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Data Privacy Framework Agreed to by U.S. and EU

A new "Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework" was agreed to "in principle," as announced on Friday by the European Commission and the Biden White House.

Microsoft Bringing Search Highlights Feature to Windows 10 and Windows 11 Users

Microsoft announced this week that it has already started a phased rollout of its new "search highlights" feature for Windows 10 users, which also will be coming shortly to Windows 11 users.

Arrests Made Against Lapsus Hacking Group

Seven individuals connected with the Lapsus$ hacking group, including the suspected ringleader, were arrested on Thursday in the surrounding areas of London.

Windows Update for Business Deployment Service To Get Gradual Rollouts Feature

Microsoft is continuing to add capabilities to its budding Windows Update for Business Deployment Service, introducing a "gradual rollouts" capability this week.

Microsoft Expanding Cybersecurity Worker Shortage Initiative

In three years there will be 3.5 million vacant cybersecurity jobs across the globe. And that's going to lead to real problems in addressing the growing threat landscape, according to Microsoft.

366 Okta Customers Affected by Lapsus Attack

Okta issued a follow-up statement on Wednesday regarding an attack by the Lapsus$ group, indicating that 366 of its customers (about 2.5 percent) at maximum may have been affected.

Okta Confirms Lapsus$ Attack, While Microsoft Investigates Breach Claim

Identity services provider Okta on Tuesday stated that its service wasn't breached by Lapsus$ attackers, although the account of a third-party support engineer working with Okta did get hacked back in January.

U.S. Infrastructure Operators Urged To Harden Security Immediately

The Biden White House this week warned that U.S. "critical infrastructure" operators should "harden their cyberdefenses immediately" against possible Russian attacks.

Microsoft Enabling Mobile Phone Identities with Teams in Coming Operator Connect Mobile Service

Microsoft last week introduced Operator Connect Mobile, a new capability to come that promises to make Teams calls and mobile phone connections more seamless.

Microsoft Previews Delaying Brute-Force NTLM Logon Guesses in Windows Server

Microsoft this week announced a preview of its next Windows Server ("VNext") enhancements, which includes a new approach for deterring brute-force attempts to guess system passwords and gain network access.

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Microsoft Releasing Preview of Teams Connect Shared Channels This Month

Microsoft is planning to release a preview of Teams Connect shared channels at the end of this month, which aims to ease collaborations with external parties, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Microsoft Launches Patient Data Management Platform

Microsoft this week announced the general availability of Azure Health Data Services, a platform for managing and analyzing various forms of patient data.

Microsoft Report Advises Orgs To Support Flexible Work Trends

Microsoft on Wednesday released its latest "Work Trend Index" report, which supports the remote-work trends of the last couple of years.

Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera Now Commercially Released

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera is now commercially available.

Microsoft Announces Teams Telemedicine Features for Health Care Workers

Microsoft is bringing a few new features to Teams aimed at improving how health care workers interact and communicate with patients.

Misconfigured Multifactor Authentication Subject to Russian Attackers

Organizations should not only use multifactor authentication (MFA), but they should also ensure that it's not misconfigured to ward off possible Russian state-sponsored attacks.

IT Hardware Spending Persists Despite Cloud Competition

Hardware still accounted for about almost a third (30 percent) of IT spending in 2021, despite the general cloud market pull, according to a newly published study.

Azure Stack Edge Pro 2 Commercially Released by Microsoft

Microsoft this week announced the "general availability" commercial release of Azure Stack Edge Pro 2, which expands network edge data processing options for organizations.

Microsoft's Commitment To Addressing the Gender Gap in Cybersecurity

Women accounted for just 25 percent of the global cybersecurity force in 2021, according to Microsoft.

Cloud Report: Microsoft Azure Usage Surpasses AWS

Microsoft's Azure continues to gain popularity on Amazon's cloud, according to the Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud Report, the 11th annual survey-based project from the specialist in SaaS-based IT management solutions.