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 Week in IT, a curated summary of IT and enterprise technology news stories each week.
Microsoft to cut 10,000 jobs
Microsoft is reducing its workforce by 10,000 jobs through the end of the third quarter, representing less than 5% of its total employee base.
In a blog, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella writes that the company is eliminating roles in some areas but will continue to hire in other key strategic areas. The cuts result in a $1.2 billion charge in the second quarter due to severance costs, changes to the company’s hardware portfolio and the cost of lease consolidation.
According to The Verge, the immediate cuts made this week affect employees working on HoloLens and Microsoft Edge, as well as marketing teams and at 343 Industries and Bethesda.
NSA Publishes IPv6 Security Guidance
The U.S. National Security Agency has published guidance to help system administrators at the Department of Defense and other agencies to identity and mitigate security issues associated with transitioning to IPv6.
The document, “IPv6 Security Guidance,” highlights how several security issues can impact network that are new to IPv6 or in early phases of the transition. The agency says networks new to IPv6 lack maturity in configurations and tools. Dual-stacked networks, which run on IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously, have an increased attack surface.
“The Department of Defense will incrementally transition from IPv4 to IPv6 over the next few years and many DoD networks will be dual-stacked,” says Neal Ziring, NSA Cybersecurity Technical Director. “It’s important that DoD system admins use this guidance to identify and mitigate potential security issues as they roll out IPv6 support in their networks.”
While the guidance is designed for the Department of Defense and government agencies, the corporate sector can also find it useful.
Apple has announced the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro featuring M2 Pro and M2 Max, Apple’s next-generation pro silicon designed to provide more power-efficient performance and battery life to professsional users.
The new MacBooks also support Wi-Fi 6E, which Apple says is up to twice as fast as the previous generation. IN addition, the devices support 8K displays up to 60Hz and 4K displays up to 240Hz.
Google Meet, Zoom Interoperability
Google is introducing videoconferencing device interoperability for Google Meet with Zoom, which allows users to join Zoom Meetings from Google Meet hardware devices and join Google Meet meetings rom Zoom Rooms.
The built-in interoperability was announced in October 2022, and the capability is now rolling out.