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Monthly Industry Roundup: Cloud Technology News from September 2021

By WatServ

September 30, 2021

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

Enable industrial device connectivity with thousands of partner-provided Azure IoT Plug and Play device profiles
September 21, 2021 | Tony Shakib, IoT Business Acceleration Leader, Microsoft Azure
When it comes to industrial IoT devices, many companies have traditionally struggled with connectivity implementation. That’s why Microsoft Azure has dramatically expanded its capabilities to support faster operational technology (OT) to cloud connectivity for up to 80% of all industrial equipment.

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Boost your network security with new updates to Azure Firewall
September 9, 2021 | Gopikrishna Kannan, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking
Microsoft announced updates to Azure Firewall, including Azure Firewall regional expansion, Premium SKU support for self-signed certificates, Secure Hub support for Availability Zones and the ability to deploy Azure Firewall without public IP in Forced Tunnel mode.

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Microsoft warns of a wide-scale phishing-as-a-service operation
September 22, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan
Microsoft has warned that the BulletProofLink operation is selling phishing kits that include email templates and assets mimicking major brands and services. Dubbed phishing-as-as-service, the scheme uses a subscription-based, software-as-a-service model, and also includes built-in site hosting, email delivery and credential theft.

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Russian ransomware group REvil back online after 2-month hiatus
September 9, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan
After disappearing for several months, following the high-profile attack on Kaseya, the operators behind the REvil ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) have made a surprise return. Although it’s unclear whether or not REvil is back in the game and launching new attacks, it emerged as the fifth most commonly reported ransomware strains in Q1 2021.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn share latest data and innovation for hybrid work
September 9, 2021 | Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Modern Work
A survey from LinkedIn found that 87% of people would prefer to stay remote at least half the time. At the same time, 81% of leaders are changing their workplace policies to offer greater flexibility. To support the shift to hybrid work, Microsoft has announced several innovations to Microsoft Teams Rooms, as well as new Teams features.

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