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IBM News
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5 Things To Know: How IBM Cloud Is Helping Drive Innovation In Highly Regulated Industries With Security At The Forefront
Think about the kinds of experiences customers expect in today's digital-first world - they are both fast and frictionless.
While these experiences should appear seamless to the customer, there is a lot that must go on behind the scenes to make this possible. As the ever-changing demands of consumers set the pace for the future, enterprises need to adopt the right technologies - including those that enable high performance and security - or get left behind.
IBM News, January 10th, 2023
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Red Hat News
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Red Hat Insights Malware Detection Service Is Now Generally Available
Following the announcement of the beta of the Red Hat Insights malware detection service in August, we are pleased to announce that this service is now generally available.
The malware detection service is a monitoring and assessment tool that scans Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems for the presence of malware, utilizing over 180 signatures of known Linux malware provided in partnership with the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence team. The Insights analysis provides:
  • The list of signatures scanned against your RHEL systems, with links to reference information and analysis reports
  • Results for individual system scans and aggregated results for all of your RHEL systems

As part of Insights, malware detection is included in your RHEL subscription. Malware detection supports RHEL 8 and 9 hosts.

Red Hat News, January 10th, 2023
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Friday Five - January 13, 2023
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.
  • CIO Influence - Zooming Out: Enterprise-Level Cloud Infrastructures
  • A look back on Red Hat Enterprise Linux in 2022
  • Beyond the STIG: The wider world of cybersecurity
  • Red Hat build of OptaPlanner is now available in Red Hat Application Foundations
  • Partner success: Highlights from our partner success stories in 2022

Read on for details

Red Hat News, January 13th, 2023
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Red Hat Build Of Optaplanner Is Now Available In Red Hat Application Foundations
The Red Hat build of OptaPlanner is now available in Red Hat Application Foundations, enabling application developers to turn data and constraints into a best-fit solution.
Using the lightweight, embeddable planning engine from the open source OptaPlanner project, customers can build scalable planning applications that efficiently solve complex optimization challenges such as rostering, vehicle routing, scheduling, or many other constraint satisfaction problems.

In order to deal with the complexity and pace of an ever-changing world, businesses- especially those in asset-intensive industries- are turning to digital solutions to deliver better results with greater competency. According to industry analyst firm IDC, 'By 2026, 75% of large enterprises will rely on AI-infused processes to enhance asset efficiency, streamline supply chains, and improve product quality across diverse and distributed environments.'1 And, with remote work environments increasing, optimized business processes are even more critical as organizations need to make informed decisions in situations where employees may not be located where operations are happening.

Red Hat News, January 9th, 2023
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Red Hat OpenShift at the edge: zero-touch provisioning
Information technology is undergoing a remarkable evolution, with deployment and maintenance scenarios changing day by day.
Processing and managing data and devices at the edge is increasingly required, so technologies need to adapt to support and encourage the adoption of such strategies.

Red Hat OpenShift is capable of covering needs ranging from the management of an infrastructurally-agnostic application platform to deployment on-premises or in the cloud, whether private, public or hybrid.

However, the ability to adapt to any scenario has evolved enormously over time. Leveraging lighter configurations, such as the compact 3-node deployment mode or the single-node configuration, allow the same flexibility and performance characteristics, albeit with a smaller footprint.

Red Hat News, January 9th, 2023
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IT News - CxO
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CISOs And Their Boards Of Directors: Viewing Cyber Risk Differently
CISOs - the senior level executives responsible for developing and implementing cybersecurity programs for corporations and other organizations - are not happy campers these days. And it's not just because they are chronically understaffed and under constant pressure.
As it turns out, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) often don't see eye-to-eye with boards of directors on a number of fronts, even though boards have been taking cybersecurity more seriously and typically ask more sophisticated questions about risk exposure and management. This further adds to CISO frustration.

Things will likely get better eventually, partly because the Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed new rules for how public companies oversee cybersecurity and information technology. In addition, research firm Gartner predicts that 40 percent of boards will have a dedicated cybersecurity committee overseen by a qualified board member by 2025 - up from less than 10 percent today.

Fortra, January 3rd, 2023
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Southwest Airlines: 'Shameful' Technical Debt Bites Back
Welcome to The Long View-where we peruse the news of the week and strip it to the essentials. Let's work out what really matters.
Last month's debacle of canceled flights was caused by decades of technical debt. That's the analysis of Columbia University professor Zeynep Tufekci.

Analysis: SWA needs a cloud burst

Although there were several contributing factors, a lack of scalability in a critical crew scheduling system led to days of near-total paralysis: In many cases, the staff were in the right place to fly and crew the planes, but the SkySolver system had no way of knowing that. Making things worse, manual fallbacks collapsed under the weight of the workload.

DevOps.com, January 4th, 2023
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10 IT Resolutions For 2023
IT leaders have big objectives for the upcoming year, from driving their organization's missions to delivering continuous improvement.
This past year was another pivotal one for IT, with IT leaders learning new lessons for implementing value-oriented IT initiatives and establishing thriving workplace cultures against the backdrop of economic uncertainty. CIOs anticipate addressing these and other challenges in the year ahead, but they also have big plans for 2023.

These plans go beyond any single tech initiative or innovation. Instead, they speak to the overarching objectives they have for the upcoming year and the big-picture goals they hope to achieve.

CIO, January 3rd, 2023
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6 Biggest Tech Trends Everyone Will Talk About This Year
Vegas' highly anticipated consumer electronics show gives us a good idea of where the industry is headed.
If you want to know where the future of technology is going, then CES 2023 is where you needed to be. The show floor was filled with buzzy, headline-grabbing products of the week, like a toilet sensor that can read your pee or a color-changing car with AI sass, But these are products you likely aren't buying soon. The real value of the world's largest consumer electronics trade show is how it lays out a vision for where tech may go in the coming months and years.
CNET, January 6th, 2023
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6 CIOs Share Their 2023 IT Predictions
From rightsizing software tools to a new outlook on cloud, here are the key enterprise IT changes CIOs expect to play out in 2023.
Whenever a flashy technology gains notoriety, C-suite leaders turn attention toward the CIO. The head of technology is expected to keep tabs on what their organization needs to operate today as well all tomorrow.

CIOs, leaned on as trusted advisors, are often the most tech-savvy leaders in the room and provide a great deal of insight into business operations as well. As the new year gets underway, expectations of the CIO are only rising.

CIODIVE, January 3rd, 2023
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3 Tips For CIOs: Pitching Edge To Your Organization
As interest in edge computing grows, CIOs should prepare to make the case to boards for edge investment, focusing on efficiency and better decision making.
To be successful, the modern CIO must be a master of many crafts: technology, operations, and business. They must have tactical foresight and industry knowledge to identify the right solutions that will help achieve the lofty digital transformation goals set by their company.

Edge computing has swiftly risen to the top of the CIO agenda. The edge computing revolution is underway and is changing the way businesses operate, transforming outcomes and driving growth.

InformationWeek, January 5th, 2023
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Digital Business Transformation Comes Of Age In 2023
Regardless of the current state of the overall economy, the top funding priority for organizations beyond traditional IT investments continues to appear to be digital business transformation.
A recent survey of 1,703 information technology leaders conducted by Red Hat identifies digital transformation and technology skills tie as the top priorities (37%), followed by people and skills training (30%). Naturally, all three of those investment areas are closely linked with one another but overall, it remains to be seen how many organizations in the coming year will be doubling down on digital business transformation initiatives.

The challenge, as always, remains the skills gap organizations encounter as they digitize processes, notes Gordon Haff, technology evangelist for Red Hat.

Digital CxO, January 6th, 2023
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IT News - Storage
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Data Storage Market Trends To Watch In 2023
Experts predict that object storage will gain greater traction this year. Meanwhile, automation will become critical for achieving sustainability and efficiency goals.
What's in store for storage in 2023? Experts say it's about more of everything, especially when it comes to object storage and automation.

A Growing Appetite for Object Storage

Object storage has grown much more popular over the past few years. Back in 2019, for example, a Cloudian survey found that 56% of organizations planned to increase their investments in object storage and that it was fast becoming the preferred approach for big data repositories and video distribution.

ITProToday, January 5th, 2023
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Opinions Of Storage Vendors On 2022 Market
Like every year, StorageNewsletter.com has asked vendors for their 2022 retrospective.
Here are analyzed these results to found the following major topics:

  • This year, cloud in multiple flavors (multi, hybrid, private, edge, SaaS and operating model) arrives #1 with more than 56% in all answers.

  • Without any surprise, ransomware is #2 with 32%.

  • Then media in various aspects (SSD, NVMe, Tape, Optics), data protection and data management arrive #3 with 24%.

Read on for details

StorageNewsletter.com, January 5th, 2023
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Developing Trends In Data Storage And Protection
Steve Santamaria, CEO, Folio Photonics, comments on developments that he expects to see in the data storage market during 2023.
Data storage will take on global warming

As the world continues to strive toward Net Zero, additional industries will come under the microscope. One industry heavily influenced by this will be the data storage industry. By 2025, data centers / centres will consume >3 percent of the world's electricity and storage can make up anywhere from 10-30 percent of a data center's overall energy consumption. When there is a specific industry accounting for >1 percent of global electricity consumption, people start to take notice and ask what can be done to lessen the power burden. This will create an industry-wide push toward sustainable storage technologies that are more energy-efficient than legacy hardware.

Continuity Central, January 4th, 2023
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IT News - AI
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Evolve In 2023
We asked experts to read the tea leaves and forecast what's ahead for the ongoing AI boom. Here are six of their AI predictions for 2023.
A confluence of many factors - powerful computing in small form factors, edge computing, the integration of IT and operational technology (OT), 5G, and even the COVID-19 pandemic - has buoyed the adoption of artificial intelligence in a variety of industries. Valued at $93.5 billion in 2021, research firm Market View Research predicts the global adoption of AI will grow at an astounding 38% compounded annual growth rate until 2030.

So where does AI go from here? The experts shared six AI predictions for 2023.

DataCenter Knowledge, January 5th, 2023
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My 13 Favorite AI Stories Of 2022 - The AI Beat
Last week was a relatively quiet one in the artificial intelligence (AI) universe. I was grateful - honestly, a brief respite from the incessant stream of news was more than welcome.
As I rev up for all things AI in 2023, I wanted to take a quick look back at my favorite stories, large and small, that I covered in 2022 - starting with my first few weeks at VentureBeat back in April.

13. Emotion AI's risks and rewards: 4 tips to use it responsibly

In April 2022, emotions were running high around the evolution and use of emotion artificial intelligence (AI), which includes technologies such as voice-based emotion analysis and computer vision-based facial expression detection...

VentureBeat, January 2nd, 2023
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IT News - Technology
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Tech Predictions For 2023: AI, Cloud, Edge, Cybersecurity, And More
Leading tech executives offer their forecasts for the IT sectors that will drive growth in the years ahead.
So you think you can predict the course of technology in the year ahead?

Really? I have my doubts. In the many years I've covered enterprise tech, I've never looked ahead and seen such a rapidly shifting landscape. As the pace of innovation leaps ahead, the leading sub-sectors of IT have become increasingly complex:

eWeek, January 2nd, 2023
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IT News - ERP
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ERP Needs Relevant Functionality In 2023
ERP systems are becoming increasingly critical to help organizations mitigate changing business issues. But ERP needs to include new technology and capabilities to stay relevant.
The ERP industry is currently facing a paradox.

Many organizations are depending on ERP systems to manage an increasingly complex business environment -- and are demanding functionality to handle new issues. Yet they remain yoked to outdated infrastructure models and legacy ERP software.

The cost and complexity of upgrading ERP systems is still a hard sell for many companies. But new functionality and integration with outside systems will help ERP systems meet the changing needs of their customers and make for an easier sell, analysts said.

SearchERP, January 6th, 2023
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IT News - Operations
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Enterprise Content Management Best Practices
In today's world, all organizations have put a significant emphasis on drawing insights from data collected from varied systems (both internal and external).
These insights have given an edge to companies in making better decisions and conducting business. An important aspect of collecting the data and curating it falls into the hands of the Enterprise Content Management team (ECM), which has an immense responsibility in collecting both structured and unstructured content from a wide range of sources and storing high-volume content along with its metadata.
Architecture & Governance Magazine, January 2nd, 2023
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3 ITOperations And Management Trends To Watch In 2023
IT teams are going to have their hands full in 2023, but these three trends will likely play a key role in keeping operations running effectively.
For many IT teams, 2023 is looking to be a year of daunting challenges.

With fears of economic slowdown and recession, budgets are likely to be constrained as executives ask IT teams to do more with less. IT operations and management teams will not only have to "keep the lights on" and maintain operations but do so in a more optimized way than ever before. Few organizations, even with constrained budgets, will want to just maintain operations, as there is a need to continually develop new services as well.

ITProToday, January 4th, 2023
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IT News - Security
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'Data Privacy' And 'Data Security' Are Not The Same
In the digital world, organizations face a multitude of challenges related to the privacy and security of data pertaining to their employees, customers, and partners.
The sheer volume of data that enterprises handle, and store is humongous, which in turn drives a greater need for data protection practices. However, many organizations use the terms 'data security' and 'data privacy' interchangeably. They believe that their data security policy covers data privacy and vice versa. However, this is not the case. Although the two terms are strongly interconnected, they are not the same...
CXOtoday.com, January 2nd, 2023
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3 Reasons To Make EDR Part Of Your Incident Response Plan
As threat actors grow in number, the frequency of attacks witnessed globally will continue to rise exponentially.
The numerous cases headlining the news today demonstrate that no organization is immune from the risks of a breach.

What is an Incident Response Plan?

Incident response (IR) refers to an organization's approach, processes and technologies to detect and respond to cyber breaches.

An IR plan specifies how cyberattacks should be identified, contained and remediated. It enables organizations to act quickly and effectively even in stressful breach situations, mitigating further impact.

SecurityIntelligence, January 5th, 2023
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5 Ways To Increase Security And Compliance Efficiencies In 2023
Do more with less. That's not an uncommon catchphrase in business. But the reality is many organizations, especially those in technology and similar industries, haven't really had to focus much on cost-cutting and savings measures since the financial crisis of 2007.
Unfortunately, however, increasing geopolitical and other issues are straining some economies, especially here in the U.S. The question that's been asked by many in 2022 is, are we in a recession? The reality is there's been no official declaration, but we're seeing many economic indicators leaning that way.
Apptega, January 5th, 2023
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6 Cybersecurity Trends To Keep An Eye On In The New Year
As 2022 comes to a close and we look forward to starting 2023 off on the right foot, here are 6 cybersecurity trends every organization should keep an eye on in 2023.
1. Ransomware is not going away. During the pandemic, we saw an increase in ransomware attacks, driven partly by newly remote teams and rapidly adopting new technologies. While that may have slowed a bit as nation-state actors shifted focus during the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine, it's likely ransomware attacks won't go away in 2023. A report from Trend Micro anticipates that attackers are likely to keep the same kill chain, but are likely to change the ransomware payload to seek out ways for additional data extortion.

Tip: Install anti-malware and antivirus software and employ continuous risk assessment, risk management, and vulnerability management best practices.

Apptega, January 2nd, 2023
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Are CISOs Unaware Of Their Cybersecurity Automation Maturity?
As cyber threats intensify and the human and financial resources available to deal with them remain limited, there is a growing need for automation in cybersecurity.
The intelligent automation of key cybersecurity processes can significantly improve an organisation's posture. At the same time, it will support under-pressure employees by reducing reliance on manual processes. But in what is a relatively new approach, how far have organisations progressed along the cybersecurity automation maturity curve and is everyone on the same journey?
Enterprise Times, January 5th, 2023
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Cybersecurity Trends For 2023 - An Overview
Of course, there's AI and ML that would make a major impact on cybersecurity, but there is every likelihood that ransomware too will become creative
Circa 2022 was indeed a monumental year when it comes to cybercrime and its impact. On top of new and increasing remote-work threats, the world witnessed continued nation-state threats and attacks on big-name companies.

In this article, we are attempting cover the top trends to watch for 2023 - including the rise in cloud application use, ransomware-as-a-service, and the use of automation in security programs. Here are some trends we expect to witness over the next twelve months:

CXOtoday.com, January 3rd, 2023
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Cyber Threat Intelligence And Its Lifecycle Explained
Learn the cyber threat intelligence and its lifecycle to prepare the cybersecurity team for future threats.
Digital computing increased productivity, efficiency, and communications in businesses. However, it has also invited cyber attacks. Businesses must defend data and online assets from hackers and cyber hijackers.

Thanks to cyber threat intelligence, your cyber protection team can analyze how, when, and in which direction a cyber threat may attack your business. And, accordingly, you can prepare your cyber defenses. Read on to know more.

Geekflare, January 3rd, 2023
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IT News - Linux
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Farewell CentOS, Hello Rocky Linux & Cloud-Native Supercomputing For Everyone
Despite all the headlines I'm reading that scream "uncertainty," I don't feel any dread about the future, at least in the area that has captured my professional passion.
In fact, I am actually quite confident that 2023 will deliver some very positive advancements, and I'm looking forward to the year ahead. If you are interested in the world of enterprise-grade infrastructure or performance intensive computing, here are two predictions that are "money in the bank":

  • In 2023, Rocky Linux-the free, open source Enterprise Linux operating system coupled with reliable and fine-tuned support models that drive down infrastructure costs-will be embraced as the replacement for CentOS that enterprises need for physical, cloud, virtual, and containers.

  • In 2023, we'll see new tools that harness the power of containers, along with new ways to securely and easily automate software deployment, supply chain security, and lifecycle management at scale, transforming and modernizing performance intensive computing architectures for HPC/supercomputing and enterprise use-cases.

Farewell CentOS, Hello Rocky Linux

vmblog.com, January 2nd, 2023
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IT News - Cloud
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The Cloud Is Under Attack: The State Of Cloud Security In 2023
Widespread adoption of cloud technology presents cybercriminals with a larger target to sharpen their focus on and presents small and mid-sized organizations with serious concerns. But adopting strong cloud practices can help successfully reducing threat risks.
By now, many small and mid-sized organizations have transitioned to the cloud and are running hybrid environments. Not surprisingly, as the adoption of cloud technology grows, it has also become a more attractive target for cybercriminals.

To better understand the reality of cloud security for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Sophos recently commissioned a survey of 4,984 IT professionals in SMBs across 31 countries whose organizations use Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

CSO Online, January 4th, 2023
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What's Up With Cloud In 2023? Industry Predictions
The cloud is unavoidable these days, as it has become the default infrastructure for many data workloads. But cracks are appearing in the cloud's walls, thanks to cost overruns and fear of lock-in.
Those are just some of the concerns shared by industry experts as they predict what 2023 will bring.

Cloud cost optimization is on many tech executives' minds, and that will inevitably lead many workloads back on-prem, says Jonathan Symonds, CMO of object storage vendor MinIO.

datanami, January 4th, 2023
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Edge Adoption Is Growing Across Industries - Here's Why
Over the past several years, companies across industries have been turning to Edge Computing to empower both operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) teams, support mission critical applications and data, and rein in costs.
Recently, Edge Computing has gained popularity due to its scalability, ability to manage advanced analytics and prevent downtime. In fact, our recent research with Espalier (formerly Boston Analytics) reveals that the Edge Computing industry is projected to grow by almost $10 billion through 2026. This fast-growing evolution is similar to the cloud a decade ago, and perhaps even 'greased the skids' for faster adoption of Edge Computing.
AiTHORITY, January 3rd, 2023
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The Rise Of Cloud Data Architecture
The rising popularity of cloud data architecture signals a central theme: Global businesses in the coming years will migrate their data center operations fully to the cloud, as it offers some inherent advantages over on-premise set-ups. Business survival in the digital age has become synonymous with migration to the cloud.
When businesses look for unlimited data storage and exceptional computing capabilities at an affordable cost, they turn toward cloud data architecture for enterprise Data Management.

Businesses that want greater control over their data create a custom, in-house private cloud service. Private and public clouds are complex distributed systems, which are better with an application architecture that breaks down the processing and data into distinct components.

Dataversity, January 4th, 2023
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IT News - Networks
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Multi-Cloud Networking Trends To Watch In 2023
As multi-cloud networking becomes an industry standard, enterprises increasingly seek tools to wrangle data, services and security in a sprawling network that can span countries.
As COVID-19 continues and a global recession looms, enterprises are looking for ways to construct higher-efficiency networks while limiting overhead and personnel. Analysts predict that going into 2023, companies will invest in products that save money and resources as networks drift deeper into the cloud. These multi-cloud networking trends include network as a service, connectivity for a cloud-native network function and more observability for network security.
SearchNetworking, January 3rd, 2023
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IT News - Backup
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Best Of 2022 - Backups, Security, And Ransomware
Nothing but the best for our listeners! Curtis and Prasanna review their favorite episodes from 2022, from the time Curtis had to restore Backup Central to the shocking outage at Rackspace ( which is still ongoing!).
This is your chance to catch up on what you missed last year as we prepare for a new year! Here are links to all the episodes discussed. Happy New Year! ...

As 2022 comes to an end. This is our year-end review episode, where we talk about, I think about a dozen episodes that really hit home for us during the year. I hope you enjoy it. And I hope you have a great 2023. Hi, and welcome to Backup Central's Restore it All podcast. I'm your host, w Curtis Preston, aka Mr. Backup. And I have with me the guy that can probably explain why there's a lot more echo in this room than there normally is...

Backup Central, January 2nd, 2023
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Gartner Promotes The Need For Heightened Storage & Backup Security To Combat Ransomware
Gartner recently emphasized the need for much stricter security in a recent report, 'Hype Cycle for Storage and Data Protection Technologies, 2022.'
Gartner analyst Julia Palmer focused on emerging innovative storage and data protection technologies. She evaluated their business impact, reviewed their adoption rates and maturity levels, and recommended ways to build adaptable and future-ready storage, and data protection platforms to meet changing business needs.
Security Boulevard, January 4th, 2023
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Ransomware: Protect Your Data Backups, Too
Ransomware continues to be a growing and increasingly dangerous threat to businesses.
The numbers are ominous: Every 11 seconds a business experiences a ransomware attack, according to current research from Veeam. Most organizations recognize the urgency of protecting their networks, but they may not realize that's only half the battle. Experience shows that virtually all attackers also try to destroy or encrypt backup repositories. Without backups that can be used for a fast recovery, victims have no choice but to pay the ransom. Here's how to defend against that threat.
Security Boulevard, January 5th, 2023
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IT News - BYOD
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5 Ways CISOs Can Secure BYOD And Remote Work Without Increasing Security Budgets
Remote and hybrid work models have quickly become ubiquitous. The rapid shift to this new mode of work jumpstarted attempts to address the new security risks that accompany it.
Now, with 2023 around the corner and the fear of recession creeping into enterprise planning, security organizations must find ways to protect dispersed data and resources without driving up costs. But, they also need to continue supporting remote work and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which are key drivers for business flexibility, agility and accessibility to a wide range of human talent.

Here are five methods and controls for remote work security that can be implemented at minimal costs - and in some cases, even lead to cut costs.

VentureBeat, January 2nd, 2023
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IT News - Developer
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Looking Back: 5 Major Software Development Trends Of 2022
While the growing adoption of AI-assisted coding tools was the flashiest software development trend of 2022, there were other, more subtle ones that developers should continue to watch.
Compared with other sections of the IT industry, software development isn't a place where radically new trends appear very frequently. After all, most of the programming practices and tools that developers use today have been in place for years, if not decades. That includes even newish practices like DevOps and microservices, both of which have been around for more than 10 years at this point.
ITProToday, January 3rd, 2023
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Programming Languages: Why This Old Favorite Is On The Rise Again
A long-standing coding choice has seen an unexpected rise in popularity, according to one tracker of programming languages.
Software-testing firm Tiobe, which maintains a monthly tracker of the popularity of the vast array of programming languages available to software developers, has picked C++ as its programming language of 2022.

Despite it being placed third in Tiobe's January 2023 index, the popularity of C++ rose faster than all other languages last year, up by 4.26% compared with January 2022, the company said.

ZDNet, January 6th, 2023
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