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Ross Kelly

Ross Kelly is a staff writer at IT Pro, Channel Pro, and Cloud Pro, with a keen interest in cyber security, business leadership and emerging technologies.

He graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Journalism, and joined IT Pro in 2022 after four years working in technology conference research. 

In his spare time, Ross enjoys cycling, walking and is an avid reader of history and non-fiction.

You can contact Ross at ross.kelly@futurenet.com or on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Hyperscaler earnings highlight period of evolution for cloud market
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Cloud

Hyperscaler earnings highlight period of evolution for cloud market

Sluggish earnings for Azure, Google Cloud, and AWS could point to a more moderate cloud market in the year ahead
3 Feb 2023
Worldwide surveillance industry on the cusp of major cloud acceleration
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cloud storage

Worldwide surveillance industry on the cusp of major cloud acceleration

While a significant portion of surveillance companies still store footage on-prem, the industry’s shift to the cloud is beginning to gather pace
3 Feb 2023
Only 10% of businesses report benefitting from cloud technology
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Cloud

Only 10% of businesses report benefitting from cloud technology

While truly “cloud-powered” companies are among the minority, they are setting a global example on how to effectively transform operations, according …
2 Feb 2023
Microsoft Azure spending notifications unavailable until March
Microsoft Azure website
Cloud

Microsoft Azure spending notifications unavailable until March

Customers have been advised to manually monitor Azure usage and costs until a fix is implemented
2 Feb 2023
Hackers target business cloud environments by abusing Microsoft’s ‘verified publisher’ status
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Security

Hackers target business cloud environments by abusing Microsoft’s ‘verified publisher’ status

Proofpoint research found that hackers deliberately abused verification procedures to dupe firms with malicious apps
1 Feb 2023
Oracle’s Java subscription changes spark concerns over cost hikes for smaller businesses
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Software

Oracle’s Java subscription changes spark concerns over cost hikes for smaller businesses

Smaller businesses could incur significant cost hikes as high as 1,400% with most new customers expected to pay at least double
31 Jan 2023
Tech Nation to cease operations as government funding dries up
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startups

Tech Nation to cease operations as government funding dries up

The decision to shut down could throw the future of the tech visa scheme into doubt
31 Jan 2023
Cyber criminal groups wooing hackers with seven-figure salaries and holiday pay
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cyber crime

Cyber criminal groups wooing hackers with seven-figure salaries and holiday pay

Paid leave, competitive salaries, and ‘friendly team’ environments were among the benefits highlighted by dark web job ads
31 Jan 2023
Yandex data breach reveals source code littered with racist language
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data breaches

Yandex data breach reveals source code littered with racist language

Yandex source code for a range of key services was leaked to a popular hacker forum last week
30 Jan 2023
10 million customers exposed in JD Sports cyber attack
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cyber attacks

10 million customers exposed in JD Sports cyber attack

The sports fashion retailer has urged customers to be “on the look-out" for scam emails in the wake of the incident
30 Jan 2023
Bitwarden users raise alarm over 'highly convincing' Google malvertising risks
Malware in code
Security

Bitwarden users raise alarm over 'highly convincing' Google malvertising risks

The volume of fake ads impersonating popular software has increased significantly in recent months
27 Jan 2023
UK government set to subsidise chip manufacturing in bid to cut overseas reliance
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components

UK government set to subsidise chip manufacturing in bid to cut overseas reliance

The move looks to bolster domestic production capabilities and support UK manufacturers
26 Jan 2023
NCSC warns UK under state-sponsored spear-phishing attacks from Russia and Iran
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cyber security

NCSC warns UK under state-sponsored spear-phishing attacks from Russia and Iran

The acceleration in spear-phishing campaigns last year coincided with the escalating conflict in Ukraine, according to the NCSC
26 Jan 2023
Scottish scale-ups buck global investment trends with record-breaking year of funding
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startups

Scottish scale-ups buck global investment trends with record-breaking year of funding

KPMG’s latest Venture Pulse survey shows that Scotland is cementing a reputation as an attractive market for VC investment
26 Jan 2023
More than half of tech workers ‘pre-emptively’ applying for roles in anticipation of layoffs
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recruitment

More than half of tech workers ‘pre-emptively’ applying for roles in anticipation of layoffs

As layoffs continue to plague the tech sector, many workers are exploring new options to avoid being caught up in redundancy waves
25 Jan 2023
Microsoft cloud revenue still sky-high as device sales continue to slide
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Cloud

Microsoft cloud revenue still sky-high as device sales continue to slide

The company's latest earnings call revealed that Azure cloud products delivered better-than-expected results while numbers in other divisions fell sub…
25 Jan 2023
Cloud growth experiencing ‘slowdown’ amid rising economic disruption
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Cloud

Cloud growth experiencing ‘slowdown’ amid rising economic disruption

Decreased revenue growth rates for hyperscalers such as AWS have given rise to concerns of a cloud market ‘slowdown’
24 Jan 2023
DCMS: Eagle Labs 'offers better value for money’ than Tech Nation
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startups

DCMS: Eagle Labs 'offers better value for money’ than Tech Nation

The decision to award a £12 million grant to Barclays Eagle Labs has sparked widespread industry concern, with Tech Nation fighting for its future
24 Jan 2023
Up to 350,000 open source projects vulnerable to 15-year-old Python bug
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open source

Up to 350,000 open source projects vulnerable to 15-year-old Python bug

Researchers at Trellix and GitHub have patched nearly 62,000 affected projects so far
24 Jan 2023
Mailchimp data breach impact unravels as second customer reveals extent of damage
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data breaches

Mailchimp data breach impact unravels as second customer reveals extent of damage

Mailchimp customers affected by a recent data breach have warned users to “remain vigilant” of heightened security threats
23 Jan 2023
Freshworks CISO Jason Loomis on the first 100 days as security chief
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chief information security officer (CISO)

Freshworks CISO Jason Loomis on the first 100 days as security chief

Fewer than 100 days in the role, Jason Loomis reveals his plans for the future of security at Freshworks, and discusses the rising threat of API vulne…
23 Jan 2023
Hack The Box set to triple workforce and widen global expansion
Hack The Box CEO, Haris Pylarinos
cyber security

Hack The Box set to triple workforce and widen global expansion

CEO Haris Pylarinos told IT Pro the startup plans to accelerate international expansion and continue driving security skills awareness
20 Jan 2023
T-Mobile breach leaves customers vulnerable to phishing
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Security

T-Mobile breach leaves customers vulnerable to phishing

T-Mobile confirmed that while customer information was exposed, no financial data or company systems were compromised
20 Jan 2023
Windows 11 System Restore bug preventing users from accessing apps
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Microsoft Windows

Windows 11 System Restore bug preventing users from accessing apps

Microsoft has issued a series of workarounds for the issue which is affecting a range of apps including Office and Terminal
19 Jan 2023
Job hunters in tech no longer lured away by salaries alone
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recruitment

Job hunters in tech no longer lured away by salaries alone

While tech salaries continued to rise across 2022, research shows that purpose, sustainability, and diversity are all equal considerations for workers…
18 Jan 2023
Gartner: Now is the time to capitalise on recession-proof IT spending
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Business strategy

Gartner: Now is the time to capitalise on recession-proof IT spending

Businesses approaching IT as a ‘solution’ to economic uncertainty rather than an expense will reap rewards in the year ahead, experts predict
18 Jan 2023
New M2 MacBook Pro series boasts longest-ever battery life
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Hardware

New M2 MacBook Pro series boasts longest-ever battery life

Apple’s new MacBook Pro offers power-efficient performance that “pushes workflows to the extreme”
17 Jan 2023
Microsoft adds ChatGPT to Azure OpenAI to support cloud services
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cloud computing

Microsoft adds ChatGPT to Azure OpenAI to support cloud services

The latest integration of ChatGPT within Microsoft products builds on long-standing ties between the two firms
17 Jan 2023
English public sector IT spending soars while small cohort of vendors dominate market
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public sector

English public sector IT spending soars while small cohort of vendors dominate market

Spending has more than doubled since 2018 while a comparatively small group of providers collect 89% of the contracts on offer
16 Jan 2023
Google Cloud Marketplace changes highlight sharpened customer focus for 2023
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cloud computing

Google Cloud Marketplace changes highlight sharpened customer focus for 2023

Google plans to “double down” on customer choice and partner rewards in 2023, according to a recent announcement
13 Jan 2023
Meta sues ‘data scraping for hire’ service that collected info on 600k users
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data protection

Meta sues ‘data scraping for hire’ service that collected info on 600k users

Meta says tackling data scraping will require a “collective effort” from platforms and policymakers
13 Jan 2023
What you need to know about the new features coming to Microsoft Teams Premium
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Business operations

What you need to know about the new features coming to Microsoft Teams Premium

Teams Premium will see users granted a range of exclusive tools to improve workflow and collaboration
11 Jan 2023
Microsoft's 'unusually large' Patch Tuesday fixes actively exploited zero day, 11 critical vulnerabilities
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Security

Microsoft's 'unusually large' Patch Tuesday fixes actively exploited zero day, 11 critical vulnerabilities

The company has issued fixes for 98 total vulnerabilities - a total nearly double that of December
11 Jan 2023
Cloud-delivered malware attacks almost tripled in 2022
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cloud security

Cloud-delivered malware attacks almost tripled in 2022

The growing reliance on cloud applications has presented attackers with a broader pool of potential targets
10 Jan 2023
Surging Kubernetes costs causing “significant impact” for IT professionals
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cloud computing

Surging Kubernetes costs causing “significant impact” for IT professionals

New research shows that rising Kubernetes-related costs are being exacerbated by shifting cloud market trends
10 Jan 2023
UK insurer announces ‘world-first’ cyber catastrophe bond
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cyber security

UK insurer announces ‘world-first’ cyber catastrophe bond

Beazley said the launch of a new ‘cyber catastrophe bond’ will limit exposure to the crippling financial impact of cyber attacks
9 Jan 2023