Cyberattacks on UK councils surge during pandemic

As UK councils sent most of their employees to work from home during the pandemic, the number of cyberattacks against the institutions spiked, a new report has claimed. Technology solutions provider Insight sent a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to 47 councils in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, discovering an average rise in cyberattacks of 213 percent in the …

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Global IT spending set for huge surge this year

In anticipation of greater economic stability this year, global IT spending is expected to rise by 8.4 percent. This is according to a new report from analyst house Gartner, which claims worldwide IT spending will hit $4.1 trillion in 2021. The source of funds for new digital business initiatives, Gartner believes, will generally come from business departments other than IT, …

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Vaccine phishing attacks surge as the rollout gathers pace

It appears that cybercriminals have been paying close attention to the news, with the number of Covid-19 vaccine-related spear-phishing attacks surging every time there’s an important announcement or breakthrough. This is according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Barracuda, which analyzes the number of vaccine-related phishing attacks between October 2020 and January 2021, during which period the first vaccines …

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Gartner forecasts surge in low-code adoption

Investment in low-code development technologies appears to have been unaffected by cost-saving measures enacted by many companies in response to the pandemic. If anything, lockdown has boosted the adoption of low-code.  According to a new report from analyst firm Gartner, the market for low-code development tech will hit $11.3 billion this year, up almost a quarter (23.2 percent) compared to …

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Pandemic drives massive surge in usage of collaboration software

For collaboration software providers, 2020 was year to remember, according to a new report from digital experience management company Aternity. Between February 17 and December 20 last year, the usage of collaboration platform Microsoft Teams grew by a whopping 3,891 percent. During the same time period, Zoom usage grew by 1,788 percent. Overall, the usage of Microsoft’s collaboration apps grew …

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Businesses brace for Covid-related phishing surge next year

The majority of businesses in the UK expect an increase in cyberattacks next year, a new report from Centrify states. Polling 200 business decision-makers at large and medium-sized companies, Centrify found that almost two thirds (64 percent) of respondents expect even more Covid-related phishing emails next year, while half (52 percent) expect to incur more cyberattacks. In the report, Centrify …

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