Celebrating 75 episodes of the Friday Tech Round Up

Marketing 9th July 2021

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest tech news, you’ve come to the right place!

Each week, we say lights, camera, action and report on what we think were the five stand out news pieces from the previous week. Stories focus on the technology space, covering everything from end of software support to new feature releases, global digital initiatives all the way to the biggest hacks of the century.

In our most recent episode, we celebrate a whopping 75 episodes under our belt, thank all of our #FridayTechRoundUp followers and everyone reporting on their news pieces… we couldn’t do it without you!

You can watch the most recent episode of the Friday Tech Round Up on YouTube, by clicking the image below.

Friday Tech Round Up

So, what tech news did we want to shout about this week? Take a look below…


Pentagon cancels multi-billion dollar contract

The Pentagon has cancelled a $10 billion Jedi (Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure) cloud computing contract at centre of the Amazon and Microsoft dispute.

Microsoft was awarded the contract in 2019 over Amazon Web Services and a month later Amazon filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims regarding the decision.

This commotion has sparked a new multi-vendor contract to be announced by the Pentagon, as their need for a cloud computing model is still very much alive.


Tech giants threaten to quit Hong Kong over proposed privacy laws

Digital giants, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google, have threatened to stop offering their services in Hong Kong, as this law could make tech firms liable for user-generated content.

The authorities would have the power to force digital firms and websites to remove personal information, with offenders being issued penalties up to HK$1 million and up to five years in prison.

Withdrawing from Hong Kong would no doubt have adverse effects on the economy, but will Hong Kong budge on this privacy law?


UK Government to help drive digital innovation

The government has published a plan to reduce red tape and “confusing policy”, making it easier to drive digital innovation in the UK.

The plan for digital regulation aims to boost the country’s economic growth through creating pro-innovation regulation, making it easier for businesses to drive new ideas forward.

Another great initiative to help UK businesses adopt a digital first mindset.


We’re talking about cyber attacks, again!

Florida based IT company, Kaseya, has been targeted in a HUGE ransomware attack.

It was reported that 500 US businesses have been affected, with 500 Swedish coops and 11 schools in New Zealand being among the victims… although, the exact total of victims is unknown.

The gang behind the attack is now demanding over £50 million to be paid in bitcoin and in return, they will provide a universal decryptor that will unlock all of the files.

This ties in with a second story we read this week, which shows that the frequency and severity of ransomware attacks has led to cyber insurance costs increasing by an average of 32%.

This increase has also come alongside a more demanding and rigorous attitude to insuring organisations against cyber attacks to begin with – insurers are now also demanding more evidence of preparedness, resilience and appropriate risk management practice.

Some say the rising costs of insurance should be an added incentive for organisations to take their cyber security seriously, but could this catch out the smaller companies?


Deep sea robots to discover millions of wreckages

The thought of being 4,000 metres down in the ocean might scare the ordinary person, but not the new deep sea robots.

A revolutionary new class of amphibious vehicle is reportedly going to transform the search for lost vessels on the ocean floor.

Dr Robert Ballard, the man who discovered the actual titanic, says this will help us to find more than three million shipwrecks on the ocean floor, offering insights into life hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

We’re excited to see what kind of history is discovered with this innovative tech!


ECS shout outs

We’d like to say a big congratulations to Andy Jassy, as he officially takes over as Amazon CEO from Jeff Bezos.

Also, be sure to register for next week’s Peeling back the plasters on CX webinar where ECS will be joined by Water Plus, AWS and Brainfood Consulting to discuss the future of the contact centre and how by enhancing your CX you can deliver better customer interactions.

That’s all the news we have this week, make sure to come back next Friday for even more tech news!

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