Welcome to this weeks edition of the Trustmarque Channel Roundup. Each week we bring together the best news from across the world of IT.

Ransomware up nearly 2,000% in two years as “cyber mafia” hit business

Cyber attacks on businesses in 2017 grew in frequency, sophistication and malice, a report on the new age of organised cyber crime reveals

The new generation of cyber criminals increasingly resembles traditional mafia organisations, requiring a new approach to dealing with it, according to a report by security firm Malwarebytes. Cyber criminals have the same professional organisation as mafia gangs of the 1930s, but they also share a willingness to intimidate and paralyse victims, the report shows
 
 
 

The top 5 trends for digital transformation in 2018

When the history of digital transformation is written, 2017 is likely to go down as a landmark year where innovation was rife.

There’s only one constant in business – and that’s that things change. And that change has been accelerating in recent years. Businesses have had to adjust to new ways of doing things, most of them related to the digital transformation that business, and the world, has experienced in recent years. From artificial intelligence (AI), to blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), new digital technologies are having a major impact on business – and that impact will only grow in 2018.

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2018 to see surge in enterprise security spending

Companies hope to stay protected from the latest threats by spending big on security in 2018, Gartner forecasts claims.

Businesses are set to make 2018 a record year when it comes to security spending, Gartner predictions have forecast.

“Overall, a large portion of security spending is driven by an organisation’s reaction toward security breaches as more high profile cyberattacks and data breaches affect organisations worldwide,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner.

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Hybrid cloud tipped by analyst to dominate next year

Cloud vendors and their services partners will play a critical role in the successful implementations of hybrid solutions in 2018.

Hybrid cloud will take on greater importance during 2018, enabling additional hybrid adoption growth, according to analyst Technology Business Research (TBR).

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