Workplace — Facebook’s bid to take on the Slack, Microsoft and the rest of the players in the market of business chat and collaboration — is getting a big push today by way of a significant customer win. The company has signed on Walmart, the retailing giant and the world’s biggest employer with 2.2 million employees on its books. Walmart is rolling out Workplace to… Read More
Google Cloud announced today that it has acquired Bitium, a company that focused on offering enterprise-grade identity management and access tools, such as single-sign on, for cloud-based applications. This will basically help Google better manage enterprise cloud customer implementation across an organization, including doing things like setting security levels and access policies for… Read More
Since the development of BitCoin, cyrptocurrencies have seen a tremendous surge in popularity. In fact, in recent months, the value of all the major cryptocurrencies currently available has spiked, fueling even greater interest and speculation.
That growing interest is also fueling something else: the marked increase of currency mining software clandestinely installed on an unwitting user’s machine.
This is a very different kind of attack.
Traditionally, a hacker will attack your machine in order to breach your network and gain access to sensitive company data.
What a cryptocurrency miner wants, though, is your processing power.
The way it works is this. All the cryptocurrencies currently in the wild today use some variant of the “mining” concept to create more of their currency. People can download software, install it on their machines and at every X-interval, a new unit of the currency will be born, and credited to the miner who “unearthed” it.
This, of course, is where your PC or other internet connected device enters the picture, because why stop at just the machines owned and controlled by the hackers themselves? If they can infect 100,000 or more computers and put them all to work, quietly mining for currency, then that’s money in the bank for them.
This is the reason we’re now seeing a dramatic rise in such attacks.
In 2013, there were less than half a million such attacks over the course of the entire year.
By last year, that number had risen to nearly two million, and so far in 2017, the number is already at 1.65 million and at the current rate of infection, 2017 stands to handily beat out last year’s total.
While not as directly threatening as other forms of attacks, such an infection can dramatically degrade the overall performance of your network, so it’s certainly not something you’d want to let stand, which means your IT department has yet another threat to keep a watchful eye out for.
Microsoft Teams, the company’s Slack competitor with deep integrations into the Office 365 apps, has seen a lot of pickup over the last few months, with over 125,000 organizations now using it in one form or another. Maybe it’s no surprise, then, that the company today announced it is going all in on Teams as its core communications platform for the enterprise. Read More
In case you didn’t know, Microsoft is hosting its annual Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida this week and while a lot of the event focuses on the company’s productivity apps, it wouldn’t be a Microsoft event without lots of talk about the Azure cloud computing platform, too. Among the updates to Azure today are the launch of reserved instances and the integration of… Read More
Microsoft today announced a major expansion to its Microsoft 365 offerings. The idea behind Microsoft 365 is to provide a single integrated solution that combines subscriptions to Office 365, Windows 10 and (depending on the plan you choose) the Enterprise Mobility and Security suite into a single bundle with prices that start around $12.50 per month and employee for the most basic tier.… Read More
Unless you’re a regular Bing user, chances are you haven’t thought about Microsoft’s search engine all that much in recent years. While Microsoft has kept adding features to the service over time, its market share has remained pretty stable. At Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Orlando, however, Bing took center stage for a little while. Read More
Ignite is Microsoft’s main annual conference for bringing together its enterprise users and IT community. It’s no surprise then that security is one of the main topics at the event, with almost 150 sessions dedicated to the topic. And just as unsurprisingly, Microsoft is also using the event to announce a number of new security features, largely around its Microsoft 365 offerings.… Read More
Last year, Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, but even though the acquisition has long closed, Microsoft hasn’t yet done much with all of the data it gets from the social network. At its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, the company announced some first steps in integrating LinkedIn’s social graph with its Office products. Read More
Microsoft, just like many of its competitors, has gone all in on machine learning. That emphasis is on full display at the company’s Ignite conference this where, where the company today announced a number of new tools for developers who want to build new A.I. models and users who simply want to make use of these pre-existing models — either from their own teams or from Microsoft.… Read More
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