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John E Dunn


John is one of the co-founders of Techworld, following a spell working for Tornado Insider, the European magazine for tech start-ups. He started in IT journalism as technical editor of Personal Computer Magazine, before progressing to become editor of Network World (formerly LAN Magazine) and Network Week before helping to set up Techworld Insider. He has also freelanced for a number of technical publications in the technology, science and business fields.

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IT staff bearing brunt of EU General Data Protection Regulation planning

With EU Commissioners this week offering another commitment to conclude long-running negotiations to introduce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the end of 2015, IT departments appear to be the ones handed the job of working out how to meet its demands, a FireEye survey has found. read more »

IBM planning jobs 'bloodbath' as 110,000 employees to go, claims respected journalist

IBM is apparently planning the most “devastating” jobs cuts in US business history, reportedly up to 110,000 employees from a global workforce of 435,000, an unconfirmed report has suggested. read more »

Many UK towns still waiting for usable 4G, new analysis finds

Britain’s 4G networks might offer objectively faster connection speeds than 3G but a usable signal remains a rare privilege for business users in some surprisingly large towns, an analysis of recent Ofcom and carrier coverage has confirmed. read more »

Most serious data breaches could be avoided, new analysis claims

The overwhelming majority of high-profile US data breaches could have been prevented by sticking to a dozen security practices, according to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) which has outlined the most critical in a new report. read more »

Ten percent of UK Windows PCs are not fully patched, Secunia finds

One in ten UK Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users are running an unpatched version of the operating system and one in twenty still uses software that is so old it will never be patched again, the latest Q4 vulnerability report from Danish firm Secunia has found. read more »

Shoe retailer Office escapes ICO fine despite serious data breach

High street shoe retailer Office has escaped being fined by the Information Commissioner (ICO) after a security breach sometime in the months before May 2014 compromised the personal details of one million customers. read more »

Security teams flooded with security alerts that are ignored, study finds

Businesses are being overwhelmed by large numbers of malware alerts the overwhelming majority of which are never even investigated, a study of US IT security staff experiences by the Ponemon Institute has found. read more »

UK mobile malware in surprise decline as crackdown hits home

The crackdowns by premium-rate regulator PhonepayPlus appear finally to have paid off with new figures from Lookout showing a sharp fall in the number of UK mobile users encountering malware and SMS scams during 2014. read more »

UK Government advisor slates Google for Microsoft flaw disclosure

A senior member of the Government-backed Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI) has heavily criticised last weekend’s controversial decision by Google to publish details of a serious flaw in Windows 8.1 days before it was due to be patched by Microsoft. read more »

David Cameron fires warning shot at WhatsApp over use of encryption

Prime Minister David Cameron has dropped hints that a future Conservative Government might start making life difficult for the developers of WhatsApp and SnapChat if they continue to use the sort of encryption that makes security service eavesdropping difficult. read more »

Optical Express told to stop SMS spam after complaints avalanche

The ICO has ordered high street eye care brand Optical Express to stop bombarding consumers with unsolicited text spam after an extraordinary 4,600 people reported the firm to the mobile industry’s 7726 SMS nuisance service. read more »

North Korea, Iran, Syria – asymmetric cyberwar is here to stay

Until last week very few beyond a handful of security titles, a few cybersecurity vendors and the middle pages of the New York Times paid much attention to the growing issue of small nations with big cyber-ambitions. read more »

Ofcom fended off 1,600 cyberattacks in two months, FoI request reveals

The UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) fended off over 1,600 cyberattacks in only two months, a Freedom of Information request by software security firm Veracode has revealed. read more »

The 9 essential rules for securing an Android smartphone

Smartphone and tablet users are constantly implored to secure their devices with PINs and other security settings but most rarely venture beyond a simple screen lock. This isn’t enough for reasons that will become clear. If a thief gets hold of a lost or stolen device or tablet there are numerous ways of re-using the handset, accessing any data it contains and even hijacking the account to make expensive calls. read more »

Data breaches in UK healthcare sector double since 2013, ICO numbers show

Data breaches severe enough to be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have surged since 2013, with sectors such as healthcare reporting a doubling of incidents, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by encryption firm Egress Software Technologies has discovered. read more »

Cyber security is one of six new industries of the future, says IET report

Cyber security is one of six ‘hot’ new industries the UK will excel at as long as it makes the necessary investment in its education and engineering base, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has argued in a new report. read more »

UK security sector warned over risk of selling to oppressive regimes

For the first time ever, Government-backed guidance has warned the UK security sector to check in advance of selling products to foreign customers whether they will be used to carry out surveillance or infringe human rights. read more »

Cheap Android tablets riddled with security flaws, test finds

Cheap clone Android tablets of the sort that crowd the shelves of many bricks-and-mortar US stores are often riddled with dangerous but hidden security flaws, a test by Bluebox Security has found. read more »

Police arrest 16 people for alleged Remote Access Trojan hacking

Police in several European countries including the UK have arrested sixteen people in connection with the use of Remote Access Trojans (RATs) to steal financial data or use webcams for surveillance, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has reported. read more »

Water firm SESW opens tap on ForeScout NAC security upgrade

Sutton and East Surrey Water (SESW) has started using ForeScout’s CounterACT network access control (NAC) monitoring system to boost the firm’s security automation and asset discovery across its 500-user network. read more »

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