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Riding the tidal wave of digital transformation
Feature | November 2021
Jay Alexander at Keysight Technologies offers a guide to getting to grips with digital transformation and hybrid working
Harvest now, decrypt later
Security Update | November 2021
Paul German at Certes Networks on the risks associated with bulk encryption strategies and the importance of crypto-segmentation
Using agile IT infrastructure to benefit your business
Opinion | November 2021
Sachin Deshpande at Tech Amigos explains why creating a truly agile IT infrastructure should be at the top of every IT leader’s agenda

Ransomware decryptors: the end of the road for ransomware?
News | October 2021
Decryptors won’t end the threat completely, according to Peter Groucutt at Databarracks
4D Data Centres sponsors I’m An Engineer in November
News | October 2021
4D Data Centres joins scheme to connect school students with working network engineers
FortiGuard Labs shares its cybersecurity threat predictions for 2022
News | November 2021
We can expect cyber attacks aimed at everything from Crypto Wallets to Satellite Internet

Future-proofing SMBs
Opinion | November 2021
Rob Hancock, Head of platform, Giacom explains why SMBs are the future of the new normal and what the channel can do to enable and equip this growing sector
Top 6 home cybersecurity techniques for remote workers
Security Update | November 2021
Amir Hashmi, CEO and founder of zsah, runs through his top tips for remote workers and managers for staying cyber-safe when WFH
A life beyond the dashboard
Opinion | November 2021
Simon Rolph, CEO & Founder of Such Sweet Thunder on why data quality gives you the platform to go above and beyond

Awards | November 2021
The 2021 Network Computing Awards were held on October 21st at the Leonardo Royal London. Here we profile some of this year’s winners:
Awards | November 2021
Winner: NetAlly
Runner up: Extreme Neworks
Awards | November 2021
Winner: Prism DCS
Runner up: Supermicro Computer
Awards | November 2021
Winner: Allied Telesis
Runner up: Gigabit Networks


New research from Inmarsat has highlighted that the accelerated adoption of IoT networks during the pandemic has not been without its own set of challenges. Inmarsat interviewed 450 global respondents across the agriculture, electrical utilities, mining, oil and gas, and transport and logistics sectors for their research, finding that 75 per cent of the respondents experienced connectivity challenges when trialling IoT projects and don’t feel that public terrestrial networks are completely suitable for their IoT needs.

When choosing IoT connectivity types in areas where terrestrial connectivity is lacking, respondents prioritised reliability (47 per cent), security (42 per cent) and network coverage (38 per cent). This focus on reliability of IoT connectivity is even more pronounced in Latin America (56 per cent) as well as Russia and the Stans (65 per cent), both regions with extensive remote territories with limited terrestrial connectivity. None of the respondents in either region said public terrestrial networks were completely suitable for their IoT needs.

The research highlights that there is still a considerable amount of work to be done to improve IoT connectivity strategies, with only 37 per cent of all organisations using some form of backup connectivity to continue collecting IoT data in remote areas away from terrestrial communications. However, 80 per cent of all respondents agreed that since solving their IoT connectivity challenges they have enjoyed much more success with their IoT projects. With more than three-quarters (76 per cent) agreeing that satellite connectivity provides critical support to their organisation’s IoT communication networks.

Commenting on the findings, Mike Carter, President of Inmarsat Enterprise said: “It is clear many businesses need to overcome these challenges to maximise their return on investment. The fact that they also cite the limitations of public terrestrial networks as a barrier to the success of their IoT projects highlights the importance of reliable, secure and responsive connectivity for delivering the actionable, timely data they need to achieve their IoT ambitions. Dependable, flexible satellite communications play a key role in enabling IoT for businesses, allowing data to be collected, stored, and analysed from anywhere on the planet, including far-flung sites well out of reach of terrestrial connectivity.” The full “Industrial IoT in the Time of Covid-19” report is available online here.

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