Archive for November 3, 2020

OVHcloud Shows Strength Of Collective Approach With The Ecosystem Experience

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 3, 2020 by itnerd

OVHcloud, the leading European cloud provider with global reach today announces the gathering of the cloud community online for its 8th annual event: OVHcloud Ecosystem Experience. The virtual event brings together 150 speakers from all around the world, across 90 sessions, to propose a deep dive into the cloud ecosystem for 3 days and plans to welcome over 10, 000 guests.  

Each day includes a keynote address, with the format revamped to welcome both the OVHcloud leadership team and exclusive guests from several countries. These key sessions provide a focus on how the ecosystem can change the data game and propose a trusted, sustainable and performant alternative to the most hegemonic global players.

An ecosystem for more sovereignty over data

OVHcloud renews its commitment towards data sovereignty across the globe. Building on a matrix gathering over 3000 partnering companies, around four universes and dedicated programs such as Open Trusted Cloud and OVHcloud Marketplace, the European cloud leader invested massively to strengthen its technological and geographic footprint in 2020.  

With a stronger focus on its multi-local value, OVHcloud constantly reinforces its infrastructure to meet every regional specificity, freed from extraterritorial influence, wherever its 1.6 million customers are. The company also expanded its teams to effectively provide cloud users with local business and technical expertise.

As part of its constant engagement towards European strategic independence, OVHcloud also positions itself at the core of the GAIA-X framework to scale European values across the cloud industry and market worldwide. This commitment is also reinforced with large-scale innovative projects such as the strategic partnership entered with T-Systems, to co-build a unique sovereign platform on public cloud technologies. Last, the company steps up on its security roadmap to obtain key labels of trust such as SecNumCloud in France, AgID in Italy or C5 in Germany or join trusted frameworks such as G-Cloud in the United Kingdom.

An ecosystem to make a data revolution, in a sustainable way

Frugality and efficiency are core to OVHcloud’s sustainable track record for over 15 years.  Indeed, its vertically integrated model today is a key asset to reduce its footprint, while boosting its price leadership, by design. The company implemented water-cooling back in 2003, which results in a leading Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) range from 1.1 to 1.3 whilst the industry average is touching 2. Despite its choice of water systems, OVHcloud reaches a unique Water Usage Efficiency index of 0.2. 

The company steps up with an ambitious commitment overtime: reaching carbon neutrality with a pure renewable energy mix by 2025; moreover, OVHcloud plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. To do so, OVHcloud defines 5 key levers to deliver a strong sustainability agenda: monitoring, design, renewable energy, circular economy and ecosystem mobilization.. As part of this roadmap, OVHcloud initiated a partnership with the leading European technology research institute Inria, to enhance monitoring and transform it into a customer facing asset.

An ecosystem to disrupt the data world

Over the past few years, OVHcloud has been working to redesign its worldwide backbone network infrastructure and has built a system which can handle a global increase in traffic. On top of this brand-new scalable, power efficient, and resilient architecture, the global cloud leader has also rethought its ability to address a wider range of use cases with a core focus on resiliency and ability to scale.

Thanks to its brand new High-End ultra-performance infrastructure, OVHcloud takes on a new journey to improve, by combining best in classtechnologies to address specific enterprise-grade use cases, and even ready-to-use clusters of servers.

Also, to address growing storage and AI needs, OVHcloud has enriched its solutions catalog, by accelerating its storage roadmap with the recent acquisition of OpenIO and EXTEN technology, and by providing a complete AI toolbox with cutting-edge solutions. Thanks to this, businesses will be able to build their own AI-solution or consume turnkey AI-applications powered by the OVHcloud ecosystem, with fully transparent and predictable pricing.

OVHcloud AI Solutions will make selected partners’ AI technology tools and vertical solutions available to offer a seamless and unified customer experience. To do so, there will be a full integration of the partners tools and offerings in all the OVHcloud universes and across them. To this end, OVHcloud has selected 30 top European AI experts able to deliver and scale end-to-end solutions.

Numerous announcements will follow throughout the year.

Guest Post: LinkedIn Presents New Which Reveals How Far Canada’s Unemployed Are Willing To Go To Find Their Next Role

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 3, 2020 by itnerd

LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence Index for Canada – based on a poll of 2,957 members between September 9 and October 19 – found that workforce confidence scores have been trending down among unemployed jobseekers in recent months. And this group has reported concerning assessments of their financial status, with 43% describing their financial status as “only fair” and an additional 24% describing it as “poor.”

So, what lengths would unemployed active jobseekers go to in order to find a new role in this climate?

  • Some 81% of Canada’s unemployed job seekers said they are open to considering some form of pivot, whether it’s changing their career to work in a different industry or sector (73%) or working in a different role or job function (62%). Among them, those in a stronger financial position were more likely to say they were willing to work in a different industry (81% of those with “excellent” or “good” financial situations, versus 70% of those who describe their financial condition as “fair” or “poor”), but less likely to be willing to change roles (59% versus 65%).
  • Nearly a third of unemployed jobseekers (30%) said they would consider starting their own business or line of work, while 38% were willing to work as freelancers or independent contractors.
  • Education was also a popular tactic, with 46% open to returning to school part-time or taking online skills classes, and 14% saying they would even go back to school full-time.
  • Almost half (49%) were willing to take a step back of sorts, with 38% willing to accept a sizeable drop in income and 36% willing to take a sizeable reduction in seniority or title. Among those in more precarious financial positions, 41% were willing to accept the title or seniority change, compared with just 28% of those in better self-reported financial health.
  • Some 29% were willing to relocate within Canada to where jobs are available, while 13% were willing to relocate outside the country. 

For the full results, visit here

LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index is based on a quantitative online survey that is distributed to members via email every two weeks. Roughly 1,000+ Canada-based members respond each wave. Members are randomly sampled and must be opted into research to participate. Students, stay-at-home partners & retirees are excluded from analysis so we’re able to get an accurate representation of those currently active in the workforce. We analyze data in aggregate and will always respect member privacy.

Data is weighted by engagement level, to ensure fair representation of various activity levels on the platform. The results represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn’s membership; variances between LinkedIn’s membership & overall market population are not accounted for. Confidence index scores are calculated by assigning each respondent a score (-100, -50, 0, 50, 100) based on how much they agree or disagree with each of three statements, and then finding the composite average score across all statements. Scores are averaged across two waves of data collection to ensure an accurate trend reading. The three statements are: [Job Security] I feel confident about my ability to get or hold onto a job right now; [Finances] I feel confident about my ability to improve my financial situation in the next 6 months; [Career] I feel confident about my ability to progress in my career in the next year.

Neil Basu and Alexandra Gunther from LinkedIn Market Research contributed to this article.

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness With Antimalware Day 2020

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November 3, 2020 marks third anniversary of Antimalware Day, an annual campaign that honors the work done by researchers in the field of information security and in the broader technology industry. Antimalware Day aims to reinforce the importance of antimalware, so this year ESET is looking back at some of the most important malware types threatening internet users in 2020, to demonstrate how critical it is to continue the fight against malicious software.

The threat landscape has transformed rapidly in 2020, and we have seen a variety of new developments in malware. To gain an understanding of the threats facing internet users, ESET is taking a look at five malware types plaguing 2020, drawing on research from the year, including the recent Q3 2020 Threat Report:

  1. Malicious torrents: In September, ESET announced that it had uncovered a previously undocumented malware family, which was subsequently named KryptoCibule. The malware uses cryptominers and clipboard hijacking to steal cryptocoins and exfiltrates cryptocurrency-related files.
  2. Android threats: In terms of the Android threat landscape, malware in the ‘Hidden Apps’ category has dominated for three consecutive quarters in 2020. This threat consists of deceptive apps, commonly disguised as gaming or utility apps, which hide their icons after installation and display full-screen ads. 
  3. IoT threats: Often designed with little to no security in mind, Internet of Things (IoT) devices are easy pickings for attackers. By infesting IoT devices with malicious bots, attackers can enslave them into botnets that can be leveraged for large-scale attacks.
  4. Mac malware: In early 2020, the Kattana trading application for Mac computers was copied and trojanized, with cybercriminals inserting malware used to steal information such as browser cookies, cryptocurrency wallets and screen captures.
  5. Malicious emails: Malware distributed via email surged in the third quarter of 2020. The most prevalent detection in 2020 is of a Microsoft Office exploit.

For more information on 2020 malware trends, check out the ESET Q3 2020 Threat Report, which summarizes key statistics from ESET detection systems and notable examples of ESET’s cybersecurity research. Make sure to follow ESET research on Twitter for the latest news from ESET Research.