Inside CTO/CIO - March 19th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Mar 19th, 2019)

Slack launched EKM, IBM Blockchain World Wire, AWS takes Elastisearch heat

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1. Slack released Enterprise Key Management (EKM) for its Enterprise Grid customers. The new tool lets enterprise orgs control their encryption keys, which are controlled in Amazon Web Services KMS key management. Strangely, there are no plans for end-to-end encryption, which AWS rivals Cisco Webex and Symphony already provide. --TECHCRUNCH

2. IBM announced its new global blockchain-based payments network, called Blockchain World Wire. It is a near real-time network for cross-border payment exchange and international settlement based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) for regulated financial firms. At present, Blockchain World Wire can transfer funds to over 50 countries with 47 digital coins backed by fiat currencies. --COMPUTERWORLD

3. Nvidia unveiled its RTX and T4-based hardware and cloud instances. Nvidia's new iteration of workstations has a reference image sporting dual Quadro RTX GPUs, and is targeted toward data scientists and machine learning aficionados. The double-Quadro design will deliver 260 teraflops and 96GB of memory via use of NVLink. So far, Dell, Lenovo, and HP have all signed up to be first in line for the new workstations. Nvidia announced in detail Monday that its T4 GPUs are coming to Amazon Web Services. --ZDNET

4. AWS is being slammed for its contributions to open source project Elasticsearch. When AWS said it was going to contribute, Elastic (the company behind Elasticsearch) responded by accusing Amazon of copying code, inserting bugs, and "engaging with the company under false pretenses." AWS is widely-perceived as "kneecapping" open source projects, turning them into profitable cloud services without adding anything back. --TECH REPUBLIC

5. Microsoft says Teams is now used by 500K organizations, including 91 of the Fortune 100. To celebrate turning two years old this week, the company is rolling out eight new features, such as Microsoft Whiteboard, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in chats and conversations, live events, Intelligent Capture, secure private channels, and more. --VENTURE BEAT

6. MySpace lost 13 years of user data after allegedly botching a server migration. The company said most photos, songs, and videos uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 are gone forever. The loss happened sometime last year, though MySpace only now admitted it publicly. --ENGADGET

7. Universal Music Group (UMG) named Dan Morales CIO. He'll be sparheading streaming data insights for the music company's global technology platforms. He leaves his CIO role at eBay where he is credited with "transforming eBay Inc.'s technology infrastructure." --CIO DIVE

8. Conclusion from RSAC USA 2019: vuln disclosure is a mess, despite broad adoption. An expert panel compared notes on vulnerability disclosures across various companies and industries, discussing tips for a roadmap in hopes of navigating today's disclosure minefield. --SYMANTEC

9. CIOs and CTOs should plan a personal exit strategy long before their last day. Succession plans are second nature for IT leaders, but leaving well requires different thinking. CIO has interesting tips on how to exit on a high note and uplift your personal brand at the same time. --CIO MAGAZINE

10. Some cybersecurity vendors use lies and blackmail to connect with C-suite executives. This isn't a surprise to some of us, but CNBC talked to cybersecurity executives at various Fortune 500 companies about vendor tactics, who said some threatened bad PR if the exec ignored the vendor’s pitch. --CNBC

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 (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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