1. Microsoft today launched Azure Sentinel, a cloud security service to manage enterprise threat detection and analysis. This pre-RSA launch reveals Microsoft's new cloud-based SIEM (security information and event management) aims to reduce "alert fatigue" by giving customers the ability to see and respond to security alerts and threats across their networks. In a briefing, Ann Johnson, corporate vice president for cybersecurity solutions at Microsoft, claimed that with Azure Sentinel customers will be able to automate "80 percent of the most common tasks defenders spend their time on today.” --GEEKWIRE
2. The FTC fined TikTok for $5.7 million for violating US children’s privacy laws. The company reportedly collected personal information for users under the age of 13 without parental consent, so organizations will want to double-check that their data collection is in line. The Chinese short-form video app has been downloaded one billion times across Android and iOS, and TikTok was downloaded more times than Instagram in 2018.--TECHCRUNCH
3. Celebrity endorsement budgets take a back seat to the influencer PR market, expected hit $5-$10 billion dollars in five years. Digital marketing agency AccuraCast analyzed 60 million influencer touchpoints across YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to conclude that micro influencers (10K to 99,999 followers or subscribers) demonstrate better ROI for enterprise marketers. Interestingly, LinkedIn was found to be the 'anti-influencer' network. --ZDNET
4. Researchers have shown a successful proof-of-concept attack on IBM Softlayer, called Cloudborne. In a new published case study researchers acquired a "bare metal" device, made a small change, sent it back to IBM for reclamation, then reacquired the same device from a different user account "to see if Cloudborne survived the reclamation process." It did. Meanwhile, an unaware Jim Comfort, general manager for IBM Hybrid Cloud, spoke with InformationWeek about how his company aims to help enterprise take advantage of the cloud, the evolution of Kubernetes, and the pending acquisition of Red Hat. --ECLYPSIUM
5. Telecom industry leaders and policy chiefs in Europe say a blanket Huawei ban could delay next-gen 5G connections by years. Brushing off US calls to ban Chinese vendors, the world’s second-largest mobile operator Vodafone and European Commission officials at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona urged a cautious response to the US push. --REUTERS
6. Like enterprise CIOs and CTOs, city technology leaders are focused on efficiencies and specific outcomes. They may also share the curse of working with legacy tech, as many cities are apparently stuck with software from the 1980s. Still, CIOs take note: City of Oakland CIO Andrew Peterson is pursuing a smart city strategy by first making a difference for the underserved. --INFORMATIONWEEK
7. The #MeToo movement increased recruiting in the tech sector. Yet more women than men are leaving their jobs because of a negative environment. There's a case to be made that hiring and retaining women at all levels requires more than a program. --CIO
8. Altify announced a new category of enterprise software that promises a way to get more value out of your org's commercial relationships. Salesforce partner Altify is promoting its new Spring ’19 release by pitching revenue as the end reward. --EWEEK
9. There's now a top-ten for container tools. RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report from Flexera surveyed 786 employees to determine their organizations' cloud usage. They identified 10 container tools as 2019's most popular, with Docker at #1 and Kubernetes at #2. --TECHREPUBLIC
10. A survey of technology firm clients (mostly c-suite) found 48% think blockchain will change business practices. Are they nuts? Either way, 41% percent of respondents said they're "likely" or "very likely" to implement blockchain during the same timeframe. --COMPUTERWORLD
This newsletter is curated and authored by author and reporter Violet Blue, who covers security and privacy for outlets ranging from CBS News and CNET to Financial Times and ZDNet. Ms. Blue has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, she writes the Engadget column "Bad Password," and she is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet is on the Advisory Board for privacy nonprofit Without My Consent and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Find her sharing thoughts on Twitter @violetblue.
Editing team: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).