This Week in IT: Teams and Apple Silicon, Cloud Leaders, VMware and Cisco Patches | #macos | #macsecurity

Editor’s note: There is a lot going on in the world of IT, from emerging technologies to digital transformation and new cybersecurity threats. However, we can’t possibly cover it all, so we’ll bring you this curated summary of IT and enterprise technology stories each week.

Microsoft Teams on Macs with Apple silicon

Microsoft will be rolling out a native Teams app optimized for Mac users with Apple silicon designed to make Teams run better on Mac computers.

In a short Tech Community blog, Microsoft says the move will bring about a significant boost in performance and ensure efficient use of device resources, even when using multiple high-resolution monitors during calls or meetings.

“Microsoft is committed to innovation and committed to the Mac, so we’re excited to bring this to our Mac users,” the company wrote in the blog.

All Mac users will be automatically upgraded with their most recent update to Teams, and the general availability version of the native Teams app on Mac with Apple silicon will be incrementally rolled out to customers over the next few months.

According to Engadget, the updated app comes about two years after Apple released its first Silicon-powered M1 devices, but Teams has run using Rosetta 2 translation, resulting in slow startup times, lag and other performance issues.

AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Continue Dominance

It’s not exactly surprising, but new research from tech market analysis firm Canalys shows that Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud combined to make up 63% of global cloud spending in the second quarter of 2022, and they collectively grew 42%.

AWS was the leading cloud service provider in the second quarter accounting for 31% of all cloud infrastructure services spend, growing 33% on an annual basis. Azure was next with a 24% market share after growing 40% annually. While Google Cloud grew 45% in the quarter, it ranked third with an 8% market share.

Meanwhile, worldwide spending on cloud infrastructure grew 33% year over year to $62.3 billion, driven by demand for data analytics and machine learning, data center consolidation, application migration, cloud-native development and service delivery.

VMware, Cisco Patches

IT giants VMware and Cisco have released security advisories urging users to immediately patch critical vulnerabilities that could result in a range of compromises.

VMware’s warning to admins says an authentication bypass vulnerability in VMware Workspace One Access, Identity Manager and vRealize Automation could allow an attacker to gain admin privileges. Other important bugs to patch quickly are remote code execution and privilege escalation flaws, according to a VMware blog.

Meanwhile, Cisco also disclosed several vulnerabilities in Small Business RV160, RV260, RV340, and RV345 Series Routers that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause denial of service.

Since patches are available for both companies’ products, admins should waste no time in applying them to protect their organization.

Cybersecurity threats per minute

Microsoft published an infographic that details how many kinds of cyberattacks are happening in any given 60-second window, including how many it blocks.

The results are alarming, but not necessarily unexpected.

According to Microsoft, there are 34,740 password attacks, 1,902 IoT-based attacks, 1,095 DDoS attacks and 7 phishing attacks every minute.

Meanwhile, the company says it blocks hundreds of thousands of attacks every minute, including 18,265 malware threats, 48,706 brute force attacks, 58,980 identity threats, 17,123 endpoint threats, 60,882 email threats and 1,065 open ports.

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