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Monthly Industry Roundup: Cloud Technology News from October 2021

By WatServ

October 27, 2021


Take the spook out of October!
October isn’t just about Halloween, it’s also #CyberSecurityAwareness month. Here are top stories from the month that will take the fright out of your IT strategy.

Empower your hybrid workforce today with Windows 11
October 4, 2021 | Wangui McKelvey, General Manager, Microsoft 365

On October 4, 2021, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows 11, a reimagined operating system for hybrid work that enhances productivity, collaboration and security. For organizations that want to leverage a cloud virtual desktop infrastructure, Windows 365 Enterprise and Azure Virtual Desktop support Windows 11 on any device.

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Empower an adaptive IT environment with Inside Azure for IT
October 18, 2021 | Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President, Azure Core, Microsoft

Microsoft has launched the second episode of “Inside Azure for IT”, an online technical skills resource designed for cloud professionals to enhance their operations with Azure. This episode focuses on ways to update IT processes to support employees working from home or the office, using best practices for Microsoft 365 and Azure.

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Over 30 Countries Pledge to Fight Ransomware Attacks in US-led Global Meeting
October 18, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan, The Hacker News

After ransomware payments topped nearly $500 million globally in the last two years alone, representatives from the US, Canada, the EU and over 30 other countries came together to discuss how to mitigate risks and strengthen the financial system. Many countries have acknowledged that ransomware poses a significant risk to critical infrastructure, essential services, public safety and economic prosperity.

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Hackers Set Up Fake Company to Get IT Experts to Launch Ransomware Attacks
October 18, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan, The Hacker News

The FIN7 cybercrime group has set up another fake IT company, claiming to offer penetration testing services to customers, likely in lead-up for what was planned to be a ransomware scheme. FIN7 is known for attacking US businesses to infect POS systems with malware that harvests credit and debit card numbers.

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Empowering cloud sustainability with the Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard
October 13, 2021 | Kees Hertogh, General Manager, Global Industry Product Marketing, Microsoft

Are you concerned about your cloud service’s impact on the environment? Now you can use the Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard to understand, track, report, analyze and reduce carbon emissions associated with your Microsoft cloud usage.

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Have a happy and safe Halloween! 

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