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DIGIT Tech News Roundup: 4th of October 2019

Duncan MacRae


In this edition of the DIGIT Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories permeating the airwaves in the week beginning 30th of September.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Scottish Cyber Awards 2019 Finalists Revealed

Fourth Scottish Cyber AwardsLeading cyber professionals and organisations have been announced as finalists for the Scottish Cyber Awards 2019.

Now in its fourth year, the national award scheme recognises and celebrates those who are championing and leading the way in Scotland’s fight against cyber-crime. Hosted by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), the awards seek to shine a light on Scotland’s efforts in battling the ever-rising number cyber threats, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

The winners of each category will be announced during an award ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday 20th November at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh. When the 2019 awards were announced in June, the judges were inundated with applications from across the country. The judges have arduously whittled down the number of hopefuls to a select few finalists across 11 categories.

Eamonn Keane, COO for Cyber and Innovation at SBRC, and Cyber Awards judge, said: “The Scottish Cyber Awards continues to attract more and more entries every year from exceptionally talented people.

“In this very dynamic environment with the ever-increasing range of attacks on businesses, it’s imperative that we celebrate some of the unsung everyday heroes who are doing their bit to put Scotland in the spotlight as leaders in the battle against cyber-crime.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Scottish Gaming Industry ‘Needs Migration’ to Maintain Strong Reputation

Loot boxes in gamesThe future of the Scottish gaming industry was debated at a roundtable event at Abertay University in Dundee this week.

Ben Macpherson, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, attended the event where he heard first-hand from Scotland’s computer games industry – including reps from Dundee-based games design companies Ninja Kiwi and Biome Collective – about the potential impact of Brexit.

Scotland’s computer games sector employs 1,285 people, generates £98.9 million annually and recruits a significant number of highly skilled citizens from elsewhere in the EU.

Industry figures have warned that Brexit, and an end to freedom of movement, will make it more difficult to attract the staff they need.

Macpherson said: “I met with industry leaders from the computer games industry about their concerns regarding Brexit and the end of freedom of movement and the effects it will have on them.

“They now report there has been a drop in the number of applications because of the Brexit process and the uncertainty surrounding it.

“Businesses are concerned about the number of people leaving and a lack of applications for vacancies. This is making it harder for them to satisfy their projects. It is having a big impact on how they can continue to grow and attract the best talent possible, so they can continue to hold that world-leading reputation.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Scotland’s Technology Sector Contributes £4.9bn to the Economy

Investment British FintechThe importance of Scotland’s technology sector to the nation’s economy has been underlined by research published by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Titled “Scotland’s Digital Technologies 2019”, the report confirms that the tech industry is one of the fastest-growing in the country, contributing £4.9 billion to the Scottish economy and supporting nearly 100,000 jobs.

The report also forecasts that the technology sector will be the second-fastest-growing in Scotland over the next decade, surpassed only by childcare services. Across this period, the sector is predicted to grow one and a half times faster than the economy overall.

Research by SDS suggests that the number of people required to support the tech sector has “significantly increased”, with more than 13,000 jobs available each year across the country – this equates to a rise of more than 200 per year based on figures previously released in 2017.

Additionally, the typical salary for a tech role is around 26% higher than the average in Scotland and continues to rise faster than other salaries (15% to 11%).

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

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Zendesk Hack Breached 10,000 Corporate Accounts

Customer support software company, Zendesk, has confirmed it suffered a security breach in 2016 that impacted thousands of corporate client accounts.

After being alerted to the incident by a third party, Zendesk has identified 10,000 support and chat accounts that have been accessed by an unauthorised individual.

Although this number contained some trial accounts and others that are no longer active, Zendesk has a number of high-profile clients including Airbnb, Uber and OpenTable that could be affected.

Email addresses, names and phone numbers of agents and end-users of certain Zendesk products up to November 2016 were accessed, as well as hashed and salted agent and end-user passwords.

However, the firm said there is no evidence the passwords were used to access Zendesk services.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “As a precautionary measure, in the next 24 hours, we are starting to implement password rotations for all active agents in Support and Chat, and all end-users in Support created prior to November 1, 2016.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Ancient Scrolls to be Virtually Unwrapped Using Light Beams Brighter than the Sun

Scientists in Oxfordshire are using light 10 billion times brighter than the sun in order to finally read scrolls that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

The scrolls were carbonised almost 2,000 years ago as the Roman town of Herculaneum was buried in volcanic ash.

A team at Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility in the heart of Oxfordshire, is now attempting to decipher two complete scrolls and four fragments that belong to the Institut de France in Paris.

Using this powerful light source and special techniques the team has developed, the researchers are working to virtually unwrap two complete scrolls and four fragments from the damaged Herculaneum scrolls.

The project is being led by ancient artefacts decoder, Professor Brent Seales, who is director of the Digital Restoration Initiative at the University of Kentucky (US) – a research program dedicated to the development of software tools that enable the recovery of fragile, unreadable texts.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Uber Unveils Job App for Gig Economy Workers

UberRide-sharing firm Uber is trialling an app that connects casual workers with employers.

Uber Works, which launched today in Chicago, will allow casual workers to compare pay rates and sign up for shifts.

Millions of US workers use staffing agencies, according to Uber, but it believes the process can be made more transparent and faster for both employees and companies.

The app will provide information on pay, location and working conditions. Workers can also use it to track working hours and breaks, and will be able to tap into a ready pool of “vetted and qualified” temporary labour, Uber said.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Duncan MacRae


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