Google, Microsoft, and Amazon secured more than 5,000 previously unreported military contracts
Thursday, 9 July 2020, 00:36:32
Tech giants Google, Amazon and Microsoft, have secured more than 5,000 previously unreported contracts with the military, data published on Wednesday shows.
— Daily Mail Online
Microsoft neuters Office 365 account attacks that used clever ruse
Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 23:59:14
Businesses in 62 countries targeted in financial fraud scam.
— Ars Technica
Microsoft Teams’ new features to use AI and its smart assistant in video conferencing show it’s no longer just playing catch up with Zoom
Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 23:43:22
Microsoft Teams announced some new features Wednesday, including a new “together mode” that makes it look like people in the same room and an integration with its smart assistant Cortana. The new tools set Microsoft’s videoconferencing system apart from competitors like Zoom and Google Meet: “It really highlights Microsoft taking a leadership position in this market in a way that we haven’t really seen,” CCS analyst Angela Ashenden told Business Insider. Microsoft executive Jared Spataro, who runs Microsoft 365, said Microsoft has been looking closely at any gaps its services had, but that these new features push the market forward based on customer feedback. “Together mode” uses artificial intelligence segment people’s heads and shoulders and place them in the same shared background on a video call. It’s meant to reduce meeting fatigue and make people feel more connected. Click here for more BI Prime stories . Microsoft announced a handful of new features for its chat and collaboration app Teams on Wednesday that aim to make remote work less cumbersome and which show that it’s finally pushing the video conferencing market forward, according to an analyst, instead of just playing catch-up to competitor Zoom.
— Business Insider
A ‘staggering’ failure to adopt basic security habits led to 70% of companies storing data with Amazon, Microsoft, or other big cloud vendors getting hacked or exposing data last year, researchers say (MSFT, AMZN)
Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 23:36:01
70% of companies using big cloud computing vendors were hacked or exposed data last year, according to a new survey of more than 3,200 IT managers by UK cybersecurity company Sophos. 98% of companies have not turned on multi-factor authentication to their cloud accounts, the survey found— a stat researchers called “staggering.” The companies also often misconfigured their accounts with Microsoft, Amazon, and other big cloud providers, Sophos found. An increase in remote work makes cloud security more important, “so it’s worrisome that many organizations still don’t understand their responsibility,” the company said. Sophos recommends organizations assume their cloud assets will be hacked and continually monitor them. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories . A new survey of 3,200 IT managers found that 70% of companies storing data with Microsoft, Amazon and other big cloud vendors were hacked or leaked data last year – often because of basic security lapses. In one alarming data point, the survey shows 98% of companies failed to enabled multi-factor authentication on cloud accounts holding massive sets of sensitive data, in a simple security step many consumers take with their own email and social media accounts.
— Business Insider
Microsoft Teams adds ‘Together mode’ in massive update
Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 23:00:00
Microsoft today said that it’s shaking up online Teams video meetings with a new “Together mode” that places participants in a virtual auditorium. It’s all part of a redesigned Teams experience that capitalizes on some of the promises Microsoft has been making for years. There’s even a pair of Teams smart displays. On Wednesday, Microsoft said the company has spent much of the last few months rethinking the way in which video meetings were conducted. About 60 percent of those Microsoft surveyed said they felt less connected to their colleagues due to the coronavirus, so Microsoft’s new Teams update tries to make nonverbal communication a priority. To read this article in full, please click here