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IR35 reforms: Consultation on private sector roll-out confirmed in Autumn Budget 2017 The government has confirmed it is preparing to consult on whether or not to roll out the controversial IR35 tax avoidance reforms to the private sector

Government 5G investment must address roll-out as well as R&D Chancellor Philip Hammond announces further round of investment in network connectivity technology, with more cash for 5G and fibre broadband projects, but some say it’s time for the government to invest in roll-out as well as R&D

GDPR could ramp up cyber extortion demands, warns researcher The ransom demanded for stolen or encrypted data is likely to rise after the General Data Protection Regulation compliance deadline in May 2018, according to a cyber security researcher

Government urged to improve redress for mass data breaches Open letter calls for UK government to make it easier for consumers to get compensation for mass data breaches by implementing an effective system for collective redress

US charges Iranian man with HBO hacking The US has charged an Iran-based hacker with accessing HBO's computer systems, stealing data and attempting to extort millions of dollars

Hyper-convergence + backup software = scale-out backup nodes Hyper-converged infrastructure with built-in backup software brings scale-out capabilities to provide data protection nodes via pre-configured appliances that can build into clusters

Meg Whitman steps down as HPE CEO Hewlett-Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is to step down after six years in charge

CIO interview: David Southern, director of ICT, WWF UK In his 17 years in the IT department at the WWF, David Southern has seen many changes – and the advent of cloud computing is one of the biggest

HSBC recruits CIO from Google HSBC has recruited a CIO from Google as it seeks to continue to digitise its retail banking services

Uber recognises need for consumer trust after breach cover up New Uber leadership has recognised the importance of consumer trust and that they never should have attempted to cover up a 2016 data breach that affected millions of customers and drivers

IR35 reforms: Economic concerns raised over prospect of private sector roll-out With the government’s stance on rolling out the IR35 reforms to the private sector appearing to soften, IPSE and others air concerns over the threat this move could pose to the post-Brexit economy

HPE hails progress in using AI to build autonomous datacentres Hardware giant claims to be the first in the industry to bring artificial intelligence-based infrastructure management software to market that can predict datacentre problems before humans can

Google invests £1m to help train UK computing teachers Tech giant will provide grant to help train secondary school computing teachers across the UK

Nominet serves high-speed broadband service to Loch Ness Villagers around Loch Ness to take advantage of more reliable broadband, but no word on whether the area’s most famous resident will sign up

Cyber security requires man and machine, says F-Secure Like other cyber security firms, Finland’s F-Secure is building an artificial intelligence capability into its products and services, but says this is no replacement for cyber security professionals

Nordic CIO interview: Emil Dahlin, Svevia Swedish construction company Svevia is transforming digitally, driven by chief information officer Emil Dahlin

Trade union helps members more efficiently with virtual contact centre Prospect Union is setting out to improve its responsiveness and member experience by building an Enghouse virtual contact centre on its Skype for Business installation

Reason girls don’t choose Stem 'rooted in society', says Fujitsu executive Michael Keegan, chairman and head of product business for Fujitsu in EMEIA, claims the issues preventing girls from choosing careers in Stem are embedded in society

UK cyber defenders set to build on existing capability UK national cyber attack response and investigation is a well-defined and rehearsed process, but the responsible agencies say they are building more capability and closing the gaps

SAP indirect access: Prepare for the impact on third-party applications SAP is acting in an anti-competitive manner and could be in breach of the US Sherman Act, according to a Duke University School of Law professor