Week Ending: August 25th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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We're counting down the minutes to the bank holiday weekend, but before you take a well deserved break, let's take a look at some of the stories in I.T. & Tech, making the headlines this week.

FTSE 350 companies have no plan for cyber attacks

A recent survey of 105 businesses in the FTSE 350 found that one in ten have no plan to cope with hacking, with 68% of company bosses having no specific training to deal with a cyber attack.

With the increase in cyber-attacks featuring heavily in the news recently, reports like this really highlight the vast flaws in computer security procedures. 54% of company boards said computer hacking is one of the main threats to their business, but take up on security training is low. We hope we’re on the verge of a change and that more will begin to implement proper measures to tackle the issue, but at the moment it still seems there is work to be done!

If you are concerned about your computer security, or to discuss the needs of your business get in touch with us here.

Norway to house the world’s biggest green data centre

A start-up in Norway has big plans to create a record breaking data centre in the town of Ballangen in northern Norway. Using supplies from a local hydropower plant the site will initially draw up to 70MW, although this could rise to 1,000MW in the next decade, breaking the current record and even that of other centres under construction.

The data centre will provide jobs to an estimated 2,000 or 3,000 people around the area, and will indirectly support over 10,000 jobs nationally. Great news for the environment.

Google Play removes 500 apps from the store

Google Play has removed 500 apps from its app store which were all found to contain the Igexin ad SDK spyware.

The SDK in question was found by mobile security experts, Lookout, to give hackers access to the mobile device and leak personal information. It is thought that the app developers were unaware of this at the time, using the SDK to provide adverts to the applications. Lookout noted that it required deep analysis of the app’s behaviour to identify the security breach, as the malicious activity was not immediately obvious, and could be altered over time remotely.

That was your fix of I.T. and tech news for this week. Let’s hope for some sunshine this Bank Holiday weekend.

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