News Roundup: Week of Sep 7, 2020

by | 10 Sep 2020

DOD Doubles Down on Microsoft for JEDI Contract

According to an article from Yahoo! Finance, despite continued protest from Amazon Web Services, the US Defense Department “has completed a comprehensive review” of JEDI proposals and “determined that Microsoft’s offering continues to represent the best value to the government. It has been determined that Microsoft will be unable to begin fulfilling this contract immediately due to Amazon’s lawsuit filed “to challenge the contract process.”

Beware of Voice Phishers

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, KrebsonSecurity reports hybrid phishing attacks targeting work-at-home employees. In an effort to trick them into “giving away credentials needed to remotely access their employers’ networks,” these attacks come in the form of “a combination of one-on-one phone calls and custom phishing sites.” KrebsonSecurity warns that these attacks are targeted at new hires and that domains used for these phishing sites often invoke the company’s name.

SASE and Zero Trust can Secure and Future-Proof your Remote Workforce Solution

Many journalists and experts in the cloud security industry agree that a Zero-Trust and SASE approach to network security for your remote workforce is more important than ever. An article from Threatpost suggests that a Zero Trust policy will reduce the attack surface of your remote working solution. In the face of the ever-evolving COVID-19 epidemic and its ramifications on future working environments, committing to a SASE approach (outlined both in this article and in a Networkworld article) will help provide IT staff with “full control and visibility over every user’s access throughout the organization’s networks and applications.” A SASE approach to network security is a decision that can help you secure your network now and for the future.

Verizon’s 5G Development Continues with Virtualized Cloud Security Hardware reported recently that “Communications giant Verizon has revealed that a series of trials carried out by its network security engineers have proven successful in protecting its 5G infrastructure against security threats and in advancing security measures to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Verizon’s 5G network.” Verizon appears to be solving the latency and vulnerability issues presented by introducing security hardware for “virtualizing many of these functions and moving them to the cloud.” This virtualized approach will be coupled with AI-powered network accelerators in order to reduce operational costs and increase efficiency.

Navy Looking for Cloud Solution to Ship-Mounted Network-Centric Naval Warfare

According to MeriTalk, “The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is seeking industry input as it looks to invest in ship-mounted cloud computing infrastructure as part of the Navy’s broader future strategy for network-centric naval warfare.” The Navy has stated that the plan is to leverage “edge cloud architecture using IaaS” to create a continuous development and computing infrastructure refresh cycle.