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Data leakage in the cloud – can data truly be safe in the cloud?

As organisations store and process data in the cloud, there are increasing concerns from administrators, data owners and CISOs’ around the possibility of misconfiguration or mishaps that lead to sensitive data being leaked – particularly to public cloud services that fall outside of the intended geographic region. In 2019, Gartner predicted that by 2025, 90%…

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The NVIDIA GTC 2024 Keynote Live Blog (Starts at 1:00pm PT/20:00 UTC)

We’re here in sunny San Jose California for the return of an event that’s been a long-time coming: NVIDIA’s in-person GTC. The Spring 2024 event, NVIDIA’s marquee event for the year, promises to be a big one for NVIDIA, as the company is due to deliver updates on its all-important datacenter accelerator products – the…

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OpenAI faces open revolt | Computer Weekly

Following the departure of CEO Sam Altman and chairman of the board Greg Brockman, there appears to be a staff revolt at OpenAI. Reports across the web suggest that as many as 95% of staff have threatened to quit the company unless co-founder Altman is brought back in. At the same time, tech executives appear…

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Copilots, AI and Azure drive Microsoft revenue growth

Microsoft has posted revenue of $56.5bn, up 13% for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, partially driven by demand for its AI-infused (artificial intelligence) products and the Azure public cloud. CFO Amy Hood said the company’s Azure cloud platform had experienced higher than expected AI consumption, which contributed to revenue growth in Azure. The company…

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Microsoft’s Project Silica turns glass into futuristic data storage

The last time we talked about Microsoft’s Project Silica was about four years ago when Microsoft was showing off a proof of concept. The company managed to write Warner Bros’ Superman movie on a tiny piece of durable quartz glass that measured only 75 by 75 by 2 mm. That data is safer than copying…

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Scottish biometrics watchdog outlines police cloud concerns

The Scottish biometrics commissioner has written to Police Scotland outlining his ongoing concerns over the cloud-based digital evidence sharing system used by the force, which uses hyperscale public cloud infrastructure to store and process sensitive biometric data despite major data protection concerns. At the start of April 2023, Computer Weekly revealed the Scottish government’s Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC)…

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38TB Microsoft data leak highlights risks of oversharing

Microsoft has learned an important lesson after having to clean up a major data leak resulting from an “overly permissive” shared access signature (SAS) token accidentally disclosed by one of its employees. The incident took place in June 2023, when a Microsoft researcher shared a URL for an Azure Blob store in a public GitHub repository…

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Okta confirms link to cyber attacks on Las Vegas casinos

David Bradbury, chief information security officer (CISO) at identity and access management (IAM) specialist Okta, has confirmed that two cyber attacks targeting Las Vegas casino operators MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment appeared to exploit the company’s technology as an access vector, providing a clue as to how the concurrent cyber attacks began. In a newly…

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Microsoft to offer Oracle cloud database on Azure

Ahead of next week’s Oracle CloudWorld in Las Vegas, Oracle and Microsoft have announced Oracle Database@Azure. This is said to give direct access to Oracle database services running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and deployed in Microsoft Azure datacentres. It also opens up Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI services to Oracle customers. “Our expanded partnership with Oracle…

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Patch Tuesday: Microsoft fixes zero-days in Word and Streaming Service

As autumn begins and the thoughts of security teams turn to mists and mellow fruitfulness, Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update arrives with the surety of the turning leaves, and this month there are two actively exploited zero-days to consider, and five critically scored vulnerabilities worth attention, out of a grand total of over 60 newly squashed…

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