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Week Ending: February 15th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Another week down in February and we’re somehow already half way through the month. This week’s stories in I.T. and tech are focussed around skills shortages, cyberattacks and software development.

Is the “computer geek” stereotype putting people off?

The stereotypical picture of a computer hacker, built up by film, TV and the media, is putting promising students off a career in cyber security.

Cyber security specialists have issued the warning that the UK needs to change its perception in order to encourage more whizz-kids to move into the field, dispelling the notion that people interested in computers are recluses or ‘geeks’.

Speaking at Cyber 9/12, an annual cyber security competition for university students, Pete Cooper, senior fellow at Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council explained: “At the moment a lot of people think a cyber security skill is whether you can hack, whether you can build and defend a network, or whether you can analyse code. Those are all really important skills, but that’s only one element of what cyber security is.”

Experts have explained that there are many more skills and elements involved in cyber security and that the need to bridge the gap between a skills shortage and the growing technology is vital.

Read more via City AM.

43 per cent of employees have suffered a cyber-attack

Research has revealed 43% of senior executives and managers think that their employers have suffered at least one cyber-attack in the past two years.

Furthermore, only 31% of those interviewed believe that the problem was dealt with ‘very well’ and 48% think that their employers are not worried about cyber-attacks. It’s the same sort of figures that we see time and time again, businesses are both underprepared and uneducated on the dangers of cyber-attacks.

Bruce Hepburn CEO of Mactavish, the company which undertook the research, commented: “The chances of suffering from a cyber-attack are increasing, but our research suggests many employers are not taking this growing risk seriously enough.

“Given this, it is fair to assume that many have also not reviewed their insurance policies to make sure they have adequate cover here.”

Read the full story on London Loves Business.

Software development to be driven by customer needs

According to Accenture research, 75% of operational leaders at banks now want to focus on customer experience over efficiency. Higher customer demands and expectations has meant that banking software is now to be driven by the customer.

The research comes as banks in the UK are going through a period of change. Cyber attacks have played a part in this and higher customer expectations for excellent service, personalisation and engagement will be the driver of the future of banking technology. Financial institutions that fail to recognise this will fall behind.

For software developers, building customer perspectives into apps and services should start small with the product being tested by a small group of users which can then be scaled up. Quantitative and qualitative data gathered as part of this process can inform the next level of development.

Discover more via FinExtra.


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