The years of hard work encouraging young girls to take up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects - seen as ideal studies for a career as a data professional - appear to be bearing fruit with the number of female students taking A-level sciences overtaking males for the first time ever.
The Government is ramping up its commitment to increasing diversity in the UK tech sector by opening a third round of funding through the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund, with training providers able to bid for up to £100,000 to design programmes which retrain a diverse range of individuals for a career in cyber security.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed plans to launch a new fast-track visa to attract professionals with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), insisting he wants the UK to remain a global science superpower.
NHS Digital is aiming to prevent another WannaCry ramsomware attack, which brought chaos to the organisation back in 2017, by signing a five-year contract with Accenture to provide cyber security services for health service organisations in England.
Consumers are more worried than ever about the way their data is being used and shared by companies, particularly for analytics, with recent high-profile data leaks - including those at British Airways and Marriott International - adding to this negative perception of the way personal data is managed by brands.
The Government is ploughing £250 million into a new National Artificial Intelligence Lab to support the NHS, and provide a forum for academics, specialists and technology companies to harness the technology for healthcare.
The vast majority of consumers may fear artificial intelligence will have a major impact on their jobs, as well as how their personal data is handled, but most are willing to cast aside their concerns believing it will be for the greater good, even though others reckon the technology could even trigger Armageddon.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has joined forces with data protection authorities from around the world in demanding more openness from Facebook and other firms supporting the social media giant’s proposed Libra digital currency, amid fears the scheme could potentially be in breach of privacy laws.
The Government has kicked off a new audit of UK’s cyber security job market in an effort to assess how firms are handling the employment and training of tech professionals and to see whether the skills gap has eased or widened.