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Monthly Industry Roundup: Cloud Technology News from February 2021

By WatServ

February 26, 2021

Here is a list of our top cloud technology news stories from the industry.

Azure Firewall Premium now in preview
February 16, 2021 | Eliran Azulai, Principal Program Manager

This month, Microsoft announced the preview release of Azure Firewall Premium. This provides next-gen firewall capabilities that are needed for highly sensitive and regulated environments. New features provided in this preview include TLS Inspection, IDPS, Web Categories and URL Filtering.

Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack
February 11, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan

On February 5, a breach occurred at a water treatment facility in Florida, where attackers briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide in drinking water using a system that allows for remote access. Though the intrusion was quickly detected and reversed, new details have emerged showing there was a lack of adequate security measures in place to protect the facility’s critical infrastructure.

Azure DDoS Protection – 2020 year in review
February 4, 2021 | Alethea Toh, Program Manager, Azure Networking

In 2020, the prevalence of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks grew by more than 50%, along with a significant increase in complexity and volume of DDoS traffic. This comes at a time that many people are working and learning from home, making it one of today’s largest security concerns.

SolarWinds Hack Was ‘Largest and Most Sophisticated Attack’ Ever, Microsoft President Says
February 15, 2021

In a recent report, Microsoft Corp President Brad Smith cited the SolarWinds breach as the “largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen”. Cybersecurity experts anticipate it could take months to fully identify compromised systems and that the attack may have affected up to 18,000 SolarWinds customers.

Customers unify hybrid and multicloud IT operations with Azure Arc
February 17, 2021 | Vijay Kumar, Director, Windows Server and Azure Product Marketing

Microsoft Azure Arc is a set of technologies that unlocks new on-premises, hybrid and multicloud scenarios for customers by extending Azure services and management to any infrastructure. Many organizations use it to achieve new business value.

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