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17 August 2017

NotPetya Attack Cost up to $300m

Transport and shipping giant A.P Moller-Maersk is one of many companies counting the cost of NotPetya – the destructive cyber attack that took place in the second quarter of 2017.


07 August 2017

UK Data Protection Laws to be Overhauled

Under new proposals outlined by the government, Britons will obtain more control over what happens to their personal information.


01 August 2017

UK Firms See Employees at Risk to GDPR Compliance

A survey has shown employees are a greater risk to successful compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) than current IT systems.According to a poll by Bluesource, three-fifths of senior IT figures across 200 medium to large organisations regard staff as the biggest threat to GDPR compliance, while just 40% believe their current IT systems pose risks with less than a year to go to the compliance deadline of 25th May 2018.


25 July 2017

UK Government Plans to Offer 6,000 Teenagers Cybersecurity T

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to launch a cybersecurity training programme for young people later this year. 


20 July 2017

EU sets baseline for 5G

EU members have signed a new declaration to combine collective resources for 5G mobile networks across the EU.


12 July 2017

Wales Gets National Tech Accelerator Programme

Twelve start-ups have been chosen for Wales’ first ever national tech accelerator.


10 July 2017

Snapchat Map Warning From Schools

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has been scrutinised by schools for the newest Snapchat feature ‘Snap Map’.Schools have expressed serious safeguarding concerns regarding the new feature, which allows users to share their exact location with people on their "friends" list


07 July 2017

UK Government Digital Services Below Average

The UK government’s digital services drag down the country’s overall score on the International Civil Service Effectiveness Index (InCiSE).


03 July 2017

NCSC boosts public sector cybersecurity in 4 steps

For government departments and some public bodies, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is implementing four steps to improve basic cyber security.


27 June 2017

Google Hit with Record EU Fine

Google has been fined €2.4bn by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping service.


26 June 2017

Parliament Cyber Attack Hits up to 90

A parliamentary spokesperson has said up to 90 accounts were compromised during a cyber-attack on parliament on Friday.


23 June 2017

Russian Hackers Trade Stolen Passwords of British MPs

Passwords belonging to British politicians, diplomats and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers.


22 June 2017

Computing GCSEs rises by 9%

The number of students who have registered to take the 2017 GCSE computing exam has increased by 9% year on year.Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) show that the number of year 10 and 11 students taking the computing GCSE has risen from 63,650 in 2016 to 69,350 in 2017.


20 June 2017

North Korean Lazarus botnet linked to WannaCry attack

There have been global reports that a North Korean hacking group was linked to the WannaCry attacks on NHS computers last month.The hackers were reported to have been sponsored by North Korea’s spy agency, and have strong links to Lazarus, the group responsible for the cyber


19 June 2017

Revolution of computing education proving difficult to achie

In an effort to revolutionise computing education is schools, the ICT GCSE is being scrapped for a new Computer Science GCSE.A spokesman for the Department of Education said: “The new exam had been designed with industry experts to develop the computational skills needed for toda


16 June 2017

Many Non-Voters Would Vote if They Could do it Online

Two-fifths of people who didn’t plan on voting in the general election claim they would if online voting was available.   


09 June 2017

Smart Farming only way to Feed Population

A report from an IoT sector analyst says the agricultural industry will need to embrace smart farming methodologies to support the growing human population.


08 June 2017

HSBC Launches Global Social Network for Businesses

HSBC Bank is helping its customers connect to potential partners through a digital hub.


06 June 2017

Europe Faces Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals by 202

Nearly 40% of firms want to grow their cybersecurity teams by at least 15% in the next year.


01 June 2017

Twenty Years of Online Banking has Increased Financial Aware

More than two thirds of consumers can keep on top of their finances due to the evolution of online banking.


31 May 2017

Three Quarters of IoT are at Risk of Failure

The majority of IoT devices are at risk of failure, with almost two thirds stalling at the proof-of-concept stage.