UK's first government cyber strategy aims to bolster public sector defences
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cyber security

UK's first government cyber strategy aims to bolster public sector defences

The NCSC found that almost half of all cyber incidents recorded between 2020 and 2021 were aimed at the public sector
25 Jan 2022
UK Online Safety Bill a "missed opportunity", MPs claim
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social media

UK Online Safety Bill a "missed opportunity", MPs claim

A DCMS report says the "unclear" draft legislation doesn't do enough to tackle child abuse and violence against women and girls
24 Jan 2022
SolarWinds acquires federal services provider Monalytic
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mergers and acquisitions

SolarWinds acquires federal services provider Monalytic

The deal builds on a long-term partnership and will help create enhanced IT management and security services for federal clients
20 Jan 2022
White House issues memorandum to bolster national security systems
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cyber security

White House issues memorandum to bolster national security systems

Agencies must now implement multi-factor authentication within 180 days, along with encryption for data at rest and in transit
20 Jan 2022
Cyber incident strikes Gloucester City Council as residents suffer service outages
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cyber security

Cyber incident strikes Gloucester City Council as residents suffer service outages

The Council has been hit with so-called 'sleeper' malware in what could be the second major cyber incident in the past decade
19 Jan 2022
The UK's IoT proposals are riddled with ‘astonishing’ gaps
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Internet of Things (IoT)

The UK's IoT proposals are riddled with ‘astonishing’ gaps

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PTSI) Bill aims to address the connected devices security nightmare, but experts agree it …
19 Jan 2022
The government’s anti-encryption campaign shows it’s learned nothing from the war on drugs
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encryption

The government’s anti-encryption campaign shows it’s learned nothing from the war on drugs

Criminalisation has almost always backfired through history, pushing illicit materials further into the hands of criminals
18 Jan 2022
Majority of Americans say ransomware attacks should be considered terrorism
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ransomware

Majority of Americans say ransomware attacks should be considered terrorism

Most also believe it should be made illegal to pay ransoms to hackers
7 Jan 2022
Kosovo bans cryptocurrency mining to avoid nation-wide energy blackouts
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cryptocurrencies

Kosovo bans cryptocurrency mining to avoid nation-wide energy blackouts

The government hopes to clamp down on large cryptocurrency farms operating in the north of the country
6 Jan 2022
UK gov to open nine new Institutes of Technology to tackle skills shortage
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Careers & training

UK gov to open nine new Institutes of Technology to tackle skills shortage

Courses lasting between six weeks to a year are designed to help students space out their studies and learn at a pace that works for them
17 Dec 2021
South Australia government data breached in ransomware attack
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ransomware

South Australia government data breached in ransomware attack

Between 38,000 to 80,000 government employees might have been affected and potentially have had their data posted on the dark web
10 Dec 2021
Facebook hit with $150 billion lawsuit over Myanmar hate speech
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social media

Facebook hit with $150 billion lawsuit over Myanmar hate speech

The tech giant has been accused of failing to prevent disinformation from thriving on its platform
7 Dec 2021
UK gov criticised after £5bn in Bounce Back Loans paid to fraudsters
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SMB

UK gov criticised after £5bn in Bounce Back Loans paid to fraudsters

A National Audit Office report has also branded plans to recover 0.1% of stolen funds "inadequate"
3 Dec 2021
Podcast Transcript: What’s so hard about public sector IT?
Podcast Transcript: What’s so hard about public sector IT?
public sector

Podcast Transcript: What’s so hard about public sector IT?

Read the full transcript for this episode of the IT Pro Podcast
3 Dec 2021
The IT Pro Podcast: What’s so hard about public sector IT?
The IT Pro Podcast: What’s so hard about public sector IT?
public sector

The IT Pro Podcast: What’s so hard about public sector IT?

It’s a complex task, but government and public sector IT is ripe for transformation
3 Dec 2021
Will Britain’s “right to repair” law fix anything?
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Hardware

Will Britain’s “right to repair” law fix anything?

A new law is designed to make it easier to mend broken tech, but experts say it doesn’t go far enough
2 Dec 2021
CMA orders Facebook to sell Giphy
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mergers and acquisitions

CMA orders Facebook to sell Giphy

The decision concludes a ten-month long investigation into the acquisition
1 Dec 2021
Industry "delighted" with UK's 'landmark' anti-bias AI standard
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Industry "delighted" with UK's 'landmark' anti-bias AI standard

The algorithmic transparency standard will now enter a pilot scheme to be scrutinised to a greater degree
30 Nov 2021
IT Pro News In Review: Atom Bank four-day work week, GoDaddy data breach, NHS Digital and NHSX merge
IT Pro News In Review: Atom Bank 4 day work week, GoDaddy data breach, NHS Digital and NHSX mergevideo
agile working

IT Pro News In Review: Atom Bank four-day work week, GoDaddy data breach, NHS Digital and NHSX merge

Catch up on the biggest headlines of the week in just two minutes
26 Nov 2021
Education and government most at risk from email threats
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phishing

Education and government most at risk from email threats

New report finds phishing remains most dominant threat to IT security
26 Nov 2021
How New Zealand is securing its future through digital trade
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Business strategy

How New Zealand is securing its future through digital trade

A business-friendly environment allows the geographically remote country to tap into the huge potential of trading digitally across borders
25 Nov 2021
Vast majority of US healthcare web apps vulnerable to attack
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network security

Vast majority of US healthcare web apps vulnerable to attack

Report suggests patient data is at risk from poor security hygiene
24 Nov 2021
HMRC issues scam warning ahead of Self Assessment deadline
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scams

HMRC issues scam warning ahead of Self Assessment deadline

The department stated that 2021 has already seen 797,010 tax-related scams reported
16 Nov 2021