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Industry Faces Huge IT Expert Shortage By 2020

June 6, 2014

Katie Spencer, Sky News Presenter



Britain's IT industry could struggle to cope with our digital data needs, according to a leading expert.

Experts from cloud computing firm EMC have recently published a study which predicts that by 2020 the amount of data we use will be almost 10 times the size it is now.

EMC'sChris Gould told Sky News: "We predict something like a 30% increase in the number of IT people required by 2020."

The company believes that is likely to present new challenges.

Mr Goul said: "Organisations are going to have to probably do three things significantly differently.

"They will need to use different technologies, predominantly software based, which will automate many of the things they've done in the past.

"They'll have to have different policies around security and they will need people with different skills."

The massive increase in our data needs is expected to come in part from how connected our lives are becoming.

The study shows that there are around 14 billion devices already connected and communicating over the internet which is just 7% of what could be up and running online.

Finite Solutions' specially designed smart home in Leeds is an example of how the Internet of Things looks set to affect all our lives.

TV streaming, music systems, CCTV, lights and temperature is controlled by one central computer which allows technology to talk to technology. The whole of the home can be monitored with a smartphone or tablet.

Company co-founder Simon Mathieson said: "While we don't have to have this tech, it will make people's time at home easier and more enjoyable."

He insists it's "not just a luxury" but will make our homes more secure and energy efficient.

But could it make our houses more vulnerable to a cyber attack?

"It's very hard to hack into the systems," Simon insists.

"You not only would have to be a computer hacker, you would also have to be able to programme the bespoke control systems we use to have access into a house.

"It is a valid concern but I don't think it's something 99.9% of homeowners would have to worry about."



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Source: Sky News (UK)


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