A British tech researcher, who quit working as a security threat analyst with Microsoft a few months back, has called on his former employer to act speedily to remove links to ransomware on its Office365 platform.

New private cloud deployment option offers customers greater choice, scalability, and reliability

COMPANY NEWS:  The Auth0 Identity Platform, a product unit within Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA), today announced the launch of the Auth0 Identity Platform on Microsoft Azure. The launch gives customers the ability to choose Azure as their cloud deployment option from Auth0. The addition of Azure as an Auth0 private cloud platform option unlocks a secure cloud deployment option for organisations seeking strategic fit with their technology stack, supporting regional data residency capabilities and higher control over customer data.

Commerce platform Shopify launches its first ERP program in partnership with Microsoft and Oracle to offer tools and insights required to easily manage and readjust the operations of retail and e-commerce businesses.

COMPANY NEWS: Open source software company Instaclustr wins the ACT Exporter of the Year Award for the Advanced Technologies category.

A newspaper in St Louis, Missouri, which discovered that the social security numbers of school teachers, administrators and counsellors across the state were publicly exposed and informed the authorities, has been threatened with unspecified action by the state's governor.

Macquarie Health Corporation, which reported on 7 October that it had been affected by a "cyber incident" — a Windows ransomware attack — says it is making good progress in the recovery and restoration of its IT systems.

OAIC: The convenience store group interfered with customers' privacy by collecting sensitive biometric information that was without necessity or reasonable consent.

Western Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre and Finland's CSC – IT Centre for Science have signed a deal to collaborate on advanced computing solutions to improve global research efficiencies.

COMPANY NEWS: Polymer 3D printing solutions Stratasys has acquired all remaining shares of Xaar 3D from Xaar plc.

GUEST OPINION by David Eshuis, Victory ICT Services:  Many businesses are unaware that danger may be lurking in their old files. Over the years files, emails and backups have been saved to network-attached storage (NAS) devices – but are all these old files safe from ransomware?

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