Week Ending: 02nd October - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Local lockdowns have once again dominated the headlines this week, but in the world of Tech and I.T. it’s also been a busy one. From Amazon’s flying home security camera, to why certain government sectors are at high risk of cyber incidents, we explore some of the biggest stories from the industry.

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Amazon’s flying home security camera sparks privacy debate

Amazon has sparked debate this week around its Always Home Cam drone. The device, from Amazon subsidiary, Ring, is designed to fly around homes to offer ‘peace of mind’, but some critics say it invades privacy.

To ensure privacy for its consumers, Amazon argue that they have designed the device to rest in a dock when not in use, which physically blocks its camera from operating. When activated, it flies out of the dock and around one level of the property, powered by four rotors surrounded by a protective casing.

The device includes many features to give peace of mind, for example, making a loud noise when activated which could potentially help deter intruders, set to launch when home alarms are triggered sending the user a live video via a smartphone, and users can set pre-set flight paths to check smaller things like whether their windows have been closed or their oven turned off.

With a planned sale price of £192, we’re keen to see what take-up is like when it launches in the USA next year.

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Government sector at high risk of cyber incidents, analysis reveals

The UK government and non-profit sector is at high risk of experiencing cyber incidents, according to a new threat table built from a global study on cyber readiness.

In the last 12 months the sector has seen a median loss of over £19,000 on cyber events, having been impacted by phishing and virus infestation attempts.

Cyber protection is the key factor when it comes to identifying the level of risk for the sector, with only 44% of firms in the government and non-profit sector having a cyber insurance policy.

Preparing for cyber attacks will safeguard future attempts, by giving employee training on phishing emails and how to avoid them, as well as placing security software to alert potential risks. These small changes can have a huge impact on business safety.

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Young female African innovates facial recognition technology and bags Royal Academy prize

A 26-year-old Ivorian Tech entrepreneur won the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation this week. Charlette N’Guessan and her team developed a facial recognition software designed to identify black Africans.

Charlette N’Guessan is the first ever woman to win the Africa Prize, she is also the CEO of her own company, BACE group based in Ghana.

The software she created uses facial recognition and Artificial Intelligence to verify identities remotely and in real time. Specifically, to identify Africans, as the existing facial recognition available struggles to recognise black faces.

This new technology is also helping during the current COVID-19 pandemic, giving a viable alternative to the in-person verification processes used by most businesses, such as fingerprints or personal appearances.

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How home tech can be companies’ weakest link

This week the Financial Times reported how, in the current climate, home technology could be putting us at risk.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplace significantly in the past few months, remote working is now becoming the norm. However, moving from a well-furnished office to a home setup, that could include your sofa or kitchen table, poses new cyber security risks for businesses at a time where hackers are already becoming more vigilant.

Cyber attackers have attempted to exploit the chaos caused by the pandemic; 907,000 spam messages, more than 700 malware attacks, and 48,000 malicious domains were discovered in the first four months of 2020 – all mentioning coronavirus.

For some people working at home, it may not be easy, not every family member has their own laptop so using other people’s devices may occur. Alternatively, if you’re using company devices for personal reasons, such as internet shopping or checking football scores, the device could become infected and therefore infect your company network.

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Keeping your business safe by putting measures in place to prevent attacks or identify them quicker will allow your transition to remote working to be smoother and more sustainable for the future. Please get in touch for advice on how to protect your business whilst working from home:

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