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Week Ending: February 23rd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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If this week’s roundup of I.T. and tech news was a school report it would be an ‘excellent’ for London, a ‘very good’ for the Church of England and a ‘could do better’ for UK councils.

Read on to see why we handed out these comments and to learn more about the week in I.T. and tech.

Broadband to get a holy helping hand

As part of the government’s commitment to achieving good-quality mobile connectivity across the UK by 2022, they have asked for help from the big man himself (God).

News has emerged that church spires could be used to boost mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas. This comes as a supposed agreement between the UK government and the Church of England was made this week.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, was positive about the announcement: "Encouraging churches to improve connectivity will help tackle two of the biggest issues rural areas face - isolation and sustainability.”

London’s got tech talent

Despite the doom and gloom of Brexit and the ever growing uncertainty it has caused, London continues to be a hub for the world’s best tech companies.

According to data from LinkedIn and Stack Overflow for London and Partners, London remains the destination of choice for both European and global tech professionals as they look to start their career in tech.

Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, praised the capital following this news: “London is the tech capital of Europe and home to some of the best tech and creative minds from across the world. Global tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google continue to invest in London because of our city’s diverse international tech workforce, and our start-up ecosystem is vibrant and innovative.”

Councils failing to prepare

According to a recent report by privacy group Big Brother Watch, more than 25% of UK councils have had their computer systems breached in the past five years.

The results showed a shocking number of councils, 114 in total, have experienced at least one incident since 2013.

There are a number of factors behind this, with one of the key reasons being a lack of cybersecurity training for council staff.

The company responsible for the report stated that the worst offender for a successful cyberattack came in the form of phishing emails that are designed to trick staff into revealing passwords and other data.

Based on the data obtained, the report estimated the number of cyberattacks on local authorities, to be around 98 million between 2013 and 2017.


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