ICO report finds data breaches up in Q1

The latest report from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the volume of data security incidents recorded in the first quarter of 2018, shows a growing problem.

Which? finds broadband connections lagging behind advertised speeds

Only around half of UK households actually receive the broadband speeds they pay for, which are advertised by their providers. This is according to consumer champions Which, who found that the average speeds received by households on 38Mbps contracts was actually just 19Mbps.

Openreach struggling with permissions for City broadband roll-out

The rolling out of superfast broadband in the City of London has been big news, but provider Openreach, says it is struggling to get the permissions it needs to complete the work.

Commercial 5G network slated for 2019 launch

Superfast mobile broadband technology could be just around the corner for the UK’s phone-owners as plans accelerate to launch the next-generation 5G network in 2019 - according to BT’s CEO. Gavin Patterson, the CEO of the BT Group, said that their mobile-operating group EE is planning to launch a “commercial product” in the next 18 months.

Report: attackers still using old vulnerabilities to fuel new attacks

Cyber criminals are still using cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks and other oft-overlooked methods of entry to gain access to compromised users, a new study has found.

MPs write to government in support of rural connectivity improvements

A group of some 56 MPs have written to the Digital Secretary asking for more to be done to improve both broadband speeds and mobile connectivity in rural areas.

Companies are too slow to report data breaches, finds report

The number of days between a company discovering a data breach and disclosing it to stakeholders is decreasing but is still too high to comply with the requirements of the GDPR, a new report finds. According to an analysis carried out by Risk Based Security, the average time it takes for a business to report a data or security breach is still 37.9 days.

Majority of businesses 'unprepared for new data security laws'

A new survey has revealed that 73 per cent of British businesses are unaware of their lawful obligations with regards to processing data ahead of the introduction of GDPR regulations on 25th May.

Openreach extends standalone FTTC product trial

BT’s infrastructure arm Openreach has announced plans to extend its current trial for its Single Order Ethernet Access (SOGEA) product, which will allow users to take up a standalone FTTC broadband line without any phone services attached.

Businesses still at risk of ransomware attacks, warns expert

The world’s businesses are still at a high risk of attracting ransomware-based attacks, according to a new report. Despite the frequency of such events falling off towards the end of 2017, new research undertaken by security firm F-Secure finds that there has been another marked increase in ransomware events this year.

CityFibre taken private by consortium in £538m deal

Broadband provider CityFibre has been bought by a consortium of investors including West Street Infrastructure Partners, an arm of Goldman Sachs, and Antin Infrastructure Partners.

DDoS attacks-for-hire site shut down

European law enforcement report that they have successfully shut down a popular attacks-for-hire website and arrested its administrators.

Dutch scientists use ADSL to boost possible fibre speeds

A team of scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have discovered a way to borrow technology from ADSL and VDSL (FTTC) networks in order to boost fibre optic (FTTH/P) line speeds. The Dutch researchers have examined a range of techniques, including implementing adaptive modulation techniques, to look at how the limitations of optical fibre cables can be overcome.

Community Fibre attracts funding for full fibre project

London-based internet service provider Community Fibre has secured some GBP18m in funding from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund (NDIF), which is backed by the UK government.

Openreach mulls wholesale line rental network closure

BT network operator Openreach has announced that it is considering the withdrawal of its Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) service by the year 2025, the system that underpins many of the country’s traditional copper phone lines (PSTN/POTS).

DDoS attack impacts are more than financial, finds survey

A new survey has estimated the financial impact of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack at £35,000 – but there could be far deeper lying impacts on a company.

Scottish minister says UK broadband USO is unfair to Scottish users

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has spoken out against UK broadband funding plans that will “short change” Scotland.

Report: alternative FTTP networks reach 1 million

A new report has found that alternative network service providers are providing superfast, “full fibre” services to more than 1 million homes and businesses across the UK, suggesting that the market is open for new innovators.

Ryanair backs public cloud with AWS deal

Low-cost airline company Ryanair is poised to take a large chunk of its online operations to the public cloud after signing an enormous deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Ryanair has aimed to close the “vast majority” of its datacentres for some time, targeting a final date of 2021 for them all to be closed.

Apple’s offices and data centres now run on 100% renewable power

As the green data centre movement gathers pace, multinational tech giant Apple has claimed that 100 per cent of the energy that is used at its enormous Waukee, Iowa facility is renewable.

Hackers steal data from 150m fitness app users

More than 150 million users of diet and fitness app MyFitnessPal have had their accounts hacked after a major security breach, according to an official announcement. Run by American sports and fitness apparel manufacturer Under Armour, the app revealed that the user names, encrypted passwords and email addresses of at least 150 million of their subscribers were stolen in February.

Ofcom given affordable 10mbps broadband deadline

The government has announced a final deadline for implementing rules that will make superfast broadband available to all homes and businesses in the UK by 2020, according to reports this week.

$2tn fine looms for Facebook after data breaches

Social media site operator Facebook could be facing a multi-trillion dollar fine on the back of an investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into the tech giant’s role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Virgin Media expands Project Lightning and offers record speeds

Thousands of households in Scotland are this week welcoming news from Virgin Media that they will have access to ultrafast broadband.

New 1Gbps FTTH service planned for Isle of Wight

A £35 million project to bring ultrafast Gigabit-capable FTTH broadband to the Isle of Wight’s businesses and homes has been agreed, with completion pencilled in for 2022.

Report: processor attacks to pose further threat

A new report has highlighted the potential dangerous consequences of a series of processor flaws that first appeared earlier this year, warning that such vulnerabilities could be exploited further.

UK companies 'not prepared' for possible cloud outages

Around 77 per cent of UK companies are failing to prepare themselves for possible cloud outages, according to a recent study conducted by Veritas Technologies'.

NHS employees are putting data at risk 'every day'

New research has found that staff at NHS trusts are putting sensitive patient records and data at risk of cyber crime on a daily basis, though not through any fault of their own.

Spring Statement promises digital skills backing

Philip Hammond’s latest Spring Statement has reconfirmed the government’s commitment to the UK’s tech businesses, with funding and support confirmed for new 5G networks, full-fibre broadband services and digital skills projects.

UK ranks among leaders for cloud computing policies

The UK is among the very strongest countries when it comes to cloud computing, according to the latest Global Cloud Computing Scorecard by the British Software Alliance (BSA).

Online security certification scheme launched in UK

A new police-backed certification scheme has been launched in the UK with the intention of encouraging businesses to improve their online security practices - and to recognise those who have already safeguarded their cyber activity - after a pilot of the programme was announced today.

VoIP network provider to be investigated by Ofcom

Ofcom, the communications watchdog, has announced it is launching an investigation into network provider Vonage over the availability of its Voice-over-IP (VoIP) network.

Human error responsible for “two-thirds” of lost data

A new study has found that human error alone was responsible for two-thirds of the compromised records lost in the past year to cyber attackers.

Court tells UK Government to rewrite Snoopers’ Charter

A high court has held that the UK Government must rewrite certain sections of the controversial Snoopers’ Charter that have been deemed illegal, particularly those passages that address companies retaining the public’s data. Ministers have been given a deadline of July 2018 to rewrite sections of the legislation that the government has acknowledged are unlawful.

FBI gathers cloud intelligence as it prepares to move off-promise

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly consulting cloud computing providers about the logistics of moving its data operations off-site, with the organisation aiming to be cloud-first in the next few years.

UK local authorities are “unprepared” for cyber attacks

A new report has suggested that the majority of councils and local authorities in the UK are at a significant risk of having crucial IT systems breached, with the majority of staff lacking even basic security training. According to privacy advocacy group Big Brother Watch, more than a quarter of UK councils have experienced a system breach in the past five years,

EE to offer rural homes first taste of superfast broadband via antenna

Homeowners in rural Lancashire will be welcoming news that EE is rolling out 4G broadband service to around 8,000 users in the region. Until now, these homes could only access broadband at speeds of up to 10Mbps. Now, through EE’s 4G network, they could be reaching speeds of around 100Mbps, if trials in Cumbria generated accurate results.

“Fastest ever” 10Gbps FTTP broadband network tested in London

A British ISP has tested what it claims is the “fastest ever” home broadband service in East London, achieving a consistent 10 Gbps connection in its trial.

Study: users will share personal data when they trust collectors

New research carried out by the Open Data Institute (ODI) has found that the general public are comfortable sharing personal data if they trust the organisation collecting it and have been told how it will be used.

IT managers are 'unaware' of pressures of job

A report into the work-life balance that IT managers enjoy has suggested that unspoken concerns about busy schedules and hectic workplaces can lead towards employees leaving and heightened workplace stress.

British Councils urge GDPR caution and request funding help

An organisation representing several of the UK’s local authorities has called on the government to make more of an effort to support councils when it comes to complying with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

UK businesses poorly prepared for cloud security risks

A recent report has suggested that many British businesses lack the tools, protocols and skills necessary to ensure that their cloud computing processes are secured.

Broadband consumers given more rights if connection speeds fall short

Ofcom has confirmed that it will be bringing in new guidelines for internet service providers later this year that will give consumers the right to walk away from their contracts if broadband speeds dip below what has been promised.

1 in 3 UK businesses to invest in connectivity in 2018

More than one in three of all UK firms intend to invest in new digital connectivity products in 2018, a new survey of British businesses has found, with the majority aiming for superfast broadband services.

Report: cyber security specialist pay to grow by 7%

A new report on how well different professionals are paid in the UK has revealed that salaries for increasingly popular IT roles, such as cyber security, will grow in the next year.

Sky TV to begin streaming through broadband networks

Sky TV customers will no doubt be welcoming the news that the firm is planning to provide its service through broadband networks.

GDPR to have positive effects outside of Europe, says US group

A US consumer group has predicted that the impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will force organisations around the world to improve their data protection practices.

Church spires to house digital infrastructure to improve connectivity

An agreement between the Church of England and various government departments means that rural homes in England could be getting better broadband connections with the help of community churches.

Security flaws in licence management system could 'affect thousands'

Researchers have warned that a series of security flaws found in a widely-used software management system could affect thousands of critical systems across the corporate world.

NHS Digital says public cloud “safe place” for patient data

The technology division of the National Health Service (NHS) has said that it believes the public cloud is a good place to store patient information despite recent high-profile cyberattacks.

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