Week Ending: May 3rd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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May is here and its very first week has been a busy one. Our latest I.T. and tech roundup explores Europe and its slow adoption of the cloud; a jaw-dropping U.S. data breach and how we could be storing data via molecules in the future. Let’s take a look…

Europe behind in cloud development

A new report has found that Europe is behind the rest of the world in cloud development and data solutions.

The analysis explains that organisations in the EU have been slower to adapt to cloud-based data infrastructures and less than a quarter have been using cloud in production for more than four years. Whilst many organisations in Europe are still just ‘dipping their toes’ others worldwide are fully embracing the change.

Some are well aware of their slow start and are doing their upmost to catch up however old roadblocks are still in the way. One of these is the lack of a skilled workforce, confident and comfortable in this area.

Ben Lorica, Chief Data Scientist and Program Chair for Strata Data Conference at O’Reilly Media commented: “Years of delayed investment and a reliance on legacy infrastructures may be holding European organisations back in the global race to the cloud. Yet, whilst they have some way to go before they achieve parity with their counterparts, it’s positive to see so many investing in data. A strong core of organised, clean and actionable data is crucial for any AI or analytics project. Provided companies become more competitive in attracting the best talent, 2019 may be the year that the continent turns a corner.”

Read the full story via ITProPortal.

Data breach exposes ages and income of 80 million U.S. families

Worrying news broke this week when Israeli researchers discovered a publicly accessible, unprotected database with personal details of more than 80 million U.S. families. Information included full names, ages, income brackets and marital status. Yikes!

The same researchers could not identify who owned this database, meaning more cause for concern for US families whose information was out there in the open.

Naturally, the story made national news and led to Microsoft issuing the following statement: "We notified the owner of the database and it is no longer publicly accessible."

So the problem is no longer live, which is a relief, however it’s little comfort for those whose details were available for anyone to snoop on and potentially collect.

Read the full story via USA Today.

A new method for data storage in molecules without using energy

This week Scitech Europa published an article which explored a new method for data storage in molecules as an alternative to cloud storage.

Oligopeptides are used to encode data and as the University of Harvard explains: “As the data boom continues to boom, more and more information gets filed in less and less space. Even the cloud—whose name promises opaque, endless space—will eventually run out of space, can’t thwart all hackers, and gobbles up energy. Now, a new way to store information could stably house data for millions of years, lives outside the hackable internet, and, once written, uses no energy. All you need is a chemist, some cheap molecules, and your precious information.”

It sounds like science fiction but it could be possible and, although it may not replace the cloud, it is an interesting look at how data could be stored in years to come.

Read more on this via Scitech Europa.

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