Week Ending: October 20th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week the news has largely been dominated by Storm Ophelia sweeping the UK; dust drifted in from the Sahara, darkening our skies and turning the sun a deep orange. However, there was lots happening in I.T. and Tech that you may have missed.

Don’t worry though, as always, we’re here to bring you up to speed.

GOV.UK turns five!

This week marked five years since the launch of GOV.UK, a service which is visited 12 million times a week to access information and services that affect many important aspects of people’s lives.

Five years ago, Government Digital Service took nearly 2,000 government websites and turned them into a single domain for all government services and information. Together with other departments and agencies, work began to remove content that nobody needed, and saved the taxpayer over £60 million.

Learn more about the last five years here.

More than half of businesses fell victim to a successful DDoS attack

New research has discovered that 54% of businesses were hit by distributed denial of service attacks or DDoS in the last year.

The survey contacted 305 organisations in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland about the technologies that protect them from cyberattacks, with a whopping 44% stating they were currently underinvesting in anti-DDoS technologies.

Not only are these attacks increasing in frequency, they are also getting bigger. In the first half of 2015, the largest DDoS attack recorded was 21Gbps, but during the equivalent period in 2016, it was 58.8Gbps.

And according to the experts the problem doesn’t appear to be going away as 79% rated the likelihood of an attack as either “likely” or “almost certain”.

Facebook to help tackle cyber bullying

Social media giant Facebook has launched an initiative to help combat cyber-bullying by training tens of thousands of children in secondary schools on how to counter online abuse.

It plans on funding the project to a tune of £1 million. Facebook claim that would be enough for every secondary school in the UK to have a “digital safety ambassador” that would help stamp out online bullying.

The government Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, has recently proposed a levy on social media companies that would make them pay for measures to protect children online. However, this has been met with some scepticism by social media giants.

If you’re worried about how safe your children are online, we wrote a blog with some handy tips to keep them from harm. Click here.

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