techUK: ‘Disorderly Brexit’ would harm tech sector

A “disorderly” Brexit would be “highly disruptive” for the UK’s tech sector, industry body techUK has said as it outlined recommendations for the government’s negotiations over the exit from the UK.

Lloyds target of two-day DDoS attack

Lloyds Banking Group experienced a 48-hour distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack this month as cyber criminals attempted to block access to millions of accounts, demanding a large ransom to end the onslaught.

Business success tied to artificial intelligence - study

New research places a link between business revenue and the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) - with a few reservations, of course. A report by technology consultancy Infosys, who polled 1,600 business decision-makers around the world, found that those who have implemented AI technology forecast a 39 per cent increase in revenue by 2020, alongside a 37 per cent drop in costs.

Online fraud ‘most common crime’

Online fraud is now the most common crime in the country with new figures showing one in ten people have fallen victim to it. Data from the annual Crime Survey of England and Wales shows more than five-and-a-half million cyber offences take place each year - nearly 50 per cent of all crime in the country.

Executives: business intelligence and data analytics ‘crucial’

The majority of c-level executives say business intelligence (BI) and data analytics will be “crucial” to the future of their businesses - but many lack coherent strategies for putting such platforms into place.

UK lags behind US on tackling internet disruption

US firms appear to be better prepared for managing internet disruptions than their UK peers over the pond, new research from Dyn suggests. The company’s poll of US and UK IT teams reveals that the average internet disruption takes twice as long to rectify here as it does in America.

Yahoo set to change name to Altaba

Yahoo has plans to change its name to Altaba once its acquisition by US telecoms firm Verizon is complete - although many of its best-known products are set to keep the Yahoo brand.

Churches offer broadband hope to hard to reach rural areas

The Government is turning to the Church as part of its plans to roll out faster broadband connections to remote rural areas of the UK.

20 per cent of smartphone users will call on assistants by 2019

The rise of the personal assistant: in three years’ time, 20 per cent of users will interact with their smartphones via Virtual Personal Assistants (VPAs) like Apple’s Siri, according to new research. A study by Gartner found advances in “various technologies” will drive users to interact with their smartphones in more intuitive ways.

Business broadband funding ‘must be well spent’

The government must spend its new investment in broadband infrastructure so it properly benefits companies, a business organisation has said.

French employees win right to not check emails out of hours

Workers in France now have the legal right to not check work emails outside their working hours, under changes to employment law in the country.

Mozilla to ditch Windows XP and Vista support in 2017

Mozilla is to end support for its Firefox browser that runs in Windows XP and Windows Vista in 2017. The firm is one of the last remaining browsers that provides support for the Microsoft operating systems. In a statement Mozilla said that Windows XP and Vista users will automatically be moved to its Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) around March 2017.

Lack of cyber skills hitting businesses hard

Companies’ lack of cyber security skills means they’re struggling to detect, prevent and deal with cyber crime, a new research report suggests. A study by Enterprise Strategy Group and the Information Systems Security Association found:

Public sector bodies to help speed up broadband

Public sector organisations could be urged to join a scheme that would see them become ‘anchor’ tenants for faster broadband networks in parts of the country where speeds are poor, it has been reported.

Multi-million-pound broadband boost for business

A £440 million investment in broadband infrastructure will help hundreds of thousands of businesses get superfast broadband, the government says. It has unlocked funding to give business premises in hard-to-reach parts of the UK quick and reliable internet connections which are a “vital” part of modern life.

Business broadband: Govt support ‘vital’

The government must “step up” and deliver a fast, quality broadband provision to the country’s small businesses, a leading business group has said.

Service concerns and edge issues top VoIP complaints

Users running hosted VoIP services have named quality of service and edge issues as their main gripes with the unified comms product. The SIP Survey 2016 found 27 per cent of users have experienced edge issues like badly configured firewalls, NAT (network address translation) or SBC (session border controllers), Computing reported.

EU launches £420m fund for broadband infrastructure

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have announced plans for a €500 million (£420 million) fund for broadband infrastructure upgrades across the EU. The Connecting Europe Broadband Fund was described as an “important step” in deploying high-capacity networks necessary to drive Europe’s digital economy and society.

‘Smart offices’ could boost economy by £70bn

Smart use of office spaces to make them more conducive to productive working could boost the economy by as much as £70 million, according to new research. A poll of business leaders, property experts and academics by the Stoddart Review found only around half (53 per cent) of employees say their current working environment allows them to work productively.

Young workers set to abandon PCs

Young people preparing to enter the workplace are set to abandon the traditional desktop PC and work phone as they embrace smartphones, apps and the latest technologies. New research from Fuze finds a “disconnect” between current workplace technology and the demands of young people, which it dubs the App Generation, who have grown up with the internet and evolving tech.

Desktops ‘still most popular workplace device’

Desktop computers are still the most popular corporate device in the workplace, new research suggests. A study by Gartner found although 80 per cent of workers received one or more corporate-issued devices, more than half received a corporate-issued PC.

Majority of firms neglecting cyber security, study says

Nearly three-quarters of UK firms (74 per cent) say they are not doing anywhere near enough to protect themselves against cyber attacks and data breaches, according to a new study.

Black Friday: Retailers report strong sales

Black Friday 2016 has been judged a success with retailers and payment processing firms all reporting strong sales for the event. Barclaycard reported a record number of transactions and major retailers including Argos and John Lewis say they experienced a surge in orders. Now in its third year in the UK, Black Friday is a popular discount day event that started in the US.

Small firms ‘can double’ Black Friday sales

Black Friday doesn’t just present an opportunity for big businesses: small firms can reap rewards too, according to a website building platform. Weebly said while Black Friday sees huge discounts from some of the biggest global brands, small online businesses are also taking full advantage of the yearly event, doubling their sales across the weekend on average.

Rethink your meetings, businesses told

Businesses should consider working out how much they’re spending on meetings and try and curb costs if possible, an energy expert has said.

Businesses face demise unless they tackle ‘digital disruption’

Close to half of British firms (44 per cent) say they fear their business will not exist in its current form by 2021 because of the impact of digital disruption, according to a new study.

Employers failing to embrace mobile technology, study finds

Employers are failing to take advantage of mobile-friendly technologies and are relying on outmoded workplace processes instead, according to a report. A study by Changepoint found that while the workforce is mobile-savvy, their employers aren’t - and they’re eager to work with new tools and platforms that suit their mobile preferences.

Cloud tops IT investment for 2017

The cloud is IT professionals’ top investment priority for 2017, according to a poll by Information Week. Its annual survey of IT spending priorities found that cloud spending is “far and away” IT managers’ most important area of spend for the months to come, with 36 per cent citing cloud as the technology that will receive the greatest investment at their companies in 2017.

Worries over digital privacy after Trump victory

Donald Trump’s ascension to the US presidency has left tech experts worried he could abuse the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance powers, having a knock-on effect on cloud computing and digital privacy, it has been reported.

Broadband ‘modern-day essential’

Broadband is now seen as a modern-day essential alongside things like food, housing, water and energy, new research from Which? shows. Nine in 10 of the 2,000 people polled by the consumer group rank broadband as being essential to their day-to-day lives, and more essential than mobile phones and TVs.

BT, Dropbox, Google and Mozy change cloud storage terms

BT, Dropbox, Google and Mozy have agreed to be clearer about their terms and conditions in positive news for the cloud industry and a move that should give cloud users fairer deals. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has worked with the four companies to ensure cloud storage users are made aware of any changes to the services they offer. Each firm has committed to:

Big data ‘could curb healthcare costs’

Big data could have an important role to play in helping governments and healthcare providers manage their budgets efficiently, a new report suggests. A study by Lux Research found advanced big data and analytics technologies could play a key role in helping the healthcare industry curb unnecessary spending.

Government announces £1.9bn cyber security investment

The government is to investment £1.9 billion in the UK’s cyber security defence to make it “one of the safest places in the world” to do business. Under a new cyber security plan outlined by the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, the UK will develop a “world-class” cyber strategy to protect businesses, citizens and the economy.

VoIP cyber attacks 'on the rise'

Cyber attacks using the VoIP protocol Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) are on the rise, accounting for more than 51 per cent of security ‘events’ monitored by IBM’s Security Intelligence Group over the past 12 months, it has been reported. SIP is a communications protocol for signalling and controlling multimedia communication session such as voice and video calls.

Councils urged to invest in cybercrime

Local authorities are being urged to consider the importance of cyber investment after research showed many councils spend more on health and safety training than the do training in data protection and cyber security.

Call for broadband ‘social tariff’

Those most in need should be given financial help to pay for fast broadband, a body representing councils in England and Wales says. The Local Government Association (LGA) wants the government to include a social tariff in its broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), ensuring low-income families get at least 10Mbps.

Fraud and cybercrime in UK costs £10.9bn

Cybercrime and fraud is costing businesses and individuals £10.9 billion every year, or £210 for every adult, awareness group Get Safe Online is warning. The organisation said that figure could actually be much higher, closer to £520, which is more than the average weekly earnings figure for the UK.

British firms not concerned about business continuity risks

Some British companies remain unconcerned about the risks data security and power loss pose to their business, a new report suggests. Some 15 per cent of small and medium-sized firms polled by Barclays said they didn’t think of data breaches and cyber crime as being a “major risk” to their operations.

Data security: Companies planning to ditch passwords

Businesses are planning to ditch passwords as they look to strengthen their authentication processes, new research finds. A poll of IT decision-makers at 200 firms by Wakefield Research found 69 per cent of organisations are likely to completely phase-out passwords within the next 5 years.

Rural broadband lagging behind claims farmers union

The state of rural broadband and mobile phone coverage is significantly lagging behind, according to survey results by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

One in four broadband customers willing to switch, survey finds

One in four internet customers would be willing to switch providers this year according to a survey. A new study carried out by EY found that up to a quarter of us would be prepared to change internet providers. This is an increase from just over one in five (21 per cent) when the last survey was carried out in 2013.

Tory government to review policy over 'dysfunctional rural broadband'

The UK government could be set to improve rural broadband, after comments made by the prime minister, Theresa May, in her closing speech.

Communities gain access to superfast broadband across Warwickshire thanks to roll-out

Thanks to a superfast broadband project, hundreds of houses in Warwickshire are set to gain access to faster internet. The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) project helps get difficult to reach premises and homes not on a commercial roll-out gain access to superfast broadband.

Manchester tech companies frustrated over broadband connections

Businesses in Manchester are frustrated at their broadband connections, according to the latest YouGov study, commissioned by WiredScore. Manchester tech companies, the largest tech cluster outside of London, are becoming increasingly frustrated at the poor connectivity experienced in the city.

Broadband speed boost for hundreds of Bury businesses

Over 200 businesses in Bury are set to get a broadband boost thanks to a connection grant provided by Bury Council.

UK's broadband infrastructure 'seriously lagging' according to business secretary

The UK’s broadband infrastructure came under intense fire, in a speech made by Business Secretary Greg Clark at a recent conference. Mr Clark was speaking at the latest Institute of Directors’ annual conference in London when he made the comments.

North Shields the latest in North East region to connect to superfast broadband

A historic square in North Shields is set to become one of the first locations across the city to benefit from having access to superfast broadband. Thanks to the Digital Durham programme, approximately 100 homes and businesses are set to be connected to the superfast fibre broadband.

Another 300 properties connected as part of Digital Scotland project

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband has continued its roll-out of superfast broadband by connecting 300 houses and businesses in West Scotland. The new connection has resulted in properties around Drumchapel gaining access to superfast internet in conjunction with a wider Scotland £410 million roll-out.

IT spending to hit $3.5 trillion in 2017

IT spending is set to hit $3.5 trillion in 2017 as companies continue to invest in software and IT services, forecasts suggest. Tech analyst Gartner said worldwide IT spending will rise 2.9 per cent next year, from 2016 estimated spending of $3.4 trillion.

Current Scottish government broadband strategy insufficient, report finds

The Scottish Government’s broadband strategy is insufficient and failing rural communities, according to a report by the Scottish Rural Action (SRA).

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