Weekly Cloud News Roundup: Standard Bank South Africa Chooses AWS; AdvaMed Responds to Congress

Weekly Cloud News Roundup: Standard Bank South Africa Chooses AWS; AdvaMed Responds to Congress

Each week we’ll bring you an overview of the latest news in cloud computing, cybersecurity and industrial IoT over the past seven days. This week we’re focused on Standard Bank choosing AWS and cybersecurity assessments. 

South Africa Sees Hive of Activity in Cloud Space

The Standard Bank Group yesterday announced it has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider. The move comes as SA is witnessing a hive of activity in the cloud services space. With AWS, Standard Bank expects to accelerate mass migration, drive digital transformation, and enhance security posture in the cloud.

Read more on how the SA business is now quickly ramping up cloud adoption.

AWS Pushes Forward on Cloud Security, Database and AI Initiatives

At the AWS Summit in Santa Clara on March 27, the public cloud provider announced several new services and capabilities, while reinforcing core elements of its platform growth including artificial intelligence and security. Among the new services is a concurrency service for the Redshift data warehouse, deep learning containers and the general availability of the App Mesh service mesh.

Across all aspects of the cloud however, AWS sees security as being a foundational element.

Insurance Brokerage Launches Cybersecurity Assessment Services

An insurance brokerage has launched an initiative to bring together some of the world’s biggest insurers for a collaboration on a cybersecurity product rating service. The plan, which illustrates the growing dangers of hacking, is meant to create an assessment system for the most viable cybersecurity defenses available to businesses. The potential benefits of the initiative could include fewer claims from hacking-related attacks.

Learn more about the Cyber Catalyst program.

AdvaMed Responds to Congressional Cybersecurity Inquiry

The medical device industry responded last week to a congressional inquiry into what steps the industry is taking to mitigate cybersecurity threats to medical devices. AdvaMed outlined five areas of focus to improve device cybersecurity. These include ensuring cybersecurity and security risk management is built into a device during development; and working with partners to coordinate strategies to tackle cybersecurity.

Read more on AdvaMed’s areas of focus for the improvement of cybersecurity.

Chinese Province’s Transport Upgrade Plans Will Make Use of Blockchain, IoT

Blockchain will be one of the technologies local Chinese authorities will leverage in an overhaul of local transport infrastructure. In addition to blockchain, new plans recently approved other disruptive tools such as big data and the Internet of Things (IoT), and are expected to be useful for implementation in the Jiangsu Province, north of Shanghai. These implementations aim to update both passenger and freight networks to reduce pollution and increase efficiency.

The changes belong to a multi-year project called the “Implementation Plan for the Promotion of Transportation Infrastructure Development”.

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