Week Ending: October 6th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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As we get deeper into Autumn, there’s been lots happening in the world of I.T. and tech. As news from across the pond dominated much of the rhetoric, you’re more than forgiven for missing some of the stories to hit the headlines of the technology sections in the last few days.

Here’s a few you might have missed.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Annual Review

The NCSC, which is part of CGHQ and set up by the government to help tackle the growing threat of cybersecurity, celebrated its first anniversary this week. As part of this it released an Annual Review outlining some of the major findings of the past 12 months.

They found that during this period 1,131 cyberattacks were reported in the UK, which is more than two a day. Of those, 590 were classed as significant and more than 30 required a cross-government response.

This has led to an interesting response from industry leaders, which you can view here.

We asked the office for their general consensus on these figures to see if they thought they were high or not. Here’s their take on the events.

Andrea Olsen, Sales Manager:

I’m surprised at how low this number is. Whilst 52% of the total number have been deemed significant, we are living in a digital world where we are being informed of daily attacks. I would expect this number to increase significantly within the next year.

Katie Fraser-Smith, Marketing Manager:

1,000 attacks doesn’t sound many on the surface in comparison to global figures but two serious attacks per week in the UK is pretty significant and figures show that this is increasing. We all need to be aware of the risks and take the necessary precautions, whatever the size of our business.

Yahoo hack affected 3 billion accounts

As new details emerged from the Yahoo hack from 2013, it became clear this week that it was much larger than originally anticipated.

The company admitted that all of its 3 billion accounts were affected in the hack, rather than the initial 1 billion which was reported.

However, they have moved to put users’ minds at rest as the data did not include passwords in clear text, payment card or bank account data.

Yahoo said that while its latest announcement did not represent a new "security issue" it was sending emails to all the "additional affected user accounts".

Gartner predicts global I.T. spend to rise in 2018

In 2018, spending on I.T. is expected to reach $3.7 trillion globally, up from $3.5 trillion in 2017. Investment in communications services will account for the largest proportion of the projected spending with software second. Software spending is due to increase by 9.4 per cent next year, to a total of $387 billion.

Spending on I.T. services has grown to $931 billion this year and is expected to grow by 5.3 per cent, up to $980 billion in 2018. That is big business!

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