‘Firms have limited awareness of cloud native security’

06 May 2022

UK organisations have limited awareness of cloud-native security despite considering cloud-native application security a critical priority, according to cloud-native security firm Aqua Security. A survey, conducted at Cloud Expo Europe in March 2022, found that 49% of the over 100 cloud professionals polled said their limited understanding of the risks and lack of know-how was among the highest concerns relating to cloudnative security. It also discovered that less than a third of respondents (32.7%) consider cloud misconfigurations to be their biggest security concern. Among others considered riskier were malware attacks (54%), social engineering and phishing attacks (56.7%) and insider threats (32.9%). “As more applications are built and run in the cloud, it’s no surprise we’re seeing threat actors shift their focus to target cloud-native environments,” said Paul Calatayud, CISO at Aqua Security.

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STL launches end-to-end 5G enterprise solution

06 May 2022

STL, an integrator of digital networks, launched what it claims to be the first end-to-end 5G enterprise solution to address the growing demand for private 5G enterprise connectivity for campus, industrial and venue applications. This 5G Enterprise solution will comprise Garuda, STL’s O-RAN 5G indoor/ outdoor small cells, CYRUS, open distributed unit and centralised unit from ASOCS and VMware edge compute stack as the virtualisation layer and cloud management. STL’s Garuda small cell radio is designed for small, medium and large enterprises, supporting more than 30 concurrent user devices per radio. “Enterprises will now be able to leverage a robust, secure 5G network that is easy to scale and upgrade and drives greater levels of service efficiency,” said Chris Rice, chief executive officer, access solutions, STL.

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VMware offers fully managed storageas-a-service

06 May 2022

VMware is rolling out the technology it uses for its cloud disaster recovery service and selling it as a cloud storage service. Cloud Flex Storage is a cloud-native offering that is fully managed by VMware and delivered with pay-as-you-go pricing on the VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. Customers can provision the storage quickly in the VMware Cloud Services Console without adding hosts and adjust their storage capacity as needed. “This is about scalability and elasticity with scaling disaggregated so you don’t have to add more hosts to get more storage capacity,” said Mark Chuang, head of product marketing for cloud storage and data.

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UK gov offers £5bn under G-Cloud 13 framework

06 May 2022

The UK government is launching a set of deals for cloud services and software which could be worth up to £5bn, under the auspices of G-Cloud 13. The Crown Commercial Services (CCS) – a central government procurement body – has launched the tender for a range of technologies under the eponymous computing model. The contracting authority, a special unit within the Cabinet Office, has published two procurement notices which describe a framework agreement for G-Cloud services, an arrangement within which providers can offer services under a fixed set of prices and pre-conditions. The framework is divided into lots covering cloud hosting (£750m), cloud software (£750m) and cloud support (£2.5bn), according to a tender notice. Setup, migration, and security is advertised under a different notice and worth up to £1bn.

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