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Week Ending: January 19th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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January in the UK is proving to be a cold one, who’d have thought it? In this week’s roundup we take a look at the issues CIO’s face other than freezing temperatures, new cybersecurity software from Blackberry and tips for women in tech from the informative Forbes.

Pour yourself a warm drink and discover the latest in I.T. and technology.

What is keeping CIOs up at night?

CIO.com recently explored the top things troubling Chief Information Officers in a lengthy article looking at the professional challenges the industry faces.

Their list included IoT Security with CIOs accepting that they must now be considering new emerging threats as things become more connected. Over half of respondents said they had “anxiety due to IoT security.”

The skills gap in I.T. was another on the list of concerns for the CIOs. Whilst unquestionably more I.T. jobs are being created, there simply aren’t enough bodies with the correct skills to fill them.

CIO’s list also included:

Data overload, Retraining, Innovation and digital transformation, Tightening budgets, Finding new revenue streams, Upgrading legacy systems, Lack of agility, Outsourcing risks, Pitfalls in moving to the cloud, Multiple security vulnerabilities.

Check out what’s keeping CIOs up at night here.

Blackberry’s new software for self-driving cars

Earlier this week Blackberry revealed Blackberry Jarvis, a new cybersecurity product designed for self-driving cars. The software will identify vulnerabilities within programs used in driverless cars and will be offered on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The launch is targeted at the automotive industry first and foremost, however, the company believe it could have an impact in industrial automation and even healthcare in the near future.

It comes after the year of the WannaCry ransomware attack which raised awareness globally of online security threats whilst also helping to raise awareness of Blackberry’s security software business aimed at mobile devices.

More autonomous vehicles will bring with it more threats, therefore it’s good to see corporations looking to tackle these problems in advance.

Tips for women in tech

The absence of women in technology is a topic which was covered extensively in 2017 and with recent statistics estimating that women hold just 26% of all computing jobs it’s a subject that needs exposure.

Forbes Tech News is generally a good place to read more around the subject and recently writer Danielle Sheehan gave her tips for women in tech. These included notes on useful groups to join and meetups to attend, hackathons and must read inspirational books for females in the industry.

You can discover her tips for women in the industry here and to learn more about Claritas’ women in tech visit our blog.


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