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Week Ending: July 28th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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As another week ends here at Claritas HQ and as we move closer to August, we’ve identified some of the biggest talking points online from the week. Over the coming paragraphs we’ll share these with you and come the end of our roundup you’ll be able to impart some weekly wisdom to your friends and colleagues. Sound good?

Here’s what’s happening in I.T. and Tech.

Rehab for cybercriminals

Cyberattacks are not something to be taken lightly and The National Crime Agency is now looking at ways to rehabilitate young hackers responsible for cybercrime.

This month, teenagers have attended the first weekend camp in Bristol which aims to discourage them from committing any illegal online activity. If the trial proves successful, we could see a full-scale rehab programme implemented in the UK in the near future.

This month’s trial consisted of just seven attendees but the BBC confirmed that hundreds of potential young cybercriminals have been contacted by the NCA with warnings about their activity. Those who have meddled with servers, defaced websites and taken over restricted networks will be the target of the cybercrime rehab.

Will it work? Only time will tell.

UK Gov’s £20m cybersecurity programme

Another youth-led campaign showing that the UK is taking cybercrime very seriously; students aged 14-18 are being encouraged by the UK Government to enrol in a new £20m Cyber Schools Programme.

Created by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) the four-year programme is aiming to tackle the growing security skills gap. The DCMS expects to have trained almost 6,000 teens by 2021 and is due to launch in autumn this year.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State commented: “Our Cyber Schools Programme aims to inspire the talent of tomorrow and give thousands of the brightest young minds the chance to learn cutting-edge cyber security skills alongside their secondary school studies.”

Students and teachers can register their interest via the programme’s website and students will be selected via an entry assessment.

We recently shared some advice for young I.T. enthusiasts which you can read here.

Distrust in personal data usage

This week it was revealed that Brits are in support of convenience and the security benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT).

A recent survey found that 79% of Brits supported the use of a button on smart devices to alert the police of their location during an emergency. However, only 41% supported the police being able to monitor fitness tracker data to determine locations at any time.

It appears that there is still a gap when it comes to trust and monitoring personal data. Much like the end-to-end encryption debate, citizens aren’t one hundred per cent comfortable that their data will be safe and not used in ways they do not know about. It may be some years yet before we have the general public wholeheartedly embracing data sharing.

Those are some of this week’s most important stories, but if you need more I.T. and tech news, why not follow our social channels for up to date content and tips on a daily basis? Also, stay tuned as in the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you more information on one of the world’s biggest discussion points at the moment, encryption.