Editor’s note: There is a lot going on in the world of IT, from emerging technologies to digital transformation and new cybersecurity threats. However, we can’t possibly cover it all, so we’ll bring you this curated summary of IT and enterprise technology stories each week.
New AWS Security Features
Amazon this week announced two key new security features to its cloud offerings, including Malware Detection for Amazon EBS Volumes in Amazon GuardDuty and support for Kubernetes Workloads on Amazon EKS for Security Investigations. Both were announced during the company’s re:Inforce event in Boston. Read the respective blog posts to learn more about Amazon Guard Duty improvements and new Amazon Detective features.
Microsoft on ISS Threats
Microsoft published a lengthy blog about how attackers are increasingly leveraging Internet Information Services (ISS) extensions as covert backdoors into servers to hide deep in target environments and maintain persistence. The post from the company’s Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team details how IIS extensions work and how they are being leveraged by attackers as backdoors. The company also shares its observations on ISS threats over the last year to help IT and security professionals protect against this threat. Read Microsoft’s blog to learn more about ISS threats.
Microsoft releases Windows 10, 22H2, to Release Preview Channel
Microsoft has released the first preview build of Windows 10, 22H2, in the Release Preview Channel for Windows Insider Program for Business participants to validate on devices in their organizations. According to Microsoft, commercial devices configured for the Release Preview Channel via the Windows Insider Program Settings page or via Windows Update for Business policy, whether through Microsoft Intune or through Group Policy, will automatically be offered Windows 10, version 22H2 as an optional update. The Windows 10 update is also now available via Windows Server Update Service and Azure Marketplace. IT admins in those organizations can request free Microsoft support to help resolve issues with commercial-specific scenarios in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education.
The company is also making the build available to any Windows Insider in the Release Preview Channel via our “seeker” experience in Windows Update. This means Insiders currently in the Release Preview Channel can go to Settings and Windows Update and choose to download and install Windows 10, version 22H2. Once an Insider updates their PC to the new version, they will continue to automatically receive new servicing updates through Windows, the company says. Learn more about this process here.
Senate Passes CHIPS Act for U.S. Semiconductor Production
The U.S. Senate has passed the $52 billion CHIPS Act to subsidize domestic manufacturing of semiconductors, a move designed to stem the tide of the ongoing global chip shortage as a result of geopolitical tensions and a faster-than-anticipated economic recovery from the pandemic. With shortages in chips that power computers, televisions, cars and more, global supply chains have been strained. CNBC has a good write-up on the bill passage.
New Gmail Interface
Google is beginning to officially roll out the new integrated view for all Gmail users with Chat turned on. The new look Gmail includes the ability to select apps to toggle between, search chips to improve inbox searching, and more. Read Google’s blog to learn more about the new-look Gmail.