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AWS re:Invent Announcements
Amazon Web Services held its annual re:Invent conference this week in Las Vegas, and the cloud services provider made dozens of announcements of new products and services in data, security, AI, machine learning, cloud services and more.
These new offerings include, among others:
- Eight new Amazon SageMaker capabilities for better governance and visibility into machine-learning model performance.
- Five new database and analytics capabilities designed for faster and easier management and analysis of data at petabyte scale.
- AWS Supply Chain, a new cloud application designed to improve supply chain visibility and help mitigate risks, lower costs and improve customer experiences.
- AWS Clean Rooms, a new analytics service designed to help organizations easily and security analyze and collaborate on combined datasets without revealing underlying data.
- Three new EC2 instances powered by new AWS chips for better performance at lower costs.
- Amazon Security Lake, a new service that automatically centralizes an organization’s security data from cloud and om-premises sources into a purpose-built data lake.
- AWS SimSpace Weaver, a fully managed computer service designed to help customers build, operate and run large-scale spatial simulations.
- Amazon DataZone, a new data management service designed to make it easier to catalog, discover, share and govern data stroes across AWS< on-premises and third-party sources.
- Amazon Aurora zero-ETL integration with Amazon Redshift and Ramazon Redshift integration with Apache Spark.
- Five new Amazon QuickSight capabilities to help organizations streamline business intelligence operations.
Learn more about AWS’ announcements from re:Invent 2022.
CISA warns of Cuba ransomware
Nearly a year after first issuing an advisory, the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has issued a joint advisory with the FBI to educate organizations about the Cuba ransomware group and their known tactics.
The ransomware group, which CISA says does not appear to be affiliated with the country of the same name, first surfaced in December 2021. The number of U.S. organizations compromised by the group has doubled and the group has demanded over $145 million in ransom and has received over $60 million. Like other ransomware actors, they leverage bugs in commercial software, phishing attacks, compromised credentials and legitimate remote desktop protocol tools.
Read the advisory for more information.
LastPass notifies customers of new security incident
Password management company LastPass has notified all customers of a security incident within a third-party cloud storage service shared with affiliate GoTo. The malicious actor used information obtained from an August 2022 incident to gain access to some customer information, but the company maintains that password remain “safely encrypted due to LastPass’s Zero Knowledge architecture. .”
In the notice, CEO Karin Toubba did not say what information has been accessed, but LastPass said it has engaged cybersecurity firm Mandiant to determine the scope of the incident and is deploying enhanced security and monitoring capabilities across its infrastructure to help detect and prevent further activity.
Read the notice for more information.
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