We are now entering the festive period, which means people are preparing for the New Year and looking forward into the new decade. But it is just as important to look back on the previous year in order to be prepared for the new year ahead. See below a month by month recap of all things IT.
There has been a few key points which may have changed history throughout this year, however, for technology not all of it was positive.
January: Our first major scandal of the year involved none other than social media power house, Facebook. There was claims that certain mobile apps were sharing the data they collected with Facebook, without the users consent. This is an obvious breach of data protection which resulted in a lot of questions for Facebook.
In more positive news, our partner Microsoft seen that their Windows 10 OS had finally become the worlds most popular desktop OS. It had been battling it out with Windows 7 for a very period of time and has finally managed to have the higher market share.
February: TSB suffered a huge IT outage early in 2018 and they finally reported the damages it caused to their business. During this IT disaster last year, TSB customers noticed they could not gain access to their accounts, they were seeing other peoples accounts as well as money missing from their accounts. This was all due to a mass migration the business was going through in order to get the accounts in their own system. When all the repairs were calculated, including IT and reputational, it came to a massive £330 million, which was not helped by their £100 million loss that year.
We also had to say good bye to Google+ that month as finally Google shut down their social media platform. They had been contemplating this for a while but it was finally confirmed due to the lack of engagement they were receiving
March: Our partner Cisco, teamed up with 5G providers to show argi-businesses how 5G can benefit them. This involved creating collars for cows which are operated by 5G and tracks their eating, sleeping and the milk they produce. Farmers can then check specific cows to ensure they are healthy.
April: It was announced this month that UK businesses are finding themselves suffering from a cyber attack as frequently as one every minute. These attacks included things like phishing scams, viruses and malware. This can all be prevented and fought with a good Cyber Security solution. Here at Tecnica, we pride ourselves in knowing our IT specialists are experts when it comes to cyber security. Contact us if you wish to discuss the cyber security needs of your business.
May: Showed that the UK is exceeding expectations are are progressing with our IT investments and that we have the highest amount of investment in Europe. This is a massive achievement for the UK especially given our current political state.
June: President Trump authorised a cyber attack on Iran after they downed a US drone. The attack was on the Iranian systems which controlled their rocket launches. Then we seen cyber criminals hijack a rival cyber criminals infrastructure in order to launch even more attacks.
July: A report was released showing they UK businesses have seen a rise of ransomware attacks by 195%, which is drastic when last year there was a 59% decline of the same attacks. It has been contributed to by the rise of ransomware as a service. There was also serious recommendations made to the NHS to aid them in preventing the same disaster which hit them after WannaCry.
August: Tech Giants came together to help battle data security. It was named The Confidential Computing Consortium and it was formed to create a set of standards for protecting individuals and businesses data. It also is aiming to build security and trust for the next generation of technology.
September: It was reveled that there is close to £9 million wasted on cloud technology, every year. This is due to the fact that businesses are not utilising the Tech to the best of its potential. This inefficiency would result in the Tech not adding value to the organisation.
It was then announced that there is a digital skills gap in the UK Economy which is causing some issues for businesses. The gap is making digital transformation difficult for businesses to do, resulting in a lack of competitive advantage.
The most shocking news of all was that most of the businesses in the UK do not comply with GDPR rules and regulations. This is alarming for UK citizens, leaving them exposed and at risk of data abuse. Businesses would be breaking the law which leaves them open for a possible fine that could ruin their business as well as the risk of reputational damage.
The good news is, we here at Tecnica have a team of IT Specialists who can fill that skill gap, provide you with advice and guidance when it comes to your cloud storage to ensure you’re getting optimum value, cost savings and full potential, as well as protecting your business by following GDPR legislation.
October: Another social media platform was in the news regarding their GDPR compliance. This time it was announced Twitter had been using information users were providing for their verification to send them targeted advertisements without their consent. Once this was made public, Twitter formally apologised and changed how they use their users data.
November: After TSB was hit last year with an IT disaster, it appeared to happen to them again this month as many people were discovering that they did not have any access to their accounts or that payments had not gone through. TSB made it a top priority to address this issue and have the system back up and running. It only took a day for them to fix the issue however, a lot of users were impacted.
Also this month, a new strain of ransomware was discovered that had the intelligence to see if a server was worth infecting or not. If the server was not worth infecting, the malware would just move on to another server and the original server would have no knowledge that the malware was there.
December: So far this month, statistics have been released which shows that in the technology industry, females are underrepresented and the women working in technology has not increased over the decade. This is an issue as it shows a lack of diversity in the technology sector and diversity has become key in success. Hopefully in 2020 we will see the rise of women in tech.
2019 was quite the year for Technology, we wonder what 2020 will bring. What are your expectations? Why not add your comment below!
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