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What is NetOps?
Network
Business strategy

What is NetOps?

How can businesses adopt this broad school of thought, and what is its relationship with DevOps?
6 Oct 2021
What is hacktivism?
Two masked members of Anonymous demonstrating during the Occupy protest on October 15, 2011 in The Hague
hacking

What is hacktivism?

From Anonymous to Omega, here’s everything you need to know about hackers with a conscience
1 Oct 2021
Digitising Leeds: How to build a smart city
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smart city

Digitising Leeds: How to build a smart city

The return of an in-person Leeds Digital Festival coincides with a ratcheting up of plans to digitally transform the region
28 Sep 2021
LG continues automotive pivot with $240 million Cybellum acquisition
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mergers and acquisitions

LG continues automotive pivot with $240 million Cybellum acquisition

The Israeli startup detects vulnerabilities in automotive hardware and software services using digital twins
23 Sep 2021
Microsoft exposes BulletProofLink 'phishing as a service' criminal enterprise
Screenshot of a welcome message on the BulletProofLinks site
phishing

Microsoft exposes BulletProofLink 'phishing as a service' criminal enterprise

The sophisticated outfit handles everything from template design to web hosting and credentials processing
23 Sep 2021
Facebook launches Portal for Business device management service
Somebody using a Portal device for video conferencing from their home office
video conferencing

Facebook launches Portal for Business device management service

The new package is being launched alongside fresh Portal Go and Portal+ hardware
22 Sep 2021
Nutanix and Citrix forge partnership over hybrid work technology
Nutanix building in front of a blue sky
cloud computing

Nutanix and Citrix forge partnership over hybrid work technology

This strategic partnership sees Nutanix and Citrix deploy DaaS tools over HCI hybrid and multi-cloud environments
22 Sep 2021
MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’
Entrance to the Ministry of Defence UK ministerial office in Whitehall
data breaches

MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’

The blunder exposed the email addresses of 250 interpreters seeking relocation
21 Sep 2021
JPMorgan launches challenger bank Chase in the UK
The home screen of JPMorgan's Chase app while it's in use
Mobile

JPMorgan launches challenger bank Chase in the UK

This expansion aims to put legacy UK banks on the backfoot as they contend with the rise of the likes of Monzo
21 Sep 2021
Irish DPC threatens probe over Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses
Promotional image of Facebook Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses
privacy

Irish DPC threatens probe over Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses

The Irish data regulator is concerned about the potential for users to engage in covert filming
20 Sep 2021
Chipmakers should brace for 'oversupply' in 2023 with crisis set to clear
A computer chip being held up by tweezers
components

Chipmakers should brace for 'oversupply' in 2023 with crisis set to clear

Foundry capacity is currently at near 100%, with efforts to fight the shortage set to kick in by 2022
20 Sep 2021
Alphabet’s laser-powered broadband demonstrates 99.9% uptime within first 20 days
Graphic demonstrating how the Project Taara laser-based internet service works
Network & Internet

Alphabet’s laser-powered broadband demonstrates 99.9% uptime within first 20 days

X, the Moonshot Factory trials ‘fibre without fibre’ across the Congo River with 700TB of data transmitted in its first few weeks
17 Sep 2021
What is a DNS server?
Networks servers
Domain Name System (DNS)

What is a DNS server?

We explain what a DNS server is, how it works and how to avoid DNS hijacking
16 Sep 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, HP Omen, Apple
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exploits

Weekly threat roundup: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, HP Omen, Apple

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
16 Sep 2021
Citrix mulling potential sale after tumultuous 2021
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mergers and acquisitions

Citrix mulling potential sale after tumultuous 2021

Share prices have tumbled due to consecutive quarters of "mixed" financial results
15 Sep 2021
Microsoft patches Internet Explorer zero-day under active attack
Bug surrounding by computer code and jargon
vulnerability

Microsoft patches Internet Explorer zero-day under active attack

The latest wave of Patch Tuesday fixes also included several updates to address the Print Spooler component in Windows
15 Sep 2021
Patch management vs vulnerability management
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enterprise security

Patch management vs vulnerability management

What exactly is patch management, and why should IT pros sit up and take notice of doing it properly?
14 Sep 2021
Intuit plans end-to-end SMB platform after $12 billion Mailchimp acquisition
The Mailchimp logo on a smartphone in front of a keyboard
mergers and acquisitions

Intuit plans end-to-end SMB platform after $12 billion Mailchimp acquisition

The firm wants to give customers a full suite of tools to manage their businesses, from marketing to accounting
14 Sep 2021
Apple patches zero-day flaw abused by infamous NSO exploit
A close-up of the Apple iPhone 12 mini's notch
exploits

Apple patches zero-day flaw abused by infamous NSO exploit

The ForcedEntry flaw affects all Apple devices and allows hackers to compromise systems without any user interaction
14 Sep 2021
Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases
Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple apps on a smartphone display
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases

Campaigners accuse the Irish DPC of being the ‘bottleneck’ for GDPR enforcement with 160 unresolved complaints
13 Sep 2021
WhatsApp activates end-to-end encrypted cloud backups
WhatsApp's app in the top corner of a smartphone
encryption

WhatsApp activates end-to-end encrypted cloud backups

The messaging service will grant users a password-protected key when they save their chat histories to the cloud
13 Sep 2021
Dell launches new security services to tackle surging data demands
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cyber security

Dell launches new security services to tackle surging data demands

These new products aim to mitigate against data protection anxieties and the rising threat of ransomware
10 Sep 2021
Google and Microsoft's hybrid work battle shows the narrative is just as important as the technology
Graphic showing hybrid work with some people in an office building and some people working from home
collaboration

Google and Microsoft's hybrid work battle shows the narrative is just as important as the technology

Two of the biggest workspace collaboration players have finally decided what ‘the new normal’ means to them and their customers
9 Sep 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Atlassian, Microsoft Office, Zoho ManageEngine
Graphic showing a red unlocked padlock surrounded by blue locked padlocks
vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Atlassian, Microsoft Office, Zoho ManageEngine

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
9 Sep 2021
REvil ransomware gang resurfaces after brief disappearance
An image of a business paying a criminal for a ransom
ransomware

REvil ransomware gang resurfaces after brief disappearance

Elements of the notorious ransomware group's infrastructure have come back online
8 Sep 2021
Hackers exploit Windows zero-day to target users with Office files
The Microsoft Word software on a computer screen
vulnerability

Hackers exploit Windows zero-day to target users with Office files

This ‘reliable and dangerous’ flaw is being abused to launch remote code execution attacks against specific targets
8 Sep 2021
Estonia is making its internal government testbed free to use
Estonia's Digital Testbed Framework branding
public sector

Estonia is making its internal government testbed free to use

One of the world’s most digitally advanced governments is opening up its tech stack, expertise, and live-testing environment
7 Sep 2021
EU may consider enforcing seven-year smartphone lifespan
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Mobile Phones

EU may consider enforcing seven-year smartphone lifespan

The German government is lobbying the European Commission to go further than its current tech repairability proposals
6 Sep 2021
US officials warn of “mass exploitation” of Atlassian Confluence flaw
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hacking

US officials warn of “mass exploitation” of Atlassian Confluence flaw

Hackers can exploit the workplace collaboration platform to execute arbitrary code remotely
6 Sep 2021
WhatsApp fined €225 million over obscure data sharing policies
Privacy settings on WhatsApp which uses end-to-end encryption
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WhatsApp fined €225 million over obscure data sharing policies

This finalised penalty is almost five times larger than the draft fine the Irish data regulator issued in December 2020
2 Sep 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Exchange Server, AMD CPUs, Azure Cosmos DB
Graphic showing a red unlocked padlock surrounded by blue locked padlocks
vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Exchange Server, AMD CPUs, Azure Cosmos DB

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
2 Sep 2021
Amazon global hiring spree to add 55,000 new jobs
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Careers & training

Amazon global hiring spree to add 55,000 new jobs

The firm will grow its tech and operations teams with the majority of these roles based in the US
2 Sep 2021
Cloudflare ditches Intel Xeon CPUs over “enormous” energy consumption
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components

Cloudflare ditches Intel Xeon CPUs over “enormous” energy consumption

The firm’s 11th generation servers will be fitted with AMD EPYC 7713 CPUs instead
1 Sep 2021
Google reportedly planning Chromebooks with custom CPUs by 2023
Chrome OS on the lid of a laptop
components

Google reportedly planning Chromebooks with custom CPUs by 2023

The company is said to be ramping up its chip-making efforts after witnessing Apple's success with its M1 CPU
1 Sep 2021
Pace of government IT spending to slow in 2022
A man maintaining servers
public sector

Pace of government IT spending to slow in 2022

Gartner projects that global spending will rise 6.5% between now and 2022
31 Aug 2021