Ten million homes to receive ultrafast broadband under Tories

At least 10 million homes across Britain will have access to ultrafast broadband by 2022 if the Conservatives win the General Election, Theresa May has announced.

Health sector 'sees most data breaches'

Around 43 per cent of all data breaches in the UK take place in the health sector, according to new statistics released by data security and encryption company Egress. According to the report, there have been a total of 2,447 data breaches between January 2014 and December 2016, which works out as almost four times more than the second highest in the sector, the local government.

Capital declared 'open to global tech' by Mayor of London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said the Capital is now open to technology investment from around the globe ahead of the London Technology Week festival, which begins on 12 June. According to Mr Khan, the festival will give the city to opportunity to showcase its ideas, and cement its position as Europe's leading technology hub.

Majority of public cloud databases are unencrypted

Research has revealed that 82 per cent of public cloud databases are unencrypted, leaving them completely open to cyber attacks and data theft.

Half of firms believe AI will change their industry

Nearly half of companies believe Artificial Intelligence (AI) will transform their industry, but only a third feel their business currently has the skills to adopt data-driven technologies.

Cloud computing moves past benefit 'tipping point'

Cloud computing is moving passed its benefit tipping point, with many of its capabilities and cost efficiencies now exceeding those achieved by in-house data centres around the world, according to a new white paper from the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC).

WannaCry attack: CIOs don’t see security as priority

Less than half of chief information officers (CIOs) see investment in cyber security as a priority, new research suggests.

CIOs have ‘major role’ to play in adopting AI

Chief information officers will have a “major role” to play in preparing their businesses for the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), IT experts say. Stephen Prentice, vice-president of Gartner, said the impact of AI in the workplace will “force” companies to rethink their business strategies.

Durham Police to use artificial intelligence to make custody decisions

Police in Durham are about to start using an artificial intelligence (AI) system to help officers decide whether or not to keep a suspect in custody. The system, called Hart, has shown to be 98 per cent accurate in tests, but some experts are warning it could skew decisions.

26,000 Debenhams Flowers customers hit by cyber attack

The personal information of 26,000 Debenhams Flowers customers has been compromised in a cyber attack. The attack, which targeted Ecomnova, a third-party company which owns the Flowers website, means payment details, names and addresses were potentially taken. The website is separate to Debenhams' main website, Debenhams.com, which was unaffected by the attack.

Mayor of London to appoint capital’s first chief digital officer

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is to appoint the capital’s first ever chief digital officer (CDO) as part of an effort to turn London into a ‘smart’ city. The new CDO will be responsible for building on existing digital initiatives and drafting a Smart London Strategy, designed to use more smart technologies.

UK’s 4G hot and not-spots revealed

The best place in the UK to enjoy mobile 4G coverage is Middlesbrough, and Bournemouth is the worst, according to a new report. Which?, the consumer group, and analyst Open Signal analysed data from mobile phones in 20 cities in the UK, drawing up a ranking of the good and not-so-good places to get decent 4G coverage. Top 5 Middlesbrough/Teesside - 82.7 per cent

Majority of banking projects 'in the cloud' by 2020

Cloud computing projects are set to become commonplace in the finance sector in the coming years as banks reveal they will start entrusting core systems to public cloud providers, according to an industry expert.

Firms still failing security basics, report finds

Businesses are still failing to take even the most basic steps to protect their companies from cyber crime, a new report from Verizon shows. The firm’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report found that, despite the risks, companies aren’t using strong passwords and are not protecting against decades-old, well-established forms of cyber crime.

Tech 'fastest-growing sector' in Greater Birmingham

The digital technology sector is set to become the fastest-growing industry in Greater Birmingham in the next five years, a new study has predicted. According to research by property group JLL and business consultancy Tech City UK, the tech sector will add £1.1 billion in GVA to the economy in the city's wider regions by 2022.

Public sector ‘must be prepared’ for switch to cloud computing

There are a host of benefits for councils and other public sector organisations moving to the cloud - but they must “do their homework” before switching, according to a new study. Researchers at Brunel University London said local authorities should prepare thoroughly and have proper leadership in place before they move IT services to the internet.

One third of CIOs admit falling victim to security breaches

One third of CIOs have admitted that their organisation has fallen victim to a major cyber attack in the past two years, according to the 2017 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.

Govt to invest £93m in AI

The government is to invest £93 million in artificial intelligence over the next four years as part of its £1 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

Most open source applications ‘vulnerable to cyber crime’

Many applications using open source code have some kind of security vulnerability, new research suggests. Analysis by Black Duck, a security firm, of more than a thousand open source applications found 60 per cent were in some way vulnerable. The firm said its findings should be an “eye-opener” for cyber security professionals.

'Nearly half' of firms have suffered a cyber attack

Around 46 per cent of British businesses have discovered at least one cyber breach or attack on their company in the past 12 months, according to a new government survey. This proportion rises by two-thirds among medium and large companies, with almost seven in ten identifying a breach or attack last year alone.

Cloud adoption 'grows by 83 per cent'

Businesses are preparing to expand their cloud usage over the next 12 months, with most companies seeking hybrid offerings, according to new research.

Cloud adoption accelerating encryption deployments

Enterprises around the world are accelerating the adoption of encryption strategies as a result of increasing data security risks, with 41 per cent of respondents stating that their organisation has an encryption strategy consistently applied across their enterprise.

SMEs failing on cyber crime training

The UK’s small to medium-sized firms are failing to train their staff on cyber security despite them citing online crime as the number one threat to their businesses. A poll of 250 UK SMEs by CFC Underwriting, an insurer, found 27 per cent don’t train their staff in cyber-awareness, leaving their firm vulnerable to online threats.

Advertising probe launched into 'last mile' connections

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has announced it is set to conduct a review this summer into the current advertising standards of 'fibre' broadband services following the unveiling of government concerns that many ISPs utilise copper connections.

Security 'biggest cloud storage concern' for businesses

Security remains the number one concern among business executives when it comes to storing data in the cloud, despite accelerated adoption across all industries.

Ransomware ‘affecting nearly 50% of UK businesses’

Nearly half of large UK companies have been hit by a ransomware attack in the past year with some of those affected lacking a formal policy to deal with this type of cyber crime. A survey by Citrix of 500 UK-based IT decision-makers at firms with 250 employees or more found that 48 per cent had fallen victim to a successful ransomware attack.

Ofcom to cap BT's Openreach prices

Communications regulator Ofcom is to limit the amount that BT can charge its rivals to use its Openreach network as part of an effort to promote competition. Ofcom said it would place a cap on the amount BT can charge for its superfast broadband services, which have a maximum speed of 40Mb/s.

Lack of tech skills ‘stopping start-ups’

Britons are put off from starting up their own businesses because they don’t think they have the right technological know-how to do so, new research suggests.

AI ‘to revolutionise’ banking

Bankers believe artificial intelligence (AI) will “revolutionise” the way financial institutions will gather information and communicate with their customers, according to a new report by Accenture. Its study, canvassing the views of 600 bankers and tech and industry experts, found banks will use AI to help better-understand what customers want and improve communication.

Millions needed to boost public sector digital skills

The rapidly changing digital landscape means the government will need to spend at least £725 million over the next few years if it is to have staff equipped to deal with emerging challenges, according to a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

Ofcom plans instant payback for broadband problems

Landline and broadband customers who suffer slow repairs and other forms of poor service could get money back automatically under proposals set out by Ofcom, the communications regulator. The compensation plans would also benefit some businesses, because around a third of SMEs choose residential landline and broadband services for their internet and phone provision.

GDPR: Councils underprepared, ICO report finds

Some councils are not fully prepared for strict new data protection measures coming into force early next year, according to a new report from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the watchdog responsible for enforcing the new rules.

CIOs & IT managers embrace the hybrid cloud

Chief information officers and IT managers are adopting hybrid cloud models as they look to use a combination of public and private cloud solutions to manage their operations, according to a new report.

Travel organisation Abta hit by cyber attack

Travel trade organisation Abta says a cyber attack on its website may have affected around 43,000 people. About 1,000 files accessed could hold personal data of individuals who have made a complaint about an Abta-registered travel agent.

NHS Wales targeted in massive data hack

The names, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers of thousands of NHS workers in Wales have been stolen in a massive data breach affecting an IT supplier. More than 1,000 staff - including cleaners, radiographers and students - at two NHS organisations, Velindre NHS Trust and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, were targeted in the attack, which did not jeopardise patient information.

Nine in ten firms using data analytics by 2020 - report

Most businesses will be using data analytics within just three years as they look to use data to get better business insights, according to a new report from Forrester. The poll of 580 business and IT leaders from around the world found 90 per cent of firms will have formally adopted data by 2020, IT Pro reported.

Cyber security toolkit for retail sector launched

British retailers are set to be armed with a new toolkit to help them manage the risk of cyber attacks and better-respond to them. The British Retail Consortium, the trade body that represents the UK’s retail industry, says its Cyber Security Toolkit will help retailers “of all sizes” prevent and manage online threats and protect their customers’ data.

‘1 million’ Coachella festival-goers hacked

Personal details of around one million Coachella attendees have been leaked, promoters of the US music festival have confirmed. While personal details were stolen, financial information is safe, Coachella said. Motherboard reported that information of some festival-goers was available for sale on the dark web for $300.

Server sales decline as firms opt for hyperscale and cloud

Hyperscale datacentres, cloud and virtualisation are proving more popular with companies than servers when it comes to leveraging their applications, according to new research from Gartner. Research from the IT firm shows that a downturn in server sales is continuing, with all regions (with exception of Asia-Pacific) showing a decline.

Govt launches post-Brexit Digital Strategy

The government has published its plan to keep the UK at the head of the digital sphere after it leaves the EU. The Digital Strategy includes plans to offer digital skills to millions of people, businesses and charities by 2020 and create five international technology hubs in emerging markets, allowing UK firms to maintain their global reach.

Mobile World Congress: Record number of British firms attend

A record number of British tech companies are attending Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s biggest showcase for mobile devices and technology. Some 167 British firms pitched up at the show, held in Barcelona, in a sign the government said was an example of “growing tech appetite for Silicon UK”.

UK robotics research to get £17 million investment

The government is to announce a funding boost of £17.3 million to support the development of new robotics and artificial intelligence technologies at UK universities.

Majority of cyber professionals ‘unhappy’ with security investments

Just four per cent of cyber crime professionals are happy with their enterprise’s cyber security investments as they express concerns that firms must do more to properly manage critical business data.

Huge increase in major DDoS attacks - report

There was a 140 per cent spike in major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the last three months of 2016, driven by unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to new research by Akamai.

BI to be worth $22bn by 2020

The global business intelligence (BI) and analytics software market is set to grow to $22.8 billion in the space of just three years, new research from IT experts Gartner suggests. This year alone, BI and analytics will grow to $18.3 billion, an increase of 7.3 per cent from 2016, as modern BI and analytics continues to expand “more rapidly” than the overall market.

UK tech wage ‘double national average’ (but still lags behind US)

The average UK technology worker’s salary is £56,000, double that of the national average of £28,000, according to a new report. However, the research from Hired shows that while UK tech workers are fairly well rewarded, their wages are some way below their counterparts around the world. In fact, they are among the lowest in the world.

Queen opens new National Cyber Security Centre

The Queen has formally opened the UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is tasked with defending the country against cyber attacks. The centre, officially part of GCHQ, replaces a range of other government agencies that had cyber security responsibility, including the CCA, CESG, CERT UK and more.

Majority of websites vulnerable to hacking, report says

Two-thirds of websites are leaving themselves vulnerable to a hacking attack, new research suggests. A study by security firm Rapid7 found only 33 per cent of sites its researchers tested had no vulnerabilities, highlighting how important it is for firms to look at their online security.

Who handles cyber attack aftermath? Firms split

Large firms are split on who should deal with the aftermath of a cyber attack, with a study by BAE Systems showing senior managers think IT staff should deal with data breaches but IT bosses thinking the responsibility should lie with board members.

Universities set to test ultra-fast 5G tech

Bristol University, King’s College London and the University of Surrey are thought to be among the institutions vying to be ‘test beds’ for the development of new 5G technology.

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