Survey reveals final sign-off for IT projects usually lies with IT, not CFO

A survey has revealed that the final say in technology procurement decisions in large companies now typically lies with IT, rather than the CFO.

Post-pandemic working-from-home saves many businesses from rail disruption

Britain faces even more rail strikes in December and January, leading to an even greater increase in the number of people working remotely.

New graphics card could halve password cracking times

A password researcher has suggested that the new RTX 4090 graphics card from Nvidia could be powerful enough to set new records for password-cracking. Password researcher Sam Croley, a core developer at Hashcat, said last month that the RTX 4090 registers “at an insane >2x uplift over the 3090 for nearly every algorithm".

Less than a quarter of organisations fully confident ex-workers can’t access company infrastructure

New research from identity-native infrastructure access provider Teleport has revealed that less than a quarter of organisations are totally confident that their former workers are unable to access the company’s infrastructure.

Google rolls out passkeys for Chrome

Google has begun to officially rollout support for passkeys on its Chrome web browser. The tech giant’s next-generation passwordless login standard, available in version 108, initially began to be tested across Windows 11, macOS and Android around two months ago.

Survey: Over half of breaches preventable with available patches

Research from the Ponemon Institute has revealed that 57 per cent of victims of cyberattacks say that the breach could have been prevented if an available patch had been installed. The research has highlighted the importance of frequent patching in preventing external attacks targeting application vulnerabilities.

Worldwide cybersecurity labour shortage worsens despite new hiring

A new survey has revealed that the number of unfulfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide rose 26.2 per cent last year to 3.4 million. The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) report showed that, despite hundreds of thousands of new workers being trained and hired, the labour shortage in cybersecurity is worsening.

Android devices leak Wi-Fi traffic even with VPN features enabled

A security audit from Mullvad VPN has revealed that Android devices leak certain traffic when connected to a Wi-Fi network, even if virtual private network (VPN) features designed to protect data sent via the public internet are enabled. The audit found that Android’s mobile OS was sending connectivity checks outside of the VPN tunnel.

Ofcom announces 'softer' net-neutrality guidelines

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that it has revised its guidance on the 'net neutrality' protection rules in the UK. The new proposal, which will soften some of the existing rules, aims to ensure that ISPs have the ability to innovate, develop new services and manage their networks as the online world continues to develop.

Survey: Gen Z, Millennials more careless about cybersecurity than older colleagues

Generation Z and millennial workers are less likely to comply with their employer's cybersecurity policies compared to their senior Gen X and baby boomer colleagues, a new survey has found.

Windows Subsystem for Android available on Windows 11

A tweet from a Microsoft development manager has revealed that Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is now live.

Google Cloud announces new partnership with crypto exchange

Google Cloud has announced a new long-term strategic partnership with crypto exchange Coinbase “to better serve the growing Web3 ecosystem and its developers.” The deal will allow Coinbase to benefit from Google Cloud’s infrastructure and data analytics and expand the business scope of cryptocurrency.

Liquid cooling becomes mainstream to improve energy efficiency

Companies in China are adopting liquid cooling technology in a bid to improve energy efficiency. According to Alan Chang, VP of Technical Operations, Inspur Systems: “The request for liquid cooling has been crazy.”

FAX Services set to become nearly obsolete thanks to proposed Ofcom rule changes

The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has announced changes to telecoms rules, meaning that there may not longer be an obligation for telecoms firms to provide FAX services to their customers.

Public cloud spending to hit $591.8bn by 2023

New research from Gartner has found that global end-user spending on public cloud services is set to reach $591.8 billion by 2023, up from $490.3 billion this year and beyond the year’s 18.8 per cent growth forecast.

Cybersecurity firm mitigates DDoS attack with 25.3 billion requests

Cybersecurity firm Imperva has revealed that earlier this year it mitigated a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack with more than 25.3 billion requests. The attack targeted an unidentified Chinese telecoms firm and is reported to have lasted for around four hours, peaking at 3.9 million RPS (requests per second).

Openreach announces pilot of faster FTTP Broadband ISP speeds in the UK

BT Openreach has announced that it is planning to launch a new pilot which will enable UK ISPs to test faster broadband tiers on its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network. Downstream connection speeds of 1.2Gbps and 1.8Gbps are likely to be tested, up from a current maximum of 1Gbps.

UK firms expect 44 per cent of staff to work from home 3-4 days per week

New research published by Mitel has explored the efforts of companies to update their business communications in order to better support hybrid work practices. The research, conducted by analyst firm Techaisle, surveyed 1,361 organisations of up to 10,000 employees in the UK, France, Germany, the US and Australia.

CityFibre announces its full-fibre broadband covers two million UK premises

CityFibre has announced that its new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network now covers two million homes in the UK, representing 25 per cent of its target.

Spell-checking leaking data on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome

Security firm Otto JavaScript Security (Otto-js) has revealed that spell-checking features in both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are leaking sensitive user information to Microsoft and Google, respectively.

Tech salaries on the rise as firms struggle to fill skills gap

New research has revealed that employers are finding it increasingly difficult to fill tech jobs due to a shrinking talent pool.

Report finds "most" hackers exfiltrate data within just five hours

A survey by cyber security training firm SANS has found that around two-thirds of ‘ethical’ hackers are able to successfully collect and exfiltrate data within just five hours of gaining access.

IT budgets forecast to rise in 2023

A new report has indicated that companies are poised to increase their spending on IT next year, despite fears of a recession. The 2023 State of IT report, from Spiceworks Ziff Davis (SWZD), surveyed nearly 1,000 IT buyers and found that, despite 83 per cent worrying that a recession could hit their business next year, slightly more than half were planning to increase their IT spending.

First contracts awarded under government’s Project Gigabit Subsidy programme

The UK government has awarded the first two subsidy contracts under its £5 billion Project Gigabit, which aims to deliver high-speed broadband to the hardest to reach areas of the UK that might otherwise not be reached by commercial rollouts.

Akamai flags 13 Million malicious domains per month

Content delivery network Akamai found that almost 79 million newly observed domains (NODs) in the first half of the year were malicious. The company says this equals approximately 13 million malicious domains per month, which represents 20.1 per cent of all the NODs that were successfully resolved.

UK employees work in the office just 1.5 days a week

Employees in the UK work just 1.5 days a week in the office, a new study has found. According to the Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) Hybrid Working Index study, average office attendance stands at just 26 per cent. Globally, employees spend an average of 1.4 days per week in the office, with the UK figures slightly higher.

Elon Musk's SpaceX to deliver 4G and 5G mobile from space

Elon Musk has announced that his company’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) based Starlink satellites will soon be able to connect with 4G and 5G-based mobile phones, a development which the company says will mean there will be “No more cell phone dead zones“.

Gigabit broadband technology now an option for 70 per cent of the UK

Independent broadband news and information site Think Broadband has revealed that 70 per cent of the UK now has the option to access a gigabit broadband technology. The site recorded that at the end of 2021 the UK gigabit coverage level was 67.6 per cent. Full fibre roll-outs across the UK have boosted this number up to 70.2 per cent, based on a UK premises database count of 31.4 million.

Enterprise servers to benefit from SmartNICs after VMware move

Enterprise servers have begun to move into SmartNICs and VMware, with Nvidia and AMD announcing that their data processing units (DPUs) are now supported by VMware’s hypervisor. Nvidia and AMD both announced the news at last month’s VMware Explore conference, with Intel expected to follow later on this year.

Worldwide PC and tablet shipments forecast to decline in 2022 and 2023

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has forecast that global shipments of PCs and tablets will decline during 2022 and 2023 amid challenging market conditions. Despite this, the IDC says that the outlook for shipments remains higher than pre-pandemic levels and that it expects growth to return in 2024.

USB Promoter Group announces major update for next-generation USB

The USB Promoter Group has announced the release of its next-generation USB, which is reported to be one of the fastest connectors on the market. The USB 4 version 2 has received a major update enabling it to provide up to 80 Gbps of data performance over the USB Type-C® cable and connector.

Nokia and Ericsson trial separate network slicing solutions

Nokia and Ericsson have separately announced that they have successfully trialled slicing solutions with Google for Android devices and 4G/5G networks.

WightFibre becomes first operator to switch off its copper network in the UK

Broadband Internet Service Provider WightFibre says it has become the first UK telecoms provider to switch off its old copper network.

Hackers scan for vulnerabilities within just 15 minutes

Palo Alto's 2022 Unit 42 Incident Response Report has revealed that system administrators have only 15 minutes to patch disclosed security vulnerabilities. This is less time than previously thought, meaning that system administrators, network admins and security professionals are under additional pressure, on top of trying to keep up with the latest security threats and OS issues.

No More Ransom initiative marks its 6th anniversary

An initiative that was launched to help victims of ransomware has celebrated its six-year anniversary. No More Ransom which was launched to help victims decrypt their files has grown from four partners to 188 over the past six years and has contributed 136 decryption tools covering 165 ransomware families, helping more than 1.5 million people decrypt their devices all over the world.

Microsoft announces successful test of new hydrogen fuel cell system

Microsoft has announced that it has successfully tested a hydrogen fuel cell system to replace its data centre backup power systems. The fuel cell system has a capacity of 3MW and is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by replacing the existing diesel backup generators.

Ireland formalises policy rules on data centres

Irish premier Michael Martin has sought to clarify the government's position on datacentres, after it imposed emergency restrictions on their construction. The measures were brought in last year after planning errors meant that the country's electricity grid was unable to cope with supporting what is Ireland's fastest-growing industry.

Tech companies collaborate to build cybersecurity framework

18 tech companies have joined together to build a common data standard for sharing cybersecurity information and integrating cyber products.

Industry fails to highlight the importance of MFA to SMEs

A report by the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) has found that only 46 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) worldwide have implemented multifactor authentication (MFA) technology, and only 13 per cent insist on using MFA for employee accounts or applications.

Microsoft reveals on-going Phishing scam which can beat MFA

Microsoft has revealed a large-scale phishing scam that has targeted at least 10,000 organisations since September last year. The ongoing campaign, which can hack into user accounts even when they are protected by multi-factor authentication (MFA) measures, begins with a phishing email with an HTML attachment leading to the proxy server.

UK homeworking numbers more than double to 9.9 million

The number of people working from home in the UK has more than doubled since 2019. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), homeworking increased by 108.8 per cent between October to December 2019 and January to March 2022, from 4.7 million people to 9.9 million people now working from home.

Meta, Microsoft, Google and Amazon bid to abandon the Leap Second

Tech giants Google, Microsoft, Meta and Amazon have joined together to launch a public effort ditch the leap second, a one-second adjustment occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which keeps the clocks in sync with the Earth's actual rotation.

Global sales of PCs have dropped at the fastest rate in nine years, Gartner says

The technological research and consulting firm Gartner has reported that the worldwide PC market has declined by 12.6 per cent and that EMEA PC shipments have dropped 18 per cent in the second quarter.

Study: Identity Access Management spending set for 62 per cent rise

A new study has revealed that global Identity Access Management (IAM) spending is set to rise from an expected $16 billion this year to $26 billion in 2027, a 62 per cent increase.

Microsoft announces new release cycle for Windows

Microsoft has announced that it will be returning to a three-year release cycle for new versions of Windows. The shift in schedule comes only a year after Microsoft announced that it was switching to a yearly release cycle. However, the company has decided to move to a more traditional schedule, which will see major releases every three years with an increase in rollouts of new feature in between.

Hyperoptic FTTP rollout passes milestone of 100,000 new build homes

Internet service provider Hyperoptic has announced that it has now connected its full-fibre broadband to over 100,000 new build properties in the UK. The announcement marks a key milestone for the city-focused broadband provider, which is aiming to connect a further 100,000 new build premises over the next 12 months to its full-fibre network.

Wildanet expands FTTP rollout to Devon

Wildanet, a rural-focused ISP which is rolling out a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband network in parts of Cornwall, has announced that its rollout has now been expanded into the neighbouring South West county of Devon.

First BeFibre customers go live in Essex

Internet service provider BeFibre has announced that its new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network has gone live in the Essex town of Brentwood. The network, which is being built by network operator Digital Infrastructure, plans to cover one million premises across the UK by the end of 2027 and has now gone live in its first location, with Brentwood being one of the firm's first build sites.

Connect Fibre to extend broadband deployment to Nottinghamshire

Internet service provider Connect Fibre has announced that it will extend its deployment of its gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to Nottinghamshire. The network operator, which is aiming for its rollout to ultimately cover 100,000 premises across the East of England, will start the latest phase of its deployment in the village of Edwinstowe.

Zzoomm reveals full fibre coverage of 50,000 UK premises

Internet service provider Zzoomm has revealed that its new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network has expanded to now cover approximately 50,000 premises. The figures, released as part of Zzoom’s annual results, demonstrate the significant growth made by the company since December 2021 when its network had covered just 10,000 premises.


Contact us

hSo ISO 9001 Seal
hSo ISO 14001 Seal
hSo ISO 20000 Seal
hSo ISO 27001 Seal
Cyber Essentials logo
Internet Service Providers Association logo
Internet Telephony Service Providers Association logo
LINX logo
RIPE logo
AWS Partner Network logo
Microsoft Partner logo
Crown Commercial Service supplier logo