Week Ending: March 2nd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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It’s been the holy grail of British conversation topics this week, extreme weather and a new month. As the ‘beast from the east’ dominated the news agenda this week, you’re forgiven for missing some of the biggest stories in I.T. and Tech, so here they are.

Women don’t want to work in tech

Tech City UK have conducted a study which suggests women are losing interest in a career in tech.

While a tech career is top of the wish list for men, with over a third (36%) of those surveyed dreaming of a job in technology, only 13% of female respondents listed it as their sector of choice.

One of the main reasons for this was the growing skills gap, and lack of quality education which has resulted in a lack of confidence in young women. Almost half (45%) of female respondents claim they don’t have the skills to work in technology, with 38% saying they lack the knowledge about the relevant technology.

If you’re thinking about a career in technology, don’t be disheartened by these reports, take some inspiration from some of Claritas’ very own successful women in tech.

Is ‘Working from home’ a danger to your business?

A recent study has found that UK businesses who allow their employees to work remotely are struggling to find a balance between productivity and security.

According to the research, conducted by OneLogin, more than half of all ‘remote workers’ spend on average one day per week connected to unsecured networks.

This leaves businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks and leaves bosses scratching their heads in the search for the best solution.

One workaround has been introducing VPNs to create secure links between office and out-of-office working, with almost (48%) of those surveyed requiring employees to use VPNs when working remotely. However, this isn’t a perfect fix and has its own problems, which means the debate rages on.

Does your business allow remote working? And if so, what do you do to ensure it is secure?

Stay tuned to the Claritas blog, for our take on remote working coming soon.

Mobile World Congress

This week saw the annual Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain – with some major announcements from the big guns in mobile technology.

This year the conference focused on eight core themes including The Network, The Digital Consumer and Tech in Society.

Here’s a few things from the event to get excited about, Nokia announced it would re-launch the 8110 also known as the ‘banana phone’ or ‘Matrix Phone’, Samsung showcased the S9 and S9 Plus and Lenovo showed off its new, smaller ‘Chromebook’ aimed at schools.

Another development from the congress what the realisation that we are fast seeing the end of the headphone jack as more and more companies elect to remove it from their handsets.

Those were some of this week’s biggest stories in I.T. and tech, but if you want more content, follow us across our four social media channels.