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Management BYOD Infrastructure IoT Storage Cloud
Prevention is better than cure
Security update | August 2021
How businesses can strengthen their cybersecurity posture against the evolution of ransomware
Why a modern SOC should include a Threat Intelligence practice
Security update | August 2021
Anthony Perridge at ThreatQuotient explains how to leverage a MSSP/MDR SOC contract to enhance global SecOps maturity

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Connecting with quality
Interview | August 2021
Network Computing spoke to Alex Shuker, CTO at DrayTek, about the changing landscape for the networking industry

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Kemp Flowmon Collector
Review | August 2021
The Flowmon Collector appliance is a dedicated platform for the collection, long-term storage and analysis of NetFlow, IPFIX and sFlow data

KnowBe4 launches resource kit to defend against mounting cyber attacks
News | August 2021
No-cost cybersecurity resources designed to help IT admins bolster security awareness training efforts
Endace and Kemp Technologies partner to provide deep network visibility
News | August 2021
Endace's always-on network history and packet forensics combines with Kemp Flowmon's actionable network intelligence and analysis
Companies are increasingly concerned about the ESG risk from IT disposal
News | August 2021
Nearly one in three IT directors expect a dramatic increase in the focus on safe IT disposal

The times are changing for tech training
Opinion | August 2021
A new normal is coming in tech - and we need to make sure it's truly different this time, according to Graham Hunter at CompTIA
IoT at the edge
Opinion | August 2021
Peter Ruffley at Zizo explains what edge computing will mean for the Internet of Things
To code or not to code?
Opinion | August 2021
48% of employers think the workforce is lacking in digital skills. Could no-code be the answer?

Awards | August 2021
The results of the 2020 Network Computing Awards were announced in October. Here we profile the winners:
Awards | August 2021
Winner: Knowbe4
Runner up: CNet Training
Awards | August 2021
Winner: Datasolutions Distribution
Runner up: Brigantia

It’s something of a surprise to discover that, according to Databarracks’ recently released 2021 Data Health Check, the sudden and vast increase in remote working in the past year hasn’t resulted in an equal growth in unplanned IT downtime. In fact the new research has found that 27% of organisations experienced no unplanned IT downtime in the last 12 months, showing no increase on 2019, despite widespread remote working and a heavy reliance on connectivity and cloud services.

The Databarracks 2021 Data Health Check surveyed over 400 IT decision-makers in the UK on remote working, cybersecurity, cloud and IT resilience. The report also found that cybersecurity issues were the biggest cause of downtime for 13% of businesses, but showed no uplift on the previous year, while connectivity problems accounted for 16% of downtime. Cloud outages were responsible for 6% of downtime but again showed no significant change on the previous year.

Peter Groucutt, Managing Director of Databarracks, commented: “Remote working changes your risks, but not necessarily for the worse. Home broadband is far less reliable than resilient business connections, but the risk is spread across your staff. An outage of internet at the office will affect all staff whereas home internet issues will only affect one or some staff. This decentralised risk also changes the way that we need to think about resilience. Users’ connectivity and devices are now more critical. It’s a similar picture for cloud outages, which also haven’t caused more downtime than previous years.

“The remote working experiment has had a positive impact on the wellbeing of many employees, but this data shows it’s also worked well from an IT resilience standpoint.” You can view the Databarracks report online here.

One thing that won’t be happening remotely again this year, we’re happy to say, is the Network Computing Awards. Instead we’ll be back at a central London venue on the 21st October with our traditional awards ceremony to announce the 2021 winners. Voting has now opened to determine the winners of this year’s trophies, so please visit the Awards website for more details on the awards evening and to cast your votes.

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