• Government R&D funding fails to maximise ‘catapult’ potential

    The UK government is unlikely to reach its current research and development (R&D) spending target without increasing the funding available to the country’s technology and innovation centres, found the House of Lords Science and Technology subcommittee.

    Known as “catapults”, these not-for-profit, independent technology and innovation centres are designed to connect businesses with the UK’s research and academic communities with the aim of turning innovative ideas into commercial products.

    According to a report published 5 February 2021 by the subcommittee, the government’s current approach “lacks a detailed plan for delivering its R&D ambitions”. which – in tandem with a lack of

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  • Nurture software developer heroes

    During 2020, many organisations were forced into implementing their five-year digital transformation plans in a matter of months.  

    Nearly all (95%) of the 450 senior IT decision-makers in the US, UK, France and Germany surveyed in a study by Couchbase described software developers as “heroes”. Almost two-thirds (63%) said that the flexibility to change their goals when needed has been significantly helpful or even indispensable in meeting their digital transformation goals.

    The survey found that software development teams grew on average by 20%, from 51 to 61 members.

    But nearly half (49%) reported that developers were being asked to do

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  • UK slow in AI maturity race

    The UK appears to be losing ground in the artificial intelligence (AI) race, a new study has concluded.

    The results in Rackspace Technology’s How are organizations succeeding at AI and machine learning? report, based on the responses of 1,870 IT decision makers, reported that few UK organisations have deployed AI or machine learning (ML).

    The survey found that just one in 10 organisations can boast mature capabilities, compared with one in six (17%) worldwide. The vast majority (90%) of IT decision makers say they are either at the early stages of exploring the technology’s potential (54%) or still requiring significant

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  • Agent Tesla trojan finds new ways to sneak past defences

    Two updated versions of Agent Tesla, the widely used information stealer and remote access trojan (Rat), now contain new evasive techniques designed to disable endpoint protection tools on target systems before delivering malware payloads, according to research published by Sophos.

    The new versions of Agent Tesla, which in general arrives as a malicious attachment to a phishing email, incorporates a multi-stage process. At first it uses a .NET downloader to grab chunks of malware from legitimate third-party websites – such as pastebin – and knits them together to build the loader that carries the final payload.

    Meanwhile, it

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  • Netbackup 9 adds flexibility with hyper-converged backup options

    Veritas has updated its market heavyweight enterprise backup product, NetBackup, to version 9 with added support for storage scaling on demand.

    That elasticity – dubbed Flex Scale – comes with installation of NetBackup on hyper-converged infrastructure and not on a server, as was previously the case.

    Here, Veritas has partnered with HPE to allow enterprises to buy NetBackup software and the required server hardware to run it on. NetBackup Flex Scale appliances start at four nodes of 112TB usable storage each, going up to a maximum of 16 nodes.

    Veritas still sells NetBackup for use in traditional, scale-up appliances

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  • Manufacturing particularly at risk of Solorigate-linked breaches

    About one-fifth of victims of the December 2020 SolarWinds Solorigate/Sunburst cyber attack – some 3,600 out of 18,000 organisations identified so far – work in the manufacturing vertical, according to Kaspersky ICS Cert researchers, who have been among those trying to piece together what really happened over the past year, and how wide-ranging the breach really is.

    The apparent focus of the Russia-linked cyber attack – perpetrated by an advanced persistent threat (APT) espionage group that is now known as UNC2452 – was chiefly US government organisations, but the collateral damage extends far and wide and, according to Kaspersky,

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