Ubergizmo: Amazon Launches Livestreaming Platform For Businesses. “Twitch is mostly known for being a livestreaming platform aimed at gamers, although in recent years it has expanded to cover non-gaming activities. Now it looks like Amazon wants to expand Twitch’s streaming technology to cover not just gaming, but also businesses as well in the form of a new platform called Amazon Interactive Video Service.”
TechRepublic: How a 2017 snowstorm prepared an Oregon hospital system for the COVID-19 pandemic. “When the growing pandemic and expected work-from-home orders became apparent by March 1, the health system put the lessons learned from that snowstorm into place.” An excellent look at how an IT team tackled the problems revealed by a snowstorm and applied their solutions to the coronavirus restrictions.
TechRepublic: IBM providing 9 free public cloud business services to customers during coronavirus pandemic. “With more and more companies seeking ways to get their essential work done with a workforce that is now primarily home-based during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, IBM has joined a legion of IT vendors that have been offering some of their critical IT applications and services for free to existing customers to help in this time of crisis.”
ZDNet: Google Chrome experiment crashes browser tabs, impacts companies worldwide. “A Google Chrome experiment has gone horribly wrong this week and ended up crashing browsers on thousands, if not more, enterprise networks for nearly two days.”
TechCrunch: Google launches TensorFlow Enterprise with long-term support and managed services. “Google open-sourced its TensorFlow machine learning framework back in 2015 and it quickly became one of the most popular platforms of its kind. Enterprises that wanted to use it, however, had to either work with third parties or do it themselves. To help these companies — and capture some of this lucrative market itself — Google is launching TensorFlow Enterprise, which includes hands-on, enterprise-grade support and optimized managed services on Google Cloud.”
Ars Technica: The count of managed service providers getting hit with ransomware mounts. “When more than 20 local governments in Texas were hit this summer by ransomware in one day. The attack was apparently tracked back to one thing the organizations had in common: a managed service provider. With limited IT resources of their own, local governments have increasingly turned to MSPs to operate significant portions of their networks and applications, as have other organizations and businesses—often placing critical parts of their business operations in the MSPs’ hands. And that has made MSPs a very attractive target to ransomware operators.”
Ars Technica: Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs. “Hackers are actively unleashing attacks that attempt to steal encryption keys, passwords, and other sensitive data from servers that have failed to apply critical fixes for two widely used virtual private network (VPN) products, researchers said.”
Bleeping Computer: Misconfigured JIRA Servers Leak Info on Users and Projects. “Jira is a popular solution for project management, developed by Atlassian for agile teams. It is used by Fortune 500 companies for easy tracking the progress of various tasks and issues. Organizations like Google, Yahoo, NASA, Lenovo, 1Password, Zendesk, as well as governing bodies across the world left unprotected private details that could have jeopardized their developments.”
TechAcute: New Work: Setting up an Internal-Only Instagram Account for Your Teams. “Instagram is incredibly successful and popular amongst all kind of demographics. It goes without saying that Instagram should be part of every organization’s social media portfolio for public communication and marketing, but what about internal comms? And what about clubs? NPOs? All the people out there that form teams and independent groups. This is not only interesting for companies.” What an interesting idea.
Ars Technica: WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers. “If you’re wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little. Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill.”
ZDNet: Security flaws in 100+ Jenkins plugins put enterprise networks at risk. “A security researcher has found and reported security flaws in more than 100 different Jenkins plugins over the last 18 months, and despite efforts to notify developers, many of these plugins have not received a fix.”
TechCrunch: Dozens of companies leaked sensitive data thanks to misconfigured Box accounts . “Security researchers have found dozens of companies inadvertently leaking sensitive corporate and customer data because staff are sharing public links to files in their Box enterprise storage accounts that can easily be discovered.”
eWeek: Duo Security Digs Into Chrome Extension Security With CRXcavator. “Cisco’s Duo Security business unit is announcing the public beta of a new tool called CRXcavator on Feb. 21 that will make it easier for organizations to take inventory of the Chrome extensions running across their enterprise, understand what if any risk they pose and then link that to a policy for secure deployment. As part of the effort to build CRXcavator, Duo also looked at more than 120,000 Chrome extensions to discover potential security concerns and risks.”
TechCrunch: Google raises its G Suite prices. “Google today announced that it is raising the price of its G Suite subscriptions for the first time. In the U.S., the prices of G Suite Basic and G Suite Business editions will increase by $1 and $2 per user/month, respectively, while increases in other regions will be adjusted according to the local currency and market. G Suite Enterprise pricing will remain the same.”
Harvard Business Review: Stopping Data Breaches Will Require Help from Governments. “Not a month goes by without a major corporation suffering a cyber attack. Often state-sponsored, these breaches are insidious, difficult to detect, and may implicate personal information relating to millions of individuals. Clearly, the current approaches to safeguarding sensitive data are insufficient. We need to reorient expectations for the role of the private sector in cybersecurity. As the risk of cyberattacks has become better appreciated, we see an increasingly punitive focus on holding corporate America solely responsible.”