Microsoft hopes to strengthen cloud security with latest acquisition

Microsoft has acquired security company Adallom in a bid to give IT departments more control over application access and data stored across cloud services.

The growing popularity of cloud services and the move of critical apps from in-house data centers is putting pressure on vendors to offer more advanced management tools. With the acquisition of Adallom, Microsoft is addressing the security part of that puzzle.

The financial details of the deal were not announced.

Adallom expands on Microsoft’s existing identity offerings, among other things adding a cloud access security broker, to give customers visibility and control over application access as well as critical data stored across cloud services, Microsoft said in a blog post on Tuesday.

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IDG Contributor Network: The dangers of cramming for your PCI test

I am currently working with a tier 1 PCI company, assisting it with various compliance tasks. As part of the project, I am simultaneously preparing it for its annual PCI audit, responding to audits by other organizations for which the company is a key third party, and reviewing organizations that are its key third parties. It seems that with the focus on PCI compliance these days, everyone is auditing everyone else. Despite this, we don’t seem to be reducing the number of credit card breaches, or actually making organizations more secure. 

According to the Verizon 2015 PCI Compliance Report, the number of security incidents is still growing, and at a significant rate –- 66% per year. The same report demonstrates that despite all of the PCI audits happening, most companies are still missing the mark, with 80% failing their interim assessments. Verizon concludes from this that organizations “failed to sustain the security controls they put in place.” 

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Fujitsu’s small 20Gbps receiver could transfer huge files instantly

Fujitsu has developed a wireless communications receiver that can transfer data at a rate of around 20 gigabits per second while being small enough to fit in a smartphone. 

The component would allow mobile devices to transfer 4K or 8K videos almost instantly. 8K is a new video format with 16 times the resolution of today’s high-definition TVs. 

Fujitsu is calling it the world’s first compact 300GHz receiver with that level of high-speed wireless communications. 

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Apple wants to give you convenience and civil rights

AI the Apple way

Reuters has confirmed previous analysis suggesting Apple is developing artificial intelligence to make its products more useful while maintaining user privacy.

From Reuters: “Apple has ramped up its hiring of artificial intelligence experts, recruiting from PhD programs, posting dozens of job listings and greatly increasing the size of its AI staff, a review of hiring sites suggests and numerous sources confirm.”

In latter paragraphs the report describes Apple as seeking “at least” 86 more AI experts to help it develop machine learning solutions, searching for employees with relevant PhD skills.

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