August 8, 2022
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Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: why Werner Vogels thinks enterprises were quick to embrace AWS Lambda serverless computing, Twilio claims it wasn't the only company hit by a new hacking campaign and the latest in enterprise tech funding.
Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels learned in 2014 not to count out enterprises when it comes to early adoption of emerging cloud computing technologies.
That’s when AWS unveiled Lambda, its serverless computing service that today is used by more than 1 million customers. Vogels thought younger, more tech-savvy customers would be the initial users.
AWS launched Amazon CodeWhisperer in June, a new machine learning-powered tool that generates code recommendations for developers.
There’s a back-and-forth debate on whether quantum computing will find its way into many enterprises.
Chip shortage could undermine national security: The global shortage of semiconductors has impeded the production of everything from pickup trucks to PlayStations. But there are graver implications than a scarcity of consumer goods. If the U.S. does not ensure continued domestic access to leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing, experts say our national security could suffer.
Twilio disclosed that a cyberattack involving the theft of employee credentials allowed attackers to access data from "a limited number" of customer accounts. The company also suggested the attack may have been part of a broader hacking campaign.
Given that Twilio is a provider of software that connects with customer systems, hackers targeting the company likely saw the potential to access data from end customers through initially compromising Twilio. In that way, the attack is similar to the one that hit identity security vendor Okta and some of its customers earlier this year.
In a blog post on Sunday, Twilio said that it learned of the unauthorized access on Aug. 4. The company blamed a "sophisticated" social engineering campaign, in which attackers tricked Twilio employees into sharing their credentials, using text messages that pretended to be from the company's IT department. "The attackers then used the stolen credentials to gain access to some of our internal systems, where they were able to access certain customer data," Twilio said in the blog post.
The company did not disclose how many customers were impacted or what types of data may have been accessed. Twilio said it has been notifying impacted customers individually.
Cryptically, Twilio mentioned in the post that it has “heard from other companies that they, too, were subject to similar attacks,” though it didn’t identify other impacted companies. In an effort to stave off additional breaches, Twilio said it's working with those companies, including by asking mobile carriers to block "malicious messages" in the first place.— Kyle Alspach (email | twitter)
Talon raised $100 million to build a secure internet browser for enterprises.
Aisera raised $90 million from Goldman Sachs, Thoma Bravo and others for its AI-powered customer and employee experience software.
Nvidia pre-announced weak Q2 results, revealing that gaming revenue fell 33% from a year ago. Data center revenue also came in lower than expected, due to supply chain issues.
Arm reported that revenue for its latest quarter rose 6% from the year before, a strong point in otherwise lackluster results from parent SoftBank.acquire Avalara, whose tax compliance automation software is used by more than 30,000 customers, for $8.4 billion.
Chip shortage could undermine national security: To ensure American security, prosperity and technological leadership, industry leaders say the U.S. must encourage domestic manufacturing of chips in order to reduce our reliance on East Asia producers for crucial electronics components.
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