Microsoft to introduce a free tier of its Cosmos DB NoSQL database

Microsoft is going to add a free tier to its CosmosDB offering. Officials accidentally announced its plan on March 4, but will make the announcement official on March 6.

“You may have seen that we have announced a Free-Tier for Azure Cosmos DB,” tweeted the Azure Cosmos DB Twitter account on March 4. “Due to a technical glitch, this announcement went out early. Free Tier will officially be announced and available on March 6. Stay tuned. We hope you like it.”

Microsoft debuted Azure Cosmos DB — its globally distributed, multi-model database — at Build 2017. Azure Cosmos DB was designed t be a superset of Microsoft’s existing NoSQL Document DB database. Its codename was “Project Florence,” and Microsoft execs consider it a “born in the cloud/cloud native” database that’s designed to be scalable and usable by customers of any size.

Microsoft currently charges by provisioned throughput and consumed

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Mastercard opens European security resilience unit

Mastercard has begun development of a new Cyber Security Resilience Centre at its European headquarters in Belgium, designed to foster regional collaboration and innovation in security between industry and public sector and regulatory bodies.

The first such centre Mastercard has opened outside of North America, the organisation said it plans to bring together a diverse pool of talent from across its global community to focus on the threats faced by the payments ecosystem in Europe.

This will include various national cyber security agencies such as the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), industry bodies, law enforcement and central banks.

“Financial services will always be at the top of the target list for attackers due to the vast pool of customer data and credentials under our responsibility,” said Mastercard’s European president Javier Perez.

“Our European Cyber Resilience Centre improves collaboration among key organisations, helping to ensure businesses and individuals feel secure

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Ryuk ransomware hits Fortune 500 company EMCOR


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EMCOR Group (NYSE: EME), a US-based Fortune 500 company specialized in engineering and industrial construction services, disclosed last month a ransomware incident that took down some of its IT systems.

The incident took place on February 15 and was identified as an infection with the Ryuk ransomware strain.

Details of the attack and the aftermath are not public, but the message announcing the ransomware infection is still present on the company’s website almost three weeks after the attack.

EMCOR said that not all of its systems were impacted and that only “certain IT systems” were affected, which it promptly shut down to contain the infection.

The company said it was restoring services, but did not specify if it paid the ransom demand or if it was restoring from backups.

No sign of data theft

EMCOR also said that a current review of the infection did not uncover

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Nokia claims end-to-end 4G and 5G New Radio slicing first

Nokia claims to have stolen a march on its rivals by being the first supplier to offer end-to-end slicing network functionality for 4G and 5G New Radio (NR) networks.

One of the key potential benefits of 5G networks is the ability to build scalable and dedicated logical/virtual networks, and recent research from Amdocs revealed that such capability is a top concern for communication service providers (CSPs) and operators. Amdocs surveyed 50 global CSPs and found that 54% were already trialling a 5G network slicing system, while 30% plan to trial one by the end of 2020.

Nokia believes that although full 5G standalone (SA) slicing may be out of reach for many operators for years as they work to upgrade their radio access and core network, its new offering enables them to use their existing network assets and the millions of 5G non-standalone (NSA) devices already in use and is

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