre, Meltdown | Oracle to grow cloud security with Zenedge acquisition | Amazon rolls out updated Alexa Skills Kit
February 19, 2018
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Intel faces class-action suits related to Spectre, Meltdown
Intel faces class-action suits related to Spectre, Meltdown
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Intel is facing 30 class-action consumer lawsuits related to the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in the company's microchips. The company also faces two lawsuits alleging violations of securities laws.
Reuters (2/16) 
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Technology & Trends
Oracle to grow cloud security with Zenedge acquisition
Oracle says it plans to acquire hybrid security company Zenedge to improve its cloud security offerings. Oracle is expected to expand Zenedge's products, which include web application firewalls, a security operations center and bot management.
TechCrunch (2/16) 
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Amazon rolls out updated Alexa Skills Kit
Amazon has released an updated version of its Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console; it's designed to improve developer workflow. The console has been broken down into four levels of app development: building, testing, launching and measuring.
TechCrunch (2/15) 
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IT Channel
Cisco launches MSSP security portfolio, consumer training course
Cisco introduced its MSSP security portfolio, which includes Cisco Umbrella, Cisco AMP for Endpoints and Meraki Systems Manager. Cisco will also offer training courses for MSP customers to teach them to use the MSSP products effectively, Cisco's Steve Benvenuto said.
Channel Partners (2/16) 
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Computex extends "brainware" capabilities
Computex Technology Solutions is extending the capabilities of its Computex Brainware with the release of expanded managed services. The company will promote the new services at its Accelerate sales event.
CRN (US) (2/16) 
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IT Workforce
Don't install IoT devices without the right oversight
Organizations are rapidly adopting internet of things devices without being prepared for potential attacks, writes Myles Bray. Organizations must take security seriously and ensure that they have the proper infrastructure and network support, Bray writes.
SC Magazine (2/15) 
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Policy Watch
Reports propose strategies for government's pursuit of encrypted data
Reports by the EastWest Institute and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine address security and privacy issues for devices with encrypted data in the wake of a legal battle between Apple and the FBI two years ago. The recommendations include creating a framework for law-enforcement agencies to obtain the plain text of encrypted data in certain circumstances.
USA Today (2/15) 
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CompTIA News
CompTIA comments on immigration legislation
The U.S. Senate's inability to reach a consensus on immigration reform is disappointing and has the potential to stall the nation's technology economy, according to Elizabeth Hyman, CompTIA's executive vice president for public advocacy. For more on CompTIA's take on the stalled debate on immigration visit the CompTIA Newsroom.
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Companies move forward with automation
More than 80% of companies surveyed by CompTIA have automation on their radar screens. About 30% are automating specific processes, while 25% say they are "aggressively pursuing automation." A new CompTIA research brief examines some of the other trends around automation adoption. Visit CompTIA Insight & Tools to download a free copy.
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Focus on the insights economy
Data is the foundation of an insights economy, but like other raw materials, it requires refinement and conversion into something of value. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are the levers that make this happen. CompTIA's "IT Industry Outlook 2018" explores this topic as one of 12 trends to watch this year. Visit CompTIA Insight & Tools to download a free copy of the report.
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