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Closing doors

A new report looking at how companies are addressing the issue of cyber security makes for interesting, if slightly worrying, reading.

Is the graphene industry set for dramatic change?

Interesting times for the grapheme industry. Despite significant applications arriving in the market and revenues growing for many companies, who are now seeing average order sizes growing, IDTechEx Research suggests that despite all of these positive signs, the industry remains loss-making and many firms seem to be on a weak footing.

The Huawei conundrum

The Huawei controversy continues to rumble on and last week’s leak from the UK’s National Security Council has added an additional twist to the security storm engulfing the Chinese company, and the apparent decision by the UK government to allow it to supply some 5G equipment to help build the UK’s future telecoms network.

Cutting corners with security

According to a report from insurers, Hiscox, the proportion of UK firms reporting a cyber-attack has jumped, with most businesses admitting they are under-prepared for breaches.

Climate rebellion

Has technology a pivotal role to play when it comes to addressing environmental and conservational issues?

High-tech snooping creates fear and distrust

According to reports over the weekend, UK business owners are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor the behaviour of their staff minute-to-minute by harvesting data on emails, which files are being accessed and edited and what meetings are being held.

IP or no IP, that's the question

Earlier this month the European Patent Office (EPO) reported that UK companies filed over 5,700 patent applications in 2018, a rise of almost 8 per cent, while the number of European patents granted to British companies jumped 22 per cent reaching 3,800.

UK tech patent applications jump

In its latest annual report, the European Patent Office (EPO) has revealed that the tech sector continues to grow in Europe, with filings in the fields of digital communications and computer technology both up.

Call for a digital super-regulator

Technology firms need to radically improve their "inadequate" responses to privacy and data breaches and anti-social content, according to a new report from the House of Lords.

UK media failing women and tech

Last Friday (8th March) marked International Woman’s Day (IWD), a yearly event which celebrates females all over the world and aims to encourage gender balance.

Apprenticeships v degrees

At the start of National Apprenticeship Week a new study conducted by CV-Library, an independent jobs board, has revealed that over two thirds (67%) of engineering professionals would choose to do an apprenticeship over studying for a degree.

Samsung to the rescue?

With Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in full swing and 5G expected to steal the limelight, with operators and vendors vying with one another to show that they are leading in the race for 5G commercialisation, we can expect to see plenty of handset launches.

Surging cybersecurity spending

A new report suggests that revenues from cyber security last year topped over $160bn, and are expected to jump by a further $11.2bn this year as the focus moves to GDPR adherence and adherence to similar legislation.

A manageable risk

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has said that the risk from using telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei is ‘manageable’.

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