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Monthly Industry Roundup: Cloud Technology News from July 2021

By WatServ

July 29, 2021

Here is a list of our top cloud technology news stories from the industry in July 2021.

SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 End of Support

Know your options for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 End of Support 
July 14, 2021 | Debbie Lyons & Vijay Kumar, Microsoft 

With the End of Extended Support approaching for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012, and 2012 R2, Microsoft has announced new options and benefits that give customers more flexibility and choice while modernizing their IT estate. These benefits include extended security updates when migrating to Azure. 

Enhance your cloud skills and accelerate digital transformation with Inside Azure for IT 
July 12, 2021 | Erin Chapple Corporate Vice President, Azure Core, Microsoft 

Microsoft has introduced “Inside Azure for IT”, a new online technical skilling program with resources for cloud professionals of all skill levels. The program is designed to help professionals stay current on Azure best practices so they can transform their IT operations and drive innovation. 

Privileged Identity Management with Azure Lighthouse enables Zero Trust 
July 8, 2021 | Brendan Burns Corporate Vice President, Azure Compute, Microsoft 

Microsoft announced the preview of its Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management (Azure AD PIM) integration with Azure Lighthouse. This advances the journey towards Zero Trust and least privilege access – at a time when cybersecurity attacks have reminded us of the interconnectedness of the digital world and the need to secure digital assets. 

REvil Ransomware Gang Mysteriously Disappears After High-Profile Attacks 
July 14, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan 

REvil, the infamous ransomware cartel behind some of the biggest cyberattacks, has disappeared from the dark web. This has led to speculations that the criminal enterprise may have been taken offline, possibly by law enforcement action. 

Law Firm to the Fortune 500 Breached with Ransomware 
July 20, 2021 | Lisa Vaas 

The US law firm Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, P.C., shared that it suffered a ransomware attack in February and is now dealing with the data-breach fallout. The firm’s clients include a long list of Fortune 500 companies like Apple, Boeing, British Airways, Chrysler, Exxon Mobil, Fisher-Price, Ford, Honda, IBM, Jaguar, Monsanto, Toyota and US Airways. No ransomware group has yet claimed responsibility. 

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