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Trojan malware: The hidden cyber threat to your PC

Cyber criminals are always looking for brand new ways of making money and causing destruction — or, even better, both at once. The last 12 months have seen a boom in malicious cryptocurrency mining whereby cyber attackers secretly hijack the processing power of computers, servers and even IoT devices and use it to mine for cryptocurrency. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Dell recalls faulty Hybrid Power Adapters

If you are the owner of a Dell Hybrid Power Adapter manufactured between January 2017 and March 2017 then you should discontinue its use and contact Dell for a replacement. According to a CPSC recall notice, the Hybrid Power Adapters, which were designed to power laptops when not connected to a power outlet, can break in a way that they expose internal circuitry, becoming a shock hazard. [1] [1] By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on ZDNet

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4 situations where staying on-premises may be preferable to cloud, for now

One can be forgiven for thinking that everything that is anything IT-related is being absorbed into the cloud. There is immense pressure to make the cloud move. As found in a recent survey of 550 executives conducted by IDG, more than one-third (38%) report their IT departments are under pressure  to migrate all applications and infrastructure to the cloud. [1] [1] By Joe McKendrick on ZDNet

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What is blockchain? The complete guide

Blockchain, which began to emerge as a real-world tech option in 2016 and 2017, is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter century ago. And in the same way Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will likely take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information and data between open and private business networks. [1] [1] By Lucas Mearian on ComputerWorld

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Struggling to comply with GDPR? Microsoft 365 rolls out new privacy dashboards

Microsoft is rolling out new dashboards in its Microsoft 365 enterprise bundle to help security and compliance officers deal with new privacy laws. Microsoft 365, which includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, is gaining a new workspace for managing compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other regions’ laws. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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Microsoft cloud services see global authentication outage

Microsoft engineers can’t seem to catch a break. After Microsoft Office 365 users in Europe were left unable to access mailboxes for a full day last week, the company is facing similar problems again today. This time around, the issue is impacting users from all over the world, not just Europe, and more than just Office 365, also impacting some Azure and Dynamics 365 services. [1] [1] By Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet

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Director’s View

The first two months of this year has indeed been dramatic in South Africa with some large IT companies being exposed for decidedly shady and corrupt dealings.  It would be interesting to see how the reputational damage plays out for these companies and how stakeholders respond going forward to ensure better governance.

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Tech-driven innovation: The inevitable and revolutionary future of IT

Technology has changed virtually everything: the way we work, the way we live, the way we play, and, at a basic level, how humans relate to each other. On the business front, it has fueled the power shift from institutions to customers, powered the emergence of startups and super-scaled platforms that are undercutting and remaking traditional markets, and changed the way employees work. [1] [1] By Forrester Research on ZDNet

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