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Data privacy and the changes enterprises need to be ready for [Q&A]

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It has been estimated that there are some 43 zetabytes of data stored by enterprises today that are inaccessible and not commercialized due to privacy concerns, operational complexity and regulations.

With the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) becoming fully operational on January 1 2023 and other legislation in place or coming around the world, the need for businesses to find new data accessibility methods that are compliance-friendly is very real.

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3 predictions that will shape the open source landscape in 2023

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Digital transformation remains a highly important topic for enterprises that keeps evolving. With ongoing economic uncertainties, like rising inflation, market turbulence, and the energy and cost of living crisis, businesses are realizing they must do more with less over the coming year. 

Organizations are gearing towards technologies that can enable their systems and processes to support each other seamlessly and enable them to drive efficiencies. In particular, they are turning to open source technologies to improve connectivity, observability and security in their ever-growing tech stacks. 

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Next wave of digital transformation: What should you know?

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We’re all witnessing how the second wave of digital transformation (DT) or the so-called "digital transformation v2.0" is gaining steam. How does it differ from the primary version and what should you expect from it? How can it impact your digital strategy and what top priorities should you focus on?

91 percent of organizations have already implemented at least some digital initiatives, while the global spending on DT has passed a 1.5 trillion threshold and is predicted to reach 2.8 trillion by 2025. Sooner or later, every business that wants to survive the competition will face this next wave of digital transformation inevitably. What is it like and how to prepare for it to get transformed painlessly? Let’s get your ducks in a row so that you’re ready for the next step in your DT journey.

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Insecure and inaccessible code can hinder investment in connected vehicles and limit innovation

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Automakers are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) in a bid to create more personalized user experiences in connected vehicles. In March 2022, Google’s Waymo revealed driverless ride-hailing services were soon to be offered in cities such as San Francisco -- highlighting how the use of AI technology has increased as a result of companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and others entering the automobile market.

It's clear that manufacturers are seeking to deliver the best possible user experience (UX), but vehicle safety and regulation needs to be carefully examined. And as this technology is more widely adopted, software developers will eventually be seen as the new mechanics.

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Best Windows apps this week

Five-hundred-and-eighteen in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.

Microsoft confirmed a new Remote Desktop connection issue this week that is affecting Enterprise and business customers for the most part. Microsoft did adjust the safeguard hold for devices with certain games or apps, so that more devices may be able to upgrade to Windows 11 2022 Update.

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Digital transformation needs culture change as well as tech

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Prioritizing culture, alongside technology change, can lead to significant increases in revenue according to new research from Telstra.

The study finds that 85 percent of senior technology decision-makers in the UK believe that technology implementation is an empowering force when it comes to employees delivering value for their organizations. But it can be used as a tool to both reinforce (77 percent) and change (82 percent) culture within the organization too.

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Plugable launches USBC-6950PDZ USB-C Dual HDMI Mini Docking Station

There are so many docks and docking stations nowadays, that it can be hard to get excited about them. Look, I get it, they all pretty much do the same thing -- turn your laptop into a desktop while also charging it. The thing is, not all of them are created equally. In fact, some are much better than others.

With all of that said, today, trusted manufacturer Plugable launches an all-new USB-C docking station. Called "USBC-6950PDZ," the dock comes with all the ports that you'd expect, but in a conveniently small body. It can easily fit inside your bag when traveling.

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Is coding as hard as it seems?

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We have Hollywood movies to thank for the public's somewhat warped perception of coding. We're all too familiar with the bespectacled-super-genius-furiously-typing-as-sleek-but-meaningless-graphics-rotate-on-a-screen trope.

In reality, using code is less of a HIIT workout for the fingers and more scouring Stack Overflow to figure out why your program isn't working. Coding gets a bit of a bad rap -- it's often considered complicated to understand and even harder to get into. But while there are certainly challenges to coding and software development, it can also be a highly rewarding skill to learn.

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All you need to know about SASE and SSE but never dared ask [Q&A]

The cybersecurity industry loves a good acronym and in recent times SASE and SSE have been among the ones to grab popular attention.

But in many cases a number of disparate technologies have been patched together to fulfill the promise of a unified solution for securing and accessing the service edge. Often this has occurred through company acquisitions.

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Microsoft makes it easier for gamers to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2

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There have been numerous compatibility holds put in place that have prevented large swathes of people from upgrading to Windows 11 2022 Update. One of the more recent blocks affected gamers, with Microsoft standing in the way of upgrades because of impaired game performance under Windows 11 22H2.

But now Microsoft has lifted the safeguard holding, meaning that more gamers are able to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 11. Sadly it is not good news for everyone, as the block has only been partially lifted.

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Red, purple and blue -- security teams keeping the hackers at bay

Regardless of how much money is spent on cybersecurity, the likelihood of getting hacked, is steadily increasing. The threat landscape is constantly evolving with new ransomware and extortion attacks being reported daily, in addition to adversarial nation states stealing personal information and intellectual property for nefarious purposes.

The reasons are manifold and complex. IT infrastructures are becoming increasingly more complicated, with new software development programs that introduce new vulnerabilities. Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated and better organized, with new advanced persistent threats (APTs) continually being discovered. Compounded by state-sponsored cyber espionage seeking anything that can be used for economic or political advantage.

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Distributed Denial of Service attack: Prevention and best practices

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As one of the easiest attacks to launch and often devastatingly effective, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is one of the most common threats in today’s cybersecurity landscape. In simple terms, a DDoS attack seeks to disrupt a target’s connectivity or user services by flooding its network with an overwhelming volume of fraudulent traffic, typically through a botnet.

The damage from a DDoS attack can be devastating. In one recent survey, 98 percent of respondents reported costs of more than $100,000 for each hour of downtime, while over one-third estimated costs in excess of $1 million. The average DDoS attack causes $218,000 in direct damage (around £179,601), in addition to any accompanying extortion, data theft, business disruption, or harm to the victim’s reputation and business and customer relationships. 

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MINISFORUM unveils NAD9 mini desktop PC

The Thanksgiving holiday is today, and I am thankful for many things this year, such as my health, family, and friends. As a self-proclaimed tech nerd, however, I would be remiss not to mention something technology-related I am thankful for. While there are many devices that bring me joy, one of my favorite things is the mini PC. For whatever reason, I just love seeing a lot of computing power crammed into a small chassis. It feels magical.

Speaking of mini PCs, today, MINISFORUM unveils its latest. Called "NAD9," this diminutive Windows 11 Pro computer is powered by an impressive 12th-gen Intel Core i9-12900H processor and can be ordered with up to 32GB of RAM (it supports up to 64GB). For storage, you can opt for either a 512GB or 1TB SSD. You can also order a barebones kit that comes without RAM, storage, or an operating system.

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Encrypted attacks breach 70 percent of organizations

New research from Vectra AI finds 70 percent of organizations have fallen victim to an attack that used encrypted traffic to avoid detection, and 45 percent admit they've been victims more than once.

It's concerning that 66 percent say they don't have visibility into all their encrypted traffic, leaving them highly vulnerable to further encrypted attacks.

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More than half of organizations are using Kubernetes in their day-to-day operations

New research into the adoption of Kubernetes finds 51 percent of cloud developers are using Kubernetes and containers in their daily operations, and 57 percent have seen an increase in the number of Kubernetes clusters running within their organization over the last year.

The survey of 1,000 cloud developers by Civo finds the most common benefits cited for Kubernetes are its ease for scaling of work and for management of containers, named by 36 percent and 35 percent of respondents citing respectively.

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