More than half of cyber attacks won’t be stopped by zero trust, 2,400 VMware servers hit in ransomware attack, and a new app to fight digital amnesia.
Welcome to Hashtag Trending – Today’s top tech news stories for Wednesday, February 8 2023.
Zero trust is an emerging concept in cyber security that promises to reduce threats and make successful attacks less harmful. At its core, Zero Trust takes this approach All network activity is unreliable until proven otherwise.
It calls for strict verification and authentication of all devices, users and services attempting to access an organization’s network, whether inside or outside the network perimeter.
The idea behind zero trust is to reduce the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access to sensitive information by continuously verifying the credibility of the entities accessing the network.
As companies try to survive in what feels like an ongoing cyber war, hope for zero-trust architectures as a solution remains high. a report 2021 published by Microsoft found that 96 percent of security leaders consider zero trust to be critical to their success. In fact, all large enterprises have some sort of zero-trust project underway.
But according to industry experts at Gartner, only one percent of organizations have a mature security model that can be qualified as a zero Vishwas and by 2026, it will go up to only 10 per cent. By that time, more than half of cyber threats will target vulnerabilities that even zero trust doesn’t cover, given the growing enterprise attack surface and creativity of attackers
Despite bleak projections of success in zero trust adoption, hopes remain high for this security architecture. A report published by Microsoft in 2021 found that 96 percent of security leaders consider zero trust to be critical to their success.
But while companies are struggling with adoption, attackers are looking to target areas that are not well covered by zero trust programs, Such as public-facing APIs, social engineering, or vulnerabilities created by employees trying to circumvent strict zero-trust policies.
Gartner acknowledges that zero trust is not a panacea. It may not prevent all attacks but it can reduce the risk and limit the impact of an attack.
Gartner calls on CISOs to develop an effective zero trust strategy, secure their most critical assets, and drive risk management of continuous threat and look at areas outside the scope of the zero trust architecture.
Source: cpo magazine And data center knowledge
More than 2,400 VMware servers worldwide were affected with a ransomware campaign over the weekend. VMware has more than 400,000 customers, and according to analysts, 80 percent of virtualized workloads run on VMware technology.
Reportedly, the ransomware targeted a two-year-old vulnerability in VMware’s popular ESXi machines.
According to Reuters, the largest The number of affected servers is in France, followed by the US and Germany. Regardless of location, companies using VMware and who have not yet applied the required updates should patch their systems immediately.
Virtualization and cloud migration hold the promise of better security, but this ransomware attack showed that the best security still requires that administrators keep their software properly updated by applying the latest upgrades and software patches.
Microsoft’s Outlook.com is in recovery after a major outage that began late Monday. Users in North America were the ones who were mainly affected. Outlook.com covers about three percent of global email traffic.
The company said at the time of the outage that it had recently identified a change that could cause problems with sending, receiving or email search within Outlook.com, but it later found that it was working. Calendars were also affected, which in turn affected products such as Microsoft Teams.
All services were restored yesterday afternoon and Microsoft identified the root cause as “a subset of the infrastructure responsible for traffic routing unexpectedly stopped responding to traffic requests.”
Source: IT World Canada
A report from Synergy Research Group details revenue growth rates for global cloud infrastructure services In the period of three months ending December 31, 2021
It shows a slowing cloud sector with Microsoft, AWS and Google Cloud in the top three spots as the market leaders – not much of a surprise.
But what was surprising was the fact that Microsoft was gaining ground on AWS — which raised some eyebrows.
As a matter of fact, Microsoft had 23 percent of the market share, up two percentage points from the previous two quarters. In contrast, AWS’s share was down one percentage point to 33 percent. point from the previous quarter.
All the three major companies reported a decline in revenue due to the slowdown in the cloud sector.
“Pandemic restrictions in China, along with the strength of the dollar, as well as cost-conscious consumers are to blame,” according to John Dinsdale, principal analyst at Synergy Research Group.
Source: CIO Dive
Smartphones have reduced the need to remember things, such as phone numbers, directions to different places or your shopping list. If you forget it you can google it. With cell phone use also comes an epidemic of poor concentration and divided attention.
Cameras have become memory replacements for many of us. I can’t be the only one who takes a picture of my car to remember where I parked in a huge underground facility.
All this has led researchers to claim that smartphone use is associated with decreased working memory skills.
but the University of Toronto Researchers may have a fix for us. Meet Hippo Camera App.
With this app, instead of randomly taking pictures all day, you choose an event you’re going to document, you record the event and scene on video and an audio explain why it’s important to you Is. Afterwards, the app combines the audio and video and then prompts you to watch and listen, which helps you build a stronger memory.
“We’re trying to mimic how the hippocampus stores memories. So it’s not about trying to make pretty pictures or pretty videos, It’s about creating a memory cue. That’s according to one of the researchers, Morgan Barens.
Hippo Camera isn’t available for download yet, but you can sign up for an email notification when it’s released – if you remember.
Source: toronto star
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