Entries by Phil Oakley

Help with Tenders and Tendering

Some people run their entire business by responding, winning and delivering on tenders. Some others, on the other hand, know that they could deliver on tenders but they tell us that ‘tendering is too much work’ or ‘I have bid for a few and I don’t win them’ So Skillfair has approved a carefully selected […]

New Information Security standards published through the Tech Partnership

A new set of National Occupational standards for Information Security was published this week by the Tech Partnership, defining in detail the capabilities required for trainees and professionals to work in the field. The standards, built through consultation with employers from across the UK, also provide the building blocks for qualifications and training in Information […]

Three quarters of firms unable to deal with cyber threats

Less than a quarter of firms are ready to deal effectively with a cyber-attack, according to new figures. The annual Global Threat Intelligence Report from NTT Group revealed that just 23 per cent of businesses have a strategy in place to respond to threats to data security, with the retail and hospitality sectors the hardest […]

Government appoints Liam Maxwell as first national technology adviser

The government has appointed its former chief technology officer, Liam Maxwell, as National Technology Adviser with a remit to boost the UK’s digital economy. Maxwell’s new role will seek to expand the government’s relationships with the digital and technology industry and establish the means to provide better public services to citizens. Maxwell will work with […]

Apple’s incredible growth streak is officially over

Apple’s decade-plus-long growth streak is officially over. And the company says it will be at least a few more months before it picks up again. Apple reported today that its second-quarter revenue fell to $50.6 billion, down 13 percent from the same period last year. That marks Apple’s first year-over-year revenue decline since 2003, after […]

Brussels seeks €50 billion to digitalise Europe’s industry

The European Commission unveiled its long-awaited strategy to support the digitalisation of industry on Tuesday (19 April), aiming to mobilise around €50 billion by 2021 to help manufacturers catch up in the global race for the fourth industrial revolution. The conjunction of cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, combined with the spread of cheap […]

Cyber-criminals becoming increasingly professional

Cyber-criminals targeting the UK are becoming increasingly professional and have a sophistication almost on par with nation-state hackers, according to a recently published report. According to Symantec‘s annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), there has also been an increase of 125 percent in zero-day vulnerabilities globally, with half a billion records lost as a result […]

Regional IT/Tech/Digital Portals

We offer  regional IT/Tech portals free of charge to organisations like LEPs, Growth Hubs, Local Authorities and Further and Higher Educational establishments The enables the creation of a regional or sub-regional digital ecosystem where ALL the region-based IT/Tech supplier resource can be  discovered by the Small and Medium sized businesses who are looking for help […]