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Channel operations overhaul for Microsoft

Partners have welcomed news that Microsoft is overhauling its partner business, in a move it claims will make it easier for its channel to do business with the firm. The reorganisation will see Microsoft combine its Enterprise Product Group (EPG) with its SMS&P (Small and Mid-market Solutions and Partners) group. The announcement was first published…

Digital Skills: DIGITAL SME pledge to train 5.000 ICT professionals by 2019

The European DIGITAL SME Alliance launched #DigitalSME4skills, a new ambitious campaign for digital skills. The alliance pledged that digital small and medium sized enterprises will train 5.000 ICT professionals by 2019. Oliver Grün, DIGITAL SME president and software entrepreneur, presented the pledge at the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition at the presence…

Computing classes struggling to attract students

 A quarter of schools are offering new computing science GCSE and A-Level courses, research suggests The changes to British computing education are failing to encourage more students into studying the subject – particularly those most in need of such encouragement. British schools have shifted computing classes from ITC – such as learning how to use…

BlackBerry awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification from the UK Government

BlackBerry has now announced they have become the first major mobile vendor to receive the new Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification from the UK Government. Additionally, BlackBerry has announced they are now an accredited certifying body for Cyber Essentials Plus, with the certification being offered through BlackBerry Cybersecurity Services. Click here to read the full…

26% of British businesses ‘have no protection against cyber attacks’

Although businesses understand the importance of digital innovation, they aren’t prepared for the challenges Almost a third of UK businesses are not sufficiently prepared against a cyber attack, research by software and services provider Advanced has revealed. Additionally, 46% of companies don’t view data security as a priority when deciding which systems and software to…

The 5 essential steps to keep your business safe online

BUSINESSES from across the West Midlands heard from cyber-security experts at a seminar held by TheBusinessDesk.com, in association with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and IComm. The panel, chaired by TheBusinessDesk.com’s editor Alex Turner, included Emma Philpott, the chief executive of cyber-security certification body IASME, Steve Borwell-Fox, managing director of Borwell, cyber-crime protection officer Det Sgt…

UK organisations could face £122bn in fines under new EU data laws

SMEs on the hook for £52bn, while large organisations could be forced to pay up £70bn UK companies and organisations could face huge fines when the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI-SSC) warned that fines as high as £122bn could have been levied against UK organisations…

G-Cloud total sales hit £1.141bn after £87m surge in March

Total G-Cloud sales have reached £1.141bn, rising by a hefty £87m after a bumper month of sales in March. The Cabinet Office has provided no indication on what fuelled this spike in sales, as normal G-Cloud spending is £40m to £50m a month. However, it would be logical to assume that the recent launch of…

New Information Security standards published through the Tech Partnership

A new set of National Occupational standards for Information Security was published this week by the Tech Partnership, defining in detail the capabilities required for trainees and professionals to work in the field. The standards, built through consultation with employers from across the UK, also provide the building blocks for qualifications and training in Information…

Three quarters of firms unable to deal with cyber threats

Less than a quarter of firms are ready to deal effectively with a cyber-attack, according to new figures. The annual Global Threat Intelligence Report from NTT Group revealed that just 23 per cent of businesses have a strategy in place to respond to threats to data security, with the retail and hospitality sectors the hardest…

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