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CTO Interview: Otavio Freire, SafeGuard Cyber

Dr Roger G. Johnston’s “Backwards” security maxim states: “Most people will assume everything is secure until provided strong evidence to the contrary.” The observation reflects our collective tendency to ignore potential vulnerabilities in products, services or technologies if acknowledging them interrupts our enjoyment of them or the utility they carry.

Of course, this pathology is rare in security teams, but highly present in users and consumers, who see technology as a means to an end and relish any new tool that promises to shave seconds of their daily routine. The most potent example this side of the millennium was Cambridge Analytica’s covert harvesting of our personalities via innocuous quizzes. But for today’s organisations – right here, right, now – what is the “Backwards” blindspot?


10 ways to improve your remote working strategy

Businesses quickly adapted to enable their employees to work from home when the Government’s Covid-19 lockdown was imposed. But four weeks later, what have we learned? Is there room for improvement to keep organisations secure, productive and engaged? Tim Mercer, CEO of Vapour Cloud, advises how companies can take remote working strategies up a notch…


Don’t get fooled by fake cloud applications

Not all cloud apps are created equal, says Mehdi Fassaie, Founder & CTO at Fluent Commerce The phenomenal growth of cloud computing has enabled companies in every industry sector to take advantage of this transformative technology to improve the customer experience, increase productivity, lower cost, reduce IT overheads, and introduce new business models.  Today’s cloud-native… Read More


Swarm Theory: Lessons from nature in the advancement of robotics

As part of a recent entry to Science Robotics, experts argued that “Covid-19 could be a catalyst for developing robotic systems that can be rapidly deployed with remote access […] to front lines”. It is often in times of great strife that innovation truly comes to the fore – the progress made across both public and private sectors in recent weeks is a tribute to just that, encompassing everything from advanced data analytics to the production of ventilators by the likes of McLaren, Mercedes and other F1 teams. 

Robotics is no different. Robots are currently handling room service in isolation centres, patrolling the streets to help countries achieve social distancing policies, and helping to entertain the elderly. There are even robots whose purpose aligns perfectly with the specificities of this particular pandemic. UVD Robots, a company founded in 2016 by BlueOcean Robotics, produces a mobile bot with powerful UV lights built into the hardware. The robot can kill 99.99 per cent of all pathogens in the air using those light waves, a feature which will be most welcome in hospitals around the world currently.


The big pivot: The new cloud strategy in 2020

In recent weeks we’ve all been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, both personally and professionally. The changes have been swift and severe, bringing new meaning to the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”

While certain sectors, like the restaurant industry, have been brutally affected by lockdowns, we’ve also seen encouraging signs of last-minute ingenuity. At the end of March, national chain The Cheesecake Factory warned that it would not be able to pay rent. One month later, of the nearly 300 restaurants it operates, only 30 are currently closed. The chain is experimenting with imaginative take-out concepts, such as a special happy-hour menu and a new line of ice cream


Why the “IT skills crisis” isn’t what it seems

Whatever the company, whatever the sector, there’s one phrase at the top of the agenda for every IT director: the ‘skills crisis’.

Undeniably, the crisis is a very real problem for IT, with significant consequences for the competitiveness of UK businesses and the economy at large. Recent Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) research starkly illustrated this problem, revealing that 40 per cent of organisations believe their efforts to implement digital transformation are hampered by a lack of staff and skills.

As the coronavirus emergency develops, these skills challenges are set to aggravate further. Mainframe operations, in particular, may be put under pressure, creating issues for mission critical workloads like on-premise SAP.


DBAs: The unsung heroes of IT infrastructure in crisis

Eventually, life and business as we know it will go back to normal – or close to it – and perhaps autonomous databases that fix themselves will become a reality one day, too. However, until that day arrives, this is a wake-up call to get to know and show appreciation for your organisation’s DBAs and the work they do


Covid-19 apps around the world

Millions of people in the UK are to be asked to use a phone app to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Government is “optimistic” people will download the app to allow better contact tracing – a key factor in beating Covid-19 and helping the country out of lockdown.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said he thought the “vast majority” of people would download the app and “play their part” – but insisted it was just one element of the plan to stop the spread.


Covid-19: How technology can revolutionise your at-home workout

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into chaos, forcing millions upon millions of people to self-isolate at home. 

Maintaining the health and wellbeing of both ourselves and our loved ones has become more imperative than ever – not only to combat the threat of the virus itself but to ensure we stay happy and healthy at home. 

Keeping fit and exercising is one of the best ways to do exactly that, to ensure we stay proactive and utilise the time we have at home to the best of our ability. But why stop there? 

Thanks to the increasingly technological world we live in, numerous exercise-based advances over the years have made at-home workouts much easier, more refined and more effective than ever before. Join us as we take you through how. 


Interview: Crowdstrike’s Zeki Turedi on Covid-19’s long-term impact

At the time of writing, the majority of the world’s governments have effected stay-at-home measures, mass confinements which would be unnavigable for businesses without cloud software and infrastructure. If we didn’t appreciate it before, the sheer power, necessity, even, of cloud computing has been keenly felt in recent weeks. 


Should your company ban Zoom?

Zoom, the free to use video conferencing app, has exploded in the last month. It quickly became a household name and more than doubled its share price. However, Zoom has come under fire recently from the security community. Accusations and concerns around privacy and security features have been raised. Zoom is not alone here though. In fact many of the webinar and conferencing applications have attracted widespread criticism. Zoom has proved to be one of the most popular platforms and was therefore placed under the security microscope.


Seven security mistakes organisations make when adopting cloud

The use of public cloud may well provide the capability to rapidly address these challenges, to help extend the current operational environment in a hybrid model or create an entirely new footprint within the cloud. While there certainly are benefits to accelerating the move to the cloud at this critical point, there are also many risks to be aware of.

An understanding of cloud best practices, especially regarding security and governance, should be at the forefront of any changes.



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