Public cloud revenues soar by 28% in 2017

The global public cloud market saw revenues swell by 28.6 per cent in the first half of 2017, according to the latest data from researcher IDC, as the sector continues to grow. According to the firm’s Worldwide Semi-annual Public Cloud Services Tracker, total sales in the industry hit $63.3 billion (£44.2 billion), a figure which represents a large advance on 2016’s $49.2 billion.

Consumers lack confidence in IoT data security

The majority of consumers do not have confidence in the security of their data when it comes to using Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a new survey conducted by Gemalto.

UK Industrial Strategy prioritises need for “good universal broadband”

The Industrial Strategy Commission, an independent body, published its final report today calling for access for all UK citizens to a “Universal Basic Infrastructure” that includes provisions for solid broadband and mobile internet networks for the whole country.

Outdated practices leave customer data vulnerable at contact centres

A new global survey has revealed that a number of outdated practices across the areas of customer interaction, data collection and fraud prevention are leaving customer data vulnerable in contact centres.

Uber data breach spread to 2.7 million British accounts

A data breach which saw the details of 57 million users of popular ride-sharing app Uber compromised affected just under 3 million accounts in the UK, according to reports. The attack on Uber’s systems, which took place in October 2016, gained access to 2.7 million accounts of both users and drivers in the UK, the company revealed this week.

East Riding FTTC rollout to reach 2,200 extra premises

A further investment of £6 million into the ongoing Broadband East Riding project in Yorkshire could allow the extension of FTTC superfast broadband to around 2,200 additional homes and businesses.

International VoIP revenue to reach $2.1bn

Voice over IP (VoIP) revenues are expected to grow by a huge 40 per cent in 2017 to reach $2.1 billion (£1.6 billion), according to new research published by wholesale operator BICS. The recently published BICS report has revealed that VoIP will account for 15 per cent of the total wholesale voice revenue around the world this year, an increase of 12 per cent compared to 2016.

Digital Scotland rollout expands to hit 800,000 new premises

The £428 million Digital Scotland (DSSB) scheme which promises to bring broadband to premises in the extremes of the country says that it is on-course to extend fixed line services to cover 95 per cent of homes and businesses by the end of 2017. The news means the BSSB project, which has been carried out alongside BT, will reach 800,000 additional premises since its start.

UK Government launches £190m FTTP network fund

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed the launch of a new £190 million fund to promote investment in local FTTP broadband services, as first set out by the Chancellor as part of the Autumn Budget.

Digital Scotland to deliver FTTC coverage to 95 per cent

Representatives from the £428 million Digital Scotland (DSSB) project in partnership with BT (Openreach) have revealed that the campaign is on track to ensure fixed line "fibre broadband" (FTTC) coverage reaches 95 per cent of Scottish homes and businesses by the end of the year.

Each cancelled digital project costing companies half a million pounds

UK businesses are taking huge losses on the chin for every digital project that ends up cancelled, according to new research, with each failure costing enterprises an average of just under £500,000.

Cloud service spending grows while IT outsourcing outlay plummets

Companies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region may be spending far less on traditional IT outsourcing, but those turning to cloud computing solutions are steadily growing, according to new research.

UK could receive £100bn boost if firms embrace cloud computing

The UK economy could gain a £100 billion boost to its productivity if firms would consider making greater use of everyday tech such as cloud computing, according to new research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

SaaS and IaaS continue to drive $260bn public cloud industry

Public cloud services and the companies that provide them are in rude health, according to a new industry study, with the worldwide market worth more than $260 billion (£197 billion) in 2017.

New Government online safety rules soften mandatory ISP filter stance

New rules announced by the government which aim to prevent the dangers faced by British consumers when online will also mandate social media companies and service providers to pay a levy to “help raise awareness”.

Security threats rise for companies using public cloud services

The majority of the UK’s organisations are failing to manage vulnerabilities exposed in the cloud computing services they use, according to a new survey, opening many up to potential data breaches or attacks from hackers.

Property developer Grosvenor announces London broadband roll-out

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, one of the country’s leading property developers and landowners, has announced that it will work alongside a broadband provider to combat the problem of poorly-connected areas that remain in London.

Data protection confusion reigns for 8 in 10 business heads

A recent survey has shown that most organisations are confused about which party will be responsible for keeping their customers’ data safe, with more than 80 per cent believing that cloud service providers are responsible for data protection.

Report: UK one of most prepared countries in EU for cyber attacks

The UK can count itself among the EU countries with the best measures already in place to deal with a cyber attack, according to a new report, though every member state could do more to improve their preparedness.

European firms still reliant on copper for broadband

Although access to broadband has improved across the European Union, a new report commissioned by the European Commission has found that broadband firms and operators are still heavily focused on the use of old copper lines.

50% of UK workforce to work remotely by 2020

Between 2012 and 2016, flexi-time has risen by 12.35 per cent; and data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of UK workers who have moved into remote-working has increased by nearly a quarter of a million over a decade.

Public sector cloud adoption grows but digital transformation slow, says CIF

Although the public sector is continuing to adopt cloud computing and make it a part of their daily operations, promised “digital transformation” is still some distance off for many agencies, according to new research.

Cyber threats caused by IT skills deficit

A failure to fund in-house IT training and up-skill staff is contributing to cyber security skills gaps and potential threats, according to a recent survey.

All WiFi networks 'vulnerable to hackers', says expert

The security protocol put in place to protect the majority of the world's WiFi connections is flawed, potentially exposing internet users to hackers, according to a researcher from Belgian university KU Leuven.

Government confirms launch of innovation centre in cloud computing boost

The UK government has confirmed the development of a new £30 million National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), which will aim to put the country at the "forefront" of the cloud computing industry and help Britain capitalise on a potential £40 billion a year boost the economy.

Companies look overseas as demand spirals for IT contractors

Demand for IT contractors in August in the UK has risen to its highest level in 2017, one report has found, while another suggests firms are finding it hard to find skilled talent without looking abroad.

Cyber security breach leaks military secrets

The number of cyber security breaches at a range of British university institutions have leave to sensitive information being linked to criminals, including details of research into military missiles.

Ofcom updates ISP rules to give customers more accurate broadband speeds

Customers in the UK will be given far more accurate indications of their broadband line speeds by their ISP and more power to take action if promised speeds are not delivered, following an update to a regulator’s code of practice.

Government names trial areas for “full fibre” broadband upgrade

The Government has announced that businesses in six parts of the UK will be trailing new broadband technology that promises speeds approaching one gigabit per second as part of a £200 million pilot project.

IR35 causing delay and cancellation of public IT projects, finds study

Government projects and public services, particularly those in the IT sector, are being hampered by reforms to IR35 tax laws, with many contractors leaving and causing projects to stall.

SaaS forces Manchester to 'think differently' with security

Manchester City Council has reportedly spent over £400,000 on integrating a hosted identity and access management (IAM) service to ensure security after it increased the use of cloud-based software that required their IT department to "think differently" about its set up.

Cloud computing skill demand 'continues to rise'

The number of cloud engineering roles has increased by 18 per cent in the past year, with roles for senior cloud engineers rising by 34 per cent, according to data from UK jobs site IT Jobs Watch.

Two-thirds of UK firms planning to hire GDPR experts

The majority of firms in the UK are planning to bring in data security experts in order to help meet the requirements of the EU’s new directive, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Tech sector “struggling” to prepare for new EU data protection laws

Companies in the technology sector are struggling to be adequately prepared for new EU data protection laws set to come into play later this year, according to a new survey.

Cloud computing industry gender pay gap revealed

Although average salaries for key cloud computing jobs have grown to reach over $100,000 (£78,000) there is a significant discrepancy between what men and women are paid, according to a new survey. An analysis of the highest paying cloud computing jobs in 2017 by salary comparison service Payscale found that there is a noticeable gender pay divide across different categories.

90% of businesses move virtual workloads to the cloud

Nine in ten companies are aiming to migrate their workloads to the cloud by 2018, according to a new survey, citing its lower costs and other technological advances.

AI to be the next “IT megatrend” by 2020

Where once the next big tech trends were social, cloud, analytics and mobile, a report has found that artificial intelligence (AI) will become the most important development of the next decade.

Businesses struggling to hire IoT experts but big data in high demand

More than two-thirds of businesses say that they are “struggling” to recruit IT professionals with expertise of the internet of things (IoT), according to a new survey, though knowledge of big data and analytics remain desirable skills for new hires.

UK regulators to criminalise re-identifying anonymised personal data

The latest update to the UK’s data protection rules will ask more of companies that process users’ personal data, including allowing consumers to withdraw consent for their data to be processed.

UK firms will be fined up to £17m for poor cyber security

The Department for Culture Media and Sports (DCMS) is consulting on new laws that will charge fines as high as £17 million for essential service providers that fail to protect themselves against cyber attacks.

Cloud market consolidation likely to have adverse impact, finds report

The latest report from market watcher Forrester has outlined how consolidation of the cloud software and infrastructure could spell bad news for other service providers.

Security products power UK’s £3.8bn outsourced IT industry

The private sector’s appetite for outsourcing their IT is showing no signs of slowing, after the sector delivered its strongest ever half-year performance between January and June 2017, a new report has disclosed.

UK government offered £600m universal broadband deal by BT

The UK Government announced this week that it has received an offer to provide universal high-speed broadband – with a minimum of 10 Mbps - to homes and businesses in every part of the UK by 2022. Made by telecoms giant BT, the proposed deal would see the service offered “voluntarily” across the country through the Openreach platform.

CIF scheme to boost private and public cloud co-operation

The UK’s Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has launched a special interest group (SIG) tasked with helping cloud computing service providers to align their offerings more closely with the needs of the public sector.

European Commissioner joins call for free data flow after Brexit

One of the European Commission’s digital leaders has urged the EU to avoid “data nationalisation” once the UK leaves, as debate widens over the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Retailers spending more on security and cloud but warier of risk, finds study

The vast majority of US retailers – some 88 per cent – consider themselves ‘vulnerable’ to data threats, with a further 37 per cent stating they are ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ vulnerable, according to a report from a data security firm.

Everton FC implements cloud data security

Everton FC has announced a new partnership with cloud security firm Netskope who will be responsible for implementing cloud software to keep the Premier League club's data safe.

Public Cloud services spending to hit $266bn by 2021

Up to $266 billion (£204 billion) will be spent worldwide on cloud services and infrastructure in 2021, according to a new report from IDC, with the US driving more than 60 per cent of these revenues.

Bupa loses personal details in security breach

Bupa has admitted a massive data breach after customer details were deleted in a violation of data rules, according to the company. The data security occurred after an employee copied and deleted the details of 108,000 customers with health plans around the world, including information on names, dates of birth and contact details.

IT spending to hit $3.5 trillion this year

Worldwide IT spending is set to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017, an increase of 2.4 per cent compared to last year, according to analyst group Gartner. The organisation suggests this rise is partly due to new opportunities for the sale of digital transformation solutions, which is driving spending as customers begin to demand more from cloud suppliers and other IT services.