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.

Expert: cyber attacks could have same financial clout as hurricane

One of the world’s leading cyber security experts has claimed that the economic damage of a major cyber-attack against a large cloud services provider could match that wrought by a destructive hurricane.

AI and SaaS to boost enterprise software spending

Market analysis firm Gartner has forecast that businesses will be spending far more on IT software going into 2018, with AI and digital transformation projects spurring greater expenditure.

Cloud-enabling hardware in demand for enterprises

A new market survey has found that cloud-enabling hardware for public and private use is in high demand among enterprises, with the total revenue generated by sales swelling to twice the level seen in 2013.

Cloud to account for 95 per cent of data centre traffic by 2021

The cloud is set to account for 95 per cent of data centre traffic by the year 2021, marking an increase of 88 per cent from 2016, according to a new report from Cisco.

Cabinet Office to adopt civil service shared IT programme

The Cabinet Office has announced that it will make strides to implement a shared services model for IT services, similar to that seen elsewhere in the civil service, in a move it says will save taxpayers millions.

Superfast FTTC broadband deal extended in Yorkshire

The Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) project has awarded its £20.5 million Phase 3 contract to Openreach, which will allow FTTC and FTTP superfast broadband to be extended to a further 14,000 homes and businesses.

Pilot scheme to boost connectivity across Wales

Julie James, Welsh minister for digital infrastructure, has revealed that research has been commissioned on the most effective measures to guarantee that new homes and businesses in rural communities in Wales are connected to broadband.

Billionaire to bring superfast FTTC to Wiltshire village

The billionaire owner of successful fashion chain H&M has, along with his staff, used his money and manpower to attempt to bring superfast FTTC broadband to a rural village in Wiltshire.

Ransomware to target cloud computing, experts predict

Ransomware is likely to become one of the biggest cyber threats to face businesses in 2018 as ransomware experts begin targeting the growing number of cloud computing companies, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has revealed.

UK firms lack data quality to meet GDPR, finds Royal Mail research

A survey conducted by the Royal Mail’s Data Services arm has discovered that three in 10 companies across the UK are not upholding data quality standards that are required by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to be written into UK law from next year.

Cyber skills shortage blamed for data security breaches

Around 70 per cent of the world's IT professionals say they believe a lack of cyber security skills has had a negative impact on their company.

Google launches cyber security company

Google’s parent company Alphabet has announced it is launched a cyber security company that will be fuelled by technology from its research and development programme, also known as X.

UK homes and businesses gain right to high-speed broadband

The government has announced that every home and business in the UK will have a legal right to high-speed broadband services by the year 2020, rejecting BT’s voluntary proposal to provide the same services.

Government calls for greater sharing of 5G infrastructure

The government has updated its existing 5G strategy, launched earlier this year as part of the Spring Budget, to include extra details of how the new mobile network will be rolled out in the UK.

Half of IT professionals question data security

It leaders across Europe have expressed their concern about the number of organisations who can access their personal data and the lack of trust in IT data security across the industry.

B4RN community broadband project breaks ground in Norfolk

Those living in remote, rural parts of Norfolk will finally be gaining access to superfast broadband services after a recently formed community group, B4RN East Anglia, started construction of their new crowdfunded FTTH network.

Quarter of SMEs say digital skills not needed for business growth

A new study has found that a quarter of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK do not believe that employees with good digital skills are necessary for their businesses to grow.

Half of firms 'can't fight cyber attacks'

Only half of British companies feel they have the capability to deal with a cyberattack, according to a new study conducted by CW Jobs. Around 50 per cent of IT workers also feel as though they have not been correctly trained in cybersecurity, while only 23 per cent stated that they wouldn't be confident if they were expected to deal with the aftermath of a cyber attack.

Data security laws changed to protect researchers

The government has announced it will amend the data protection bill to ensure the protection of data security researchers who are responsible for uncovering any issues concerning the abuse of personal data.

Cloud computing revenues to reach $554bn by 2021

A new forecast released by the International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that worldwide cloud computing revenues will hit $554 billion by 2021, more than double the revenue achieved in 2016.

Cloud computing in healthcare set for $10bn worth by 2021

The healthcare market within the cloud computing industry is on course to be worth $10 billion by the year 2021, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

SaaS and IaaS markets drive $180bn cloud market

The success of IaaS and SaaS services has helped to drive annual cloud market revenues to $180 billion, according to figures from Synergy Research Group.

£6.2m investment to boost FTTC broadband across Worcestershire

A multi-million pound investment will see the roll out of superfast broadband across Worcestershire and the surrounding area, according to Worcestershire County Council.

TfL to bring 4G to tube after testing success

Travellers on London transport services could be able to access 4G mobile broadband whether above or below ground in just a few years, following Transport for London (TfL)’s announcement that it would build a system-wide network.

AI to be used in data centres to predict errors

One of the world’s leading hardware and cloud service providers says that its new artificial intelligence (AI)-based software can predict problems in infrastructure before human engineers can.

Micro SMEs 'not prioritising data security'

A new study has revealed that 64 per cent of UK small and medium sized businesses with fewer than 50 employees have created formal digital and data security strategies.

Plans for 5G mobile networks grow near with successful test

The advent of 5G mobile technology is growing nearer as a mobile operator has successfully delivered speeds of 2.8Gbps in and end-to-end test of its network, while another provider files a patent for what it calls “landmark” technology.

Fibre broadband network to be built along London’s sewer pipes

One of country’s communications service providers has revealed plans to distribute a new fibre broadband network throughout Thames Water’s water pipes in the capital. SSE Enterprise Telecom signed the agreement with the water provider to install fibre broadband cables throughout southeast England via sewage and wastewater pipes.

Only 20% of UK public trust companies with personal data

Just one fifth (20 per cent) of the UK’s citizens trust companies to keep their online information safe, a new report has revealed, while only 10 per cent of the country’s public understand how their personal data is used once collected.