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.

Government pledges £21m for NHS data security

The Department of Health has published a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and National Data Guardian, Dame Fiona Caldicott, that calls for NHS trusts to value data security as highly as their finances. As a result of the report, the government has pledged to dedicate £21 million to help strengthen data security at the 27 major trauma centres located around the country.

European cloud adoption continues to rise

European firms are increasingly their investment in public cloud services despite ongoing concerns about security, according to a survey conducted by Barracuda Networks.

IT infrastructure costs predicted to top $40 billion

Spending on IT infrastructure for cloud computing is expected to exceed spending for traditional employment by 2020, with global cloud costs likely to reach $40 billion this year and to top non-cloud services by 2020.

UK test centre to manage government cyber security rules

Government-run TÜV SÜD United Kingdom has achieved Certified Body status for the test and validation of IT systems as part of the government's Cyber Essentials programme, which is designed to protect businesses from cyber security threats.

Government website leaks private information

Britons using government website have been urged to change their passwords after private information was accidentally leaked to a "third party system".

UK teens worst for extreme internet use

More than one in three British 15-year-olds meet the criteria to be considered "extreme internet users", reportedly spending at least a quarter of their day online.

IT professionals 'fear GDPR impact on cloud migration'

More than half of IT security professionals are concerned that the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation in May 2018 will prevent them from using the cloud to store sensitive data.

London 'world's most connected city', data finds

London is the most connected city in the world, with only seven per cent of its residents currently unconnected, according to new figures published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance.

UK government launches cyber security training scheme for teenagers

The UK government has launched a new Cyber Schools Programme aimed to provide students aged between 14 and 18 with some of the skills necessary to work in the cyber security industry.

Majority of businesses would adopt cloud despite attacks

A new study has found that the majority of businesses expect to push forward with their plans for digital transformation despite concerns prompted by high profile cyber attacks.

Poor cyber security putting one in ten at risk

One in ten small and medium sized businesses are at risk of data breaches due to a lack of cyber security, according to a new study. Based on a survey conducted by Reckon, the study found that 10 per cent of SME owners and employees are putting their company at risk of attack by regularly handling sensitive data on their personal accounts and devices.

'Majority of businesses' have suffered security breaches

Half of UK companies have suffered a cyber security breach or attack in the past 12 months, increasing to two thirds when referring to medium and large businesses only, according to new government data.

Cloud security spending 'growing fast'

Spending on cloud-based security services saw a significant increase in the past year, according to data from Gartner.

Sadiq Khan opens London Tech Week

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he would like to see London transformed into the "world's leading smart city" as he launched London Technology Week in the capital.

Bored employees 'biggest data security risk'

Employees who are distracted while at work are more likely to cause a human error and risk data security, according to a new poll.

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,, 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.