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Ransomware becomes increasingly professionalized

The world of ransomware is becoming increasingly professional and it’s easier than ever for new entrants to get into the business.

A new report from Tenable looks at the ransomware ecosystem and how it has become one of the biggest threats to organizations as well as being lucrative for the criminals behind it.

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GPT-3? No, it's not a new Star Wars character but an evolving foundational AI model with huge potential

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At the mention of GPT-3, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Disney had invented a new droid character in the latest offering of the Star Wars franchise.

But instead of playing a leading role in Obi-Wan Kenobi, which of course is streaming now on Disney+, GPT-3 is instead set to make its mark on the world in its own way.

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Safeguarding your business in the digital age

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Data is often referred to as 'the new oil' that is now playing a major part in shaping economies the world over. In today’s digital world, around 85 percent of organizations see data as one of their most valuable assets.

Back in 2010, IDC calculated that the world had created around 64.2 zettabytes (ZB) of digital information and Seed Scientific estimates that by 2025, the amount of data generated each day is expected to reach 463 exabytes globally, with a total of 175 zettabytes!

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New platform aims to secure 'unmanageable' applications

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Shadow IT applications acquired without the knowledge of the IT department present problems for businesses as they can create security holes or may not be compliant with industry standards.

The problem isn't going to go away. Gartner reports that shadow IT spending represents 30 percent to 40 percent of the overall IT outlay in large enterprises.

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Process discovery is the secret ingredient to better DevOps

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The most overlooked step in any modernization process is process discovery. Corners get cut to conserve time and resources which, often limits the business impact of modernization efforts ultimately resulting in limited productivity improvements.

Process discovery is the key to fine-tuning modernization projects, including testing and deployment, to drive the most value from both the application itself and the work to modernize it. It enables visibility across application workflows -- including exceptions -- allowing organizations to prioritize modernizing the tasks that are most frequent and time-consuming. This extends into DevOps testing.

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Poor tech experience makes staff consider quitting

More than 30 percent of employees would consider leaving their job due to poor digital workplace experiences and 14 percent have actually left a job for this reason, according to a new report.

The study from Lakeside Software finds that on average, employees claim they are achieving just 60 percent of their potential work output because of the suboptimal quality of their overall digital experience.

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Why organizations must move to a cloud-based infrastructure [Q&A]

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The past couple of years have led to lots of new demands on IT and many businesses have turned to the cloud in order to meet them.

Whilst the initial assumption may have been that these changes would be temporary, much of the shift in working patterns looks like becoming permanent. We spoke to Alkira's CEO Amir Khan to find out more about what this means for businesses as they gear up for remote work on a long-term basis.

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Entry-level 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro has significantly slower SSD than M1 models

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If you opt for the base model of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with the company’s new M2 chip, you might end up being disappointed by the performance.

Tests have revealed that the entry-level 256GB model, priced at $1,299, have significantly slower SSDs than their M1-based counterparts. And the difference really is significant; benchmarks shows that that SSD read speeds are 50 percent slower in the latest models. Write speeds are also slower, although not quite so dramatically. So, is the M2 MacBook Pro worse than the M1 version?

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Tech companies say they will help employees with travel expenses for abortions following the overturning of Roe v Wade

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The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade, ruling that there is no constitutional right to abortion in the United States. With more than half of states either implementing an immediate ban on abortions or intending to do so as soon as possible, there are serious concerns about women's health care. Large-scale protests continue across the country, but particularly in Washington DC.

While unable to help the majority of those affected by the ruling, many of the major technology companies have detailed the support they offer employees seeking abortion services. Among those to offer helps such as the reimbursement of travel expenses are Microsoft, Meta and Apple.

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How CIOs can mold apps into a winning team by emulating Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp

In the modern enterprise, CIOs play a similar role to a football manager: bringing together multiple puzzle pieces to create a squad that can achieve great things. If Ted Lasso taught us anything, it’s that to win the Premier League, managers can’t just focus on the individual flair of one or two key players -- they must build a team that supports one another and performs well as a single unit. 

Just look at Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp, who have been among the most successful coaches in recent years. Despite having the funds available, they resist the temptation to purchase a raft of new players every year, instead focusing on getting their existing squad performing together -- and CIOs should take the same approach with workplace technology.  

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Upgrade nag screens coming to Windows 8.1

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Microsoft took a huge gamble with Windows 8, betting big that touch screens would replace the mouse as the primary way of interacting with the operating system. The company replaced the Start menu with a Start screen, which a LOT of people hated. It was one of the main reasons Microsoft's attempt at reinventing Windows flopped so badly.

With Windows 8.1, the software giant reintroduced the Start menu, and made a number of other changes that made it more acceptable to users, but even so, few people will list that OS among their all-time favorites.

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Best Windows apps this week

Four-hundred-ninety-six in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.

Microsoft is working on a new privacy feature that lists the recent access history of sensitive devices, such as the microphone or camera.

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Get 'Leading from the Middle' ($15 value) FREE for a limited time

Leading from the Middle: A Playbook for Managers to Influence Up, Down, and Across the Organization delivers an insightful and practical guide for the backbone of an organization: those who have a boss and are a boss and must lead from the messy middle.

Accomplished author and former P&G executive Scott Mautz walks readers through the unique challenges facing these managers, and the mindset and skillset necessary for managing up and down and influencing what happens across the organization.

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Instagram to use video selfies as one method of age verification

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Like most social media platforms, Instagram has a minimum age for users -- in this instance, it is 13 years old. But verifying ages online -- particularly for non-adults -- has long proved difficult. Now Instagram thinks it has come up with a solution.

As part of measure to enforce age limits more strongly, Instagram is preparing to use a variety of techniques to confirm that younger users are the age they claim to be. One of the options that will be available to such users is uploading a video selfie which will be shared with age-checking agencies.

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Why we need to take the threat of cyberwarfare seriously [Q&A]

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The age of what might be called the hobbyist hacker is long gone, replaced by a much more serious trend towards organized crime and nation states being behind hacking and cyberattacks.

In an era where data can be weaponized, both businesses and governments need to take the threat seriously. It's important for security teams to understand how attacks are carried out and the motivations that lie behind them.

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