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#DigitizeEU: Commission launches new plans to digitize European industry and research



ethernetThe European Commission presented a set of measures to support and link up national initiatives for the digitisation of industry and related services across all sectors and to boost investment through strategic partnerships and networks.

The Commission also proposes concrete measures to speed up the development of common standards in priority areas, such as 5G communication networks or cybersecurity, and to modernise public services.

The Commission thinks that European industry across sectors and regardless of a company's size must fully use digital opportunities if it is to be globally competitive. Traditional sectors (like construction, agro-food, textiles or steel) and SMEs are particularly lagging behind in their digital transformation. Recent studies estimate that digitisation of products and services will add more than €110 billion of revenue for industry per year in Europe in the next five years.

Commissioners presented their plan today:

Several EU member states have already launched strategies to support the digitisation of industry. But a comprehensive approach at European level is needed to avoid fragmented markets and to reap the benefits of digital evolutions such as the internet of things.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: "The industrial revolution of our time is digital. We need the right scale for technologies such as cloud computing, data-driven science and the internet of things to reach their full potential. As companies aim to scale up across the Single Market, public e-services should also meet today's needs: be digital, open and cross-border by design. The EU is the right scale for the digital times."

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said: "Europe has a very competitive industrial base and is a global leader in important sectors. But Europe will only be able to maintain its leading role if the digitisation of its industry is successful and reached fast. Our proposals aim to ensure that this happens. It requires a joint effort across Europe to attract the investments we need for growth in the digital economy."

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: "The digital economy merges with the real economy. We need leadership and investment in digital technologies in areas like advanced manufacturing, smart energy, automated driving or e-health."


Another important project launched by the Commission is the new European Open Science Cloud that will offer Europe's 1,7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders.

This will be underpinned by the European Data Infrastructure, deploying the high-bandwidth networks, large scale storage facilities and super-computer capacity necessary to effectively access and process large datasets stored in the cloud. This world-class infrastructure will ensure Europe participates in the global race for high performance computing in line with its economic and knowledge potential.

Focusing initially on the scientific community - in Europe and among its global partners -, the user base will over time be enlarged to the public sector and to industry. This initiative is part of a package of measures to strengthen Europe's position in data-driven innovation, to improve competitiveness and cohesion and to help create a Digital Single Market in Europe.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Our goal is to create a European Open Science Cloud to make science more efficient and productive and let millions of researchers share and analyse research data in a trusted environment across technologies, disciplines and borders. We listened to the scientific community's plea for an infrastructure for Open Science and with this comprehensive plan we can get down to work. The benefits of open data for Europe's science, economy and society will be enormous."

The European Cloud Initiative will make it easier for researchers and innovators to access and re-use data, and will reduce the cost of data storage and high-performance analysis. Making research data openly available can help boost Europe's competitiveness by benefitting start-ups, SMEs and data-driven innovation, including in the fields of medicine and public health. It can even spur new industries, as demonstrated by the Human Genome Project.

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#WelshSiliconValleys - Future funding will anchor a new generation of cyber security companies in #Wales



New funding will help to secure Wales’ place as the home of future tech leaders. Eluned Morgan, the Minister for International Relations, has announced £250,000 in Welsh Government funding to help create the next generation of Welsh technology companies, during her six-day visit to North America.

Eluned Morgan, the Minister for International Relations

Eluned Morgan, the Minister for International Relations

The Welsh government has pledged the support to match fund cyber start-ups graduating out of the Newport-based tech hub Alacrity Foundation, which aims to nurture new hi-tech leaders through its technology programme, providing graduates with practical business training, software skills and mentoring – as part of a 15-month “boot camp” style course.

The new funds will help seed fund new cyber security companies graduating from Alacrity.

The new funding follows more than £3.7 million provided to Alacrity by Welsh Government, alongside matched funding from Wesley Clover and the Waterloo Foundation, since 2011 to create new tech start-ups in Wales.  With up to a further £5m of Welsh Government match funding committed to seeding those new companies to help them grow and flourish in Wales.

The Minister announced the new funding following a meeting with Welsh tech businessman Sir Terry Matthews, chairman of Wesley Clover International, and Prof Simon Gibson, chairman of the Alacrity Foundation.

Sir Terry Matthews & Eluned Morgan AM

Sir Terry Matthews & Eluned Morgan AM

Speaking during her visit, the minister said: “This funding is further commitment from the Welsh Government to ensure that Wales remains a strong home for our tech sector, which is valued at £8.5 billion – and growing.

“Those graduating from the entrepreneurship programme will have all of the potential and all of the skills needed to be leaders of highly successful tech companies in Wales.

“We, of course, want to see that talent nurtured and taught in Wales, and we want to see their skills and ingenuity employed to the benefit of Welsh businesses.

“That’s why we’ve made the decision we have – we want to make sure that support is in place to help Alacrity’s graduates can make their mark on the tech world.

“We have an incredibly strong technological and cyber-security sector in Wales, and the help of programmes like the Alacrity Foundation is vital in ensuring that we continue to host and support companies working at the cutting edge of technology.”

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Hone Your Technical Skills You Need for CompTIA CAS-003 Exam with #Prepaway



CompTIA’s CASP+ is distinct on its own. It’s a unique credential geared towards expert professionals who want to pursue the security practitioner role. Accordingly, CASP+, or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner+, caters to the experts who have carved a notable career in the IT industry.

This advanced-level certification has been making waves in the cybersecurity field because of its all-inclusive objectives that boost up a range of technical skills. Ultimately, security practitioners help businesses from constant cyber-threats.

Why is CASP+, unlike all other certifications?

Did you know that CASP+, through its CAS-003 exam, is the only practical and performance-based certification meant for practitioners? With its rather unique target, only a limited amount of IT experts can actually get a hold of this notable CompTIA accreditation. As a result, you cannot take the exam if you are a newbie IT geek with restricted knowledge or a half-baked IT worker with a few years’ experiences. Only seasoned professionals who have at least ten years IT admin experience and a minimum of 5-years practical technical security background can acquire this rather prestigious certification.

Unlike other expert-level certifications, CASP+ focuses on harnessing security specialists with hands-on skills. Thus, these expert individuals don’t just identify the cyber security strategies and frameworks needed to be instigated but also implement the best solution using those standards. As this focuses on practitioners -  not managers or other IT professionals - CASP+ swiftly attracts those who are planning to comprehensively advance their cybersecurity skills

What is CAS-003 exam all about?

Its certification exam, CAS-003, is a 165-minute exam consisting of 90 equally hard questions divided into multiple choice and performance-based format. Because this credential is already for the experts, there isn’t a scaled score, which means you either pass or simply fail. This makes this exam one of the hardest CompTIA certifications to nail.

What are the technical skills gained after passing CAS-003 exam?

As one of the finest and most challenging CompTIA certifications, candidates for this certification exam are well-appointed with an array of technical abilities that are valuable for your profession. Here the top cybersecurity skills you’ll acquire from this famed cream of the crop CompTIA credential.


Risk Management

Today, risk management is such an integral part of any business. Through risk management, organizations can effectively work and sensibly define their future goals. It is because having risk management takes into account the business as a whole, together with the risks and returns. And if a company gives emphasis to this important business aspect, then there will be lesser chances of downfall.

And as a security practitioner, you need to be an expert in managing the risk of recent initiatives as well as evaluate security risks and frameworks. You should know how to interpret data that may be associated with industry threats. In a nutshell, you must prepare ahead with cybersecurity protection and execute certain risk mitigation strategies. All these significant risk management responsibilities discourse over the objectives of

Methodical integration of enterprise security

Another vital as an aspect to be considered in any business is its enterprise security. Enterprise security is when companies create strategies to lessen the risk of illicit access to data and systems. These techniques include integrating hosts, networks, and storage into protected enterprise architecture to ensure that all important information and systems are secured. Using various technologies such as on-premise, virtualization, and cloud, the organization’s physical assets must be highly protected from possible unauthorized admissions.

Because of enterprise security’s great importance, the organization requires a professional who can handle enterprise security administration. And with CAS-003, you are prepared to incorporate your technical skills into in the business enterprise security.

Enterprise security architecture

Security practitioners also handle the integration of network and security components. With security architecture through a unified security design, companies are protected from potential risks in a specific environment. This may be a thought-provoking task if you are not validated with a certification like CompTIA CASP+.

It is because CASP+ allows you to implement security controls or security countermeasures needed for the upkeep of the system’s confidentiality, reliability, and availability. Also, these security controls are utilized for different devices including mobile, host and small form factor tools.

Enterprise security operations

Aside from security architecture, this certification exam touches enterprise security operations, by which candidates are outlined with techniques in case of risk incidents. With CAS-003 objectives, security practitioners become proficient in implementing incident response as well as recovering methods if a certain issue arises. By conducting security assessments, applicants utilize appropriate tools to detect, investigate, respond and further prevent cybersecurity concerns that create an impact on the entirety of the business.


Research, advancement, and collaboration in an enterprise

Last but definitely not the least, by taking CAS-003 exam, you get to learn different research methods and further apply these techniques within the enterprise. These methods are done to assess the industry trends and how these affect the business as a whole. Moreover, this helps with the enterprise’s development and further collaboration in order to meet business goals. Aside from these research methods, the exam also confers the usage of cryptographic methods such as blockchain and mobile device encryption. And with the integration of cryptographic techniques, your knowledge will be far-reaching.

How to Prepare?


To prepare for CAS-003 exam first visit the CompTIA official website. Here you’ll find the information about e-books, classroom training and details about the test itself. Along with such preparation, you can use exam dumps to revise the learned material or find the weak areas you need to focus on. For that, visit Prepaway website - one of the top web resources you can fully rely on. On Prepaway platform, you’ll find a precious collection of the most updated exam dumps. These files contain the previous and the current exam questions with answers you can train. The files are created by the real exam takers and checked by IT experts, that’s why they are so important to make your preparation efficient. In addition, these dumps are in .vce format and are opened with the VCE Player, which helps you track your results and train the most difficult questions for you unlimited times. At Prepaway website, you can find a training course which will provide you with more details about the exam. In case of any issues about which file to download or course to take you can communicate with the candidates directly on Prepaway platform. Be sure that you’ll always get a prompt reply and a good piece of advice.


All in all, CASP+ is no doubt a prominent certification among expert-level professionals vying for advanced-level accreditation. With CASP+ CAS-003 exam, you become a seasoned security practitioner who is ready to take the IT industry by storm.

So, are you up for the challenge to take your impeccable technical skills to the highest level? If yes, then you need to start equipping yourself with in-depth IT experience and prepare for the exam! Check Prepaway website to pass the certification exam at the first attempt.


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Open markets and a level playing field essential to reach next #DigitalAge



Until recently few people outside the business of building and operating telecommunications networks had heard of Huawei. That changed when we launched a line of smart phones and then tablets and consumer devices that have taken us to the very top of the consumer electronics industry, writes Simon Lacey.

But before we became a consumer brand we had long established a relationship as one of the most reliable, trusted, innovative and competitive go-to partners for operators, who for many years had been battered by crushing price competition and growing capex outlays.

Simon Lacey is Vice President for Market Access and Trade Facilitation at Huawei Technologies’ Global Government Affairs Department in Shenzhen

By 2015 we had become the world’s Number One equipment vendor for mobile telecommunications networks, an achievement that stemmed in no small measure from the open markets and level playing field in the increasing number of countries where we did business. Operators had long been waiting for the entry to market of a new, more innovative and cost-competitive player to provide an alternative to the legacy vendors who then dominated equipment markets. And because this was the new world of market deregulation, trade liberalization and economic integration in the immediate aftermath of the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1995, markets were for the most part open and trade barriers were minimal.

Today, the market openness and level playing field that so benefited Huawei and the thousands of other young companies that make up the global technology sector and the modern digital economy is under attack. With the world’s economic trajectory uncertain, this is no time to abandon principles that have served the global economy so well for the last 60 years. As we stand on the cusp of a new digital age, with new technologies like 5G ready to bring productivity gains, benefits, new business models, and new jobs that we cannot even imagine today, we must not abandon the underlying fundamentals that have brought us this far, including in particular a commitment to open markets and a level playing field. Markets must remain open to all businesses regardless of their country of origin and all businesses must be treated equally in every area of the law and regulation. Only in this way will we all be able to benefit from a competitive environment that rewards the most efficient, the most innovative and the most customer-centric.

These are worrying times for many, with issues like cybersecurity, network integrity, product safety and personal data privacy being of paramount concern to governments, operators and consumers around the world. But these concerns cannot be used as a front by governments to justify measures that are in reality nothing more than protectionism and economic nationalism. We must stick to the fundamental principles of open markets and a level playing field out of basic fairness to businesses and consumers in all countries. If we do not, we risk facing the economic opportunities and challenges the future brings with one arm tied behind our backs as well as shutting the door on another thirty years of breakthrough innovations and the many benefits these promise for our daily lives.

Simon Lacey is vice president for Market Access and Trade Facilitation at Huawei Technologies’ Global Government Affairs Department in Shenzhen.

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