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Is the cybersecurity industry too entrenched?

Tackling contemporary malware with a decade old mindset won't do, according to Sean Sullivan at F-Secure

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The edge, the core and the cloud

Michael Segal at NetScout on how to successfully navigate a digital transformation

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The IT skills shortage

Lee Biggins at CV-Library.co.uk considers whether the UK IT industry is really as skill-deprived as we think

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Network Performance Monitor 12.1 from SolarWinds

SolarWinds NPM combines an incredible range of tools into a single intuitive console

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University of Derby selects Nexthink to garner greater business insight

Nexthink to improve visibility of the IT environment for the university

Government joins the finance sector at the top of the cyber attack list

New research reveals number of attacks on government sector doubled from 7% in 2015 to 14% in 2016

Organisations must be prepared to quantify the ‘hidden’ costs of a security breach

Security plans must allow for for the intangible impact of downtime, says Peter Groucutt of Databarracks.

Extreme Networks launches new Ethernet switching platforms

The new ExtremeSwitching X870 Series offers high-density 100 gigabit fixed form switches


NetFlow Analyzer from NetVizura

NetVizura delivers the perfect partner for busy support departments

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The IoT security stand-off

Who's ultimately responsible for securing the Internet of Things? Robert Miller at MWR Infosecurity examines the issues

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Unburdening data centre design

The use and application of data centres has evolved massively in recent years - but has data centre design kept pace?

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APIs:A key to successful digital transformation

Monica Brink at iland explains why Application Programing Interfaces are integral to hybrid IT environments


Network Computing Awards 2017: The Winners!

The results from the 2017 Network Computing Awards were revealed at an evening ceremony at the Grand Connaught rooms on March 30th. Here we profile some of this year's winners:

Network Infrastructure Product of the Year

Winner: Cradlepoint - NetCloud Platform
Runner-up: Extreme Networks - SDN Platform

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Data Centre Product of the Year

Winner: Dell - PowerEdge M1000e
Runner-up: Arbor Networks - Arbor APS

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Contact Centre Product of the Year

Winner: VoiceSage - VoiceSage Contact
Runner-up: Webio - Conversational Messenger

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Welcome to the May 2017 Newsletter.

Digital transformation is a hot topic at the moment – and it probably can’t come quick enough for the NHS, particularly in the wake of this month’s ransomware attack. And it’s not as if the IT challenges facing the NHS weren’t difficult enough prior to WannaCry. Back in 2013 The Department of Health announced its plans for a `paperless NHS’ by 2018, with the then newly appointed Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt stating that “The NHS cannot be the last man standing as the rest of the economy embraces the technology revolution.” Four years later and that target has slipped over the horizon, having already been revised once to 2020, with many experts now believing 2023 to be a far more realistic date.

What will come into effect in May 2018 however is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and that will pose a whole host of new IT and legal challenges for the NHS in itself. The digital transformation of the NHS is a mammoth and vitally important task, and the WannaCry ransomware attack has underlined the importance of ensuring that critical data such as the medical records of patients are shared securely. In fact the sharing of data and information on unsecure, unpatched systems has undoubtedly helped the ransomware to spread through the NHS.

To this end we have articles on both malware and digital transformation in this issue of the newsletter. As Sean Sullivan at F-Secure writes in his piece on tackling malware “Security incidents aren't going to stop. Numerous political and cultural obstacles need to be tackled before this even begins to change,” which seems all too applicable to the NHS this month.

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