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Week Ending: April 13th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup sees us talk about the ever-present online threat to the UK and why this may not necessarily be a bad thing in the long term. We look also at how an AI lawyer is 80% cheaper than a human and how Google is planning a Gmail redesign. Let’s jump in and see what you may have missed in the way of I.T. and tech news this week.

More online threats than ever before in the UK

The National Cyber Security Centre and NCA have warned that cybercriminals are targeting UK businesses more frequently than ever before.

A threat report which was launched this week as part of the CyberUK summit discussed the ever- present threat of cybercrime in the UK and detailed data breaches, including the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack which affected the NHS, among many others. The outlook however is positive as the UK talked up its capability in dealing with attacks, alongside the dedicated work which is going in to making the nation a safer place long-term.

Despite these very real threats to the nation's security, I am confident in the UK's ability to combat the attacks that we face every day, the NCSC's aim is to make the UK an unattractive target to cyber criminals and certain nation states by increasing their risk and reducing their return on investment.

NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin

AI lawyer hired by Serious Fraud Office

This month the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) hired a new employee in the form of an AI lawyer. Its task is to automatically analyse documents and identify legally privileged material and then organise this information into different documents for an investigator to then examine.

The Serious Fraud Office has previously used similar technology developed by Canadian firm OpenText to aid in its investigation into fraud at Rolls-Royce – a project which entailed reviewing 30 million documents.

The technology is said to be 80% cheaper than using an outside counsel and during the Rolls-Royce investigation it was able to scan at speeds 200 times faster than a human lawyer.

Read about this story in depth via Sky News.

Gmail to get fresh design

Google has been working on a brand spanking new version of Gmail for its users. Through an email sent to G Suite customers, the search giant explained that a new web version of Gmail was in the works with new features and design planned.

Initial reports explained new features are to include: access to the Google calendar from the Gmail interface, the ability to snooze emails and smart replies. Also, the company is working on a way to store emails on your computer when you’re offline.


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