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Women in Tech: Pamela Hojilla, Legal Counsel

Interview: Pamela Hojilla, Legal Counsel Why did you join the technology industry? In private practice, I greatly enjoyed working with technology clients on strategic deals. They were entrepreneurial, creative and passionate about their products and services. When selecting an in-house position, it made sense to join the technology industry in order to be part of a culture that fosters innovation, efficiency and problem-solving. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? My mom has inspired me throughout my life. She teaches by example and I’ve always been amazed by her work ethic and dedication to lifelong learning. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13 year old self what would it be? If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today. How do you think we can encourage more women in tech? How do we encourage more women to consider STEM…

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Women in Tech: Chloe Riggs, Windows Support Administrator, UK

Interview: Chloe Riggs, Windows Support Administrator, UK Why did you join the technology industry? I joined the technology Industry because IT was a subject that I always enjoyed and found relatively easy at school. I have always been interested in and kept up with technology, so it only seemed fitting to make it my career. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? My mum, she is the person without a shadow of a doubt who has inspired me both personally and professionally. She is a brilliant example that women can have exceptionally successful careers, as well as a family. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13 year old self what would it be? If I could go back and speak to my 13 year old self, I would say that you will be working for a very long time. So do well at school,…

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The hidden dangers of DDoS attacks

Despite being some of the oldest threats on the Internet, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are still creating havoc for Canadian businesses today. A report from the Ponemon Institute on ‘The Cost of Denial-of-Service Attacks’, shows the average total cost per year of DDoS attacks to a Canadian organisation is $5.32 million. And according to the State of the Internet Q2 2015 Security Report from Akaimai, the number of DDoS attacks witnessed in quarter two of 2015 hit record highs. Why are they so effective? DDoS attacks aim to take websites offline by inundating them with illegitimate connections, requests and traffic, carried out by multiple attackers, targeting a single source at the same time. A group of hackers or a single entity with a network of bots can wage a successful DDoS attack. These types of attacks are increasing in frequency because they are easy to accomplish, difficult to…

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Women in Tech: Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA

Interview: Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA Why did you join the technology industry? I was always interested in technology. I used to spend time with my Dad programming Froger onto our Amstrad Computer – hours of time spent copying code from magazines. The “GO TO” command will be forever etched in my mind. But honestly, I just really enjoyed the logic of it all. Also, I have met her a few times and she will likely cringe with me saying this, but Maggie Philbin! I loved Tomorrow’s World and everything about it. Actually, I think my dream job would be to be a presenter on today’s Tomorrow’s World! Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? I have had the absolute pleasure to work with some amazing leaders. Meg Whitman (CEO Hewlett Packard Enterprise) is truly inspirational. Her stamina and work ethics are first class. If…

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Women in Tech: Gaye Andrews, Director, Customer Experience, EMEA

Interview: Gaye Andrews, Director, Customer Experience, EMEA Why did you join the technology industry? It is fast and vibrant sector. There are always new challenges to face and more technology to embrace. Being in the industry means that I see the art of the possible. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? There isn’t one person that I can name because I take inspiration from many people. I believe a good leader takes influences and inspiration from multiple people to enhance their skills. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13 year old self what would it be? Be an individual, strive for what you want, embrace everything that life sends your way but stay true to your desires and path. How do you think we can encourage more women in tech? I do think that the fact that every young person walks around with…

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The Science of Responsiveness

I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly Stephen Hawking when it comes to advanced calculus and the equations describing Black Holes. But there are important numbers I do understand, as you should too. These are the numbers connected to your business that really matter to your customers, and will have an impact on your bottom line – the performance and responsiveness of your website. Statistics released by IMRG and Capgemini this week, show that smartphones and tablets now account for more than half of all online sales in the UK. So, if your site isn’t optimised for mobile devices, you may be missing out on hundreds of thousands in sales a year. And in a world where a new website is only ever a click away – it could also be fatal for your sale opportunity if your site takes too long to load or refresh a page….

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