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Week Ending: 13th Nov - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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WEEK ENDING: 13th November – A ROUNDUP IN I.T. & TECH NEWS

There finally seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel, as this week has thrown us some positive news headlines. From a new US President, to news of a COVID-19 vaccine, you'd be forgiven for missing the big news in the world of Tech and I.T.

In this week’s blog we delve into how COVID-19 has significantly shifted the way in which business decisions are made, Apple has unveiled its first Mac computers powered by its own M1 chip, the Vatican turns to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to protect the world's oldest Bible, and Google Docs is under threat of phishing attempts.

Let's bring you up to date.

Cybersecurity has become a factor in 'every business decision'

There may be one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that is in bringing cybersecurity to the forefront of businesses minds. As most companies have been, or still are, working remotely due to the pandemic, the main concern is keeping the business and employees safe during this time.

According to a PwC report, based on a poll of 3,249 businesses worldwide, almost all UK businesses are changing their cybersecurity strategy due to the pandemic, with half making sure it is a factor in every business decision.

Richard Horne, Cyber Security Chair at PwC commented:

“It shows businesses need to improve their understanding of cyber threats and the vulnerabilities they exploit, while changing the way they think about cyber risk so it becomes an intrinsic part of every business decision”

With cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated in their approach to extracting data, so must we become more aware of these potential threats. Understanding the threat early on can make a huge difference when it comes to cyber-attacks.

Read more here.

Cybersecurity should be high on the agenda for every business no matter what size, and this week’s headline proves that. If you think a discussion about improving your business security would be beneficial, get in touch at contact@claritas-solutions.com.

Apple unveils its first Mac computers powered by its own M1 chip

Any new product brought out by Apple is met with excitement and its latest launch is no different. This week, the tech giant revealed its first Mac computers which will no longer be powered by Intel processors but its own M1 chip.

The new chip will ensure the computers have better battery life, the ability to wake instantly from sleep mode and can also run iOS apps.

By using just a quarter of the power, the M1 chip can deliver peak performance as well as delivering twice the CPU (central processing unit) performance. That is equivalent to half the amount of Ram the Intel-based version of the MacBook Pro offers!

Carolina Milanesi, Creative Strategies consultancy explained:

“The move to Apple silicon allows Apple to get the same level of integration we have seen on iOS and iPadOS where the user gets the benefit of having an operating system and app ecosystem that are optimised to the silicon.”

This exciting new development will be a huge step forward for Apple, especially as their website indicates this will be the only type of MacBook Air it sells from now on, but still continuing to offer two other machines with Intel chips as an option.

Discover more here.

The Vatican brings in bots to protect world's oldest Bible

The Vatican revealed this week that it has introduced AI bots to protect the vast, digitised Vatican Apostolic Library, which contains ancient artefacts, including the world's oldest copy of the Bible.

Each month an average of 100 attempts are made to hack into the virtual version of the Vatican library since the process to digitise precious historical collections in 2012.

Manilo Miceli, the library's CIO commented:

“We cannot ignore that our digital infrastructure is of interest to hackers. A successful attack could see the collection stolen, manipulated or deleted altogether”

The Vatican has partnered with the British cyber-defence company, Darktrace, to protect the library from future threats.

Explaining why AI bots were needed, Manilo added:

“You cannot throw people at this problem—you need to augment human beings with technology that understands the shades of grey within very complex systems and fights back at machine speed.”

Explore more here.

Scammers lure people into Google Docs in an attempt to drive them to malicious websites

Google Drive has become the new lure for phishing attempts. It was revealed this week that a flaw in the Drive is being exploited by hackers to send out seemingly legitimate emails and push notifications from Google. If opened, it could land people on malicious websites.

The scam itself has been around for years, clicking on a suspicious link to lead to a website that could inject viruses or worse. However, this scam has evolved to be able to create emails and notifications that come directly from Google.

On mobile, the scam uses a collaboration feature in Google Drive to create a push notification, which invites the users to collaborate on a document, once clicked it will take you to a document which contains the malicious link.

The email notification created by the hackers also comes from Google to give a sense of security for the users. Gmail normally can filter out spam emails or potential threats, however this scam has managed to get into your inbox avoiding detection from Gmail.

A Google spokesperson commented:

“The company has measures in place to detect new spam attacks and stop them, but that no security measures are 100 percent effective. Google is working on new measures to make it harder for Google Drive spam to evade its systems.”

Read more from Wired.


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