Week Ending: September 29th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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September has undoubtedly been a productive month here at Claritas. This month we launched our new website explaining our offering in a clear, more detailed way.

As we reach the end of the week and indeed month, we’re now on the brink of autumn. As the leaves begin to fall you can rest assured that the tech news stories continue to blossom. Here’s a few from this week we think you should know about.

Equifax boss steps down after huge data breach

Data breaches affect even the biggest of organisations and as we found on Tuesday can result in large-scale change at the very top of a business. Richard Smith announced his retirement from Equifax, the US credit agency which suffered a massive data breach, exposing the personal information of 143 million people. Smith is the third senior executive to leave the company since the attack and commented:

The cybersecurity incident has affected millions of consumers, and I have been completely dedicated to making this right. At this critical juncture, I believe it is in the best interests of the company to have new leadership to move the company forward.

A quarter of UK councils hit by Ransomware

It has emerged that UK councils are a big target for cyber criminals with more than a quarter falling victim to ransomware attacks.

Positively, of the 115 attacked, almost half said the attacks were unsuccessful and 99 per cent explained they did not pay the ransom. The reason for not paying these criminals is also reassuring to hear, the biggest factor being that these councils had their data backed up.

To read up on ransomware and to learn how you can help prevent your company from being a victim, visit our blog post here.

Microsoft discuss Quantum Computing at Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella began this week’s Microsoft Ignite conference with a keynote speech on the company’s quantum computing drive. Whilst speaking about Microsoft’s progress in the field, Nadella also delivered practical immediate news to those in attendance too.

Quantum computing was undoubtedly the ‘wow’ moment of the talk as Nadella spoke about what the future could hold. For those unaware of quantum computing, it’s widely accepted as a huge step forward if achievable. explained it in simple terms this week:

Quantum computing, if Microsoft or anyone else can deliver it, would represent a revolutionary change in the fundamental model of computing by making use of the essential weirdness of matter at the sub-atomic level, such as superposition, uncertainty and entanglement. In essence, bits of information in quantum computing, known as qubits, could exist in multiple states at the same time, allowing for massive advances in computational power.

A difficult one to understand, for sure, but we’re very excited to see whether this is achievable and to see what the future holds for the technology.

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