Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) said that it managed to prevent a 2.4 Tbps Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack that targeted an Azure client in Europe.
The attack was 140% higher than the attack bandwidth volume the company recorded in 2020. Also, this exceeds the peak traffic volume of 2.3Tbps that was directed at AWS in 2020, though it was smaller than the 2.54Tbps that Google mitigated in 2017.
Microsoft reviewing human rights issues on its contracts
In recent times Microsoft has been facing pressure from shareholders and employees over contracts with law enforcement and government agencies. As a result, the company is commissioning an independent human rights review for some of these deals. After following a shareholder proposal filing, the decision asked the firm to evaluate how it sticks to human rights-related policies.
Ex-Amazon cloud computing executive Charlie Bell has started his new role at Microsoft on cybersecurity issues following the resolution of a dispute about his job limits. Microsoft spokesperson said that after constructive discussions Bell started his role on October 11, 2020, focusing on advancing cybersecurity abilities that will benefit the tech industry and the wider economy.
On Tuesdays for the rest of the year, the Verge’s The Vergecast podcast will feature new episodes starting with reviews on hardware and software endeavors from Microsoft.
Cisco borrowing a leaf from Microsoft to turn things around
Cisco Systems Inc. wants to follow Microsoft’s path to move forwards. Two decades ago, the company was among the valuable companies, but it failed to leverage basic shifts in computing following the dot com crash. Its value is half its peak, but it is hardly a failure because it still turns annual profits.
Microsoft was equally stumbling but then also gained dominance, and analysts consider it a role model for Cisco. Its decline started at the same time as Cisco’s, but things started to change in 2014 after Satya Nadella took over as CEO.
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