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MB-310 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Financials (2022)

Set up and configure financial management (35-40%)
Manage and apply common processes (20-25%)
Implement and manage accounts payable and receivable (20-25%)
Manage budgeting and fixed assets (15-20%)

Set up and configure financial management (35-40%)
Implement and configure financial modules
• configure and apply accrual schemes
• configure cash flow reports
• configure the letter of credit and letter of ensure templates
• set up intercompany accounting
• create and configure account structures
• configure other modules including cash and bank management and budgeting, credit and collections, audit workbench, and consolidations
• implement posting definitions
Implement and test cost and allocation policies
• implement cost accounting processes
• implement inventory costing versions
• implement item groups
• create and process Ledger allocation rules
• demonstrate use of cost accounting terminology
• construct fiscal calendars, years, and periods
Perform periodic processes
• configure financial period close
• define and demonstrate periodic closing processes and end-of-year processes
• demonstrate regional tax reporting capabilities
• perform bank reconciliation
• perform financial consolidation
• create a cost accounting report by using the cost accounting Report Wizard
• allocate funds by using Accounting distributions
Configure, collect, and report taxes
• configure tax components
• implement and test end-of-year tax reporting
• prepare periodic filings

Manage and apply common processes (20-25%)
Define and configure the account structure
• demonstrate the advanced ledger entries functionality
• set up derived financial hierarchies
• demonstrate financial consolidation and elimination processes
• set up funds
• define and configure the main account
• define and configure the financial dimensions and dimension sets
• perform financial statements
• perform tracking of posted transactions
Implement regulatory and localization features and manage currencies
• set up legal entity currencies and conversions
• configure currency exchange rate providers
• implement foreign currency revaluation processes
• determine which regulatory and localization features to apply to a given scenario
Implement and manage journals
• identify the different types of journals available and their setup
• set up journal controls
• configure the journal posting restriction rules
• configure approval processes by using workflows
• create voucher templates
• perform daily procedures using journals

Implement and manage accounts payable and receivable (20-25%)
Implement and manage Accounts receivable
• set up customer posting profiles
• manage delinquent customers
• configure billing codes for free text invoices, process orders, invoices, and payments
• configure and process credit and collection
• configure customer payment setup
• prepare and send customer account statements
• configure accounts receivable charges
Implement and manage Accounts payable
• configure invoice validation policies
• set up vendor posting profile, process orders, invoices, and payments
• configure the Vendor collaboration module
• configure vendor payments
• configure accounts payable charges

Manage budgeting and fixed assets (15-20%)
Configure and manage Budgeting processes
• configure budgeting components
• create a budget plan template
• create a budget plan by using the budget plan wizard
• perform the budget planning process
• configure budget controls
• create and demonstrate registry entries
• implement budget workflows
Implement and manage fixed assets
• create fixed assets and fixed assets groups
• configure fixed asset parameters
• identify when to enable integration with purchasing and sales module
• perform acquisition, depreciation, and disposal of fixed assets

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Financials (2022)
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Killexams : Microsoft Operations, education - BingNews Search results Killexams : Microsoft Operations, education - BingNews Killexams : How Improving IT Efficiency Can Better Support Education

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is not a typical K–12 campus. When SVAHS Technology Director Joshua Shearer recently upgraded the school’s wireless network, he provided faster, stronger Wi-Fi connectivity, both in traditional classrooms and in unique learning environments, including barns full of goats, pigs and other animals.

The public school in Northampton, Mass., educates 550 students across 15 vocational programs. These include culinary arts, which features a fully equipped kitchen and restaurant, and automotive technology, where students get hands-on training in an auto service and repair facility.

Remote management tools enable the two-person IT staff to remotely manage and troubleshoot the Wi-Fi network as well as students’ and teachers’ mobile devices. That’s important on a large campus with 12 buildings and a farm, Shearer says.

“We’re spread out like a college campus,” he says. “When you have a small IT department like we do, being able to remotely access and manage anything on my infrastructure is so convenient and critical. It’s a huge timesaver.”

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Today’s K–12 IT departments are busier than ever. IT responsibilities often include administrative technology and, for some, network-connected alarms, door access control systems and even HVAC systems. That load can impact an IT department’s ability to focus on student-facing technology, according to the 2022 EdTech Leadership Survey Report, produced by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Experts say IT teams can ease some of the stress by deploying technology tools to run IT operations more efficiently and productively. By using remote management solutions, automation tools and digital signatures, which eliminate paper processes, time- and budget-constrained IT staff can do more with less.

“The more we can use smart tools to Improve efficiency and lighten the burden on the technology staff, the better it is, the smarter it is,” says CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “The primary purpose of education is learning. By focusing on efficiency, schools can capture back time and save money that can be redirected into instruction.”

RELATED: Learn how to easily deploy new devices for K–12 students.

Managing Wi-Fi in the Cloud Saves IT Teams Time

At SVAHS, Shearer has standardized on Extreme Networks switches and about 75 cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points (APs).

Shearer checks the health of the network several times a day because wireless connectivity is essential to learning. Interactive whiteboards in classrooms are connected via Wi-Fi. Students with Chromebooks and teachers with laptops rely on Google Classroom for assignments and Google Workspace for Education for its productivity and collaboration tools.

Animal science students also need flawless Wi-Fi at the campus farm. “Students are in and out of the barns all the time, and they have small classrooms throughout, so they must have wireless coverage,” he says.

Using Extreme Networks’ ExtremeCloud IQ cloud-based software, Shearer can manage and monitor the network from any location. The dashboard gives him real-time network visibility, allowing him to quickly troubleshoot problems and ensure good connectivity.

“If a teacher says, ‘I’m not getting a good signal in a room,’ I can jump right in and see if an AP is down or if I need to power up one of the APs to deliver it more range,” he says.

With the software, Shearer can easily and automatically push new configurations or firmware updates to each AP and switch.

The primary purpose of education is learning. By focusing on efficiency, schools can capture back time and save money that can be put back into instruction.”

Keith Krueger CEO, Consortium for School Networking

Automation Tools Can Help Schools Speed Onboarding

The School District of Indian River County, which has 27 schools in Vero Beach, Fla., uses automation tools that integrate data from different applications to speed employee onboarding and manage student access to digital learning resources.

The IT department uses software to automate identity and access management, including the creation, deletion and updating of user accounts when employees are hired, leave or change jobs, says Tony Robinson, SDIRC’s director of technology services.

RELATED: Legacy technology and systems open the door for cybercriminals.

When new employees are added to SDIRC’s enterprise resource planning system, the district’s Identity Automation RapidIdentity software automatically pulls the new employee information to create their Azure Active Directory accounts, provision their Microsoft 365 licenses and assign them to security groups based on their jobs.

“We seldom have to touch it,” Robinson says. “When we can automate processes and take tasks off people’s plates, it frees up time for more critical and more complex projects.”

Robinson and his IT team even automate the class rostering process for ClassLink LaunchPad, which provides students a single sign-on portal to access educational applications and digital textbooks. To set it up, the IT staff uses ClassLink’s OneRoster, which automatically imports class rosters from the student information system and enables students to gain access to the digital learning resources they need based on their grade levels or class schedules.


The percentage of school IT leaders who say a lack of data interoperability affects operational efficiency

Source: Consortium for School Networking, 2022 EdTech Leadership Survey Report, April 2022

Digital Signatures Makes for Easier, More Secure Data Collection

In the Pacific Northwest, Riverdale School District Technology Director Shanna Schlitz strives to streamline operations with technology every chance she gets.

Last year, the two-school district in Portland, Ore., implemented a COVID-19 screening program, in which students receive free at-home test kits weekly.

To make the enrollment process more efficient, Schlitz deployed Adobe Sign, a cloud-based digital signature application that allows parents to sign up for the program electronically.

It was such a huge success that the district’s administrative offices began using digital signatures to approve invoices and payments, Schlitz says.

“We still send a lot of paper home with students, but I’m trying hard to get our staff to use Adobe Sign as a platform for parent communications,” she says. “It’s more secure, easier to manage and easier to collect data.”

Three years ago, Riverdale’s two-person IT staff also implemented a cloud-based help desk ticketing system to manage requests more efficiently. The software enables the staff to prioritize the most urgent requests and track progress and response times.

“It allows us to triage and keep track of things and see how responsive and efficient we are,” Schlitz says. “Our main goal is to serve students and teachers and make sure we are as responsive as we can be.”

DIG DEEPER: Learn how these schools scale their small K–12 IT teams.

IT Teams Save Time by Remotely Managing Student Devices

IT leaders from Riverdale School District, SDIRC and SVAHS all use remote management tools to manage computing devices.

All three districts use the Google Admin console to remotely manage Chromebooks. At SDIRC, Robinson and his team have deployed Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager to automatically push software updates and patches to nearly 4,000 staff desktop and laptop computers.

At Riverdale, Schlitz uses Jamf software, while Shearer at SVAHS uses TeamViewer to remotely troubleshoot staff laptops. If a teacher is having difficulty showing a video in class, Shearer can quickly resolve the issue and not spend 10 minutes walking to the classroom.

“I can remotely fix a problem before a class gets off task,” Shearer says. “It makes our team and school so much more efficient.” 

Photography by Shawn Henry

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 09:54:00 -0500 Wylie Wong en text/html
Killexams : Microsoft accused of using tax havens, subsidiaries to minimise tax

The Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research said in a 36-page report that while Microsoft reported an operating profit of more than 30% to shareholders, the financial reports from its subsidiaries in the UK, Australia and New Zealand among other countries listed profit as being between 3% and 5%.

The report, which needs to be read in its entirety to understand the scale of these tax-minimisation operations, pointed out that Microsoft's Irish subsidiaries took in profits from around the world and paid nothing in corporate taxes.

"The Irish subsidiary Microsoft Round Island One has previously made headlines for its US$315 billion (A$506.4 billion) annual profit – nearly equivalent to three-quarters of Ireland’s GDP – and a corporate tax bill of zero dollars, thanks, in part, to its tax residency in Bermuda," the report claimed.

Profits from Microsoft's operations in Australia were handled through another Irish company, Microsoft Ireland Research, it said.

CICTAR said the alleged global shifting of profits could be studied better in Australia due to the stricter tax transparency requirements.

"In Australia, Microsoft’s primary subsidiary is Microsoft Pty Ltd, which is owned by both Microsoft Ireland Research (MIR; over 99% of stock) and Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd (MIOL; less than 1%); MIOL is also owned by MIR, registered at the same address in Dublin, with the same Matsack Trust as company secretary," the report said.

"MIR was owned by Microsoft Luxembourg USA Mobile S.a.r.l., incorporated in Luxembourg – which was listed as a subsidiary of MIOL in its 2020 annual report. ... MIR is now owned by Microsoft Round Island One, incorporated in Ireland, but tax-resident in Bermuda and owned via a Bermuda holding company."

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The report said MIR’s 2020 turnover in Ireland was entirely from royalties, with additional income from dividends and transactions relating to other global Microsoft subsidiaries.

"MIR had income from royalties of US$33.5 billion in 2020 and US$25.8 billion in 2019 but reported income tax expenses of only US$1.8 billion (2020) and US$1.2 billion (2019)," CICTAR pointed out.

"Among the charges that reduced its profits were about US$6.5 billion per year in research and development costs. MIR’s tax expenses were significantly lower, as a share of the reduced profit before tax, than the already low Irish statutory corporation tax rate of 12.5%.

"MIR’s 2020 annual report lists 18 subsidiaries, including two in the Isle of Man, one in Singapore, but do not include the Australian company. Along with Bermuda, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, the Isle of Man and Singapore are frequently used as tax havens by multinationals.

"MIOL and three LinkedIn Irish subsidiaries, registered at the same Dublin address, are also listed as 100% subsidiaries of MIR and all serviced by Mathesons and Matsack Trust."

CICTAR said another Irish subsidiary was tax-resident in Bermuda and at the centre of the software behemoth's global web of subsidiaries.

It claimed Microsoft Global Finance had more than US$100 billion in investments and paid no tax in 2020, even though it had an operating profit of US$2.352 billion from transferring funds from one subsidiary to another around the globe.

The report alleged Microsoft used a vast network of subsidiaries to game its taxes. "It traces billions of dollars in financial flows between companies that have zero employees and claim residency in known secrecy jurisdictions including Luxembourg, Singapore, Bermuda, Ireland, and the Netherlands," the report said.

Microsoft is being audited by the US Internal Revenue Service at the moment, one of biggest audits conducted by the authority.

Regarding revenue from governments in Australia, CICTAR said Microsoft had been awarded more than A$634 million in Federal Government contracts, and A$270 million just since 2017.

"The majority of these contracts are for Defence (A$90 million), Services Australia (A$42 million), the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (A$13 million), the Digital Transformation Agency (A$11 million) and the Department of Home Affairs (A$10 million)," the report said.

"The remaining A$100 million in contracts is spread across a wide range of federal government agencies. In addition, Microsoft receives contracts at other levels of government.

In New South Wales, Australia’s largest state in terms of economic activity, Microsoft received more than $14 million in contracts over the same period. In the state of Victoria, a 'rapid evaluation process' saw Microsoft gain a contract to provide a cloud-based vaccination management platform in the second year of the pandemic.

"Unlike in other states, the cost of the platform increased over the course of the contract, from an initial cost of A$5.8 million over six months to A$18 million over 18 months. Notably, the state’s Department of Health, which issued the contract, is a heavy user of Microsoft’s existing products."

Microsoft was contacted for comment on Monday morning and a response sought by noon. The company is yet to respond to iTWire's inquiry.

Back in January 2020, the non-profit ProPublica issued a lengthy report about how Microsoft had fought back in court against moves by the IRS, lobbied Congress and got laws changed to favour the company.

And in March this year, Microsoft sacked employees and ended some of its partnerships in the Middle East and Africa as part of its investigations, following allegations of kickbacks and bribery in its operations in those regions.

Thanks to InnovationAus for a link to the report.

Sun, 16 Oct 2022 13:02:00 -0500 en-gb text/html,-subsidiaries-to-minimise-tax.html
Killexams : Microsoft to invest €3m in Dream Space innovation and education hub

Tech giant Microsoft is to invest €3 million over the next four years in expanding its Dream Space innovation and education hub, setting a target of reaching about 1 million students and teachers across the island.

The expansion will deliver students the opportunity to learn and develop their digital skills in an immersive learning experience.

The investment, which was announced by Minister for Education Norma Foley, follows the initial €5 million committed to the project when it opened its doors four years ago in Leopardstown. The project had a target of engaging 100,000 students, a target it has surpassed through physical and virtual education sessions.

“We thought that was pretty daunting, and we set that goal for a four-year period. It’s been a remarkable journey,” said James O’Connor, Microsoft Ireland site leader and vice-president of Microsoft Business Operations International. “We had that facility completely booked out with schools coming in every day. Then we had Covid, and what that really enabled us to do was to stand back and reinvent all of those Dreams Space offerings to be able to scale them out digitally. That enabled a much broader reach of students. The team have reached over 130,000 students in that four-year period, so we’ve extended that target or exceeded that target by 20 per cent.”

The expansion of Microsoft Dream Space brings new elements to the hub, including the primary-focused Dream Space Academy; Dream Space Academy for Post-Primary; Dream Space Digital Academy; and the evolution of Dream Space Teacher and Dream Space TV.

“We have decided we want to continue to expand it because we can see the impact that it’s having on students and the teachers that are going through that experience,” said Mr O’Connor. “We’re making our intention to invest a further €3 million and to expand the offering. We’ve set a new bold goal of 1 million students and teachers for the island of Ireland over the next four years.”

Research undertaken by Maynooth University on behalf of Microsoft Ireland has underlined the impact of Dream Space, with a 42 per cent increase in the likelihood of girls wanting to pursue STEM, according to Dr Katriona O’Sullivan, lecturer in digital skills in the Assisting Living & Learning Institute, Department of Psychology, Maynooth University. It also showed increased confidence in girls from disadvantaged backgrounds who participated in the STEM programme.

Thu, 13 Oct 2022 13:47:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : 5 reasons why security operations are getting harder

Recent ESG research reveals that 52% of security professionals believe security operations are more difficult today than they were two years ago. Why? Security operations center (SOC) teams point to issues such as:

  • A rapidly evolving and changing threat landscape: Forty-one percent of security professionals find it difficult to understand and counteract modern threats like ransomware or supply chain attacks and then build this knowledge into a comprehensive security operations program. Most react to threats and indicators of compromise (IoCs) rather than study cyber-adversaries and plan ahead.
  • A growing attack surface: This issue came up with 39% of respondents, but attack surface challenges are no surprise. Other ESG research indicates that the attack surface is growing at two-thirds (67%) of organizations, driven by third-party IT connections, support for remote workers, increased public cloud usage, and adoption of SaaS applications. A growing attack surface means more work, vulnerabilities, and blind spots for SOC teams. Little wonder then why 69% of organizations admit to a cyber-incident emanating from an unknown, unmanaged, or poorly managed internet-facing asset.
  • The volume and complexity of security alerts: We’ve all heard about “alert storms” and “alert fatigue.” Based on the ESG data, these conditions aren’t just marketing hype, as 37% of SOC teams say that alert volume and complexity is making security operations more difficult. It’s easy to understand this one: Imagine viewing, triaging, prioritizing, and investigating a constant barrage of amorphous security alerts from a variety of different detection tools and you’ll get the picture. Seems overwhelming but that’s the reality for level 1 SOC analysts at many organizations.
  • Public cloud usage: Beyond just expanding the attack surface, more than one-third (34%) say that security operations are more difficult as a direct result of growing use of the public cloud. This is not just a numbers game. Securing cloud workloads is difficult due to multi-cloud deployment, ephemeral cloud instances, and developer use of new cloud services that security teams may be unfamiliar with. Chasing cloud evolution and associated software developer whims has become part of the job.
  • Keeping up with the care and feeding of security technologies: More than half (54%) of organizations use more than 26 different commercial, homegrown, or open-source tools for security operations. The burden of managing and maintaining all these disparate technologies alone can be difficult. This is one reason why many firms are replacing on-site security tools with cloud-based alternatives.

In analyzing this data, it’s easy to see a common theme across these different responses – scale. Everything is growing – threats, IT, alerts, tools, everything. The research illustrates the fact that we don’t have the people, processes, or technologies to keep up with these scaling needs.

Given these overlapping trends, one of the foundations of a modern SOC must be unprecedented scale. Obviously, this means technical scale – the ability to collect, process, analyze, and store massive amounts of data – but the research highlights a pressing need to scale people and processes as well. SOC modernization must be designed to make the SOC team more productive so they can scale the amount of work they can do. Scaling people means more intelligent technology, better training, and structured repeatable processes. SOC modernization must also include process re-engineering so SOC teams can fix broken processes and automate as much work as possible.

CISOs understand these problems and already earmarked funds to address them – 88% of organizations plan to increase spending on security operations over the next 12 to 18 months. Onward and upward toward SOC modernization and unparalleled scale.

Copyright © 2022 IDG Communications, Inc.

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 00:58:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Why Big Tech shreds millions of storage devices it could reuse

A person with knowledge of Microsoft’s data disposal operations says the company shreds everything at its 200-plus Azure data centers. Microsoft says “we currently shred all [data-bearing devices] to ensure customer data privacy is maintained fully.”

The UK’s Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions, Police Scotland, and Police Service Northern Ireland told the FT that they shred all decommissioned data-storing devices. Northern Ireland’s force says it has shredded 30,000 pieces of equipment including servers and hard drives over the past two years.

Some government departments say they follow National Cyber Security Centre guidelines, which recommend hard drives should be physically destroyed. However, HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy say they do not mandate shredding, and London’s Metropolitan Police says it wipes where possible.

Data center operators have faced scrutiny in latest years for their huge energy use. In July, they were partially blamed when it was found that the west London electricity grid had run out of capacity to support new homes, threatening housebuilding targets in the capital. The focus on their energy guzzling puts pressure on companies to replace their systems whenever more power-efficient equipment comes to market, creating a trade-off between energy efficiency and environmental waste.

Energy use is “being reduced by just throwing more material at the problem,” says Johann Boedecker, founder of the circular economy consultancy Pentatonic. “The open question is: how much energy reduction is worth how much waste?”

But with another 700 data centers set to be built around the world over the next three years, according to the tech consultancy Gartner, the question of what companies do with millions of tonnes of electrical equipment has become more important than ever.

The gaping maw of an HDD shredder.
Enlarge / The gaping maw of an HDD shredder.
Lorne Campbell, Guzelian, and SWEEEP Kuusakoski

“We shred everything”

It is difficult to say exactly how many hard drives are decommissioned globally each year, but one study by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates it is at least 20 million in America alone. Although most data center companies discard their storage devices after a few years, they could last for years—or even decades—longer, according to several industry experts.

The research suggests more than 90 percent are destroyed when equipment is routinely decommissioned, even though most are still functioning. The European Commission estimates that about half face the same fate in the EU.

“Clients are so worried about disposal of data that they’re insisting on the hard drives being destroyed,” says Michael Winterson of global data center provider Equinix. “It’s a big issue that as an industry we need to figure out.”

“We shred everything with data on it, there are no exceptions,” says Greg Rabinowitz, president of Urban E Recycling, an electronics disposal company in Florida. Decommissioning professionals like Rabinowitz mince the drives at their clients’ behest—two others say they have even had requests to incinerate the remains.

While the shreds are widely sent for recycling, today’s processes only recover about 70 percent of the materials, according to Julien Walzberg, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Recycling plants usually separate the 6 mm-wide morsels into aluminum, steel, and circuit board for onward sale. But the hard drives contain important materials, such as neodymium and dysprosium in the magnets and nickel and palladium in the circuit boards, which are often not recovered. Several of these are on US or EU lists of “critical” materials—so designated because of natural constraints on their supply or for geopolitical reasons. China, for example, produces 60 percent of all mined rare earths.

The small amounts of critical raw material lost in shredding add up, contributing to the 54 million tonnes of electronic waste produced globally every year. Every speck lost requires more to be mined, often from areas of the world embroiled in conflict. Demand for such materials is projected to grow as the world electrifies itself away from fossil fuels.

“Shredding causes a massive problem for sustainability,” says Deborah Andrews, professor of design for sustainability and circularity at London South Bank University.

While various projects are being piloted to try to recover some of the materials lost in shredding, tearing up a drive after a few years of use still violates the first rule of sustainable consumption: reuse is always better than recycling.

The end result.
Enlarge / The end result.
Lorne Campbell, Guzelian, and SWEEEP Kuusakoski

“Even if you recover all the materials when you recycle a product, all the energy and money you have put into using those materials to manufacture the product’s components... is lost,” says Walzberg. In a study this year, he found that reusing a hard drive avoids four times as many carbon dioxide emissions as slicing it up and feeding the pieces through even the best imaginable recycling processes, when both scenarios are compared with current recycling.

The same problem applies to entire servers that, when deemed no longer useful, are often sent for recycling rather than reused. IT company Dell found that manufacturing accounts for half of the carbon footprint of one of its servers, accounting for energy-related emissions from four years of use.

Steve Mellings, who founded and runs the UK decommissioning industry certification program Adisa, says energy savings from new technology are not as significant as they used to be. “If they’re using a 15-year-old antique server, it’s going to be heavy on consumption, but most servers [developed] over the past decade are pretty good,” he says. And even if advances do warrant a replacement, “that doesn’t mean you need to destroy the old.”

The case for refurbishing and reuse is not just a financial one. There is plenty of evidence to show that the performance gap between newer and older servers is narrowing, with the newer examples “not maintaining the same efficiency improvements” that were seen in the past, according to a latest paper led by academics at the University of East London.

Some of the major cloud computing providers have been taking steps toward reuse. Google says 27 percent of the components it used in server upgrades in 2021 were refurbished inventory and that it overwrites data on its hard drives for reuse where possible. Microsoft now operates several “circular centers” for refurbishing old servers and says more than 80 percent of its decommissioned assets will be repurposed by 2024. But for hard drives, specifically, shredding is still the norm.

Several decommissioning experts say that, while some customers have already converted to erasing and reselling their data storing devices, others simply need to be educated about the efficacy and reliability of wiping software to help them move past the ingrained belief that physical destruction is necessary.

Gartner’s Simon Mingay says many data center operators would love to increase the quantity of goods that are awarded a second life but “they’re hobbled by the requirements being placed on them by their customers.”

For now, most customers still see the risk as outweighing the potential benefits. Rabinowitz, one of the few voices in the decommissioning industry still in favor of shredding, puts the problem simply: “Why risk it if there was any chance something was going to get left on it?”

If the big tech data storers, known in the industry as “hyperscalers,” were to change their practices on drive reuse, others would follow—or so many decommissioning experts believe. But, as things stand, they are opting to prolong the life of the equipment the first time around. Last year Google said it would extend the life of its cloud servers from three to four years, and Amazon Web Services prolonged its own from four to five years in February. Last month, Microsoft announced it would extend the life of its server and network equipment from four to six years.

Nonetheless, many experts are adamant that conventional drives can be securely wiped and reused, a practice that first emerged in the early 1990s but that has only gained significant traction over the past decade. “Saying we have to shred because it’s the only thing that’s secure is a miscalculation,” says Fredrik Forslund, vice-president of Blancco, a company that makes wiping software. Forslund describes shredding as “an absolute disaster.”

The FT asked several industry insiders and experts if they were aware of any case where data had leaked after Tested wiping software, such as Blancco’s, had been used, and none were. “We’ve Tested that sanitization works and still they shred,” says Adisa’s Mellings. “The level of fear is palpable.”

Additional experts consulted: Alistair Farndale and Peter Dimond, Colt DCS; Nathan Church, S2S Group; Laura Cooper, EOL IT Services; David Watkins, Virtus; Jim O’Grady and John Schultz, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise; Holland Barry, Cyxtera; Scott Tease, Lenovo; Sophia Flucker, Operational Intelligence; Corey Dehmey, Seri; Justin Greenaway, SWEEEP Kuusakoski; Sean Magann, Sims Lifecycle Services; Tim Loake, Dell Technologies; Julie-Ann Adams, European Electronics Recyclers Association; Brian Wachter, Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations; Tony Celt, Integrated Recycling Technologies; Thierry Van Kerckhoven, Umicore; Lowell Rawcliffe, Vyta; Katie Schindall, Cisco

Photos by Lorne Campbell, Guzelian and SWEEEP Kuusakoski

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Thu, 06 Oct 2022 01:23:00 -0500 Anna Gross, Alexandra Heal & Ian Bott, FT en-us text/html
Killexams : Microsoft to invest €3m more in its Dublin Dream Space

Microsoft is to invest a further €3m in its Dream Space education and innovation hub in Dublin.

The money will be spent over the next four years and will be used to support the learning of nearly 1,000,000 students and teachers here.

The Dream Space, which is located at the company's Irish headquarters in Leopardstown, was opened four years ago.

Since then it has worked with over 130,000 students, both in person and virtually.

"Through the additional Dream Space offering, our ambition is to provide every student on the island of Ireland, regardless of socio-demographics, with the opportunity to take part in an immersive Microsoft Dream Space STEM experience and create the next generation of digital leaders," said James O’Connor, Microsoft Ireland Site Leader and Vice President of Microsoft Business Operations International.

The aim of the Dream Space is to encourage and challenge students to be creative in areas such as computer science, AI, mixed reality and robotics.

Maynooth University has carried out research into the use of the Dream Space and found of the teachers who experienced it, 30% spent more time using technology in their daily teaching.

90% said it positively impacted their use of tech and the children they teach.

"Research we have undertaken at Maynooth University has found that there was a 42% increase in the likelihood of girls wanting to pursue STEM after their Dream Space experience," said Dr Katriona O'Sullivan, Lecturer of Digital Skills at Maynooth.

"Furthermore, girls from disadvantaged backgrounds who participated in the STEM programme not only said their confidence had increased by 80% as a result of participating in the programme but 30% said they were more likely to have STEM career aspirations."

The expansion will include new features such as a Dream Space Academy for primary and also for post-primary, as well as a digital academy.

The development has been welcomed by the Minister for Education, Norma Foley.

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 18:03:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Cloud Data Breaches Are Running Rampant. What Are the Common Characteristics?

Data continues to drive enterprise business needs and processes, spurring the need for a rapidly growing number of data stores in which to house it all. Data's inherent value and impact on business operations have made it a prime target for cybercriminals. This has led to a sharp rise in data breaches that have disrupted business continuity and compromised the security and compliance posture of enterprises globally. In these breaches, attackers are commonly exploiting blind spots and misconfigurations.

Protecting against data breaches requires detailed and close analysis of latest attacks for remediation steps and preventative measures. Issues common to latest cloud data breaches include:

1. Data Leakage Through Compliance Boundaries

A hard lesson from the past decade is that there's no going back once data goes outside of the organizational control plane and often to public repositories. For this reason, security owners are responsible for keeping tabs on any possibility of exposure, assessing fallout when exposure occurs, and acting accordingly.

Data leakage is more common than one would think and is not limited to enterprises with smaller security budgets. For example, Nestle's sensitive data was briefly exposed to the world from its internal network before surfacing a few months later in an alleged cyberattack by Anonymous.

2. Publicly Exposed Buckets

Data is an asset and should be protected as such, whether it be a backup, audit record, or arbitrary file. Access should be based on the principle of least privilege, and any deviation should be identified, monitored, and alerted upon.

This was not the case for some organizations using public cloud data stores such as Amazon S3 buckets and Microsoft Azure Blobs. Four airports in Colombia and Peru, for example, had an S3 bucket — containing 3TB of data on employees — that was publicly accessible and did not require authentication.  

Meanwhile, Turkish airline company Pegasus had an S3 Bucket without password protection, exposing roughly 6.5TB of data that included personally identifiable crew information, flight charts, and secrets from the airline's EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) system.

Doctors Me, an online Japanese medical consultation site, experienced something similar. The service stored patient images, uploaded by customers, in an S3 bucket without proper access authorization and authentication controls, exposing the sensitive data of nearly 12,000 people.

3. Database Misconfigurations

In their most basic function, databases are protected internal components that hold various records or documents. They are typically encapsulated behind an application or a service that facilitates access to data according to predetermined business logic. As such, databases have the potential to enforce strict access controls and to limit network access, ensuring that only service accounts or authorized personnel can directly reach them.

Databases exposed to the Internet, especially with weak authentication, are low-hanging fruit for bad actors who are constantly scanning for exposed services. This was the case for a popular Iranian chat application called Raychat, where a simple bot detected a misconfigured instance of the service's MongoDB database. All the attackers had to do was clone the database's content, wipe the database, and leave behind a note asking for a hefty ransom.

4. Missing Encryption

Encryption is one of the top three industry best practices for data protection, but it cannot be considered a full security suite, as data protection is built in layers. When one layer is breached, it's up to the next to hold the line. We see this reflected in risk assessments and audit submissions, where each component, especially missing fundamental layer like encryption, changes the risk score of many other components that make up the entire environment. With common issues like false reporting and missing encryption, how can security owners reliably qualify and test the entirety of their known and unknown environment with assumptions and semi-reliable information?

The Department of Education in New York City struggled with this question when an online grading and attendance system was breached. Roughly 820,000 biographic records of current and former public-school students were stored without proper encryption, allowing the adversary to easily compromise and extract those.

How Can Organizations Avoid These Mistakes?

1. Take ownership of your data: 

  • Identify sensitive and "need to be protected" assets with periodic scans of your environment to discover any unknowns and surprises, such as new data stores and network policies. 
  • Classify and evaluate any solution within your stack that you own or consume. 

2. Improve your data security posture: 

  • Assess data stores against industry best practice and compliance standards. 
  • Incorporate data security into your organizational DNA by creating dedicated owners, allocating resources for long-term projects, and establishing incident handling procedures. 

3. Control your data: 

  • Scope and periodically approve the target audience ensuring that only they can access it via both network policies and RBAC. 
  • Implement a "second set of eyes" methodology when it comes to data replication, export, creation, or deletion. 

4. Observe and triage anomalous activities: 

  • Monitor activities against sensitive data and configuration changes around classified data stores. 
  • Create an alerting and triage mechanism for abnormal business scenarios.
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Killexams : Scaling Financial Operations in Multi-Academy Trusts

The education sector in the UK is seeing incredible transformation with the expansion of multi-academy trusts (MATs) and the government’s requirement to have all schools in MATs by 2030. This brings unprecedented challenges, but also an enormous opportunity for positive education reform.

Core to this challenge for MAT’s is the management of financial operations, budgets and funding across large numbers of schools Their ability to grow has been impeded by legacy accounting solutions, making it an expensive and lengthy process to setup, onboard and report on new schools as they are brought into the trust.

Sage, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner, is a world leader in financial technology. Sage Intacct is next-generation accounting software, that enables the transformation and scaling of financial operations, which MATs will need to perform.

Trusts need to consider four key subjects when transforming their complex accounting and reporting operations -scale and expansion, automation, integration and reporting.

Trusts need to grow, scale and expand.  Having a system that can support the simple and fast addition of new schools, or other entities, is critical to successful expansion. Modern systems like Sage Intacct allow this to be done in minutes, removing the need for expensive setup costs and waiting on consultants to deliver.

Next up is automation, probably the greatest tool in your arsenal to mitigate the time and cost of financial operations. Leveraging automation, Sage Intacct can help reduce the day-to-day admin of your finance team, alleviating manual jobs and using technology such as optical character recognition (OCR) to accurately read and import financial documents.

The arrival of cloud accounting opened the gate to integrated systems and harmonising of processes and data. External applications such as forecasting tools, accounts payable (AP) processing and approval management all allow for huge savings in time and offer improved technology solutions. It’s possible to integrate bank accounts and have daily transaction feeds, saving your team yet another job of importing and matching bank data.

Finally, powerful, fast and accurate reporting is the pièce de resistance of your new accounting platform. Out of-the-box education and Skills Funding Agency and Department of Education reports ensure you have all the right data required for government reporting. And multi-entity consolidation allows you to have complete oversight of the trust’s financials.

Sage Intacct is built to support growing Trusts who need to minimise complexity and maximise impact.

Trusts who want to reduce the cost of financial operations and unlock the challenges of scale and growth need to start by reviewing their accounting infrastructure with expert help. Sage works closely with their education partner, ION, to help deliver the smartest and most intelligent financial solutions to schools. ION has delivered Sage Intacct for education to multiple MATs, implementing the game-changing software, training staff on how to use it, and providing world class support.  This partnership sets the trust up for success allowing the focus to be on education and growth, not losing time managing finances.

To find out more about the benefits of cloud accounting software for multi-academy trusts, click here.

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Killexams : Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market Size, Future Business Trends, Demand, Regional Outlook and Forecast 2022-2030

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Oct 10, 2022 (Alliance News via COMTEX) -- Astute Analytica published a new report on global cloud computing in higher education. The report’s goal is to deliver readers a comprehensive picture of the market and assist them in creating structures for improvement. The record examines typical results and market conditions, providing data snippets and updates of linked regions pulled into the market for the forecast years 2022-2030.

The globalCloud Computing in Higher Education Marketsize was US$ 2,693.5 Millionin 2021 toUS$ 15,180.1 Millionby 2030, growing at a CAGR of22%from 2022 to 2030.

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Cloud computing in higher education provides an online platform for educational institutes through various applications and subscription models. In this era of technology, employing latest IT technologies and services in higher education assists teachers, administrators and students in their education related activities. Cloud computing in higher education centrally manages the various business processes such as student and course management, helps teachers in uploading learning materials, students to access their homework, administrators to easily collaborate with each other and library management among others.Cloud computing segment is gaining majority of the spenders from high income group as well as skilled share of people from around the world.

On the basis of institute type, thetechnical schools are estimated to hold the highest market share in 2021 and is also expected to project the highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to increasing demand for cloud computing in technical schools.Moreover, based on ownership,private institutes segment is anticipated to hold the largest market share owing to increasing funding in private institutes for adoption of cloud computing services. Whereas, the public institutes segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR over forecast period. Furthermore, in terms of application, administration application holds a major share in the cloud computing in higher education in 2021. Whereas, unified communication is expected to project the highest CAGR over the forecast period due to increasing trend of e-learning. In addition to this, by deployment, the hybrid cloud segment held the largest market share in 2021.

Market Dynamics and Trends


The increasing adoption of SaaS based cloud platforms in higher education, increasing adoption of e-learning, increasing IT spending on cloud infrastructure in educationand increasingapplication of quantum computing in education sectorwill boost the global cloud computing in higher education market during the forecast period. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a type of delivery model of cloud computing. In the higher education sector, SaaS applications include hosting various management systems for educational institutes and managing other activities. Moreover, higher education industry witnesses an increased adoption of e-learning due to its easy accessibility and high effectiveness. Users such as drop-outs, transfer learners, full-time employees are increasingly relying on e-learning trainings and education to upgrade their skills. Furthermore, higher education institutes are rapidly moving towards cloud-based services to save an intensive IT infrastructure cost and boost efficiency of operations.


Cybersecurity and data protection risks, lack of compliance to the SLAand legal and jurisdiction issues is a restraining factor which inhibits the growth of the market during the forecast period. Issues related to data privacy pose threats in interest to mitigation of higher education institutions to the cloud. There are federal regulations for higher education institutes along with state and local laws to manage information security in the education environment. Moreover, the level of complexity in the cloud is high, which usually complies with several service providers and thus makes it hard for users to make changes or intervene. Also, the cloud computing industry faces various legal and jurisdiction issues that can run into years due to regional laws.

Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market Country Wise Insights

North AmericaCloud Computing in Higher EducationMarket-

US holds the major share in terms of revenue in theNorth Americacloud computing in higher education market in 2021 and is also projected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Moreover, in terms of institute type, technical schools hold the largest market share in 2021.

EuropeCloud Computing in Higher EducationMarket-

Western Europeis expected to project the highest CAGR in theEuropecloud computing in higher education market during forecast period. Wherein,Germanyheld the major share in theEuropemarket in 2021 because there is high focus on innovations obtained from research & development and technology adoption in the region.

Asia PacificCloud Computing in Higher EducationMarket-

Indiais the highest share holder region in theAsia Pacificcloud computing in higher education market in 2021and is expected to project the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to potential growth opportunities, as end users such as schools and universities are turning toward cloud services in order to offer high quality services that help users to collaborate, share and track multiple versions of a document.

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Brazilis projected to grow with the highest CAGR in theSouth Americacloud computing in higher education market over the forecast period. Furthermore, based on ownership, private institutes segment holds the major share in 2021 in theSouth Americacloud computing in higher education market owing to increasing funding in private institutes for adoption of cloud computing services.

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Egyptis the highest share holder region in 2021 and UAE is projected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Moreover, in terms of application, administration holds a major share in the cloud computing in higher education in 2021. Whereas, unified communication is expected to project the highest CAGR over the forecast period due to increasing trend of e-learning.

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South Africais the highest share holder region in theAfricacloud computing in higher education market in 2021. Furthermore, by deployment, the private cloud segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR during forecast period due to the security benefits provided by the private deployment of the cloud.

Competitive Insights

GlobalCloud Computing in Higher Education Market is highly competitive in order to increase their presence in the marketplace. Some of the key players operating in the global cloud computing in higher education market include Dell EMC, Oracle Corporation, Adobe, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., NEC Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, IBM Corporation,, Netapp, Ellucian Company L.P., Vmware, Inc and Alibaba Group among others.

Segmentation Overview

Global Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market is segmented based on institute type, ownership, application, deployment and region. The industry trends in the global cloud computing in higher education market are sub-divided into different categories in order to get a holistic view of the global marketplace.

Following are the different segments of the Global Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market:

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By Institute Type segment of the Global Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market is sub-segmented into:

  • Universities
  • Technical schools
  • Ivy League Schools(Universities)
  • Community Colleges

By Ownership segment of the Global Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market is sub-segmented into:

  • Public Institutes
  • Private Institutes

By Application segment of the Global Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market is sub-segmented into:

  • Administration - Payments - Calendar (Scheduling & Planning) - Identity Access Management
  • Content/ Document Storage & Management
  • Unified Communication (Email, video conferencing/ seminars)
  • Others

By Deployment segment of the Global Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market is sub-segmented into:

  • Private Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Community Cloud

By Region segment of the Global Cloud Computing in Higher Education Market is sub-segmented into:

North America


Western Europe

  • The UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Rest ofWestern Europe

Eastern Europe

  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Rest ofEastern Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia&New Zealand
  • Rest ofAsia Pacific

South America

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • Rest ofSouth America

Middle East

  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Rest ofMiddle East


  • South Africa
  • Nigeria
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Kenya
  • Rest ofAfrica

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Killexams : Microsoft open-sources AI algorithms for optimizing farm operations

Microsoft Corp. today open-sourced FarmVibes.AI, a collection of artificial intelligence models that farm operators can use to perform tasks such as planting crops more efficiently.

FarmVibes.AI is one of several technologies that Microsoft has developed as part of an initiative dubbed Project FarmVibes. According to the company, the initiative seeks to use software and connected devices such as sensors to enable more efficient farming. Microsoft eventually plans to open-source all the technologies it has developed as part of Project FarmVibes.

The newly released FarmVibes.AI toolkit includes four AI algorithms. The algorithms are designed to help farm operators collect data about their crops and use it to optimize day-to-day work. 

The first algorithm, Async Fusion, is capable of combining data from farm sensors with satellite and drone imagery. The algorithm facilitates the creation of farm maps that can be used to identify the optimal way of carrying out agricultural tasks. A farm operator could, for example, create a map that points out the best way of planting seeds in a given parcel and highlights farm sections that can’t be easily navigated by a tractor.

The FarmVibes.AI toolkit also includes a second algorithm, SpaceEye, that makes it easier to process the satellite data used in farm maps. Up-to-date satellite imagery often isn’t available when there are clouds above a farm. Microsoft’s SpaceEye algorithm substitutes the imagery with measurements from satellite-based radar instruments, which can operate even when there is cloud cover.

A third algorithm called DeepMC helps farm operators predict temperatures and wind speeds. DeepMC draws on weather station forecasts, as well as data from internet-connected farm sensors. According to Microsoft, the algorithm makes it possible to identify the best time to carry out farming tasks that can only be performed in specific weather conditions.

The fourth software tool included in FarmVibes.AI helps farm operators with sustainability initiatives. According to Microsoft, it can estimate how different farming practices would affect the amount of carbon sequestered in a farm’s soil. The tool also lends itself to other tasks, such as identifying ways of improving crop yields.  

“At Microsoft, we are working to empower growers with data and AI to augment their knowledge about farming and help them grow nutritious food in a sustainable way,” stated Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft’s managing director of research for industry.

Project FarmVibes, the Microsoft initiative through which FarmVibes.AI was developed, also includes several other technologies.  

FarmVibes.Connect is a collection of hardware and software tools for providing internet connectivity in farms. According to Microsoft, the toolkit leverages unused parts of the radio spectrum to establish wireless connections. FarmVibes.Edge, another technology developed as part of Project FarmVibes, compresses farm and crop data, which eases the task of uploading the data to the cloud for analysis.

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