“If you can imagine a computer doing something, you can program a computer to do that. Unbounded opportunity… limited only by your imagination. And a couple of laws of physics.”
Today is the 62nd birthday of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a significant but perhaps under-appreciated innovator that we definitely owe a lot to!
by Stephen Murphy, Academic Lead – Linux Professional Institute Academy
Why changing priorities and straying from the beaten path could help reduce the risk of cyber-attack…
I am sure that you’ve noticed that the NHS (along with a large number of other worldwide organisations such as Deutsche Bahn, Telefonica and FedEx) has been hit by a targeted cyber-attack that disabled computers using the Windows XP operating system. The attack encrypted a user’s files, making them inaccessible unless a ‘ransom’ was paid to the attackers. People have pointed the finger at out-of-date operating systems, lack of funding and poor security procedures, but are these really the underlying issues, or only failures in diagnosing a more fundamental malady in global computing?
Dr. Jagdev Bhogal – Senior Lecturer in Data Technologies
Climate change is making the news headlines again, but for all the wrong reasons. Donald Trump believes that climate change is a ‘hoax’ and has signed executive orders to open federal land to coal mining, reverse the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, and to halt new vehicle emissions standards. The Clean Power Plan was designed to reduce America’s emissions by 26-28% in accordance with the Paris Agreement made by 200 countries in 2015. Trump even pledged to “cancel” America’s part in the agreement, which he branded “the Paris compromise” as part of his presidency campaign.