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“Too late”: Cyberspace Solarium Commission report paints dark picture of US ravaged by cyberattacks

A long-awaited report by the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission has been published, warning of a “catastrophic cyberattack” that leaves the nation in tatters. The 182-page report is packed with recommendations about what the US should do to prevent such a cyberattack, including steps to ensure the US cyber ecosystem is more secure, acknowledging that the intersection of technology and people has caused “vulnerability across the United States”.

Coronavirus: Estonian firms offer free remote learning tools worldwide

More than a dozen Estonian education tech companies have made their remote learning tools freely available worldwide as schools shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The free e-learning tools cover multiple subject areas, ranging from mathematics to languages. They cater across all age ranges, from pre-primary school to higher education.

Remote working could make businesses “sitting ducks” for cyberattacks

The International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) has warned that companies rushing to set up remote working during the coronavirus pandemic may become “sitting ducks” for cyberattacks. It has said that many companies are relying on employees using their own devices without proper safeguarding, meaning there is a risk that sensitive data could fall into the wrong hands.

Data protection in the cloud: Priorities in today’s digital economy

What businesses want from the cloud is changing. Pure cloud adopters fear vendor lock-in and are increasingly seeking to spread risk by embracing multiple cloud providers. Jasmit Sagoo, senior director and head of technology UK&I at Veritas Technologies, writes about current trends and concerns among cloud customers.

Temperature-checking robots to combat coronavirus in China

5G-powered coronavirus robots have been deployed in various cities in China as part of continued efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Guangzhou Gosuncn Robot Company, which specialises in smart city and internet of things devices, has developed a patrol robot designed to assist police officers carrying out disease prevention inspections, which can otherwise mean officers are exposed to the virus.

US health agency suffers cyberattack amid COVID-19 outbreak

Cybercriminals launched a cyberattack against the US Health and Human Services (HHS) Department amid the coronavirus pandemic. The attack on the health agency’s computer systems took place on 15 March in an apparent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This saw HHS’ servers overloaded with “millions” of hits over several hours in a move seemingly designed to cause disruption during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tech Nation: Digital tech growing six times faster than UK economy

The UK’s digital technology sector is experiencing growth six times higher than any other UK industry, according to Tech Nation. Since 2015, Tech Nation has been analysing the opportunities and challenges facing the UK’s tech sector for its annual reports. In its 2020 report, Tech Nation has mapped the sector’s growth over the past few years, which has been buoyed by record investment in the country’s tech as well as an employment boom.

Coronavirus recession will produce “new world” driven by technology: deVere CEO

Rrecession triggered by the COVID-19 coronavirus is now almost guaranteed, and will fundamentally change the way do business, placing a greater focus on technology than ever before. This is according to Nigel Green, CEO of independent financial advisory firm deVere Group, who made the comments following the US Federal Reserve’s decision to make a second emergency interest rate cut.

IBM and RFU: Growing the game of rugby, off pitch and online

Since the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and IBM renewed their partnership in 2018, they have embarked on an ambitious digital transformation project to overhaul their online and digital touchpoints for supporters and the playing community alike. IBM data and AI account executive Jonathan Moss tells more about the project.

Financial fraud occurred every two minutes in 2019, finds RSA data

Financial fraud attacks were uncovered every two minutes in 2019 as phishing and malware continues to rise, according to the RSA’s Quarterly Fraud Report. Between October 1 2019 and December 31 2019 the RSA observed 225,095 financial fraud attacks around the world, amounting to 30 per hour, a 7% increase year-on-year.

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