Welcome to the first of our “Tech News Bites”, bringing you some of this week’s news and some of our views from Huddle HQ. Three stories in particular caught my eye this week, highlighting the security risks organizations face from consumer file sharing tools, the rise of digital innovation in local councils across the UK and a move by BlackBerry to turn around its fortunes.

study this week by the Ponemon Institute highlighted that firms are facing a serious risk of data loss as a result of consumer file sharing tools. Almost half of the information security professionals surveyed across the UK, Germany and US feel their organizations lack a clear view of staff-use file-sharing or file sync-and-share applications. More than 50 percent said they didn’t have the ability to keep track of their organization’s sensitive documents and how they’re shared by employees.

As our own research has also highlighted, enterprises are sitting on a security time bomb as more than a third of office workers store company documents on consumer cloud services, while 91 percent store, access, and share via personal devices. Companies really do have to wake up to the fact they’re facing a massive security issue and risk having their intellectual property walk out the door with their staff. With people busily stashing data all over the place, companies simply have no idea where their content is kept. Information needs to be stored centrally so that everyone with permission can access it and the tools used within businesses need to have the correct security measures in place.

With government technology often seen as playing catch-up, it was fantastic to see that local UK councils have recognized the need for common standards to develop digital innovations. Lucie Glenday, the chief digital officer at Surrey County Council, was interviewed in Computer Weekly this week on South East 7, which is a collaboration effort between six councils in the south-east to adhere to common standards. Glendale states that it’s not only local authorities, but districts, boroughs and public health departments that should develop common digital standards and build on the Government Digital Service’s work around the G-Cloud framework. As a long-time supporter of innovation and the use of cloud in government to improve productivity, efficiency and ultimately public service, it great to see Glenday bringing these issues into the limelight.

Finally, in an attempt to turn around its fortunes and win back its business users, BlackBerry is launching the BlackBerry Classic. In an open letter, CEO John Chen states:
“Innovation is not about blowing up what works to make something new – it’s about taking what works and making it better.”

With Android and iOS  devices now accounting for 96 per cent of the global market, it could be a case of too little, too late…

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