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Breakthrough in Quantum Cloud Computing Ensures its Security and Privacy

Businesses are one step closer to quantum cloud computing, thanks to a breakthrough made in its security and privacy by scientists at Oxford University. The researchers used an approach dubbed ‘blind quantum computing’ to connect two quantum computing entities (Figure A); this simulates the situation where an employee at home . . . Read more

Sophos Study: 94% of Ransomware Victims Have Their Backups Targeted By Attackers

Organisations that have backed up their sensitive data may believe they are relatively safe from ransomware attacks; however, this is not the case based on findings from a new study from IT security company Sophos. The report showed that cybercriminals attempted to compromise the backups of 94% of companies hit . . . Read more

U.K. and U.S. Agree to Collaborate on the Development of Safety Tests for AI Models

The U.K. government has formally agreed to work with the U.S. in developing tests for advanced artificial intelligence models. A Memorandum of Understanding, which is a non-legally binding agreement, was signed on April 1, 2024 by the U.K. Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo (Figure A). . . . Read more

Google Cloud/Cloud Security Alliance Report: IT and Security Pros Are ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About AI

The C-suite is more familiar with AI technologies than their IT and security staff, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance commissioned by Google Cloud. The report, published on April 3, addressed whether IT and security professionals fear AI will replace their jobs, the benefits and challenges of . . . Read more

3 UK Cyber Security Trends to Watch in 2024

Staying up to date with the latest in cyber security has arguably never been more paramount than in 2024. Financial services provider Allianz named cyber attacks this year’s biggest risk for business in the U.K. and a top concern for businesses of all sizes for the first time. However, many . . . Read more

Microsoft: 87% of UK Businesses Are Unprepared for Cyberattacks

A report from Microsoft and Goldsmiths, University of London has found that just 13% of U.K. businesses are resilient to cyberattacks, with 48% deemed vulnerable and the remaining 39% facing high risk. A survey of 1,039 senior business decision-makers and 1,051 employees revealed that the majority of U.K. organisations lacked . . . Read more

European Commission Examines Alphabet, Apple and Meta’s Walled Gardens Under the DMA

The European Commission announced on March 25 open investigations into Alphabet, Apple and Meta for alleged gatekeeping (i.e., promoting their own services above competitors’) on apps and in browsers. The investigation is the first major action taken under Europe’s Digital Markets Act since the DMA’s “gatekeeper” rules went into force . . . Read more

UK, G7 Countries to Use AI to Boost Public Services

The Group of Seven nations have signed an agreement committing to explore how artificial intelligence can improve public services and boost economic growth. The Ministerial Declaration, signed March 15, will see Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. work together to create policies and recommendations on deploying . . . Read more

Top UK Sustainability Trends in 2024: 4 Key Challenges & Insights

As environmental challenges intensify, businesses find themselves at a crossroads between financial pressures and the urgent need for sustainability. According to a global study of 5,000 CEOs by IBM, business leaders struggle to fund their sustainability efforts, with six in 10 admitting to making trade-offs between financial and sustainability outcomes. . . . Read more

LinkedIn Learning Unlocks 250 Free AI Courses for a Limited Time

To help build AI literacy in the enterprise, LinkedIn is offering 250 AI courses for free through April 5th in tandem with its annual 2024 Workplace Learning Report, which highlights the state of learning and development and the skills needed for the future. There’s little doubt that employees want to . . . Read more