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Week Ending: March 30th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This month has been an eventful one in the world of I.T. and technology with data very much on the global agenda. Some tech giants will be glad to see the back of March having taken huge hits to their reputation. This week ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend we leave the Cambridge Analytica scandal to bring you news on remote working, cybercrime and tech tax – enjoy!

Businesses worry their mobile workers have been hacked

This week a survey revealed that more than half of businesses (57% to be exact) feared their mobile workers have been hacked at some stage. The rise in remote working - employees operating from outside the office - is causing concern in terms of security for business leaders.

81% of respondents said they had experienced a Wi-Fi related security incident over the past year with coffee shops noted as the location where most problems had occurred (60%). Hotels and railway stations also made the list of areas in the survey made up of the thoughts of 500 CIOs and IT decision makers in the US, Germany, UK and France.

Worrying statistics for those who have workers operating outside of the office however there are a number of things you can do to combat these risks. We recently shared our 5 tips for remote working safety which you can read here.

UK to lead the way combatting cyber crime

The UK government aims to be the global leader when it comes to cybersecurity, according to its Cyber Security Export Strategy. The 5-year plan details how the government wants to be seen as a front-runner in this global challenge and how by 2021 the goal is for the UK to be “secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and confident in the digital world.”

Advancements in technology are threatening the way businesses operate, therefore, it’s good to see the high expectations of the UK when it comes to online security - the risk has been identified and taken seriously.

Google’s UK tax bill

Google will be paying almost £50m in tax to the Treasury this year. The corporation tax is the highest figure the tech giant has paid and an increase on last year’s £36.4m, however the total value of Google’s sales reaches around £5.7bn in the UK.

As an international business, we pay the majority of our taxes in our home country, as well as all the taxes due in the UK.

Google Spokesperson

As the BBC reports, Google UK operates as a marketing and sales arm of its European operation which is headquartered in Dublin, where corporation taxes are lower.

The tech giant pays a considerable fee to operate across Britain however the tech corporation tax debate is likely to rage on throughout the year, as senior figures decide if, and what these giant companies should be paying to operate in Europe.


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