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Security first: why good enough isn’t good enough anymore

Security first: why good enough isn’t good enough anymore

The Computer Security challenge Most solutions require an internet connection and are therein contactable through the internet – be this an internal network (such as within the office) or an external one (through the world-wide-web) such as a web-interface. This is why since 2020 ransomware has become increasingly dangerous for the global economy, from small and medium sized businesses to government departments or critical infrastructure. Their systems are always ‘online’ and so make juicy targets. The requirement for an organisation

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How Software can help you with Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)

Software fundamentally exists to help with user productivity – that is to say, to make more of less. If ‘less’ in this context is time, money, or waste then we can read this with an ESG lens. Making the most of our resources is fundamental to sustaining the environment and to sustaining our communities – but accounting systems are not sufficient for this. Special software is often required in order to support calculating emissions in the supply chain, or to

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The Conversation, on Technological Innovation in Defence

Militaries plunder science fiction for technology ideas, but turn a blind eye to the genre’s social commentary Pavel Chagochkin/Shutterstock Will Slocombe, University of Liverpool Military planning is a complicated endeavour, calling upon experts in logistics and infrastructure to predict resource availability and technological advancements. Long-range military planning, deciding what to invest in now to prepare armed forces for the world in thirty years’ time, is even more difficult. One of the most interesting tools for thinking about future defence technology isn’t

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The Conversation, on AI Adoption

Artificial intelligence: governments see huge business potential, but ignore the downsides (unless you’re Google). Grenar Wim Naudé, University College Cork Many governments are increasingly approaching artificial intelligence with an almost religious zeal. By 2018 at least 22 countries around the world, and also the EU, had launched grand national strategies for making AI part of their business development, while many more had announced ethical frameworks for how it should be allowed to develop. The EU documents more than 290 AI policy

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Budgeting for Open-Source projects

It’s a sad fact of business that everything costs money, and there is no such thing as a free lunch. This applies to when you implement Enterprise Open Source technologies as well: someone somewhere is maintaining that code, and in terms of making it useful to you it invariably requires expertise. But how do you budget for something that, on license cost at least, is freely available? Our example project will be one we’ve directly worked on: noslegal. This global

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An Open Culture, why CSR and Open-Source go hand-in-hand

In a recent piece on how our values align with Red Hat values we covered how being Brave also means fighting, actively, for the promotion of Open Source software which is by its nature freely available and accessible. For us this is important, as for example a Law Centre may not be able to afford a proprietary and closed solution, and so the promotion of Open Source is central to CSR in software development and implementation. Now, Corporate Social Responsibility

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Open, Authentic, Helpful, Brave. What is means to be a Red Hat Business Partner.

We are incredibly proud to be a Red Hat Business Partner, for us it means buying into and supporting our customers to adopt a proven and inclusive way of working – from culture to technology. You can read about Red Hat’s brand standards and otherwise read our own take on them below. Open for us means being honest, transparent and unapologetic about what we stand for. We are who we are, we do what we do – and we love

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The Conversation, on a decade hacktivism

A decade since ‘the year of the hacktivist’, online protests look set to return NeydtStock/Shutterstock Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, University of Portsmouth Many of us vaguely remember the word “hacktivism” from a decade ago. This was a time before serious ransomware attacks dominated current cybersecurity concerns, when certain hacking techniques were being used to send political messages to governmental and corporate entities. Hacktivism has since retreated as a form of protest, in part due to the prosecution of prominent hacktivists, sometimes with

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Making the most of smaller IT budgets with Enterprise Open Source

It comes as no surprise to many of us that organisations need more out of ever smaller IT budgets – faster and, more importantly, stable tools, methodologies and processes to help you succeed. Success is a very personal thing, every organisation has its own definition of what success looks like – scale or growth or profits? (Personally I as Director very much buy into the Be More Pirate approach to success.) How does a stretched budget square with the increasing

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How virtualisation helps your environmental goals

Virtualisation is the efficient way to do things Working without Working with Working without virtualisation means you are running systems on bare-metal, that is – physical systems. Running single servers on bare-metal makes them slightly harder to administer, and often does not make full-use of the server in question. Not running virtual systems on end user devices in turn means not making the most of the machine. Many systems have too much installed, and this is visible after a year

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