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IT Transformation

IT Transformation is Leading the Digital Revolution We are in the midst of the digital revolution and it is our IT departments that will spearhead our campaign through the wilderness of transformation. They are the primary drivers of innovation, not only predicting and adapting to the future… but building it.

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Security Transformation

Security Is Not an Impediment. It’s an Accelerator of Innovation Conventionally, security has been viewed as an obstacle to innovation and risk has  been seen as an anchor that weighs your business down, something to fear and avoid. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The time has come for organisations to change their perception of these notions. Security needs to be seen as an accelerator for your organisation. 

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Microsoft launches ‘911’ on-demand service for emergency security threats

Microsoft has introduced a new service offering enterprise customers a direct line to the company’s top security experts when a threat is so bad it can’t be solved alone. The managed threat hunting service called Threat Experts on Demand has now reached ‘general availability’ and is part of the Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service for customers with subscriptions such as Windows 10 Enterprise E5 and the Microsoft 365 bundle. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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12 blockchain-related jobs to consider in 2020

For more than a year, blockchain management and development has topped some lists of the hottest skills in the IT job market, and thousands of blockchain jobs in the U.S. are now up for grabs. According to a mid-year salary survey from Janco Associates, a management consulting firm that conducts regular salary surveys, blockchain development and management positions remain in high demand. [1] [1] By Lucus Mearian on ComputerWorld

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Cybersecurity: Hostile nations responsible for ‘significant’ number of attacks against UK organisations

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has helped UK organisations fight over 600 cyberattacks over the course of the past year, with hostile nation states blamed for a ‘significant’ number of the attempts at hacking UK-based targets. The NCSC Annual Review 2019 sheds a light on some of the work the cyber arm of GCHQ has done over the past year to help protect the UK from malicious cyber activity and reveals that it handled 658 incidents in the last 12 months, providing…

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Has Google really unlocked quantum supremacy? Not so fast, says IBM

Last month, a research paper briefly posted on a Nasa website – and since removed – suggested that Google had achieved quantum supremacy. This means that its quantum computer could, in theory, take on calculations that are impossible even for the world’s highest-performing supercomputers. [1] [1] By Daphne Leprince-Ringuet on ZDNet

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Good news for developers: The CLI is back

Back when I started writing code, everything was done in the command line. You configured systems with the command line, wrote scripts in vi and emacs and ed, building your own library of commands that simplified your tasks and automated the complex. Armed with a copy of Kernigan and Pike’s The Unix Programming Environment, or its DOS equivalent, the world was your oyster. [1] [1] By Simon Bisson on ZDNet

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Windows 10 1909: What do developers need to know? Not much, says Microsoft

Feature updates can mean significant changes for developers, but Windows 10 version 1909 marks a change in Microsoft’s historical approach to Windows 10 upgrades. And that’s good news for developers, with Microsoft advising them they won’t need to do anything new for the time being. [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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Cybersecurity: Why your suppliers are still your weakest link

Ensuring an organisations suppliers and supply chain are well protected is now one of the key features of cybersecurity strategy because your company’s defences rely on suppliers further down the chain. Hacking into a close but poorly-secured supplier is now how some of the most sophisticated threat groups start their campaigns. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Ransomware: These are the most common attacks targeting you right now

Recent ransomware attacks targeting schools, hospitals and local governments might suggest that cyber criminals have shifted away from distributing file-encrypting malware to individuals in favour of going after whole networks. But the most common ransomware campaign of the last six months is targeting home users. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Thought Leadership Breakfast in partnership with Extreme Networks

On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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HIGH PERFORMANCE CONNECTIVITY PROVIDES COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE "How WAN optimization ROI is achievable in as little as six months." Over the past nine years, WAN optimization has transformed from a point-product that solved isolated problems into a strategic cornerstone for application delivery. New acceleration capabilities boost user productivity and satisfaction while reducing time to market. WAN optimization can now ...